This afternoon, I checked with former scout and current AOL Fanhouse writer Frankie Piliere to ask if he’s seen any of the recent Yankees minor league signings. He’s seen most of them only here and there — “never been priority guys,” he said — but outfielder David Winfree seemed to stand out.
“Scouted Winfree in (spring training) actually,” Piliere wrote in an email. “There’s a lot to like there. I’m surprised he was out there, didn’t realize he was. I think he needs to be viewed as a prospect. Above average arm and I think the power plays at the next level. He’s still mainly dead red on the fastball. I’d like to see if he can make enough consistent contact at AAA. If he can he has the power to be a big league contributor. At least a guy worth watching, but obviously as a free agent there are warts. You gotta like getting a guy that’s still pretty young with very good game usable power though. I think it’s a nice pickup.”
Make sure follow Piliere on twitter. While you’re at it, follow the LoHud Yankees Blog. I’ve just started paying attention to this whole Twitter thing, but I think I’m beginning to figure out what it’s all about. I’ll get used to it, and the LoHud twitter will pick up as we get closer to spring training.
Speaking of players on minor league deals…
• My good friend Donnie Collins takes an early look at the potential Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees roster. I tend to agree with his picks, and I agree that the Yankees could add an infielder just to give the Triple-A infield a veteran presence.
• The World Series trophy was supposed to be coming to PNC Field this weekend, but the event has been delayed because of the earthquake in Haiti. Instead, the World Series trophies from 1999 and 2000, as well as the 2009 American League Championship Trophy, will be in Scranton this weekend. The 2009 World Series trophy appearance will be rescheduled.
• One last minor league link: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre broadcaster Mike Vander Woude and the rest of the Triple-A media relations staff have started their own blog.