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Yankees promote or re-assign 10 prospects

07/03/2012 11:02 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Nearly a dozen Baby Bombers were on the move Monday, as the Yankees organization reshuffled a handful of top prospects.

On the move upward are outfielders Tyler Austin and Mason Williams and catcher Gary Sanchez, who were promoted from Class-A Charleston to Advanced Class-A Tampa. All three men were South Atlantic League All-Stars this season, and Williams and Sanchez are ranked by Baseball America as two of the Top 5 prospects in the Yankees system.

While in Charleston, Williams hit .304 with eight home runs, 28 RBI, 19 doubles, 19 stolen bases and 55 runs scored, and Sanchez was at .296 with 13 homers, 56 RBI (which was tied for fifth in the league), 19 doubles and 11 steals. Austin, meanwhile, hit .320 with 14 home runs and 54 RBI, good for eighth, second, and seventh in the SAL, respectively.

As they arrive, two of Tampa’s top players (and 2012 Florida State League All-Stars) in outfielder Rob Segedin and catcher JR Murphy are headed to Double-A Trenton. Segedin hit .291 with seven home runs, 41 RBI, and 21 doubles for Luis Sojo in Tampa, while Murphy posted a line of .257-5-28.

They’ll be joined in Trenton by outfielder Neil Medchill, who played three games at the Double-A level earlier this year but has spent most of the season in Tampa, hitting .248 with 6 homers and 32 RBI.

With those six players on the move up, a handful of prospects are headed down the ladder a step as well.

Utility man Jose Toussen (.217 between Tampa and Trenton) and outfielder Eduardo Sosa (.237-1-17) were re-assigned from Tampa to Charleston, as was catcher/DH Tyson Blaser, who was hitting .364 but saw limited playing time behind Murphy, a situation that would likely continue behind Sanchez.

Catcher Kyle Higashioka, who began the season in Tampa but was promoted to Trenton in mid-June, was also re-assigned back to Florida to team with Sanchez behind the plate.

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