Top 50 Yankees Prospects

Here are the Top 50 Yankees' prospects. PinstripesPlus.com gives a little insight on each selection in our rankings but will follow up more in-depth with individual scouting reports on each player throughout this offseason, starting in descending order.

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1. RHP, Luis Severino - We predicted last offseason that this fire-baller would most likely ascend to the top of the rankings and all he did in 2014 was post a combined 2.46 ERA over three minor league levels and advance from low-A ball to Double-A in one season. He has three plus pitches and innate strike-throwing ability. The only thing he needs to do now is continue to build up his stamina and pitch deeper in games before finding his eventual place in the front half of a big league starting rotation. There are legitimate comparisons to Kansas City Royals' stud pitcher Yordano Ventura.

2. 1B, Greg Bird - Despite missing the first five weeks of the season with an ailing back, last year's top overall prospect chipped in with a fine season, hitting a combined .271 with 30 doubles and 14 home runs between high-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. He has an advanced hitting approach, superb patience and pitch recognition, and plus power potential to all fields. Throw in impeccable makeup and a quickly developing defensive game, he has everything in place to be an impact player for the Yankees down the road. Don't be surprised if he gets to New York sometime next season.

3. OF, Aaron Judge - One of last year's first round picks, the former Fresno State standout didn't debut until this past season due to a minor injury last year but what a debut it was, hitting a combined .308 over two A-ball levels with 17 home runs and 89 walks. Standing 6-foot-7 and built like New Orleans Saints' tight end Jimmy Graham, with a quick bat, plus power to all fields, and a discerning eye at the plate, there is virtually a limitless ceiling to his game. He is rather advanced too so he might be big league ready within one more year.

4. C, Gary Sanchez - A punching bag of sorts for various critics, this 21-year old [he turns 22 in December] hit a respectable .270 with 13 home runs for Double-A Trenton in 2014 and continued his defensive progression behind the plate. He is one of the better throwing catchers around, boasting plus arm strength, an extremely quick release, and consistently accurate throws, and he has gotten better blocking balls in the dirt and calling games. Throw in a bat that isn't quite done developing yet either, he has the chance to develop into one of the better all-around catchers in the game and he's inching his way closer to being big league ready. Like Judge, there is almost no tangible ceiling to his game.

5. SS, Jorge Mateo - On the subject of sky-high ceilings, this speedster has everything a team would want in a prime shortstop prospect; plus-plus running speed, plus bat speed, a consistent swing, average or better power potential, and plus defensive skills. The 19-year old conjures up legitimate comparisons a right-handed hitting version of Jose Reyes. Like Reyes there might not be a whole lot of patience at the plate and there will be some wild swings at times, but just like Reyes he has the chance to move very quickly through the minor leagues. He's arguably the best shortstop prospect the Yankees have had since Derek Jeter was turning heads in the minor leagues decades ago.

6. 2B, Rob Refsnyder - Known for his consistent hitting ability even when the Yankees drafted him in the fifth round of the 2012 MLB Draft, this former college outfielder never really possessed other plus tools so he was going to have to hit his way through the minor leagues and quickly develop in the middle infield. Put an emphatically bolded checkmark next to those two items; he owns a career .297 batting average and he's turned himself not only into a serviceable defensive second baseman but one who shows above average or better potential in the field. Throw in exceptional Jeter-like makeup and intangibles, and his ability to get physically stronger over the years, he has virtually no weaknesses in his game. He's big league ready now and could [and really should] be a consistent presence in the lineup as soon as 2015.

7. C, Luis Torrens - Like Mateo, Torrens doesn't have a whole lot of minor league track history on his side and yet amongst baseball people he is already considered one of the better prospects in the middle of the diamond. An exceptional catch and throw guy, one who averages 1.8 seconds on his throws to second base and is already a plus receiver, defensively he has no weaknesses in his game and he's just 18 years old. Despite being even younger than Mateo, he has uncanny bat control and superb plate discipline. He grades out as a plus hitter, a plus defender, and while the power potential is merely average right now, he has the kind of frame that could really get stronger in the coming years and more power could materialize. He already has a ton of trade value and he has hardly any long-season league experience yet.

