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9 months ago  ::  Mar 22, 2019 - 11:44PM #11
davis2
Posts: 17,487

Mar 21, 2019 -- 1:52PM, diehardma wrote:


Mar 21, 2019 -- 12:02AM, davis2 wrote:


Mar 20, 2019 -- 3:59PM, diehardma wrote:


Mar 20, 2019 -- 8:49AM, cookback wrote:


Thanks for doing this (again) ! I look forward to it every year !




Glad to hear you enjoy it, I love doing it. I believe the first year I started was 2015 so this will be year 5.



Good to see you back diehard. How ya been?




Same old same old. Glad winter is over (hopefully). How are things with you?



Pretty much the same... 1 step forward, 2 back, LOL.   Winter is still hanging on, but Spring can't get here fast enough!!!

9 months ago  ::  Mar 26, 2019 - 5:43PM #12
MajorYankFan
Posts: 32,868

An Important Year in the Farm System [2019 Season Preview]


Florial. (Presswire)

Two years ago the Yankees had arguably the top farm system in baseball. Uncharacteristically, they traded veterans for prospects at the 2016 trade deadline, and several of their own players took big steps forward with their development. Gleyber Torres came over in the Aroldis Chapman trade. Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Gary Sanchez, and Miguel Andujar? All originally drafted or signed by the Yankees.


That monster farm system of two years ago has become a powerhouse MLB team. The Yankees surprisingly won 91 games in 2017, not-so-surprisingly won 100 games in 2018, and now they go into 2019 on the very short list of realistic World Series contenders. They’ve graduated or traded many top prospects, and have tumbled down the farm system rankings as a result:


“Being ranked as everybody’s top farm system isn’t our goal. Our goal is to be ranked as winning the World Series,” said amateur scouting director Damon Oppenheimer to Greg Joyce last month. “… Everything’s a cycle in this thing. You get to a point where, if you’re going to try to win, you end up trading prospects. So we’ve traded quite a few guys over the last few years to help us acquire talent to help us win at the big league level, and that’s what we’re there to do. We’re in one of those cycles now where we gotta dump some more guys into the system.”


As the big league team contends this summer, the farm system will be in something of a rebuild, in that they have a plethora of young low minors prospects looking to take that step toward becoming the next wave of great Yankees prospects. The high-end upper minors talent isn’t there like it has been the last two years, and that could be an issue come trade deadline time. Time to preview the year ahead in the farm system.


Top Prospects Who Could Help This Season


There is only one: RHP Jonathan Loaisiga. In fact, the Yankees’ No. 2 prospect is set to join the rotation in a few days, after CC Sabathia’s five-game suspension ends. That is almost certainly a temporary move with Sabathia due to return in mid-April and Luis Severino hopefully sometime in early-May. Loaisiga is going to join the Yankees soon though, and that gives him a chance to help the team and force the club to keep him around longer.


Of course, Loaisiga has a long injury history and very limited experience (184.1 career innings!), plus he has never thrown a pitch in Triple-A, so he would presumably benefit from some Triple-A time. I imagine he’ll be returned to the minors at some point. Loaisiga has a quality three-pitch mix as well as good control, plus he seems unflappable on the mound, which are good traits for a young pitcher. Point is, Loaisiga is the only high-end upper minors prospect we figure to see in the Bronx this year.


Top Prospects Who (Probably) Won’t Help This Season


OF Estevan Florialthe Yankees’ top prospect, will begin the season on the injured list after breaking his wrist crashing into the outfield wall this spring. I suppose the good news is he’ll only be in a cast three weeks, meaning his recovery may not be as long as you’d expect. Three weeks in a cast seems to indicate he could be back in games sometime in May. That would be ideal. We’ll see.


The injury is unfortunate because Florial has a clear flaw in his pitch recognition — “I’m a young player. It’s tough to know what pitch to select. Try to know the pitch I can drive, and what I can’t, too,” Florial said to Brendan Kuty last month — and the only way to improve on that is with game reps. There’s no substitute for seeing live action pitching. Florial missed time with wrist surgery last year, so he has a lot of catching up to do. Once healthy, he’ll likely go to High-A Tampa or Double-A Trenton. Either way, we won’t see Florial in the big leagues this summer.


After Florial and Loaisiga, the next five best prospects in the farm system are all teenagers: C Anthony SeiglerOF Everson PereiraOF Antonio CabelloRHP Deivi Garcia, and RHP Roansy Contreras. On one hand, hooray for having so many very talented teenagers. On the other hand, none of those guys will come close to sniffing the big leagues. Seigler, Pereira, and Cabello may not even see full season ball this year, and Contreras could spend the entire season with Low-A Charleston.


Garcia made one Double-A spot start at the end of last season but he is unlikely to start this season at that level. Not after making only six (excellent) starts with High-A Tampa. Seems to me Deivi will return to Tampa for a few weeks before being bumped back up to Trenton. His best case scenario will be a late-season cameo with Triple-A Scranton. If we see Garcia in the big leagues this year, either something went very right (he really broke out) or very wrong (everyone got hurt).


Secondary Prospects Likely To Help This Season


Tarpley. (Presswire)

The Yankees will have at least one of their non-top prospects on the Opening Day rosterLHP Stephen Tarpley, who pitched well last September and was great this spring, will be in the bullpen. He definitely has a chance to carve out a long-term role this summer. In all likelihood though, Tarpley will ride the shuttle up and down a few times. That’s just how it goes for a young reliever with options, especially when he’s the last guy in the bullpen.


Another reliever we could see at some point: RHP Domingo AcevedoLindsey Adler says Acevedo pitched in relief in minor league camp this spring and the Yankees wouldn’t do that unless he was moving into the bullpen full-time. I’m definitely down with this. Acevedo has struggled to stay healthy as a starter and he still hasn’t developed his slider into a reliable third pitch. Let him air it out for an inning at a time with the big fastball (and changeup) and there’s a chance very good things will happen. I’m looking forward to seeing Acevedo in short relief stints.


