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  1. I guess he’s a little old to be a true prospect but Nuno has been working his way up the minors pretty nicely and looking good this Spring.

    Comment by KJ — March 6, 2013 @ 9:33 am

  2. Mark,

    Newman has big questions regarding Sanchez and his ability to remain behind the plate long-term. I’ve seen him catch a number of innings and tend to disagree, but I’m not a professional scout. What do you think?

    Comment by Tyler K Patterson — March 6, 2013 @ 9:43 am

  3. Also, Gary Sanchez is 20, not 19. Does that affect the “reach majors before 22″ statement?

    Comment by Tyler K Patterson — March 6, 2013 @ 9:49 am

  4. As a Yankees fan I think more guys should be ranked #1.

    Comment by bballislife17 — March 6, 2013 @ 10:00 am

  5. He does note that Sanchez is 20 in the blurb. Last year was his age 19 season though. If things go as hoped, he should make AA later this year (at 20), and then AAA next year (at 21). That means at some point in 2015 (22), he’ll probably make the big leagues, if only as a September callup.

    Comment by Mike K. — March 6, 2013 @ 10:09 am

  6. What are your thoughts on Ramon Flores? Mike Axisa had him ranked all the way up at 5th overall (but he admitted it was aggressive) coming into this spring.

    Also what do you think of Rafael DePaula? I know there isn’t much to know about him yet, until he gets over here to the states and plays in the minors but from what you know what kind of potential does he have?

    Comment by Matt Bertelli — March 6, 2013 @ 10:12 am

  7. Any comment on Greg Bird, some seem to really like the bat potential?

    Comment by Pirates Hurdles — March 6, 2013 @ 10:49 am

  8. So bummed about Banuelos, really hoping for a strong recovery.

    Comment by bonestock94 — March 6, 2013 @ 10:54 am

  9. Have you seen De Paula yet? If so any thoughts on him?

    Comment by AJP — March 6, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

  10. I’m really not worried about him sticking back there; there are questions with a lot of young catchers because there is so much to learn. In speaking with the organization, they have no concerns that they expressed to me.

    Comment by Marc Hulet — March 6, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

  11. De Paula was really close to making the list but I just don’t have enough info on him and really want to see how he handles pro ball. As for Flores, I saw him have a great game at AA with two hits and a walk… I like the bat… not a CFer, though, so lack of power hurts his potential. Platoon guy or second division starter.

    Comment by Marc Hulet — March 6, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

  12. They have permanently moved him from C to 1B due to his back issues. So the bat better be spectacular. With only 122 professional AB’s, most of them at Rookie ball, I don’t think we have enough info to know whether he’s a good enough hitter to project as an MLB 1B. But the bat definitely has potential.

    Comment by Preston — March 6, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

  13. Really like him… He was another guy that was close to making the list but, yeah, the loss of defensive value really hurts.

    Comment by Marc Hulet — March 6, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

  14. Is Dante Bichette Jr an honorable mention?

    Comment by rusty — March 6, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

  15. Ty Hensley’s STUFF is impressive…the kid has got to be sick to death of hearing about his throwing sholuder. I want to see him have a healthy season as much as the next guy. You can’t fault a kid who has a congenital difference maker..let’s go around and take MRI’s of every pitcher’s shoulder and see what we find. Hell Roger Clemmens had labrum surgery is first year out…he managed a decent career.

    Comment by Bobby Jack — March 6, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

  16. *clemens damn multi tasking

    Comment by Bobby Jack — March 6, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

  17. Decent might be bit of a streach, I mean he is not Cy Young or anything.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=pit&lg=all&qual=y&type=8&season=2012&month=0&season1=1871&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&players=0

    Comment by Matt Bertelli — March 6, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

  18. That’s what I thought with De Paula, can’t know until he gets some innings under him over here.

    Can you come up with a mlb comp to Flores? Jose Tabata?

    Comment by Matt Bertelli — March 6, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

  19. lol

    Comment by JDub — March 6, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

  20. love that outfield trio…

    Comment by commenter #1 — March 6, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

  21. Marc curious to get your take on Nik Turley – back of the rotation starter fringe guy/spot starter, future bullpen arm?

    Was he close to making the top 15 or still too far away to project much?

    Comment by Hank — March 6, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

  22. Agree – he looks like he might be a deep sleeper this season.

    Comment by Jaysfan — March 6, 2013 @ 7:51 pm

  23. I was excited to see him pitch but I came away disappointed. I really don’t like Turley’s delivery. It definitely screams reliever.

    Comment by Marc Hulet — March 6, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

  24. any thoughts on zollo almonte?

