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7 years ago  ::  Oct 07, 2015 - 5:21PM #1
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THE GOAL......


IN 2016

7 years ago  ::  Oct 07, 2015 - 5:23PM #2
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Update: Yankees give Jorge Mateo time at second during Instructional League

(Jerry Coli)

October 7th: The Yankees have indeed had Mateo take ground balls on the right side of second base during Instructional League, but only to get him used to playing the shift, reports King. “He’s over there but only working on shifts,” said Brian Cashman. That makes sense. Again, I don’t see any harm in having Mateo work out at second at Instructs. That’s the place to learn.

September 21st: According to George King, the Yankees are considering having top shortstop prospect Jorge Mateo spend some time working out at second base during Instructional League. The team isn’t giving up on Mateo as a shortstop, they just want to see how he handles the other side of the bag. The decision is not even final yet.

First things first: the good news is this indicates Mateo is healthy. He finished the minor league season on the DL, remember. Mateo hurt himself running the bases about a week before the end of High-A Tampa’s season and they stuck him on the DL, but apparently it’s nothing serious. The Yankees not only have him scheduled to play in Instructs, but may even try him at a new position. I doubt they’d do that if he was still hurting.

Anyway, one scout told King he likes Mateo better at second — “His hands are a little too nervous for short,” said the scout. “He is more suited for second base. He is a big league player. The bat is good, he can run and he will be able to play second base.” — but just about every scouting report indicates he has the athleticism, quickness, and arm to remain at the position for the foreseeable future.

That said, there’s no harm in giving Mateo some time at second base — he’s never played a position other than shortstop (and DH) in his four-year career — and Instructs is the perfect time to do it. The games are controlled, he can get extra attention from coaches, the works. It’s much easier to work on a new position there as opposed to trying to pick it up on the fly during the season.

The Yankees have been pretty aggressive with their prospects this year and I have no reason to think that won’t continue going forward. Mateo almost certainly won’t be big league ready next year, but he might be in 2017 if things go well, and the Yankees will need a place to play him. Didi Gregorius has been pretty awesome since May and is clearly the shortstop of the present and near future.

Instructional League started last week and runs through mid-October, according to Robert Pimpsner. Baseball America’s roster shows seven shortstop prospects headed for Instructs: Mateo, Angel Aguilar, Abi Avelino, Thairo Estrada, Wilkerman Garcia, Kyle Holder, and Hyo-Jun Park. My guess is Mateo will not be the only one to work out at second base in the coming weeks.

The 20-year-old Mateo hit .278/.345/.392 (114 wRC+) with two home runs and a minor league leading 82 steals in 99 attempts (83%) in 117 games at Low-A Charleston and High-A Tampa this summer. I ranked Mateo as the fifth best prospect in New York’s system following the draft and he currently ranks 91st on MLB.com’s top 100 prospects list. He’ll make all the usual top 100 lists next spring.

7 years ago  ::  Oct 07, 2015 - 9:16PM #3
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West Prospect Sports Jhon ****ta signs with Yankees


Photo: Western Sport

Photo: Western Sport

Jhon ****ta became a new talent that reaches the West Deportiva professional baseball. The youngster made official this week signing with the Yankees in New York.

His offensive extraordinary allowed to call the attention of the Bronx Bombers. The Cabimas not only known for its power to bat but for his qualities in defending the right.

At 16, ****ta obtained the confidence of one of the most traditional teams in the big leagues. Tuesday accompanied by his parents, John and Desiree Jimenez Arles ****ta stamped signature that will take its first steps in what promises to be a path to the majors.

"I am very happy for this achievement and I thank God," were the first words after the entry gardener. It also took the opportunity to thank the New York organization for the trust and their parents and the West for all their support.

****ta talent has received the invitation for the Eagles of Zulia belonging to the orange team in the Development League (parallel) in the 2015-2016 season.

On 14 October cabimero would be traveling to Dominican Republic to farms in the New York Yankees to play their first matches corresponding to the Instructional League, where he will again be evaluated by the organization.

On how to tackle this challenge, the young ****ta said: "With positive, strong and training as always, but especially with great humility mind."

