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7 years ago  ::  Nov 17, 2013 - 1:01PM #101
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2013 AZFL Wrap-Up

The 2013 Arizona Fall League season has wrapped up and it wasn't a very exciting one for the corps of Yankee representatives.  Here's how they all ended up statistically:

- Tyler Austin: .333/.438/.500 in 12 AB
- Mason Williams: .267/.330/.337 in 86 AB
- Peter O'Brien: .190/.212/.413 in 63 AB
- Addison Maruszak: .281/.452/.344 in 32 AB

Rough go for O'Brien, who struck out 26 times in his 63 at-bats.  He did lead the team with 4 HR and 13 RBI though, so the power continues to show through.  Also a disappointing performance for Mason Williams, who continues to show little power and not really enough average or OBP to make up for it.

- Vidal Nuno: 5 G, 3.20 ERA, 18 K/3 BB in 19.2 IP
- Brett Gerritse: 9 G, 9.26 ERA, 12 K/11 BB in 11.2 IP
- Fred Lewis: 11 G, 0.00 ERA, 10 K/5 BB in 11.0 IP
- James Pazos: 10 G, 1.74 ERA, 9 K/7 BB in 10.1 IP

Real strong finish for Nuno after a poor first 2 starts.  His plus command continues to be noteworthy.  Not a bad showing for Lewis either.  He's still way down on the food chain when it comes to Major League lefty bullpen options, but working 11 scoreless innings in a hitters league is not too shabby.
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7 years ago  ::  Nov 17, 2013 - 5:02PM #102
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Top 10 Yankees Pitching Prospects


Rafael Depaula3

1. Rafael DePaula: “RDP” RHP, 6-foot-3, 212-pounds, 21 – Looking forward to seeing what this guy can do now that he finally has a full season under his belt. He tired towards the end of the year last year but that was most likely because he had never come close to throwing that amount of innings. He still has phenomenal stuff but his control faultered towards the end of the year. Look for him to have a much better season in 2014 and to carry his success much deeper into the year.

2.  Jose Ramirez: ”J-Ram”: RHP,  6-foot-1, 185-pounds, 23 – Health is clearly the most important thing for him. That, and showing some consistency with the slider. If he can do those two things he will be an effective major league starter. He really does have front end stuff so he will be a fun guy to watch. He will get a shot at the rotation eventually and he may come out of nowhere to surprise a lot of people with his talent. The slider is key to his success though.

3.  Jose Campos: “J-Cam”: RHP, 6-foot-4, 195-pounds, 20 – Gil Patterson states that his innings will still be limited next year. The main thing that could limit his innings is his health though. He should be primed to throw about 137.0 innings next year if all goes well. That’s basically a full season. His arm seems to be back to full strength since about the second half of the season in 2013. When healthy, he is a top prospect and may end up on some top 100 lists with a healthy, effective season next year.

4. Luis Severino: “Lu-sever” RHP 6-foot-0, 195-pounds, 19 – He finished his first stateside season with a 2.45 ERA in 44.0 innings. He struck out 53 during that time. At just 19 he held his own in Charleston and continued to strike out more than one batter per inning while demonstrating pinpoint control with just 2.0 BB/9. He absolutely has top prospect potential and will likely start next year in Charleston. He has fantastic stuff and will be a forcec to be reckoned with in this farm system going forward.

5.  Manny Banueolos: “ManBan”: LHP, 5-foot-11, 200-pounds, 22 – It seems that Manny has lost his luster to most as a prospect. Not me. I am eagerly anticipating his return to action which will happen next season. Still young for his level, still has ace potential. The guy is a beast when healthy, which will be his main concern going forward. He has great stuff and a great makeup. Control and health will be the major issues going forward.

6. Ian Clarkin: “IC” LHP, 6-foot-2, 206-pounds, 18 years old – He’s a polished young left hander who already sits in the 90′s with his fastball and has some secondary pitches which he of course will need to work on. He disppointed a bit in his limited debut with the GCL, but he’ll have 10 years to erase the memory of his debut, and the sample size means absolutely nothing. Anytime you have a lefty of this caliber in your system it’s a major positive. Now it’s time for their development team to prove they can take raw talent and turn it into an ace.

