Via George King & Dan Martin: Owner Hal Steinbrenner held a meeting with the Yankees’ scouting and development staff to discuss the club’s lack of upper level minor league talent on Monday. It’s unclear who was in attendance aside from Brian Cashman, but it’s likely VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman, amateur scouting director Damon Oppenheimer, and international scouting director Donny Rowland were there according to the NY Post scribes.
Outside of Preston Claiborne and maybe Austin Romine, the Yankees have had pretty much no internal solutions for their various roster holes all year. They had to go outside the organization for help following nearly every injury, and the more recent injuries to Vidal Nuno (groin), David Phelps (forearm), and Michael Pineda (shoulder) mean the club doesn’t have anyone to replace the generally ineffective Phil Hughes. Their inability to develop prospects — I’m not sure any team gets less out of more from their system — has been a long-standing problem and a big reason why the Yankees look to be in poor shape going forward. They simply haven’t produced any viable young players beyond a few relievers in the last five years.