On Monday, Baseball Prospectus released their version of the New York Yankees 2017 top 10 prospects. There were no real surprises. Shortstop Gleyber Torres, fresh off his Arizona Fall League MVP award, was at the head of the list.
Their list is very similar to that of the one Baseball America released last month. In fact, the top 7 players are the same, only varying slightly in order.
Shortstop Jorge Mateo, outfielder Aaron Judge, and right-handed pitcher James Kaprielian are the only holdovers from last year’s rankings. Catcher Gary Sanchez and utility player Rob Refsnyder have graduated from prospect status.
Half of the top 10 were not in the organization six months ago. Outfielder Blake Rutherford was selected in the first round of the June amateur draft. Torres was acquired from the Chicago Cubs in the Aroldis Chapman deal. Outfielder Clint Frazier and left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield came over to the Yankees from the Cleveland Indians as part of the package for Andrew Miller. Right-handed pitcher Albert Abreu was the centerpiece of the trade that sent Brian McCann to the Houston Astros.