The Hardball Times posted what they feel are the Top 10 Yankee prospects going into next season. Notables are catcher Jesus Montero (1st), 2009 first-round draft pick Slade Heathcott (6th) and outfielder Austin Jackson (9th).
2010 top 10 prospects: New York Yankees
1. Jesus Montero: His bat has all the makings of a perennial All-Star. The only question is what position he eventually ends up playing.
2. Manuel Banuelos: As an 18-year-old, he has an attacking approach beyond his years. With some refinement and added velocity he could be an ace in the making.
3. Jairo Heredia: After battling an injury for most of 2009, he posted some respectable numbers in a short period of time. His 2010 Double-A excursion will be the first true test for his mid-90s fastball.
4. Austin Romine: The Yankees are developing him with a one-level-at-a-time approach, to fine success. A solid all-around catcher could be in the works.
5. Kelvin De Leon: The five-star potential is very real, and the Gulf Coast League got a taste of it in 2009. Patience is the key with this terrific young man.
6. Slade Heathcott: This first-round pick has a full toolbox to work with, and he has the ability to be a .300 hitter with a good power/speed combination. But he has a long way to go.
7. Arodys Vizcaino: His fastball touches the mid-90s, and his change-up/curveball secondary combination has Yankee fans excited. Keep an eye on this kid.
8. D.J. Mitchell: While there isn’t much upside left in his right arm, he sports strong command, a good ground ball ratio and an eye-popping low home run rate.
9. Austin Jackson: His power and plate discipline may be his downfall, but there is still time for development. His speed could be a weapon at the next level.
10. Zach McAllister: His best asset is the consistency that he brings to the mound. His low-90s fastball and heavy sinking action have all the makings of a back-of-the-rotation starter at the very least.
Hat tip to Sliding Into Home.