• Goldstein: Yankees Top 11 Prospects

    Posted by on February 22nd, 2009 · Comments (4)

    Kevin Goldstein offers his list of the Yankees Top 11 Prospects:

    Five-Star Prospects
    1. Jesus Montero, C
    2. Austin Jackson, CF
    Three-Star Prospects
    3. Dellin Betances, RHP
    4. Austin Romine, C
    5. Arodys Vizcaino, RHP
    6. Andrew Brackman, RHP
    7. Jeremy Bleich, LHP
    8. Alfredo Aceves, RHP
    9. Zach McAllister, RHP
    10. Phil Coke, LHP
    11. Mark Melancon, RHP

    Just Missed: Brad Suttle, 3B; Kelvin De Leon, RF; Wilkins De La Rosa, LHP

    If you want to see Goldstein’s list for the Yankees last year, click here. And, to see the year before that, click here.

    Last year, Goldstein had the Yankees having 5 prospects who were Four-Star Prospects or better. This year, it’s down to just 2 prospects who are Four-Star Prospects or better.

    Actually, when you look at this list for the Yankees, Goldstein’s commentary stating that the Yankees system has “a lot of young, high-ceiling prospects and older, low-ceiling types” rings true. It’s pretty hard to look at this “Top 11” list and come away saying that the Yankees have a lot of prospects that look like pretty good bets to be solid big leaguers.

    Comments on Goldstein: Yankees Top 11 Prospects

    1. Scout
      February 23rd, 2009 | 8:43 am

      Five-star prospects represent his estimate of future stars. Chamberlain has graduated from the list, yet the organization still has two five-star guys. That isn’t bad (though I think Jackson is consistently overrated for a guy seem by many as the next Mike Cameron). The list tells us what everyone knows — all the talent is on the mound.

    2. MJ
      February 23rd, 2009 | 9:04 am

      To begin, I agree with Scout that Austin Jackson is being overrated as a five-star prospect.

      That being said, Steve, your comment that “It’s pretty hard to look at this “Top 11″ list and come away saying that the Yankees have a lot of prospects that look like pretty good bets to be solid big leaguers” is only an accurate statement at this moment in time. Prospect lists essentially occur in a vacuum because they are potentially obsolete within a few months of their release. Case in point, there’s a good chance that Brackman, Betances and Vizcaino all have tremendous years and establish themselves as prospects worth watching.

      Do the Yanks have as good a farm system today as they did at this time last year? No, of course not. But that’s what happens when you graduate a Joba Chamberlain and are starting from square one with a guy like Brackman (whose fastball/curveball combo rates as a #1 starter and now just needs to put his stuff to the test against AA competition later this year).

    3. DJ21996
      February 23rd, 2009 | 11:23 am

      Our prospects are how I like them.

      High upside and very risky. We have no need for middle of the road guys because we just purchase free agents for that stuff.
      Brackman, Betances, Montero, De Leon, WDR etc etc are all far from sure things but if some of them pan out. They will become future stats of the league.

      Put it this way, our farm has more potential now than it did 5 years back.

    4. Evan3457
      February 23rd, 2009 | 8:14 pm

      …and one of those four-star prospects was Phil Hughes, and another was Ian Kennedy…so that ends this discussion in several different possible ways. Pick whichever one you like.

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