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NY minor league prospect news (2012 edition)


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#1 jon abbey


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Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:14 AM

Kicking this thread off because Rafael DePaula got his visa at long last (signed in Nov 2010), and looks like he'll be at Low A Charleston.

http://www.baseballa...rafael-depaula/

Charleston will also have Jose Campos in the rotation, and Gary Sanchez, Mason Williams and Dante Bichette, Jr. in the lineup, fun team to follow.

Here's a team by team preview of the NY farm system from RAB:

http://riveraveblues...m-system-65879/

#2 jon abbey


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Posted 01 April 2012 - 10:25 AM

Peter Gammons@pgammo

NL scout:"Before you pass judgement on Pineda, Jose Campos was the best young pitcher I saw all winter--easy 100"

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 02:49 PM

Love hearing that.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 07:43 PM

Peter Gammons@pgammo

NL scout:"Before you pass judgement on Pineda, Jose Campos was the best young pitcher I saw all winter--easy 100"


With the Yankees luck it will turn out Campos is really 24. :lol:

#5 terrynever

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 10:22 AM

RiverDogs' opener rained out in the bottom of the first after Mason Williams led off with a triple. Campos pitches tonight.

http://www.milb.com/...t=.jsp&sid=t233

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#6 jon abbey


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Posted 06 April 2012 - 07:42 PM

Campos pitches tonight.


He's out now, 6 1 0 0 1 3, and they pulled him even though he'd only thrown 65 pitches.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:32 PM

Yikes, Banuelos got hammered in his first start: 3.1 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:47 AM

Keith Law added current clubs to his team top 10 prospect lists, you can see why Charleston should be so fun to follow for NY fans this year (and this doesn't include Rafael DePaula yet either, which probably makes it six of their top eight prospects overall):

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1. Manny Banuelos, LHP (Scranton-AAA)
2. Mason Williams, CF (Charleston-Low A)
3. Gary Sanchez, C (Charleston-Low A)
4. Dellin Betances, RHP (Scranton-AAA)
5. Tyler Austin, 3B/1B (Charleston-Low A)
6. Jose Campos, RHP (Charleston-Low A)
7. Dante Bichette, 3B (Charleston-Low A)
8. Austin Romine, C (MLB-Disabled List)
9. J.R. Murphy, C (Tampa-High A)
10. Slade Heathcott, OF (Tampa-High A)

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 07:52 PM

Campos with the odd yet dominant 5 0 1 0 2 7 line tonight, the run scoring on two errors in an inning he didn't allow any legit baserunners. He's out now, 75 pitches tonight.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:10 PM

Yikes, Banuelos got hammered in his first start: 3.1 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K


And a second very ugly outing this afternoon: 2 3 2 2 6 0.

It's times like these that it's good to recall he's still the second youngest player in the International League, yikes.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:35 PM

And a second very ugly outing this afternoon: 2 3 2 2 6 0.

It's times like these that it's good to recall he's still the second youngest player in the International League, yikes.

Six walks in two innings? That's either bad mechanics or his lack of control is getting into his head.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:34 PM

The first one he was seemingly throwing strikes and just getting hammered, two disastrous outings in different ways, and today's looks even worse with the bullpen behind him pitching great after he left. Just two games, though.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:31 PM

I didn't think he looked all that great in spring training either. He is young yet though.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:58 PM

Wing and JA, I'm surprised in you guys. I figured you would've both pretended that you'd never liked Banuelos and instead anointed Campos as the new chosen one.

Betances also got hammered in his first start. Don't have the stat line in front of me, but he walked a lot of dudes.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:12 AM

Wing and JA, I'm surprised in you guys. I figured you would've both pretended that you'd never liked Banuelos and instead anointed Campos as the new chosen one.

Betances also got hammered in his first start. Don't have the stat line in front of me, but he walked a lot of dudes.


Betances had a good first start (5IP, 6ks, 1BB) brutal second one though.

And I am not ready to abandon Banuelos, you know the Yankee fan mantra "It'll be fine."

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:42 AM

Banuelos to the DL with a sore back.

#17 terrynever

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 08:11 AM

Tyler Austin went 4-for-4 last night for Charleston and is hitting .429 with a 1.448 OPS. He's a 13th-round draft pick in 2010 who has done nothing but hit since turning pro. He bats cleanup for the Riverdogs, right behind Dante Bichette Jr. (.324, .780 OPS) and just ahead of Gary Sanchez (.310, .773). Mason Williams is leading off and hitting .308 with a .773 OPS. Five steals in six tries this season.
Williams and Austin are 20 years old, the other two are 19.
Jose Campos, 19, makes his third start of the season early this week. He is 2-0 in 11 innings with 11 Ks and an 0.36 WHIP. One wonders how long Campos will stay in Low-A. Pitchers who dominate tend to move up faster through the low minors than young hitters.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 03:28 PM

Tyler Austin went 4-for-4 last night for Charleston and is hitting .429 with a 1.448 OPS. He's a 13th-round draft pick in 2010 who has done nothing but hit since turning pro. He bats cleanup for the Riverdogs, right behind Dante Bichette Jr. (.324, .780 OPS) and just ahead of Gary Sanchez (.310, .773). Mason Williams is leading off and hitting .308 with a .773 OPS. Five steals in six tries this season.
Williams and Austin are 20 years old, the other two are 19.
Jose Campos, 19, makes his third start of the season early this week. He is 2-0 in 11 innings with 11 Ks and an 0.36 WHIP. One wonders how long Campos will stay in Low-A. Pitchers who dominate tend to move up faster through the low minors than young hitters.


