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Luis Severino of the World Team pitches against (Credit: Getty Images / Hannah Foslien)

Luis Severino of the World Team pitches against the U.S. Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Target Field on July 13, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Yankees: Top 23 pitching prospects

We rank the Yankees' top pitching prospects from the Gulf Coast League to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The prospects are ranked in reverse order and each player's estimated arrival in the majors is listed, as well as a scouting report and a question each must answer before he succeeds in MLB.

23. JOSE RAMIREZ, RHP

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) (6-3, 190) BORN: Jan. 21, 1990
(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) (6-3, 190)
BORN: Jan. 21, 1990 | DRAFTED: Non-drafted free agent (2007)
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Middle relief, long relief
ETA: 2014
NOTES: Jose Ramirez's control has never been great. Not dominant. Strikeout and walk rate have generally risen throughout minor league career, though his ERA has usually been kept in check. Throws fastball, slider, changeup. Is hittable. Typically used as a starter in the minors, probably profiles as a long reliever in the American League or back-of-the-rotation starter in the National League. Baseball America notes that he has bad body language on the mound and can let mistakes snowball.
THE QUESTION: Does he have the mindset to succeed?

22. DILLON MCNAMARA, RHP

Staten Island (A-) (6-5, 220) BORN: Oct. 6,
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Staten Island (A-) (6-5, 220)
BORN: Oct. 6, 1991 | DRAFTED: 27th round (2013)
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Middle relief, long relief
ETA: 2017
NOTES: Dillon McNamara throws a fastball, slider and splitter. Spent 2013 pitching in relief, but has been jockeyed between the rotation and pen in 2014. Made one start at Trenton, but has spent rest of the season at Staten Island. His numbers haven't been dramatically better as a starter or reliever. Has been tough on lefties, but righties have hit him well, oddly, in 2014. That trend didn't display itself in 2013, so it's likely an aberration. Limited hits in 2013, though he was prone to walking batters. Has given up more hits in 2014, but he's cut down on the walks. Needs to advance to Charleston soon and challenge himself against superior hitters. The clock is ticking.
THE QUESTION: Can he right himself against righthanded hitters?

21. JUSTIN KAMPLAIN, LHP

Charleston (A) (6-0, 175) BORN: Feb. 13, 1993
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Charleston (A) (6-0, 175)
BORN: Feb. 13, 1993 | DRAFTED: 18th round (2014)
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: No. 4 starter
ETA: 2018
NOTES: Justin Kamplain played for the University of Alabama. Has worked mostly as a starter, with a few relief outings at Staten Island thrown in. He's never pitched more than four innings in any outing, however. Is more dominant against lefthanders, but should succeed as a starter (for awhile at least) given that he's also tough vs. righthanders.
THE QUESTION: Does he have the necessary endurance to remain a starter?

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20. CESAR VARGAS, RHP

Tampa (A+) (6-1, 160) BORN: Dec. 30, 1991
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Tampa (A+) (6-1, 160)
BORN: Dec. 30, 1991 | DRAFTED: Non-drafted free agent (2009)
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Late-inning reliever
ETA: 2016
NOTES: Cesar Vargas worked as a starter in 2013 at Tampa and Charleston and repeated the levels in 2014 as a reliever. His numbers have improved across the board in relief and he's now striking out more than one hitter per inning. His platoon splits aren't drastic, so he shouldn't be pigeonholed as a middle reliever or specialist.
THE QUESTION: He repeated Charleston to work as a different type of pitcher, but it also allowed him some level of comfort. How will he adjust as he ascends the minor league ladder to less familiar environs?

19. MARK MONTGOMERY, RHP

Trenton (AA) (5-11, 205) BORN: Aug. 30, 1990
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Trenton (AA) (5-11, 205)
BORN: Aug. 30, 1990 | DRAFTED: 11th round (2011)
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Late-inning reliever
ETA: 2015
NOTES: The Minor League Baseball Analyst describes Mark Montgomery's repertoire as a "potent" fastball/slider combo. Also notes his deceptive delivery and tendency to overthrow. His slider can be used as a chase pitch or thrown for a strike.
THE QUESTION: Can he tame the walks?

