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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/27/16

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Frazier in top 10 of OF prospects; Curfew rules for DR players; Bleier ready to start if needed; Minor League teams’ ST schedules

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MLB Pipeline | Jonathan Mayo: In case you haven’t heard, it’s prospect season. Time to rank the best of the best of possibly good baseball players! Continuing MLB Pipeline’s ranking of top 10 players by position, yesterday the list of top 10 outfield prospects was released. Clint Frazier, aka Red Thunder aka Popeye the Frazier Man, officially came in at #9 on the list. He’s got as much bat speed as any prospect in the game and is ready to show the Yankees and Yankee fans what he can do after somewhat disappointing when he first came over last year.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Last week tragedy struck as Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte were both killed in separate car crashes in their native Dominican Republic. Sadly, this is far from the first time something like this has happened in the DR. The Yankees try to do their best to keep their players safe by asking them to head back to the complex by 6pm or the next morning so they can avoid driving at night and hopefully avoid any dangerous situations.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: There’s been a lot of talk this winter about the Yankees lack of starting pitching. The team went the whole winter without signing any pitcher who could potentially start, instead depending on what they already have. While they have many candidates to start, none of them really stand out in particular. Now add one more candidate to the list. Richard Bleier has been told “to stay ready for anything.” So there’s a chance the Yankees could give him a shot at the rotation even though he pitched exclusively out of the bullpen in the majors. But he was in the Triple-A rotation prior to that.

The Times-Tribune | Shane Hennigan: Believe it or not, minor league teams play spring training games too. It’s not all about the flash and pizzazz major league teams. Fortunately now we can at least see when the minor league teams will play spring training games. Minor league spring training starts March 17th, about two weeks after the first wave of minor leaguers get cut from MLB spring training. All games are scheduled to start at 1pm.