On Tuesday night, MLB.com senior writer Jonathan Mayo unveiled his Top 100 Prospects list for 2013, a list that three top Yankees prospects were placed in.
Catching prospect Gary Sanchez was the highest ranked Yankee prospect on the list at number 36. The 20-year-old right-handed catcher split time between Class-A Charleston and Advanced Class-A Tampa, totaling 18 home runs and 85 RBIs in 435 at-bats between both destinations. However, the Yankees continue to prioritize working on Sanchez's prowess behind the plate, and while he's already improved in various aspects defensively, the thought of Sanchez getting more reps will just enhance his overall makeup.
Outfielders Mason Williams and Tyler Austin round out the prospects who made the list. Williams, who was ranked number 41, had a similar 2012 blueprint to Sanchez as Williams also split time between Charleston and Tampa. The 21-year-old left-handed outfielder, who was drafted in 2010, performed well in 69 games in Charleston, batting .304 with eight round-trippers and 28 runs-batted-in, as well as stealing 19 bases. Unfortunately, his time in Tampa was cut short after 22 games due to a shoulder injury, however carried a .277 batting average before said injury.
Finally, Austin was rated number 75. In various stops through the system last season, the 21-year-old right-handed outfielder flourished, batting over .300 in each stop with the exception of Double-A Trenton, where he batted .286 in seven at-bats. In his most extensive stop in Charleston, Austin batted .320 with 14 home runs and 54 RBIs, while stealing 17 bases. Similar to Sanchez, he continues to improve his defense, however his offensive prowess is well-noted.
In addition, while they did not make the list, other notable names to keep an eye on in 2013 from a prospect perspective are 22-year-old outfielder Slade Heathcott and 22-year-old right-handed pitcher Mark Montgomery, who could be impressing to the point where he could vie for a significant bullpen role should legendary closer Mariano Rivera decide to retire after the 2013 season.
Courtesy of MLB.com, here is some below video of the aforementioned Sanchez in action.
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