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NFT: Yankees Minor Leagues

ManningLobsItBurressAlone : 4/2/2024 2:36 pm
Figure we can fire a Yankees minor league thread up just to keep up with the happenings of our affiliates. The only group that has gotten underway is Triple A Scranton, starting their season on 3/29. Of the MLB Pipeline Top 30 for the Yanks, Scranton features:
#6- OF Everson Pereira
#8- SP Will Warren
#14- SP Clayton Beeter
#16- IF Jorbit Vivas
#18- SP Yoendrys Gomez

Ron Marinnacio and Cody Poteet are also down there who figure to see time with the big club at various points based on pitching needs.

Scranton sits at 2-1 through the first 3 games.

Will Warren didn't even make it out of the 1st in Game 1. Gave up 5 runs in 1/3rd of an inning.
Cody Poteet went 4 shutout innings, with 1 hit, 1 walk, and 5 K's. He may be one of the first names called for SP depth for the Yanks.
Everson Pereira with an early 4-13 and 1 HR through the first 3 games. I believe the HR was 108 off the bat.
Caleb Durbin who impressed during the Spring Breakout games, with an early 4-12 with 4 RBI and 2 SBs. He'll see work all around the IF, as he opened at 3B and then played 2B for Game 2.
Caleb Durbin  
Crazed Dogs : 4/2/2024 3:19 pm : link
I have been following this guy....hard not to root for him...He is a grinder.
The Tampa Tarpons roster  
k2tampa : 4/2/2024 3:52 pm : link
shows they have one catcher, four infielders, and four outfields. Talk about iron men!
Our top pitching prospect  
ManningLobsItBurressAlone : 4/2/2024 4:00 pm : link
Chase Hampton was shut down for 4-6 weeks with a UCL sprain. This happened about two weeks ago at which point he received a PRP injection. I imagine they'll be extra cautious with him, and probably won't see him until mid-end of May.
Here's a good article highlighting 2 young pitchers  
rich in DC : 4/2/2024 4:23 pm : link
You may or may not have heard of these two, but because of their major college program pedigree, could move quickly through the system.
two Yankee pitching prospects - ( New Window )
Here's more about the Trenton roster  
rich in DC : 4/2/2024 4:25 pm : link
At least 8 guys on the top 30.

Trenton roster - ( New Window )
All the full season affiliates are now underway,  
ManningLobsItBurressAlone : 4/8/2024 9:49 am : link
here's some notable nuggets from the weekend:

AAA Scranton (4-4):
- Caleb Durbin continued his scorching hot opening week. He's a player that made a name for himself in the spring breakout games, and has played a little of everywhere in the IF (not sure where he can potentially fit on the big league roster). His 2-2 with 2 double, and 4 RBI performance yesterday brings his first 8 game line to .464 average with a 1.365 OPS. 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, and 7 steals while getting caught 0 times.
- Everson Pereira has 2 HRs but has otherwise gotten off to a slow start with a .200 average and .766 OPS. The swing and miss problem is there with 15 Ks and 4 walks in his first 30 at bats.
- Former top prospect Jeter Downs has seen work between SS and 2B and has had a nice opening week. Up to .316 with a .970 OPS.
- Brandon Lockridge who's been a fringe prospect with strong running and defensive tools in CF is off to a nice start. .417 average with a 1.233 OPS in his first 6 games, while stealing 9 bases and being caught 0 times.
- On the pitching side of things the Saturday double header had two of our top pitching prospects in Scranton go. Will Warren bounced back from a terrible first start to go 4 innings, 3 hits, 2 walks, 5 K's, and 1 earned run over 75 pitches. In game 2 Clayton Beeter started and command was an issue, going 3.1 shutout innings with 2 hits, 5 walks, and 5 Ks.

