Quick Reactions to the Yankees Minor League Rosters

Not yet, friends.

The Triple-A, Double-A, High-A, and Low-A seasons will all begin on Tuesday, May 4. It’s been a long time coming, as there was obviously no MiLB season last year. Remember, MLB restructured the minors this year, so the Yankees have a few new affiliates. I’ll cover all of this in a bit more detail tomorrow and Tuesday in advance of the season, but here is how the schedule breaks down per affiliate level:

  • Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre: 142 games
  • Double-A Somerset: 120 games
  • High-A Hudson Valley: 120 games
  • Low-A Tampa: 120 games

The Gulf Coast league will kick off about two months later in late June. I’m looking forward to this season. The Alternate Site is great and all, but there’s nothing like playing in live games against not your teammates for a young player’s development. It’s essential.

Anyway, the Yankees announced the break camp rosters for each of the affiliates that will begin playing on Tuesday. Those are all listed below, with some quick takeaways beforehand.

Quick Takeaways

  • Outfield MLB Depth: I’m going to cheat here a bit and use the first takeaway to talk about MLB roster construction. Look at the Triple-A roster and you’ll see that there aren’t any players you’d be comfortable manning the outfield in the Bronx. Aaron Hicks is struggling, but there are not any viable internal replacements. Remember, the Yanks just traded away Mike Tauchman. Looking at this roster only underscores that they are confident in Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton’s health – and Aaron Hicks’ ability to turn it around.
  • Upper Minors Catching Depth: There are 4 catchers rostered in Scranton, which makes sense. The Yanks don’t have a ton of MLB-caliber catching depth. They should keep Rob Brantley around as insurance even as Robinson Chirinos, who was recently effective, rehabs in Triple-A.
  • Estevan Florial Still Needs More Work: This shouldn’t surprise anyone, but I expect it still will: Estevan Florial, who made his MLB debut in 2020, will begin the season in Double-A. Last year was a weird year, which is the only reason Florial manned the Bronx outfield. His debut, coupled with a mammoth HR at the Alternate Site, has some clamoring for him in the Bronx right now. The Yankees have other plans for the 23-year-old outfielder, who has never played above High-A aside from last year’s cup of coffee. In 2019, he struck out 33% of the time in High-A – he still has work to do, and how he responds to the challenge of Double-A pitching will be a big tell for his future.
  • Luis Gil’s Challenge: Awesome to see Luis Gil join Florial in Double-A. He really shined in both 2018 and 2019 and is the proud owner of a 2.74 ERA in 207 career professional innings. The 22-year-old Gil, with a sparkling fastball, will try to keep reigning in his control/command in Double-A. It will be a big test.
  • I Need to Take A Trip to Wappingers Falls: The High-A roster is stacked. I love it. It’s packed with Yankee prospect star power, which says a lot about the state of the farm. It’s filled with high-potential guys who are still a few years away. It includes Ezequial Duran, Anthony Seigler, Josh Breaux, and Oswaldo Peraza. Those are names familiar to anyone following the Yanks system lately.
  • Luis Medina Watch: It also includes everyone’s new darling, Luis Medina. He really turned a corner in 2019. In his final 45 innings in that season, 10.2 of which were in High-A, he struck out 63 and walked just 15. It will be interesting to see if he can maintain that new control. His stuff is electric and always has been. Let’s hope he can build on that progress. It’ll be easy to dream on him, just as it was in the D.R. this past winter.
  • First Round Watch: Austin Wells, the first collegiate first-round bat the Yanks have selected since 2015, will start his career in Low-A. It makes sense. The Yanks have been raving about him since he joined the organization, and I can’t wait to watch him this year.
  • Jasson Dominguez in Tampa: Finally, we will have to wait a bit longer to watch Jasson Dominguez. Despite some rumblings that Jasson, the 18-year-old super prospect who hasn’t played a professional game, would start the season in High-A, that is not the case. He will be held back and remain in Tampa for extended Spring Training for now. This, too, makes sense. We’ll get our first glimpse of the Martian later on this summer. He’s only 18, after all.