8. LHP, Manny Banuelos - A prized pitching prospect for some time now, this southpaw has been under the media's microscope for years in anticipation of his big league arrival. He missed the majority of two seasons while dealing with Tommy John surgery but bounced back in solid fashion this year, posting a combined 4.11 ERA over three minor league levels. The stuff is almost all the way back as he averaged mostly 92-95 mph with his fastball in 2014, and both the curveball and changeup, once plus pitches, began to flash that potential again too. The control even got better this year too [he averaged nearly five walks per nine innings in 2012 and it improved to three and half in 2014]. He isn't quite big league ready yet but he is getting closer to making a big league impact soon.

9. 3B, Eric Jagielo - Last year's first round pick had an up and down first full season in 2014. He clubbed a remarkable 18 home runs in just 332 at-bats this year, the bulk of which came in the pitching-friendly Florida State League, but he missed nearly two months with a pulled oblique. He is a better hitter for average than his .256 average this year shows, displaying good plate discipline and pitch recognition. Defensively he is adequate right now at third base but there isn't a whole lot of potential growth on that side of the ball, leading some scouts to ponder if an eventual position switch to first base or left field [he played some outfield at Notre Dame] is coming. Offensively, however, the left-handed slugger could be an impact bat wherever he plays. There are some legitimate comparisons to Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon, perhaps with a bit more juice. And just like Gordon, another former third baseman, Jagielo could thrive if a position switch was required.

10. OF, Tyler Austin - This former third baseman turned outfielder has had to deal with an ailing wrist injury for the better part of a year and a half and it showed in his dipping production. However, the further he has gotten away from the injury the better he has looked. He hit a robust .336 with a .954 OPS in the second half in Double-A this year, finally displaying once again the kind of impact player he can be. A high makeup guy, he just turned 23 years old and now has two years of Double-A experience under his belt. There is still some significant ceiling here.

11. LHP, Ian Clarkin - The third of last year's first round picks could wind up being the best of the trio even though right now he gets slightly buried in the depth at the top because his now tools aren't quite as plus as the others. Still, the 19-year old had a tremendous first full season in 2014, posting a combined 3.12 ERA with as many strikeouts as innings pitched over two A-ball levels. He flashes three plus pitches on any given day, including a 91-94 mph fastball, and his overall pitch-ability is advanced beyond his years. Offering a nice blend of now stuff and projection, he could very well pull a Severino-like ascension next year and eventually pitch in the front-half of a big league rotation someday.

12. 3B, Miguel Andujar - Arguably the best all-around third base prospect in the farm system, this Dominican native is slowly proving to be quite the dual threat on a baseball diamond. A developing smooth defensive player, one who boast plus arm strength and above average range, he struggled initially offensively in his first taste of the long-season leagues this past season but made the adjustment in the big way in the second half, hitting .319 in his last 64 low-A games. He'll just be 20 years old when the 2015 season begins so there's still plenty of upside. The power potential slides more to the average side right now so it remains to be seen if he can materialize into an impact home run hitter down the road, but the rest of his game is developing nicely into one of the better players.

13. RHP, Austin DeCarr - This year's third round pick [second overall] compares favorably as a right-handed version of Clarkin in that he has three pitches that flash plus big league potential [with his changeup easily the third best offering entering professional baseball] already, an overall advanced feel for pitching for somebody his age, and the kind of ceiling that could eventually slide into the front half of a big league starting rotation someday. And like Clarkin, he could find his way on a similar path in his first full season next year by finishing up in high-A ball after a strong start.

14. OF, Jake Cave - This former sixth round pick out of high school in 2011 is proving to be one heck of a hitter. He missed his first two professional seasons with a knee injury but has quickly ascended the minor league ranks all the way to Double-A on the strength of a career .288 average. He can really hit but what actually gets underrated are his tools. While neither the speed nor the power are plus, both are average or better and his all-out hustle style of play allows them to perform at a level higher. He doesn't play the game with an ounce of fear and he still has some untapped potential given his two-year layoff. He could prove to be an impact bat someday.

15. OF, Ramon Flores - This Venezuelan native has been, and continues to be, one of the more unheralded outfield prospects in the game. He missed a huge portion of this season due to injury but the 22-year old can flat-out rake! He boasts plus big league plate discipline, a rare ability to use the whole field, and average power potential to all fields that is slowly getting better. He is also an above average defensive outfielder. Think a young Robinson Cano type swing-wise. It remains to be seen if Flores can develop a bit more loft in his swing like Cano did once he got to the big leagues, but if he does he could wind up having the longest career of anyone in these rankings.

