For most Yankee fans, this is a trying time. The Yankees are an old team on the decline and have been sad to watch. However, the future looks bright even if not immediately. Specifically, never in their history have they had the number of exciting prospects that they have right now. As such, while the present looks bleak, the future looks exciting.
The AAA team is not one of their more talented levels but there are some players who could be difference makers by next season. JR Murphy looks like he is the solid all around catcher that the Yankees pretended Romine was though his performance never supported. The Yankees catching problem could be resolved by that alone. Jose Ramirez, like Murphy was recently promoted by to AAA. While he has struggled at AAA, his performance overall indicates that he could be a solid starter. Mark Montgomery has quickly worked his way up to AAA dominating every level until he reached AAA. It would seem the quick promotions caught up to him. However, he has turned things around and is getting dominant again. He could be the next closer. The Yankees have a lot of good relievers in the system. Vidal Nuno has never been ranked as a top prospect possibly because he is already in his mid 20s but he has dominated every level of ball. He could be a sleeper. Betances has reinvented himself as a reliever and could also be a closer candidate.
In AA, the Yankees have Slade Heathcott and Tyler Austin. The former is hard to figure out. Injuries slowed his development but last year made him appear to be the top prospect he was projected as. He has struggled this year but has improved as of late. Austin dominated the different A Ball levels but struggled in AA. His season was shut down because of injury. Hopefully, injury was the culprit for his poor play. Even if not, he was still quite young for AA so there is no reason to bail on him.
A Ball at its various levels has a number of exciting prospects. Greg Bird looks like he is on the verge of being rated a top prospect. His hitting is improving quickly. Say hello to Tex's replacement down the road. Peter O'Brien can mash. He is a catcher with possibly the most power in the organization to date. However, considering that the Yankees best prospect is Gary Sanchez and he happens to be the Yankees future catcher, e Yankees have a nice dilemma in waiting. Mason Williams is highly rated, though like Heathcott, he concerns me. There are tools and there is performance. should both merge for,either of those guys, look out. I hope it does. Jose Campos, the "throw in" in the Pineda deal had some injuries for a while but he seems to have gotten hot now that he seems healthy and could be a solid starter. There is also a nice International signee named De Paula who is a flame thrower and could become a stud.
The Yankees have other nice looking prospects in the short leagues and Dominican leagues. They have 3 nice looking first rounders who they drafted this past year. I never heard of their 2nd round pick Katoh but he seems like a nice all around player. Hensley, who is out for the year, still has a lot of upside and Banuelos cannot yet be given up on.
I know I did not name everyone but this the most depth the team has had in a while if ever. Unfortunately, the best is predominantly, likely, a couple years away at least. That being said, not everyone in the system has equal value and not all will make it to the Yankees. A bit of luck, more amateur talent added and maybe some trades from depth for needs and the Yankees could, for the first time, have a top farm system, as well as money to spend to get needed vets.
Something to think about when this season frustrates.,..and maybe next year too.