Ceilings and floors for top prospects part two
Before we hop into part two of the prospect floor and ceilings, I wanted to remind everyone that this article is purely opinion and completely subjective. If you search the web for another place to read this type of article, you won’t find it. Not this complete anyway. No one likes to give prospects Major League comparisons because it’s a complete shot in the dark and they’re scared to be wrong. But in my opinion, with the season still on hiatus, it makes for a fun read. Right now the Yankees have the luxury of having a really exciting farm system with ton of talent that has unbelievable potential. The most intriguing part about the Yankees right now, are these prospects (at least until the season starts). Like I said in part one, every single one of these could be way off. Whether you disagree, totally agree, or think I’m insane, it’s all conversation starter. So feel free to voice your opinion in the comments or find my personal twitter handle or the blog’s twitter handle and let me know why I am the Nostradamus or baseball prospects or why I should stick to my day job. Anyway, let’s keep it moving.
|Aaron Judge photo via Corey Sipkin | NY Daily News|
A level – Elite blue chip prospects. Greatest opportunity to not only make the major leagues, but be successful at a higher than above average level.
B level – Highly skilled prospect, but not quite elite. Great opportunity to enjoy successful major league careers as average or at least rotational players.
C level – Possess high level or even blue chip skills, but also have multiple question marks or developmental road blocks.
6) Aaron Judge – Outfield – GRADE B+
Ceiling: Dave Winfield
Floor: Adam Dunn
I’ve heard a ton of people comparing Judge to Giancarlo Stanton. The comparisons make sense in a physical sense, but I think Judge is more refined and athletic than Stanton. They both have raw power and a cannon for an arm, but I think Judge has the potential to hit for a better average and become a better defensive outfielder than Stanton. Please underline the word potential, in the previous sentence. Last year Judge struck out a ton and looked lost at times in big spots at the plate. The good news is, he’s been here before. Every time he’s been promoted, he has struggled initially, before making adjustments and succeeding on every level. We can only hope this trend continues in 2017.
7) James Kaprielian – RHP – GRADE B+
Ceiling: Jacob deGrom
Floor: Gavin Floyd
|Photo Credit: Corey Sipkin | NY Daily News|
8) Chance Adams – RHP – GRADE B+
Ceiling: Johnny Cueto
Floor: Jeremy Guthrie
|Photo via MiLB.com|
9) Domingo Acevedo – RHP – GRADE B
Ceiling: Carlos Carrasco
Floor: Michael Pineda
|Photo via Staten Island Advance|
10) Dustin Fowler – OUTFIELD - GRADE B
Ceiling: Jason Heyward
Floor: Chris Young
is turning out to be a true diamond in the rough for the Yankees. Selected in
the 18th round of the 2013 draft, he has developed past the point of
a platoon outfielder into a potential star. He reminds me a lot of Jason
Heyward (prior to 2016). He’s not going to hit 40 home runs, but he will hit
about 20. He is not going to steal 50 bases, but he could steal 35. His defense
may make him a decent centerfielder, or one of the best corner outfield
defenders in the game. He doesn’t necessarily do one thing great, but he does
many things very well. His over aggressive approach at the plate is one area he
needs to approve, although 2016 saw him put up the lowest strikeout rate of his
|Photo Credit: Reinhold Matay | USA Today Sports|
Article by: Jesse BartleyFollow @YOitsYourBoyJ