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Subject to change: Minor league lineups as they are today

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 24, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Lineups in minor league camp are a bit strange. Some have a DH, some have no DH, and some have two DHs. Several young players are nowhere near the level where they’ll actually open the season. Players who come down from minor league camp basically just get their at-bats whenever they feel like it. It’s kind of a free-for-all, open to adjustment as the team sees fit.

With that said, there’s not necessarily a ton to read into these lineups, but you might as well know who’s playing where over at the minor league complex. The days regularly scheduled games were apparently rained out in Clearwater, so the Yankees just played a pair of intrasquad games today (Triple-A vs. Double-A / High-A vs. Low-A). Here are the starting lineups for each team. If you don’t see a name, chances are he either came off the bench or played in a simulated game. I don’t have the list of late-inning replacements for each team, but even regular-season regulars tend to have turns coming off the bench in spring training.

Ramon FloresSCRANTON/WILKES/BARRE
A lot of missing pieces on the Triple-A roster right now. Two catchers (Romine and Murphy), three outfielders (Garcia, Almonte, Richardson) and an entire starting infield (Canzler, Sizemore, Solarte, Wheeler) could be added to the mix when the Yankees make their final big league cuts. The top four guys in today’s lineup might be the only ones with any chance of actually breaking camp with the Triple-A team. As an aside, Cody Grice helped fill in for Scranton’s depleted outfield. Didn’t hit much, but made a great impression on that coaching staff.

Ramon Flores RF
Addison Maruszak SS
Corban Joseph 2B
Jose Pirela DH
Francisco Arcia 1B
Cody Grice CF
Casey Stevenson 3B
Tyson Blaser C
Jose Toussen LF

Mason WilliamsTRENTON
When those final big league cuts happen, a few guys could trickle down from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre work group to the Trenton roster. Is Flores going to open in Triple-A or Double-A? Where’s Slade Heathcott going to be when he’s healthy? Surely it’s safe to assume Tyler Austin will be back in Double-A as long as he breaks camp without a setback in his wrist. Gary Sanchez got at-bats in a simulated game today, so he wasn’t in the Double-A lineup.

Mason Williams DH
Rob Refsnyder 2B
Rob Segedin 3B
Ben Gamel CF
Yeral Sanchez LF
Zach Wilson DH
Ali Castillo SS
Radley Haddad C
Kelvin DeLeon LF
Bubba Jones 1B

GumbsCaveTAMPA
Even though he was a second rounder in 2012, it’s hard to believe Austin Aune is actually going to jump all the way High-A Tampa after struggling so badly in rookie ball last year. Seems to be just a place for him to get at-bats before he inevitably stays behind for extended spring training. Probably the same thing for RJ Johnson, the pitcher-turned-hitter who’s trying to learn first base.

Jake Cave CF
Angelo Gumbs 2B
Eric Jagielo DH
Dante Bichette Jr. 3B
Cito Culver SS
Yeicok Calderone LF
RJ Johnson 1B
Austin Aune RF
Francisco Cervelli C

O'NeillThomasCHARLESTON
Here are the really young guys. Although there was early talk of Aaron Judge — one of the Yankees top picks last season — jumping straight to High-A Tampa this year, Mark Newman indicated today that Judge is more likely going to open in Charleston. Tyler Wade got the start at shortstop today, but it seems more likely that Abiatal Avelino will be there when the season opens. Both had promising seasons last year. For some reason, Charleston didn’t have a DH today. 

Tyler Wade SS
Gosuke Katoh 2B
Miguel Andujar 3B
Luis Torrens C
Brandon Thomas CF
Chris Breen 1B
Michael O’Neill LF
Jordan Barnes RF

Associated Press photos of Flores and Williams; headshots of Cave, Gumbs, Thomas and O’Neill

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35 Responses to “Subject to change: Minor league lineups as they are today”

  1. exiledintampa March 24th, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    So, Francisco Cervelli is being sent down to high A ball?

  2. CountryClub March 24th, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Keep an eye on Refsnyder. His bat plays well at 2nd and recent reports have him sticking there defensively.

  3. J. Alfred Prufrock March 24th, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    chicken_stanley March 24th, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Greetings JAP! Looks like the first week of June… looking forward to the trip!
    ///

    You’ll have to dish on everything – including Gladys’ surveillance of mills’ backyard. :) Cruising in the prelude, going to see the Jays – you’ll have a blast! And um, about that Willie Randolph card….

  4. blake March 24th, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    blake says:
    March 24, 2014 at 9:20 pm
    “There’s a blake joke in there somewhere, that Montero has been eating for two”

    The Mariners hitting coach told Montero to imagine the ball was a double bacon cheeseburger …..it’s worked wonders and really helped his pitch recognition seriously I hope he hits and makes it back…..1B is probably the best spot for him so maybe he can focus on hitting and not worry about having to try to catch anymore.

