Ranking the New York Yankees’ Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014

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Ranking the New York Yankees’ Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014

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No one has been busier than the New York Yankees during the MLB offseason so far. They have even signed the top catcher on the market to a long-term deal in Brian McCann. They also have the healthy burden of deciding how close to come to Robinson Cano’s crazy price tag. In the midst of all of that offseason hoopla they also are trying to allow their farm system to get healthy and grow stronger.

It isn’t an area where the Yankees have really been that strong for a while as they usually trade away prospects and sign big free agents. There have been those select few players that have come along through the organization and become stars or even super stars. During this article we are going to look at the top ten prospects of the Yankees farm system. Whoever the next big name will be that comes through their system, it will probably be one of these ten guys.

Like many top organizations their top numbered prospects include a little of everything. They have a few pitchers, outfielders, infielders and even a catching prospect that many are high on. Without further delay here are the top ten prospects from the Yankees. Leave a comment below with any thoughts you have on these guys and when you think their impact will be felt at the big league level.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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10 – Ty Hensley

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This young man is just starting out with the Yankees but he has a mid-90’s fastball, a curve and change that should come along. He has a ton of potential but it will take a while for him to develop.

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9 – Ian Clarkin

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Clarkin had a tough five innings in his professional debut but his potential remains very strong and he should come along just fine.

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8 – Manny Banuelos

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This left-handed pitcher has been coming along nicely but in 2014 he will have to try and bounce back from Tommy John Surgery. How well he responds will quickly determine if he stays high on this list or falls.

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7 – Slade Heathcott

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This outfielder has a ton of speed and is a plus fielder in the making. If his hitting potential comes along nicely, the Yankees will have a great young player on their hands.

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6 – Zoilo Almonte

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Almonte had a short MLB debut in 2013 and did okay with one home run and nine RBI in 34 games. His average of .236 was certainly not too bad of a sign for a September debut.

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5 – Eric Jagielo

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Poised to come along around the 2016 season, Jagielo has a lot of pop. Added to his plus fielding ability this will definitely create a solid MLB career.

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4 – Rafael De Paula

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It looks like De Paula still has some growing to do with his other pitches. He and his 100 mph fastball will be accompanied by other plus pitches by the 2016 season.

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3 – Tyler Austin

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Poised to show up sometime during the 2014 season, Austin should provide the Yankees with a solid outfield option to either play or work into a trade very soon.

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2 – Mason Williams

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Williams appears to be on the way for a 2015 debut and already has good fielding with great speed. His offensive numbers with the bat need a little more work and he should be plenty good enough to realize potential.

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1 – Gary Sanchez

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With the signing of Brian McCann, Sanchez can relax and take his time developing. It should be a very good thing for him to be able to work up to a place where he could potentially learn from McCann the way other young backstops have done.

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