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Random Minor League Notes: 2011 Edition
8 years ago  ::  Aug 22, 2011 - 10:15PM #421
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Minor League Mondays: Restocking

Mood Music - Clocks

The deadline to sign draft picks passed this week, with some mixed results.  Some picks, like scalding hot (.345/.445/.509) Dante Bichette Jr. were locked up long ago, but the Yankees were able to make a few more signings before the deadline hit.

Among the top selections with whom New York came to late agreements were Gregory Bird (fifth round, 179th overall) for $1.1 million and outfielder Jake Cave (sixth round, 209th overall) for $825,000.

I won't presume to be terribly knowledgeable about these amateur  players, but signing the guys that the organization wanted is definitely  a good thing.  The biggest loss seems to be the second selection the  Yankees made, pitcher Sam Stafford, who will be returning to the University of Texas.  As compensation, the Yankees will pick 89th in the 2012 draft.

Brian Cashman on this year's draft philosophy:

Damon [Oppenheimer] and his staff went for tools and high-ceiling  guys.  We had to wait so long [to make a selection], but I think they  did a terrific job now that the process is over."

In the earliest of early returns, Dante Bichette Jr. has had a  tremendous start to his Yankee career, and hopefully some of the rest of  this draft crop can match his success.

8 years ago  ::  Aug 22, 2011 - 10:20PM #422
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    NIck (KY): Will Jesus Montero get a September  Call, this is getting ridiculous?  It seems like since Montero wasn't  traded that they are completely wasting this top prospect.

Ben Badler: He should get a call-up, but I don't fault  the Yankees for not bringing him earlier when he was slugging under .430  at the beginning of the month. For a guy who's probably a DH in the big  leagues, he's going to have to mash immediately to have value, and I'm  not sure he would've been ready to handle that earlier in the year.

8 years ago  ::  Aug 22, 2011 - 10:23PM #423
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    Larry (Manhattan): Thanks for the chat, Jim.  Any final thoughts on the Yankees' draft haul?

Jim Callis: This probably won't make me any friends in  New York, but I continue to be surprised the Yankees aren't much more  aggressive in the draft. They went all in in 2007 on guys like Andrew  Brackman, Brad Suttle and Carmen Angelini who haven't worked out, and  New York has dialed it back since. The Yankees spent $6.3 million on  this year's draft, while the average team spent $7.6 million. Huh? Money  doesn't guarantee success in the draft, but teams a) generally get what  they pay for and b) the more they spend, the more it can pay off ...  Top pick (sandwich round) Dante Bichette can hit and is off to a great  start. They did go over slot on a few guys they obviously liked more  than Baseball America did, such as $1.1 million on Greg Bird. I admire a  team's conviction to spend where it sees fit, but this wasn't one of my  favorite drafts.

8 years ago  ::  Aug 22, 2011 - 10:28PM #424
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FUTURE THUNDER: Borrell Discusses Staten Island Pitchers

As  a member of the Trenton Thunder, Danny Borrell (left) appeared in 25  games, posting a 4-6 record between the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

Now a pitching coach with the Yankees short season A-Ball affiliate  in Staten Island, Borrell was kind enough to give me a few minutes of  his time to discuss a few pitchers who might eventually make it to his  old stomping grounds of Waterfront Park.


“The numbers are good, but for me the biggest difference for him this  year is the ability to throw all his pitches for strikes.  Last year,  he was younger and he just had trouble repeating his delivery, so being  able to throw strikes with his fastball was hit or miss.  This year,  that’s been the difference and that’s why his numbers are much better;  being able to throw his fastball for strikes and now he’s able to throw  his curveball and his changeup for strikes as well.”

“I think more than anything else, you know how hard you used to  throw.  And whenever somebody goes through an injury, and unfortunately I  know a lot about that, you have to learn how to trust your arm again.   For not throwing as hard as he has in the past, I think he’s doing very  well.”


“Those numbers, they have no indication of the way he’s throwing.   He’s pitching very well.  The biggest difference for him is being able  to repeat his delivery.  Obviously, across the board, he has  unbelievable stuff.  The kid’s going to be very successful.  The numbers  aren’t showing it, but he’s had three starts in a row where it has been  very good.  Hopefully, sooner or later, we’ll be able to get some good  numbers to show what he’s actually been pitching like.”

