Ranking The New York Yankees' Top 10 Prospects Heading Into 2015

By Jacob Kornhauser

Ranking The New York Yankees' Top 10 Prospects Heading Into 2015

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The New York Yankees have never been known for having a great farm system, and they still don't have one, but they have some promising young arms developing in the minor leagues. They also have some good hitting, but their pitching is their organizational strength. Here's a look at their current top 10 prospects, which includes how they did this past season and what they bring to the table.

10. 2B Robert Refsnyder

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10. 2B Robert Refsnyder

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2014 Stats: .318 average, 14 home runs, 68 RBI

Robert Refsnyder was drafted in 2012 and is already progressing well through the minor leagues. With the Yankees in need of middle infield help, it's not stretch to say he could be up by 2016. His combination of average and power are rare for a guy of his size who plays his position.

9. LHP Jacob Lindgren

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9. LHP Jacob Lindgren

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2014 Stats: 2-1, 2.16 ERA and 48 strikeouts

Even though the lefty didn't pitch a whole lot (19 starts) in 2014, he really impressed the Yankees. He could start 2015 in Triple-A with a chance to at least reach the major league bullpen by August of 2015. As a contact pitcher, who will roll guys over, he projects well as a potential No. 3 starter.

8. 1B Gregory Bird

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8. 1B Gregory Bird

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2014 Stats: .271, 14 home runs, 43 RBI

Gregory Bird is one of the top hitting prospects in the organization because of his developing power from the left side of the plate. You can never have too many of those in an organization and with an aging infield, Bird could be up in a few years.

7. OF Jake Cave

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7. OF Jake Cave

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2014 Stats: .294 average, 7 home runs, 42 RBI

Jake Cave is another lefty the Yankees like, but he's not known for his power. He's more of a contact hitter, so he could eventually drive in a lot of runs in a big league uniform. He projects well as a corner outfielder, but will have to grow into his 20 home run potential.

6. OF Aaron Judge

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6. OF Aaron Judge

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2014 Stats: .308 average, 17 home runs, 78 RBI

Aaron Judge is probably the best hitter in the Yankees organization, as he put up some impressive numbers in his first full minor league season last year. He has some sneaky speed and could end up being a solid four or five-tool player for the Yankees in the near future.

5. LHP Manny Banuelos

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5. LHP Manny Banuelos

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2014 Stats: 2-3, 4.11 ERA and 71 strikeouts

This high ranking is more about Banuelos' potential than how much he produced last season. He has the highest upside of any lefty in the system, but he has failed to stay on the field for prolonged periods of time. If he can stay healthy and get another full season under his belt, he could be pitching at Yankee Stadium very soon.

4. C Gary Sanchez

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4. C Gary Sanchez

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2014 Stats: .270 average, 13 home runs, 65 RBI

Gary Sanchez is just growing into his power, but as a catcher, a position in short supply, he's one of the most valuable players in the farm system. Once he fully develops, it's not unreasonable to say he could hit 20-25 home runs while hitting for a decent average. There's no doubt the Yankees would take that in a heartbeat.

3. 3B Eric Jagielo

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3. 3B Eric Jagielo

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2014 Stats: .256 average, 18 home runs, 58 RBI

Eric Jagielo is already 22 years old, so 2015 is a big year for him, but he has all the tools. He needs to start driving in more runs in key situations, but based on the time he's put in the minor leagues, the Yankees could make him A-Rod's heir apparent.

2. LHP Ian Clarkin

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2. LHP Ian Clarkin

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2014 Stats: 4-3, 3.12 ERA and 75 strikeouts

Ian Clarkin has gone from relative unknown to one of the best players in the organization over the course of the last year. He doesn't have overpowering stuff, but he never gives up hard contact, which makes him project well as a potential No. 2 starter in the future. He likely needs another full year in the minor league ball before he can make a contribution in New York.

1. RHP Luis Severino

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1. RHP Luis Severino

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2014 Stats: 6-5, 2.46 ERA and 127 strikeouts

Luis Severino is by far the Yankees' most overpowering pitching prospects. He will make guys swing and miss with regularity, and he really could be an ace within the next year and a half. This also makes him the potential centerpiece of any big trade the Yankees could be considering for a proven veteran.

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