Spring training is beginning, which also means we’re in the thick of prospect season. The major public scouting institutions churn out prospect reports every winter, and yesterday we got a look at FanGraphs’ top 100 prospects.
The Yankees showed well, placing six prospects within the first 100. Jasson Dominguez led the way, coming it No. 51. Deivi Garcia, still prospect-eligible, placed 61st, infielder Oswald Peraza came in at 67th, and Clarke Schmidt ranked 75th. At the back end of the list were shortstop Alexander Vargas at No. 91 and right-hander Luis Medina at No. 97.
I’ll have a piece up later today discussing the apparent split of opinion in the public sphere on the Yankees’ farm system, but it seems clear that FanGraphs holds the system in fairly high esteem. The Yankees may not have any elite prospects that populate the top third of the list, but only the Blue Jays had more than the Yankees’ six top-100 players. Consensus elite systems like Seattle’s and Tampa Bay’s also sported six prospects in the top 100, albeit with more high-end talent than New York.
Outfielder Kevin Alcantara and infielder Ezequiel Duran also just missed the top 100, meaning that by FanGraphs’ estimations the Yankees have eight prospects with future value, or FV, estimations of 50 or better. That doesn’t seem too shabby for a system that’s been leveraged in recent years to supplement the big league club through trade, and hasn’t had access to top draft picks. What do you think of the eight prospects featured here?