Here’s their list published today:
1. Jesus Montero, c
2. Austin Romine, c
3. Arodys Vizcaino, rhp
4. Slade Heathcott, of
5. Zach McAllister, rhp
6. Manny Banuelos, lhp
7. Gary Sanchez, c
8. J.R. Murphy, c
9. Jeremy Bleich, lhp
10. Andrew Brackman, rhp
More from BA:
In the postseason, every New York reliever except for Brian Bruney was a product of the farm system.
Senior vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman, who has overseen scouting and player development in the organization for the better part of the last 13 years, says the Yankees aspire to more.
“We’re not in this to develop relievers, but starters, starting pitchers and impact hitters,” he says. To that end, both Chamberlain and Hughes are likely to be given another shot at the rotation in 2010, though scouts who once considered Chamberlain a future No. 1 starter now admit that he’s a different animal out of the bullpen.
As for impact bats, New York points to Jesus Montero, the Venezuelan catcher they signed for $1.65 million bonus in 2006. Montero took a significant leap forward last season, dominating Double-A pitching at age 19. The Yankees had similar hopes for outfielder Austin Jackson, who ranked No. 1 on this list a year ago. But after he hit .300 with just four homers in Triple-A, they included him, as well as Coke and 2006 first-rounder Ian Kennedy, in a three-team trade that netted Curtis Granderson from the Tigers.
Several of the system’s top pitching prospects had down years, with 2007 first-rounder Andrew Brackman having a truly awful season at low Class A Charleston and Dellin Betances and Jairo Heredia, among others, succumbing to injuries. But Newman said that on the whole, the Yankees’ pitching injuries were down. And those setbacks were offset by the emergence of arms such as Arodys Vizcaino and Manny Baneulos, plus aggressive spending in the draft and internationally that landed prospects such as outfielder Slade Heathcott and catchers Gary Sanchez and J.R. Murphy.
I dunno…when Brackman makes your “top ten” that’s not a good sign. Plus, many of these guys like Heathcott, Sanchez and Murphy, have yet to fully tested yet. If you ask me, the Yankees really don’t have many quasi-exciting prospects in their system outside of Montero, Romine, Vizcaino, McAllister and Banuelos.
Further…Montero doesn’t have a position, and, Romine projects more to be a solid player – and not a star. Vizcaino, McAllister and Banuelos? Yes, they’re promising…but TINSTAAPP suggests that you never know…