Who’s hot on the farm? April 23rd edition

14905075-standardAnother week has gone by on the farm and there are several players making some noise in the early goings. There have also been several injuries. Ian Clarkin is out with elbow inflammation, Luis Torrens is out for the season with shoulder surgery, and Dan Camarena is also battling some elbow soreness. Ty Hensley is getting Tommy John Surgery, and so is Domingo German. Ty McFarland, Dallas Martinez, and Jose Pena are all on the 60 day DL. James Pazos is also rehabbing something, although I am not aware of what that is.

For the people that are playing in games, here are the guys that have had a high level of performance.

In Triple-A, Ben Gamel has been the hottest player on the team. He’s hitting .375/.457.500/.957 with a double and a triple in 11 games. He looks poised to have a big season, although his power still seems to be an issue.

Kyle Roller continues to hit the ball well and also continues to strike out a lot. He’s hitting .316/.458/.447/.906 with a homerun and two doubles. He has 12 strikeouts in 12 games though.

Slade Heathcott has started the season off well. Regardless of what he does he just needs to stay healthy though. He’s hitting .309/.339/.418/.757 with a homerun a double and a triple. He is also striking out a lot though with 13 K in 12 games.

Ramon Flores is hitting with surprising power in the early going. He’s hitting .271/.352/.625/.977 on the season with four homeruns already, which leads the entire farm. He also has three doubles and a triple.

Chase Whitley has been the most impressive pitcher for Scranton, with a 2.12 ERA and 13 K in 17.0 IP. He is already 2-0, and is a great guy to have stashed away in Triple-A for a spot start if needed.

Bryan Mitchell has also pitched well, although he is walking far too many batters. He already has eight walks in 14.1 innings pitched. With that, however, he has also struck out 14 batters and has a 2.51 ERA. He will look to cut down on the walks going forward.

The entire bullpen has been astoundingly good, with Jose Ramirez, Danny Burawa, and Tyler Webb all having ERAs less than 1.00. Jacob Lindgren has an ERA of 2.25 and has 11 K in 8.0 IP. Diego Moreno has a 1.04 ERA and 13 K to 2 BB in 8.2 IP.

One of the guys who is flying under the radar a bit but has had a great start to the season for Double-A Trenton is Eric Jagielo. In 12 games, he has three homers, three doubles, and a triple already. He has struck out 12 times, but he has a .311/.360/.622/.982 quad slash. He could be in for a major breakout season, especially if he keeps up this level of production.

Jake Cave and Aaron Judge have slowed a bit, but Mason Williams has continued his productive start. He’s still hitting .310, and he has six steals already. He has an OBP of .348 and an OPS of .705.

Greg Bird is exactly at the Mendoza line and Gary Sanchez is below it so far.

Taylor Garrison has come out of the gate strong and is making a smooth transition to starting. He has pitched in three starts, going 14.1 innings and striking out eight with a 1.88 ERA.

In fact, most of the starting pitchers in Trenton have been really good. Sulbaran has a 2.57 ERA in three starts, Severino 0.90 in two starts with 14 K in 10 IP, and Lail 2.00 ERA in two starts with 6 K.

Lail, by the way, has received glowing reviews by scouts in the early going. He’s really a guy to look out for going forward this year.

The bullpen has been strong at this level as well. Goody has been lights out, with a 2.45 ERA and 10 K in 7.1 IP. Johnny Barbato has a 1.35 ERA and 9 K in 6.2 IP. Kyle Haynes has a 1.42 ERA with eight strikeouts in 6.1 IP.

In Tampa, Matt Snyder leads the team in average. He’s hitting .367/.448/.469/.918 with one homer and two doubles to go along with six walks. He’s old for the level but he also hasn’t played much due to injuries during his career. He’ll have to move fast if he wants to make it with the Yankees.

Tyler Wade has started to rip the ball, and has a .320/.364/.340/.704 line. He has not been doing well on the basepaths though and has three CS to three SB. He’s still not hitting for much power either.

Mark Payton has also brought his average up in short order with a couple of multi-hit games. He’s now up to .302 on the season with three doubles and three triples. He also has five walks and an .834 OPS.

Mike Ford has started the season slow and is hitting .143.

Pitching wise, Rookie Davis has been turning some heads. He has 16.2 IP in three starts and has 19 K to just one walk. He looks much better than last year and is controlling his nasty stuff better.

