Sunday, November 13, 2016

Yankees Have Ten Minor League Free Agents

Matt Eddy at Baseball American has the full list of 534 minor league free agents that will hit the market this offseason and that list included ten members of the New York Yankees. There are a couple names that are household names to even the most casual of Yankees fans while others are in the lower levels of the farm. Let's take a quick look at this list of free agents and see how it will potentially affect the Yankees farm system going forward.

RHP Tyler Cloyd
INF Cito Culver
RHP Claudio Custodio
INF Jonathan Diaz
RHP Gabe Encinas
C Santiago Nessy
OF Cesar Puello
C Eddy Rodriguez
UTIL Jose Rosario
C Sebastian Valle

Cito Culver and Cesar Puello are probably the most notable players on the list but truly Culver hasn't been on the Yankees prospects radar for quite some time. How far the once might have fallen. Puello is an outfielder in a system stocked full of outfielders so while he is talented he likely won't be a significant loss in the grand scheme of things.

Weekly AFL Check In: Brody Koerner

You remember all that stuff I said about JP Feyereisen this morning? The whole thing about facing advanced talent and the fact that the stats aren't as important as the experience. The same applies for Brody Koerner who reached High-A Tampa this season after starting the season with the Charleston Riverdogs.

Koerner's stats are not encouraging but one must remember that he missed most of the season with an injury. It's all about innings and getting his work in right now while trying to stay healthy.

Weekly AFL Check In: J.P. Feyereisen

The New York Yankees acquired J.P. Feyereisen from the Cleveland Indians in the Andrew Miller trade and after a half season in the Yankees organization the team wanted to see more out of their new right-handed arm. For this reason the organization sent Feyereisen down to the Arizona Fall League to pitch for the Scottsdale Scorpions against some advanced talent.

Now while the stats haven't been great the sample size is small. The experience is most important.

This Day in New York Yankees History 11/13: Enter Swisher

On this day in 2008 the Yankees landed right fielder Nick Swisher and AAA right handed pitcher Kaneoka Teixeira from the Chicago White Sox for pitching prospects Jeffrey Marquez and Johnny Nunez, as well as infielder Wilson Betemit.

Also on this day in 1998 the first home run ever hit in Yankees Stadium, thrown by Red Sox pitcher Howard Ehmke and hit by none other than Babe Ruth, was sold at auction for $126,500. Mark Scala was the seller after finding the historic ball in his grandmother’s attic.

Also on this day in 1978 the Yankees signed free agent pitcher Luis Tiant to a two year deal worth $875,000.

Finally on this day in 1931 the Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert would buy the International League's team out in Newark, New Jersey. The Newark Bears funneled many good players to the Yankees big league club while under Ruppert's watchful eye.