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With the lockout still in effect for the New York Yankees and all the MLB owners and players seemingly no closer to an agreement, there is not any transaction news for the time being. However, there are some important things going on that you should be aware of. Here is a weekend roundup of the most important stories.

Prospect Jasson Dominguez is worth a lot on paper

For a couple of years now, we have been listening to all the hype surrounding outfielder prospect Jasson Dominguez, everything from being a monster at the plate to being one of the best outfielders the Yankees have seen for years. According to scouts, all of that is true.

Tops have just issued a new baseball card for the young phenom. That card sold for a record-breaking amount for any Dominguez card. At the close of business, Goldin Auctions closed the betting, netting $474,000 for the card to an unknown buyer.

The players association rejects MLB’s desire to involve the Feds

In less than a half dozen meetings between the MLB owners and players since MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred put a lockout in place, preventing any teams to make any transactions or even talking to each other. The CBA seems no closer to a resolution. Last week MLB asked for involvement from the Federal Government, stepping in the help mediate an agreement acceptable to all sides, but the players union, who must agree to the move, rejected it.

The Major League Baseball Players Association on Friday ruled out a third party intervening, one day after MLB asked for help from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

“After consultation with our executive board and taking into account a variety of factors, we have declined this request. The clearest path to a fair and timely agreement is to get back to the table. Players stand ready to negotiate.”

Players that will not be traded

The New York Yankees have made it pretty clear recently that they are not interested in trading off two of the best prospects they have had in years. Specifically, we are talking about SS Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza. If previous talks with the Oakland Athletics, when the A’s suggested that the two be included in a trade for Matt Olson, a first baseman the Yankees surely would like to have. However, the Yankees denied the request, not wanting to strip their farm system of future shortstops for the Yankee team.

Although the talks were before the lockout, it seems to set the stage for future requests outcomes when other teams want the two or even one included in any trade deal. Keep in mind with the twists and turns that will lay ahead before the season starts, anything can happen.

First baseman Freddie Freeman to be pursued by the Yankees?

There is no question that Freddie Freeman is the best first baseman free agent on the market, and the Yankees would surely like to see him in pinstripes. Freeman and the Braves have been at odds all season long on an extension, and after they won the World Series, Freeman became a free agent. Since then, the Braves have offered him a $180 million contract that he rejected.

Ever since Freeman became a free agent, the Yankees have been mentioned as a landing place for the first baseman. The Yankees could use Luke Voit at first, but that would be the least appealing with all of his injuries, even though he was the number one home run leader in 2020. 2021 wasn’t a good year for Voit at the plate or with all his lower-body injuries. They also could go after the A’s Matt Olson, but a trade from him might be too costly for the Yankees. The most likely scenario is that they will re-sign Anthony Rizzo, who has said he would like to remain in New York. But nevertheless, the Freeman rumors continue.

With the Yankees projected to have just two lefty hitters, Joey Gallo and Aaron Hicks, Freeman, also a lefty, would add some pop on the left side of the base for the Yankees. Recently according to MLB Networks’ Jon Heyman, the Yankees will “make a run” after Freeman when the lockout preventing transactions is lifted.

Gio Urshela’s future unclear

Last season, Gio Urshela fell victim to the inconsistent hitting, among other things, but though his offensive performance waned, his dedication to the team never lapsed. Think of his Jeter-like into the stands in Game 162 of the regular season. Nevertheless, he didn’t hit as well as the previous season and doesn’t deserve to be handed an automatic start at third base. This is particularly true with the present turmoil in the infield that has no clear resolution. With DJ LeMahieu likely to be displaced at first and Gleyber Torres being the everyday second baseman, there might be no place for Urshela unless he is moved to shortstop or even the bench to start the season.


Yankees Analysis: Future looks bright for the Yankees but maybe not for 2022

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The New York Yankees are a special team, a team that expects to win the World Series every year. We all know that that is not possible.

For all but a few elite teams, a good showing that draws fans to the stands is enough. But not for the Yankees, they always aim high. The Yankees have come close the last few years after not winning a World Series since 2009 but just haven’t found the formula to bring them to the October Classic.

