New York Yankees 2011 Minor League Review

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MLB: [97-65] AL East

AAA: [73-69] International League – Scranton

AA: [68-73] Eastern League – Trenton

A+: [74-64] Florida State League – Tampa

A: [55-85] South Atlantic League – Charleston

A(ss): [45-28] New York-Penn League – Staten Island

The Run Down

The Yankees system took a bit of a blow after losing Jesus Montero, but it’s still in good shape.  Offensively, there isn’t much exciting going on at the high levels of the minors, but there are some high-upside guys (Sanchez, Heathcott) in A-ball.  The pitching side of things is a little more interesting as a number of guys are primed to push through with into the bigs.  The Scranton rotation this year will feature a group of arms, each of whom could surely occupy a major league role with a different organization.

Arizona Fall League PlayersPhoenix Desert Dogs

David Phelps (RHP); Corban Joseph (2B); Ronnier Mustelier (UTIL); Rob Segedin (OF)

Graduated Prospects

Hector Noesi (RHP); Eduardo Nunez (SS/3B); Ivan Nova (RHP);

Players of Interest


Austin Romine | C:

With Jesus Montero now out of the picture, Romine takes over as the Yankees’ catcher of the future.  The 23-year-old is praised primarily for his work behind the dish, but he’s capable at the plate too.  Romine will begin 2012 at Triple-A, but he could be in line for a late season call up.  The Yankees hope he’ll be ready to take over full-time in 2013.  Nothing terribly special here – ceiling somewhere around .275 AVG and 15 homers.

Brandon  Laird | 3B/1B/OF:

Laird, who earned some time in the bigs last season, will look to return to New York this year as a bench player.  His  .878 OPS at Double-A in 2010 was reason for excitement, but that figure regressed to .710 at Triple-A last year.  If Laird is ever to make it as a regular in the majors, he’ll need to be more selective at the plate.  He walked only 17 times last season in 489 PA at Scranton.


Manny Banuelos | LHP – SP:

Banuelos is the best of a handful of righthanded starters who’re on the verge of breaking through.  He’s shown glimpses of frontline-type ability, but he’s yet to put it all together for an extended period.  He’ll work on doing just that in Triple-A to begin 2012, but expect to see him pitching at Yankee Stadium at some point this year.

Dellin Betances | RHP – SP:

Betances struck out 142 batters in 126 IP before he was called up to New York in late September.  The power thrower works in the mid-90’s with his four-seamer, and counters with a low-80’s curve and a change.  He’ll work on command at Triple-A in 2012, but his stuff is certainly mid-rotation-caliber, and perhaps better.

David Phelps | RHP – SP:

Phelps projects as a backend starter and there’s little upside beyond that.  With plus control, though, he’s a good bet to reach his potential as a big league starter.  He’ll return to Scranton for a third stint in Triple-A, but the Yankees could feel comfortable using him at some point this year if he’s needed.

Adam Warren | RHP – SP:

Like Phelps, Warren projects at the back of the rotation, but he likely won’t have the opportunity to pitch in the majors this year without injury to guys ahead of him.  His stuff is probably better than Phelps’, but I’ll put Phelps ahead of him for now based on command.  Warren has the potential to be a valuable innings-eater at some point, but he needs to refine his secondary pitches first.

D.J. Mitchell | RHP – SP:

Mitchell has been able to stick as a starter to this point, but he seems bound for the ‘pen, eventually.  Good sinking action on his fastball and changeup allow him to keep draw many grounders and keep the ball in the park.  He’s probably ready for chance at middle relief should the Yankees have a need.

Honorable Mention


Gary Sanchez | C:

Sanchez is unlikely to pan out as a receiver, which is damaging to his fantasy outlook.  Regardless of that, his power production at just 18 years old in the South Atlantic League was rather impressive:  17 HR, .199 ISO.  Sanchez will likely return to Low-A for 2012, where he’ll work on his defense.

Slade Heathcott | OF:

Heathcott’s development has been slowed by a shoulder ailment, as well as some personal baggage, and he’s yet to put up numbers that match his tools.  There’s been some concern that two shoulder surgeries have sapped his power.  He’ll begin 2012 in High-A, but with all-around plus tools, Heathcott has the potential to climb the ladder quickly.

  1. Anthony says:

    @Grey: Do you respond to tweets on twitter ????

    • Grey

      Grey says:


    • Grey

      Grey says:

      This also is not my post…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:

      @Anthony, If you have prospects questions & you don’t mind the occasional drunken, nonsensical tweet, feel free to follow me: @RScottE22

  2. Need help fast, keeper deadline in half hour, head to head league:

    Can only keep four:

    Pujols (obvious)
    Cano (obvious)
    Josh Johnson
    Hunter Pence
    BJ Upton
    Ivan Nova
    Daniel Hudson


    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:

      @kR Express, Rough last two… I guess I’d go with Pence & Waino, although I don’t expect the latter to truly return to form until after the all star break.

