Despite trading several big prospects away during last season's trade deadline, the Yankees maintained their No. 2 ranking from last year by keeping their most valuable prospects, including infielder Gleyber Torres.
Torres, 21, was ranked fifth on Law's list, sixth by Baseball America and MLB.com's No. 1 shortstop prospect. Though he has spent most of his career as a shortstop, he is expected to compete for a spot at either second base or third base on the Yankees' Opening Day roster.
Acquired from the Cubs in the 2016 trade that sent Aroldis Chapman to Chicago, Torres debuted in 2014 and has a lifetime .282/.360/.416 batting line with 23 home runs, 197 RBIs and 60 stolen bases in the minors. He was limited to 55 games at the Double-A and Triple-A levels last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his left arm when he suffered an injury while baserunning.
Law also ranked LHP Justus Sheffield 16th, third baseman Miguel Andujar 54th, RHP Freicer Perez 73rd and RHP Albert Abreu 99th, and said outfielder Estevan Florial and RHP Domingo Acevedo were on the fringe of being ranked.
The Yankees trail only the Atlanta Braves, according to Law, even after trading several prominent prospects, including RHP James Kaprielian, shortstop Jorge Mateo and outfielder Blake Rutherford, last season.
"Even in trades for Giancarlo Stanton and three players from the White Sox at the deadline," Law wrote, "the Yankees have kept their top tier of prospects intact. The result is a system with five guys in the top 100, three more with strong cases and continued depth for future acquisitions."
The Yankees have made huge strides toward building their farm system in recent seasons, and it is evident this was not a practice in generating short-term gains. Rather, this has intentions of securing long-term benefits.
The Yankees are credited with creating the bulk of their system through the trades at the deadline in the summer of 2016, however the club has also done a fine job in recent drafts and continues to fill the organization with the top international players. The depth of the system is so strong that the Yankees can deal from the top part of their organizational ranks without feeling as though they are gutting the entire system.
The Yankees have re-committed to creating balance at all levels of the farm system and how they will use the collection of players. Having young inexpensive players ready to contribute to the major league roster allows the Yankees the ability to add high-priced players whether via trade or free agency. Further, the Yankees have demonstrated that they are willing to deal prospects for proven major leaguers when required. As of now, the Yankees farm system has the potential to produce dividends in various ways for years to come.