Posted on: December 27, 2008 2:39 pm

Sickels' Yankee top 21

For the first time anywhere this winter, Ajax is not rated the #1 Yankee prospect. And very heavy on bullpen power arms. Ecstatic to see how far Mcallister has come. Can't wait to see where he finishes '09.

1) Jesus Montero, C, Grade B+: I believe in the bat. Where he fits with the glove I don’t know.<o:p></o:p>

2) Austin Jackson, OF, Grade B: Should be a solid player but not a star. Will that be enough in <st1:state w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New York</st1:place></st1:state>?<o:p></o:p>

3) Dellin Betances, RHP, Grade B-: Very high ceiling, has flashed dominance, can he stay healthy?<o:p></o:p>

4) Austin Romine, C, Grade B-: More likely to stick behind the plate than Montero, though not as good a hitter.<o:p></o:p>

5) Zach McAllister, RHP, Grade B-: A favorite of mine heading into 2008, looks like a strong inning-eater type.<o:p></o:p>

6) Mark Melancon, RHP, Grade B-: Almost ready for major league action, should be good in pen and has closer potential.<o:p></o:p>

7) Jairo Heredia, RHP, Grade B-: Looks like a major sleeper to me, and this is an aggressive ranking.<o:p></o:p>

8) Andrew Brackman, RHP, Grade C+: Yankees propaganda is thick around this guy. Great arm, healthy now, but I don’t buy into the command yet. Want to see evidence.<o:p></o:p>

9) Phil Coke, LHP, Grade C+: I like what he did a lot last year. Should be a very useful pitcher.<o:p></o:p>

10) Alfredo Aceves, RHP, Grade C+: Has reached his ceiling, but like Coke he should be useful<o:p></o:p>

11) Wilkins de la Rosa, LHP, Grade C+: Intriguing power lefty with a fresh arm.<o:p></o:p>

12) Humberto Sanchez, RHP, Grade C+: Another power arm for the pen, command problems still an issue.<o:p></o:p>

13) Jon Albaladejo, RHP, Grade C+: Another solid pen arm if healthy.<o:p></o:p>

14) David Robertson, RHP, Grade C+: Yet another pen arm. ERA should have been closer to 4.00 based on the components. Hasn’t pitched 50 innings yet so he qualifies.<o:p></o:p>

15) Brad Suttle, 3B, Grade C+: Will need to show enough power for third base. <o:p></o:p>

16) Arodys Vizcaino, RHP, Grade C+: Very young, could rank in the top 10 next year if he develops properly.<o:p></o:p>

17) Christian Garcia, RHP, Grade C+: Another promising power arm if healthy.<o:p></o:p>

18) George Kontos, RHP, Grade C+: Will need more consistent command.<o:p></o:p>

19) Kanekoa Texeira, RHP, Grade C+: Power sinker/slider guy acquired in Swisher deal, yet another pen option.<o:p></o:p>

20) Eduardo Sosa, OF, Grade C+: Very high ceiling guy, but need some North American data. Could rank as high as 8 depending on criteria and how much you trust DSL performance.<o:p></o:p>

21) Eric Hacker, RHP, Grade C+: Surprise addition to 40-man roster, nice track record but injury-prone, fifth starter type when healthy.


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