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Each year we rank the Top 50 Yankees Prospects and then follow it up with a 'Beyond The Top 50' group and a Top 20 DSL/International Free Agent ranking. A few prospects from the latter two groups have seen their place in the organization trending upward over the last calendar year.

Note: This does not included newly signed 2013 players, just players who were in the farm system a year ago and didn't crack the Top 50 then.

SS, Abiatal Avelino: We ranked him second last offseason among the Top 20 DSL Yankee Prospects after he hit .302 with 20 stolen bases in 57 games in 2012 and he followed that up by hitting a combined .303 with 28 stolen bases and more walks [20] than strikeouts [17] in 51 short-season league games this year. He's a bit of a rarity for a young prospect -- he's consistent -- and that has his star rising big-time over the past calendar year.

RHP, Shane Greene: For years this right-hander seemingly had permanent residence in our annual Top 50 rankings because he possessed three plus pitches. However, he dropped out of the rankings last year after it appeared his high number of walks would never come down. Well, he proved everybody wrong in 2013. He went from routinely walking four to five batters per nine innings over his career to barely two per inning this year and the stuff hasn't regressed one iota. He could be somebody to watch as possibly helping the big league club sometime next season if he keeps his strike-throwing abilities intact in 2014.

RHP, Brady Lail: Last year's 18th round pick out of high school in Utah has become one of the true helium prospects in the farm system. He entered the professional ranks with a plus curveball and a slightly above average fastball. A year later though the fastball is firmly above average and it shows long-term plus potential, the changeup has gone from non-existent to a potential above average pitch, and he's added a big league quality sinker. Throw in plus makeup, advanced pitch-ability, and command, and he's carved himself a spot in the Top 50 rankings in short order.

RHP, Dallas Martinez: Like Avelino, this Mexican right-hander was ranked in the top three of our Top 20 DSL Yankee Prospects a year ago. His numbers in his States-side debut this year were solid -- a 4.03 ERA in the Gulf Coast League -- but it's the polished delivery and long-term potential that he possesses that his him bearing down on the Top 50 now. The fastball is above average and flashes plus potential, and the curveball is legit. He has some more work to do with his changeup and that prevents him from being in the Avelino class right now, but the potential is pretty enormous.

RHP, Luis Severino: In highsight our ranking him seventh in the Top 20 DSL Yankee Prospects seems extremely light, especially on the heels of his terrific States-side debut in 2013 where he posted a combined 2.45 ERA with more than a strikeout per inning pitched between the Gulf Coast League and South Atlantic League. What we didn't know back then, however, was how quickly his changeup would come along. He has three plus pitches now and he's a superb strike-thrower. He's got ceiling galore and he's already one of the better pitching prospects in the farm system.

C, Luis Torrens: New York's top International free agent sign a year ago, we ranked him the top prospect in the Top 20 DSL Yankee Prospects and while his numbers in his debut season this year [.241, one home run] were not earth-shattering, he was the youngest player in the Gulf Coast League and earned the respect of coaches around the league. Some evaluators believe he very well could wind up being the best of the catching bunch that includes the likes of J.R. Murphy and Gary Sanchez, and that's high praise indeed. He's legit already and he doesn't turn 18 until next May.

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