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New York Yankees top pitching prospect has a serious injury; Carlos Beltran listed as day-to-day; Gary Sanchez, Jorge Mateo earn a huge honor.

  • James Kaprielian, the New York Yankees top pitching prospect, was diagnosed with a flexor tendon strain to his right elbow Tuesday afternoon courtesy of team doctor Christopher Ahmad. The 22-year old was selected as New York’s first-round draft pick in last year’s draft. The righty pitching in three games for the Tampa Yankees (1.50 ERA) but went on the disabled list on April 25 after experiencing elbow inflammation and has not thrown a pitch since. Since being drafted, Kaprielian has pitched in seven games (six starts) and while this news isn’t the worst news in the world, the hope is that Kaprielian will bypass anything major serious. Nevertheless, his season is likely over and we won’t see one of the most engaging arms in the farm system in action until 2017.


  • One of the most consistent Yankee hitters this season, Carlos Beltran, scared his organization in last night’s 7-1 loss to the Texas Rangers after grabbing his right hamstring attempting to round first. The 39-year old was diagnosed with hamstring tightness and listed as day-to-day. The Yankees can now take a tremendous exhale as the MRI exam came back clean for the only reason they have been flirting with .500 with his .297/.336/.570 slash line (.906 OPS). The Puerto Rican was on pace for 42 home runs and 117 RBI but even though those numbers will take a hit, it’s good to see that the Bombers will get their best hitter back within the next few days.
  • Prior to last night’s ballgame, top prospects Gary Sanchez and Jorge Mateo were invited to participate in this year’s Futures Game during the All-Star break. Don’t know what that is? Simply put: two of the many dazzling young notable youngsters in the Yankees’ farm system will be representing their franchise when baseball decides to showcase the young talents throughout the game on the big stage in San Diego. The 23-year old Sanchez owns a .277/.321/.492 slash line including eight homers and 31 RBIs which was influenced by a red-hot month of May in which he hit .358 with four home runs in 16 games. Mateo, ranked the 26 best prospect in baseball, is slashing .270/.330/.409 with 26 stolen bases in 69 games with Class A Tampa.

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