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Random Minor League Notes: 2019 Edition
3 years ago  ::  Aug 29, 2019 - 7:02PM #221
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3 years ago  ::  Aug 29, 2019 - 7:06PM #224
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DoTF: Arizona Fall League rosters announced; GCL season shortened

  • Arizona Fall League rosters are out and the following players will represent the Yankees on the Surprise Saguaros: RHPs Glenn Otto and Daniel Bies, C Donny Sands, 1B Brandon Wagner and OF Josh Stowers.
  • Early takes: Otto and Stowers make perfect sense as players who missed more than a month and have some promise. Stowers has a lot of tools and his work has caught my eye in Charleston. Otto, meanwhile, was the Yankees’ 2017 5th-round pick and is still trying to make it as a starter with a fall-back option as a solid reliever.
  • Still, I’m surprised Michael King won’t be joining the AZL. The team either fine with his lack of innings or will make it up in other ways. It also might mean he’s a lock for the 40-man roster? Josh Breaux would have been another potential AFL fit, too.
3 years ago  ::  Sep 04, 2019 - 10:37AM #225
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3 years ago  ::  Sep 05, 2019 - 10:39AM #226
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Breaking down the Yankees’ Arizona Fall League prospects



Teams around baseball announced their representatives for the Arizona Fall League (AFL) last week. Created in 1992, the league has long been considered a finishing school for upper tier prospects from Double-A and Triple-A. Many of the current Yankees such as Brett GardnerDellin BetancesGary Sanchez and Aaron Judge have passed through this league on their way to the majors. This season the league changed their rules regarding the players eligible to participate, and the Yankees have seemingly adjusted their philosophy on assigning players to the league.


In previous seasons the AFL required players to be in Double-A or Triple-A, with each major league team being given one exemption for a player who finished the season at a lower level of the minors. This season that rule has been lifted along with several other rules that limited players eligibility. Bill Bavasi who is overseeing operations of the league this year has said, “Now, if you think he’s ready, bring him on.” The new rules are being tried conditionally this fall based on the wishes of major league general managers.


The league also moved its season forward with Opening Day happening on September 17th, and the season ending on October 27th. This will allow the season to act as more of a continuation of the minor league season, and allow players to stay sharp.


The Yankees will send no representative from their current MLB Pipeline top 30 prospects list. There is potential in the players going for the organization, but this group is farther from the majors than many of the players who have represented the team in the past.


RHP Glenn Otto - 61.1 IP, 3.23 ERA, 74 K, 36 BB, 1.50 WHIP.


Otto pitched mostly at Tampa this season, but he also had five rehab innings in the Gulf Coast League. He was the Yankees’ fifth-round pick in 2017, but missed nearly the entire 2018 season after experiencing a blood clot in his shoulder. Two more trips to the injured list this season leave Otto with only 91 innings pitched in his professional career. His fastball and curveball have impressed scouts, but he will need more repetitions if he is going to develop a full compliment of pitches that he will need to be a starter.


RHP Daniel Bies - 92 IP, 3.33 ERA, 105 K, 33 BB, 1.25 WHIP


The 6 foot 8 inch Bies was tremendous in 69.1 IP for Charleston this season, pitching to a 2.86 ERA, and 1.10 WHIP. He was challenged more in Tampa, but settled in after a rough 2.2 IP, 7 ER debut. Bies was used as a starter and reliever this season, but 18 of his 24 appearances lasted at least three innings.


1B/2B/3B Brandon Wagner - .179 BA, .290 OBP, .280 SLG


Wagner made a case to be part of the AFL during the 2018 season when he hit .267/.380/.461, finishing second among Yankees minor leaguers with 21 HR between High-A Tampa, and Double-A Trenton. Baseball America credited him with the best plate discipline in the Yankee system in their review of the minor leagues after that year. This season was a struggle for Wagner, but the Yankees never cut his playing time, and he finished well, hitting .310/.344/.414 over his last 16 games, including two games with Triple-A Scranton.


C Donny Sands - .221 BA, .283 OBP, .310 SLG


Sand was a third basemen, but converted to catcher after being selected by the Yankees in 2015. Once labeled as “one of the best pure hitters in the Yankees system” in scouting reports, Sands has not found much success over the last two seasons. His 2018 was interrupted by three stints on the injured list. In 2019 he only played in 68 games for Tampa despite avoiding the injured list.


OF Josh Stowers - .273 BA, .386 OBP, .400 SLG


The University of Louisville product came to the Yankees from Seattle once all the details of the Sonny Gray trade were worked out. He had a solid season in Charleston, and finished the year red hot, hitting .347/.461/.453 over his last 27 games. He has tremendous speed registering 35 stolen bases on the season, but the Yankees will want him to refine that skill and become more efficient as he was also caught stealing 16 times. Stowers was ranked as a top 30 Yankees prospect heading into the season, but was bumped out at the mid-year point.


