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  1. 1. Luis Severino | RHP
    Luis Severino
    Born: Feb 20, 1994
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Juan Rosario
    Minors: 9-2 | 2.45 ERA | 98 SO | 27 BB | 99.3 IP

    Signed out of the Dominican Republic as a 17-year-old, Severino commanded a $225,000 signing bonus and spent a fairly anonymous debut season in the Dominican Summer League. He surrendered just 46 hits and 17 walks in 64 innings that year, and worked to a 0.98 WHIP. The strong performance continued in 2013, when he dazzled in six appearances in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League with nearly 11 strikeouts per nine innings. The performance prompted the Yankees to jump him over short-season ball and instead send him to low Class A Charleston to close the year. Severino got hit a little harder with the RiverDogs, but positioned himself for a breakout 2014 season that arrived, as he finished in Double-A. He further enhanced his star this summer with an inning in the Futures Game that featured a strikeout of Joey Gallo, one of the minors' premier power brokers. Only a strained oblique muscle that sidelined him for three weeks slowed his progress. Severino's build, fastball-changeup combo, Dominican heritage and dominance have earned him comparisons to Pedro Martinez. Short but not skinny, Severino utilizes a drop-and-drive delivery to bring his 94-97 fastball, which has above-average life. He touched 98 and 99 plenty of times throughout the course of the season as well. He couples the fastball with a changeup that features plenty of late fade. He's confident enough to double and triple up on the pitch at times and use it to get strikeouts against both lefthanders and righthanders. His third pitch is a mid-80s slider thrown with power, which still takes a back seat to his fastball and changeup but projects as solidaverage when he's finished developing. While his size and delivery limit the amount of downward plane he can impart to his pitches, he pitches to all four quadrants of the strike zone, helping him keep the ball in the ballpark. He surrendered just three home runs on the season--one after May 25, and none at either of his stops in high Class A or Double-A. Severino presents an air of confidence in both himself and his repertoire at all times, and his demeanor helps keep him from getting flustered when breaks don't go his way behind him. Severino clearly is on the fast track to New York. He's likely to start 2015 at Triple-A Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre with a shot at moving into the mix of the big league staff by the end of the season if everything goes as planned.

  2. 2. Aaron Judge | OF
    Aaron Judge
    Born: Apr 26, 1992
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'7" Wt.: 282
    Signed By: Troy Afenir
    Minors: .255/.330/.448 | 20 HR | 7 SB | 478 AB

    A baseball, football and basketball star in high school, Judge focused on baseball at Fresno State. His raw power didn't translate in games until his junior year, when he hit 12 home runs and slugged .655. The Yankees gave him $1.8 million with the 32nd overall pick in the draft. A torn right quad delayed his pro debut until this season. Armed with 80 raw power on the 20-80 scale, Judge takes an impressive batting practice. But unlike most players his size, Judge's in-game approach is geared to hit over power. He's just as comfortable lining pitches to the opposite power alley as he is turning on a fastball on the inner-half. His swing is shorter than most players his size. As would be expected of someone with his build, there are holes in his swing as pitchers will force him to prove he can handle pitches in. Blessed with an advanced approach, he would have led either the Sally or Florida State League in walk rate if he had enough plate appearances to qualify. He moved off of center field immediately in pro ball and is an average defender in right field with an above-average throwing arm. He's an average runner. Judge was getting extra polish in the Arizona Fall League, which should help him jump to Double-A Trenton in 2015. His tools are what scouts look for in a right fielder.

  3. 3. Jorge Mateo | SS
    Jorge Mateo
    Born: Jun 23, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 192
    Drafted: Signed: Dominican Republic, 2012.
    Signed By: Juan Rosario (Yankees).
    Minors: .278/.345/.392 | 2 HR | 82 SB | 449 AB

