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    YANKS ANNOUNCE 25-MAN ROSTER
    Jordan Montgomery, Aaron Judge win positional battles for SP, RF



    By Dustin Ramsey, pinstripes.com

    New York, NY -- With spring training over, and the season beginning on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yankees have unofficially announced their 25-man roster for 2017. The only surprise seems to be in the starting pitching rotation as several guys battled for the number five spot in the rotation with Jordan Montgomery coming out on top in the competition thanks to a very good spring performance. He beat out the likes of Luis Cessa, Chad Green, and Adam Warren who all have Major League starting experience, unlike Montgomery. Montgomery will be making his Major League debut on his first start.

    Montgomery wasn’t a jewel of a prospect, but had a very good year in 2016 in Trenton and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Over Double-A and Triple-A he combined for 139.2 IP of 2.13 ERA baseball. He was particularly good against Triple-A competition throwing 37.0 innings of 0.97 ERA baseball. Montgomery features a fastball-cutter-changeup combo to keep hitters guessing with a curveball that can strike out righties.

    Montgomery will anchor a pitching staff that will be led by Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka, who had somewhat of a bounce back year in 2016. Despite fearing elbow pain after almost every start, Tanaka was able to push through 31 starts to throw 199.2 innings of 3.07 ERA baseball with a 1.08 WHIP. He recorded 4.1 wins above replacement in 2016, and the Yankees will need him to keep that up if they are looking for the playoffs in 2017. CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda will also earn starts every fifth day, which only leaves....

    The Yankees will definitely need a bounce back year from their number two guy, Luis Severino. Severino struggles in 2016, posting a 5.83 ERA between 11 starts and 11 bullpen appearances. That’s a far cry from the 2.89 ERA he posted in his debut season. Which Severino will the Yankees get in 2017? They’re hoping it’s the guy who just dominated for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

    “That’s who I want to be this season,” Severino said following a 6.2 IP game for the Dominican Republic in which he allowed one run on three hits.

    The Yankees open the season with Aroldis Chapman as their closer, whom they reacquired from the Cubs for the hefty price of five years and $75 million dollars. In the end, it was probably worth it for the games premiere closer, who practically carried the Cubs to the World Series title last season. In total. He combined for 58 innings of 1.55 ERA baseball with a 14 strikeout per nine inning ratio. Add 36 saves to that mark, and add Chapman to the a bullpen that despite trading the top two relievers in the game at the deadline last year, is still one of the best in the game. That’s partly due to Chapman’s 6-foot-8 partner in crime, Dellin Betances, as well as Tyler Clippard, who is one of the most underrated relievers in the game. Young Jonathan Holder also made the bullpen as a power arm as well as Yankee veteran Adam Warren. Chasen Shreeve and Tommy Layne give the Yankees two lefties to work with in the middle innings as well.

    Aside from a few up and young faces, that looks pretty similar to last years squad. The offense does get a makeover though without Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Carlos Beltran, and Brian McCann. This leaves the burgeoning superstar, Gary Sanchez, as the star of a lineup that is filled with unfamiliar faces to Yankee fans. Sanchez dominated last season, hitting 20 home runs in only 53 games to finish in second for the Rookie of the Year Award. Sanchez has a lot of buzz right now and for good reason as the Yankees look to continue to build around their young catcher. Austin Romine will return as the Yankees primary backup.

    The Yankees added a pair of veteran sluggers to the mix this offseason and will see the return of another one of their promising youngsters. Greg Bird is expected to get the nod at first base. He spent the entire 2016 season on the disabled list after tearing his labrum, but Yankees fans don’t forget the pop he showed in his debut season in 2015, hitting 11 home runs and knocking in 31 RBI’s in only 46 games. However, the Yankees added a $3.5M insurance policy for Bird, just in case his recovery is a bit behind schedule. That came in the form of former Milwaukee Brewer Chris Carter. Carter led the National League in home runs last season with 41, but had an unacceptable 206 strikeouts in 644 plate appearances. Still, the Yankees are hoping Carter is more homer than strikeout in 2017 and at the very least he’ll add a veteran presence to the position.

    Speaking of powerful additions, what about Matt Holliday, whom the Yankees signed for 1-year and $13 million from the St. Louis Cardinals. Holliday hit 20 homers and knocked in 62 RBI’s in just 110 games this season. Though he has played Left Field his entire life, Holliday has been working at First Base, and the 6-foot-3, 240-pound slugger seems poised to be the Yankees primary designated hitter.