16. LHP, Jacob Lindgren - This year's top overall pick would rank much higher if not for the fact that he's destined to be a bullpen guy but don't let his conservative ranking fool you, he's an impact pitcher every step of the way. He has three plus pitches and a full attack style of pitching on the mound. Incredibly tough to hit because of all of the movement he generates with his pitches, his biggest strength is ironically his biggest weakness as sometimes he can get himself into trouble by not being able to control it consistently in the strike zone. He's a bonafide future setup man though with even some closing potential too and he won't be long for the minor leagues. He could be poised to make an impact on the big league club as soon as next season.

17. SS, Abiatal Avelino - A Top Ten prospect a year ago, this Dominican native simply has fallen victim to the increased depth at the top. He had an injury-marred first full season this year, missing two and half months with a quad injury. He proved to be every bit the steady player he was before the injury, however, hitting .294 with eleven stolen bases in his first 29 games. None of the physical tools are plus so he does pale in comparison to Mateo in that regard, but all of the tools are average or better and his tremendous makeup and maturity allows him to be more consistent than most. There is still some projection to his game, a game which could be solid enough with no glaring weaknesses to make a quick ascension through the minor leagues if he remains healthy. Think of a right-handed hitting version of Asdrubal Cabrera offensively.

18. RHP, Ty Hensley - The former first round pick is both proof positive of the ever-increasing depth of the Yankees' minor league system and emblematic of the fluctuating state of health down on the farm as well. He has had both his shoulder and hip abnormalities surgically repaired over the past two years and that has put him on the shelf primarily for the most part, but when he has been able to toe the rubber he shows the kind of high upside that could eventually fit nicely into the front half of a big league rotation someday. He's oh-so close to recovering his once consistent plus fastball, sitting mostly in the 91-94 mph range [just one tick below his pre-surgery days], his curveball is back to being a plus pitch, and the changeup is slowly improving and shows long-term plus potential. More than anything he just needs innings and experience, and it would be unwise to forget about this top talent.

19. RHP, Jose Campos - Yet another high-end arm that has dealt with more than his fair share of injuries lately, this prized prospect obtained from the Seattle Mariners in the Jesus Montero-Michael Pineda deal missed the entire season with Tommy John surgery. Still just 22 years old, he's a physical specimen when he's healthy. Big-bodied and strong, he flashed three plus pitches, including a fastball that once hit as high as 97 mph, before he got hurt and he an advanced feel for pitching. The success rate coming back from Tommy John is very good so it stands to reason he should be back to his normal self eventually so the potential is still quite vast, but it may take some time for him to regain his top prospect status until it happens.

20. RHP, Nick Rumbelow - The former LSU closer had a whale of a first full season in 2014, advancing four levels after beginning the year in low-A Charleston and finishing in Triple-A Scranton, and being extremely effective along the way. He posted a combined 2.62 ERA with 81 strikeouts in just 58.1 innings. There are legitimate comparisons to Yankee closer David Robertson physically, stuff-wise, and with his pitch-ability, and like Robertson he has flown through the minor leagues in dominating fashion and could be poised to reach the big leagues in his second full season. He is closing in on being big league ready and has the chance to be a high impact reliever someday.

21. RHP, Brady Lail - This former 18th round pick out of high school in 2012 has quietly become one of the better starting pitching prospects in the farm system. He posted a combined 11-6 record with a 3.62 ERA over two A-ball levels this year and piled up 134.1 innings. All of his pitches grade out as above average or better, he has a real knack for filling up the strike zone, and his command is very advanced for his age [he just turned 21 years old in August]. His approach is to pitch to contact earlier in counts so his numbers should get better as the defenses behind him get better the higher he climbs, but he also has strikeout stuff once he gets ahead in counts. A little Adam Warren-like but with better secondary pitches, there's still some projection left to his game. He profiles best right now as a potential middle of the rotation starter but don't be surprised if he begins to track higher down the road if he continues to get physically stronger.