7. Rookie Davis: RHP, 6-foot-4, 235-pounds, 20 – In 52.0 innings this season, he had 11 earned runs, 13 walks (2.2 BB/9), and 47 K (8.1 K/9). He had a 1.90 ERA. It’s a long road ahead for this kid but he’s only getting better. He truly has front of the rotation potential. Now up to 95 on the velo, and his stuff is legit. The secondary stuff still has some work but has been steadily improving. If he can continue to improve the secondary offerings he will become a guy with front end potential.

8. Nik Turley: “Turley Bird” LHP, 6-foot-6, 230-pounds, 22 –  Finished strong in Double-A and managed to throw a career high 145 innings this year. He has struck out 8.8/9 innings, and got his ERA down to 3.79 by the end of the year. As a 6-foot-6 lefty who sits low 90′s, he’s got a shot to make an impact as a major leaguer. Probably the most major league ready lefty in the system outside of Vidal Nuno, but he also has the size and the stuff to be a third starter.

9. Ty Hensley: RHP, 6-foot-4, 220-pounds, 19 – We were all disappointed to hear about Ty’s season ending surgery, but the good news is that it wasn’t his arm and other pitchers have come back to their baseline after similar surgeries. Hopefully this is the end of his injury bug and he will enjoy a long and healthy career. He apparently lived his whole life with decreased flexibility in that hip, and the surgery will increase that flexibility. It’s possible he could actually be better now than before. I will take a wait and see approach with Ty in the meantime.

10.Daniel Camarena: “DanCam”: LHP, 6-foot-0, 200-pounds, 20 – The Yankees had enough faith in this guy to put in him a full season league at the age of just 20. The reason for that is his polish. He’s a lefty with a low 90′s fastball and extraordinary secondary offerings. His hallmark is superior control. The Yankees are huge fans of this kid and there’s good reason for it. He could be an important piece of the future for this club. If he can go up a few ticks on his velocity like Manny Banuelos did he could be a front end starter, but that’s a big if.

7 years ago  ::  Nov 17, 2013 - 5:06PM #103
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2014 Breakout Candidate: Brady Lail


Brady Lail

The Basics:

BBDP Nickname: Brail
Name: Brady Lail
Age: 20
Draft: 2012 18th round pick out of South Jordan, Utah
Size: 6-foot-2, 195-pounds
Fastball: 94 mph
Other Pitchers: Fastball, Curveball, Change up
BBDP Ranking: 35
Position: RHP
Twitter: blail3
Fun Fact: Lail has a tattoo that says “Success stops when you do.”

Drafted in the 18th round of the 2012 draft, Brady Lail is yet another late round find by the Yankees that appears to be panning out. It seems the Yankees are developing a penchant for finding players like him. Just 170-pounds when he was drafted, he has packed on 25 pounds of muscle and now weighs 195-pounds. In addition to the muscle gain, he has also added a few ticks onto his velocity this year. This took him from a promising young athlete to a guy to watch out for in just one year’s time.

Lail, who grew up a Mets fan, has quickly switched his alliance. He’s proven that by being one of the better young pitchers in the GCL this year. Last year, at the age of 18, Lail pitched to a 1.42 ERA in just 12.2 innings. He notched 10 strikeouts along the way, and walked just two batters.

In 2013 Lail really strutted his stuff in the GCL and showed why he will garner some consideration for a spot in a full season league next year. Lail had 61.2 innings this year and had a 2.92 ERA across 12 starts and 14 appearances. He let up just eight walks and had 56 strikeouts. That’s good for a 7.00 K/BB ratio. His BB/9 rate is just 1.2. Take away his two starts in Tampa (at the age of 19), and his numbers look even better. His ERA drops to 2.33, his walk rate goes down to 0.8 BB/9, and his K/BB ratio climbs to 10.2.

The Stuff:

Brady Lail is one of those guys you love to have on your team. He throws strikes, and still will strike out about a batter per inning. He throws four pitches; a four-seamer, a two-seamer, a curveball, and a change up.

The four-seam fastball sits anywhere from 90-93, peaking at 94 mph. The sinker sits closer to 89-91 and he has been able to draw a fair amount of ground balls with that pitch.

The two secondary pitches he is working on are his change up and the curveball. The change up is already above average and the curveball is a knuckle curve. He’s working most on the curveball to try to make it a viable third pitch.


The current version of Brady Lail projects to have a ceiling of a third starter. Should he continue to have an uptick in his stuff he could be a front of the rotation starter, but that obviously remains to be seen. If he can shift his velocity from 91-93 up to 93-95 we could be talking about a guy with ace potential. That, however, is no easy task.

His floor, at this point would be a reliever. Given his superior control and his solid velocity as a starter, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be able to have success as a reliever.