18. BRYAN MITCHELL, RHP

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) (6-3, 205) BORN: April 19, 1991
(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) (6-3, 205)
BORN: April 19, 1991 | DRAFTED: 16th round (2009)
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Middle relief
ETA: 2014
NOTES: Bryan Mitchell throws extremely hard, but hasn't displayed the dominant numbers that usually would accompany it: struck out only 420 in his first 459 minor league innings. Has always walked far too many. The Minor League Baseball Analyst notes that his fastball can straighten out and his offerings are hittable. He does, however, mitigate damage by keeping the ball down.
THE QUESTION: Can he create enough movement with his fastball to be effective?

18. CALEB SMITH, LHP

Tampa (A+) (6-2, 175) BORN: July 28, 1991
(Credit: Mark LoMoglio)

Tampa (A+) (6-2, 175)
BORN: July 28, 1991 | DRAFTED: 14th round (2013)
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Middle relief
ETA: 2017
NOTES: Caleb Smith features a mid-90s fastball, slider and changeup. Has reverse platoon splits and will need to be as dominating against lefthanders as he is against righthanders in order to succeed as a starter. He also possesses better control when facing righthanders.
THE QUESTION: Can he dominate lefties?

17. NICK GOODY, RHP

Trenton (AA) (5-11, 195) BORN: July 6, 1991
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Trenton (AA) (5-11, 195)
BORN: July 6, 1991 | DRAFTED: 6th round (2012)
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Middle relief
ETA: 2015
NOTES: Nick Goody throws a fastball, changeup and slider. Dominates without losing control, though he's a fly ball reliever. Has struggled with allowing far too many hits since a promotion to Trenton. Had Tommy John surgery in 2013, setting his development plan back. Yankees first drafted him in the 22nd round of 2011 before finally landing him during the next draft, so this is an arm the team has kept its eye on.
THE QUESTION: Will those flyballs turn into home runs at Yankee Stadium?

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16. DAN CAMARENA, LHP

Trenton (AA) (6-0, 200) BORN: Nov. 9, 1992
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Trenton (AA) (6-0, 200)
BORN: Nov. 9, 1992 | DRAFTED: 20th round (2011)
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: No. 4 starter
ETA: 2015
NOTES: Dan Camarena is armed with a fastball that sits high 80s to low 90s, 12-6 curve, change and slider. Has excellent location, but is a fly ball pitcher. It's taken some time for Camarena to adjust to Trenton, but he's very young for Double-A and his home ballpark promotes healthy offensive production.
THE QUESTION: Is his rough adjustment to Double-A a sign that his average "stuff" won't play against advanced competition?

15. JAMES PAZOS, LHP

Trenton (AA) (6-3, 230) BORN: May 5, 1991
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Trenton (AA) (6-3, 230)
BORN: May 5, 1991 | DRAFTED: 13th round (2012)
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: late-inning reliever
ETA: 2014
NOTES: Both Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi in August mentioned James Pazos as a candidate to reach the Yankees' bullpen. Tough on righthanders and lefthanders. Has a fastball that sits in the upper 80s to low 90s but can touch 93 mph, a slider and developing changeup.
THE QUESTION: Is he a lefthanded specialist, or can he get righthanders out in the majors, too?

14. NICK RUMBELOW, RHP

Trenton (AA) (6-0, 190) BORN: Sept. 6, 1992
(Credit: Trenton Thunder)

Trenton (AA) (6-0, 190)
BORN: Sept. 6, 1992 | DRAFTED: 7th round (2013)
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME:
ETA: 2015
NOTES: Baseball America labels Nick Rumbelow as having one of the best fastballs in the Yankees' 2013 draft class and also notes his plus curve. The reliever has shown a tendency in small samples to become wild at higher minor league levels.
THE QUESTION: Will Rumbelo's control abandon him at higher levels of the minors?

13. TYLER WEBB, LHP

Trenton (AA) (6-6, 225) BORN: July 20, 1990
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Trenton (AA) (6-6, 225)
BORN: July 20, 1990 | DRAFTED: 10th round (2013)
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Late-inning reliever
ETA: 2014
NOTES: Tyler Webb has average velocity, but Baseball America cites his deception, as well as elite command, as his primary weapons. Also has a curve. Zipped through Tampa and Trenton in 2014, ultimately landing with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Joe Girardi mentioned him as a candidate for the Yankees bullpen.
THE QUESTION: Will average velocity hurt him when facing better lefthanded hitters in the majors?

