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

With the Yankee farm system as beefed up and as deep as ever it was tough to narrow down the Top 50 prospects. Many others were considered for the rankings. Here are the next ten prospects who were highly considered.

51. OF, Leonardo Molina - In most years and in most organizations this is exactly the type of prospect you'd want in the Top 50 prospect rankings; a 19-year old with above average or perhaps even better power potential, one who shows long-term above average or better defensive skills in centerfield, and one who already has three years of professional baseball experience under his belt.  Still a baby in many regards, this Dominican native still has the chance to be an absolute beast on both sides of the ball when it's all said and done but his progress has been more slow and steady to this point, which isn't all that surprising considering he'll spend the majority of the 2017 season still as teenager.  There is still considerable work to be done to become a more consistent hitter but the ceiling is enormous if and when that part of his game comes together.

52. SS, Oswaldo Cabrera - Just like with Molina, in most year's this Venezuelan would be a shoe-in as a Top 50 prospect but falls just a bit shy due to the historic depth the Yankees have building down on the farm lately.  As his core Cabrera, just signed a year ago, is an above average or better defensive shortstop with an advanced feel for hitting and makeup through the roof.  He hit a combined .345 with 19 extra-base hits in his debut season this year and advanced three levels along the way, showing the kind of rare trajectory seldom found in a middle infielder.  He has some good wheels too and his patience at the plate is mature beyond his years.  A little more experience playing under the lights is all that needed in what could eventually be a Top 10 talent someday.  The 17-year old is legit despite his lower ranking right now.

53. OF, Billy McKinney - This former first round pick is already in his third organization after initially being drafted by the A's in 2013 before coming over along with Gleyber Torres this past summer in the Aroldis Chapman deal.  He's still just 22 years old and will be so for a majority of the 2017 season, and he has ample Double-A experience to his credit too.  However, while everything is in place to be a plus hitter in due time thanks to one of the better eyes at the plate and an extremely quick stroke from the left side, the power potential is average at best and that could be a little problematic considering his fringy arm strength and speed most likely will relegate him to left field long-term.  His long-term value will most likely hinge on how much the power develops.  In the mean time though, he does possess one of the better swings around.

54. LHP, Jeff Degano - Few have ever had the nightmare statistical season last year's second round pick had to endure this season.  He walked a mind-boggling 25 batters in just 5.2 innings for short-season Pulaski and finished his season with a 27.00 ERA.  However, he was never really healthy in 2016 and the numbers showed it.  With a fastball from the left side that touches 95 and a potentially plus curveball as well as a decent changeup in the making, given his superb athleticism, chances are he does an about-face and finds himself much higher in these very same rankings a year from now.  Forget the numbers, the talent is just too great to ignore.

55. LHP, Chaz Hebert - Injuries have a way of slipping players in the rankings and in the case of Hebert, who missed all of the 2016 season with Tommy John surgery, it's a double-whammy considering the timing of everything.  His game was absolutely peaking at the right time, seeing his stuff blossom into four legitimate big league average or better pitches with results at the higher minor league levels to match, and now falls victim to one of the deepest farm systems around.  There is still a ton of polish here for him to pick up right where he left off when he most likely returns to the mound in April and seeing significant Double-A time and success is not out of the question.  A sure-fire Top 50 prospect a year ago, don't forget about his potential.

56. LHP, Josh Rogers - In a way last year's 11th round pick out of Louisville is a slightly taller version of Hebert in that he sits mostly in the 88-92 mph range and knows how to mix in two other average or better big league pitches with command to get hitters out consistently.  The ceiling isn't very high in that regard but the floor is higher than most.  He had a tremendous first full season this year, posting a combined 12-6 mark over two minor league levels with a 2.38 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP ratio.  There isn't anything sexy to his stuff but he knows how to get hitters out and a potential back-end big league starting pitcher at this spot is proof positive of the extreme depth the Yankees have built.  .

57. RHP, Giovanny Gallegos - It is difficult to have a better overall season than this Mexican native had in 2016, posting a combined 7-2 record with a 1.27 ERA between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton and striking out 106 batters in just 78 innings.  A former starting pitcher [and former Top 50 prospect in that role too], he has been an absolute find coming out of the bullpen over the past two years.  And it's not just on the field results either [he posted a 1.71 ERA in his first season as a reliever in 2015], he's got some impressive stuff too.  His fastball will sit in the 93-96 mph range, his curveball is above average and flashes plus potential, and he even has a quality changeup if need be too.  Now a member of the 40-man roster, it's just a matter of time before he's helping out in the Bronx.  Don't let his perceived lower ranking fool you, he's a Top 50 talent all the way.  He just happens to be pitching in a very, very deep farm system.

58. C, Donny Sands - Last year's eighth round pick made the Top 50 rankings a year ago thanks to his advanced feel for hitting and solid defensive abilities at third base.  His long-term power potential was deemed modest at best, however, so the Yankees decided to move that bat behind the plate.  While it was a step backwards initially, the Yankees believe it will pay dividends in the long run and the early reports on his defensive transition to catcher have been good thus far.  He still has a lot to learn but he is extremely intelligent and boasts one of the better work ethics.  Still just 20 years old, he won't ever be a heart of the order type hitter given his tick below average power but he could turn into a consistent hitter at a key position when it's all said and done, and those kinds of players are worth their weight in gold. 

59. RHP, Jordan Foley - This former fifth round pick followed Jonathan Holder in the starter-turned-reliever path in 2016 and he too had a tremendous first season pitching out of the bullpen, posting a combined 3.03 ERA over two minor league levels and striking out 88 batters in a little more than 65 innings.  Like Holder too, the repertoire can be extremely deep for a reliever.  He mostly throws above average fastballs and sliders, the latter of which flashes plus potential, but he also has a plus splitter in his back pocket that took a back seat development-wise this past year while he worked on the slider.  There's Gallegos-like talent and skill here, and like Gallegos it would not be shocking to see a huge year out of Foley in 2017 and a resulting 40-man roster spot within a calendar year.  Don't forget he also has the ability to start games too if the organization decides to go back to that.

60. SS/2B, Diego Castillo - There are a number of players with better numbers not in these rankings and there are prospects with higher ceilings not ranked here either.  However, few offer the advanced plus makeup and potential plus hitting this middle infielder possesses, the kind of Jeter-like intangible qualities that transcend numbers and tools.  This Venezuelan native was born a winner and born to hit.  The numbers thus far in his first two professional seasons have been quite good actually, hitting .304 with 27 extra-base hits in his first 40 professional games, but it's everything that lies below the surface that has team insiders excited about his long-term potential.  It may take another year or two for this recently turned 19-year old to break out like he can but it would be foolish to overlook what is obvious Top 50 talent.


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