Minor League Opening Day Roster Analysis: New York Yankees

Org Rank Name DOB Position Assigned Team
1 Mason Williams 8/21/1991 of Tampa Yankees (HiA)
2 Slade Heathcott 9/28/90 of Trenton Thunder (AA)
3 Gary Sanchez 12/2/1992 c Tampa Yankees (HiA)
4 Tyler Austin 9/6/1991 of Trenton Thunder (AA)
5 Jose Campos 7/27/1992 rhp Charleston (SC) RiverDogs (LoA)
6 Brett Marshall 3/22/1990 rhp Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (AAA)
7 Angelo Gumbs 10/13/1992 2b Tampa Yankees (HiA)
8 Manny Banuelos 3/13/1991 lhp Trenton Thunder (AA)
9 *Ty Hensley 7/30/1993 rhp Disabled List
10 Rafael De Paula 3/24/1991 rhp Charleston (SC) RiverDogs (LoA)


YankeesHE'S WHERE?: A pair of 5-foot-11 righthanders from the 2012 draft have hopped on the fast track. Former LSU closer Nick Goody and opens his first full pro season at high Class A Tampa. Righty Corey Black, another 2012 draftee, joins him in Tampa. The Yankees have their top picks from the 2010 and 2011 drafts, shortstop Cito Culver and third baseman Dante Bichette Jr., repeating a level at low Class A Charleston, where 2012 College World Series Most Outstanding Player Robert Refsnyder is penciled in at second base.

WHO'S MISSING: Top 2012 draftees Ty Hensley and Austin Aune didn’t make a full-season roster. Hensley needs hip surgery to repair an impingement in his right side and is expected to miss two to three months, according to BA correspondent George King of the New York Post. Aune is healthy and expected to move from shortstop to outfield, more easily done in extended spring training anyway.

GO SEE: Plenty of tools should be on display with Tampa aside from Black and Goody, who head a pitching staff that also includes righty Bryan Mitchell, whose raw stuff rivals any Yankees prospect. Nos. 1 and 3 prospects Mason Williams and Gary Sanchez headline a line that also includes second baseman Angelo Gumbs.