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Minor league seasons get underway

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 05, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Low-A Charleston’s season opener was rained out on Thursday, but they got on the field tonight, which means we finally saw a lineup from all four of the Yankees full-season affiliates. These are the Opening Day lineups – along with the other bits and pieces of the roster — for all four minor league teams, from Triple-A through Low-A.

SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE
David Adams 3B
Corban Joseph 2B
Zoilo Almonte LF
Dan Johnson 1B
Melky Mesa CF
Cody Johnson DH
Austin Romine C
Thomas Neal RF
Gil Velazquez SS
Bench: C Bobby Wilson, UT Addison Maruszak, 1B Luke Murton, C Jeff Farnham
Rotation: Vidal Nuno, Dellin Betances, Brett Marshall, Chris Bootcheck
Bullpen: Mark Montgomery, Jim Miller, Sam Demel, Preston Claiborne, Josh Spence, Juan Cedeno, Ryan Pope, Josh Romanski

Obviously the rotation is already being changed now that Phil Hughes isn’t making tomorrow’s scheduled rehab appearance. Eventually Chien-Ming Wang will be there, and probably Adam Warren as well. … Just guessing, but the extra catcher would seem to be a placeholder until Ronnier Mustelier is healthy and ready to play. Same might be true for a few of the pitchers who will likely have to fall off the roster when Wang and Chase Whitley are activated (and when Hughes is taken off the disabled list leading someone to be optioned out of New York). … David Adams goes from released to the top of the Triple-A lineup.

TRENTON
Slade Heathcott CF
Ramon Flores LF
Tyler Austin RF
J.R. Murphy C
Kyle Roller 1B
Rob Segedin 3B
Jose Pirela 2B
Neil Medchill DH
Walter Ibarra SS
Bench: C Kyle Higashioka, UT Kevin Mahoney, UT Casey Stevenson
Rotation: Nik Turley, Zach Nuding, Francisco Rondon, Matt Tracy, Caleb Cotham
Bullpen: Dan Burawa, Shaeffer Hall, Kelvin Perez, Branden Pinder, Jeremy Bleich, Graham Stoneburner, Aaron Dott, Tom Kahnle

Curious decision to move Rondon into the rotation. I haven’t talked to anyone about it, but I wonder if it’s all about building arm strength or simply some curiosity about whether he can do it. … Jose Ramirez should join the Double-A rotation at some point, but he was left behind in Tampa. … INF Reegie Corona is opening the season on the Double-A disabled list. Not sure whether it’s a real injury or just a phantom situation.

TAMPA
Mason Williams CF
Angelo Gumbs 2B
Ben Gamel LF
Gary Sanchez C
Matt Snyder 1B
Zach Wilson 3B
Anderson Feliz DH
Eduardo Sosa RF
Ali Castillo SS
Bench: C Francisco Arcia, SS Carmen Angelini, OF Cody Grice
Rotation: Bryan Mitchell, Corey Black, Mickey O’Brien, Shane Greene, Scottie Allen
Bullpen: Nick Goody, Fred Lewis, Zachary Arneson, Sean Black, Daniel Mahoney, Joel De La Cruz, John Brebbia, Manny Barreda

I’m pretty much guessing at the rotation here. I feel pretty confident in the first four, but I’m not sure who’s filling the final spot. Could be Sean Black instead of Allen. Could be one of the other guys too, I’m really not sure. … Rigoberto Arrebato is opening the season on the Tampa disabled list. Pitched pretty well out of their pen last year. … In spring training, it seemed Gumbs would head back to Charleston, instead he gets the bump up to Tampa. I have to assume Feliz will also see some time at second with this team.

CHARLESTON
Cito Culver SS
Rob Refsnyder 2B
Greg Bird 1B
Dante Bichette Jr. 3B
Yeicok Calderon RF
Peter O’Brien C
Saxon Butler DH
Kelvin Deleon LF
Claudio Custodio CF
Bench: C Nick McCoy, INF Fu-Lin Kuo, OF Taylor Dugas
Rotation: Cesar Vargas, Jose Campos, Rafael DePaula, Evan Rutckyj, Gabriel Encinas
Bullpen: Charlie Short, Brett Gerritse, Alex Smith, Ben Paullus, Philip Wetherell, Daniel Camarena, Taylor Garrison, Derek Varnadore

A lot like with Tampa, I’m kind of assuming these five will be in the Charleston rotation. Vargas got the start tonight, and there’s a chance Camarena will fit into the rotation mix somewhere. And, honestly, in these low levels there’s occasionally some mixing and matching and piggybacking that goes on. … Curious that Custodio was in center field today. He’s been a middle infielder — shortstop and second base — but it seems he could expand his defensive versatility this season. … Refsnyder is converting from the outfield to second base, and although he was drafted out of college last year, the Yankees will send him to Low-A to start this season.

