Welcome to the Pinstriped Prospects Mailbag. If you have a question on any of the New York Yankees prospects or the Yankees minor league affiliates in general send it to us and you could be featured!
After seeing your articles on Cody Ponce and Daz Cameron, I’m curious to know if any other potential draftees are on your radar that the Yankees could draft in 2015 (assuming they keep their first round pick). I’ve seen names like Riley Ferrell and Carson Fulmer pop up as potential picks for the Yankees (although I’m not sure they’d last long enough for the Yankees to pick them). Thanks in advance.
Thanks for the question, I am going to farm this out to my colleague Jacob who is our draft guru:
Both could be on the Yankees radar but I believe both are more of a supplemental 1st round pick players. If the Yankees lose Robertson you could see them go after one of them with that pick which will be closer to what their draft stock currently is. Now Fulmer is intriguing since he comes from a great university in Vanderbilt that has produced a lot of very good players. He has two great pitches but is short which is why people believe he might be destined for the bullpen. Another pitcher from Vandy Sonny Gray was the same way and if the Yankees could get a player like that with their first round pick I would be excited.
With Mason Williams newly named to the 40 man and has shown very little other than big league defense. What is a reasonable expectation for him?
It would not be unreasonable to assume he will open up the 2015 season with the Trenton Thunder. As you said his defense in major league ready but it has been his offense that is the biggest question mark. Many have pointed to his attitude that need to change as well. Without a doubt 2015 will be a make-or-break year for him. He will either show us that he is the prospect he was once considered or will flame out. It is on him now.
Why isn’t Rob Refsnyder on the 40 man roster?
That’s easy, because he does not need to be placed on the 40-man roster yet. Refsnyder was drafted in 2012, and per the rules does not have to be protected from the Rule 5 draft until after the 2015 season. The Yankees can keep him off the 40-man roster until after the season is over but it is more likely he will be added at some point during the season when he makes his MLB debut. Adding him to the 40-man roster now would waste a minor league option.
What are the expectations for RHP Andre DelBosque? For this season and in the future? Potential to make it to the bigs?
To be honest I do not know much about Andre DelBosque aside from he is the first guy from his school to be drafted and he suffered an injury this past season that limited his time. I’d expect a guy like him to head to either Staten Island or Pulaski in 2015 at which point we can get an extended look at his stuff.
That is it for this week’s edition of the Pinstriped Prospects mailbag. If you have a question feel free to send it to us here.