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    Quote Originally Posted by dayners81 View Post
    Nice article from a scout about some of the Tampa Yankees

    Mason Williams
    Position: CF
    Level: High Class A Tampa
    Age: 20
    Law's midseason ranking: 21

    The Yankees center field prospect Williams signed for an over-slot $1.45 million bonus out of an Orlando area high school in the 2010 draft. He has raised his profile in pro ball with an emerging all-around tools package and solid performances in Class A Short Season and Class A with a recent promotion to Class A Advanced Tampa. He's had a bit of an adjustment period in his first couple weeks with Tampa, but I also scouted him earlier in the season at Class A Charleston, and Yankees fans have a lot to be excited about.

    Being a 20-year-old in Class A Advanced makes Williams among the youngest players in the league and gives his performance a margin for error against competition that is often many years older than he is. Williams has such talent that he needs to be challenged, and he's having some trouble in Tampa while he decides what kind of hitter he wants to be. I've seen Williams driving balls up the middle for stretches, being pull-happy and doing an Ichiro Suzuki impression, trying to slap the ball the other way.

    While Williams is a plus-plus runner with some skill at bunting, consistently trying to slap the ball the other way isn't his game. He has the bat speed, direct bat path and quick-twitch strength for average raw power currently, and he needs to use it by driving the ball in the middle of the field. Williams has an average arm and his speed plays well on the bases and in center field, as he gets solid jumps and has good instincts. As another example of his athleticism, a Yankees official told me that if the team didn't draft Cito Culver in Williams' draft class, then Williams would probably still be playing shortstop right now.

    I've seen Williams face Dylan Bundy and stay on multiple high 90s fastballs and I've seen him drive good fastballs over the center-field wall. I also didn't see him swing and miss in three games in Class A. This all simply underscores the kind of athlete he is and the bat control and eye-hand coordination he has. His hit tool is at least plus (and closer to plus-plus for me) and these raw tools don't have me concerned about his low walk totals, since he is an aggressive early-count hitter who will hit for average.

    The only question for me is how quickly Williams will figure out his approach at the plate since that's what's keeping him from the upper levels. He has a thin, wiry, strong frame with room to fill out and has the type of athleticism that could lend itself to another power spike down the road, similar to a player that I would compare Williams' future to, Jacoby Ellsbury.

    Gary Sanchez
    Position: C
    Level: High Class A Tampa
    Age: 19
    Law's midseason ranking: 28

    Sanchez, a catcher, is another impressive young prospect at a premium position who was recently promoted to Tampa. The difference is Sanchez plays the most premium of positions and is over a full year younger than Williams. The 19-year-old Sanchez has been considered a top prospect since he signed for $3 million out of the Dominican Republic on July 2, 2009.

    While Sanchez was outperforming Williams in Charleston statistically, I could see that he still was a little less advanced at the plate. In batting practice, Sanchez shows you everything you need to see to allow him to hit for average and power: outstanding bat speed and strength, lower hand position, deep load and a high finish. These elements combine to create massive 70 raw power on the 20-80 scouting scale. Beyond the rarity of 70 present raw power in a 19-year-old, Sanchez also shows this power to all fields, giving you an idea of how advanced his swing and tools are.

    The inefficient part of his Sanchez's swing is his late hand movement. If you slow down some video, his hands actually change direction three times once his leg kick reaches its peak. The kick and hand movement are less extreme in games, but in games, Sanchez starts with his body in a compact position, so he's forced to lunge forward, making him more susceptible to breaking balls than he already is as an aggressive young hitter eager to show his power.

    While Sanchez has the tools to make contact with almost any pitch when he wants to, in Tampa, he has had some trouble with a good fastball above his hands with two strikes. That seems unnecessarily specific, but on three occasions, I've seen Sanchez get to two strikes and not be able to get around on a well-placed pitch with above-average velocity above his hands. Like Williams, Sanchez needs to clean up his approach and game plan at the plate, but also needs to make some mechanical adjustments.

    Sanchez shows some raw catching ability with a plus arm and some feel for blocking pitches. He is a well-below average runner who doesn't have great agility behind the plate, and his hands are average at best as he has trouble at times handling velocity to his glove side. His plus arm's utility is muted a bit as he doesn't incorporate his lower half as much as he could. He is far better than Jesus Montero was defensively at the same age, and there's still a chance Sanchez figures it all out, but there are some clear weaknesses to where an average defender is what Yankees fans should realistically be hoping for.

    I know I've mentioned a lot of negatives on Sanchez, but he's already in rarified air as far as the raw tools and age versus competition. The track record of players who are elite in those two regards is very good, and there isn't a player I can think of that is a precedent, so I'm optimistic he will become an impact big league bat. That said, he's always been the best player on the field and thus hasn't really had to make a lot of adjustments to his game. Like Williams, Sanchez is being challenged, and he's now in a position to show if he's going to become the player he was paid to be.

