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Evaluators comment on top prospect lists, the impact of Chapman's investigation, and a spring preview.

"I mean, *I* would have ranked James Kaprielian."
"I mean, *I* would have ranked James Kaprielian."
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ESPN Media Zone | Michael Skarka: Keith Law did a conference call after releasing his Top 100 prospects list. While on the call, he offered further thoughts on a number of Yankees prospects, such as Jorge Mateo, Aaron Judge, and James Kaprielian.

Baseball America | Josh Norris: Speaking of Kaprielian, he narrowly missed making BA's Top 100. Norris explained that he certainly has the potential to crack next year's list though. BA's lead analysts J.J. Cooper and John Manuel also weighed in with their feelings on Kaprielian in a chat, with Manuel later making an appearance on MLB Networkas well.

VICE Sports | Molly Knight: As Aroldis Chapman reported for his first day of camp, the team discussed his potential suspension from MLB's domestic violence investigation. The Yankees have always patted themselves on the back for being a "class organization," but employing a man who, at best, fired eight shots in a garage within close proximity of his girlfriend and infant son raises some serious questions.

Wall Street Journal | Jared Diamond: In his first post on the Yankees' beat, Diamond wrote a spring preview, delving into questions about their bullpen, age, and sadly, Greg Bird replacement plans. (Miss you.)

SI.com | Jonah Keri: In a preseason ranking of all 30 teams, the Yankees placed 12th overall. Keri admitted that he originally predicted them to be a playoff team before the season-ending Bird injury. Sigh.

NJ.com | Brandon Kuty: Joe Girardi had his first press conference of the spring yesterday. Among several items, he covered Chapman's status, Masahiro Tanaka's elbow, and potential roster spot battles.