Sunday, October 21, 2012

Checking In On The Yankees' AZFL Contingent

The Major League guys are done for 2012, but there's still plenty of fall and winter league play worth covering for the MiL boys.  The Arizona Fall League has been underway for a few weeks now, and with the Yankees sending the full 7-man compliment of prospects there, including 5 of the AB4AR Top 30, that definitely warrants catching up on now that there isn't 100% focus on the postseason.  After the jump, check out how this group has been doing so far.

- David Adams: .308/.400/.423, 3 XBH, 3 R, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 2 K in 30 PA
- Slade Heathcott: .240/.367/.240, 0 XBH, 2 R, 3 RBI, 5 BB, 7 K in 30 PA
- Austin Romine: .222/.300/.278, 1 XBH, 5 R, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K in 20 PA

Adams has been worked at both second and third base, and it's good to see that he hasn't stopped hitting.  If he can continue to hit through the fall, he's going to be an interesting longshot candidate at earning a roster spot in Spring Training 2013.  Heathcott hasn't produced too much yet with the stick, but his walks are a good sign and he's showing great physical tools.  Romine hasn't done much at all with the stick, but he's healthy and he's playing and that's the most important thing for him and the Yankees in this league.

- Dellin Betances: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, in 3 App.
- Mark Montgomery: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 0 HR in 4 App.
- Zach Nuding: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 2 HR in 2 App.
- Dan Burawa: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR in 3 App.

Betances' full-time transition to the bullpen has begun as a last ditch effort to produce some Major League value out of him, and he's been OK so far.  Failure to repeat mechanics and command are still an issue, but his stuff has looked pretty good.  Mark Montgomery continues to cement his status as the organizations' best relief prospect; Nuding and Burawa are having a hard time adjusting to the hitters' league, but have at least flashed above-average stuff.

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