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Yankees prospect watch

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.

A look at 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)
.296 BA, .433 OBP, .407 SLG, 0 HR, 4 RBIs
Power likely to improve as he develops; excellent defense aided by superb speed.

2. Slade Heathcott
OF | Trenton Thunder (Double A)
.205 BA, .271 OBP, .295 SLG, 0 HR, 2 RBIs
Had been injury prone in previous seasons, but is a special player when healthy.

3. Gary Sanchez
C | Tampa Yankees (Single A advanced)
.351 BA, .424 OBP, .596 SLG, 3 HR, 14 RBIs
In many ways, Sanchez is a second shot at developing Jesus Montero. Big and strong, but with better defensive ability.

4. Tyler Austin
OF | Trenton Thunder (Double A)
.241 BA, .333 OBP, .362 SLG, 1 HR, 10 RBIs
Sprays the ball all over the field and possesses impressive patience.

5. Jose Campos
RHP | Charleston Riverdogs (Single A)
0-0, 5.00 ERA, 8 K, 4 BB in 3 starts
The forgotten piece in the Jesus Montero trade missed most of 2012 with injury, but has three plus pitches.

6. Brett Marshall
RHP | Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple A)
0-1, 11.25 ERA, 7 K, 8 BB in 2 starts
Smart pitcher with the ability to fool lefties. But the sinkerballer gives up too many HRs.

7. Angelo Gumbs
2B | Tampa Yankees (Single A advanced)
.088 BA, .139 OBP, .147 SLG, 0 HR, 3 RBIs
Range, swing technique and plate discipline need work. But has good bat speed and steady fielding instincts.

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)
0-2, 5.11 ERA, 23 K, 6 BB in 3 starts
Showed excellent control and the ability to dominate hitters in his first professional season in 2012.


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, International League (AAA)
Record: 5-7, 5th place. Last week: 4-2

Trenton Thunder, Eastern League (AA)
Record: 8-7, T-1st place. Last week: 2-4

Tampa Yankees, Florida State League (A)
Record: 7-8, T-3rd place. Last week: 3-3

Charleston Riverdogs, S. Atlantic League (A)
Record: 8-6, 2nd place. Last week: 2-2

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

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