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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Yankees littered throughout BP and BA's Top 100 lists

Baseball America, considered by many to be the bible of the minor league baseball world, released its annual Top 100 Prospects list today, and the Yankees were well represented. The following six Bombers farmhands made the list:

No. 3 - Jesus Montero - C ... Top Tool: Power - 70-grade
No. 30 - Gary Sanchez - C ... Top Tool: Power - 70-grade
No. 41 - Manny Banuelos - SP ... Top Tool: Command - 60-grade
No. 43 - Dellin Betances - SP ... Top Tool: Fastball - 70-grade
No. 78 - Andrew Brackman - SP ... Top Tool: Curveball - 70-grade
No. 98 - Austin Romine - C ... Top Tool: Arm - 60-grade

The other minor league must-read, Baseball Prospectus, released its Top 101 prospects in the back of its annual book. Kevin Goldstein put four Yankees on his list, and they are:

No. 3 - Jesus Montero - C
Key quote: "Montero presumably has everything it takes to be a middle-of-the-order force on a championship-level team."

No. 27 - Manny Banuelos - SP
Key quote: "His stuff and polish makes it easy for scouts not to hold his lack of size against him, and he should reach Yankee Stadium before he's legal to drink ... "

No. 29 - Gary Sanchez - C
Key quote: "Despite being just 17 years old, Sanchez looked like a man among boys in his Gulf Coast League debut, already bringing his plus-plus power into game situations."

No. 32 - Dellin Betances - SP
Key quote: "When he returned from Tommy John Surgery in 2010, everything about his game took a big step in the right direction; he maintained his mid-90s fastball while showing much-improved command and control to go with a curveball that was nearly unhittable when it was on."

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