The New York Yankees approach the 2014 season with Derek Jeter the only remaining member of the Core Four, the last wave of homegrown talent who matured simultaneously and famously from prospects to everyday players to Bomber legends.
The depth of talent in the farm system is the last thing, of course, that a Yankees fan would boast of.
It isn't just some of the organization's inauspicious draft selections or impotence with developing once-promising signees. They also maintain that little (spending) tendency to throw up veteran roadblocks to youngsters' big league arrival dates.
But beneath the free-agent signings and apparent lack of trust in the farm system, there are several exciting Yankees prospects heading into 2014—from Staten Island to Scranton—who could provide renewed faith in the young talent pool.
Recently, we checked in on Baseball America's offseason rankings of the Yankees' top-10 overall prospects, even projecting their MLB arrival dates. But it wasn't a position-specific list; there were multiple catchers, similar outfielders and redundant pitchers comprising the best of the system.
The best way to clear the murkiness of the lower rungs of the organization, and a great way to keep tabs as we near spring training, is to now take a look at the best prospect at each and every position.
This isn't a depth chart of players most likely to be next in line should a hole open up in 2014, or most likely to win a spot low on the 40-man roster out of the spring. We are talking the top organizational prospects with the most upside and promise for future success.
Read on to leave no stone unturned and to find out who is No. 1 at every position at the start of 2014.
Common statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference and advanced metrics from FanGraphs; prospect- and skill-specific rankings via Baseball America's organizational Top 10 lists, and scouting notes and quotes via Baseball America's Top 10 Yankees list with accompanying reports (subscription required), unless otherwise noted.
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