AA Somerset (2-1, started up Friday):
- Top prospect Spencer Jones has yet to appear due to neck stiffness.
- Ben Rice, who had a breakout last year, and is now 25 years old in AA, looking to keep his momentum moving. Saw time at C and DH to open the weekend, and hit his first HR. .286 with a .833 OPS to open up.
- Agustin Ramirez probably the story of AA and below. He homered in every game of opening weekend to start out with a .286 average and 1.215 OPS. 3 HRs and 6 RBI is a nice 3 game line. 22 year old catcher that came on as sort of a darkhorse last year, and looking to climb up the prospect ranks even further.
- On the pitching side of things, Trystan Vrieling, from the article above, made his pro ball debut (right to AA which is rare for the Yanks), and impressed going 5 shutout, with only 2 hits, 2 walks, and 6 Ks.

High A HV Renegades (2-1, started Friday):
- Jared Serna, who creeped into the top 15 Yanks prospects at Fangraphs, is another who got off to a hot start opening weekend. He saw time at SS and 2B, and started .300 with a 1.400 OPS after hitting 2 HRs. Long term is probably more of a utility man, but could see a future at 2B.
- 2022 7th rounder Cam Schittler with an impressive first start. 6 scoreless with 1 hit, 1 walk, and 7 Ks.

Low A Tampa (1-2, started Friday):
- George Lombard off to a slow start. .091 average and .424 OPS.
- Roderick Arias hit his first HR, and added a 3B, but starts at .231 with a .846 OPS. Hoping he continues his breakout from last year.
- Saturday saw two of our Cade pitching prospects from the 2023 draft go back to back with impressive performances. Cade Smith started with 2.1 scoress innings, with 2 hits, 3 walks, and 4 Ks, while Cade Austin went 2.2 scoreless innings with 2 hits, and 6 Ks in relief.
Thanks for the  
section125 : 4/8/2024 9:59 am : link
minors updates.
Yankees roster shuffling,  
ManningLobsItBurressAlone : 4/8/2024 5:22 pm : link
as they option Cousins to AAA, and designate Clayton Andrews for assignment. They have purchased the contract of lefty Josh Maciejewski from AAA.

Threw 45.2 innings last year over 3 different levels (A+ to AA). He had a 2.96 ERA over that stretch with a 1.25 WHIP, and struck out 22.9% of batters while walking 8.5%. Primarily a sinker ball pitcher, he had a 49% ground ball rate in his 23.2 innings at AAA last year. Started this year off with 4.2 scoreless innings in AAA, while striking out 5 and walking 1.

Did you know Cousins is Kirk Cousins', em, cousin?  
Greg from LI : 4/8/2024 5:24 pm : link
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life is hard  
RasputinPrime : 4/8/2024 5:25 pm : link
life as a relief pitcher is harder.
Really well  
ManningLobsItBurressAlone : 4/9/2024 9:12 am : link
done article from Pinstripe Alley on the week 1 minors recap. Lot of good information in here.

Did not realize we got Durbin from the Braves in the Lucas Luetge deal after we DFA'd him.
Week 1 Roundup - ( New Window )
What are they going to do with Durbin?  
Jim in Hoboken : 4/9/2024 9:46 am : link
Peraza and DJ aren’t even back yet.

Berti is just so redundant with Cabrera around and what we already have in the system. Cruz may be a lottery ticket, but who knows if he turns into another Alcantera?
RE: What are they going to do with Durbin?  
rich in DC : 4/9/2024 11:25 am : link
In comment 16461834 Jim in Hoboken said:
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Peraza and DJ aren’t even back yet.

Berti is just so redundant with Cabrera around and what we already have in the system. Cruz may be a lottery ticket, but who knows if he turns into another Alcantera?


Just my opinion here, but I think due to his really small stature (he's listed at 5'6" tall), the Yanks really weren't that high on him (after all, he was what they got for a DFA'd reliever, which in these trades usually amounts to a bag of magic beans).

However, all he has done since is hit, steal bases and play above-average offense. With that said, his defense is reported to be average at best and in the bigs, he's likely limited to 2B. On the flip side, he has yet to have a healthy season- which works against him as it seems to prove the "too small" knock against him.

