Mar
12

Minor Links: FanGraphs Top 100, Suttle, Mallard

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I return from Arizona with links, minor league links…

  • Marc Hulet of FanGraphs posted his list of the top 100 prospects in baseball today, and four Yankees farmhands made the cut: Manny Banuelos (#38), Jose Campos (#65), Dellin Betances (#68), and Mason Williams (#98). Bit surprising to see Campos ranked so highly, but I have a hard time believing their are 100 better prospects than Gary Sanchez out there. He’s got too much talent to ignore, and not everyone on that list is a choir boy.
  • VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman told Josh Norris that “injuries have taken their toll” on Bradley Suttle, and he’s not in camp at the moment. The team doesn’t know if he’s going to quit baseball or just take a hiatus. Suttle signed for $1.3M as a fourth round pick in 2007 soon after Baseball America (subs. req’d) called him the best pure college hitter in the draft class. He’s battled shoulder problems (with multiple surgeries) and has hit .256/.334/.417 in nearly 1,400 minor league plate appearances.
  • The Yankees added three international players this offseason: LHP Rigoberto Arrebato, RHP Pedro Guerra, and RHP Giovanny Gallegos. Norris has a little something on each player, and it seems like Gallegos is the only one worth watching. The team has a knack for finding talent in Mexico.
  • And finally, the Yankees released Jamie Mallard according to Matt Eddy. They signed the husky slugger last summer after he’d hit .291/.357/.457 in a handful of rookie ball plate appearances with the Angels, but he never played a game in the Yankees’ system. Mallard is listed at 6-foot-0 and 265 lbs.
Categories : Minors
  • Soviet Swag

    If scouts see that much potential in Campos i am so excited i know this isn’t a real sentence but ok bye.
    Montero who?

  • Women’s Lib is Ms.Guided

    Suttle has diabetes as well as all his shoulder issues, correct?

    I was glad when they drafted and signed him, as a tough-sign super two, but he’s at an age where he’d be hoping for a very non-standard career path.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      I’m Scott Malkinson. I’ve got a lisp and I’ve got diabetes.

  • vin

    For some reason, this reminds me of Jose Quintana. Did we ever find out why they let him leave and sign with the White Sox?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      The White Sox gave him a big league contract.

      • vin

        I guess there’s something to be said for having a dearth of talent on the 40 man… it allows you to sign players that other, more talented teams, don’t have room for.

  • Gonzo

    How does the bonus work if a player “retires” after a year? Does he have to pay it back or anything?

    I know Suttle has earned his, but I was curious about that.

    • bpdelia

      No way. Its called a “signing bonus” for a reason. Its a bonus payed simply for signing (barring obviously outstanding or fraudulent circumstances). The player gets a salary for the labor he gives. The bonus is strictly and 100% for signing the contract.

      • Plank

        I don’t know. I bet teams put a clause about refunding based on quick retirements. I would also bet that Suttle has been enough of a bust and been in the system long enough that he wouldn’t have to return any money.