Patrick Teale

In our fourth 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 fourth 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 Chance Adams TRE

The most consistent performer at any position down on the farm for the Yankees in 2017. Leads the farm system in wins [5] and he's one of the few starters whose ERA [0.90] is lower than his WHIP ratio [1.08]

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2 Dustin Fowler SWB Leads the farm in total bases [81] by a huge margin and he's tied for the farm lead in home runs [5]. However, the fact that he's up there with the likes of Zach Zehner and Rob Refsnyder among the walks leaders speaks volumes of his ever-growing approach 8
3 Jake Cave TRE Probably needs to be sent back to Triple-A soon; his .954 OPS right now is the active leader down on the farm and he's already got three home runs in his brief time back 4
4 Hoy Jun Park CHA The batting average has dropped considerably lately but it had too -- he wasn't going to hit .354 all year long. He's still among the farm leaders in nearly every offensive category, including batting [.314] and total bases [ranks 5th] 2
5 Mike Ford SWB Got a well-deserved promotion to Triple-A and has two multi-hit games in his first three Scranton games, including his third home run of the year. He's among the leaders in doubles [10], total bases [59, good for third] and walks [23] too 7
6 Clint Frazier SWB The batting average [.240] is low but everything else is high, including leading the farm system in doubles [12] and ranking among the top six in runs, RBIs, walks, home runs, etc. 3
7 Estevan Florial CHA Like Frazier he's not among the farm system in leaders in batting but he's doing everything else, including ranking second in home runs [4] and tied for third with Frazier in total bases [58] 6
8 Erik Swanson TAM It's tough to be any better than Swanson after beginning the year on the disabled list. He has a 0.75 ERA through his first four starts, including a 7-inning performance his last time out. He's the hitting version of Cave in that he's killing it in a shorter sample size so far. NR
9 Ronald Herrera TRE Very Swanson-like domination upon his return from the DL too, sporting an even stingier 0.49 ERA, albeit in one less start so far. 16
10 Blake Rutherford CHA The recently turned 20-year old is uncanny in the consistency department. He ranks second in doubles [11], third in walks [18] and stolen bases [6], and tied for 5th in total bases with Park 10
11 Caleb Smith SWB As dominant as Herrera and Swanson have been in their smaller sample sizes, Smith has been nearly as dominant from the very start. His 0.92 WHIP ratio among starters only ranks behind the aforementioned pair [it actually ties Swanson]. 20
12 Isaiah Gilliam CHA Don't look now but he's quietly sneaking up on all the category leaders. The switch-hitter ranks third in doubles [10], tied for third in home runs [3] and walks [18], and tied for fourth in runs scored [20]. NR
13 Nick Green CHA Tossed another six shutout innings in his last start, giving him three straight such performances and four in his last five starts. He's on fire right now. 13
14 Miguel Andujar TRE Like Gilliam and Frazier a lot of his perceived not-so-great start is impacted by a lower batting average [.256]. The fact is he's leading the farm in RBIs [24] and he's just two total bases behind Gilliam among the farm system leaders 11
15 Tyler Wade SWB Cracks the top 20 on the strength of his .319 batting average [which ranks 4th on the farm] and his farm system-leading 28 runs scored. Oh, he's also among the walks leaders once again this year. NR
16 Thairo Estrada TRE He actually ranks third with a .330 batting average and he's climbing up the doubles [6] and home run [2] leader boards too, and he has more walks than strikeouts. NR
17 Gleyber Torres TRE Like Estrada he's starting to heat up in the extra-base hit department, clubbing two home runs in his past two games, and he's got the average up to .287. It might not be long before he finds permanent residence in the top ten here. NR
18 Daniel Camarena SWB Sporting a 2.15 ERA in Triple-A so far and falls into the Chance Adams category of one of the most consistent starting pitchers down on the farm so far this season. 19
19 Brian Keller CHA Struck out ten in his last outing, giving him four straight eight-plus strikeout games. His eight to one strikeout to walk ratio is among the best too, as is his 1.10 WHIP. Only his 3.89 ERA prevents him from ranking higher. 17
20 Josh Rogers TAM Tossed a season-high 8 shutout innings his last time out.  He seemingly has nothing left to prove at the A-ball level. NR

Others considered for the Top 20: Colten Brewer, Philip Diehl, Domingo German, Anyelo Gomez, J.R. Graham, Jose Mesa, Tito Polo, and Yefrey Ramirez.

Players on the DL: Albert Abreu, Ji-Man Choi, and Ian Clarkin.


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