    Other Tampa prospects

    • The next best prospect in Tampa is outfielder Tyler Austin, who was promoted with Sanchez and Williams from Charleston to Tampa for the second half. Austin was hit in the head with a ball in batting practice soon after his promotion and just got back on the field last night. I also saw a little of Slade Heathcott in the DH spot, but he didn't get on the field until recently. I'll see them both this weekend and write them up next week.

    • The next best prospect on the field for Tampa was righty Jose Ramirez. Ramirez is a power-armed Dominican who's had some trouble staying healthy but sat in the 94-97 mph range with late life in a combined no-hitter. Considering his injury-plagued past, a skinny 6-foot-1 frame and below-average slider at 84-85 mph, he doesn't look like a slam dunk as a reliever but a good one. Ramirez's 83-85 mph changeup flashed plus potential with great arm speed and late sink, and he threw it to both sides of the plate versus righties and lefties. The comparison here is Fernando Rodney, and if Ramirez stays healthy, he could move quickly.

    • Three other starters for Tampa also showed some big league upside. Righty Caleb Cotham sat 91-93, touching 94 mph, with a fringy 86-88 mph slider and 78-80 mph curveball but an above-average 85-87 mph changeup … Lefty Nik Turley is 6-foot-6, possesses an average 89-91 mph fastball that will touch 92 and a fringy 74-75 mph curveball. He also will flash an above-average 79-82 mph changeup with solid feel … Righty Shane Greene lacks the feel to start long-term but sat 92-94, hitting 95 mph, with an 82-84 mph slider that flashed plus and an 83-85 mph changeup that was above-average at times.

    • There were also a few lesser, but still interesting arms in the Tampa bullpen. Righty Brandon Pinder sat 92-96 mph and flashed an above-average 86-88 mph slider, while fellow righty Tom Kahnle sat 93-96 mph with an above-average 82-84 mph changeup and solid-average slider at 86-87 mph. Righty Mark Montgomery rightfully gets attention for his consistently above-average 82-86 mph slider that flashes plus potential and a 90-92 mph fastball that touches 94, along with theatrical huffing and puffing and some big league guile.

    •The group of prospects in Tampa speak to the job done by Yankees scouting director Damon Oppenheimer and his staff. Getting Williams in the fourth round, Austin for $130,000 and the preceding list of power arms all drafted with lower-round picks were excellent values. Opposing clubs' scouts covering this Tampa squad were simultaneously commending the Yankees for their deep staff and wondering why their teams didn't draft these talents.


    I thought that was a pretty fair and accurate scouting report about the Williams and Sanchez. Also so pretty high praise and expectations, If Williams really turns into that Ellsbury comp we'll all be very very happy. I just really hope the Yanks don't do something stupid and trade either Sanchez or Williams for anything short of a legit young superstar or try to make changes to their games when they get to the upper levels

    Also nice to see some of our lesser know pitching prospects getting some recognition. About the only thing i disagreed with was his assessment of J Ram, I'm higher on him than most but a guy that throws that hard and has a change up that good and a average SLer that he just learned this yr should end up alot better than Fernando Rodney. If he continues to improve his SL, i think he has a chance to be a pretty good starter or at least a elite reliever. I also thought he was a little weak om Turley but he has kind of come out of no where this yr.

    I ve also crucified Oppenheimer and the Yankee scouts but this guy made a solid point that most of the guys mentioned were a result of good scouting and signings not high draft picks. Maybe their better than i ve given them credit for
    Awesome find... I'm guessing you have ESPN insider?

    I always thought the Yankees did a great job scouting and developing, but you know that. The upper levels are a bit barren as far as pitching goes right now though, pending Brett Marshall and Vidal Nuno promotions.


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    Found this video of yankees first round draft pick Ty Hensley, It's a video interview..thought I'd share, enjoy.

    I love in the video you see Pettitte talking to him and throwing catch with him as well. Awesome stuff.

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/video...61776&c_id=nyy


    Here's an Audio Interview with Austin Romine

    http://nflammia.tumblr.com/post/2814...-austin-romine
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    Romine picked up three hits in Tampa loss

    After taking some ground balls at the hot corner yesterday, 2B David Adams is lined up to play third in tomorrow’s game. What that means as far as him potentially coming up to help fill-in while Alex Rodriguez is on the DL, I don’t know. Speculate at your own risk.

