Patrick Teale

In our fifth 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 Gave up two runs for just the second time this season in his last start but he also went a season-high 7 innings; his ERA [1.15] is finally higher than his WHIP [1.00] too, just another sign of his dominance in 2017. 1
2 Dustin Fowler SWB Has homered in back-to-back games and now leads the farm system with 7 home runs. He also leads the farm by a huge margin in total bases [93] and shows no signs of easing up either, scoring 9 runs and driving in 9 in his last ten games. 2
3 Mike Ford SWB Like Fowler he's been hitting them over the fence lately, smacking four in his last eight games. He ranks second in total bases [74] behind Fowler but he leads the farm system in walks [27] and OPS [.936] 5
4 Estevan Florial CHA It's an excellent sign that the 19-year old continues to be extremely consistent in his first full taste of the long-season leagues. He leads the farm in runs scored [32] and he's in the top five in total bases [65], doubles [9], home runs [4], and second in walks [21] 7
5 Ronald Herrera TRE It's a very, very small sample size but any time you can be lumped into the same sentence as Chance Adams, even after just four starts, you're in elite company. His 1.14 ERA so far is even lower than Adams and so is his 0.85 WHIP ratio. 9
6 Hoy Jun Park CHA Still a top five hitter down on the farm, Park [.310] ranks third in runs scored [27], fourth in OPS [.852], and sixth in total bases [59]. 4
7 Chris Gittens TAM Began the season on the DL but a monster week this past week [.333, 3 home runs, 9 RBI, 7 walks] has propelled him into the top five in many offensive categories now, including tying Ford for the farm system lead in OPS [.936]. NR
8 Thairo Estrada TRE Leads the farm system comfortably with a .340 batting average so far after collecting six multi-hit games in his last ten games played [.410] and he still has more walks [18] than strikeouts [16] so far. Only Ford and Gittens have a higher OPS so far this season too. 16
9 Clint Frazier SWB It's been a theme this year but the lower batting average [.248] has helped disguise what otherwise is a pretty dominant season so far. His 14 doubles lead the farm system so far and only Fowler and Ford have more total bases in 2017. 6
10 Blake Rutherford CHA The 20-year old remains in the same spot for the third straight week, a true credit to his remarkable consistency. He ranks third in doubles [11], tied for second in walks [21], and he's hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games. 10
11 Raynel Espinal CHA Like Herrera, Espinal has a very small sample size thus far but it's too good to ignore. He has made six relief appearances for Charleston but they are really starer innings, and his 0.59 ERA leads all pitchers averaging 4-plus innings per appearance NR
12 Gleyber Torres SWB A brief DL stint is perhaps the only think preventing from ranking in the Top Ten for good now. In Ford-like fashion he has four home runs in his last seven games and only Ford, Gittens, and Estrada have a higher OPS this year so far, and now he's in Triple-A. 16
13 Jake Cave TRE Not a banner week [.231 in his last 10 games] but he still ranks among the tops in many offensive categories, including doubles [8] and home runs [4], despite missing a good chunk of the first month of the season. 3
14 Josh Rogers TAM Ranks fourth in starter ERA [2.22], fourth in starter WHIP [1.01], and struck out a season-high eight batters in his last outing.  In fact, only Domingo Acevedo has more strikeouts down on the farm this year. 20
15 Tyler Wade SWB He's putting the 'super' in super utility-man these days, ranking fourth in hitting [.308], tied with Frazier for third in total bases [69], and he's among the doubles and stolen base leaders too. 15
16 Caleb Smith SWB He's been one of the most consistent pitching performers this season as evidenced by his 1.01 WHIP ratio and .201 opponents batting average. 16
17 Jose Mesa Jr. TRE Promoted from high-A Tampa, he tossed three hitless, shutout innings in his Trenton debut this week. He has allowed just six hits all season long. NR
18 Isiah Gilliam CHA Tied with Park in total bases, the switch-hitter remains among the top ten in nearly offensive category [doubles, walks, runs scored, home runs, RBI, etc]. 12
19 Miguel Andujar TRE Somewhat Frazier-like in that the lower batting average doesn't do his season much justice. He leads the farm in RBI [29] and ranks second in doubles [12]. 14
20 Angel Aguilar CHA Cooling off some, he's still among the farm system leaders in batting [.298], RBIs [23], and total bases [55]. NR

Others considered for the Top 20: Colten Brewer, Philip Diehl, Domingo German, Anyelo Gomez, J.R. Graham, Jorge Mateo, Jose Mesa, Tito Polo, Nick Solak, Erik Swanson, Yefrey Ramirez, and Tyler Webb.

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


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