A Look At Relief Prospect Branden Pinder

Over the last few years, the Yankees organization has emerged as one of the best system for producing relievers. David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, John Axford, Tyler Clippard, Mark Melancon, Alfredo Aceves, and a number of others have all been products of Yankee scouting and development. The big relief prospect at the moment is Mark Montgomery, who will probably see the Major Leagues by the end of 2013. There are a number of other relievers, such as Tom Kahnle and Nick Goody who could be fast movers, but Branden Pinder is one of the biggest names to watch this Spring Training. Continue reading A Look At Relief Prospect Branden Pinder

Yankee Top Ten Relief Prospects (Part 2)

As I’ve said before, the Yankees have been the best organization at developing relief pitchers over the last decade. With all these top prospect lists heading our way, I rarely see much loving handed out to the relief pitchers, so I figured we could focus on an impressive group of guys that could become the team’s future. Who knows, one of these guys might be the next Mariano Rivera. While guys like Dellin Betances might ultimately become relievers, this list is for players that currently project out of the bullpen. While closeness to the majors was a factor, upside was Continue reading Yankee Top Ten Relief Prospects (Part 2)

The Forgotten Man

So Jesus Montero is gone and so Gary Sanchez had his ups and downs in 2011, so we start talking about the incredible Mason Williams. Listen, I love Williams and his athleticism makes me drool, but we’re forgetting someone. This player, the forgotten man, he’s the same age as Williams, he stole bases at a much better rate, he hit for far more power, had slightly better contact, and maintained the same sort of walk rate. He’s Tyler Austin and no one seems to love him. After a broken wrist in 2010, Austin split his 2011 season between the Gulf Continue reading The Forgotten Man

BA Releases Top NY-Penn League Ranking, Williams, Culver Among Prospects Ranked

Baseball America released their Top-20 NY-Penn League ranking this week. The Yankees on the list: 1. Mason Williams, of, Staten Island Yankees 6. Cito Culver, ss, Staten Island Yankees 8. Tyler Austin, 3b, Staten Island Yankees 14. Angelo Gumbs, 2b, Staten Island Yankees 19. Branden Pinder, rhp, Staten Island Yankees Everyone knew that Mason Williams was a no-brainer for the #1 spot. That was hardly news. However, Cito Culver’s relatively high #6 ranking is great news for Yankee fans. Culver didn’t put up eye-popping numbers last year, wasn’t lauded at the draft, and for the most part hasn’t made any Continue reading BA Releases Top NY-Penn League Ranking, Williams, Culver Among Prospects Ranked