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67 Responses to “Minor league seasons get underway”

  1. Tar April 5th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Nice post Chad Thank you.

  2. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Thanks a million Chad for keeping us tuned into the farm. We’re now a future-oriented community :(

  3. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Chad, thanks for this! Any news on Chien Ming? I think Reegie is a paper move, no? I hope they do put Camarena back in the SP once the numbers are figured out; I’d hate to see him in the BP this early in his career.

  4. Rich in NJ April 5th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I have had an approach-avoidance thing going on with the farm system because the trades have lessened my interest. IOW, why follow guys who won’t be Yankees because of the GM. But I will try to get into it again this system.

    And yes, thank you, Chad.

  5. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Saxon Butler rapped a double the other way tonight. He’s older kid, but that bat is sweet. In Staten Island last year, he really jumped out for his swing and his effortless power.

  6. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    repost

    yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Also the second walk was when he was tiring. Pawsox have some pretty good hitters.

    Meanwhile Big Nude got rocked. Seems like so far he is the no control or secondary stuff pitcher we saw in Lakewood a couple of years ago. But then it is so early in the season that these kids need to get acclimated. Wonder if Marshall goes for TrentonSWB tomorrow, now that Hughes is up.

  7. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    FWIW, I don’t regret going out of my way (well, not really – 20 minute drive when it’s Trenton) to see Montero and AJax and of course, the nonpareil Christian Garcia.

  8. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Rich, the farm keeps hope alive.

  9. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 5th, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    4TrainNorth – I have Verizon and they’re not much better. The best deal of all is going with DirectTV unless you feel like going with mlb.com. I have DirecTV just during the baseball season. I also have the YES network. (part of the sports pack). With DTV, you get to watch every game and you can choose the team feed you want! Being in RI, we will always be stuck with NESN instead of YES when the Yanks play the Sux. But other than that – and national blackouts – DTV is the way to go, IMO.

  10. Rich in NJ April 5th, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    yf, Pruf

    I’m certainly not trying to impose my frustration on the way others view things.

    As I have said, I am going to Trenton this season.

    Just let’s say I’m conflicted. It makes me mad because I used to really put time into following the system.

    But yes, there is always hope.

  11. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    I don’t regret ever seeing our prospects even if they may be traded. I still heartily root for all my boys, even though it pains me that they aren’t on the Yanks.

    Looks like Garcia is on the road back. They are being very careful with him, but he has been pain-free. Hopefully, that continues.

  12. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Rich, makes me mad too. And sad.

  13. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Just let’s say I’m conflicted. It makes me mad because I used to really put time into following the system.
    ////

    It does sting when a really good one is lost.

  14. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Man, Reyes had a monster game, except when he ran into that out at 3rd.

  15. J. Alfred Prufrock April 5th, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Yeah I root for all our kids, too.

    Crap Middlebrooks lines one into the seats to give Boston a two-run lead. Jays will have to walk off or bust.

    Well, guess I’ll pay attention, here.

    Good night, folks.

  16. JobaTipsHisCap April 5th, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Yanks might finish below .500 this season.

  17. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Article/chart of how pitchers are pitching to Cano:

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-yo.....-cano-away

  18. mick April 5th, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    I didn’t see Musty’s name anywhere, where is he?

  19. yankeefeminista April 5th, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    In Tampa.

  20. jmills April 5th, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    YF – hi! Play that effing Blondie. Mick, I endulged in, ” Little Murders,” thanks.

    Have u seen, ” Harold and Maud.” ?

  21. tucker April 5th, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Despite the poor start, the starting staff should come around and the wins will follow. The only break the Yanks are getting is that no team in the East is very good.

