Where They Would Have Ranked

Nova turned a corner in 2010

Known for keeping our Top 50 rankings just to players still in the minor leagues, we now offer up where players with big league service time, but still technically rookies, would have ranked.

1. Jesus Montero
2. Manny Banuelos
3. Gary Sanchez
4. Dellin Betances
5. Andrew Brackman
6. Slade Heathcott
7. Austin Romine
8. Corban Joseph
9. Adam Warren
10. David Adams
11. Brandon Laird

RHP, Ivan Nova - He erased any doubts some might have had coming off of his 2009 performance in Triple-A [1-4, 5.20 ERA] by becoming one of the most consistent starters down on the farm in 2010 [12-3, 2.86 ERA] before earning a late-season promotion to the big leagues. His stuff still remains above average, as does his control, but his attitude and killer instinct saw an uptick this past season. With his stuff just a shade below Warren, pitching-wise among the prospects he fits in nicely in between he and Phelps.

12. David Phelps

SS, Eduardo Nunez - It doesn't seem all that long ago that Nunez's list of detractors was immense back when he was putting up sub-.240 seasons at the A-ball levels, forgetting that his tools were too good to give up on so early. He finally turned his tools into production at the higher levels, however, hitting .289 with a team-high 23 stolen bases for Triple-A Scranton this year before getting a call-up to the Bronx. He has proven he can handle the everyday shortstop duties at the upper levels, giving the Yankees some insurance in that regard, and his plus arm and great athleticism make him a great utility player option as well.

13. Bradley Suttle
14. Melky Mesa
15. Brett Marshall
16. J.R. Murphy
17. Mason Williams
18. Bryan Mitchell
19. Cito Culver
20. Graham Stoneburner
21. D.J. Mitchell
22. Hector Noesi
23. Ramon Flores
24. Jose Ramirez
25. Abraham Almonte
26. Kyle Higashioka
27. Anderson Feliz
28. Angelo Gumbs
29. Rob Segedin
30. Conor Mullee
31. Eduardo Sosa
32. Gabe Encinas

OF, Colin Curtis - Curtis saw his first big league action in 2010 after hitting .289 with five home runs for Triple-A Scranton. The power potential he has shown in batting practice over the years has yet to materialize into actual game production, thus limiting his overall current worth to the organization as a reserve outfielder. His ability to play all three outfield positions well defensively and advanced plate discipline makes him a good bench player, which has been his projected role the past couple of seasons. He doesn't have quite the upside of De Leon but he is a far safer bet to provide some help to the big league club.

33. Kelvin De Leon
34. Nik Turley
35. Taylor Morton
36. Shane Greene

1B, Juan Miranda - Miranda made his big league debut back in 2008, and despite getting a big league promotion for the third consecutive year this past season, he still only has 89 combined at-bats and still qualifies as a rookie. He has posted an OPS over .860 for two straight years at the Triple-A level. He provides some decent first base and designated hitter insurance should the big league club befall some injuries, and possibly even offers some trade bait for an American League team.

37. Jairo Heredia
38. Thomas Kahnle
39. Jose Pirela
40. Evan Rutckyj
41. Shaeffer Hall
42. Fu-Lin Kuo
43. George Kontos
44. Zoilo Almonte
45. Josh Romanski
46. Evan DeLuca
47. Preston Claiborne
48. Mikey O'Brien
49. Zachary Varce
50. Reymond Nunez

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