Sunday, May 13, 2012

Prospect Update May 12th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 3-2 victory over the Durham Bulls in 10 innings
Ronnier Mustelier went 0 for 4.  Brandon Laird went 1 for 4 with a double.  Yadil Mujica went 2 for 4 with a double.


Trenton Thunder 5-1 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs
Luke Murton went 2 for 4 with a double, a HR, a run, and 4 RBIs.  Cody Johnson went 1 for 4 with a HR, a run, and a RBI.  Corban Joseph went 1 for 4.  Melky Mesa went 1 for 3.


Tampa Yankees 2-4 loss to the Lakeland Flying Tigers
Tyson Blaser went 1 for 4.  JR Murphy went 0 for 3.  Kyle Roller went 0 for 1 with a run and a RBI.  Ramon Flores went 0 for 3 with a run.

Nik Turley pitched 5 innings, giving up 4 runs, and striking out 7.


Charleston RiverDogs 16-2 victory over the West Virginia Power
Dante Bichette Jr. went 3 for 4 with 3 runs and a RBI.  Tyler Austin went 2 for 5 with a double, 2 runs, and a RBI.  Angelo Gumbs went 4 for 6 with a HR, 2 runs, and 3 RBIs.  Cito Culver went 0 for 6.  Benjamin Gamel went 3 for 6 with double, a run, and 5 RBIs.

Prospect Update May 11th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 7-8 loss to the Durham Bulls
Ronnier Mustelier went 2 for 4 with a double and a run.  Yadil Mujica went 3 for 5.  Colin Curtis went 0 for 4 with 2 runs.


Trenton Thunder 2-4 loss to the Portland Sea Dogs
Cody Johnson went 2 for 4.  Melky Mesa went 0 for 4.


Tampa Yankees 4-0 victory over the Jupiter Hammerheads
Tyson Blaser went 2 for 4 with a double, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs.  Ramon Flores went 1 for 5.  Rob Segedin went 1 for 4 with double and a run.  Kyle Roller went 1 for 3 with a run.


Charleston RiverDogs 8-4 victory over the West Virginia Power
Dante Bichette Jr. went 2 for 5 with a double and a run.  Tyler Austin went 1 for 6.  Cito Culver went 1 for 2 with a run and 2 RBIs.  Angelo Gumbs went 1 for 4 with a RBI.

Prospect Update May 10th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4-3 victory over the Columbus Clippers
Ronnier Mustelier went 1 for 4.  Brandon Laird went 1 for 5.  

DJ Mitchell pitched 6 innings, giving up 3 runs, and striking out 6.

Trenton Thunder 7-0 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs
Cody Johnson went 1 for 4 with a triple, a run, and 2 RBIs.  Luke Murton went 3 for 5 with a double and 2 runs.  Corban Joseph went 1 for 5 with a run.  Melky Mesa went 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs. 

Tampa Yankees 9-8 victory over the Jupiter Hammerheads
Tyson Blaser went 4 for 4 with 2 doubles, a run, and 4 RBIs.  Kyle Roller went 2 for 4 with a triple and 2 runs. Rob Segedin went 1 for 3 with 3 runs.  Ramon Flores went 0 for 5.

Branden Pinder pitched 2 scoreless innings, striking out 1, and picked up his first win of the season.

Charleston RiverDogs 15-2 victory over the West Virginia Power
Dante Bichette Jr. went 2 for 3 with 3 runs.  Tyler Austin went 1 for 3 with a HR, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs.  Cito Culver went 2 for 6 with 2 runs.  Angelo Gumbs went 3 for 6 with 2 runs.  Benjamin Gamel went 1 for 5 with a HR, a run, and 3 RBIs.

Prospect Update May 9th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 2-1 victory over the Columbus Clippers
Ronnier Mustelier went 2 for 4 with a double.  Brandon Laird went 0 for 4.

Dellin Betances had his best start of the season, pitching 8 innings, giving up 1 run, and striking out 7.


Trenton Thunder 1-5 loss to the Reading Phillies
Melky Mesa went 2 for 4 with a HR, a run, and a RBI.  Corban Joseph went 0 for 3.  Cody Johnson went 0 for 4.


Shaeffer Hall pitched 7 innings, giving up 5 runs, and striking out 3.


Tampa Yankees 3-4 loss to the Jupiter Hammerheads
Ramon Flores went 1 for 3 with a HR, a run, and a RBI.  Rob Segedin went 0 for 4.  JR Murphy went 1 for 4 with a run.


Charleston RiverDogs had an off day

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Prospect Update May 8th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had a doubleheader against the Columbus Clippers.  They lost the first 0-1 and won the second 4-3.
Ronnier Mustelier went 0 for 3 in the first game and 1 for 3 with a HR, a run, and 2 RBIs.  Brandon Laird went 0 for 3 in the first and second game.  Yadil Mujica went 1 for 2 with a double in the first game and 0 for 3 in the second game.

Manny Banuelos pitched 5 innings in the first game, allowing 1 run, striking out 3, and didn't walk a single batter.  Adam Warren started the second game, pitching 4.2 innings, giving up 3 runs, and striking out 4.


Trenton Thunder 5-3 victory over the Reading Phillies
Corban Joseph went 2 for 4 with a run.  Melky Mesa went 2 for 5 with a double, a HR, 2 runs, and 3 RBIs.  Cody Johnson went 0 for 4.


Tampa Yankees 2-9 loss to the Jupiter Hammerheads
Ramon Flores went 1 for 5.  Rob Segedin went 0 for 4.  JR Murphy went 0 for 5.

Charleston RiverDogs 7-8 loss to the Delmarva Shorebirds
Mason Williams went 0 for 2.  Gary Sanchez went 2 for 4 with a HR, a run, and a RBI.  Tyler Austin went 1 for 5 with a double and a run. Dante Bichette Jr. went 2 for 5 with a double and 2 RBIs.  Cito Culver went 0 for 5.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Prospect Update May 7th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees were rained out


Trenton Thunder had an off day


Tampa Yankees 5-10 loss to the Bradenton Marauders
Rob Segedin went 3 for 4 with a double and a run.  Ramon Flores went 1 for 5 with a run.  JR Murphy went 1 for 4 with a RBI.


Charleston RiverDogs 5-4 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds
Mason Williams went 1 for 3 with 2 runs.  Gary Sanchez went 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBIs.  Tyler Austin went 0 for 4.  Dante Bichette Jr. went 0 for 4.  Cito Culver went 0 for 4.  Angelo Gumbs went 2 for 4 with a triple and a run.

Prospect Update May 6th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 5-7 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox
Brandon Laird went 0 for 3.  Ronnier Mustelier went 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs.  Yadil Mujica went 3 for 4 with a double and a run.

Andy Pettitte started and went 5 innings, giving up 5 runs, 3 earned, while striking out 5.


Trenton Thunder 4-3 victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in 11 innings
Corban Joseph went 2 for 5.  Melky Mesa went 1 for 5 with a double.  Abraham Almonte went 3 for 6 with a run and 2 RBIs.


Tampa Yankees 6-7 loss to the Bradenton Marauders in 18 innings
Ramon Flores went 2 for 5 with a double, a run, and a RBI.  Rob Segedin went 1 for 5 with a HR, a run, and 3 RBIs.

Branden Pinder pitched 2 hitless innings in relief, while walking 1.


Charleston RiverDogs 8-2 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds
Mason Williams went 3 for 4 with a HR, a stolen base, a run, and 3 RBIs.  Tyler Austin went 1 for 4 with a HR, a run, and a RBI.  Dante Bichette Jr. went 1 for 4 with a run.  Angelo Gumbs went 0 for 4.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Diamondbacks at Mets May 6th

I was at Citi Field today for the Dbacks vs Mets game.  Here are some picture.

