Nathaniel at Seedlings to Stars has been working tirelessly on his list of MLB’s Top-100 prospects for some time now, and he recently completed his list by naming Mike Trout the best prospect in all of baseball. All-in-all four Yankees made the list (Gary Sanchez, Manny Banuelos, Jesus Montero, and Dellin Betances), but as you would expect on a limited list, there were several deserving prospects that just didn’t make the cut. You can find Nathaniel’s list of Yankees snubs here, along with snubbed prospects from the other four AL East teams.
Included on the Yankees snubs list were Mason Williams, Dante Bichette Jr., Nik Turley, and Tyler Austin. For the most part I agree with Nathaniel’s list, but I’d have to add Austin Romine and Ravel Santana over Turley and Austin, but as Nathaniel notes in his write-up, “just because [a guy] is one of four Yankees [he] considered for the top 100 but snubbed doesn’t mean [he]’d call him a top-eight prospect in the system.” Fair enough. Turley (2.51 ERA in 2011) and Austin (.354/.418/.579) are certainly strong prospects, but with the depth the Yankees have built up in their farm system in recent years they simply don’t outrank guys like Romine (.279/.343/.368) and Santana (.296/.361/.568) in my book.
Regardless, all of these guys are incredible talent that fans should be aware of and keep and eye out for in the next few years. And, of course, it’s always interesting to see who the rest of the division has waiting in the wings as well.
For more info on the Yankees prospects listed above, check out YGY’s profiles of them by clicking through the links on their names:
- Jesus Montero
- Manny Banuelos
- Dellin Betances
- Gary Sanchez
- Mason Williams
- Dante Bichette Jr.
- Ravel Santana
- Austin Romine