“For him, it sounds general, but we’ve been working on just repeating  his release point.  I think the biggest thing for these kids is their  delivery changes pretty much every pitch.  Now, we’re just trying to  straighten out his stride a little bit and try to get him to use his  legs a little bit more, which is amazing because he’s hitting mid 90′s  and pretty much throwing all (with his) arm.” 

“He reminds me, not in our organization, but of Josh Johnson with the  Florida Marlins.  Power stuff.  Obviously, if he’s anywhere near Josh  Johnson, the Yankees are going to have something pretty special.”

“It’s so hard to tell (how close he is).  You could put a year on it,  say he’s two years or three years away, but for me, he’ll let us know  when he’s ready.  We’re going to take care of him.  Those questions are  answered by someone higher than me.”


“Branden Pinder is a guy that, he has four pitches, but he only  throws two.  He’s pretty much a fastball and slider guy right now.  But  he’s mid-90′s with an 85-87 MPH slider, and that’s a tough combination  when you’re trying to face him as a hitter.  Great kid, works hard.   Big kid, big body.  He has a chance to move pretty quick.”

“He has a curveball, and he’s thrown it a few times in a game.  And  he has a changeup.  He was a later round guy, but obviously here in the  early going, he’s been really strong.”


“Phil has a wipeout split-finger.  He’s a low to mid 90′s guy, and  his split has been what’s separated him.  His last outing, the split was  unbelievable.  You hear the hitters talking about how there’s just no  shot that they can hit it.  Our scouts have done a great job, obviously,  bringing in these guys and that’s another kid who’s got a good arm.”

“I would see that (him being a back end of the bullpen guy  long-term).  That’s the role he’s in right now, but we’ll see what  happens as he goes up the ladder.”


“Caleb is rehabbing from his surgery, and he’s doing a great job.   For him to be where he’s at this soon out of surgery is remarkable.   He’s doing a great job, and for him it’s just going out and pitching.   We’re not really working on anything with him, just making sure he’s  feeling good and his arm’s feeling good.”

“I saw him for a couple outings when he was healthy, and he looks the  same.  His arm is free and easy, which is always key coming back from  surgery.  His slider is as good as it was.  So in terms of then and now,  he looks very comparable.”


“He’s another guy that the scouts did a great job on.  Big lefty,  throws hard.  He has a real good changeup, good curveball.  It’s just a  matter of him getting some innings.  He was a position player in  college, so we’ll see what he does with some innings under his belt.”

8 years ago  ::  Aug 22, 2011 - 10:33PM #425
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JCK asks: Pat Venditte has been great since mid-June in  Trenton. Everyone says his stuff doesn’t play to major league hitters,  but he’s adjusted to every level so far. Do you think the Yankees  protect him this winter?

Venditte’s eligible for the Rule 5 Draft this winter, and no, I don’t  think the Yankees will protect him. David Phelps, D.J. Mitchell, and  George Kontos are all going to have to be added to the 40-man roster  after the season, and there’s only so much room for pitchers on that  thing. Venditte’s done a great job in the minors, but he doesn’t really  have an out pitch from either side and it shows in his strikeout rate  this year (8.74 K/9 this year vs. 11+ in previous years). He’s a great  org arm, but there wouldn’t be much attention paid to Venditte if he  only threw with one arm.  I’m pretty sure some team will grab him in the  Rule 5 just to give him a look in Spring Training,  the novelty is too tempting, but I can’t imagine him sticking in the  big leagues for all of 2012. I have to think he’d be offered back at  some point.

Alex asks: How involved have the Yankees been in IFA this  year? What have been their major signings? It seems as though they’ve  been more quiet on this front than in years past.

The Yankees have only signed one player so far (that we know of), Dominican third baseman Miguel Andujar for  $750k. The top guys (Victor Sanchez, Elier Hernandez, and Ronald Guzman)  have all signed somewhere, but there is still plenty of talent out  there for taking, namely Roberto Osuna, who the Yankees have their eyes on.  The entire international market seems to have slowed down recently  because MLB has really stepped up their age and identity verification  process, but remember that the signing period never ends. There’s no  deadline, but a new crop of players is added every July 2nd. In fact,  the Yankees’ two biggest signings last year – Rafael DePaula and Juan  Carlos Paniagua – didn’t agree to terms until December and March,  respectively. You can question their drafting strategies,  but there’s no way to question the work the Yankees do in Latin  America. They consistently produce quality players and prospects year  after year, and I see no reason to believe this year will be any  different.

