YPPR -- Ford Goes Nuts

Mike Ford had an incredible 4-HR game this week

There is some stabilizing happening in the top ten of our sixth installment of the YPPR [Yankees Prospects Power Rankings], including the incredible performance by Charleston first baseman Mike Ford this past week. Here are the top 20 performances by the Yankees' prospects in the long-season leagues.

Note: This list is not about who are the better players or prospects, but rather who is doing the best and making the most of their opportunities.

Rank Name Team Comments Last Week's Rank
1 Peter O'Brien TRE He's slowing down -- he only hit two home runs this past week [insert sarcasm] 1
2 Caleb Smith CHA His ERA [1.28] is finally over 1.00 after giving up more than two earned runs [three to be exact] for the first time in a start this season this past week 2
3 Kyle Roller SWB Settling in nicely at Triple-A, coming off of a 4-hit, 2-walk performance in his last game. Still leads farm system in batting [.346] 3
4 Nick Rumbelow TAM Tossed two more shutout appearances this past week and now boasts a combined 0.56 ERA over two minor league levels 5
5 Danny Burawa SWB Tossed two more shutout appearances of his own this past week, boasts a 0.00 ERA so far this season, and has a combined 0.23 ERA over his last 28 appearances dating back to last season 11
6 Brady Lail CHA Set Charleston record [as Yankee affiliate] by winning his sixth consecutive start, all of which he has surrendered two earned runs or less 7
7 Daniel Camarena TAM Southpaw has allowed two earned runs or less in eight straight starts; has a 2.65 ERA over his last 22 starts dating back to last season 9
8 Jake Cave TAM Saw his ten-game hit streak snapped but is still hitting .357 over his last 23 games 8
9 Pat Venditte SWB Struck out the first five Triple-A batters he faced this season and owns a combined 0.73 ERA over two highest minor league levels so far NR
10 Aaron Judge CHA Clubbed two mammoth home runs this week, a week in which he collected five straight multi-hit games 13
11 Mike Ford CHA Rough start to his week was quickly erased with a 4-home run game; ranks second in farm system in walks [27] and is actually hitting better against lefties 12
12 Rob Refsnyder TRE Like Judge, he had 5 multi-hit games this past week with four extra-base hits; he's heating up quickly 20
13 Luis Severino CHA Atrocious 7-run inning in last outing was more fluke than anything; still has above average numbers across the board 4
14 Branden Pinder SWB The numbers are coming back down to earth in Triple-A but the overall production in 2014 so far is still among the best 6
15 Ramon Flores SWB Had 9 hits this week, three of which left the yard; add four more walks to his total too 15
16 Jairo Heredia TRE Still piling up the strikeouts lately, K'ing 29 in his last 17 innings, and appears to be being stretched out as the season moves along 16
17 Dante Bichette Jr. TAM Earned FSL Player of the Week honors by clubbing three home runs among his ten hits 18
18 Eric Jagielo TAM On the DL for the past week and yet still ranks second in RBI [31], just seven behind world-beater Peter O'Brien 14
19 Greg Bird TAM Missed the first five weeks but now has a .932 OPS in his first 17 games back, and he hasn't even heated up yet NR
20 Rafael DePaula TAM Coming off of his worst start of the season [six earned runs on eight hits in two innings], but still leads the farm system in K's [52] 10

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