Sexy team.

#19 jon abbey


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Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:39 PM

Austin with another HR today, OPS up to 1.502 now and five straight multi-hit games.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:42 PM

Austin with another HR today, OPS up to 1.502 now.


Not that it means a whole ton, but in the pre-season we started hearing from the national prospect experts a little buzz about Austin. So to follow up with a nice early performance kinda makes him a little more intriguing.

#21 terrynever

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:05 PM

Austin with another HR today, OPS up to 1.502 now and five straight multi-hit games.

Yeah, a 3-run homer in top of the 9th to win the game, 7-5.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:43 PM

5IP, 7Ks, 1 ER for Campos tonight.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:53 PM

Dellin Betances went 4 2/3 giving up 7 hits, 5 runs, 4 walks, and 4 Ks. 96 pitches, 44 for strikes.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 11:59 PM

That Charleston team is awesome, Austin/Sanchez/Williams went a combined 8 for 14 tonight, and Campos' season numbers are now 16 5 2 1 4 18.

It's a good thing that Pineda has essentially jumped Betances/Banuelos in line, and also that Phelps has looked good so far, because those two have been terrible so far this season.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 09:49 PM

Dunno what was going on in Charleston tonight, but West Virginia stole 5 bases in 5 tries against Gary Sanchez, who was doing well throwing out runners before tonight.

But here's the odd part: Charleston went 7 for 7 in steals themselves, including 3 by Sanchez (all of second base).

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 06:35 AM

Not sure if anyone saw but Law visited Charleston to check out the Yankees prospects and came away very impressed. Wrote a whole blog about it last week. Worth reading.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 04:34 PM

Not sure if anyone saw but Law visited Charleston to check out the Yankees prospects and came away very impressed. Wrote a whole blog about it last week. Worth reading.

Thanks. Good insights on several of the prospects by Law.

Mason Williams went 4-for-4 today with a homer and double in a 9-4 Charleston victory. He's now hitting .347 with a .505 SLG and .882 OPS.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 10:56 PM

Campos with the worst outing of his career, 2.2 7 8 8 3 3

Tyler Austin with 2 more HRs in that same game along with 7 RBIs, he is up to .364/.390/.870 for the season now, 8 HRs in 77 ABs.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 07:19 PM

Banuelos off the DL with a strong effort tonight: 3.2 2 0 0 0 5, 60 pitches, 38 strikes, he's out now.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 07:22 PM

Banuelos off the DL with a strong effort tonight: 3.2 2 0 0 0 5, 60 pitches, 38 strikes, he's out now.

Can he hit?

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:38 AM

And now Josh Norris is reporting that Jose Campos is on the minor league DL, details to come. WONDERFUL.

#32 terrynever

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 11:12 AM

And now Josh Norris is reporting that Jose Campos is on the minor league DL, details to come. WONDERFUL.

Mason Williams hasn't played in 3 days and was pinch-hit for in the 2nd inning on Monday. So I guess he's hurt, too.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 06:54 PM

Williams is back tonight, but this is horrible news:

Josh Norris@jnorris427
It's an elbow for Campos. He's having an MRI. Complained about it after his last start.

#34 terrynever

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 07:42 PM

Williams is back tonight, but this is horrible news:

Josh Norris@jnorris427
It's an elbow for Campos. He's having an MRI. Complained about it after his last start.

Maybe Cashman should go back to buying veteran pitchers past their prime.

#35 samuelLsamson

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:43 AM

Jesus (Christ, not Montero) -- the Yanks are getting no luck with pitching injuries lately. Not seen a lot of Campos but his numbers to start the season were very impressive. Hope the MRI shows good news, but it sounds ominous.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 06:58 PM

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My @NewYorkPost teammate George King reports that an MRI on #Yankees prospect Jose Campos' elbow shows "inflammation." Timetable not known.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:14 PM

There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.

Really, I spent half the day the Yankees acquired Pineda bitching about the deal, and that was before I realized that Compos was also included in the deal....

That was a great trade for NY (and could still be), but so far, they've gotten totally boned.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 07:07 PM

Banuelos has had three very good starts in a row since coming off the DL, 6 5 1 0 0 7 today, 15 Ks and no BBs in 14.2 innings total.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 05:56 PM

And Banuelos onto the DL with a sore elbow. Is it 2013 yet?

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:53 PM

Gary Sanchez going nuts the last few days, 4 HRs and 15 RBIs in the last 4 games, up to an .848 OPS for the season now and likely to be promoted to high-A soon.

