Baseball America has been presenting its top 10 prospects for each team over the past month or so, and today our Yankees are featured. The good news: the system seems to be stocked with potential impact players, including 2004 top draftee Philip Hughes and two gems from 2005, CJ Henry and Austin Jackson. (The three are ranked 1, 4, and 5, respectively, on the BA list, with Eric Duncan and Jose Tabata in between.) The bad news: most of the Yankee talent is at the lower levels of the system. If this means finding talent ready to step in mid-season is somewhat lacking, at least there are a few chits for the team to work with on the market. And with the aging Yankee lineup, those young guns might just be reaching maturity when they’re most needed.
For the record, the Sox system is replete with players closer the the majors (though we’ve been reading some less than inspiring reports about new top prospect Andy Marte.)