22. OF, Mason Williams - This former top prospect has become largely lambasted on the national scene for his dipping production, so much so that his overblown weaknesses are akin to Paul Bunyan-like folklore and therefore it has rendered him to 'sleeper' status. There is no denying that his .223 showing in Double-A Trenton this year was disappointing but he wasn't nearly as bad as many scouting reports tabbed him. He actually cut down on his strikeout ratio [just 68 K's in 507 at-bats] and he ran into some back luck at times. He is still a premier defensive outfielder with plus speed and a patient approach, the kind of requisite game that could easily slide in as a backup outfield option, but there is still some untapped potential that is hard to completely write off just yet too. He will be 23 years old for the majority of next season and could still bounce back in a big way.

23. RHP, Nick Goody - Stuff-wise there isn't a huge drop-off here from Rumbelow. Not only are they former college teammates and good friends, but Goody has a similar above average to plus fastball and hammer curveball combination. He missed the majority of the 2013 season with Tommy John surgery and while the numbers weren't sparkling upon his return this year [combined 4.60 ERA between high-A and Double-A], he showed he still has strikeout stuff [46 K's in 31.1 innings]. His command was just slightly off, an aspect of pitching that's expected once one comes back from Tommy John surgery. Once he gets back to some more consistent cheese at knees he could get back to his dominating ways.

24. OF, Slade Heathcott - This former first round pick has the tools to be not only among the top prospects but arguably the top overall prospect. However, he is currently recovering from his fifth surgery [his third on his knees] and simply hasn't been able to stay on the field on any consistent level. He's a plus run guy still, one who is a plus defensive outfielder and boasts above average power potential, and he has demonstratively mentally matured since his 2009 selection. At this point, however, he just needs to prove he can remain healthy and that remains an iffy proposition. Until he does he is more of a high-jackpot lottery ticket with long odds of paying out.

25. SS, Tyler Wade - Last year's fourth round pick out of high school is on the opposite side of the spectrum. He isn't nearly as toolsy nor does he offer the same immense ceiling, but consistency is that rare, never-spoken-about sixth tool and Wade has it in spades. He has some tools, including above average to plus running speed and above average defensive abilities, but his power is relegated to below average status and that allows him to fly under the radar. However, he has great intangibles and makeup, a professional approach at the plate, and a frame that continues to get physically stronger. Throw in a consistent swing and solid offensive approach, he has the chance to develop into a solid all-around shortstop prospect who just won't hit a ton of home runs.

26. SS, Thairo Estrada - This Venezeulan native who signed for a mere $50,000 is arguably the biggest 'sleeper' prospect in the farm system. He falls more into the Avelino category as a steadier player than into the Mateo realm as a plus tools guy, but it's not like he's without some tangible tools either. He's an average to above average runner with average power potential. A little Jose Pirela-like in that regard, the fact is Estrada has a real knack for barreling the baseball, boasts the kind of frame that could theoretically get stronger in the coming years, and he can play above average defense at shortstop. Throw in some defensive versatility [he plays a superb second base too] and this guy already projects as a solid bench type player at minimum, but, still just 18 years old, offers significant upside too as a potential big league starter.

27. SS, Angel Aguilar - Yet another Venezuelan shortstop with average or better tools across the board, this 19-year old is quickly providing a lot of middle infield depth for the Yankees at the lower levels. He is similar to Estrada in his ability to consistently barrel the baseball and play a few other positions in more than serviceable fashion [he has the arm strength to play third base and the agility to play second base too], and he's even shown a bit more juice at the plate [he was among the Gulf Coast League leaders in home runs]. He's not quite as gifted defensively at shortstop as Estrada and his swing can be a bit longer at times, but he too offers a nice blend of safe projection and some upside in the middle of the diamond.

28. RHP, Domingo Acevedo - Standing 6-foot-7 and conservatively listed at 190 pounds, this Dominican native can be downright overpowering at times, sitting anywhere from 95-99 mph with his fastball. And it's not like he's wild either, he is a superb strike-thrower with solid mechanics, especially for somebody his size and he has a plus changeup that makes hitting against him extremely difficult. It's those positives that give him a sky-high ceiling and the opportunity to move relatively quickly through the minor leagues going forward. The negatives, however, including already being 21 years old once the 2015 season rolls around and not yet being in the long-season leagues, and the fact that his breaking ball, while showing plus potential, is very inconsistent, not only means there is work to be done but he's far from a long-term given too. Still, he has the chance to be Dellin Betances-like if the breaking ball begins to click sooner rather than later.