Assuming he can continue to produce in AAA, there is a ready-made vacancy at the end of the year at 2B (Torres hits FA). If the Yanks are going to re-sign Soto, they will have to find savings elsewhere. Plugging in one of Peraza or Durbin would be a big budget saver at 2B.

Personally, I kind of like Durbin- he's the sort of player who carries a chip on his shoulder from people doubting him for being "too small" to make the bigs and would likely outwork everyone to prove it. You need scrappy guys on your team and he would fit the bill. Still, he is going to have to prove himself every step of the way and hold off all comers.

If the Yanks plan is to eventually move Volpe to leadoff, Durbin might be an excellent 9 hole hitter. Durbin's K to walk ratios are outstanding, though his size does limit his power. Still, a high OBP 9 hole hitter helps extend the lineup when you get back to the top of the order. The Yanks used to love having Scott Brosius in the 9 spot for just that reason.

Caleb Durbin's stats - ( New Window )
RE: Yankees roster shuffling,  
rich in DC : 4/9/2024 11:31 am : link
In comment 16461190 ManningLobsItBurressAlone said:
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as they option Cousins to AAA, and designate Clayton Andrews for assignment. They have purchased the contract of lefty Josh Maciejewski from AAA.

Threw 45.2 innings last year over 3 different levels (A+ to AA). He had a 2.96 ERA over that stretch with a 1.25 WHIP, and struck out 22.9% of batters while walking 8.5%. Primarily a sinker ball pitcher, he had a 49% ground ball rate in his 23.2 innings at AAA last year. Started this year off with 4.2 scoreless innings in AAA, while striking out 5 and walking 1.


Maciejewski getting the call up and pitching the 9th inning yesterday had to be huge for him. Ever since the Yanks brought him in, he has really served as an "organization" type of player- meaning that he really wasn't considered a prospect and the team sent him where ever there was a need to be filled. He has had instances where he played in A ball, then suddenly got sent to AAA for filler and then back again.

To make the big leagues, even if it isn't a permanent thing and he likely gets sent down again or DFAd in the near future had to be one of life's best moments for him. He has always quietly done what was asked of him and taken a lot of hits for the team without ever being viewed as a top prospect. Congrats to him.
4/9 Update  
ManningLobsItBurressAlone : 4/10/2024 9:54 am : link
AAA won 5-2
- Durbin another 2-4 night with a double, and started his first pro game in CF. Trying him everywhere it seems. Up to a crazy .469 average and 1.352 OPS to start the year.
- Pereira went 2-4 with his 3rd homer of the year, 106.1 off the bat.
- Edgar Barclay, a lefty throwing pitcher who's yo-yo'd between relieving and starting with a solid 5 innings, 3 hits, 3 walks, 7 K's, 1 earned against a really strong Norfolk lineup that had Jackson Holliday in it for his final AAA game.

AA lost 8-2
- Ben Rice 0-3 with 2 walks and a SB
- Agustin Ramirez continues his hot start going 1-4 with a 2 RBI and a walk.

Low A lost 6-2:
- Rough start continues for Roderick Arias going 0-5 with 5 Ks.
- George Lombard went 0-1 with 3 walks
4/10 Update  
ManningLobsItBurressAlone : 4/11/2024 9:16 am : link
Scranton wins 7-3, to move to 6-4:
- Nothing too notable from the big names here, both Durbin and Pereira went 0-4 with a walk.
- The Scranton pen which has a lot of MLB options, had a nice showing. Bickford went 1.1 scoreless innings with 2 Ks, 1 walk, and 1 hit, and Marinaccio went 2 scoreless innings with 3 Ks and 1 walk. Again this is the tough Norfolk lineup, where even without Holliday, the first 5 hitters in that lineup sport OPS' north of 1.000.

Tampa loses 9-2 to move to 1-4.
- Lombard finally with some hits as he goes 2-3 with 2 walks.
- Arias goes 1-4 with a double and a walk.

