To say that the New York Yankees season has been plagued by injuries is an understatement.
The Yankees have been absolutely decimated by injuries this year, though it did allow them to set a new franchise record by using 56 different players (and counting).
Except for the ultra reliable Robinson Cano, nearly all of the team’s stars and former stars have spent a chunk of the season on the disabled list, including Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Kevin Youkilis, Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez.
Things went just as poorly for the Yankees’ top prospects down on the farm. Two of the organization’s more promising pitching prospects, Manny Banuelos and Ty Hensley, didn’t throw a pitch and missed the entire season with respective injuries.
However, they did receive a breakthrough performance on the mound from right-hander Rafael De Paula, who enters the offseason ranked as the team’s top arm.
The team’s core of position prospects, Gary Sanchez, Mason Williams, Slade Heathcott and Tyler Austin, were reunited at Double-A Trenton during the second half of the season, though none of them fared particularly well at the more advanced level.
In fact, if anything, they each took a step backward. To make matters worse, both Heathcott and Austin spent significant time on the disabled list.
Thankfully, the Yankees made a nice haul with three first-round picks in the 2013 draft, selecting third baseman Eric Jagielo, outfielder Aaron Judge and left-hander Ian Clarkin. However, the organization still has a way to go in terms of developing a top-ranking farm system.
Here’s a look at the New York Yankees’ top 10 prospects after the 2013 minor league season.