While there are some talented players in this year’s Yankees AFL representatives, it pales in comparison to the the Yankees 2016 AFL roster that sent top-15 organizational prospects Gleyber TorresMiguel AndujarTyler WadeJames Kaprielian and Dillon Tate to the desert. Greg Bird who was just coming off his first season-ending injury was also part of the Yankees contingent. Pitchers like Clarke Schmidt, Nick Nelson, and Mike King who all missed significant time with injuries this season profile as the type of highly rated prospects who in years past would have gotten the call here to challenge themselves while building up more innings. Chris Gittens, coming off of a Eastern League MVP season, also fits the traditional billet.


Time will tell if the Yankees as an organization have made the right call with their 2019 AFL roster selections, but they are adjusting to the rule changes and using a wide portion of their minor league roster. This year’s continent has been placed in a high visibility setting surrounded by elite talents and scouts from all parts of baseball. Now we will see if any of the young Yankees can capitalize on the opportunity.


3 years ago  ::  Sep 12, 2019 - 10:45AM #227
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Maikol Escotto stands out among the rookie level Yankees Prospects



Maikol Escotto’s breakout performance highlights the Yankees prospects from the 2019 Dominican Summer League, and Gulf Coast League.


The Yankees have landed several notable International Free Agent classes over the last two seasons. While some of those players have moved through the lower levels of the rookie leagues already, others just got their first professional experience this summer, with varying levels of success. Here is a look at the the Yankees Dominican Summer League team, and their Gulf Coast League affiliates’ performances in 2019.


DSL Yankees


It isn’t every season that a rookie ball team makes national news, but that is exactly what happened on July 3rd when the DSL Yankees set a minor league record by scoring 38 runs in one game. Despite that historic performance, the team as a whole struggled to find consistent pitching and finished 33-31 on the season, 10 games out in their division.


As could be expected of a team that produced a historical offensive output, the Yankees finished among the top of the 45 teams in the DSL this season for numerous offensive categories, such as runs (7th), OPS (7th), and home runs (4th).


Maikol Escotto: 17-years-old, SS/2B/3B


Escotto was billed as having gap power when the Yankees signed him on July 2nd, 2018, but his eight home runs show that the young infielder is developing more pop in his bat. He also showed solid plate discipline, walking 14.7% of the time, en route to the ninth-best OPS in the DSL at .981, to go along with an outstanding 167 wRC+. Escotto played all around the infield this season, with 23 games at second base, and eight each at third base and shortstop.


Carlos Verdecia: 17-years-old, 2B/SS


Verdecia came to the organization with a reputation for being able to get the bat on the ball, after only striking out once in 115 plate appearances during his last season in the 15U Cuban National League. Verdecia lived up to this reputation, recording more walks than strikeouts and registering a .280/.415/.450 line and a 143 wRC+ line in 28 games. Like Escotto, Verdecia played most of his games at second base, where he has more of a long-term defensive profile.


Osiel Rodriguez: 17-years-old, RHP


Rodriguez was considered one of the top pitchers in the 2018 international signing class, but was slowed by a minor shoulder injury in his debut season. He only pitched 9.2 innings on the season, with six earned runs, nine strikeouts, and four walks. It was an inconclusive introduction to professional ball for this well-regarded arm.


GCL Yankees East and West


The Yankees continue to aggressively promote and challenge many of their their youngest prospects to the Gulf Coast League. Fielding two of the youngest lineups in the the league, both teams struggled with consistency. Neither team finished above .500, with the West squad finishing 22-27 on the season, and the East finishing in last place in their division with an 18-29 mark. Here is a look at the most notable prospects on these rosters.


Raimfer Salinas: 18-years-old, CF


After signing with the Yankees as one of the top rated players in the 2017 international signing class, Salinas only played 11 games between the DSL and GCL in an injury plagued debut season. He bounced back nicely this season, playing consistently while manning center field, where he has the athletic profile to stick as a plus defender. He finished with a .270/.329/.415 line at the plate.


Alexander Vargas: 17-years-old, SS


The biggest bonus handed out by the Yankees in the 2018 signing period went to Vargas, as the Yankees lured him away from an agreement with Cincinnati to wait until the 2019 signing period. Vargas is billed as more glove than bat in some scouting reports, but he started out recording a 13-game hit streak in June that crossed from the DSL to his promotion to the GCL. Unfortunately for Vargas, his offensive production dropped from that point forward, but there were some positive signs as Vargas only struck out 12.7% of the time and showed his speed by stealing 15 bases in 18 attempts. He slashed .233/.313/.373 in 2019.


Kevin Alcantara: 17-years-old, CF


The 6-foot-6 Alcantara has drawn comparisons to a young Dexter Fowler as he progressed through the international signing process and into his professional debut. While he struggled early, he was the the only 16-year-old playing professionally stateside until he turned 17-years-old on July 12th. There are a lot of reasons to be optimistic about Alcantara’s potential, as his numbers improved each month and he finished red hot, hitting .333/.365/.450 during August.


