Thursday, February 19, 2015

Seven Yankees Make Fangraphs Top 200 List

Fangraphs has been absolutely putting in work this offseason in the prospects department, which works well for us during Prospects Month, and yesterday the site released their Top 200 Prospects list. Obviously we wouldn't be here if there wasn't a member of the Yankees that made the list and in this case seven members of the Bronx Bombers made the cut. The Cubs highly touted 3B Kris Bryant tops the list followed in order by the Twins Byron Buxton and Cubs Addison Russell while the Yankees that made the list were Luis Severino, Aaron Judge, Jacob Lindgren, Jorge Mateo, Greg Bird, Ian Clarkin and Robert Refsnyder.

Severino came in at the #26 spot with this write up attached:

He’s quickly improved and developed starter traits, but on certain days the stuff, command and delivery may all look more like a reliever.”

Judge clocked in at #58 with the following attached:

“He’ll be 23 in Double-A next year and that will give us a better idea of if he’s a solid everyday guy or a potential star, but there’s clearly more here than people were expecting.” 

Lindgren came it at the #100 spot:

“(He’s) now knocking on the door of the big leagues with closer level stuff and just enough of the feel from his starter days to spot his hellacious slider where he wants it.” 

Mateo followed Lindgren at #102:

“(He) has top-of-the-scale 80 speed, has the tools to stick at shortstop, has surprising pop and was hanging with pitches three or four years older than him.” 

Bird surprisingly came in all the way at #120:

“Bird has plus power and good plate discipline, with some comparing him to a non-injury-prone Nick Johnson.” 

Clarkin came up the rear for the Yankees at the #137 spot:

“His velocity has settled near the high end of where it was pre-draft and his above average to plus curveball is still the separator, with his changeup and command making good progress.” 

Refsnyder was more of a "honorable mention" and less of a ranked player only because the bottom 58 players are not ranked per se and more thrown and lumped together. Therefor Refsnyder did not get a write up from Kylie McDaniels.

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