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By The Numbers: The Yankees' Top Prospects

A numerical look at 14 future Yankees and their opening months of 2013
05/01/2013 9:09 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Catcher Gary Sanchez is off to a hot start for the Tampa Yankees.(Newark Star-Ledger)
Depending on which list or lists you subscribe to, the roll call of Top 10 Yankees Prospects includes anywhere from a dozen to 15 or more different players; the Top 4 are the same (just in perhaps a different ranking order) everywhere, but the players viewed as top prospects Nos. 5-10 varies depending on the source.

As the calendar turns to May, we set out to look at the seasons so far of the Yankees' Top 10 prospects, and we've come up with a group of 14 players - those on the Top 10 Prospects lists of Baseball America, MLB.com, and Keith Law of ESPN Scouts, Inc. and Baseball Prospectus.

Those three lists include, as mentioned, have Gary Sanchez, Mason Williams, Tyler Austin, and Slade Heathcott in some order in the Top 4, and beyond them are seven pitchers, two infielders, and one other outfielder joining the Fab Four. In the latest edition of By The Numbers, we take a look at that 14-some's first month or so of 2013.

NOTE: All stats are through games of Monday, April 29.

1: Gary Sanchez sits atop two of our three utilized lists (falling all the way to No. 3 on Baseball America's), and through his 23 games at Class-A Advanced Tampa, Sanchez was hitting .279 with four homers, 17 RBIs, and 17 runs scored in 88 at-bats/101 plate appearances. With Austin Romine now in the Majors subbing for an injured Francisco Cervelli, it might not be long before Sanchez is moved up for a taste of the Double-A level.

1.67: If you use the law of averages, then from our three chosen lists, outfielder Mason Williams (No. 1 by Baseball America, No. 2 by MLB and Law) ties Sanchez as the "top" prospect with an average ranking of 1.67. Williams, like Sanchez, is at Class-A Advanced Tampa, and through his first 22 games hit .241 with five RBIs, two steals, and 12 runs scored.

3 1/3: Next up on the list are two-thirds of Trenton's outfield, the duo of Tyler Austin and Slade Heathcott, who each have an average rank of just below third. Austin is off to a solid start, hitting .256 with one homer, 12 RBIs, and six doubles through his first 22 games, but Heathcott has again struggled with injuries en route to a .161-0-3 line through just 15 games.

5-0: He's not a policeman, but RHP Jose Ramirez qualifies as "5-0," as in he's No. 5 on Keith Law's list but not ranked in the Top 10 by either MLB or Baseball America. Ramirez started 2013 in Extended Spring Training while rehabbing an injury, but finally made his debut for Trenton on April 26, pitching four innings of two-hit shutout ball and striking out six to earn a save in the Thunder's win over Portland that day.

30: RHP Ty Hensley, who is ranked sixth by Keith Law and MLB and ninth by Baseball America, was the No. 30 overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. He pitched 12 innings in the Gulf Coast League in his abbreviated rookie season, but Hensley had surgery to repair a hip impingement in early April and will be out until will be out until at least mid-July.

40: While three players total on the list are on the 40-man roster, LHP Manny Banuelos is the only one of the trio to place on all three lists; however, due to Tommy John surgery, the 22-year-old who ranks fifth (MLB), seventh (Law), and eighth (Baseball America) will miss all of 2013.

3: RHP Jose Campos, who was acquired in the deal that brought Michael Pineda to the Yankees, is ranked as high as No. 5 (Baseball America) and as low as No. 12 overall (in MLB's Top 20) on our utilized lists; however, his number is 3 because through his first four outings, he had pitched 12 innings -three in each start.

14.6: Mark Montgomery (No. 8 MLB, No. 9 Keith Law) was drafted in 2011, but has already advanced to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Through April 29, he had 166 strikeouts in 102.2 innings pitched in his career, good for a 14.6 K/9 ratio. This season, his ratio through that same April 29 deadline was slightly less at 14.4, as he had 16 K's in 10 innings and a miniscule 0.90 ERA to go with it.

6: Infielder Angelo Gumbs, who is ranked either No.7 or No. 10 on all three lists, struggled early on in his first year at Class-A Advanced Tampa before being placed on the disabled list. He has yet to return, and so he has a peculiar line: through his first month, he has as many strikeouts (6) as bases earned (two singles, a triple, and a walk for a total of 6 bases earned).

0: Entering 2013, RHP Rafael De Paula (No. 10, Baseball America) had thrown exactly zero innings of baseball on American soil; after two years of eligibility and visa issues, De Paula finally made his American debut in 2013, and through April 29 was 1-2 with a 3.63 ERA and a whopping 39 strikeouts in 22.1 innings pitched over five starts at Class-A Charleston.

5-3-4: RHP Brett Marshall, who is listed as No. 6 on Baseball America's list, fits into three categories: He's one of five who is listed by only one of our three sources, one of three on the Yankees' 40-man roster, and one of four (counting the injured Banuelos) who began the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He led the Eastern League with 13 wins in 2012, but so far he is 0-2 in his freshman campaign at Triple-A.

19: The "middle man" of the three former first-round picks on this list, third baseman Dante Bichette Jr. (2011 top pick, No. 9 on MLB.com's list) led the Charleston RiverDogs in RBIs through the first month, racking up 19 in his first 23 games.

14: And at the end of the alphabet we come to Zoilo Almonte, who was ranked No. 10 on MLB.com's list; he began this season at Triple-A as well, and through April 29, his 14 RBIs had him tied with the now-injured Thomas Neal for the RailRiders' lead.

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