Other two games were postponed.
thanks for the updates  
Del Shofner : 4/11/2024 9:18 am : link
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4/11 Update  
ManningLobsItBurressAlone : 4/12/2024 9:42 am : link
Scranton wins 4-3, moves to 7-4:
- Durbin 0-3 with 2 walks, "down" to .385 with a 1.160 OPS
- Pereira 1-3 with a double and a walk, sitting at .220 with a .835 OPS
- Jeter Downs, still only 25, and has started at 2B, SS, and now 3B for Scranton. 2-4 with his 2nd HR, off of MLBer John Means. Up to .308 with a .982 OPS.
- CF Brandon Lockridge has really had a strong start to the year, 1-3 with a double, and his 10th SB (0 CS). Up to .353 with a 1.136 OPS. Trimming fat around the edges cost wise for the future (hopefully with the Soto extension), is going to have to come internally, hopefully some of these guys can step in).
- Yoendrys Gomez (has hovered around the top 20 or so NYY prospects), went 3 scoreless, allowing 3 hits, 1 walk, and 6 Ks.
- Yorlin Calderon also went 3 scoreless in relief, allowing 2 hits and 3 Ks. Only 22 years old, and threw 81.1 innings last year (73.1 at Low A Tampa) to the tune of a 3.10 ERA with 98 Ks and only 26 walks for a 1.18 WHIP. Looks like he skipped AA entirely, and is now at 9.2 innings this year with a .93 ERA and 7 Ks to 2 walks. Big boy at 6'3, 155, with what looks to be a solid sinker and excellent changeup (thanks Pinstripe Alley).

Somerset lost 6-3, now 2-3 on the year:
- Ben Rice 1-5
- Agustin Ramirez continues his hot start going 1-4 with his 4th HR of the year. Now at .273 with a 1.151 OPS, 4 HRs and 10 RBI. First player in AA overall with 4 HRs.
- Brock Selvidge, one of our top SP prospects made his debut. He went 4 innings, allowing 7 hits and 2 walks, with 5 Ks. Threw 80 pitches with 52 strikes.

Tampa loses again 3-1, falls to 1-5:
- George Lombard goes 0-2 with 3 more walks. Average only sitting at .176 to start the year with no extra base hits, but 12 walks (to only 8 Ks) in 6 games still has his OBP at .533.
- Rod Arias goes 1-3 with an RBI and 2 walks. Slow start as well sitting at .200 with a .726 OPS.
- Both Cade's pitched again. Cade Smith started and went 3.1 innings allowing 1 hit, 3 walks, 2 earned and striking out 6. Cade Austin came on in relief and went 3.2 innings and allowed 2 hits, 1 walk, 1 earned and struck out 6 as well.

The HV doubleheader was rained out.
4/12 Update  
ManningLobsItBurressAlone : 4/13/2024 8:30 am : link
Scranton won 6-4 to move to 8-4:
- Brandon Lockridge moved to the top of the order and went 1-5 with his 11th SB (still 0 CS).
- Durbin goes 2-5 with his 6th double of the year and 8th SB (up to .386/.1.145 OPS). Double was 105 off the bat.
- Pereira goes 2-4 with a walk and his 4th HR. Added his 2nd SB of the year as well (up to .244/.926 OPS). His HR was 103.8 off the bat, and he added a 101 mph flyout.
- Jeter Downs continues his impressive start going 2-4 with a double. Both of his hits were 100mph+ off the bat, and he added his 2nd SB of the year.
- Will Warren started and went 5 innings allowing 4 hits, 2 walks, and 3 earned, along with 8 Ks. He did give up 3 HRs, again this was the strong Norfolk lineup (Kjerstad and Mayo got him for 2). Threw 82 pitches, with 52 strikes, averaged around 94mph.

Somerset blew a 8-2 lead in the 7th, to lose 10-8, falls to 2-4 on the year:
- Ben Rice 1-4 with a walk
- Agustin Ramirez continues to mash. 1-5 with his 5th HR of the year.
- Ben Cowles, a 2021 10th rounder, went 2-4 to raise his average to .409 to start the year, 1.003 OPS.

