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A collage of Yankees prospects Mason Williams, left, (Credit: AP/Mark LoMoglio/Trenton Thunder/Charleston RiverDogs)

A collage of Yankees prospects Mason Williams, left, Aaron Judge, Greg Bird and Gosuke Katoh.

Yankees: Top 25 position prospects

We rank the Yankees' top position prospects at each position from Single-A short season Staten Island 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.

25. ANGELO GUMBS, 2B

Tampa (A+) (6-0, 175)BORN: Oct. 13, 1992 |
(Credit: Mark LoMoglio)

Tampa (A+) (6-0, 175)
BORN: Oct. 13, 1992 | DRAFTED: 2nd round (2010) | BATS: R
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Utility infielder
ETA: 2017
NOTES: Angelo Gumbs has plenty of tools but has been been done in by injuries. Legitimate speed makes him a base stealing threat. The Minor League Baseball Analyst notes that he has issues with breaking balls, and Gumbs strikes out more than four times as often as he walks. Aggressive promotions, along with his health problems, may have stunted his development beyond repair.
THE QUESTION: Can an extended stay in the low minors help get him back on track?

24. MASON WILLIAMS, CF

Trenton (AA) (6-1, 180)BORN: Aug. 21, 1991 |
(Credit: AP)

Trenton (AA) (6-1, 180)
BORN: Aug. 21, 1991 | DRAFTED: 4th round (2010) | BATS: L
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Fourth outfielder
ETA: 2017
NOTES: Mason Williams' tools have kept him on prospect lists, but his bat hasnt. He has excellent speed and range, but a multitude of issues have kept Williams from excelling. In 2012, he had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He was arrested for DUI in 2013. Some reports suggest he gained weight heading into 2013, and his approach has gone from making hard contact to being satisfied as a slap-hitter.
THE QUESTION: Can he rebound from personal issues and hit?

23. THAIRO ESTRADA, SS

Staten Island (A-) (5-10, 155) BORN: Feb. 22,
(Credit: Robert Pimpsner)

Staten Island (A-) (5-10, 155)
BORN: Feb. 22, 1996 | DRAFTED: Non-drafted free agent (2012) | BATS: R
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Backup shortstop
ETA: 2019
NOTES: The Minor League Baseball Analyst notes that Thairo Estrada has surprising power, though he has yet to show it this season. Speed and arm earn rave reviews, and he can hit to all fields.
THE QUESTION: Will he hit for power?

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22. DANTE BICHETTE, 3B

Trenton (AA) (6-1, 215)BORN: Sept. 26, 1992 |
(Credit: Trenton Thunder)

Trenton (AA) (6-1, 215)
BORN: Sept. 26, 1992 | DRAFTED: 1st round (2011) | BATS: R
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Bench player
ETA: 2016
NOTES: Dante Bichette has patience, which leads to a good on-base percentage. But he also has been criticized for being too passive in the box. His arm at third is not highly rated. Hes more of a fastball hitter who puts the ball on the ground most of the time. Failed to hit during two stints at Charleston in 2012 and 2013, but got back on track in 2014, splitting time between Tampa and Trenton.
THE QUESTION: Were his Charleston struggles a blip or did they portend offensive troubles?

21. GOSUKE KATOH, 2B

Charleston (A) (6-2, 180)BORN: Oct. 8, 1994 |
(Credit: Charleston RiverDogs)

Charleston (A) (6-2, 180)
BORN: Oct. 8, 1994 | DRAFTED: 2nd round (2013) | BATS: L
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Utility infielder
ETA: 2018
NOTES: Another Yankees infielder with several tools, except Gosuke Katoh could use some more defensive work. Is patient and has the potential to hit for power.
THE QUESTION: Can he improve enough defensively to allow his bat to develop at second base?

20. MARK PAYTON, CF/RF

Tampa (A+) (5-7, 165)BORN: Dec. 7, 1991 |
(Credit: Mark LoMoglio)

Tampa (A+) (5-7, 165)
BORN: Dec. 7, 1991 | DRAFTED: 7th round (2014) | BATS: L
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Platoon corner outfielder
ETA: 2017
NOTES: Mark Payton started his pro career in Charleston, showing how advanced his approach was already. Has a very good understanding of the strike zone, and hits well and generates power in leagues where doing so is not always easy. Has been a force against righthanders during his debut season; however, he has struggled badly against southpaws. If he keeps up his power display he might be able to stick in a corner. Probably isnt speedy enough to remain as a centerfielder.
THE QUESTION: Can he succeed against southpaws?

