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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/29/17

Chapman feels no pain; Clarkin is a mystery; Freicer Perez adds new pitch; Ruth contract should break records

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New York Post | Zach Braziller: Aroldis Chapman is progressing well. He played catch for the second straight day yesterday and felt no pain or discomfort. He’s going to catch again today before taking Tuesday off and resuming his throwing program. The Yankees aren’t putting a timetable on his return, but say though he’s progressing well he still has a “ways to go.” No word yet on whether his tummy will need to go on a rehab assignment as well.

New York Post | Mark W. Sanchez: The 2013 draft was where the Yankees got their large adult son, Aaron Judge, along with others like Tyler Wade and Dustin Fowler. The Yankees had three first-round picks (two compensatory picks) that year. Eric Jagielo (traded to Reds for Chapman) was one, Judge was another, and Ian Clarkin was the third. Clarkin recently just came off the disabled list and started for High-A Tampa. Despite his injury history, the organization still views Clarkin favorably and are committed to developing him. | Andrew Battifarano: It’s not really news that the Yankees have one of the deepest and best farm systems in baseball. Per MLB Pipeline, the Yankees’ no. 26 prospect is Freicer Perez. Perez is a right-handed pitching prospect in Low-A Charleston who is finally getting going after adding a slider to his arsenal. Perez had a rough April in which he had a 5.79 ERA and didn’t pitcher deeper than 4.2 innings. But in his last two starts he’s pitched into sixth inning and lowered his ERA more than a full run to 4.28.

CNBC | Stephen Desaulniers: In the middle of last week, it was reported that the original contact that brought Babe Ruth to the Yankees from the Red Sox was going to be auctioned by Lelands Auctions. Josh Evans, founder of Lelands, says that his company has big aspirations for what the document will fetch. Ruth’s 1920 jersey sold for $4.5 million, which is a record, but Evans thinks the contract will break that.