Yankees Notes: Gardner, Winfree, Draft Signings, and Staten Island

The Yankees had an off-day yesterday and are getting ready for a big week as they have a World Series rematch against the Phillies coming up followed by the Subway Series this weekend. If you are looking to place to make a bet on one of these games online betting seems to be pretty popular these days.

Here are some notes:

  • Brett Gardner plans on using a protective ring on his thumb the rest of the season.
  • Yankees minor league outfielder David Winfree has a clause in his contract that allows him to look for a team that is willing to put him on the 40-man roster. The clause only allows him 24 hours to find this team and that time started either yesterday or today so if we don’t get any updates by tomorrow we can assume he’s staying with the Yankees.
  • Here are a list of players rumored to have been signed by the Yankees since the draft: Kyle Roller 1B – 8th Round, Zach Varce RHP – 11th, Chase Whitley RHP – 15th, Preston Claiborne RHP – 17th, Mike Ferraro OF – 20th, Trevor Johnson LHP – 22nd, Shane Brown OF – 23rd, Conor Mullee RHP – 24th, Casey Stevenson 2B – 25th, James Gipson RHP – 31st, William Oliver RHP – 35th, Nick McCoy C – 36th, Nathan Forer RHP – 46th, Frederick Lewis LHP – 47th.
  • Most of the college students that were taken in the draft and have signed already will be heading for Staten Island, a practice that was confirmed by Yankees vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman.
  • Staten Island won’t be officially unveiling their roster until this Friday, but Robert Pimpsner of Baseball Digest updated his list of expected SI players.

I’ll be trying to make it out to Staten Island a few times this season to cover some games and maybe get some player interviews. So be on the look out for that.

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8 Responses to Yankees Notes: Gardner, Winfree, Draft Signings, and Staten Island

  1. dutchsailor says:

    There are some kids down in the Dominican that are really raking (although it is a fairly small sample size.) If they continue to do well, do they get a call up to SI, or do they go to the Gulf Coast?

  2. It depends on a few things and at that level their development is more important than their numbers. Numbers are a part of it, but they want everyone to be at the same level development wise in Staten Island. So without seeing these kids play it is very hard to say one way or another. Take a look at Pimpsner list, that's probably going to be pretty close to SI's roster for the remainder of the year regardless of numbers. The only thing that will really change will be due to injuries.

    • dutchsailor says:

      What about the late signers then?

      • It depends on how late they sign. When I covered SI in 2008 Jeremy Bleich signed the last week you could sign and was sent to SI because they thought that he could help them in the playoffs and there was a spot open in their rotation because of injuries. Other guys, if they sign real late and there is no obvious spot on the roster they hold them back until next year.

        If they are late signing high schoolers they might make it to the Gulf Coast League.

        Again, there is no set rule with this kind of stuff, it's generally on a case by case basis. Usually with the top picks they really want to see them play so they will find a spot for them somewhere.

  3. dutchsailor says:

    By the way, Brackman struck out 11 last night. Any idea if his velocity has improved?

    • Early this year he had lost a lot of velocity, but he's been gaining it back. I did not hear of anybody who heard him clocked last night though.

      • dutchsailor says:

        I'm still looking for the twin towers (Brackman and Betance) in New York. So far, so good this year.

  4. dutchsailor says:

    by the way, thanks for your replies.