Covering April 7th – April 13th games

Pitcher:
Danny Burawa, 25, RHP, AAA
4 IP, 7 K, 1 BB, 2 H, 0 ER
Notable: Was a longshot candidate to make the big league bullpen out of spring training

The Yankees are reportedly high on Burawa, as the Long Island native can ramp his fastball to as high as 98 mph. Here’s what Baseball America had to say on him before last year’s Rule 5 draft (he was not selected by another team):

He sported a fastball that sat in the 92-97 mph range and sat comfortably at 95 on most nights while featuring average sink. He couples that with an inconsistent, sweepy, 83-86 mph slider that he tends to cast and a show-me changeup that sits between 83-87 mph.

The 2010 draft pick (St. John’s) pitched 66 innings at Double-A Trenton last season, after missing 2012 with a torn oblique and broken rib. He had a 2.59 ERA, but walked way too many hitters at 5.7 BB/9. He obviously needs to correct that, and reportedly tinkered with his delivery towards the end of 2013 in an effort to reduce the walks. In four appearances in Triple-A this season, he’s only walked 1 in 5 innings, while striking out nine.

If he can show real improvement with his control, he’s someone who could eventually see time this year in the bigs or be used as a trade bait, as teams like power bullpen arms.

Hitter:
Peter O’Brien, 23, RHB C/3B/RF, A+
.375/.375/.833 in 24 PA
Notable: 3 HR on the week

Peter O’Brien was all over MLPW last season, and we highlighted him in March as a minor leaguer to watch in 2014. The 2011 3rd round draft pick had a big campaign last season, hitting .325/.394/.619 (181 wRC+) at Low-A Charleston, and was then promoted to High-A Tampa where he hit .265/.314/.486 (122 wRC+).

He’s off to a tremendous start this year at Tampa, raking to a .343/.378/.743 line.

In addition to his hitting, O’Brien is versatile and we don’t know exactly what the Yankees are doing with him position-wise. He was drafted as a catcher, and played as a catcher until he was promoted to Tampa in 2013. Upon his promotion, he bumped into Gary Sanchez, who is the Yankees’ marquee catching prospect, and was subsequently moved to third base for 38 games.

In 2014, and Sanchez now at Double-A, O’Brien has resumed his catching duties, manning the plate in 7 games. However, he’s also played two in right field, which is brand new for him — but no third base so far. An unusual pattern…

Wherever he ends up position-wise, if he keeps hitting like he has, he’s sure to end up on the Top 100 prospect lists.

Honorable Mentions:

Rafael De Paula, 23, RHP, A+
5 IP, 6 K, 0 BB, 2 H, 0 ER

Had a huge year at Low-A in 2013, but struggled at High-A

Eric Wooten, 24, LHP, A+
6 IP, 6 K, 0 BB, 3 H, 0 ER

He’s been great since the Yankees signed him last year out of the independent leagues

Evan Rutckyj, 22, LHP, A+
3 IP, 6 K, 2 BB, 3 H, 0 ER

Being used as a reliever after starting for the majority of his pro career

Luis Severino, 20, RHP, A
2.2 IP, 5 K, 0 BB, 3 H, 0 ER

2012 international free agent signing, first year of full season ball

Mark Montgomery, 23, RHP, AAA
4 IP, 5 K, 2 BB, 3 H

Once highly compared to D-Rob, it’s a make-or-break season

Pat Venditte, 28, SHP, AA
3.2 IP, 4 K, 0 BB, 2 H, 0 ER

Pitches with both arms, missed most of 2013 with shoulder surgery

Angelo Gumbs, 21, RHB 2B, A+
.416/.416/.417 in 24 PA

2010 2nd round pick who really needs to show some life at the plate this year

Dante Bichette Jr, 21, RHB 3B, A+
.278/.458/.444 in 24 PA

Extremely important year as he repeated Low-A in 2013 with poor results, .623 OPS

Eric Jagielo, 21, LHB 3B, A+
.308/.333/.615 in 27 PA

2013 first round pick, skipped right over Low-A, 2 HR on week

Gary Sanchez, 21, RHB C, AA
.450/.521/.600 in 23 PA

Consensus top prospect in NYY system, off to a .353/.450/.588 start

Ramon Flores, 22, LHB LF/RF, AAA
.285/.444/.476 in 27 PA

On Yanks 40-man roster, 4th-youngest player in the International League (AAA)

Zoilo Almonte, 24, SHB LF/RF, AAA
.318/.375/.455 in 24 PA

Looking to make his way back to the bigs

Manny Watch…

Manny Banuelos, 23, LHP, A+
6 IP, 8 K, 0 BB, 4 H, 0 ER

Yanks starting him off slowly in High-A Tampa, will eventually head to Triple-A