Double Header #2: Minor League Happenings

Okay so the Yankees have had a few things happening in the minor leagues. Tyler Austin has been optioned along with Danny Burawa, and Jose De Paula to Triple A’s Scranton /Wilkes-Barre. Tyler is rated as one of the top Yankee prospects by MLB.com. Yet he hasn’t really impressed too much with his bat this spring training. In 16 At bats he has scored 3 runs one of which was a home run, 2 rbis with a batting average of .188. Girardi said that while nobody was going to make or break their places on the team. Which is a good thing for Tyler who could still do well enough in Triple-A that he could get a call up when during the season. The baseball season is long and the Yankees will need as much help from the farm system as they can get. Especially with so many older players on the roster. Younger arms will prevail, just as long as their heads keep focused and they don’t let being sent down to the minors as a set back.

Also optioned to the minors was Mason Williams who was sent to Double-A Trenton, while Wilking Rodriquez was sent to Minor League Camp. It is also thought that Jose Pirela could very well wind up being sent to Triple A despite a great Spring Training performance. There just isn’t any room for him on the roster for Opening Day. It shows how deep the roster is for the team that someone of his calibre can’t quite get into the team.

Also Moises Cedeno who plays in the Yankees’ minor league team in the Dominican Summer League was suspended for 72 days for being found with traces of PES Clenbuterol. This is a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. He will not be paid during the suspension either.

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