    Signed by the Yankees for $225,000 out of the Dominican Republic, Mateo has impressed when he's not sidelined in the training room, something that has slowed him in two of his three pro seasons. He missed time with a hairline fracture in his left arm in 2012. This year he missed all but 15 games after he was hit by a pitch that broke his left wrist. A top-of-thescale 80 runner, Mateo owns a rare and enticing combination of power and speed, and has an excellent chance to stick at shortstop in the long term. His body and quick-twitch athletic abilities led one evaluator to compare him to NFL wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Before the injury, Mateo had been more than playing up to lofty expectations. He's an aggressive hitter and basestealer, and the ball jumps off his bat with pop to the gaps. He's a bit of a free swinger who needs development time to refine his plate approach and baserunning. He's got the range to stick at shortstop with a plus arm as well, and the total package evokes comparisons to Jose Reyes. Mateo has played just 93 career games, so a return to extended spring training seems likely. The Yankees then could send him to either their new Rookie-level Pulaski affiliate in the Appalachian League or short-season Staten Island.

  4. 4. Greg Bird | 1B
    Greg Bird
    Born: Nov 9, 1992
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 220
    Signed By: Steve Kmetko
    Minors: .277/.356/.469 | 12 HR | 1 SB | 318 AB

    The high school catcher for future Orioles righthander Kevin Gausman, Bird spurned an Arkansas commitment to sign with the Yankees for a $1.1 million bonus. He moved off catcher in pro ball and shifted to first base, where his recurring back spasms--which affected him in 2014 as well-- would be far less likely to come into play. He has worked hard to strengthen his core but still deals with recurring back issues. Like a lot of the Yankees' better prospects, Bird is a slow-twitch player with little athleticism to speak of. What he does well is hit. He's one of the purest hitters in the system, with the ability to pepper the field from line to line and the most advanced approach in the system. He knows the strike zone and knows his own swing well. He also generates plenty of power from a short swing, and projects to hit 18-20 homers in the big leagues, a figure that could be boosted by the short porch in Yankee Stadium if he pulls the ball more often. He's average around the bag at first base and is a well below-average runner. After making up for the month or so he lost with time in the Arizona Fall League, Bird has a good shot to start 2015 in Triple-A.

  5. 5. Gary Sanchez | C
    Gary Sanchez
    Born: Dec 2, 1992
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 230
    Signed By: Victor Mata/Raymon Sanchez
    Minors: .274/.330/.485 | 18 HR | 7 SB | 365 AB

    Signed for $3 million out of the Dominican Republic in 2009, Sanchez tore through the low minors over his first four professional seasons and established himself as not only one of the best minors' best catchers, but one of the best overall prospects in the game. He's still a key member of the Yankees' farm, but middling production and repeated disciplinary issues have chipped away some of his sheen. If everything clicks, he's a frontline catcher with the potential for a .280 average and 20-25 home runs annually. His throwing arm remains an impressive tool as well, one that ranks between 70-80 on the scouting scale, and he threw out 39 percent of basestealers. But the warts are still there, too. He's still working to become more adept as a receiver and a blocker--he led the Eastern League with 17 errors and 10 passed balls--and some scouts felt he struggled to establish a proper rapport with his staff. He also was benched for five games for issues away from the field. Sanchez is ready to be tested at Triple-A and move toward the precipice of helping the big club if he can prove he's reliable.

  6. 6. Ian Clarkin | LHP
    Ian Clarkin
    Born: Feb 14, 1995
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Dave Keith

    A star on the 2012 USA Baseball 18-and-under team that won the gold medal at the IBAF World Championship, Clarkin had a strong senior high school season, and the Yankees draft him 33rd overall in 2013. After saying he "couldn't stand" the Yankees growing up, he signed with New York for $1,650,100. His pro debut was delayed by an ankle injury that happened when he slipped on a baseball at the Yankees complex in Florida. A threepitch lefthander, Clarkin does an excellent job of getting downhill from a high release point, generating groundball outs with his fastball, which clocks in at 90-92 mph and features modest life. Some scouts saw the need for Clarkin to add a cutter as he climbed the ladder. Under the guidance of pitching coordinator Gil Patterson, he did just that in 2014. With the new weapon in tow, he'll be able to coax even more groundballs. His best secondary pitch is a changeup, which scouts rank as plus. He also throws a big-breaking curveball in the 70-72 mph range. His delivery is clean, has some deception to it. After a cameo at high Class A Tampa, Clarkin will head back to begin 2015, with a chance at the upper levels in the second half.

