Yankees farm system rankings vary following trade deadline

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Following three big trades at the non-waiver trade deadline, the Yankees farm system ranking fell a few spots from where they started this spring, according to two reliable baseball sources.

Before the 2017 season began, the Yankees were duking it up with the Braves for the right to claim the top overall spot among minor league farm systems.

Five months later, and the rankings have slightly changed.

Looking at the good folks at MLB.com, notably prospect guru Jim Callis, he’s only dropped the Yanks a total of two slots — to No. 4.

As for Baseball America, although they too had the Yankees at No. 2 in February, the recent trades with the White Sox, Twins and Athletics took a bit more stark out of the Yanks’ system in BA’s eyes — ranking them at No. 7 overall.

Most of the damage done to the Yankees’ farm system came in the Sonny Gray trade, as three top 10 prospects were sent to the A’s (James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo and Dustin Fowler).

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Another notable name and former first round draft pick, Blake Rutherford, was dealt to the Pale Hose along with Tito Polo and Ian Clarkin for a trio of veteran assets.

As for the trade that left more than a few fans shaking their heads, GM Brian Cashman sent two promising left-handed shooters (Dietrich Enns and Zack Littell) to the Twins for Jaime Garcia, who spent about 35 minutes in Minnesota after being acquired in a separate deal from the Braves.

The Yankees, who find themselves ranked behind the White Sox,  Braves and Padres (in that order, per MLB.com), still have five prospects ranked in the top 100: Gleyber Torres (No. 3), Clint Frazier (No. 27), Chance Adams (No. 61), Estevan Florial (No. 90) and Justus Sheffield (No. 93).

Callis went so far as to point out the Yankees having an “endless supply of power arms” on the horizon, notably Adams, Domingo AcevedoAlbert AbreuJorge Guzman, Freicer Perez and Matt Sauer. Callis also fully expects the 19-year-old Florial to fly up the top 100 rankings.

For those wondering what the Bombers’ top 10 list looks like, here you go — per MLB.com.

Torres, Frazier, Adams, Florial, Sheffield, Tyler Wade, Miguel Andujar, Domingo Acevedo, Abreu and Nick Solak.

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Other of the top 30 names you’ve probably heard of once or twice:

Dillon Tate (No. 15), Tyler Austin (No. 16),  Jake Cave (No. 20), Domingo German (No. 22), Ben Heller (No. 24), Billy McKinney (No. 25) and Giovanny Gallegos  (No. 30).