Former top prospect Justin Upton waits in right field

Upton taking his hacks at the plate

Upton is not having the year he had last year when he was in the MVP discussion but its still early

David Wright and the rest of the infield got into the mound for a pitching change. RA Dickey went 8+ to pick up the win.  

Closer Frank Francisco comes in to close the game out.


Crowd celebrates a Mets' victory

The team coming out of the dugout to celebrate the win.
A video after the win.

Prospect Update May 5th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 3-9 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox
Brandon Laird went 2 for 4.  Ronnier Mustelier got called up to AAA and went 2 for 5 with a run.  Colin Curtis went 1 for 4 with a run and a RBI.


Trenton Thunder 6-7 loss to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Corban Joseph went 1 for 3 with a run.  Cody Johnson went 2 for 4 with a double and a RBI.


Tampa Yankees 2-7 loss to the Bradenton Marauders
Ramon Flores went 1 for 3 with a double and a run.  Rob Segedin went 1 for 4 with a double and a RBI.  JR Murphy went 0 for 4.


Charleston RiverDogs 4-6 loss to the Delmarva Shorebirds
Mason Williams went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles, a run, and a RBI.  Gary Sanchez went 2 for 5.  Tyler Austin went 0 for 4.  Angelo Gumbs went 1 for 4 with a RBI.

Prospect Update May 4th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 0-3 loss to the Rochester Red Wings
Brandon Laird went 0 for 4.  Colin Curtis went 1 for 3.


Trenton Thunder 5-7 loss to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Ronnier Mustelier went 3 for 4 with a HR, 3 runs, and a RBI.  Melky Mesa went 2 for 5 with 2 RBIs.  Cody Johnson went 2 for 5 with a run.


Tampa Yankees 2-0 victory over the Bradenton Marauders
Rob Segedin went 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs.  Ramon Flores went 0 for 3.  JR Murphy went 1 for 4 with a run.

Branden Pinder pitched 2 shutout innings and struck out 1.


Charleston RiverDogs 5-1 victory over the Lakewood BlueClaws
Mason Williams went 0 for 3 with a run.  Dante Bichette Jr. went 0 for 4.  Tyler Austin went 1 for 4 with a run.   Gary Sanchez went 1 for 3 with a run.  Angelo Gumbs went 1 for 4 with a RBI.

Prospect Update May 3rd

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 3-4 loss to the Rochester Red Wings
Brandon Laird went 2 for 4 with a HR, a run, and 3 RBIs.

Dellin Betances pitched 6 innings, giving up 3 runs, 2 earned, and striking out 2 while registering a no decision.


Trenton Thunder 9-7 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs
Ronnier Mustelier went 1 for 4 with a HR, a run, and 3 RBIs.  Cody Johnson went 2 for 5 with a double, a HR, a run, and a RBI.

Shaeffer Hall pitched 5 innings, giving up 4 runs, and striking out 3.


Tampa Yankees 6-12 loss to the Brevard County Manatees
Rob Segedin went 2 for 5 with a run and a RBI.  Ramon Flores went 0 for 4 with a run.  JR Murphy went 1 for 4 with a run.


Charleston RiverDogs 5-4 victory over the Lakewood BlueClaws in 10 innings
Dante Bichette Jr. went 0 for 5.  Tyler Austin went 0 for 3 with a run.  Gary Sanchez went 1 for 5 with a run.  Angelo Gumbs went 1 for 4.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Welcome to Yankee Stadium: DJ Mitchell

DJ Mitchell was called up to the big league squad this past week.  He made his major league debut on May 1st against the Orioles, going 1 scoreless innings, and striking out 2.

Mitchell was drafted in the 10th round of the 2008 amateur draft out of Clemson University.  He stands 6' tall, weights 160 pounds, and is a right handed starting pitcher.  However, on this Yankees team he will be slotted in the long relief role.

After being drafted he was sent to Low A, Charleston RiverDogs to start the 2009 season.  He had a great stay in Charleston.  There he made 6 starts, going 4-1 with a stellar 1.95 ERA in 37 innings.  He also had 42 strikeouts to only 6 walks, a very impressive K:BB ratio.  After this start he was promoted to High A, Tampa for the remainder of the season.  There he made 19 appearances, 18 starts, and went 8-6 with a 2.87 ERA in 103.1 innings.  He struck out 83 and walked 38 which was not as good as his RiverDog K:BB ratio but still not bad.

To start the 2010 season he was sent to the Double A, Trenton Thunder.  There he made 23 appearances, 22 starts, and went 11-4 with a 4.06 ERA in 133 innings.  He had 96 strikeouts and 57 walks, for a much less impressive K:BB ratio.  He was named to the Double AA, mid season, All-Star team.  He was then promoted to Triple A, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the end of this season.  He made three starts there, going 2-0 with a 3.57 ERA in 17.2 innings. He had a 16:7 K:BB ratio in that stop.

With nowhere to go but the majors, he spent the 2011 season back in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  There he made 28 appearances, 24 starts, going 13-9 with a 3.18 ERA in 161.1 innings.  He had a 112:63, K:BB ratio which is a little troubling.

This season he again started in Triple A.  In four starts he has gone 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA in 23 innings.  He improved his K:BB ratio with 21 strikeouts to 7 walks before being called up.

The one thing that really stands out to me about Mitchell is the inning load that he has been able to handle since being drafted.  He has been over 130 innings each season and topped 160 last year.  That bodes well for his transition into the majors as a starter if he is ever given the opportunity.

Going forward, it is tough to see exactly how Mitchell will fit into the Yankees plans.  With Pettitte about to make it back to the major, he could very well take Mitchell's spot on the 25 man roster.  This means Mitchell spending the rest of the season at Triple A, barring an injury to a Yankees pitcher.  Going past this season, it is very unclear how Mitchell fits into the Yankees long term plans.  He is not as highly regarded as some of the other Yankees prospects so he will have to prove he belongs.  I could see the Yankees giving him some time in the majors to show him off to other teams and then possibly trading him.  However, with all the injury and inefficiency problems the Yankees are currently having with their rotation he could end up being a very valuable piece in the Yankees pitching staff going forward.


Yankees Minor League Links May 3rd

David Phelps, my #10 prospect in the Yankees system, makes his first big league start today against the Kansas City Royals.

As some of you may have noticed from yesterdays prospect update, top prospect Manny Banuelos is back from the DL.  He had a scoreless outing yesterday with a small pitch count.

ESPN has had a lot of coverage on Yankees prospects over the last little while.  Here are some of the main ones:

An article about Jose Campos' first bad start.

An insider write up about the struggles of Dellin Betances.

Keith Law does a very interesting piece on the entire Yankee stystem.  If you have ESPN insider it is a must read.  Spoiler alert: He calls Mason Williams the top Yankees prospect.

A list of where the top Yankees prospects are in the minors.


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Prospect Update May 2nd

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 2-1 victory over the Rochester Red Wings
Brandon Laird went 1 for 3 with a double.

Manny Banuelos pitched 3.2 scoreless innings, while striking out five in his first start back from the DL


Trenton Thunder 4-3 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs
Ronnier Mustelier went 1 for 3 with a HR, a run, and a RBI.  Melky Mesa went 1 for 3 with a double.  Cody Johnson went 2 for 3 with a double and a run.  Yadil Mujica went 0 for 4.