  7. 7. Rob Refsnyder | OF
    Rob Refsnyder
    Born: Mar 26, 1991
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Steve Kmetko
    Minors: .271/.359/.402 | 9 HR | 12 SB | 450 AB

    Refsnyder was the Most Outstanding Player in the 2012 College World Series while playing right field for Arizona. The Yankees signed him for $205,900, then moved him to second base. A short swing and excellent plate discipline help make Refsnyder a strong hitter. He's balanced at the plate, has good hand-eye coordination and has quick hands that help him catch up to good velocity. He sprays line drives all over the diamond. He's got power enough for double-digit home runs, but he's a pure hitter first before a power hitter. He's an average runner underway but a little slower out of the box. Refsnyder's bat profiles better if he can handle second base, where his lack of experience shows in his inconsistent actions, footwork and poor angles to balls. He has made strides turning double plays and reading hitters' swings, and some evaluators see him as a future fringe-average-toaverage defender whose bat will help him play there. Multiple evaluators have compared Refsnyder to the Mets' Daniel Murphy, though he's a righthanded hitter. Barring a big move in free agency, he'll have a chance to win the big league second-base job out of spring training, but it's more likely he heads back to Triple-A for more seasoning.

  8. 8. Jacob Lindgren | LHP
    Jacob Lindgren
    Born: Mar 12, 1993
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 210
    Signed By: Andy Cannizaro
    Minors: 1-1 | 1.23 ERA | 29 SO | 10 BB | 22.0 IP

    A starter at Mississippi State in 2013, Lindgren converted to the bullpen in the Cape Cod League after his sophomore season and remained there in his junior year. He lost his changeup and curveball when in relief, but found less was more, leading the nation with 16.3 strikeouts per nine innings as a junior. The Yankees, who didn't pick until No. 55, popped him with their first selection and gave him $1,018,700 to turn pro and jump on the fast track. It didn't take long for Lindgren to get back in the groove. He ran through the lower minors with ease and ended his season at Double-A Trenton, his fourth level of the year. Lindgren couples a 92-94 mph fastball with deception and tremendous armside run and sink. He couples the pitch with a tight, power slider thrown in the mid-80s that already ranks as the best in the system. His control can wander a little at times, which may make the difference of whether he's a future set-up man or closer. Lindgren will have a good chance to make the Yankees' big league bullpen in 2014, perhaps after a short stint in Triple-A. He's expected to eventually pitch high-leverage innings.

  9. 9. Luis Torrens | C
    Luis Torrens
    Born: May 2, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 175
    Signed By: Alan Atacho/Darwin Bracho/Ricardo Finol

    Torrens played in the infield in Panama's winter league on a team operated by former Yankees international scouting director Carlos Rios, who was his trainer. Torrens signed for $1.3 million and opened eyes last season with his work behind the plate and willingness to learn despite the rigors of a new position and a long season. Managers and scouts alike rave about Torrens' defensive skills, noting how advanced he is as a receiver and a blocker for someone his age and with his limited experience. He turns in 1.85-1.9-second pop times, showing a quick release and accurate throws. The Yankees aggressively moved him to low Class A Charleston to begin the year, but had to cut his time there short because a shoulder strain hindered his ability to throw. He hit better after dropping down to short-season Staten Island, where he was still young for the league. Scouts believe in his ability to hit for average in the long term, and think he'll grow into power once his body finishes developing. His swing has some loft and he's shown gap power. After a quick trip to Charleston in 2014, Torrens is likely to return there for a much longer engagement in 2015.

