Baseball America has released their list of the New York Yankees top 10 prospects, and it looks like this:
1. Austin Jackson, of
2. Jesus Montero, c
3. Andrew Brackman, rhp
4. Austin Romine, c
5. Dellin Betances, rhp
6. Zach McAllister, rhp
7. Alfredo Aceves, rhp
8. Phil Coke, lhp
9. Mark Melancon, rhp
10. Bradley Suttle, 3b
Four of the ten players spent all or parts of their 2008 season in a Thunder uniform.
My thoughts on the list? My thoughts are people get too excited about these lists. Base your opinions of a player off of what you think and what you see, and don’t put so much stock in what these lists have to say or even what I have to say.
People will spend hours arguing over how this guy should be over that guy and so on when — in the long run — it means absolutely nothing.
And how many times do you think the guys in charge of these lists have seen these guys play in person? And perhaps more importantly, how many times did they see them play during this season? For example, eighth ranked Phil Coke is the same guy who apparently didn’t even warrant a mention in the top 30 last year. I know a lot of these places that do this sort of thing stay in touch with managers and farm directors, but I obviously can’t say enough about actually seeing someone play in person.
I don’t pretend to know everything about the Yankee farm system — and that’s not to insinuate BA is pretending to know things…they’ve got about 20 million more sources than I ever will — and there’s no way you’ll see me doing one of these lists. Until I see some of these guys play, reading about them in a book, seeing where they’re ranked on a list, or watching short videos of them does nothing for me. I write about what I know…and I won’t even do the power rankings of the Thunder I did when I started the season out anymore, mainly because that’s probably more of a fan thing anyway, and not something I should have been doing in the first place.
With that said, please feel free to share your thoughts on this particular list :)
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com