    Eight games is too much for a full recap, so tonight you get bullet points…

    Double-A Trenton Game One (loss): DH Jose Pirela, 3B Addison Maruszak, RF Zoilo Almonte, and 2B Kevin Mahoney all doubled on the offensive side. RHP Mikey O’Brien allowed three runs in two innings in the original game, which was started Wednesday and completed tonight. RHP Dellin Betances started the continuation and struck out seven in seven innings, including one Immaculate Inning. He allowed four runs (one earned) and walked three, which isn’t awful.

    High-A Tampa (loss): DH Austin Romine had three singles while RF Tyler Austin had a single and a triple. Neither C Gary Sanchez nor LF Ramon Flores had a hit, plus OF Slade Heathcott and OF Mason Williams didn’t play. Williams is banged up after making a diving catch the other day. LHP Jeremy Bleich allowed three runs (one earned) in two innings in his latest rehab appearance.

    Low-A Charleston (loss): CF Ben Gamel went hitless, but they did get doubles from SS Cito Culver, 1B Tyson Blaser, and C Francisco Arcia. 3B Dante Bichette Jr. singled while RF Rob Refsnyder drew a pair of walks. LHP Matt Bashore allowed a pair of runs in six innings.

    Short Season Game One (loss): CF Ravel Santana returned from his sore ankle to hit a double, so that’s good. C Peter O’Brien and 3B Matt Duran also doubled while SS Claudio Custodio had a pair of singles and a stolen base. LHP Evan Rutckyj walked four and struck out three while allowing four runs in five innings.
    Short Season Game Two was cancelled and will not be made up. I guess the weather was bad.

    Rookie GCL Yankees (win): CF Abe Almonte went hitless in two at-bats and played three innings in the field in his first rehab game. SS Austin Aune continued his hot hitting with a triple, a walk, and a stolen base while LF Ericson Leonora clubbed his second homer in three games. 3B Miguel Andujar singled and doubled. LHP Caleb Frare highlighted the pitching staff with three scoreless innings in relief.

    Triple-A Empire State and the second game of Double-A Trenton‘s doubleheader are still being played. I’ll update this post once the games are over.

    Source: RAB

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    Cote promoted to Staten Island!


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    Double-A Trenton Game One (4-3 win over Harrisburg in seven innings) the opposing starter was a rehabbing Chien-Ming Wang, who played for the Thunder in parts of 2003 and 2004

    CF Melky Mesa: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — welcomed CMW back to Trenton by leading off the game with a homer
    SS Addison Maruszak, DH Luke Murton, C J.R. Murphy & RF Rob Segedin: all 1-3 — Murton and Murphy both doubled and drove in a run … Segedin hit a solo homer off Wang
    3B David Adams: 0-3, 1 K — played 13 games at the hot corner with Low-A Charleston back in 2009, but his is his first since
    RF Zoilo Almonte: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B
    1B Kevin Mahoney: 0-3
    2B Walt Ibarra: 1-2
    LHP Vidal Nuno: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 4/6 GB/FB — 55 of 88 pitches were strikes (63%) … guess he isn’t going to take D.J. Mitchell‘s spot in the Triple-A rotation
    RHP Kelvin Perez: 1 IP, zeroes, 2/1 GB/FB – nine of 14 pitches were strikes


    Double-A Trenton Game Two (5-1 win over Harrisburg in six innings) makeup of a game that was postponed back in April … this one was completed early due to rain

    2B Jose Pirela, DH Melky Mesa & LF Rob Segedin: all 2-3, 1 R — Pirela doubled and drove in a run … Mesa doubled … Segedin plated a run
    3B Addison Maruszak & C Jose Gil: both 0-3
    CF Zoilo Almonte, 1B Luke Murton & RF Kevin Mahoney: all 1-3 — Almonte scored a run … Murton doubled, drove in two, and struck out … Mahoney scored a run, whiffed, and threw a runner out at first
    SS Yadil Mujica: 0-2, 1 RBI
    RHP Craig Heyer: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 2/4 GB/FB – 39 of 53 pitches were strikes (74%)
    RHP Graham Stoneburner: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GB/FB – 17 of 30 pitches were strikes


    High-A Tampa (12-0 loss to Palm Beach)

    LF Ramon Flores: 2-4, 1 SB – five hits in his last 13 at-bats (.385)
    C Austin Romine: 0-3, 1 K — caught seven innings in the blowout
    RF Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
    DH Gary Sanchez: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 K
    Everyone Else: combined 0-17, 4 K
    LHP Matt Tracy: 3.1 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 5/2 GB/FB — egads
    LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4/0 GB/FB, 1 E (fielding)
    LHP Nik Turley: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3/3 GB/FB — I know the doubleheader screwed the rotation up, but I dislike the moving back and forth between the rotation and bullpen and all that
    RHP Sean Black: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP


    Short Season Staten Island (2-1 loss to Batavia)

