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New York Yankees' Top 20 Prospects Listed At Minor League Ball

Jesus Montero, who should open 2012 as the New York Yankees' designated hitter and part-time catcher, is the only prospect in the New York organization to get an 'A' grade from John Sickels of Minor League Ball. Sickels released his annual look at the Yankees' Top 20 prospects on Saturday.

Montero, long touted as the organization's top power-hitting prospect, excited fans by hitting .328 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 61 at-bats during a September call-up in 2011. Sickels opines that Montero's performance "was not a fluke," something that should have Yankees fans looking forward to seeing what the 22-year-old can do over a full season in the big leagues.

Here is how Sickels rates the Yankees' best prospects heading into the 2011 season:

  1. Montero
  2. C, Gary Sanchez
  3. LHP, Manny Banuelos
  4. RHP, Dellin Betances
  5. OF, Mason Williams
  6. 3B, Dante Bichette Jr.
  7. RHP, David Phelps
  8. OF, Ravel Santana
  9. 3B, Tyler Austin
  10. RHP, Adam Warren
  11. 11. C, Austin Romine
  12. C, J.R. Murphy
  13. SS, Cito Culver
  14. RHP, Brett Marshall
  15. OF, Slade Heathcott
  16. 2B, Angelo Gumbs
  17. LHP, Nik Turley
  18. OF, Daniel Lopez
  19. 2B, David Adams
  20. OF, Ramon Flores