NoMaas.org had a great interview with the Yankees’ Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations Mark Newman that was filled with great little tidbits of information about the minor league system. Since this has been a slow news day thanks to the off day yesterday, I figured I’d point it out and run down some of the important points from the interview.
Here are the important parts:
- The Yankees haven’t determined which position 2nd round pick Angelo Gumbs, a natural center fielder who was drafted as a shortstop, will play.
- 4th round pick Mason Williams will be a center fielder.
- 2B David Adams isn’t going to play in the Arizona Fall League.
- Brandon Laird, a natural third baseman, has begun working out as an outfielder and will play there during the AFL.
- Newman doesn’t expect Andrew Brackman to pitch in the Bronx at any point this season.
- Switch pitcher Pat Venditte hasn’t gotten a chance to pitch in Double-A mostly because of a lack of “roster opportunity” but Newman thinks he could pitch at that level now.
- Jesus Montero‘s defense has progressed better than hoped. His throws to second clock-in in the 1.9s with accuracy.
- Jose Ramirez has been shutdown for the rest of the season due to fatigue. This was his first full season.
- OF Eduardo Sosa is probably done for the year with a hamstring injury.
- The Yankees have not been in touch with RHP Christian Garcia or his agent about bringing back the free agent, injury prone pitcher (Garcia was recently released to make room on the 40-man roster after suffering another significant injury).
That’s all of the significant stuff that I thought needed to be pointed out. There is a lot more, like stuff on Jeremy Bleich, Ivan Nova, Zach McAllister, Dellin Betances, Manny Banuelos, Corban Joseph, Slade Heathcott, Gary Sanchez, Cito Culver, and even more, so be sure to check out the entire interview.