RHP Chance Adams and RHP Mike King are the top two Triple-A depth starters at the moment, though King suffered a stress reaction in his elbow early in camp, and is still working his way back. He’s expected to join the RailRiders in early May. Once he does, King could jump ahead of Adams on the call-up list. He had a monster 2018 season statistically and, at least prior to the injury, had firmer stuff and control than Adams, who’s taken a step back the last two seasons. Still, Adams is on the 40-man roster, so we’ll see him work shuttle duty at some point.


Double-A hurlers RHP Trevor StephanRHP Garrett Whitlock, and RHP Nick Nelson probably will not see the big leagues this summer. They’re not on the 40-man roster yet — Stephan and Whitlock don’t have to be added to the 40-man until after next season — and there are a few guys ahead of them on the depth chart, but, anytime you begin the season in Double-A, you have a chance to play in MLB. They will, they do. Pitch well in Double-A and they’ll find themselves in Triple-A in short order, and force a call-up conversation.


The Mike Tauchman pickup and Tyler Wade demotion makes it less likely we will see IF Thairo Estradathis year, or at least see him anytime soon, especially after a lost season last year. A few weeks (months?) worth of at-bats with Triple-A Scranton is what Estrada needs right now, but, if the Yankees have a need at the MLB level and he’s the best option, they will call him up. I imagine we’ll see Thairo as at least a September call-up this summer.


Breakout Candidates


This is where all that young low minors talent comes into play. Guys like Seigler, Pereira, Cabello, and Contreras are prime breakout candidates who could put themselves into the top 100 prospect discussion after the season. (Deivi broke out last year, I’d say.) Pereira and Cabello in particular are very high upside players who could very well rank 1-2 in the farm system in a few months. They’re that good and that talented.


This year’s Pereira and Cabello, meaning the highly regarded international signings set to make their pro debut, should be OF Kevin Alcantara and RHP Osiel Rodriguez. Alcantara ($1M bonus) stood out for his hitting ability when he signed and he’s already growing into some power. Rodriguez ($600,000) boasts a deep power arsenal and, like many Cuban pitchers, he throws from a variety of arm angles to create deception.


Hard-throwing RHP Luis Gil kinda sorta broke out last year, and he might have the best fastball in the farm system. He’s upper-90s regularly and has a high spin rate on everything. Gil is the quintessential modern pitching prospect. RHP Juan Then and RHP Yoendrys Gomez are other young low minors guys who stand out more for their know-how and pitchability than lighting up the radar gun. That said, neither guy is short on stuff.

A few levels higher, the Yankees are finally set to turn 2017 first round pick RHP Clarke Schmidt loose. He returned from Tommy John surgery last year and pitched well in limited action. The Yankees will not be reckless with Schmidt — they don’t have him penciled him for 180 innings or anything — but he’ll finally get a chance to hold down a rotation spot and show what he can do. He’s been an afterthought since being drafted because of the Tommy John surgery. Schmidt’s kinda like adding a new prospect to the system all together.


Second tier outfield prospects like OF Josh Stowers and OF Anthony Garcia may not have the pure upside that Pereira and Cabello offer, though they do bring a lot to the table. In Garcia’s case, that means a lot of power. A lot. He’s a switch-hitter who can hit the ball a mile from both sides of the plate. Stowers is more well-rounded and will impact the game a lot of different ways. Offensively, defensively, on the bases, etc. He strikes me as a sneaky good breakout candidate.


Between international free agency and trades (Gil, Stowers, and Then were all acquired in trades), the Yankees have stocked the lower levels of the minors with exciting talent, and it was all by design. They picked up these kids very early in their careers — over the winter they traded for a pitching prospect yet to appear in a pro game — and will try to develop them into the next wave of top prospects. That’s the plan. The farm system may lack upper minors talent. In the low minors though, forget it. The Yankees are stacked, and that equals a small army of breakout candidates.


Returning From Injury


Technically, RHP Albert Abreu finished last year healthy, though injuries have given him trouble since coming over from the Astros in the Brian McCann trade. The power four-pitch mix is impressive. The lack of control and lack of durability are not. More than anything at this point, Abreu needs reps so he can work on refining his game. A full healthy season would be welcome in 2019. It could also land him a big league call-up at some point.


RHP Freicer Perez is a more traditional injury comeback story. He made six ugly starts last season before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery. The good news? Perez only had bone spurs removed. His labrum, rotator cuff, and capsule are all intact. A lost season is a lost season though, and this year Perez will look to get back on track with a healthy shoulder. He went into last year as one of the top prospects in the system. Getting back to that level after shoulder surgery remains possible.


The forgotten pitching prospect in the system is RHP Glenn Otto, the Yankees’ fifth round pick in 2017. He made two starts with Low-A Charleston last year before having season-ending surgery to remove a blood clot from his shoulder. Yikes. When healthy, Otto showed a good low-to-mid-90s fastball with a hammer high-spin curveball that is seemingly allergic to bats. There were questions about his durability and changeup even before the surgery, but, even if Otto is a reliever long-term, he could be a good one. His coming out party is set for this summer.


Make or Break Year?


Holder. (Presswire)

The 2014-15 international spending spree, while well-intended, has worked out very poorly. Florial is far and away the best prospect to come out of that signing class and he was a small bonus guy later in the signing period, not a headliner. Many of those 2014-15 kids have already washed out. Others, like 3B Dermis Garcia and SS Hoy Jun Park, still have some prospect value. Not much, but some.


