Jay Buhner. Doug Drabek. Willie McGee. Fred McGriff.
Those players—and a bunch more—found themselves traded away from the Yankees at one point in the past 30-or-so years during the madness that spelled the first act of George Steinbrenner's reign as Yankees owner.
Act 2, as we know, involves a more subdued and hands-off Boss, one that allowed his baseball people to handle the baseball decisions. As a result, even after his passing, Brian Cashman has been able to focus on building up the Yankees farm system, which last year was ranked fifth overall by Baseball America.
We can expect that the farm system will continue to be ranked fairly high, most likely a top-five finish again for 2012 as the Yankees have only added to it, not subtracted from it
Let's take a look at the 20 best prospects who are leading the Yankees' farm resurgence and who could comprise a large part of the team in the years to come.