    The infield is rounded out with the same trio that played last season with Starlin Castro at second, Didi Gregorius - when he returns from his DL stint - at shortstop, and Chase Headley at third. Infielders Ronald Torreyes and Robert Refsnyder also made the team out of Spring Training as utility guys.

    That only leaves the outfield, with four familiar faces for Yankees fans including the massive Aaron Judge. Judge has been a top prospects since being drafted in the first round of the 2013 draft, but made a weak debut in 2016 in the Bronx. He hit .179 in 27 games. With that said, he’s got tremendous power and has reportedly made big improvements in the offseason to cut down on his strikeouts and increase his ability to hit to all parts of the field.

    Jacoby Ellsbury should be the starter in Center Field with Brett Gardner in Left, and Aaron Hicks seeing a fair amount of playing time as the fourth outfielder.







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    Almost gearing up to go, should be interesting how your team starts the season.

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    YANKEES PRESEASON TOP 30 PROSPECTS
    Path to Pinstripes Releases Their Preseason Top Thirty Yankees Prospects List



    By Dustin Ramsey, pinstripes.com

    New York, NY -- The Yankees vaulted their farm system from mediocre at-best to arguably the top in baseball during the past twelve months. The Yankees traded Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, and James Pazos in order to secure several prospects that appear on this list. They also draft Blake Rutherford in the first round, which could turn out to be the steal of the draft. In fact, of the thirty prospects on this list, only twenty were even a part of the Yankees organization a year ago. That’s a tremendous influx of young talent for an organization that hasn’t traditionally relied on developing from within.

    Gleyber Torres is the jewel of the Yankees minor league system, and after an incredible showing in the Arizona Fall League, he seems destined to join the current wave of ‘Baby Bombers’ that are exploding on to the scene in New York. The named Bird, Sanchez, and Judge are all household names, and Torres may not seem to fit in, but that could just be a matter of time for the 20-year old shortstop. The Yankees acquired Torres in a trade with the Chicago Cubs for Aroldis Chapman at last year's’ trade deadline and has nothing but impress since then. Torres’ best tool is his hitting tool, which grades out as a 65 on the 20-80 scale. That means that Torres is likely to be a .300+ career hitter, which is incredible for a shortstop. Torres will start the season in Double-A Trenton, but he’ll be a real factor for the Yankees at this time next year.

    While Torres may have been the best prospect the Yankees landed at the trade deadline, Blake Rutherford made the best first impression, playing in the Appalachian League with the Pulaski Yankees. Rutherford only played 25 games with the team, but he was more than ready for his professional debut, hitting for a .382/.440/.618 slash line. The Yankees drafted Rutherford at #18 overall, but he’s looking like one of the top five players from that draft.

    The Yankees also landed a number of impressive pitchers in the last few months, securing former fourth overall pick Dillon Tate as well as an up and coming young pitcher named Albert Abreu. Tate has monster stuff with a power fastball, and the Yankees think he is poised for a huge season in 2017. He’ll start the season in Charleston, but expect the Yankees to fast track Tate in 2017. Tate is armed with a tremendous fastball that sits 95-97, as well as a power slider, and a dominating changeup. The Yankees have also added a splitter to his arsenal which figures to be a force against lefties for Tate.

    Abreu, however, is Path to Pinstripes’ pick to be the breakout star among Yankees prospects in 2017. Abreu was ranked as high as 7th among all Yankees prospects, showing the versatility and talent that he possesses. Abreu has struggled with control since signing with the Astros in 2013, but has gotten better each year, improving his K/9 rate. He’s always had the stuff - including a screwball - to get hitters out, and the Yankees believe it’s now time for him to make the jump to the next level.

    If Albert Abreu is the pick for breakout star of 2017, outfielder Estevan Florial was a close second. Florial is going to be a big time prospect and soon. The 19-year old will start the season at Single-A Charleston, where he’ll get a ton of time in centerfield. To describe Florial would be to describe a pure athlete. He’s got speed to burn, to couple with a great arm and very solid defensive capabilities. However, he’s also got tremendous bat speed, which he uses to hit for power, and to spray the ball to all fields. He only hit .225 last year, and he still strikes out way too much, but it’s easy to see the potential in this young kid to be a star one day.

    That’s not all though, the Yankees have a plethora of other top prospects that are poised to make a big impact on the major league stage one day. Clint Frazier - who the Yankees acquired for Andrew Miller - is already in Triple-A, Jorge Mateo continues to ooze tools, and James Kaprielian is still as likely to be a major league pitcher as any in the Yankees organization. It’ll be a fun year for Yankees fans as they follow along with Path to Pinstripes as we follow all of the top prospects available.

    The Yankees entire Top 30 Prospects is listed below.

