Friday, August 4, 2017

The State of the Yankees Farm System After the Trade Deadline


The New York Yankees acquired Sonny Gray, Jaime Garcia, David Robertson, Todd Frazier and Tommy Kahnle before the July 31st trading deadline and the team did so by giving up just two of the team’s Top 10 prospects. The Yankees likely feel like they won the trade deadline this season and the organization has to feel good about the farm system still being loaded and deep but what does Baseball American think? Well we don’t have to wait long to find out as the publication has released their team farm system rankings for the second half of 2017.

Before the July 31st trading deadline the Yankees had the top farm system in all of Major League Baseball according to Baseball America but after trading away the likes of James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo, Dustin Fowler and Zack Littell the Yankees system has fallen to 7th best overall. Trading away Blake Rutherford likely didn’t help the Yankees cause either but the team is still primed for a youth movement beyond 2017 while also potentially competing for a postseason spot this season. You can’t argue against that logic in my opinion.


New York still has several prospects in Baseball America’s top 100 prospects list including shortstop Gleyber Torres (3rd overall), outfielder Clint Frazier (49th overall), right-handed starter Chance Adams (56th overall), center fielder Estevan Florial (71st overall) and left-handed starting pitcher Justus Sheffield (73rd overall). But hey, fire Cashman right?

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