Some of the Yankees' top prospects are outfielders. Three players that are highly praised in their organization are Tyler Austin, Mason Williams and Slade Heathcott.
Heathcott was the first round pick by the Yanks in 2009. He has had several health issues, including shoulder surgery in 2011. However, he has bounced back nicely and was very impressive in the Arizona Fall League.
Austin was drafted in the 13th round of the 2010 draft, but has played like a first round pick. In 159 minor league games, Austin has hit .331, with 23 homers, 116 RBI and 41 stolen bases.
The majority of Austin's minor league games have been in single A. He probably isn't ready for the big leagues yet, but if he keeps playing like he has, the majors won't be far away for Austin.
Williams has great speed and defense. He has hit .317 in the minors, with 14 homers, 66 RBI and 49 stolen bases.
The Yankees usually don't rush prospects up to the big leagues and I don't see them doing that here. While some MLB experience could be beneficial for one of these young guys, I don't think Austin, Williams or Heathcott will start the season in the majors.
Some prospects in the Yankees organization that may be more ready to play in the majors are Melky Mesa or Ronnier Mustelier.