Lots of stuff written about Yankee prospects this week.
Andrew Brotherton (Atlanta, GA)
Other than Ref what other Yankee prospects do you think make the bigs next year? Banuelos? Severino? Austin?
Klaw (1:32 PM)
“Ref” isn’t really a fit for them any more. Banuelos probably comes up if healthy, since you might as well use those bullets while you can. Severino could come up in a relief role too. Austin has to get healthy and have a good stretch in AAA before he’d get any consideration.
Chris Mellan of BP answered some questions
Jake H (Kansas Cuty): What made you blow up Molina on the Yankees list?
Top 10s Chat With Chris Mellen: Despite performance that suggested that Leonardo Molina was over his head in the GCL (and what 16-year-old isn’t going to be?), the reports on the player from sources were pretty glowing. We’re talking about a potential five-tool player, with strong potential to stick up the middle and an early feel for playing the game. The outcome can be pretty big. Maybe even bigger than what’s reflected in his Top 10 write up. There’s obviously a ton of risk involved and a large variability in outcome, but it felt right based on what sources were telling me to push him into the Top 10 of the system.
DaleCoffin (Windsor): Where would Leonardo Molina be ranked if he was in the 2015 Rule 4 draft? Ahead or behind the top outfielders there.
Top 10s Chat With Chris Mellen: Tough to really gauge that, but I’ll go out on a limb and say a potential first-rounder.
Jake H (Kansas City): If Jorge Mateo goes to Charleston and really performs do you think he shoots up top 100 lists based on his tool package?
Top 10s Chat With Chris Mellen: We were aggressive with Mateo despite limited action due to injury as the reports from the GCL and Fall Instructs were pretty strong. If he goes to full-season and shows that the hit tool is up to the challenge over the entire year, mainly that he’s there with consistently squaring offerings up, then yes, I see him shooting up. I’m expecting him to gain a lot more traction in 2015 and challenge up at the front of the system this time next year.
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