Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Manny Banuelos named #2 Lefty by MLB.com

Yankees Top Prospect Manny Banuelos was named as the number two lefty in all of minor league baseball by MLB.com.  He is behind only Tampa Bay Ray lefty Matt Moore, who will most likely start the 2012 season in the majors.  This means that according to MLB.com he would be the top left handed starter in minor league baseball.

This might be one of the only reasons that the Jesus Montero trade may come back to hurt the Yankees.  This is because the Yankees have top pitching prospects that are very close to the majors but this is not the case with hitters.  The top ranked hitting prospects are Gary Sanchez and Mason Williams who are both very far from the majors.  However, in terms of pitching they have Banuelos and Dellin Betances.  This trade may have kept them out of the majors for a while and there is no bat comparable to Montero ready to come up to the majors.  I still like the trade but that is something interesting to think about if the Yankees don't go out and get another bat this offseason.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Updated Top 10 Yankees Prospects

Since #1 prospect Jesus Montero was traded this past week, I am going to update the Yankees top 10.  Here is the new Top 10 Yankees prospects from Road to Yankee Stadium.

1) Manny Banuelos
2) Dellin Betances
3) Gary Sanchez
4) Mason Williams
5) Austin Romine
6) Dante Bichette Jr.
7) Jose Campos
8) Ravel Santana
9) Slade Heathcott
10) David Phelps

Road to Yankee Stadium Top 10: #7 Jose Campos

Here is what I wrote about him for the Montero trade:

The other pitcher the Yankees got in the trade is 19 year old righty Jose Campos. Campos' minor league career isn't as impressive as Pineda but he did have a very nice 2011 season. But lets start at the beginning. He was signed out of Venezuela in 2009 at age 17. He spent his first season in the Venezuelan Summer League. There he went 1-3 with a 5.73 ERA in 33 innings. He then spent the next season in the same league. 2010 was a much more impressive season. He went 8-2 with a 3.16 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 57 innings. This past season he was called up to Low A Short Season (Equivalent to Staten Island in the Yankees system). There he went 5-5 with a 2.32 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 81.1 innings. Since Campos has not played above Low A he is hard to project into the future. But from everything I have read about this trade he seems to have very good stuff and could be a top of the rotation pitcher if he continues to mature.
I went and searched for him in the Mariners list of top prospects and he popped up right around #5 in all of them.  I feel the Yankees have a better minor league system and the way he fits into our minors right now that he is around the #7 prospect in our system at this time.  This makes this trade look even better, as we got a top of the rotation starter and a top 10 prospect for our top prospect and an expendable arm.