2014 Outlook:

Brady Lail will look to really capitalize on his stuff this year. He managed to throw 60+ innings this year which would put him right on target for a position in Charleston. That all depends on who he is competing with for a spot there. Gio Gallegos, Luis Severino, Rookie Davis, Caleb Smith, David Palladino, Conner Kendrick, Ty Hensley and Cale Coshow will all be competing with Lail for a spot there.

The good money should be on Lail to begin the season in extended spring training. If there is an injury or a promotion, he could end up in Charleston but he will likely pitch for short season Staten Island next year. From there he will be a fun guy to follow up the latter.

7 years ago  ::  Nov 19, 2013 - 11:26AM #104
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Also from Rosenthal, rival scouts figure the Yankees will make a big push to sign international talent since they're already over the bonus pool limit for international signings and will be penalized anyway.  It's worth noting that Joe Pawlikowski of the River Ave Blues blog believes Rosenthal may have miscalculated some figures and is actually saying the Yankees will overspend during the next international signing period, which opens on July 2, 2014.

7 years ago  ::  Nov 19, 2013 - 11:34AM #105
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Random Thoughts: Rule 5 Draft, IFAs, Payroll

There is nothing special about this Tuesday other than the fact that it’s thoughts day. That’s something special, right? Anyway, here are some random tidbits on my mind that really aren’t worth a full post.

1. The deadline to set the 40-man roster for the Rule 5 Draft is tomorrow and we already know the Yankees will protect RHP Shane Greene and RHP Bryan Mitchell. C Gary Sanchez, OF Slade Heathcott, RHP Tommy Kahnle, RHP Chase Whitley, and RHP Danny Burawa are eligible this year as well, ditto RHP Jose Campos according to Josh Norris. I say this every year around this time, but sometimes the best way to keep a player is to leave them unprotected. Ivan Nova was not big league ready in 2008 and, sure enough, the Padres returned him to the Yankees after he got bombed in Spring Training. Campos is 21 and he threw only 87 innings for Low-A Charleston this season after missing virtually all of last season with an elbow injury. Hiding him as the last guy in a big league bullpen for a full 162-game season will be close to impossible at this point of his career, even for a terrible team like the Astros and Twins. Guys with big arms who are higher up the minor league ladder flop in that role as Rule 5 picks every year. Leaving Campos unprotected is a low risk by Rule 5 Draft standards and the Yankees stand to save a 40-man spot and one of his option years. I suspect they will protect him because they protect just about everyone, however.

2. As Joe wrote yesterday, the Yankees appear likely to spend big on international free agents next summer, meaning they’ll blow past their allotted signing pool and pay the penalties the following year. Those penalties including being limited to bonuses of $500k or less (or $250k or less, depending on how far over they go). I understand the strategy of spending huge one year, landing a whole bunch of prospects, then dealing with the penalties and not signing anyone the next summer, but I also don’t like it. You’re basically eliminating yourself from contention for half the talent pool. I also don’t think it’s possible to say the next year’s talent crop will be weaker than the current year’s — thus justifying the extra spending — because we’re talking about 14 and 15 year old kids. The 18 to 21-year-olds in the draft are hard enough to predict from one year to the next. Doing it with teenagers is impossible. The new spending restrictions really suck and hurt the Yankees immensely, especially since the backbone of their farm system for decades was Latin America. I don’t think the solution is alternating big money years and small bonus years (due to penalties). You eliminate yourself from contention for too many players that way …

3. … but at the same time, I think the Yankees do a really good job of finding super cheap talent in Latin America. By super cheap I mean $250k or less, which is still a ton of cash in the real world. Guys like RHP Luis Severino ($225k), OF Ravel Santana ($145k), RHP Gio Gallegos ($100k), and SS Thairo Estrada ($75k) all signed for less than a quarter-million in recent years. Maybe that ability to find relatively cheap talent means it would make sense to go over the spending pool one year and incur the penalties the next since they’ll still dig up players in the down year. That makes sense to come extent, but again, you are taking yourself out of the running for the top talent in a given year with that strategy. I don’t know the best way to go — it’s probably a combination of both depending on the talent pool and a given year, but again, who can predict that? — all I know is that this new system stinks.