29. OF, Leonardo Molina - It wasn't the debut season last year's top International free agent or the Yankees were hoping for in 2014, hitting just .193 with one lone home run in the Gulf Coast League, but Molina was a 16-year old who skipped a level and played against competition much older than him. He still has above average to plus tools across the board and the kind of advanced maturity seldom found in teenagers. He was also praised for his advanced approach at the plate despite the disappointing numbers and most team insiders believe he could have a Ramon Flores like bounce-back season in sophomore campaign next year. The talent is too natural and the upside is too enormous for him not to be considered one of the better prospects right now.

30. LHP, James Pazos - Lindgren rightfully got most of the press among the Yankee bullpen farmhands in 2014 but this former 13th round pick in 2012 can be nearly as electric at times. He'll sit anywhere from 91-97 mph with his fastball and his slider, once wildly inconsistent when he first signed, has become a consistent weapon in recent years. It's an above average, borderline plus offering and he will mix in a quality changeup from time to time. He posted a 1.50 ERA in Double-A this year and proved he can get righties out too. He could follow Lindgren to the Bronx at some point next season and be nearly as effective.

31. RHP, Simon De La Rosa - Just like Acevedo, this Dominican native was signed at a later age but has quickly proven to have the kind of electric arm that simply can't be discounted due to advanced years. He doesn't throw quite as hard, sitting only 92-96 mph, but his breaking ball is already a plus big league offering. He also doesn't throw as many strikes either, walking 58 batters in his first 88 professional innings, and at 21 years old he has yet to break into the long-season leagues, but there are some legitimate Arodys Vizcaino like comparisons stuff-wise and ceiling-wise so he should not be overlooked.

32. OF, Dustin Fowler - Last year's 18th round pick out of high school is kind of the outfield version of Thairo Estrada in that he already offers a safe projection as an eventual big league reserve player at minimum at a very young age but also has intriguing enough ceiling to potentially project as so much more if things break right. He too has an uncanny knack for barreling the baseball and a discerning eye at the plate [just 53 strikeouts in 66 games], and the power has flashed plus potential to the pull side. He still has to learn to take a few more pitches, make taking walks a bit more of a priority, and learn to use the whole field a bit more too, but there's some serious untapped potential here. He could find his way up a lot further in these rankings in the coming years.

33. LHP, Tyler Webb - Like Rumbelow, last year's tenth round pick out of the University of South Carolina advanced all the way to Triple-A in his first full season, posting a solid 3.80 ERA and striking out 94 batters in 68.2 innings over three minor league levels along the way. Stuff-wise there's a bit of difference, however. The southpaw sits more in the 90-94 mph range so he doesn't exactly light up the radar gun but he gets a lot of movement with his fastball and he can paint the corners. He is also extremely adept at pitching inside to both lefties and righties, and attacking batters with strike-one pitches. Also possessing three quality secondary pitches he can throw for strikes at any time, he's got a starting pitcher's repertoire coming out of the bullpen and that's a rarity these days, and the reason he finds so much success. The radar gun won't say he's overpowering but the swings opposing hitters muster suggest otherwise.

34. RHP, Cesar Vargas - The pitching equivalent of Estrada, this Mexican native had been a solid minor league starting pitcher buried a bit by the lower level pitching depth. He moved to the bullpen this past season, however, and flourished in his new role. No longer needing to worry about incorporating as many changeups, he sat mostly in the 92-94 mph range, topped out at 96 mph, and focused on his plus curveball. He is a superb strike-thrower who goes right after batters, gets ahead in counts quickly, doesn't walk batters, and has the stuff and command to put them away. He's Rule 5 Draft eligible this offseason and it remains to be seen if he will be protected on the 40-man roster or not, but if he isn't there's not only a chance he gets selected early but finds big league success as soon as next season. He's a solid middle relief option with swing-man ability and ceiling as a reliable setup type man.

