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Here's where prospects with big league service time would have ranked in the Top 50.

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. SS, Gleyber Torres
2. SS, Jorge Mateo
3. RHP, James Kaprielian

OF, Aaron Judge - A lot was made of this former first round pick's first Triple-A exposure a year ago when he hit just .224 with a few too many strikeouts.  He made the adjustment in his return trip this year, however, hitting .270 with what was then a farm system-leading 19 home runs before his big league promotion.  Just as he did a year ago though, he struggled initially in his first taste at a new level, hitting just .179 with a whopping 42 strikeouts in only 84 at-bats, and few team insiders believe he can't make the long-term adjustment.  It may take a little bit of time but there is still at least an average hitter with plus power potential here, one with plus defensive abilities in right field too. 

4. OF, Clint Frazier
5. RHP, Chance Adams
6. LHP, Justus Sheffield
7. OF, Blake Rutherford
8. RHP, Domingo Acevedo
9. RHP, Dillon Tate
10. OF, Dustin Fowler
11. LHP, Jordan Montgomery

RHP, Chad Green - Cashman and the Yankees took a public relations hit a year ago when they dealt very useful left-handed big league reliever Justin Wilson for a pair of minor league right-handers, one of which was this former eleventh round pick in 2011.  It turns out this very well could be a major coup by Cashman and company as Green has not only become a useful short-term piece but shows a lot of long-term promise as well.  He lives mostly with a 92-93 mph sinking fastball and a solid slider, but shows 96 mph heat with his four-seam fastball and a quality changeup too, and he knows how to pound the strike zone.  There's legitimate big league ceiling as a middle of the rotation starting pitcher on a staff desperate for some youth too.  He has become a very solid long-term building block for the Yankees.

12. 3B, Miguel Andujar
13. C, Luis Torrens
14. OF, Estevan Florial
15. SS, Wilkerman Garcia

OF, Mason Williams - This former fourth round pick [but first round talent] had a major bounce-back season in 2015, hitting .318 at two minor league levels before a solid big league showing [.286, one home run in eight games].  He got hurt again, however, and wasn't able to return to the field again until this past July.  Once again though he played well upon his return, hitting a combined .298 over three minor league levels before another solid but brief big league showing this year [.296 in twelve games].  A plus defensive centerfielder, the ceiling is still enormous and he's no longer the big league question mark he once was but sooner or later he needs to show he can stay healthy for an extended period of time.  He not only has big league starting potential but All Star talent too if he can ever find everyday starting time AND remain healthy, and those two points are question marks at this point in his career.

16. RHP, Freicer Perez
17. RHP, Taylor Widener
18. RHP, Nick Nelson
19. RHP, Domingo German
20. RHP, Nick Green

RHP, Jonathan Holder - There are actually higher-ceiling [Lindgren for example] relief prospects ranked lower than Holder but this former sixth round pick in 2014 gets moved up all the way here because of his long-term versatility.  He had one of the better reliever seasons in a long time in 2016, posting a combined 1.65 ERA over three minor league levels, striking out 101 batters in 65 innings, and walking just seven batters.  And stuff-wise he's fine coming out of the bullpen, sitting 92-95 mph with great movement on his fastball and boasting some great secondary pitches.  However, his arsenal is so deep even for a starting pitcher that it has to at least be tempting to try him back in the rotation at some point [he posted a 2.52 ERA as a starter in 2015].  Don't be surprised if the Yankees put him back in the rotation where it's quite possible he could have a Kyle Hendricks-like big league impact someday.  The guy knows how to pitch!

OF, Tyler Austin - In roughly this same spot a year ago [he ranked #23 last year], the only reason he doesn't rank higher this year is because of the enormous ceilings the prospects currently ranked higher than him have but it shouldn't take away from what is a considerable ceiling of his own either.  In fact, he showed what his ceiling actually is this past year, hitting a combined .294 with 34 doubles and 17 home runs in a bounce-back season between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton.  A corner outfielder with some value as a backup first baseman too [two positions he grades out at least as average], he is big league ready right now and there's no reason he can't duplicate his 2016 season at the big league level if given ample playing time.  He just needs a legitimate shot.

