Final Yankees Prospect Power Rankings

The 2014 minor league season is officially over and this is the final edition of the weekly of the YPPR [Yankees Prospects Power Rankings]. Here are the top 20 performances by the Yankees' prospects in the long-season leagues in our 17th [and final] installment of the 2014 season.

Note: This list is not about who are the better players or prospects, but rather who is doing the best and making the most of their opportunities.

Rank Name Team Comments Last Week's Rank
1 Rob Refsnyder SWB He faded a tad down the stretch [hitting just .226 in his last 10 games] but he finished first overall in the farm system in batting [.317], and second in runs scored [82] and extra-base hits [58] 1
2 Luis Severino TRE He wound up leading the farm system in strikeouts [127] and would have finished second in starter ERA [2.42] had it not been for the late-season innings restrictions; he was dominant all season long 2
3 Aaron Judge TAM Finished second in batting [.308], first in walks [89] and RBI [78], and third in home runs [17] and runs scored [80]; he was a consistent top five performer all year long 3
4 Kyle Roller SWB Like Judge, Roller was a consistent top five performer in 2014; finished with a .300 average, led the system with 26 home runs and 59 extra-base hits, and finished second in RBI [74], 4
5 Jose Pirela SWB Finished third in batting [.305] and was the youngest player in Triple-A to receive both mid-season and final-season All Star honors 6
6 Jaron Long TRE Sure he went undrafted and the stuff can be underwhelming but it's hard to dispute the performance; led the farm system with a 2.12 ERA, finished second in strikeouts [122], and walked just 1.37 batters per 9 innings 12
7 Brady Lail TAM Finished 5th in starter ERA [3.62] despite some early clunkers while adjusting to two new levels; finished second in wins [11] and third in strikeouts [116] in what can only be deemed a very successful season 15
8 Greg Bird TRE Finished with 45 extra-base hits and 63 walks despite missing the first five weeks of the season; he OPS'ed a very respectable .848 in 2014 7
9 Jake Cave TRE Actually had more hits [165] than Refsnyder and Pirela in 2014, and saw his walk rate and slugging percentages increase in Double-A; seems poised to break out in 2014 8
10 Nick Rumbelow SWB 'Helium' prospect in 2014 actually began the year in low-A before finishing in Triple-A; struck out 81 batters in just 58.1 innings and posted a 1.08 WHIP ratio 10
11 Jacob Lindgren TRE Ended whirlwind debut season on a rough note [giving up 4 of his 6 total earned runs in 2014 in his last outing] but still struck out 48 batters in 25 innings and posted a tiny 1.00 WHIP ratio 5
12 James Pazos TRE Like Lindgren, Pazos didn't end the season on a great note [allowing three earned runs in his last three outings] but still posted fantastic numbers in 2014 [2.42 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 75 K's in 65 innings] 9
13 Eric Jagielo TAM Finished tied for second in home runs [18] despite missing two months of the season with an oblique injury! Ended season with a 5-game hit streak, including four multi-hit games 11
14 Miguel Andujar CHA Tale of two seasons saw him hit 107 points higher in the second half [.319 over his final 64 games versus .212 in his first 63 games]; finished third in farm system in RBI [70] 13
15 Caleb Smith TAM Rollercoaster season had more positives than negatives - when he was on he was unhittable and when he wasn't he was very hittable; just needs to learn to avoid 'clunker' starts 14
16 Gary Sanchez TRE The numbers weren't spectacular [.270, 13 HRs, 65 RBI], but he stepped up in the consistency department for a young player, hitting .270 in the first half and .272 in the second half 17
17 Ian Clarkin TAM It was a very good first full season for the 2013 first rounder, posting a 3.12 ERA [which would have ranked 3rd among starters had he had enough innings to qualify] and striking out 75 batters in 75 innings pitched NR
18 Daniel Camarena TRE Double-A was an adjustment for him, giving up more earned runs [31] with Trenton in six less starts for them versus Tampa [23 earned runs allowed], but overall he still officially finished second in starter ERA [3.40] among inning qualifiers 18
19 Dante Bichette Jr. TRE Still has to make the Double-A adjustment [he hit .224 in 18 games there] but it was still a very nice bounceback season for him, hitting .264 overall with 41 extra-base hits and 64 RBI 20
20 Tyler Austin TRE Hit .336 in the second half with a .954 OPS -- perhaps the old Tyler Austin is working his way back! 16

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