12. JOHNNY BARBATO, RHP

San Antonio (Padres, AA) (6-2, 185) BORN: July
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San Antonio (Padres, AA) (6-2, 185)
BORN: July 11, 1992 | DRAFTED: 6th round (2010)
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Late inning reliever
ETA: 2015
NOTES: Acquired from Padres in the trade that sent Shawn Kelley to San Diego. Johnny Barbato has 33 saves, 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings and a 2.44 strikeout to walk ratio in four minor league seasons. After a rough 2013 (5.01 ERA, 1.39 WHIP), he posted a 2.87 ERA and 1.14 WHIP at Double-A in 2014, also improving his control. He may require Tommy John surgery, tempering his future prospects some.
THE QUESTION: Can he stay healthy?

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11. BRANDEN PINDER, RHP

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) (6-3, 225) BORN: Jan. 26, 1989
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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) (6-3, 225)
BORN: Jan. 26, 1989 | DRAFTED: 16th round (2011)
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Late-inning reliever
ETA: 2014
NOTES: Branden Pinder was sidelined from May 25 to July 21 with an injury. Has dominating numbers, but is on the verge of aging out as a pure "prospect." Throws a mid-90s fastball and a slider, though he's working on a changeup. An aggressive pitcher.
THE QUESTION: Will his outstanding strikeout numbers continue to decline in Triple-A?

10. CHASEN SHREVE, LHP

Gwinnett (Braves, AAA) (6-3, 190) BORN: July 12,
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Gwinnett (Braves, AAA) (6-3, 190)
BORN: July 12, 1990 | DRAFTED: 11th round (2010)
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Middle reliever
ETA: 2015
NOTES: Chasen Shreve was acquired from the Braves with reliever David Carpenter in the deal that sent Manny Banuelos to Atlanta. Broke out in a big way in 2014 with a 2.67 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings and 7.25 strikeout to walk ratio in 64 innings at Double- and Triple-A. Continued his success in 12 1/3 big league innings, posting an 0.73 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 15 strikeouts and three walks.
THE QUESTION: Can he stand out in an organization with a sudden glut of lefthanded pitching options?

9. JAIRO HEREDIA, RHP

Trenton (AA) (6-1, 190) BORN: Oct. 8, 1989
(Credit: Trenton Thunder)

Trenton (AA) (6-1, 190) BORN: Oct. 8, 1989 | DRAFTED: Non-drafted free agent (2006) MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Middle relief ETA: 2015 NOTES: Jairo Heredia has missed significant time with a right shoulder issue three times -- 104 days in 2009, 68 days in 2011 and 153 days in 2012. Nullifies righthanders, but lefthanders have no problem hitting him; could see a transition to relief if the trend continues. THE QUESTION: Can he stay healthy?

8. AUSTIN DECARR, RHP

Gulf Coast (Rk) (6-3, 218) BORN: March 14,
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Gulf Coast (Rk) (6-3, 218)
BORN: March 14, 1995 | DRAFTED: 3rd round (2014)
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: No. 3 starter
ETA: 2018
NOTES: The Yankees went over slot to give Austin DeCarr $1 million to sign with them. Has a fastball that ranges from the low to mid 90s, a 12-6 curveball and developing change. He went immediately to the Gulf Coast League and has shown good dominance and command, mostly pitching as a starter.
THE QUESTION: After an impressive debut, will he be sent to short-season Staten Island in 2015 as part of a slow, deliberate development plan, or can he make the jump to full-season Charleston and gain more extensive experience?

7. JACOB LINDGREN, LHP

Trenton (AA) (5-11, 180) BORN: March 12, 1993
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Trenton (AA) (5-11, 180)
BORN: March 12, 1993 | DRAFTED: 2nd round (2014)
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Late-inning reliever
ETA: 2014
NOTES: Jacob Lindgren was a lights-out reliever in college and his development has allowed him to soar through the Yankees system, advancing from the Gulf Coast League to Double-A in fewer than two months. Is extremely dominant and induces ground balls -- when batters are able to put the ball in play.
THE QUESTION: He'll likely be fine vs. lefties, but can he maintain his mastery of righthanders at the major league level?

