The baseball prospect rankings continue to come out. Earlier we saw Baseball America and MLB Pipeline unveil their list of rankings for major-league prospects, and now Baseball Prospectus enters the fold.
Previous rankings have been centered on the introduction of Jasson Dominguez to the top of the Yankees’ farm system, and have delivered some small praise for top pitching prospect Deivi Garcia while throwing Clarke Schmidt into the mix. Baseball Prospectus sees the Yankees system differently, mixing the order we’ve seen so far but establishing high praise for a pair of pinstriped prospects.
Garcia headlines the list for the Yankees, and he placed significantly higher here than he did in any other ranking. Garcia lands in the 24th spot overall, making him the ninth-best pitching prospect on the list and the sixth-best right-handed pitcher. Clearly, BP has placed a high value on Garcia’s ability to shoot through the various minor-league levels and isn’t that concerned about Garcia’s height on the mound.
Dominguez also manages to get into the top 50, sliding in at 46th overall. The 16-year-old continues to get high praise despite never playing a professional game yet, and it’ll be interesting to see how high he can climb the lists once he gets going.
Surprisingly, Schmidt is omitted from BP’s list after narrowly making it in the previous ones. It seems that the 24-year-old will have to continue to increase his workload after coming back from Tommy John surgery to complete the prospect ranking trifecta. Also of note, BP put Albert Abreu in their “just missed” category, continuing to show the strong level of pitching talent in the system currently.
There have been some doubts about Garcia and his future as a starter in the majors. Baseball Prospectus clearly sees the upside in him, and has rated him accordingly. It’ll be interesting to see him and a host of others in spring training, but it’s been a good sign for the organization that their prospects have returned to prominence in the rankings.