Yankees prospects in top 100 list
The Yankees lost their top prospect recently, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a good farm system. These stats might prove what I just said. In MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects list, released Wednesday, the Yanks placed four players in the Top 75 as well as two in the Top 50. Only three American League franchises — the A’s, Mariners and Rays — can claim more prospects in the Top 100. And Seattle made the cut only because of the addition of Montero, whom Yankees general manager Brian Cashman recently called one of the best players he’s ever traded. Montero, for the record, clocked in at 12th overall for the Mariners — one spot ahead of left-hander Manny Banuelos, who remains a significant part of the Yankees’ future plans. Other Yanks making the cut included right-handed pitcher Dellin Betances (41), catcher Gary Sanchez (53) and outfielder Mason Williams (73). “From looking at him where I’m standing, it doesn’t look like he has any fear,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Banuelos last spring. “He’s aggressive, he has confidence in his offspeed stuff that he can throw it behind in the count and he doesn’t nibble. He goes right at hitters.” “Born and raised in New York, you look up to these guys and you’re like, ‘Man, I definitely want to wear the pinstripes and get looked at as one of those players that helps the Yankees win championships,'” Betances said last spring. “I try not to put too much pressure. I just try to work as hard as I can to get there.” So yes, the Yankees traded Montero, and yes, he could turn into something special with the Mariners. But with four other Top 100 prospects, the Yanks are confident that their farm remains well stocked with another generation of standout players.
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