Jonathan Holder is also off to a good start with a 1.76 ERA in 15.1 innings and 14 K. His stuff is surprisingly good and he has the looks of a fast mover in this organization.

Chaz Hebert just earned a promotion from Low-A, and he looks like he is going to adjust quickly. In his first start he threw 5.0 innings and struck out five while letting up two runs.

Evan Rutckyj seems to have finally gained some control in relief, with 9.0 innings and 11 K : 2 BB. Connor Mullee still hasn’t let up a run in 7.0 innings as a reliever, and Luis Niebla is in the same boat during his five innings.

After a poor first two appearances, Gabe Encinas had his best outing of the season recently going 3.0 innings and not allowing a run.

Connor Spencer has come down to Earth, but still has good stats to start the season. He’s hitting .310/.388/.381/.769 with three doubles in the early going. He needs to develop some power to be taken seriously though.

Jorge Mateo has been unbelievable on the base paths. He already has 14 SB in just 12 games. He’s hitting .283/.365/.370/.735 with two doubles and a triple.

Dustin Fowler has begun to hit the ball hard as well. He has brought his average up to .277 recently and has a double, triple, and homerun so far. He also has two SB with no CS.

Abiatal Avelino is also showing off the speed, with 12 SB already, although he will need to up his average going forward.

Gosuke Katoh still looks lost at the plate, and Austin Aune has started to run out of his ridiculous BABIP luck.

On the pitching side, Jordan Montgomery has showcased some good stuff, striking out 24 in just 15.1 IP. He has a 3.52 ERA in the early going. Joey Maher has a 1.82 ERA in 9.2 innings so far. Domingo Acevedo made his debut recently, and will start the game tonight.

That’s all for this week. Feel free to ask questions in the comment section.

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7 Responses to Who’s hot on the farm? April 23rd edition

  1. tom says:

    Whitley's curveball, how does it fare so far?

    Rutckyj's fastball amps up in relief or not?

    Allow me to ask you about Jordan Montgomery again…. What is Yankees' plan for him?


  2. gcorcoran says:

    From what I have seen in watching the games on milb.tv, his curveball is similar to all of his other pitches in that he can control is and get outs with it, but it does not appear to be a major strikeout weapon. I think Whitley is what he is, which is a great guy to have on the team as a spot starter or swing man out of the bullpen.

    Rutckyj's fastball tips towards the higher end of his velocity curve in relief. More importantly for him though, is that his control ramps up in relief. If he can keep that up he has high end lefty bullpen arm written all over him.

    The Yankees' plan for Montgomery, as far as I know, is to develop him as a starter. If the control is there and one or two of his secondary offerings take a step forward, Montgomery could be a fast mover and has a ceiling of a #3 starter in the majors. More than likely though he will end up in the bullpen with a possible late inning reliever role.

    • hotdog says:

      Whitely's made some nice transitions up the ladder…he almost sounds like a David Phelps type, jack of all trades…i felt that hurt Phelps who I saw as having starter potential long term…what I saw is that when Phelps had that late break to his pitches, he was almost unhittable but the Yankees didn't stay with him long enough to develop his skills as just a starter…i don't know enough about Chase Whitely but I'd like to see him get a shot before they attempt to convert him into another jack of all trades, master of none…i've got to wonder what Severino becomes…a much higher ceiling no doubt than Whitely but will they give him time at the major league level to make the adjustments if he starts out slowly and struggles his first year…

  3. Thank you for the updates Greg. Who in your opinion is ready to succeed if called up? Who is the most likely prospect to be called up? Finally who do you think that the highest upside of any prospect?

    • gcorcoran says:

      Most ready to succeed: Kyle Roller or Ramon Flores or Chase Whitley and/or Bryan Mitchell. Lindgren on the reliever side as well as Rumbelow.

      Highest upside: Jorge Mateo and it's not close.

      • Thank you for your response. So according to what I am reading Didi's future is not long-term and will be eventually be taken over by Mateo when he is ready.

  4. hotdog says:

    Severino got hit tonight…he looked almost human…i like seeing Judge and Jagielo at Trenton together…add Cave and Bird and you have some good good hitters…looks like Sanchez is off to a slow start…the Trenton team seems to be the team to watch this year, at least at this point…

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