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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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