  22. jmills April 5th, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Hi Tucker

  23. tucker April 5th, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Are people finally ready to concede the AL East is no longer the best in baseball? NL East is better, and the AL West would be better if Houston was not in the division.

  24. jmills April 5th, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Tucker, my favourite 5 Canadian bands. Cowboy Junkies, Rush, Guess Who ( American Woman ),Northern Pikes, Blue Rodeo.

  25. tucker April 5th, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Hi jmills … And by not very good I mean there is no dominant AL East team. Seems like an evenly matched division this year. The Jays may have the most talent, but we’ll see how the team coalesces.

  26. Deal With It April 5th, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Despite the poor start, the starting staff should come around and the wins will follow. The only break the Yanks are getting is that no team in the East is very good.

    ============

    Because the other AL East teams are not playing that well right now ?

  27. jmills April 5th, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Obviously, Maud is Maude.

  28. jmills April 5th, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Tucker, agreed, we’re going to have to see how this whole thing comes together! :)

  29. tucker April 5th, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    “Because the other AL East teams are not playing that well right now ?”

    Just don’t see anybody w runaway talent in the division this year. Five decent to good teams. No great teams.

  30. Dill Pickler April 6th, 2013 at 12:36 am

    The starting staff isn’t good enough to win consistently if the team averages 3 runs per. This isn’t 4 or 5 aces on this staff. They are not dominant pitchers — even our ace, CC, isn’t a consistently dominant-type of ace. He’s a workhorse. Who even knows what we’re going to get out of Nova and Hughes. People buying the “our pitching will carry us to the postseason” line just aren’t living in reality. This team needs to score 4-5 runs per game to have a chance for a winning season. With the lineup we have now, that ain’t happenin’.

  31. Deal With It April 6th, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Just don’t see anybody w runaway talent in the division this year. Five decent to good teams. No great teams.

    ===========

    Good to see you are keeping the faith.

  32. jacksquat April 6th, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Cano should look away and react inside. He is definitely good enough to do that. Take those away pitches that are strikes and hit them the other way, he can do that too, not to beat the shift, just to get hits instead of make outs.

  33. jacksquat April 6th, 2013 at 7:40 am

    “In a perfect world, they wanted me to get one more rehab start,” Hughes told Mark Feinsand. “But it doesn’t always work out that way. I’m ready.”

    Hughes also said he felt strong after his last start (can’t find quote).

    Do you guys think that Hughes would just stroll through his minor league start, throwing 80 mph fastballs, just to get work in? No he wouldn’t. If Hughes is going to reinjure his back in the majors, he would also very likely do it in the minors. Some of you seem to always want to set things up where the Yankees are always doing something wrong, and if it works out well, they were just lucky.

  34. Doreen April 6th, 2013 at 8:01 am

    I found this article very interesting, it features Brett Marshall, but s not about him per se.

    http://nymag.com/news/sports/pitchers-2013-3/

  35. Tar April 6th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    “Cano should look away and react inside. He is definitely good enough to do that. Take those away pitches that are strikes and hit them the other way, he can do that too, not to beat the shift, just to get hits instead of make outs.”

    I agree. Had you asked me before looking at that spray chart I would have said that’s exactly what he is doing. Kind of surprised he’s not doing it that way.

    “Some of you seem to always want to set things up where the Yankees are always doing something wrong, and if it works out well, they were just lucky.”

    Or maybe the Yankees are just doing a lot of things wrong now. Not too long ago I was very much pro Cashman. It seems like about the time he consolidated his power, the new arrogant, bumbling Cashman should up. So I do agree there is a lot to find fault with.

    But I do judge every event on its face. In this Phil Hughes case like Randy Luis and I all posted it’s a risk/ reward thing, just not worth it.

  36. MaineYankee April 6th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    jacksquat April 6th, 2013 at 7:40 am
    “In a perfect world, they wanted me to get one more rehab start,” Hughes told Mark Feinsand. “But it doesn’t always work out that way. I’m ready.”

    Hughes also said he felt strong after his last start (can’t find quote).

    Do you guys think that Hughes would just stroll through his minor league start, throwing 80 mph fastballs, just to get work in? No he wouldn’t. If Hughes is going to reinjure his back in the majors, he would also very likely do it in the minors. Some of you seem to always want to set things up where the Yankees are always doing something wrong, and if it works out well, they were just lucky.

