Austin Jackson, OF (7)
This should come as no surprise. “AJax” was the Yanks’ only high-ceiling prospect at Scranton/AAA and had a somewhat nice debut as a full-season member of the Yankees highest minor league affiliate.
From BA’s write-up (which is for subscribers only):
Jackson was the most exciting player to spend the full season in the IL, flashing all five tools while leading the circuit in triples and ranking second in hits. He drew comparisons to Torii Hunter, albeit with less power.
Jackson has bat speed and strength, but he hit just four homers and slugged only .405. While he batted .300, his 123-40 K-BB ratio was the worst of his five-year pro career. As he continues to refine his pitch recognition and plate discipline, he should continue to hit for average with at least solid power. He has slightly above-average speed and is an intelligent baserunner who will steal some bases.
Though he’s not a blazer, Jackson played all three outfield positions for Scranton and could handle center field in the major leagues. He covers a lot of ground and makes accurate throws with an above-average arm.
At 22, Jackson is age-appropriate for the league and could probably use another full year of seasoning at this level.
Of notable non-Yankees on this list are three guys that made an impact in the big leagues this year — Matt Wieters; C-BAL (1), Tommy Hanson; RHP-ATL (2) and Andrew McCutchen; OF-PIT (3) — as well as my favorite young pitcher in the big leagues (Chris Tillman; RHP-BAL (4)) and Jackson’s former teammate, Jose Tabata; OF-PIT (13).
As far as teams we hate, the Mets had Fernando Martinez; OF (12) and the Red Sox had no one on the list. Sucks to be them (wink).
-Posted by MJ