7 years ago  ::  Oct 08, 2015 - 10:35AM #4
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New York Yankees
OF Jhon ****ta
Reinstated from DL: RHP Scottie Allen, RHP Sean Carley, RHP Lee Casas, RHP Joel de la Cruz, RHP Austin DeCarr, RHP Jordan Foley, RHP Joe Harvey, RHP Ty Hensley, RHP Deshorn Lake, RHP Jose Pena, RHP Wilking Rodriguez, RHP Chad Taylor, LHP Rony Bautista, LHP Daniel Camarena, LHP Ian Clarkin, LHP Jose De Paula, LHP Aaron Dott, LHP Miguel Sulbaran, LHP Tyler Webb, C Rainiero Coa, C Luis Torrens, 1B Matt Snyder, 1B Connor Spencer, 3B Dante Bichette Jr., 3B Eric Jagielo, SS Jorge Mateo, OF Devyn Bolasky, OF Chris Breen, OF Taylor Dugas, OF Teodoro Martinez, OF Mark Payton

Assigned to Arizona Fall League: RHP Domingo Acevedo, LHP Ian Clarkin, LHP Tyler Webb, SS Tyler Wade, OF Tyler Austin, OF Dustin Fowler

7 years ago  ::  Oct 08, 2015 - 10:41AM #5
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Checking in on the IIATMS Top 30

With the Yankees season having ended with a whimper, it is officially the time to look to the future – in terms of both the team that will take the field in 2016, and the farm system that will (hopefully) keep it competitive for the rest of the decade (and beyond). And what better place to start than with our pre-season prospect rankings?

30. Hoy Jun Park, SS
Pulaski (Rk) – .239/.351/.383, 5 HR, 12 SB (7 CS), 109 wRC+, 262 PA

Every report about Park has been positively glowing. The 19-year-old South Korean flashed above-average power at times, demonstrated patience at the plate, and played excellent defense at short. His overall numbers may not jump off of the page, but his overall skillset is enticing, and despite his distance from the Majors he may be the closest thing to a pure shortstop in the system.

29. Gosuke Katoh, 2B
Pulaski (Rk) – .287/.426/.416, 5 HR, 9 SB (0 CS), 143 wRC+, 254 PA
Charleston (A) – .161/.264/.202, 1 HR, 8 SB (2 CS), 42 wRC+, 149 PA

Katoh was solid but unspectacular with Charleston in 2014, posting a 96 wRC+ in his full-season debut. Unfortunately, he struggled mightily in his second go at the level before being demoted in late June. He was excellent at Pulaski, though, and he just turned 21 this week, so it isn’t necessarily a reason to fret. 2016 will be a big year for him, for better or worse.

28. Jose Pirela, UT
SWB (AAA) – .325/.390/.433, 3 HR, 5 SB (2 CS), 142 wRC+, 259 PA
Yankees (MLB) – .230/.247/.311, 1 HR, 1 SB (0 CS), 47 wRC+, 78 PA

I’m excluding Pirela’s stats at High-A and Double-A, as they were merely rehab stints and are not indicative of anything. That being said, Pirela has the look of a Quad-A type – he raked at Double-A, raked at Triple-A, but he’s nearly 26 and looked mostly lost with the Yankees this year. It was a small sample size, to be fair, but he’s always been a prospect without a true carrying tool, so performance is everything. His flexibility and minor league success will give him plenty of opportunities going forward.

27. Angel Aguilar, SS
Charleston (A) – .229/.283/.330, 3 HR, 14 SB (3 CS), 75 wRC+, 376 PA

Aguilar made his stateside debut this year, and it was … underwhelming, in all respects. The Venezuelan shortstop raked in short-season ball in 2014, and drew rave reviews for his bat speed and power potential. He struggled with contact (27.1 K%), and failed to show the pop that put him on the map. Moreover, he bounced between second, third, and short, and seems best-suited to play at the keystone. He’s only 20 (age will be a common theme here), though, and despite the big splashes made by rookies this year, there’s still plenty of time for him to develop.

26. Jordan Montgomery, SP
Charleston (A) – 43.2 IP, 36 H, 12 BB, 55 K, 2.68, 2.09 FIP
Tampa (A+) – 90.2 IP, 82 H, 24 BB, 77 K, 3.08 ERA, 2.87 FIP

When Montgomery was drafted last year, he was viewed as a classic command/control lefty, working with a low-90s fastball, a change-up, and a couple of breaking balls. As a product of the SEC, he was expected to dominate the low minors. And he did, by limiting walks, striking out a healthy number of batters, and keeping the ball on the ground (his groundball to flyball ratio was right around 2.3:1). His ultimate ceiling may be that of a 4th starter, but he seems a safe bet to contribute at the MLB-level; think Adam Warren and David Phelps.

25. Alexander Palma, OF
Charleston (A) – .202/.248/.256, 1 HR, 8 SB (4 CS), 43 wRC+, 303 PA

Much of what was said about Aguilar can be said about Palma – stateside debut, disappointment, only 20 (or will be, in 10 days) etc. Palma’s a corner-outfield prospect with plus power potential (despite a scant 9 XBH in 2015), and he’ll likely get a do over at Charleston in 2016.