  10. 10. Miguel Andujar | 3B
    Miguel Andujar
    Born: Mar 2, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Victor Mata/Coanabo Cosme
    Minors: .243/.288/.363 | 8 HR | 12 SB | 485 AB

    Andujar signed for $750,000 in 2011, but with the Yankees' third-base depth, he didn't make his full-season debut until this season. Thanks to his slow start and the fact that past top picks Dante Bichette and Eric Jagielo were a level ahead of him at high Class A Tampa, Andujar played the entire season at low Class A Charleston. After an unimpressive first half, Andujar grinded his way though and had a big second half, showing his ability to adjust. He's an aggressive hitter, especially on fastballs early in the count, and shows above-average bat speed that translates to at least average power. He showed an ability to adjust to offspeed pitches well for his age, though his inexperience showed in struggles with lefthanded pitchers (.461 OPS). Andujar's best tool is his 70 throwing arm, and he's athletic enough to throw from various angles. He needs to sharpen his reads on grounders, but he has the tools to be a tick above-average defender at third if he continues to work at improvement. If everything clicks, Andujar has a future of an everyday third baseman whose bat profiles for the position. He'll move to high Class A Tampa for 2015.

  11. 11. Eric Jagielo | 1B
    Eric Jagielo
    Born: May 17, 1992
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 210
    Signed By: Mike Gibbons
    Minors: .284/.347/.495 | 9 HR | 0 SB | 222 AB

    A three-year starter at Notre Dame and a standout in the Cape Cod League, Jagielo impressed the Yankees enough to earn a $1.875 million bonus as 26th overall pick in the 2013 draft, the first of the club's three first-round selections that year. The big knock on Jagielo has been his defense at third base, where he's a slow-twitch player with limited athletic ability. He worked diligently to improve his actions and first-step quickness in 2014, and he came a long way during the course of the season. As a hitter, he produced as expected, putting forth 16 home runs at high Class A Tampa despite missing a month and change with a strained muscle near his rib cage. His power grades as at least plus, though frequent strikeouts project to make him a well below-average hitter. Slated to play in the Arizona Fall League to make up for that lost time, Jagielo was hit by a pitch during instructional league and fractured a bone in his face. After a successful stint at Tampa, Jagielo should move up to Double-A Trenton, where he will be part of a star-studded lineup with outfielder Aaron Judge. Scouts who aren't sold on his defense believe he will wind up as a first baseman in the long run.

  12. 12. Bryan Mitchell | RHP
    Bryan Mitchell
    Born: Apr 19, 1991
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 210
    Signed By: Scott Lovekamp
    Minors: 5-5 | 3.12 ERA | 61 SO | 37 BB | 75.0 IP

    After being steered away from his commitment to North Carolina, Mitchell's outlook has remained static in pro ball: The stuff is there, but the command isn't. That's still true, but on a much smaller scale in 2014. As a result, Mitchell made his big league debut, which included one start in which he allowed two runs in five innings against the Orioles in September. A righthander with a prototype power starter's body, Mitchell brings a fastball up to 97 mph, a power curveball in the high 70s to low 80s with 12-to-6 break and a developing changeup that has the potential to be average in the future. Because he's a Gil Patterson disciple, he's also added a cutter to his arsenal. Scouts both internally and externally grade the pitch, which checks in around the low 90s, as plus. Mitchell can rush his delivery at times and also gets side-to-side, which messes with his command. At worst, Mitchell could be an effective arm out of the bullpen, but the Yankees still believe he can start, and he'll likely continue to develop in that role at Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

  13. 13. Tyler Wade | SS
    Tyler Wade
    Born: Nov 23, 1994
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 185
    Signed By: David Keith
    Minors: .262/.321/.333 | 3 HR | 33 SB | 481 AB

    The Yankees boast a pack of talented shortstops at the lower levels, most of them plucked from Latin America as teenagers. Wade is the exception. A prep fourth-rounder in 2013 out of the southern part of California, Wade originally was slated to split time at low Class A Charleston with Abiatal Avelino. When Avelino got hurt, however, Wade took on a bigger workload and impressed scouts along the way. A smooth, athletic defender, Wade's hands and instincts, along with just enough arm for the position, ranked him among the best glove men in the South Atlantic League. His lefthanded swing is loose and fluid, and he keeps his hands inside the ball very well, producing lots of line-drive contact. He's a tick above-average as a runner, but his 49 percent success rate shows he could stand some refinement when it comes to basestealing. Wade homered only once in 2014 but finished second on his team with 24 doubles, and scouts believe he has room to add more power to his frame. After a successful intro to full-season ball, Wade likely will spend 2014 at high Class A Tampa as a 20-year-old.