Tampa Yankees 3-2 victory over the Brevard County Manatees in 11 innings
Ramon Flores went 5 for 6 with a double.  Rob Segedin went 0 for 5.

Nik Turley went 5 innings, giving up 2 runs, and striking out 3.



Charleston RiverDogs 5-3 victory over the Lakewood BlueClaws
Dante Bichette Jr. went 0 for 3.  Tyler Austin continues his hot hitting, going 1 for 2 with a double and 2 runs.  Gary Sanchez went 1 for 4 with a double and a run.  Angelo Gumbs went 1 for 3 with a double and a run.

Prospect Update May 1st

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 5-2 victory over the Rochester Red Wings
Brandon Laird went 0 for 3.  Colin Curtis went 0 for 4.

Adam Warren went 5 innings, giving up 1 run, and striking out 2.


Trenton Thunder were rained out


Tampa Yankees 3-0 victory over the Brevard County Manatees
Ramon Flores went 2 for 4 with a double.  Rob Segedin went 2 for 4 with a run.  JR Murphy went 0 for 4.

Branden Pinder pitched 1 perfect inning in relief, striking out 1.


Charleston RiverDogs had an off day

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Prospect Update April 30th


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees had an off day

Trenton Thunder 6-3 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs
Ronnier Mustelier went 2 for 5 with a HR, 2 runs, and 3 RBIs.  Luke Murton went 3 for 4 with a double and a RBI.  Melky Mesa went 2 for 4 with a HR, a run, and a RBI.

Tampa Yankees 6-4 victory over the Dunedin Blue Jays
Ramon Flores went 3 for 6.  JR Murphy went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and a run.  Rob Segedin went 0 for 3.

Charleston RiverDogs 4-6 loss to the Hickory Crawdads
Mason Williams went 0 for 1.  Cito Culver went 3 for 4 with a double and a run.  Dante Bichette Jr. went 1 for 3.  Tyler Austin went 1 for 3 with a run and a RBI.  Angelo Gumbs went 1 for 4 with a run.

Prospect Update April 29th


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 8-2 victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Brandon Laird went 3 for 5 with a run.  Colin Curtis went 1 for 4 with a double, a run, and 2 RBIs.

Trenton Thunder 3-4 loss to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Ronnier Mustelier went 1 for 4.  Abraham Almonte went 1 for 4 with a HR, 2 runs, and a RBI.  

Tampa Yankees 0-3 loss to the Dunedin Blue Jays
Ramon Flores went 1 for 4.  JR Murphy went 1 for 4.  Rob Segedin went 0 for 4.

Charleston RiverDogs 3-12 loss to the Hickory Crawdads
Mason Williams went 0 for 4.  Cito Culver went 1 for 4 with a triple and a run.  Dante Bichette Jr. went 1 for 3 with a run.  Tyler Austin went 1 for 4 with a HR, a run, and 3 RBIs.  Gary Sanchez went 2 for 4 with a double.

Prospect Update April 28th


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 8-4 victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Brandon Laird went 1 for 2 with a run and a RBI.  Colin Curtis went 1 for 3 with a run and a RBI.

Trenton Thunder 4-3 victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Ronnier Mustelier with 1 for 6.  Melky Mesa went 2 for 2 with a run.  Luke Murton went 2 for 5 with a double.  Yadil Mujica went 2 for 3 with 3 runs.

Tampa Yankees 1-6 loss to the Dunedin Blue Jays
Rob Segedin went 1 for 3 with a run.  JR Murphy went 0 for 4.

Charleston RiverDogs 14-9 victory over the Hickory Crawdads
Mason Williams went 3 for 5 with a double, 3 runs, and 2 RBIs.  Cito Culver went 3 for 4 with a double, a triple, 3 runs, and 3 RBIs.  Dante Bichette Jr. went 1 for 5 with 2 runs and a RBI.  Tyler Austin went 2 for 4 with 2 HRs, 2 runs, and 7 RBIs.  Gary Sanchez went 1 for 4.

Jose Campos had his first bad start as a Yankee, going only 2.2 innings, giving up 8 runs, and striking out 3.

Prospect Update April 27th


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 3-1 victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Brandon Laird went 0 for 2 with a run. 

Dellin Betances pitched 5 innings, giving up only one run, and striking out 3 to pick up his first victory of the season.

Trenton Thunder 1-2 loss to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Ronnier Mustelier went 1 for 3.  Luke Murton went 0 for 3.

Shaeffer Hall pitched 6 innings, giving up 2 runs, and striking out 3.

Tampa Yankees 2-3 loss to the Brevard County Manatees
Rob Segedin went 2 for 4 with a double, a run, and a RBI.  JR Murphy went 1 for 4.

Nik Turley pitched 8 innings, giving up 2 runs, and striking out 5.  Branden Pinder pitched .1 innings, giving up 1 run, and recorded his first loss of the season.

Charleston RiverDogs 0-7 loss to the Lexington Legends
Mason Williams went 0 for 3.  Gary Sanchez went 1 for 3 with a double.  Tyler Austin went 0 for 4.  Dante Bichette Jr. went 0 for 3.  Angelo Gumbs went 0 for 3.  Cito Culver went 0 for 3.  

Prospect Update April 26th


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 4-6 loss to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Brandon Laird went 1 for 5 with a run.  Colin Curtis went 0 for 4 with a RBI.

Trenton Thunder 2-9 loss to the Erie SeaWolves
Luke Murton went 1 for 4.  Ronnier Mustelier went 0 for 3.

Tampa Yankees 1-2 loss to the Brevard County Manatees in 11 innings
JR Murphy went 2 for 4 with a RBI.  Rob Segedin went 2 for 5 with a run.  Kyle Roller went 1 for 4 with a double.

Charleston RiverDogs 2-5 loss to the Lexington Legends
Mason Williams went 0 for 4.  Gary Sanchez went 0 for 4.  Tyler Austin went 3 for 4 with a double, a HR, 2 runs, and a RBI.  Dante Bichette Jr. went 1 for 4 with a RBI.  Angelo Gumbs went 0 for 2.

Prospect Update April 25th


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 8-6 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox
Colin Curtis went 1 for 4 with 2 runs.  Brandon Laird went 1 for 3 with a RBI.

Adam Warren went 5 innings, giving up 5 runs, and striking out 6.

Trenton Thunder 4-10 loss to the Erie SeaWolves
Ronnier Mustelier went 2 for 3 with a double, a triple, and 2 runs.  Cody Johnson went 2 for 3 with a double, a HR, a run, and 4 RBIs.

Andy Pettitte pitched 5 innings, giving up 4 runs, 3 earned, and striking out 3.

Tampa Yankees 7-2 victory over the Brevard County Manatees
Ramon Flores went 1 for 5 with a run.  Rob Segedin went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs.  JR Murphy went 1 for 4 with a run and a RBI.  

Charleston RiverDogs 9-4 victory over the Lexington Legends
Mason Williams went 4 for 4 with a double, a HR, 2 runs, and a RBI.  Dante Bichette Jr. went 0 for 4.  Tyler Austin went 1 for 5 with a HR, a run, and a RBI. Angelo Gumbs went 2 for 5 with a double and a run.  Cito Culver went 1 for 5.  

Prospect Update April 24rd


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 3-4 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox
Brandon Laird went 2 for 4 with a HR, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs.  Colin Curtis went 1 for 5 with a double.

DJ Mitchell pitched 6 innings, giving up 4 runs, and striking out 6 to record his first loss of the season.

Trenton Thunder 11-4 victory over the Erie SeaWolves
Ronnier Mustelier with 3 for 5 with 2 doubles, a run, and 4 RBIs.  Melky Mesa went 2 for 4 with a double.

