Over the past few years the Yankees have been able to accumulate outfielders in their system who could have a major league future. In addition to what they already have in their system, they will have more talent coming over from the DSL next year. They also recently signed one of the best Latin American players on the market, Leonardo Molina, who is said to be a major talent.
There are a few guys who may come over from the DSL to patrol the GCL outfield. Frank Frias seems to be the most likely candidate, hitting .305/.434/.433/.867 with four homers, eight doubles, three triples, and 26 stolen bases this year as an 19 year old. Others who could come include Pedro Urena, 18, and Wilmer Romero, 19, who both had six homers this year in the DSL. A dark horse candidate would be Aussie Adam Silva who is 19 and projected to have some power.
All in all none of the five above players will factor into these rankings, but will be interesting to follow next season. Zoilo Almonte is also not included here because he played significant time in the majors this year. Otherwise he’d be fifth on this list.
1. Tyler Austin – “3:16″ – RF, 6-foot-2, 200-pounds, RHB, 22 – Suffered a setback in the AFL with his wrist injury which is concerning to say the least. The Yankees are officially saying it just started to bother him and is not a significant injury. He just needs to rest it. I “officially” don’t believe them, but that doesn’t change the fact that Austin is a possible impact player in this system who’s already in the upper minors. If he comes back healthy in 2014, look for him to mash and possibly compete for a spot on the ..read more
Previously, we looked at the Yankees current 2014 infield while adding the newest addition to the infield, Brian McCann. Today, we’ll go to the bullpen and look at the holes the Yankees need to fill in there. Here is the current Yankees bullpen:
David Robertson: Last season, Robertson was the eighth inning man, setting up for the greatest closer in baseball Mariano Rivera. Going into 2014, Robertson could either have one of two jobs. He could continue being the eighth inning man or he could move into the closer role now that Rivera has retired. Yankees fans are torn about whether to let Robertson close and even the Yankees front office won’t say if they’ll give Robertson a chance, but it couldn’t hurt just to let him try. Remember, Rivera blew saves when he first started closing, until he got the hang of it. I’m not saying Robertson is going to be the next Mariano Rivera, but I believe he at least deserves a chance at the job.
Shawn Kelley: For the most part, Kelley was a reliable asset to the Yankees bullpen but like most of the players in 2013, he broke down by the time it was September. Before September, Kelley was very impressive, especially when it came to strikeouts. Kelley K’d 71 in 53.1 IP. The 71 strikeouts (worth nothing) were a career high for Kelley. I fully expect to see Kelley back in the Yankees bullpen in 2014, but not before beating multiple relievers out for the job in Spring Training.
Preston Claiborne: Claiborne had his moments during 2013 where he looked absolutely brilliant. You would think that he could be the Yankees next big star from the bullpen. He ..read more
Well Yankees fans, it looks as if the era of Phil Hughes in the Bronx is finally over.
According to CBS Sports, Phil Hughes and the Minnesota Twins agreed to a three-year deal worth $24 Million pending a physical. Hughes is the second addition to the Twins rotation following Ricky Nolasco with a four-year deal worth $49 Million.
Hughes was the youngest free agent starter in the market, going 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA in 2013 with the Yankees. Hughes needed the change in environment; Yankee Stadium is too small for him since he’s a fly-ball pitcher and Target Field is a pitchers ballpark.
We wish Hughes the best of luck and we hope he can turn his career around (just not vs. the Yankees).
Monday is the final day that teams have the opportunity to tender contracts. Chris Stewart of the Yankees shouldn’t expect to get one.
According to Chris Cotillo of the MLB Daily Dish, the Yankees are discussing the possibility of trading Stewart since he is gaining interest in the trade market. The Yankees are also attempting to avoid arbitration with him. They are hoping that they could get something done by the end of the weekend but the Yankees will certaintly do one of two things by the time Monday comes:
1) Stewart will be traded to another team
2) He’ll be non-tendered and become a free agent.
Well Chris Stewart, we hardly knew ye.
The Yankees had a serious infusion of shortstop talent in 2013. Last year at this time five out of the six people on this list were either injured or not with the organization. Better yet, even Cito Culver, the second best shortstop in the organization now, was not worth mentioning at this time last year. The Yankees in one season went from absolutely nothing at shortstop to having reasonably good depth at the position. That’s not even the best part though.