24. Chasen Shreve, RP
Yankees (MLB) – 58.1 IP, 49 H, 33 BB, 64 K, 3.09 ERA, 4.92 FIP

It was a tale of two seasons for Shreve. Through August 19, he had a 2.05 ERA and 2.75 K/BB, and allowed only 12% of inherited runners to score (which represents 48.1 IP). He was well within Girardi’s Circle of Trust for the vast majority of the season. Over the last six weeks, however, he completely fell apart, to the tune of an 8.10 ERA and more walks (13) than strikeouts (9). He failed to record more than one out in any of his last four appearances, and allowed a staggering 67% of inherited runners to score. Awful is not a strong enough word here. Given the team’s bullpen woes down the stretch, Shreve’s ability to bounce back (and re-earn Girardi’s trust) will bear watching.

22(t). Daniel Camarena, SP

Camarena did not pitch this season … but I couldn’t quite figure out why. His Twitter feed indicates that he had a setback in April, and that’s about it. I went to the source, and ended up speaking to the prospect via DM. He told me that he spent the season rehabbing from arthroscopic surgery. His arm and elbow feel great now, and he’ll be ready in time for Spring Training. He’s a command/control prospect who has taken quite well to pitching full-time (which only happened when he joined the Yankees organization), with a change-up that belies his age and relative inexperience.

22(t). Abiatal Avelino, SS
Charleston (A) – .301/.341/.398, 0 HR, 16 SB (3 CS), 111 wRC+, 90 PA
Tampa (A+) – .252/.309/.321, 4 HR, 38 SB (15 CS), 95 wRC+, 446 PA

Avelino performed quite well at Charleston, and then held his own at Tampa as a 20-year-old. He’s a safe bet to stick at shortstop, making up for average range with solid instincts and a strong arm, and he has a fairly advanced approach at the plate. He doesn’t have much power, as evidenced by his .084 ISO across two levels, but he makes a great deal of contact and sprays the ball all over the field.

21. Austin DeCarr, SP

DeCarr did not pitch this season, and underwent Tommy John Surgery … sometime in the late Spring or early Summer.

20. Leonardo Molina, OF
GCL Yankees (Rk) – .247/.290/.364, 2 HR, 6 SB (5 CS), 96 wRC+, 178 PA

Molina spent half of the 2015 season as a 17-year-old, and the numbers reflect that. He is a reasonable approximation of a five-tool prospect (though he added quite a bit of weight between 2014 and 2015, and the impact of that on his speed/defense remains to be seen), and is several years away from being a factor in the Majors.

19. Mason Williams, OF
Trenton (AA) – .317/.407/.375, 0 HR, 11 SB (6 CS), 131 wRC+, 144 PA
SWB (AAA) – .321/.382/.432, 0 HR, 2 SB (1 CS), 136 wRC+, 91 PA
Yankees (MLB) – .286/.318/.571, 1 HR, 0 SB (0 CS), 139 wRC+, 22 PA

The former top-50 prospect bounced back in a big way this season, after a mediocre 2013 and a horrendous 2014, regaining much of the luster that made folk fawn over him two short years ago. He hit a home run in his Major League debut, and played excellent defense every step of the way. Par the course for the 2015 Yankees, however, he suffered a shoulder injury in his 8th big league game, and had season-ending surgery in August.

18. Jose Ramirez, RP

Ramirez and Ramon Flores were traded to the Seattle Mariners for Dustin Ackley.

17. Ty Hensley, SP

Hensley had Tommy John Surgery in March and missed the entire season.

16. Bryan Mitchell, SP
SWB (AAA) – 75.0 IP, 63 H, 37 BB, 61 K, 3.12 ERA, 3.18 FIP
Yankees (MLB) – 29.2 IP, 37 H, 16 BB, 29 K, 6.37 ERA, 4.75 FIP

Through his first 10 appearances, Mitchell was pitching quite well for the Yankees. He had a 3.86 ERA, 22 K, and only 6 BB in 21 IP, pumping his fastball into the upper-90s at times. Mitchell was even better in relieve over that time, with allowing only 10 H and 4 BB in 15.1, striking out 15 and posting a 2.35 ERA (obligatory small sample size disclaimer). On August 17, however, he was struck in the face with a line drive, and he wasn’t the same when he returned 11 days later. In those last 8.2 IP, he allowed 23 baserunners and 12 ER, never finding his groove. I think it’s fair to chalk much of that up to the injury, as he threw fewer fastballs and was noticeably jittery at times. If he can regain his confidence, I believe that he could be a poor man’s David Robertson out of the bullpen, give his terrific fastball, big breaking ball, and general approach.

