Prospect transactions: June 29-July 5

Yankees' prospects Sanchez, Williams, Austin to Tampa

By Andrew Pentis / Special to | July 6, 2012 6:13 AM ET

Readers: Welcome to a new recurring item, "Transaction Tracker," which will update you weekly on the most notable moves involving prospects in the Minor Leagues. All comings and goings of's Top 20 prospects per organization are included and are ordered from newest to oldest. Questions? Suggestions for improvement? Fill up the comment section below.

Player Org Move
Jake Marisnick TOR Promoted from Class A Adv. Dunedin to Double-A New Hampshire
Notes: Late word Thursday had's No. 49 prospect moving up to the Eastern League after three months in the Florida State League. Marisnick struggled in the pitcher-friendly FSL but got his OBP up to .349 with seven hits and five walks in his last five games. Marisnick burst on to the prospect scene with a fantastic 2011 in Class A Lansing where he batted .320 with a .397 OBP and 37 stolen bases as a center fielder. He had two hits and an RBI in his debut with New Hampshire.
Gary Sanchez NYY Promoted from Class A Charleston to Class A Adv. Tampa
Notes:'s No. 44 prospect -- along with No. 62 prospect Mason Williams and 14th-ranked Yankees prospect Tyler Austin -- make the move up. Still just 19, Sanchez posted an .870 OPS in 68 games for the RiverDogs, while 20-year-olds Williams and (.848 in 69) and Austin (1.002 in 70) were as impressive. Though all three have room to grow defensively, the more significant test in going from the South Atlantic to the Florida State League will come in the batter's box. The pitches they face will, on average, be older and more consistent in the strike zone. Will Sanchez -- and Williams and Austin -- rise to the level of more formidable competition?
JR Murphy NYY Promoted from Class A Adv. Tampa to Double-A Trenton
Matt Dominguez MIA Traded to the Astros for Carlos Lee
Notes:'s No. 74 prospect was shipped alongside Marlins' former No. 11 Rob Rasumussen, who was pulled from his would-have-been Double-A debut at Jacksonville on 7/4.
Matt Adams STL Placed on Triple-A Memphis D.L. (elbow)
Henry Owens BOS Activated off of Class A Greenville D.L.
Jose Alvarez MIA Placed on Double-A Jacksonville D.L. (groin strain)
Bobby Borchering ARI Promoted from Class A Adv. Visalia to Double-A Mobile
Liam Hendriks MIN Optioned to Triple-A Rochester
James Paxton NYM Activated off of Double-A Jackson D.L. (knee contusion)
Notes:'s No. 55 prospect pitched four scoreless frames in his Generals return on 7/3.
Tyler Thornburg MIL Activated off of Triple-A Nashville D.L.
Notes: Brewers' No. 4 prospect won his Triple-A debut on 7/4 following his one-outing audition in Milwaukee on 6/19.
Cesar Puello NYM Activated off of Class A Adv. St. Lucie D.L. (hand)
Jimmy Nelson MIL Placed on Double-A Huntsville D.L. (shoulder fatigue)
Chris Carpenter BOS Assigned to Gulf Coast League (rehab assignment)
Joe Ross SD Assigned to Class A Short-Season Eugene
Drew Pomeranz COL Recalled to the Rockies from Colorado Springs
Notes:'s No. 19 prospect compiled a 2.51 ERA in nine Triple-A outings.
Gabriel Lino BAL Traded to the Phillies for Jim Thome
Notes: O's former No. 11 prospect was packaged with No. 20 prospect Kyle Simon; Lino heads to Class A Lakewood, while Simon was assigned to Class A Adv. Clearwater.
Tyler Skaggs ARI Promoted from Double-A Mobile to Triple-A Reno
Notes:'s No. 16 prospect won his Pacific Coast League debut on 7/1.
Neftali Soto CIN Activated off of Triple-A Louisville D.L. (back)
Yasmani Grandal SD Recalled from Triple-A Tucson
Notes:'s No. 58 prospect homered twice in his first big league start on 6/30.
Chris Carter OAK Recalled to Athletics from Triple-A Sacramento
Simon Castro CWS Placed on Triple-A Charlotte's D.L.
Nick Tropeano HOU Promoted from Class A Lexington to Class A Adv. Lancaster
Notes: Astros' No. 17 prospect (6-4, 2.78) fanned 97 in 87 1/3 Sally frames; struck out nine over eight strong innings in JetHawks debut on 7/1.
Tony Zych CHC Promoted from Class A Adv. Daytona to Double-A Tennessee
Angelo Gumbs NYY Placed on Class A Charleston D.L. (elbow)
Chris Archer TB Optioned to Triple-A Durham
Notes:'s No. 63 prospect (0-2, 3.09 ERA) made first two MLB starts; struck out seven over five strong innings in his Bulls return on 7/2.
Darrell Ceciliani NYM Placed on Class A Adv. St. Lucie D.L. (hamstring)
Nick Delmonico BAL Placed on Class A Delmarva D.L. (knee)
Rymer Liriano SD Promoted from Class A Adv. to Double-A San Antonio
Notes:'s No. 50 prospect posted an .803 OPS at Lake Elsinore.
Keenyn Walker CWS Activated off of Class A Kannapolis D.L.
Chris Withrow LA Activated off of Double-A Chattanooga D.L. (pectoral)
Adam Warren NYY Optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

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