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2018 Minor League Updates
1 year ago  ::  Apr 01, 2018 - 6:30PM #1
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Hi all... took a year or so off from the boards but will be bringing my Minor League updates back for all of you in 2018. Should be another exciting year on the farm. 
1 year ago  ::  Apr 04, 2018 - 10:11AM #2
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Yankees set minor league rosters


The next wave of Baby Bombers are coming.

It’s hard to believe, but the minor league season begins on Thursday. The Yankees have a whopping eight affiliates, but only four play before the draft. With that in mind, it’s worth checking in on the rosters for the teams preparing to play. Of course, these are subject to change, but they should give us a good idea of who’s playing where.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRides (Triple-A)

Manager: Bobby Mitchell

Catchers: Kyle Higashioka, Erik Kratz

Infielders: Jonathan Diaz, Mike Ford, Jace Peterson, Gleyber Torres

Outfielders: Mark Payton, Shane Robinson, Junior Soto

Pitchers: Chance Adams, Luis Cessa, Cale Coshow, Raynel Espinal, J.P. Feyereisen, Giovanny GallegosDomingo German, Anyelo Gomez, Nick Green, Brady Lail, Yoiber Marquina, Oliver Perez

At the beginning of spring training, one would have expected the RailRiders to field the most interesting team in the system. The Yankees have a ton of top prospects so close to the show. The Triple-A squad figured to be among the most entertaining in baseball. Then injuries struck, and the top names left are Torres and Adams. That’s not a bad thing, though, and more firepower could be on the way with the return of Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar. The latter figures to be sent down when the big league club gets an extra outfielder.

Trenton Thunder (Double-A)

Manager: Jay Bell

Catchers: Chace Numata, Jorge Saez

Infielders: Mandy Alvarez, Abital Avelino, Bruce Caldwell, Vincent Conde, Billy Fleming, Chris Gittens, Gosuke Katoh, Russell Wilson

Outfielders: Trey Amburgey, Rashad Crawford, Jhalan Jackson, Ben Ruta

Pitchers: Domingo Acevedo, Will Carter, Jordan Foley, Caleb Frare, Joe Harvey, Jose Mesa Jr., Kaleb Ort, Jean Ramirez, James Reeves, Andrew Schwaab, Justus Sheffield, Erik Swanson, Stephen Tarpley, Dillon Tate

The story of the Double-A Thunder revolves around pitching. Many of the team’s top arms will pitch for Trenton. That includes Sheffield, Tate, and Acevedo. The team also has some interesting position players, namely Amburgey and Avelino. Those two had strong cameos in spring training. Plus, there’s a certain Seahawks quarterback who could always play at the keystone...

Tampa Tarpons (High-A)

Manager: Pat Osborn

Catchers: Donny Sands

Infielders: Angel Aguilar, Daniel Barrios, Kyle Holder, Tim Lynch, Hoy Jun Park

Outfielders: Alexander Palma, Terrance Robertson

Pitchers: Albert Abreu, Matt Frawley, Hobie Harris, Chaz Hebert, Brian Keller, Michael King, Trevor Lane, Jonathan Loaisiga, Christian Morris, David Palladino, Josh Roeder, Adonis Rosa, David Sosebee

High-A Tampa hasn’t finalized their roster yet, seeing as they only have two outfielders listed. That open spot figures to belong to Estevan Florial, one of the team’s top prospects. There’s a lot of young talent on this squad, including the flame-throwing Abreu and intriguing Loaisiga. Plus, Holder has torn the cover off the ball for almost a year now. Tampa will be pretty fun to follow this season.

Charleston RiverDogs (Low-A)

Manager: Julio Mosquera

Catchers: Jason Lopez, Eduardo Navas

Infielders: Dalton Blaser, Oswaldo Cabrera, Wilkerman Garcia, Chris Hess, David Metzgar

Outfielders: Frederick Cuevas, Leonardo Molina, Steven Sensley, Dom Thompson-Williams

Pitchers: Braden Bristo, Luis Cedeno, Dalton Lehnen, Chad Martin, Nick Nelson, Glenn Otto, Daniel Ramos, Alex Robinett, JP Sears, Anderson Severino, Brian Trieglaff, Greg Weissert, Garret Whitlock, Matt Wivinis, Kyle Zurak

The RiverDogs may not have many household names, but that can change in a hurry. This talented group features Garcia and Molina, who could grow into their own this season. Plus, the Yankees have a knack for turning unheralded players into legitimate prospects in a hurry. Keep your eyes open here.