35. OF, Alexander Palma - This Venezuelan native can flat-out rake! Some guys were just born to hit and Palma certainly fits into that category. The recently turned 19-year old has unbelievable bat control, plus-plus plate discipline, and one of the more consistent swing paths of any player at the lower minor league levels, and it all combines to spell out 'consistent hitter' at a very young age. He has worked hard on his conditioning and it will most likely remain a developmental mantra for the foreseeable future, and he has turned himself into an above average defender in left field. There's even some average or better power potential right now with room to get better. He's the right-handed hitting version of Ramon Flores and like Flores he will most likely go underrated on the national scene as he hits his way up to the big leagues.

36. RHP, Danny Burawa - With an ability to average anywhere from 95-100 mph with his sinking fastball, there might not be a more explosive arm in the entire farm system. And when his slider that flashes plus potential is really working for him and he's able to throw strikes early and often, he is virtually unhittable. However, those are two aspects of his game that can evade him for stretches and that can get him into trouble at times. He still needs to iron out those kinks to fulfill his ceiling as an impact setup man or possible closer. Rule 5 Draft eligible again this offseason though, his leash in pinstripes is getting shorter. He's approaching do or die time with the Yankees if he sticks in the system.

37. RHP, Branden Pinder - Boasting a four-seam fastball that is a slightly less powerful version [he averages 94-97 mph] of Burawa, this former 16th round pick out of Long Beach State University has essentially carbon copy like issues; his slider which shows plus potential is inconsistent and so is the command of his power fastball. Like Burawa he can either be overpowering or wind up pitching too frequently behind in counts and then become a little too hittable. He too has impact setup man or possible big league closer potential and a leash with the Yankees that is beginning to get shorter.

38. 2B, Gosuke Katoh - Last year's second round pick was a helium prospect entering the season but struggled initially after being challenged right away in low-A ball. A little too passive and with his swing getting a little long, he hit just .190 in his first 57 games. While he made a big adjustment in the second half, hitting a more respectable .251, there is still considerable work to be done shortening the swing, stepping up his aggressiveness at the plate, and physically getting stronger. The makeup is tremendous though and, just turning 20 years old this offseason, there is still a ton of upside but his might be a case where he might take a step back before taking a couple of steps forward.

39. LHP, Caleb Smith - Last year's 14th round pick out of Sam Houston State showed flashes of absolute brilliance in his first full season this year, including allowing a mere three earned runs in his first eight low-A starts. Possessing a sneaky-quick 91-94 mph fastball and a plus changeup, he was only as good as his slider was and how consistent his fastball command was on certain days, much like Burawa and Pinder. There's some significant big league middle of the rotation starting pitcher upside here if he can iron those issues out and avoid the clunker starts. He will need to have a consistent breaking pitch to realize that upside.

40. OF, Mark Payton - One thing is certain, this former University of Texas standout is going to make it to the big leagues and probably relatively soon. With above average patience, plus plate discipline, an ability to hit consistently, and average or better defensive abilities, he could play as a big league reserve outfielder right now. However, despite already being 22 years old [he turns 23 in December] and rather smallish [5-foot-7, 170 pounds], there's actually some projection to his game. He has okay power and average speed, and can be the kind of consistent at-bat that could make it tough to keep out of the lineup. He's a slower version of Brett Gardner in that regard so don't write off this year's seventh round pick as a potential starter just yet.

41. LHP, Daniel Camarena - On the subject of not writing off a smaller player due to his physical limitations, this 20th round pick out of high school in 2011 certainly comes to mind. Standing just 6-foot, he isn't one that is going to light up the radar gun but he has proven more than capable of getting guys out. He boasts two plus secondary pitches in his curveball and changeup, and he can paint the corners with his 88-91 mph fastball. There was some hope that this recently turned 22-year old would gain a little extra velocity but that seems unlikely at this point. However, he certainly has enough stuff, command, and moxie to get advanced hitters out and could slide in at the back-end of a big league starting rotation. He just has to keep pitching his way up.

42. SS, Cito Culver - The former first round pick is a defensive wiz in the field, the kind of impact glove that any big league manager would do almost anything to get into the everyday lineup. However, the key phrase is "almost anything". The former switch-hitter hasn't exactly made the offensive adjustment batting exclusively right-handed the past two seasons, hitting just .232 and .220 respectively. There is moderate power and average speed here too so if he can get a little more consistent with the bat he could chip in offensively in serviceable fashion, but the bat continues to remain a question mark for the time being.