Tampa Yankees 1-9 loss to the Dunedin Blue Jays
JR Murphy went 1 for 4.  Ramon Flores went 1 for 3 with a double. Kyle Roller went 2 for 3 with a RBI.

Charleston RiverDogs 4-1 victory over the Lexington Legends
Mason Williams went 1 for 5.  Dante Bichette Jr. went 0 for 4.  Tyler Austin went 0 for 4 with a run. Gary Sanchez went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 runs.  Angelo Gumbs went 2 for 4 with a double, a run, and a RBI. 

Prospect Update April 23rd


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees were snowed out

Trenton Thunder had an off day

Tampa Yankees 3-5 loss to the Dunedin Blue Jays
Rob Segedin went 2 for 4 with a HR, 2 runs, and a RBI.  Kyle Roller went 2 for 4 with a run.  JR Murphy went 1 for 3.  Ramon Flores went 1 for 4 with a RBI.

Branden Pinder pitched 2 scoreless innings, striking out 5.

Charleston RiverDogs had an off day

Prospect Update April 22nd


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 6-5 victory over the Norfolk Tides
Brandon Laird went 1 for 3.  

Dellin Betances had another mediocre outing, going 4.1 innings, giving up 5 runs, 2 earned, and striking out 3.

Trenton Thunder were rained out

Tampa Yankees 6-4 victory over the Dunedin Blue Jays
Rob Segedin went 1 for 3 with a HR, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs.  Kyle Roller went 1 for 2 with a HR, a run, and 2 RBIs.

Nik Turley pitched 5.1 innings, giving up 3 runs, and striking out 7.

Charleston RiverDogs 4-3 victory over the West Virginia Power
Dante Bichette Jr. went 0 for 4.  Tyler Austin went 1 for 4 with a HR, a run, and a RBI.  Gary Sanchez went 1 for 3 with a run. Cito Culver went 1 for 3 with a run.

Jose Campos continues he hot pitching, going 6 innings, giving up 2 runs, and striking out 5.

Prospect Update April 21st


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees were rained out

Trenton Thunder 1-4 loss to the Harrisburg Senators
Luke Murton went 3 for 4 with a RBI.  Melky Mesa went 0 for 3 with a run.

Shaeffer Hall pitched 7 innings, giving up 3 runs, and striking out 5.

Tampa Yankees 2-13 loss to the Daytona Cubs
Rob Segedin went 3 for 4 with a double and a run.  JR Murphy went 1 for 4 with a double and 2 RBIs.  Ramon Flores went 1 for 3 with a run.

Charleston RiverDogs 4-1 victory over the West Virginia Power
Mason Williams went 2 for 5.  Dante Bichette Jr. went 1 for 2 with a RBI.  Tyler Austin went 1 for 4 with a double and a run.  Gary Sanchez went 1 for 4 with a double and a RBI.  Angelo Gumbs went 1 for 3 with a run.  Cito Culver went 2 for 3 with 2 runs and a RBI.

Prospect Update April 20th


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 6-4 victory over the Norfolk Tides
Brandon Laird went 1 for 3 with a run and a RBI.  Colin Curtis went 1 for 5 with a RBI.

Trenton Thunder 6-5 victory over the Harrisburg Senators
Melky Mesa went 0 for 5 with a run and a RBI.  Luke Murton went 0 for 2 with a RBI.

Tampa Yankees 2-9 loss to the Daytona Cubs
JR Murphy went 1 for 4.  Ramon Flores went 1 for 3 with a RBI.

Charleston RiverDogs 4-3 victory over the West Virginia Power
Mason Williams went 0 for 3 with a RBI.  Angelo Gumbs went 0 for 4.  Gary Sanchez went 1 for 4 with a double. Tyler Austin went 1 for 4 with a run. Cito Culver went 0 for 3.

Prospect Update April 19th


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 5-3 victory over the Rochester Red Wings
Raymond Kruml went 1 for 4 with 2 runs. Colin Curtis went 2 for 4 with a run.

Adam Warren pitched 6 innings, giving up 1 runs, and striking out five to earn his second victory of the season.

Trenton Thunder 2-6 loss to the Harrisburg Senators
Zoilo Almonte went 0 for 4.  Luke Murton went 2 for 4 with a double, a HR, a run, and a RBI.

Tampa Yankees 5-2 victory over the Daytona Cubs
Ramon Flores went 1 for 5.  JR Murphy went 0 for 3.

Charleston RiverDogs 9-8 victory over the West Virginia Power
Mason Williams went 2 for 4 with a run and a RBI.  Gary Sanchez went 2 for 4 with a run and a RBI.  Tyler Austin went 1 for 4 with a double, a run, and a RBI. Angelo Gumbs went 2 for 4 with a double, a HR, a run, and 5 RBIs.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Prospect Update April 18th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 2-0 victory over the Rochester Red Wings
Raymond Kruml went 1 for 4.  Colin Curtis went 0 for 3.

DJ Mitchell tossed 8 scoreless innings, while striking out 7.


Trenton Thunder 7-1 victory over the Erie SeaWolves
Zoilo Almonte went 1 for 5 with a RBI.  Melky Mesa went 1 for 4 with a HR, 2 runs, and 3 RBIs. Luke Murton went 1 for 4 with a run.


Tampa Yankees had an off day


Charleston RiverDogs game was rained out

Prospect Update April 17th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 2-4 loss to the Rochester Red Wings
Brandon Laird went 0 for 2.  Raymond Kruml went 1 for 4.


Trenton Thunder 6-2 victory over the Erie SeaWolves
Zoilo Almonte went 1 for 5 with a double, a run, and a RBI.  Luke Murton went 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs.


Tampa Yankees 2-1 victory over the Clearwater Threshers
JR Murphy went 3 for 4 with a run and a RBI.

Branden Pinder pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in relief while striking out 3.  Mark Montgomery pitched one scoreless inning, striking out 1, and earned his first win of the season.


Charleston RiverDogs 7-3 victory over the August GreenJackets in 11 innings
Mason Williams went 1 for 5 with 2 runs.  Dante Bichette Jr. went 1 for 4 with a RBI. Tyler Austin went 2 for 4 with a run.  Gary Sanchez went 1 for 5 with a run.

Prospect Update April 16th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 3-5 loss to the Rochester Red Wings
Brandon Laird went 2 for 4.

Dellin Betances pitched 4.2 innings, giving up 5 earned runs, and striking out 4.


Trenton Thunder 6-3 victory over the Erie SeaWolves
Zoilo Almonte went 2 for 4 with a double, a run, and 2 RBIs.  Melky Mesa went 2 for 4 with a HR, a run, and 2 RBIs.

Shaeffer Hall went 5 innings, giving up 3 runs, and striking out 2.


Tampa Yankees 6-2 victory over the Clearwater Threshers
JR Murphy went 0 for 4.  Ramon Flores went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs.

Nik Turley pitched 7 shutout inning and struck out 7.


Charleston RiverDogs 5-1 victory over the Augusta GreenJackets
Mason Williams went 2 for 4.  Dante Bichette Jr. went 1 for 4 with two runs.  Tyler Austin went 2 for 4 with a triple, 3 runs, and a RBI.  Gary Sanchez went 4 for 5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs.

Jose Campos went 5 innings, giving up 1 run, and striking out 7 to lower his season's ERA to an incredible 0.56.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Prospect Update April 15th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 2-7 loss to the Syracuse Chiefs
Brandon Laird went 1 for 4 with a double.  Colin Curtis went 1 for 3 with a RBI.


