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According to Mark Montgomery and Rob Segedin, the Yankees will call-up right-hander Preston Claiborne to replace the injured Joba Chamberlain on Friday. They’ll need to make a 40-man roster move to accommodate him. I’m guessing Cody Eppley and Melky Mesa are most at risk of being designated for assignment.
Claiborne, 25, was the club’s 17th round pick in the 2010 draft. He pitched to a 3.48 ERA (1.55 FIP) in 10.1 Triple-A innings this year, striking out ten and walking one. He managed a 4.05 ERA (3.32 FIP) in 33.1 innings at the level last year. Claiborne is mostly a low-to-mid-90s fastball/mid-80s slider guy, and he’s done a good job of missing bats throughout his career (23.3 K%). He pitched very well in big league camp (one run in 10.2 innings), which probably moved him near the front of the call-up line.
Via Josh Norris: Right-hander Jose Campos confirmed he missed most of last season with a small fracture in his elbow. The injury was originally described as some kind of sprain or bone bruise. Obviously it was more serious than that. Despite the injury, I ranked him as the team’s seventh best prospect before the season.
Campos, 20, told Norris he feels he’s 90% of the way back to being where he was before the injury, when he was arguably the most electric pitching prospect in the system. That remaining 10% is mechanical refinements, he said. Campos made just five starts (4.01 ERA, 3.24 FIP in 24.2 innings) before getting hurt last year. He’s been limited to three-inning outings early in 2013, pitching to a 6.00 ERA (5.37 FIP) in 12 innings for Low-A Charleston.
According to Joe Girardi, UTIL Ronnie Mustelier (bruise) will return to Triple-A Scranton and play tomorrow. He’s been playing rehab games in Extended Spring Training and was supposed to play for High-A Tampa yesterday before it rained. Mustelier could (should) be a big league option after getting a few days work of at-bats just to get up to speed.
Triple-A Scranton had a scheduled off-day.
Double-A Trenton (2-1 loss to New Hampshire)
- LF Ramon Flores: 0-3, 1 BB — eight walks and seven strikeouts in his last six games
- DH Tyler Austin: 2-3, 1 HBP – had been in a little 3-for-15 (.200) slump
- C J.R. Murphy: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 E (missed catch)
- CF Slade Heathcott: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB – threw a runner out at the plate
- RHP Jose Ramirez: 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 5/2 GB/FB – 51 of 76 pitches were strikes (67%) … first start of the year and it was a dandy
- RHP Danny Burawa: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 12 of 18 pitches were strikes
3B Rob Segedin was placed on the Double-A Trenton DL with a sore right hip, reports Mike Ashmore. He had an MRI today.
Triple-A Scranton Game One (3-1 win over Charlotte in seven innings) makeup of Sunday’s rainout
- 2B Kevin Mahoney: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI — solid game as Corban Joseph‘s replacement
- CF Melky Mesa: 1-3, 2 K
- LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-3
- 3B David Adams: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI — goes without saying he would have up instead of Joesph had the timing been better
- RHP Chien-Ming Wang: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 12/4 GB/FB — 55 of 82 pitches were strikes (67%), and apparently he was sitting 90-91 tonight … he’s been vintage CMW in his three starts so far
The 2013 amateur draft will be held from June 6-8 this year, and between now and then I’m going to highlight some prospects individually rather than lump them together into larger posts.
Eric Jagielo | 3B
Following an impressive prep career at Downers Grove North High School in the Chicago suburbs, Jagielo was a 50th round pick of the Cubs in the 2010 draft. He didn’t sign and instead followed through on his commitment to Notre Dame, where he’s hit .400/.508/.676 with eight homers this spring after putting up a .291/.379/.486 batting line during his first two years with the Fighting Irish.
Listed at 6-foot-3 and 215 lbs., Jagielo fits the Yankees mold of power and patience from the left side of the plate. He has power to all fields but does the most damage when he pulls the ball to right field, and he’s able to tap into that power because he has a plan at the plate and command of the strike zone. There is some concern about his ability to hit at the upper levels of pro ball because he has a loopy swing and can be beat with good fastballs up in the zone.
Jagielo has played all over the field for Notre Dame in his career — both infield and outfield — but he has settled in at third base and has the quickness, hands, and arm to remain there long-term. A corner outfield spot would be the next logical spot should the hot corner not work out. He’s not terribly fast and won’t be a threat on the bases. Jagielo draws high marks for his work ethic and has been successful everywhere he’s played. There are plenty more videos available on YouTube.
Keith Law (subs. req’d) and Baseball America (subs. req’d) ranked Jagielo as the 35th and 40th best prospect in the draft, respectively, in their latest rankings. That puts him firmly in the late-first round/sandwich round mix at the moment, which is right where the Yankees have their first three picks (26th, 32nd, 33rd). It wasn’t until last summer that Scouting Damon Oppenheimer drafted a college bat in the top two rounds of the draft, and that was a college senior (catcher Peter O’Brien) in a draft pool saving maneuver. The Yankees tend to go for athleticism and upside at an up-the-middle position early, which doesn’t really describe Jagielo. Then again, special assistant Jim Hendry did draft him while still working as Cubs GM three years ago. Maybe the team will change course this summer because of all the extra picks.
