2010 fantasy baseball: New York Yankees – top 5 prospects. Includes the top 5 ranked fantasy baseball prospects for the New York Yankees entering the 2010 season.
#1 – Jesus Montero – C
#2 – Mark Melancon – RP
#3 – Zach McAllister – SP
#4 – Greg Golson – OF
#5 – Andrew Brackman – SP
#1 – Jesus Montero – C – Age: 20
At just age 20, Montero is another young catcher who is reshaping the baseball world with his excellent offensive approach. Offering 15-20 homerun ability to go along with a batting average around .300, Montero is well on his way to becoming an easy top 10 overall fantasy baseball catcher in the very near future. With Jorge Posada still the everyday starter in New York, Montero will remain playing in the minors during the 2010 season. However if Posada were to get injured, Montero would be in line for an immediate call up and playing time.
#2 – Mark Melancon – RP – Age: 25
A very experienced and successful closer during his college days at the University of Arizona, Melancon is considered to be the potential heir apparent at closer for the Yankees when Mariano Rivera retires. Armed with an excellent fastball and the attitude desired to handle the closers role, Melancon could easily find himself situated in a key bullpen role for the Yankees during the 2010 season.
#3 – Zach McAllister – SP – Age: 22
After an excellent 2009 season at Double A, McAllister has positioned himself as one of the Yankees top starting pitching prospects entering the 2010 season. However with the Yankees starting rotation stacked with expensive arms, the only way McAllister even sniffs at major league playing time in 2010 is if an injury strikes one of the current starters, or if he is needed in the bullpen.
#4 – Greg Golson – OF – Age: 24
A former top prospect and first round pick in the 2004 draft, Golson enters the 2010 season as a near forgotten man in the Yankees minor league system after having struggled mightily at Triple A during the 2009 season. Luckily however for Golson, if there is one position on the Yankees roster that a prospect would have an opportunity for playing time during the 2010 season, the outfield is the place. Offering solid stolen base ability to go along with a little power, Golson would likely be the Yankees first outfielder to get a call up from the minors if needed during the 2010 season.
#5 – Andrew Brackman – SP – Age: 24
Tommy John surgery in 2008 slowed down this former 1st round pick, but after a decent return to the minors during the 2009 season, Brackman should definitely be on the Yankees radar in 2010. Even though Brackman is a starter, his durability is his biggest issue, so if the Yankees want to use his arm during the 2010 season, it will come out of the bullpen.
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