43. LHP, Matt Tracy - There's nothing too sexy about this former 24th round pick's game; his breaking ball is average, his changeup ranges between average and above average, and the relatively new cutter grades out as average. So while he will average anywhere from 91-94 mph with his fastball, which is certainly above average for a left-hander, he doesn't really possess strikeout stuff. However, boasting a four-pitch big league mix that he can throw for strikes, he has become a solid innings eater who can pitch deep into games. Somewhat of a left-handed version of Chase Whitely, he has enough stuff to either be a back-end of the rotation starting pitcher, long man out of the bullpen, or possible middle relief option. That doesn't spell top prospect but it's more than serviceable and he could be big league ready next season.

44. 1B, Kyle Roller - A longtime 'sleeper' prospect for the Yankees, this former eighth round pick is finally putting up the type of production that could get him his long awaited big league shot. He hit a combined .300 with 30 doubles and 26 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A this year, and he has the kind of power potential that has to intrigue some team officials with the short port in right field at Yankee Stadium. He'll be 27 years old once the 2015 season rolls around so he isn't exactly a prototypical prospect and he might not have a whole lot of chances coming his way with the Yankees, but there is no reason why he can't put up a Lucas Duda-like season if given the chance.

45. RHP, Gabe Encinas - The former sixth round pick out of high school back in 2010 has always flashed enough potential to offer the ceiling as a middle of the rotation starter or better someday and he seemed well on his way to breaking out a year ago before succumbing to Tommy John surgery just seven starts into the season. He missed a good portion of this year too and didn't pitch particularly well upon his return, posting a 5.81 ERA in Charleston in the second half, but stuff-wise he is getting real close to being fully back. Averaging 92-94 mph with his fastball and showing the same breaking ball with plus potential, he just needs to get his command back before beginning to realize his full potential.

46. 2B, Angelo Gumbs - Injuries have also stalled the development of this former 2010 second round pick. As toolsy and athletic as they come, Gumbs has had an extremely hard time staying on the field over the past two years for any extended period of time. When he's been healthy enough to play he's been pressing at the plate in a misguided effort to make up for lost time and that has his production, or lack thereof, going in the opposite direction. The talent and makeup are still there to be a difference-maker on both sides of the ball but he has now reached do or die time in his minor league career; it's time to put up numbers.

47. RHP, Rookie Davis - This was supposed to be his breakout year. The 14th round pick out of high school in 2011 saw a significant bump in velocity towards the end of the 2013 season, averaging 92-95 mph with his fastball. He reported to Spring Training this year in fantastic shape, hoping to build on his late-season momentum from last year, and the upward track never materialized. He was showing the same plus velocity, still sitting in the low to mid-90s, but his secondary pitches actually regressed. He'll need those back in a hurry to fulfill his still high potential but for now that is a wait and see proposition.

48. 3B, Dante Bichette Jr. - This former first round pick had struggled for two straight seasons in low-A ball and was in dire need of a bounce-back season. He responded well this year, hitting a combined .264 with 30 doubles and ten home runs between high-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. The step up in consistency was very much needed and he's making baby steps towards resurrecting his once fading prospect status. There is still considerable work to be done, however, if he hopes to remain at a power-hitting position like third base down the road. He's not a top prospect again but he is inching his way closer back.

49. 1B, Chris Breen - This 12th round pick out of high school in 2012 has always shown long-term above average or better power potential and a solid bat even though his lower batting averages in the rookie leagues might not have suggested it, and he chipped in with a solid year in Staten Island this season, hitting .281 with eight home runs and league-leading .881 OPS. He has really just scratched the surface of his offensive potential too. However, a limited defensive player either at first base or in left field, he is going to have to continue to hit his way up the minor league ladder to become a solid corner prospect.

50. OF, Ben Gamel - There isn't a huge drop-off between Mark Payton and Gamel, the 2010 tenth round pick out of high school, but there are some notable differences. While he's just as athletic and quick, he's not nearly the same disciplined hitter nor does he walk nearly as much. With limited power potential that hasn't really materialized in games yet he still best projects as a long-term big league reserve outfielder, especially with his ability to play all three outfield positions very well.


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