Patrick Teale

In our 20th and final ranking of 2016, here's a list of the top 20 performances from the Yankees' prospects.

Here are the top 20 performances by the Yankees' prospects in the long-season leagues. This is our 20th and final installment of the Power Rankings for the 2016 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 Player Team Comments Last Week's Rank
1 Chance Adams TRE

The most consistently dominant performer on either side of the ball down on the farm for the Yankees this season

2 Dustin Fowler TRE His .920 OPS over the final 48 games propels to the top hitting spot; he finished the year first in total bases [248] and RBIs [88], third in doubles [30], and in the top ten in a few other categories 4
3 Dietrich Enns SWB Along with Adams he's been one of the most consistent performers down on the farm in 2016; finished first in ERA [1.73] among pitchers who didn't make a relief appearance 3
4 Jordan Montgomery SWB His sub-1.00 in his six Triple-A starts only highlight what already was a breakout season for him; finished tied for first in wins [14] and ranked second in strikeouts [134] 5
5 Kyle Higashioka SWB Struggled at the end but has no reason to hang his head after clobbering a career-high 21 home runs, which tied for the farm system lead this year 2
6 Gleyber Torres TAM Starting to heat up, hitting .342 in his last ten games. He ranks the top five in every offensive category except home runs 5
7 Nestor Cortes TAM The video game-like numbers continue; he got bumped up to Triple-A and tossed 5 2/3 innings of no-hit ball in his debut 7
8 Miguel Andujar TRE Set career highs in batting [.273], doubles [26], home runs [12], etc; in fact, only in stolen bases did he not set a career high in 2016 11
9 Clint Frazier SWB Like Andujar, Frazier, who did finish behind 'Miggy' in total bases and batting average, had a very good season and still has significant room to improve 10
10 James Reeves TRE Promoted to Double-A at season's end and only two pitchers had better WHIP ratios and opposing batting averages [Cortes and Adams] among starters; that's pretty elite company 14
11 Yefrey Ramirez TAM He had some struggles late in the season but like Reeves the peripherals are too fantastic to ignore; he finished right behind Reeves in WHIP and opposing batting average 13
12 Tito Polo TAM Acquired late for Ivan Nova, this Colombian mighty 'mite' finished the year with 16 bombs, 37 stolen bases, and had just one less total base than Torres NR
13 Josh Rogers TAM Headlines the group of 'solid' [not necessarily standout] performers in 2016; only Montgomery, Enns, and Adams had more wins 12
14 Mark Payton TRE King of the underrated right here, Payton contributed in every category; he scored more runs [69] than Fowler and finished in the top ten in batting [.282] 19
15 Thairo Estrada TAM Another under the radar player, Estrada finished the year sixth in batting [.290], among the total bases leaders, and clubbed 8 home runs 17
16 Giovanny Gallegos SWB Only Holder had a better year coming out of the bullpen down on the farm; he finished the season with an incredible 1.27 ERA and 106 Ks in 78 innings 18
17 Chris Gittens CHA Finished the season tied for the system lead in home runs [21], tenth in total bases [183], and among the doubles, walks, and runs scored leaders 16
18 Jake Cave SWB Finished just one total base behind Gittens and had as many RBIs [55] as Frazier so overall it was a very good season 15
19 Travis Hissong TRE His Gallegos-like season is disguised by the fact that his numbers are spread out over three minor league league levels NR
20 Jorge Mateo TAM He and Avelino finished neck and neck for the final spot; Mateo gets the ultimate nod with more home runs and stolen bases 20

Others considered for the Top 20:  Abiatal Avelino, Domingo Acevedo [DL], J.P. Feyereisen, Billy Fleming, Domingo German, Jeff Hendrix, Christian Morris, Hoy Jun Park, Donovan Solano [at 28 a little too old to be considered a prospect], Tyler Wade, and Zach Zehner.

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