Now that the draft is over the true minor league season has started. This is the second game for the gulf coast league Yankees. With a good amount of high end prospects that are new to the system this should be an exciting team. The GCL Yankees started their season off against the GCL Braves.
The game started off with injured David Aardsma who is on his rehab to get back from Tommy John surgery. He pitched his one inning of work, striking out two while walking one.
Cesar Vargas came in to relieve him and pitched five innings striking out two batters. He did allow four hits that led to two runs. Cesar is a 20 year prospect out of Mexico that was signed back in 2009. He pitched three years in the Dominican summer league. 2011 saw Vargas pitch 71.2 innings, striking out 85 to a 2.39 ERA.
The final three innings were pitched by Joseph Maher a 2011 high school draftee. Maher allowed four hits in his three innings of work while walking one and striking out two. Maher is very similar to Jordan Cote physically as he is listed at 6’5” and is from the Northeast.
The Yankees scored four runs and led until the fifth inning. Slade Heathcott had two doubles in four plate appearances along with a walk and strike out. The only other hitter with a multi-hit game was Jerison Lopez who is a 20 year old second basement prospect. Lopez has been in the Yankee organization for three years all in the Dominican summer league. Greg Bird had a hit in four at bats with a walk and a strike out in DH duties.
2011 top International signee had his first terrible professional game. He had two errors, one fielding and one throwing at third base. At the plate he went hitless with the only highlight being that he didn’t strike out.