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Theeee-e-e-e-e Prospects Win!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
The Yankees' farm system used to be considered a relative nonentity or simply a breeding ground for trade bait to be used to obtain crotchety old dudes, but ever since our dear Cash Man made the ol' farm his obsession of choice it's been chock-full of youngsters that have actually been useful to the team!

Each year after the draft some sort of "expert folks" put together a list of the top 100 prospects throughout the league based on their minor league performance (if they have any experience yet) and scouting reports, and while there is no such comprehensive list for 2008 just yet (the draft - and henceforth the list - is still several months off), some reports on individual teams' own top youngsters have been put together by Baseball America. For those of y'all that follow the goings-on in farm-ville this list is probably neither news nor surprising, but let's examine it anyway. While we're perusing, recall that only folks with either fewer than 50 IP or 130 at-bats are considered "prospects", which is why Joba can be on here but Hughsie cannot.

1. Jobamania - RHP
2. Austin Jackson - OF
3. Jose Tabata - OF
4. I-Ken - RHP
5. Allan Horne - RHP
6. Jesus Montero - C
7. Jeff Marquez - RHP
8. Brett Gardner - OF
9. Ross Ohlendorf - RHP
10. Andrew Brackman - RHP

This list looks very impressive, and while we obviously can't count on all prospects to actually succeed in the big time, we've already seen that Joba and I-Ken have seriously got the goods, and Tabata has been touted as a winner for quite some time. It's too bad there apparently isn't a lefty worthy of being on that list, because it seems to me that everyone is always scrambling to find a halfway decent lefty. As for that surplus of RHP's, I have a feeling that even though the Cash Man is attached to his farm, the fact that there are righties aplenty will prove to be a big boon to the team when they're looking to make a trade and need to throw in an extra arm or two.

I like this list and all, but I am really looking forward to the nice big list where all the prospects are ranked against each other - that provides much more insight into who will be valued as trade bait, which teams have a stockpile of good youngsters, etc. By that time Joba or I-Ken might not be eligible to be on considered prospects anymore, but if they are I would think that they would both be in the top 10; I'm not so sure where the others will fall but I would be surprised if most of them were not ranked in the top 100 of the league. I'll be waiting...

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Thursday, January 10, 2008  
  • At 7:38 AM, Blogger Yankees Muse said…

    I see the list a little differently I have the top ten like this
    9.Chase Wright ok maybe Marquez in the nine hole because as a catcher he is less likely to give up the long ball. :)
    Its funny I have seen 4 or 5 differant lists and why nobody but me wants to include Sanchez is a mystery. What do you think?

  • At 1:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Muse, it is weird that the list you found is so different. In particular the Chase Wright inclusion. I actually think it's kind of nice that scouts see something in him that shows he still has potential - maybe his poor performance in his brief time with the Yanks was just because he wasn't ready.

  • At 2:29 PM, Blogger Yankees Muse said…

    Oh he deffinately wasn't ready. He was rushed to the majors out of desperation. They were going to have to throw Scott Proctor into the rotation if they didn't do something fast his minor league numbers were decent in A ball he was 13-3 with an era of 1.79 in 2007 he started in AA and was moved to AAA after only one game he had only 15 starts in Scranton all year but most of those were after his short trip with The Yankees. So to say he wasn't ready for prime time is an understatement.

  • At 11:37 PM, Anonymous yankees dude said…

    Muse, I think Sanchez is considered too much of a question mark at this point to be included, because of the rehabbing.

  • At 5:22 AM, Blogger Yankees Muse said…

    isn't that the point. If their wasn't question marks they wouldn't be called prospects they would be called sure things. LOL

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