19. RAMON FLORES, RF

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) (5-10, 150)BORN: March 26, 1992 |
(Credit: AP)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) (5-10, 150)
BORN: March 26, 1992 | DRAFTED: Non-drafted free agent (2008) | BATS: L
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Fourth outfielder
ETA: 2015
NOTES: Ramon Flores is young for many of the levels at which he has played. Wont hit for much power, but has line-drive potential, according to the Minor League Baseball Analyst. Will go deep into counts. Baseball America pegs him as a fourth outfielder if his power doesnt develop. Missed nearly two months in 2014 with an injury.
THE QUESTION: Can he improve his contact ability?

18. KYLE ROLLER, 1B

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) (6-1, 250)BORN: March 27, 1988 |
(Credit: AP)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) (6-1, 250)
BORN: March 27, 1988 | DRAFTED: 8th round (2010) | BATS: L
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Designated hitter
ETA: 2014
NOTES: Kyle Roller has always hit for power and shown patience. Hes been equally effective against both lefties and righties in 2014, displaying more patience against lefties and more power against righties. Is on the verge of aging out of the prospect label, if he hasnt already. Coaches have said he could play leftfield in order to get his bat in the lineup.
THE QUESTION: Will he age out?

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17. JOHN RYAN MURPHY, C

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) (5-11, 195)BORN: May 13, 1991 |
(Credit: AP)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) (5-11, 195)
BORN: May 13, 1991 | DRAFTED: 2nd round (2009) | BATS: R
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Backup catcher
ETA: 2014
NOTES: John Ryan Murphy makes good contact. Power likely will show up as doubles instead of home runs, because hes more prone to hit line drives rather than smash a deep fly ball with the potential to leave the park. The Yankees big-league staff has praised his receiving skills and Murphy has shown the ability to succeed in New York, albeit in a small sample. Baseball America says he has no plus tools, though the publication paints him as at least average at pretty much everything.
THE QUESTION: Can he show that hes an upgrade over the incumbent, Francisco Cervelli?

16. ABIATAL AVELINO, SS

Charleston (A) (5-11, 200)BORN: Feb. 14, 1995 |
(Credit: Charleston RiverDogs)

Charleston (A) (5-11, 200)
BORN: Feb. 14, 1995 | DRAFTED: Non-drafted free agent (2011) | BATS: R
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Starting shortstop
ETA: 2018
NOTES: Baseball America compares Abiatal Avelino's body to that of Jean Segura, short, stocky and strong. Can hit to all fields and has excellent range and a very good arm at shortstop. The Minor League Baseball Analyst notes that he lacks punch but will line hits to the gaps. Mastered the Gulf Coast League but has struggled hitting for contact with Charleston. Has a very good eye at the plate no matter where hes played.
THE QUESTION: Can he make contact in Charleston?

15. MIGUEL ANDUJAR, 3B

Charleston (A) (6-0, 200)BORN: March 2, 1995 |
(Credit: Charleston RiverDogs)

Charleston (A) (6-0, 200)
BORN: March 2, 1995 | DRAFTED: Non-drafted free agent (2011) | BATS: R
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Starting third baseman
ETA: 2019
NOTES: Miguel Andujar offers excellent contact ability with raw power. Baseball America describes his defense as good enough to stick at third base. The Minor League Baseball Analyst and Baseball America praise his bat speed, though that skill has yet to translate to batting average. Has struggled some at Charleston and probably could have used some seasoning at Staten Island.
THE QUESTION: Will the plus bat speed lead to a solid batting average?

13. CHRISTOPHER BREEN, 1B/LF

Staten Island (A-) (6-3, 215)BORN: March 26, 1994
(Credit: Dave Schofield)

Staten Island (A-) (6-3, 215)
BORN: March 26, 1994 | DRAFTED: 12th round (2012) | BATS: R
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Starting leftfielder
ETA: 2018
NOTES: Christopher Breen was drafted as a catcher. Big frame suggests the power is for real and for keeps. Has improved his patience each season while also developing his slugging.
THE QUESTION: Will he have to sacrifice a solid average to maintain his power?

