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Baseball Prospectus Rules Judge Top Yankees Prospect

One day after Baseball America released their annual list of Top 10 New York Yankees prospects, Baseball Prospectus followed suit, although their list is quite different in comparison.

While the top half of the list features the same players as Baseball America, albeit in a different order of rank, Baseball Prospectus takes a more analytical approach, naming outfielder Aaron Judge as the organization’s top prospect, with shortstop Jorge Mateo, catcher Gary Sanchez, and pitcher James Kaprielian taking the next three slots.

Judge, 23, a hulking 6″7 outfielder from Fresno, California, earned a late season promotion to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre after hitting .284/.350/.516 with 12 home runs and 44 runs batted in with the Double-A Trenton Thunder to open the season. Though his prolific power initially translated in his first stint in Triple-A, his batting average dropped 60 points facing stiffer competition. Across both levels, Judge’s numbers were quite promising as he hit .255/.330/.448 with 20 home runs in 478 at bats.

Notable names such as Dustin Fowler, Rob Refsnyder, Drew Finley, Eric Jagielo, Brady Lail, and Ian Clarkin round out the Baseball Prospectus Top 10 list of Yankees farmhands.

Of the names featured on the list, Fowler perhaps made the biggest jump in 2015, evolving from an 18th round draft choice in 2013 out of West Laurens High School in Georgia to being one of the biggest steals in the scouting department in recent memory. Fowler, 23, held his own with the Charleston RiverDogs and Tampa Yankees in Class-A, batting .298 with 70 runs batted in while impressing scouts with plus speed and a contact oriented approach at the plate.

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Gershon Rabinowitz is a reporter for Pinstriped Prospects and has covered the Staten Island Yankees and the New York-Penn League as a credentialed media member since the 2013 season.

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