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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/13/16

Top potential 2016 Yankee rookies, Gary Sanchez rates well on new catching metrics, and more.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports | Sam Dykstra: Which Yankees currently in Triple-A have the best chance to help the big league club in 2016? What about their AL East rivals' prospects?

Baseball Prospectus | Jeffrey Paternostro: Recently released catching metrics demonstrate both Gary Sanchez's vast improvements behind the plate and just how truly terrible Jesus Montero was in contrast. It looks like Brian Cashman bet on the right horse. (Hey, someone also posted a Vine of Sanchez BP yesterday--watch it in this baseball-starved winter drought!)

LoHud | Chad Jennings: Ivan Nova is as big a question mark as ever heading into what could be his final year in pinstripes.

BP Bronx | Nick Ashbourne: Since joining Twitter a couple months back, Greg Bird's tweeting game has been A+++. Naturally. #GREGBIRD | Jay Jaffe: Remembering the life of Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, the New York Giants legend who called the Polo Grounds home for almost a decade and helped baseball break the color barrier. Rest well.