    Path to Pinstripes' Top 30 Prospects

    SS Gleyber Torres [#1]: 6'0", 204 lbs | Maracay, VEN
    OF Clint Frazier [#2]: 6'0", 190 lbs | Loganville, GA
    SS Jorge Mateo [#3]: 6'0", 190 lbs | Santo Domingo, DOM
    OF Blake Rutherford [#4]: 6'3", 195 lbs | Simi Valley, CA
    SP James Kaprielian [#5]: 6'3", 200 lbs | Irvine, CA
    SP Dillon Tate [#6]: 6'2", 165 lbs | Claremont, DOM
    SP Albert Abreu [#7]: 6'2", 175 lbs | Guayabin, CA
    SP Chance Adams [#8]: 6'0", 215 lbs | Scottsdale, AZ
    SS Tyler Wade [#9]: 6'0", 185 lbs | Murrieta, CA
    3B Miguel Andujar [#10]: 6'0", 175 lbs | San Cristóbal, DOM
    SP Justus Sheffield [#11]: 5'10", 195 lbs | Tullahoma, TN
    SP Domingo Acevedo [#12]: 6'7", 240 lbs | Villa Los Almacigos, DOM
    OF Estevan Florial [#13]: 6'0", 185 lbs | Port-au-Prince, HAI
    SP Jordan Montgomery [#14]: 6'5", 225 lbs | Bridgeport, WV
    OF Dustin Fowler [#15]: 6'0", 195 lbs | Dublin, GA
    RP Giovanny Gallegos [#16]: 6'2", 210 lbs | Obregón, MEX
    3B Dermis Garcia [#17]: 6'3", 200 lbs | Santo Domingo, DOM
    SP Chad Green [#18]: 6'3", 210 lbs | Greenville, SC
    OF Leonardo Molina [#19]: 6'2", 180 lbs | San Fransisco de Macorís, DOM
    OF Jake Cave [#20]: 6'0", 200 lbs | Hampton, VA
    SP Luis Cessa [#21]: 6'0", 205 lbs | Veracruz, MEX
    SS Wilkerman Garcia [#22]: 6'0", 175 lbs | Maracay, VEN
    2B Hyo-jun Park [#23]: 6'0", 175 lbs | Seongnam, SOK
    2B Thairo Estrada [#24]: 5'10", 155 lbs | Maracay, VEN
    2B Abiatal Avelino [#25]: 5’10", 185 lbs | San Pedro de Macorís, DOM
    SP Freicer Perez [#26]: 6'7", 190 lbs | Santiago, DOM
    OF Jhalan Jackson [#27]: 6’3", 220 lbs | Winter Haven, FL
    SP Domingo German [#28]: 6’2", 175 lbs | San Pedro de Macorís, DOM
    SP Zack Littell [#29]: 6’3", 190 lbs | Mebane, NC
    SP Jorge Guzman [#30]: 6’2", 180 lbs | Las Matas de Santa Cruz, DOM







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    SEVERINO TO START OPENING DAY
    Yankee Ace Masahiro Tanaka is out with the Flu, so Severino will start Opening Day



    By Dustin Ramsey, pinstripes.com

    New York, NY -- The Yankees made a surprising announcement today regarding Sunday’s season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays. Luis Severino will start the opener facing off against Chris Archer. Expected starter - and Yankees Ace - Masahiro Tanaka will not be healthy enough to start after having come down with the flu. Tanaka is expected to be healthy and ready to go for game two on Tuesday.

    The surprise is that Joe Girardi tapped Severino as the opening day starter as opposed to the veteran CC Sabathia or even Michael Pineda, both of whom had better years last year than Severino. Simply put, Severino was not good last year. He made eleven starts with an ERA north of 6.00. He did pitch brilliantly out of the bullpen at the end of last season, but many believed his spot in the rotation this year was anything but assured.

    However, things may have changed when he became a last minute pick up for Team Dominican Republic during the World Baseball Classic, and started two great games for the semi-finalists. Severino gave up two runs in 13.2 IP and showed the Yankees that he was starter material.

    “We have full confidence in Sevvy,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, “He’s going to go out there and make us proud. I have no doubt. And we’ll be happy to get Masahiro back on Tuesday.”

    The Yankees open the season Sunday at 1:00 PM EST at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay. The game will be televised on the new Pride and Pinstripes Channel.




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    Interesting move starting Severino on opening day. Basing it off of how bad he's been in real life this year?

