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Ranking The New York Yankees’ Top 5 Pitching Prospects

Ranking The New York Yankees' Top 5 Pitching Prospects

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The New York Yankees are known for buying talent for their major league roster, but even they have to develop some of their own talent in their farm system. They aren't known for the best farm system, but they do have some promising young pitching prospects. Here are five of their best.

5. RP Bryan Mitchell

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5. RP Bryan Mitchell

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Bryan Mitchell is in Double-A and is 23 years old, so he needs to take a big step this season. So far, Mitchell hasn't been as good as the Bronx Bombers would've hoped, but he's added a cutter this season, which could make all the difference.

4. RHP Jose A. Ramirez

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4. RHP Jose A. Ramirez

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Jose A. Ramirez is known for having a great changeup; some have called it the best in the entire organization. He is 24 years old already, but he's the most major league ready pitcher in the minors for the Yankees, and he could earn a call up by season's end.

3. LHP Manny Banuelos

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3. LHP Manny Banuelos

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Manny Banuelos could be entering his third season as a Yankee, but Tommy John surgery derailed his 2012 and 2013 seasons. Since entering the pros, he has really improved his overall stuff, and if he can get healthy and back on track, he could be a real difference maker for the Yankees going forward.

2. RHP Luis Severino

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2. RHP Luis Severino

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Luis Severino is just 20 years old, and is quickly rising through the ranks of the Yankees' farm system. He needs to add to his relatively small frame, but he does throw a fastball that gets up to 98 mph, and that could mean a call-up within a year or so.

1. LHP Ian Clarkin

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1. LHP Ian Clarkin

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Ian Clarkin is a lefty with three pitches with the potential to be plus pitches, which instantly makes him a candidate for the rotation going forward. He's only 19 years old, and has plenty of time to develop before a call-up, but in a couple years, he could be one of baseball's young star pitchers.