As the calendar shifts to March, the prospect lists continue to come out with MLB Pipeline being the latest to unveil theirs for the 2018 season. On Thursday, the site listed the Yankees as the sixth-best farm system in baseball.
The one thing that is unique about this list compared to the others that have come out in the prior months is that this ranking reflects what the system looks like after the Yankees traded infielder Nick Solak to the Rays and right-handed pitcher Taylor Widener to the Diamondbacks in the Brandon Drury trade,
Of course, the site has the usual top two names in infielder Gleyber Torres and outfielder Estevan Florial. If you move down two spots, you will find third baseman Miguel Andujar at number four. Andujar has been on a tear this spring as he has four home runs in his first 14 at-bats as he tries to win the third base job out of camp.
After Andujar, the the number of theme on this list is the amount of right-handed arms that populate the top 30. From the fifth to the 18th spot on their rankings is mostly right-handed pitchers. This includes names such as Luis Medina (up to number seven), Freicer Perez (eighth), Dillon Tate (11th), and Clarke Schmidt (13th) just to name a few.
In fact, the next position players after Andujar are infielder Thairo Estrada (10th) and infielder/outfielder Billy McKinney (19th). The loss of Solak did hurt the Yankees in this ranking from a position player standpoint as only nine of the top 30 play a position. But, with the Yankees filled with young position players at the big league level, that is not a primary need of development at this point.
Another thing about the MLB Pipeline list that stood out was the estimated time of arrival in the big leagues for these prospects. In total, the Yankees have 12 players on their top 30 that could see the majors this year. Now, that does include Tyler Austin (26th), who has made his debut already. But, that also includes a pair of pitchers in Justus Sheffield (third) and Chance Adams (sixth).
While big trades might have hurt the Yankees to a degree in these rankings, they still have plenty of top prospects that can help the team this season and a good amount of depth at the lower levels that can rise up the rankings once players graduate off of it.