21. OF, Jake Cave
22. SS/2B, Thairo Estrada
23. 2B, Nick Solak
24. SS/2B Abiatal Avelino
25. C, Kyle Higashioka
26. RHP, Yefrey Ramirez

LHP, Jacob Lindgren - This former 2014 second round pick got hurt almost immediately upon reaching the big leagues in 2015 and attempted coming back from an elbow injury seemingly all season long this year but succumbed to Tommy John surgery in August.  Stuff-wise he's about as sick as they get, boasting three pitches with plus potential that all show incredible movement.  In fact, it's the kind of stuff that make relievers into great closers.  However, command wasn't his strong suit prior to his injury and all experts say command is the last thing to come back during the Tommy John rehab so there could be some long days ahead in the short-term upon his return.  Still, the ceiling is enormous and can't be discounted even now.

27. LHP, Dietrich Enns
28. SS, Tyler Wade

RHP, Nick Rumbelow - Like Lindgren, this former seventh round pick is rehabbing his way back from Tommy John surgery.  However, unlike Lindgren, Rumbelow had his way back in April so there's a decent chance he can get to having a big league impact at some point next season.  When healthy he shows a plus fastball-plus breaking ball combination that is absolutely heightened by his go-get-em approach and quick tempo on the mound, and he rounds out his repertoire with a very good changeup at his disposal too that he seldom needs to throw.  There were legitimate David Robertson comparisons before the injury and like Robertson it shouldn't take Rumbelow long to work his way further back in the big league bullpen as he gains experience.

RHP, Nick Goody - This former sixth round pick in 2012 had a very good year pitching on the Bronx-Scranton shuttle, posting a 1.93 ERA at Triple-A Scranton in between posting a solid 4.66 ERA in his various big league appearances.  He gets dinged by critics because the fastball isn't the high-90s heat some of the other top relief pitching prospects have but his 92-94 mph heater can sure play at that level quite consistently and it was a big reason he was able to average more than a strikeout per inning pitched at the big league level.  He gets a bit buried in an overly stacked farm system but don't let his seemingly low ranking fool you, he's legit.

29. SS, Hoy Jun Park
30. OF, Trey Amburgey
31. 3B, Dermis Garcia
32. RHP, Rony Garcia
33. RHP, Nolan Martinez
34. OF, Tito Polo
35. RHP, Luis Cedeno
36. LHP, Caleb Smith
37. RHP, Erik Swanson
38. RHP, Cody Carroll
39. RHP, Cale Coshow
40. LHP, Ian Clarkin
41. RHP, Austin DeCarr
42. RHP, Drew Finley
43. 1B, Chris Gittens
44. RHP, Brody Koerner
45. RHP, J.P. Feyereisen

RHP, Johnny Barbato - Acquired in December of 2014 in the Shawn Kelley trade with the San Diego Padres, this fire-baller falls into the Feyereisen-Goody group of quality big league relief prospects with knockout stuff where it's just a matter of time before he makes his successful big league transition.  Like Goody, Barbato spent his 2016 season shuttling back and forth between the Bronx and Scranton.  However, unlike Goody, it's taken some time for him to find his big league groove so far, posting just a 7.62 ERA in 13 big league appearances.  He has a fastball that routinely hits 98 mph, one of the better curveballs around, and a changeup that flashes above average or plus potential.  He just needs to transfer his minor league confidence with him at the big league level and few have any long-term worries in that regard.

RHP, Ben Heller - Acquired from the Cleveland Indians this past summer along with Feyereisen, Sheffield, and Frazier in the Andrew Miller trade, Heller, arguably the fourth man coming over in the deal, has some pretty nasty stuff of his own.  He'll sit in the mid-to-high-90s with his fastball and owns a quality slider too, although it is arguably a tick behind the likes of Feyereisen and Barbato.  Minor league batters hit just .156 against him in 2016 but like Barbato his initial baptism to the big league level hasn't gone as well just yet [6.43 ERA in ten appearances].  He projects to slot in nicely anywhere from middle relief to setup man for the Yankees in the short-term, and potentially even has closer-type stuff if given the chance someday.  The fact he's ranked so low here is a harbinger of the stacked Yankee farm system. 

46. RHP, Brady Lail
47. LHP, Nestor Cortes
48. LHP, Daniel Camarena
48. RHP, Adonis Rosa
50. LHP, Tyler Webb 


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