Trenton Thunder 2-1 victory over the Akron Aeros
Zoilo Almonte went 0 for 3.  Melky Mesa went 1 for 3 with a double and a run.


Tampa Yankees 6-1 victory over the Clearwater Threshers
JR Murphy went 0 for 3 with a run.  Neil Medchill went 3 for 3 with a HR, 3 runs, and 3 RBIs.

Andy Pettitte pitched 4 shutout innings, striking out 3.


Charleston RiverDogs 7-5 victory over the Rome Braves
Mason Williams went 2 for 5 with a double, a triple, a run, and a RBI.  Cito Culver went 0 for 3 with a run.  Gary Sanchez went 2 for 5 with a run.  Tyler Austin went 2 for 4 with a HR, a run, and 3 RBIs.

Prospect Update April 14th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 3-6 loss to the Syracuse Chiefs
Colin Curtis went 2 for 4 with a double, a triple, and two runs.

Adam Warren pitched 6.2 innings, giving up two runs, and striking out 1.


Trenton Thunder 5-8 loss to the Akron Aeros
Zoilo Almonte went 0 for 4.  Melky Mesa went 3 for 4 with a HR, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs.  Luke Murton went 1 for 4.


Tampa Yankees 8-0 victory over the Daytona Cubs
Ramon Flores went 2 for 5 with a run.  Rob Segedin went 2 for 5 with a run and 3 RBIs.

Mark Montgomery pitched a scoreless final 2 inning, striking out 3.


Charleston RiverDogs 8-5 victory over the Rome Braves
Mason Williams went 2 for 5 with a triple and a run.  Cito Culver went 0 for 5.  Dante Bichette Jr. went 2 for 4 with 2 runs and a RBI.  Tyler Austin went 4 for 4 with a 2 doubles and 2 runs.  Gary Sanchez went 1 for 4 with two run.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Yankees Minor League Links April 14th

The biggest news of the day is the injury to top prospect Manny Banuelos.  This explains why he only went 2 innings in his last start.  Hopefully this was the reason his season has started out so poorly.  There is yet to be a timetable for his return but this doesn't seem like a horrible injury and he should be able to make it back to full strength relatively soon.  To fill his spot the Yankees called up Chase Whitley.

Here is the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees opening day roster.

Trenton Thunder manager Tony Franklin got his 1,000 career managerial win.

Prospect Update April 13th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 7-5 victory over the Buffalo Bisons
Brandon Laird went 0 for 3 with 2 RBIs.  Colin Curtis went 1 for 4 with a double and a RBI.

Trenton Thunder 1-2 loss to the Akron Aeros
Zoilo Almonte went 0 for 3 with a run.

Tampa Yankees 4-8 loss to the Daytona Cubs
JR Murphey went 0 for 4.  Kyle Roller went 2 for 3 with a run and a RBI. 

Branden Pinder pitched two relief innings, giving up 1 unearned run, and striking out 2.

Charleston RiverDogs 4-9 loss to the Rome Braves
Mason Williams went 2 for 5 with a run.  Cito Culver went 3 for 5 with a RBI.  Dante Bichette Jr. went 0 for 4.  Gary Sanchez went 2 for 5 with a RBI.  Tyler Austin went 2 for 5 with a double, a triple, and 2 runs.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Welcome to Yankee Stadium: David Phelps

David Phelps made the Yankees roster out of spring training this season after the injury to Micheal Pineda. He made his major league debut on April 8th.

Coming into this season I named him the #10 prospect in the Yankees system.  Here is a little write up I did on him.

Going forward, I think that Phelps has a very bright future.  I don't however think it will be with the Yankees.  Once Pineda comes back from his injury, I foresee the Yankees sending Phelps back to AAA.  From there, I don't see the Yankees having room for him in the majors unless there is another injury.  For his sake I hope that the Yankees are able to find a team to trade him to.  I believe that he could be a very solid number 4/5 starter in the big leagues for another team.  However, having extra starting pitching is never a bad thing, so having him waiting down in AAA as insurance would be a nice luxury for the Yankees to have.

Prospect Update April 12th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 7-2 victory over the Buffalo Bisons
Brandon Laird went 1 for 3 with a double, a run, and 2 RBIs.

Manny Banuelos had a bad outing.  He pitched only 2 innings,  giving up 2 runs, and walking 6.


Trenton Thunder 1-6 loss to the Akron Aeros
Zoilo Almonte went 0 for 3.


Tampa Yankees 5-4 victory over the Daytona Cubs
JR Murphy went 3 for 4 with a triple, a HR, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs.  Rob Segedin went 1 for 3 with a run.


Charleston RiverDogs 9-3 victory over the Rome Braves
Mason Williams went 2 for 5 with a run and a RBI.  Cito Culver went 0 for 4.  Dante Bichette Jr. with 3 for 4 a double, 2 runs, and a RBI.  Tyler Austin went 2 for 5 with 2 HRs, 2 runs, and 3 RBIs.

Prospect Update April 11th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 3-12 loss to the Buffalo Bisons
Brandon Laird went 2 for 4.

Dellin Betances had a rough outing, going only 3.1 innings, allowing 8 earned runs, while striking out 3.


Trenton Thunder 10-1 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs
Zoilo Almonte went 1 for 1 with a run.

Shaeffer Hall pitched 7 innings of one run baseball, striking out 3.


Tampa Yankees 2-1 victory over the Clearwater Threshers
Rob Segedin went  2 for 5 with a double, a HR, a run, and a RBI.

Nik Turley pitched 6 innings, giving up only 1 run, while striking out 4. Mark Montgomery went 1 scoreless inning to pick up his second save of the season.


Charleston RiverDogs 11-5 victory over the Augusta GreenJackets
Mason Williams went 1 for 4 with a double and 2 runs.  Dante Bichette Jr. went 1 for 5 with a triple, a run, and 3 RBIs.  Gary Sanchez went 1 for 4.

Jose Campos pitched 5 hitless innings, giving up 1 unearned run, while striking out 8.

Prospect Update April 10th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees were rained out


Trenton Thunder 1-7 loss to the Portland Sea Dogs
Zoilo Almonte went 2 for 4 with a run.  Robert Lyerly went 0 for 2.


Tampa Yankees 5-4 victory over the Clearwater Threshers
Rob Segedin went 3 for 3 with a double, a run, and 2 RBIs.  JR Murphy went 1 for 4 with a RBI.

Mark Montgomery pitched 1.1 scoreless innings to pick up his first save of the season.


Charleston RiverDogs 0-2 loss to the Augusta GreenJackets
Mason Williams went 1 for 4.  Gary Sanchez went 0 for 3.  Dante Bichette Jr. went 0 for 3.  Cito Culver went 0 for 4.

Prospect Update April 9th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 5-6 loss to the Syracuse Chiefs
Brandon Laird went 0 for 4 with a run.

Adam Warren pitched 3 innings, giving up 6 runs, and striking out 1.


Trenton Thunder 8-3 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs
Zoilo Almonte went 3 for 4 with a HR, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs.  Robert Lyerly went 0 for 4.  David Adams went 1 for 4 with a run and a RBI.


Tampa Yankees 6-9 loss to the Clearwater Threshers
JR Murphy went 0 for 3.  Ramon Flores went 1 for 4.


Charleston RiverDogs 4-7 loss to the Augusta GreenJackets
Mason Williams went 1 for 4 with a RBI.  Cito Culver got his first hit of the season, going 1 for 3 with 2 runs.  Dante Bichette Jr. went 1 for 4.  Gary Sanchez went 1 for 3 with a double and a RBI.

