There are other players besides the ones listed below who had good camps - Tyler Austin, Gary Sanchez, and Ramon Flores in particular had great Spring Training performances this year, especially with Sanchez defensively -- but the trio were already considered among the Top Ten prospects in the organization.
Throw in great camps from Angelo Gumbs and Ben Gamel, there were no shortage of candidates. And even youngsters like Abiatal Avelino, Rookie Davis, Jake Cave, Brady Lail, and Matt Snyder even had great camps of their own, but there were five in particular who really improved their stocks greatly.
5. Peter O'Brien - It wasn't too surprising to see the powerful catcher launch missile doubles consistently over outfielder's heads, but defensively he really turned heads with his receiving and setup prowess, not to mention his ability to consistently throw out runners last month. He is not nearly the same question mark defensively behind the plate that he was once when he was selected out of the University of Miami last season and that is good news for his rising stock.
4. Miguel Andujar - Showing up to camp in great shape, looking a lot stronger, he too was hitting the ball consistently hard in camp. However, while the added muscle mass is a welcomed sight, it was his refined offensive approach that was the bigger news. No longer the pull-happy hitter he displayed in the Gulf Coast League last year, he was hitting the ball up the middle and to the opposite field with greater regularity and that bodes extremely well as he enters his second professional season.
3. J.R. Murphy - He squashed any defensive concerns critics may have had about him over the past year or two by developing into an all-around stalwart behind the plate and he kept that going in camp this year. However, scouts have been waiting for his bat to finally show the promise so many saw him in offensively and he carried over his heavy hitting in big league camp to the minor league side. He has the look of a steady climber in prospect circles and seems poised to have a breakout offensive season of sorts in 2013.
2. Greg Bird - He had already established himself as the prime candidate for a Tyler Austin-like breakout in 2013 with the way he ended his 2012 season and carried it over into Instructs this offseason, and he kept it going in a major way during Spring Training camp this year. He is locked in already at the plate and essentially did not have one bad at-bat in camp. His stock is soaring right now.
1. Luis Severino -- Arguably nobody turned more heads than this fire-balling Dominican native. Forget the fact that he was sitting 92-96 mph with relative ease, it was the fact that he was pounding the zone with strike after strike with his plus heater and also peppering the zone with two advanced secondary pitches that has a number of team officials thinking his game is further along than the likes of Arodys Vizcaino and Jose Ramirez at a similar stage in their developments. He has sure-fire Top Ten prospect potential and he could reach such levels as soon as this season based on his Spring Training performance.
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Yankees Prospect Power RankingsHere are the top 20 performances by the Yankees' prospects in the long-season leagues. This is our fourth installment of the Power Rankings for the 2017 season.
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Wade Feels Really PreparedSCRANTON, PA -- Tyler Wade has gone from steady and intriguing shortstop prospect in his younger days to now one of the most consistent performers and near priceless utility-man…
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