Down On The Farm – New York Yankees Update
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
By Nicholas Rossoletti (Yankees Correspondent/Trade Correspondent): Follow @nross56
Yankees Report From Down on the Farm:
As of the writing of this paragraph, Almonte had worked another two Walks to further improve that On Base Percentage. The ability to control the strike zone and force pitchers to throw strikes may be the most important factor in promoting a ball player.
In the pre-season, we talked briefly about Almonte as a potential replacement for an injured Curtis Granderson. While Vernon Wells has obviously filled the ranks of the Yankee Outfield, should there be regression from Wells or further injury, Almonte is beginning to show himself as a real option to get Major League At-Bats.
Zolio Almonte HRs:
Another RailRider hitter to watch is Addison Maruszak. With 9 Walks, Maruszak is second on the team and has shown similar plate patience to Almonte although Maruszak is 26 years old so he is far less of a prospect than the 23-year old Almonte.
Maruszak is a middle infielder though, and with Derek Jeter‘s absence, it is encouraging to have someone who may be able to take some At Bats in the middle in-field down in Scranton.
Vidal Nuno and Mark Montgomery continue to be the show stoppers on the Triple-A staff. The 22-year old Montgomery specifically looks like a very strong option for the Yankee bullpen at some time this season.
In Trenton, the biggest concern has to be the health of the ever fragile Slade Heathcott. Heathcott did not play at all over the weekend and has not played the first two days of this week.
It was first reported that Heathcott was suffering with a “stiff” neck, but the length of his absence from the line-up given his history is concerning. It’s going to be important for him to get At Bats.
Heathcott may be the most advanced of the Yankees best prospects so any delayed absence from the field would be, for lack of a better phrase, bad.
Tyler Austin has been streaky through the first couple of weeks, which is not surprising for a player’s first experience at a higher level.
On the pitching end of the Trenton Thunder, Nik Turley was thought of as the Yankees best, healthy pitching prospect coming into the season. The 6’4 southpaw hasn’t done much to support that thought as he has put up a 7.82 ERA and a 2.04 WHIP through 3 starts over the young season. He is a player to watch, but the early season as been fairly awful for him.
Down in High-A, Mason Williams, Ben Gamel and Gary Sanchez have separated themselves early from their teammates. Each guy has the potential to advance to Double-A at some point during the season if they continue to swing the bat at their current rate.
Given Gamel’s age, I would doubt he makes the jump, but his bat right now would play. Sanchez is still the most likely to progress for several reasons not the least of which is that he is the most talented catcher in the organization right now.
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