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New York Yankees preliminary prospect list, Mark II

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Jacob Lindgren
Jacob Lindgren
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Notes on Sausage Making:

Plowing through the New York Yankees system Thursday, working on reducing the write-up list from 41 to 35. This requires many compromises when selecting between Grade C prospects to include, finding the balance between guys who are close to the majors and could contribute soon, but in role-player or role-pitcher type situations, and between long-term guys who are years away and could be high risk, high ceiling talents.

This is particularly difficult with the Yankees who lack "certain impact" prospects right now, but have a lot of guys in the "role player" (a bunch of decent middle relievers for example) and "high ceiling, high risk" (the very expensive Latin American group signed in 2014 which hasn't done much yet) groups.

Short and medium-term fantasy owners and casual fans generally prefer hearing about the first group, while readers with long term horizons (dynasty league owners and ultra-fanatic prospect followers) prefer the second. The core audience for the Baseball Prospect Book is split about 50/50 between the two types of readers, so I have to keep both branches of the reading audience in mind.

Thus, a compromise that may not keep everyone happy but is workable. One thing that will help: in writing about a particular player I can sneak in a comment about someone else. For example, mentioning the other middle relief types in the comments about Nick Goody and James Pazos as part of the explanation for why I chose to write about them instead of Johnny Barbato or Nick Rumbelow, or talking about the expensive Latin American guys (Dermis Garcia, Juan De Leon) while writing up Luis Torrens and Carlos Vidal.

Another option would be a separate section discussing the expensive Latin American guys, but I'm not sure I want to open that can of worms.

New York Yankees 35 players

Domingo Acevedo RHP
Chance Adams RHP
Trey Amburgey OF (I have a specific reason for wanting to include him)
Miguel Andujar 3B
Abitala Avelino INF
Luis Cessa RHP
Ian Clarkin LHP
Cale Coshow RHP
Jeff Degano LHP
Drew Finley RHP
Dustin Fowler OF
Ben Gamel OF
Wilkerman Garcia SS
Domingo German RHP  (cuttable I'd think)
Isaiah Gilliam OF  (I have a specific reason for wanting to include him)
Nick Goody RHP
Chad Green RHP
Slade Heathcott OF
Kyle Holder SS
Jhalan Jackson OF
Aaron Judge OF
James Kaprielian RHP
Brady Lail RHP
Jacob Lindgren LHP
Jorge Mateo SS
Bryan Mitchell RHP
Jordan Montgomery LHP
Hoy Jun Park SS
James Pazos LHP
Rob Refsnyder 2B
Gary Sanchez C
Luis Torrens C
Carlos Vidal OF
Tyler Wade INF
Mason Williams OF