15. Ramon Flores, OF

Dealt to the Mariners on July 30.

14. Jacob Lindgren, RP
SWB (AAA) – 22.0 IP, 16 H, 10 BB, 29 K, 1.23 ERA, 1.88 FIP
Yankees (MLB) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 4 BB, 8 K, 5.14 ERA, 8.13 FIP

Lindgren had surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow in late June, and missed the rest of the season. His stuff was flat when he reached the Majors, and his fastball sat in the high-80s, which may be a result of said bone spurs. He struggled to find the plate (a common theme in his professional career thus far), and allowed three home runs in just seven innings. He should be ready for Spring Training next year.

12(t). Jake Cave, OF
Trenton (AA) – .269/.330/.345, 2 HR, 17 SB (3 CS), 97 wRC+, 563 PA
SWB (AAA) – .458/.517/.667, 0 HR, 0 SB (0 CS), 239 wRC+, 29 PA

2015 was more of the same for Cave, with steady offense and strong defense in center-field. His lack on in-game power continues to be an issue, but he did improve his baserunning noticeably this season (based on both his success rate and reports). Without more pop he’s probably a fourth outfielder, but he has some semblance of a Brett Gardner starter kit.

12(t). Miguel Andujar, 3B
Tampa (A+) – .243/.288/.363, 8 HR, 12 SB (1 CS), 98 wRC+, 520 PA

As was the case in 2014, Andujar struggled in the first half (.208/.252/.319, 73 wRC+ through June 30), made adjustments, and excelled in the second half (.291/.338/.422, 132 wRC+). He spent the entire season as a 20-year-old, a couple of years below the average age for the Florida State League, and his body of work thus far has been reflective of his age. If he can put it all together, he seems as good a bet as any player to break out in 2016 as he advances to Double-A.

Check out this excellent MLB.com Prospect Watch from July for more information.

11. Jorge Mateo, SS
Charleston (A) – .268/.338/.378, 2 HR, 71 SB (15 CS), 106 wRC+, 409 PA
Tampa (A+) – .321/.374/.452, 0 HR, 11 SB (2 CS), 152 wRC+, 91 PA

Mateo was the breakout prospect of the Yankees system this season, and was recently ranked as the second-best prospect in the South Atlantic League by Baseball America. He led all of professional baseball in steals this year, putting his legitimate 80-grade speed on display all season long. Mateo isn’t all about speed, though – he has a good approach at the plate, and an above-average hit tool. His power potential is lacking, but he’s not going to have the bat knocked out of his hands, either. Reports of his shortstop play are mixed, due to his occasionally shaky hands, but he has excellent range and a strong arm, and will stay up the middle in some capacity. He’ll be on every top-100 list this Winter.

10. Tyler Austin, OF
Trenton (AA) – .260/.337/.455, 2 HR, 3 SB (2 CS), 128 wRC+, 86 PA
SWB (AAA) – .235/.309/.311, 4 HR, 8 SB (1 CS), 82 wRC+, 299 PA

Austin struggled in his first taste of Triple-A, and was demoted to Double-A in August as a result. With so many opportunities at the Major League level, it is somewhat telling that Austin ended up out-righted off of the 40-man roster this Summer, as he should have been poised to fill the four corner role that he’s been groomed for. He’ll be eligible for the Rule 5 draft this off-season, and will also be playing in the Arizona Fall League.

08(t). Domingo German, SP

German had Tommy John Surgery this Spring and missed the entire season.

08(t). Luis Torrens, C

Torrens had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder this Spring, and missed the entire season.

07. Eric Jagielo, 3B
Trenton (AA) – .284/.347/.495, 9 HR, 0 SB (0 CS), 141 wRC+, 248 PA

Prior to having season-ending arthroscopic knee surgery in August, Jagielo was showing the offensive potential that made him a first round pick a couple of years ago. His defense at third base is still a work in progress (at best), but he has the chops to stick there without being a liability. He was originally set to play in the Arizona Fall League, but the team held him out to ensure that he would be fully healthy for the 2016 season.

06. Rob Refsnyder, 2B
SWB (AAA) – .271/.359/.402, 9 HR, 12 SB (2 CS), 123 wRC+, 522 PA
Yankees (MLB) – .302/.348/.512, 2 HR, 2 SB (0 CS), 130 wRC+, 47 PA

It was a frustrating season for Refsnyder, who continued to showcase legitimate offensive potential in Triple-A while the Yankees trotted out a pu pu platter at second base. He raked in his cup of coffee with the team, but his defense was incredibly shaky – and the team has made its desire to have above-average defenders up the middle a priority these last few seasons. His production at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was not jaw-dropping, to be fair, but it’s difficult to see how he fits into the team’s plans when his only real shot came after rosters expanded.

