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A few minor league and winter ball notes

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 17, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A few mid-week minor league notes…

Herndon• The Yankees have re-signed veteran reliever David Herndon to a minor league contract. The 28-year-old had a couple of solid seasons with the Phillies before undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2012. He was back in games by the second half of this season and should come into big league camp with a non-zero chance of winning a spot in the big league bullpen. At the very least, if he’s not claimed in the Rule 5, he could be solid bullpen depth.

• Other minor league re-signings: Infielders Jose Pirela and Jose Toussen are back on minor league deals. Chances are, both are nothing more than organizational utility players, but Pirela has at least a few prospect-ish qualities. He’s 23; he can play second, third, left and (in a pinch) shortstop; he has hit pretty well in Double-A; he was in big league camp this year. That said, Pirela also turns 24 this winter, has five games of Triple-A experience, and was moved away from shortstop for a reason.

Baseball America offers some first impressions of the 2013 draft, ranking the Yankees as having the third-best overall draft behind the Pirates and Diamondbacks. First-rounder Aaron Judge (fifth-best power) and second-rounder Gosuke Katoh (third best high school player debut) receive some individual attention. Tomorrow, BA will post a more detailed analysis of the Yankees draft class.

O'Brien• Down in Arizona, emerging Yankees prospect Peter O’Brien hit his second Fall League home run today. He has just two hits in four games in the Fall League, but both of those hits have been homers. As expected, O’Brien has split his time between catcher and third base, so far playing two games at each position.

• Also in the Fall League, Tyler Austin is hitting .333/.438/.500 through just 12 at-bats. He’s played four games, all of them at first base. He has yet to play third base or right field this fall. … Mason Williams has been Scottsdale’s regular center fielder and leadoff hitter. He hasn’t done much so far, though. … Vidal Nuno has made one Fall League start. He lasted 2.2 innings with no walks and five strikeouts, but he also allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits, including a three-run homer. … Of the three Yankees relievers in Arizona, the early standout is James Pazos with three hitless innings. He walked two in his first appearance, but hasn’t walked anyone sense. He’s struck out two in each of his three outings. He was a 13th-rounder in 2012.

• Triple-A outfielder Adonis Garcia is in Venezuela and has three hits in his first two games. Curiously, he’s played third base in each of those games. Garcia has been primarily an outfielder with the Yankees, but he did get a little bit of infield time this year in Triple-A. He’s being managed this winter by Yankees Class-A manager Luis Sojo, so the organization will have a first-hand evaluation of Garcia’s day-by-day infield performance.

• Not many relatively big names playing winter ball just yet. … Ronnier Mustelier has three hits in his first 15 at-bats in Mexico. He’s been playing right field. … Recently re-signed catcher Jose Gil is hitting .333 with a home run in his first four games in Venezuela. He’s primarily played first base with one game behind the plate. … Organizational utility man Ali Castillo has more winter at-bats than any other Yankees player so far. He’s playing shortstop everyday in Venezuela and is hitting .174 through just six games.

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78 Responses to “A few minor league and winter ball notes”

  1. MTU October 17th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Love these Minor league updates Chad.

    Please keep ‘em coming.

    :)

  2. MTU October 17th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Here is some Abreu news which likely will not please some :

    “Jose Dariel Abreu Down To Astros, Red Sox, White Sox

    By Zach Links [October 17 at 2:24pm CST]

    Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu has narrowed his list of possible destinations to the Astros, Red Sox, and White Sox, multiple industry sources tell Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. The standout first baseman could sign within the next two weeks.

    The Rangers, Giants, and Marlins were also showing strong interest in Abreu along the way but are no longer in the running. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported yesterday that the 26-year-old is expected to command a deal in the range of $70MM. Such a deal would shatter the four-year, $36MM contract signed by Yoenis Cespedes and the seven-year, $42MM pact signed by Yasiel Puig.

    Recently, Tim Dierkes profiled Abreu and noted that because he is looked at as an “all bat” prospect, it would make sense for him to wind up in the American League. Now, barring something unforeseen, the former Serie Nacional star will call the AL his home in 2014.”