  14. 14. Manny Banuelos | LHP
    Manny Banuelos
    Born: Mar 13, 1991
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Lee Sigman
    Minors: 6-2 | 2.18 ERA | 72 SO | 42 BB | 86.7 IP

    The bad news for Banuelos entering 2014 was simple: He'd missed nearly all of the previous two seasons, first while rehabbing his elbow in an attempt to avoid Tommy John surgery, then rehabbing from actual T.J. surgery, which took place in October 2012. The good news was, even with all the lost time, he was still just 23 years old. The returns in 2014 weren't outstanding, but they definitely provided a reason for cautious optimism. Banuelos' fastball, which had peaked at 97 mph in the past, was up to 94 by the end of the year, and was steadily in the low 90s. He didn't show the same confidence or quality with his changeup and curveball. The Yankees helped Banuelos develop a hybrid slider-cutter, which he threw in the high 80s. He showed more conviction in his stuff in instructional league, and the organization will look for more command of his offspeed stuff in 2015, which he'll begin at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with the chance to take a step toward fulfilling his future as a back-end starter.

  15. 15. Abiatal Avelino | SS
    Abiatal Avelino
    Born: Feb 14, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 195
    Drafted: Signed: Dominican Republic, 2011.
    Signed By: Jose Sabino (Yankees).
    Minors: .260/.314/.334 | 4 HR | 54 SB | 488 AB

    Among the Yankees' pack of talented and projectable young shortstops, Avelino stands at or near the top of the developmental chain. After impressing scouts in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2013 with his combination of offensive and defensive skills, Avelino skipped up the chain to low Class A Charleston in 2014. He split time at shortstop with Tyler Wade there, but eventually had his season severely limited by a quad injury that kept him out for two months and away from Charleston slightly longer. Avelino utilizes a stocky and strong frame to hit to all fields, albeit without much power so far in his young career (just three home runs in 671 at-bats), but he has holes in his plate coverage and ability to recognize pitches. He possesses excellent range at shortstop, but scouts question his reactions in the field at times. His arm grades as plus. He's much more instinctual on the basepaths, where he's swiped 59 bags in 70 tries (84 percent) in his young career. Avelino likely will head back to Charleston for a second try in 2015.

  16. 16. Tyler Austin | 1B
    Tyler Austin
    Born: Sep 6, 1991
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 220
    Signed By: Darryl Monroe
    Minors: .240/.315/.343 | 6 HR | 11 SB | 341 AB

    The 2014 season was a tale of two halves for Austin, who spent 2013 dealing with nagging tenderness in his right wrist. He came back for Double-A Trenton's run to the Eastern League championship, but the pain cropped up again in the Arizona Fall League, and again during 2014 spring training. Over the first three months, it looked as if Austin's power was sapped. After July 1, however, he hit .302/.353/.483 with six of his nine homers and more than half of his extra-base hits. His exit velocity also crept to aboveaverage as the year wore on. Besides getting healthy, Austin also lowered his hands at the plate, which the Yankees believe helped him as well. His defense, speed and arm in the outfield are all average, and he has dabbled at first and third base over the past few seasons. Austin's short, quick swing and power is what will get him to the big leagues, and if his power resurgence is real, then his potential as an everyday outfielder looks more realistic than it did a year ago. He likely will head to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2015, where he'll once again team up with Slade Heathcott and Ramon Flores.

  17. 17. Jake Cave | OF
    Jake Cave
    Born: Dec 4, 1992
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Scott Lovekamp
    Minors: .278/.339/.359 | 2 HR | 17 SB | 529 AB

    After a knee injury cost Cave nearly all of his first two seasons after being drafted, he put together a fine 2013 at low Class A Charleston and jumped onto the Yankees' prospect radar. Cave plays with an all-out attitude that ranks, probably for the better, just a tick below that of system-mate Slade Heathcott. Though he spent most of his time in center field, Cave can play all three outfield spots, thanks to average range and arm strength. He has no true plus tool, but everything but power is at least average. He made adjustments in 2014, including moving away from a rotational swing and learning to trust his hands more. Those adjustments paid off with a system-best 165 hits, a mark that tied him for eighth in the minors. He'll have to tap into his power more often--which plays as below-average, but the Yankees believe can produce 12-15 home runs per year--if he does wind up moving to a corner. Opposing scouts also have noted that Cave struggles with breaking pitches. After a cameo at Double-A Trenton toward the end of 2014, Cave will most likely begin 2015 back in Trenton, in the same outfield with Mason Williams and Aaron Judge.