Think what you will, but the Yankees are always planning. They are looking to improve the team for the coming season after the MLB lockout is over. The big question in a fan’s mind is if the Yankees will do enough before the start of the season to get over that hump that has not allowed them a World Series appearance in the last eleven years. To accomplish that, at the very least, they must sign a high-profile shortstop to replace Gleyber Torres, acquire a true number two type starting pitcher, and improve production at first base. If they fail to do that, fans will likely see similar results that they have come to accept in the last few years.

Beyond this season, the Yankees have been preparing for a long stretch of excellence in the future. The Yankees have been one of the more active teams with top of the heap international signings. It started in 2015 when they spent $5 million to snag Jasson Dominguez out of the Dominican Republic. This year they again went after the top international signing with Rodrick Arias. They are also expected to pick up Brandon Mayea, the highest-rated shortstop out of Cuba.

In two years, the Yankee farm system could look like this: SS Anthony Volpe, SS/IN Oswald Pereza, OF Jasson Dominguez, SS/3B Trey Sweeney, SS Rodrick Arias, and CF Brandon Mayea. With those top signings SP Wandy Peralta, and the hands already in the Yankee minor league system, the Yankees will look to have the top farm system in all of baseball, which spells future success, and not just for a year or two.

Not being overly optimistic, it is important to recognize that while highly-touted international prospects are extremely hit-or-miss. Players like Rusney Castillo, Hideki Irabu, and Kei Igawa were complete duds, while Hideki Matsui, Robinson Cano, Orlando Hernandez, Bernie Williams, and of course Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera have been superstars for the Yankees.

While this looks extremely positive for the future, Yankee fans want instant satisfaction. With a second meeting between the sides in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, it appears a resolution may be in the offing, hopefully sooner than later. General manager Brian Cashman and the front office will have to pounce quickly to resolve their issues after being silent in postseason 1.0 if they expect to come closer to a World Series appearance in 2022.

New York Yankees: A year makes a difference; view 2022 top prospects

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The New York Yankees are blessed with one of the best lists of prospects in both leagues. One of the reasons is that they have made good use of the international markets. This year they have picked up the number one international prospect in Rodrick Arias, yet another shortstop to bolster the minor league position. In 2019 they acquired phenom Jasson Dominguez, their number one prospect since then. But as time marches on, so do those rankings.

Here is a look at the rankings from FanGraphs in February 2021:

  1. Jason Dominguez, center fielder. Age 17.10, expected arrival 2025, FV 50.
  2. Deivi Garcia, starting pitcher. Age 21.7, expected arrival 2021 FV50.
  3. Oswald Peraza, shortstop. Age 20.6, expected arrival 2022 FV50.
  4. Clarke Schmidt, starting pitcher. Age 2025, expected arrival 2021 FV50.
  5. Alexander Vargas, shortstop. Age 19.3, expected arrival 2023 FV50.

Since then, there have been some significant changes. Jasson Dominguez has slipped out of first place and now sits at number four on the list. The main reason for the slip is that he didn’t have an overwhelming 2021 at the Tampa A level, even though he remains a powerful hitting from both sides of the plate.

Deivi Garcia slipped from number two to number ten. After a promising season at Scranton and at the Stadium, he had a horrible season at the AAA Railriders in 2021. So here are the 2022 FanGraph rankings.

  1. Antony Volpe, shortstop. Age 20.7, expected arrival 2024 FV60.
  2. Oswald Peraza, shortstop. Age 21.6, expected arrival 2022 FV50
  3. Luis Media, right-hand pitcher. Age 22.7, expected arrival 2022 FV50.
  4. Jasson Dominguez, center fielder. Age 18.9, expected arrival 2025 FV50.
  5. Alexander Vargas, shortstop. Age 20.2, expected arrival 20.2 FV50.

The 2022 list is quite a turnaround from just a year ago. Anthony Volpe wasn’t even in the top ten last year and now sits at the best the Yankees have to offer. He had a stellar year between two teams, Tampa Tarpons and the Hudson Valley Renegades; he hit 27 homers driving in 86 and with a .294 batting average while remaining a good defender at short.

