Yankees outfield prospects Blake Rutherford and Clint Frazier and RHP prospect James Kaprielian are among the Top 30 prospects on Keith Law of ESPN's Top 100 list.
The 20-year-old Rutherford, who is ranked 22nd, was the Yankees' first pick (18th overall) in the 2016 MLB Draft. Law called him "one of the biggest steals of the first round" and predicted he'll move through the minors quickly.
Frazier, 22, is ranked 27th. He was the key return last summer when the Yankees traded LH reliever Andrew Miller to the Indians. According to Law, Frazier "has absolutely electric bat speed that produces above-average power, probably never in the 30-homer range but certainly 15-20 on a consistent basis with high batting averages and a lot of doubles."
Law says the 23-year-old Kaprielian, who is ranked 28th, has three plus pitches and "ace probability" if he can remain healthy.
Law ranked Aaron Judge the No. 44 prospect and Justus Sheffield the No. 88 prospect.
The Yankees, who traded away lots of key pieces near last year's trade deadline, have the second-best farm system in baseball, according to Law.
Rutherford dropped into the Yankees laps in last season's First Year Player Draft and he showed why he was called a "steal" from the moment his professional career commenced. Rutherford torched Rookie League pitchers and there is excitement about his ceiling as a top-flight hitter.
Frazier brings plenty of hype (some from himself via social media) surrounding his ascent to the big leagues. Scouts praise Frazier's bat speed, but he might have come out too strong when he landed in New York's system. Frazier admitted to pressing, and doing so at a new level might have affected his numbers with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He'll have a fresh start this season and I suspect he will provide the production expected of his pedigree.
Kaprielian was off to such a great start last season in Tampa, that it was a thorough disappointment his year was cut short due to injury. The cautious approach was reasonable for the Yankees, and fortunately Kaprielian was able to throw without concern in the Arizona Fall League. It is expected the organization will quickly move Kaprielian up the organizational ladder provided he remains healthy.