    ——————————————————————————

    I know some won’t agree with me, but the Yankees have been over cautious with injured players.

  37. Tar April 6th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    “showed up”

  38. austinmac April 6th, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Doreen,

    Good article. It makes me want to say mama don’t let you’re babies grow up to be pitchers.

  39. joeman April 6th, 2013 at 8:30 am

    tucker April 5th, 2013 at 11:23 pm
    Despite the poor start, the starting staff should come around and the wins will follow. The only break the Yanks are getting is that no team in the East is very good
    ——————————————–
    I’m saying right now every team in the AL East is better than the NYY, getting Granderson & Tex back will help, can’t count on Jeter or Arod this year..The strong part of the team has given up 25 runs in 4 games…

  40. jacksquat April 6th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I just don’t think there is significantly more risk in the majors than in the minors. Hughes is going to get on the mound and throw his 92 mph (or whatever he is capable of at this time) fastballs and some secondary pitches either way. I don’t think he is going to be stupid and try to throw 97 because he’s in a major league game.

  41. Doreen April 6th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Austinmac

    Right????

    Our friend’s son who is a junior in HS and played SS and pitched has already had shoulder surgery as a sophomore. Scary.

  42. joeman April 6th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Cano is going to have a tough year…

  43. Doreen April 6th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Oh, and Dr. Altchek performed the surgery.

  44. J. Alfred Prufrock April 6th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Chad,

    I was under the impression that Miguel Andujar was going to get bumped to the Charleston team.

    Is he repeating GCL? Thanks.

  45. Tar April 6th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Thanks for the link Doreen, that was interesting.

  46. jmills April 6th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Boy, funny to listen to jumpy callers up here. Must admit, I take some derisive pleasure in it. Good news, Cecil of all things was pushing 92-93, move over Josh! :)

  47. J. Alfred Prufrock April 6th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    jmills :D Reyes was an animal yesterday! Melk’s RH swing looks off right now, he’s sort of drifting in the box; looks more compact from left side, whereas it’s usually the other way around. Bonifacio had some er…issues at 2nd, didn’t he?

  48. Doreen April 6th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    The first week of the season is just a little too early to make sweeping generalizations about a season.

    It is a long summer ahead, and no one can tell what’s going to unfold. You know, after giving up no earned runs and looking pretty unbeatable in its first three games, The Nationals lost 15-0 last night. Now, I am not saying that loss means anything at all in the grand scheme of things. Just that, I don’t think anyone would have expected such a lopsided game by the Nationals in that direction.

    I have no illusions that the Yankees will be as strong as theyve been, but I do believe that this is right now a group of guys playing rather youths a “team” in the sense that there are so many new faces and it does take time for people to find an identity together. Who is the everyday player that can provide leadership here? Jeter is in Florida, ARod is MIA, Tex as well. Even if Grandy was there, he’s not a leader on this team. It leaves Robby as the longest tenured position player to take charge right now and make that gelling process happen.

    They have veterans, but they need veteran Yankees to step up and make the call to arms.

  49. Tar April 6th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    “I just don’t think there is significantly more risk in the majors than in the minors.”

    It doesn’t have to be “significant” to make it not worth it.

    Not worth it because of injury risk, not worth it because it takes a game away from Phil who may have really needed in order to work on his stuff, not worth it because of what it does to Phelps, not worth it because it sends the message of being in a panic after 5 games.

    Just not worth the possible “better” performance you might get from Phil over Phelps. And if you are so worried about the pen bring up a pitcher from AAA.

  50. J. Alfred Prufrock April 6th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Betances with the nice outing finds me upbeat this morning. Getting groundouts means he’s not pulling off but is finishing down in the zone :). Romansky & BP had a tough night, however.

  51. joeman April 6th, 2013 at 8:49 am

    joeman April 5th, 2013 at 1:25 pm
    could be a butt kicking today by the Tigers
    ————————————————
    same today…Det SP today would be a #1 SP on a lot of teams

  52. jmills April 6th, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Alfred, I was not happy to see AA deal Aaron Hill and Johnny Mac. Sorry about your guy, Sidney. Indeed, Helen Ready, the women are smarter with cages!

