Last week, Pinstriped Prospects released our annual list of top 50 prospects in the New York Yankees’ organization. This collection of talent is amongst the top in the entire sport. Now that we know the names let’s dig a little deeper into some of the specifics.
We are going to break down several categories to see how spread out these 50 players range. These categories will include age, position, how they were acquired, country of origin, the amount of time spent in the system, as well as the highest level reached.
As you can see on the chart, a clear majority of the players on the list are 22-years old or younger. In fact, 37 have yet to turn 23. Among the players older than that are Aaron Judge, Mason Williams, Ben Heller, Dietrich Enns, and Kyle Higashioka, each of whom is likely to see much time in the Bronx this summer. Youth is on these prospects’ side.
The Yankees are represented on the list by players from every position on the diamond. The positions of highest value are in greatest supply. Eight of the top prospects are shortstops, while 22 are currently starting pitchers, including four left-handers.
Members of the top 50 prospects represent teams at every level of play, here in the States, from the majors all the way down to the Gulf Coast League. That would explain why all the full season teams made the playoffs last year, including the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders winning the Governor’s Cup and the Triple-A National Championship. Also, included on the list is a dozen members of the 40-man roster. Players will be infiltrating the big-league roster early and often this season.
The Yankees have assembled this group of prospects in just about every manner imaginable. Most effectively used the MLB June amateur draft, selecting 22 of the prospects. While 14 were acquired as international free agents, 13 have been acquired via trade, including ten since July’s trade deadline. And one was acquired in the AAA phase of the Rule 5 draft, during the winter meetings.
Five different countries are represented as the country of origin to members of the top 50 prospects. 30 represent the Red, White, and Blue. An additional 12 hail from the Dominican Republic. Venezuela boasts six native players. South Korea and Haiti are each home to one player.
The amount of time that players have been in the system range from mere months to almost nine years. Jorge Guzman and Albert Abreu were acquired from the Houston Astros in exchange for Brian McCann in November. Kyle Higashioka was drafted by the Yankees in 2008. In between, there have been players consistently added to the farm system with tremendous ability.
No matter what ballpark you attend this summer, you will have the opportunity to witness first-hand players that make up one of the deepest and most talented Yankees farm systems ever. They range greatly in age. Their background is vastly different. Their skills vary. However, put together, this list of Yankees’ prospects represents an opportunity to contend for championships for years to come.