Baseball America has released their top 10 prospect list for the New York Yankees. The Yankees were reviewed by John Manuel this time around. For those of you were wondering why Phil Hughes was not included Baseball America uses the following criteria for their lists: "All players who haven’t exceeded the major league rookie standards of 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched (without regard to service time) are eligible." Few things of interest here, this year’s list includes only four players from last year’s list. Dropping out of the top ten was Dellin Betances, Chris Garcia, J. Brent Cox and Mark Melancon. Other exclusions include Phil Hughes (who no longer qualifies) and Tyler Clippard who is now a member of the Washington Nationals. Of the ten prospects three figure into the Yankees immediate plans for 2008. Marquez, Horne and Gardner will most likely start the season at AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and could be used in the bigs if the injury bug or necessity do pop up in 2008. For those of you who love prospects, the Yankees once again have a lot for you to love.
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New York Yankees Top 10 2008 Prospect List (as provided by Baseball America)
1. Joba Chamberlain: "Scouts chuckle with delight discussing Chamberlain’s raw stuff, and several give him 70 or 80 grades on the 20-80 scouting scale for three different pitches. He reached 100 mph with his fastball as a reliever, and more impressively can sit at 96-97 mph when he starts. If he remains healthy, Chamberlain has multiple all-star appearances in his future."
2. Austin Jackson: "The best athlete in the system, Jackson stopped fighting himself and let the game and his talent flow last season. He has developed above-average range in center field as his instincts and reactions have improved, and has a plus arm."
3. Jose Tabata: "He has a natural knack for making consistent hard contact. His wrist problem sapped some of his power, but scouts still project Tabata to have at least average pop, and some even see him more as a slugger than hitter. While he flashes plus speed, he projects as an average runner and right fielder with a solid average arm."
4. Ian Kennedy: "Compared to Mike Mussina because of his similar stretch delivery, Kennedy has less pure stuff than Mussina once did. Kennedy fits a No. 3 or No. 4 starter profile and should fulfill such a role in 2008."
5. Alan Horne: "At times, Horne shows four above-average pitches, starting with a fastball that usually sits at 92-93 mph but also can park at 94-95. While he has frontline stuff, Horne’s command relegates him to a No. 3 or 4 starter profile."
6. Jesus Montero: "Montero has exceptional raw power to all fields, coupling a discerning eye for a young player with brute strength and bat speed. He has plenty of arm strength for his position and natural leadership ability. If Montero can remain a catcher, he profiles as a future all-star."
7. Jeff Marquez: "Known as a groundball guy, Marquez works off his power 89-93 mph sinker. His fastball has as much life as any in the system, with excellent run to go with its sink. His changeup and curveball have improved to be solid-average pitches. Marquez has the chance to become a workhorse groundball machine who fills the No. 3 or 4 slot in a rotation."
8. Bret Gardner: "The fastest prospect in the system, Gardner rates as a 70 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale and is an adept basestealer, succeeding on 84 percent of his 116 attempts the last two seasons. He uses his speed well defensively with above-average range in center field. The Yankees believe Gardner will hit enough to be a regular and some club officials compare him to Jacoby Ellsbury, which is a stretch."
9. Ross Ohlendorf: "Ohlendorf could be the sinkerballing setup man the Yankees haven’t had since Jeff Nelson’s departure as a free agent in 2000."
10. Andrew Brackman: "A premium athlete, Brackman has as high an upside as any player in the ’07 draft class. He has reached 99 mph with his fastball, which generally sits at 94, and uses his size to drive it downhill. His filthy spike curveball can be a strikeout pitch and has the potential to be an 80 pitch on the 20-80 scouting scale. He had Tommy John surgery immediately after signing in mid-August. He won’t pitch in his first pro game until 2009."