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Random Minor League Notes: 2016 Edition
5 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2016 - 10:46AM #931
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What is your current opinion of Ian Clarkin? He’s thrown less than 200 total innings since he was drafted with more than half of those at Tampa this year, but his stats aren’t very impressive. Is he still in your top 10? Will he start next year in Trenton or Tampa?


I had Clarkin ninth on my post-draft top 30 prospects list and nothing’s really changed. He’s going to get pushed down a spot — Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez graduate while Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, and Justus Sheffield have been added — but his prospect stock is unchanged from midseason. It would be nice if he didn’t catch a spike and tear his meniscus, but that’s life. Last year’s elbow injury certainly took a bite out of his prospect stock. The important thing is the elbow stayed healthy this year and he showed the same stuff as before the injury. The bat-missing curveball, changeup, and cutter were all there. I’m still a fan. I expect Clarkin to start next year in Double-A.

5 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2016 - 10:50AM #932
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Of the injured RPs (Lindgren, Mullee, Pinder, Rumbelow), would the yankees try to get them off the 40? I’d think chances are low that teams would claim fringy relief prospects rehabbing surgery.


Yes. They basically have no choice but to shed two or three of those guys. Chase Whitley was claimed off waivers last year while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, so I guess it’s not completely impossible one would get popped, but it seems unlikely. Conor Mullee (29 in February) and Branden Pinder (28 in January) are the oldest of those four players, so they’d be the first to go, I imagine.


Jacob Lindgren is the one I would be least willing to put on waivers (even though he will miss all of 2017) because he’s the best of the bunch. He’s the youngest and has, by far, the best individual pitch in his slider. Rather than put him on waivers, the Yankees could non-tender him on the December 2nd deadline, then re-sign him to a minor league deal a la Vicente Campos and Slade Heathcott two years ago. That would allow him to avoid waivers. The Yankees will need 40-man spots the day after the end of the World Series though, so they can’t wait to do the non-tender/re-sign trick with everyone.

5 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2016 - 10:51AM #933
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With the recent call-ups of top prospects around the league, and before any off-season trades, will the Yankees farm system still be a top 5 farm after Sanchez and Judge graduates? Or will they fall around the 6-8 spot?


I think they’ll still be top five even after Sanchez and Judge graduate, which will happen fairly soon. The cutoff is 130 at-bats and Sanchez is at 119 right now. Judge has 73. Even without those two, the Yankees still have four no-doubt top 100 prospects (Frazier, Torres, Sheffield, Jorge Mateo) and very likely a fifth (Blake Rutherford). Also, their system is unmatched when it comes to players who project to be average-ish big leaguers. You’ve got to dig deep into their top 30-50 prospects before you start finding guys who project to be a utility player or matchup reliever. The Brewers have the best farm system in baseball right now. The Yankees are a notch below them but still top five, in my opinion.

5 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2016 - 10:52AM #934
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Can you look at Mike Ford’s numbers and tell me whether or not he should be considered for a roster spot? He is Rule 5 eligible and seems to be able to hold his own at the plate.


My favorite Mike Ford fact is that he was the Ivy League Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year at Princeton in 2013. He hit .320/.443/.503 with six homers in 41 games, and had a 0.98 ERA with 32 strikeouts and 13 walks in nine starts and 64 innings. The Yankees signed him an undrafted free agent that summer and he’s been in their farm system ever since.


Ford, who is about two months younger than Judge, hit .280/.417/.455 (144 wRC+) with five homers, 34 walks, and 25 strikeouts in 42 games for Double-A Trenton this season around a thumb injury. He’s a much better hitter and prospect than Kyle Roller, another lefty hitter relegated to first base and DH only, though the offensive bar for first base prospects is really high. That’s why Greg Bird, as good as he is, only barely scratched top 100 lists at his prospect peak.


There will be a premium on 40-man roster space this offseason and I can’t imagine the Yankees will protect Ford from the Rule 5 Draft. There’s just no room. I’m not sure he’ll be much more than a Quad-A type anyway, which doesn’t mean he won’t spend a year or three in the big leagues. Sometimes though guys turn into Brandon Moss. The Yankees did a real nice job signing Ford. They landed a legitimate prospect — albeit a third tier prospect — as an undrafted free agent.

5 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2016 - 4:25PM #935
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5 years ago  ::  Sep 11, 2016 - 10:37AM #936
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  • RHP Dillon Tate and RHP J.P. Feyereisen have been added to the Scottsdale Scorpions roster, according to the Arizona Fall League transactions page. Tate needs all the work he can get right now, so it’s good to see he’s going. The Yankees have one open AzFL roster spot and the hope is it will go to RHP James Kaprielian, assuming his elbow heals up in time.
  • Speaking of Tate, Grace Raynor wrote about the right-hander and not just his tough 2016 season, but his rise from unknown high school hurler to fourth overall pick in the draft. “I’m like, ‘Are you sure (you want to trade me)? Because I’m gonna come back,'” he said when asked about the deal.
  • 2B Nick Solak and OF Billy McKinney both made today’s Prospect Report. I’m curious to know if the Yankees changed anything mechanically with McKinney. He hit one homer in 88 games with the Cubs and has four in 38 games with the Yankees, including playoffs.
5 years ago  ::  Sep 11, 2016 - 2:13PM #937
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Yankees Justus Sheffield May Be Organization’s Most Underrated Prospect


Justus Sheffield was the second piece in the deal that sent Andrew Miller to the Indians. He has done an impressive job since coming over to the Yankees, but seems to be often overlooked in the stacked farm system.