1 year ago  ::  Apr 04, 2018 - 9:35PM #3
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Tomorrow's games:

AA -- Trenton v. Richmond, 7:00 PM (Domingo Acevedo)

High A -- Tampa at Lakeland, 6:30 PM (TBD)

A -- Charleston at Lexington, 7:05 PM (Garrett Whitlock)

1 year ago  ::  Apr 04, 2018 - 9:48PM #4
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Is this where we look for Mets news?

1 year ago  ::  Apr 04, 2018 - 10:57PM #5
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Where's Frecier Perez? Thought he landed on the Charleston roster again, which I didn't care for. 

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1 year ago  ::  Apr 04, 2018 - 11:33PM #6
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Apr 4, 2018 -- 10:57PM, Joeybagadonutz wrote:

Where's Frecier Perez? Thought he landed on the Charleston roster again, which I didn't care for. 

Believe he is starting in Tampa. 

1 year ago  ::  Apr 05, 2018 - 6:34AM #7
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Hey diehard, Did you finish school and get a job .

How the hell are you. 

1 year ago  ::  Apr 05, 2018 - 1:38PM #8
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2018 Preliminary Minor League Rosters Announced

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Gleyber. (Scranton Times-Tribune)

Thursday: High-A Tampa finally announced their roster this morning. The roster has been updated below with a quick little breakdown.

Wednesday: Thursday night, the 2018 minor league regular season begins all across the country. Triple-A Scranton begins their season Friday night for whatever reason. Double-A Trenton, High-A Tampa, and Low-A Charleston all start Thursday. Hooray for the return of minor league baseball.

In recent days the various affiliates have announced their preliminary Opening Day rosters. Key word: Preliminary. These rosters are subject to change, even in the short time between now and the first pitch of the season opener. Here are quick breakdowns of the preliminary Opening Day rosters as announced by the affiliates.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

  • Catchers (2): Kyle Higashioka, Erik Kratz
  • Infielders (4): Abi Avelino, Mike Ford, Jace Peterson, Gleyber Torres
  • Outfielders (2): Shane Robinson, Zack Zehner
  • Pitchers (13): RHP Chance Adams, LHP Daniel Camarena, RHP Cody Carroll, RHP Luis Cessa, RHP Cale Coshow, RHP Raynel Espinal, RHP J.P. Feyereisen, RHP Domingo German, RHP Anyelo Gomez, RHP David Hale, RHP Brody Koerner, LHP Oliver Perez, LHP Josh Rogers

There’s a few things going on with the Triple-A roster. One, they have more position players coming. Cody Asche was added in a trade earlier today and apparently Trayce Thompson will join the RailRidersas well. Also, Ryan McBroom’s Twitter account indicates he is with Scranton despite not being listed on the roster. And Miguel Andujar figures to rejoin them soon enough. So yeah, they have more bodies on the way.

Two, welcome back Daniel Camarena. He signed with the Cubs as a minor league free agent over the winter and Robert Pimpsner reports he has been reacquired for future considerations. Camarena being on the roster confirms the deal. And three, the rotation to start the season will be Adams, Cessa, Hale, German, and TBA in that order, according to Conor Foley. Manager Bobby Mitchell told Foley the TBA spot will likely go to Camarena, with Rogers being the long man. My guess is Rogers will wind up in the rotation before long.

The Yankees are said to be targeting April 24th as a day to bring up a spot sixth starter, and based on the Triple-A schedule, both Cessa and Hale would line up for that start. (I’d bet on Cessa over Hale.) That said, April 24th is still three weeks away, and it wouldn’t take much effort to rejigger the rotation to have German make that April 24th start. The weather will probably throw a wrench into things before then anyway.

