Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I`m happy with most of the coaching staff. However, Bobby Meacham has to go. How many times were Yankees gunned down at the plate this year? I think they need to fire him. Here`s my absurd speculative solution:
1) Fire Bobby Meacham
2) Move Tony Pena to third base, he`s been around these players for a while now and should know when they can make it home and not.
3) Move Rob Thomson to first base. If he chooses to quit then replace him with Luis Sojo.
4) Hire Willie Randolph as the bench coach.
Three years is a good amount. It gives him enough time to see his plan play out and whether or not Hughes, Joba, and others can be top prospects.
I`m happy with this, especially since only the Yankees know for sure which moves were actually his. He`s done a good job rebuilding the farm. However, he has a challenge in front of him.
Monday, September 29, 2008
At age 39 he managed to win 20 games and was the Yankees ace and MVP. If he comes back it will go a long way towards solidifying the rotation. However, if he leaves it mean the Yankees will have to fill two rotation spots. I`m not expecting him to pitch like he did this past year if he comes back. However, its not inconceivable that he could be a solid, steady, Jamie Moyer like guy. Today, guys like that have a ton of value.
They collpased for the second year in a row and extended their GM Omar Minaya. So, things could be worse.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
The Yankees top hitters are getting older and hitting their declines. How many years do Posada, Giambi, Jeter, Abreu, Damon, and Matsui really have left of being top hitters? Even A-Rod will probably begin to show signs of decline in the next few years. Only Nady and Cano are still relatively young and Nady isn't really a star player. The Yankees only really great positional prospects are Austin Jackson and Jesus Montero. The Yankees need to get guys that can anchor their offense for years to come.
They need to trade for a guy like Nate McLouth for centerfield rather than leave Damon there or trusting Brett Gardner and Melky Cabrera. Mark Texiera could be one of these guys. However, the longest I would give him is six years (until age 34) and he`ll likely want more. Their needs to be some concern about the offense and I wouldn't be against trading some of our pitching prospects for a centerfielder o first baseman.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
- Bobby Abreu- Type A- 16 million- Abreu has been great since being traded to the Yankees. However, I think its time for him to go. He doesn't hit well enough to merit letting Giambi go and moving Damon/Matsui to first base and unless they do that their's no room for him. They should offer him arbitration and take their draft picks. If he surprises everyone and accepts its a dissapointment but not a disaster. Abreu for one year really isn't that bad.
- Jason Giambi- Type B- 22 million (5 million buyout, option for 22 million)- Giambi`s a tough decision for me. He`s been one of the Yankees best hitters this year. They also may get a big discount on him. He really seems to love New York. I would prefer Mark Texiera but only if they can get him on a 6 year deal or shorter which seems unlikely. I would also like to see Manny Ramirez signed and Matsui or Damon moved to first base. However, Manny's contract demands are also a concern. I think Giambi on a short deal is a better option than Adam Dunn and ultimately I think he will be back on a two year deal for about 11 million a year. I would not offer Giambi arbitration or resign him before making runs at Texiera and Manny.
- Andy Pettitte- Type A- 16 million- Its looking more and more like Pettitte will return which is a good thing. For him its either the Yankees or retirement. He wants to come back and he`ll probably get a one year deal but not for as much as he earns now. They need him to fill out the rotation. He`s not a fantastic option at this point but he`s a solid innings eater who got a little unlucky this year. Again, I think he`ll be back and I`d like to see him return.
- Mike Mussina- Type A- 11 million- We`re hearing conflicting reports about whether he wants to return or not. He`s had a great year and he`s reinvented himself so he can keep pitching well past where we expected him to retire. If he returns he should get a raise and either a one or two year deal. For him its the Yankees or retirement. Its critical to get both Pettitte and Mussina back.
- Damaso Marte- Type A- 7 million (option)- He was a dissapoinment. When he came over in the Nady trade he was expected to be an anchor at the back of the bullpen and a lefty specialist. Phil Coke has basically stolen his job but Marte is still important. The Yankees should (and probably will) decline Marte's option and offer him arbitration to get draft picks for him. He`ll decline arbitration becuase he can get a multi-year deal elsewhere. If he accepts its hardly the end of the world.
- Carl Pavano- Unranked- 11 million (option)- We all know about this guy. I had previously considered bringing him back on an incentive based contract but after his last start I`ve really given up on him.
- Ivan Rodriguez- Type B- 10 million- Another big dissapointment. He was projected to be a Type A when he came over but he`s played so poorly he`s a Type B now. The question si whether or not to offer him arbitration. Will he want a multi-year deal and a starting job badly enough that he declines arbitration? At this stage in his career I think so and it might be worth gambling on offering it to him. If he accepts then the Yankees have enough money to pay his 10 million and he`s a very good backup.
