Patrick Teale

In our first ranking of 2017, 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 first installment of the Power Rankings for the 2017 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 Albert Abreu CHA

[In the photo above] Abreu has carried a strong Spring Training performance with him into a strong start. Ranks second on the farm in strikeouts [17] and has just one walk to go along with a sub-1.00 ERA.

NR
2 Chance Adams TRE Somebody needs to tell the Yankees he has nothing to prove in Double-A. After dominating there last year he's off to a 2-0 start with 13 strikeouts and a 0.79 ERA in his first two starts this year. NR
3 Ian Clarkin TAM Could this be the year Clarkin finally breaks out? Like Adams he's 2-0 with a sub-1.00 ERA and a sub-1.00 WHIP in his first two starts. NR
4 Blake Rutherford CHA He's not among the batting average leaders [yet] but he has nearly twice as many walks [11] as the next highest guy and he's also tied for the system-lead in doubles [4], and ranks second in stolen bases [5]. NR
5 Jose Mesa Jr. TAM It's hard to be any better than Mesa so far, striking out 8 batters in four innings with just one base runner allowed and no runs. NR
6 Ho Jun Park CHA Like Rutherford he's among the top ten in nearly every offensive category, including tied for the lead in home runs [2] and total bases [23]. NR
7 Mike Ford TRE Tied with Park for system lead in total bases [23] and home runs [2], and he's batting .353. He was on our top 'sleeper's list this past offseason. NR
8 Matt Snyder TAM A healthy season from Snyder could put him among the top hitters in the farm system, as evidence by his strong start [.355, 2 HRs]. Tied for system lead in doubles [4] too. NR
9 Justus Sheffield TRE Has had just one start thus far but it was a shutout 5.2 innings. He and the Yankees are hoping for better command in 2017. NR
10 Miguel Andujar TAM He's not among the batting average leaders like he was this time a year ago but the production is top-notch.  Leads the farm in RBIs [13], tied for lead in home runs [2], and he's tied for Snyder for second in total bases [21]. NR
11 Angel Aguilar CHA Like Clarkin, could this strong start be a sign of the breakout season he and the Yankees have been waiting on? His .375 average ranks second, he's tied for first in doubles [4], and he's third in RBIs [9]. NR
12 Dietrich Enns SWB Picking up where he left off last season, he has two straight quality starts for Scranton to start the new season. He already is a viable big league option if needed. NR
13 Jorge Mateo TAM Getting off to a strong start, hitting .302 thus far with 9 stolen bases in his first 11 games. He looks like he's out to prove he should not be forgotten. NR
14 Chad Green SWB Not technically a prospect but he leads the farm system in strikeouts [20] despite picking up two hard-luck losses in his first three games NR
15 Caleb Smith TRE Only Abreu and Enns have lower WHIP ratios among pitchers with at least one start so far, and he's among the top ten in strikeouts. NR
16 Trey Amburgey TAM The average is low [.205] and the strikeouts are high [13] so far but the power is legit, cranking two home runs, matching last season's total already NR
17 Luis Cessa SWB Like Green he's not really a prospect but still pitching well while biding his time in the minors, posting a 1.11 ERA in his first two starts. NR
18 Estevan Florial CHA Off to a solid start, hitting .289 and ranking in the top ten in several other categories, including second in runs scored [10] and has as many total bases [16] as Rutherford. NR
19 Josh Rogers TAM Just like last year none of the numbers stand out but it's the total line that remains oh-so consistent. NR
20 Garrett Mundell CHA Like Mesa Jr. he's been unbelievable early on, including striking out 11 in his first 6 innings. NR

Others considered for the Top 20: Diego Castillo, Nestor Cortes, Domingo German, J.R. Graham, Tyler Wade, Brandon Wagner, and Zach Zehner.


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