Also, Oswald Peraza and Luis Media had good years last season as well. Peraza advanced three steps to AAA Scranton/Wilkes Barre. He hit 18 home runs between the three teams, driving in 57 with a .297 batting average. Luis Media had a 6-4 record with an ERA of 3.81, with two teams advancing to the Somerset Patriots.

My only problem with these rankings is that they placed Deivi Garcia ahead of Luis Gil. Gil made great strides for the Yankees last season, striking out more hitters than Garcia. Gil pitched in six games with an ERA of just 3.07 and a higher (0.4) WAR than Garcia. Look for other Yankees prospects to make an impact this season. You will surely see Clarke Schmidt on the mound sometime this season. You may also see Stephen Ridings on the mound.

Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman gushes over Jasson Dominguez’s talent

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New York Yankees star Minor League shortstop Anthony Volpe has been grabbing all the headlines as of late, but the attention has now turned to 18-year-old phenom Jasson Dominguez, who started with Low-A Tampa last season in his first stint with the Yankees’ farm system.

Dominguez enjoyed 56 games of action, despite the Covid pandemic disrupting baseball the last two years. Over 206 at-bats, Dominguez posted a .252 average with five homers and 19 RBIs.

The Dominican Republic native also contributed nine stolen bases, 27 walks, and only grounded into one double play. As for his fielding, he recorded a .969 fielding percentage with two errors over 355.2 innings. While we can expect that number to increase as time goes on, Dominguez showcased the benchmark of what he’s capable of.

The Yankees have swayed toward different analytics and ignored batting average over the past few seasons, and with Dominguez’s lucrative power, he fits the mold perfectly.

However, general manager Brian Cashman gushed about his talent, noting his work ethic as a primary catalyst behind his developmental success.

“His work ethic is exceptional; his will to be successful is exceptional,” Cashman said recently, via Bryan Hoch of “When you engage all the departments, whether it’s player development, performance science, the measurables that come along with it — he’s basically an anomaly, something that doesn’t come along very often.”

There’s a reason that people call Dominguez “The Martian,” considering he’s 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds at just 18-years-old. His size and speed combinations give him the potential to be a Mike Trout-level prospect, but of course, he has a long way to go before testing those waters.

“There’s a lot of very talented people, and he has a higher level of degree and talent than most,” Cashman said. “If he can obviously put that together and match that to his performance level, you’re going to be talking about something very special.”

Even Kevin Reese, the Yankees Vice President of Player Development, was raving about Jasson’s capabilities:

“Everywhere he goes, he’s turning heads,” Reese said. “His ability to connect with people, his ability to lead at such a young age, the exit velo, the speed. Some of the measurables that we do on our performance science side, it’s all off the charts. We just want to get him to play more baseball; I think all of the skill is there, all of the ability is there.”

The Bombers likely won’t elevate Dominguez to the big leagues for another two seasons at least, but he could work his way through the minor-league system rather quickly. If he can make the jump to Double-A ball this year and post quality numbers, there’s nothing stopping him from skyrocketing through the system.
After years of prospects plateauing at the big leagues, the Yankees have a few names with unlimited potential, which should brew excitement for the fans.

Yankees land top international prospect, take a look at his awesome bat

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The New York Yankees have had incredible success signing top international prospects, especially after landing Jasson Dominguez several years ago. However, their quest to find elite talent is never over, as the Bombers are preparing to sign Roderick Arias, a 17-year-old shortstop who is best compared to Wander Franco at his age.

Arias is the consensus number one international prospect, and adding another potentially elite shortstop to the max is never a bad move. had only amazing things to say about Arias, who features a plus arm and above-average bat skills:

The top international prospect in the class, Arias is an extraordinary talent and the consensus No. 1.

There’s a lot to like about the teenager. Starting on the defensive side of the ball, Arias has plus arm potential. His throws are accurate and effortless, and he’s always in a position to make the throws. His arm is strong from any angle. He also shows good footwork with soft hands and above-average range.

At the plate, he exhibits above-average bat-to-ball skills and strike zone awareness. He shows good plate discipline and doesn’t swing and miss often. He shows power from both sides of the plate, especially by the right side. There’s good opposite-field power from the left side, and the overall package that could develop into a plus-plus hitter.

