• THT’s Top 10 Yankees Prospects

    Posted by on October 14th, 2010 · Comments (2)

    The Hardball Times has released their take on who the 10 best prospects are in the Yankee farm system.  Take a look here at the 2011 list and check out the 2010 list just for comparison’s sake.

    I not only agree with the names they’ve chosen but with the order in which they’ve chosen them.  It’s a healthy mix of players in various stages of development, from the very nearly MLB-ready (Jesus Montero/Adam Warren) to the raw but talented (Cito Culver/Slade Heathcott/Gary Sanchez).

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    One of the joys of baseball is all of the different seasons one can enjoy: the excitement of the Hot Stove League, the hopefulness of spring training, the drama of postseason baseball set against autumn chill.  For me, prospect season is one of those seasonal joys.  As the regular season winds down and teams (and various baseball-interested media outlets) take stock of the year that was, we get more and more of these lists which rank prospects and give us names to look forward to and to watch for in the coming months and years ahead.

    I will try to remain focused on the playoffs for as long as the Yankees in the running for their 28th World Championship.  Once their run is over — no matter how it turns out — I will immediately turn my attention over to prospect season.  Hope you don’t mind.

    Comments on THT’s Top 10 Yankees Prospects

    1. Scout
      October 14th, 2010 | 6:49 pm

      Weighing the prospects is always a fascinating exercise. Yankee fans habitually overrate Yankee prospects; I suspect the fans of other teams do likewise. We need hard, sober analysis, free of the hype.

      Speaking of hype, I have read Cashman’s remarks that Betances may be the best Yankee pitching prospect since he’s been there. Hmmm. Sounds like an effort to boost the guy’s price on the trade market. Doubt it will work, though.

    2. MJ Recanati
      October 14th, 2010 | 9:07 pm

      Scout wrote:

      Speaking of hype, I have read Cashman’s remarks that Betances may be the best Yankee pitching prospect since he’s been there. Hmmm. Sounds like an effort to boost the guy’s price on the trade market. Doubt it will work, though.

      I saw that too and tend to think it’s what you say: a case of trying to mark up a good prospect’s price, turning him into a “great” pitcher before he’s truly ready to be great.

      That being said, Betances does have a good set of tools with which to work so any team that might be interested in him will not be wrong to take a chance on him.

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