Today Eric Longenhagen of Fangraphs released his list of the top 100 MLB prospects heading into the 2017 season. The list features 8 Yankees in total, with SS Gleyber Torres unsurprisingly ranked as the top among them, although not quite as high as most other lists had him. Here are the bombers who made the cut:
7. SS Gleyber Torres
34. OF Clint Frazier
40. OF Blake Rutherford
43. RHP James Kaprielian
61. OF Aaron Judge
87. OF Dustin Fowler
91. SS Jorge Mateo
97. LHP Justus Sheffield
#7 overall seems like the most appropriate ranking for Torres so far. Obviously the top 5 and top 3 rankings are exciting, but he’s still just too young and unproven to be up there with guys like Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benitendi, and Dansby Swanson. Give him another year or two and Torres could easily be topping these lists, but for now cautious optimism in the best stance to take. Furthermore, I think Longenhagan’s assessment of the shortstop as being “built like a late-60’s Camaro” could not possibly be more apt. He acknowledges that Torres might not hack it at short in the bigs, but has the potential to be a star at second or third as well.
While this list has players like Frazier, Rutherford, and Kap lower than most rankings, he does squeeze in a couple more players like Fowler and Sheffield toward the bottom of the list. The only team with more top 100 players were the Braves with 9.
One last note: I still think it’s amazing how we continue to see Kap climbing up prospect rankings in spite of missing nearly all of last season. It doesn’t come as a complete surprise though. The kid has a four-pitch arsenal with a pitcher’s frame and good command. That’s pretty much everything you could hope for in a pitching prospect. Hopefully we see him in a little MLB action toward the end of the season, with an eye on the 2018 rotation.