Top 10 Yankees prospects

*** The Charleston Riverdogs catcher J.R. Murphy - as the Riverdogs play the Augusta GreenJackets Sunday at Riley park. (Alan Hawes/postandcourier.com)

The full blast of the Charleston RiverDogs' affiliation with the New York Yankees has yet to reach The Bronx, but it's close. The latest Baseball America list of the top 10 prospects in the Yankees' organization is peppered with past and future RiverDogs.

The Charleston highlight of 2012 likely will be lots of Class A South Atlantic League playing time for third baseman Dante Bichette Jr., the Yankees' 2011 supplemental first-round draft pick.

Rank, player, pos. 2011 highlight RiverDogs connection

1) Jesus Montero, C .328 in 61 big league at-bats 17 HRs in ‘08 at age 18

2) Manny Banuelos, LHP 94 K’s in 95 Double-A innings 9-5 in 2009 at 18

3) Dellin Betances, RHP 115 K’s in 105 Double-A inn. 9-4 in 2008, 135 Ks

4) Gary Sanchez, C At 18, led R’Dogs with 17 HRs May open 2012 here

5) Mason Williams, OF Hit .349 at short-season Staten Island ETA, 2012

6) Dante Bichette Jr., 3B Son of ex-MLB star 51st overall pick ETA, 2012

7) Ravel Santana, OF .296, 9 homers in Rookie League ETA, 2013

8) Austin Romine, C 19 MLB at bats (.143) .300, 10 HRs in 2008

9) J.R. Murphy, C/3B Outplayed Sanchez in Charleston .297 in 2011

10) Slade Heathcott, OF Shoulder injury at Class A Tampa .271 in 2011

– Gene Sapakoff