8 years ago  ::  Aug 22, 2011 - 10:36PM #426
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Another perspective on the Yankees’ draft spending

Much hand-wringing has ensued at the Yankees’ perceived “cheapness”  in the draft this year, as they spent about $6.3 million on the 2011  class, less than they have spent in the last two drafts.  For  comparison, the Pirates spent over $17 million, the Nationals and Royals  spent about $15 million each, and a number of other teams including the  Jays, Rays, and Red Sox broke the $10 million mark.

The Yankees were 16th in total spending for the 2011 draft, a  somewhat shocking figure for the team with the highest payroll in  baseball. Especially since they had some success spending big in the  draft in the past (see the monster 2006 draft, which included Joba  Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, Dellin Betances, Mark Melancon, and David  Robertson all getting overslot deals, plus Brett Gardner).

However, as many an astute observe would point out, the Yankees’  spending is lower than many other teams because they did not have a  first-round pick at all, while some of the higher spending teams either  had multiple 1st-rounders (such as Boston, Tampa, and Toronto), while  others shelled out big bonuses to early 1st-rounders (Pittsburgh, KC,  and Seattle) that the Yankees did not have the opportunity to draft.  As  such, a comparison between the Yankees and a team with multiple early  picks (or higher picks) is not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison.   Rather than using the total money spent in the draft as a marker of how  “aggressive” the team was, it might make more sense to look at how much  the team exceeded the slot recommendations bonuses.

Baseball America did this breakdown (subscriber only, alas), which paints a slightly different picture of  the Yankees’ aggressiveness.  Looking at the first 10 rounds, BA found  that the Yankees spent the 5th-most of any team as a percentage of the  slot recommendations for their picks.  The Yankees spent over $4 million  on picks that were slotted for a total of around $2.4 million, so they  spent about 175% of the slot recommendation.

The 4 teams ahead of the Yankees in this measure (KC, Seattle,  Washington and Pittsburgh) all had high first-rounders who got huge  overslot bonuses (Bubba Starling, Danny Hultzen, Anthony Rendon, and  Gerrit Cole respectively).  Washington and Pittsburgh notably spent big  on their other early selections, including Matt Purke and Josh Bell.   Despite Boston, Tampa, and Toronto blowing the Yankees away in total  spending, their big totals were largely the result of having many more  early picks than the Yankees rather than being  exceptionally aggressive with the picks they had.

This does not mean that the Yankee front office couldn’t be more  aggressive in terms of spending money in the draft.  With the largest  financial resources in the league, it is not unreasonable to expect them  to be at the top of this list on a regular basis.  That’s not to say  that the Yankees should spend money just to spend it, but rather, they  could be a little more aggressive in targeting supposedly unsignable  guys (like Bell or Purke) and being willing to throw them a big bonus.

In this day and age, few guys actually seem unsignable, and the  so-called “unsignables” seem to be using it more as leverage rather than  an honest desire to stay in school.  As more teams begin to realize  that the Bells of the world can be signed at a price, they will go  earlier and earlier in the draft, and the Yankees will have to act early  if they don’t want to miss out.

There is another aspect of draft aggressiveness that the Yankees have  lagged behind their divisional rivals in, and that is in the  acquisition of extra picks.  The Yankees are typically very conservative  about offering arbitration to departing free agents, but considering  how few players typically accept arbitration (which would lock them in  for one year at an increased salary), the Yankees could do a better job  about getting draft picks for free agents who leave.

This especially includes Type-B free agents, who don’t require the  signing team to surrender a pick (and thus don’t have their leverage  reduced by the Type-B designation).  They could also use the waiver  trading period to acquire players who will earn draft pick compensation  as salary dumps, allowing them to stock up on extra picks.  Toronto and  Boston in particular have done very well acquiring de facto extra picks  via trade, and the Yankees would do well to emulate their division  rivals here.

