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Random Minor League Notes: 2017 Edition
1 week ago  ::  Jun 15, 2017 - 5:54PM #681
Rob
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We interviewed the Yankees 10th RD pick, Chad Whitmer, check it out here:


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1 week ago  ::  Jun 15, 2017 - 6:59PM #682
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2017 Draft: Beck, Mangum, Williams, Abbott, Burns, Brown



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Now that the Yankees have made their selections and the 2017 draft is over, it’s time to see who they actually sign. The signing deadline is Friday, July 7th this year, so three weeks from tomorrow. That’s really close! Anyway, here are my Day One, Day Two, and Day Three recaps. Here are all of the Yankees’ picks, and here’s some draft news and links:

  • In his AL recap, Keith Law notes he doesn’t like the deliveries of South Carolina RHP Clarke Schmidt (1st round) and California HS RHP Matt Sauer (2nd), though he does say, “some teams were fine with the way (Sauer’s) arm works despite all of that and saw a mid-rotation starter.”
  • In their AL East draft recap, Baseball America wrote “college RHPs Trevor Stephan (3), Glenn Otto (5) and Dalton Higgins (7) and LHP Dalton Lehnen (6) all have at least one swing-and-miss offering.” The Yankees always use those middle rounds on Day Two to hoard power arms.
  • Catawba College RHP Bryan Blanton (21st) has a deal in place and is traveling to Tampa today, reports Mike London. Blanton, a reliever, had a 2.70 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 15 walks in 33.1 innings for the Indians.
  • Stanford RHP Tristan Beck (29th) is not going to sign, reports John Manuel. Bummer, but not surprising. Beck was a consensus first round talent before a back issue caused him to miss the season. He was reportedly seeking upwards of $4M to sign.
  • Missouri State OF Jake Mangum (30th), a draft-eligible sophomore, is going to return to school for his junior year, he announced on Twitter. Mangum was a top five rounds pick based on talent, though he slipped due to signability concerns.
  • If you’re into such things, Chris Mitchell’s KATOH system projects Duke OF Jimmy Herron (31st) as one of the best college picks on Day Three at +1.5 WAR. “A draft-eligible sophomore, Herron smacked 17 doubles, stole 17 bases, and struck out in just 12% of his plate appearances this year … Herron doesn’t turn 21 until late July, so he’s a few months younger than most of his draft-eligible college peers, making his performance all the more impressive,” said the write-up.
  • Georgia HS C Steven Williams (35th) will not sign and instead follow through on his commitment to Auburn, he wrote on Twitter. Williams was considered a possible top five rounds pick as an offense-first catcher, though his strong commitment to Auburn caused him to slide to Day Three.
  • Virginia HS LHP Andrew Abbott (36th) is not planning to sign, based on his Twitter feed. That’s not really a surprise. He was considered unsignable from the start. Abbott throws three pitches, including an excellent curveball, though he sits mostly in the upper-80s right now with his fastball.
  • Alabama HS RHP Tanner Burns (37th) will not sign, according to his Twitter feed. Jim Callis mentioned him as one of the most notable picks on Day Three. “Burns drew comparisons to recent first-rounders due to his big arm and advanced command, but his commitment to Auburn must have been too strong for teams to take a chance on him early,” wrote Callis.
  • The Yankees have signed Missouri State OF Cody Brown as an undrafted free agent, according to MSU. He’s heading to Tampa to sign tomorrow. Brown, a lefty swinger, hit .323/.433/.539 with nine homers and ten steals in 64 games this spring.

By the way, our annual Draft Pool Tracker page is now up and running. You can keep tabs on the Yankees’ bonus pool situation there between now and the signing deadline. It is available at all times under the Resources pull down menu in the nav bar at the top of the site.


1 week ago  ::  Jun 18, 2017 - 4:11PM #683
Rob
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The Staten Island Yankees starting rotation is going to be fun to watch.

6 days ago  ::  Jun 19, 2017 - 6:48PM #684
Rob
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While SI got rained out I do have some notes

4 days ago  ::  Jun 21, 2017 - 2:04PM #685
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Some more video and photos from the SI Yanks opener




And of course our game story with quotes from the manager and Jorge Guzman
pinstripedprospects.com/staten-island-us...
3 days ago  ::  Jun 22, 2017 - 10:35AM #686
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The Yankees’ agreement with second-rounder Matt Sauer, which we reported here yesterday, is for an over-slot bonus of $2.5MM, MLBTR has learned (Twitter link). That’s a bit more than double the slot value for the prep righty out of California, although many rankings listed Sauer as a potential first-round talent. The Yankees drafted injured righty Clarke Schmidt (Tommy John surgery) with their first-round selection, so presumably much of the savings from that selection will go toward signing Sauer.

2 days ago  ::  Jun 23, 2017 - 8:28PM #687
MajorYankFan
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Favorite Underrated Yankee Prospect


My favorite underrated Yankee prospect is 21 year old shortstop Thairo Estrada. He only recently cracked the MLB top 30 Yankees Prosects list even though he has been hitting well over .300/.375/.400 all season while playing for shortstop and second base for AA Trenton Thunder. If you look at Estrada's production throughout his four previous minor league seasons, this performance is not coming out of nowhere, either; his career slash line is .290/.354/.392.


An additional sign that Thairo is no fluke is his BB% and K%. Over his career he has a BB% of 7.5% and a K% of 12.4%, totaling 100 walks and 166 SOs. Those rates might be improving, too! This year, Thairo has 21 BBs and only 28 SOs, good for rates of 7.7% and 10.2%, respectively. There was a strong argument that Estrada was outperforming Torres when Torres got called up to AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre.


I am not arguing that Estrada will be better than Torres, but that Estrada has been grossly underrated. He might not develop much power, but his hit skill is elite and he plays multiple premium defensive positions. He will be Rule-5 eligible at season's end and I think the Yankees need to prioritize protecting him over hyped-up guys like Jorge Mateo, who still somehow sits in the #4 spot on MLB's Yankees Prospects list despite regressing in production every year of his minor league career.

2 days ago  ::  Jun 23, 2017 - 11:42PM #688
Rob
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Check out our player feature on RiverDogs RHP Garrett Mundell
pinstripedprospects.com/garrett-mundell-...

and RailRiders RHP JR Graham


Will have more next week as well as a midseason update for the Tampa Yankees.

Also, some video coming from Pulaski.
1 day ago  ::  Jun 24, 2017 - 5:51PM #689
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Yankees sign top draft picks Clarke Schmidt and Matt Sauer


The Yankees have signed their first-round pick (16th overall) right-handed pitcher Clarke Schmidt out of University of South Carolina and their second-round pick right-handed pitcher Matt Sauerout of Righetti High School in Santa Maria, Calif.

A 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior, Schmidt went 4-2 and ranked second in the nation with a 1.34 ERA (60.1IP, 41H, 15R/9ER, 18BB, 70K, 3HR) in nine starts for the Game**** in 2017. Named to USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List for the second straight season, the 21-year-old posted a 10.44 K/9.0IP ratio and held opposing hitters to a .194 batting average (41-for-211).


Sauer went 9-1 with a 0.98 ERA (78.1IP, 42H, 18R/11ER, 31BB, 142K) in 14 appearances (13 starts) as a senior at Righetti High School in 2017. A two-way player, the 18-year-old also led the Warriors with a .427 (50-for-117) batting average while totaling 37R, 8 doubles, 2 triples, 1HR and 24RBI across 35 games, and was named the 2017 PAC-8 League Most Valuable Player.



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