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Yankees prospects report

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez poses on picture day

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez poses on picture day during spring training at George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 20, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.)

How the Yankees’ top minor league prospects have fared so far this season (all stats through Friday):

1. Mason Williams
OF | Tampa Yankees (Single A Advanced)
.258 BA, .379 OBP, .392 SLG, 2 HR, 10 RBIs
Williams has walked just as many times as he’s struck out – 18 times.

2. Slade Heathcott
OF | Trenton Thunder (Double A)
.169 BA, .258 OBP, .260 SLG, 1 HR, 7 RBIs
Has struggled to hit since promotion to Double-A, but patience at the plate remains impressive.

3. Gary Sanchez
C | Tampa Yankees (Single A advanced)
.253 BA, .336 OBP, .434 SLG, 4 HR, 18 RBIs
After a blazing start to his year, Sanchez has cooled down considerably but still possesses solid numbers.

4. Tyler Austin
OF | Trenton Thunder (Double A)
.250 BA, .390 OBP, .340 SLG, 1 HR, 12 RBIs
After walking 66 times in 677 plate appearances prior to this season, Austin already has 22 walks in 123 PAs with Trenton.

5. Jose Campos
RHP | Charleston Riverdogs (Single A)
0-1, 6.00 ERA, 16 K, 6 BB in 5 games (4 starts)
His second stint in Single-A has been disappointing, due mostly to an increase in walks and three home runs allowed in 15 innings.

6. Brett Marshall
RHP | Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple A)
1-2, 5.33 ERA, 21 K, 17 BB in five starts
The sinkerballer’s strikeout numbers are encouraging, but he’s walking far too many hitters. Also given up 29 hits in 25.1 innings.

7. Angelo Gumbs
2B | Tampa Yankees (Single A advanced)
.088 BA, .139 OBP, .147 SLG, 0 HR, 3 RBIs
Has struggled to start the year, and development is further slowed by a current stint on the 7-day disabled list.

8. Manny Banuelos
LHP | Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple A)
Has not yet played due to injury
Control issues and 2012 Tommy John surgery knocked some of the prospect sheen off.

9. Ty Hensley
RHP | Not yet assigned
Season not yet started
Durable, hard-throwing starter needs to improve movement and deception.

10. Rafael De Paula
RHP | Charleston Riverdogs (Single A)
2-2, 2.96 ERA, 46 K, 15 BB in six starts
After a rocky start to the year, De Paula has come on in a big way, striking out hitters at a rate of 15.1 per nine innings.

THE TEAMS

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, International League (AAA)
Record: 15-11, 3rd place. Last week: 6-0

Trenton Thunder, Eastern League (AA)
Record: 16-12, 2nd place. Last week: 4-2

Tampa Yankees, Florida State League (A)
Record: 11-16, 6th place. Last week: 1-4

Charleston Riverdogs, S. Atlantic League (A)
Record: 14-12, 5th place. Last week: 4-0

Staten Island Yankees, NY-Penn League (A)
Record: Have not started season yet.

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