Minors Notes: Anderson, Sanchez, Injuries, More

2011 Draft: Blake Swihart
Open Thread: Building Narratives

Got a bunch of minor league notes today, so let’s round them all up in one post. Everything comes from Mike Ashmore or Chad Jennings

  • Right-hander Brian Anderson has been released. He had been on the Double-A Trenton disabled list with a biceps issue, though his performance when he did pitch was pretty good: nine strikeouts and just one walk in 7.1 IP.
  • Mark Newman again said that Gary Sanchez is out with a “stiff lower back,” though he’s playing in Extended Spring Training. He is on the Low-A Charleston disabled list at the moment, and he’ll return there when healthy.
  • Both Slade Heathcott (.376 wOBA) and J.R. Murphy (.385) will “probably” move up to High-A Tampa this summer. That’s a yes, though I was wondering if Heathcott’s brawl would slow down his schedule somewhat.
  • Mark Prior is not throwing off a mound and is dealing with some kind of oblique/hip issue. Alan Horne (remember him?) is throwing in ExST, as is Brad Halsey. Graham Stoneburner, Jeremy Bleich, and Steve Garrison aren’t close to returning yet.
  • David Adams is still having leg issues. It might be related to last year’s broken ankle, but the leg started bothering him after his one game played this year.
  • When asked about who’s impressed in ExST, Newman responded with personal fave Bryan Mitchell. “He’s got electric stuff,” said Newman. “He’s got the stuff to be the next Banuelos, Betances. The high-end guy. That’s Mitchell.”
  • Carlos Silva can opt out of his minor league deal in mid-June, so he could probably make another two or three or maybe even four starts for Triple-A Scranton before the Yankees have to make a decision about whether or not to call him up.
2011 Draft: Blake Swihart
Open Thread: Building Narratives
  • jon

    what happened to Graham Stoneburner?

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

      burnt stones.

      • radnom

        Fart-lighting attempt gone horribly wrong?

    • CMP

      I think he has some kind of neck injury. Seems like he’s been out a long time .

  • Joey

    Anyone ever find out what sparked that Heathcott brawl? I read RAB daily but don’t recall seeing anything about that

    • Snow White

      The catcher called him a pansy.

      • Joey

        That’s it? Jeez lol. Thanks

    • Big apple

      Like random said, a fart lighting incident gone awry

  • Kiersten

    Am I the only one who completely forgot that Mark Prior was in the Yankees’ system?

    • BINNER

      I guess it’s just us 2 then….he was close when spring training ended…then I havent heard one word about him until now….

  • NC Saint

    That’s bad news about Stoneburner. While he’ll never be an Angel Pagan, he’s definitely our best in-house option for putting the Yankees on the awesome names map.

  • boogie down

    Here’s to hoping Bryan Mitchell DOES become the next Banuelos/Betances and even more.

    • dennis

      He is the one to watch in Staten Island this year, he was sitting 94-96 in EST and suppose to have a killer curve.

  • Phil

    I was hoping Brian Anderson would get off the d/l and make it back. How do they evaluate him based on 7.1 IP? Obviously the guy was missing some bats in that short sample size. Was there any other reason they cut him besides the injury? Sorry it didn’t work out for him.

    Beginning to wonder if David Adams ever gets healthy again. If he ever does, he’s going to be a real good player for some big league team.

  • Alex C.

    Such a shame. The former outfielder can really bring the heat.