Prospect Profile: Brady Lail

Brady LailI’ve noticed Brady Lail working his way through the Yankees’ farm system the last few years, but at times he has seemed to fly under the radar, particularly given some some of the bigger name pitching prospects that are working their way up to the Bronx. The right-hander from Utah has pitched pretty consistently as he climbed the ladder and is putting together a solid season for the Trenton Thunder, so let’s find out a bit more about him.

Name: Brady Joe Lail
Birthdate: August 9, 1993
Birthplace: South Jordan, UT
Bats: RightThrows: Right
Height: 6’2
Weight: 205

Drafted in the 18th round of the 2012 draft, Lail started his professional career right out of high school and has the potential to be one of those late round drafts that pays off, which is why I love following the minors. His career started in the Gulf Coast League, where he managed to put together a strong five games in 2012.…

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Prospects on Divergent Paths

Last week, I took a look at how our pre-season top-ten prospects were performing. And, as is the norm with prospecting, the returns were a decidedly mixed bag. Some have thrived, others have faltered, and more still have spent quite a bit of time on the disabled list. For every prospect that rewards our excitement and adoration, a few dozen break our hearts. What better way to get a head start on a few players that may fall into one of those two categories than to focus our attention on a few risers and fallers?

The criteria here are fairly simple. A ‘riser’ is a player whose performance outclasses our pre-season expectations and projections, and a ‘faller’ is one who has failed to do so. In the interest of fairness, I’m going to ignore players that have failed to take the field this season – as high as my hopes were for Luis Torrens, it’s difficult to fault him for suffering a season-ending injury.…

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Catching up with the Thunder

thunderWhen I wrote about the RailRiders earlier this week, it wasn’t intended to start a series of similar posts, rather I was just excited by what is happening in Scranton. However, much like Scranton, Trenton is putting together a nice season, after a rather disappointing 2014. While some of the names are the same, the reasons for Trenton’s success are less clear.

Last year, the Thunder went 67-75, landing in fourth place in the EL Eastern Division. Today, they are sitting at 37-29, just half a game behind the New Britain Rock Cats. If the season ended today, Trenton would be back in the playoffs, a feat they have managed to pull of a little over half the time that Trenton has been in the Yankees’ system.

As I mentioned on Monday, offense has been the driving force behind Scranton’s strong season thusfar. Trenton’s strength seems to lie more with their pitching. As a team, Trenton has a 3.58 ERA and is tied for the most shut outs with seven.…

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Checking in on the IIATMS Top-10

This short season has been defined, in many ways, by injuries and disappointments (excepting Messrs Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Dellin Betances, of course). An interesting side of effect of that is the constant need and demand for reinforcements and replacements, from within and outside of the system. The fact that six Yankees have made their Major League debut in 2015 thus far (Ramon Flores, Slade Heathcott, Mason Williams, Branden Pinder, Jacob Lindgren, and Matt Tracy) is a direct result of stints on the disabled list and under-performance – and further cries for change come with each CC Sabathia start, and every Stephen Drew at-bat.

With so many players making their way to the show, and others seemingly forcing their way out, now seems like as good a time as any to check-in on the cream of the crop that the Yankees system has to offer. So let’s see how the team’s ten best prospects are doing, and wonder whether we may be seeing them in the Bronx this year.…

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Recapping Day One of the 2015 Draft

After not having any picks in the first round of the draft last year, the Yankees had two first round picks and a second round pick last night. Not only did they have a few decisions to make on the first day, but the Yankees also had their lowest pick (16th) since 1993 (13th). Let’s take a look at the newest Yankees’ draftees.

James KaprielianJames Kaprielian (RHP): The righty out of UCLA was widely expected to go in the middle of the first round. Much like their first pick last year, Jacob Lindgren, the Yankees chose another pitcher in Kaprielian who could be ready for the majors in very little time. Kaprielian started his collegiate career coming out of the bullpen, but in his sophomore and junior years the hurler took up the front spot in the rotation. Scouts believe he is a pretty solid bet to be a middle of the rotation guy on a major league team, making this sound like a smart pick for the Bombers.…

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How Soon Should We Expect Luis Severino?

I’m not a big minor league guy, so I’m not here to tell you whether or not Luis Severino will be the next Pedro Martinez or another busted prospect. However, the way the Yankees have handled Severino has certainly peaked my interest.

Severino was promoted to Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre a little faster than expected. He only pitched 67.2 innings at Single-A Charleston before getting promoted, 20.2 innings at Single-A + Tampa and 63 innings at Double-A Trenton before this promotion.

Severino is only 21 years old and moving through the system at a very rapid pace. Meanwhile, another top prospect Aaron Judge has almost 200 very productive at-bats at Trenton and is already 23, but has not been promoted yet. Is it because the Yankees have a logjam in the outfield and see no way Judge makes MLB this season? On the other side of the coin, the Yankees have very little pitching depth and maybe they see Severino making a contribution in the Bronx this season?…

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Quick Hit: Happy Jacob Lindgren Day, Everybody!

Jacob Lindgren

Courtesy of the AP

There isn’t a lot to be excited or happy about as a Yankee fan this morning.  The team is drowning in its own incompetence and poor play, with underperformances aplenty and a front office brain trust that seems perfectly comfortable with the mediocrity in front of it.

But in this 1-9 darkness, there may be a small beam of light and hope that breaks through today.  The team announced after yesterday’s shellacking that they would be calling up top relief prospect Jacob Lindgren to fortify the bullpen.  The move comes a few weeks later than it should have in the minds of many, and the team basically admitted that they were only doing it because Branden Pinder threw 50 pitches yesterday, so it’s not like this is a complete victory in the world of smart, logical, winning-based decision making.  But I’ll take any small victory I can get right now, and Lindgren getting brought up to the show is definitely a small victory at the very least.…

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Slade Heathcott’s Long and Winding Road to the Majors

sladeAs you likely know by now, Slade Heathcott made his major league debut Wednesday night when he pinch ran for Mark Teixeira in the eighth and then played center. This is not just notable because arguably the Yankees’ most important offensive piece, Jacoby Ellsbury, hit the DL, causing the Yankees to call up their first round pick from the 2009 Draft. Hopefully, Heathcott gets an opportunity to pick up his first hit sometime soon, but as we wait for that I thought I’d look back on Heathcott’s long road to the Bronx.

If you have followed the Yankees’ farm system at all the last five or six years, you know the name Slade Heathcott and why I am so excited to see him finally break into the majors. Granted, his stay may be a short one for any number of reasons, but considering how miniscule the percentage of minor league players to ever make an appearance in the majors is, this is no small feat.…

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Prospect Profile: Jacob Lindgren

jlindgrenJacob Stephen Lindgren
Born: March 12, 1993, Biloxi, Mississippi
Height: 5’11
Weight: 205
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Position: Relief Pitcher

Even though it has been a couple years since I consistently wrote prospect profiles, by and large the players on the upper level rosters are very familiar to me. Jacob Lindgren, a relief pitcher with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, would be one of the exceptions. Having been drafted out of Mississippi State by the Yankees in 2014, Lindgren has shot through the Yankees’ farm system and appears to be on the cusp of making his major league debut.

Lindgren was taken by the Yankees with their first pick of the 2014 draft, however, he was taken in the second round – the 55th overall pick. The southpaw began as a starter in college, taking Mississippi State to the College World Series, but in 2014 he started coming out of the bullpen. Quickly becoming one of the most dominant relievers in college baseball, Lindgren didn’t slow down after signing with the Yankees, making appearances with four Yankees minor league affiliates last year.…

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