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December 27, 2007

Joba & Jose Yanks New Crown Jewels?

The current print issue of Baseball America lists who they believe are the top ten prospects (today) in the Yankees farm system. Here's their rankings:

1. Joba Chamberlain
2. Austin Jackson
3. Jose Tabata
4. Ian Kennedy
5. Alan Horne
6. Jesus Montero
7. Jeffrey Marquez
8. Brett Gardner
9. Ross Ohlendorf
10. Andrew Brackman

So, like Goldstein and Sickels, Baseball America agrees: Joba Chamberlain, Alan Horne, Austin Jackson, Ian Kennedy and Jose Tabata are the Yankees top five prospects. (Note: I'm just listing them in alpha-order here.)

For the record, here's the "top five" (for the Yankees) from Goldstein, Sickels and Baseball America, from a year ago:

Goldstein

1. Philip Hughes
2. Jose Tabata
3. Joba Chamberlain
4. Humberto Sanchez
5. Dellin Betances

Sickels

1. Phil Hughes
2. Jose Tabata
3. Humberto Sanchez
4. Joba Chamberlain
5. Tyler Clippard

Baseball America

1. Philip Hughes
2. Jose Tabata
3. Dellin Betances
4. Joba Chamberlain
5. Ian Kennedy

So, it's now two years in a row that Chamberlain and Tabata have made the top five, across the board (among these three sources). Perhaps Joba and Jose are the Yankees best [farm system] "crown jewels" since the days of Scott McGregor and Otto Velez?

Posted by Steve Lombardi at December 27, 2007 07:52 PM

Comments

I still don't understand how Humberto Sanchez can fall off these lists but Andrew Brackman can be included. Brackman is a full calendar year away from throwing a baseball whereas Sanchez is probably going to throw in the next few months. Why does everything think so highly of Brackman already?

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 28, 2007 09:31 AM

~~Why does everything think so highly of Brackman already?~~

Huge dude. Boras hype. Throws near 99 and reportedly has a killer curve. Most say he's a lock to be an ace. But, I agree - until he throws a pitch as a pro, people need to chill on him.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 28, 2007 09:56 AM

Brackman featured a spike curve, it probably is what caused his injury. King Felix threw a spike curve, was injured early in the 2007 season, they put him on the DL, then scrapped the spike curve.

Tabata is overrated as of now. He did hit .300 in high 'A' ball, but had no power. Maybe the hamate bone removal will allow power development, but that is unproven. Tabata had a serious weight problem in 2007, having ballooned to 220-225 and the organization made him show up early before all home games in Tampa to work it off. His speed is down as well, even after losing weight.

To rank Tabata so high, with a troubling 2007 behind him, is not right. Maybe in 2008 he will return to what he was thought of as a prospect, maybe even better. But off this troubling 2007 season, I cannot rank him in the top five, nor should anyone else, 19 years old or not. It isn't as if he has had three big years in the minors. Baseball is littered with the corpses of bright-and-shiny 17 year olds who became busts. 2008 will be a big year for Tabata, one way or another.

Posted by: Don [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 28, 2007 02:43 PM