  3. Dr. Van Nostrand Hindenburg Disaster

    Lucas Duda
    Mat Latos
    Drew Pomeranz

    [ View Trade ] – my players below

    Brandon Belt
    Jordan Zimmermann
    Shelby Miller

    Comments from Dr. Van Nostrand:

    Pomeranz is expected to start the season as Colorado’s number three starter and has been dominant this spring. Miller is also a good prospect but has no chance of starting the season with the Cards. He’s likely a year away from having a major impact while Pomeranz can help you now. Additionally, Latos is the best, most valuable player in the

    this is how I read it Gray –

    I like

    Belt over Duda
    Zimm over Latos
    third part – who cares

    just checking how you read this trade

    • @Mr Baseball, this is this dudes 21th offer – not sure if he really likes my players or he a hoarder trader – for some strange reason there are never any positives statment made about the players he wants – its like hey man I am doing you a favor – I really want to help you out – I am giving you so much that the league will problerly will veto the deal – my friends will never speak to me again when they see how much I am offering in the trade deals – yes this is dynasty league

      • @Mr Baseball, In closing why would you not or would make this trade deal – thanks man – looks like a slow day on the message board anyway

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:

      @Mr Baseball, This question is better suited for Grey, so I’d try to repost it under one of his posts. From my perspective, though, Shelby Miller is the big kicker here. He has legitimate fantasy ace potential. If patience is a problem, obviously Pomeranz is more of a help-now guy, but Miller’s ceiling is quite a bit higher.

  4. Looks like the Yankee’s prospects suck – so Hal wants to cut the payroll next year and add some of these gem minor league prospects for your watching pleasure while you enjoy one of his $8.00 hot dogs at the staduim

  5. infernoscurse says:

    No mention of Mason williams or jr murphy? It stinks here. Stinks i say

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:

      @infernoscurse, I was on the fence regarding Murphy for an HM, went with Heathcott instead because he’s got the tools to move through the system more quickly. Williams hasn’t played full-season ball yet. He’s at least three years away.

  6. thorbs says:

    Was also expecting some coverage of Williams…think he could put up tremendous numbers in a few years if he’s already showing good pitch recognition, decent D and plus plus wheels

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:

      @thorbs, let’s see how he performs in his first year of full-season ball. Too far out at this point…

  7. Fenst says:

    How do you feel about this squad. 5×5 (obp replacing avg); 5 keepers, 12 teams

    C M. Wieters- 4th round
    1B A. Gonzalez- Kept
    2B C. Utley- 2nd round
    3B M. Young- 2nd round
    SS D. Jeter- 10th round
    OF J. Upton- Kept
    OF J. Bruce- Kept
    OF D. Jennings- 1st round
    UTIL C. Young- 5th round
    SP C. Kershaw- Kept
    SP C. Lee- Kept
    SP M. Latos- 3rd round
    SP B. Morrow- 6th round
    RP K. Jansen- 9th round
    RP B. League- 12th round
    P J. Chacin- 11th round


    OF P. Bourjos- 11th round
    SP M. Minor- 13th round
    1B/OF B. Belt- 14th round
    3B I. Stewart- 15th round
    RP V. Pestano- 16th round
    RP M. Capps- 17th round
    SS S. Drew- 18th round
    SP R. Porcello- 19th round

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:

      @Fenst, I see some risk packed into the infield with aging guys like Utley, Young & Jeter. However, those three should help with OBP. I like the outfield. Starting pitching seems stacked… Good squad.

      • Fenst says:

        @Scott Evans, Thanks for the reply. I was hoping one of the three 3B could fall to me in the first round (Wright, Sandoval, Beltre) but none did so feel confident Young has some good years left in him. Decided with him. Definitely risk in Utley, but like him better than Cuddyer who was other top option. Jeter just kept sitting there and sitting there (I was actually eyeing Alexei because I could have used some stability but Dee Gordon, Alexei, and Hardy all went well ahead of Jeter. It was either Jeter or just waiting it out a few more rounds and trying to risk it with someone like Cozart.

  8. the Yankee HaTer says:

    I hate the Yankees.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:

      @the Yankee HaTer, This is clear.

  9. ML says:

    Banuelos is the best of a handful of righthanded starters who’re on the verge of breaking through.

    He’s a lefty

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:

      @ML, Indeed. I have him labeled clearly as “LHP” too. Dunno what I was thinking there…

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