HV played a DH, lost game one 3-2:
- Roc Riggio, a 2023 4th rounder, who plays 2B, went 2-2 with 2 walks and a double. Known as a contact guy, with a great eye, and plate discpline.
- Jared Serna went 1-4 with an RBI (.286-1.158 OPS).

Game 2 they won 1-0, to move to 3-2 on the year:
- Roc Riggio went 0-1 with 3 walks (.250-.888 OPS)
- Brian Hendry, a 2023 10th rounder from OK State made his pro debut and went 5 scoreless innings allowing 2 hits and 1 walk, to go with 8 Ks. Strong debut.

The 2nd game of the Somerset DH was rained out.
Forgot a forgettable game  
ManningLobsItBurressAlone : 4/13/2024 9:00 am : link
Tampa lost 11-2 to move to 1-6 on the year.
- George Lombard goes 2-4 with his 3rd SB. He did have 2 fielding errors and now has 5 on the short season. Not sure if this is a long term problem or not.
- A real brutal start continues for Arias as he goes 0-3 with 2 Ks. Down to .179 with a .674 OPS
Spencer Jones has yet to play  
rich in DC : 4/13/2024 12:19 pm : link
Initially it was said he was day to day- we’re now a week into the season and no appearances. What’s going on?
RE: Forgot a forgettable game  
rich in DC : 4/13/2024 12:22 pm : link
In comment 16467255 ManningLobsItBurressAlone said:
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Tampa lost 11-2 to move to 1-6 on the year.
- George Lombard goes 2-4 with his 3rd SB. He did have 2 fielding errors and now has 5 on the short season. Not sure if this is a long term problem or not.
- A real brutal start continues for Arias as he goes 0-3 with 2 Ks. Down to .179 with a .674 OPS


I’m not too concerned here- this is a YOUNG team- at least 4 starters are 19 or younger. There also isn’t too much pitching there as it looks like they held back some arms in extended ST.

Remember many years ago, Jeter racked up over 40 errors in low A ball. Lombard is 18 years old, much like Jeter back then. You learn a lot playing pro ball in the minors. Reps count and much is learned from errors.
RE: Spencer Jones has yet to play  
ManningLobsItBurressAlone : 4/13/2024 3:03 pm : link
In comment 16467479 rich in DC said:
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Initially it was said he was day to day- we’re now a week into the season and no appearances. What’s going on?


Speaking of, he’s making his debut today in Game 1 of the DH, as the DH. 0-1 with a BB so far.
4/13 Update:  
ManningLobsItBurressAlone : 4/14/2024 9:10 am : link
Much like the big club yesterday, the farm went a perfect 5-0, thanks to some great pitching performances.

Scranton won 3-0 (9-4):
- Lockridge/Durbin/Pereira went a combined 0-11 with Lockridge drawing the only walk. Also was CS for the first time this year. Pereira with the 0-4 4K line.
- Strong performance from Clayton Beeter who went 5 scoreless only allowing 1 hit, with 8 Ks. Averaged 95 on the fastball.

Somerset won both of a DH (4-4 now):
Game 1 (10-2 W):
- Spencer Jones made his debut at DH and went 2-3 with a double, a walk, and 3 runs scored.
- Bailey Dees and Kevin Stevens went 7 innings, allowing 2 total runs while striking out 10.

Game 2 (3-1 W):
- Agustin Ramirez continued mashing with his 6th HR of the year on a 2-4 night.
- Ben Cowles, a 2021 10th rounder, went 2-3 on the day with a double and 2 runs scored. Up to .407 average-1.056 OPS on the year. Have him playing both SS/3B in AA currently.
- Trystan Vrieling followed up his first start with another gem. 6 innings of 1 run ball, allowing 3 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 6. ERA and WHIP at a matching .82 through his first 11 innings (2-0).

