New York Yankees Prospect Update

As you might have noticed, I like to save Sunday to take a quick look at how the New York Yankees’ top prospects are performing.  The update comes a couple of days later this week, but it’s better late than never, right?  If you’re interested in reading about some of the improvements that some future New York Yankees are making down on the farm, keep reading.

Jesus Montero

.311 BA, .772 OPS, 8 BB/33 K

Over the past 10 games, Jesus Montero has run into some struggles, but at this point everyone is just waiting to see him arrive in the Bronx.

Gary Sanchez

4 HR, 8 2B, 14 BB/37 K

While Jesus Montero has been chilled over the past couple of weeks,  Sanchez has turned up the heat with a .314/.455/.657 triple slash line.  He hasn’t played since May 20, but I have not been able to find out why.

Dellin Betances

28.2 IP, 0.94 ERA, 29 K/15 BB

He’s had three consecutive starts in which he walked 4, 5 and 4 in no more than 5.2 innings.  Everything else is sterling though.

Manny Banuelos

36.2 IP, 1.96 ERA, 34 K/20 BB

I (we) want to see the walks come way down, but how can you complain about the other numbers?  The strikeouts are still great as is the ERA.

Andrew Brackman

41 IP, 6.59 ERA, 28 K/27 BB

What the heck is going on here?  At the beginning of the season it looked like Andrew Brackman could make his debut in 2011.  At this rate, 2012 is the more likely date.

Austin Romine

4 HR, 15 BB/25 K, .766 OPS

I would like some more meat tacked on to the slugging percentage (.415), but other than that it’s hard not to be very pleased with what he’s done this year.

Hector Noesi

20.2 IP, 3.92 ERA, 11 K/9 BB (Triple A)

Noesi finally got into some Major League action recently – coming up clutch in his debut against the Baltimore Orioles last week.  Noesi may have to ride on the yo-yo a little bit, but it looks as if he’s going to be the first of the Yankees’ stash of pitching prospects to get a real shot.

Slade Heathcott

.880 OPS, 17 XBH, 15 BB/35 K, 5 SB

Heathcott returned to action after missing five games for his role in a brawl.

Brett Marshall

44 IP, 5.73 ERA, 36 K/16 BB

Marshall continues to deliver solid – if not strong – performances.  In addition to the improving numbers listed, he also sports a 1.53 GO/AO.

JR Murphy

.320 BA, 21 XBH, .864 OPS

Murphy has been on a role over his past 10 games with a .325/.426/.525 line.  People around the game are also encouraged by the progress he is making behind the dish.

Others of Note

Eduardo Sosa is batting .323 at Low-A Charleston with 11 XBH and 8 SB…Nik Turley has 52 K in 50.1 Low-A innings…Adam Warren has a 3.57 ERA in 53 Triple-A innings…Warren’s teammate, David Phelps, is making a case to be the next call up with a 3.35 ERA in 53.2 IP…Ramon Flores sports a .403 OBP in Low-A…Rob Lyerly boasts a .867 OPS with 18 XBH.

Check in next week for the latest update on the New York Yankees’ future contributors.

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  • John

    Take a look at Tim Norton on the Trenton Yankees: 24 IP, 36 Ks, only 6 BBs, and a 1.88 ERA. Why doesn’t anyone talk about him?

    • craig.williams

      He’s definitely dominating so far in 2011, but despite the numbers he’s not really considered a legit prospect. There are two key reasons that I can see. The first is his stuff. According to Baseball America, Norton works 90-93 with a split/change to work against left-handers. As of 2007 he didn’t have much of a breaking ball. That could have changed since then, but it is still not the profile of a guy who is going to shoot up the system ladder. Secondly, at 28 in Double-A, he’s old for his level. He’s definitely been dominating and probably deserves a promotion to Triple-A, but I’m not sure he fits the mold of a guy who Yankees fans need to be particularly excited about.