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Five ways for Yankees to improve roster without making a trade

Trenton Thunder infielder Rob Refsnyder poses during Media

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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

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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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Mets prospects update

Mets pitcher Steven Matz looks on during spring

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Here’s an alphabetical look at how some of the Mets’ more notable and interesting prospects are faring in the minors (all stats as of the afternoon of April 21):

Vic Black, 25, RHP

One of the last cuts in Mets’ camp this year, his lack of control kicked him off the major league roster. He hasn’t rediscovered it in Triple-A. Has walked seven (also struck out six) in 6.1 IP. Don’t be fooled...

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Mets prospect rankings and updates

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is photographed during photo

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We’ll provide periodic rankings and updates of the top minor leaguers in the Mets and Yankees farm systems throughout the season. For the purposes of this list, players with significant major league experience (Vic Black, Travis d’Arnaud, etc…) will not be considered. All stats are current as of April 9:

1. NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, Triple-A Las Vegas

The Mets’ top prospect, and one of...

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Mets' prospect watch

Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is photographed during photo

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So far the Mets have had nine players among the organization’s more notable prospects play in spring training games.

Here’s how they’ve fared:

Jacob DeGrom, RHP

deGrom is something of a “lesser” prospect given his age (25) and his late transition to the mound. But he’s made an early impression in camp, striking out six across six scoreless innings in his three games of work. He's...

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Long Island MLB prospect watch

Marcus Stroman fields a ground ball at the

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There are currently seven different prospects with roots on Long Island in major league camps this spring training.

Here’s how they’ve fared:

Marcus Stroman, RHP, Blue Jays

 

Stroman, 22, was born in Medford and selected in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2012 draft out of Duke University (he was also drafted out of Patchogue-Medford High School but chose not to...

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Yankees' prospect watch

Dellin Betances delivers a pitch in the eighth

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So far the Yankees have had four players among the organization’s more notable prospects play in spring training games.

Here’s how they’ve fared:

Dellin Betances, RHP

Betances has been electric since converting to a full-time relief role last season. In four games this spring, he’s pitched 6.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks and striking out five.

Mark...

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Mets prospects showcase their talents in winter ball

Juan Lagares poses for photos during MLB photo

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Just because the major league season is over doesn’t mean baseball is done. Several of the Mets’ top prospects are honing their skills in winter ball, both in the United States and abroad. Here are some of the more notable performers and performances:

Juan Centeno

Centeno, 24, went 3-for-10 in a late-season call-up with the Mets. He may be better known as the guy who finally caught Reds...

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