  53. Tar April 6th, 2013 at 8:50 am

    “I have no illusions that the Yankees will be as strong as theyve been, but I do believe that this is right now a group of guys playing rather youths a “team” in the sense that there are so many new faces and it does take time for people to find an identity together.”

    I agree. I still have hopes that this “underdog” veteran team will do some damage. Especially when the cavalry shows up.

    But for crying out loud if the Boesch’s and Francisco’s struggle cut bait and infuse some youth!!!

  54. J. Alfred Prufrock April 6th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    IIRC, last time Young Philip pitched in Detroit, he threw a complete game and allowed one run, something like that. :D

    I was actually thinking about traveling to see him (& Dellin last night) in Scranton for today’s game, but these chilly early April games often aren’t worth it.

  55. austinmac April 6th, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Doreen,

    I have friend whose pitcher son just had shoulder surgery at 18. I’m glad my son was an outfielder.

  56. joeman April 6th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Tex & Grandy will help of course, jeter and Arod won’t help don’t see them even close to 100% this year …… problem is are they going to be 10+ games under .500 before help arrives…still standing by my pick of 83 wins this year

  57. austinmac April 6th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I have Saturday Fox baseball when I get, as usual, the Rangers. It seems as if I will be hearing John and Suzyn today.

  58. Tar April 6th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    “IIRC, last time Young Philip pitched in Detroit, he threw a complete game and allowed one run, something like that. ”

    Morning Alfred. I sure hope Phil does that again and everybody tomorrow can say “see how dumb Tar is”. :D

  59. J. Alfred Prufrock April 6th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    jmills, don’t scare me like that. Why are you sorry about Sidney? He’s not having concussion symptoms, reportedly, just oral surgery….?? If you mean sorry he’s out, thanks for that, me too.

    I’m personally relieved that dumb streak is over with. Last thing they needed was to keep that thing going and exhaust themselves before the playoffs. We have problems, though: Sid out, Letang with a groin problem, and now Neal goes down and HE may have a concussion. They need to change the rules in hockey: bring back the two-line pass or make the rinks bigger.

    WIthout Sid and Tanger, we’re like the rest of the pack.

  60. jmills April 6th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Austin, maybe everybody should stick to fastball. It was great watching the King and his court and I think I recall a lady fastballer striking out Reggie. Less strain.

  61. J. Alfred Prufrock April 6th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Tar, I hope Young Philip has a stellar afternoon: that’d make ya feel good, and smart, since you have always supported our much maligned young RH :D

  62. jmills April 6th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Alfred, I heard Crosby had a fractured jaw, hopefully I’m wrong. Regardless I’d still put them all in cages, no need to be sucking through a straw like Coffey.

  63. joeman April 6th, 2013 at 9:02 am

    watch Jaromír Jágr skate the other night with my B’s….looks real good around the net but WOW!!! at 41 years old it shows

  64. J. Alfred Prufrock April 6th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    jmills April 6th, 2013 at 9:01 am
    Alfred, I heard Crosby had a fractured jaw, hopefully I’m wrong. Regardless I’d still put them all in cages, no need to be sucking through a straw like Coffey.
    ///

    Oh, yes, thank you. He had surgery, but it didn’t need to be wired. As long as he doesn’t develop an infection, he should be in the clear. The Penguins really have nothing to play for, so you just hope no one gets hurt while we wait for the postseason. Neal, though, is a concern. And I could sure use Paul Coffey about now, with Letang out :D

  65. joeman April 6th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    new one

  66. J. Alfred Prufrock April 6th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    joeman, Jagr has always been a specimen, his energy reserves kick in often. Scored one of the greatest goals ever against Belfour and the Hawks in Game 1 of the ’92 Cup Final. Beat three guys. Mario was impressed.

  67. filthy slider April 6th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Hey Prince Hal how’s that building a championship team on the cheap going now. Cashman being fired would be a good start to rebuilding, the guy wouldn’t know a talented player if he was bitten on the ass. When the Yanks have to depend on Phil ” I make Carl Pavano look like a stud” Hughes you know the season is on the brink. Hughes is on the team for one reason, it’s Cashman’s only player , after 12 drafts. Hey Cashman get a dart board, you would probably have better luck.

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