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    Baseball America- Yankee Wrap Up

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    2003 Wrapups: New York Yankees

    With the 2003 season coming to a close, we will be providing a brief wrapup of the season for all 30 minor league teams. In each report, we will take a look at how the team's Top 10 Prospects performed, identify some emerging prospects and organizational leaders, and report on the performance of their top draft pick.


    By Kevin Goldstein
    October 31, 2003

    Season Results

    Level Team League W L PCT
    AAA Columbus International 76 68 .528
    AA Trenton Eastern 70 71 .496
    A+ Tampa Florida State 68 64 .515
    A Battle Creek Midwest 73 64 .533
    SS Staten Island New York-Penn 29 43 .403
    R GCL Yankees Gulf Coast 26 31 .456
    TOTAL 342 341 .501
    * won league championship

    Performance of Top 10 Prospects

    Here's how our top 10 prospects entering this season performed in 2003.

    1. Jose Contreras, rhp Age: 32
    Signed to a four-year, $32 million deal on Christmas Eve, Contreras was expected to be an anchor in the Yankee rotation, but found himself in the bullpen after a poor spring training. Sent to the minors after four appearances and a 10.80 ERA, Contreras quickly pitched his way back to the majors, but was sidelined much of the summer with a sore shoulder. Finally healthy, Contreras was 3-0, 1.51 in September and played a key role in the bullpen during the postseason. With Roger Clemens retiring and the Yankee futures of David Wells and Andy Pettitte in doubt, Contreras will be expected to be one of the team's top starters in 2004.
    Team W-L SV ERA G IP H R ER BB SO
    Yankees (MLB) 7-2 0 3.30 18 71.0 52 27 26 30 72
    Columbus (Triple-A) 2-0 0 1.20 3 15.0 10 2 2 2 18
    Trenton (Double-A) 0-0 0 0.00 1 1.2 1 0 0 2 3
    Tampa (High Class A) 0-0 0 4.50 1 4.0 4 2 2 3 5
    Staten Island (Short Season) 0-0 0 0.00 1 7.0 2 0 0 0 15

    2. Hideki Matsui, of Age: 29
    Signed to a three-year, $21 million deal after winning his third Central League (Japan) MVP with the Yomuri Giants, Matsui played every game on the schedule for New York, and drove in 106 runs despite dramatic drops in home runs and walks from his days in Japan.
    TEAM G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
    Yankees (MLB) 163 623 82 179 42 1 16 106 63 86 2 .287 .353 .435

    3. Juan Rivera, of Age: 25
    Rivera spent another season racking up frequent flyer miles between Columbus and New York, and while he's now hit .325 in 199 games at the Triple-A level, he has yet to establish himself against major league pitching enough to be considered an every day corner outfielder.
    TEAM G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
    Columbus (Triple-A) 79 308 47 100 21 0 7 37 26 37 1 .325 .374 .461
    Yankees (MLB) 57 173 22 46 14 0 7 26 10 27 0 .266 .304 .468

    4. Bronson Sardinha, of Age: 20
    For the second straight season Sardihna had a tough first half and found himself demoted. Hit very well at Battle Creek, with improved power and plate discipline, and after being converted to the outfield in 2002, he's moving back to the infield during instructional league. He will begin 2004 with another shot at Tampa, this time as a second or third baseman.
    TEAM G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
    Tampa (High Class A) 59 212 23 41 8 2 1 17 24 57 8 .193 .279 .264
    Battle Creek (Low Class A) 71 269 54 74 16 0 8 41 40 40 5 .275 .374 .424

    5. Brandon Claussen, lhp Age: 24
    Claussen made a surprisingly quick return from Tommy John surgery, making his season debut on April 19, just nine months after the procedure. Claussen pitched very well in his major league debut vs. the Mets and was the primary player moving to Cincinnati in the Aaron Boone deal. Claussen was ineffective at Louisville and the Reds shut him down as a precautionary measure in mid-August.
    Team W-L SV ERA G IP H R ER BB SO
    Tampa (High Class A) 2-0 0 1.64 4 22.0 16 5 4 3 26
    Columbus (Triple-A) 2-1 0 2.75 11 68.2 53 28 21 18 39
    Yankees (MLB) 1-0 0 1.42 1 6.1 8 2 1 1 5
    Louisville (Triple-A) 0-1 0 7.47 3 15.2 17 13 13 6 16