Double-A Trenton Thunder

  • Catchers (2): Chace Numata, Jorge Saez
  • Infielders (6): Mandy Alvarez, Vince Conde, Billy Fleming, Chris Gittens, Gosuke Katoh, Bruce Caldwell
  • Outfielders (4): Trey Amburgey, Rashad Crawford, Jhalan Jackson, Ben Ruta
  • Pitchers (14): RHP Domingo Acevedo, RHP Will Carter, RHP Jordan Foley, LHP Caleb Frare, RHP Joe Harvey, RHP Brian Keller, RHP Jose Mesa Jr., RHP Kaleb Ort, LHP James Reeves, RHP Andrew Schwaab, LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Erik Swanson, LHP Stephen Tarpley, RHP Dillon Tate

Not much to see on the position player side in Trenton early this year. Gittens has serious pop, Amburgey is kinda interesting, and Crawford has tools to spare. That’s about it. The pitching is where it’s at. Acevedo will start Opening Day on Thursday and will be limited to 80-85 pitches, according to Matt Kardos. Not surprisingly, Acevedo confirmed he will be on an innings limit this year. He threw a career high 133 innings last season.

Kardos says the rotation behind Acevedo is likely to be Sheffield, Tate, Carter, and a Swanson/Keller piggyback in that order. I’m not surprised Sheffield will begin the season back with the Thunder. He’s still only 21 and last year’s oblique injury limited him to 17 starts and 93.1 innings at the level. Another few weeks in Trenton before a midseason promotion to Triple-A Scranton seems like the obvious plan for Sheffield.

Also, the Yankees apparently signed someone named Bruce Caldwell at some point. The 26-year-old is a former 15th round pick who spent his entire career with the Cardinals up to this point. He hit .242/.354/.410 (115 wRC+) with 14 homers in 105 games at Double-A and Triple-A last year, and signed with the Yankees as a minor league free agent. Caldwell seems like a candidate to wind up with the RailRiders if they don’t find another infielder soon.

High-A Tampa Tarpons

  • Catchers (2): Francisco Diaz, Keith Skinner
  • Infielders (5): Angel Aguilar, Diego Castillo, Tim Lynch, Hoy Jun Park, Brandon Wagner
  • Outfielders (4): Estevan Florial, Isiah Gilliam, Alex Palma, Pablo Olivares
  • Pitchers (14): LHP Phil Diehl, RHP Matt Frawley, RHP Nick Green, RHP Hobie Harris, RHP Chase Hodson, LHP Justin Kamplain, RHP Mike King, LHP Trevor Lane, RHP Jonathan Loaisiga, RHP Christian Morris, RHP Freicer Perez, RHP Adonis Rosa, RHP David Sosebee, RHP Trevor Stephan

The rotation and the outfield are the highlights here. The Yankees are jumping Loaisiga over Low-A Charleston, which is fairly aggressive, but he is 23 and he is on the 40-man roster. As long as he’s healthy, I expect Loaisiga to have little trouble with Single-A hitter. Perez and Stephan are two of the top lower level pitching prospects in the system. Especially Perez.

On the position player side, Florial returns to High-A Tampa after playing 19 games at the level last season. No brainer to me. His success will determine how quickly he gets bumped up to Double-A Trenton. Gilliam is a real nice under-the-radar prospect as a switch-hitter with power. Castillo and Park are two personal favorites. The numbers don’t jump out at you, but both guys can really play.

Low-A Charleston RiverDogs

  • Catchers (2): Jason Lopez, Eduardo Navas
  • Infielders (5): Dalton Blaser, Oswaldo Cabrera, Wilkerman Garcia, Chris Hess, David Metzgar
  • Outfielders (4): Frederick Cuevas, Leonardo Molina, Steven Sensley, Dom Thompson-Williams
  • Pitchers (13): RHP Braden Bristo, RHP Luis Cedeno, LHP Dalton Lehnen, RHP Chad Martin, RHP Nick Nelson, RHP Glenn Otto, RHP Daniel Ramos, LHP JP Sears, LHP Anderson Severino, RHP Brian Trieglaff, RHP Garrett Whitlock, RHP Matt Wivinis, RHP Kyle Zurak

Interesting position player crop in Charleston this year. Cabrera is a breakout candidate and I’m curious to see how Sensley follows up last season’s big pro debut, when he hit .292/.370/.584 (158 wRC+) with 13 homers in 50 games. Garcia, Cuevas, and Molina all have good tools. Garcia and Molina in particular will try again to establish themselves as bonafide prospects.