Despite being a big proponent of the draft as a way to restock  talent, I understand that the priorities of the big league club often  will cause the Yankees to surrender a 1st-rounder (and even 2nd or 3rd  rounders) to sign free agents.  However, by acquiring extra picks and  continuing to aggressively go over the slot recommendations, the Yankees  can continue to develop a talent pipeline that will supplement their  ability to bring in stars via free agency and trades.  It would not make  sense to call the Yankees out for being cheap in the draft (for some  real examples of cheap, see the White Sox, who spent less than $2.8  million for the entire draft!).  That’s not to say that the Yankees  can’t do better than they have, but they have been fairly aggressive  with the picks they had.

8 years ago  ::  Aug 25, 2011 - 9:50AM #427
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Looking ahead to September call-ups


Coke was a September call-up that won himself a job for the following year. (AP)

It’s kinda hard to believe that it’s already the last full week of  August, but it is and the season is nearly at its end. September is  right around the corner, meaning expanded rosters and non-stop talk  about how the final month of the season is played with different rules  than the first five. I really don’t have a problem with it, it gives  non-contenders a chance to see what they have in the farm system and  contenders more help for the stretch drive. As long as every team can do  it, it’s fair in by book.

Based on what we’ve seen the last few years, the Yankees’ first wave  of call-ups (the guys that come up right on the first) will be the bare  essentials. Last year the Yanks recalled a pitcher (Jon Albaladejo), an outfielder (Greg Golson),  and a catcher (Chad Moeller) on the 1st, though they also welcomed  Lance Berkman back from the disabled list. Two years ago they summoned  three arms (Mark Melancon, Mike Dunn, Edwar Ramirez), an infielder (Ramiro Pena), and a catcher (Frankie Cervelli). More pieces came later in the month, but that was it on the first day rosters expanded.

The guys that come up on September 1st are likely to be the guys we’ve seen already this season, meaning Lance Pendleton and Chris Dickerson. Brian Cashman’s recent comments indicate that Raul Valdes and Aaron Laffey will also be called up, so  that’s three arms right. The fourth will be Hector Noesi, who I assume  will go down for Freddy Garcia prior to Saturday’s doubleheader with the Orioles. Ramiro Pena may or  may not be ready to return from his appendectomy, but if he’s not, then Brandon Laird is your extra infielder. Barring some funny business with the recently DFA’ed Gus Molina, Jesus Montero will be up as the third catcher as well. I’m guessing Justin Maxwell will be the 40-man roster casualty to accommodate Montero.

Triple-A Scranton is pretty much out of the playoff race barring a  miracle comeback, and their season ends on September 5th. No postseason  means more call-ups within the first week of the month, so expect to see  Kevin Whelan and Greg Golson return. Steve Garrison is another  possibility if Double-A Trenton fails to make the playoffs (which is  very possible), though I think four lefties might be overkill. The  wildcard is Andrew Brackman.  He’s been awful this year but did get a call-up last year even though  he didn’t pitch. I wouldn’t be surprised either way. Pena is going to  return at some point, so all told that’s two infielders, two  outfielders, a third catcher, and a bunch of arms. All except Montero  are already on 40-man roster, so the moves are a piece of cake. The  non-40-man guys are much more interesting though.

The most notable one (to me) is George Kontos, who’s having huge,  strikeout heavy year in Triple-A, his first as a full-time reliever.  Yeah, he’s made some spot starts and is pretty stretched out (good for  50-60 pitches or so at the moment), but then again all Triple-A arms  are. Kontos will need to be added to the 40-man after the season to  avoid exposure to the Rule 5 Draft, and he’s a definite add at this  point. The Yankees got a little lucky when the Padres returned him last  year, but I doubt they’ll roll the dice again. I have no idea what the  40-man roster move would be (Garrison? maybe even Pants Lendleton?), but  I say give the kid a promotion and an inning or two next month, just to  see what’s up.

The other Rule 5 guys are Austin Romine,  David Phelps, and D.J. Mitchell, all of whom are locks to be added to  the 40-man after the season. I don’t think any will be called up in  September though, just because there aren’t that many innings  to go around and those guys are better off heading to Instructional  League. Plus the 40-man roster crunch will be very tight if Maxwell and  Garrison are cut lose. Phelps is a prime candidate for the Arizona Fall  League after his shoulder problem as well. Although they’re throwing  bullpens down in Tampa, I would be stunned if either Damaso Marte or Pedro Feliciano returned next month.