  3. jpb173 October 17th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Does Peter O’Brien have a real chance to be a major league catcher or is he a hitter who has caught is college?

    It would be beneficial to him (and the Yankees) if he developed as a solid hitter who could catch, play third base, play first base and be a designated hitter. What versatility!!! The only problem with him as a catcher is that Joe Girardi seems to have a bias against catchers who can hit.

  4. jpb173 October 17th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    MTU,

    Wow!!! 4years/$70 million dollars sounds like too much for a guy who is a questionable fielder.

  5. tucker October 17th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Hope the Cuban Albert Pujols does not hand at Fenway. That would not be a good development.

  6. tucker October 17th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    … land at Fenway …

  7. blake October 17th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    austinmac says:
    October 17, 2013 at 5:29 pm
    Why don’t we ever seem to get a guy like Baez? Hughes? Montero? I would really like it if some minor league player would show future all-star type production.

    Well one reason is because we haven’t drafted high enough to get low risk top talent (Baez was taken 9th overall) …..another is because recently other teams have been more aggressive internationally

  8. blake October 17th, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    No shocker with aren’t in on Abreu …..we still have that stud Mark Teixera clogging 1B

  9. blake October 17th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    The Sox will probably get him and let Napoli go

  10. MTU October 17th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Napoli might just be a ticking time bomb as he has a bad hip(s).

  11. MTU October 17th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    jpb-

    Guess that is the going rate.

  12. blake October 17th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    The cubs have combined high draft pick with aggressive moves internationally the last couple of years…..it’s why some thing their farm system is the best in baseball.

  13. Jerkface October 17th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Wow!!! 4years/$70 million dollars sounds like too much for a guy who is a questionable fielder.

    Its not 4/70, just that the deal would be for 70. Puig signed for 7 years.

  14. MTU October 17th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Abreu as the Konerko replacement ?

  15. jacksquat October 17th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I think the 70 mil for Abreu would be for 6 or 7 years, not 4.

    Still, that’s a big commitment if it gets that high.

  16. blake October 17th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    7/70 would be pretty affordable if he’s good…..

  17. jacksquat October 17th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Ugh, please not Red Sox.

  18. MTU October 17th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Sorry guys.

    I know some of you were hot on his trail.

  19. MTU October 17th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    I think we have a better chance of landing Mr. T

  20. blake October 17th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Boston will sign him

  21. jacksquat October 17th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    You know Cashman is not going to want to pay 10/year for a DH, especially since that spot may be filled 2015+ by Arod.

    1B is occupied, like it or not.

  22. pkyankfan69 October 17th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I agree, he’s headed to Boston… Now I will have to hope he sucks big time.

  23. jacksquat October 17th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I don’t know why a team would have to give up a lot to get Headley. He’s had one very good year and the rest average to above average, and he has only 1 year of control left.

    I think the Padres held onto him too long.

  24. MTU October 17th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Jack-

    Marchand had an article suggesting the Yankees try to get him but at the same time saying that they may not have the pieces necessary.

    If Friese is available I would definitely be interested in him.

    Not sure what that might take ?

  25. jacksquat October 17th, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    If the Padres are still expecting a King’s Ransom, then the Yankees don’t have the pieces.

    But I wouldn’t trade Sanchez or Banuelos or possibly others straight up for him.

    I wouldn’t mind having him but not at great expense.

    Freese has two years of control left which adds some value. He had a bit of a down year. The price for him shouldn’t be too high, but you never know what teams will expect.

  26. kd October 17th, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    i gotta think that the cherrington calls magic up every day and thanks him for making that stupid trade

  27. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 17th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    GO TIGERS!

  28. jacksquat October 17th, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Xander Bogaerts starting at 3B for the Red Sox tonight over Middlebrooks.

