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Yankees updated minor league work groups

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 18, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Being at the minor league complex today was a good opportunity to get the latest minor league work group assignments. As I always say with these things, it’s important that you don’t read too much into these assignments because a lot of them have absolutely no connection to where players will be assigned during the season. That’s especially true for the Triple-A roster, which has a lot of its players — if not most of its players — still in big league camp.

It’s worth noting that 2B Anderson Feliz is currently assigned to the Tampa group, but today he played for the Charleston group. Could be a sign of things to come, or it could be totally meaningless. That sort of thing isn’t necessarily common, but it’s not unheard of at the complex.

Also, in regard to the lineups, there are usually a lot of changes in the sixth or seventh inning. For example, Angelo Gumbs and Miguel Andujar were two of eight Low-A players who didn’t start but finished today’s game. That’s standard at the complex. A healthy player being kept out of the starting lineup is not a significant indication of anything. It changes significantly from day to day, just like in big league camp.

It’s also worth noting that the following players are currently assigned as “rehab players” because of either nagging or significant injuries that have them sidelined for the time being. In most cases, I have no clue what’s wrong with the player: LHP Manny Banuelos, RHP Dawerd Cruz, LHP Caleb Frare, RHP Ty Hensley, RHP Dallas Martinez, RHP Will Oliver, RHP Wilton Rodriguez, RHP Chris Smith, RHP Zach Woods, C David Remedios, C Isaias Tejeda, OF Adonis Garcia, OF Slade Heathcott and OF Ravel Santana.

So, here are the current work group assignments along with today’s starting lineup for each team. And, yes, there are almost always two designated hitters during minor league spring training games. It’s just a way for more guys to get at-bats.


Jose Toussen 2B
Zoilo Almonte RF
Austin Romine C
Luke Murton DH
Austin Jones 1B
Neil Medchill LF
Casey Stevenson 3B
Cody Grice DH
Jose Mojica SS
Exicardo Cayones CF

Arbiso, Cory
Arrebato, Rigoberto
Betances, Dellin
Black, Sean
Bleich, Jeremy
Bootcheck, Chris
Chirinos, Luis
Daley, Matt
Gerritse, Brett
Guerra, Pedro
Hall, Shaeffer
Heyer, Craig
Lewis, Fred
Marshall, Brett
Mejia, Edixon
Moreno, Diego
Perez, Kelvin
Pope, Ryan
Richardson, Matt
Romanski, Josh
Rondon, Francisco
Sneed, Kramer
Stoneburner, Graham
Venditte, Pat
Whitley, Chase

Baker, Ryan
Farnham, Jeff
Arcia, Francisco
Romine, Austin

Corona, Reegie
Jones, Austin
Mahoney, Kevin
Mojica, Jose
Murton, Luke
Rosario, Francisco
Stevenson, Casey
Toussen, Jose

Brown, Shane
Cayones, Exicardo
Grice, Cody
Johnson, Cody
Medchill, Neil
Almonte, Zoilo


Ramon Flores DH
Claudio Custodio SS
Rob Segedin 3B
Kyle Roller DH
Kelvin DeLeon RF
Kyle Higashioka C
Rey Nunez 1B
Leugim Barroso 2B
Danny Oh CF
Daniel Aldrich LF

Barreda, Manny
Bashore, Matt
Brebbia, John
Burawa, Dan
Castro, Kelvin
Cotham, Caleb
Dott, Aaron
Heredia, Jairo
Kahnle, Thomas
Mahoney, Dan
Mesa, Jose
Nuding, Zach
O’Brien, Mikey
Paullus, Ben
Ramirez, Jose
Short, Charles
Smith, Adam
Smith, Alex
Turley, Nik
Varnadore, Derek

Blaser, Tyson
Rabago, Hector
Higashioka, Kyle
Murphy, J.R.

