Mark LoMoglio

Here are the updated Top 50 Yankees' prospects.

It's been a busy offseason already for the Yankees down on the farm. They've lost three of their Top 50 prospects -- Luis Torrens, Caleb Smith, and Tyler Webb -- in the Rule 5 Draft. Here's an updated Top 50 Yankees Prospects rankings.

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1. SS, Gleyber Torres - Acquired from the Chicago Cubs this summer as the main part of the package for closer Aroldis Chapman, this Venezuelan native immediately grabs the top spot because he not only has one of the higher ceilings but the soon-to-be 20-year old [he turns 20 on December 13th] doesn't have a real weakness in his game either.  He has the above average or better defensive skills to become a Gold Glove caliber shortstop, he has the arm strength and power potential to move to third base if need be and the athleticism to move to second base, and he is a burgeoning plus hitter with speed as well.  He can hit anywhere in a lineup and play almost anywhere in the field, and he's a best bet to do exactly that!

2. SS, Jorge Mateo - Ranked in the top three a year ago with the caveat that he had the ceiling to one day be the top overall prospect, this Dominican speedster had what is deemed by many to be a disappointing season in 2016 even though he did hit .254 with eight home runs and 36 stolen bases.  His year was marred by a two-week team suspension and there were long droughts offensively, but it could also be labeled a learning year for him as well.  And now with Torres around to help push him even more, Mateo, who does have abilities at second base and centerfield if need be, still has one of the highest ceilings in a very, very stacked Yankee farm system.  Don't overlook his long-term big league All Star potential based on one down year.

3. RHP, James Kaprielian - Last year's first round pick seemed well on his way to an eventual big league arrival this year with the way he pitched in Spring Training, sitting 94-96 mph and showing three more above average or better big league pitches.  In fact, an argument could be made that he was the best looking player [not just pitcher] in camp.  However, he lasted just three starts into what should have been his first full season before going down with a strained flexor muscle in his pitching elbow.  When healthy though he's an elite prospect with true 'ace' big league potential, plain and simple.

4. OF, Clint Frazier - Acquired from the Cleveland Indians in the Andrew Miller trade, this former first round pick in 2013 enters the Yankee organization with a similar skill set to Aaron Judge.  He doesn't stand nearly as tall [he's listed at 6-foot-1], but he has similar plus power/average hitting potential with some decent speed and athleticism that should lend itself to above average or better defensive abilities in the corner outfield spots.  Very Judge-like offensively and defensively, albeit with a bit better speed, this recently turned 22-year old has also struggled a bit making the initial transition to the Triple-A level.  Still, the talent and ceiling are very special, and few question his ability to eventually make the long-term hitting adjustments needed.

5. RHP, Chance Adams - A year ago his ranking here at #11 turned some collective heads but last year's fifth round pick proved his high ranking worth, going a combined 13-1 with a 2.33 ERA between high-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, and compiling a farm system-leading 144 strikeouts along the way in his first full season.  With a fastball that averages 95 mph, one that cuts and runs, and three secondary pitches that all grade out at least big league average or better, the scary part is he still hasn't come close to reaching his ceiling.  In fact, poll some high-ranking team officials and it's probably Adams who is the top ranked pitching prospect according to many, not Kaprielian.  He is still very underrated nationally.

6. LHP, Justus Sheffield - Another key component in the Andrew Miller trade with the Cleveland Indians, this former first round pick falls into the Adams group as somebody whose stuff is inexplicably still very underrated nationally.  He has three pitches that all flash plus potential already, including a 93-95 mph fastball that tops out at 97 mph from the left side and has natural sinking movement.  Pick the day and either his changeup or slider is his best secondary offering, and like Adams both still have room for improvement, especially from a consistency standpoint.  And at 20 years old he still has much to learn.  Some observers have tabbed his ceiling as a big league middle of the rotation starter when in actuality the pitch package at his young age screams higher upside.

7. OF, Blake Rutherford - Another newbie to the Top 50 Prospects rankings, this year's first round pick falls into the Torres category of eventual plus hitter and at least average or better long-term power, the kind of difference-making offensive potential that could slot nicely into the heart of a big league order someday if things break right.  And like Torres, it's not pie-in-the-sky stuff either; he's one of the safer bets to reach his offensive potential.  However, while he is quite good defensively too, possessing enough speed to potentially stick in centerfield down the road, his rather average arm strength could push him to left field.  Still, it's his bat that is going to carry him where he wants to go and that part of his game could be special.

