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Random Minor League Notes: 2011 Edition
7 years ago  ::  Oct 31, 2011 - 7:18PM #481
LiferYank
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Oct 25, 2011 -- 8:37PM, MajorYankFan wrote:


With the large number of trade pieces that the Yankees have, how likely is a major trade for the Yankees this off-season?


I was thinking about this the other day, and I think the Yankees will definitely need to move somewhat quickly when it comes to dealing with some of their prospects. Guys like Adam Warren, David Phelps, and Hector Noesi aren't getting any younger, and there aren't many open roles on this team right now. They provide excellent depth, as most teams would love to have guys like them that could step in as a 5th starter in the event of an injury. But the older they get, they farther their trade value will fall. If the Yankees make a relatively minor move, seeing any of those guys in a deal would not surprise me.


The Yankees have elite prospects in Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, and Gary Sanchez that could be moved in the right package, but as of now, the market hasn't taken shape and it is difficult to say who will become available. The Yanks have also refused them in deals for good but not great starters, so it would really take someone special to see these guys moved.





Of the top of my head KC would be a nice trade partner. Although prospect for prospect swaps rarely happen.

7 years ago  ::  Nov 01, 2011 - 3:47PM #482
BigGuy
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Yankees release Andrew Brackman


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On a conference call with reporters, Brian Cashman confirmed that the team did not exercise Andrew Brackman‘s option for 2012 and the right-hander is now a free agent. Had the Yankees picked up the option, they would have paid him a $1M salary in the big leagues and a $500k salary in the minors according to Keith Law.


Brackman should still be under team control as a pre-arbitration-eligible player since he has less than three years of service time, but a clause in his contract stipulated that the team must release him if they declined the option. Presumably, the Yankees could still re-sign their 2007 first round pick to a minor league deal or something. The 40-man roster now sits at 34, but Colin Curtis must still be activated off the 60-day DL.

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7 years ago  ::  Nov 02, 2011 - 10:26AM #483
BigGuy
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What Went Right (And Wrong): Farm System


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(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)



The Major League portion of our season review is just about complete, and now it’s time to dig into the minor league system. As is the case every year, some things went right and some things went wrong in the farm system. There were breakout performances, injuries, disappointments, surprises, same kind of stuff we see every season.


What Went Right


First and foremost, it was health on the pitching side. Aside from David Phelps’ sore shoulder (six weeks on the shelf) and Graham Stoneburner’s neck sprain (two months), all of the Yankees’ top pitching prospects remained on the mound in 2011. Adam Warren, D.J. Mitchell, and Brett Marshall combined to throw 454 IP and at least 140 IP each. Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances each eclipsed the 120 IP plateau, right in line with what they were expected to do before the season. Even relief prospects Chase Whitley, Dan Burawa, George Kontos, and Tommy Kahnle were able to log 80+ IP each this summer.


Secondly, the Yankees enjoyed some nice early returns from their 2010 and 2011 draft classes. Mason Williams (.404 wOBA) and Tyler Austin (.478 wOBA) broke out in big ways in the lower minors, while Dante Bichette Jr. (.438 wOBA) and Matt Duran (.395 wOBA) made strong first impressions after being drafted in June. The team’s Latin America program also enjoyed some success with Isaias Tejeda (.443 wOBA), Claudio Custodio (.439 wOBA), and Ravel Santana (.423 wOBA). These guys represent the next wave of prospects behind the crop at Double and Triple-A.


Thirdly, there were the breakouts and surprise performances. Williams was definitely the biggest breakout, but you had under-the-radar players like lefty Jose Quintana (2.96 FIP in 102 IP) force their way into the prospect picture. Ramon Flores (.350 wOBA) led the farm system in walks (61) a 19-year-old. The Almontes – Zoilo (.365 wOBA) and Abe (.331 wOBA) – stayed healthy and put together strong campaigns. The former did so as a switch-hitting outfielder and reached Double-A, putting him on the big league radar. It was the second and third-tier prospects that really stepped up this year, not necessarily the headliners.