This plan brings back (probably) Pettitte, (hopefully) Mussina, and (maybe) Giambi. It adds two first round draft picks and three sandwhich round draft picks. It also clears up around 50 million dollars off the payroll. Thoughts?
In Heyman's latest article he says the Yankees may make a big move to try and get Nate McClouth. Most stats have him as a poor fielder but he hits well in a pitchers park. He can hold centerfield down for a year until Austin Jackson is (HOPEFULLY) ready. Then he can move to a corner spot (Matsui, Damon, and Nady are all free agents after 2009). It`d depend on what they gave up and I think David DeJesus may work better but McClouth would be better than Gardner or Melky.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
The game also went just as planned. Pettitte wasn't at his best but he battled for five innings and handed the ball to a bullpen. It ended with Rivera, as expected. After the game he said he was more excited for this game than any World Series or All Star game he pitched.
After the game the players looked about as happy and excited as I`d ever seen them as they took a lap around the stadium. Jeter's brief speech was also a nice touch as he padded our (the fans) egos a bit.
I`m sad to see the old stadium go and if I had the choice it wouldn't be coming down. However, one day, I may be able to go to a game with my son or daughter, walk over to the public field that Yankee Stadium turns into, and have a catch in the same place Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter once played. I think I`ve made my peace with the new field.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Check out this article. Its really great and well written. It just sums up everything.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I have no interest in a long term commitment to Texiera. He won't be getting his ten year deal but I could see some team giving him seven or eight years which is still ridiculous.
Adam Dunn is to much of a defensive liability at first base or even in left-field. Besides, he`s not as good a hitter as this next guy and will probably require more years.
This next guy is the best hitter available, he`s been consistent for years, he has experience in the AL East, and probably won't need more than 3 years. I`m talking about Manny Ramirez of course. 207 was the first year he`s had an EQA below .300 since 1994 when he was 22 and played in 91 games. He had an EQA of .292 that year and .297 in 2007. Damon can play left, Matsui can move to first, and Manny can be the full-time DH.
This solves our offensive problems perfectly and can Matsui really be much worse at first base than Giambi? Both he and Damon has volunteered for it. Please post any thoughts in the comments section.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
If we have to settle for Burnett though or fail to get even him we may need to work out a trade. As I`ve stated before, Damon is a candidate to be traded. With a few prospects (short of Jackson or Hughes) he might be able to bring in a good starter.
I`m worried about the rotation though. With Joba starting the year in the bullpen I don't know how they`re going to pull this off. A lot will become clearer early on when Pettitte/Mussina make their decisions.
Monday, September 15, 2008
2008 American League Ranks
What is the solution to this problem? Obviously, baseball is extremely popular in Japan and Japanese baseball is far more than just AAA level. Its not really right for ML teams to essentially turn it into another minor league level. Besides, Japan can retaliate by signing an American amateur or refusing to post their best players. On the other hand, Japanese teams just can't afford to hand out deals like the Yankees or Red Sox can. If Japan and MLB go to war MLB will win.
I don't see how this is going to end well for Japanese baseball. The best competition and the most money is in North American baseball. Can you blame the players?
Sunday, September 14, 2008
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Saturday, September 13, 2008
Pettitte doesnt stack up that well but considering he`ll come on a one year deal he`s not a bad option. However, Mussina is actually ahead of Burnett. Considering Burnett is having a career year that`s pretty good. Derek Lowe being so high is surprising.
Pettitte`s ERA has taken a jump this year and lately he has struggled greatly. However, his periphereals are still very good. His GB% and his K/BB are both solid. The real problem for Pettitte has been a high BABIP. His FIP is very good at 3.66 as well. For a one year deal I would love to have Pettitte back. The biggest concern with him is retirement.
Mussina has been incredible all year. He`s always been a control pitcher but he`s had the lowest BB/9 of his career this year. That`s been the biggest difference for him. However, his K/9 and GB% both rose as well. He`s managed to overcome a .322 BABIP and a FB which continues to get slower. Looking back at his 2007 nmbers he seemed to have been getting more than a little unlucky as well. His BABIP was an incredibly high .340. The question with him is whether or not he`ll come back on a one year deal. I may actually be willing to go for two years on him.
Lets assume they sign a big free agent starter and bring back one of these guys. Look at this rotation:
2) FA starter
5) Hughes (?)
