Although the Yanks are in the middle of what we all hope is a deep and fruitful playoff run, the good folks at Baseball America are already working to provide prospect hounds with lists galore to sink their teeth into.
Over the past few weeks, they’ve already released their Top 20 Prospects for the New York-Penn (Short Season A), South Atlantic (Low-A), Florida State (High-A) and Eastern (Double A) Leagues. Although BA has released their rankings for several other leagues, for our purposes we’ll only (briefly) focus on those leagues where the Yanks have affiliations.
Arodys Vizcaino, RHP (3)
Adam Warren, RHP (12)
Jimmy Paredes, 2B (14)
Neil Medchill, OF (18)
Not a bad state of the union for the Staten Island Yankees, having four of the top 20 Short Season prospects in the league. Of the four, only Vizcaino is considered an elite talent but it never hurts to see two of the members of the Yanks ’09 draft class already distinguishing themselves among their peers. As an aside, I have a friend who raves about Adam Warren, having scouted him seven times over the past few years. Although he “only” projects as a back-end starter, because he was a polished college pitcher he’ll probably be on the radar by early 2011, if not sooner.
South Atlantic League:
Manny Banuelos, LHP (9)
Melky Mesa, OF (20)
A little less to rave about here for the Charleston Riverdogs. I’ve read nice things about Mexican League signee Banuelos, who, at 18 years old, looks like he might be ready for a promotion to Tampa in the very near future. The other Melky is a raw prospect who is probably too old (22) to be down in Low-A but who does have some interesting tools.
Florida State League:
Jesus Montero, C (2)
Austin Romine, C (10)
Far be it for me to quarrel with the folks that do this for a living but I can’t really understand the value of ranking Montero as the second-best prospect in a league that he graduated from several months ago. Suffice it to say that Montero’s bat was far too much for FSL pitchers to deal with and everyone was glad that he moved out of Tampa for good. Oh, and that Romine kid took down FSL MVP honors this year. Not too shabby.
Jesus Montero, C (5)
Zach McAllister, RHP (19)
Hey, there HE is again! Yankee fans shouldn’t be discouraged that Montero only finished 5th in the Eastern League ranking seeing as though he was not only the youngest player in the ranking but also that three of the four players ahead of him were first-round draft picks. I know some Yankee fans are very high on McAllister but I just don’t like his game too much. He had a great year and I’d be fine with them looking to trade him while he’s got value.
Anyway, since we’ve got four long days to kill before Game 1 of the ALCS, I figured I’d break the monotony with a little bit of MiLB news.
-Posted by MJ