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Yankees Prospects: Judge, Sanchez, Refsnyder rank among top 20 in three leagues

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

To finish out Baseball America's prospect rankings by league, the Yankees had several of their prospects place on the Florida State League, Eastern League, and International League lists. They ranked Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Rob Refsnyder (twice!) among the top 20 in these three leagues.

Aaron Judge, previously ranked as the No. 8 prospect in the South Atlantic League, made the High-A Florida State League list at No. 15. Baseball America believes he has crazy power potential, and, despite his immense size, he's relatively short to the ball. He's a great athlete who shows a lot of ability on the field, but his swing is "geared for the gaps, so his huge raw power may not necessarily translate into future 30-homer seasons." Still though, he showed enough potential to place ahead of Mets prospect Brandon Nimmo, Billy McKinney of the Cubs, and Colin Moran of the Astros.

Despite Tampa having so much talent this year, only Judge made it on the list. John Manuel of Baseball America addressed this in his chat, believing that Eric Jagielo has too much swing-and-miss at the plate, Jake Cave's average tools could profile him as a fourth outfielder, and that, despite his ability to hit, Greg Bird was just not athletic enough to make the list.

Gary Sanchez ranked at No. 11 on the Eastern League list, with Josh Norris commenting that the 21-year-old catcher's biggest threat is his own dedication after talk about his attitude resurfaced again this year. Despite his incredible arm, he still needs work behind the plate as he tends to get lazy when receiving and seems to struggle calling games. Norris says that he might still show "potential for both a high average and lots of power. He can get his hands in and turn on the inside pitch with power," but he struggles with breaking and off-speed stuff. Sanchez still ranked higher than Mets prospect Dilson Herrera and Deven Marrero of the Red Sox.

Rob Refsnyder also made two lists this year, ranking No. 13 for the Eastern and International League lists. Norris believes the second baseman might be the most advanced bat in the system. He commented that Refsnyder "drew raves from evaluators for his ability to hit line drives to all sectors and also for possessing premium bat speed. He's got pop, but it's more of the gap-to-gap, doubles variety than true home run power." Everett Merrill believes that his right-handed bat and good eye at the plate should allow him to hit to a high average and get on base regularly. Neither say that he can't play second base, it's just that he is still very raw and unpolished at the position and will need to improve his fluidity on things like double plays. Refsnyder's placed ahead of Rays prospect Alex Colome and Red Sox prospects Christian Vazquez and Allen Webster. It seems that everyone believes his bat is legitimate, so hopefully the Yankees will give him a shot.