Minor Matters

Yep, that’s the name of Josh Norris’ blog.  Sue me.  Actually, don’t.  I can’t afford it.

But there are some minor league related, uhhh…matters to get to here that have taken place over the past few days. 

The Yankees have selected RHP Brad Meyers and acquired LHP Cesar Cabral in the Rule 5 Draft.  OF Greg Golson was released to make room on the 40-man roster.

Also, according to Baseball America transactions guru Matt Eddy, a must-follow on Twitter at @eddymk, the Yankees have signed 3B Jayson Nix (which had previously been reported) and added LHP Mike O’Connor (pictured), while also re-signing RHP Kelvin Perez.

New York also made their one-year deal with Freddy Garcia official, and DFA’d former Thunder OF Colin Curtis to make room.

Got all that?  Let’s take a quick look at all this…

Meyers, 26, will be heading into his sixth professional season.  After an injury-shortened 2010 campaign, he spent the majority of last season at Triple-A Syracuse, which was his first time reaching the highest level of the minors.  Last season, he made 25 appearances between Short Season-A Auburn, Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse, and posted a 9-7 record with a 3.18 ERA over 138 2/3 innings of work.  He struck out a career high 116 batters, and walked just 15.  That walk total includes a grand total of zero free passes in 36 1/3 innings for the Senators.  He was Washington’s fifth-round selection in 2007, and has allowed just 105 walks in 453 career MILB innings.

Cabral, 22, is a lefty who, given his status as a former Rule 5 pick, would not need to clear waivers were the Yankees not to keep him on their big league roster.  He split last season between Single-A Salem and Double-A Portland, and has been used as a closer at times in the past.  Were he not to stick in the big leagues — a likely scenario — Trenton is a very likely destination.  Cabral went 2-4 with a 3.52 ERA in 24 apperarances for the Sea Dogs last year, and has averaged nearly a strikeout per inning over his career (333 K’s in 347  IP).

Nix, 29, has been primarily used as a third baseman throughout his career.  He’s played with the White Sox, Indians, Rockies and most recently the Blue Jays in the big leagues, but hit just .169 in 136 at-bats for Toronto last season.  In all, he’s a .207 career MLB hitter, but does hit at a .261 clip at the minor league level.  He hasn’t played below Triple-A since 2005, and he’s likely headed for the traveling Scranton circus this year.

O’Connor, 30, is a lefty reliever with big league experience who was likely added for organizational depth.  He’s been in the show with the Washington Nationals — he was a regular in their rotation in 2006, making 21 starts — and the New York Mets, for whom he spun 6 2/3 innings just last season.  O’Connor was let go by Washington midway through the 2009 campaign, and after a brief stay in the Padres organization, made four starts for the independent Atlantic League’s Southern Maryland Blue Crabs before being picked up by the Royals.  He’s been with the Mets since 2010, and was very effective out of Buffalo’s bullpen in his first year there, posting a 5-2 record and 2.67 ERA in 51 relief appearances that season.  Last year, however, his ERA jumped to 5.22 and his average against rose 41 points to .287.

Perez, 26, is listed at a shocking 6-foot-1, 140 pounds.  That is one inch taller and ten pounds heavier than your beloved beat writer.  He plays, I write.  Last season, he advanced to High-A Tampa for the first time, and struggled out of their bullpen to start the year.  He was sent back down to Low-A Charleston, where he remained for the rest of the year.  He walked 44 batters and struck out 77 in 70 combined innings last season, and is likely to be given an opportunity to start with Tampa again. 

Golson, although still listed on the Yankees 40-man roster on their official web site, was let go after appearing in just 33 big league games over the course of his two seasons in the organization.  Once regarded as a top prospect in the Phillies organization, he’s never been able to fulfill his vast potential and has played in just 40 Major League contests over the past four seasons.  Toolsy, and blessed with above average speed, the 26-year-old is sure to get another opportunity somewhere else.

