• Tomorrow’s Yanks, Today

    Posted by on June 26th, 2008 · Comments (7)

    Some interesting stats via the Trenton Times:

    Since 2003, only 29 of the 250 players (8.6 percent) drafted by the Yankees have even reached [Double-A] Trenton.

    Just six of those 29 — Ian Kennedy, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, T.J. Beam, Jeff Karstens and Tyler Clippard — have made it to the big leagues.

    More ominous is that only 10 percent of players who sign minor league contracts will play in a major league game.

    The rest, unfortunately, largely help keep the machine greased and are forced to take a backseat to some of those 10 percent.

    Makes you wonder if this current Trenton Thunder team is special – since so many players on it seem destined to make the big leagues, and soon. J.B. Cox, David Robertson, Mark Melancon, Alfredo Aceves, Daniel McCutchen, Austin Jackson, and Jose Tabata have all played for Trenton this season – and most Yankees fans think they all will be starring in the Bronx someday too.

    Maybe the 2008 Trenton Thunder will be like the 1992 Greensboro Hornets – in terms of being a nice minor league snapshot of the players who will be leading the Yankees in the future?

    Comments on Tomorrow’s Yanks, Today

    1. MJ
      June 26th, 2008 | 11:26 am

      I wish I knew as much about minor league baseball in 1992 as I do now. It would’ve been fun to be excited about Derek Jeter/Jorge Posada/Shane Spencer/Andy Pettitte/Marty “David Cone” Janzen and to talk about them then as we do now about all the kids we’ve been tracking on this blog for the past 3 years.

    2. EdB
      June 26th, 2008 | 11:35 am

      Wow…Posada was a speed-demon. Was he converted yet that year?

    3. June 26th, 2008 | 11:49 am

      It could also be an indication of change in philosophy within the organization.

    4. mmtdad
      June 26th, 2008 | 12:20 pm

      The list printed by the Trenton Times left out at least one player that I know of: Chase Wright.

      He was picked by the Yankees in the third round of the 2001 draft and was called up for 3 games last year (unfortunately best remembered for giving up those 4 awful consecutive homers to the Sox).

      I saw him pitch at Trenton last April just before he was called up and anyone who was there that night understood why the Yankees gave him a shot. He threw 7 2-hit shutout innings and was almost untouchable.

      At 25 and back in Trenton again, he’s on the verge of no longer being considered a prospect. But he’s doing very well this year (6-1, 2.56 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 63.1 innings) and has generally pitched well throughout his minor league career.

      Let’s hope he gets a chance at some point to give us something better to remember him by.

    5. Raf
      June 26th, 2008 | 12:54 pm

      Wow…Posada was a speed-demon. Was he converted yet that year?
      I believe he was converted the following season

    6. June 26th, 2008 | 3:51 pm

      mmtdad – FWIW, the Times piece says “since 2003” – that explains Wright.

    7. GatorGossage
      June 26th, 2008 | 4:43 pm

      How do those numbers compare with other teams?

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