  29. Pat M. October 17th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Laying the 9 points and loaded up on The Canes tonight vs. Tarheels. Also need 63 points for the overs……I’ll see my Cubbie Scout pal tomorrow at the gym and see if there’s any more talk about them taking more serious follow up calls regarding Castro

  30. kd October 17th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    what would it realistically take to get castro? nova, manban, and murphy? or more?

  31. yankinvegas October 17th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    I realized a long time ago that we can’t sign everyone. I much prefer Tanaka and Beltran + some trades. I was very encouraged to see that BA ranked us as the # 3 draft this year. It’s a start.
    If Abreu goes to CWS so be it. I really don’t see the Red Sox going 70 million on a player. They are now real big on roster flexibility.
    We were at Costco today and met Jerry Reuss. Really a nice guy.

  32. austinmac October 17th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Pat M,

    We, of no inside scoop, love to hear what you hear. Thanks.

  33. chicken_stanley October 17th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I’m a little wary of Castro… He’s only 23 and had a down year this year – Why would the Cubs entertain offers for him now unless they think ’13 wasn’t necessarily a down year… As a team, you always want to sell high

  34. blake October 17th, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I think for Castro the Yanks would have to start with Nova and then further sweeten the pot…..I don’t know how much or if they’ll even trade him but yea Pat M if you find out some dirt let us know……Castro is the exact type bat and the exact position they need

  35. blake October 17th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    “I’m a little wary of Castro… He’s only 23 and had a down year this year – Why would the Cubs entertain offers for him now unless they think ’13 wasn’t necessarily a down year… As a team, you always want to sell high”

    I don’t think they’d sell low on him and that’s the thing…..you’d have to pay basically full price even though he had a down year and you’d be banking on him coming back and being better.

    The cubs have Baez who is close and they also have Olt and kris Bryant (#2 overall pick this year) on the right side.

    Castros contract is affordable if he plays well…..it’s expensive if he doesn’t

  36. Duh Innings II October 17th, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Abreu showing interest in playing for the Astros, White Sox, and Red Sox shows us all we need to know about him:

    He wants safety. Houston and Chicago will be atrocious while the Red Sox will win a playoff spot next year. No matter where he signs, he has a pressure-free “rookie” season.

    Carlos Beltran for RF.

  37. jacksquat October 17th, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Ellsbury doesn’t look right with a beard.

  38. chicken_stanley October 17th, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    I don’t think they’d sell low on him and that’s the thing…..you’d have to pay basically full price even though he had a down year and you’d be banking on him coming back and being better.

    —————

    Fair assessment.

    If it were up to me, I think I would pass however. Significantly down year at the plate, Team willing to part with him regardless of young age, not a base stealer, average defender (although I seem to remember him having a big arm), and whispers of attitude/hustle issues (I know he’s young and immature but it has to at least be a consideration).

    I don”t begrudge anyone for wanting him and I absolutely could be dead wrong. Just throwing out my concerns.

  39. pkyankfan69 October 17th, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Duh Innings II October 17th, 2013 at 8:07 pm
    Abreu showing interest in playing for the Astros, White Sox, and Red Sox shows us all we need to know about him:

    He wants safety. Houston and Chicago will be atrocious while the Red Sox will win a playoff spot next year. No matter where he signs, he has a pressure-free “rookie” season.
    ———————–
    Huh? It shows that those 3 teams are offering the most money, period.

  40. Duh Innings II October 17th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Listen to the asshole McCarver wanting the Red Sox to succeed.

    “The Red Sox should steal” over and over.

    FOX must be praying for a 2004 World Series rematch or Red Sox-Dodgers.

    Thank some higher power this is his last postseason calling games.

  41. blake October 17th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    “If it were up to me, I think I would pass however. Significantly down year at the plate, Team willing to part with him regardless of young age, not a base stealer, average defender (although I seem to remember him having a big arm), and whispers of attitude/hustle issues (I know he’s young and immature but it has to at least be a consideration).”

