Judge, Mateo invited to Yankees camp

Top prospects lead group of 25 non-roster players heading to Florida

Aaron Judge led all Yankees Minor Leaguers with 20 homers in 124 games last season. (Ken Inness/MiLB.com)

By Alex Kraft / MiLB.com | February 5, 2016 6:14 PM ET

With Luis Severino and Greg Bird already in the big leagues, the Yankees will be taking a look at their next batch of star prospects later this month.

The club invited both of its representatives in MLB.com's new Top 100 prospects list -- outfielder Aaron Judge (No. 31) and infielder Jorge Mateo (No. 30) -- to Major League camp, along with 23 other Minor Leaguers.

Judge, 24, was ranked as the Yankees' top prospect for most of the 2015 season. A 2013 first-round pick, he belted 20 homers and racked up 72 RBIs in 124 games between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. While his slash line slipped from .284/.350/.516 to .224/.308/.373 after making the jump to the International League, the California native produced well enough to earn a spot among the Yankees' Organization All-Stars.

Mateo also was an Organization All-Star, despite a vastly different playing style from Judge. Signed in 2010 out of the Dominican Republic, the 20-year-old shortstop spent most of last season at Class A Charleston before making the jump to Class A Advanced Tampa in August. The 6-foot, 188-pound Mateo dominated with his speed, leading the Minors with 82 stolen bases in 99 tries while hitting .278 with 11 triples and 66 runs scored.

James Kaprielian, the Yankees' top pick in last year's Draft, also was invited to camp. The 21-year-old right-hander spent the summer with Class A Short Season Staten Island and was rated the club's No. 3 prospect at the end of the year. Infielder Tyler Wade (No. 8), right-hander Brady Lail (No. 10) and outfielder Dustin Fowler (No. 15) round out the club's top 30 prospects who will be in attendance when camp opens in Tampa.

The rest of the group includes left-handers Tyler Webb and Richard Bleier; right-handers Tyler Cloyd, Diego Moreno, Vinnie Pestano, Anthony Swarzak, Chad Green and Domingo German; catchers Kyle Higashioka, Carlos Corporan, Francisco Diaz, Eddy Rodriguez, Sebastian Valle and Santiago Nessy; infielders Jonathan Diaz, Pete Kozma, Deibinson Romero and Donovan Solano; and outfielder Cesar Puello. 

Alex Kraft is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and chat with him on Twitter @Alex_Kraft21. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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