The Yankees acquisition of top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield was overshadowed by the inclusion of blue-chipper Clint Frazier in the same haul of talent New York got for Andrew Miller. Big names like Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney, and Dillon Tate have gotten more media attention since the deadline, but Sheffield may end up being the most important player they acquired this season.


Since coming over to the Yankees Sheffield has been brilliant, pitching to a 1.73 ERA in five starts with High-A Tampa before earning a promotion to Double-A Trenton Thunder to finish the season. He’s made one start for the Thunder, allowing no earned runs over four innings of work, while striking out an incredible nine batters.


All together between the Yankees and Indians, Sheffield has gone 10-6 with a 3.09 ERA and 9.3 K/9. His control is still a work in progress, with 3.8 BB/9 on the season and 3.3 BB/9 in his young professional career.


The 20-year-old righty isn’t a big guy at only 5’10” and 195 pounds. He is a bit undersized for a starter but that has not affected him so far. As with any guy his size, however, you do have to worry about durability.


The 31st overall selection in the 2014 draft, Sheffield has a plus fastball that he can throw up to 96 but most of the time it will be in the 92-93 MPH range. He also has an above average curveball and an average changeup but both need a bit of work. Sheffield has below average control but scouts say that is something he can fix.


MLB Pipeline ranks Sheffield number seven in the Yankees system at the moment, which is good for the title of top New York pitching prospect. He also cracks their most recent Top 100 list at number 84.


Sheffield is most likely to end up as a solid mid-rotation option rather than an ace but has the capability to become a quality number two starter if he reaches his ceiling . Sheffield and James Kaprielian can be a deadly 1-2 punch in the Yankees rotation to go along with the great hitting prospects they already have assuming Kap gets healthy next year.


We should expect to see Sheffield in the Bronx by the sometime during the 2018 season and maybe a little earlier if he keeps performing the way he is now. The future is very bright for the Yankees, and Sheffield is going to be a major part of their future playoff teams for many years to come.

5 years ago  ::  Sep 11, 2016 - 2:16PM #938
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The Yankees are sending hyped young pitcher Dillon Tate to the Arizona Fall League.

MLB.com ranks Tate the Yankees' No. 11 overall prospect. They acquired him in a trade deadline deal that sent All-Star right fielder Carlos Beltran to the Rangers.


Texas selected Tate No. 4 overall in the 2015 draft, but dealt him amid concerns over the dip in his fastball velocity. While at UC Santa-Barbara, Tate's fastball hit 98 mph. But it had fallen to the low-90s with Low-A Hickory as he put up a 5.12 ERA in 17 games (16 starts).


Tate's fastball is just about back, however.


According to a Yankees talent evaluator, Tate's fastball has been holding at about 95.5 mph to 95 mph lately and has reached 96 mph. The evaluator added that he believes Tate will continue to add velocity as he tinkers with his mechanics.


"There's definitely more in there," said the evaluator, who spoke on the condition of anonymity so he could speak freely.


Tate has posted a 3.12 ERA in seven outings since the Yankees got him and sent him to Low-A Charleston, where he worked closely with co-minor league pitching coordinator Danny Borrell. Borrell also shares the job with Scott Aldred.


The Yankees moved Tate, drafted as a starter, into relief at Charleston. The decision was made as an effort to let Tate work in shorter stints so he could develop consistency. He was also a reliever for a period in college.


The Yankees are also adding Double-A Trenton reliever J.P. Feyereisen to the Scottsdale Scorpions roster. They got Feyereisen as part of a package of prospects they received in a deal that sent elite closer Andrew Miller to the Indians a week before the deadline.



5 years ago  ::  Sep 13, 2016 - 9:40AM #939
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  • LHP Justus Sheffield was included in today’s Monday Morning Ten Pack, and his write-up is above the paywall, so make sure you check it out. “He peppered everywhere from 91-95 with tremendous life, the fastball especially explosive when thrown up in the zone. He also mixed in a good, hard slider and a solid change,” said the write-up, based on one of Sheffield’s recent starts.
  • OF Blake Rutherford is one of eight prospects the folks at 20-80 Baseball pegged as a breakout candidate for 2017. “The arm works and might be enough for right field should he need to shift to a corner, but ultimately it’s going to be the bat that makes Rutherford a future Yankee regular, and potentially an anchor in their lineup,” said the write-up.
  • Baseball America released their end-of-season minor league All-Star teams. RHP Chad Green (Triple-A), LHP Jordan Montgomery (Double-A), Gleyber Torres (High-A), and 2B Nick Solak (Short Season) all made various lists. Torres did most of his work this year with the Cubs, obviously.
  • RHP Yefrey Ramirez was placed on the High-A DL, the team announced. He got rocked yesterday, which could indicate injury, though I think this might be a paper move to add an extra arm to the roster. Ramirez isn’t scheduled to pitch again this series. RHP Chase Hodson took the roster spot.
5 years ago  ::  Sep 14, 2016 - 9:10AM #940
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Chance Adams, SP, New York Yankees


Despite their late-season youth movement, which has played a part in the team’s surprising run into Wild Card contention, the Yankees have not dipped too far into the minors for starting pitching help. If they did, Adams could’ve been first on the list of reinforcements. A 5th Round pick in the 2015 draft, the 22-year-old Adams is on the fast track after posting a 2.69 ERA with a 5.4 H/9, 2.8 BB/9 and 10.2 K/9 in 127.1 innings between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton.

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