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Yankees Top 50: Where They Would Have Ranked?

Now that we have completed our New York Yankees Top 50 List we take a look at where these former Yankees prospect would have ranked.  These 6 ex-Baby Bombers were removed from the Top 50 rankings for various reasons including exhausting rookie eligibility or being traded during the off-season.

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Click through to see who were these former Yankees prospect would have ranked.

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Jose Pirela will get a better chance to play in San Diego. (Cheryl Pursell)

Jose Pirela will get a better chance to play in San Diego. (Cheryl Pursell)

#20 – INF Jose Pirela

Coming in at #20 on our Yankees Top 50 Prospects list is super-utility man Jose Pirela.  He looked like he was poised to become the Yankees utility man off the bench in Spring Training 2015 but a concussion cost him to miss significant time early on.  He hit .310 in 64 games in the minor leagues this past season, 60 of those coming with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  In 37 games with the big club he hit just .230 with 3 doubles and a homerun.  His versatility is his biggest strength as he can play all 3 outfield positions and all 4 infield positions.

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Jake Cave (Rand Greenblatt)

Jake Cave (Rand Greenblatt)

#14 – OF Jake Cave

At #14 is outfielder Jake Cave, Cave is a 23-year-old prospect who spent the majority of the season with Double-A Trenton and had a brief 7-game cameo with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders towards the end of the season.  Combined he hit .278 in 132 minor league games.  With the Yankees he found himself low on the outfield depth chart due to the re-emergence of Mason Williams and Slade Heathcott in 2015.[/nextpage]

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Eric Jagielo (Robert M. Pimpsner)

Eric Jagielo (Robert M. Pimpsner)

#13 – INF Eric Jagielo

Former first round draft pick Eric Jagielo came in at #13 on our Yankees Top 50 Prospects list.  Throughout his minor league career Jagielo has only played third base but the Yankees were looking at moving him to first base for the 2016 season before he was traded.  In 205 minor league games across 3 seasons he has a .266 batting average with 33 homeruns, 46 doubles and triples while driving in 120 runs.[/nextpage]

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Rookie Davis (Flickr User: Laura Nawrocik)

Rookie Davis (Flickr User: Laura Nawrocik)

#11 – RHP Rookie Davis

Right-handed pitcher Rookie Davis was #11 on our Yankees Top 50 Prospect list prior to him being traded to the Cincinnati Reds.  Davis profiles as a #3 starter in the majors and could be seeing his major league debut in 2016.  This past season he split the year between the Tampa Yankees and the Trenton Thunder and had a combined 3.86 ERA with 129 strike outs in 130 2/3 innings pitched.[/nextpage]

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Greg Bird with the Tampa Yankees in 2014 (Bryan Green)

Greg Bird with the Tampa Yankees in 2014 (Bryan Green)

#4 – INF Greg Bird

Greg Bird is one of 2 prospects on this list that exhausted his rookie eligibility during the 2015 season.   After starting the season in Trenton and some time on the disabled list, Bird ended it with 46 games and 157 at bats with the New York Yankees where he hit .261 with 11 homeruns.  This past season he hit .277 in the minors between Trenton and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre his best coming in Triple-A where he hit .301 in 34 games.[/nextpage]

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Luis Severino (Cheryl Pursell)

Luis Severino (Cheryl Pursell)

#1 – RHP Luis Severino

Right-handed pitcher Luis Severino would have been #1 on our Yankees Top 50 Prospects list had he not exhaust his rookie eligibility in 2015.  Between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre he had a 2.45 ERA with 98 strikeouts over 99 1/3 innings pitched.  His quick rise through the farm system earned him a shot at the big league in 2015 where he continued to have success earning a 2.89 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings pitched for the Bronx Bombers.[/nextpage]

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