Angelini, Carmen
Barroso, Leugim
Custodio, Claudio
Nunez, Reymond
Roller, Kyle
Segedin, Rob
Kuo, Fu-Lin

Aldrich, Daniel
Austin, Tyler
DeLeon, Kelvin
Oh, Danny
Oliberto, Mikeson
Flores, Ramon


Taylor Dugas RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Ben Gamel LF
Zach Wilson 3B
Yeral Sanchez DH
Rob Refsnyder 2B
Saxon Butler 1B
Eduardo Sosa CF
Dalton Smith DH
Dan Fiorito SS

Acevedo, Andury
Allen, Scottie
Arneson, Zach
Basford, Charles
Black, Corey
Campos, Vicente
Canela, Erick
Checo, Mariel
DeLa Cruz, Joel
DeLuca, Evan
Enns, Dietrich
Flight, Tim
Garrison, Taylor
Goody, Nick
Greene, Shane
Haslup, Charles
Lopez, Stefan
Maher, Joey
Mitchell, Bryan
Pazos, James
Wetherell, Phil

Sanchez, Gary
Valera, Jackson
Wilson, Wes
McCoy, Nick

Butler, Saxon
Castillo, Ali
Feliz, Anderson
Fiorito, Dan
Refsnyder, Rob
Smith, Dalton
Snyder, Matt
Wilson, Zach

Sosa, Eduardo
Dugas, Taylor
Gamel, Ben
Williams, Mason


Cito Culver DH
Bobby Wilson C
Anderson Feliz 2B
Dante Bichette Jr. 3B
Greg Bird 1B
Jake Cave CF
Nathan Mikolas RF
Luis Torrens DH
Austin Aune SS
Daniel Lopez LF

Bautista, Rony
Benak, Andrew
Camarena, Daniel
Cote, Jordan
Davis, Rookie
Dawe, Dayton
DePaula, Rafael
Encinas, Gabe
Erickson, Eric
Gallegos, Giovanny
Hebert, Chaz
Jimenez, Juan
Lail, Brady
Mascheri, Rich
Morton, Taylor
Niebla, Luis
Rincon, Angel
Rutckyj, Evan
Severino, Luis
Sharp, Hayden
Vargas, Cesar

DeOleo, Eduardo
O’Brien, Pete
Torrens, Luis
Vavrusa, Daniel

Anderson, Jake
Andujar, Miguel
Aune, Austin
Avelino, Abiatal
Bichette, Dante
Bird, Greg
Culver, Cito
Duran, Matt
Gumbs, Angelo

Calderon, Yeicok
Cave, Jake
Lopez, Daniel
Mikolas, Nathan
Leonora, Ericson
Breen, Chris

Associated Press photo of Whitley





24 Responses to “Yankees updated minor league work groups”

  1. luis March 18th, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    luis March 18th, 2013 at 10:11 pm
    Rich in NJ March 18th, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    And if so, when one of their starters almost inevitably goes down at some point, a lesser starter will likely fill the void, and Phelps well be further delayed in building arm strength/stamina as a starter, and people will wonder (as some here are with Hughes) why isn’t he better than he is.


    This is the main reason I said yesterday that I thought that they should have brought back one of either Pettitte or Kuroda back… This way Phelps had a spot in the rotation… Even though I think that they already messed up with the kid last season… He hasn’t pitch more than 120 innings in three seasons already… Ring a bell? ( Hughes )… They are risking another injury with him… They never seem to learn from their mistakes… It’s getting tiresome and awfully predictable… They have no clue on what they are doing.

    They should have started the rebuilding this season… Instead, they have postponed the inevitable and on top of that, wasting some very good talent in the process

  2. Jerkface March 18th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    If Ravel Santana’s career peters out he may be one of the great ‘what if’ prospects.