The Yankees also have Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza developing their farm system at shortstop. As one of the most lucrative positions and important infield spots, having quality developmental talent is always necessary.

At 6’1″, Arias isn’t just a quality defender, he also features a switch-hitting approach, featuring incredible power and fundamentals for a player of his age.

The Yankees’ minor-league system will be a great place for him to continue his development, but we probably won’t see him for at least another 3–4 years. Luckily, the presence of Volpe and Peraza spark positivity, despite the Yankees’ desperate need of a shortstop for the 2022 season.

WATCH: Yankees’ top prospect Jasson Dominguez launches balls into the night sky

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One of the New York Yankees’ most exciting prospects is Jasson Dominguez, who currently features with the Tampa Tarpons in Low-A ball. Having just started his journey in the minor-league system, Dominguez possesses all of the tools that Mike Trout once had during his early years. Of course, there’s no guarantee that the 18-year-old will ever reach that level of play, but if he continues to develop at this rate, he could be featuring with the top team in two or three years.

At this point, Dominguez is best known for his highlight videos, launching baseballs into the stratosphere with his insane power.

MLB Pipeline raves about Dominguez’s tool and potential, stating:

The most hyped and tooled-up international prospect in recent memory, Dominguez engenders comparisons to some of the best athletes in baseball history, such as Bo Jackson, Mickey Mantle and Mike Trout. The Yankees spent $5.1 million, all but $300,000 of their bonus pool and a franchise record for an international amateur, to sign him out of the Dominican Republic in July 2019. Some clubs officials thought he might be able to handle making his pro debut in low Class A at age 17 in 2020, but it became a moot point when the coronavirus pandemic scuttled the Minor League season.

Jasson ranks as the number 17th overall prospect in Major League baseball and given his incredible attributes, it’s not surprising to see him among the best.

This past season, Dominguez hit .252 with five homers, 19 RBIs, and nine stolen bases. He only featured in 56 games, but he made an impression, despite striking out 73 times.

He is exactly the type of player the Yankees love, a homerun-hitting athletic maestro who sacrifices strikeouts for the long ball. With the potential to be an above-average player and plenty of time to continue developing, the Yankees can enjoy the next few seasons watching him extrapolate on his abilities and add more talents to his toolbox.

Yankees expected to sign No. 1 international prospect (video)

The New York Yankees are the odds on favorites to sign number one international prospect Rodrick Arias, who has been likened to Jasson Dominguez and advertised as the next Wander Franco. Just like Dominguez, he is called a monster at the plate.

The Yankees feel that Arias is one of the greatest young prospects to come along in years and the best since Dominguez. Dominguez was signed with the Yankees in July of 2019. He has progressed nicely and has been the Yankees’ number one prospect for some time until he was surpassed by SS Anthony Volpe late this summer. The Yankees have been taking their time with Dominguez as they don’t want to rush him before he is ready.

In 2021, he earned 206 plate appearances with 52 hits and a batting average of .252. Jasson will be 19 this coming spring training. Although he has only played to Tampa Low A, expect him to be promoted this season. Dominguez will likely be ready for the big time in 2023.

The Yankees have never been big on starting kids young. Mickey Mantle was the youngest ever Yankee in the modern era (1900). We all know how that baseball career turned out. Mantle started with the Yankees at the age of 19, 179 days. The youngest pitcher was Cornelius Joseph Brady at the age of 18. More recently, Derek Jeter debuted with the Yankees at the age of 20.

The Yankee scouts have had their eyes on Rodrick Arias for the last few years. The 17-year-old is from San Pedro de Macoris, the Dominican Republic, where he played sandlot baseball near his home. Since then, he has grown and is now 6′ 1″ and weighs 180 pounds. As a result, he has drawn comparisons by scouts to Jasson Dominguez for his size and strength. Particularly interesting to the Yankees is that he is a switch hitter with success from both sides of the plate.

Arias is an up can coming shortstop, and the Yankees are expected to sign him on January 15, 2022. This would be the most exciting international signing since Dominguez. Scouts tout him as being the next Wander Franco.

