Yankees Tool Time: Top Outfield Arms

In an effort to keep our premium subscribers up to speed on the Yankees' prospects, PinstripesPlus.com will dissect the top prospects in many different categories over the next few weeks. Here's a list of the top outfield arms in the Yankees' farm system, ranking the top ten.

Top 10 Outfield Throwing Arms

10. Evan Tierce: What is not to like about Evan Tierce? Like a younger version of Kevin Reese, he may not have the most explosive tools in the farm system but he has absolutely no below average tools. A southpaw thrower in center field, Tierce makes accurate throws to the plate and does the little things right, hitting his cutoff men. This guy is just a very strong all around player.

9. Edwar Gonzalez: Edwar is the type of guy that still has a good chance to take off as a solid prospect. He showed us tools in 2004 but lacked enough playing time to get rolling. One of the tools he showcased, mostly with Staten Island, was a good the throwing arm. With more playing time in 2005, he has a chance to become an everyday right fielder and a threat to base runners.

8. Kevin Reese: How can you not pull for a guy like Kevin Reese? He just seems to be on just about every list or close to it mostly because of his work ethic. Reese has worked in his time in the Yankee farm system, improving every facet of his game. A lefty thrower, Reese has developed a polished throwing arm that is a threat to opposing base runners. It is not the strongest arm in the system but he gets the job done as well as anyone.

7. Bryce Kartler: This lefty throwing outfield prospect has possibly the most intriguing background on this list. When the Yankees drafted Bryce back in 2003, he was quite highly thought of as a solid left handed hurler. However, after his success at the plate with Staten Island in 2003, they moved him from the mound and to the DH and outfield positions. As a former 89-91 MPH fastball pitcher, his arm has become a good one out in the outfield. He still needs to learn some better form and mechanics but the raw arm is definitely there to work with.

6. Mike Vento: One of the more seasoned veterans of the Yankee Farm System, Vento recently re-signed with the organization and should play with AAA Columbus again in 2005. Although he is no longer a true prospect, Vento has worked hard throughout his career to become a well rounded player. One area where we've seen improvement with Mike is his throwing arm. He made some good, on line throws with Columbus last season and we can expect to see more of that in 2005.

5. Rudy Guillen: Perhaps Rudy could be a little higher on this list, but like most of his game, he needs some refinement. Not to mention, his play was not nearly up to far in 2004. However, as he matures, we could see a plus throwing arm out of Rudy as a right fielder.

4. Melky Cabrera: Melky has become a well known prospect more for his offense and aggressive style at the plate. However, let's not forget what a force his throwing arm is in the outfield. It has gotten progressively better over his first two full seasons in pro ball and his accuracy has also become a strength. Although, he doesn't have the electrifying arm of a Tim Battle, it is definitely one of his biggest strengths other than his offensive potential.

3. Matt Carson: Out of all these guys, Carson is the one that truly knows how to utilize his arm as a lethal weapon to base runner. He is an absolute menace for anyone on the bases and he has an accurate enough arm to gun down a man at any time. He puts himself in good throwing position and generates a lot of force behind the ball.

2. Wady Rufino: No, he may not have landed on U.S. soil yet but he is one of the Yankees highest profile signings in the past few years. One of the biggest reasons for that is his explosive throwing arm from right field. The right handed thrower has registered 94 MPH heat from right field, one of the best speeds from an outfield position by a teenage prospect. He is still incredibly raw and spent limited time on the diamond in 2004 in the Dominican Summer League due to a disciplinary problem. When he makes it to the United States, he will be number one on this list, no questions asked.

1. Tim Battle: Tim also was a pitcher in high school and it shows in a big way with his throwing arm in center field. At a showcase while playing at McIntosh High School in Georgia, Battle was lighting up the radar guns at 92 MPH. Now, he is still throwing the same heat except he is throwing out runners from the outfield. He needs to work on some accuracy but there is no better raw arm in the system than that of this athletic outfield prospect.

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