ESPN’s Keith Law released (Insider req’d) his Top 100 prospects for the 2011 season. Catchers Jesus Montero (4) and Gary Sanchez (68) made the list. Pitchers Manny Banuelos (12), Dellin Betances (73), and Andrew Brackman (88) also made the list. Montero played for Triple A Scranton last season while the three Killer Bs played in Double A Trenton. Sanchez bounced around Single A ball, but many Yankee insiders believe that the 18-year-old Sanchez will become the Bombers top prospect in the next year. For a full breakdown, keep reading.

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Before I get into the Baby Bombers, current Angels third base prospect, Mike Trout, hailing from Millville, New Jersey, was ranked as Law’s top prospect entering 2011. Trout terrorized Single A last season, smacking 10 home runs, stealing 56 bases, and hitting at a .341 clip. Trout is a plus-defender and will break into the big leagues within the next two seasons. The #1 overall pick from 2010 and Home Run Derby legend, Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals ranked second while outfielder Dominick Brown of the Philadelphia Phillies ranked third. Seriously, watch this Youtube video of Harper. The kid has Hall of Famer type power. Bat speed ranges from 105-110 MPH. You won’t be disappointed.

Onto the Bombers:

#4, Jesus Montero, Catcher: All Yankee fans know about Montero. Some have compared him to Miguel Cabrera, a true front-foot hitter with monster power. Montero crushed 21 home runs in 123 games at Triple A last season. The only concerns about Montero are about his position. His defensive prowess isn’t good as other Yankee farm hands, but his bat sets him apart. Expect to see Montero with the Yankees at some point during the 2011 season.

#12, Manny Banuelos, Pitcher: Banuelos bounced between Single A and Double A last season, but the strikeout potential is there. In 64 innings, Banuelos fanned 85 hitters. Baneulos features three plus pitchers, a 94 MPH heater, 78 MPH change, and a plus curve. The 19-year-old lefty will start in Trenton this season. He’s at least a season away from making an impact with the Yanks.

#68, Gary Sanchez, Catcher: Sanchez just turned 18 years old in December and he’s already been coined as the future crown jewel of the Yankee organization. Sanchez is better defensively than Montero displaying a quicker release and stronger arm, but his bat projects a little lower than the Great Jesus. Sanchez is still very, very raw and will start the season in High A ball. He’s one to keep an eye on as his fills out physically.

#73, Dellin Betances, Pitcher: Physically, Betances rivals current Yankee ace, CC Sabathia. The 21-year-old starting pitcher is 6’8″ weighing in at whopping 260 pounds. Betances will light up the gun, hitting 96-98 MPH with his heater, but lacks secondary pitches. Betances is fully recovered from his Tommy John surgery last year, so expect the burly lefty to start the year in Double A.

#88, Andrew Brackman, Pitcher: The 6’8″ lefty has a world of potential, but has dealt with nagging elbow injuries. The 25-year-old Brack Monster is currently projected as a bullpen guy, but that is his floor. The Yankees will closely monitor his innings in Double A with a potential promotion to Triple A in his future.

Clearly, the future is bright for the Bombers. Expect to see Montero with the Yanks during 2011 with some of the younger arms hopefully debuting in 2012. Sanchez is the one prospect that we should all continue to monitor. The raw ability is there. Let’s see how he develops as he gets older.