• Yankees Minor League News & Notes

    Posted by on August 20th, 2010 · Comments (3)

    Guess what time it is?  Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet time!

    Last week, Yankee farmhands Jesus Montero and Manny Banuelos held the first and third positions, respectively.  This week, our minor leaguers took down the gold and silver!  RHP Adam Warren (Double-A Trenton) and RHP Ivan Nova (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre) have the honors.

    Adam Warren
    Team: Double-A Trenton (Eastern)
    Age: 22
    Why He’s Here: 1-0, 0.00, 1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 HBP, 1 BB, 15 SO, 1.0 G/F
    The Scoop: Among Eastern League pitchers, only Harrisburg’s Tommy Milone (50) has more strikeouts than does Warren (44) since the latter joined the league on July 16. But Warren is gaining fast. Including his seven-inning, 15-strikeout gem against Bowie on Wednesday, he now has notched a 28-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his past three starts, covering 17 innings.

    A fourth-round pick from North Carolina last year, Warren has raised his profile virtually with each start. He helped pitch short-season Staten Island to the New York-Penn League title in his pro debut and then this season made short work of the high Class A Florida State League, going 7-5, 2.22 in 15 starts, recording 67 strikeouts in 81 innings.

    While Warren lacks true front-line stuff, it’s more than firm enough to succeed as a mid-rotation starter. He commands both a two-seam and four-seam fastball, pitches that range from 88-93 mph and give him go-to pitches every time out. Warren mixes in a solid-average change and a slider/cutter that he added after signing.

    Ivan Nova
    Team: Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (International)
    Age: 23
    Why He’s Here: 2-0, 1.32, 2 GS, 13 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 5 BB, 15 SO, 1.6 G/F
    The Scoop: Nova has pitched as well as any International Leaguer since the all-star break, going 5-1, 1.96 in six starts for division-leading Scranton. In those 41 innings, he’s fanned 37, walked eight and allowed two home runs. That last number typifies Nova, a groundball pitcher with a firm three-pitch mix. On the season, he ranks second among qualified IL pitchers with his 1.26 groundout-to-flyout ratio. (Who’s No. 1 you ask? It’s 25-year-old Indianapolis righty Mike Crotta at 2.35.) Nova completed two scoreless relief appearances for the Yankees in May, and there may be more of that in his future this September.

    And, since I mentioned Man-Ban, here’s a glowing scouting report on him from MLB FanHouse writer Frankie Piliere.  On the heels of his write-up of Andrew Brackman a few weeks ago, I’d say that those carping about the lack of talent in the Yankee system need to open their eyes.  The farm may not be a top-5 system but I’d say it’s probably top-10 and that’s good enough for me.

    Comments on Yankees Minor League News & Notes

    1. clintfsu813
      August 20th, 2010 | 3:58 pm

      I agree..teams with little money NEED a top farm system. (Tampa) If the Yanks have #10 farm coupled with financial resources I like our chances to be really good for some time. Big ups to the Cashmeister.

    2. Evan3457
      August 20th, 2010 | 4:18 pm

      The increase in velocity for Man-Ban is enormous…if he can hold it on a regular basis.

    3. MJ Recanati
      August 20th, 2010 | 5:26 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      The increase in velocity for Man-Ban is enormous…if he can hold it on a regular basis.

      Absolutely. Assuming no setbacks this year, he’ll be in AA next spring. Slowly but surely, the Yanks farm system looks better. It’s been a good year for the farm this year.

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