Garcia’s calling call remains (and always will be) his power. He moved down the defensive spectrum to first base last year — apparently he’s going to give third base another try this year — and plans to turn him into a two-way player were apparently put on hold. Dermis did throw bullpen sessions late last season but he never appeared in a game as a pitcher. Alas. Garcia will move up to High-A Tampa this year after two seasons with Low-A Charleston. Another year of contact and defensive issues mean you can probably close the book on his days as a serious prospect.


After Florial, Park probably has the best chance to reach the big leagues among 2014-15 signees. He’s a very good defensive middle infielder who draws a lot of walks and can steal bases, but is short on power and exit velocity. Power is tough to project these days because of changes to the baseball, so perhaps we shouldn’t ding Park too much. He has a chance to rebuild some prospect stock with Double-A Trenton this year. The concern is advanced pitchers will knock the bat out of his hands. This is a big year for Park.


IF Kyle Holder has Major League ready defensive tools, but he hasn’t hit much in his career to date, and we haven’t seen much progress either. To be fair to Holder, he dealt with serious injury (broken vertebrae) and off-the-field matters (his brother passed away) last season, so we should cut him a break on the lack of development. That said, he is a soon-to-be 25-year-old defensive wiz with little to offer at the plate. Another year without much offensive progress and it’ll be time to look ahead to other infield prospects.


I think OF Isiah Gilliam has reached make or break status as well. He’s closing in on his 23rd birthday and saw marked declines in his power output, his walk rate, and his strikeout rate after moving from Low-A Charleston to High-A Tampa last season. As a non-elite bat-only corner outfielder, it doesn’t take much to get left behind. Gilliam has to rebound with a strong season this year, likely back with Tampa, to avoid becoming an afterthought.


Prospects I Am Excited About


Gosh, there are lots. Seigler, Pereira, and Contreras are at the top of the list. I also can’t give up on RHP Luis Medina yet, even after he walked 46 batters in 36 rookie ball innings last year. Medina turns only 20 in May, and he lights up the radar gun with his fastball and has a knee-buckling high-spin curveball, and I just can’t give up on that despite the extreme control problems. Medina’s going to be a long-term project and I am willing to be patient because the upside is so great.


OF Raimfer Salinas should be in the Pereira and Cabello group — Salinas ($1.85M) received a larger signing bonus than Pereira ($1.4M) and Cabello ($1.35M), which tells you how much the Yankees like him — but finger and knee injuries cut short his pro debut last year. When healthy, he features an advanced approach at the plate with some power, as well as very good defensive chops. Salinas probably belongs in the “Breakout Candidates” group. I really like him. He has a lot of ability.


OF Pablo Olivares has long been a personal favorite with his “do everything well but nothing exceptionally” skill set. RHP Frank German and RHP Tanner Myatt are two 2018 draftees I like for different reasons. German has already gained velocity as a pro and features a nice little slider. Myatt is a huge (6-foot-7) extreme hard-thrower (up to 101 mph) with an occasionally great curveball. He reminds me a bit of Kyle Farnsworth, which I know will drive some people nuts, but Farnsworth played 16 years in the big leagues as a late-inning reliever. That would be a heck of an outcome for an 11th round pick like Myatt.


Will The Yankees Trade Any Of These Guys?


Of course they will. The Yankees are a win-now team, so if when they need help at the trade deadline, they will trade prospects in an effort to get over the hump. They did it the last two trade deadlines and there’s no reason to think they won’t do it again this year. That’s the entire point of a farm system. To help address big league roster needs, either by graduating prospects to the show, or by using them as trade chips.


To me, Nelson stands out as a potential trade candidate. He will be Rule 5 Draft after the season and I get the feeling he falls into the same category as Dillon Tate and Josh Rogers last year. The “good prospect the Yankees don’t really know what to do with who is on the 40-man roster bubble” group. The other Double-A arms like Abreu, Stephan, Whitlock could all become trade candidates given the club’s lack of high-end Triple-A talent. Double-A starters are the next best thing.


Even before the injury, I don’t think the Yankees would’ve hesitated for a second to trade Florial in the right deal. Would they give him away? No way. But Florial is their best chance to acquire an impact player on July 31st. As long as he comes back from the wrist injury well, his trade value should remain intact. The Yankees professed their love for Justus Sheffield right up until they traded him. I could see the same happening with Florial.


The Yankees traded 15 prospects in the days leading up to the last two trade deadlines. Some were big names (Blake Rutherford, James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo, etc.) and many were second and third tier guys (Josh Rogers, Billy McKinney, Luis Rijo, Zack Littell). I think the Yankees are at the point where no prospect is off-limits. I thought Gleyber Torres was untouchable as it gets two years ago. Now? There’s no one in the system like that. Not even close.


Where Does The System Go From Here?


Because the system is built mainly around pitching and very young low minors prospects, the Yankees have a boom or bust farm system right now. If the pitchers stay healthy and some of those teenagers figure it out, this could again be one of the top systems in baseball, and I mean as soon as next spring. The Yankees have gotten pretty good at developing players, thankfully. The chances of a farm system breakout in 2019 aren’t small.


Then again, if some of those pitchers get hurt — I have 18 pitchers in my top 30 prospects list and normal attrition suggests a few of them are going to feel something that requires a lengthy shutdown, that’s just baseball — and those teenagers need more than one or two pro seasons to hit their stride, the Yankees will again have a system ranked in the bottom half of the league next year. It’s not the end of the world, but a great farm system is a heck of a lot more fun than a mediocre one.


“I believe our system is one of the stronger ones in the game. It’s just the timing of everything. (The top talent) just happens to be at the lower levels. We are very pitching deep with a lot of high-end young arms,” said Brian Cashman to Randy Miller last month. “I’m not saying the system rankings are wrong. I will tell you this: As long as our guys stay healthy and develop the way we think they’re capable of developing, the system rankings are going to be radically different next year.”


