It is easy to underestimate the Yankee farm system. A few years
ago when Robinson Cano and Dioner Navarro were starting to make waves
in Tampa, the Yankee system was considered by many to be among the
poorest in baseball, but producing a starting second baseman and
catcher is not a bad result. For 2006, the players to watch seem
to be Phil Hughes and Jose Tabata. Jose Tabata? I hadn't
heard of him either.
The heralded position player prospects are third baseman Eric Duncan and shortstop C.J. Henry. Young outffielder Jose Tabata is the one that I have my eye on. He has lots to work on, starting with that ugly W/K ratio, but succeeding in full-season ball before the age of 18 is a very good sign. Here are their 2006 statistics with links to prior year information: