While this season we’ve seen some nice developments with certain higher-level players on the farm (off the top of the dome: Refsnyder, O’Brien, Pirela), there’s been a couple who’ve regressed, most notably the consensus Top 2 prospects in the system.

We’ve already mentioned Mason Williams’ struggles, and although he’s hit better lately, he still has a line of .226/.309/.296 (72 wRC+).

His Double-A teammate Gary Sanchez is also gaining attention for the wrong reasons, this time being benched for disciplinary reasons.

Trenton Thunder Examiner:

Sanchez was benched for the final two games of a series with the Richmond Flying Squirrels for disciplinary reasons, and Thunder manager Tony Franklin indicated he could be held out for a few more games.

“Gary (Sanchez) is out of there for a couple of days until we decide he deserves to play again, plain and simple,” Franklin told reporters after Thursday’s 4-3 victory.

“It’s more to it than just playing,” Franklin added. “It’s conducting yourself like a professional at all times.”

And Sanchez really hasn’t been prolific at the plate this season either, although he is still young for his level at age 21. The consensus #1 Yankee prospect is at .251/.328/.414 (105 wRC+).

Hopefully both Sanchez and Williams will turn things around, but the Yankees just seem to have this thing with top prospects not reaching expectations. With the Yanks, it seems to be the under-the-radar guys who end up serving some utility.