They have two more players coming stateside from the DSL in 2014 who will take the depth from good to phenomenal. They won’t be described in depth here because they both have yet to play an inning in the United States. Suffice it to say both are major talents. Most have heard of Yancarlos Baez, the high profile signing in 2012. He’s 6-foot-2, switch hitting, and will be 18 to start 2014. Most, however, haven’t heard of Jorge Mateo, the 18 year old who dominated DSL pitching with nine doubles, six triples, and seven homeruns while stealing 49 bases in just 64 games last year. He has a similar scouting report to Abiatal Avelino with slightly less speed and slightly more power. He is going to be a big deal next year. Adding those two to this list next year will make the depth significantly better.
1. Abiatal Avelino, “Abi” – SS, 5-foot-11, 186-pounds, RHB, 18 – Stole 28 bases in just 51 games this year, and had a .303/.381/.399/.780 batting line. He dominated the GCL and held his own in Staten Island last year. If he can improve his power output he is a star in the making. He hit nine doubles and five triples this year, and will look to expand on that in 2014. He ..read more
With it still being the holiday weekend and the Yankees offices closed until Monday, I thought that today’s post could pay tribute to the greatest closer of all time, Mariano Rivera.
Rivera turns 44 years old today, and I thought it would be fun to have a post with a Mariano Rivera video montage. I had been on Youtube all morning trying to find the perfect one for Mo and I think that this one does him justice (even the song playing in the video fits him perfectly). It doesn’t highlight the 2013 season since it was made before the season started, but it shows many of Mo’s finer moments in his career. Happy Birthday Mariano Rivera, and now let’s roll the clip!
Well, it’s that time of year again! The turkeys are cooking, the football’s on television and baseball fans are one major holiday closer until Spring Training. Before we get onto the Yankees news, on behalf of everyone here at Bronx Baseball Daily, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. It’s so wonderful to work in an environment where there are passionate Yankees fans and it warms my heart to see everyone’s opinions and views on a daily basis. So I thank you Yankees fans for making my job of bringing news daily to this site full of joy.
There weren’t a lot of rumblings today since of course it’s a major holiday and the Yankees offices were closed, but I was able to pick up a few tidbits here and there:
– The Yankees have become more optimistic that starter Hiroki Kuroda will return for the 2014 season, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. A couple of weeks ago, it could have been possible that Kuroda might have went back to Japan or even to the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, the Dodgers seem to be out of the running for Kuroda after signing Dan Haren.
– For all the Phil Hughes lovers (and no so much lovers?) this segment is for you. It’s been reported that there are multiple teams interested in the young starter including the Minnesota Twins. Considering the fact that Target Field is a pitchers ballpark (unless Hughes miraculously makes it into a hitters ballpark) the potential signing would make complete sense. The Twins just finished signing Ricky Nolasco and they seem to think Hughes can turn his career around with a ..read more
The Yankees have had solid depth at second base for a few years now. David Adams and Corban Joseph have served as the cornerstone of that depth. Now that Adams has had significant time in the majors and Corban Joseph suffered from an injured, ineffective 2013, the prospect landscape has changed a bit for the Yanks. They drafted Robert Refsnyder in the 5th round of the 2012 draft. So far he seems to have been a steal. Then, in 2013 they drafted Gosuke Katoh and Derek Toadvine, again increasing their depth.
In the wake of Robinson Cano’s already controversial free agency, there may soon be a significant organizational vacuum at the position. The Yankees do have a couple of in house options to take over at second base, but all have question marks and flaws. David Adams had a rough go of it in his first MLB season, and Corban Joseph has been hurt. Beyond that, Jose Pirela is still looking to make a name for himself.
1. Gosuke Katoh, “G-Kat,” 2B, 6-foot-2, 180-pounds, LHB, 18 – A thin, wiry, tall frame with some now power and great patience. He’s also one of the best defensive second basemen in the entire draft. He had a .310/.402/.522/.924 slash line with six homeruns, five triples, and 11 doubles in 2013. He has even been worked out at SS for the Yankees but it remains to be seen if his arm will become strong enough to move across the diamond. Regardless of that he is already a fan favorite and will look to build upon his fantastic first season as a pro. Highest level: Rookie ball. Will start 2014 at: Staten Island. Estimated arrival: 2018. Ceiling: Excellent fielding, 13+ HR, .315+ average at second base. He could increase this ceiling if he ..read more