8. RHP, Domingo Acevedo - A Top Ten prospect here a year ago, we said too many national pundits were extremely light on this 6-foot-7 behemoth and now he's widely considered a consensus Top Ten prospect, even with the numerous in-season farm additions.  He has his flaws, most notably a wildly inconsistent breaking ball that does show some intriguing long-term potential as well as a checkered injury history in his brief professional career, but his positives are quite special, highlighted by a mid-90s fastball that routinely tops out at 100-mph plus.  Throw in a changeup that grades out as above average or plus depending on the day and a natural strike-throwing ability [22 walks compared to 102 strikeouts], the ceiling is enormous and so is the floor.  A more consistent breaking ball is the only thing standing in the way of his 'ace' potential.

9. RHP, Dillon Tate - Acquired from the Texas Rangers as the headliner in the Carlos Beltran trade, this former fourth overall pick a year ago didn't have the greatest statistical season in 2016, posting a combined 4.70 ERA at two low-A stops and seeing batters hit a robust .307 against him.  However, behind the disappointing numbers is some incredibly underrated stuff, highlighted by a mid-90s fastball with movement and two secondary pitches that flash above average or better potential.  Like Sheffield the stuff is underrated and there's a Marcus Stroman-like upside here that can't be ignored.  Like Stroman he will get reliever type projections from the media but the quality of his overall stuff should absolutely be explored in a starting capacity.

10. OF, Dustin Fowler - There might not be a steadier prospect improving his overall game more than this former 18th round pick out of high school.  He first went to work on his speed to improve his base running and defense, and both areas improved dramatically over the past two years.  He not only stole 55 bases combined over the past two seasons but he's turned himself into an above average defender in centerfield too.  Throw in the makings of a potentially high-average hitter who just clubbed a career-high 57 extra-base hits in 2016, he has virtually no weaknesses in his game and yet still has some ceiling too.

11. LHP, Jordan Montgomery - Our pick among the pitchers to break out in 2016, break out he did, posting a combined 14-5 mark with a 2.13 ERA and finishing second only to Adams in strikeouts [134].  Beyond the numbers, however, which did improve the higher he climbed [he posted a 5-1, 0.97 ERA mark in Triple-A], it's the quality of his vastly underrated stuff that should not be overlooked.  Known as a command pitcher in college, one who had an average fastball-plus, plus changeup combination, the fastball now sits an above average 91-94, ticks a plus 96 mph, and both his slider and curveball show average or better potential.  He's a four-pitch monster now with command whose stuff keeps getting better.  Forget the national opinions of his back-end starting ceiling, they're erroneous and short-sighted.

12. 3B, Miguel Andujar - In the spirit of full disclosure, this Dominican native was our pick to break out back in 2015.  While he had a solid season then, it wasn't the breakout season we had anticipated.  In fact, our pick to click once again entering this season, he finally broke out, hitting a combined .273 with a career-high 12 home runs between high-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton.  It should be noted the majority of that damage came in Tampa and he's most certainly destined to repeat Double-A in 2017, but the 21-year old is finally starting to scratch his immense offensive potential and defensively he continues to smooth out what is a plus ceiling overall at the hot corner.  He is slowly becoming the impact player many scouts believe he can be on both sides of the ball.

13. OF, Estevan Florial - As is the case with Torrens, a better offensive showing this past year might have propelled this soon-to-be 19-year old higher in the rankings.  Still, with plus speed, plus power potential, and plus defensive abilities, including plus-plus arm strength, Florial's ceiling is about as high as it gets.  There's still some tweaking needed offensively, especially with his plate discipline, as he hit just .225 with a whopping 85 strikeouts in just 264 lower level at-bats, but it's tough to overlook the sky-high ceiling he possesses and, highly intelligent, there are signs that he can make the long-term adjustment.

14. SS, Wilkerman Garcia - Any prospect ranking is essentially a snapshot in time and a year ago this Venezuelan native had his stock soaring after his professional debut season.  He showed [and still continues to show] at a very young age the kind of poise, calmness, and tools seldom found in players his age.  Still, he hit below the dreaded Mendoza line in 2016 [.198] for the short-season Pulaski Yankees, and the rather pedestrian numbers have his stock slipping ever so slightly in a now beefed up farm system.  Don't lose sight of his potential, however, which is very Gleyber Torres-like once he finds his groove.  He has that kind of special potential.

