A week ago, Baseball America released its annual "Top 10 Prospects" lists for each organization of Major League Baseball, and on Dec. 9, fans got their first glimpse at the 2014 rankings for the New York Yankees.
It is perfect timing that the releases coincide with the busiest month of baseball's offseason.
With various teams' first free-agent and trade operations, we are granted a feel for the impending season, and now with these lists, we are reminded of what's stirring in the lower rungs of the organizations for future campaigns.
We can begin to postulate when the top-10 Yankees prospects might take their first strides toward the MLB dish, as well as which are poised to be nothing more than trade bait for the big-spending, win-now Bombers.
Last week, we looked at some predictions during the winter meetings that forecasted the next three years in the Bronx. Now it is time to examine some names who may—or may not—factor into these upcoming seasons and who must each first rise through the ranks.
Who made the list of the 10 hottest Yanks prospects? What do you need to know about this young talent? And when can you expect to see them arrive in the big leagues?
Read on to find out the projected arrival dates—and to get a youthful refresher from the slate of mid- to late-30s players who have just locked themselves in to New York.
Rankings courtesy of Baseball America's public Top 10 Prospects Lists; references and quotes from Baseball America's scouting notes courtesy of their expanded lists with reports (subscription required); MLB.com's scaled "tools" and scouting notes courtesy of their public Prospect Watch; statistics provided by Baseball-Reference and advanced statistics/metrics obtained from FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted.