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Bronx Bound 2009

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Along with Travis' Prospect Watch I'll be reviving my Sunday Bronx Bound minor league updates.

For those of you who are new to PA, my goal with Bronx Bound is to track players (not necessarily prospects) who could help the Yanks this season.  I don't get caught up in daily updates because (1) I'm lazy, and (2) daily updates often lose the arch of the season.  The Yankee hype machine is one of the loudest in sports, but I try to fall in love with a prospect before he has some success at AA (and sometimes, not until AAA).  Can't miss-ers miss (see Duncan, Eric), and minor league dominance is no guarantee of major league success (see Igawa, Kei).

I only want guys who are within striking distance of AAA, if not the bigs.

Last season I followed quite the crew, from long shots to top prospects, and I'm putting together my new list.

Here's a preliminary:

Pitchers- Phil Hughes, IPK, Wilkins de la Rosa, Zach McAllister, Mark Melancon, Humberto Sanchez, David Robertson, Kevin Whelan, George Kontos, (plus Phil Coke, Alfredo Aceves and Jonny Albaladejo if they don't make the team)

Hitters- Austin Jackson, Juan Miranda, Ramiro Pena and that other young shortstop as soon as I track down his name, Reegie Corona if he doesn't stick with the Mariners.

Any other young guns you've got your eye on who I should add to the list?