15. RHP, Freicer Perez - A year ago he didn't even rank this high in the Top 20 DSL/IFA Rankings [he was 14th] but now he has quickly ascended the rankings as his stuff continues to blossom dramatically.  We said he was the second coming of Domingo Acevedo and like Acevedo the stuff is beginning to balloon.  Sitting more in the 90-92 mph range a year ago, this 6-foot-10 monster averaged 95 mph in 2016 and hit triple digits on occasion.  He also broke out a breaking ball that shows long-term plus potential and a changeup that should be above average or better.  Considering his mammoth size and superb strike-throwing ways that are already present, his stock is soaring in what has rapidly become a pitching-rich farm system.

16. RHP, Taylor Widener - Anyone looking for next year's version of Chance Adams need not look any further than here.  This year's 12th round pick out of the University of South Carolina already has the look of becoming the steal of the draft, so much so that team officials believe he can potentially duplicate Adams' dominance and minor league trajectory next year.  Like Adams he sits mostly 94-97 mph with his fastball, he shows an above average breaking ball, and the early returns on his brand new changeup at Instructs are extremely positive, so much so that the pitch shows long-term plus potential.  Stuff-wise and command-wise, there is a lot to be excited about.

17. RHP, Nick Nelson - The pitching version of Florial, this year's fourth round pick out of junior college is tooled up better than most, possessing a mid-90s fastball, a curveball that shows plus potential, and a rapidly developing splitter/changeup he developed at Instructs that also shows intriguing long-term plus potential.  Like Florial the numbers weren't great this year, including walking more guys [22] than he struck out [19], but the command showed a lot of improvement during Instructional League too.  In fact, if the pitcher he proved to be at Instructs is the one who shows up in 2017 then this ranking is way too low because that pitcher has the chance to be quite special.

18. RHP, Domingo German - Part of the Nathan Eovaldi trade with the Miami Marlins back in December of 2014, this Dominican fire-baller quickly became the forgotten man as his Yankee debut was delayed for a year with Tommy John surgery.  He finally made his debut with the Yankee organization in late June with low-A Charleston and it didn't take him long to make quite the impression.  He found his velocity right away, sitting 94-97 mph and even topping out at 99 mph, and he generates a ton of ground balls with his fastball and a quality changeup.  He throws a ton of strikes too.  A bit more development with his breaking ball could push him into elite pitching prospect company.

19. RHP, Nick Green - While it's true Widener could be the steal of the draft for the Yankees, Green, acquired from the Texas Rangers as part of the Carlos Beltran deal, could be the steal of the trade season in 2016.  Initially drafted by the Yankees in the 35th round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of high school before opting for junior college, Green has really improved all aspects of his game over the years.  His fastball has blossomed to sit 92-95 mph with room for even more improvement as he continues to get stronger and he already boasts one of the better curveballs in all of baseball.  And like Widener the early returns on his changeup which now shows long-term plus potential are beyond favorable.  There's a top-half of the rotation big league ceiling here that is extremely underrated.

20. OF, Jake Cave - Lost to the Cincinnati Reds last offseason in the Rule 5 Draft, the former sixth round pick in 2011 made his way back to the Yankees and had a solid season, hitting a combined .268 between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton, and clubbing a career-high eight home runs.  He's very Fowler-like in the sense that while he doesn't have a plus tool in his game he does a little bit of everything well.  He doesn't turn 24 until December and he's coming off of a season where he registered some of his highest exit velocities, meaning there's a bit more power potential to be tapped.

21. SS/2B, Thairo Estrada - Long underrated not only on the national scene but even among Yankee fans, this Venezuelan native is still not truly appreciated for the many things he can do on a baseball diamond.  He gets lost in the shortstop shuffle given the depth of quality middle infielders the Yankees can stroll out there and yet he's an above average defender there and one who shows plus ability at second base.  He has the arm strength to play third and the speed to play center if need be, and offensively he's an elite hitter with average or better power and above average or better speed.  He has virtually no weaknesses in his game and in any other farm system would be a burgeoning Top Ten prospect.  He's a 'gamer' in every sense of the term.