  18. 18. John Ryan Murphy | C
    John Ryan Murphy
    Born: May 13, 1991
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Jeff Deardorff/Brian Barber

    Murphy has taken part in Mariano Rivera's final meeting at the mound in 2013 was in the dugout for Derek Jeter's final game at Yankee Stadium in 2014. Those moments would rank as nice highlights for just about any player, but Murphy reached another milestone in 2014 when he socked his first big league homer. But because he spent so much time as Brian McCann's understudy while Francisco Cervelli was on the disabled list, Murphy was rusty when he did see everyday time at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Evaluators noticed it in his throws, which sometimes died as they got to second base, and in his Triple-A performance. A foul ball off the mask in August concussed Murphy, costing him about two weeks. Scouts see him as an average player in the long run, with average running and defensive abilities and a serviceable bat that could provide doubles power. With Cervelli traded to the Pirates and Gary Sanchez slated to start at Triple-A, Murphy will battle Austin Romine to be McCann's primary backup in 2015.

  19. 19. Austin DeCarr | RHP
    Austin DeCarr
    Born: Mar 14, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 218
    Signed By: Matt Hyde

    No team drafted DeCarr when he finished high school in Massachusetts in 2013, but he pulled down $1 million from the Yankees a year later after he spent a year at a prep school in Connecticut. DeCarr had a bone spur removed from his elbow as a high school junior, but his velocity has returned and he now bumps 96 mph and sits at 90-94. Besides the fastball, which he throws downhill from a high three-quarters arm slot, DeCarr also brings a hammer curveball in the low 80s that features 11-to-5 break as his clear outpitch. He's working on further developing his mid-80s changeup, which he threw often in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and instructional league in 2014. DeCarr earned high marks from scouts in and out of the organization for his work ethic, mound demeanor and drive to improve. He's likely ticketed for shortseason Staten Island in 2015, though he could also be bound for the new Rookie-level Pulaski affiliate.

  20. 20. Ty Hensley | RHP
    Ty Hensley
    Born: Jul 30, 1993
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 220
    Signed By: Lloyd Simmons/Dennis Woody

    Hensley had already dealt with more than his fair share of injuries. His post-draft physical in 2012 had turned up a shoulder irregularity, and he missed all of 2013 after having surgery on both hips. He finally made it out of complex ball and under the lights in 2014 at short-season Staten Island, where the results were promising. Hensley's fastball, which touched 96-97 mph before the draft, was back up to 96 in the New York-Penn League. He pitched closer to 90-93 mph but showed he had a little extra in the tank when needed. He also found the handle on his previous out-pitch, a 12-to-6 hook in the mid-70s that reached an above-average spin rate of 2,900 revolutions per minute, according to TrackMan readings. Hensley still is working to develop his changeup and trust his stuff again after such a long layoff, but the Yankees are thrilled that he's back, healthy and pitching. He'll join low Class A Charleston in 2015.

  21. 21. Thairo Estrada | SS
    Thairo Estrada
    Born: Feb 22, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 190
    Drafted: Signed: Venezuela, 2012.
    Signed By: Alan Atacho/Ricardo Finol.
    Minors: .267/.338/.360 | 2 HR | 8 SB | 247 AB

    Inked for a bonus of just less than $50,000, Estrada has proven to be a worthy investment so far for the Yankees. Though he was limited to just 21 games in 2014 with a groin injury, he still showed signs of being a player worth watching at short-season Staten Island. Despite being just 18 years old, Estrada is a heady player who reads swings well and knows how to anticipate at shortstop, which only accentuates his above-average arm and range in the field. Opposing scouts who saw him in 2014 saw a plus fielder with a bat that projects to be average in the long run. The Yankees believe he'll make contact but will also grow into below-average power in the 10-12 home run range as he grows and adds muscle to his frame. He spent time in instructional league to make up for some of the time lost to injury, and he could wind up in the New York-Penn League again in 2015 after extended spring training ends.

