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Yankees daily prospect report: O'Brien dislodges home plate

Yankees prospect Peter O'Brien warms up in Trenton

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

Trenton power prospect Peter O'Brien dislodged home plate with a slide on Wednesday in one of the more interesting stories from the Yankees minor league affiliates on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: The RailRiders were leading 8-0 when the game against Gwinnett was suspended in the third inning due to weather.

The standouts:

Rob Refsnyder,...

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Mets daily prospect report: Flores, den Dekker stand out

The Mets' Matt den Dekker fist-bumps teammates as

(Credit: AP / David Goldman)

An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Tacoma took the lead for good with a four-run fourth inning and Las Vegas lost, 6-4.

The standouts:

Matt den Dekker, CF: 2-for-3 with two walks and a double

Wilmer Flores, SS: 2-for-4 with a home run and a walk

Allan Dykstra, DH: 1-for-4 with a home run and a walk

Juan...

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Yankees daily prospect report

Arizona's Robert Refsnyder (2) celebrates with Konner Wade

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Tuesday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: The RailRiders shut out Gwinnet, 7-0.

The standouts:

Rob Refsnyder, 2B: 3-for-5 with a double

Kyle Roller, DH: 0-for-2 with three walks

John Ryan Murphy, C: 1-for-2 with three walks

Rob Segedin, 3B: 2-for-4 with a grand slam and a walk

Tyler...

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Mets daily prospect report

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a warmup pitch

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Tuesday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: The 51s split a double-header with Tacoma, winning Game 1, 4-0, before dropping Game 2, 4-3.

The standouts:

Noah Syndergaard, RHP: Six shutout innings, with four hits and three walks allowed and five strikeouts

Matt den Dekker, CF: 5-for-8 with two doubles and a home run

Daniel...

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Why the Yankees haven't called up Rob Refsnyder -- yet

Trenton Thunder infielder Rob Refsnyder poses during Media

(Credit: AP / Tomasso DeRosa)

The underperforming, veteran second baseman was finally too great a drag on the club’s roster. So the team cut him in the middle of the season in favor of a prospect with a live bat.

Nope, not the Yankees and Brian Roberts.

Not yet.

The Cubs designated Darwin Barney for assignment Tuesday. Barney, 28, was in his fourth season as the club’s mainstay at the keystone, but he had begun...

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Five ways for Yankees to improve roster without making a trade

Trenton Thunder infielder Rob Refsnyder poses during Media

(Credit: AP / Tomasso DeRosa)

The Yankees enter the All-Star break within shouting distance of first place in a mediocre American League East.

Most analysts are in agreement the team needs improvements, but with a trade market that’s both thin and seemingly costly, here are several ways the Yankees can immediately upgrade their team for the stretch run – all without making a deal:

1. Institute a defensive platoon...

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Yankees minor league rankings

Yankees prospect Peter O'Brien catches the ball in

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

1. ROB REFSNYDER, 2B, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (AAA): .330 BA, .399 OBP, .546 SLG, 12 HRAGE: 23 | DRAFTED: 5th round (2012)Has 134 plate appearances at Triple-A now and has started three games in right field. His major league call-up should come sometime after the All-Star break.

2. LUIS SEVERINO, RHP, Tampa Yankees (A+): 2.45 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 98 K, 21 BBAGE: 20 | DRAFTED: Signed out...

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Mets minor league rankings

Oregon State's Michael Conforto rounds first base on

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Here's Newsday's newest minor league rankings for the Mets organization. All stats are through Friday.

1. NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, Las Vegas 51s (AAA): 5.31 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 82 K, 23 BBAGE: 21 | DRAFTED: 1st round (2010)After a string of bad starts, “Thor” was excellent on July 6, allowing one earned run in seven innings, walking none and striking out eight.

2. BRANDON NIMMO, CF, Binghamton...

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MLB All-Star Game skills competition proposal

The Los Angeles Dodgers' Dee Gordon runs to

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Home runs are just so….blah.

Nelson Cruz and Edwin Encarnacion can hit the ball a long way. We get it. Isn’t it time for the other baseball skills to have their day during the All-Star week festivities?

If there was going to be an MLB skills competition, here’s some of the events we’d like to see featured, and some of the players we’d like to see included:

Pitching accuracy, throwing...

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Shane Greene scouting report

Shane Greene was called up by the Yankees

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No hitter was able to make contact against Shane Greene during his major league debut, on April 24 against the Red Sox.

Of course, Greene didn't give them much of a chance. Or himself.

He appeared out of the Yankees' bullpen and in just 0.1 innings walked three and struck out one. All three of his walks came around to score and Greene was sent packing, back to Triple-A.

Joe Girardi...

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