22. 2B, Nick Solak - There are a ton of Estrada-like qualities here; above average [or potentially better] defensive abilities at second long-term, above average speed, average or better power, plus hitting ability, and enormous makeup.  He, like Estrada, is just a winning ball player in nearly every facet of the game.  And like Estrada, the ceiling is very underrated and the fact higher-end or even higher minor league level middle infielders grab more of the prospect headlines internally has helped him fly under the radar.  He's a big-time 'sleeper'.

23. SS/2B Abiatal Avelino - Yet another multi-talented middle infielder for the Yankees, this Dominican native can be downright electric when he's in a groove.  Tools-wise he is more average than anything, showing average at best power potential, perhaps slightly above average speed, and average or better hitting potential, but yet he can be dynamic offensively because of his all-out hustle style of play.  Defensively he can be just as dynamic, showing an innate feel for the game and boasting one of the better infield arms.  He's a high, high makeup player with middle infield versatility and some considerable ceiling as a small-ball player. 

24. C, Kyle Higashioka - Kicked to proverbial prospect curb by many entering the 2016 season if not all together completely forgotten by the remaining critics, 'Higgy', two years removed from Tommy John surgery, broke out in a huge way.  He hit a combined .276 with a career-high 21 home runs between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton, and a plus defender, helped both pitching staffs set historical marks.  He was so good that the Yankees still put him on the 40-man roster despite having three quality catchers on the roster already.  At 26 he's a bit old for a prospect but he certainly has the talent to match that kind of production at the big league level if given the chance.

25. RHP, Yefrey Ramirez - Picked by the Yankees in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 Draft last offseason from the Arizona Diamondbacks, this Dominican native garnered a lot organizational supporters immediately on the strength of his deceptive 91-94 mph fastball with movements, his solid secondary pitch arsenal, and innate strike-throwing ways.  A former position player who didn't make the move to the mound until a few years ago, he still has a considerable ceiling yet to be tapped and he's already quite good.  He has the natural pitch-ability and stuff to be a quick riser through the rankings.

26. LHP, Dietrich Enns - Like Ramirez, Enns, more noted for his performance than sheer stuff, gets buried by the impressive Yankee pitching depth and somewhat victimized as being completely underrated.  In fact, it's only in comparison to the truly special arms where he gets overlooked.  He sits mostly 91-94 mph with his fastball, he shows two quality secondary pitches, and all he's done is get guys out consistently in his career.  He went 14-4 with a 1.73 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A, and his career minor league ERA sits below 2.00 [1.86 to be exact].  The stuff isn't sexy but there's a middle to [most likely] back-end big league rotation ceiling that seems quite plausible.

27. SS, Tyler Wade - This former fourth round pick's enormous mental makeup and natural leadership abilities help overcome what is clearly below average power potential.  In fact, showing average or better hitting skills and above average or better speed and defense, if it were not for the occasional power he's shown he would rank much higher in these rankings.  Still, he is tough to bet against having a real big league impact and like Estrada would rank a lot higher in nearly any other farm system.

28. SS, Hoy Jun Park - Park brings up the rear rankings-wise among this group of middle infielders despite having one of the higher ceilings and it's because there is a bigger question mark around his overall hitting potential in comparison to the others.  Still, he has plus speed, above average or better defensive abilities, potentially average power, and a near immeasurable ceiling given his rather slight but still projectable frame.  A bit better pitch recognition to go with his ultra-patient plate approach could propel him to higher ranks in the not so distant future. 

29. OF, Trey Amburgey - Statistically it wasn't a banner year for last year's 13th round pick nor was it a bad year either, hitting a solid .274 between two A-ball levels.  However, he missed the better part of two months with a strained hamstring and he hit just two home runs all season.  He is a much better impact batter than that and he's also a lot quicker than his modest eleven stolen bases would suggest too.  There's a considerable ceiling worth tracking here and the floor of a big league reserve outfielder cut in the mold of a Kevin Pillar type if he can remain healthy. 

30. 3B, Dermis Garcia - When it comes to pure ceilings this Dominican native should theoretically rank higher, thanks in large part to his already now plus power.  He clubbed a ridiculous 13 home runs in just 194 at-bats with short-season Pulaski as an 18-year old, clearly showing his special power potential.  However, just a .206 hitter with 79 strikeouts, he also showed he has a lot of work to do to refine his swing and hitting approach to help maximize that rare power.  Should he do that, however, and improve his defensive game at third, he'll rocket up the rankings.

