This week Baseball America came out with it's Top 100 Prospects for 2012.
I'm sorry to report that the Yankees only had four players make the list. None of which were even in the top 20. Are we headed for a playoff drought? Is a rebuilding stage in the near future? The players that did make the list were the ones I reported about in my last blog. The Yankees Organization Top 5 Prospects. Baseball America ranked them as follows. # 29 Manny Banuelos LHP, # 63 Dellin Betances RHP, # 81 Gary Sanchez C, #85 Mason Williams OF
Since there are no new players on the list I thought I would take some time to tell about two more players the Yankees have high hopes for. Ranked # 8 in the organization is Dante Bichette Jr. The 19 year old was the Yankees first round pick in the 2011 draft. Being the son of a former major leaguer he has an advanced knowledge of the game. He has plenty of power, can hit to all fields, and is better defensively at third base then Yankees thought.
This past season he was the MVP of the Gulf Coast League.
The other prospect is right handed pitcher Adam Warren. The organization ranks him # 10. He has quickly flown under the radar through their system and has put up good numbers at every level. Last year he pitched all season in Triple-A Scranton. Warren isn't going to blow away hitters (or scouts) he's a control pitcher who doesn't walk many batters. He's more of a number five starter / middle relief innings eater and has proven to be very durable. Let's keep an eye on him, maybe he could see some time this season with the club.
Dante Bichette Jr.
Height : 6' 1"
Drafted: 2011,1st (51)
Height: 6' 2"
Drafted: 2009, 4th (135)