Clint Frazier is just one of 11 players on the 40-man roster who is currently on the shelf (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Injuries Are Testing Limits of the Farm System Depth

It is no secret that this season has not started off well for the Yankees.  In fact, it is so bad that out of the 40 players that started the season on the 40-man roster, 11 of them are on the disabled list in one form or another.  That includes Ben Heller who is out for the year after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

As you move down the ladder into the minors, you find that the injury bug is not just limited to the big club.  The Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders is the team with the least amount of players on the disabled list.  They currently have three on the shelf, including two 40-man roster players in Giovanny Gallegos and Thairo Estrada.  In addition, outfielder Mark Payton is on the 7-day disabled list after having knee surgery.

Former first-round pick Kyle Holder has yet to get into a game this season due to injury. (Zachary Lucy/Four Seam Images via AP)

It gets a bit grimmer from there.  The Double-A Trenton Thunder have six players on the shelf, including former first-round pick Kyle Holder and the impressive outfielder Jeff HendrixMatt Snyder is rehabbing but has yet to come off the disabled list.  Outfielder Devyn Bolasky is currently working his way back from offseason surgery he had to repair a tendon in his chest.  Meanwhile, catchers Kellin Deglan and Jorge Saez are also out of action.

In Tampa, the Tarpons have nine players currently on the disabled list, including right-hander Albert Abreu who missed spring training after having to undergo an appendectomy.  In addition, 2017 first round draft pick Clarke Schmidt is serving out his 60-day disabled list time as a member of the Tarpons roster.  Catcher Donny Sands is out a few months after breaking his forearm in spring training.  They are joined by Kyle Johnson, Spencer Mahoney, Connor Jones, Ricardo Ferreira, Alexander Palma, and Carlos Vidal.

JP Sears was a recent addition to the disabled list for the Charleston RiverDogs. (Robert M. Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

It is the Single-A Charleston RiverDogs that currently have the most players out of action with 13 players now on the disabled list.  Pitchers Miles Chambers, Yoiber Marquina, Nestor Oronel, and Alexander Vizcaino are joined by infielder Griffin Garabito and outfielder Brayan Emery on the 60-day disabled list.  Notable prospects such as Nolan Martinez, Rony Garcia, and JP Sears are also on the self, joined by fellow pitcher Miguel Yajure.  In addition, infielder Danienger Perez and outfielders Timmy Robinson and Dom Thompson-Williams are on the shelf.  Robinson suffered a broken jaw and missing teeth in the second minor league spring training game of the year when he collided with Oswaldo Cabrera on a play.

In total the organization has 39 players currently on the disabled list with various injuries.  It has put a severe strain on a system that was applauded before the season for the tremendous depth they had at several positions.  The recent acquisition of L.J. Mazzilli will help the Yankees out in the upper levels temporarily, and the hope is that Aaron Hicks will rejoin the big club later in the week.  As for some of the other players, we know that Thairo Estrada is still rehabbing from his bullet wound and will join Scranton once he is ready, Donny Sand won’t be back for some time, and Timmy Robinson probably won’t be able to play until the short season leagues start.

One this is for certain, if the Yankees did not have as much depth as they did to start the season they would be in a much worse position than they are now.  Hopefully, things will start looking better and players return to action soon.

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