Yankees News, 7/13: Cashman could eye lefty outfielder for cheap, Jasson Dominguez gains gushing review

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The Yankees will start a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday evening after the All-Star break, and with a desperate need for lefty-hitting in the outfield, the trade deadline offers a great opportunity to make a subsequent move. General manager Brian Cashman will likely be active in the coming weeks, and one option that has made himself available is Adam Eaton of the Chicago White Sox.

Eaton is a 32-year-old outfielder who stands at 5’9” and 176 pounds. Traditionally, Eaton has never been known as a slugger but did hit 15 homers in 2019 with the Washington Nationals, averaging .279 over 151 games.

This season, his performance has been less than adequate, serving up a career-high 25.1% strikeout rate, having never cracked 20% over the past nine seasons. Clearly, he’s having an anomaly of a year, which could open the door for the Yankees to make a move for the free agent.

As Mike Rosenstein of indicated, Adam Eaton might be running on fumes:

The 32-year-old Eaton actually checks off two boxes for Cashman: he’s an outfielder and he’s a left-handed hitter. But based on his performance this year with the White Sox, it’s safe to wonder how much Eaton has left in the tank. He hit .201 with five home runs in 58 games for the White Sox.

Given his diversity as a lefty with experience, he would be a more affordable option for the Yankees, especially since Chicago was preparing to option him to the farm before granting his release.

The Yankees have another young outfielder climbing the ranks:

Star prospect Jasson Dominguez is climbing the standings, despite going 0-for-3 for the American League team at Coors Field during the MLB All-Star Futures Game.

The Athletic’s Jim Bowden ranked Jasson one of his top-10 counted players on Sunday:

A lot of Yankees prospects get overhyped because they wear pinstripes, but that will not be the case with Dominguez. He’s the real deal. He was the youngest player in the Futures Game at 18 years old and clearly was able to hold his own. He looks like a linebacker but swings like a superstar. He’s balanced at the plate, has electric bat speed and can use the whole field with tremendous power. He has to be untouchable for the Yankees, regardless of who they could get back in a trade. He’s a future star.

At just 18 years old, the Bombers have locked in one of the most physically imposing youngsters in baseball. Not only does he have the frame of an NFL player, as Bowden suggests, but he has elevated bat speed and fantastic balance at the plate.

Simply put, he needs more reps and experience, but there’s no question he will make his way to the MLB sooner rather than later. According to, Dominguez lined out to third base, but the ball went firing 106 MPH off his bat. Those are Giancarlo Stanton-type numbers, which should raise a few eyebrows.

New York Yankees: Yankee prospects chomping at the bit (video)

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The New York Yankees are now in their sixth week of the new season, it seems like the season just started, but the fact is that the season is already 20% completed. Some of the players and pitchers are off to a great start, while others not so much. There is one constant, the minor league season is now in full swing, and with the reduced number of Yankee minor league sites, many young men are champing to get on those teams.

This season minor league Pulaski and Staten Island are gone since MLB has taken over the minor leagues and have accomplished realignment to make the experience better for all. This season fans will see minor league games played in AAA Scranton Wilkes/Barre (Rail Riders), in Somerset, NJ, (AA Patriots), Wappingers, NY, (high A Renegades), Tampa, Florida (low A Tarpons), and the Gulf Coast Rookie League. The Yankees also have two minor league teams in the Dominican Republic.

A short time ago, just before starting the minor league season, the rosters for the teams were released. Interested Yankee fans scoured those lists to see if their favorite prospect made any of the teams. With all the hype the last two years, the name most looked for was Jasson Dominguez; it wasn’t there. Others searched for were Everson Pereria, Kevin Alcantara, Raimfer Salinas, and Alexander Vargas, none to be found.

Many others are not on the lists as well but have less hype involved as they are further off from making the minor league teams. The others that were listed above will most likely, at some point, find themselves one step closer to their dream when they finally get to play professional baseball. No matter how young most of these boys have already worked several years to improve their game for a chance to play with the big boys.

As I said earlier, the Yankees’ number one prospect Jasson Dominguez has generated the most interest since he was signed at just 15. Since then, a multitude of articles has been written about the young sensation, Dominguez. The Yankees paid just over $5 million to sign the player that many call “The Martian” for his other-worldly hitting abilities. Scouts have compared him to a young Mickey Mantle or Mike Trout. To look at the young man, you don’t see an 18-year-old; you see a build and musculature of a decade older player.

