BBB Top Prospect Countdown: Honorable mentions and how it went down
In our second season running, the BBB will be bringing you what will become our annual prospect countdown list, starting at 30 and running all the way down to the top prospect in the organization. I anticipating updating this list midseason as well as at the 2016 season’s conclusion. We will post the next prospect on the list daily. So with that, welcome to the official BBB Top Prospect countdown!
How it Went Down:
Our prospect team of myself (Chad), James, Phil, Sammy and Julian each did extensive research in putting together our list of our top 35 prospects in the Yankee organization. After doing this, I compiled the list and averaged where each was ranked amongst the five of us, and that is how the BBB’s collaborative top 30 was decided after brief debates on where certain prospects should lie.
Due to the selectiveness of this list, there were a few notable players who were left off and have a real shot at making this list by midseason when we re-rank or by the end of the season with some players graduating off the list and others having their stock fall. Let’s take a look at some notable prospects left off of our list in alphabetical order by last name to avoid speculation as to how close they were.
OF Lane Adams
Lane Adams didn’t make the cut simply because of him recently becoming a Yankee. Adams is a 6’4” outfielder and designated hitter that the Yankees claimed off of waivers from the Kansas City Royals, where he was the team’s 28th prospect according to MLB.com. Adams hits to a .270/.344/.414 slash line in 7 career seasons in the minor leagues. At age 26, he is hardly considered a prospect anymore and he should see time between triple-A and in the major leagues in 2016. He was recently designated for assignment by the Yankees but the team should hold onto him for organizational depth.
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OF Trey Amuburgey
Trey Amburgey has just one professional season under his belt and he is rapidly climbing on many prospect lists after hitting .346 with an OBP of .393 and a .523 slugging between the Yankees gulf coast league team and the Staten Island Yankees in 58 games. He also hit 11 doubles, 6 triples and 5 home runs. He will likely start with the Charleston RiverDogs and will look to continue climbing levels and spots in our rankings. Expect to see him on our updated midseason rankings almost surely.
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3B Miguel Andujar
Turning just 21 years old by Opening Day, Andujar is likely the Yankees top 3B prospect in the organization, and he is knocking on the door in our top 30 list. In four seasons, Andujar has progressed slowly but he looks to start in Tampa with the potential to reach Trenton early in the season. If he can improve offensively and solidify himself with the Thunder, he will likely earn his way to our list by midseason.
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RHP Johnny Barbato
We once interviewed Barbato for our site and if you haven’t read it, I encourage you to do so following your completion of reading our honorable mentions (Click HERE to view article). As the return piece in the deal that shipped Shawn Kelly to the Padres in 2014-2015 offseason, Barbato had a solid first professional season with the Yankees. However, the story is what happened after Barbato’s promotion to triple-A as he never looked back from there. Barbato went 4-0 with an ERA of 0.36 in 14 appearances that included 3 saves with Scranton. With a fastball in the mid-90s and a plus knuckle curve, Barbato may already be MLB ready and he will be knocking on the door during Spring Training. Expect him to start in Scranton but he will likely get the call to the Bronx by the summer.
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RHP Austin DeCarr
Austin DeCarr missed out on our top 30 list due to his injuries. If we were ranking players on pure “stuff,” he may have made the list as a hard-throwing right-hander. Unfortunately, DeCarr may not pitch at all in 2016 although he looks to return from Tommy John Surgery at some point during the year. If he can get back to his former 3rd round status that he was once at, he may crack our top 30 by the end of the year.
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LHP Jeff Degano
As the Yankees 2nd round pick in the 2015 draft, Degano has a lot of question marks coming out of Indiana State University. He’s already undergone Tommy John Surgery which caused him to miss the entire 2013 season and he does not have much professional experience. In 2016, we should start seeing whether the Yankees are projecting him as a starting pitcher or a major leaguer, but at 23, he should be making his way to the big leagues at a quick pace if he pans out.
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Our final honorable mention is shortstop Kyle Holder, the Yankees 30th overall pick in the 2015 MLB draft in the compensation round for losing David Robertson. Holder is an honorable mention because he is probably the best fielding prospect in the Yankees organization. As a slick fielder, Holder’s bat needs some polishing before reaching the major leagues. He hit .348 in his final year of college at the University of San Diego but regressed in his first season of pro ball hitting an abysmal .213. Some comparisons have him as a “Brendan Ryan 2.0” but we will have to monitor his progress when he starts in what will probably be Charleston.
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OF Leonardo Molina
Hitting the international pool in 2013, some considered Molina to be the most athletic prospect in the pool. The Dominican Republic native has good size at 6’2” and weighs 180 pounds. With his combination of strength and speed, some scouts consider him to have 20/20 potential at the major league level once he fully develops and begins hitting the ball better in the minors. Although he has yet to impress, his youthful age at 18 makes him an honorable mention and someone that could definitely make this list by the end of the season.
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LHP Jordan Montgomery
Montgomery is a guy that is tending to crack many top prospect lists but did not crack our top 30. The 6’4” lefty out of the University of South Carolina was drafted in the 4th round of the 2014 draft and has pitched well as a starter in the minor leagues. He went 10-8 with an ERA of 2.95 in 134.1 innings between Charleston and Tampa. At 23 years old, Montgomery may start in Trenton and could make it to the Bronx very soon.
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3B Donny Sands
The Yankees 8th round pick of the 2015 draft is a name to look out for in 2016. The 19-year-old third baseman hit a very impressive .309 with an OBP of .395 in 55 games in 2015. He currently has gap power but his line drive swing and good (and not fully developed) size should help him increase his power numbers. He’s said to have an incredible work ethic so this is a prospect we will be monitoring in 2016 and beyond.