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Yanks farm in Top 10 despite myriad deals, graduations

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A year ago, the Yankees had the No. 2-rated farm system. Since then, they've graduated American League Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge to the big leagues, along with Jordan Montgomery, Chad Green, Jonathan Holder, Clint Frazier and Tyler Wade. They've also traded a slew of prospects -- including Jorge Mateo, Blake Rutherford, Dustin Fowler, James Kaprielian, Jorge Guzman, Nick Solak, Taylor Widener, Ian Clarkin and Zack Littell -- to acquire National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton and other veterans such as Sonny Gray, David Robertson and Brandon Drury.

MLB's Top 10 farm systems | Yanks' Top 30 Prospects list

A year ago, the Yankees had the No. 2-rated farm system. Since then, they've graduated American League Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge to the big leagues, along with Jordan Montgomery, Chad Green, Jonathan Holder, Clint Frazier and Tyler Wade. They've also traded a slew of prospects -- including Jorge Mateo, Blake Rutherford, Dustin Fowler, James Kaprielian, Jorge Guzman, Nick Solak, Taylor Widener, Ian Clarkin and Zack Littell -- to acquire National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton and other veterans such as Sonny Gray, David Robertson and Brandon Drury.

MLB's Top 10 farm systems | Yanks' Top 30 Prospects list

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, Domingo Acevedo.

:: Team Top 30 Prospects lists ::

New York also has found talented position players such as outfielder Estevan Florial, third baseman Miguel Andujar and shortstop Thairo Estrada 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 Gleyber Torres, Justus Sheffield and Albert Abreu. While there aren't many open roster spots in New York for 2018, Torres, Andujar and righties Chance Adams, Cody Carroll, Domingo German and Giovanny Gallegos are ready to contribute as needed.

:: Top 10 Farm Systems ::

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 -- Jonathan Loaisiga (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

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

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