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Random Minor League Notes: 2011 Edition
11 years ago  ::  Nov 27, 2010 - 4:13PM #1
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The pregame festivities include Yankee skipper Joe Girardi bringing out the spoils of last November's World Series victory ...


11 years ago  ::  Nov 27, 2010 - 4:17PM #2
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Two minor signings for Yankees

Ken Rosenthal has the news.

The Yankees have signed RHP Brian Anderson and LHP Andy Sisco to minor league deals with invitations to big league camp.

Anderson is a really interesting addition. You might remember him as a  center field prospect with the White Sox about five years ago. He could  play the field, but the bat never developed. He has 799 big league  at-bats, with a .227 average to show for it. Last year, the Royals let  Anderson move to the mound and the results were pretty encouraging for a  guy who hadn’t pitched in nearly a decade: 17.1 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 5 BB,  17 K.

Funny thing is, Anderson played high school baseball with Shelley  Duncan. It was an insanely good team, and Shelley always told me that  Anderson could really throw. He’s far from a sure thing but might be  worth watching. An interesting story at the very least.

As for Sisco, he was a second-round draft pick in 2001 and twice  ranked among Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects in all of baseball. He  has some big league time, but last year was his first full season since  2007. He’s had Tommy John surgery, and Rosenthal says he’s been throwing 95 mph in winter ball.

These are not exactly prospects, but they’re the kind of guys who  still have a best-case scenarios that could get them to New York.

11 years ago  ::  Nov 27, 2010 - 4:18PM #3
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A few minor notes

Just a few small notes from around the minor league system.

• Baseball American pegged Manny Banuelos as the No. 6 prospect in the Arizona Fall League this season. “He worked on mixing his pitches better while in Arizona,”  the magazine wrote. “He also improved his ability to pitch inside to  hitters.” Bryce Harper, obviously, topped the list. He hit  .343/.410/.629 in Arizona.

• Speaking of Baseball America: They have a list of all the 40-man additions in preparation for the Rule 5 draft. Some  of the recognizable names: Zach McAllister with the Indians, Jimmy  Paredes with the Astros and Jamie Hoffmann with the Dodgers. If he  hadn’t been traded in the Lance Berkman deal, it’s hard for me to  believe Paredes would have been protected by the Yankees.

• My friend Patrick over at Pinstripes Plus has an interview with new Yankees minor leaguer Scottie Allen. It’s  an interesting read. He came out of high school with pretty much a  fastball and curveball, but has since learned a changeup and slider.  Patrick has the details.

• Keeping with tradition in Scranton, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees schedule was announce on Thanksgiving. Check out August.  Twenty-two home games that month, including an 11-day home stand. Some  guys might sign minor league deals with the Yankees just for that.

11 years ago  ::  Nov 30, 2010 - 5:48PM #4
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Yankees Lose Another Player to Japan

Last week former Yankees reliever Jonathan  Albaladejo signed a contract with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan. Another player, third baseman Marcos  Vechionacci, will join him.

Vechionacci, 23, was once a pretty big  prospect for the Yankees. In 2004 he had an .844 OPS while playing in  Rookie-Ball and Short Season-A-Ball. He was very young then and at 18 he  was promoted to Low-A Charleston. Then despite struggling there the  Yankees continued to promote him and he never fulfilled his early  promise.

Vech was a minor league free agent so  the Yankees got no monetary return like they did with Albaladejo. Albie  was still under Yankees control and they were given $1.2 million to release him. He later signed for $900,000, probably at least half a  million more than he would have received with the Yankees.

No word on how much Vechionacci signed for, but he received the equivalent of a minor league contract.

11 years ago  ::  Nov 30, 2010 - 5:50PM #5
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What can we reasonably expect out of Jesus Montero in 2011?


Let's take a look at a couple of projections.