What Went Wrong



(Photo Credit: Alan Hawes, The Post and Courier)



Obviously, Andrew Brackman‘s return to 2009 form headlines the disappointments. He completely flopped in 13 starts, walking 54 batters and striking out just 41 in 59.1 IP for Triple-A Scranton before shifting to the bullpen and finding himself a bit. After whiffing 34 and walking 21 in 36.2 IP out of the bullpen to finish the minor league season, the Yankees gave him his second straight September call-up and actually used him this time. He walked three and struck out none in 2.1 IP with the big league team. Brackman will be 26 in December, and rather than give him another chance, the Yankees declined his 2012 option and released their 2007 first rounder yesterday.


While the pitchers stayed healthy for the most part, many position players did not. Austin Romine was limited to just 89 games in Double-A due to a concussion and back trouble this summer, though he returned and was able to make his big league debut in September. Slade Heathcott injured his left shoulder again, his third shoulder injury since 2008. J.R. Murphy and Nik Turley were having fine seasons before a pair of fluke injuries ended them prematurely; Murphy fouled a ball of his leg and Turley took a line drive to his pitching hand. David Adams has played in just 29 games since fracturing his ankle last May, as in 2010.


Some players, like Melky Mesa and Jose Ramirez, did not take step forwards in their development. Mesa was unable to build on his standout 2010 season that earned him a 40-man roster spot, reverting back to his hacktastic ways that exposed a weakness against non-fastballs. Gary Sanchez started slow, had to be disciplined for attitude problems, then broke a finger while in the middle of a monster second half. Banuelos and Betances didn’t have the dominant years we expected, but I think it’s hars, h to consider them disappointments this season.


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Overall, the farm system has a pretty average year, but it felt like a down year compared to the massive success of 2010, when seemingly everything went right. The Yankees still boast some star power at the upper levels in Banuelos and Betances, but Jesus Montero will graduate to the big league team next season, and their next real impact position player prospects are Sanchez and Williams in the low minors. Romine, Zoilo, and Corban Joseph are solid players that definitely serve a purpose, but they aren’t stars. The Yankees system definitely took a hit this season, but it’s still in the top half of all the farm systems in baseball.

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7 years ago  ::  Nov 03, 2011 - 10:07AM #484
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Prices announced for S/WB Yankees games in Batavia


Ticket prices have been set for seven games in Batavia featuring the New York Yankees' top affiliate.


Tickets will cost $7, $8 and $9 to see the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees for these International League games at Dwyer Stadium: April 20-23 vs. Norfolk Tides, May 5-6 vs. Pawtucket Red Sox and June 12 vs. Louisville Bats.


The Yankees also will play 37 games at Rochester's Frontier Field as they spend 2012 on the road while PNC Field in Moosic, Pa., undergoes major renovations.


The Muckdogs are operated by the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings, who set the prices. A seven-game package for Yankees games is $50 (box seats) and $43 (general admission).


All packages are on sale and can be purchased by calling (585) 343-5454, or in person at Dwyer Stadium from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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7 years ago  ::  Nov 03, 2011 - 7:41PM #485
MajorYankFan
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Oct 31, 2011 -- 7:18PM, LiferYank wrote:


Oct 25, 2011 -- 8:37PM, MajorYankFan wrote:


With the large number of trade pieces that the Yankees have, how likely is a major trade for the Yankees this off-season?


I was thinking about this the other day, and I think the Yankees will definitely need to move somewhat quickly when it comes to dealing with some of their prospects. Guys like Adam Warren, David Phelps, and Hector Noesi aren't getting any younger, and there aren't many open roles on this team right now. They provide excellent depth, as most teams would love to have guys like them that could step in as a 5th starter in the event of an injury. But the older they get, they farther their trade value will fall. If the Yankees make a relatively minor move, seeing any of those guys in a deal would not surprise me.


The Yankees have elite prospects in Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, and Gary Sanchez that could be moved in the right package, but as of now, the market hasn't taken shape and it is difficult to say who will become available. The Yanks have also refused them in deals for good but not great starters, so it would really take someone special to see these guys moved.





Of the top of my head KC would be a nice trade partner. Although prospect for prospect swaps rarely happen.




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7 years ago  ::  Nov 03, 2011 - 7:45PM #486
MajorYankFan
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Too Many Catchers, So Little Space


Now that Cano and Swish have had their options exercised, CC has been extended, Cash has been re-upped, and the rest of the impending Yankee free agents have been free agented, we can focus squarely on the main offseason goal of strengthening the 2012 rotation.  And while C.J. Wilson and Yu Darvish will dominate the discussion, a more cost effective solution could turn out to be the trade market.  Inspired by recent posts discussing who is and isn’t trade bait and realistic offseason expectations, and the possibility of adding a #2 starter via a trade, I wanted to look at one of the Yankees’ deepest positions in terms of potential trade chips- catcher- and see who might make the most sense to offer up.