This isn't bad but Joba will be starting 2009 in the bullpen. Who is the 5th starter then for the first few months? Aceves? Kennedy? Igawa? Not to mention we don't have much depth in the scenario. I just don't feel comfortable at all in this scenario. If they can sign two top FA starters then I`m fine with it but what are the chances of that happening?
I`m very happy with this call-up. I`m personally excited to see him pitch.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
- Hank the Tank Steinbrenner will be forming an advisory committee to review the entire organization this offseason. Brian Cashman would be leading it, but it seems like this is taking away some of his power. Although I would like to see Ca$h return, it would not be devastating to lose him, as the Yankees have able replacements in Gene Michael and Damon Oppenheimer.
- The Padres have claimed Scott Patterson off waivers and have sent him directly to the majors. This is news to me, as I was unaware that Patterson was put on waivers. I don't understand, as I think Scott deserved a chance in the majors. Here's hoping he has a successful career in San Diego.
It probably doesn't mean much but its been an argument by many fans that he will be going to the west coast.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The Yankees are in 12th place in all of baseball now. I doubt they`ll be able to drop far enough to get a protected first round pick but their's always hope.
Congratulations to the Angels on clinching the division. Good luck to them in the playoffs. Especially if they play Boston in the first round.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I don't like the idea unless Posada absolutely can't catch and they're desperate. Laird is 28 which means he should be in his peak years and he`s just not really that good. Last year he hit like Jose Molina and he can't field nearly as well.
On the other hand, I would be much more interested in Taylor Teagarden or Jarrod Saltalamachia. Either one could be the catcher of the future. This would allow them to let Giambi go and move Posada to first base. I would give up top talent for those two. The Yankees have a ton of young pitching and not many young position players with Cano and Melky's terrible years and Jose Tabata's trade.
"I say this for the first time, without reservation, if I'm going to bust my butt and if I feel like I'm good enough and it doesn't work out here, I will be pitching somewhere else...My dream scenario would be to pitch in the playoffs again, and that's coming from a guy who's been in 13 of them. To me, that's what I'm about. So if the door gets closed here, it'll have to be explored somewhere else."
I have very little doubt this is just a ploy to get more money out of the Braves. However, its a very interesting thought to consider.
Smoltz has unbelievable numbers, even recently. His FIP's for the past three years (counting a very short 2008) are 3.44, 3.21, and 2.31. His K/BB's are outstanding at 3.84, 4.19, and 4.50. They`re not a result of just low walk totals either. He still strikes guys out. His stuff is still pretty good as well with a fastball in the low 90's.
Yes he is on the wrong side of 40 (not a typo), yes he is coming off of surgery, yes he is coming from the NL, and feel free to make as many Kevin Brown/Randy Johnson comparisons as you want. However, its something worth looking into. He`s been nothing but dominant for the past few years. If negotiations are not working out to well with the Braves could the Yankees swoop in and make him an offer?
Their are other repercussions to this as well. If Smoltz went to a team seeking pitching that may take a team out of the Sabathia sweepstakes. I do still want to emphasize I would still be shocked if he left Braves and pretty much everything I`ve wrote in this post is a complete and utter fantasy.
- Damaso Marte is a Type A free agent. They may be able to get picks for him. He`s only getting 2 million dollars this year and I think he`ll be able to get a multi-year deal elsewhere. They should buyout his option and offer arbitration. I was in favor of bringing him back before but now that he`s a Type A I prefer the draft picks.
- Kyle Farnsworth failed to get Type B status. I`m surprised by this. In any case it makes that disastrous trade for both sides look a little better for the Yankees.
- Darren Oliver somehow managed to get Type A status. How did that happen?
Signing Sabathia and getting Wang back could turn the pitching rotation from bad to being very good and able to match up with the Red Sox or Rays. I do believe he will go to an NL team (probably the Dodgers) but the Yankees still need him.
Monday, September 8, 2008
I don't usually like mlb.com but I had to post this story. I just find this totally awesome.
For those who don't know, the Melvins were one of the first underground bands to start playing "grunge" music. They came from Aberdeen, Washington, the same town as Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana. Cobain actually tried out for the band as a guitarist but failed terribly. They ended up being a huge influence on bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and all those other northwestern bands that got big in the early '90's.
I`m not the only person on the planet both obsessed with underground music and baseball!
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I. Rodriguez C
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Phil Hughes faced off against Boston's AAA team and Bartolo Colon. It went into extra innings tied at 0-0. Eventually the Yankees won with a walk off HR by Shelley Duncan (remember him?). The most impressive part though was Phil Hughes.
He pitched eight shutout innings, gave up four hits, no walks, and struck out 12. Can you really get much better than that? I`m certainy not ready to give up on Hughes yet. He may indeed be a bust but its to soon to say.