James - .285/.348/.519, .376 wOBA, 21 HR, 39 BB, 75 K, 442 PA
CAIRO - .261/.326/.446, .337 wOBA, 18 HR, 41 BB, 85 K, 467 PA

As  much as I like Bill James' projection, I do find it to be a bit  optimistic, as it essentially has Montero replicating his Triple-A  numbers with the Yankees. SG's CAIRO projection appears to be fairly  pragmatic, yet palatable at the same time. I could certainly see Montero  struggling in the early stages of the season, improving slowly yet  surely, and ending up with something quite similar to that.

However,  it may be most reasonable to temper expectations severely. About two  years ago, fans, scouts, and analysts were touting the merits of  uber-prospect Matt Wieters, expecting the young catcher to set the world  on fire. Wieters destroyed pitching at every level of the minors, and  made his debut in May of 2009. That year, Wieters hit a solid  .288/.340/.412 with a .330 wOBA and 9 home runs in 385 plate  appearances. While that may not be stellar, it's a fine rookie season  nonetheless. Paul Konerko, the player to whom Montero's baseline is most  often compared, batted .214/.275/.326 with a .267 wOBA and 7 home runs  in his first 247 plate appearances.

It is from there, however,  that these two comps differentiate. In Wieters' second season, he showed  a bit more plate discipline, yet made weaker contact and saw his bottom  line plummet. Konerko, on the other hand, batted .294/.352/.511 with a  .372 wOBA and 24 home runs, which is essentially his career norm. Of  course, there are plenty of examples of prospect performing admirably,  such as Jason Heyward and Buster Posey - but that's the exception, not  the rule.

In the end, I'm really not quite sure what to expect. I  do think that the CAIRO projection is reasonable, but I don't think  that that anything less should be considered a disappointment.

11 years ago  ::  Nov 30, 2010 - 5:54PM #6
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Twins Sign Dominican Prospect Pimentel

The Twins signed 17-year-old shortstop Javier Pimentel to a $575K deal, according to the Dominican Prospect League.  In his July 2nd prospect rankings,  Blake Bentley placed Pimentel in a tenth-place tie, calling him "a  wide-shouldered shortstop with a solid bat and plenty of room for  improvement."

In other news from the league, the Mets inked 17-year-old shortstop Alfredo Reyes for $200K.

11 years ago  ::  Nov 30, 2010 - 5:56PM #7
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Top 25 Catching Prospects

1.      Jesus Montero—Yankees
2.      Wil Myers—Royals
3.      Wilin Rosario—Rockies
4.      Gary Sanchez—Yankees
5.      Yasmani Grandal—Reds
6.      Hank Conger—Angels
7.      Wilson Ramos—Nationals
8.      Austin Romine—Yankees
9.      Tony Sanchez—Pirates
10.  Devin Mesorasco—Reds
11.  JP Arencebia—Blue Jays
12.  Travis D’Arnaud—Blue Jays
13.  Carlos Perez—Blue Jays
14.  Justin O’Connor—Rays
15.  Derek Norris—Nationals
16.  Max Stassi—Athletics
17.  Christian Bethancourt—Braves
18.  Sebastian Valle—Phillies
19.  Kellan Deglan—Rangers
20.  Luke Bailey—Rays
21.  Kyle Skipworth—Marlins
22.  Ryan Lavarnway—Red Sox
23.  Tyler Flowers—White Sox
24.  Micah Gibbs—Cubs
25.  Bryan Holaday—Tigers

11 years ago  ::  Dec 01, 2010 - 8:18PM #8
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The Top 25 Hitters under 25...now and in 2015



 I know there have been lists posted about the top 25 under 25 right  now. It’s tough to agree on and there is no right answer, it’s just a  compilation of names of players that are really good. If you do this at  the start of the year and at the end of the year, players will have  risen and fallen. Some will be added, some will be removed but most of  the same players will be included. This is what I have right now.

