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Some notes:

  • As expected, the Yankees have sent RHP Bryan Mitchell back down to Triple-A Scranton, reports Matt Kardos. The MLB active roster currently sits at 24 players. Carlos Beltran is expected to be activated off the 7-day concussion disabled list after the All-Star break.
  • RHP Luis Severino has been promoted to Double-A Trenton, according to Josh Norris. That is really, really aggressive. He made four starts and threw 20.2 innings with High-A Tampa. Maybe they’re showcasing him for a trade.
  • Norris says OF Jake Cave was promoted to Trenton from Tampa as well. I wonder if that means OF Mason Williams will be demoted to Tampa for the rest of the season? It wouldn’t be undeserved.
  • LHP Jacob Lindgren was promoted to Tampa from Low-A Charleston, according to his father’s Twitter feed. That makes sense. It probably won’t be his final promotion of the summer either.
  • If you’ve ever wondered what minor leaguers receive when they win an Offensive Player or Pitcher of the Week award, Severino shared it on Twitter. It’s just a paper certificate like you used to get in elementary school.
  • And finally, Ben Badler wrote a pretty great article on C Luis Torrens and his development as a recently converted catcher. You need a subscription to read it, unfortunately.

Triple-A Scranton is off until Thursday for the All-Star break. The actual game is tomorrow night. UTIL Jose Pirela was the only Yankees farmhand selected to the International League squad.

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The video above is C/1B Peter O’Brien taking some hacks during batting practice before yesterday’s Futures Game, courtesy of Baseball America. Here are some more notes:

  • In his Futures Game write-up (subs. req’d), Keith Law noted O’Brien “struck out in his only two at bats; he was late on fastballs at 95 to 96 and then struck out on a slider down. His home run total this year is outstanding, but he seems to have a lot of trouble hitting above-average stuff. “
  • Nathaniel Stoltz at FanGraphs has a write-up and some video on RHP Brady Lail. “If you want comps to dream on, Lail’s arsenal isn’t too far off from Jesse Chavez‘s or Mike Leake‘s,” wrote Stoltz, “and if he can add some weight and prove he can shoulder heavy workloads, he might have a shot to emerge as a quality rotation contributor in that mold.”
  • Both LHP Matt Tracy and LHP Tyler Webb will be promoted to Triple-A Scranton after the All-Star break this week, according to Nick Peruffo. Tracy was up for a few spot starts earlier this year, but this will be Webb’s first take of the level. Anytime a southpaw gets to Triple-A, he puts himself in position for an MLB role, even if it’s only as a lefty specialist.
  • Matt Kardos reports that both O’Brien and C Gary Sanchez will participate in the Double-A Eastern League Home Run Derby later this week, which is neat. Hard to think O’Brien won’t win it with his power.
  • And finally, LHP Miguel Subaran was named the High-A Florida State League Pitcher of the Week, so congrats to him. The Yankees got him from the Twins for Eduardo Nunez.

Triple-A Scranton is off until Thursday for the All-Star break. The actual game is Wednesday night. UTIL Jose Pirela was the only Yankees farmhand selected to the International League squad.

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2014 Futures Game (Team USA won 3-2)

  • 1B Peter O’Brien: 0-2, 2 K — struck out against Astros RHP Michael Feliz and Padres RHP Tayron Guerrero
  • RHP Luis Severino: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GB/FB – nine of 12 pitches were strikes (75%), and Keith Law says he was 93-95 mph … the strike out came against eventual Futures Game MVP Rangers 3B Joey Gallo … watch his outing in the poor quality, no audio video above

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Jul
13

2014 Futures Game Thread

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2014 Futures GameThe Yankees don’t wrap up the traditional first half with the series finale against the Orioles until later tonight, so this afternoon we can all focus on the 2014 Futures Game in Target Field. Usually the Futures Game conflicts with the Yankees. This is sorta nice.