The Scranton Yankees will face of in their equivalent of the World Series next against Tampa's team.
The game started out well for the Yankees with homers by Nady and Jeter but they really couldn't score anything after that. Its going to be very hard for Moose to get his 20th win which he really deserves.
Congratulations to Jeter on tying Babe Ruth for second most hits as a Yankee.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
- Resign Abreu to a multi-year deal and move Nady or Damon to first base. Giambi leaves.
- Sign Mark Texiera to a long term deal. Both Giambi and Abreu leave.
- Resign Giambi to a short one or two year deal for a discount. Abreu leaves.
Keep in mind this is all assuming we don't magically pull off a trade. I didn't list this because of its unlikeliness and also because its impossible to predict what we would give up.
I`m leaning towards the third one.
I don't want Abreu back. First of all, he`s a big defensive liability and he would force somebody to play out of position at first base. Believe it or not Giambi would probably be a better fielder at first then Nady or Damon. More importantly though I think Giambi is a better hitter than Abreu. EQA (which takes into account pretty much every offensive stat) has Giambi ahead over the past three years. Giambi beats Abreu in 2008 and 2006. As an added bonus Abreu will be a type A free agent while Giambi will only be a type B.
Although Texiera would fill the first base spot perfectly I would stay away from him. He`s looking for a ten year deal. In my opinion their are very few guys in baseball who are worth that. They need to focus as much money as possible on Sabathia. It would be great to have him but at what cost?
At the start of this year I was looking forward to Giambi being gone. However, he`s been one of the few guys on this team that actually hit. They can get him on a one or two year deal and he wants to be back so they may get him on a discount.
I`d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks :)
Austin Romine, C, 19, Low A Charleston
Austin Romine was a second-round pick in the 2007 draft. In his first year of full-season pro baseball, he was solid, with a .778 OPS in a pitchers park, in a pitchers league. He was a highly-regarded prospect coming out of high school, and the main reason he got so little publicity this year is that he spent this season in Jesus Montero's rather large shadow. The two split catching and DH duties. He has a good contact rate, and a decent walk rate, which should improve. Considering his 35 extra base hits in a pitchers park, his .437 slugging percentage should improve. Next Romine should be in a more hitter friendly league, and has a good chance at putting up an OPS over .800. Romine does not have the ceiling of Jesus Montero, but could become the Yankees' catcher of the future if Montero is moved to first base.
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I. Rodriguez C
The Yankees are tied with St. Louis for the 10th best record in baseball at the moment. Both have winning percentages of .532. At the end of the year all free agents are assigned rankings based on their performance the past two years. "Type A" free agents are the top tier free agents. C.C. Sabathia, Ben Sheets, A.J. Burnett, and Mark Texiera are all type A free agents. Teams that sign a type A free agent give up their first round pick to the team that lost the free agent.
The Yankees clearly need at least one Type A free agent next year. The teams with the 15 worst records in baseball don't have to give up their first round draft pick when they sign type A free agent. Can the Yankees drop that low? It at least gives us something to root for. :D
Aceves has an outside chance of being our 5th starter next year. It`ll be good to see some of him. If nothing else they can showcase him to other teams who may be willing to trade a centerfielder.
Pitchers: Manuel Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Jeremy Bleich, Noel Castillo, Wilkins de la Rosa, Christian Garcia, Brett Marshall, D.J. Mitchell, Jhonny Nunez, Mike O’Brien, Dave Phelps, Matt Richardson, Amauri Sanit, Nik Turley, Arodys Vizcaino.
Catchers: Franciso Cervelli, Kyle Higashioka, Jesus Montero, Austin Romine, Chase Weems.
Infielders: Dave Adams, Carmen Angelini, Mitchell Delaney, Corban Joseph, Brandon Laird, Garrison Lassiter, Eduardo Nunez, Jimmy Parades, Damon Sublett, Brad Suttle.
Outfielders: Abraham Almonte, Kelvin DeLeon, Eduardo Sosa, Taylor Grote, Francisco Santana, Chris Smith.