9 months ago  ::  Mar 29, 2019 - 4:30PM #13
diehardma
Posts: 6,156

Charleston Riverdogs initial roster:



Pitchers:



Daniel Bies


Roansy Contreras


Adonis De La Cruz


Luis Gil


Dalton Higgins


Rodney Hutchison


Aaron McGarity


Luis Medina


Tanner Myatt


Jio Orozco


Matt Sauer


Shawn Semple


Alexander Viscaino



Catchers:



Josh Breaux


Eduardo Nevas



Infielders:



Max Burt


Mickey Gasper


Nelson Gomez


Kyle Gray


Eduardo Torrealba


Erig Wagaman



Outfielders:



Frederick Cuevas


Brandon Lockridge


Isaiah Pasteur


Josh Stowers

9 months ago  ::  Mar 29, 2019 - 4:33PM #14
diehardma
Posts: 6,156

Tampa Tarpons initial roster:



Pitchers:



Braden Bristo


Deivi Garcia


Rony Garcia


Janson Junk


Brooks Kriske


Dalton Lehnen


Glenn Otto


Clarke Schmidt


Anderson Severino


Jefry Valdez


Greg Weissert


Miguel Yajure


Kyle Zurak



Catchers:



Jason Lopez


Donny Sands



Infielders:



Oswaldo Cabrera


Diego Castillo


Dermis Garcia


Chris Hess


Welfrin Mateo


Steven Sensley



Outfielders:



Rashad Crawford


Isiah Gilliam


Tyler Hill


Pablo Olivares

9 months ago  ::  Mar 29, 2019 - 4:35PM #15
diehardma
Posts: 6,156

Trenton Thunder initial roster:



Pitchers:



Albert Abreu


Domingo Acevedo


Daniel Alvarez


Will Carter


Nick Green


Brody Koerner


Trevor Lane


Jose Mesa Jr.


Nick Nelson


Kaleb Ort


James Reeves


Trevor Stephan


Garrett Whitlock



Catchers:



Francisco Diaz


Jorge Saez



Infielders:



Angel Aguilar


Mandy Alvarez


Chris Gittens


Kyle Holder


Wendell Rijo


Brandon Wagner



Outfielders:



Trey Amburgey


Jeff Hendrix


Jhalan Jackson


Ben Ruta

9 months ago  ::  Mar 29, 2019 - 4:37PM #16
diehardma
Posts: 6,156

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders initial roster:



Pitchers:



Chance Adams


Rex Brothers


Nestor Cortes Jr.


Cale Coshow


Danny Coulombe


Raynel Espinal


J.P. Feyereisen


Gio Gonzalez


David Hale


Joe Harvey


Drew Hutchison


Adonis Rosa


David Sosebee



Catchers:



Kyle Higashioka


Ryan Lavarnway



Infielders:



Thairo Estrada


Mike Ford


Gosuke Katoh


Ryan McBroom


Gio Urshela


Tyler Wade



Outfielders:



Billy Burns


Clint Frazier


Matt Lipka


Zack Zehner

9 months ago  ::  Mar 30, 2019 - 11:21AM #17
Joeybagadonutz
Posts: 10,102

I'm moving to Tampa in 2 weeks, looking forward to seeing Davei Garcia. 

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9 months ago  ::  Apr 01, 2019 - 3:09PM #18
BigGuy
Posts: 66,015


Yankees announce 2019 Opening Day minor league rosters



Clint. (Presswire)

The Major League regular season is underway and, later this week, the 2019 minor league regular season will begin as well. Three of the Yankees’ four full season minor league affiliates begin play this Thursday with the fourth beginning play Friday. To me, it’s not until the minor league season begins that it feels like baseball is truly back.


The Yankees announced their minor league coaching staffs a few weeks ago. Over the weekend, they announced the Opening Day rosters for their four full season minor league affiliates, which they’ve never announced to fans in this way before. At least not since I’ve been blogging about the Yankees. Hooray for the Yankees finally launching an official player development Twitter account.


Since the minor league Opening Day rosters have been announced with a few days to spare, it gives us a chance to look them over and break things down. Keep in mind minor league rosters change a lot throughout the season. Example: The Giancarlo Stanton injury and Clint Frazier call-up. These rosters are already in flux. Anyway, let’s dig through the minor league Opening Day rosters.


Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders



The farm system has thinned out a bit and Triple-A Scranton’s roster isn’t as prospect-laden as it was the last two or three years. IF Thairo Estrada and UTIL Tyler Wade are the notable youngsters who will anchor the lineup now that Frazier has been summoned to the Bronx. I imagine Estrada, Wade, and Frazier were penciled in as the 1-2-3 hitters. Let’s lay out a potential starting lineup, because why not?


  1. 2B/SS Thairo Estrada
  2. 2B/SS Tyler Wade
  3. 3B Gio Urshela
  4. 1B/DH Mike Ford
  5. 1B/DH Ryan McBroom
  6. C Kyle Higashioka/Ryan Lavarnway
  7. OF Zack Zehner
  8. OF Billy Burns
  9. OF Matt Lipka


Wade will presumably continue to see action in the outfield, opening up playing time for IF Gosuke Katoh, who was a super utility infielder for Double-A Trenton last year. Estrada and Wade (and Frazier before the call-up) are the developmental priority guys and they’re going to be in the lineup everyday. The other starting position player spots will be more of a rotation to ensure everyone gets at-bats, which is par for the course in Triple-A.


Based on the personnel, the five starting pitchers will be RHP Chance Adams, LHP Nestor Cortes, LHP Gio Gonzalez, RHP David Hale, and RHP Drew Hutchison in whatever order. RHP Adonis Rosa is the other rotation candidate should the Yankees slot Cortes or Hale into the bullpen. Gonzalez started an Extended Spring Training game last Friday and that likely lines him up for the season opener Thursday. He hasn’t pitched in Triple-A since 2009. RHP Joe Harvey and RHP Raynel Espinal were a dynamite closer/setup man combo last year. They’re back together to start this season.


