Minor League Monday: February 22nd, 2010

Before getting into this week’s stories, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give a friendly reminder of the previews that we’ve been doing here at BBD. If you’ve missed our 2010 Player Previews, here’s a link. If you liked those, stay tuned as you’ll find more previews coming soon. This time, we’ll be highlighting some players who you may or may not see in the Bronx at some point in 2010. We’re talking prospects and veterans who might start the year in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, but have a good shot at seeing time with the big club.

Posada leading the way for Cervelli, Montero, Romine.

Amongst conversation over the past few years that one day Jorge Posada may have to yield his position to some new blood, the 38-year old catcher remains the Yankees force behind the plate. His time, however, will end at some point within the next few years. When it does, the Yankees would like to believe it will be taken over by one of the young catchers already in the system.

Among those potential apprentices are likely 2010 back-up, Francisco Cervelli and two of the Yankees top prospects in Jesus Montero and Austin Romine.

So what does Jorge think of his potential competition in years to come?

“Cervelli is awesome, I love Romine, I love Montero,” Posada said. “For me, it’s easy, because these kids want to be taught. They listen. They follow you. Montero is like, ‘What are we going to do today?’ They’re going to follow me around, and hopefully we can work together. Whatever I have to teach, I’ll probably do a little bit of it.”

Source: Yankees.com

Truthfully, Cervelli still projects as the one more likely to be a back-up in the Yankees organization, especially considering the hype surrounding Jesus Montero.  To be fair, however, one should not forget Romine. After all, we’re talking about Florida State League Hitter of the Year in 2009. He isn’t that bad with a glove either.

He doesn’t have the potential power that Montero could provide…though questions remain if he could remain at the position.In the meantime, Jorge Posada is the Yankees starting catcher. Much like Girardi helped make Posada the player he is today, Posada seems to be enjoying his new role this spring training.

As for Girardi: “The thing about it is, I want to see them all play,” Girardi said. “I’m a big believer that if you come to Spring Training and do the work, you should play. I want to see every catcher here play. I think it’s important so you know exactly what you’ve got, how close they are and what they need to work on.”

McAllister makes impression on Girardi

Speaking of Jorge Posada, he’s gotten to work with more than a few catchers this spring. One of those people is Zach McAllister. Barely into spring, McAllister has impressed manager Joe Girardi in his work with Posada.

“He’s got a very good sinker, and he has very good command of his fastball,” Girardi said after watching McAllister throw to Jorge Posada in a Sunday morning bullpen session. Next, “You want to see how [he] reacts in a game.”

Source: NewJersey.com

To learn more about McAllister, stay tuned to our upcoming preview series.

Meet the Charleston RiverDogs New 1st Base Coach

Trenton fans may remember him. His name: Carlos Mendoza. Mendoza spent four years in the Yankees organization, primarily in a back-up role, and was a key part of the Thunder’s 2007 championship season.

Mike Ashmore provided some great background on one of the Yankees’ newest coaches at his blog. Check it out.

Odds and Ends: Some Local Stories on the Yankees Minor League Squads

Get your dance on: Trenton Thunder to have dance team at select home games

Oh Say Can You Sing: Scranton Auditioning National Anthem Try Outs

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2 Responses to Minor League Monday: February 22nd, 2010

  1. I think you have Cervelli pegged very well, Chris. Maybe he'll develop his bat a bit more, and his defensive skills and ability to work with pitchers seem to be very good. But his bat isn't anywhere close to Montero's. Cervelli was hitting just .190 in Trenton when called up last year and, while he hit well in SWB after Molina returned (.275), he just hasn't shown a lot of pop yet.

    I'm really anxious to get a look at some of these young arms–McAllister, Whelan, and Brackman (who is still a little raw) especially. If nothing else, a good ST from them may slot them in SWB, ready to step into The Bronx if needed down the line. This seems likelier with Whelan as a reliever than McAllister, with several starters ahead of him already, but who knows.

  2. After reading a recent Pinstripes Plus article on Brackman, I'm starting to think that maybe the Yankees could start grooming him as the team's next closer. Strong fastball, power curve, 6'11". For development reasons I hope they keep him in the starting role for now, but he could be in the majors as a reliever by 2011.