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The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees have been overcoming the odds in 2012, so why stop now?


SWB has not had a home in one city this season, but still boasts one of the best home records in the International League with a 35-27 mark while playing as the home team in five ballparks. They have also got into a playoff position despite losing top hitters Steve Pearce, Russell Branyan and Jack Cust.


In fact, the Yankees are having a better season to this point in this season than they did in 2011, when SWB missed the playoffs for the first time since moving to Moosic from Columbus.


The Yankees entered Saturday's game with a 66-53 overall record and a half-game lead over Pawtucket in the International League North Division. They are also in the race for the league's wild card berth in case the division title doesn't work out and hold a two-game lead over Lehigh Valley for that spot.


With just 25 games remaining, the Yankees are in position to qualify for the playoffs. If they do, their home games will be played in one stadium, Frontier Field in Rochester.


Here are the New York Yankees top-10 prospects according to MLB.com.



1.
Manny Banuelos, LHP: It was announced last week that the starter will be shut down for the rest of the season.



2. Dellin
Betances, RHP, Trenton (Double-A): The 6-foot-8, 260-pounder picked up his third win for Trenton last week giving up just two runs in five innings. In eight games for the Thunder this season, he's 3-1 with a 4.23 ERA, 43 strikeouts and 19 walks in 44 2/3 innings. He struggled for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before the demotion, totaling 69 walks in 74 2/3 innings along with a 6.39 ERA.



3.
Gary Sanchez, catcher, Tampa (High-A): The 19-year-old has played in 29 games for Tampa after being promoted from Charleston. For the T-Yanks, his average is up to .278 after hitting .350 over his last 10 games. He also has three homers, 14 RBI and three steals.



4. Mason Williams, outfielder, Tampa (High-A): He struggled early after a promotion to Tampa, but is now batting .277 with three home runs and seven RBI. He's currently on the disabled list.



5.
Tyler Austin, outfield, Tampa (A): He's jumped up the list from just outside the top 10 thanks to a .312 batting average at Charleston. He's only played in 17 games for the T-Yankees and has gone 18-for-66 with a home run, a triple and 11 RBI.



6. Jose Campos, RHP, Charleston (A): The 19-year-old is on the DL, but has started a throwing program in Tampa. It has not been announced if he will be shut down for the season like Banuelos.



7.
Slade Heathcott, outfielder, Tampa (A): The 29th overall pick in the 2009 draft has been on a torrid stretch for the Tampa Yankees and he continues to hit well recently. He's been on fire during his last 18 games, batting .433 (29-for-67) in that time as his average has catapulted to .308 for the season. He also has hit five homers, driven in 23 and stolen 13 bases.



8.
Austin Romine, catcher, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A): The 23-year-old was reinstated off the D.L. last week after seeing rehab games in Tampa and has only played in three games for SWB.



9.
Dante Bichette Jr., third base, Charleston (A): Bichette was New York's first pick in 2011 (51st overall) and is batting .244 on the season with two home runs and 36 RBI.



10.
Cito Culver, shortstop, Charleston (A): A recent stretch in which he's hitting .306 over his last 10 games has the 19-year-old's batting average up to .227 this season with 20 stolen bases and a .336 on-base percentage.

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