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    TRIPLE-A SEASON PREVIEW
    Clint Frazier highlights a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Roster



    By Dustin Ramsey, pinstripes.com

    Scranton, NY -- The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders kick off their season on Thursday against the Buffalo Bison, the Toronto Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate. Today, they released their opening day roster. Nobody on that opening day roster is more of an exciting prospect than outfielder Clint Frazier, but he’s far from the only player that’s worth paying attention to on the Yankees Triple-A squad.

    Still, it does begin with outfielder Clint Frazier, and so do we. The Red Assassin - as he will now be affectionately known as - is a superstar prospect for the Yankees, coming in as their second overall prospect. The Yankees nabbed Frazier in the Andrew Miller deal with Cleveland last July and it appears that trade is about to pay dividends. Frazier didn’t dominate after the trade, hitting .228 with 3 homers in his only 25 games in the Yankees organization, but he matches dominant bat speed with excellent power and he’s a truly great power threat from the right side. Can Frazier make the jump to the big leagues in 2017 remains to be seen, but his number is going to be called at some point. That much is certain.

    The RailRiders are fortunate enough to have a few other prospects that could be future Yankees in infielder Tyler Wade - #9 Yankee Prospect - and Dustin Fowler - #15 Yankee Prospect - who give them a pretty decent punch for that lineup. Wade will play across the infield this season as the Yankees groom him to take over a super utility role. Fowler is a very athletic centerfielder who will just be solid all around. Both guys spent the 2016 season in Double-A and both should be able to make it to the Bronx in the next twelve months.

    The RailRider pitching staff is headlined by Luis Cessa, who will take the mound on opening day. The Yankees acquired Cessa from the Tigers before the 2016 season. Cessa threw 77.1 innings of 3.03 ERA baseball at Triple-A last year. He is joined in the rotation by Bryan Mitchell and Chad Green - both guys that have spent some time in the Majors. All three of these guys are options for the Yankees should they need a spot start. The rest of the starting rotation is filled out by Caleb Smith and Dietrich Enns, whom both have experience at the Triple-A level.

    The bullpen is headlined by Ben Heller, who the Yankees also received as part of the Andrew Miller trade with the Indians. Heller owns a sub 2.50 ERA at the Triple-A level, and uses a 95-97 mile per hour fastball with a potent slider very effectively. He’s one reliever who could spend some time in New York. Tyler Webb and Ernesto Frieri are both in the bullpen and are guys with major league experience.

    The infield is going to be dominated by Wade, but first baseman Ji-man Choi is an above average first baseman for the level and catcher Kyle Higashioka had a tremendous year last year. Higashioka is the organization’s third catcher, and talented enough to do some damage. Frazier and Dustin Fowler will get most of the attention in the outfield, but Mason Williams is absolutely no slouch and has spent time in the major leagues. 2017 is probably Williams’ make or break year to decide if he has a major league future and he’ll certainly be pushing to play well.

    So, who could join the team midseason? Let’s start with relievers Brandon Pinder and Nick Rumbelow, who are currently on the disabled list and guys that could be on the so called “Scranton Shuffle to the Bronx” if they play well. After those guys though, Gleyber Torres - the Yankees #1 prospect - is the first that jumps off the page. The 20-year old shortstop is just now reaching Double-A but he’s got a world of potential that he seems poised to unleash. With that said, SP Domingo German, SP Chance Adams RP Giovanny Gallegos, RP J.P. Feyereisen, RP Johnny Barbato, and INF Cito Culver are all guys that will likely get some PT at Triple-A this season.





    Starting Pitcher
    SP Luis Cessa
    SP Bryan Mitchell
    SP Chad Green
    SP Dietrich Enns
    SP Caleb Smith

    Relief Pitcher
    CL Ben Heller
    RP Jason Gurka
    RP J.R. Graham
    RP Tyler Webb
    RP Tyler M. Jones
    RP Joe Mantiply
    RP Ernesto Frieri

    Catchers
    C Kyle Higashioka
    C Wilkin Castillo

    Infield
    1B Ji-man Choi
    1B Mike Ford
    1B Matt Snyder
    2B Donovan Solano
    SS Pete Kozma
    SS Ruben Tejada
    SS Tyler Wade

    Outfield
    LF Clint Frazier
    LF Mason Williams
    LF Jake Cave
    CF Dustin Fowler
    RF Mark Payton

    Disabled List:
    SP Jon Niese
    RP Chaz Hebert
    RP Branden Pinder
    CL Nick Rumbelow




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    DOUBLE SEASON PREVIEW
    All Eyes on Gleyber Torres, but Trenton is loaded with Prospects



    By Dustin Ramsey, pinstripes.com

    Trenton, NJ -- The Trenton Thunder open the season thursday against the Erie Sea Wolves and they will proudly jog out with Chance Adams, Miguel Andujar, and Thairo Estrada. However, it’s pretty clear that the guy everyone will be in the stands to see will be at shortstop wearing #12. That’s Gleyber Torres. That’s the Yankees top prospect. That’s the #2 prospect in all of baseball.