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6. TY HENSLEY, RHP

Staten Island (A-) (6-4, 220) BORN: July 30,
(Credit: Robert Pimpsner)

Staten Island (A-) (6-4, 220)
BORN: July 30, 1993 | DRAFTED: 1st round (2012)
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: No. 3 starter
ETA: 2017
NOTES: Ty Hensley has a mid 90s fastball, 12-6 curveball and nascent changeup. Extreme fly ball pitcher. Needed hip surgery in 2013, for which he missed the entire season. Was wild before and after the injury, but also can be dominating.
THE QUESTION: Can he tame his wildness, or at least become "effectively wild"?

5. BRADY LAIL, RHP

Tampa (A+) (6-2, 175) BORN: Aug. 9, 1993
(Credit: Mark LoMoglio)

Tampa (A+) (6-2, 175)
BORN: Aug. 9, 1993 | DRAFTED: 18th round (2012)
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: No. 3-4 starter
ETA: 2016
NOTES: Brady Lail is a strike thrower, leading to lots of groundballs, strikeouts and short at-bats. The lack of pitches out of the zone means he can last longer into games (for a low minors pitcher, at least). Throws a four-seamer, two-seamer, changeup and knuckle curve. Sits in the low 90s mph, can peak at 94 mph. Sinker is high 80s to low 90s.
THE QUESTION: He has pinpoint control - but is his "stuff" good enough to succeed at higher levels?

4. IAN CLARKIN, LHP

Tampa (A+) (6-2, 186) BORN: Feb. 14, 1995
(Credit: Mark LoMoglio)

Tampa (A+) (6-2, 186)
BORN: Feb. 14, 1995 | DRAFTED: 1st round (2013)
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: No. 3 starter
ETA: 2017
NOTES: Ian Clarkin's fastball, curve and changeup all have upside, but all also have been inconsistent. Sits low 90s with the fastball, but can juice it up to 94 mph. Will pitch inside, according to Baseball America. Not an extreme fly-ball or ground-ball pitcher. Could emerge as a C.J. Wilson-type.
THE QUESTION: Can he avoid the wildness that sometimes infects lefty prospects as he advances?

3. JARON LONG, RHP

Trenton (AA) (6-0, 185) BORN: Aug. 28, 1991
(Credit: Trenton Thunder)

Trenton (AA) (6-0, 185)
BORN: Aug. 28, 1991 | DRAFTED: Non-drafted free agent (2013)
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: No. 3 starter
ETA: 2015
NOTES: Jaron Long is the son of Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long. A wart issue hurt his draft status in college. Throws a changeup and fastball. The fastball is not overpowering but is located well. Lack of elite "stuff" mitigated by a strong tendency to induce ground balls.
THE QUESTION: Can he maintain his excellent command, which allows his average offerings to be effective?

2. DOMINGO GERMAN, RHP

Greensboro (Marlins, A) (6-2, 175) BORN: Aug. 4,
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Greensboro (Marlins, A) (6-2, 175)
BORN: Aug. 4, 1992 | DRAFTED: Non-drafted free agent (2009)
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: No. 2 starter
ETA: 2017
NOTES: Acquired from Marlins with Nathan Eovaldi in trade that sent Martin Prado to Miami. Domingo German can gas up his fastball to 96-97 mph and pitched in the 2014 Future's Game for the World Team, striking out minor league super-prospects Joey Gallo and Kris Bryant. Also features a curveball. Had a 4.52 strikeout to walk ratio and 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings in 2014. Was a Mid-Season All-Star with Greensboro and MILB.com Organization All-Star in 2014.
THE QUESTION: How will he adjust to a new organization?

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1. LUIS SEVERINO, RHP

Trenton (AA) (6-0, 195) BORN: Feb. 20, 1994
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Trenton (AA) (6-0, 195)
BORN: Feb. 20, 1994 | DRAFTED: Non-drafted free agent (2012)
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: No. 1 starter
ETA: 2015
NOTES: Luis Severino has drawn comparisons to Pedro Martinez because of his power pitching style. Possesses a sinking fastball, inconsistent slider and developing changeup. Is able to induce a substantial amount of ground balls. Both Baseball America and the Minor League Baseball Analyst have noted Severino's tendency to overthrow and lose command on occasion.
THE QUESTION: Will he develop into a pitcher, or try to succeed as a "thrower"?

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