04(t). Ian Clarkin, SP

Clarkin missed the entire season with what was classified as “elbow inflammation,” but he’s slated to pitch in the Arizona Fall League.

04(t). Greg Bird, 1B
Trenton (AA) – .258/.358/.445, 6 HR, 1 SB (1 CS), 133 wRC+, 212 PA
SWB (AAA) – .301/.353/.500, 6 HR, 0 SB (0 CS), 146 wRC+, 150 PA
Yankees (MLB) – .261/.343/.529, 11 HR, 0 SB (0 CS), 137 wRC+, 178 PA

#GREGBIRD was everything the Yankees could have hoped for in 2015, and then some. He blew through Double-A and Triple-A, and did his best Mark Texeira impression in the Majors. In fact, he ranked 5th in wRC+ among first basemen in September, behind only Chris Davis, Edwin Encarnacion, Joey Votto, and Paul Goldschmidt. He’s a fringe-average defender at first and he had platoon issues as LHP made adjustments, but you can’t ask for much more from a 22-year-old that wasn’t expected to contribute this season.

03. Gary Sanchez, C
Trenton (AA) – .262/.319/.476, 12 HR, 6 SB (0 CS), 127 wRC+, 254 PA
SWB (AAA) – .295/.349/.500, 6 HR, 1 SB (2 CS), 145 wRC+, 146 PA

2015 represents the best professional season of Sanchez’s career, as the 22-year-old (yes, he’s still only 22) put together a 134 wRC+ between Double-A and Triple-A. Rumors of his demise were largely unfounded, as his offense has never been subpar – it’s a simple matter of prospect fatigue that has sullied many opinions. His defense will likely never be better than fringe-average, but he’s shown enough that it is clear that he can stick behind the plate. He’s heading to the Arizona Fall League to focus on his defense … and I suspect to showcase his abilities to other teams, given the presence of Brian McCann and John Ryan Murphy.

02. Luis Severino, SP
Trenton (AA) – 38.0 IP, 32 H, 10 BB, 48 K, 3.32 ERA, 2.37 FIP
SWB (AAA) – 61.1 IP, 40 H, 17 BB, 50 K, 1.91 ERA, 2.50 FIP
Yankees (MLB) – 62.1 IP, 53 H, 22 BB, 56 K, 2.89 ERA, 4.37 FIP

Severino rose from Double-A to the front of the Yankees rotation in a few short months, as one can make the argument that he was the team’s best starter for the last two months of the season. The only real blemish on his Major League resume is a bit of gopheritis, as he struck out batters at a slightly above-average rate, kept the ball on the ground at a well above-average rate, and mostly limited walks. If he is not in the Yankees rotation on Opening Day, something fairly dramatic will have happened.

01. Aaron Judge, OF
Trenton (AA) – .284/.350/.516, 12 HR, 1 SB (0 CS), 147 wRC+, 280 PA
SWB (AAA) – .224/.308/.373, 8 HR, 6 SB (2 CS), 98 wRC+, 260 PA

Judge cemented his status as a top-50 prospect at Double-A, rising in most every mid-season prospect ranking due to his continued excellence with the bat (and surprisingly strong defense in right). And then, for the first time as a professional, he struggled. Judge looked over-matched at times in Triple-A, as better pitchers were able to exploit the holes in his swing (and his immense strike zone). He was never able to adjust, either, posting a 62 wRC+ in the last ten games of the season. It is not surprising to see a 23-year-old power hitter struggle in his first taste of Triple-A, and so there is no reason to be apprehensive – but his ability to adjust in his second trip through Triple-A will be one of the biggest storylines for the Yankees farm system in 2016.

7 years ago  ::  Oct 08, 2015 - 10:43AM #6
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Baby Bomber Bonus Recap: A review of the 2015 Trenton Thunder

1B/C Francisco Arcia .320/.346/.433, 16 RBI, 16/5 K/BB, 104 PA
He's been in the system for awhile now, showing up in spring training to act as an extra catcher, but he performed well in Trenton this year. He struggled in Scranton and at 26 he's probably never going to make it, but he should be a decent depth.

1B/3B Dante Bichette .228/.266/.319, 2 HR, 32 RBI, 48/13 K/BB, 271 PA
After a revitalizing 2014 season, Bichette fell back down to where he's been for a few years now. I think it's about time we gave up on him ever turning into anything useful.