  22. 22. Angel Aguilar | 3B
    Angel Aguilar
    Born: Jun 13, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 170
    Signed By: Cesar Suarez/Alan Atacho
    Minors: .229/.283/.330 | 3 HR | 14 SB | 345 AB

    Aguilar signed out of Venezuela for $60,000 and spent his first two seasons in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League. He wasn't in the plans to come stateside in 2014, but he forced the organization's hand. He's a heady player who shows his aptitude in the way he positions himself and reads swings on defense. Aguilar's range is solid for the position, and his hands are above-average. He's an above-average runner (6.7-second 60-yard dash times) with improving power, tying for second in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. Despite his lean frame, Aguilar is strong through his hands and wrists, and he uses a swing that features a leg kick as a timing mechanism and strong wrist snap at the end. He will begin 2015 in extended spring training before an assignment to one of the Yankees' three short-season clubs.

  23. 23. Leonardo Molina | OF
    Leonardo Molina
    Born: Jul 31, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Miguel Benitez
    Minors: .247/.290/.364 | 2 HR | 6 SB | 162 AB

    The Yankees' biggest bonus baby in 2013, Molina signed for $1.4 million on Aug. 1 when he turned 16. Despite his age, he was pushed aggressively in 2014 and sent to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, where he was the second-youngest player in the league, older by nine days than the Phillies' Luis Encarnacion. Despite his poor performance, scouts were impressed with the quality at-bats he took and the overall package of tools. He's a 60 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale with a well above-average arm in center field. He's a larger player already at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, so he must watch his body going forward as he grows from what was essentially a high school sophomore into a more adult frame. As he matures, Molina should add more power, and the Yankees are excited by what they've already seen. Molina will likely spend another summer in extended spring training followed by the GCL, but an assignment to short-season Staten Island or Rookie-level Pulaski isn't out of the question.

  24. 24. Juan De Leon | 1B
    Juan De Leon
    Born: Feb 27, 1992
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 217
    Signed By: Esteban Castillo

    Ranked as the second-best hitter in the 2014-15 international class behind only Rays signee Adrian Rondon, De Leon signed with the Yankees on July 2 for the hefty price tag of $2 million. De Leon is big, strong and powerful, and the Yankees believe he will only grow moreso. He's cleaned up his previous all-or-nothing approach and now shows a short, quick swing with premium power generated in part by strength in his wrists and tremendous bat speed. Like most prospects his age, De Leon can get overaggressive and will fly open at times. He's a center fielder now, but scouts believe he'll eventually move to the corner, where his above-average arm will play, especially if he develops the kind of power most expect. He's an average runner at present. Like the rest of the Yankees' enormous July 2 class, he should begin 2015 in extended spring training and finish in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

  25. 25. Dermis Garcia | 3B
    Dermis Garcia
    Born: Jan 7, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 200
    Minors: .159/.256/.188 | 0 HR | 0 SB | 69 AB

    Trained by Moreno Tejada, whose program in the Dominican Republic helped produce the Twins' Miguel Sano and Micker Adolfo of the White Sox, Garcia signed with the Yankees for $3 million during their international spending boom in 2014. That bonus amount ties Gary Sanchez for the fifth-highest ever handed out by the franchise. Garcia already has added 15 pounds since signing, and he will most likely outgrow shortstop at some point and have to move either to third base, where his double-plus arm will play, or the outfield. He's got soft hands as well, which should help him stay in the dirt long term. Garcia also has double-plus raw power to go with the massive arm, and his overall package has drawn comparisons with Sano at the same age. The Rookie-level Gulf Coast League is his likely assignment in 2015 after extended spring training concludes.