    LF Taylor Dugas: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 E (fielding) — he’s already sixth in the farm system with six hit-by-pitches despite being a pro for about a month
    SS Claudio Custodio, DH Peter O’Brien & C Jackson Valera: all 0-4 — Valera and Custodio struck out twice, O’Brien thrice
    1B Matt Snyder: 0-3, 1 BB
    CF Ravel Santana: 1-4, 2 K
    2B Fu-Lin Kuo: 0-2, 1 K, 1 HBP
    3B Matt Duran: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K — four hits in his last eight bats with two doubles
    RF Danny Lopez: 0-2, 1 BB, 2 K
    RHP Corey Black: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 9/2 GB/FB
    LHP Josh Romanski: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB
    RHP Mariel Checo: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB
    LHP James Pazos: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K


    Rookie GCL Yanks (3-1 loss to GCL Phillies)

    CF Abe Almonte: 0-2 — played four innings in the field
    CF Mikeson Oliberto: 0-3, 1 K
    2B Jerison Lopez & 3B Miguel Andujar: both 2-4, 1 2B — Andujar struck out
    SS Austin Aune & RF Ericson Leonora: both 0-3, 1 BB — Aune got caught stealing
    DH Yeicok Calderon: 0-2, 2 BB — five walks in his last two games
    1B Bubba Jones: 0-4, 1 K
    C David Remedios: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — second homer in his last three games
    LF Nathan Mikolas: 1-4, 3 K — 23 strikeouts in 55 plate appearances (41.9%)
    LHP Daniel Camarena: 3 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 4/1 GB/FB — five strikeouts, no walks, and one hit in six scoreless innings since coming back from his minor shoulder problem
    LHP Rony Bautista: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 7/3 GB/FB
    RHP Kelvin Castro: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GB/FB


    Both Triple-A Empire State and Low-A Charleston were rained out and will play a doubleheader tomorrow.

    Source: RAB

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    Any word on Banuelos?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laying Low View Post
    Any word on Banuelos?
    he's started a rehab program and is starting to get stretched out to hopefully get back on the mound by the end of the yr. I'm sure if he's healthy they'll send him to the AFL and some winter leagues to get some innings but its pretty much a lost yr for him. Knowing the Yanks he'll be on a pretty strict innings count as well so i doubt he has much impact on the big league club next yr either

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    Quote Originally Posted by dayners81 View Post
    he's started a rehab program and is starting to get stretched out to hopefully get back on the mound by the end of the yr. I'm sure if he's healthy they'll send him to the AFL and some winter leagues to get some innings but its pretty much a lost yr for him. Knowing the Yanks he'll be on a pretty strict innings count as well so i doubt he has much impact on the big league club next yr either
    Thanks.

    Lovely. I was really hoping he could get in a half dozen starts and show he still has it.
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    In the past the Yankees have used season previous to the injury as an innings guide. He threw 124 innings last season so I'm sure he could throw at least that next season since he has proven he can handle that load.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoba Chughes View Post
    In the past the Yankees have used season previous to the injury as an innings guide. He threw 124 innings last season so I'm sure he could throw at least that next season since he has proven he can handle that load.
    i sure hope so but with being shut down completely for the better part of 3 months i don't think they'll push his arm to hard. The last thing they want to do is push him to hard and have him hurt his arm or shoulder and lose the entire next yr. Who knows though, the Yanks seem to have gotten better the last couple yrs handling their young pitchers at the upper levels, it will be interesting to see what happens with Banuelos next yr

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    Since Betances has been disappointing, I really Hope Banuelos turns into a nice starter for us down the road.

    I think Yankees should take a gamble of putting together a package around Hughes for a controllable outfielder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrueYankee View Post
    Since Betances has been disappointing, I really Hope Banuelos turns into a nice starter for us down the road.

    I think Yankees should take a gamble of putting together a package around Hughes for a controllable outfielder.
    Unless they sign Hughes to an extension, they probably won't get good value on him. His contract is over after the 2013 season. Unless a team wants a one year rental, they're probably not gonna give us a cost controlled multi-year outfielder. Nova, maybe, but not Hughes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TrueYankee View Post
    Since Betances has been disappointing, I really Hope Banuelos turns into a nice starter for us down the road.

    I think Yankees should take a gamble of putting together a package around Hughes for a controllable outfielder.
    I can't see them dealing Hughes. Cash has so much invested in him, you know the whole FO has been hoping he turns out to be good. Hopefully he continues to be good, but not too good, and can be kept for a reasonable amount of money. If we are going to pay guys, might as well be our own young homegrown players.

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    Derek Jeter is a lucky man.

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    Biggest name that stands out is Joba. He is ready. Bye Qualls.

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