Yanks farm in Top 10 despite myriad deals, graduations

March 1st, 2018

A year ago, the Yankees had the No. 2-rated farm system. Since then, they've graduated American League Rookie of the Year to the big leagues, along with , , , and . They've also traded a slew of prospects -- including , Blake Rutherford, , , Jorge Guzman, , , and -- to acquire National League MVP and other veterans such as , and .

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After all those departures, New York's system has dropped … but only to No. 6 in MLB Pipeline's latest rankings. That's a tribute to what may be the best depth in baseball, especially in terms of right-handed pitching. The Yankees' international program keeps cranking out righty after righty with electric arms, starting with Luis Medina, Freicer Perez, .

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New York also has found talented position players such as outfielder , third baseman and shortstop on the international market. When the Yankees were reloading rather than contending in 2016, GM Brian Cashman swung trades that brought in Top 100 Prospects, and . While there aren't many open roster spots in New York for 2018, Torres, Andujar and righties , , and are ready to contribute as needed.

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Biggest jump/fall

Here are the players whose ranks changed the most from the 2017 preseason list to the 2018 preseason list.

Jump: Luis Medina, RHP (2017: NR | 2018: 7)

Fall: Wilkerman Garcia, SS (2017: 18 | 2018: NR)

Best tools

Players are graded on a 20-80 scouting scale for future tools -- 20-30 is well below average, 40 is below average, 50 is average, 60 is above average and 70-80 is well above average. Players in parentheses also have the same grade.

Hit: 70 -- Gleyber Torres

Power: 55 -- Miguel Andujar (Estevan Florial, Dermis Garcia, Gleyber Torres)

Run: 70 -- Estevan Florial

Arm: 70 -- Miguel Andujar

Defense: 60 -- Thairo Estrada (Estevan Florial, Everson Pereira)

Fastball: 75 -- Luis Medina (Cody Carroll)

Curveball: 60 -- Luis Medina (Deivi Garcia, Giovanny Gallegos, Trevor Lane, Glenn Otto)

Slider: 60 -- Justus Sheffield (Chance Adams, Cody Carroll)

Changeup: 60 -- Domingo Acevedo

Control: 55 -- (Domingo Acevedo, Giovanny Gallegos, Trevor Lane, Trevor Stephan)



How they were built

Draft: 12

International: 10

Trade: 7

Free agent: 1

Breakdown by ETA

2018: 12

2019: 3

2020: 8

2021: 6

2022: 1

Breakdown by position

C: 0

1B: 1

2B: 0

3B: 2

SS: 2

OF: 5

RHP: 13

LHP: 2