12. MIKE FORD, 1B

Charleston (A) (6-0, 225)BORN: July 4, 1992 |
(Credit: Charleston RiverDogs)

Charleston (A) (6-0, 225)
BORN: July 4, 1992 | DRAFTED: Non-drafted free agent (2013) | BATS: L
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Starting first baseman
ETA: 2017
NOTES: Mike Ford has an excellent eye and has shown some power in the South Atlantic League, which typically is dominated by pitchers. Is about a year behind Greg Bird in his development.
THE QUESTION: Can he move out of the shadow of other, more developed first baseman in the Yankees system?

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11. LUIS TORRENS, C

Staten Island Yankees (A-) (6-0, 175)BORN: May 2,
(Credit: Dave Schofield)

Staten Island Yankees (A-) (6-0, 175)
BORN: May 2, 1996 | DRAFTED: Non-drafted free agent (2012) | BATS: R
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Starting catcher
ETA: 2019
NOTES: Luis Torrens is somewhat similar to John Ryan Murphy an excellent defender noted for his arm, who also offers a decent bat. Torrens power could exceed Murphys.
THE QUESTION: Will he display power as he advances?

10. JAKE CAVE, CF

Trenton (AA) (6-0, 180)BORN: Dec. 4, 1992 |
(Credit: Trenton Thunder)

Trenton (AA) (6-0, 180)
BORN: Dec. 4, 1992 | DRAFTED: 6th round (2011) | BATS: L
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Fourth outfielder
ETA: 2016
NOTES: Jake Cave had a right knee injury in 2012 and he missed the entire season. A gritty, hard-nosed player who profiles as a Brett Gardner type. Baseball America listed his floor as a fourth outfielder.
THE QUESTION: Can he become a more efficient base stealer?

9. JOSE PIRELA, 2B

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) (5-11, 210)BORN: Nov. 21, 1989 |
(Credit: AP)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) (5-11, 210)
BORN: Nov. 21, 1989 | DRAFTED: Non-drafted free agent (2006) | BATS: R
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Super-utility player
ETA: 2014
NOTES: Jose Pirela can play all around the diamond, but his defense isnt spectacular at any one position. Makes good contact and possesses a solid eye. Could be Alexi Amarista or could be Martin Prado. Hes likely to be valuable, however, because his versatility will allow his bat to get in the lineup often enough for it to make an impact.
THE QUESTION: Will his defense be passable at enough positions to make him a major league asset?

8. TYLER WADE, SS

Charleston (A) (6-1, 180)BORN: Nov. 23, 1994 |
(Credit: Charleston RiverDogs)

Charleston (A) (6-1, 180)
BORN: Nov. 23, 1994 | DRAFTED: 4th round (2013) | BATS: L
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Starting shortstop
ETA: 2017NOTES: Baseball America named Tyler Wade the best defensive player in the Yankees 2013 draft. Hits for average and shows very good patience at the plate. He has speed and has stolen double-digit bases each of his first two seasons, though his success rate needs to improve; he gets caught about a third of the time.
THE QUESTION: Will he develop any power?

7. TYLER AUSTIN, 1B/RF

Trenton (AA) (6-1, 220)BORN: Sept. 6, 1991 |
(Credit: AP)

Trenton (AA) (6-1, 220)
BORN: Sept. 6, 1991 | DRAFTED: 13th round (2010) | BATS: R
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Bench player
ETA: 2016
NOTES: Tyler Austin had wrist issues in 2013. The Minor League Baseball Analyst says he can be too patient, but this isnt leading to more than an above-average on-base percentage; has leveled off somewhat after breaking out in 2012, though he began to show some signs of life starting in July. Is still capable of making hard contact but is susceptible to offspeed pitches. A good fielder.
THE QUESTION: Will his patience translate into a high OBP?

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6. TAYLOR DUGAS, OF

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) (5-9, 180)BORN: Dec. 15, 1989 |
(Credit: Scranton Times Tribune/Jason Farmer)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) (5-9, 180)
BORN: Dec. 15, 1989 | DRAFTED: 8th round (2012) | BATS: L
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Starting right fielder
ETA: 2014
NOTES: Taylor Dugas makes good contact, but has little power. His patience is among the best in minor league baseball. Has walked more than he has struck out in his minor league career. Could be a Matt Carpenter type of hitter solid average, outstanding on-base percentage.
THE QUESTION: Will his lack of power in a corner spot hurt his chances at a promotion?

