Oh did you forget about prospect ranking season? Luckily Baseball Prospectus was around to release the 2014 edition of their top 10 prospects list for the Yankees on Monday. The full write-up on the list is behind the BP paywall, but the list itself is not and is as follows: 1) Aaron Judge 2) Luis Severino 3) Gary Sanchez 4) Ian Clarkin 5) Jorge Mateo 6) Rob Refsnyder 7) Greg Bird 8) Leonardo Molina 9) Jacob Lindgren 10) Luis Torrens
Lotta turnover from last year's list to this year's. Last year's top 6 was Sanchez, Jose Ramirez, J.R. Murphy, Slade Heathcott, Tyler Austin, and Mason Williams, and 5 of those top 6 are nowhere to be found. Overall there are 6 new players, with Sanchez (1st last year), Clarkin (9th), Judge (10th), and Bird (7th) carrying over.
After the turnover, the big thing that stands out to me is the love for the Yankees' young players. We've seen Mateo make some noise on the prospect circuit on the strength of his good GCL season, but Molina at 8 is a big leap of faith. He hit .193/.267/.260 with 1 home run and a 23.5% K rate in 53 GCL games. The tools are his big draw and the BP crew is all about them.
No surprise up top though. The Judge-Severino-Sanchez trifecta seems to be the universal top 3 in the organization.