Prospect Update April 8th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 10-0 victory over the Syracuse Chiefs
Brandon Laird went 2 for 6 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs.  Colin Curtis went 2 for 4 with a double and a run.

DJ Mitchell went 5 scoreless innings, striking out 4.

Trenton Thunder had an off day

Tampa Yankees had an off day

Charleston RiverDogs 1-0 victory over the Rome Braves
Mason Williams went 1 for 4.  Dante Bichette Jr. went 2 for 4.  Gary Sanchez went 0 for 4.  Cito Culver went 0 for 3.

Prospect Update April 7th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 0-4 loss to the Syracuse Chiefs
Brandon Laird went 0 for 4.  Colin Curtis went 1 for 4.

Manny Banuelos pitched 3.1 innings, giving up 4 runs and 11 hits while striking out only 2.


Trenton Thunder 11-2 victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Zoilo Almonte went 3 for 5 with a HR, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs.  Robert Lyerly went 2 for 4 with 2 HRs, 2 runs, and 3 RBIs.  Cody Johnson went 3 for 4 with 2 HRs, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs.


Tampa Yankees 2-5 loss to the Lakeland Flying Tigers
Rob Segedin went 2 for 4 with a HR, a run, and a RBI.  JR Murphy went 0 for 4.  Ramon Flores went 0 for 3.


Charleston RiverDogs 2-1 victory over the Rome Braves
Mason Williams went 0 for 3.  Dante Bichette Jr. went 2 for 4 with a run.  Gary Sanchez went 2 for 3 with a double and a run.  Cito Culver went 0 for 4.

Prospect Update April 6th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 5-6 loss to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Brandon Laird went 1 for 4 with a double and a RBI.  Colin Curtis went 1 for 4.

Dellin Betances pitched 5 innings, giving up 4 runs, 2 earned, and striking out 6.


Trenton Thunder 1-3 loss to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Robert Lyerly went 1 for 4.  Zoilo Almonte went  0 for 4.  David Adams went 0 for 3.


Tampa Yankees 2-4 loss to the Lakeland Flying Tigers
JR Murphy went 2 for 4 with 2 runs.  Zach Wilson went 3 for 4.  Ramon Flores went 0 for 5.

Branden Pinder pitched 2 scoreless innings of relief, striking out 2.


Charleston RiverDogs 1-0 victory over the Rome Braves
Mason Williams went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles.  Cito Culver went 0 for 4.  Dante Bichette Jr. went 1 for 4.  Gary Sanchez went 2 for 3.

Jose Campos tossed 6 scoreless innings, striking out 3.

Prospect Update April 5th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 0-3 loss to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Brandon Laird went 0 for 3.  Raymond Kruml had the only hit, going 1 for 4 with a double.


Trenton Thunder 3-5 loss to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Zoilo Almonte went 0 for 4.  David Adams went 0 for 2.  Robert Lyerly went 0 for 3.

Shaeffer Hall pitched 4 innings, giving up 4 runs, 3 earned, while striking out 3.


Tampa Yankees 5-8 loss to the Lakeland Flying Tigers
JR Murphy went 1 for 3 with a run and an RBI.  Zach Wilson went 1 for 4 with a double and a run. Kyle Roller went 1 for 3 with a run and a RBI.

Nik Turley pitched 5 inning, giving up 2 runs, 1 earned, while striking out 9.


Charleston RiverDogs were rained out.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Yankees Minor League Links April 4th

Happy Almost Opening Day!  Although they already played in Japan, which after the Yankees did it and it hurt them, I hate; Miami plays tonight to open their new park to the regular season; and half the league opens tomorrow, the Yankees don't open until Friday against the Rays.  On to the links:

The Charleston RiverDogs released their opening day roster.  This season they are stacked. It has almost half of the top 20 Yankees prospects on it including standouts Gary Sanchez, Mason Williams, Dante Bichette Jr., Cito Culver, Angelo Gumbs, and Tyler Austin.  That is definitely a team to watch heading into next season.

This is somewhat old news, now, but Dante Bichette Jr. had a great first day on the big league team during spring training.  He hit two home runs.

Yankees Fans Unite continued their Yankees Prospect Watch, with Manny Banuelos.

Fangraphs did a write up on the top on the top five prospects teams may regret trading.  Number one on that list was none other then the Yankees' Jose Campos.  Even with Pineda out that trade is looking better then ever.

David Phelps made the Yankees today, a Welcome to Yankee Stadium post should be coming after he makes his first major league appearance.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Under the Radar: Branden Pinder

Past Under the Radar Segments: Zoilo Almonte

In the second installment of Under the Radar I will look at 2011 draftee Branden Pinder.

For a look at what he did before he was drafted you can check out my draft write up on him.  For a recap he was drafted in the 16th round out of Cal State-Long Beach.  He is a 23 year old, right handed relief pitcher.

The 2011 season was a very impressive one for him.  He played the season in Staten Island (Low A Short Season), where he was thier closer.  In 24 appearances he went 2-2 with an amazing 1.16 ERA.  He also converted 14 saves while pitching 31 innings.  He had a great strikeout to walk ration, striking out 38 and only walking 5.

Going forward Pinder has a lot of promise.  He had a lights out rookie campaign in Staten Island and should definitely get promoted to start the 2012 season.  I would imagine that he will start the season at Charleston (Low A), since he does have Mark Montgomery, who had a very similar season to Pinder's at Charleston last season, right ahead of him.  My biggest concern with Pinder is that he was converted to a reliever so early on in his career.  Pitcher are usually converted to reliever when they just aren't as good as the starters.  Therefore, for him to be a reliever already at Low A Short Season is not a good sign.  However, with his very impressive stats last season he may be able to buck that trend.

Best Case Scenario: If Pinder continues to put up gaudy numbers a reliever the Yankees will have no choice but to continue to promote him throught thier system.  Since he is already 23 I could see the Yankees trying to move him quickly through the system to see if can help them at the major league level.  If everything goes well for Branden I could see him being in the majors as a September call up at the end of the 2014 season.

Worst Case Scenario: For Pinder it would be to flame out next season as he goes against better competition.  Then toils around the minors for a few seasons before calling it a career. 

Prediction: I think it reality will be somewhere inbetween the two scenarios above.  I do believe he has some very real ability so I don't think he will flame out next season, however I also don't see him skyrocketing through the minors.  I think he will get tested over the next few season, as he makes he way up through the system.  I think he is in Charleston to start next season but if he performes could make it to Tampa (High A) before the season ends.  Then, again depending on performance, could start the next season at Trenton (AA).  This is all very dependent on how he performs.  I believe he will make it to Trenton but then it may take him a few more seasons to make the jump to the pros.  I predict that he will make the majors as a reliever during the 2016 season.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Under the Radar: Zoilo Almonte

There are a number of under the radar prospects in the Yankees system, who have real potential to contribute to the Yankees down the road.  In this segment I will profile some of those players. 

The first player I will write about is Zoilo Almonte.  Although he has gotten some press with his impressive spring training, I still believe he is a relative unknown to most Yankees fans. 

Zoilo is a switch hitting outfielder who stands 5' 10" and weighs in at 165 pounds.  He was signed out of the Domincan Republic in July 2005 at age 16 by the Yankees.   

His first professional season was in 2006 in the Dominican Summer League (DSL).  That first year and hit .219 with 6 HRs, 6 doubles, 28 runs, and 36 RBIs in 53 games.  Although the batting average is not what one would like, the power numbers are pretty good. 

He played the 2007 season in the Golf Coast League (GCL).  There he hit .268 with 3 HRs, 11 doubles, 25 runs, and 24 RBIs in 50 games.  This season his average went up but his periferals took a little hit. 