1B Greg Bird .258/.358/.445, 6 HR, 29 RBI, 30/24 K/BB, 212 PA
Before Bird made a huge impact on the Yankees, he took the upper minors by storm. He did well in Trenton before getting the call to Scranton at the age of 22, but it was never expected for him to make the majors this year. Good thing he did because they really needed him.

SS Ali Castillo .269/.320/.310, 2 HR, 36 RBI, 25 SB, 33/21 K/BB, 297 PA
Despite having a good bat for a shortstop and some decent wheels on the base paths, he's already 26 and hasn't spent much time in Triple-A. Maybe he gets a shot in spring training, but he's probably not gong to amount to much.

OF Jake Cave .269/.330/.345, 2 HR, 37 RBI, 17 SB, 98/43  K/BB, 563 PA
Despite a slightly down offensive year, Cave reached Triple-A at the age of 22. He'll never be an offensive force, but if he can play excellent defense and provide speed on the bases, the Yankees will find some use for him. He needs to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason, so they might find a use for him before too long.

SS Cito Culver .199/.249/.279, 3 HR, 26 RBI, 8 SB, 92/22 K/BB, 390 PA
Cito Culver is not a good baseball player. He can play the field pretty well, but he can't hit a lick. They've moved him around the infield and used him as a utility infielder, but he's probably never going to amount to much.

OF Taylor Dugas .207/.323/.261, 14 RBI, 8 SB, 30/27 K/BB, 227 PA
Stuck in Double-A at age 25, he didn't do much to prove that he deserved to stay in the picture, and yet, he reached the majors in 2015 for one brief moment. He performed well in Scranton, but he's probably never going to get another chance in the big leagues.

3B Eric Jagielo .284/.347/.495, 9 HR, 35 RBI, 58/18 K/BB, 248 PA
Jagielo was off to a pretty good start this year before going down with a knee injury in June. Luckily, he should be healthy for next year and will hopefully continue from where he left off.

OF Aaron Judge .284/.350/.516, 12 HR, 44 RBI, 70/44 K/BB, 280 PA
The organization's top prospect had a big season in Double-A Trenton before reaching Triple-A. He struggled in the second half of the season, but the organization doesn't seem worried about him next year.

OF Danny Oh .293/.338/.397, 20 RBI, 9 SB, 33/15 K/BB, 261 PA
He's probably never going to amount to anything but some organizational filler, but Oh had a career year in 2015 at the age of 25. Maybe, if he's lucky, he'll get the Taylor Dugas treatment at some point.

OF Mark Payton .250/.315/.348, 5 HR, 34 RBI, 5 SB, 60/24 K/BB, 297 PA
After a strong showing in High-A Tampa, Payton got the bump up to Trenton, but he wasn't able to adapt to the new level. He's been a pleasant surprise since being drafted, but next year will be a real test for him.

2B Tony Renda .270/.328/.372, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 10 SB, 24/24 K/BB, 304 PA
After the Yankees acquired him in exchange for Chris Carpenter, Renda hit well, but he continued to struggle in the field. He has yet to develop much home run power and, heading into his age-25 season, isn't thought of as much of a prospect at this point.

C Gary Sanchez .262/.319/.476, 12 HR, 36 RBI, 50/18 K/BB, 254 PA
The Yankees' top catching prospect finally had the season everyone had been waiting for. He did well in Trenton at the age of 22, but he didn't really catch fire until reach Scranton.

OF Mason Williams .317/.407/.375, 11 RBI, 11 SB, 17/19 K/BB, 144 PA
Heading into the season, Mason had seen his value drop considerably, but he was able to turn things around and become an actual MLB option. After a quick stop in Scranton, he was called up to the Bronx and looked like he belonged, until he jammed his shoulder and required surgery. Still, though, we'll see him again in 2016.

RHP Andury Acevedo 3.54 ERA, 5.8 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 28.0 IP
A converted position player, Acevedo turned in his first sub-4.00 ERA season this year. After a season in which he reached three different levels and already has Triple-A experience at 24, he might be among next year's bullpen express.

Johnny Barbato 4.04 ERA, 9.4 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, 42.1 IP
Acquired by the Yankees in exchange for Shawn Kelley in the offseason, Barbato had a decent season in Trenton before moving up to Triple-A and dominating the competition. He'll only be 23 next year, so he will have plenty of time to prove he's worth a trip to the big leagues.

RHP Nick Goody 1.73 ERA, 12.7 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, 41.2 IP
In his second year since Tommy John surgery, Goody was back up and running like nothing ever happened. He dominated the upper minors and should get a chance at a regular role in the major league bullpen.