And his teammate Tyler Austin continues to be the front-runner for NY's minor league player of the year, 13 HRs and 13 SBs (1 CS) in 196 ABs, 1.070 OPS. Austin is 20, Sanchez 19.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 12:13 AM

Gary Sanchez going nuts the last few days, 4 HRs and 15 RBIs in the last 4 games, up to an .848 OPS for the season now and likely to be promoted to high-A soon.

And his teammate Tyler Austin continues to be the front-runner for NY's minor league player of the year, 13 HRs and 13 SBs (1 CS) in 196 ABs, 1.070 OPS. Austin is 20, Sanchez 19.


Austin might find himself on some top 50 prospect lists if he keeps this up.

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 08:01 AM

Sanchez has 11 errors this season behind the plate. I guess it's not unusual to see a young player in Class A make that many errors, regardless of position. Plenty of time to add some polish.

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 01:50 PM

Sanchez has 11 errors this season behind the plate. I guess it's not unusual to see a young player in Class A make that many errors, regardless of position. Plenty of time to add some polish.


Just for fun I went through the 11 C who are currently qualified for the batting title in the majors, and 7 of the 11 had at least one minor league season with 11+ errors. If he's pushing 20 by the end of the year, that's a little less common, though AJP and Carlos Santana did similarly.

Molina: 14 in 2002 (A)
AJ Ellis: Never
Mauer: Never
Posey: Never
Pierzynski: 22 in 1995 (A/R), 20 in 1996 (A)
Montero: 12 in 2004 (A), 12 in 2005 (A+/AA)
Napoli: 14 in 2005 (AA)
Carlos Santana: 12 in 2006 (A+/R), 13 in 2007(A), 19 in 2008 (A+/AA)
Wieters: Never
Arencibia: 13 in 2009 (AAA)
Kurt Suzuki: 15 in 2005 (A+)

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 07:40 PM

Just for fun I went through the 11 C who are currently qualified for the batting title in the majors, and 7 of the 11 had at least one minor league season with 11+ errors. If he's pushing 20 by the end of the year, that's a little less common, though AJP and Carlos Santana did similarly.

Molina: 14 in 2002 (A)
AJ Ellis: Never
Mauer: Never
Posey: Never
Pierzynski: 22 in 1995 (A/R), 20 in 1996 (A)
Montero: 12 in 2004 (A), 12 in 2005 (A+/AA)
Napoli: 14 in 2005 (AA)
Carlos Santana: 12 in 2006 (A+/R), 13 in 2007(A), 19 in 2008 (A+/AA)
Wieters: Never
Arencibia: 13 in 2009 (AAA)
Kurt Suzuki: 15 in 2005 (A+)

Of course, Sanchez has made 11 errors in 48 games. Project that over a full minor league season and you're at 30 errors.

Again, though, this is Class A ball. He's 19 and learning a tough position. I would bet at least half of his errors are throwing the ball. Jeter made 56 errors at SS when he was 19 and playing A ball. Mantle made about as many in D ball when he was 18 and got moved from SS to OF the next year. Ripken made 35 errors in AA ball when he was 19. It's all part of the process, certainly something that young professionals must clean up as they rise thru the minors.

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 12:29 AM

Also errors are somewhat subjective even on the MLB level, god only knows how accurate they are in low A.

What I do know is that 5 HRs and 3 doubles in 7 games (his output this past week) makes up for quite a bit of defensive ineptitude. :)

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 11:09 PM

Pardon my ignorance, but why did Gary Sanchez repeat levels anyway?

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 11:11 PM

Pardon my ignorance, but why did Gary Sanchez repeat levels anyway?


Probably a combination of the defensive issues, and the attitude problems he had last year.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 11:45 PM

On an unrelated note, Dellin Betances has been awful this year in AAA, a 5.92 ERA and 56 BBs in 62.1 IP. He is already 24, so he's starting to run out of time a bit.

And on a rare bright note for NY's prospects this year, Rafael DePaula is finally pitching, in the Dominican Summer League. His second start was dominant, 5 1 0 0 0 7:

http://www.milb.com/...dptrok_dyarok_1

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 08:25 AM

Pardon my ignorance, but why did Gary Sanchez repeat levels anyway?

My best guess: He doesn't turn 20 until December and the development staff doesn't see the need to fast-track him at age 19. He was signed at 16 and his bat is way ahead of his glove.
Yanks have four catchers on the High A Tampa roster, including 20-year-old J.R. Murphy, a second-round pick in 2009, and 22-year-old Kyle Higashioka, a seventh-rounder in 2008. Murphy is hitting .234 this season. Higashioka is at .219 and a 24-year-old named Tyson Blaser is hitting .355 in 76 ABs with no power.
With none of those guys doing much at Tampa, Murphy might get pushed up to High A later this season.

Edited by terrynever, 11 June 2012 - 08:35 AM.


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Posted 16 June 2012 - 01:10 AM

Gary Sanchez going nuts the last few days, 4 HRs and 15 RBIs in the last 4 games, up to an .848 OPS for the season now and likely to be promoted to high-A soon.


4 more HRs in the 10 games since this post, up to 11 for the season now and a .881 OPS.




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