Well it was mostly a fun Yankees minor league season to track, but it has now come to close. Since the minor leaguers are generally more intriguing than the major league squad, Tanya and Jason returned to the podcast to discuss about our favorite prospects and other stories from the minors this year. Since there's so much to talk about, it's our longest show yet. Also Rookie. We probably should have made this a Rookie-only podcast. Oh well. Enjoy.
[0:00] Intro music: "The Kids Are Alright" - The Who
[0:40] 2014: Better than 2013 for Yankees minor leaguers. Huzzah?
[1:23] The Cult of Mason Williams
[3:24] In praise of Rookie the amazing puppy (not Rookie Davis)
[5:33] Greg Birrrrrrrrd
[7:05] Gary Sanchez is a confusing dude
[10:28] We are Luis Severino fans #HotTakes
[12:30] Jacob Lindgren and his wonderful strikeouts
[16:40] Slade Heathcott: broken now and forever
[18:24] Cito Culver makes us sad
[20:25] Abiatal Avelino and Miguel Andujar have some work to do
[21:47] Staten Island Yankees review: Luis Torrens, Connor Spencer, Ty McFarland, and Ty Hensley, alive!
[24:50] On the difficulties of impressing in short-season and Rookie Ball (like Jorge Mateo) given the limited seasons
[27:54] Charleston RiverDogs review: Michael O'Neill, Dustin Fowler, Mike Ford, Eduardo "the baby" de Oleo, Gosuke Katoh, the surprising Mark Payton, Ian Clarkin, and more
[40:00] Aaron Judge: Top position player in the system
[45:36] Tampa Yankees review: Jake Cave, Not-Nunez (Miguel Sulbaran), and Eric Jagielo's odd season
[50:41] The mysterious awesomeness of Jaron Long
[53:18] Happy trails, Peter O'Brien & Rafael de Paula
[55:35] Trenton Thunder review: Zach Nuding (a good glass of water!), Mark Montgomery's topsy-turvy season/Rule 5 eligibility, and Tyler Austin's kinda-comeback year?
[1:00:58] Manny Banuelos's return from Tommy John
[1:03:16] Rob Refsnyder's dazzling season and our grumbling about Brian Roberts
[1:10:07] Scranton RailRiders review: Taylor Dugas, Ben Gamel, Ramon Flores, John Ryan Murphy's kinda disappointing season, the Quad-A guys: Zoilo Almonte, Kyle Roller, and Jose Pirela
[1:15:43] Tyler Webb should have been called up :-(
[1:18:20] Jose Ramirez: Also might not be alive. At least Bryan Mitchell bounced back.
[1:19:30] We are not that intrigued by Pat Venditte. Sorry, guys.
[1:20:44] Tweetbag: Possible minor leaguers on the Opening Day 2015 roster, possible Rule 5 Draft losses, 6 penguins vs. seal, biggest surprises, Severino's MLB debut (ambitious), and the minor leaguer with the biggest jump next year
[1:31:16] Yankee/Mitre of the System!
Podcast link (Length: 1:34:10)