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New York Yankees: Stock Up, Stock Down for Top 10 Prospects for Week 8
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The Yankees' No. 1 prospect, Trenton Thunder catcher Gary Sanchez, picked up his fifth homer of the year in Week 8 and continues to gaze toward his future in the Bronx.

In the eighth week of the 2014 season, the New York Yankees visited the Cubs and White Sox for six games in which they went 3-3.

Around the farm, the Nos. 5 and 8 prospects, Eric Jagielo and Greg Bird, impressed for the High-A Tampa Yankees.

The top prospect, Gary Sanchez, went deep for his fifth time in Double-A Trenton. His teammate, No. 4 prospect Mason Williams, showed glimpses of emerging from his offensive slump and added three stolen bases to highlight his value in the system. 

But any Yankee, at the big league level or the farm, would have struggled to top No. 7 Aaron Judge's week for Low-A Charleston. In his ongoing professional debut, the right fielder went 12-for-26 with two homers and three doubles.

During the week, the Bombers also saw their AL East lead slip and disappear to the smoking Toronto Blue Jays (six straight wins, including 11 of their last 13), who ride a two-game margin heading into the final week of May.

The Windy City road trip did create a few positives, though.

Despite losing the opening game, 6-1, they scrapped for a 4-3 victory in 13 innings to split with the Cubs. On the South Side, they dropped the first two by a combined score of 9-7, then took the third, 4-3, in resilient fashion yet again in 10 innings.

On Sunday, they closed out another split series in a dominating 7-1 performance led by winning pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), who moved to 7-1 (2.29 ERA) on the year, and things were capped off by a 4-for-5 day from the honored guest, Derek Jeter.

The Bombers continue to patch together their rotation, bullpen and positional depth as they look toward the long summer stride and MLB's July 31 trade deadline. They'll be wise to keep continued tabs on the top talent of the farm system should they be ready to pull the trigger on one or more in-house promotions.

Based on the most recent week's performances, as well as relevant stats and trends heading into the season and the past week, this stock update provides a thorough check-in on New York's top 10 prospects.

Continue reading to get caught up on their rising or falling values in the organization as the month of May wraps up.

 

NYY Organizational Roundup for Week 8 (May 19-25, 2014)

  • New York Yankees (MLB, AL East)26-23, 2nd, W2
  • SWB RailRiders (AAA, IL North)24-24, 5th, L1
  • Trenton Thunder (AA, EL Eastern) 27-23, 4th, L1
  • Tampa Yankees (A, FSL North)26-24, 3rd, L2
  • Charleston RiverDogs (A, SAL Southern)25-23, 3rd, W1
  • SI Yankees (SS, NYPL McNamara)N/A; season begins June 13, 2014 vs. Brooklyn.

 

*Top 10 rankings continue to refer to the preseason list and breakdown from April 3, 2014. Candidates and ranking order subject to change once the minor league clubs reach the midway point of the season.

**All statistics updated through game action on May 25, 2014 and courtesy of milb.com, baseball-reference.com and yankees.com unless noted otherwise.

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