Jesus Montero- .288/.348/.467, .365 wOBA in 463 PA at Triple-A (2011)


Jesus is obviously at the head of this class after another productive year in Triple-A and a big time Major League debut in September where he went HAM to the tune of a .328/.406/.590 line with 8 XBH in just 69 PA, good for a .421 wOBA.  He’s currently the front runner to be the starting DH for the Yankees next year and most likely the backup catcher, but Montero can still be valuable as a trade chip as any team would be happy to add him to their lineup for the next 10 years.  The catch with Montero is that the Yankees should really only be willing to discuss him for the right guy (see: Hernandez, Felix).


Austin Romine- .286/.351/.378, .332 wOBA in 373 PA at Double-A


Romine had another solid if unspectacular year in 2011, mostly in Trenton before making a brief stop at SWB after the Jesus call up.  He improved his ability to make contact this year at the expense of a bit of power output, and increased his BB rate (8.6%) while decreasing his K rate (16.1%).  He’ll begin 2012 as the likely starting catcher at Triple-A, and still most likely tops out as a high-level backup or low-level starter at the Major League level, but there are more good things that Romine brings to the table than bad, and there’s value to be had in that.


J.R. Murphy- .293/.343/.457, .359 wOBA in 277 PA at Low-A Charleston


2011 was looking like a big coming out party for Murphy before he injured himself for the season with a freak foul ball off the leg.  He was hitting the snot out of the ball at Charleston and starting to figure things out at High-A Tampa before the injury.  Murphy was also drawing rave reviews from scouts for his much improved defense behind the plate and higher CS rates.  Murphy’s success in his shortened season put him on a lot of people’s radars and could make him a much more attractive trade chip.


Gary Sanchez- .256/.335/.485, .364 wOBA in 343 PA at Low-A Charleston


Sanchez has basically been “Mini Jesus” since the Yankees signed him, and he started mashing almost immediately in rookie ball last year.  The sky still appears to be the limit for this kid, as he’s only 19 years old, but there are just as many question marks surrounding Sanchez as there were Jesus, if not more.  He’s not smooth or disciplined behind the plate and often battles inconsistency.  And there was the little issue from earlier this season when he was sent down because of attitude problems.  But he can hit the lights out and could be a very valuable piece because of the Montero hitting comparisons.


Kyle Higashioka- .238/.300/.372, .308 wOBA in 180 PA at High-A Tampa


Don’t laugh.  Higgy has some value.  He’s only 21, has very solid defensive skills, and actually hit the ball better at High-A after getting the call up to replace Murphy than he was hitting at Low-A.  His offensive output is still nothing to write home about, but he’s got a good eye at the plate and could develop into a serviceable backup with a few more years of seasoning in the Minors.  He wouldn’t be the center piece of any deal, certainly not one to bring back a #2 starter, but Higashioka shouldn’t be written off completely.


Isaias Tejada- .331/.404/.568, .443 OBA in 166 PA at Rookie GCL


I’ll be honest, I didn’t even know Tejada existed before this season, but he put up some serious numbers this year in the GCL, and just missed being on Baseball America’s Top 20 GCL players last month.  He just turned 20 on October 28 and possesses a solid skill foundation both at and behind the plate.  He did have 12 errors this past season, but the scouting reviews I’ve read on him don’t poke nearly the holes in his defensive game as they do Sanchez’s.  He’ll be a guy to keep an eye on next year at Charleston, and could become more prevalent as a potential trade chip if he keeps producing at the next level.


Obviously there’s a lot of talent and lot of potential amongst the Yankees MiL crop of backstops, but there just isn’t that much room for all of these guys.  They’re going to keep advancing through the MiL system and eventually run into a road block at the higher levels, especially if the Yankees keep Russell Martin for the next few seasons.  If it were up to me to decide who stays and who goes, I would be looking at putting Romine and Sanchez up for auction.  Romine is good at everything but not really great at anything and so there’s no sense in not making him available if another team is seriously interested in him, especially with Murphy possibly projecting as a better version of Romine in a few years.  And Sanchez to me is a much bigger wild card than Jesus ever was because of the defensive and attitude/focus questions, but he’s so highly regarded as a hitting prospect that teams aren’t going to turn him down.  If he turns out to be a questionable defensive catcher down the road, it’s highly unlikely he would supplant Jesus from the lineup with just his bat, regardless of what position Jesus is playing.  Long term, he’s likely more valuable to the Yankees as a trade piece than as another defensively-challenged catcher.


