As promised, I will begin to count down the top 30 Yankee prospects with in-depth profiles of each guy.
I came up with an aggregate list based on our separate rankings over at Pending Pinstripes, and will use that to count down. To start, here are two guys I would've liked to include, but failed to make the aggregate cut:
Gary Sanchez, C: I'll readily admit that including Sanchez is a bit hasty, but there is just too much potential there to ignore.
The Yankees signed him for around $2.5 million, showing just how excited they are about him too. There were a few major concerns about Sanchez when he was signed.
One, he seemingly wouldn't participate in games, and would only show off his ability during batting practice. These concerns have been quelled quite a bit, as he has performed well in the Dominican instructs.
I know he has hit a few homers down there against live pitching, and reports have been only positive about him, so far.
The second major concern was his size. At 6'2" and approximately 200 pounds as a 16-year-old, there is no real way of telling how big he would get, or whether he will be able to maintain that weight.
In that regard, so far so good, as he has stayed in great shape. Sanchez has a very long way to go, but I wouldn't be surprised at all to see him head straight to the GCL next season, bypassing the Dominican Summer League.
Reegie Corona, 2B/SS
I think Corona gets a little sold short, because he has seemingly been around forever. Sometimes I'm surprised that he is still just 22 years old, considering that he's been in the system for about six seasons.
The Mariners plucked him from the Yankees in the Rule 5 draft after the 2008 season, and ended up returning him back after he struggled in spring training. I'm a big Jack Zduriencik fan, so the fact that he saw something in Corona means something to me.
Corona is a switch-hitting second baseman who can play shortstop if needed. His defense isn't great right now, but he is extremely athletic and I'd project him as an above average defender at second base.
He doesn't really have any power potential, which certainly limits his ceiling, but power isn't everything.
Corona's one stand out ability at the plate is his discipline. Even with his lack of power, he has managed to consistently maintain above-average walk rates. He struggled in his Triple-A time in 2009, so he falls a notch below Kevin Russo on the depth chart.
Given his Double-A success, though, he could be snatched from the Yankees again if they decide not to protect him. This time, I don't think they'd be lucky enough to get him back.