Tuesday, December 8, 2015

MiLB.com's Yankees Organizational Prospects

It's almost that time of the year ladies and gentleman. The time where all the major free agents are signed and the prospects begin to become the main focus for the fans. That's why we wait until February to do Prospects Month every season, although many wait until around March to begin their discussion. We like to lead the pack, not follow the leader, and apparently MiLB.com likes to take the lead as well. Last week they released their list of Yankees organizational prospects (and I missed it and apologize for that) including a list of the best prospects at every position. See that post HERE.

There weren't many surprises on this list. Aaron Judge was listed as the best right fielder, Robert Refsnyder the best second baseman, Greg Bird the Birdman of first base, etc. etc. etc. Who do you think had third base? Eric Jagielo? Nope. Hello Kevin Cornelius. Here is the write up on Cornelius:

Third base -- Kevin Cornelius, Staten Island (35 games), GCL Yankees 2 (25 games): The 23-year-old missed pretty much all of last year after the Yankees selected him in the 31st round of the 2013 Draft. In 60 games across two levels, Cornelius ranked third in the system with a .304 average while compiling nine homers, 11 doubles, 36 RBIs and a .394 OBP. Eric Jagielo also was good but was limited to 58 games due to injury.
"That's a great honor for him, he's persevered," Oppenheimer said. "What he's battled through and then gone out and performed is really a credit to his work ethic and desire."

The complete list has Gary Sanchez (C), Bird, Refsnyder, Jorge Mateo (SS), Cornelius, Ben Gamel, Judge and Dustin Fowler in the outfield, Trey Amburgey (DH), Luis Severino, Jordan Montgomery and Mark Montgomery finish out the pitching staff.

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