The potential outfield of Alcantara, Salinas, and Jasson Dominguez in Pulaski next season has the chance to be one of the best prospect groups in the Yankees system if the players continue to develop.


Jose Chambuco: 17-years-old, RHP


Chambuco pitched his way out of the DSL and earned a promotion stateside in early July. His 11.7 K/9 combined with an extremely low 1.4 BB/9 are outstanding for any pitcher, much less a player who turned 17 during the season. Standing at 5-foot-9, he is bound to start drawing comparisons to Deivi Garcia if he continues to miss bats and move up the ladder.


Known as a system with a ton of high-risk, high-reward players at the lower levels, the Yankees continue to push their prospects with challenging assignments. While some of the numbers may not stand out, the organization is trusting their process to get their young players experience to build on moving forward.


Next week, I’ll be reviewing one of the best teams in the Yankees’ system this season, Rookie Ball Advanced Pulaski Yankees, along with the Class A short season, Staten Island Yankees.

3 years ago  ::  Sep 14, 2019 - 7:51AM #228
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Here is our scouting report on Yankees minor league right-handed pitcher Brooks Kriske:


www.pinstripedprospects.com/scouting-rep...

3 years ago  ::  Sep 16, 2019 - 10:38AM #229
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How Yankees prospects fared in Baseball America Classification All-Stars - nj.com


TORONTO — With minor league baseball done for the year except for Tuesday’s Triple-A championship game, Baseball America unveiled its annual classification All-Stars over the weekend.


This is good stuff that is a lot different from picking the best prospects in each league.


These honors go to players who had the best seasons in each class from Triple-A down to the Dominican Summer League, and for each class Baseball America names an All-Star for each position (including DH) plus five starting pitchers and a reliever.


How did the Yankees fare?


Not great.


Of the 420 All-Stars, the Yankees only had two, and not making the cut were their top prospects, pitcher Deivi Garcia and outfielder Estevan Florial included.


The only Yankees farmhands honored were Canaan Smith as one of three low-A outfielders and Ezequiel Duran as the short-season Class A second baseman.


Nineteen organizations had at least three All-Stars. The Los Angeles Dodgers had the most with 10, followed by Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants with eight, and San Diego Padres with seven. Others with at least four All-Stars were the Seattle Mariners (5), St. Louis Cardinals (5), Tampa Bay Rays (4), Boston Red Sox (4), Cleveland Indians (4) and Atlanta Braves (4).


The Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics had none, while the Philadelphia Phillies had just one.


Like the Yankees, the Mets also had two: Class AAA pitcher Corey Oswalt and 17-year-old rookie league catcher Francisco Alvarez.


Here is more info on the Yankees’ All-Stars:


CANAAN SMITH, OF


2019 club: Charleston RiverDogs.


Age: 20 (21 on April 30, 2020).


Size: 6-0, 215.


Acquired: 2017 draft, 4th round as a high school senior out of Rockwall-Heath High School in Heath, Texas.


Yankees prospect ranking: MLB Pipeline, No. 25.


Bats: Left.


2019 hitting stats: Charleston (low A), .307 average, 449 AB, 67 runs, 138 hits, 32 doubles, 3 triples, 11 HR, 74 RBI, 74 BB, 108 K, 16 SB, 4 CS, .871 OPS, 124 games.


2019 fielding stats: Played 98 games in left field (98 starts), 5 errors, 8 assists. 2 starts in right field, 0 errors, 0 assists.


Notable: Finished second in South Atlantic League in hits, third in batting and OPS, and sixth in RBI.






EZEQUIEL DURAN, 2B


2019 club: Staten Island Yankees.


Age: 20 (21 on May 22, 2020).


Size: 5-11, 185.


Acquired: Signed as amateur free agent out of Dominican Republic for $10,000 on Oct. 16, 2012.


Yankees prospect ranking: Not in MLB Pipeline’s top 30.


Bats: Right.


2019 hitting stats: Staten Island (short season A), .256 average, 246 AB, 49 runs, 63 hits, 12 doubles, 4 triples, 13 HR, 37 RBI, 25 BB, 77 K, 11 SB, 4 CS, .824 OPS, 66 games.


2019 fielding stats: Played 57 games at second base (56 starts), 8 errors, 260 chances, .969 fielding percentage.


Notable: Third-year pro finished first in New York/Penn League in homers, sixth in OPS, tied for seventh in RBI and tied for 13th in steals.

3 years ago  ::  Sep 17, 2019 - 10:00AM #230
Rob
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We are previewing the Yankees heading to Arizona to player in the AFL. Here is that feature:
www.pinstripedprospects.com/previewing-t...

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