My approach to following minor league baseball has always been to focus on Double-A and Triple-A. I keep an eye on the lower levels, but those really young guys are always works in progress and — from my point of view — there’s only so much to learn from their day-day-to-day.
There are going to be a lot of hot streaks and cold streaks between Staten Island and New York.
Most of my attention is focused on Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Trenton, which is why I didn’t get too caught up this week in the Yankees signing of Jose Rafael DePaula, a Dominican right-hander who has drawn a lot of attention on the international free agent market.
Based on everything I’ve read and heard about the guy, the talent seems to be real. Even in a Yankees minor league system loaded with pitching, DePaula is a name worth knowing. He’s had some issues getting out of the DR, but the Yankees were ultimately able to get him, and it’s a nice addition to the system. He’s got a long way to go, but he’s one to keep an eye on, for sure.