    Torres is on the verge of being a star in New York for the Yankees. He was acquired from the Cubs last season for Aroldis Chapman - who the Yankees resigned in the offseason - and has proceeded to dominate ever since. Torres was excellent at the Arizona Fall League in October, becoming the youngest player to ever win the League’s MVP Honors. Torres is an excellent hitter with the potential to be a .300 career hitter at shortstop for the next fifteen years. He has 15 home runs per season power, and a strong arm and adequate defensive skills to stay at shortstop.

    As much excess saliva as that must produce for Yankees fans, there are still several other exciting prospects that’ll be starting the season in Double-A Trenton. Perhaps Chance Adams is the first guy to look to is Chance Adams, who bulldozed his way through High-A Tampa and 69.2 Innings at this level. Miguel Andujar - the Yankees top third base prospect - is also an exciting prospect that could really make his presence known this season. Andujar was promoted to Trenton mid-way through last season, hitting 12 homers between High-A and Double-A.

    The Trenton starting pitching staff is headed up by Chance Adams, but will also include Daniel Camarena, Yefrey Ramirez, and Brady Lail. The one interesting guy on the roster who may turn himself into a prospect this season is righty Domingo German. German has had a long journey since coming to the Yankees from the Marlins in 2014, but he’ll now have his chance to make an impact at the upper levels of the minors. If he performs well, he’s a candidate for a Major League promotion at some point this season.


    The bullpen is highlighted by the Yankees top reliever Giovanny Gallegos. Johnny Barbato and J.P. Feyereisen are also guys with talent. The rest of the bullpen includes Ronald Herrera, Eric Ruth, Matt Marsh, Evan Rutckyj, Matt Wotherspoon, and Travis Hissong.

    The Trenton infield is absolutely dynamite with Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar on the left side, and Thairo Estrada at second. Estrada is another talented guy with some prospect life to him. Estrada hit .292 in 85 games at High-A Tampa in 2017. Estrada will likely serve as Trenton’s primary lead off hitter to start the season. Two former Yankees first round picks - Cito Culver and Dante Bichette Jr - will also man the infield in a utility role and at first base. Fransisco Diaz will catch for the team.

    Former first round pick Billy McKinney is the most interesting prospect in the Trenton outfield. His prospect status has diminished each season since he became a professional. He was acclaimed for his bat speed when the Athletics drafted him, but he’s only turned that into 11 career homers. However he is apparently healthy for the first time in years, but he’s been at Double-A for the past two seasons with little movement. Still, he’s a more interesting prospect than Zack Zehner or Jeff Hendrix, who are organizational players at best. Rashad Crawford is the team’s fourth outfielder.

    Who could join the Thunder following opening day. I think SP Justus Sheffield is an excellent candidate to join the roster relatively soon. Sheffield made his Double-A debut in 2016, so he’s already proven himself at Tampa. Domingo Acevedo is another guy who has spent a lot of time at High-A Tampa. With that said, no prospect is looking forward to the Double-A promotion more than Jorge Mateo - the Yankees #3 prospect - who has spent the last two seasons at Double-A. The stolen base machine will likely finally get his call up to Double-A at some point in 2017.






    Starting Pitcher
    SP Chance Adams
    SP Domingo German
    SP Yefrey Ramirez
    SP Daniel Camarena
    SP Brady Lail

    Relief Pitcher
    CL Giovanny Gallegos
    RP Johnny Barbato
    RP J.P. Feyereisen
    RP Ronald Hererra
    RP Eric Ruth
    RP Matt Marsh
    RP Ronald Hererra
    RP Evan Rutckyj
    RP Matt Wotherspoon
    RP Travis Hissong

    Catchers
    C Eddy Rodriguez
    C Fransisco Diaz

    Infield
    1B Dante Bichette Jr.
    2B Thairo Estrada
    2B Billy Fleming
    3B Miguel Andujar
    3B Cito Culver
    SS Gleyber Torres

    Outfield
    LF Jeff Hendrick
    LF Zack Zehner
    CF Rashad Crawford
    RF Billy McKinney

    Disabled List:
    SP Will Carter
    SP Eric Wooten
    C Kellin Degland





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    Farm teams are looking nice right now. The pinstripes future is looking mighty nice.

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