    Comment by potcircle — March 7, 2013 @ 1:29 am

  25. For fantasy dynasty would you take Heathcott’s future or Trevor Story from Colorado?

    Comment by Davis — March 8, 2013 @ 3:31 am

  26. Any thoughts on Brien Taylor? is he an honorable mention? Talent evaluators I talked to said hes very good at not dropping the soap

    Comment by David Parrish — March 8, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

  27. Could end up with similiar stats, although Flores might be able to get a bit more power when he learns to utilize the short rf wall.

    Flores has been solid so far, and is the youngest of the group of outfielders and that is after spending an entire season in Tampa. He is good, but lack of power from a corner outfielder really dings his prospect status, although no reason he shouldn’t keep moving up at this rate.

    Comment by Lazer_Town — March 8, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

  28. Shouldn’t be on a top 15 list. Good power, but the lack of ability to take a walk is concerning.

    Comment by Lazer_Town — March 8, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

  29. lol

    Comment by Lazer_Town — March 8, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

  30. Preston, theoretically I don’t think pro experience should be a selection criteria. More data helps to lower a prospect’s volatility, sure. You’re trying to project their future prospects, though, and there shouldn’t be an inherent bias towards high minors guys if you want to attempt to do that accurately.

    I never thought Bird had much shot at C, and while the offensive bar is high at 1B some of the game’s most valuable players play the position.

    Comment by Ted Nelson — March 8, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

  31. You say at the beginning of this article that the Yankee minorleague system isn’t as deep as earlier years, some would argue, including Patrick Teale @Pinstripesplus.com that the Yankee system has never been deeper. That this is the deepest that the system has ever been, and he vets all of his prospect picks with members of the Yankee organization. I would agree with him that the current Yankee minorleague system has NEVER been deeper. Maybe do some actual research.

    Comment by Tim Baumgardner — March 9, 2013 @ 10:25 am

  32. And where oh where in God’s name are DePaula and Ramon Flores? Both prospecst vetted by many scouts and Yankee officials as being possible top 100 prospects in the fall of 2013 and neither one are in your top 15? DePaula has been vetted by many as the #1 starter in the org and the highest ceiling.

    Comment by Tim Baumgardner — March 9, 2013 @ 10:31 am

  33. He was probably referring to his just completed age-19 season. He didn’t turn 20 until December, so will be 20 all of the 2013 season. I can see him maybe making it to the majors late 2014 when he’s still 21, although I don’t see him being a regular for the 2014 season.

    Comment by RobM — March 9, 2013 @ 11:27 am

  34. Bro, it’s Hulet’s personal Top 15, of course there will be variation.

    And if you’d read the comments above you’d have seen that he actually answered your question about DePaula. Lots of people prefer not to rank prospects who haven’t faced actual professional competition yet. In fact, his not ranking DePaula actually speaks to the Yankees depth this year.

    And lots of people think Flores is a classic tweener with not enough power for the corners and not enough range for CF. I’m pretty high on him, but Martin Prado is his absolute offensive ceiling, so I can’t really blame him for preferring high upside guys like Gumbs and even guys like Murphy, who could still be an above average offensive catcher, and Adams, who I also think of as a possible Prado type (albeit without the speed or defense) if he can stay healthy.

    Comment by YanksFanInBeantown — March 10, 2013 @ 1:11 am

  35. But volatility matters in prospect ranking. He’s 20 years old and he’s faced almost no advanced competition in his career. For all we know, he might not be able to hit a breaking ball.

    There’s definitely an argument for him placing in the back half of this list, but it’s really not a big deal for him not to make it, either. There’s a reason Jonathan Singleton was the only pure 1B on the BA Top 100 last year, and Bird has a long way to go before he’s mentioned in the same breath as Singleton.

    (Unless, of course, he gets popped for weed twice.)

    Comment by YanksFanInBeantown — March 10, 2013 @ 1:23 am

  36. I have to disagree with you on Turley. He isn’t a top prospect, but he should’ve been in the Yankees top 15. He should be a solid #4 starter.
    Also, DePaula should’ve made it as well.
    I really like the aggressive ranking of Gumbs – I think he will be breaking some top 100 lists next year.

    Comment by Mike — March 19, 2013 @ 11:20 am

  37. Prado may be his offensive ceiling, but he has no where near the type of skills defensively. That is what kills Flores’ value. Gardner is good in LF because he brings speed and defensive value – Flores doesn’t.

    Comment by Mike — March 19, 2013 @ 11:22 am

  38. Any talk about Zolio now that he’s up with the big club?

    Comment by Tony Soprano — June 22, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

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