MLB.com released their top 20 list of Yankees prospects, grading them on a 20-80 scale based on what their tools project to be as major league players. 20-30 is well below average, 40 is below average, 50 is average, 60 is above average and 70-80 is well above average. Jim Callis graded the Yankees as such, with the list's best tools highlighted in bold:
|4||John Ryan Murphy||45||45||20||55||50|
– Giving Mason Williams a 60-grade hit tool is beyond ridiculous when there are more than enough questions about his strikeout potential.
– It's interesting to see that Sanchez projects to be a better power hitter than the monstrosity that is Aaron Judge.
– It's pretty bizarre that Murphy was rated as a 20-grade runner. I'd understand Sanchez being rated as below-average, but there's nothing that Murphy has done in his career that would make me think that he's even worse than that on the base paths.
– Sanchez has by far the best overall throwing arm, while Heathcott and Judge have the best outfield arms, and Abiatal Avelino has the best infield arm out of the top 20.
– Williams is the overall best fielder among the top 20, but it was a little surprising that after everything that was said about his glove, that Katoh only graded out as a 55.
– While Callis says that Jagielo will be good enough to stick at third base, it seems that he won't even be league-average in the field. That's kind of disappointing.
– The biggest difference between Avelino and Andujar seems to be their power potential. Avelino is the better fielder while Andujar has a lot more power potential.
|16||Rafael De Paula||65||40||45||40|
– It's interesting that Ian Clarkin is now the best pitcher in the system. Maybe things will change if Banuelos proves himself healthy and effective, but ranking a prospect with five professional innings as the top pitcher in the system is bold.
– I didn't realize that Severino graded out so well compared to other, more seasoned, prospects. He has one of the best fastballs and control in the system, which is likely why scouts are raving about him.
–Bryan Mitchell has the best curveball in the top 20 by a wide margin. Despite the mixed results he's seen throughout his career, it's clear he has good stuff when he has two above-average pitches and another average offering.
– Jose Ramirez still has the best changeup in the system, but since he has only one other plus pitch and shaky control, he's likely destined for the bullpen.
– Rafael De Paula has one of the best fastballs of the top 20, but his other pitches and control look to be below average. That sounds like a future reliever to me.
What observations can you make from this information?