    6. Drew Henson, 3b Age: 23
    More backward progress for Henson, who repeated Triple-A and saw both his on-base percentage and slugging decrease from the previous season. Now has 556 strikeouts in 501 career minor league games. The most important thing to know about his future may be that the Houston Texans own his NFL rights.
    TEAM G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
    Columbus (Triple-A) 133 483 60 113 40 2 14 78 32 122 8 .234 .291 .412
    Yankees (MLB) 5 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .125 .125 .125

    7. Chien-Ming Wang, rhp Age: 23
    Wang had pitched just 165 innings (all at Staten Island) since signing in May of 2000 for $1.9 million, but the Yankees put him on the fast track, assigning him at the beginning of the year to Double-A Trenton. Pitched well early on, but missed almost a month during mid-season with blister problems, and had a 5.92 ERA in his final 10 starts. Will pitch for his native Taiwan in the upcoming Asia Games.
    Team W-L SV ERA G IP H R ER BB SO
    Trenton (Double-A) 7-6 0 4.65 21 122.0 143 71 63 32 84
    GCL Yankees (Rookie) 0-0 0 0.00 1 3.0 2 0 0 0 2

    8. Robinson Cano, 2b/ss Age: 21
    Cano went 5-for-5 in the first game of the season and started the year 20-for-40, getting promoted to Double-A Trenton despite managing just four hits in his final 33 at-bats in the Florida State League. Cano, who didn't turn 21 until after the season, played very well at Trenton, but needs to improve his on-base skills, and he doesn't project to ever be a serious power threat.
    TEAM G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
    Tampa (Low Class A) 90 366 50 101 16 3 5 50 17 49 1 .279 .313 .377
    Trenton (Double-A) 46 164 21 46 9 1 1 13 9 16 0 .280 .341 .366

    9. Danny Borrell, lhp Age: 24
    Last year's Eastern League ERA champ, Borrell was off to a solid start at Triple-A before going down with shoulder soreness. An MRI revealed the worst, and Borrell missed the remainder of the season following surgery for a torn labrum.
    Team W-L SV ERA G IP H R ER BB SO
    Columbus (Triple-A) 4-2 0 2.93 10 55.1 55 24 18 22 30

    10. Jorge DePaula, rhp Age: 24
    DePaula was inconsistent most of the year, but put together a fantastic string of starts late in the season (52.1 IP, 0.85 ERA), and spent the final month of the season with the big league squad, limiting the Orioles to just one hit over 6.1 shutout innings in his first major league start.
    Team W-L SV ERA G IP H R ER BB SO
    Columbus (Triple-A) 10-11 0 4.35 27 167.2 168 90 81 57 125
    Yankees (MLB) 0-0 0 0.79 4 11.1 3 1 1 1 7

    Top Draft Pick:

    Eric Duncan, 3b Seton Hall Prep, Florham Park, N.J. Bonus: $1.25M
    The Yankees had their eye on Duncan throughout the spring, and were more than happy to take him when he was still on the board with the 27th overall pick. Duncan has fantastic hitting mechanics; Rookie-level Gulf Coast League managers rated him the best prospect in the league. A move from third to first base is likely in his future.
    TEAM G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
    GCL Yankees (Rookie) 47 180 24 50 12 2 2 28 18 33 0 .278 .348 .400
    Staten Island (Short-Season) 14 59 11 24 5 4 2 13 2 11 1 .373 .413 .695

    Emerging Prospects:

    Rudy Guillen, of: Possibly the best athlete in the system, Guillen hit .260-13-79 at Battle Creek, making the Midwest League all-star team as a 19-year old.
    Dioner Navarro, c: Nicknamed "Pudgito" because of his size and defensive prowess, Navarro's bat began to match that of Ivan Rodriguez as well. After hitting just .238 in 2002, Navarro shot up the charts with a .321-7-65 campaign in 110 games between Tampa and Trenton, and he doesn't turn 20 until next February.

