Thoughts On The Minor League Rosters

JR Murphy vs FSU

Should be the Triple-A starting catcher.

The Minor League season gets started tonight, and while I don’t want to steal any of Tamar’s team-by-team season preview thunder, I did want to comment on some of the roster decisions.  Each club officially released their Opening Day rosters yesterday, some more complete and correctly than others.  There are some surprising and not so surprising decisions at almost every level, which is pretty par for the course in the world of managing a wide range of prospects and non-prospects.  Here’s my 2 cents on the early roster breakdowns for the 4 full-season MiL teams (click the team names for the full rosters).

Low-A Charleston RiverDogs

– Not a bad starting rotation at all.  Via Josh Norris, it’s going to be Rookie Davis, Luis Severino, Gio Gallegos, Brady Lail, and Caleb Smith.  Everyone should be familiar with Severino by now, but don’t sleep on Davis, Lail, or Gallegos as legitimate starting prospects.  …

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Minor League Preview: Charleston RiverDogs

charleston-riverdogs-logo-540x519After a mediocre season last year, the Charleston RiverDogs will look to rebound with a new and exciting crop of prospects in 2014. Behind strong performances by Greg Bird, Jake Cave and Rafael De Paula, the RiverDogs went 75-63, putting...

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Don’t Overlook Dean Anna

The Yankees look like a team that needs an impact infielder, but with the roster starting to fill in with low-risk/low-reward (or medium-reward) players like Brian Roberts, it looks like they’re trying to piece together an infield. Kelly Johnson and Roberts are two players that should make the major league team, both of which could win second base jobs. Mark Reynolds‘ name has appeared in the rumors for third base, but after the 2013 season, it’s hard to imagine the Yankees believe in him as a full-time starter. One of the most overlooked names on the roster is Dean Anna, who has the potential to play anywhere in the infield with some debatable upside.

First off, Anna is primarily a middle infielder with a good amount of experience at both second base and shortstop. He has a few games played at third base, as well as the corner outfield positions. He also has some experience at first base, and in a pinch, he could certainly fake it in the major leagues.…

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More on the Rule V Draft

As Stacey noted earlier today, the Yankees lost five players in the Rule V draft this morning. New York’s recent signings gave them a full 40-man roster, so the Yankees did not take any players in this year’s draft and lost at least one notable prospect in Ravel Santana. The Rockies...

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Catching up on the ELDS – Trenton moves on to the ELCS

I ended up missing the second and third games of the ELDS due to a hectic week and major allergies that are making my sinuses unbearable. So, here is a quick recap to get you up to speed as we wait for the Thunder to face off against Harrisburg for the Eastern League Championship later...

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EDCS Game 1: Binghamton 5, Trenton 6 (10 innings)

Now that the regular seasons have ended (okay, I’ll be honest, I’m ignoring Staten Island’s final game tonight – they won 5-2 in a rain shortened game for those interested), it’s time to follow the minor league playoffs! Unfortunately for the Yankees farm system, only the Thunder have earned a spot in the postseason. They kicked off the season with an exciting comeback and walk-off win on Wednesday evening, led by Tyler Austin and Ben Gamel. This is a team that clearly has some great fight in them, if you have a chance to watch them during the postseason – take it! Anyway, here is your extended Trenton recap, enjoy!

The Binghamton Mets drew first blood with a lead off double by Daniel Muno, who moved to third on a single by Josh Rodriguez. A double play ball by Rhyne Hughes allowed Muno to score and the Thunder trailed before they got a chance to touch their bats. They took the lead quickly, however, as Ramon Flores and Jose Pirela hit back-to-back singles and were doubled in by Tyler Austin for the 2-1 advantage.…

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