During the 2008 season, Zoilo again played in the GCL.  This season he regressed to hit .239 with 5 HRs, 7 doubles, 24 runs, and 20 RBIs in 57 games.  This was not a good season for Zoilo.  He saw almost all of his numbers decline in the same league he had played in the year before.  Usually playing in the same league two years in a row is a bad sign especially when one doesn't drastically improve in year two.  With Zoilo however, he made it through and got promoted.

The promotion occured to start the 2009 season.  He started in Staten Island (Low A Short Season).  There he put up the best numbers of his career up to this point.  He hit .274 with 7 HRs, 20 doubles, 43 runs, and 39 RBIs in 69 games.  This was a very promising season.  The New York-Penn league where Staten Island plays is not known as a hitters league. Therfore this season was quite impressive for Zoilo.  He was even selected as a mid season All-Star.

Following up the solid 2009 season he was promoted again, this time to Charleston (Low A).  There he only spent a half season, hitting .278 with 10 HRs, 13 doubles, 33 runs, and 35 RBIs in 58 games.  He was also selected to the Mid-Season All-Star game.  After posting these good numbers he was promoted mid-season to the Tampa Yankees (High A).  Finishing out the season he hit .261 with 3 HRs, 10 doubles, 26 runs, and 26 RBIs in 63 games.  The second half of the season in Tampa was not as impressive.  However, still decent numbers for a 20 year old.

Zoilo started the 2011 season back in Tampa.  This time he excelled.  He hit .293 with 12 HRs, 15 doubles, 38 runs, and 54 RBIs in 70 games.  This put Zoilo on the map as a legitimate Yankees prospect. He showed he could hit for average and power, which is very coveted.  He was then promoted to the Trenton Thunder (AA).  There he struggled, hitting .251 with 3 HRs, 11 doubles, 23 run, and 23 RBIs in 46 games.  Following this season MiLB.com named him a Yankees organizational All-Star.  

This spring training, Almonte played with the big league squad.  Up to this point he has hit .333 with 2 doubles, a run, and 4 RBIs.  This caused Pinstipe Alley to do a piece on him being an outfielder of the future. 

Going forward, I would expect Zoilo to go back to Trenton.  Since he had a poor showing last season I would expect the Yankees to want to see him get a few more at bats there to try and prove himself.  If he continues his hot hitting, I could see him being promoted to Triple A (Wherever they are at that point in the season) by midseason.  From there it depends on how he produces.  If he has a great year I would not be surprised if he got a September call up at the end of this season.  If he has a bad year he could stay at AA.  I think best case scenario for Zoilo is to have a great season this year, get that September call up and then fight for a roster spot in spring training next year.  Zoilo is definitely a player to watch over the next few year as a possible replacement at corner outfield.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Yankees Minor League Links March 20th

There have been a lot of minor league post around the internet recently. This is not surprising because they are getting some play in major league camp and it is a new year with new hopes.

Pinstripe Alley:

Tuesday Prospect Thoughts looks into a replacement for Mo, the viability of Austin Romine, and the top signing bonuses the Yankees have given.

A discussion on the trade value of David Phelps and Adam Warren. I found this article very interesting because with the signing of Andy Pettitte they are now about the 10th and 11th guys in line for a rotation spot.  However, they could contribute on another team.  I think the Yankees could find some good value for them in a trade.  This would seem like a win-win for all since those two are stuck in the system for now.

Lohud's Yankees Blog:

A very comprehensive look at all the minor league camps.  This is a very good write up in terms of who is playing where at this point and where they look to be once the season starts.

A write up on Mason Williams getting his first spring training big league appearance.  He got caught stealing and then hit a single.  He is a player I am very excited for going forward.

Yankees Fans Unite did a spanning the blogs post with many interesting prospect articles.

NorthJersey.com did a nice article on Mason Williams.  Again he is someone to keep an eye on.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Yankees Minor League Links March 14th

Seedlings to Stars did a rundown of AAA players for the 2012 season.  There are many Yankees and Red Sox players involved.  The Yankees being Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances, the two top pitching prospects.  The Sox had Ryan Lavarnway and Will Middlebrooks.

The Lohud Yankee Blog did a write up on Betances.

Pinstripe Alley did a very interesting article on rankings bias for Yankees prospects.  Hopefully this next group of prospects will be as successful as the last.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Yankees Minor League Links March 12th

Yankees Fans Unite did an interview with minor league shortstop and former first round pick Cito Culver.  They are also doing a prospect watch and did an overview of David Phelps.

LoHud Yankees Blog did an small piece on the Triple-A rotation.  They also did a write up on Zoilo Almonte's impressive spring training.  He was an under the radar prospect last season and it would be great if he could make an impact.

As the season starts I am looking to come out with some new content on a few different prospects.  If there are any specific ones you would like to hear about, comment with their name.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Yankees Minor League Links March 2nd

Yankees Fans Unite have started a series where they go into detail about a specific Yankees prospect.  Today they profiled Tyler Austin.

Pinstripe Alley covers the Yankees Rule V draft selections.

Today was the first Yankees exhibition game and Lohud's Yankees blog goes over which pitchers (mostly prospects) are scheduled to pitch.

This is not minor league news but the MLB has officially gone to a ten team playoff.  This is major news so I thought I would post it.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Yankees Minor League Links Feb. 29th

Fan Graphs came out with there top 15 Yankees prospects.  The biggest surprise in there list is that Jose Campos is listed at #2.  In my top 10 I had him at #7 but Fan Graphs is a big fan.  They seem to think that it was a big steal by the Yankees to get him involved in the Montero trade.  The rest of the list is similar to the others I did and have posted.

I did a story a while back about Austin Romine being stuck in the system behind the other great catchers.  Lohud did an interview with him after the Montero trade and he seems relieved that he is now less stuck.  Although it could seem kind of harsh for him to say that he is happy Montero was traded,  this trade was mutually beneficial to both of them.  Montero got an assured starting spot in Seattle and Romine got one step closer to being the Yankees catcher.

Pinstripe Alley did a piece on the players that are now stuck in the system.  It is mostly middling infield prospects.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Yankees Minor League Links Feb. 23rd

Yankees Fans Unite did an interview with pitching prospect Matt Tracy

Baseball America came out with there updated top 100 rankings.  The Yankees on the list were Manny Banuelos (29), Dellin Betances (63), Gary Sanchez (81), and Mason Williams (85). They have them in the same order I did in my RTYS Top 10.  Other players of note to Yankees fans: Jesus Montero (6), Gerrit Cole (12), and Arodys Vizcaino (40).  Here are the prospects broken down into by the numbers.

Top prospect Manny Banuelos talks about improving his fastball location.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Yankees Minor League Links Feb. 19th

Firstly, Yankees pitchers and catcher reported today, including former interviewee Shaeffer Hall.

The Yankees signed Clay Rapada to a minor league contract.  He is a possibility to fill the Yankees left handed reliever role.

The New York Post did an article about Dante Bichette Jr. growing up around baseball.

Pinstripe Alley did an article in which they examine Phil Hughes minor league career.

LoHud Yankees Blog did an article on the non roster invitees, including many you may recognize.

MiLB.com did a short article on the AJ Burnett trade.

A.J. Burnett Traded for Mediocrity

As most of you probably know, AJ Burnett is about to be traded.  In return for Burnett the Yankees are getting two prospects.  They are Diego Moreno and Exicardo Cayones.

