Rules to be on the list - All player's never played in the majors - player's recent performance indicates possibility of reaching majors - player's who are injured or recovering from injuries are likely to be rated lower than others with lower ceilings - some players with less experience will be rated higher than others based on future major league ceiling. Key - Name, position, years old this year at June 30 +/ - months.
(1) Jesus Montero C, 21-5. A slump this season in triple A hasn't dissuaded general manager's of his upside Is nearly an average major league defensive catcher already. ETA 2011
(2) Dellin Betances RHP, 22+3. After surgery, finally showing scouts why his ceiling is the highest in the organization (pitcher or position players). Likely to pitch all year in High A and next year could move rapidly through the rest of the minors. ETA 2012.
(3) Andrew Brackman RHP, 25-5. Like Betances his recovery from surgery and his recent performances have been Lazurus like. Ace potential. His recovery from surgery is farther along than Betances', and he should reach the majors sooner. ETA 2011.
(4) Austin Romine C, 22-5. Romine has the bat and glove to be an above average major league hitter and defender at catcher.
(5) Gary Sanchez C, 18-5. The 3 million dollar bonus the Yankees gave him appears to be money well spent already. Has to work on his defensive catching because he is very inexperienced, but he has all the tools to hit for power, hit for average and be a very good defensive catcher. Needs to cut back on the K's. Has more upside than Romine.
(6) Manny Banuelos LHP, 19+4. ManBan is a left handed pitcher with guile and pitchability rarely seen in a youngster his age. He pitches like Petitte does now and he is only 19 years old. Recovery from an appendectomy is finally underway.
(7) Slade Heathcott CF, 20-3. Heathcott's presently in low A ball getting use to playing everyday. He has five-tool potential and the Yankees await the full blossoming of all of those tools before they know what they will eventually have with Heathcott.
(8) Brandon Laird 3b, 23-2. Laird continues to hit up through the minors. He is a tremendous hitter for power and could end up being trade bait as he lacks positional versatility and he is blocked in the majors.
(9) Eduardo Nunez SS, 23. Nunez is very close to being ready for a major league job. Slick fielding shortstop who can stick as well. There is a problem for him, he's blocked at the major league level - trade bait.
(10) JR Murphy C, 19+2. Like Heathcott, Murphy is getting used to everyday play at Charleston (low A). He is new to catching but could end up being a very good major league catcher and hitter. His bat is very sound and he is improving his avg after a slump at Charleston.