Sunday, November 6, 2011

Roster Predictions

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This is just for fun, but I compiled a list of who I think will be where in the minors next season. I'd love to hear your input, as this is purely guessing based on statistics and my perception of how things will go. Here it is. After a recent conversation with someone from the front office for the Trenton Thunder, it seems we should expect the unexpected as far as the rosters go because the Yankees may keep some players in Trenton to avoid the traveling disaster that will be Scranton Wilkes-Barre next season because of drainage problems at PNC field. These are my predictions if that were not the case.


SP: Cote
SP: Camarena
SP: Rookie Davis
SP: Hayden Sharp
SP: Maher/Hebert

RP- depends on who gets drafted and who they bring over from the DSL

IF- ditto
OF- ditto

Staten Island

SP: Taylor Morton
SP: Rafael DePaula
SP: Gabriel Encinas
SP: Evan Rutckyj
SP: Someone between Raynaldo Polanco, Dawerd Cruz, Jordan Cote, or Rookie Davis.

RP: Cowsert
RP: Isabel
RP: Hinojosa
RP: Maines
RP: Daniel Martinez
2-3 more from next year's draft

C: Isaias Tejeda
C: Damian Tavaras
1B: Austin Jones
2B: Claudio Custodio
3B: Dante Bichette Jr.
SS: Jose Rosario
1B/3B: Matthew Duran
1B/3B/OF: Jorge Alcantara

OF: Ravel Santana
OF: Daniel Lopez
OF: Justin James
OF: Henry Pena
OF: Yeicok Calderon


SP: Matt Tracy
SP: Bryan Mitchell
SP: Evan DeLuca
SP: Wilton Rodriguez
SP: William Oliver

RP: Arneson
RP: Brebbia
RP: Pinder
RP: Paullus
RP: Wetherell
RP: Gerritse
RP: Cotham

SP/RP: Vidal Nuno

C: Liccien
C: McCoy
C: Arcia

3B: Tyler Austin
SS: Cito Culver
2B: Angelo Gumbs
1B: Reymond Nunez
1B/2B/3B Casey Stevenson

OF: Mason Williams
OF: Cody Grice
OF: Ben Gamel
OF: Rinard
OF: Kelvin De Leon

High A Tampa

SP: Shane Greene
SP: Zachary Nuding
SP: Nik Turley
SP: Michael O'Brien
SP: Jose Ramirez/Sean Black

RP: Kramer Sneed
RP: Thomas Kahnle
RP:Dan Burawa
RP: Vidal Nuno
RP: Aaron Dott
RP: Possibly Gerritse
CP: Mark Montgomery

C: JR Murphy -may go to AA
C: Gary Sanchez
C: Higashioka

1B: Kyle Roller
2B: Kevin Mahoney
3B: Segedin
SS: Mojica
Utility: Anderson Feliz

OF: Shane Brown
OF: Slade Heathcott
OF: Ramon Flores
OF: Eduardo Sosa

AA Trenton
SP: Brett Marshall
SP: Shaeffer Hall
SP: Jose Quintana
SP: Jairo Heredia
SP: Graham Stoneburner

RP: Preston Claiborne
RP: Michael Solbach
RP: Ryan Flannery
RP: Ronny Marte
RP: Mike Gipson
RP: Ryan Pope
RP: Okamoto
RP: Josh Romanski

1B: Luke Murton/Rob Lyerly
2B: Walt Ibarra
3B: Lyerly/Suttle
SS: Kelvin Castro
Util: Mujica

OF: Mustelier
OF: DeAngelo Mack
OF: Zoilo Almonte
OF: Melky Mesa
OF: Damon Sublett

SP: Manny Banuelos
SP: Dellin Betances
SP: Adam Warren
SP: David Phelps
SP: DJ Mitchell
Other Candidates: Hector Noesi (if not in the majors), Shaeffer Hall

RP: George Kontos
RP: Kevin Whelan
RP: Eric Wordekemper
RP: Josh Schmidt
RP: Chase Whitley
RP: FA pickups (2-3)

C: Austin Romine
C: Francisco Cervelli

1B: Jorge Vazquez
2B: Corban Joseph
3B: Brandon Laird
SS: Ramiro Pena
Utility: Kevin Russo

OF:Austin Krum
OF: Raymond Kruml
OF: Daniel Brewer
(Out of these guys, who would start is a mystery because I'm sure we'll retain either Golson or Maxwell)
OF: Maxwell or Golson

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Brackman Released

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According to the Wall Street Journal and River Ave. Blues, Andrew Brackman's 2012 option has not been picked up, and he has been released by the Yankees. The option would have been for $500,000 in the minor leagues, or $1 Million in the major leagues. They also still have to pay his signing bonus of $3.25 Million.

All told, Brackman has had one decent season since signing with the Yankees, 2010 in AA. As things stand right now, he is not much of a loss. He has always had a great deal of potential though, and for $500,000 I don't see how a potential big league arm isn't worth holding onto. If he found his control, he could have been a really valuable reliever in our system, or possibly even a good starter if he reached his full potential.

It is also possible, however, that Brian Cashman knows something we don't, and Brackman is currently injured. He may be clearing space on the 40 man roster for someone, or pinching pennies so he can make a larger bid on Yu Darvish or CJ Wilson. Finally, he could be planning on resigning Brackman at a discount since his value is lower than ever. Regardless of the reasoning, he could make the Yankees regret this decision if he finds himself over the next year. This scenario is highly unlikely to occur, given his recent and past failures. If it does, however, I think the reaction by Yankees fans would be rather predictable. If I'm in Cashman's shoes, I exercise the option as a low risk, low likelihood of reward, but a good preventative measure to stop someone from turning our trash into treasure. Hopefully this is all part of something bigger which ends up being advantageous for the Yankees.