Who’s Hot: April Prospects

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With one month in the books, it is time to look at who’s been hot for the Yankees minor league system in April. I know I will keeping an eye on these players to see if they can carry their strong Aprils through to September – and if they can we are all in for some fun.

Robert Refsnyder (2B, Charleston/Tampa):
In his first full year of professional baseball, Refsnyder has shown some of the talent that garnered him MVP honors in last year’s College World Series. He returned to Charleston, where he hit .370/.452/.481 over thirteen games, picking up seven stolen bases. This quickly earned him a promotion to Tampa, where he finished April with a ridiculous line of .404/.525/.574 over twelve games. He has ten RBIs, and took nine walks while striking out just four times. Refsnyder has shown himself to be a bit prone to errors, however, but he has also made the move back to second base – a position he played in high school.…

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The Farm Report: 5/7/13

Have you ever woken up knowing you forgot to do something but not being able to figure it out until it’s almost too late? That happened to me this morning when I realized, “Hey, wasn’t I supposed to do the minors recap last night?” Oops.

I’ll blame it on my fever.

Anyway, here you go.

Scranton beat the Indianapolis Indians 3-1:
Brett Marshall went six strong innings giving up only one run on four hits, he struck out eight and walked four. The offense had a good night too. From Andrew Kappes’ recap:

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre wasted no time in scoring, as they plated one run in the first. Corban Joseph led off the game offensively for the RailRiders with a double to left field. One out later, Zoilo Almonte singled, which extended his hitting streak to 12 games and moved Joseph to third base. After a walk to Dan Johnson loaded the bases, Ronnier Mustelier legged out a fielder’s choice which allowed Joseph to score from third.

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Where Was Brett Gardner Last Night?

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To not see Brett Gardner‘s name included in last night’s lineup was more than a bit surprising.  There hadn’t been any reports of him being sick or injured, the team was coming off a scheduled off-day for travel and had actually had 2 scheduled off-days in the last 5 calendar days, they were playing in the notoriously offense-friendly Coors Field, and Gardner has been the best defensive player and one of the best all-around players on the team so far this season.  Yet there he was, plopped on the bench while Joe elected to send arguably the weakest lineup of the season out there to play, not score, and lose.

Joe’s explanation for this decision was, as you’d expect, matchups.  The Yankees were facing another left-handed starter last night in Jorge De La Rosa, and Joe wanted to put another righty bat in the lineup.  Unfortunately, the only available righty bat on the bench is Ben Francisco and that’s where the decision making train starts to come off the tracks of logic.…

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Rocky mountain low: Rockies 2, Yankees 0

Well, that wasn’t a fun game.

The Yankees had four hits, didn’t score a run and were the first team to be shutout in Coors Field this season.

Hiroki Kuroda pitched well enough to win. He only gave up two runs on seven hits in seven innings of work. He unfortunately gave up those two runs on one big hit by Carlos Gonzalez. A two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa held the Yankees to three hits in six innings and earned his third win of the season.

We all knew the Yankees probably weren’t going to do much with the lineup they trotted out tonight. When Jayson Nix is your #2 hitter, you know you’re in for a disappointing night. Actually, I shouldn’t bust on Nix, he had two of the Yankees’ four hits.

The Yankees are now 18-13 on the year but guess what? Last year at this time, they were 17-14.…

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Game 31: An NL Ballpark

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The last time the Yankees played in an NL ballpark was June 24th, 2012 in Citi Field. CC Sabathia faced off against R.A. Dickey that day, the Yankees getting the best of the Mets 6-5. We had a good 10.5 months off from seeing Yankee pitchers swing the bat, but now it all changes. Tonight, the Yankees will play their first interleague game on the road of the season, and with the new 15 team format in both leagues, interleague games will continue throughout the entire season. In fact, the Yankees will play the Astros on the road in their last series of the season, so get used to seeing pitchers hit.

Hiroki Kuroda, who has a career .105/.160/.110 slash in 245 plate appearances, will pitch and hit against the Rockies’ Jorge De La Rosa, who has hit .142/.150/.163. Here’s tonight’s complete lineup.

Ichiro Suzuki CF
Jayson Nix SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Ben Francisco RF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Nelson 3B
Chris Stewart C
Hiroki Kuroda P

The game starts at 8:40 PM EST on YES.…

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Watch Out Ben Francisco, Ronnier Mustelier Wants Your Job

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After the Mark Teixeira injury, the Yankees gave prospect Ronnier Mustelier every chance in the world to win a job with the major league team. Between the first day of Spring Training and an unfortunate play on a foul ball on March 15th, Mustelier only missed 4 games. Despite being a 28 year old without a plus glove, the organization wanted to see his bat everyday. Before the Yankees showed so much interest in him, it was hard to know what to make of Mustelier’s 2011 .925 OPS, and his 2012 .859 OPS. While he was far older than the competition, Mustelier has continued to hit through increasing competition inside pitcher’s ballparks. Projecting his bat in the major leagues would be a difficult task, but he was certainly the Yankees’ most competent  and mature right-handed batter this spring.

It wasn’t through a lack of hitting or effort that he missed the Major League roster in April. After hitting .314/.368/.571 this Spring, Mustelier overran a foul ball against the Marlins one afternoon, and planted his knee right into a fence.…

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Lunchtime links: Twitter Tuesday

I’m going to do something a little different today so instead of linking to articles for your lunchtime links, I’m going to post some Yankees related tweets from beat writers, columnists and fellow bloggers.

Enjoy!

Some news on Francisco Cervelli:

Well, that’s not good. This means more Chris Stewart in the lineup and since Joe Girardi is not too keen on Austin Romine, the Yankees will probably have to try and make a deal for another catcher. At least I hope they will…

This is actually a Mets tweet but still pretty funny:

Jay Horwitz is the Mets’ PR guy and he is a special kind of flower.…

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Minor League Review: April

Well, the first month of the 2013 season is in the books, so it is time to check on the minor league teams and players. Due to a busy start to my May, I am a little behind in getting these out, but here is a look at how the Yankees’ affiliates look so far.

railridersScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders:
After spending 2012 on the road, there was a lot of excitement for the Yankees Triple-A affiliate this season. Not only did they have a newly renovated stadium, but they had a new name and look to go with it. The first month of the RailRiders’ existence has not gone quite as planned, but they seem to be picking up steam. Scranton fans had to wait until the fifth game of the season to see the RailRiders pick up a victory, as they started April with a 1-6 record. As if that wasn’t enough to overcome, their next six games were postponed due to rain and/or wet grounds, giving them five days between games and a slew of doubleheaders during the rest of the month.…

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