Never too early to check out the kids, right?
Not that the Yankees really need anyone yet, but it's the first week of minor-league action, so here are some tidbits from the farm system:
Player to watch: C Jesus Montero. The 20-year-old is 9-for-28 (.321) in his first week at Triple-A, with four RBI and a .795 OPS. Two walks and three strikeouts in 31 plate appearances? Sounds like a Yankee to me. Plus, he's got good-guy veteran Chad Moeller as his backup, a perfect teammate from whom Montero can learn about the bigs.
Pitcher to watch: Ivan Nova. The well-regarded, 6-foot-4 righthander is off to a pretty decent start for the Triple-A Yanks: One earned run in 11 innings, with one walk and 11 strikeouts. He's got no decisions in two starts, but the 23-year-old is right on track.
Player to watch: 2B David Adams. The Yanks' third-round pick in 2008 is 13-for-27 (.481) out of the gate, with a homer, three doubles and five RBI. The 23-year-old out of the University of Virginia is building off a strong couple of seasons in the organization.
Pitcher to watch: Jeremy Bleich. The 2008 first-round pick out of Stanford tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings in his Double-A debut on Saturday, a good jumping-off point for the 22-year-old lefthander.
Pitcher to watch: Hector Noesi. The 23-year-old righthander has 16 Ks and one BB in two starts, both wins.
Downer: 2007 first-rounder Andrew Brackman continues to struggle. He's allowed 12 earned runs in eight innings over two starts for Tampa; at 25 two years removed from Tommy John surgery, the former N.C. State hoops standout is running out of time.