Curtis, 26, is coming off a lost year due to a shoulder injury suffered prior to the start of the season.  He’s one year removed from making his big league debut, a 2010 season in which he hit .186 in 31 games.  It’s expected that Curtis will clear waivers and begin the season with Triple-A Scranton.  If he can show he’s healthy, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the personable “Kerm” can play his way back onto the 40-man roster.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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10 Responses to “Minor Matters”

  1. Peter Lacock Says:

    Speaking of Josh, it seems he doesn’t want any reader comments on his blog.

    Meyers is interesting. Pitchers that don’t walk anyone always are.

  2. kinglear Says:

    Hey, MIke. What is your take on Josh’s prospective Trenton roster?

  3. thunderbaseball Says:

    I always answer that question and ones like it the same way…I don’t make any sort of predictions on rosters or anything like that. We can make educated guesses all we want, but until spring training starts and you really get a good feel of who’s going to end up where, there isn’t much sense it if you ask me.

  4. Josh Norris Says:

    Peter,

    What does that mean? Are comments disabled on my blog. If so, I apologize. I certainly didn’t mean it that way. Perhaps corporate went over my head or something.

    • Peter Lacock Says:

      Yeah, hey no offense Josh, no need to apologize. I just figured you must know.
      I’ve personally tried to comment several different times & ways in the last what? 2 years? (since whenever you started) and they’ve never posted. I’ve tried ‘google account’ several times, some other methods I forget and earlier today under ‘anonymous’ about your roster prediction (which sucks by the way), all with no effect.
      (Sean Black? that’s funny! where’s Shaeffer Hall?)
      Beyond that I’ve never seen any other comments.
      Has there ever been one?
      Didn’t you ever wonder ’bout that? (HELLO) You have a Yankees blog (albeit MiLB) afterall. I mean, even a slacker like Mike (tongue firmly in cheek) gets a dumb comment (see above) once in a blue (or red) moon (wasn’t it just red a couple days ago? eclipse?) on this dog & pony show he’s runnin’ here.
      (I give you props for He-ga-she-o-ka who is better than most people know)

      • Josh Norris Says:

        Yes, I do wonder why. I checked today, and it says that comments are still available. In fact, I tried and successfully submitted a test comment. I do get some comments, but not very often. I usually attribute that to the fact that my readership is well below Mike’s.

        As for Sean Black/Shaeffer Hall, it’s December 12. I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m wrong on Black, but I’d like to think a fairly successful season at Trenton earned Hall a spot at Triple-A to start the season.

      • Peter Lacock Says:

        Hmm, OK I guess it’s just me.
        (I didn’t know there was a ‘below’ Mike’s)
        Mo knows I’m like a monkey trying to type Shakespeare.
        (How low can it go?)
        I’m glad we had this conversation. I’ll talk to the computer guy and see what’s up. Just to throw this out there, not to be a jerk but obviously I can post here and on Donnie’s blog for example. Maybe there are other incompetent’s out there like me that try and fail at your place for some reason that’s STILL YOUR FAULT.

        On Hall, you have a point that he did enough to warrant moving up but he didn’t exactly blow down the door and maybe more relevant, it doesn’t appear that there’s room for him with the Empire State Yankees.
        If my original comment would have posted you would have seen that I touched on this and added that everything changes once Cash makes a couple blockbuster trades. Then there’ll be room for Hall, Venditte and whomever.

  5. Josh Norris Says:

    Peter,

    To continue our conversation from the other day, I had a friend try to comment on my blog this morning. His comment, much like yours and I assume many others, did not find its way into the queue to be moderated and published.

    So, it’s probably not a problem on your end. If you follow me on Twitter, you know how much I like talking about baseball and Yankees prospects. So finding out that it’s a technical problem — not a lack of readers — behind my lack of comments is unendingly frustrating.

    Thanks for bringing this problem to my attention, and hopefully you will soon be able to comment freely on the blog.

    Josh

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