The season of top prospect lists is winding down, but not before MLB Pipeline releases their Top 30 list for 2016. It has been a consensus so far for which Yankees prospects round out the top four in the organization. This list is no exception to that, but the order of those four has differed from list to list.
Shortstop Jorge Mateo tops the MLB Pipeline list with a 55 overall rating and an ETA of 2018. Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez were ranked second and third, respectively, and both are expected to make their major league debuts at some point in 2016. As with all the other lists, 2015 draftee James Kaprielian is ranked fourth in the system with a 2017 ETA.
Outside of the top four is where each list varies. On this particular list, 17-year-old shortstop Wilkerman Garcia is ranked fifth with a 50 overall rating. His 60 arm and 60 run ratings are very promising for a player who hasn't even turned 18 yet. Other names of note on the list are Rob Refsnyder at number nine, Ian Clarkin at ten, and Jacob Lindgren at eleven.
In addition to ranking the top 30 prospects, MLB Pipeline named the prospects who possess the best tools in the system. Refsnyder was named the prospect with the best hit tool with a 55 rating. Gary Sanchez took home the title for best arm and best power among Yankee prospects. As an 80-grade runner, Mateo received the best run tool acknowledgement.
With his 100+ mph fastball, Domingo Acevedo's heater was named the best in the system. Kaprielian's 55 grade changeup was also named the best among Yankee minor leaguers. Lindgren's slider and Drew Finley's curveball were also at the top of those categories.
The best news of the list may be that 10 of the top 30 prospects have an ETA of 2016, and another six are due in the majors in 2017. Hopefully the team's plan of a youth movement is well on its way to coming to fruition. If you'd like to check out any of the other information released by MLB Pipeline on the Yankees' system, you can do so by clicking here.