The New York Yankees don’t need anyone to tell them they have a good farm system. Three of their prospects are in almost every relevant publication’s top 100 list: shortstops Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza, and outfielder Jasson Dominguez.
Other prospects such as Austin Wells, Trey Sweeney, Anthony Garcia, Antonio Gomez, Clarke Schmidt, Deivi Garcia, Luis Medina, Luis Gil, and Ken Waldichuk, plus many additional future contributors, make the Yankees’ system a strong one.
However, Baseball America didn’t show much love to the Yankees’ farm in its most recent team rankings, published on Wednesday. The premier publication specialized on prospects had the Bombers’ as the No. 13 system in baseball.
It’s nice to see the Yankees in the top half, but if you thought BA had it as a top-ten unit, you were wrong. In fact, the Yanks’ only beat the Toronto Blue Jays, who ranked 19th, in the AL East division: the Tampa Bay Rays were second, the Baltimore Orioles fourth, and the Boston Red Sox 11th.
The Yankees’ system is anchored by two top shortstop prospects
Here is what Baseball America had to say: “The Yankees’ system is anchored by a pair of promising shortstops in Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza, both of whom had breakthrough 2021 seasons. Few organizations win like the Yankees in the minor leagues, and they do it with both position and pitching talent, as exemplified by Luis Gil, Hayden Wesneski and Luis Medina.”
Peraza will likely start the year at Triple-A, while Volpe will take on the Double-A challenge if there is a season, of course. Both could be options to help the Yankees at some point this year, but Volpe is more of a 2023 play. Dominguez still has a lot of ground to cover before he is a major league option.
There is a lot of pitching in the Yankees’ system, plus several middle infielders. It’s enough to put the unit in the top half when it comes to farm system quality.