The pitching staff is a bit all over the place. Nelson and Otto are legitimate prospects despite not being in my top 30, and I assume they’ll front the rotation. Severino (no relation to Luis) is a lefty who can run it up to 96 mph, according to Josh Norris. Sears was part of the Nick Rumbelow trade and Whitlock is a bit of a sleeper. He got an overslot $247,500 bonus as an 18th round pick last year. He might’ve been a top five rounds pick last year had he not missed time last spring with a back injury.

Injured Players

As always, several players will not be ready for the start of the season. Some we know about. Albert Abreu is still in Spring Training mode after having his appendix removed, otherwise he’d be with High-A Tampa. Thairo Estrada is still on the mend after being shot in the hip during a botched robbery in January. Gio Gallegos is out with a groin issue, prompting the Perez signing. Clarke Schmidt, last year’s first round pick, is still rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

Other injuries are new developments. Kardos reports both Kyle Holder and Jeff Hendrix are hurt and remain in Tampa rehabbing. Both played in Grapefruit League games, so they were hurt fairly recently. Not sure what’s wrong with either or how long they’ll be sidelined. Also, Mark Payton tore a meniscus in a spring game will be out 3-6 weeks, according to DJ Eberle, and Donny Sands will reportedly miss several weeks with a broken forearm. He was hit by a backswing during a Spring Training game. Sucks. Sands is arguably the top catching prospect in the system.

Extended Spring Training

If you’re looking for a player and he’s not on an Opening Day roster, it means one of three things: He’ll start the season in ExST, he’s injured, or he’s been released. Young pitchers like Matt Sauer, Luis Medina, Roansy Contreras, and the Garcias (Rony and Deivi) are likely in ExST. Sauer, Medina, and Contreras will probably be there until the short season leagues begin in late June. I could see Rony and Deivi joining a full season affiliate within a few weeks.

Other notables not on Opening Day rosters include Dermis Garcia, Alex Vargas, Juan De Paula, Saul Torres, Juan Then, and Canaan Smith. Dermis could be headed for High-A Tampa, though that seems awfully aggressive for a guy with his swing-and-miss issues and only 30 games of experience with Low-A Charleston. Maybe he’s hurt? Hope not. A few weeks in ExST for some swing work may be on tap.

Update: Josh Norris says Dermis is currently getting over a minor injury. He’ll get some at-bats in ExST before joining an affiliate, presumably Low-A Charleston. So there you go.

1 year ago  ::  Apr 05, 2018 - 1:39PM #9
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New York Yankees: Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

There was a point in the offseason when it looked like the Yankees would rely heavily on young players. Instead, they loaded up the Major League roster with veterans, and the RailRiders should be the beneficiaries. No. 5 overall prospect Gleyber Torres, who played 23 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before undergoing elbow surgery in 2017, is healthy and back after the additions of Brandon Drury and Neil Walker squeezed him out of the Bronx infield. No. 65 Miguel Andujar is currently with the big club when injuries opened up a roster spot, but he'll likely bring his impressive offensive tools back to Triple-A soon to get regular playing time. No. 76 Chance Adams doesn't have much left to prove after posting a 2.89 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over 115 1/3 Triple-A innings last season, but he'll try to show his four offerings can get Major Leaguers out. Graduated top-100 prospect Clint Frazier is likely headed back to the IL when he returns from his concussion. Justus Sheffield, Domingo Acevedo, Dillon Tate and Thairo Estrada might not be too far behind, giving the RailRiders a loaded roster.

1 year ago  ::  Apr 05, 2018 - 5:01PM #10
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Apr 5, 2018 -- 6:34AM, walkoffhr2 wrote:

Hey diehard, Did you finish school and get a job .

How the hell are you. 

Life is good buddy. Yes, I am in the real world now... how's it going with you?

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