So all told, I see 10-11 players being added to the roster at various  points next month. The first wave of guys figures to be Laffey, Valdes,  Pendleton, Montero, Laird, and Dickerson. Once the Triple-A season  wraps up, I figure Golson and Whelan will come back to town, and Pena  will rejoin whenever he’s healthy. Kontos is another late add, and who  knows with Brackman. Like I said, I could see it either way. The  important thing to remember is that these guys aren’t being brought up  to put the Yankees over the top in the division race or anything,  they’re just there to take the load off the regulars and keep the  pitching staff fresh by soaking up garbage innings. September will be  exciting because we’ll get to see some notable minor leaguers  (Montero!), but the call-ups are always more exciting in our heads than  in reality.

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
8 years ago  ::  Aug 26, 2011 - 3:45PM #428
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NYPL notes: Culver keeps even keel

Yankees shortstop staying realistic despite expectations

08/26/2011 10:26 AM ET

Cito Culver has struggled since hitting .327 with 22 RBIs in July.
Cito Culver has struggled since hitting .327 with 22 RBIs in July. (Kevin Pataky/MiLB.com)

Like any teenager, Cito Culver has goals. It's safe to say, however, that his hopes and dreams aim a bit higher than most.

"Coming from New York, I've been a die-hard Yankee fan my whole life,"  he said. "All I ever wanted to do is play shortstop for the New York  Yankees, so [getting drafted by them] was a once-in-a-lifetime moment  for me."

A surprising first-round pick in 2010, Culver signed within two weeks  and began his professional career in the Gulf Coast League, where he hit  .269 with two home runs, 18 RBIs and six stolen bases in 41 games. He  was promoted to Staten Island in mid-August and played his first New  York-Penn League game Aug. 20, six days before his 18th birthday.

Culver hit .186 with eight walks in 15 games for Staten Island last  season. He feels that his decision to sign quickly and get the ball  rolling on his career was the best choice he could have made.

"I think I benefited from it a lot, just getting used to the everyday  grind and routine of a professional ballplayer," said Culver. "It takes a  lot to get used to and I think that helped me out a lot, signing fast. I  just wanted to play, too. I was just going to be sitting at home  anyway, so I might as well."

Ranked as the Yankees' No. 10 prospect by MLB.com,  Culver returned to Staten Island this season and has hit .256 with two  home runs and 31 RBIs in 61 games. He's also scored 36 runs, tied for  seventh in the league.

Culver has struggled since the New York-Penn League All-Star break,  however, hitting .088 (3-for-34) with two runs scored and two walks in  eight games.

"I just think as a baseball player you're going to go through slumps,"  said Culver, who turns 19 on Aug. 26. "You don't really have control  over when they come. Just try to fight through it, take it an at-bat at a  time and try not to get too down, because I have high expectations for  myself, and that can sometimes hurt you as a ballplayer.

"So I just try to stay even-keeled for the most part and just try to do  what I can control, and that's play good defense. You can't control the  results at the plate. Just have good at-bats and go from there."

The 2010 graduate of Rochester's Irondequoit High School brings the same  level-headed approach to his future. It's inevitable that a young,  highly regarded Yankees shortstop would draw comparisons to Derek Jeter.  Though Culver acknowledges that he is often asked about the future Hall  of Famer -- "a lot, a lot, a lot" -- he also knows that even if he  reaches Yankee Stadium one day as the home team's starting shortstop, he  can never fully replace the man who now holds down that position.

"I never really look at it as 'replacing' him, because who can replace  an all-time great? Do I look forward to playing that position once he's  finished with baseball? Yeah," said Culver with a laugh. "But the  Yankees do a really good job of keeping the pressure off me, just  letting me play and not pressuring me, not pushing me too fast.

"I've got all the time in the world, really, so it's been fun. I haven't really looked at it like that."


"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
8 years ago  ::  Aug 27, 2011 - 1:27PM #429
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Where is Jesus?