    Statistical Leaders

    Batting Average Fernando Seguignol .342
    Home Runs Jayson Drobiak 30
    Runs Batted In Mitch Jones 91
    Stolen Bases Kevin Thompson 63
    Earned Run Average Rik Currier 2.17
    Wins Brad Halsey 17
    Strikeouts Brad Halsey 134
    Saves Matt Brumit 24
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    That's a sad list indeed. Not one pitching prospect in that list that excites me. Depaula's fastball was not in the mid-90's as reported..more like low 90's. The only prospects that I have high hopes for is Duncan and he's not in their top 10 although I think he should be since I dont' consider Juan Rivera and Jose Contreras.

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    I believe that their top ten is their preseason top 10, and they just updated their comments on all of them. Which is why Duncan wouldn't be there, because I'm pretty sure it would otherwise.

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    Originally posted by Jeter&Johnson
    I believe that their top ten is their preseason top 10, and they just updated their comments on all of them. Which is why Duncan wouldn't be there, because I'm pretty sure it would otherwise.
    That's correct...

    Not only would Duncan be in the top-10, but Dionar Navarro would be the top prospect...

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    I'd like to ask you about our 2nd pick in 2003 amateur Draft...

    Estee Harris, I've read a description about him that was too good.. he has power, speed, good arm, he is 18.

    do you know something about this guy? could he really be a good player?
    Keep our prospecs near than us

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    Harris signed late but put up impressive numbers in the Gulf Coast Rookie League. He hit 277 with 6 hrs and 18 rbis, but struck out 28 times in 101 at bats. But he showed pretty good power for an 18 year old and might get a shot in Battle Creek next season.

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    Originally posted by Tbird10
    Harris signed late but put up impressive numbers in the Gulf Coast Rookie League. He hit 277 with 6 hrs and 18 rbis, but struck out 28 times in 101 at bats. But he showed pretty good power for an 18 year old and might get a shot in Battle Creek next season.
    His age is the part I like the most. It seems like if the Yankees have any good prospects at all, they're always like 25 or 26 already. Sardinha, Navarro, and even Cano seem to be exciting partially because of their youth.

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    The BA Guys have an interesting comparison

    They keep saying that Harris reminds them of a young Bernard Gilkey. For those of you old enough to remember when he was a solid OF for the Cardinals, I would take that kind of player.

    Of course, the kid is only 18, has not finished filling out, and has only played Rookie ball. Lets wait until he sees a full season of A ball first.

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    Originally posted by 23jordan
    That's a sad list indeed. Not one pitching prospect in that list that excites me. Depaula's fastball was not in the mid-90's as reported..more like low 90's. The only prospects that I have high hopes for is Duncan and he's not in their top 10 although I think he should be since I dont' consider Juan Rivera and Jose Contreras.
    In the game against Baltimore, he was hitting 94-96 fairly frequently.

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    Originally posted by 23jordan
    That's a sad list indeed. Not one pitching prospect in that list that excites me. Depaula's fastball was not in the mid-90's as reported..more like low 90's. The only prospects that I have high hopes for is Duncan and he's not in their top 10 although I think he should be since I dont' consider Juan Rivera and Jose Contreras.
    I take it your pretty new at this. Part of what they're ranking is "how far from the majors." It is very true of the Yanks, that most of their talent right now, is below AA. Though Trenton should get a big boost this year.

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    Originally posted by Buzah!
    I take it your pretty new at this. Part of what they're ranking is "how far from the majors." It is very true of the Yanks, that most of their talent right now, is below AA. Though Trenton should get a big boost this year.
    Great! Most of their talent is below the AA. What does that have to do with this list? This top 10 list consists primarly of AA talent and above. I know and so does everyone else that come here that they have some good high ceiling prospects at the AA level and below. You want to put a top 10 list of prospects at the AA level and below then I would certainly agree with you that we look good but from AA and up we look horrible.

    It's not like I am speaking out of left field..........Baseball America, Fox Sports, The Daily News, the New York Post, and ESPN all have cited that the Yankee minor league system is really hurting. So as far as being "New to this" your damn right I am but just because you've watched the minor leagues longer doesn't automatically make you a guru either.

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