RHP Jonathan Loaisiga is not on the Triple-A Scranton roster because he’s not going to Triple-A Scranton. The Yankees are planning to call him up Wednesday to serve as their fifth starter. Loaisiga will be called up as the corresponding move for CC Sabathia’s injured list assignment. Tomorrow is the final day of Sabathia’s five-game suspension.


Double-A Trenton Thunder



What a fun rotation. RHP Albert Abreu, RHP Nick Green, RHP Nick Nelson, RHP Trevor Stephan, and RHP Garrett Whitlock are the expected five starters in whatever order. (Green was returned as a Rule 5 Draft pick last week.) The Yankees have moved RHP Domingo Acevedo to the bullpen, and he’ll presumably work on a set schedule, at least initially. Two innings every three days, something like that. That’s usually how these things work.


The lineup is lacking prospect star power. OF Estevan Florial’s broken wrist is partially to blame there. SS Kyle Holder is the only position player top 30 prospect on the roster, though OF Trey Amburgey and IF Brandon Wagner are somewhat notable. Amburgey spent all of last season with Trenton and Wagner about half the season. Here’s a possible lineup, though it should be noted Hendrix is a candidate to move up to Scranton to replace Frazier:


  1. OF Jeff Hendrix
  2. 2B/SS Kyle Holder
  3. OF Trey Amburgey
  4. 1B/3B/DH Brandon Wagner
  5. 1B/DH Chris Gittens
  6. OF Jhalan Jackson/Ben Ruta
  7. 3B Mandy Alvarez
  8. 2B/SS Angel Aguilar
  9. C Francisco Diaz/Jorge Saez


Like I said, not the most exciting position player group. There’s been a bit of a position player prospect gap in the system the last few years and it reached Double-A Trenton this season. Clearly, the rotation is the story here. The Thunder will send a top 30 prospect — a top 20 prospect, really — to the mound every game. With Cortes and Hale holding down Triple-A rotation spots, don’t be surprised if Nelson or Stephan gets bumped up to Scranton fairly early in the season.


High-A Tampa Tarpons



RHP Deivi Garcia and RHP Clarke Schmidt make for one heck of a 1-2 punch atop the rotation. Garcia closed out last season with a spot start at Double-A Trenton — he was going to make a postseason start for Trenton had they not been swept in the best-of-three first round series — though sending him back there to start this season never seemed all that likely. He’s still only 19 and he made six starts with Tampa last year. Give it a few weeks and Garcia will be back in Trenton.


As for Schmidt, the Yankees are finally ready to take the reins off their 2017 first round pick. He’s fully recovered from Tommy John surgery and last year’s oblique strain. Of course the Yankees will monitor Schmidt’s workload — they’re not going to throw caution to the wind — but the point is Schmidt is going to start every five days and begin his pro career in earnest. I’m excited.


RHP Rony Garcia, RHP Glenn Otto, and RHP Miguel Yajure figure to join Deivi and Schmidt in the rotation. Yajure was one of my not top 30 prospects and Otto is coming back from surgery to remove a blood clot from his shoulder. He made only two starts last season. Otto might be a reliever long-term, but he has a chance to be a really good, and he’s healthy now. LHP Dalton Lehnen or RHP Janson Junk could bump Otto to the bullpen at the outset. We’ll see.


The position player group is headlined by a few 2014-15 international signing spree guys: 1B/3B Dermis Garcia, SS Diego Castillo, OF Pablo Olivares, and C Jason Lopez. Here’s the possible lineup:


  1. OF Pablo Olivares
  2. 2B/SS Oswaldo Cabrera
  3. OF Isiah Gilliam
  4. 1B/3B Dermis Garcia
  5. 1B Steven Sensley
  6. C Jason Lopez/Donny Sands
  7. 2B/SS Diego Castillo
  8. OF/DH Rashad Crawford/Tyler Hill
  9. OF/DH Rashad Crawford/Tyler Hill


Gilliam is returning to Tampa after his power, strikeout, and walk rates all took noticeable dips last year. As a bat-only corner outfielder, he needs a good year to remain relevant. Sensley and Crawford had some prospect shine a year or two ago but have since faded. Crawford actually spent much of the last two years with Trenton, so he’s been bumped down. Lopez and Sands are a sneaky interesting catcher tandem. There might be something there.


Low-A Charleston RiverDogs



Good gravy that rotation. RHP Roansy Contreras, RHP Luis Gil, RHP Luis Medina, RHP Tanner Myatt, and RHP Matt Sauer in whatever order is crazy prospect fun. That’s five top 30 prospects and three top 16 prospects. I thought Gil, Myatt, and especially Medina were candidates to begin the season back in Extended Spring Training, so it’s pretty cool to see them get the full season assignment.


RHP Rodney Hutchison, RHP Jio Orozco, and RHP Shawn Semple are starters by trade, so I imagine we’ll see some piggybacking, especially early in the season. The starter goes four or five innings and the next guy goes three or four innings, that sorta thing. That might be the plan initially with that young rotation. Myatt turns 21 in May he’s the oldest projected starter. These guys will all have workload limits and be eased into action.


The position player group includes last year’s second round pick (C Josh Breaux) and the Sonny Gray trade return (OF Josh Stowers), otherwise there’s not a whole lot to see there. 3B Nelson Gomez was a big money 2014-15 international signing spree guy who hasn’t really worked out, but he is only 21 and he has big power, so who knows. Anyway, here’s a possible lineup:


  1. OF Brandon Lockridge
  2. OF Josh Stowers
  3. C Josh Breaux
  4. 1B/DH Mickey Gasper
  5. 1B/DH Eric Wagaman
  6. 3B Nelson Gomez
  7. OF Isiah Pasteur/OF Frederick Cuevas
  8. 2B Kyle Gray
  9. 2B/SS Max Burt/Eduardo Torrealba


I’m not sure I would call them sleepers, but Lockridge (last year’s fifth round pick) and Gray (last year’s 14th rounder) are more than organizational players. They have some skills (Lockridge is crazy fast, Gray has sneaky pop) and could sneak up on people as great performance guys this season. Pasteur as well. Last year’s 13th rounder is a great athlete who can impact the game in a lot of ways.


