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On The Farm: Yankees Minor League Update

While all the focus is generally on the major league clubs, the minor league affiliates are in competition as well. These players are working hard to earn a call up. Double G Sports takes a look through the minor league rosters to see which players have gotten off to hot or cold starts. The minor league season is still in it’s early stages as they have only played about seven games to this point.

Key Injuries

– Top pitching prospects Manny Banuelos (pictured) and Dellin Betances, both at Double-A Trenton, have been placed on the disabled list with blisters. Each prospect had started one game this season with good results. Banuelos pitched four shutout innings in his start, giving up just four hits while getting the no-decision. Betances took a loss after giving up four runs in 4.2 innings. Only one of those runs was earned however. Blisters can sometimes be an annoying issue, but they are likely not very serious.

– Class-A Charleston catcher Gary Sanchez has been placed on the DL with an undisclosed injury. Sanchez, one of three top catching prospects in the Yankees system, was batting .238 with two doubles, a home run, and two runs batted in through the first five games.

Hot Starts

Jesus Montero (AAA) – .448, three doubles, home run, two RBI’s in 6 games.

Jorge Vazquez (AAA) – .344, five home runs and 14 RBI’s in 7 games.

Jordan Parraz (AAA) – .433, double, triple, two home runs, six RBI’s.

Tim Norton (AA) – Three relief appearances. Has pitched 3.2 innings and has yet to give up a hit while striking out seven and walking two.

Robert Lyerly (A-Tampa) – Third baseman is hitting .371 with two doubles, a triple, and a home run through eight games. He has driven in nine runs.

Luke Murton (A-Tampa) – .345, two doubles, triple.

Josh Romanski (A-Tampa) – 2-0, 0.82 ERA. Has pitched 11 innings, giving up five hits and one run.

Slade Heathcott (A-Charleston) – .382, five doubles, two triples, two home runs, eight RIB’s.

Kyle Roller (A-Charleston) – .417, three doubles, four RBI’s

Ramon Flores (A-Charleston) – .407, double, home run, four RBI’s

Cold

Kevin Russo (AAA) – .107, struck out ten times in 28 at-bats.

Brandon Laird (AAA) – .133

Justin Maxwell (AAA) – .192, struck out 14 timse in 26 at-bats.

David Phelps (AAA) – 0-2, 7.20 ERA. Has given up 15 hits and 8 earned runs in 10 innings.

Shaeffer Hall (AA) – 0-2, 5.23. 10.1 innings, 13 hits and six earned runs.

Steve Garrison (AA) – 0-2, 6.14. 7.1 innings, 11 hits, five earned runs.

Brett Marshall (A-Tampa) – 0-2, 9.00 ERA. Two starts, nine innings, 12 hits and nine runs.

Anderson Feliz (A-Charleston) – Has just two hits in 33 at-bats for a .061 average. He has struck out 12 times.

Nik Turley (A-Charleston) – 1-1 in two starts with a 7.27 ERA. Turley has given up 12 hits and seven runs in 8.2 innings.

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