The Yankees had very few holes to fill on the Triple-A roster and judging by the fact they’ve already signed three Scranton-caliber outfielders, a veteran reliever and a backup catcher, we can pretty much piece together the rest of the roster. This is only a guess, but I think the infield will comprise entirely of homegrown prospects, as will the majority of the pitching staff. Like last season, the outfield will consist of one prospect and several mercenaries. Anyway, the roster will look a bit like this:
Catchers: Jesus Montero, Mike Rivera
Infielders: Juan Miranda, Reegie Corona, Eduardo Nunez, Kevin Russo
Outfielders: Colin Curtis, Reid Gorecki, Jon Weber, Dave Winfree
Starting Pitchers: Kei Igawa, Zach McAllister, Christian Garcia, George Kontos, Ivan Nova
Relief Pitchers: Royce Ring, Edwar Ramirez, Jon Albaladejo, Zack Segovia,, Boone Logan Grant Duff
That roster is incomplete and there is still room for three more players; probably extra infielders and pitchers. I think the Yankees will likely sign a corner infielder with some power to split time with Juan Miranda and Kevin Russo at first and third base. Colin Curtis and Reid Gorecki will likely see the majority of the playing time in the outfield. I also think that Ramiro Pena and Mark Melancon will break camp with the big league club.
As far as the pitching staff goes, I hope to see Kei Igawa take the mound on opening day. His 29 career wins for Scranton marks a franchise high and I’d like to see him add to the list. Despite what you’ve heard, he’s actually a tremendously nice guy and gets along with his teammates quite well. The remainder of the starters should be interesting to watch. I’m sure the Yankees will add a semi-veteran arm to the rotation, but this could be a big year for both Zach McAllister and Christian Garcia.
The 2010 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees look to be a solid club. The infield defense should be extremely strong thanks to the glove-work of Reegie Corona, Eduardo Nunez and Russo. Jesus Montero, Jon Weber and Miranda will add power to the middle of the order, but I can’t see the team being as strong as the 2009 club without Shelley Duncan. Even so, I think we’re looking at another 70+win club in 2010. Keep an eye on Montero, Curtis, Nunez and McAllister this season.