The New York Yankees farm system hasn’t been MLB’s crown jewel in quite a while; after all, it’s difficult to put together a top-tier group when you’re picking 28th overall for the better part of two decades, placing undue pressure on international signings.
Over the past few years, beginning with the Baby Bomber Era, Brian Cashman’s club has made inroads into the upper crust of prospect rankings. Though their dominance might’ve seemingly crested with the fruits of their 2016 sell-off (Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier), the freshly-dropped 2023 Baseball America Top 100 prospects list proves they’ve still got it.
BA’s list included five Yankees among their 100 notable names, including Anthony Volpe, Oswald Peraza, Jasson Dominguez, Everson Pereira and Austin Wells. While four of those five prospects ranked below the No. 50 spot (and one could argue that both Peraza and Dominguez are criminally underrated here), Volpe moving up to the No. 7 spot shows that the consensus is that he’s an elite talent.
Forget about the “overrated” chatter. It’s certainly possible! But enthusiastic appraisals are mostly the result of superior talent.
Where do Anthony Volpe, New York Yankees top prospects rank in Baseball America’s Top 100 list?
Dominguez is still clearly getting burned for not quite being the immediate offensive superfreak we were promised, but he still climbed three levels in 2022 and adjusted to Double-A pitching spectacularly by the time the playoffs rolled around, hitting .450 with 3 homers and 10 RBI in five games during Somerset’s title run. Oh, and forget the memes about Jayson Tatum, Gleyber Torres and Co.; this guy really is just 19.
The most notable Yankees name not mentioned was Spencer Jones, the Aaron Judge clone who translated his ridiculous exit velocity to pro ball while upping his contact rate/reducing his strikeouts. If we were to guess, he was snubbed due to lack of data, and should climb tremendously (or, at least, to Pereira territory) after the 2023 season.
The Yankees aren’t quite the Guardians (seven Top 100 guys) or the Orioles (a remarkable eight, and two of the top six), but they’re closer to the top than the depressing doldrums. For a current contender, it feels a lot better now than it did in August 2016.