For the first time since 2010 (Austin Romine and Hector Noesi), the Yankees had two farmhands selected for the Futures Game this year. RHP Luis Severino is on the World Team roster while C/1B Peter O’Brien will suit up for Team USA. Neither is starting, but Severino is scheduled to pitch the fourth inning and O’Brien will definitely get into the game at some point. Everyone plays, even if it’s only one at-bat.

Team USA has won the last four Futures Games and they lead the all-time series 9-6. A total of 115 players have appeared in both a Futures Game and an MLB All-Star Game at some point, plus 22 players from last year’s Futures Game have already gone on to play in the big leagues. I would be surprised if O’Brien and especially Severino make it MLB within the next 12 months, however. The full rosters can be seen right here. Here are the starting lineups.

World Team (Manager: Bert Blyleven)

  1. CF Dalton Pompey, Blue Jays
  2. SS Francisco Lindor, Indians
  3. 2B Jose Peraza, Braves
  4. 1B Kennys Vargas, Twins
  5. LF Steven Moya, Tigers
  6. RF Dariel Alvarez, Orioles
  7. DH Gabby Guerrero, Mariners
  8. 3B Renato Nunez, Athletics
  9. C Jorge Alfaro, Rangers
    RHP Jose Berrios, Twins (pitching order)

Team USA (Manager: Tom Kelly)

  1. CF Michael Taylor, Nationals
  2. 2B Sean Coyle, Red Sox
  3. SS Corey Seager, Dodgers
  4. 3B Kris Bryant, Cubs
  5. DH Joey Gallo, Rangers
  6. 1B D.J. Peterson, Mariners
  7. LF Jesse Winker, Reds
  8. RF Hunter Renfroe, Padres
  9. C Kevin Plawecki, Mets
    LHP Henry Owens, Red Sox (pitching order)

It’s nice and sunny in Minneapolis with no rain in the forecast. Wonderful day for baseball. First pitch is scheduled for 5pm ET and you’ll be able to watch live on MLB Network or via the live stream below. Enjoy the game.

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Both RHP Luis Severino and C/1B/RF Peter O’Brien have been placed on the temporarily inactive list … because they are in Minnesota for the Futures Game. The game is tomorrow afternoon.

Triple-A Scranton (5-2 loss to Rochester)

  • LF Jose Pirela: 0-3, 1 BB
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 E (missed catch)
  • RF Adonis Garcia & 1B Kyle Roller: both 0-4 — Roller struck out twice
  • C Austin Romine: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB — 14-for-38 (.368) in his last ten games
  • DH John Ryan Murphy: 1-4, 2 K
  • CF Taylor Dugas: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K – 11-for-29 (.379) in his last ten games
  • LHP Nik Turley: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 8/2 GB/FB — 50 of 94 pitches were strikes (53%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 23 of 47 pitches were strikes (49%) … 18/11 K/BB in his last 11.2 innings

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Via Jim Callis: The Yankees have signed ninth round pick Vanderbilt SS Vince Conde for $155,000. Slot money for the 272nd overall pick is $146,500. Conde actually played for Short Season Staten Island last night, going 2-for-4 with a walk in his pro debut. He signed so late because Vanderbilt was playing in the College World Series.

Conde, 21, hit .284/.397/.379 with four homers, 15 steals, 41 walks, and 42 strikeouts in 72 games for the Commodores this spring. He’s a no-doubt shortstop long-term with a very good glove, but he doesn’t project to be much of a hitter in pro ball. As you can see at our 2014 Draft Pool Tracker, Conde’s over-slot bonus pushes the Yankees over their spending pool by roughly $120,000. They’ll have to pay approximately $90,000 in tax, assuming no more over-slot signings. The signing deadline is this coming Friday and it doesn’t appear the team will sign Florida HS RHP Garrett Cave (17th round) or Connecticut HS 3B Will Toffey (23rd round), their two late round signability fliers.