RHP Kyle Haynes 3.20 ERA, 6.8 K/9, 3.9 BB/9, 78.2 IP, 27 G/11 GS
Acquired by the Yankees, in exchange for Chris Stewart, the one-time reliever was converted into a starting pitcher this year. The conversion didn't go very well, but if they decide to give up he should still be an interesting relief prospect.

RHP Brady Lail 2.45 ERA, 5.3 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, 106.1 IP
One of the organization's top pitching prospects, Lail had a solid overall season, but his strikeout rates were troubling. He should get a full year in Scranton next year, so we'll see what kind of asset he will be to the major league team.

RHP Mark Montgomery 2.93 ERA, 9.4 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 43.0 IP
At one point it was expected for him to be an integral part of the big league bullpen by now, but injury took him out of favor with the organization and he's been relegated to obscurity ever since. Despite diminished stuff, he's remained effective, so it can only be a matter of time before he at least gets a chance.

RHP Conor Mullee 3.40 ERA, 8.5 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, 42.1 IP
Despite not getting much attention in the organization, Mullee put together a solid season between Tampa and Trenton. He's already heading into his age-28 season after missing two different seasons, but if he starts off in Scranton, he could be an old rookie.

Eric Ruth 3.20 ERA, 6.2 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, 112.1 IP
A former non-drafted free agent, Ruth put together another strong season for someone no one expect to show much promise. He's been promoted aggressively over the last two seasons and could come into play in 2016, whether as a starting pitcher or as a reliever.

RHP Alex Smith 2.52 ERA, 7.1 K/9, 2.7 BB/9, 39.1 IP
After not allowing a run in 20 innings as Tampa's closer, Smith was promoted to Trenton continued to be a trust late-inning reliever over the course of a full season. He's 26 now, but intriguing enough that if he starts out in Scranton, he could be a real consideration over the course of the long season.

Caleb Smith 3.38 ERA, 6.3 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 130.2 IP
Smith has done well in the three short years he's been in the organization. He's been promoted aggressively and performed well at each level, making him one of New York's top 30 prospects. If he pitches well in Scranton, he could become a midseason starting option if someone were to go down with an injury.

LHP Miguel Sulbaran 4.77 ERA, 6.1 K/9, 3.7 BB/9, 66.0 IP
Acquired in exchange for Eduardo Nunez, he looked like a legitimate prospect in his first year with the organization, but 2015 made him look a little less of a sure thing. Hopefully he can rebound in 2016, considering he was just 21 and already reached Triple-A, but it won't be surprising if his stuff doesn't translate against better competition.

Matt Tracy 2.29 ERA, 7.1 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 51.0 IP
Tracy had a bizarre 2015 season–making the major league roster, picked up by the Miami Marlins, brought back to the organization, and putting together a decent season at Trenton. He struggled in his time with Scranton, but if he can't replicate his numbers in Trenton, his big league career might already be behind him.

RHP Cesar Vargas 2.79 ERA, 8.6 K/9, 2.9 BB/9, 67.2 IP
Despite never getting much attention, Vargas has been a solid reliever in the Yankees system over the last few seasons. He reached Scranton at the age of 23 this year and should be given a chance to impress very soon.

7 years ago  ::  Oct 08, 2015 - 6:05PM #9
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Manager Dave Miley will not return to Triple-A Scranton in 2016

(Times Leader)
(Times Leader)

Longtime manager Dave Miley will not return to Triple-A Scranton next season, according to multiple reports. “Dave was great for the Yankees and did a lot of great stuff,” said Brian Cashman to George King. “Obviously, Gary (Denbo) is running (the farm system now) and is trying to put people in places. With new people changes occur with new regimes.”

Miley, 53, has managed New York’s top minor league club since 2006, when they were still affiliated with the Columbus Clippers. He remained with the organization when the Yankees left Columbus for Scranton in 2007. Miley played in the minors from 1980-87 without reaching MLB. He coached in the Reds’ farm system from 1988-2002 before serving as their big league manager from 2003-05.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise has been around since 1989 and Miley is the all-time leader in wins (714). He led them to their only International League championship in 2008 as well as five division titles (2007-10, 2015). Miley was in charge when Triple-A Scranton spent the entire 2012 season on the road due to extensive renovations at PNC Field, and he’s managed every one of the Yankees’ recent top prospects, including Phil HughesBrett GardnerDavid RobertsonDellin BetancesJesus Montero, andLuis Severino. It’s a long list.

It’s unclear who will replace Miley and it’s too early for that anyway. Minor league coaching staffs usually aren’t announced until December or January. Denbo replaced Mark Newman last year and rearranged the coaching staffs extensively. Some coaches were moved around — longtime Double-A Trenton manager Tony Franklin was moved to the new Rookie Pulaski affiliate, for example — and some were replaced with outside hires. Miley was one of the very few who remained in place.