Notably Absent


Farquhar. (Presswire)

The four full season affiliates begin play later this week, though there’s also Extended Spring Training, which leads into the various short season leagues later in the summer. The Rookie Pulaski Yankees, Short Season Staten Island Yankees, and two Rookie Gulf Coast League Yankees clubs begin play in June. Those rosters are a long way from being finalized. They’ll include 2019 draftees, among others. Here is a not at all complete list of notable prospects not included in an Opening Day full season affiliate roster this year.


Known Injuries: OF Antonio Cabello (shoulder), OF Estevan Florial (wrist), RHP Mike King (elbow), RHP Freicer Perez (shoulder), C Anthony Seigler (quad)


Perez had surgery to remove bone spurs last May and I assume he’s still in rehab mode. Cabello, this year’s Prospect Watch prospect, had offseason surgery but was playing in minor league Spring Training games last month. That means he’s making progress with his rehab, so that’s good. Obviously the Yankees are not ready to turn him loose just yet. The Prospect Watch will sit quiet until Cabello joins an affiliate. My guess is he joins Low-A Charleston in a few weeks.


Florial, King, and Seigler all suffered their injuries in Spring Training. King has resumed throwing and is expected to join Triple-A Scranton in early May. Florial will spend three weeks in a cast. I know that much. I don’t know what the exact timetable is for his return or Seigler’s return, for that matter. Seigler might’ve been an Extended Spring Training guy even with good health. I think he’ll join the RiverDogs at some point in the first half.


Others: SS Roberto Chirinos, RHP Harold Cortijo, 2B Ezequiel Duran, RHP Danny Farquhar, OF Anthony Garcia, SS Wilkerman Garcia, RHP Frank German, RHP Yoendrys Gomez, OF Ryder Green, RHP Brian Keller, RHP Nolan Martinez, SS Hoy Jun Park, SS Oswald Peraza, OF Everson Pereira, OF Raimfer Salinas, LHP JP Sears, OF Canaan Smith, RHP Juan Then, C Saul Torres, RHP Matt Wivinis


I think it’s safe to assume a few of these guys are injured. German was pitching in minor league spring games a few weeks ago, and a recent high-ish draft pick (fourth round last year) who played three years in the Atlantic Sun Conference wouldn’t typically be an Extended Spring Training candidate. He’s probably hurt. Same with Wivinis, who pitched well at three full season levels last year and went to the Arizona Fall League.


Sears had some shoulder trouble last season and Keller’s been an organizational innings guy the last two years. He spent the entire 2018 season with Double-A Trenton. No way a healthy Keller goes to Extended Spring Training. Park had a nice season with High-A Tampa last year and Garcia (Wilkerman, not Anthony) had a not-so-great season with Low-A Charleston. Both would be in full season if they were healthy, especially Park.


Farquhar is not injured. He’s just working his way back following last year’s nearly fatal brain hemorrhage. Farquhar didn’t look game ready during Grapefruit League play and I figured he’d spend a few weeks in Extended Spring Training. “That’s a decision to get him going. To get him regular reps, and then when he and us feel really good about it, he’ll get out to a team,” said Aaron Boone over the weekend. Give it a few weeks and Farquhar will land with one of the affiliates, likely a quick tune-up with High-A Tampa before an assignment to Triple-A Scranton.


Everyone else in this group is a clear Extended Spring Training prospect given their age and developmental needs. Chirinos, Duran, Garcia (Anthony, not Wilkerman), Gomez,  Green, Peraza, Pereira, Salinas, Smith, and Then are all teenagers. Cortijo and Torres are 20. I thought Pereira had a chance to break camp with Low-A Charleston because he’s so talented and advanced for his age, but nope. A 17-year-old (!) staying in Extended Spring Training is hardly surprising no matter how high he ranks on prospect lists.





"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
9 months ago  ::  Apr 01, 2019 - 3:12PM #19
BigGuy
Posts: 66,015

Mar 30, 2019 -- 11:21AM, Joeybagadonutz wrote:


I'm moving to Tampa in 2 weeks, looking forward to seeing Davei Garcia. 



 



My daughter and her husband just bought a condo in Tampa near the riverwalk. That place is being built up like crazy, lots of money being invested.

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9 months ago  ::  Apr 01, 2019 - 8:04PM #20
diehardma
Posts: 6,156

Apr 1, 2019 -- 3:09PM, BigGuy wrote:



Yankees announce 2019 Opening Day minor league rosters



Clint. (Presswire)

The Major League regular season is underway and, later this week, the 2019 minor league regular season will begin as well. Three of the Yankees’ four full season minor league affiliates begin play this Thursday with the fourth beginning play Friday. To me, it’s not until the minor league season begins that it feels like baseball is truly back.


The Yankees announced their minor league coaching staffs a few weeks ago. Over the weekend, they announced the Opening Day rosters for their four full season minor league affiliates, which they’ve never announced to fans in this way before. At least not since I’ve been blogging about the Yankees. Hooray for the Yankees finally launching an official player development Twitter account.


Since the minor league Opening Day rosters have been announced with a few days to spare, it gives us a chance to look them over and break things down. Keep in mind minor league rosters change a lot throughout the season. Example: The Giancarlo Stanton injury and Clint Frazier call-up. These rosters are already in flux. Anyway, let’s dig through the minor league Opening Day rosters.


Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders



The farm system has thinned out a bit and Triple-A Scranton’s roster isn’t as prospect-laden as it was the last two or three years. IF Thairo Estrada and UTIL Tyler Wade are the notable youngsters who will anchor the lineup now that Frazier has been summoned to the Bronx. I imagine Estrada, Wade, and Frazier were penciled in as the 1-2-3 hitters. Let’s lay out a potential starting lineup, because why not?


  1. 2B/SS Thairo Estrada
  2. 2B/SS Tyler Wade
  3. 3B Gio Urshela
  4. 1B/DH Mike Ford
  5. 1B/DH Ryan McBroom
  6. C Kyle Higashioka/Ryan Lavarnway
  7. OF Zack Zehner
  8. OF Billy Burns
  9. OF Matt Lipka


Wade will presumably continue to see action in the outfield, opening up playing time for IF Gosuke Katoh, who was a super utility infielder for Double-A Trenton last year. Estrada and Wade (and Frazier before the call-up) are the developmental priority guys and they’re going to be in the lineup everyday. The other starting position player spots will be more of a rotation to ensure everyone gets at-bats, which is par for the course in Triple-A.


Based on the personnel, the five starting pitchers will be RHP Chance Adams, LHP Nestor Cortes, LHP Gio Gonzalez, RHP David Hale, and RHP Drew Hutchison in whatever order. RHP Adonis Rosa is the other rotation candidate should the Yankees slot Cortes or Hale into the bullpen. Gonzalez started an Extended Spring Training game last Friday and that likely lines him up for the season opener Thursday. He hasn’t pitched in Triple-A since 2009. RHP Joe Harvey and RHP Raynel Espinal were a dynamite closer/setup man combo last year. They’re back together to start this season.


RHP Jonathan Loaisiga is not on the Triple-A Scranton roster because he’s not going to Triple-A Scranton. The Yankees are planning to call him up Wednesday to serve as their fifth starter. Loaisiga will be called up as the corresponding move for CC Sabathia’s injured list assignment. Tomorrow is the final day of Sabathia’s five-game suspension.


Double-A Trenton Thunder



What a fun rotation. RHP Albert Abreu, RHP Nick Green, RHP Nick Nelson, RHP Trevor Stephan, and RHP Garrett Whitlock are the expected five starters in whatever order. (Green was returned as a Rule 5 Draft pick last week.) The Yankees have moved RHP Domingo Acevedo to the bullpen, and he’ll presumably work on a set schedule, at least initially. Two innings every three days, something like that. That’s usually how these things work.


The lineup is lacking prospect star power. OF Estevan Florial’s broken wrist is partially to blame there. SS Kyle Holder is the only position player top 30 prospect on the roster, though OF Trey Amburgey and IF Brandon Wagner are somewhat notable. Amburgey spent all of last season with Trenton and Wagner about half the season. Here’s a possible lineup, though it should be noted Hendrix is a candidate to move up to Scranton to replace Frazier:


  1. OF Jeff Hendrix
  2. 2B/SS Kyle Holder
  3. OF Trey Amburgey
  4. 1B/3B/DH Brandon Wagner
  5. 1B/DH Chris Gittens
  6. OF Jhalan Jackson/Ben Ruta
  7. 3B Mandy Alvarez
  8. 2B/SS Angel Aguilar
  9. C Francisco Diaz/Jorge Saez


Like I said, not the most exciting position player group. There’s been a bit of a position player prospect gap in the system the last few years and it reached Double-A Trenton this season. Clearly, the rotation is the story here. The Thunder will send a top 30 prospect — a top 20 prospect, really — to the mound every game. With Cortes and Hale holding down Triple-A rotation spots, don’t be surprised if Nelson or Stephan gets bumped up to Scranton fairly early in the season.


High-A Tampa Tarpons



RHP Deivi Garcia and RHP Clarke Schmidt make for one heck of a 1-2 punch atop the rotation. Garcia closed out last season with a spot start at Double-A Trenton — he was going to make a postseason start for Trenton had they not been swept in the best-of-three first round series — though sending him back there to start this season never seemed all that likely. He’s still only 19 and he made six starts with Tampa last year. Give it a few weeks and Garcia will be back in Trenton.


As for Schmidt, the Yankees are finally ready to take the reins off their 2017 first round pick. He’s fully recovered from Tommy John surgery and last year’s oblique strain. Of course the Yankees will monitor Schmidt’s workload — they’re not going to throw caution to the wind — but the point is Schmidt is going to start every five days and begin his pro career in earnest. I’m excited.


RHP Rony Garcia, RHP Glenn Otto, and RHP Miguel Yajure figure to join Deivi and Schmidt in the rotation. Yajure was one of my not top 30 prospects and Otto is coming back from surgery to remove a blood clot from his shoulder. He made only two starts last season. Otto might be a reliever long-term, but he has a chance to be a really good, and he’s healthy now. LHP Dalton Lehnen or RHP Janson Junk could bump Otto to the bullpen at the outset. We’ll see.


The position player group is headlined by a few 2014-15 international signing spree guys: 1B/3B Dermis Garcia, SS Diego Castillo, OF Pablo Olivares, and C Jason Lopez. Here’s the possible lineup:


  1. OF Pablo Olivares
  2. 2B/SS Oswaldo Cabrera
  3. OF Isiah Gilliam
  4. 1B/3B Dermis Garcia
  5. 1B Steven Sensley
  6. C Jason Lopez/Donny Sands
  7. 2B/SS Diego Castillo
  8. OF/DH Rashad Crawford/Tyler Hill
  9. OF/DH Rashad Crawford/Tyler Hill


Gilliam is returning to Tampa after his power, strikeout, and walk rates all took noticeable dips last year. As a bat-only corner outfielder, he needs a good year to remain relevant. Sensley and Crawford had some prospect shine a year or two ago but have since faded. Crawford actually spent much of the last two years with Trenton, so he’s been bumped down. Lopez and Sands are a sneaky interesting catcher tandem. There might be something there.


