Last week, Baseball America's podcasted the top Yankee prospects. If you're looking to feel good about the future of the Yankees, it's worth listening to in full. Here are my takeaways:
Ten top-100 prospects: Josh Norris might rank ten Yankees in the top-100. The others agreed that at least the top eight Yankee prospects are top-100-worthy, with Dustin Fowler and Domingo Acevedo in the top-150. This was before the Yankees acquired Abreu from the Astros for Brian McCann.
Gleyber Torres top-5 or top-10: Everyone had great things to say about Gleyber Torres, youngest ever AzFL MVP. Norris compared his toolset to Javier Baez, noting how easily he adjusted when asked to play a few games at second base in Arizona. It sounds like he will definitely end up in the top-10 in all of baseball on their list, and possibly top-5.
Huge depth: The Yankees may have the deepest top-30 in baseball. Norris said there are about 50 legitimate top-30 type prospects in the systems. Players like Estevan Florial, who grades out at 70 arm/power/speed, might be somewhere in the late-teens or low-20s; in good farm systems, they would sit at 8-10. They are deep both in the high minors, with players like Tyler Wade, Jordan Montgomery, Dietrich Enns, and Kyle Higashioka, and lower down.
Best Since 1995: Asked when the last time the Yankees had a farm system this stacked, they agreed that you have to go back to 1995. That list had Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, and Andy Pettitte on it, as well as busts like Ruben Rivera (#1!) and Brian Taylor. Jeter and Ruben Rivera were top-5 prospects in all of baseball.
Everyone Loves Blake: To paraphrase the consensus: "None of us had ever seen Blake Rutherford before. After seeing him play, we all love him. Everyone is great."