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Yankees Top 10 Prospects 2017

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Not too long ago the New York Yankees had a farm system that was weak to say the least. There were a couple of solid prospects but top to bottom there was not any hope for a retooling of the aging Bronx Bombers. Now when you look at the Yankees top 10 prospects and beyond you are witnessing a deep farm system that can be argued is one of the best in all of baseball. If you look close enough you might see another instance of the “Core 4” and that is something that every New York Yankees fan can get behind.

How did all this happen? It did not happen overnight. Multiple things had to change and that is exactly what occurred. First, the new ownership does not want to carry the payroll that daddy was willing to carry. For the new era, it is a business that needs to profit. It is not that they do not want to win, they just want to do it smartly. That latitude changed the game for Brian Cashman.

Secondly, and as odd as it sounds, the team needed a fan base that finally began to understand that you cannot merely buy a championship.  After over a decade of trying to do just that and yielding just one championship, the fan base came around to the idea that building another winner is not such a bad idea.

But to do this the team must find a way to stay above average and even a bit competitive. That is exactly what the Bombers have done. Strategic international signings, a refusal to sign any new long term deals, and the understanding that trading away player that can return prospects became the new gospel.

As the organization became respectable and players like Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine debuted, other teams had playoff aspirations while the Yankees had the chips. Andrew Miller, Carlos Beltran, and Aroldis Chapman were dealt for hauls of prospects that propelled the Yankees farm system to the front of the list. While still prospects, the future is bright in New York. The Yankees top 10 prospects of 2017 are filled with five tool players, fireball arms, and tons of young talent in the likes of Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, and Blake Rutherford.  Look out major league baseball the Yankees have tons of talent and large amounts of payroll leaving the roster over the next two years. Let’s take a look at a list of the top 10 Yankees prospects of 2017.

NOTE: The prospect list will fluctuate over the course of the season as players develop, are promoted, and trades occur.

NumberProspectPositionProjected DebutProfile Summary
1Gleyber TorresSS2018Click for more info
2Blake RutherfordOF2019 or 2020Click for more info
3Aaron JudgeRF2017Click for more info
4Clint FrazierCF2018Click for more info
5James KaprielianRHPSept 2017 Click for more info
6Chance AdamsRHP2018Click for more info
7Jorge Mateo2B2018Click for more info
8Domingo AcevedoRHPSept 2017 or 2018Click for more info
9Dustin FowlerCF2018Click for more info
10Justus SheffieldLHP2018Click for more info

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