Minor League News Roundup


We actually have ourselves some minor league stuff to talk about, so let’s round it up in one post, bullet point style…

Categories : Minors


  1. pat says:

    Strasburg is a freak.

  2. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Josh Schmidt had a 1-hit shutout with 10 K’s tonight in the VWL.

  3. Mike Pop says:

    Sounds good. Anytime you can add an up the middle player with good upside it’s a good thing.

    Now go get Chapman Cashman!

  4. If only Dunn could get the walks under control, he could be a power pitching version of Phil Coke (but w/o the gopher balls, hopefully).

  5. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Baseball America failed to mention that Casey Kelly was throwing balls from shortstop to first at 115.6 mph….with a slight tailing cut….with a reverse spin…..with a slight rise…..while steadily increasing in velocity.

  6. Steve H says:

    So IPK is averaging 90.66 MPH. Let’s round that up to 91. Oh shit, no pitcher has ever succeeded at 91 MPH.


  7. JohnC says:

    Some scouts are saying that Cuban lefty Noel Arguelles might be a better investment than Chapman.

    • JMK aka The Overshare says:

      Why take the chance? Get both!

    • Evil Empire says:

      Here is what noted player evaluator and freedom fighter Keith Law has to say about Arguelles:

      Arguelles defected from the Cuban junior national team with current Red Sox prospect Jose Iglesias in the summer of 2008 and is just now at the point that he’s ready and able to sign with a major league team. Arguelles is 19 and already pitches with a solid-average fastball, although before he defected he had worked as high as 91-94 and probably will return there once he’s throwing on a regular schedule again. His changeup projects better than his curveball, with the change a potentially plus pitch. What everyone notices about Arguelles is his body — loose, lean, athletic, with good projection; his new agents took him underground for a few weeks to get him back into playing shape, and the results definitely have impressed. If he were an American high school or junior college player, he’d be a solid first-rounder with a chance to be a top-10 guy and probably would be a $4 million bonus baby. As a free agent, he should easily double that.

      So $8M or so for 6 major league years of control? I would think that is worth it for the Yanks. I like Aroldys more – he is certainly the shinier bauble – but I say Yankees should go for both, fuck it.

      • JMK aka The Overshare says:

        Hell yeah. The Yankees are not likely to be grabbing possible top-10 talent in the draft (or not ones without huge injury issues or immense signability issues). The absolute best way to stockpile young talent is through IFA. You absolutely grab those kinds of guys when you have the opportunity.

        • Evil Empire says:

          Fuck yup. Gotta take advantage of the system. Not my money obviously, but I see no reason why the Yankees would not do its utmost to sign talent like this (assuming the internal organizational evaluations of the aforementioned players are in agreement with the reports available to us) when it is available. Especially when its pitching.

          • JSquared says:

            Yes, if you could get any guy with that kind of upside for 8 million over 6 years… you have to pull the trigger, I don’t think anyone really knows what Chapman’s price is, but i’m guessing the Yankees will be right at the top in the middle of things.

            • Evil Empire says:

              I am very curious to see how the Chapman bidding goes. I couldn’t see him getting more than $25M … which is still pretty amazing.

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