Farm hands & MLB’s top 100
Last night MLB, led by draft and prospect expert Jonathon Mayo released their top 100 prospects list. Three Yankees made the cut: Gary Sanchez came in at #36, Mason williams at #41 and newcomer to the top 100 Tyler Austin came in at #75. If not for injury setbacks Manny Banuelos and Jose campos were both likely to make the list as well. Here’s MLB.com’s take on the guys from the NY farm system, all of whom will look to take their cuts in Trenton this coming season and propel themselves even further up the rankings:
Age: 20, DOB: 12/02/1992
Bats: R, Throws: R
Height: 6′ 2″, Weight: 220
Signed: July 2, 2009 – NYY
Scouting Grades (present/future): Hit: 3/5 | Power: 5/7 | Run: 2/2 | Arm: 7/7 | Field: 3/5 | Overall: 4/6
Sanchez has been on radars since the Yankees gave him $3 million to sign out of the Dominican Republic. Hitting .353 in his United States debut didn’t hurt and he’s tantalized with his skills since. Sanchez appears to have put some of the attitude issues he had during his full-season debut in 2011 behind him and it should be noted he’ll still be just 20 years old for all of the 2013 season. Sanchez earned a promotion in 2012 and his bat should help him continue to move up the ladder. He has above-average raw power and his approach at the plate has improved, giving him the chance to be an outstanding all-around hitter. He’s always had a plus arm behind the plate, but there had been questions about his ability to handle the defensive rigors of the position in the past. He did seem to make some strides with the glove, though he needs to continue to work on his receiving skills, and the Yankees hope that can continue.
Age: 21, DOB: 08/21/1991
Bats: L, Throws: R
Height: 6′ 0″, Weight: 150
Drafted: 2010, 4th (145) – NYY
Scouting Grades (present/future): Hit: 3/5 | Power: 3/4 | Run: 7/7 | Arm: 5/5 | Field: 5/6 | Overall: 5/6
From a raw tools perspective, Williams is one of the more intriguing prospects in baseball. In 2012, he started to really use his skills more consistently on the field and earned a promotion up a level as a result. Unfortunately, a shoulder injury cut his season short. Williams has some definite ability with the bat, with a solid approach and a handsy swing that allows him to cover the plate well. It’s more of a slap/slash approach right now, but some feel there’s power to come as he matures. Williams can go get the ball in center field with good range and a solid arm. As he hones his skills on the basepaths, he should become a more consistent basestealing threat. All he needs is time and he’ll be ready for center field in the big leagues. If the bat develops, he has the chance to be an elite-level player.
Age: 21, DOB: 09/06/1991
Bats: R, Throws: R
Height: 6′ 2″, Weight: 200
Drafted: 2010, 13th (415) – NYY
Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 5/6 | Power: 4/5 | Run: 5/5 | Arm: 5/5 | Field: 5/5 | Overall: 5/6
Austin burst on the scene in 2011 when he hit .354 in two short-season stops. Despite missing time with a concussion that forced him out of the Futures Game in 2012, he showed that his previous season was no mirage. He reached Double-A, even homering in the playoffs, while topping the organization in batting average and slugging percentage while finishing second in on-base percentage and third in RBIs. A former infielder, Austin made a smooth transition to right field and should profile well there, though perhaps without the plus power some like to see from the position. Still, he has a very good approach at the plate and a quick swing that should allow him to continue to hit for average. He’s a good baserunner with average speed, and has the arm and range to be a good defensive outfielder. It’s not often 13th-round picks turn into big league regulars, but this one has a chance to do just that.”
Per Mayo, here is his breakdown of the grading system:
“For the first time, there are scouting reports with each player on Prospect Watch. Players are given present and future grades on a 2-8 scale — 2-3 is well below average, 4 is below average, 5 is average, 6 is above average, 7-8 is plus — for each individual tool, along with an overall grade. Obviously subjective, perhaps the most important grade is the future overall grade — this number signifies what each player will ultimately be in the big leagues.
A future “7″ is a player who could develop into a perennial All-Star. There are only 10 future 7s on the list. Five of them are right-handers: Bundy, Taijuan Walker, Jose Fernandez, Zack Wheeler and Gerrit Cole. There’s one lefty in Tyler Skaggs, three shortstops (Profar, Francisco Lindor, Javier Baez) and one outfielder (Taveras).”