In the current print edition of Baseball America, they list the “Best Tools” for players in the majors, Triple-A, Double-A and A-ball. Here’s the Yankees “minor league” players who made the cut:
International League (AAA) Best Batting Prospect: Austin Jackson
Eastern League (AA) Best Control: Zach McAllister
Eastern League (AA) Best Defensive 2B: Reegie Corona
South Atlantic League (Low A) Best Outfield Arm: Melky Mesa
Seeing this, I have to ask the same question as last year…
For pitchers on these lists, players are listed for “best” fastball, breaking ball, change-up, and control – as well as best reliever and best overall pitching prospect. So, there are six different ways for a pitcher to make the cut in each minor league classification.
But, only one Yankees pitching prospect managed to crack the charts: McAllister.
Isn’t the Yankees minor league system supposed to be filled with pitching prospects?