  26. 26. Jose Ramirez | RHP
    Jose Ramirez
    Born: Jan 21, 1990
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 220
    Signed By: Victor Mata
    Minors: 4-1 | 4.16 ERA | 66 SO | 30 BB | 62.7 IP

    Making his fifth appearance in the Handbook, Ramirez remains a tease, with a dynamite fastball/ changeup combination and developing slider. Injuries, first to his oblique in 2013 and to his lat muscles in 2014, have stunted his development and pushed him to the bullpen. Ramirez's fastball still checks in at the mid- to upper 90s with good life, and his changeup still features plenty of late fade. Those injuries may also have contributed to the control problems he's experienced after he advanced past Double-A Trenton. His long arm action, the primary culprit for his inconsistent breaking ball, also stymies his control. After a nearly-lost season, Ramirez seems destined to return to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

  27. 27. Ramon Flores | OF
    Ramon Flores
    Born: Mar 26, 1992
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Ricardo Finol
    Minors: .308/.401/.454 | 9 HR | 3 SB | 328 AB

    As the 2013 season got underway, the Double-A Trenton outfield of Flores, Slade Heathcott and Tyler Austin was tabbed one of the most tantalizing in the sport. Two years later, only Flores, the youngest of the bunch, has reached Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. His 2014 season was interrupted by a broken ankle at midseason, but he still put up seven home runs in 63 games, which was just four off of his career high of 11, set back in 2011 at low Class A Charleston. Flores always has had an above-average knowledge of the strike zone, as shown by his career walk rate of 11.4 percent, and feel to hit, but the development of his power will be key going forward because he doesn't have the defensive chops to play center field on an everyday basis. At 22, Flores was one of the youngest players in the International League. He'll return there in 2015 to see if he can elevate his profile past what evaluators currently peg as a useful extra outfielder.

  28. 28. Jose Pirela | OF
    Jose Pirela
    Born: Nov 21, 1989
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 220
    Signed By: Cesar Suarez/Ricardo Finol
    Minors: .310/.376/.416 | 3 HR | 5 SB | 245 AB

    It's taken a while for him to marinate but Pirela, signed for $300,000 as a shortstop out of Venezuela in 2006, finally made it to the major leagues toward the end of 2014. He led the Triple-A International League in hits with 163, a figure that placed him among the top 15 in the minors. Though still a question mark on defense no matter where he plays, Pirela spent time at every position except catcher and third base in 2014. He grinds out at-bats, has shown ability to go with the pitch with two strikes and in 2014 posted the highest full-season slugging percentage of his career at .441. A potential utility candidate in the mold of Yangervis Solarte, Pirela will battle with Rob Refsnyder for the Yankees' starting second base job in 2015.

  29. 29. Vicente Campos | RHP
    Vicente Campos
    Born: Jul 27, 1992
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 230
    Signed By: Emilio Carrasquel/Patrick Guerrero (Mariners)
    Minors: 3-8 | 6.29 ERA | 45 SO | 10 BB | 54.3 IP

    When pitcher after pitcher succumbed to Tommy John surgery in 2014, the Yankees were not immune. Campos, the second piece they received from the Mariners in the Michael Pineda-Jesus Montero swap, had the procedure in April. Before the operation, he featured a 91-93 mph fastball with life, a changeup at 82-84 and a downer curveball in the mid-70s. His curveball's shape varies, leading some evaluators to mistake it for a slider at times. Campos did not make it back to the mound in 2014 following surgery, and he also missed instructional league. He turns 23 during the 2015 season, but has upside potential. Now he will need to make up for lost time if he hopes to reach his ceiling of a back-end starter.

  30. 30. Mason Williams | OF
    Mason Williams
    Born: Aug 21, 1991
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 195
    Signed By: Jeff Deardorff
    Minors: .318/.397/.398 | 0 HR | 13 SB | 201 AB

    The Yankees' No. 1 prospect entering 2013, Williams has seen his career go downhill since then, with poor performance and inconsistent effort going hand in hand. His power has vanished, with consecutive seasons of sub-.100 isolated slugging, and he was pulled on multiple occasions in 2014 for failing to run out groundballs. His jailbreak swing is largely to blame for the power outage. He still runs and defends at above-average levels when he's invested. The Yankees once were counting on Williams, but now he appears to be no more than a fourth outfielder who's likely headed for a repeat season at Double-A Trenton.

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