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Random Minor League Notes: 2016 Edition
6 years ago  ::  Sep 01, 2016 - 6:36PM #911
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6 years ago  ::  Sep 02, 2016 - 10:32AM #912
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Could you see the Yankees moving Gleyber Torres to 3rd base? It has worked out well for the Orioles with Machado and also Bregman is doing well in that role for the Astros. Since Headley is average at best, we could trade him as we bring up Torres for 3rd and have a solid group of young infielders for several years.


Definitely possible, especially with Didi Gregorius establishing himself as a rock solid big league shortstop. Torres fits the typical third base offensive profile better than Jorge Mateo, and I also think he’s the more fundamentally sound defender. Not that Mateo is bad in the field, but Torres is more sure-handed and reliable. Mateo has a knack for being a little too flashy. Torres won’t wow you in the field. He just makes plays.


Shortstops are typically the best athletes on the field and that makes them the best candidates to move to other positions. Sliding over to second or third is a fairly common move, but we’ve also seen shortstops move to the outfield. Billy Hamilton did it, and in a roundabout way Mookie Betts did it to. (He was drafted as a shortstop, then moved to second, then to center, then to right.) There’s no reason to think Torres couldn’t play third. He has the tools. I don’t think the Yankees should move him just yet, but if they determine in the future that’s the best way to get him into the lineup, then move him over. I think Torres would pick up the hot corner quickly.

6 years ago  ::  Sep 02, 2016 - 10:34AM #913
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I have noticed that SP Will Carter has an amazing ratio of 36 ground outs to every 10 fly outs in AA Trenton. He pitches to a 4.42 ERA but I was wondering how much the quality of the minor league infields, as well as, minor league infield defense has played a part in his high ERA? Also do you think there would be a significant improvement should he pitch in the majors, given these factors?


Oh yes, that stuff absolutely plays a role in a pitcher’s ERA. Minor league fields are well groomed but not nearly as well as Major League fields, so there are bad hops and things like that. Minor league teams just don’t have the resources to care for them as well as MLB teams. Also, as talented as players like Mateo and Tyler Wade are, they’re still minor leaguers and they’re going to make mistakes on defense. It’s part of the learning process. Carter has a heavy mid-90s sinker and a 67.8% ground ball rate in the minors. Put him on a Major League field in front of a Major League defense, and his ground ball ability will be a real asset.

6 years ago  ::  Sep 02, 2016 - 10:36AM #914
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I noticed that when Ben Gamel got traded, he was immediately put in 15th place for the Mariners top 30 on MLB.com.  Gamel was 24th on Yankee list.  Orozco was 19th on the Mariners list and Stephen Tarpley was #17 for the and Tito Polo was #27 for the Pirates and with Gamel’s top 30 spot, none of those three cracked the Yankee top 30 (Freicer Perez took the new 30 spot).  Is their depth that crazy deep or did MLB.com mess up not putting any of those guys top-30?


No, MLB.com didn’t screw up. The Yankees have that much depth in their farm system right now. The deadline trades added 12 (12!) legitimate prospects to the system, a system that was on the rise this season as it is. The Yankees have some high-end talent at the top of the farm system (Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, etc.) but they also have a ton of guys who project to be average-ish big league players. Guys like Thairo Estrada and Donny Sands have really nice skill sets and they can’t sniff the top 30 right now (in my opinion). Overlooked pitchers like Will Carter and Caleb Smith have a chance to contribute at the MLB level too. The depth in the system right now is just absurd. I’ve never seen it better.

6 years ago  ::  Sep 02, 2016 - 10:38AM #915
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Think we could see Justus Sheffield as early as sometime in 2017? What about Kaprielian?


I wouldn’t completely rule it out, but I do think 2017 is unlikely for both guys. Sheffield is just now getting to Double-A, and he figures to start next season at that level too. The Yankees are probably going to take it very easy with James Kaprielian given his elbow injury. I doubt they’ll rush him up the ladder next season. The fact neither of these guys is on the 40-man roster works against them too. I’d call late 2017 a slight possibility for both Sheffield and Kaprielian with early-to-mid-2018 more likely.

6 years ago  ::  Sep 02, 2016 - 10:39AM #916
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Considering the almost identical stat lines between Taylor Widener’s 2016 debut and Chance Adams’s 2015 debut, do you think the Yankees may try to convert Widener to a starter for 2017? I know he has had some injury concerns the last year or so, but I wasnt sure to what extent.


Widener was the Yankees’ 12th round pick out of South Carolina this season, and he has a 0.52 ERA (1.61 FIP) with 52 strikeouts and 6 walks in 34.1 pro innings. That’s a 43.0% strikeout rate and a 5.0% walk rate. Widener did have some injuries in college, most notably ulnar nerve transposition surgery last fall. He’s also had some back and knee problems over the years. The nerve injury is serious stuff, but he seems to be over it.


