Patrick Teale

We just released the Top 50 Yankees prospects; here are the next ten that just missed.

The original Top 50 Yankees Prospects rankings have been very volatile this offseason already as a few have been lost either in the Rule 5 Draft or in the Aroldis Chapman trade, and some of the 'Next Ten' have moved up to the Top 50 to take their place. Here's an updated list of the 'Next Ten

51. SS, Kyle Holder - This year's second first round pick by the Yankees isn't just an elite defensive player, he may just be one of the best in all of professional baseball already.  His feel for the position is uncanny and there isn't a shred of doubt that he grades out as plus-plus in nearly all aspects of the position.  He is already the kind of special glove man that a big league manager would do almost anything to get into the lineup everyday.  However, as special as his defensive game is, his offensive potential is very limited and his potential progress comes with some skepticism.  He has very little power and his speed on the bases is limited too so he's going to have to become a consistent hitter.  And while he shows good bat control and excellent strike zone discipline, the fact is he hit just .213 in his debut season.  He has the potential to turn around his production but it will have to happen for him to maximize his special defensive contributions.

52. OF, Leonardo Molina - There was some progress in this former top International free agent's game made in his sophomore campaign this year as he hit .247 with two home runs in his second year in the Gulf Coast League.  He has above average or better tools across the board and he played the majority of his second season as a 17-year old.  To put that into perspective, he completed his second professional season at the age of most high school juniors and it's not only a staggering point but when that can not be overstated.  However, while he is still extremely young and therefore still has a world of potential, it isn't clear what kind of player he still may become someday.  For now it's more prudent to realize he has some real ability and a long way to still go.  He has the potential to be a top prospect someday, he just isn't there yet.

53. OF, Kendall Coleman - This former 11th round pick in 2013 isn't nearly as young as Molina but has a lot of similar traits; above average or better power potential, above average patience and pitch recognition, and longer limbs that need to be in sync better for his overall hitting ability to truly be maximized.  And like Molina, Coleman has the chance to be a special player someday who simply isn't there yet.  He has had significant injuries in each of his first three seasons too and that has hurt his development, a point that can't be ignored.  He hasn't been particularly productive yet as a result but his .356 showing in his final 26 games with Pulaski this year proves he has it in him to be quite good if he keeps progressing and stays healthy.

54. RHP, Mark Montgomery - It wasn't all that long ago that this former 11th round pick back in 2011 was well on his way towards becoming one of the elite relief pitching prospects for the Yankees, thanks in large part to one of the best sliders in all of baseball.  However, while the statistics have remained very good over the years the fact is his once 92-94 mph velocity dipped all the way down to averaging more 88-90 mph for the better part of two seasons.  The good news is that velocity worked its way back up to the 92-94 mph range once again about halfway through the 2015 season.  That alone has put him back on the map.  Doing it for a longer period of time though and not having it dip back down again could get him back into long-term discussions too.  He is far from done as a prospect.

55. 2B, Gosuke Kaoth - Like Montgomery, this former second round pick was one of the real up and comers in the Yankee organization.  He had shown a nice blend of patience at the plate, average or better power potential, and above average or better speed.  However, statistically he hasn't been productive at all at the low-A level, hitting a combined .207 for the Charleston RiverDogs spread out over two seasons.  He has been working hard behind the scenes to shorten his swing and the results were quite good as he hit .287 for short-season Pulaski and was finally playing against competition closer to his too.  He'll need to duplicate that kind of success at the higher levels to get squarely back on the map but he surely has the talent to do so.

56. RHP, Joey Maher - This former 38th round pick out of high school back in 2011 always had one of the better sinker-changeup combinations around and he was always adept at throwing strikes too, enough to give him a lot of success at the lowest minor league levels.  While he did battle some injury issues, the fact is the stuff never really progressed all that much.  He was still mostly in the high-80s with his fastball and his curveball, while flashing above average potential, was inconsistent at best.  His stuff finally began to tick upward in 2015 though, getting his fastball to top out at 95 mph during the season and developing his curveball into a more consistent pitch.  The results were staggering too numbers-wise as he posted a 2.20 ERA for low-A Charleston.  There is still some untapped power potential in his 6-foot-5 frame but at 23 years old he will need to make up for some lost time to work his way up further in the rankings.

57. OF, Jhalan Jackson: If there's somebody who absolutely looks the part of a burgeoning big league slugger it's this year's seventh round pick out of Florida Southern University.  Standing 6-foot-3 with a strong 220-pound tapered frame, Jackson is built like an NFL linebacker or strong safety and because of that he has above average or better to all fields, especially to the pull-side where he can hit some titanic home runs.  He's also more athletic and quicker than most pundits realize, and is a capable defender in the corner outfield spots too.  Because of all of that he has definitive Top 50 type talent but it's the bat that needs to come around a bit more to make optimal use of his impressive tools.  He'll need to show a bit more patience at the plate and refine his pitch recognition more but if the consistency of his bat comes around watch out, he has the talent to rise the rankings in a hurry.

58. LHP, Nestor Cortes: If there's a carbon copy of Daniel Camarena at the lower levels it's this former 36th round pick out of high school in 2013.  In fact, he was oh-so close to making the Top 50 based on his advanced pitch-ability.  One of the true standout pitchers in the Appy League this year, he posted a 2.26 ERA and struck out more than a batter per inning pitched.  He doesn't throw quite as hard as Camarena has in the past just yet, sitting more in the 87-90 mph range, but like Camarena his fastball is deceptive and he has two above average or better secondary pitches and he can fill up a strike zone with three quality big league pitches.  If he could gain a couple of ticks on his fastball in the coming years, not such an outlandish notion considering he's still just 20 years old, he could really move up the rankings down the road.

59. 3B, Dermis Garcia: Signed last year as the Yankees' top International free agent for a reported $3.2 million, it's wasn't the banner debut season the Dominican native or the Yankees had wanted in 2015 as he hit just .159 with no home runs in 23 Gulf Coast League games.  Just like Aguilar, however [see below], he reportedly battled a nagging back injury all season long and was never his true self.  When healthy he's a monster of a kid, standing 6-foot-4 with plus power potential to all fields and showing the basic athleticism needed to potentially stick at third base long-term.  He will still just be 18 years old when the new season arrives so he has plenty of time on his side and a world of talent but he will need to put his health issues behind him to avoid losing important development time going forward.

60. SS, Angel Aguilar: One of the real up and comers as soon as a year ago, this Venezuelan native picked an inopportune time to get hurt and have an unproductive season this year for low-A Charleston.  He started the 2015 campaign behind the proverbial eight ball, beginning the year with a minor nagging back injury that not only caused him to begin the season left back in Extended Spring Training but caused him to play catch-up most of the season.  He was never really his full self, hitting just .229 for the RiverDogs and striking out a bit more than he's accustomed to after pressing at the plate to try to make up for lost time.  He still finished third on the team in doubles [22] and fourth in stolen bases [14], and he added both second base and third base to his defensive repertoire.  Just 20 years old, there's still a considerable ceiling left to be tapped but he needs a breakout season soon to keep pace with the incredible depth of high-quality middle infielders currently in the farm system, especially at the same minor league level.


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