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Some notes, starting with injury updates from Josh Norris:

  • LHP Ian Clarkin is on the Low-A Charleston DL with a sprained ankle and SS Jorge Mateo is out with a sore hand. He is not on the disabled list, however. As long as Clarkin’s arm is fine, whatever. SS Abi Avelino (quad) will return to game action tomorrow and 3B Eric Jagielo (oblique) could return next week. I guess he had a setback.
  • C Luis Torrens was sixth on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. The 18-year-old came in Friday hitting .409/.447/.659 (217 wRC+) with four doubles, two triples, and one homer in eleven games with Short Season Staten Island.

Triple-A Scranton (5-1 win over Rochester)

  • RF Jose Pirela: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — so what do you think, he gets the All-Star break to get comfortable in right then gets the call?
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 RBI
  • DH Kyle Roller: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Austin Romine: 3-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K — 11-for-23 (.478) in his last six games
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Jairo Heredia: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 K, 3/7 GB/FB — 52 of 79 pitches were strikes (66%)
  • SwP Pat Venditte: 2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GB/FB — 26 of 42 pitches were strikes (62%)

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Some quick notes:

  • RHP Mark Montgomery (shin) has been activated off the Double-A Trenton disabled list, according to Josh Norris. LHP Fred Lewis, meanwhile, is off to see a doctor for something, says Nick Peruffo. Lewis has been dreadful of late. Not surprising he might be hurt.
  • Matt Kardos reports LHP Tyler Webb has been added to the Double-A Eastern League All-Star Game roster as a replacement for LHP Matt Tracy, who is ineligible to pitch in the game due to the timing of his next scheduled start.

Triple-A Scranton Game One (5-4 win over Rochester in seven innings, walk-off style)

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • RF Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI — right field again
  • 1B Austin Romine: 1-3
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 2-4, 1 K
  • DH Kyle Roller: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — walk-off fielder’s choice
  • RHP Bruce Billings: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 8/7 GB/FB — 67 of 99 pitches were strikes (68%)
  • RHP Diego Moreno: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — eight of 12 pitches were strikes … Clip’d the win (some of you have been around long enough to remember what the means, right?)

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2B Rob Refsnyder, OF Aaron Judge, and RHP Luis Severino all made Baseball America’s All-Prospect Team for the month of June, which is pretty cool. Refsnyder was also listed as a non-top 50 prospect to watch by Baseball America.

Triple-A Scranton Game One (7-2 win over Charlotte in seven innings) makeup of yesterday’s rainout

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB
  • RF Rob Refsnyder: 1-4 — during a recent radio interview, Brian Cashman said that if they call up Refsnyder this year, it will be to play right field than second base … don’t like it at all, just let Zoilo Almonte play right and let Refsnyder continue to work on his defense at second
  • 3B Yangervis Solarte: 3-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 0-4, 2 K
  • C Austin Romine: 2-3, 2 R
  • RHP Chris Leroux: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 6/2 GB/FB — 61 of 92 pitches were strikes (66%)

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A winter’s worth of rumors about an international spending spree proved true last week when the Yankees signed more than 20 players and spent more than six times their spending pool on the first day of the 2014-15 signing period. You can relive the day right here. Here’s more breaking down the record-setting day, and here are some more stray signings and links:

  • The Yankees have signed 16-year-old Venezuelan OF Raymundo Moreno for $600k, reports Ben Badler. He is not among Baseball America‘s nor MLB.com‘s list of the top 30 international prospects. Balder says Moreno has “above-average speed, an average arm and gets good reads off the bat in the outfield. He has good bat speed and gap power from the right side.”
  • Jesse Sanchez reports the Yankees have signed Dominican SS Griffin Garabito for $225k while Kiley McDaniel says they have also signed 19-year-old Dominican RHP Yossty Vargas. Both are older (relative term here) prospects who can begin playing right away. Neither was ranked among Baseball America’s or MLB.com’s top 30 international prospects.
  • In an Insider-only piece, Chris Crawford says that ” in terms of both quality and quantity, [the Yankees had] the most impressive class by a considerable margin.” He also notes that they are also considered the favorite to sign a few of the top players who are still available.

Total Known Bonuses: $15.335M. Total Penalties: ~$13.135M. Total Spent: ~$28.47M.

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