With Spring Training wrapping up and the big league club headed to Houston to start the season, the team's minor leaguers are off to their assignments either in Scranton, Trenton, Charleston or Tampa, (some of whom will play for the A+ affiliate and others staying in extended Spring Training). You can't really find official announcements on these assignments but Twitter is an excellent source. There are several people in the know such as Dan Pfeiffer, (@danpfeiffer74), a Trenton Thunder beat writer for Examiner.com. Plus a lot of the players tweet where they're going on their feeds.
Here is the assignments for our pre-season Top 25 list:
For those in Extended Spring, I expect Austin and Heathcott to go to AA when ready, Bird and Campos to go to A+, Encinas to go to A-, and Clarkin and Hensley to go to Short Season in Staten Island.
It looks to me that they're being pretty aggressive with some of the younger players, notably Katoh, Torrens, and Andujar. I love to see it, as it's a strong endorsement from the organization for those players. It also gives me confidence that we could see a wave of prospects ready to hit the big league roster in 2016-2017. In my opinion, the Yankees farm system has been backsliding for 2 seasons but I'm very confident that they'll be back on an upswing this year. They drafted really well last year and there are a handful of guys in the upper-end of the minors that are good bounce back candidates.
Before I conclude, I want to give a quick shout out to fellow Yankee blogger: Draft 2 Dynasty. He helped me out with some of the harder guys to find info on for this list. For those on twitter, he's a must follow for Yankee fans and baseball card collectors, (@draft2dynasty). I love his blog, which you can find at draft2dynasty.blogspot.com.