7 years ago  ::  Nov 20, 2013 - 2:38PM #106
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Prospect Profile: Aaron Judge



Aaron Judge | OF

Judge is a Northern California kid who was born in Sacramento but grew up a few miles outside Stockton in a small town called Linden. According to the internet, only about 1,800 people live in the eight or so square mile town. Judge was a three-sport star at Linden High School (baseball, basketball, football) and was twice an All-League selection in baseball. He also earned All-American honors as a senior.

Prior to the 2010 draft, Baseball America (subs. req’d) ranked Judge as the 77th best prospect available in California. He was considered a better pitching prospect at the time and was selected in the 31st round by the Athletics. Judge declined to sign and followed through on his commitment to Fresno State, where he moved off the mound and into the outfield full-time. Most colleges recruited him as a tight end but baseball was his favorite spot, so he stuck with that.

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7 years ago  ::  Nov 21, 2013 - 5:11PM #107
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Six players added to Yankees 40-man roster

Last night, the Yankees added five minor leaguers to the 40-man roster (including two of their top prospects), made a very minor trade (and added the new guy to the 40-man), and also outrighted Corban Joseph to Triple-A (taking him off the 40-man, but keeping him in the system). Here’s the announcement from the team.

Bryan MitchellEarlier today, the Yankees acquired INF Dean Anna from the San Diego Padres in exchange for RHP Ben Paullus and added him to the Major League roster. RHP Jose Campos, RHP Shane Greene, OF Slade Heathcott, RHP Bryan Mitchell and C Gary Sanchez were also added to the Major League roster.

Anna, 26, spent the 2013 season with Triple-A Tucson, where he hit .331 (165-for-498) with 90R, 38 doubles, 9HR and 73RBI in 132 games and saw time at second base, shortstop, third base and in left field. The left-handed batter was originally selected by the Padres in the 26th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

Campos, 21, went 4-2 with two saves and a 3.41 ERA (87.0IP, 33ER) in 26 games (19 starts) with Single-A Charleston in 2013. He was acquired by the Yankees from the Seattle Mariners along with RHP Michael Pineda on 1/23/12 in exchange for C/DH Jesus Montero and RHP Hector Noesi.

Greene, 25, combined to go 12-10 with a 3.38 ERA (154.1IP, 58ER) in 27 games (26 starts) with Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2013. He was originally selected by the Yankees in the 15th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Heathcott, 23, batted .261 (104-for-399) with 59R, 22 doubles, 8HR and 49RBI in 103 games with Double-A Trenton in 2013. He was originally selected by the Yankees in the first round (29th overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Mitchell, 22, combined to go 4-11 with a 4.71 ERA (145.1IP, 76ER) in 27 games (26 starts) with Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2013. He was originally selected by the Yankees in the 16th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Sanchez, 20, combined to bat .253 (115-for-454) with 50R, 27 doubles, 15HR and 71RBI in 117 games with Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2013. He was originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on 7/2/09.

Additionally, INF Corban Joseph was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Yankees roster now stands at 39.

7 years ago  ::  Nov 21, 2013 - 7:15PM #108
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What Went Right: 2013 Draft

Katoh. (Jeff Gross/Getty)

Katoh. (Jeff Gross/Getty)

Coming into this past season, it was obvious the Yankees needed to add some young, impact talent to the organization. They had none at the big league level and very little in the minors following a down year in the farm system. When Baseball America published their list of the team’s top ten prospects over the winter, it was hard to ignore that six of the ten missed at least a month due to injury in 2012 while two others were still way down in Rookie Ball.

The Yankees had a chance to add talent this summer during the annual amateur draft in June, which is true of every year. This draft was different though — New York had two extra picks after Rafael Soriano and Nick Swisher declined qualifying offers and signed with other teams as free agents. Add in their own first rounder and New York owned three of the first 33 selections. It was the first time they held even two of the first 33 picks since 1978. The opportunity to give the farm system a real shot in the arm was there, and, at this point, it appears the Yankees nailed it.

Three First Round Talents
Having three first round picks — it was really one first rounder and two supplemental first round picks, but whatever — doesn’t automatically mean you’ll get three first round talents. Let’s not kid ourselves here; the Yankees have made some questionable high picks in recent years and grabbing the best available talent was not a given. Rather than go off the board for a player they liked more than the consensus, scouting director Damon Oppenheimer & Co. went big and grabbed arguably the three best players on the board with each pick.

