*Covering May 5th-May 11th games*

Notable Promotions: Back-to-back MLPW winner, Kyle Roller (1B), was promoted to Triple-A (239 wRC+ at Double-A). Peter O’Brien (C/RF), who has owned MLPW over the past 1+ seasons, was promoted to Double-A (192 wRC+ at High-A) — this kid is really turning heads. He’s already hit 3 HR in his first three AA games.

Pitcher:
Chase Whitley, 24, RHP, AAA
6.2 IP, 11 K, 0 BB, 3 H, 0 ER
Notable: 1.71 FIP is second-best in the International League (min 20 IP)

We’ve written about Chase Whitley on three different occasions so far this season (#1, #2, #3), so there’s not much else we can expound on. However, here are the basics once again…

He’s had a quietly-successful minor league career since being drafted in 2010 (2.65 ERA in 305 IP). In 2013, he put up a solid Triple-A campaign: 67.2 IP, 8.2 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 3.06 ERA, 3.05 FIP. He was a reliever until the Yankees experimented with him as a starter in the final month of last season, and he has continued as a starter in 2014 with excellent results: 25.1 IP, 11.37 K/9, 2.49 BB/9, 2.49 ERA, 1.71 FIP, 1.80 Groundout/Airout ratio. In fact, his 1.71 FIP ranks second-best in the IL and his 11.37 K/9 ranks third.

Oddly, Whitley pitches exclusively from the stretch, as a result of him being a reliever for most of his career.

The numbers alone say Whitley deserves a shot. He could certainly be a multi-inning relief option for Girardi and also give the team a spot start when needed.

Here’s a clip of him pitching during this week’s start:

Hitter:
Robert Refsnyder, 23, RHB 2B, AA
.384/.407/.615 in 27 PA
Notable: The best 2B in the Florida State League last season

Robert Refsnyder was a player we wrote about in March for our “Minor Leaguers to Watch” article. Last year, he was one of the standout performers in the system, as he was the best-hitting second baseman in the Florida State League (High-A). The 2012 5th round draft pick hit .283/.408/.404 — good for a wRC+ of 140.

While not hitting as prolifically yet at Double-A, the 23-year old has put up solid numbers to-date: .281/.343/.438 (110 wRC+) — and he’s faced pitchers older than him in 81% of his plate appearances. He’s walking in 7.8% of his PAs, which is the lowest mark of his career, but he’s brand new to Double-A, and probably still adjusting to the higher level of competition.

Honorable Mentions:

Alex Smith, 24, RHP, A+
3.1 IP, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 ER

1.50 ERA in 18 IP

Brady Lail, 20, RHP, A
11 IP, 13 K, 1 BB, 10 H, 3 ER

2012 18th round pick

Cesar Vargas, 22, RHP, A
3 IP, 3 K, 0 BB, 1 H, 0 ER

2009 IFA out of Mexico

Dan Camarena, 21, LHP, A+
4.2 IP, 1 ER, 6 K, 6 H, 1 ER

2011 20th round pick

Eric Wooten, 24, LHP, A+
7 IP, 6 K, 0 BB, 6 H, 2 ER

2.89 ERA / 2.83 FIP in 37.1 IP for the indy league signing

Giovanny Gallegos, 22, RHP, A
4 IP, 3 K, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 ER

2011 IFA signing out of Mexico

Jairo Heredia, 24, RHP, AA
6 IP, 11 K, 2 BB, 5 H, 0 ER

Over 2 appearances, 22 K in 20 IP

Joel De La Cruz, 24, RHP, AAA
5 IP, 4 K, 1 BB, 4 H, 1 ER

Recently promoted from Trenton

Jake Cave, 21, LHB CF, A+
.400/.444/.400 in 27 PA

Hitting .306/.342/.417

Mike Ford, 21, LHB 1B, A
.348/.423/.522 in 23 PA

Hitting .330/.406/.473, won this season’s first MLPW

Tyler Wade, 19, LHB SS/2B, A
.333/.391/.524 in 23 PA

2013 4th round pick