The Yankees had three prospects ranked in the Baseball America Top 100 prospect rankings earlier this week, and landed three in Baseball Prospectus’ Top 101 as well – but not the same three.
Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza, who ranked 10th and 55th in Baseball America’s list, checked in at 15 and 61 in the Baseball Prospectus rankings released Thursday.
However, the Yankees’ third prospect in the BP list is RHP Randy Vazquez, the No. 90 prospect in baseball according to the outlet – and not Jasson Dominguez, who was No. 87 on Baseball America’s list.
Volpe is potentially the Yankees’ shortstop of the future, but is still a couple years away after splitting 2021 between Low-A and High-A, where he slashed .294/.423/.604 with 27 home runs, 86 RBI, 33 steals, 35 doubles, and 78 walks.
Peraza could be their shortstop of the present very soon, as he spent most of the year in Double-A (with a cup of coffee at Triple-A) and slashed 295/.348/.466 with 12 homers and 40 RBI – as well as what Brian Cashman has called “big-league ready defense” – in 79 games.
Curious, however, that Dominguez, who was the No. 59 prospect in BP’s 2021 list, dropped completely off after a year that, while not as monstrous as some hoped, still saw him post a solid .258/.346/.398 slash line with five homers and 18 RBI in 49 games as an 18-year-old in Low-A.
That’s not a knock on Vasquez, however, as the righty took a huge step forward for the Yankees in 2021, pitching to a 2.52 ERA in 107 1/3 innings across three levels. He did struggle once he got to Double-A, posting a 4.22 ERA in 21 1/3 innings, but Vasquez was dominant across both A-ball levels, thanks to a high-spin curve that sits around 80 to complement a fastball that sits low-to-mid 90s.
Dominguez was the consensus No. 1 prospect in the system entering 2021, but has been replaced by Volpe in that role entering 2022. Volpe, Peraza, and Dominguez were the top 3 in some iteration according to all outlets in last year’s mid-season update, but Vasquez was as low as No. 20 on MLB.com’s list at the last update.
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