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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/23/18

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Yankees have six prospects on Top #100 list; Nick Solak ranks as the 5th best second base prospect; Austin Jackson signs with the Giants; a brief look at how numbers on uniforms came about; Jordan Montgomery hosts a virtual book drive

Trenton Thunder v Akron Rubber Ducks
Wait’ll they get a load of me!

Baseball America: Baseball America just released their Top 100 prospects for 2018. Rejoice, prospect huggers, for the Yankees have six prospects on the list. Pinstripe Alley scribe Tyler Norton wrote about this list yesterday. That doesn’t mean you can’t click on this list and see Gleyber Torres sitting pretty at #6. It’s a glorious sight.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Since we’re on the subject, let’s talk about more prospects. Well, one in particular. MLB Pipeline just ranked their Top 10 2B Prospect and our very own Nick Solak was on that list at #5. Solak has done pretty well for himself in the minors and he is slated to begin the year at Double-A Trenton. I’m sure many will rank him higher or lower depending on his Taylor Ham vs. Pork Roll stance.

McCovey Chronicles | Grant Brisbee: This is, admittedly, only Yankee news in spirit. The San Francisco Giants just signed Austin Jackson to a two-year deal. This pretty much gives the Giants the center fielder they were looking for. It also takes Jacoby Ellsbury off their radar. That was probably the most minor of blips anyway. We shall see what other cunning ploys Scott Boras has to make other teams not want him.

Cut4 | Chris Landers: Here we have a little bit of baseball history. Let this link take you back into the past to see how the numbers on uniforms came about. While they may not have officially been the first to experiment with the idea, the Yankees were the first team to fully implement it. They’re still not rocking any names on the back, because of course.

Finally, below is a tweet from Yankee starter Jordan Montgomery.

If you are able to support his great cause, please do so. We’re all rooting for you, Gumby.