The Young Dominguez has played the first two years in the Dominican Republic, but now he is in the United States. However, he did not make any minor league roster. Dominguez profiles as a true five-tool talent – none of his tools are ranked lower than a 55 on the 20-80 scale. There is no question that he will be a future centerfielder for the Yankees. But the Yankees are taking their time with Jasson; they don’t want to rush him along before he is ready. He has played in very few pro games.

Dominguez is now playing in extended spring training at the Yankee’s Tampa facility. Yankee head of player development Eric Schmidt wants to see him play there for four or five weeks. After that, he will most likely be promoted to low A Tampa sometime in June. For those fans that can’t wait to see him play at Yankee Stadium, you will have to wait a bit longer. He isn’t projected to make his major league debut until 2023-24.

Dominguez is not the only centerfield prospect hoping for their chance. Kevin Alcantara and Raimfer Salinas both played in the Gulf Coast League during 2019. Of the two, neither played last season. If they had, they would, at some point, jumped to Rookie advanced or Short-Season A. But those teams no longer exist. Both will probably play in the Gulf Coast League this season. Salinas received the top signing bonus given out by the New York Yankees in 2017-2018. He is 20 years old and will reach the majors at some point.

Alexander Vargas is an up-and-coming New York Yankees shortstop, one of the best they have seen in years. He will likely find himself in Low A this season as well. He is ranked as the Yankee team’s 13th best prospect by He has played in the instructional league in the Dominican Republic and has received solid reviews. He can be an elite defender at short, something the Yankee minor league system has been missing. He improved as his body filled out; the results were shown in spring training.

Everson Pereria is an experienced player who was pushed quickly during his professional debut. At 17-year-old he was held back due to his age. However, of the prospects mentioned, he has the best chance to advance to the High A team Renegades.  He advanced skipping two of the lowest levels of Rookie ball, but his 2019 season was shortened by injury. If he doesn’t make High A, he will surely make Low A Tampa as long as he is healthy. The 20-year-old multi-talented outfielder is the Yankee’s 18th highest-rated prospect.

Several if not all of these players will find themselves in the minor league system with the New York Yankees sometime during the 2021 season. The Yankees have no shortage of up-and-coming players.

Yankees’ assign uber-prospect Jasson Dominguez to extended spring training; Austin Wells to Low-A

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New York Yankees’ uber-prospect Jasson Dominguez, the best-ranked young player in the Bombers’ system according to MLB Pipeline, will begin the year in extended spring training at the club’s player development complex in Tampa, Fla. That doesn’t mean he can’t and won’t be assigned to one of the minor league affiliates down the road, but for now, that’s the plan.

Meanwhile, Austin Wells, the Yankees’ first pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, is slated to begin the season, the first one of his professional career, with Low-A Tampa this week. Those two are perhaps the Yanks’ most exciting prospects.

Dominguez is a physical specimen like no other, with enormous raw power, a great arm, and good speed before bulking up in the last year or so. However, he just turned 18 and has never played a professional game in his career, so the Yankees’ approach seems to be the right one.

The Yankees have high hopes for Dominguez

And that way, they can evaluate him in person and, after assessing where his tools currently are, and then assign him to the appropriate affiliate.

“Everything that we’ve seen from this kid, he’s super talented, but he hasn’t played a game here yet,” Kevin Reese, the Yankees’ senior director of player development, said this spring according to the team’s official site. “It’s hard to help him manage those expectations, because he’s not going to show up tomorrow and perform like Mike Trout or Aaron Judge or Brett Gardner.

“We’ll keep him working; our goal is to get the best Jasson Dominguez that’s possible. Hopefully, that’s a really good player that helps us win games and win championships.”

The Yankees published the minor league affiliates rosters to open the 2021 minor league season, the first one since 2019. They announced camp rosters in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Double-A Somerset, High-A Hudson Valley and Low-A Tampa on Sunday.

Other notable assignments are Deivi Garcia to Triple-A, Oswald Peraza to High-A, Luis Gil to Double-A, and Luis Medina to High-A.