Triple-A Scranton Game One (5-4 win over Charlotte in seven innings) makeup of Saturday’s rainout
- 1B Corban Joseph: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB – second start at first base of the season
- RF-CF Melky Mesa: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI
- CF-LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 K
- 3B David Adams: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K — 14 hits in his last 37 at-bats (.378)
- RHP Dellin Betances: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 WP, 2/1 GB/FB — 46 of 80 pitches were strikes (58%)
- RHP Sam Demel: 2.2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 3/2 GB/FB — 22 of 29 pitches were strikes (76%) … three hits, two walks, zero runs, and seven strikeouts in his last 8.2 innings
Triple-A Scranton‘s doubleheader was rained out. They’ve had no luck with the weather this year. They’re going to play doubleheaders on Monday and Tuesday to make these games up.
Double-A Trenton (9-5 loss to Portland)
- CF Ramon Flores: 0-2, 3 BB, 1 K — five walks in his last three games
- DH Tyler Austin: 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 13 walks in his last ten games
- C Kyle Higashioka: 2-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K — too bad he’ll never get a chance to play everyday in this organization
- LHP Francisco Rondon: 5 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 6/4 GB/FB – 54 of 98 pitches were strikes (55%)
- RHP Danny Burawa: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB — half of his 26 pitches were strikes
RHP Graham Stoneburner has been bumped back up to Triple-A Scranton in the wake of the LHP Vidal Nuno promotion, reports Mike Ashmore. LHP Josh Romanski was activated off the DL to fill the Double-A Trenton roster spot.
Triple-A Scranton was rained out. They’re going to play a doubleheader tomorrow.
Double-A Trenton (6-0 loss to Portland)
- LF Ramon Flores: 2-4, 2 K
- RF Tyler Austin: 0-4, 3 K
- C J.R. Murphy: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 HBP
- CF Slade Heathcott: 0-3, 3 K — that’s 20 strikeouts in 62 at-bats … he’s been pretty overmatched so far
- RHP Zach Nuding: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 8/3 GB/FB, 2 E (both throwing) — 62 of 94 pitches were strikes (66%)
- RHP Tommy Kahnle: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — only 13 of 29 pitches were strikes (45%) … seven strikeouts and six walks in his last three innings
At long last, RHP Jose Ramirez was activated off the DL and added to the Double-A Trenton roster according to Mike Ashmore. He is on a 75-pitch limit for the time being and he will join the rotation the next time through. Pitching coach Tommy Phelps said the team could go to a six-man rotation to accommodate him — there’s no obvious candidate to be taken out of the roster unless they move LHP Francisco Rondon back to the bullpen — but they’ll figure it out. LHP Jeremy Bleich was put on the DL with a sore left knee to clear a roster spot.
In other news, RHP Rafael DePaula ranked tenth on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. It’s a little early to start promoting people, but DePaula is a unique case because of his visa issues and all that. I can’t imagine he’ll be with Low-A Charleston much longer.
Triple-A Scranton (3-2 win over Columbus)
- 2B Corban Joseph: 0-4, 2 K — three hits in his last 21 at-bats (.143)
- CF Melky Mesa: 1-4, 1 R
- RF Zoilo Almonte: 2-4, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) — came into the game in a 5-for-31 slump (.161)
- RHP Brett Marshall: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 6/3 GB/FB — 56 of 100 pitches were strikes, which I think makes him the first minor leaguer to hit the century mark this season … four or more walks in three of his four starts this season, which is not good
OF Thomas Neal has been placed on the DL after leaving last night’s game with a hamstring issue according to John Sadak. Neal was a candidate to replace Ben Francisco as the right-handed bench bat, but I don’t think a move was imminent. UTIL Kevin Mahoney has been bumped from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton to fill the roster spot.
Triple-A Scranton (4-1 loss to Columbus)
- 2B Corban Joseph: 1-5, 2 K — wonder if he’ll see some more action at first base anytime soon
- 3B David Adams: 2-3, 1 BB
- LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
- C Austin Romine: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — first homer of the year
- CF Melky Mesa: 0-4 — no strikeouts is a moral win
- RHP Chien-Ming Wang: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 13/4 GB/FB — 51 of 81 pitches were strikes (62%) … he was sitting 87-89 in the first inning and 85-87 in the fifth inning, so there’s still some work to be done in the arm strength department even though he’s never going to get it back to 93+ again
Low-A Charleston (7-0 loss to West Virginia)
- CF Jake Cave: 1-4, 1 HBP
- SS Cito Culver: 2-4, 2 K — five hits in his last 12 at-bats (.417)
- DH Greg Bird: 1-4, 1 HBP
- 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 0-4, 1 K
- LHP Daniel Camarena: 5 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 Balk, 4/5 GB/FB — 55 of 74 pitches were strikes (74%) … has allowed at least five earned runs in three of his four starts
Both Double-A Trenton and High-A Tampa had scheduled off-days.