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Stock Update For New York Yankees’ Top 5 Prospects of 2014

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New York Yankees' Top Prospects 2014: Stock Update For 5 Best Players

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There's not a guy on this list who doesn't want to be revered in Yankees pinstripes as is Derek Jeter. Coming into the 2014 season, the Yankees had a very young farm system loaded at the lower-levels. So it's only natural that their revolving door of prospects had a turnover rate akin to your corner fast-food joint. However, with another year under their belts, the big-time guys are much clearer. Here are the Yankees' current top-five prospects.

5. Aaron Judge, OF

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5. Aaron Judge, OF

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It's impossible to look at Judge in pinstripes and not be reminded of a fellow 6-foot-7 guy, Dave Winfield. Judge has worked his way to high-A Tampa in his first season of pro ball. He has tremendous raw power but also, like any man of his size, a big looping swing that will always be prone to triple-digit strikeouts. He moves well and has a plus-arm. In two levels this season, he's batting .311/422/.499 with 16 homers in 405 at-bats.

4. Ian Clarkin, SP

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4. Ian Clarkin, SP

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Lefty starter Ian Clarkin was another of the Yankees first-round picks in the 2013 amateur draft. At 19 years old, he's got the grit not to be afraid to pitch inside and even plunk a hitter if he's cheating inside the box. The velocity on his fastball won't blow your hair back, but he spots it very well. His big 12-to-6 curve is his best pitch, and he is also developing a sweet change. Clarkin could easily be with the big club as early a 2017.

3. Gary Sanchez, C

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3. Gary Sanchez, C

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Gary Sanchez owns the strongest catching arm in the Yankees' system -- and one of the strongest anywhere. He threw out 46 percent of base stealers during his 2013 stint in the Florida State League. However, if he wants to jump his defense to the next level and become an elite backstop, Sanchez needs to improve his footwork and also learn to block dirt pitches. At the plate, he's not likely to put up a high batting average but does have good pop.

2. Robert Refsnyder, 2B/OF

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2. Robert Refsnyder, 2B/OF

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Robert who? Where did this guy come from, and how in the world did he climb the prospect ladder from no shot to big shot? By flat-out raking, that's how. Refsnyder is currently in triple-A and -- right now -- deserves a shot on the big club. Stephen Drew, the Yankees' starting second baseman, is hitting in the low-.170s. Refsnyder is showing some bonus power while slashing at a .300/.391/.480 clip.

1. Luis Severino, SP

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1. Luis Severino, SP

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The 20-year-old Severino is flying effortlessly through the Yankees system. He just reached double-A Trenton where he has started three games. In 14.2 innings he had 20 strikeouts and sported 1.84 ERA with a 0.95 WHIP before a slightly strained oblique will keep him off the mound for a couple of starts. The Yankees are being very careful with this kid. Severino will be given a chance to compete for a spot in the rotation next spring.