5. GARY SANCHEZ, C

Trenton (AA) (6-3, 235)BORN: Dec. 2, 1992 |
(Credit: AP)

Trenton (AA) (6-3, 235)
BORN: Dec. 2, 1992 | DRAFTED: Non-drafted free agent (2009) | BATS: R
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Starting catcher
ETA: 2016
NOTES: Gary Sanchez is now the Yankees most advanced power prospect with Peter OBrien out of the organization. Hits to all fields with power. Expected by Baseball America to maintain a decent average in the majors with above average power for a catcher. But Sanchez has not recently dominated. He has been productive, though a Double-A slugging percentage just above .400 from a power-hitting catcher is concerning. Power has dropped significantly each of the past two seasons after being elite in 2010 and 2011. This is particularly odd given that Sanchez played his 2014 home games in a good hitting environment like Trenton. He was cutting down on his ground balls, but he has more groundouts than flyouts in 2014. With his raw power, he should be putting the ball in the air more often.
THE QUESTION: Will the power return?

4. GREG BIRD, 1B

Trenton (AA) (6-3, 215)BORN: Nov. 2, 1992 |
(Credit: Trenton Thunder)

Trenton (AA) (6-3, 215)
BORN: Nov. 2, 1992 | DRAFTED: 5th round (2011) | BATS: L
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Starting first baseman
ETA: 2016
NOTES: Greg Bird is a contact hitter who puts the ball in the air with power, and who has excellent patience. Has hit, and hit hard, at every level to which he has ascended. His upside is a Freddie Freeman-like bat, with passable defense. Converted from catching when he was drafted. Began 2014 at Tampa and was inconsistent, partly because of a late start because of a back injury. Still was an above-average hitter leading to a July promotion to Trenton, where he hit three home runs in two days after an 0-for-8 start.
THE QUESTION: Can he keep hitting for power, or will he be a more contact/patience-oriented hitter?

3. ROBERT REFSNYDER, 2B

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) (6-1, 205)BORN: March 26, 1991 |
(Credit: AP)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) (6-1, 205)
BORN: March 26, 1991 | DRAFTED: 5th round (2012) | BATS: R
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Starting second baseman
ETA: 2014
NOTES: Athletic and intelligent. Robert Refsnyder will forego playing rightfield, where he spent some time in 2014, to focus solely on second base, where his defense has been questioned. A line-drive hitter with patience, hes not likely to develop home run power, according to Baseball America. Upside is a Jacoby Ellsbury-type bat with Daniel Murphys (lack of) speed and (passable) defense.
THE QUESTION: Can he improve his second base defense enough to stick in a major league lineup?

2. ERIC JAGIELO, 3B

Tampa (A+) (6-2, 195)BORN: May 17, 1992 |
(Credit: Mark LoMoglio)

Tampa (A+) (6-2, 195)
BORN: May 17, 1992 | DRAFTED: 1st round (2013) | BATS: L
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Starting third baseman
ETA: 2016
NOTES: Eric Jagielo hits to all fields and has very good power, though not in Judges class. Puts the ball in the air with authority. Defense has been questioned, but is at least average at the hot corner. Anthony Rendon, Kyle Seager or Todd Frazier are reasonable best-case comparables for Jagielos offensive upside.
THE QUESTION: Will he stick at third, maximizing his value, or become yet another first baseman in the Yankees system?

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1. AARON JUDGE, RF

Tampa (A+) (6-7, 230)BORN: April 26, 1992 |
(Credit: Mark LoMoglio)

Tampa (A+) (6-7, 230)
BORN: April 26, 1992 | DRAFTED: 1st round (2013) | BATS: R
MOST LIKELY OUTCOME: Starting right fielder
ETA: 2016
NOTES: Aaron Judge physically resembles Giancarlo Stanton (Stanton is 6-6, 240) and has the raw-power potential to be that type of moonshot hitter. Wasnt expected to hit for a great average, but has demonstrated excellent contact and patience. Has a strong arm in right.
THE QUESTION: Will he fall in love with his power and sacrifice contact?

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