Last week I mentioned that Baseball America was releasing its top-20 lists for each of the affiliated minor leagues. In that post, I also revealed the upcoming schedule for the prospect honorarium.
Sadly, no members of the Staten Island Yankees made the list of prospects in the New York-Penn League. However sad this news may be, the reason is simply because most of the team’s 2009 draft class skipped the NYPL entirely, playing their first season of pro ball with the Charleston River Dogs in the South Atlantic League.
Further, as most of the team’s top picks in the 2010 draft class were so young and raw, those players got their first taste of organized professional baseball at the aforementioned Gulf Coast League level. By the time guys like Cito Culver and Gary Sanchez were ready to move up to Staten Island, their window to make this top-20 list had closed.