First off, apologies for the late edition of this week’s Minor League Monday. Due to some technical difficulties including lack of internet and a computer lacking an operating system, I wasn’t able to put anything together yesterday, as I usually do.
That being said, this week’s “Tuesday Edition” of Minor League Monday is here and full of some bits of news you might have missed this week as well as a few from some of our own here at BBD. I’ll also highlight what you can expect out of Minor League Monday with the start of Spring Training.
USA Today’s Names to Know
USA Today recent released a list of 100 names to know for 2010. The list did not include the Top 100 prospects in Minor League Baseball, but as the list says, names to know. The Yankees on that list: Mark Melancon(52), Zach McAllister(56), Jamie Hoffmann(58), and Jesus Montero(66). Some former Yankees you may know on the list include Austin Jackson and Jose Tabata.
Keeping in mind that the numbers ultimately mean nothing, it’s simply where they fell on the list, it’s certainly a list of some Yankees who could make an impact of some kind in 2010. Hoffmann is particularly interesting considering the recent signing of Marcus Thames. Do the Yankees go with a more veteran player or keep the Hoffmann around to see what he can do. Remember, if they don’t keep him on the roster, they’ll be forced to offer him back to the Dodgers. As for McAllister and Melancon, they’re certainly going to be in the running if the Yankees find themselves hit with the injury bug.
When the roster opens up to the 40-man roster in September, they’re likely to get some opportunity then as well provided they’re both on the 40-man roster. I don’t think I need to delve much into Jesus Montero, I think you might have heard of him.
To see the full list, check it out here.
Cervelli Feeling Fine After Winter Head Shot
Just in case you missed it, here’s an update on Francisco Cervelli’s winter. He was hit in the head with a baseball bat from a hitter’s back-swing when playing in his native Venezuela. He was taken to the hospital shortly after.
“Nothing bad,” Cervelli said. “No concussion. I came here to check my head and the doctors said no action for a month. The Yankees said no more and you pay attention, that’s it.”
Source: NY Daily News
“I’ve been working so hard. I’m glad and happy they give me the opportunity to be the backup catcher. I just have to keep playing hard – same game, same game.”
Former Yankees Minor League Manager Hillman’s Number Retired by UT-Arlington
On May 8th, Kansas City Royals Manager and former manager in the Yankees organization Trey Hillman will see his #1 retired by UT Arlington. Hillman was at one-time the youngest minor league manager and spent 12 years in the Yankees system. He led the Oneonta Yankees to a league championship in 1990 and ended his career in the organization with a 67-76 season as the manager of the Columbus Clippers.
He has a career record in the Yankees organization of 855-771. See his full managerial record here.
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What to expect from Minor League Monday in the coming weeks
Spring training is coming on us fast. Pitchers and catchers report tomorrow and before we know it, the games will have begun. During Spring Training, Minor League Monday will take a look at some key statistics and some players who are making an impression; good for bad.
We’ll also have a player of the week section. Keep in mind, once the season gets going, the format will change slightly to highlight news at the Triple-A, Double-A and Single-A levels respectively. The player of the week segment, however, will only highlight one player.