HV won 3-0 (4-2):
- Omar Martinez, a 22 year old C down here went 1-4 with a 3B and RBI. Up to .333-.962 OPS on the early going.
- Sebastian Keane with a gem of his own (2022 18th rounder). 4.1 innings of shutout ball with 3 hits, 1 walk, and 7 Ks. 72 pitches, 46 strikes.
- Trent Sellers and Geoffrey Gilbert completed the shutout out of the pen with 4.2 scoreless innings of 1 hit, 1 walk, 7 K ball.

Tampa won 8-7 (2-6):
- Walk off single for George Lombard in a 1-4 night. 1 RBI, 2 more walks, and 2 stolen bases rounds out his night.
- Arias went 2-5 with 2 doubles.
Thanks for  
section125 : 4/14/2024 9:17 am : link
the updates.
Thank you very much.  
Mike from SI : 4/14/2024 11:01 am : link
Becoming excited about Ramirez.
4/14 Update  
ManningLobsItBurressAlone : 4/15/2024 9:40 am : link
Another 5 game day thanks to the poor weather to open the year.

Scranton wins 6-5 (10-4):
- Lockridge goes 2-4 with a walk and a double.
- Durbin goes 1-5 with his 9th SB
- Pereira 0-2 with 2 Ks. Looks like he was pinch hit for early, but not seeing anything.
- Josh Breaux goes 3-5 with 2 HRs and 5 RBI for nearly all the damage. Always had big power, first was 109.5 off the bat and went 430, second was 94.5 off the bat and went 390.

Somerset loses 13-9 (4-5):
- Ben Rice has really hit the skids recently, had a lot of hype coming in to the year. 0-5 with 2 Ks, down to .200-.568 OPS.
- Agustin Ramirez hot start has pitchers now avoiding him. 0-1 with 3 walks, HBP, 3 runs, and 2 SBs. Nice day to stay patient.
- Ben Cowles has been hot recently. 2-4 with a 3B, BB and 3 RBI. Up to .419-1.127 OPS for the 24 year old.

HV Played Two and Split to Go to 5-3 on the year:
G1 (5-4 loss):
- Catcher depth down here has seen two guys split time between C and DH. Omar Martinez (22) DH in G1 and went 1-4 (at .320-.890 OPS). Jesus Rodriguez (21) C this one, and went 2-4 with an RBI (.308-.795 OPS).


G2 (6-4 win):
- Roc Riggo went 2-2 with 2 walks, 3B, and an SB. Up to .294-1.009 OPS. .480 OBP and 7 walks to only 3 Ks.
- Martinez/Rodriguez swapped roles and Martinez went 1-4 with his 2nd HR of the year, and Rodriguez 0-3 with a BB.
- Cole Ayers, a 16th round pick from 2021, went 2 innings for the save, 1 BB and 4Ks. Note him because in 4.1 innings he has 9 Ks to only 1 BB.

Tampa lost 11-4 (2-7):
- Lombard 0-4 with a BB. OBP at .489 in the early going.
- Arias 0-3 with a BB and his 1st SB.
- Emmanuel Tejada is a 19 year old that's starting down here, switching between 2B/3B. 2-3 with a BB, to bring the average up to .300. No pop at all, 0 XBHs, but can put the ball in play.
Ramirez has an insane number of HR already  
rich in DC : 4/15/2024 9:49 am : link
6 HR in just 9 games! Add in that he’s not a 3 outcome guy and this gets interesting.

At a minimum, he gives them a trade asset at the deadline with those numbers (remembering that there will be a BIG roster crunch for 40 man spots at the end of the season(.
That end of season  
ManningLobsItBurressAlone : 4/15/2024 12:35 pm : link
roster shuffling will be interesting. A few guys from the MLB roster currently I can see us letting walk. Gleyber, Verdugo, Kahnle, and Lasagna to name a few. Then you have Holmes and Ferguson who are UFA, and I don't see the club picking up their $17M option on Rizzo for next year. This in addition to the RP bottom of roster churn.

Warren and Durbin are guys that have to be protected after the season, then you'll have some other fringe guys.
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