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BP Top Prospects: NY Yankees

Minors : : General
Jason Parks        
Published: Monday, March 18, 2013

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State of the Farm: “One, two, three, four. Can I have a little more?”

Prospect rankings primer

The Top Ten

  1. Gary Sanchez
  2. CF Mason Williams  
  3. RHP Jose A. Ramirez
  4. OF Slade Heathcott
  5. OF Tyler Austin
  6. RHP Ty Hensley
  7. 2B Angelo Gumbs
  8. RHP Jose Campos
  9. RHP Mark Montgomery
  10.  RHP Rafael De Paula

1. Gary Sanchez

Position: C
DOB: 12/02/1992
Height/Weight: 6’2’’ 220 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
Drafted/Acquired: International free agent, 2009, Dominican Republic
2012 Stats: .297/.353/.517 at Low-A Charleston (68 games); .279/.330/.436 at High-A Tampa (48 games)
The Tools: 6 potential hit; 6+ potential power; 7 arm

What Happened in 2012:
 After a return trip to Charleston to start the season, Sanchez eventually hit his way to High-A, where the bat continued to turn heads while the glove continued to remind people that the bat turned heads.

Strengths: Big raw; 7 power potential; crushes fastballs; already tapping into right-center power; hit tool has above-average potential; arm strength is plus-plus; receiving skills have improved; impact bat at any position.

Weaknesses: Will expand hitting zone; can struggle with spin; swing has some miss; glove is below average; well below average run; catch/throw plays down because of footwork and release; low-effort player at times.

Overall Future Potential: High 6; first-division/all-star at major-league level

Explanation of Risk: High risk; raw power to play, but below-average defensive profile and some makeup concerns.

Fantasy Future: Potential to be middle-of-the-order power bat from a premium defensive spot; could hit .270-plus with 25-plus bombs.

The Year Ahead: Assuming the Yankees push Sanchez to Double-A, his bat is still going to be the carrying force in his skill set, as the power is very real even if the hit tool plays below expectations. He isn’t a lost cause behind the plate and has shown some improvement in recent years, but the overall profile is always going to be fringy. Regardless, a 4 catcher with a 6 overall bat is a monster player, and if Sanchez can juggle the demands of development, he has high-impact potential.

Major league ETA: 2014

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