Yankees' farm system packed with punch
Led by 20-year-old righty Philip Hughes, the Yankees have significantly upgraded their farm system in a relatively short period of time.
The Yankees have long had the game's biggest payroll, but their farm system has lain fallow for several years, the result of some uninspired draft picks and trades that rid the system of the few prospects who remained. Over the last 18 months, however, the Yanks' system has made a stunning turnaround, going from one of the five worst systems in the game to one of the 10 best.
What sets the Yankees' system apart from most others is the presence of two of the 10 best prospects in baseball, something ...
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Hot Stove Heaters
Leading up to when pitchers and catchers begin reporting to their respective camps, ESPN.com offers a Hot Stove Heaters series on the 25 hottest topics in baseball. Follow along as we get you ready for the start of spring training.
• Jan. 11: Ballpark
• Jan. 12: Future new city for an MLB team
• Jan. 15: Rookie likely to begin '07 in majors
• Jan. 16: Prospect likely to start '07 in minors
• Jan. 17: Offseason pitcher acquisition
• Jan. 18: Offseason position-player acquisition
• Jan. 19: Future new commissioner
• Jan. 22: General manager
• Jan. 23: Manager
• Jan. 24: Division
• Jan. 25: Team
• Jan. 26: Farm system
• Jan. 29: Debate
• Jan. 30: Innovation
• Jan. 31: Trend
• Feb. 1: Milestone
• Feb. 2: Statistic
• Feb. 5: Story
• Feb. 6: Rumor
• Feb. 7: Everyday lineup
• Feb. 8: Infield
• Feb. 9: Outfield
• Feb. 12: Rotation
• Feb. 13: Bullpen
• Feb. 14: Overall player