* Covering May 26th – June 1st games *

Pitcher:
Jaron Long, 22, RHP, A
11.1 IP, 14 K, 1 BB, 4 H, 0 ER
Notable: Kevin Long’s son!

While Kevin Long is receiving criticism for an underperforming big league offense, there’s been no such criticism hurled in the direction of his 22-year old son Jaron, who is impressing at Low-A Charleston.

On the week, Long made two appearances: a 7 inning scoreless effort on 5/27 and a 4.1 inning relief outing (1 R, 0 ER) on 6/1. In 49.1 IP on the season, Long has a 1.64 ERA. That’s a top 3 ERA in the South Atlantic League. He also has 46 K and only 8 walks (1.47 BB/9).

Like his Charleston teammate Mike Ford (hit 4-HR in one game), Jaron was not drafted. He was signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in August 2013. The NY Post did a nice profile on him in February 2014. Here’s an excerpt:

Long’s journey to get to his father’s organization wasn’t a smooth one. He spent a year at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Arizona and then had a solid sophomore season at Ohio State before developing a wart issue on his pitching hand. It prevented him from throwing his changeup and derailed his junior season.

Thoughts of getting drafted high enough to leave school a year early vanished, but after getting the warts removed after the college season, Long had tremendous success in the Cape Cod League last summer and caught the eye — once again — of Yankees amateur scouting director Damon Oppenheimer.

Here’s an interview with him after his 5/27 start:

Hitter:
Robert Refsnyder, 23, RHB 2B, AA
.500/.533/.964 in 30 PA
Notable: 2nd MLPW of the season

Could it be? Could the Yankees finally have a homegrown full-time position player on the horizon? They very well might in second baseman Robert Refsnyder. The 2012 5th round pick is hitting .320/.367/.522 at Double-A Trenton, after filling up the stat sheet this week with 14 hits (6 doubles, 2 triples, 1 HR).

After being the best-hitting second baseman in the Florida State League last season (140 wRC+), the 23-year old is now second in the Eastern League with a 144 wRC+.

This kid is legit.

Here’s a video of his HR on 5/29:

Honorable Mentions:

Aaron Dott, 26, LHP, AA
3 IP, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 ER

20.1 IP, 1.77 ERA, 3.23 FIP, 13 K, 7 BB, 2.07 Groundout/Airout

Conner Kendrick, 21, LHP, A+
4.1 IP, 6 K, 1 BB, 5 H, 1 ER

2013 9th round pick

Jose Ramirez, 24, RHP, AAA
5 IP, 5 K, 1 BB, 4 H, 0 ER

10.2 IP, 13 K, 6 BB, 12 H

Luis Severino, 20, RHP, A
6 IP, 5 K, 0 BB, 2 H, 0 ER

50.1 IP, 9.30 K/9, 1.79 BB/9, 2.68 ERA / 2.77 FIP – exciting prospect

Nick Goody, 22, RHP, A+
3 IP, 4 K, 0 BB, 1 H, 0 ER

10.1 IP, 16 K, 3 BB

Aaron Judge, 22, RHB RF, A
.250/.322/.607 in 31 PA

Excellent debut season: .872 OPS

Ben Gamel, 22, LHB LF, AA
.353/.405/.412 in 37 PA

Good week, but only a .694 OPS overall

Gary Sanchez, 21, RHB C, AA
.346/.393/.654 in 28 PA

.258/.325/.434 for the pre-season consensus Yankees #1 prospect

Jose Pirela, 24, RHB 2B, AAA
.464/.500/.607 in 30 PA

.316/.354/.446 on season, quietly insert himself (giggity) into the big league conversation

Kyle Roller, 26, LHB 1B, AAA
.409/.500/.636 in 26 PA

Continues to mash, an option if Teixeira goes down long-term

Peter O’Brien, 23, RHB C/RF, AA
.230/.355/.577 in 31 PA

3 HR on the week, already has 10 since promoted to Double-A (94 PA)

Ramon Flores, 22, LHB OF, AAA
.280/.370/.600 in 29 PA

.261/.352/.447 for one of the youngest players in Triple-A

Taylor Dugas, 24, LHB OF, AA
.364/.417/.455 in 24 PA

.294/.407/.426 this season — hey now