    He reminds me a lot of cano as a young player….he has that sort of hitting ability I think or could have potentially…….Id take a chance on him. Cano could mentor him

  42. Duh Innings II October 17th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    pkyankfan69 October 17th, 2013 at 8:13 pm
    Duh Innings II October 17th, 2013 at 8:07 pm
    Abreu showing interest in playing for the Astros, White Sox, and Red Sox shows us all we need to know about him:

    He wants safety. Houston and Chicago will be atrocious while the Red Sox will win a playoff spot next year. No matter where he signs, he has a pressure-free “rookie” season.
    ———————–
    Huh? It shows that those 3 teams are offering the most money, period
    ———-

    Thanks for also adding that he’s about the money as well as the safety. I forgot to say “the money”, too. Thanks!

  43. blake October 17th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Your take is very well reasoned btw

  44. chicken_stanley October 17th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Blake – Fair enough

  45. chicken_stanley October 17th, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Duh – LOL. He doesn’t even rank as my least favorite announcer, though. I think I would rather have McCarver follow me 24 hours a day for a month, providing a running color commentary on my daily life than have to listen to 1/2 inning of Morgan :)

  46. blake October 17th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Wow what a terrible send

  47. MTU October 17th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Dumb move sending a lame runner.

  48. chicken_stanley October 17th, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Wow… unexcusable. Traditional wisdom (with some caveats for runner speed and outfielder arm) is that you never send a runner if the outfielder comes up with the ball before the runner gets to third… It looked as though Miggy was 4 steps from 3rd when Gomes got the ball… again, unexcusable

  49. blake October 17th, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Dude that was a bomb

  50. bigdan22 October 17th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    The Yanks need to take the word “trade” out of their vocabulary for the foreseeable future. This is not a team that’s one or two players away. They are about 10 players away. Cobbling together what few tradable assets they have to fill one need is not the way to go. They need to take a page out of the Patriots playbook and “trade down.” This organization needs to scour the globe and collect talent. Hopefully talent that won’t immediately impact the ML budget. I understand Abreu is not a fit now but I read somewhere the Dodgers were hot after a Cuban middle infielder. The Yanks should be all over that. If there are to be restrictions on the ML budget, fine, but this team should not be outbid in the next five years for any amateur or international free agent who can possible help the franchise improve it’s talent base.

    Now is the time to add. Not subtract.

  51. chicken_stanley October 17th, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Ok. he was 2 steps from the bag and Gomes was shallow… same pathetic result

  52. MTU October 17th, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Bye bye Tigers.

    :(

  53. bigdan22 October 17th, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    BTW, O’Brien had two homers today. Four games, three hits, three homers. Strikes out too much for my cup of tea. So does Bird but he’s a lot younger. More interesting prospect.

    Austin removed yesterday after HBP. Didn’t play today.

  54. MTU October 17th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Sanchez doesn’t have it tonight.

  55. MTU October 17th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    It should be 4 zip if not for Bogaerts mistake.

  56. MTU October 17th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Mothers don’t let your babies grow up to be Catchers.

    :)

  57. yankinvegas October 17th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Mike Napoli hits one 460+ feet to CF in Detroit. If we would have signed him, he would have slid into 2d base in the 2d week of the season and parts of his hip would have rolled into the outfield.
    I hate the Red Sox.

  58. JobaTipsHisCap October 17th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    What a dumb play that Cabrera tries to score.
    Now sux should finish them in 6.

  59. chicken_stanley October 17th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Tar – If you’re out there, he DOES have little elf legs! Hahaha

  60. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 17th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Lester isn’t pitching like Cy Young. Detroit should be able to do something with him.

    David Ross looks like Charles Manson.

    Nolan Ryan resigned as the Rangers’ CEO, using the “spend more time with my family” excuse. Cuz you know, CEO of a baseball organization is such a time-consuming position.

    :roll:

    Sounds more like “taking my ball and going home” wah wah to me.

  61. Tar October 17th, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Hey Chicken :D

    Watching a little Football, occasionally checking the blog to see if I need to switch channels.

  62. chicken_stanley October 17th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Tar – no channel switching required at this point

  63. chicken_stanley October 17th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

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