1. Evan Longoria , 3B , TB
2. Jason Heyward , RF , ATL
3. Justin Upton , RF , ARI
4. Andrew McCutchen , CF , PIT
5. Troy Tulowitzki , SS , COL
6. Carlos Gonzalez , LF , COL
7. Jesus Montero , C , NYY
8. Buster Posey , C , SF
9. Mike Trout , OF , LAA
10. Michael Stanton , RF , FLA


11. Bryce Harper , OF , WSH
12. Matt Wieters , C , BAL
13. Mike Moustakas , 3B , KC
14. Carlos Santana , C , CLE
15. Colby Rasmus , CF , STL
16. Billy Butler , 1B , KC
17. Dustin Ackley , 2B , SEA
18. Eric Hosmer , 1B , KC
19. Wil Myers , C , KC
20. Domonic Brown , OF , PHI
21. Manny Machado , SS , BAL
22. Pedro Alvarez , 3B , PIT
23. Starlin Castro , SS , CHC
24. Jay Bruce , RF , CIN
25. Freddie Freeman , 1B , ATL

Jesus Montero, C/1B, NYY
Where he came from: Montero was signed out of Venezuela in 2006 for $1.65 million.
Why he’s here: Montero has great contact ability and great power. He started slowly  this year but still hit 21 HR's as a 20 Year old in AAA. He had a slash  line of .289/.353/.517 and that would be stunning, even for the Pacific  Coast League.
Where he’s headed: Montero is a future 1B or  DH in the long run and will debut in 2011. He will be one of the best  hitters in the majors for years to come. He could hit .320 and hit 40  HR's at his peak.

11 years ago  ::  Dec 01, 2010 - 8:20PM #9
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Gary Sanchez


Gary Sanchez is blowing up.


Gary Sanchez is blowing up.  He first caught my eye early in the summer.  By then people were already saying he was the next Jesus Montero,  "but with good defense."  I immediately wanted him.  In fantasy, I  figured I'd grab him up in the third round of my our next American  League minor league draft.  I went back to Baseball America.  They said  that at 17 his raw power already checked in at "least a 60 on the 20 to  80 scale."  They lauded his natural hitting ability, his defense, and  his arm.  How had I missed him?  

As the season went on, Sanchez turned the scouting reports (and his  $3 million contract) into production.  In 119 minor league at bats he  hit .353/.419./.597.  Then, as  17 year old In low A ball, he held his  own hitting a respectable .278/.333/.426 in 56 at-bats.  For comparison,  at 17, Montero was busy hitting .280/.366/.421 in 107 exclusively  rookie-ball at bats.  Advantage Sanchez?  

Sanchez got more press as his season continued.  He was referenced more and more as one of the Yankees' notable prospects.  He replaced Austin Romine as the Yankees "catcher-of-the-future."  He got positive press on this site.  

In a half tongue-and-cheek post on October 4, I marked him for the  Hall of Fame.  Then Goldenblack made a bold move by putting Sanchez  number 13 on his top 100.  Blam!  Then the bomb dropped.  Gary Sanchez  vaulted past Betances, Banuelos, and to a lesser degree Brackman to land  at #2 on BA's Yankees top 10.  In the process he held off Jeter's  so-called replacement, Eduardo Nunez, and 2009 first-rounder, Slade Heatchcott.  

Now I worry that with the 8th pick, I won't be able to nab Sanchez in  the 1st round.  He's competing with the likes  of Machado, Kipnis, Franklin, Lamb,  Duffy, Sale, Pomeranz,  Ranaudo, Pineda,  Wimmers, and White, not to mention his Yankee cohorts.   

Am I jumping the gun here, or is Gary Sanchez the next big thing?


Also, Miguel Sano is good.

Further also, I'll take Harper over Trout all the way.

11 years ago  ::  Dec 01, 2010 - 8:24PM #10
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Arizona Fall League Observations

Manny Banuelos, LHP, Yankees:  The main thing I noticed about him was how smooth and easy his delivery  is; he puts a lot less physical effort into it than Montgomery or Duffy  yet generates very quality stuff. I am now a huge Banuelos fan.


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