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The Yankees added many prospects at the trade deadline; here's where they could rank in the system.

The Yankees have added a lot of quality prospects over the past few days in the Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, and Carlos Beltran trades, increasing their already impressive depth in what was already a burgeoning top ten farm system. Going on the Top 50 prospects rankings entering the season, we take a very premature look at where the new players stack up organizationally.

Note: These rankings have already changed and will inevitably be different in our annual Top 50 Prospects Rankings that come out each November but for now this will merely serve as a guide to where the new prospects fit internally.

1. C, Gary Sanchez
2. OF, Aaron Judge
3. SS, Jorge Mateo

SS, Gleyber Torres -- [In the photo above] Acquired as the headliner in the Aroldis Chapman deal with the Cubs, this Venezuelan native is not nearly the same tooled-up player as Mateo [ranked one spot ahead] but in many regards he could wind up being the safer, steadier option long-term.  A better and more consistent hitter, he appears to have the requisite plus plate discipline to be a high-average hitter in due time with average power potential, average speed, and average or better defense.  In fact, he's exactly what Wilkerman Garcia [ranked one spot below] projects to be someday when he reaches the higher minor league levels.  With great makeup to boot, he might not have Mateo's ceiling but the floor could be considerably higher.

4. SS, Wilkerman Garcia
5. RHP, James Kaprielian

RHP, Dillon Tate -- To get somebody of Tate's upside for a two-month rental [Beltran] is yet another coup for general manager Brian Cashman.  It's true that last year's fourth overall pick has struggled statistically in his first full year but it shouldn't detract from the sizeable ceiling he brings.  He's right there neck and neck with Kaprielian stuff-wise, boasting a plus fastball-plus slider combination and also being armed with a changeup that shows long-term above average potential.  The fact that he's a former college reliever making the transition to starting -- a role that should at least be tried for some time given his arsenal of pitches -- puts him just one peg behind the Yankees' first round pick last year for the time being.

OF, Clint Frazier -- The prized 'get' in the Andrew Miller trade with the Cleveland Indians, this 2013 first round pick would have easily ranked this high in the Yankee system entering the season if for no other reason than his combination of above average to plus power and average or better speed at a very young age.  The 21-year old compares favorably to current Yankee outfield prospect Tyler Austin tools-wise but has played at similar high levels competition-wise almost three years younger.  There's a bit of swing and miss to his game that can't be ignored, but neither can his power potential at a corner outfield position.  He's got huge impact potential and he's not done growing as a hitter either.

6. 2B, Rob Refsnyder
7. C, Luis Torrens
8. RHP, Domingo Acevedo
9. OF, Slade Heathcott
10. OF, Mason Williams
11. RHP, Chance Adams
12. RHP, Jose Campos
13. 3B, Miguel Andujar
14. LHP, Jacob Lindgren
15. SS, Hoy Jun Park
16. LHP, Ian Clarkin

LHP, Justus Sheffield -- The comparisons between this 2014 first round pick and Clarkin are actually a bit uncanny actually; both are smallish southpaws with low-90s heat, and two to three above average or better secondary pitches with a high level of pitchability.  The fact that neither are big pitchers does limit their long-term ceilings somewhat but both offer a safeness too as eventual solid middle of the rotation big league starting pitchers, or possibly better if the secondary pitches continue to tick upwards.

17. RHP, Austin DeCarr
18. LHP, Jeff Degano
19. LHP, James Pazos
20. RHP, Nick Goody
21. RHP, Nick Rumbelow
22. RHP, Johnny Barbato
23. OF, Tyler Austin
24. RHP, Ty Hensley
25. RHP, Brady Lail
26. SS, Abiatal Avelino
27. RHP, Drew Finley
28. SS, Tyler Wade
29. SS, Thairo Estrada
30. LHP, Jordan Montgomery
31. OF, Dustin Fowler

OF, Billy McKinney -- This ranking may seem low to some critics but there are some limitations that can't be ignored, even if McKinney is a former first round pick [of the Oakland A's back in 2013].  Not exactly a speedster, he isn't widely known for his defensive prowess either.  Limited more to left field long-term as more average than anything defensively, he has a reputation of a hitterish corner outfielder with moderate power potential and he boasts a .281 career average.  There's reportedly a bit more upside than he's shown thus far but he does rank right behind Fowler in most tangible categories right now; defensively, speed-wise, etc, and maybe even power-wise.

32. RHP, Brody Koerner
33. LHP, Chaz Hebert
34. RHP, Gabe Encinas
35. OF, Ben Gamel
36. OF, Trey Amburgey
37. RHP, Cale Coshow

RHP, Ben Heller -- This former 22nd round pick of the Cleveland Indians falls into the Coshow category as a power reliever type who throws hard [he sits 96-97 mph], throws strikes, but whose secondary pitches tick average at best.  What he has working for him is on the field production, however, including sporting a 1.73 ERA in 43 Double-A and Triple-A appearances in 2016.  He could be big league ready right now and a tick upward with his secondary pitches could turn this soon to be 25-year old into a solid middle to back-end relieving option.

RHP, Erik Swanson -- This former eighth round pick by the Texas Rangers in 2014 is definitely Coshow-like in nearly every way.  He physically resembles him as a heftier power righty, one whose fastball has reached 99 mph, and like Coshow he's spending his lower level years in the starting rotation in an attempt to further develop his secondary pitches.  Like Heller and Coshow, he currently projects best long-term a a power reliever type but will still need a better secondary pitch to get big league hitters out more consistently.

38. RHP, Jonathan Holder
39. RHP, Kyle Haynes
40. RHP, Will Carter
41. 3B, Donny Sands

RHP, Nick Green -- Stuff-wise there's some to like here with this former seventh round pick of the Texas Rangers in the 2014 draft.  He sits mostly 91-93 mph as a starting pitcher and has average secondary pitches, and there's enough projection in his still developing frame to make him an intriguing 'sleeper' long-term.  While there is upside, there is still some considerable work to be done too.  He doesn't have consistent pitch-ability yet so he's more hit or miss long-term; he just needs some time to develop.

42. LHP, Tyler Webb
43. 1B, Chris Gittens
44. LHP, Daniel Camarena
45. LHP, Caleb Smith
46. RHP, Jordan Foley
47. LHP, Dietrich Enns
48. OF, Carlos Vidal
49. RHP, Simon De La Rosa

OF, Rashad Crawford -- While it's true we have the benefit of hindsight here with Frias' surprising release at the end of Spring Training, Crawford, a former 11th round pick in 2012, absolutely would have [and probably still does] slot in behind Carlos Vidal in prospect rankings given Vidal's better overall hitting potential, better power potential, and similar above average speed-defense combination.  Like Vidal and Frias, Crawford projects best long-term as a big league reserve outfielder, one who could have limited offensive upside but will continue to get looks because of his speed and defense. 

50. OF, Frank Frias


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