Low-A Charleston RiverDogs



Good gravy that rotation. RHP Roansy Contreras, RHP Luis Gil, RHP Luis Medina, RHP Tanner Myatt, and RHP Matt Sauer in whatever order is crazy prospect fun. That’s five top 30 prospects and three top 16 prospects. I thought Gil, Myatt, and especially Medina were candidates to begin the season back in Extended Spring Training, so it’s pretty cool to see them get the full season assignment.


RHP Rodney Hutchison, RHP Jio Orozco, and RHP Shawn Semple are starters by trade, so I imagine we’ll see some piggybacking, especially early in the season. The starter goes four or five innings and the next guy goes three or four innings, that sorta thing. That might be the plan initially with that young rotation. Myatt turns 21 in May he’s the oldest projected starter. These guys will all have workload limits and be eased into action.


The position player group includes last year’s second round pick (C Josh Breaux) and the Sonny Gray trade return (OF Josh Stowers), otherwise there’s not a whole lot to see there. 3B Nelson Gomez was a big money 2014-15 international signing spree guy who hasn’t really worked out, but he is only 21 and he has big power, so who knows. Anyway, here’s a possible lineup:


  1. OF Brandon Lockridge
  2. OF Josh Stowers
  3. C Josh Breaux
  4. 1B/DH Mickey Gasper
  5. 1B/DH Eric Wagaman
  6. 3B Nelson Gomez
  7. OF Isiah Pasteur/OF Frederick Cuevas
  8. 2B Kyle Gray
  9. 2B/SS Max Burt/Eduardo Torrealba


I’m not sure I would call them sleepers, but Lockridge (last year’s fifth round pick) and Gray (last year’s 14th rounder) are more than organizational players. They have some skills (Lockridge is crazy fast, Gray has sneaky pop) and could sneak up on people as great performance guys this season. Pasteur as well. Last year’s 13th rounder is a great athlete who can impact the game in a lot of ways.


Notably Absent


Farquhar. (Presswire)

The four full season affiliates begin play later this week, though there’s also Extended Spring Training, which leads into the various short season leagues later in the summer. The Rookie Pulaski Yankees, Short Season Staten Island Yankees, and two Rookie Gulf Coast League Yankees clubs begin play in June. Those rosters are a long way from being finalized. They’ll include 2019 draftees, among others. Here is a not at all complete list of notable prospects not included in an Opening Day full season affiliate roster this year.


Known Injuries: OF Antonio Cabello (shoulder), OF Estevan Florial (wrist), RHP Mike King (elbow), RHP Freicer Perez (shoulder), C Anthony Seigler (quad)


Perez had surgery to remove bone spurs last May and I assume he’s still in rehab mode. Cabello, this year’s Prospect Watch prospect, had offseason surgery but was playing in minor league Spring Training games last month. That means he’s making progress with his rehab, so that’s good. Obviously the Yankees are not ready to turn him loose just yet. The Prospect Watch will sit quiet until Cabello joins an affiliate. My guess is he joins Low-A Charleston in a few weeks.


Florial, King, and Seigler all suffered their injuries in Spring Training. King has resumed throwing and is expected to join Triple-A Scranton in early May. Florial will spend three weeks in a cast. I know that much. I don’t know what the exact timetable is for his return or Seigler’s return, for that matter. Seigler might’ve been an Extended Spring Training guy even with good health. I think he’ll join the RiverDogs at some point in the first half.


Others: SS Roberto Chirinos, RHP Harold Cortijo, 2B Ezequiel Duran, RHP Danny Farquhar, OF Anthony Garcia, SS Wilkerman Garcia, RHP Frank German, RHP Yoendrys Gomez, OF Ryder Green, RHP Brian Keller, RHP Nolan Martinez, SS Hoy Jun Park, SS Oswald Peraza, OF Everson Pereira, OF Raimfer Salinas, LHP JP Sears, OF Canaan Smith, RHP Juan Then, C Saul Torres, RHP Matt Wivinis


I think it’s safe to assume a few of these guys are injured. German was pitching in minor league spring games a few weeks ago, and a recent high-ish draft pick (fourth round last year) who played three years in the Atlantic Sun Conference wouldn’t typically be an Extended Spring Training candidate. He’s probably hurt. Same with Wivinis, who pitched well at three full season levels last year and went to the Arizona Fall League.


Sears had some shoulder trouble last season and Keller’s been an organizational innings guy the last two years. He spent the entire 2018 season with Double-A Trenton. No way a healthy Keller goes to Extended Spring Training. Park had a nice season with High-A Tampa last year and Garcia (Wilkerman, not Anthony) had a not-so-great season with Low-A Charleston. Both would be in full season if they were healthy, especially Park.


Farquhar is not injured. He’s just working his way back following last year’s nearly fatal brain hemorrhage. Farquhar didn’t look game ready during Grapefruit League play and I figured he’d spend a few weeks in Extended Spring Training. “That’s a decision to get him going. To get him regular reps, and then when he and us feel really good about it, he’ll get out to a team,” said Aaron Boone over the weekend. Give it a few weeks and Farquhar will land with one of the affiliates, likely a quick tune-up with High-A Tampa before an assignment to Triple-A Scranton.


Everyone else in this group is a clear Extended Spring Training prospect given their age and developmental needs. Chirinos, Duran, Garcia (Anthony, not Wilkerman), Gomez,  Green, Peraza, Pereira, Salinas, Smith, and Then are all teenagers. Cortijo and Torres are 20. I thought Pereira had a chance to break camp with Low-A Charleston because he’s so talented and advanced for his age, but nope. A 17-year-old (!) staying in Extended Spring Training is hardly surprising no matter how high he ranks on prospect lists.








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