Diego Moreno is a 25 year old, right handed throwing relief pitcher.  His first professional season after being signed out of Venezuela, was in 2007 at age 20 in the Venezuelan Summer League (VSL).  That first season he pitched in 13 games, going 1-0 with a 2.42 ERA with 2 saves, 16 strikeouts and 5 walks in 22.1 inning.

In 2008, he returned to the VSL for a second season.  That year he made 7 appearances and went 3-1 with an amazing 0.87 ERA with six starts.  This would be the only season that he would start any games.  He also struck out 21 and walked 4 in 31 innings.

During the 2009 season his career started to heat up.  After starting in the NY-Penn league (Low A Short Season (SS), like the Yankees Staten Island Yankees)) and only making 2 relief appearances (Had a 1.80 ERA in 5 innings), he was promoted to Low A (Comparable to Charleston RiverDogs) where he went 1-3 with a 2.60 ERA, 5 saves, 57 strikeouts and 14 walks in 45 innings (18 appearances).

The 2010 season started out a High A (Equivalent to Tampa Yankees) where he pitched quite well over 28 appearances.  Going 4-1 with a 1.17 ERA, 1 save, 57 strikeouts,38.1 innings and 5 walks, in 38.1 innings.  Then he was promoted to AA (Equivalent to Trenton Thunder) where in seven appearances he did not do well.  He had a 7.01 ERA with 2 saves, 12 strikeouts and 3 walks in 7.2 innings.

For the first time in his career Moreno was demoted to start 2011.  He started the season back at High A. There in 34 appearances he was 2-4 with a 3.21 ERA, 5 saves, 31 strikeouts and 15 walks in 33.2 innings.  This is the first season that his strikeout to walk ration wasn't very good.  This 2:1 ratio looks to be one of the big reasons he did not quite repeat his success in 2010 at High A.  However, he was still promoted again to AA, where in 7 appearances he carried a 4.91 ERA with 14 strikeouts, and 3 walks, in 11 innings.

That brings us to up to the trade.  As these stats show this is a very middle of the road prospect.  He has never pitched over 50 innings in season in his career and he has spent most of his minor league career as a reliever.  There is a reason pitchers are switched to being relievers, they aren't as good.  Therefore since Moreno has been a reliever almost the entire way through the minors and has not been completely dominant isn't a good sign for his hopes of making the big leagues.  The one good thing that he has able to maintain, except for part of one year, has been a great strikeout to walk ratio.  This shows that he does in fact have good control on his pitches.  That is the one thing that he does do very well and could be his one hope of moving up through the minors.

Going forward I think that Moreno will start the 2012 season in the bullpen in Trenton (AA).  Hopefully he has his control fully back and can be a key contributor to that team.  There is a chance with a great season he could be called up to AAA at some point, since at 25 they want to give him a chance to prove himself before he is too old to be considered a prospect.  However, I predict that he has a decent year in AA but never has any major league impact.

The next player is Exicardo Cayones, a 20 year old outfielder who was signed in 2008 out of Venezuela.    His first professional season was 2009 in the VZL.  There he hit .302 with 1 HR, 18 doubles, 38 runs, and 43 RBIs in 65 games.

He played the 2010 in the Gulf Coast League (GCL).  He hit .263 with 11 doubles, 25 runs, and 22 RBIs, in 46 games.

He started the 2011 season back in the GCL.  There in 27 games he hit .293 with 5 doubles, 14 runs, and 12 RBIs.  He was then called up to Low A SS where in 11 games he only hit .063 with 2 hits.

Cayones, just like Moreno, is a mediocre prospect.  The one thing that Cayones does have going for him is his age.  He is still only 20 years old and played part of a season in Low A SS.  His stats also reveal a weird oddity.  He does not have many home runs, so therefore is not a power hitter, and also has very few stolen bases, so therefore is not a speedster.  He doesn't seem to do anything particularly well.  Unless he can mature to do something better I don't see him ever making the major leagues.

Going forward he will most likely start the season at Low A SS and see if he can contribute with a full season at this level.  Since he was so horrible in his short Low A SS appearance before I am not particularly enamored with his abilities going forward.  Then again he is only 20 and a lot can happen in a few seasons in the minors.  However, this is not a top guy and don't expect to see him roaming the Yankees outfield any time soon, or if all.

These two new additions don't really do anything to help the strengthen the Yankees farm system.  However, that was not the purpose of the trade.  The purpose of the trade was to save money to then sign Raul Ibanez.  The real outlook on this trade is Burnett for these two prospects, plus whomever they sign with the saved money.  I think this was a very shrewd move by Cashman to unload his excess pitching in able to sign more hitting.  These prospects just don't mean that much and don't have a ton of potential.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Yankees Minor League Links Feb. 17th

Pinstripe Alley did a nice write up on two Yankees prospects who are often overlooked, Adam Warren and  David Phelps.

River Avenue Blues came out with their top 30 Yankees prospects.  Nothing too surprising.  Spoiler alert, they have Mason Williams ranked at #2.

One of the guests posts over on Lohud's Yankees Blog does a good job talking about the uncertainty of minor league baseball.  Then makes a good point about converting minor league starters to relievers to save money on the bullpen.

MiLB.com writes an article on the Scraton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and where they will be playing their games this season as their stadium is renovated.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Yankees Minor League Links Feb. 14th

First off, only six days until pitchers and catcher report!

Seedlings to Stars came out with their top Yankees prospects.  They did it by position.  I agree with most of their picks.  The only one I would change would be to put Dante Bichette Jr. over Tyler Austin.

Pinstripe Alley did a great write up about finding the next "Core Four."  They look at Posada, Jeter, Pettitte, and Rivera's minor league rankings and compare them to current prospects.  It is a very interesting read to just show how much of a crap shoot it is in regards to figuring out who will be successful major leaguers.

Baseball Prospectus came out with their top 101 prospects for 2012.  The Yankees on the list were: Manny Banuelos (29), Gary Sanchez (40), Dellin Betances (63), and Mason Williams (99).  These are the top four in my rankings as well so no big surprises there.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Yankees Minor League Links Feb. 9th

Yankees Fans Unite did an interview with Dante Bichette Jr.

The Yankees Analysts did an interesting piece about the Yankees drafting of relief pitchers and how they are at the top of the game.

Pinstripe Alley covers all the Non-Roster invitees including many minor league names you may recognize.

Keith Law of ESPN insider ranked his top 100 prospects, top 10 in each system and all of the minor league systems.  In his top 100 he had Manny Banuelos (23 overall), Mason Williams (34), Gary Sanchez (55), and Dellin Betances (83).  He is much higher on Mason Williams then most other places I have seen. He has him ahead of the Sanchez and Betances, while most sites, including this one, have him behind them.  This just goes to show the potential that Williams had and hopefully he will continue his solid hitting through the higher levels of the minors.

The top 10 list of Yankees looked like this:
1. Manny Banuelos 
2. Mason Williams 
3. Gary Sanchez
4. Dellin Betances
5. Tyler Austin
6. Jose Campos
7. Dante Bichette Jr.
8. Austin Romine
9. J.R. Murphy
10. Slade Heathcott



Besides from Williams, Law also seems to be very high on Tyler Austin.  I have always had him as a top 20 kind of guy but with him being ranked #5 by Law, this give me hope that he can blossom into a very good player for the Yankees.  The rest of the list looks pretty standard.  He seems to be a little higher on JR Murphy but he is a solid player who also happens to play catcher so is barried in the Yankees system with the other top catchers.


Law ranked the Yankees overall system #10 in MLB.  This seems pretty fair as the Yankees have a good amount of talent but there are definitely teams that have stockpiled more talent then the Yankees have.