It’s been a pretty bleak year for the big league Yankees this year, but it’s been anything but for the players down on the farm. In fact, it’s been an all-around great year for nearly every Yankee prospect. And now that it’s about the midway point of the season, the leading prospect sites have released their mid-year updates.
Well, almost all of them. FanGraphs and MLB Pipeline have not yet done so, but I’ll update this (or post anew) when they do, probably in a few weeks. However, FanGraphs did release their organizational rankings, and the Yankees did quite well. They’re ranked 4th overall, in fact, which is pretty damn good. Things can change fast.
So, with that in mind, I compiled the rankings below. A few notes:
- All of these lists require subscriptions to access, so bear that in mind. We won’t be giving too much away in terms of their scouting reports.
- Of the three that have updated, just Baseball America’s goes to 100. The Athletic and Baseball Prospectus’ are both Top 50s, which is useful context for comparative analysis
- Jasson Dominguez is confounding to analysts, which makes sense. He is obviously very talented, but his lack of a track record means that he is all over the place on these boards.
- The only Yankee prospect to be ranked on all three leaderboards, hilariously, is Anthony Volpe.
Let’s get right to it.
Jasson Dominguez, CF
The Martian is the prospect everyone cares about, of course. The 18-year-old is off to a scorching start to his professional career, hitting .267/.389/.383 across both Rookie ball and Low-A Tampa. It’s only been 17 games and 71 plate appearances, but Jasson is walking, hitting for extra-bases (4 of his 12 hits are XBH), and showing off his speed.
Law (The Athletic) says he’s “never seen an 18-year-old this maxed out” and that he wouldn’t be shocked to see him in New York by 2022. By contrast, Baseball America still calls him a “mystery” – but ranks him in the top 33% of all baseball prospects. It’ll do.
- The Athletic: #35 (+31), #1 in Yankees org (subs req’d)
- Baseball America: #29 (-5), #1 in Yankees org (subs req’d)
- Baseball Prospectus: not ranked (subs req’d)
Oswald Peraza, SS
Another middle-infield darling for the Yankees, the 21-year-old shortstop is hitting .290/.347/.475 overall in 2021. Peraza was called up to Double-A Somerset not long after dominating with High-A Hudson Valley. The reason he’s not on more lists, most likely, is because of the Top 50 cut off.
Baseball America says that he’s always hit the ball hard, and that the Yankees have helped him elevate it this year – meaning he is a potential power and speed combination up-the-middle.
- The Athletic: Not ranked (subs req’d)
- Baseball America: #92 overall (-3), #3 in Yankees org (subs req’d)
- Baseball Prospectus: Not ranked (subs req’d)
Anthony Volpe, SS
The 2019 first-rounder is everywhere this year after getting off to an absolutely torrid start. He is making a name for himself in 2021, hitting .306/.449/.629 with High-A Hudson Valley and Low-A Tampa. He’s hit for much more power than expected at this point in his career, which really changes his long-term projections, and has always rated well as a runner and defender.
Everyone glows about him. Baseball America’s write-up is exuberant – evaluators immediately tabbed [Volpe] as someone who stood out from the pack…they noted his bat-to-ball skills, instincts on the diamond, and intangibles – and Keith Law says he looks “like a star at this point” and is the Yanks’ best first-rounder since Aaron Judge. High praise.
- The Athletic: #42 overall (not ranked), #2 in Yankees org (subs req’d)
- Baseball America: #86 overall (+11), #2 in Yankees org (subs req’d)
- Baseball Prospectus: #49 overall (not ranked),#1 in Yankees org
A few notable exceptions on these lists, particularly when compared to the preseason lists. Of course, there are obvious reasons for that. Both Deivi Garcia and Clarke Schmidt didn’t rank on any of these lists, which tracks.
Schmidt hasn’t pitched since Spring Training, and Deivi has been pretty bad thus far. Still, I can’t imagine either are too far off, and a good month or two to close out the year (Schmidt is rehabbing now) can change the narrative again for the better.