1. Gary Sanchez C-A+ Tampa
Catcher Gary Sanchez had been touted as the best out of the three super catchers the Yankees had had in their farm system before trading Jesus Montero. Although still only 20 years old, Sanchez has the potential to be a superstar catcher for a long time. His bat is as advertised, he hit 18 home runs and drove in 87. Also he had 15 stolen bases, reminds me of a young Jorge Posada. His defense has come around as well, which is partly the reason he is number one. He is not like Jesus Montero where, the Yankees would have possibly used him soley at DH or first base, which wouldn't have worked out for obvious reasons. Still a year away for me, he is entering his age 21 season and by the time this season ends he should be at least AAA.
MLB Comparison: Victor Martinez in the Cleveland Years
2. Slade Heathcott CF-A+ Tampa
Zachary Slade Heathcott comes in at number two. Most people have him lower for different reasons. But I have him this high because of his potential to make it to the big leagues this season. Director of scouting Damon Oppenheimer said it himself that, Heathcott could be making an impact sometime this year, and I agree. He has a throwback attitude towards the game, he plays hard every single play no matter the score or situation. I saw him play last year in spring training, he knew that he wouldn't be making the team but, still beat out a ground ball to the third baseman in one of his at bats. He has the mentality you want in a player of his caliber. Yes, there have been some injury issues because of the way he plays but, when you have a kid with such special talent you just have to hope the injury bug leaves him soon. I have in the MLB this year but worst case scenario AAA by the middle of the season ETA-2013
MLB Comparison: Josh Hamilton
3. Mason Williams CF-A+ Tampa
Mason Williams has been touted as the best athlete of any Yankees prospect. Which means he has a real big upside. He hit 11 home runs between Charleston and Tampa in 2012 and their is still room for him to develop. (he only weighs 150 lbs) Williams is known as a speed guy with 20 stolen bases in 2012 and 28 in 2011. He'll take some time get up to the big leagues, he needs to fill out more and when he does he can be a 30-30 guy for sure, and play some real good defense as well. He'll move up to AA Trenton this year and maybe AAA by the end of the year ETA for the Bronx-2014
MLB Comparison: Bernie Williams
4. Tyler Austin RF-AA Trenton
Tyler Austin is probably the most far along in his development. He is only one of the top four in AA already. A toolsy outfielder much like Heathcott and Williams, less of a ceiling but more of a sure thing than the other two. So far he hasn't been injured and his power has developed hitting 17 home runs between Rookie ball and all the way to AA Trenton and 80 RBI's and 23 steals. You might see Austin with the big club by 2014, hes going to into his age 22 season. Really hard to believe this kid wasn't drafted until the 13th round. Imagine if Heathcott, Williams and Austin all reach their potentials? That would be one heck of an outfield, one that could rival the Upton brothers and Jason Heyward. Plus if they succeed that means that Curtis Granderson will be out of the picture. No disrespect to Curtis he just strikes out too much for my liking. ETA-2014
MLB Comparison: Torii Hunter
5. Brett Marshall RHP-AA Trenton
Marshall is the default best pitching prospect in the organization because, Jose Campos was shut down with elbow soreness and Manny Banuelos recently had Tommy John surgery. This isn't to say that Marshall isn't a good pitcher. He thrived in AA Trenton, winning 13 games with a 3.52 ERA only walking 53 in 158.1 innings. Could be a David Phelps type, meaning he could start if needed or maybe even do some long relief. He is starter by trade but i'm pretty sure he'd do anything to make it to the Bronx. Marshall has some real good stuff, having a fastball sitting between 92-95 and occasionally touching 98. He also has a good two-seamer, a good changeup and slider that needs some work. His command has gotten better since high school which makes him a more attractive trade chip or just someone for the yanks to think about in the near future. ETA- some time in 2013.
MLB Comparison- David Phelps
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