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November 29, 2007

Goldstein: Yankees Top 11 Prospects

Kevin Goldstein offers his list of the Yankees Top 11 Prospects:

Five-Star Prospects
1. Joba Chamberlain, RHP
Four-Star Prospects
2. Ian Kennedy, RHP
3. Austin Jackson, OF
4. Jose Tabata, OF
5. Alan Horne, RHP
Three-Star Prospects
6. Dellin Betances, RHP
7. Jesus Montero, C
8. Andrew Brackman, RHP
9. Edwar Ramirez, RHP
10. Kelvin DeLeon, OF
Two-Star Prospects
11. Humberto Sanchez, RHP

Just Missing: Frank Cervelli, C; Jeff Marquez, RHP; Ross Ohlendorf, RHP; Brad Suttle, 3B

Andrew Brackman, who will not throw a professional pitch until 2009, at #8? Edwar Ramirez at #9? Humberto Sanchez at #11?

Maybe the Yankees farm system is not as good as some say...if this is what is the best of the bunch.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at November 29, 2007 12:48 PM


I guess Phil Hughes pitched too much in 07 for the big club that he didn't make the list?

Posted by: j [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 29, 2007 01:36 PM

If hughes was considered a prospect, where do you think he'd land? I'd put him as 4 stars

Posted by: minikraft [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 29, 2007 01:39 PM

Hughes would most certainly be a 5-star.

But having 1 (or two, if you count Hughes) 5-star prospect, and 4 4-star prospects is pretty damned impressive. That means their upper-end of the farm system is absolutely STACKED.

The lower end is a bit misinformed. Jeff Marquez is missing from the 3-star prospects (he was 22 for the better part of this past year, in AA, and put up solid numbers).

The Yankees have several other prospects that may not have the name-recognition, but are guys that teams would love to have. Dan McCutchen is one. George Kontos is another. Guys like James Cox, Mark Melancon, and David Robertson are elite relief prospects. And there are guys very far away like Jairo Heredia who could bust on the scene soon as next year. And there are guys who could be very good utility players like Brett Gardner.

Trust what you hear. The Yankees have one of the top farm systems in baseball.

Posted by: Andrew [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 29, 2007 02:01 PM

Hey Steve
Love your site, great statistical analysis. I was wondering if you knew how Melky Cabrera compares to Coco Crisp. Many Red Sox fans and sportswriters/ESPN contributors (the two are not mutually exclusive) believe that Coco is a much better player than Melky and I tend to disagree but I dont know where to get the statistical proof. What do you think Steve?

Posted by: Ference [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 29, 2007 02:07 PM

Ference - thanks. That's a good question. Let me work something up on that.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 29, 2007 02:28 PM

I cannot give 'elite' prospect status to any pitcher coming off major surgery, you just don't know. Melancon, Cox, et al, are toss-ups until we see how surgery affected them.

Marquez is a shaky prospect who needs to have a break-out season, so his rating is appropriate.

Posted by: Don [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 29, 2007 02:42 PM

'Maybe the Yankees farm system is not as good as some say...if this is what is the best of the bunch.'

wow are you negative Steve. look, it's this guy's opinion. and i would wager we have more 4 and 5 star guys than most MLB teams. it's a stellar top 5. but IMO, no way Brackman, Edwar and Deleon should be that high. Melancon, Whelan, McAlister, Gardner, Heredia could all be listed in their spots.

they also did a 'top under 25 list.' Hughes was at the top. Melky was #9.

Posted by: Travis G. [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 29, 2007 04:52 PM