After reviewing the New York Mets Top Five Prospects, as listed by, today we will turn top the New York Yankees Top Five, as the Trade Deadline approaches:

1. Luis Severino, RHP: Severino burst onto the scene in 2013 as an unknown prospect in the Yankee organization. Last season, he made his debut in professional baseball in hi-res-e93a50ed1ffcc08f32e6bdd49d4f3283_crop_northAmerica and quickly proved to be a star, as he finished the season as the top right-handed pitching prospect in the Yankee farm system. Severino began his season playing for the Yankees single-A affiliate, the Charleston River Dogs and was outstanding, posting a 2.79 ERA in 14 games and 67.2 innings pitched with 70 strikeouts to just 15 walks. Those numbers were good enough in the mind of the Yankees to move him up to the Florida State League, where he pitched for the Tampa Yankees. Severino continued to dominate in Tampa and was quickly moved up to AA after appearing in four games for Tampa, and posting a 1.31 ERA with 28 K’s and 6 walks. Currently, he’s pitched 14.2 innings for the Trenton Thunder and posted a 1.84 ERA with 20 K’s and four walks. He is listed at 6’0” and 195 LBs, but throws a power fastball (between 94-95 MPH) that is known to have some sink on it. Also, he throws a hard slider and a changeup as well. Severino is the best prospect the Yankees have and if he continues to pitch the way he his recently, should find himself in the Bronx by the end of 2015.

2. Gary Sanchez, Catcher: The Yankees have lacked a solid bat at the catcher position since possible future Hall of Famer Jorge Posada retired and Russell Martin left, but gstheir number two prospect seems to have all the talent he needs to fill that role. The Yankees went out last offseason and signed veteran catcher Brian McCann, with the hope being that Sanchez is ready when it comes time to move McCann to first base, after Mark Teixeira’s contract expires. Sanchez has had a solid season this year playing for the Yankees AA affiliate, the Trenton Thunder right here in good ol’ New Jersey. Sanchez was 16 years old when he signed an international free agent contract worth $3M. In 345 AB’s this season, Sanchez is batting .275 with 95 hits, 18 doubles, 11 home runs and 53 RBI. At this point in his career, and with what the Yankees may be looking to do at the trade deadline, I don’t know if we’ll ever see Sanchez in the Bronx. With McCann in the mix, Sanchez could be expendable depending on if his inclusion would acquire a player who could put the team over the top. Who knows how this plays out? All we know is that Sanchez has all the skills to be a good player if everything works in his favor.

3. Eric Jagielo, Third baseman: After being drafted in the first round of the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft, he signed a contract with the Yankees worth around $1.9M and dsc_0051abegan his season in the Gulf Coast League, but only appeared in seven games before being moved up to the Tampa Yankees. Jagielo is a nice prospect for the Yankees, who clearly need help after Alex Rodriguez has been suspended all of the 2014 season, not to mention that he is 39 years old and will be approaching 40 by the end of next years’ MLB season. Jagielo isn’t that great of a contact hitter, so I don’t expect he would hit for a high average, although he has shown strides at the plate. But the Yankees were hard-pressed to pass on the power that he produces from the left side of the plate, as it’s perfect for Yankee Stadium. In 205 AB’s this season, he has hit 12 home runs and driven in 40 RBI. The young third base prospect also has a good arm for his position and is solid, not great in the field. Jagielo, like most Yankees prospects, is still a few years away from the majors, but if he continues to develop, we should see him make an impact in pinstripes by 2016-2017.

4. Ian Clarkin, LHP: Clarkin is the Yankees top left-handed pitching prospect in their farm system. He was also drafted in the first round in 2013, with the 33rd overall pick and is young, at only 19 years of age. He throws hard, between 90-94 MPH but also shows off a very nice offspeed pitch, with a 12-6 curve. Clarkin isn’t projected to be a number 1 in the Yankee rotation but they don’t really need that with Masahiro Tanaka. In his first full season of pro ball pitching for the Yankees low class-A affiliate, he Ian-Clarkin-Aaron-Judgehas pitched in 15 games, and has a record of 3-3 with a 3.46 ERA in 65.0 innings pitched. Clarkin has shown impressive command, striking out 70 batters and walking only 20. With the potential that he possesses, it is expected that Clarkin can move quickly through the minors, but don’t expect to see him until sometime in 2017 as he’s still a decent while away.

5. Aaron Judge, Outfielder: Aaron Judge is another Yankee selected in the first round of the 2013 First Year Player Draft with the 32nd overall pick. Judge is a big kid, at just 22 years old but standing at 6’7” and 230 LBs. Judge has split his season this year between Charleston and Tampa, and has done well. In 65 games with Charleston, Judge hit .333 with 78 hits in 234 AB’s. He hit 15 doubles, two triples, nine homers and drove in 45 runs before moving up to Tampa. While in Tampa, Judge has played in 37 games, and hit .290 with three doubles, two triples, four home runs, and driven in 19. says the Judge has drawn comparisons to Dave Winfield and Giancarlo Stanton. The young outfielder came into pro baseball with a quad injury, but has all the tools to be a solid right fielder in the majors. He has good speed for his size while playing the outfield and also shows off a nice arm. If he can show that he can keep on hitting, and keep his average up; he should move through the minors very quickly. You probably won’t see Judge for another year or two, but in my opinion he would be the prospect that you should be excited about.

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