Baseball America’s 2012 Top Yankee Prospects

Baseball America came out with their Top Prospects and of course they did one for the Yankees as well. The three lists include the top ten prospects, Best Tools (my favorite one to look at) and what the projected lineup will be in 2015 (pretty cool as well).  Below is all the information.  Enjoy and discuss what you agree and disagree with in the comments section.


1. Jesus Montero, c
2. Manny Banuelos, lhp
3. Dellin Betances, rhp
4. Gary Sanchez, c
5. Mason Williams, of
6. Dante Bichette, 3b
7. Ravel Santana, of
8. Austin Romine, c
9. J.R. Murphy, c/3b
10. Slade Heathcott, of


Best Hitter for Average Jesus Montero
Best Power Hitter Jesus Montero
Best Strike Zone Discipline Ramon Flores
Fastest Baserunner Mason Williams
Best Athlete Mason Williams
Best Fastball Dellin Betances
Best Curveball Dellin Betances
Best Slider Mark Montgomery
Best Changup Manny Banuelos
Best Control Nik Turley
Best Defensive Catcher Austin Romine
Best Defensive Infielder Cito Culver
Best Infield Arm Cito Culver
Best Defensive OF Mason Williams
Best Outfield Arm Ravel Santana


Catcher Austin Romine
First Base Mark Teixeira
Second Base Robinson Cano
Third Base Alex Rodriguez
Shortstop Eduardo Nunez
Left Field Brett Gardner
Center Field Mason Williams
Right Field Curtis Granderson
Designated Hitter Jesus Montero
No. 1 Starter CC Sabathia
No. 2 Starter Manny Banuelos
No. 3 Starter Ivan Nova
No. 4 Starter Dellin Betances
No. 5 Starter Phil Hughes
Closer David Robertson

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Posted on January 10, 2012, in Minor League Updates and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. It will be interesting when we get to 2015 to see how many of them are actually on the team.

  2. Granderson and Hughes will not be on the 2015 team as they will cost way to much.

    • Dan…
      I don’t think Curtis will be with us but, his age and money. Also, he would be a bad right fielder, almost no arm.
      Hughes could be pitching for the Yanks in 2015, it depends on how he does going forward. If he becomes a good #2-3 pitcher, he will be here…if not, bye bye!
      There is a history for 2nd basemen, after 30 they fade very quickly…will this come into play with Cano…who knows?

      • The “point man”…Ken(OR)…I’m late in thanking you for sending me your e-mail. Have been busy, but that’s not even a good excuse…..I like that….Point Man.

      • oldyankee – I agree with you about both Granderson and Hughes. In Granderson’s case though he will be gone after the 2013 season/ The Yankees have a $15MM option on him for 2013 after that he’s a FA and he’s gone. Hughes has one more arbitration year after this year, 2013 will be his last chance to improve his employers(Yankees). If he struggles this year I predict he’s moved to the bullpen in 2013 the last of his arbitration years. After that he’s in all likelihood gone unless like you said he pitches to a solid #2 or at least a #3 performance this year.

      • Ken my thinking on Hughes is like this…he is going to become to expensive to keep as a back end of a rotation starter. I think it’s very doubtful that he can become an above average starter going forward. So if he’s average over these next 2 seasons he’ll want a multiple year deal and that would be to huge risk for the team to take.

        Cano is going to be interesting as I wouldn’t want to go more then 4 years on an extension after his 2 team option year are done. Honestly I think the Yankees should offer him a 6 year contract for 90 plus a 6 million signing bonus covering the next 6 years including the 2 team option years. With Boras as his agent there is a good chance Cano isn’t a Yankee come 2014 unless the team over pays for him.

        • I have to agree with both of you, ufy1950 and Dan, with a few caveats…
          Dan, I know you don’t like Phil but, I would like to see him have a year to prove you or myself…right or wrong…if he falls down on us, he is history, if not, he can be a steady pitcher for us.
          The only thing about Cano is, he would be around 34 years old after a 4 year contract. most 2nd basemen are history by then or a shell of what they were. In other words, he would be avg, or less so. Which means we can replace him from within.
          I wouldn’t give him anything but a contract to his age 32…2016. If there is any 2nd baseman that can play up to his standards into his 34th year, it is Cano.

          • Ken imo Hughes failed the Yankees last year coming into camp out of shape. He hurt himself trying to create velocity at the end of spring training. My hope for Hughes is he pitches well enough the gain trade interest.

  3. I would love to see Gardner in LF and Robertson as the Closer in 2015. I’m just going to miss Mo and Jeter… 😥

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