• Yankees Top 10 Prospects 2009 Per Baseball America

    Posted by on November 8th, 2008 · Comments (14)

    One of the rare times that the print version of Baseball America provides the news before it’s on their site…as per the Nov 17-30, 2008 edition found in my mail box today…here are the Yankees “Top 10” Prospects for 2009, according to Baseball America:

    1. Austin Jackson OF
    2. Jesus Montero, C
    3. Andrew Brackman, RHP
    4. Austin Romine, C
    5. Dellin Betances, RHP
    6. Zach McAllister, RHP
    7. Alfredo Aceves, RHP
    8. Phil Coke, LHP
    9. Mark Melancon, RHP
    10. Bradley Suttle, 3B

    Aceves and Coke over Melancon? Brackman third overall? Austin Romine at number four? Wow. That’s some interesting stuff.

    Comments on Yankees Top 10 Prospects 2009 Per Baseball America

    1. thenewguy
      November 8th, 2008 | 3:16 pm

      How exactly do they try to analyze this? Is this supposed to mean that, if everyone panned out, this would be the hierarchy of skill? Does this represent their hypothetical trade value as of right now? Does it show who BA thinks has the highest ceiling? or who is most likely to succeed? Does Romine get a higher ranking since catchers are few and far between? Some insight please…

    2. November 8th, 2008 | 3:31 pm

      […] Steve, who apparently gets his print edition of a magazine a full week before I […]

    3. Corey
      November 8th, 2008 | 4:11 pm

      I truly think Montero will be a super star, but I’m not sold on Austin Jackson. I will admit that my basis on Jackson is from stats only, (I’ve seen Montero on ESPN and he just has that look). Is Gardner no longer considered a prospect?

    4. Corey
      November 8th, 2008 | 4:14 pm

      Also question for those who follow the propects closer than I, was Dellin Betances injured last year? Is that why he has like no IP ?

    5. hallofamer2000
      November 8th, 2008 | 4:17 pm

      Do you mean ’07 or ’08? Cause he had over 120 innings in 08, but yes, was injured for most of 2007.

    6. gphunt
      November 8th, 2008 | 4:25 pm

      On Betances, I also remember an article where they weren’t going to let him throw to many innings past 100 this year. Heredia was on the same plan I think. Yankees are big on the whole building up innings thing.

    7. jane
      November 8th, 2008 | 4:36 pm

      To Corey, I think Austin Jackson has “that look.” He could be another BJ Upton/Paul Blair type, who plays a shallow CF and can run. What’s holding him back from the majors at this point? Offense?

      (Steve, I’m still waiting for my link. Come on. You promised.)

    8. DJ21996
      November 8th, 2008 | 6:06 pm

      Jairo Heredia will be high up on that list next year.

      The top 6 there is pretty much standard.

    9. November 8th, 2008 | 9:35 pm

      […] Steve over at WW has a list up that highlights the Yankees Top 10 prospects, according to the beloved, Baseball […]

    10. November 8th, 2008 | 11:03 pm

      Jane- you’re on there now.

    11. November 8th, 2008 | 11:05 pm

      ~~How exactly do they try to analyze this? ~~

      According to BA…

      Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects lists are based on projections of a player’s long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel. All players who haven’t exceeded the major league rookie standards of 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched (without regard to service time) are eligible.

    12. thenewguy
      November 9th, 2008 | 3:08 am

      Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects lists are based on projections of a player’s long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel.

      Is there some sort of consensus that BA values ceiling more than tangible results? (Basically, is Brackman’s high ranking typical of BA, or is it rare for someone with so few IPs to be ranked so highly?)

    13. November 9th, 2008 | 9:23 am


      FYI, Manuel explains why he’s high on Aceves, the catching depth in the organization and Phil Coke’s development to Mike Silva:


    14. OldYanksFan
      November 9th, 2008 | 4:22 pm

      Guys…. it’s far from a science. These are ‘future projections’ and are probably as good as future projections for the stock market.

      Remember that Buccholz was better then Joba, and Phil was better then Lester? Don’t get your panties in an uproar. We need something to talk about in these off-seasons.

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