As spring training gets closer and closer, more prospect lists are being unveiled for the upcoming season. Today, it was Baseball Prospectus’ turn to reveal their top 101 prospects and five New York Yankees ended up making the list.
Those five players were infielder Gleyber Torres (number three), outfielder Estevan Florial (number 26), right-hander Chance Adams (number 51), left-hander Justus Sheffield (number 57), and right-hander Albert Abreu (number 100).
When you take a look at this list compared to other lists, a few things tend to stick out. For one, you don’t see many people ranking Adams over Sheffield or having him 49 spots ahead of Abreu.
Adams had a great season with Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre in 2017 (11-5, 2.89 ERA in 21 starts), but the 41 walks put some doubt into whether or not he can show consistency with his command despite holding hitters to an impressive low .197 batting average.
Yes, the ranking for Adams at 51 seems a bit high, but it is actually low from another standard. On their list, Adams was the 17th highest right-handed pitcher on their list with 16 of them in the top 50. Meanwhile, in the case of Sheffield, he is the seventh highest ranked lefty with six pitchers in the top 50.
The other notable omission was third baseman Miguel Andujar, who you will find in a high spot on any other prospect list. For example, later today on Fangraphs, their site had Andujar ranked at number 14, two spots behind Torres.
Now, if you look closely at the Baseball Prospectus list, you will find that four other third basemen were on it, including two in the top ten (Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Nick Senzel). Jeffrey Paternostro talked about his decision in his BP chat and said that Andujar just missed making the top 100.
While that omission stood out, there’s still a chance Andujar can start the 2018 season in the big leagues as the Yankees still have an open spot at third base as of today. With minor league invites Danny Espinosa (20 major league games) and Jace Peterson (26 games) not having much experience at third, it gives Andujar more of an opportunity to make the big league club.
In the end, every evaluator is going to have different opinions on different players, so that doesn’t make one more right than the other. The question will now be with three of the five Yankees having a chance to make their debuts this season, how many of them will still end up being prospects by midseason?