New York Yankees Minor League Player of the Week: 5/3- 5/09

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Mar 6, 2015; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Slade Heathcott (74) catches a fly ball during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Triple-A Scranton/ Wilkes- Barre RailRiders (15-17)

The RailRiders went 4-2 this week and showed that they could win the close games. However, they need to continue to get hot to catch up on the four games they fell behind Pawtucket. They will look forward to tough match ups against Norfolk and Durham.

Player of the Week: Slade Heathcott (9 Hits, 4 RBI’s, 4 Runs)

Heathcott can hit after all! He had nine hits during this week and is currently on an 11 game hit streak. He also had four RBI’s and scored four times. The Yanks re-signed him to give him another shot. If he can stay healthy he can be a big time prospect.

Honorable Mention: Rob Refsnyder (6 hits, 3 multi-hit games)

Ref was supposed to be the opening day second baseman but he was beat out by the re-signed Stephen Drew. Girardi chose Drew over Ref because he felt Ref’s glove needed further development. However, his bat doesn’t need any work! He had three multi-hit games this week and had a total of six hits.

Pitcher of the Week: Bryan Mitchell (6 IP, 2 Strike Outs, 1 Earned Run)

Mitchell pitched a terrific game in which he went six innings and struck out two. He only gave up four hits and one earned run while leading his team to a win. He will be one of the pitchers the Yankees will eventually look to as they try to keep their rotation healthy. Mitchell will need to make the most of his opportunities.

Honorable Mention: Jacob Lindgren (4 IP, 6 Strike Outs, 1 Hit)

Lindgren was another piece of that 2013 draft like Jagielo. He was impressive in Spring Training, but unfortunately the stacked bullpen didn’t leave much room for Lindgren. You can bet that if someone gets hurt or struggles, Lindgren is first in line to be called up. He had six strike outs this week in four innings of work and gave up just one hit.

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