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
7 years ago  ::  Oct 09, 2015 - 10:47AM #10
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Yankees prospects: Eight players set to play in the Arizona Fall League

The Yankees' season is over, and even though the minor leagues have been shut down for over a month, there are still a few prospects to follow this fall. The organization will be sending eight prospects to the Arizona Fall League in order to give them additional playing time and allow them to work on things that they can improve upon. Their players include pitchers Domingo Acevedo, Ian Clarkin, Tyler Webb, and Chaz Hebert, as well as hitters Tyler Wade, Tyler Austin, Dustin Fowler, and Gary Sanchez.

The Yankees have traditionally been affiliated with the Scottsdale Scorpions at Scottsdale Stadium, however, this year their prospects will be playing for the Surprise Saguaros in Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The short season runs from October 13 and comes to an end on November 19. The league will host a hitting challenge on Oct. 17, the Fall Stars Game on Nov. 7, and the Championship Game on Nov. 20.

Back in early September, before we had a finalized list of prospects, Billy Eppler–Yankees assistant GM at the time–spoke to Chad Jennings about a few of the players:

Gary Sanchez

Eppler seemed pretty impressed by Sanchez's body of work and the step up he took this year:

"This guy's 22 years old, so he's coming out of college right now, essentially," Eppler said. "And he's basically dominating Triple-A. That's pretty valuable. And he's doing it at a premium position. He's a pretty complete player right now. We're excited by how he's grown."

Eppler commented about how they simply want him to continue to work on his defense behind home plate. The only way to do that is to do it more.

Tyler Wade

As a 20-year-old, Wade hit .280/.349/.353 in high-A Tampa and even got a chance in Double-A, despite being nearly 4.5 years younger than the league average. "For us to move a player that young up to Double-A, there's going to be ingredients that go beyond performance," said Eppler. Apparently, the Yankees really like Wade's attitude, his competitiveness, and generally all the intangibles you could want in a young player. He's already collected over 500 plate appearances, so he'll be playing this Fall to simply get a taste of superior pitching.

Chaz Hebert

One guy you might not know of is Hebert, who put together a 2.55-ERA season with three complete game over Low-A Charleston, High-A Tampa, and a spot start in Scranton. For those who aren't familiar (read: everyone) Eppler provides us with a little bit of a scouting report:

"Left-handed starter that controls the strike zone (and) manages the strike zone well," Eppler said. "Has a pretty advanced changeup. Small cutter that is showing improvement. Breaking ball that he can throw for strikes. He's still pretty young at 22 years old and pitched pretty well in the Florida State League."

He's definitely someone I will have my eye on going forward.

Tyler Webb

Eppler believed that Webb could have been among the relievers brought up over the course of the season, but a tendon injury in his hand put him on the disabled list in June. The lefty had a 2.84 ERA in 38.0 innings as a 24-year-old and should be in line to make his MLB debut next year. He'll be in the AFL this year to make up for lost time and add some innings onto his arm so that he can maintain a tougher workload next year.

Dustin Fowler

Eppler believes that Fowler, despite his low profile, is still a player the organization has a lot of faith in and he likes what he saw in 2015. "Improving his ability to put the ball in play," Eppler said. "(Also) improving his selectivity. He's clearly getting stronger." Despite his status as a prospect, he's not expected to play too much this Fall and will instead be there just to see higher competition.

Tyler Austin

It was originally planned that Eric Jagielo would get some hacks in the AFL after missing a good portion of the season with a knee injury. Unfortunately, it turned out it would take him a little longer than expected to be game-ready after undergoing surgery and the organization decided to replace him on the roster with Tyler Austin. In 2015, Austin only hit .235/.309/.311 during his first stint in Triple-A, eventually losing playing time to better players. He was demoted to Double-A just to get him some playing time–he hasn't even hit 400 plate appearances yet–so he's here to play and to hopefully figure things out for himself.

Domingo Acevedo

The 21-year-old flamethrower started out in Low-A Charleston, but he missed considerable time and ended up in Staten Island. Despite performing well, he only threw 48.0 innings and could use some additional time on the mound. The Yankees like him and are probably interested to see what he can do at higher levels, so getting him work now could help him hold up next year.

Ian Clarkin

Missing for the entire 2015 season, Ian Clarkin is alive and healthy. After some elbow issues kept him out of games, the AFL should help him get some work in so he doesn't go into 2016 having missed competitive baseball for an entire year.

Who are you excited to see compete this Fall? Was there anyone in the system who you hoped to see more of?

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