  5. ac1 March 24th, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Keep an eye on Refsnyder. His bat plays well at 2nd and recent reports have him sticking there defensively.
    ___

    A few years down the road, it would be so nice to have a team where the majority are young and have talent.

    Thin
    1B Greg Bird
    2B Rob Refsnyder
    SS ???
    3B Eric Jaieglo (or Austin)
    OF Gardner/Ells/Williams (or Austin)

  6. J. Alfred Prufrock March 24th, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    blake, I should not have encouraged you :)

    I agree, it’s best he focuses on his best position on the field: batter’s box.

  7. chicken_stanley March 24th, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    You’ll have to dish on everything – including Gladys’ surveillance of mills’ backyard

    ————

    JAP – what happens in Hamilton, stays in Hamilton! :)

  8. ac1 March 24th, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    C: Gary Sanchez (of course)

    DH/IB/C McCann

  9. yankeefeminista March 24th, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    chicken, thanks so much for the Chicago info. I will check it out. I don’t like the steep stairs concept but I do love the upper deck over the field. I miss OYS’s upper deck, right on top of the action. As for your June trip, I want video or it didn’t happen; jmills I think would appreciate a grainy b&w documentary style film. Think you can pull it up; then you can share it with Lohudders. :)

    blake, are you sure you aren’t sharing your secret BBQ sauce with Montero and Cervy this ST? And what happened with Stewie last season; I thought you were all over that. SMH.

  10. yankeefeminista March 24th, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Chad, thanks for the lineups. Truly appreciate it even though they have nothing to do with the regular season lineups. Another player I really want to see live is Luis Torrens. Man, we are loaded with catchers. One thing we did right, which I will continue to praise us for.

  11. Hankflorida March 24th, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    The game on the field is almost secondary for some, and ballpark consideration is roundly ignored by many.

    Alfred, Red Barber used to say that the Yankee power would always put them in “The Catbird Seat.” With the the loss of A-Rod and Cano and their replacements with Ellsburh, Johnson and Roberts, the Yankees have come back to earth. Many may not see as conforming a team to a ballpark, and this team would do better in Citi Field in order to compete with some of the other teams in the DH league.

  12. SweetSpot March 24th, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Have to be happy for Pineda and for the Yanks, he’s a heck of a number five starter. Can’t wait for the games to count.

  13. chicken_stanley March 24th, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    As for your June trip, I want video or it didn’t happen; jmills I think would appreciate a grainy b&w documentary style film. Think you can pull it up; then you can share it with Lohudders

    —————————

    Interesting idea and I’m not adverse to it… but I’m not sure the world is ready for free range fred yet :D… at the very least, pictures can be emailed :)

  14. yankeefeminista March 24th, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Free-range, I am sure you two will have a blast, and the world will take notice, ready or not; please put me on the guest list (for emailed pics). Thanks. :)

  15. chicken_stanley March 24th, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    YF- will do. As I travel for a living, many of you have become my virtual companions during the work week. I hope to have the opportunity to meet several as I criss-cross North America

  16. Hankflorida March 24th, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Maybe they could have kept Soriano in LF, moved Gardner to CF, and signed Drew (3B/SS) and Morales (DH). Drew once hit 21 HR for Arizona and would hit more in YS3. Johnson who has some HR power goes to 2B (more HR power than Roberts). Morales also has good HR power. Defensively they would be a bit weaker in the OF although Ichiro could be a late inning defensive replacement for Soriano

    Pete, how many on this blog would rather see your team without Ellbury and maybe Almonte instead of Ichiro?

  17. tomingeorgia March 24th, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Went to the urologist the other day, checked out fine. He said “See you in an year.” Since he’s nearly as old as I, I told him, ” God willing!” I’m more interested in the here-and-now, and while I’m certainly interested in the bush-leaguers, I’m more interested in the guys who could possibly help us this year, and the guys on the field. Most of us don’t live in Princeton, or SWB, or Tampa, or Charleston, and so are not qualified for eye-witness testimony. Noticed that the MiLB experts haven’t put an entry into Trisha’s contest.

  18. blake March 24th, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Just for fun…..say the Yanks had signed the following players instead of the ones they did sign

    Cano (10/235)
    Tanaka (7/155)
    Peralta (4/53)
    Granderson (4/60)
    Saltalamaccia 3/21

    And then re-signed Jeter and Kuroda.

    Lineup

    Gardner CF
    Jeter SS
    Cano 3B
    Tex 1B
    Soriano DH
    Granderson LF
    Peralta 3B
    Salty C
    Almonte/Ichiro RF

    Obviously this plan you lose zero draft picks…..you don’t get comp picks for Cano and Grandwrson because you kept them but you also keep the #18 pick overall.

    Is this team better than the one they have now?

    Those 5 players would have cost around 80 million….whereas the ones they did sign (Ellsury, Tanaka, McCann, and Beltran) combined for roughly 75…….

    So both teams would have been over 189 most likely…..the main difference is the first round pick and which lineup you think is better.