I present to you a series of triple-slash lines:


The first two lines illustrate the reasoning that many believe is  keeping Jesus Montero and his 7 home runs and .900+ OPS in the month of  August toiling away in Scranton-Wilkes/Barre. Jorge Posada's line  against RHP comes first, and Andruw Jones's demolition of LHP is second.  Essentially, the Yankees DH platoon is more than adequate when utilized  properly. This allows the Yankees to prevent the inevitable can of  worms that would be opened from an actual permanent benching of Posada  without being disingenuous ... he really is getting the job done against  righties, and Jones is more than doing his part against southpaws.

That doesn't tell the whole story, however. The third line is  Russell Martin since his incredible April, which is significantly  bolstered by the last week or so. Last is Brett Gardner over the last  five weeks, a similar downturn to last season (which was attributed to  his injured wrist). Both Martin and Gardner have played nearly every day  when healthy, so it may simply be a matter of their bodies breaking  down in the heat and humidity of the summer.

How does this apply to Montero? It's simple, really. By calling up  Montero the Yankees could rest Martin against tough righties, allowing  the defensive stalwart to rest a couple of times per week. Against  lefties, Gardner could take the day off, Jones can shift to left, and  Montero could shed the tools of ignorance and focus on swinging the  stick. All told, this would likely provide Martin and Gardner with two  days off per week, rejuvenating them for the stretch run and postseason.  It would also allow the Yankees to see what sort of player they have in  Montero, both behind the plate and at the dish (while also relieving  him of the rigors of catching everyday in the minors).

To provide for this strategy, the Yankees need only send Cervelli down  ... a minor loss, if a loss at all. Is this a perfect solution? That's  impossible to know without any action - but it certainly seems  reasonable and simplistic.


8 years ago  ::  Aug 27, 2011 - 1:28PM #430
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NYPL Top 30 prospects(6 to 30 so far)

28. Evan DeLuca: P - Staten Island Yankees (Yankees)
When the year started, Evan DeLuca was throwing 91-93 touching 94 and 95  quite often. He was getting a lot of swings-and-misses and developed a  consistent arm slot. Since then, he's been throwing 87-89 of late rarely  missing bats and walking more than he should. He doesn't think it's  injury related but it's a bit concerning considering what we saw from  the start to the middle of the season. DeLuca might be better suited for  a bullpen role in the future since he does possess strikeout stuff but  he's been known to experience velocity dips as the games progress.  Either way, there's tons of time for the Yankees to decide his fate and  as of now, De Luca is extremely fun to watch.

22. Bryan Mitchell: P - Staten Island Yankees (Yankees)
The Yankees love Mitchell and it's not really a surprise why. He has  lots of life to his fastball and has projection on his secondary  pitches. While he's no where near complete, Bryan Mitchell shows flashes  of why he has as much upside as he does. Some have said he's a reliever  long term due to delivery and command issues, but he's young and still  developing his change-up for one. Mitchell's fastball was what impressed  me the most when I last saw him, and while he was inconsistent with his  arm slot, command and delivery the stuff was definitely there.

15. Cito Culver: INF -- Staten Island Yankees (Yankees)
Culver is a streaky hitter who is the exact definition of a NASDAQ guy.  Not only has he been up and down all year, but when he's playing well  he's on fire and when he's not, he's dreadful. Culver has made some  strides from the left-side of the plate since the beginning of the year.  When the season started, I spoke to several scouts who were extremely  low on Culver as a left-handed batter. One of them even suggested the  Yankees had started internal discussions regarding Culver as a pitcher.  He's improved his approach and has developed above average strike zone  judgement. Defensively is where things get iffy. I've seen Culver play  shortstop as much as anybody has this year and am convinced that he can  be an average to above average shortstop, especially with a gun for an  arm. With that said, I've spoken to people who think Culver is best  suited as a second-baseman due to lack of range. A position switch  shouldn't be in the cards until a couple of years down the line.

6. Angelo Gumbs: INF -- Staten Island Yankees (Yankees)
Gumbs has become a really, really exciting prospect for the Yankees. And  if I'm compiling the Yanks top 10 or 15 prospects, I might even have  him in the top half. Gumbs as an 18-year old second baseman might have  the second most raw-power in the league, believe it or not. He can hit  and drive the ball to all fields and more often than not slug it out. He  has plus speed, which has promted some to think he may even be a  center-fielder in the longrun. That would definitely boost his stock. I  personally see him as a power hitting second baseman who's solid all  around, and seeing what he can do this season hasn't changed my opinion  one bit.


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