Yankees Prospects: MLB.com's top 20 list for 2014

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Hello Katoh, goodbye Bichette!

MLB.com has released their list of the top 20 Yankees prospects going into the 2014 season. The list might be one of Jim Callis' most daring as it removes some lesser prospects near the majors in favor of projectable players with several years to go. I tend to value prospects closer to the majors more since we've seen our fair share of disappointments, but it's no doubt that this list displays the absolute best prospects going into the season.

Callis's ranking goes as follows:

Rank Rank
1 Gary Sanchez 11 Gosuke Katoh
2 Mason Williams 12 Manny Banuelos
3 Slade Heathcott 13 Jose Ramirez
4 John Ryan Murphy 14 Bryan Mitchell
5 Eric Jagielo 15 Mark Montgomery
6 Tyler Austin 16 Rafael De Paula
7 Greg Bird 17 Luis Torrens
8 Ian Clarkin 18 Abiatal Avelino
9 Aaron Judge 19 Miguel Andujar
10 Luis Severino 20 Jose Campos

We have six new names on the list, including Bird, Severino, Katoh, Torrens, Avelino, and Andujar. Unfortunately, that also means six were outright removed from the list. While it certainly makes sense to remove Dante Bichette (finally), Angelo Gumbs, Zoilo Almonte, and Ty Hensley, Nik Turley and Ramon Flores still have value. I still think Mitchell should drop off this list, or at least be ranked in the bottom five, considering the results he's shown in his career.

Some of the biggest changes from 2013 to 2014 include Murphy, who shot up from No. 12 to No. 4, while Campos dropped from No. 14 to No. 20, and De Paula fell all the way from No. 4 to No. 16. I think Tyler Austin got somewhat of a raw deal, falling from No. 3 to No. 6 because of one injury-plagued season while Mason Williams somehow stuck around as the second-best prospect in the system and Slade Heathcott jumped from No. 7 to No. 3 despite undergoing another surgery.

This year we'll get a full season look at 2013 draft picks Eric Jagielo, Ian Clarkin, Aaron Judge, and Gosuke Katoh, and hopefully they'll prove their worth. We'll also get another year of Greg Bird and get to see how Manny Banuelos rebounds after a return from Tommy John surgery. This should be a fun year for Yankee prospects. Hopefully.

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