Where They Would Have Ranked

Known for keeping our Top 50 rankings just to players still in the minor leagues, we now offer up where players with big league service time, but still technically rookies, would have ranked.

1. Luis Severino
2. Greg Bird
3. Aaron Judge
4. Gary Sanchez
5. Jorge Mateo

RHP, Bryan Mitchell - As has been the case for a lot of the Yankee prospects closing in on being big league ready over the past few years, getting regular playing time in between the Scranton-Bronx shuttle has been a dicey proposition. Mitchell, known for his plus stuff, including a 95-mph plus fastball and knockout curveball as well as both a changeup and cutter that show average or better potential, tallied just 114 combined innings between the major and minor leagues this year. That was his lowest inning total since pitching in the short-season leagues back in 2011 and it wasn't as if he was nursing an injury. The Yankees need to get him regular sustained innings because he could easily be the 2015 version of Shane Greene, perhaps even better.

C, J.R. Murphy - The former 2009 second round pick had more than a solid showing in his first extended taste of the Major Leagues, hitting a respectable .284 in 32 games for the Yankees in 2014 while playing sparingly. It helped disguise an otherwise pedestrian showing in Triple-A this year as he hit just .246 with a mere six home runs but it came in just 179 at-bats for the Scranton RailRiders. He has what it takes to not only be a solid big league backup catcher but so much more. With above average hitting potential and above average defensive game that gel together due to his tremendous makeup, he certainly has big league starting potential. He just needs ample playing time to get his rhythm going and it's going to take more than the 260 combined at-bats he had this past season.

6. Rob Refsnyder
7. Luis Torrens
8. Manny Banuelos
9. Eric Jagielo
10. Tyler Austin
11. Ian Clarkin
12. Miguel Andujar
13. Austin DeCarr
14. Jake Cave
15. Ramon Flores
16. Jacob Lindgren

RHP, Jose Ramirez - The Dominican fireballer always had huge upside even when he was in the rookie leagues. While the plus fastball-plus changeup combination always screamed front half of a big league rotation starting pitcher potential, especially once the slider ticked up to the plus realm too, his various nagging health concerns began to have his better suited role shift towards the bullpen. Throw in a mentality that is just better suited for short outings, he has blossomed into a potential back-end bullpen arm. There is legitimate potential that with three plus pitches that he could be Dellin Betances Part Two as soon as next season.

2B, Jose Pirela - The Venezuelan native had always been a strong candidate for the back-half of the Top 50 rankings over the years and it was because of his solid overall game. None of the physical tools really stood out but he showed average power and speed, an ability to consistently give good at-bats, and the hustle was always there. Those qualities still remain and he seems to be clicking as he gets older, hitting a career-high .305 this past season for Triple-A Scranton. There's some starting potential here as a second baseman and he also offers just enough versatility, including being able to play shortstop in emergency situations, that he could provide quite a spark as a bench player too. He gives the Yankees some youth and some options, and the ability to be a consistent performer.

17. Abiatal Avelino
18. Ty Hensley
19. Jose Campos
20. Nick Rumbelow
21. Brady Lail
22. Mason Williams
23. Nick Goody
24. Slade Heathcott
25. Tyler Wade
26. Thairo Estrada
27. Angel Aguilar
28. Domingo Acevedo
29. Leonardo Molina
30. James Pazos
31. Simon De La Rosa
32. Dustin Fowler
33. Tyler Webb
34. Cesar Vargas
35. Alexander Palma
36. Danny Burawa
37. Branden Pinder
38. Gosuke Katoh
39. Caleb Smith
40. Mark Payton
41. Daniel Camarena
42. Cito Culver
43. Matt Tracy
44. Kyle Roller
45. Gabe Encinas
46. Angelo Gumbs
47. Rookie Davis
48. Dante Bichette Jr.
49. Chris Breen
50. Ben Gamel


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