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Newman discusses Yankee prospects

Posted on: August 27, 2009 10:35 am
Chad Jennings, SWB's terrific beat-writer had a sit down with Mark Newman, VP of Baseball Operations. Some good stuff:

Jesus Montero's offseason

  • Seemed to be a candidate for the Arizona Fall League, despite the fact not a lot of Latin players go to the Fall League.
  • Montero is committed to winter team back home in Venezuela. That's where he should play this offseason.
  • “We’ll see," Newman said. "His finger’s got to heal.”
  • Newman said he expects the finger to heal enough for Montero to play.

Ian Kennedy's rehab

  • Throwing really well in Tampa.
  • Bullpen sessions this week. Facing live hitters next week.
  • Remains unlikely to pitch in a minor league game this season. Even the playoffs are doubtful.
  • "The smallest of chances," Newman said.

The contracts of Juan Miranda and Jorge Vazquez

  • Miranda has been optioned three times, but I wondered if he might qualify for a fourth option.
  • "I don’t believe so," Newman said. "But I’d have to look that up."
  • Vazquez was signed to a player development contract, not a one-year minor league deal.
  • That means Vazquez will be back in the organization next year. They don't have to resign him.

Alan Horne's rehab

  • Looked very good in his last Gulf Coast League outing on Thursday (seven scoreless innings, seven strikeouts).
  • Struggled last night with Charleston (nine runs, eight earned, seven hits, four walks through 4.1 innings).
  • “He’s still rehabbing, and he looked like a rehab guy last night," Newman said. "Shoulder strength. Command. They all go together."

Various injured players

  • Brad Suttle (right) is not going to play this year. Not even in winter ball. "Next year," Newman said.
  • Wilkin De La Rosa is in a throwing program. "He'll be back pitching, we think, in a week," Newman said.
  • Dellin Betances is very much up in the air with what I believe is an elbow injury. Newman said simply, "I don't know" when asked when Betances might throw again. 

September call-ups

  • Obviously Newman's not going to say who's going up in September, but I asked if Scranton/Wilkes-Barre would get players from Trenton.
  • “I can’t tell you who those are," Newman said. "But we’ve got Plan Bs and Cs to deal with whatever September call-ups we may or may not have.”
  • That said, there is no one in Trenton who is guaranteed a call-up to Triple-A regardless.
  • “There’s nobody that’s coming here absolutely," Newman said.

Hawaii Winter League

  • There is no Hawaii Winter League this year.
  • Everyone else might have known this. I did not.
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