Now I would make any and every one of these guys available for the right deal.  But for all the potential deals that come up this offseason, Romine and Sanchez would be my first choices if the conversation turns towards catchers.  They’re a perfect combination of high upside and low downside, and their absence would still leave the Yankees with a solid stockpile of young catchers for the future while helping to accomplish the goal of improving the rotation now.


7 years ago  ::  Nov 03, 2011 - 7:50PM #487
MajorYankFan
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A look at the Yankees’ in-house pitching depth


The Yankee rotation being in flux going into the season is a story we have heard before, and it resolved itself quite nicely in 2011 with the emergence of Ivan Nova and surprising seasons from Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon.  Going into 2012, the back of the rotation will be in a similar situation.


CC Sabathia will once again head the rotation, and Ivan Nova has also locked up a spot following an impressive rookie season.  Phil Hughes and AJ Burnett don’t have guaranteed rotation spots, but Phil’s potential and AJ’s salary make it very likely that they will be starting for the Yankees in 2012 barring a trade.  Rumors have circulated suggesting that there is mutual interest in a Freddy Garcia reunion, so Garcia could very well be back in pinstripes.


Those 5 could very well be in the starting rotation when the beginning of the season rolls around, but history suggests that most teams will need at least 6-7 starters over the course of a season due to injury and volatility.  In this post, I want to take a look at the Yankees’ AAA pitching depth (excluding Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances, who I don’t think will necessarily be ready for a major league callup should an early injury occur), to see who may be in competition to win a rotation spot should a free agent signing not materialize, or if a starter goes down with an injury.


Hector Noesi was a useful (albeit perhaps underutilized) asset for the Yankees in 2011, putting up a 4.02 xFIP, 7.19 k/9 and 3.51 bb/9 in 56 1/3 major league innings (primarily as a long man), and 24 2/3 innings of 3.16 FIP ball in AAA.  His major league experience (and moderate success) would likely make him the first internal rotation candidate.  He was mostly a fastball-slider guy in the bullpen this year, but he also has a good changeup that will probably get more use as a starter.  He could begin the season in AAA as a starter, or may be utilized as a long-man again, but regardless, I think he’s #1 on the list.


Adam Warren put together a solid, but not overwhelming season in AAA last year.  He pitched 152 1/3 innings of 4.05 FIP ball, though he struck out just 6.56 batters per 9 after averaging around 8 the two prior seasons.  He works in the low-90′s with his 4-seamer (though can dial it up higher), and also shows a 2-seamer, curve, and change.  You would certainly like to see a guy like Warren dominate in AAA before promoting him to the majors, and he’ll likely get a shot to show that he should be considered for a rotation spot in spring training.  However, I imagine he’s ticketed for AAA, and he could be the #2 callup after Noesi.


David Phelps has often been considered in Warren’s class as a prospect, and his AAA results from this season support that.  Phelps missed some time due to injury this season, but posted a 3.19 ERA and 3.69 FIP in 107 1/3 innings, with 7.55 k/9 and 2.18 bb/9.  He is currently pitching in the Arizona Fall League, where he has a 5.40 ERA in 18 1/3 innings, though the league is very hitter-friendly.  Phelps primarily works with his low-90′s fastball, though uses a slider and a curveball as well, and the secondary offerings could use some improvement.  Performance-wise he’s similar to Warren, however Warren may get a slight edge due to pitching a full healthy season in 2011.  As a result, Phelps is probably #3 on the list.


Some other potential options include George Kontos and DJ Mitchell, though I consider both of them to be bullpen guys in the future.  Kontos saw some work in the big league bullpen in September, and I imagine he will get a shot to earn a spot there next year.  Mitchell was pretty solid in AAA this year (3.96 FIP), but his significant platoon splits may keep him from having major league success.


The future impact pitching talent, Banuelos and Betances, will also be joining these guys in AAA, but due to developmental concerns, I imagine the Yankees will wait to promote them until they are showing consistent performance in AAA.  The Noesi/Warren/Phelps trio is not likely to set the world on fire, but they should be solid fill-ins should disaster strike.


