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Yankees Top 10 Prospects

In response to Bravesin07 request for the top 10 prospects of every team, I've taken the liberty to do the Yankee's top 10 prospects.

1. Phil Hughes, RHP, Most bona-fide prospect in system--outstanding control and command, throws hard, best curveball according to BA in the Yankee system, and the case can be made that he is the best pitching prospect in baseball.  Has been called up to take Kei Igawa's rotation turn.

In response to Bravesin07 request for the top 10 prospects of every team, I've taken the liberty to do the Yankee's top 10 prospects.  

  1. Phil Hughes, RHP, Most bona-fide prospect in system--outstanding control and command, throws hard, best curveball according to BA in the Yankee system, and the case can be made that he is the best pitching prospect in baseball.  Has been called up to take Kei Igawa's rotation turn.
  2. Joba Chamberlain, RHP,May have a higher ceiling than Hughes, according to some Yankee insiders. Throws very hard (94-97 MPH), great control, good command, nasty stuff, but must maintain good weight to achieve success. Has been moved to the bullpen to help out this year.
  3. Jose Tabata, OF--Yankee's best hitting prospect (18 yrs old) is an Batting Avg. and RBI machine.  He was viewed as  a Manny Ramirez-lite, but power has been non-existent thus far.  Rumors of a hamate bone injury are persistent, but it could also be the tough FSL.  At 18, though, he has plenty of time to develop.
  4. Ian Kennedy, RHP,At least a back-of-rotation control artist, peaks at a Mike Mussina-type pitcher. They share the same velocity and stretch motion.
  5. Humberto Sanchez, RHP, Had TJ surgery--had great stuff before, and we'll see after. With so many starters, will be a Scott Proctor-type next year if he makes big club
  6. Austin Jackson, OF, Is 20 years old and playing better than Tabata, but people are more in love with Tabata's raw power than Jackson's results.  Has good power (11 HR's)and patience (.361 OBP) Is quick (26 SB's) and has a nice stroke.  Although Brett Gardner, who projects as not much more than a 4th OF (then again, we said the same thing about Melky), is more MLB-ready, and Jackson hasn't hit Trenton yet, he could get a crack at the '09 CF, since Johnny Damon is breaking down and is in his walk year
  7. Dellin Betances, RHP, Despite elbow problems in Staten Island, is a flamethrower that has great stuff and a great breaking ball--could be too early to tell his exact future
  8. Jesus Montero, C, 16 years old and signed out of Venezuela.  Is a hefty 6'3", 240lbs, and may outgrow the catcher position.  Projects to have tons of power (40-50 HR type), and has plenty of time to develop
  9. Alan Horne, RHP, 24, throws decently hard (90-93), and has a good curve, slider, and a great changeup.  No room for him in the bigs, as he is in AA, with Mussina being under contract for next year, and Wang, Hughes, Chamberlain, and maybe Ian Kennedy or Andy Pettite will accompany him in the rotation next year.  If anyone is hurt, Ian Kennedy is also ahead of him, so he may have to wait until 09, when Dellin Betances, a higher-touted prospect, might get the rotation nod.
  10. Juan Miranda, 1B, Cuban defector with good power and average. Has shown more power in the pitcher-friendly FSL than in AA, but he still has 12 round-trippers on the year.  Has a lot of RBI's , and with Andy Phillips being a 31-yr old organizational player (much like P Jim Brower at 34), could get a shot at the 1B job, although Giambi is under contract next year and Shelley Duncan could also get the nod.
Underachievers: 3B Eric Duncan, SS Eduardo Nunez, SP Angel Reyes, SP Tyler Clippard

Just Missed: RP Edwar Ramirez (26 is old for a  prospect), SP/RP Ross Ohlendorf, SP Jeff Marquez

Information in this article comes from various sources, including, but not limited to, Pending Pinstripes (MVN Network), Bronx Block (MVN Network), Minor League Baseball, and Pinstripe Potentials

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