Rosters

Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees

Pitchers (17): Albert Abreu, Kyle Barraclough, Braden Bristo, Nestor Cortes Jr., Deivi García, Luis García, Nick Goody, Nick Green, Brian Keller, Brody Koerner, Brooks Kriske, Trevor Lane, Reggie McClain, Mike Montgomery, Nick Nelson, Addison Russ, Adam Warren

Catchers (4): Rob Brantley, Robinson Chirinos, Kellin Deglan, Max McDowell

Infielders (6): Armando Alvarez, Miguel Andújar, Derek Dietrich, Chris Gittens, Kyle Holder, Andrew Velazquez

Outfielders (4): Greg Allen, Trey Amburgey, Socrates Brito, Ryan LaMarre

Somerset Patriots

Pitchers (15): Reid Anderson, Keegan Curtis, Carlos Espinal, Kevin Gadea, Luis Gil, Michael Gomez, Janson Junk, Matt Krook, Ron Marinaccio, Glenn Otto, Stephen Ridings, J.P. Sears, Shawn Semple, Jefrey Valdez, Greg Weissert

Catchers (3): Chase Illig, Jason Lopez, Donny Sands

Infielders (6): Oswaldo Cabrera, Deigo Castillo, Dermis Garcia, Hoy Jun Park, Matt Pita, Brandon Wagner

Outfielders (5): Michael Beltre, Estevan Florial, Isiah Gilliam, Thomas Milone, Zach Zehner

Hudson Valley Renegades

Pitchers (16): Nelson Alvarez, Jhony Brito, Nick Ernst, Zach Greene, Barrett Loeske, Josh Maciejewski, Luis Medina, Matt Minnick, Tanner Myatt, Jio Orozco, Elvis Peguero, Charlie Ruegger, Mitch Spence, Ken Waldichuk, Hayden Wesneski, Justin Wilson

Catchers (3): Josh Breaux, Mickey Gasper, Anthony Seigler

Infielders (7): Oliver Dunn, Ezequiel Duran, Kyle MacDonald, James Nelson, Oswald Peraza, Christan Perez, Eric Wagaman

Outfielders (5): Frederick Cuevas, Brandon Lockridge, Pablo Olivares, Isaiah Pasteur, Steven Sensley

Tampa Tarpons

Pitchers (15): Blane Abeyta, Ryan Anderson, Edgar Barclay, Sean Boyle, Carson Coleman, Nelvin Correa, Harold Cortijo, Wellington Diaz, Michael Giacone, Trevor Holloway, Shaine McNeely, Kevin Milam, Jhonatan Muñoz, Matt Sauer, Randy Vasquez

Catchers (3): Juan Crisp, Carlos Narvaez, Austin Wells

Infielders (6): Chad Bell, Max Burt, Andres Chaparro, Trevor Hauver, Spencer Henson, Anthony Volpe

Outfielders (5): Evan Alexander, Juan De Leon, Pat DeMarco, Elijah Dunham, Jacob Stanford

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3 Comments

  1. JG (Brendan Ryan)

    Renegades are definitely stacked. The other teams seem pretty meh, especially if you assume Deivi and Schmidt will be used on the big league team a lot.

  2. UnnamedSource

    Does anyone have any information as to the roster status of the following ten players who were previously on the winter rosters of Yankee affiliates but are not listed on any of the preliminary “opening day” rosters? Injured, extended spring training, released, suspended, restricted list, retired, etc.?

    Pitcher Tyler Lyons seemed to have disappeared at the end of major league spring training. I don’t think the Yankees ever announced a minor league assignment or an assignment to an alternate site.

    Pitcher Justin O’Conner was assigned to Somerset on 2/12/2021, but he doesn’t appear on any minor league roster publicized in May.

    Pitchers Daniel Bies, Kyle Zurak, and Aaron McGarity were all assigned to Hudson Valley on 2/12/2021, but none of them appear on any minor league roster publicized in May.

    Catcher Pedro Luis Diaz was assigned to Somerset on 2/12/2021, but he doesn’t appear on any minor league roster publicized in May.

    Infielder (and sometimes pitcher) Kaleb Cowart, a major league veteran, was assigned to Hudson Valley on 2/12/2021, but he doesn’t appear on any minor league roster publicized in May.

    Infielder Wilkerman Garcia was assigned to Somerset on 2/12/2021, but he doesn’t appear on any minor league roster publicized in May.

    Outfielders Christian Andrade and Robert Javier were assigned to Somerset on 2/12/2021, but neither appears on any minor league roster publicized in May.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • JG (Brendan Ryan)

      Btw are we going to revive the tradition of voting for a prospect to highlight for the prospect watch?

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