Farm System Failures

With the news that Manny Banuelos has been shut down for the rest of the season after throwing only 24 innings, I thought this would be a good time to look at a terrible year for the Yankees’ farm system.

Coming into 2012, Baseball America had this ranking of the top-10 prospects in the Yankees system:

Jesus Montero
Manny Banuelos
Dellin Betances
Gary Sanchez
Mason Williams
Dante Bichette, Jr.
Ravel Santana
Austin Romine
J.R. Murphy
Slade Heathcott

Obviously, Montero was traded so he doesn’t count, but you could argue that the prospect they received in that trade, Jose Campos, would be in the top-10. The only problem is, Campos has been shutdown for the year as well after only throwing 24 innings.

Betances has been demoted to AA after losing command of his pitches at AAA. He has done better at AA, but his walk rate is still 4.1 per 9. Either way, it is very hard to see him playing any role in the Bronx anytime soon.

Gary Sanchez dominated low A ball (.297/.353/.517) and got promoted to Tampa. He has struggled there .239/.300/.380, but he is only 19. He still could be in the Bronx in 2014.

Mason Williams did very well at low A and got promoted to Tampa where he hit .277/.302/.422. But, he got hurt and he has been shutdown for the rest of the year.

Dante Bichette, Jr. has had a real struggle in low A ball hitting .241/.312/.321. He is only 19, so he has time to grow, but it is a disappointment.

Ravel Santana hasn’t done much in Staten Island (.248/.338/.312).

Austin Romine missed the first half of the season with a back injury. He finally started getting into games in July and has been playing with Tampa.

J.R. Murphy didn’t do a lot in Tampa, but he got promoted to AA and has hit .224/.309/.448.

Slade Heathcott is back on the field and hitting well in Tampa, but it is his 4th year in the system and he hasn’t advanced past Tampa.

This doesn’t mean there haven’t been good stories in the minors, but it’s hard to be excited about the current state of the Yankees’ farm system.