"We've made progress over the past few years," Newman said. "A lot of progress started with the 2003 and 2004 drafts, and so far the 2005 draft looks solid. That's how you do it. If you have a couple of poor drafts and trade players away, you'll have a down period as we did. Last year we made some strides and this year we made more.
"One more solid draft and we'll be back where we need to be."
Ultimately, though, it's a matter of who makes it to the Bronx, Newman said, and he points to Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and injured starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang as reasons to believe. Along with these two poster-boy major-league rookies, a number of minor-league players have impressed the organization this season, and Newman spoke to The Star-Ledger about the next class of prospects you may see in the near future