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Yankees Prospects: Gary Sanchez and Rafael De Paula are midseason top prospects


Minor League Ball and Keith Law have both released their midseason top prospect list and Gary Sanchez has placed on both. Rafael De Paula is the only other Yankees prospect to make one of the lists, making all other baby bombers lower than the top 75 and 50, respectively.

John Sickels of Minor League Ball ranked Sanchez at No. 35 after previously listing him at No. 46 before the season. He cited his ability to hit and his improvements behind the plate have led to his move up the chart. He was once again ranked as the third best catcher behind the Mets' Travis D'Arnaud (No. 22) and the Padres' Austin Hedges (No. 33), like he was on Fangraphs' list.

He also ranked Rafael De Paula at No. 48 after leaving him off his preseason list, stating that the more optimistic scouting reports have turned out to be true.

Tyler Austin, who he ranked No. 58, Mason Williams, who he ranked No. 64, and Slade Heathcott, who he ranked at No. 108 on the preseason list all missed the top 75 list. All three have had disappointing seasons to begin the year, but Williams and Austin have picked it up in recent months.

Keith Law ranked Gary Sanchez at No. 49 on his list of top 50 midseason prospects, making him the only Yankees prospect to crack his list. Law is a lot more critical of Sanchez, believing his stock has taken a hit because his receiving skills have regressed in 2013. It's on his offensive potential alone that he even placed him on the list at all.

On the season, Sanchez has hit .267/.329/.457 with 13 home runs for a 121 wRC+ and has thrown out 44% of base stealers, which is the best rate of his career. Unfortunately, he's also committed seven errors and allowed eight passed balls. In 64.1 innings, De Paula put up a 2.94 ERA, 2.03 FIP, and struck out 13.43 batters per nine innings in Low-A Charleston before being promoted to High-A Tampa.

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