Jagielo. (Robert Pimpsner)

Jagielo. (Robert Pimpsner)

The first of the three was Notre Dame 3B Eric Jagielo, who was the club’s natural first rounder at #26 overall. He signed quickly for a straight slot $1.84M bonus and hit .264/.376/.451 (~152 wRC+) during his 221 plate appearance pro debut. Jagielo is a polished hitter and a good defender at a hard-to-fill position who should climb the ladder very quickly. The second pick was Fresno State OF Aaron Judge (#32), a monstrous (listed at 6-foot-7 and 255 lbs.) slugger with as much raw power as anyone in the draft. He took an above slot $1.8M bonus the day before the signing deadline. California HS LHP Ian Clarkin (#33), a power southpaw with an out-pitch curveball, was the third of the three first rounders.

In a normal year, landing one of those guys with a first round pick would have been a coup for the Yankees. Being able to draft all three — and being willing to exceed the draft pool to sign them, as they did by signing Judge to an over-slot bonus at the last minute — is a major win for a farm system in need of impact talent. All three of these guys are not going to work out, the odds are strongly against it because prospects are made to break hearts, but the more high-end talent they have, they better. These three first rounders were incredibly important given the state of the organization and the Yankees nailed ‘em.

Middle Infield Depth
The Yankees have been blessed with Robinson Cano and (especially) Derek Jeter for a long time, making it pretty easy to overlook just rare quality middle infielders are these days. I’m not even talking about stars, above-average guys are very hard and rather expensive to acquire. New York drafted two true middle infielders in the top four rounds in 2B Gosuke Katoh (2nd round) and SS Tyler Wade (4), both out of California high schools. Both play above-average defense at their positions and Katoh is just a strong arm away from being a shortstop. They both performed well in their pro debuts: Katoh managed 171 wRC+ (12.6 BB%) in 215 plate appearances while Wade had a 137 wRC+ (16.0 BB%) in 213 plate appearances. The performance is nice but the most important this is that both guys have the defensive chops to stay up the middle while also projecting to be something more than zeroes at the plate. These were two very strong picks after the first round.

Power Arms
Under Oppenheimer, the Yankees have used the middle and late rounds to draft power arms who could someday help out of the bullpen. With the new spending restrictions and Collective Bargaining Agreement all but eliminating the ability to give big money to players who fall due to bonus concerns, there’s not much more you can do late in the draft. Dig up some hard-throwers for the bullpen and focus on positions players with that one high-end tool. Not much more is available.

This summer’s crop of hard-throwers includes Texas JuCo RHP David Palladino (5), LSU RHP Nick Rumbelow (7), San Diego State RHP Phil Walby (12), and Oklahoma Christian RHP Cale Coshow (13). All four guys offer mid-90s heat while Palladino has good enough secondary pitches to start. Sam Houston State LHP Caleb Smith (14) has shown 94-95 in short outings. The Yankees have had trouble developing players overall the last few years, but they generally go a great job of unearthing these power arms and getting them far enough up the ladder that they at least serve as trade bait, if nothing else. These five guys are the newest members of the pipeline.

Late Round Gambles
The big money late-round picks don’t really exist anymore, but there is always going to be talent that slips into the late rounds. Not every “signability” guy will cost seven figures. New York paid over-slot for Georgia HS OF Dustin Fowler (18) and Missouri HS 3B Drew Bridges (20) after saving pool money by taking cheap college seniors in rounds six through ten. Fowler is the better prospect as an athletic outfielder with speed and a sweet lefty swing, but Bridges has some power potential and a knack for getting the fat part of the bat on the ball from the left side.

I think the Yankees had their best draft in several years this summer and that’s not only because of the extra first round picks, though those certainly helped. I’m talking about the quality of the players they landed with their picks. The added impact guys at the top of the draft, some important middle infield depth after that, and a lot of interesting late-round guys who could play roles down the roa

7 years ago  ::  Nov 21, 2013 - 9:15PM #109
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Yankees Top Five Catching Prospects

peter o'brien2This isn’t a difficult list to make, but there are some really intriguing names on the list. Keep in mind Romine is not qualified because he played in the major leagues this year. He would probably rank fifth on this list if he was eligible. Catching has been an area of great depth for quite a while now, and this year is no exception.

1. Gary Sanchez -”the Sanchize” C, 6-foot-2, 220-pounds, RHB, 20 – .253/.324/.412/.736 line with 15 homeruns this year. He has all the power to be a top of the line backstop. If he can hit for average he will put it all together and be a star. His defensive game is catching up with his offensive game and there are not many more questions that he will be able to stick behind the dish. Highest Level: Double-A. Will start 2014 at: Double-A. Estimated arrival: 2015. Ceiling: All-star catcher, 30 homeruns annually, .300+ average.

