Covering 4/14-4/19 games (no games scheduled on Easter)

Pitcher:
Bryan Mitchell, 23, RHP, AA
6 IP, 12 K, 2 BB, 4 H, 0 ER
Notable: Got called up to the bigs on 4/19, which coincidentally was his birthday

How about being rewarded for your best start of the season with a big league call-up? After striking out 12 in a win over Akron (Cubs Double-A affiliate), Bryan Mitchell was called up to the big leagues after the Yankees 16-1 loss to Tampa on Saturday — which also happened to be his birthday. How about that?!

Realistically, Mitchell’s promotion probably had more to do that he’s on the 40-man roster and the Yankees needed fresh arms ASAP. We suspect that his stay will be short-lived once the Yankees figure out their roster issues.

Mitchell was selected in the 16th round of the 2009 draft out of Rockingham County High School in North Carolina. In 386 minor league innings, he’s posted a 4.49 ERA with a 8.4 K/9 and 4.5 BB/9. Prior to his 12 K outing, Mitchell was off to a rough start in 2014, allowing 10 ER over his first two games. Despite the ballooned ERA of 5.14 this season, his FIP is a small-sample sized 2.06. In fact, his FIP usually trends lower than his ERA, so either he’s been the recipient of bad luck, bad defense, or just gets knocked around. Hopefully, his last start is the beginning of him figuring things out.

Hitter:
Dante Bichette Jr, 21, RHB 3B, A+
.474/.600/.737 in 25 PA
Notable: Leads the Florida State League in OBP (.500) and walks (16)

To date, there’s not a bigger turnaround story in the Yankees system than Dante Bichette Jr.

Yankees amateur draft head Damon Oppenheimer has come under much criticism for the organization’s poor draft results, with even Brian Cashman stating in October that the club has “struggled with the draft in the last number of years.

Bichette Jr has been pointed to as evidence of Oppenheimer’s shoddy record, as the 2011 51st overall pick failed to produce in two straight years at Low-A Charleston. In his first go-around at Charleston in 2012, DBJ hit .248/.322/.331 (84 wRC+). Those numbers caused him repeat Low-A in 2013, of which the results were even worse: .214/.292/.331 (82 wRC+).

As 2014 rolled around, the Yankees couldn’t keep him at Low-A for a third straight year and were essentially forced to push him up to High-A in an ol’ “change of scenery” move. Remarkably, it’s worked!

Granted, it’s only been 16 games and small sample size applies, but Bichette is off to a blistering .347/.500/.531 start, leading the Florida State League in OBP (.500) and BB (16). His wRC+ of 202 ranks 3rd-best in the league (with his teammate Peter O’Brien first at 221). He’s also walked in over 24% of his plate appearances.

Easily the best story so far on the farm…

Honorable Mentions:

Branden Pinder, 25, RHP, AA
2 IP, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 ER

5 appearances on the season, 0 ER

Caleb Smith, 22, LHP, A
5.1 IP, 6 K, 2 BB, 2 H, 0 ER

2013 14th round pick

Chase Whitley, 24, RHP, AAA
5 IP, 5 K, 2 BB, 2 H, 0 ER

One of our 2014 minor leaguers to watch, could be in the Bronx relatively soon as injuries mount

Diego Moreno, 26, RHP, AA
3 IP, 3 K, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 ER

Reliever acquired in the AJ Burnett trade

Eric Ruth, 23, RHP, A+
4 IP, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 H, 0 ER

Non-drafted free agent signed in 2013, multiple-inning reliever

Jaron Long, 22, RHP, A
5.1 IP, 8 K, 1 BB, 4 H, 1 ER

Kevin Long’s son! Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2013

Nick Rumbelow, 22, RHP, A
2.2 IP, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 H, 0 ER

2013 7th round pick

Rafael De Paula, 23, RHP, A+
6 IP, 7 K, 2 BB, 2 H, 1 ER

Exciting prospect off to a nice start: 14.1 IP, 19 K, 6 BB, 2.51 ERA

Aaron Judge, 22 (on 4/26), RHB RF, A
.389/.500/.611 in 22 PA

2013 first round pick (32nd overall), hit first pro HR this week

Abiatal Avelino, 19, RHB SS, A
.363/.416/.409 in 24 PA

Signed in December 2011 as international free-agent (DR)

Angelo Gumbs, 21, RHB 2B, A+
.333/.360/.458 in 25 PA

2010 2nd round pick, hitting .317/.338/.365 in 65 PA

Eric Jagielo, 21, LHB 3B, A+
.363/.444/.545 in 25 PA

2013 first round pick (26th overall), .851 OPS on season

Jake Cave, 21, LHB CF, A+
.385/.429/.577 in 28 PA

.730 OPS on the season, with 3 SB

Michael O’Neill, 21, RHB LF, A
.368/.400/.895 in in 20 PA

Two HR and two triples on the week

Peter O’Brien, 23, RHB C/RF, A+
.389/.421/.889 in 19 PA

1.131 season OPS and 221 wRC+ both tops in the FSL

Tyler Wade, 19, LHB SS/2B, A
.579/.636/.684 in 22 PA

2013 4th round pick

Zoilo Almonte, 24, SHB OF, AAA
.300/.363/.600 in 22 PA

2 HR on the week, hitting .264/.316/.434 in 57 PA

In the “Remember Him” category…

Alfredo Aceves, 31, RHP, AAA
5 IP, 5 K, 1 BB, 3 H, 0 ER