7 years ago  ::  Nov 04, 2011 - 5:45AM #488
BigGuy
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• Yankees prospects Mason Williams and Dante Bichette Jr. were named the Topps Player of the Year in the New York-Penn League and Gulf Coast League.

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7 years ago  ::  Nov 04, 2011 - 6:57PM #489
MajorYankFan
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Nov 1, 2011 -- 3:47PM, BigGuy wrote:



Yankees release Andrew Brackman


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On a conference call with reporters, Brian Cashman confirmed that the team did not exercise Andrew Brackman‘s option for 2012 and the right-hander is now a free agent. Had the Yankees picked up the option, they would have paid him a $1M salary in the big leagues and a $500k salary in the minors according to Keith Law.


Brackman should still be under team control as a pre-arbitration-eligible player since he has less than three years of service time, but a clause in his contract stipulated that the team must release him if they declined the option. Presumably, the Yankees could still re-sign their 2007 first round pick to a minor league deal or something. The 40-man roster now sits at 34, but Colin Curtis must still be activated off the 60-day DL.




BC: Going back to the American front, what do you think of the Yankees cutting Andrew Brackman? Do you think he will get a MLB deal elsewhere, re-sign with the Yankees on a minor league deal, or other.


DP: Great move by the Yankees cutting Brackman, they already gave him a ton of money and stayed patient with some hope that he'll figure it out. He's 26 in December and there's really no reason to spend more on him, his mechanics may get better but the Yankees now view him as a reliever and there are plenty of good relievers on the Yankees. He's expendable. I'm sure he'll get a minor league deal somewhere, definitely not another major league deal. I don't think he'll be back with the Yankees and it's a longshot at best.


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BC: Do you think the Yankees should try to get Darvish, wait for 2013 free agent class, or other?


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DP: It's hard to predict the future on Darvish but it's also difficult to land a young prospect like Darvish for just money. Darvish will only cost money, and the Yankees won't even lose draft picks for him. He's a lot younger than C.J. Wilson as well. I expect them to make a competitive bid in the attempt to win the Darvish sweepstakes but if not I think they'll make a trade for a starter because they have prospects to make a trade.


Also it wouldn't surprise me if Phil Hughes was put in a package for a solid starter either. I love the 2013 class of free agents and if I were the GM I'd still probably go hard after Darvish. If I lose out, I'd sign Garcia and go to battle for a year with CC, Burnett, Hughes or Noesi, Nova, Garcia and feel comfortable that I have other pitchers such as Hughes or Noesi, Warren, and Phelps who can all come in and replace an injured starter.


7 years ago  ::  Nov 05, 2011 - 10:04AM #490
Loyalfan
Posts: 163

Nov 3, 2011 -- 7:41PM, MajorYankFan wrote:


Oct 31, 2011 -- 7:18PM, LiferYank wrote:


Oct 25, 2011 -- 8:37PM, MajorYankFan wrote:


With the large number of trade pieces that the Yankees have, how likely is a major trade for the Yankees this off-season?


I was thinking about this the other day, and I think the Yankees will definitely need to move somewhat quickly when it comes to dealing with some of their prospects. Guys like Adam Warren, David Phelps, and Hector Noesi aren't getting any younger, and there aren't many open roles on this team right now. They provide excellent depth, as most teams would love to have guys like them that could step in as a 5th starter in the event of an injury. But the older they get, they farther their trade value will fall. If the Yankees make a relatively minor move, seeing any of those guys in a deal would not surprise me.


The Yankees have elite prospects in Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, and Gary Sanchez that could be moved in the right package, but as of now, the market hasn't taken shape and it is difficult to say who will become available. The Yanks have also refused them in deals for good but not great starters, so it would really take someone special to see these guys moved.





Of the top of my head KC would be a nice trade partner. Although prospect for prospect swaps rarely happen.




So much quieter here.  Love it.


Even BronxBob makes an appearance. Great.




  This could be a crazy trade that really one sided but what about AJ with Money, Montero, Warren, Cerveli and phelps for Cain.  AJ would do great in NL West.  Those parks out there would be great for AJ.  Giants would still have a good starter.  I would also think they would want a power reliever to go with this deal.  So am I crazy or does anyone like this?




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