A power-hitting catcher was the New York Yankees' top minor-league prospect a season ago. As we hit the end of the 2012 season, a power-hitting catcher is once again atop the list of Yankees' prospects.
Only, Jesus Montero is now a member of the Seattle Mariners -- having been traded last winter for pitcher Michael Pineda. The new top prospect is Gary Sanchez, a 19-year-old who played this season at Class A Tampa, according to MLB Prospect Watch, which updated its 2012 rankings this month.
Sanchez is ranked No. 3 overall among catching prospects, and No. 41 overall.
The top 5 Yankees' prospects, per Prospect Watch, are:
- Mason Williams (OF)
- Tyler Austin (OF)
- Manny Banuelos (LHP)
- Slade Heathcott (OF)
Banuelos had an injury-plagued season, pitching in only six games, and went from the 13th-ranked prospect overall to the 98th spot. Right-handed pitcher Dellin Betances had a miserable season, going 6-9 with a 6.44 ERA at two levels. Betances dropped fromt he organization's No. 2 overall prospect to No. 17, and dropped out of the top 100 from No. 41, where he began the season. Williams, the organization's second-ranked prospect, is No. 26 overall.