2. J.R. Murphy – “Murph”: C, 5-foot-11, 195-pounds, RHB, 21 – His season line is .269/.347/.26/.774 with 12 homeruns in Double and Triple-A. He is a solid defensive backstop and can hit well for his position. He managed to hit for decent average and above average power this year, and there could be more where that came from. He has done a great job adjusting to each level, and has a great makeup. Highest Level: Triple-A. Will start 2014 at: Triple-A. Estimated arrival: 2014. Ceiling: Borderline all-star, 20 homeruns annually, .285 average.

3. Peter O’Brien – C, 6-foot-3, 215-pounds, 22 – His stat line this year was an impressive .291/.350/.544/.893 with 22 homeruns. Overall he easily had one of the best seasons of anyone in the system. He is a great hitter but has yet to find his niche in the field. It’s questionable at best whether or not he can stick behind the dish, however there’s a good change he plays a role similar to Evan Gattis. He could play third base, corner outfield, and catcher serviceably and serve as some serious right handed power in the Bronx in the meantime. Highest level: High-A. Will start 2014 at: High-A. Estimated arrival: 2016. Ceiling: 30 HR, .280 average, versatile yet below average fielder.

4. Luis Torrens – “Torr-nado” C, 6-foot-0, 171-pounds, RHB, 17 – It was not a dream year for Torrens with the bat. He his .241/.348/.299/.647 in his first year stateside as a 17 year old. He is ahead of the game defensively though and at just 17 he was the youngest player in the GCL last year. He’ll have to improve upon those numbers if he wants to get himself on the prospect radar, but he could easily follow in the footsteps of Miguel Andujar. Highest level: Rookie GCL. Will start 2014 at: Rookie GCL. Estimated arrival: 2019. Ceiling: All-star catcher, 20+ homeruns, .300+ average. Floor: bust.

5. Alvaro Noriega – C, 6-foot-0, 198-pounds, RHB – He’s just 18 years old but had a much better performance in the GCL than Torrens this year. His stat line was .295/.337/.389/.726 with one homerun and six doubles. His fielding is more average than anything else and will need to improve along with his bat to make it up the ladder. He is known as a hit first catcher so his bat will have to be even better than it was this year to keep his prospect status. Highest level: GCL. Will start 2014 at: Staten Island. Estimated arrival: 2018. Ceiling – Above average starting MLB catcher.

7 years ago  ::  Nov 22, 2013 - 9:56AM #110
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New York Yankees Prospect Profile: Dean Anna

Lost in the shuffle of yesterday’s huge trade between the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers, was the news that the New York Yankees acquired minor leaguer Dean Anna from the San Diego Padres. Despite being relatively unheard of up to this point by Yankees fans, Anna looks as though he can fit in quite nicely.

Did Cashman find another diamond in the rough? (Image: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

At 26 years old, Anna was drafted by the Padres in the 26th round of the 2008 draft. His minor league career got off to a slow start as he spent three years bouncing between low and high-A baseball. However, since that time, Anna has been as hot as can be in the minor leagues. This warranted a promotion to playing Triple-A ball in 2013.

There, Anna flourished. In 132 games for the Padres AAA affiliate, the Tucson Padres, he hit .331 with nine home runs and 73 RBI, while accumulating 165 hits. He was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star Game in recognition of his incredible play.

Anna has shown that he can be a very versatile player, spending time at second and third base, as well as shortstop. This versatility can prove to be extremely useful for a Yankee team that will see its regular starters from the left side of the infield get plenty of DH days. The scouting report on Anna tells us that he has a pretty solid glove, so he might come in handy should he find himself on the big league squad in the 2014 season.

Anna was the unfortunate victim of a logjam in the Padres organization, thus stunting any call-up that may have been planned for him. The Padres were pretty much set in the infield with Chase Headley, and Yasmani Grandal, so there was little to no room for Anna to be played. This is likely a big reason that the Padres traded him away for Ben Paullus.

A solid bat, a useful glove, and the possibility of multiple roster holes to fill may work out in Anna’s favor. Do not be surprised if he is one of the Yankees’ utility players straight out of Spring Training. Should that happen, along with the re-signing of defensive wizard Brendan Ryan, one has to wonder if Eduardo Nunez is on his way out.

The offseason has just begun for the New York Yankees, and this may just be a blip on what could be a huge winter-time radar

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