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Subject to change: Minor league lineups as they are today

Posted By Chad Jennings On March 24, 2014 @ 9:08 pm In Misc | 35 Comments

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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 Flores [2]SCRANTON/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 Williams [3]TRENTON
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

Gumbs [4]Cave [5]TAMPA
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'Neill [6]Thomas [7]CHARLESTON
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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