• Yankee Farmhands Shut Out Of NYPL Prospects List

    Posted by on September 28th, 2010 · Comments (4)

    Last week I mentioned that Baseball America was releasing its top-20 lists for each of the affiliated minor leagues.  In that post, I also revealed the upcoming schedule for the prospect honorarium.

    Sadly, no members of the Staten Island Yankees made the list of prospects in the New York-Penn League.  However sad this news may be, the reason is simply because most of the team’s 2009 draft class skipped the NYPL entirely, playing their first season of pro ball with the Charleston River Dogs in the South Atlantic League.

    Further, as most of the team’s top picks in the 2010 draft class were so young and raw, those players got their first taste of organized professional baseball at the aforementioned Gulf Coast League level.  By the time guys like Cito Culver and Gary Sanchez were ready to move up to Staten Island, their window to make this top-20 list had closed.

    Comments on Yankee Farmhands Shut Out Of NYPL Prospects List

    1. Corey Italiano
      September 28th, 2010 | 2:57 pm

      So whatdya think, Sanchez and Culver make the list next year? Or they move up too fast to make it.

    2. MJ Recanati
      September 28th, 2010 | 3:02 pm

      Corey Italiano wrote:

      So whatdya think, Sanchez and Culver make the list next year? Or they move up too fast to make it.

      They’re both so young that I could see them spending the whole year in Staten Island next year. At that point, yes, I have to believe that they’ll both make the NYPL prospect list next fall.

      Then again, the Yanks could do with these guys what they did with Slade Heathcott and start them out in the instructional league in 2011 and then promote them to Low-A Charleston around the first of June. I wouldn’t bet on it but, at least with Sanchez, there’s a chance that he’s ready to hit more advanced pitching.

    3. September 28th, 2010 | 3:59 pm

      Culver struggled at SI and Sanchez didn’t have many ABs there.

      Betcha Sanchez, in any event, goes to Charleston to start next season and Culver ends up in the instructional league and then either repeats SI in June or heads to Charleston, if he’s really excelling in the IL.

      Just a guess on my part.

    4. MJ Recanati
      September 28th, 2010 | 4:41 pm

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      Sanchez actually had more AB’s at Staten Island (54 in 16 games) than Culver did (43 in 15 games) so, really, neither one had much time at the NYPL level.

      I agree that Sanchez seems like a decent bet to get moved up to Low-A next season. Then again, with JR Murphy and Kyle Higashioka already there, the Yanks may have Sanchez start in the instructional league and see if one of Murphy/Higashioka can get a promotion to High-A Tampa in order to clear a spot for Sanchez. He’d really gain nothing by not catching nearly every day in order to get him to stick behind the plate.

      As for Culver, I think he’ll go the instructional league/Staten Island Yankees route next year and then play full-season ball starting in 2012. It’s possible that Culver can get promoted to Low-A around the end of next summer if things are going well for him, however.

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