By this time next week, the short-season and rookie-ball seasons will have started, meaning some 2010 draftees will be getting some at-bats and innings. According to vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman, none of the guys taken this year is likely to open with a full-season team.
“I do not think any will be in Charleston any time soon,” he said in an email.
There are also plenty of international players and 2009 draftees who will begin playing when the short-season schedule finally gets underway. Talking about late-round picks last week, Damon Oppenheimer said he’s especially high on 2009 44th-round pick Evan DeLuca.
“You’re talking about a high school left-hander that we got real late that’s throwing 93 to 95 down here (in extended spring), with a good curveball and changeup that should move through the system pretty quick,” he said.
A few more notes and links to wrap up this off day.
• Interesting note from Donnie Collins who reports that Triple-A outfielder David Winfree has a clause in his contract that allows him to look for a team willing to immediately add him to the 40-man roster. It kicks in either today or tomorrow.
• If you haven’t already, check the NoMaas interview with Mark Newman, who spent some time discussing the nuts and bolts of player development.
• Speaking of interviews, here’s the Pinstripe Alley interview with catching prospect Austin Romine.
• Some news on former Yankees long relievers Dan Giese and Brett Tomko, each of whom is set to begin a rehab assignment with Oakland.
• Tomorrow morning at 11, Joe Girardi will help unveil a granite strip commemorating last fall’s World Series parade.
• The group at SeatGeek.com has decided Yankees fans are more loyal than Red Sox fans based on ticket prices on the “secondary ticket market.”
• The blog Subway Squawkers has a way to win tickets to this weekend’s Subway Series.
UPDATE, 10:05 p.m.: I’ll put both of these items in a post for tomorrow morning as well so that they don’t get lost in the shuffle.
Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez will greet fans at Babe Ruth Plaza, just outside Yankee Stadium’s Great Hall along 161st St., before Tuesday’s game. They’ll be there from 3-3:30 p.m.
Also, tickets for the Jay-Z/Eminiem concert at Yankee Stadium will go on sale June 25 at 10 a.m. The show is scheduled for September 13.