Just a few small notes from around the minor league system.
• Baseball American pegged Manny Banuelos as the No. 6 prospect in the Arizona Fall League this season. “He worked on mixing his pitches better while in Arizona,” the magazine wrote. “He also improved his ability to pitch inside to hitters.” Bryce Harper, obviously, topped the list. He hit .343/.410/.629 in Arizona.
• Speaking of Baseball America: They have a list of all the 40-man additions in preparation for the Rule 5 draft. Some of the recognizable names: Zach McAllister with the Indians, Jimmy Paredes with the Astros and Jamie Hoffmann with the Dodgers. If he hadn’t been traded in the Lance Berkman deal, it’s hard for me to believe Paredes would have been protected by the Yankees.
• My friend Patrick over at Pinstripes Plus has an interview with new Yankees minor leaguer Scottie Allen. It’s an interesting read. He came out of high school with pretty much a fastball and curveball, but has since learned a changeup and slider. Patrick has the details.
• Keeping with tradition in Scranton, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees schedule was announce on Thanksgiving. Check out August. Twenty-two home games that month, including an 11-day home stand. Some guys might sign minor league deals with the Yankees just for that.