The trading deadline is near which means the rosters in the Minor League system of the New York Yankees could look a little different over the next couple of weeks. If the team does start dealing veterans such as Aroldis Chapman and/or Andrew Miller, a few new prospects will began to filter through the organization. What does that mean for the current group already on their respective teams? It will be like Spring Training all over again with players fighting it out for time in the lineup and on the mound.
The long road back for outfielder Mason Williams is almost complete. He was once the darling of the Yanks’ Minor League prospects after being taken in the fourth round of the 2010 Draft, finally making it to the Majors last June. After recording six hits in 21 at-bats for the Yankees, Williams injured his shoulder diving back to first base. He hadn’t played a game in 2016 until the beginning of this month. After rehabbing in Florida in the Gulf Coast League and then the Florida State League, the 24-year old Williams was promoted to Triple A Scranton Wilkes-Barre this week. As long as he shows the organization that he is fully recovered, expect him to be a call-up in September, if not sooner depending on what happens with Carlos Beltran.
Speaking of the Railriders, they have continued their status as the top team in the International League. They opened the second half of their season by winning four in a row in Gwinnett before dropping the first two games of a three game set in Charlotte. Their record stands at 60-37 in first place by three games over Leigh Valley. Chad Green enjoyed another great outing on the mound on Thursday. He threw eight shutout inning of one-hit, no walk ball, striking out eight and lowering his ERA to a league-best 1.41. Come playoff time, the Railriders’ roster figures to have quite a mix of players brought up when the rosters expand on September 1st. We will see if they can maintain that same blistering pace of play as they seek to become International League champions.
The Class A Staten Island Yankees have a dominating arm of their own in right-hander Adonis Rosa. He has allowed a grand total of one run in his last four appearances, three of them starts, a span covering 23 innings. For the season, Rosa has thrown a total of 34 innings and allowed only seven walks while striking out 27. Opponents are hitting .189 off him and his WHIP (Walks plus Hit per Innings Pitched) is 0.88. The 21-year old Rosa was signed as an International free agent out of the Dominican Republic in December 2013. He registered a 1.62 ERA in 12 outings in 2014 in the Dominican Summer League and a 3.93 ERA and seven wins for Pulaski of the Appalachian League last year.
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