31. RHP, Rony Garcia - Signed last year out of the Dominican Republic, this soon-to-be 19-year old has some rare polish for somebody so young.  He's already sitting comfortably in the 92-96 mph range with the kind of looseness that suggests perhaps even more power coming, especially given his 6-foot-3 frame, and he spins his curveball extremely well.  Given his innate strike-throwing ability, should the changeup he ended Instructional League follow him into 2017 and beyond, the Yankees could have something special on their hands.  First things first though -- he needs to show a bit more swing and miss at the lower levels [56 strikeouts in 71 innings].

32. RHP, Nolan Martinez - This year's third round pick out of high school enters professional baseball with an already solid three-pitch big league mix, including a low-90s fastball, an above average curveball with long-term plus potential, and an advanced feel for a changeup that's seldom found in high school hurlers.  There is also some mature pitch-ability for somebody who just turned 18 years old after the draft.  He offers a nice blend of long-term projection with now pitching, the kind of combination that could make him a top pitching prospect down the road.

33. OF, Tito Polo - Acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Ivan Nova trade, this Colombian native is a bit of a wild card.  Tools-wise there is average power potential despite a smaller 5-foot-8 frame and above average to plus speed, and he's even shown to be a solid hitter for average too.  Throw in some defensive potential and there might be something there long-term.  His biggest problem is from a profile standpoint; he's not an elite defender in center so the offensive production will have to keep going.  There is some intrigue long-term though.

34. RHP, Luis Cedeno - For years this Venezuelan native was the epitome of a 'pitch-ability' hurler, one who showed modest big league average velocity and decent secondary pitches but one who could throw strikes and mix up his pitches.  Well the advanced pitch-ability is still very much there but the stuff has gotten better.  Both secondary pitches tick above average now and his once 88-92 mph now sits more in the 94-96 mph range.  A smaller pitcher, standing just 5-foot-11, he did have issues maintaining that plus velocity deep into the season.  If he can maintain that power later into the year this late-bloomer could become a big-time 'sleeper'.

35. RHP, Erik Swanson - Acquired from the Texas Rangers in the Dillon Tate-Carlos Beltran swap, this former eighth round pick is a big-bodied, big-armed hurler who can throw some serious gas.  He has the ability to sit 94-98 mph for a few innings at a time, one who is learning to build up his stamina.  He shows quality secondary pitches too and a good feel for pounding the strike zone.  He offers some long-term role flexibility given his power and secondary arsenal.

36. RHP, Cody Carroll - Here's yet another highly flexible pitcher role-wise for the Yankees.  Like Swanson, Carroll shows mid-to-upper-90s heat for innings at a time and throws a ton of strikes.  He has a quality breaking ball too, giving him the solid one-two punch pitch-wise that could allow him to move quickly as a reliever.  Considering he can hold his velocity a bit longer than most relievers, however, and shows a quality changeup at times, he might get the starting treatment for the time being to see how things shake out.  Either way though he has true impact potential.

37. RHP, Cale Coshow - In many respects his 2016 campaign was a down year from his season prior, posting a 4.03 ERA compared to the 2.45 ERA in 2015.  And even his walks [more in less innings] were up.  Beyond the numbers, however, remains the same guy; somebody who throws 95-100 mph with average secondary pitches and provides long-term role flexibility but in the same manner as Swanson and Carroll.  Should he get back to his 2015 strike-throwing ways though he could be a viable big league option at some point this coming season.

38. LHP, Ian Clarkin - Nearly three years into his professional career and this former first round pick is as solid a prospect as they come, boasting good command of a three-pitch big league mix, two of which grade out as above average or better pitches [curveball and changeup].  The fastball still remains mostly on the average side, however, ticking above average at times when he's been able to stay healthy for long stretches and that has been his biggest bugaboo to date; the projection and ceiling he once had [and still arguably possesses] hasn't been tapped yet because of nagging injuries.  He needs health and innings to regain his top prospect form once again.

39. RHP, Austin DeCarr - Another high-round pick just like Clarkin, DeCarr has seen his health issues zap him of his once highly projectable stuff to the point where other high-end arms have begun to pass him on the depth chart and prospect rankings.  He still has a knockout curveball when it's going right and the changeup has improved pretty dramatically too, but both pitches are inconsistent right now and the one-time plus fastball velocity has inched down to the average vicinity.  He still has huge upside and it's not far-fetched to see him back atop the rankings a year from now, especially as he gets further away from his 2015 Tommy John surgery, but just like with Clarkin there is some work to be done to get back to his top prospect ways.