I suspect we’re going to hear a lot of “this guy might be the next Chance Adams” going forward, but it’s unfair to put that on anyone. What Adams did this year is like 95th percentile outcome stuff. Best case scenario. Widener has a mid-90s fastball and a hard slider, though he lacks a changeup, and that’s why most project him as a reliever. It’s worth noting the Yankees have him working 3-4 innings stints, so perhaps they’re considering him for a starting role. Widener could be in for the Jonathan Holder plan. Try him as a starter for a year, and if they don’t like what they see, stick him back in the bullpen.

6 years ago  ::  Sep 02, 2016 - 10:40AM #917
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  • OF Zack Zehner was named to the High-A Florida State League end of season All-Star Team. Also, Pat Osborn was named the league’s Manager of the Year, so congrats to both. Zehner, last year’s 18th round pick, hit .282/.382/.379 (129 wRC+) with three homers in 107 games for Tampa.
  • OF Alex Palma was placed on the Low-A DL with a lower body injury, the team announced. His regular season is over but he could return for the postseason, depending on the severity of the injury. The 20-year-old hit .265/.292/.420 (101 wRC+) with six homers in 64 games this year.
  • OF Estevan Florial was bumped up from rookie Pulaski to replace Palma, the team announced. Pulaski’s season ends today, so Florial is getting a late-season cameo in full season ball. Neat.
6 years ago  ::  Sep 02, 2016 - 10:44AM #918
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Yankees have been extremely active for once. What do you think of the Gamel for Orozco and De Paula deal? Also, out of those two and the couple PTBNL they received from PIT (Tarpley and Polo), can any of the four become solid ML regulars? Thank you

Keith Law: I like Gamel for what he is but he’s been crowded out by better OF prospects in their system, so they flipped him for two high-upside teenage arms they can wait on. Polo looks like a good fourth OF, definite big leaguer. Tarpley has a million dollar arm and the proverbial ten-cent head, probably a LH reliever in the end but athletic enough that if he gets his act together at some point and turns into a quality starter I won’t be totally shocked.

6 years ago  ::  Sep 02, 2016 - 5:26PM #919
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Severino among Yankees' roster call-ups


Luis Severino rejoined the New York Yankeesahead of Friday night's game against Baltimore after three minor league appearances.


The 22-year-old right-hander was 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA as a rookie in the final two months of last season, but has struggled this year and was sent to the minors three times. He is 1-8 with a 7.19 ERA for the Yankees in 2016 and is their first pitcher to lose six straight starts since Kevin Brown in 2004-05.


New York optioned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 14 and told him to work on his changeup. He made two starts and one relief appearance for the RailRiders, allowing four runs each in starts against Pawtucket and Syracuse, then pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief Tuesday at Buffalo.


A day after active rosters expanded to 40, New York also recalled infielder Rob Refsnyder from Scranton along with right-hander Nick Goody, and right-hander Kirby Yates was recalled from rookie level Pulaski.


Outfielder Eric Young Jr., acquired from Milwaukee on Wednesday for $20,000, was selected from the RailRiders along with right-hander Jonathan Holder.


To clear a spot in the 40-man roster, right-hander Nick Rumbelow was activated from the seven-day minor league disabled list, recalled from Scranton and placed on the 60-day big league disabled list. Rumbelow tore a ligament in his pitching elbow while pitching for Scranton in his season debut on April 10, an injury that required Tommy John surgery.

6 years ago  ::  Sep 03, 2016 - 10:37AM #920
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What is the long term outlook for Holder in the Yankee bullpen? Setup man?

Josh Norris: Setup man who, for now, can give you length as well. He’s gone two or more innings multiple times this year and has four pitches out of the pen. Should be very interesting to see how he fares in New York.



The Yankees have a lot of low-level international arms that have seemed to have flash at times including Simon De La Rosa, Freicer Perez, Rony Garcia and, at least last year, Alexander Vargas (who hasn't pitched this year?). Any of these arms--or others not listed--that should excite Yankee fans?

Josh Norris: I am a big fan of Rony Garcia’s after seeing him in his stateside debut. He’s got size and three pitches already, including a fastball with big time natural cut that touched 96 when I saw him. Freicer Perez has also been making some noise



There have been a lot of mixed reports on 3B Miguel Andujar. What do the Yankees have with him?

Josh Norris: With Miguel Andujar, the Yankees have a raw talent who could be very, very good some day. He needs to continue to polish his strike zone discipline and work toward improving his defense at third base. But the ingredients are there to be a profile third baseman in time.

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