Archive for Category: "Minor Leagues Report"

Yankees Announce More Cuts This Week

The Yankees have cut several more players from camp: P Domingo German  – I haven't heard much of anything about him this spring.  Had no chance to make the roster regardless, and is likely heading down to Tampa to begin the year, but it would be a disappointment if he didn't get to Trenton at [&hellip

Yankees Minor League Notes: Early Cuts include Sheffield

The Yankees made their first round of cuts today, and there are a few interesting names on the list. Note that just because a player is sent to minor league camp does not mean they are banished there for the rest of the spring.   If a need arises, they are allowed to bring players [&hellip

Yankees Sign Jonathan Niese to Minor League Deal

The Yankees just announced the signing of Jonathan Niese to a minor league contract.  It is that time of year – veteran pitchers who can't find a home are left scrambling for whatever job they can get. Niese has never been a great starter, but has put together a few solid years in his career.  [&hellip

Yankees Invite More Players to Camp

This is not really all that uncommon. The Yankees lost both Tyler Austin (6+ weeks) and Mason Williams (2 weeks) this week, so it made sense to add another outfielder to the mix. That outfielder will be Billy McKinney, who was acquired in the Chapman deal last year.  Once a Top 100 prospect in all [&hellip

Yankees Announce Spring Training Invites

The list is below, with some snippets.  The players with the best chance to actually make the team are the relief pitchers – because there is always a spot or two in the bullpen that is up for grabs in spring training. Remember:  Those on the 40-man roster don't need to be "invited" to spring [&hellip

A Look Back at the Aroldis Chapman Trade

Last winter, the Yankees completely a transaction that many (including yours truly) thought was a bit on the dirty side.   Essentially, the Reds had a deal lined up with the Dodgers that would have reportedly brought back a nice package of players.  That is, until the report came out linking Aroldis Chapman to domestic [&hellip

Yankees Sign Three Players to Minor League Deals

On the heels of signing Ruben Tejada to a minor league deal, the Yankees have announced three more minor league contracts.  None of these players figure to have the opportunity to make the roster that Tejada will have. First, they resigned utility infielder Donovan Solano, who actually hit a home run with the big club when [&hellip

Yankees Lose Four Players in Rule 5 Draft

As expected, the Yankees lost several players in the Rule 5 draft today, though hardly any of them are completely surprising. Luis Torrens is the best player of the bunch, but he is also the most raw player of the bunch.  He also plays a position that will make it very hard for him to stick. [&hellip

Tomorrow’s Rule 5 Draft

We will start with this:  With the Matt Holliday signing now official, the Yankees don't have any space on their 40-man roster.  Hence, they will not be making a selection tomorrow. The Yankees may lose a few players, however. LHP Tyler Webb  –  If he isn't drafted, it will be a miracle.  6'6" LHP with [&hellip

Yankees Continue 40-Man Roster Shuffle with James Pazos Trade & Other Moves

The Yankees continued to shuffle their deck today, making a minor trade dealing LHP James Pazos to the Mariners for Zack Littel.   Pazos is the latest player the Yankees are moving off of their 40-man roster for a player who does not yet need to be placed on the 40-man roster. Pazos, as you probably know, [&hellip

My Take: Yankees Continue Their Veteran Purge with McCann Deal

In what has become one of the most memorable years in Yankees history that didn't even involve a playoff team, the Yankees continued their "veteran purge" today by dealing Brian McCann off to Houston for two pitching prospects (Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman).  The Yankees will also pay off $11M of McCann's remaining contract ($5.5M [&hellip

The 40-Man Roster Crunch

You have probably read about it many times already – the Yankees have a 40-man roster problem this winter.  But, what exactly does it mean, and just how bad is it? I don't have to give a huge primer on it – the bottom line is that after a certain number of years in your [&hellip

Yankees Minor League Report: Arizona Fall League Update

An update on all of the players the Yankees currently have down in the Arizona Fall League: Gleyber Torres:   9-for-21 with two doubles, two home runs, four runs batted in, four walks, and four strikeouts.    He is 2-for-4 stealing bases.   Torres is obviously off to a nice start down here as he [&hellip

Yankees Minor League Report: Season in Review: 1B/3B

For part two of this series, I am going to focus on the corner infield spots.   This is not an area of extreme strength right now in the system, but the third base position is certainly on the upswing.  As for first base, many great first basemen (including our own Mark Teixeira!) started off [&hellip

Yankees Minor League Report: Season in Review: Catchers

Now that the season is completely over, I thought it would be a good time to go through the system a bit, position by position, to see where the Yankees stand heading into the off-season. Obviously, any player can be traded, released, get hurt in winter ball or by falling down on a basketball court. [&hellip

Yankees Minor League Report 9/20/16: Scranton Takes Triple-A National Championship

Scranton (Defeated El Paso, 3-1, to win the Triple-A National Championship, a one-game showcase between the winners of the PCL and the International League.  The game was played in Autozone Park, the home park of the Memphis Redbirds in the PCL (Cardinals).  Although the PCL has more than its fair share of big offensive environments, [&hellip

Yankees Minor League Report 9/16/16: The End, as Scranton Wins Title, but Trenton Gets Swept

First of all, I want to thank everyone who has read these reports dating all the way back to April.  Obviously, thanks to some stellar play throughout the organization, these reports extended longer than usual.  At one point this postseason, it was like typing up a regular season report – there were FIVE teams playing [&hellip

Yankees Minor League Report 9/15/16: Brady Lail Leads Scranton to 2-1 Series Advantage

Scranton (Defeated Gwinnett, 3-0, to take a 2-1 series lead) OF Clint Frazier:  1-for-5, 3 K C Kyle Higashioka:  1-for-3, RBI, BB, 2 K OF Jake Cave:  0-for-4 IF Donovan Solano:  2-for-3, 2B (4), RS OF Mark Payton: 0-for-3, RS, BB, K OF Cesar Puello:  0-for-4, RS, BB, K IF Cito Culver:  0-for-4 1B Chris [&hellip

Yankees Minor League Report 9/14/16: Scranton Walks Their Way to a 1-1 Series Tie

Scranton (Defeated Gwinnett, 2-1.  Scranton only collected one hit in the game.  Down 1-0 in the bottom of the 9th, Donovan Solano and Chris Parmelee both walked to lead off the inning, followed by Kyle Higashioka reaching base on a hit by pitch.  Jake Cave and Peter Kozma both drew walks with the bases loaded [&hellip

Yankees Minor League Report 9/13/16: Starting Pitching Lets Scranton & Trenton Down in Game 1

Scranton (Lost to Gwinnett, 7-4, to fall behind 1-0) OF Jake Cave:  3-for-4, 2B (2), HR (1), 2 RBI, RS 7-for-14 in the postseason OF Clint Frazier:  1-for-4, RS, BB, K C Kyle Higashioka:  1-for-3, 2 RBI, BB, K OF Mason Williams:  0-for-5, K UTIL Donovan Solano:  0-for-4, RS, BB, K IF Cito Culver: 0-for-4 [&hellip