  3. blake March 18th, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I think mlb clubs should keep pitchers that throw 84 mph as secret weapons because good hitters apparently can’t hit them when they aren’t used to it

  4. luis March 18th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    luis March 18th, 2013 at 10:14 pm
    One more thing… Their constant fear of trusting rookies have a lot to do withthe decision to bring back both Pettitte and Kuroda… Nova… So they waste him as insurance, in case Nova implodes or either Pettitte or Kuroda hit the DL.

  5. blake March 18th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Santana has a great swing when I’ve seen it….that ankle injury really set him back

  6. luis March 18th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    luis March 18th, 2013 at 10:18 pm
    comet March 18th, 2013 at 10:09 pm
    Hey there AAO Luis and Rich. Good see you all. I’m predicting 79 wins for the NYY this year. Am I way low?


    With all the injuries we have suffered the past few weeks, it’s not put of the question… But I am sticking to my 89 wins prediction… Of course, evreything has to break right for them

  7. Against All Odds March 18th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    comet March 18th, 2013 at 10:09 pm
    Hey there AAO Luis and Rich. Good see you all. I’m predicting 79 wins for the NYY this year. Am I way low?


    79 is a low but I can see why you chose that number. The Yankees are going to need their pitching to carry them this season. The early injuries they have been hit with certainly puts them in a tough position.

  8. Against All Odds March 18th, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Good evening Luis, Comet, and everyone else.

  9. luis March 18th, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Yup… Odds, but even if they had everyone healthy, the pitching has to be very good in order for them to do well…The offense is not what it used to be, even with no injuries

  10. luis March 18th, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Good evening Odds… Good to see you

  11. Rich in NJ March 18th, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    What up, comet?

  12. blake March 18th, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    @JeffPassan: The Dominican Republic is being shut out through four innings by someone who pitches in a country where they call baseball honkbal.

  13. Against All Odds March 18th, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    luis March 18th, 2013 at 10:25 pm
    Yup… Odds, but even if they had everyone healthy, the pitching has to be very good in order for them to do well…The offense is not what it used to be, even with no injuries


    True even without the injuries the offense was taking a step back.

  14. AmeliaR March 19th, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Wow, what an awesome video! Great shots!!

  15. AmeliaR March 19th, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Oops — that’s below I mean.

  16. charlestonchew March 19th, 2013 at 4:17 am

    I see a 92-win team.

  17. jmills March 19th, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Good morning Yankee fans, we’re getting closer to the timeless time.

  18. bardos March 19th, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Put me down for 83 wins, please.

  19. Chip March 19th, 2013 at 8:01 am

    going back to the earlier post about the roster:

    1. Good to know that Tex and Granderson can be put on the 60 retroactively, that opens up 2 more spots on the 40 man roster.

    2. Chad also said that David Herndon is eligible to go that route – but I don’t see him on the 40 at all (then again I don’t see CoJo on it but I know he is)

  20. blake March 19th, 2013 at 8:08 am

    I wonder if the Yankees have scouted Terry Pendleton or Keith Hermandez…..they could lock down the corners

  21. austinmac March 19th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Cashman said nothing has changed from their perspective regarding Teixiera. They will not look for a more significant replacement.

  22. jmills March 19th, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Yes, blake, lock down the corners in the timeless time…

  23. Chip March 19th, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Given that their won’t be a crunch for the 40 – I think the team going north will be:

    Jeter – SS
    Ichiro – LF
    Cano – 2b
    Youk – 3b
    Hafner – DH
    Rivera – 1b
    Boesch – RF
    Cervelli – C
    Gardner – CF

    Bench: Nix, Nunez, Francisco, Stewart


    CC, Kuroda, Andy, Phelps, Nova (Hughes on the DL)

    RHP: Joba, Rivera, Robertson, Kelley, Aardsma, Eppley
    LHP: Logan

    *Hughes and Rapada open on the 15 Day DL*

  24. blake March 19th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Sounds like if Hughes doesn’t have any set backs he will be ready to make his first start…..which would likely mean Phelps in the pen

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