Changes Coming To The New York Yankees Player Development System

by Gavin Ewbank | Posted on Sunday, October 20th, 2013
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The New York Yankees appear to be “on the verge” of making some changes in their scouting and player development departments, says Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. The team has been busy reviewing the farm system over the past few weeks, and it seems like the changes are finally coming.

[quote]“I understand why people are bringing that up, and it’s something we’re going to be looking at,” said General manager Brian Cashman last month during his State of the Yankees address. “I have no problem dealing with reality … We’re not going to the playoffs, we’re not good enough to be there. We don’t belong there. The key is to find a way to get back. That’s not foreign to us. Sometimes things don’t go the way you planned, but you have to keep getting back up.”[/quote]

As of now, there’s no word about who’s at risk of losing their job, but but VP of Baseball Operations Mark Newman and amateur scouting director Damon Oppenheimer are being reported by as the most likely to get the axe. Pat Roessler, the team’s director of player development since 2005, could also be on notice.

The long list of injures that the Yankees suffered in 2013 really shed light on the lack of depth in the farm system, as they never really had any good players to replace the guys going on the DL every other week.

Now with payroll going down, and more changes possibly coming to the roster this offseason, the Yankees are hoping that they’ll be able to get some sort of help from the farm system, although there doesn’t seem to be any reliable long-term options. As Louisville Men’s Basketball coach Rick Pitino once said, [quote]”Jeter, Bernie, Mo and Jorge are not walking through that door.”[/quote]

Personally, though, I thought that the Yankees managed to snag a couple of decent pieces in the draft this year, with Eric Jagielo and Aaron Judge, although both players are still a few years away from being big league ready.

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Living in always-too-hot Florida, Gavin an MLB Columnist for BHC. Apart from that, he occasionally covers high school sports for the Palm Coast Observer. You can follow Gavin on Twitter @GavinEwbank.

  • bob

    We probably have not been remotely successful in the draft for 10 years or better. In any good business this would have not been tolerated many moons ago. This level of non achievement is unacceptable. The people in charge didn’t get off their butts because they were winning. Now the chickens have come home to roost. Clean house ! we need new blood, not a good old boys rest home.

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