The Yankees may have won just a single World Series championship in the last two decades, leaving them one more year without a title from matching the most fallow period in franchise history, but they remain a perennial contender. They made their fourth consecutive playoff appearance in 2020 and reached the postseason for the 22nd time in the last 26 years.
Though New York is synonymous with financial might -- its unadjusted Opening Day payroll of $250 million was the highest in the game -- it also has produced homegrown talent to help fuel its recent success. Aaron Judge, Gary Sánchez and Gleyber Torres each has earned multiple All-Star berths since graduating to the big leagues in the second half of the decade. The Yankees haven't had as much success with pitchers, but that may be about to change.
Their top two pitching prospects made their big league debuts this summer, with Deivi García enjoying more initial success than fellow right-hander Clarke Schmidt. They also introduced another righty, Miguel Yajure, who has the best control in the system. Three righties with power stuff (Luis Gil, Alexander Vizcaino, Luis Medina) are on course to arrive in 2022.
While arms are undoubtedly the strength of New York's system, its most exciting prospect is outfielder Jasson Dominguez. Signed for $5.1 million out of the Dominican Republic in 2019, he has the potential for well above-average tools across the board. While he has yet to make his pro debut, it's possible that he could open 2021 in Class A.
FARM SYSTEM RANKINGS
2020 Midseason: 19 | Preseason: 22
2019 Midseason: NR | Preseason: NR
2018 Midseason: 10 | Preseason: 6
2017 Midseason: 5 | Preseason: 2
2016 Midseason: 2 | Preseason: NR
2015 Midseason: 10 | Preseason: NR
Only the top 10 systems were ranked from 2015 to 2019 preseason; the top 15 systems were ranked 2019 midseason.
TOP FIVE PROSPECTS
Trade: Addison Russ, RHP.
Wells was one of the best all-around offensive talents in the college crop and will have even more value if he can stick behind the plate. New York sacrificed two of its five picks to sign free agent Gerrit Cole, but it likes Hauver's offensive potential and Way's fastball/changeup combo.
2021 IMPACT PROSPECT
Deivi García, RHP (No. 3): Known for having some of the best breaking stuff in the Minors, he shut out the Mets for six innings in his first big league game and posted a 4.98 ERA with a 33/6 K/BB ratio in six starts.
2022 TOP PROSPECT
Jasson Dominguez, OF (No. 1): Few international prospects have ever received more hype -- and few have been compared athletically to Bo Jackson, Mickey Mantle and Mike Trout.
Hit: Josh Smith
Power: Jasson Dominguez
Run: Isaiah Pasteur
Arm: Antonio Gomez
Field: Oswald Peraza
Best athlete: Jasson Dominguez
Fastball: Luis Gil
Curveball: Clarke Schmidt
Slider: Deivi García
Changeup: Alexander Vizcaino
Control: Miguel Yajure
HOW THE TOP 30 WAS BUILT
The Yankees' 14 international signings rank second behind only the Mets' 16, highlighted by three of their four best prospects in Dominguez, Garcia and shortstop Oswald Peraza.
TOP 30 BY POSITION
Only the Brewers (six) exceed the Yankees' total of four catchers, who offer a diverse array of talents: offensive-minded Wells, athletic Anthony Siegler, cannon-armed Antonio Gomez and slugging Josh Breaux.