40. RHP, Drew Finley - Just like with Clarkin and DeCarr, Finley is still very much a quality prospect but one who has fallen victim to the awesome depth of the Yankee farm system and a bit buried by the wealth of power arms in the organization right now.  The 20-year old still has one of the better curveballs, still has an average to slightly above average big league fastball with some ceiling left to be tapped, and like DeCarr his changeup has developed into a useful pitch.  It's usually two years after their high school selections where velocity begins to creep up so Finley has the chance to be completely different this upcoming season.

41. 1B, Chris Gittens - Team insiders believed this former 12th round pick's 2015 campaign wasn't a fluke [he hit .363 with eight home runs in the Gulf Coast League] from a power perspective in particular and he went out and followed it up with a 21-home run season in the pitching-friendly South Atlantic League this year.  He can take a walk too and shows good plate discipline so few are worried about his .253 average in Charleston.  He still has work to do on his body, however, and defensively he doesn't project to be much more than average so the bat will have to carry him.  Another great season in 2017 where he'll face more competition his own age could move up a bit in the rankings.

42. RHP, Brody Koerner - One of the drawbacks to a very deep farm system is injuries have a way of quickly burying some high upside prospects.  Much like with DeCarr, Clarkin, and Finley, Koerner, who made just five starts all season, just finds himself slipping through no fault of his own.  He still boasts a 93-96 mph sinking fastball with three other average or better big league secondary pitches and the organization thought so much of him they still sent him to the Arizona Fall League this offseason, but more than anything he just needs to build up his innings and get more development time because the talent is there to be special.

43. RHP, J.P. Feyereisen - The Yankees didn't just get two top ten prospects for Andrew Miller [Frazier & Sheffield], they also got this fire-baller too.  The first sure-fire reliever in the Top 50 this year, he boasts a deadly mid-to-high-90s fastball that has reportedly topped out at 100 mph and hammer curveball combination that allowed him to strike out 78 batters in 58 innings this year.  He also owns a quality changeup he rarely needs and he's Triple-A ready.  Don't be surprised if he makes an impact on the big league bullpen at some point in 2017.

44. RHP, Brady Lail - How deep is the Yankee farm system?  That somebody with Lail's skillset and track record ranks this low is really a crime.  He did in fact have his worst statistical season [4.62 ERA] this year for Triple-A Scranton but a look inside the numbers show he wasn't nearly as ineffective as the season ERA might reveal; he just happened to have a couple of more clunkers.  He still has four average or better big league pitches with command and movement, and some of the better overall pitch-ability.  He is still very much a big league option in 2017 and beyond.

45. LHP, Nestor Cortes - His stuff pales in comparison to most of the names in these rankings and yet there might not be a better pitcher.  A smaller southpaw, standing 5-foot-11, the fastball is merely average, sitting mostly in the 88-92 mph range and even popping some 85-87s later in his starts.  However, his command is top notch, he is extremely deceptive, and both his above average curveball and plus changeup allow his fastball to play at an above average level very much in a Dallas Keuchel-like manner.  There's not much ceiling to his game but he also might be the best equipped for sustained big league success.

46. LHP, Daniel Camarena - This former 20th round pick out of high school is essentially a carbon copy of Cortes as a smallish left-hander with two above average or better secondary pitches and armed with average big league fastball velocity, but one who can paint corners with the best of them.  There isn't anything sexy about his game but he can be a highly effective innings eater and he almost always gives his teams a chance to win.  For the back-end of the Top 50, that's quite a prospect.

47. RHP, Adonis Rosa - This one has the chance to be a 'sleeper' prospect.  Very much a right-handed version of Cortes & Camarena, this Dominican native can not only throw strikes with his eyes closed but pitch with excellent command.  He boasts three big league pitches, including an above average changeup and a curveball that now tick big league average with room to improve, and a fastball that has now begun to sit in the 92-93 mph range.  A little more power added to his still rather skinny frame and he could skyrocket up the rankings given his great feel for pitching.

48. 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.  And with the losses in the Rule 5 Draft, Molina slides back up where he belongs. 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.

49. SS, Oswaldo Cabrera - Just like with Molina, this Venezuelan was/is a sure-fire Top 50 prospect who initially just fell a bit shy due to the historic depth the Yankees have building down on the farm lately but now moves up.  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.

50. 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.


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