If You Had To Make A 25-Man Roster Using Only Yankees Prospects…

…what would it look like?

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is the idea I came up with this morning inbetween doing a little channel surfing and planning my vacation in March.

Figured it would serve two purposes…

One: Could the Yankees lose an entire team full of prospects and still have a better farm system than half of Major League Baseball?

And Two…: Could the Yankees 25 best prospects, in theory, beat the worst team in the big leagues?

And this would be where you guys come in.  I’d like to see your opinions on what a Yankees 25-man roster would look like — there will be some very obvious choices, like Austin Jackson and Jesus Montero — and what you think the answers to those two questions would be.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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13 Responses to “If You Had To Make A 25-Man Roster Using Only Yankees Prospects…”

  1. yanksince57-was this 1959 or is it 1965? Says:

    montero/romine
    miranda/vazquez
    russo
    pena/maruszak
    malec
    curtis
    jackson/battle
    duncan
    duncan
    hughes/kennedy/garcia/mcallister/brackman/melancon/coke/aceves/sanchez/delarosa/pope/claggett

  2. yanksince57-was this 1959 or is it 1965? Says:

    i hope gb7 from lohud posts, as he has really seen the a prospects in action.

  3. thunderbaseball Says:

    As I suspected, my favorite part of this will be seeing the guys who get left out…

  4. Rafi Says:

    Shelley Duncan, Hughes, and Kennedy aren’t prospects. That’s what makes it more difficult than it seems.

    Mike, is this a team to play this upcoming season, or in a couple of years? I assume next year but just wondering. That would overvalue being at a higher level(Eric Duncan would prob. make it over Suttle)

  5. tdevils Says:

    I was intentionally vague in describing what a prospect is and also didn’t post my own list so as not to influence anyone.

    I suppose for the sake of this, you can stick to the BA prospect guidelines, which eliminates anyone with more than 50 big league innings or 130 big league at-bats.

    And in theory, the team would be playing right away.

    But really, look at this however you want…there really is no wrong answer. I’m just very curious to see what people come up with.

  6. Rafi Says:

    C: Montero/Piliterre
    1B: Miranda/Vazquez(1 would prob. DH if it were AL)
    2B: Castro
    SS: Ramiro Pena(Corona if he doesn’t stick in Seattle)
    3B: Eric Duncan
    Util: Kevin Russo
    LF: Curtis
    CF: AJax
    RF: Edwar Gonzalez
    4th: Gardner
    Wow, that’s a lack of power
    Rotation: Coke, Hacker, Aceves, Garcia, Mcallister, Brackman
    I know that a rotation(hopefully) only has 5 guys, but with Garcia being oft-injured, and Brackman just back, I went for an extra starter.
    Shutdown bullpen: Melancon, Robertson(his innings are under, but I’m not sure about days of service), Whelan, Texeira, De La Rosa, Alba(same as Robertson), Dunn
    For what it’s worth, there’s a whole bullpen full of guys I didn’t choose such as JB Cox, Claggett, Wordekemper….

  7. Rafi Says:

    Oh I forgot:
    Question 1: Wouldn’t be better than half the league, but I’d put them around 20. They’d still have Romine, Higoshioka(not even close), Bleich which would be nice, and better than the nothing that the ‘Stros have, but not quite middle of the pack. Truth is, I think that both BA and KLAW had the farm at about 15-17 range(a bit for me) so maybe in the 22-24 range. Still quite impressive.
    Question 2: I could see this team beating a “real” team occasionally, but I don’t think that it would have enough power to consistently play with teams…even the Nats. I mean, middle of the order being some combo of Miranda/Vazquez/Gonzalez/Duncan/Montero is great for the minors, but wouldn’t cut it in MLB.

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  9. YankFanDave Says:

    Not a list of those most ready for the majors but a mix of the best prospects and best suitabke for a 25 person roster:
    C – Austin Romine
    1B – Juan Miranda
    2B – David Adams
    3B – Bradley Suttle
    SS – Ramiro Pena
    LF – Brett Gardner
    CF – Austin Jackson
    RF – Eduardo Sosa
    DH – Jesus Montero

    Bench
    C – Frank Cervelli
    Up-the-middle INF – Eduardo Nunez
    Corner INF – Eric Duncan
    OF – Colin Curtis

    SP
    Andrew Brackman
    Dellin Betances
    Zach McAllister
    Alfredo Aceves
    Phil Coke

    Closer
    Mark Melancon

    RP
    David Robertson
    Humberto Sanchez
    Anthony Claggett
    JB Cox
    Mike Dunn
    Wilkins DeLaRosa

  10. Chad Jennings Says:

    Not going with the best prospects, just looking for rookie-eligible players and trying to pick the group that would do the best in the big leagues right now:

    1. Brett Gardner, CF
    2. Doug Bernier, SS
    3. Austin Jackson, LF
    4. Juan Miranda, 1B
    5. Justin Leone, 3B
    6. Jesus Montero, DH (gotta give that bat a shot)
    7. Edwar Gonzalez, RF
    8. Frank Cervelli, C
    9. Kevin Russo, 2B

    B: PJ Pilittere, C
    B: Ramiro Pena, UT
    B: Colin Curtis, OF
    B: Suttle, E. Duncan, Malec or Vazquez

    S. Alfredo Aceves
    S. Phil Coke
    S. Alan Horne
    S. Eric Hacker
    S. George Kontos

    R: Mark Melancon
    R: David Robertson
    R: Steven Jackson
    R: Chris Garcia
    R: Mike Dunn
    R: Humberto Sanchez (at least he’s been there)
    R: Anthony Claggett

    To answer Mike’s second question: No, I do not think this team would be better than the worst team in the majors. Not even close. It’s not a bad group, but it wouldn’t be able to compete at that level right now. I have no idea if 6 through 9 would do anything offensively, every member of the rotation might actually be better off as a reliever and even the most proven member of the bullpen has just 30 or so major league innings and might open this season in Triple-A. The minor leagues and player development are there for a reason.

    It’s a fun exercise, though.

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  13. James Says:

    -Starting Fielders-
    C: Jesus Montero
    1B: Juan Miranda
    2B: Justin Snyder
    SS: Ramiro Pena
    3B: Chris Malec
    DH: Jorge Vasquez
    OF: Brett Gardner
    OF: Austin Jackson
    OF: Edwar Gonzalez-
    BENCH-
    INF: Brad Suttle
    OF: Eduardo Sosa
    C: Austin Romine
    -Starters-
    SP: Andrew Brackman
    SP: Dellin Betances (How Not?)
    SP: Phil Coke
    SP: Jairo Heredia
    SP: Eric Hacker
    -Relievers-
    SP/RP: Wilkins De La Rosa (Spot Start/Long Relief)
    SP/RP: George Kontos
    RP: David Robertson
    RP: Jonathan Ortiz
    RP: Arodys Vizcaino
    RP: Anthony Claggett
    RP: Pat Venditte
    CL: Mark Melancon

    Youth and Power K’s… it’s proven that’s what works… especially in the pen… See Blue Jays and D-Backs.

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