  19. chicken_stanley March 24th, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Blake – excellent question… apples to apples, I like the projected lineup a bit over the “what if”… plus, I don’t like the years for Salty/Grandy/Peralta… On the other hand, the draft picks would be nice… Need to stew on this one a bit more

  20. blake March 24th, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    “Blake – excellent question… apples to apples, I like the projected lineup a bit over the “what if”… plus, I don’t like the years for Salty/Grandy/Peralta… On the other hand, the draft picks would be nice… Need to stew on this one a bit more”

    Honestly to me overall the lineups are close to a push….I guess it comes down to the value of the #18 overall pick.

  21. pete2 March 24th, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    “Pete, how many on this blog would rather see your team without Ellbury and maybe Almonte instead of Ichiro?”
    ==========

    Hank. I can’t speak for others. I hold out hope Ellsbury regains his 2011 form, otherwise he may turn out to be another Carl Crawford. I don’t think Almonte or Ichiro makes much difference if Ellsbury, Beltran and Gardner stay healthy.

    It is what it is, but in my dreams I like this lineup

    Gardner-CF (10 HR)
    Jeter-SS (10 HR)
    Beltran-RF (25 HR)
    Morales -DH (30 HR)
    Tex-1B (30 HR)
    McCann-C (25 Hr)
    Soriano-LF (25 HR)
    Drew-3B (20 HR)
    Johnson-2B (20 HR)

    That’s 195 HR there, plus whatever the bench gives you.

    What we have is pretty good if they stay healthy, but I don’t think the middle of the order is going to scare many pitchers.

  22. blake March 24th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Gardner-CF (10 HR)
    Jeter-SS (10 HR)
    Beltran-RF (25 HR)
    Morales -DH (30 HR)
    Tex-1B (30 HR)
    McCann-C (25 Hr)
    Soriano-LF (25 HR)
    Drew-3B (20 HR)
    Johnson-2B (20 HR”

    I like. If they just signed Drew it would be this mostly except Ellsbury woukd be in there instead of morales

  23. Hankflorida March 24th, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Gardner-CF (10 HR)
    Jeter-SS (10 HR)
    Beltran-RF (25 HR)
    Morales -DH (30 HR)
    Tex-1B (30 HR)
    McCann-C (25 Hr)
    Soriano-LF (25 HR)
    Drew-3B (20 HR)
    Johnson-2B (20 HR)

    Pete, what you have here is more of a team that is built for the Stadium that is less injury prone
    then having Roberts and Ellsbury. If we do not get the 2011 Ellsbury, what captivated them to sign Ellsbury twice what they payed Gardener if he could turn out to be another Carl Crawford. Didn’t the Redsox try that folly with Ellsbury and Crawford as Punch and Judy hitters with speed?

  24. pete2 March 25th, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Hank. I suspect early in the offseason Drew and Morales were looking for too much money. Ellsbury was available and I suspect Boras put up a convincing argument that his shoulder getting stronger will put more pop in his bat.

    How it turns out will be interesting.

  25. bardos March 25th, 2014 at 3:51 am

    http://www.salon.com/2014/03/2.....han_a_rod/

    very readable article, some inside stories. about Yankee history

  26. jmills March 25th, 2014 at 7:35 am

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/h.....#038;rel=0

    chicken, maybe film in the above style. I’ll drive, you hang out the window. There will be sountrack musique of course….something melancholy, because that’s pretty much all I have :D

    The above is a wonderful capture of renos to olde YS.

  27. austinmac March 25th, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Jmills,

    My eldest was in Toronto last week and loved it. I must come some day.

  28. jmills March 25th, 2014 at 8:13 am

    austin, would love to see you. Toronto’s waterfront has unfortunately been ruined by cheap glass condos. We should have taken Chicago’s lead :(

  29. 86w183 March 25th, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Good morning all —-

    I’ve had enough of spring and ready for real games to begin.

    I think a real key for this team will be how the patch the holes in the infield when they inevitably occur.

    Would love to see them move Ichiro for a comparable contract (JJ Putz) to make room for Almonte on the 25-man. More AAA isn’t gonna help that kid. He’s ready now and could be the LF in 2015.

  30. MTU March 25th, 2014 at 8:32 am

    86-

    You might see a flurry of trading this last week of ST.

  31. austinmac March 25th, 2014 at 8:34 am

    86,

    I agree on all points. The tough decisions on infield subs means none are that good. They will have to deal with this. I wish it would be sooner rather than later.

  32. austinmac March 25th, 2014 at 8:35 am

    MTU,

    Bowden predicted a flurry of activity this week. We’ll see if we are involved.

  33. MTU March 25th, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Mac-

    I’d imagine we can be if we want to be.

    This last week is the final tweaking.

  34. blake March 25th, 2014 at 8:46 am

    austinmac says:
    March 25, 2014 at 8:35 am
    MTU,

    Bowden predicted a flurry of activity this week. We’ll see if we are involved.

    Hal is out of money. Lol

  35. MTU March 25th, 2014 at 9:04 am

    New one ——–>

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