The team will play a six game schedule beginning on September 22.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Jesus Montero, 19, C, B:R T:R, Low A Charleston
When Jesus Montero was signed out of Venezuela as a sixteen year old, he was the cream of the international free agent crop. Now, three years later, Montero is arguably the second best catching prospect in just his first year of full season ball. Thus far, Montero has been everything we believed he could be as a hitter. This year, he torched the Sally league to the tune of a .326/.370/.491 (.863 OPS) with a ridiculous 52 extra base hits (34 2B, 1 3B, 17 HR). Keep in mind, he did all this in a pitchers park. When the Riverdogs travelled to Greensborough, a hitter's park, Montero absolutely crushed the ball. Jesus posted an 84.2% contact rate, very good for a power hitter, and a 6.6% walk rate. That is obviously a little low, but considering Montero is just nineteen, that is a solid rate. Also, consider that Montero's walk rate steadily improved as the season went on, and should continue to improve to the point Montero becomes a very well-rounded hitter. Now, the defense. I have never seen Montero play, so I will not comment on his defense. I have heard very different reports on his fielding abilities. Some say he will never stick as a catcher, some say he is destined for first base. However, most of these reports say he does not have a future at catcher because he is 6'4", 225, and not because he lacks athletic ability. While the size is an issue, there are guys his size that can still catch, like Joe Mauer, or the top catching prospect in baseball, Matt Wieters. Basically, only time will tell, but Montero's bat will play at any position. Next year he will start in Tampa, and my guess is he stays there all year, regardless of how he does.
- Sabathia and Sheets are unsurprisingly type A's. I think its important for the Yankees to sign one of these with Burnett as a solidly far back Plan C.
- Oliver Perez and Kyle Lohse are both somehow Type A's. Perez I never had interest in. However, Lohse being a type A dissapoints me. I liked him but he`s not worth a first round pick.
- Derek Lowe being a Type B is very interesting. I`ve written on my old blog about him and I was hoping he might be available at the trade deadline. Although he was roughed up the last time he was in the AL East he had a high BABIP that year. He should be a top target next year for the Yankees if Pettitte chooses to leave. Heck, he might even be an upgrade over Pettitte.
- None of the other free agents are very interesting.
1.) What do you think was the main cause of the Yankees woes this year?
2.) Who do you think is the best team in baseball?
3.) Who made the best move before the trade deadline this year.
4.) Who is your AL and NL MVP?
5.) Who is your AL and NL Rookie of the Year?
6.) Who is your Al and NL Cy Young winners?
7.) Which teams do you think are going to make it to the World Series?
8.) Which of those two teams will win it all?
9.) Who do you think is the most promising Yankee prospect?
10.) Do you think they should bring Cashman back?
11.) Overall how do you think Hank and Hal are running the team?
Funny stuff. Thanks again for your time Rick!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Zach McAllister, 20, RHP, High-A Tampa
Z-Mac was a 3rd round pick out of High School in the 2006 draft, and has really broken out this year. He started the year in Charleston, where he excelled in ten starts. He had a 2.45 ERA in 62.1 IP, with 7.65 K/9, 1.16 BB/9, .43 HR/9, 8.52 H/9 and a 1.07 WHIP. After his promotion to Tampa, he made 15 appearances, 14 starts. In 88.2 IP in Tampa, Zach had a 1.83 ERA, 6.29 K/9, 1.32 BB/9, .61 HR/9, 8.49 H/9 and a .98 WHIP. While Z-Mac is not the prospect that Dellin Betances is or Phil Hughes/Joba was, he has put up astonishing numbers this year. The strikeouts are the reason he is not a top prospect, but while he does not have elite strikeout numbers, McAllister's K rates are still solid, and the lack of walks and ability to prevent the long ball are major plusses. McAllister does not have dominating stuff, he is a sinker/slider guy. He does not have the highest ceiling in the system, but could easily become a solid number three starter one day.
Disclaimer: A lot of guys were up for consideration here, especially in the low minors. This was by far the hardest decision of any award I have given out so far, and I think Mark Melancon deserves and honorable mention.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Dellin Betances, 20, RHP, Low-A Charleston Riverdogs
Betances is a huge righty with a huge ceiling. He stands 6'8", 245 lbs, and has been a highly touted prospect since he was signed to a way overslot million dollar signing bonus as an eighth round pick in the 2006 draft. Everybody around baseball knew that Dellin had a chance to be a great player one day, but like many tall pitchers, he took more time than others to show that potential. From the start of his professional career, Dellin has had the ability to strike out batters, but he had a lot of trouble with walks. Last season, though he only pitched 25 innings in the Gulf Coast League due to injury he had 6.12 BB/9. It's tough to call a player in just his first year of full season ball the most improved player, but the early part of this year compared to the rest has been night and day for Betances. Dellin's BB/9 this season in Charleston is 5.49, which is bad. However, let's look a little deeper. In April and May, Betances had a 6.55 BB/9. Since then, with a short DL stint mixed in, he has a 2.83 BB/9. Besides walks, Dellin's other numbers have been stellar. In 82 IP, he has a 3.62 ERA, 6.04 H/9, .99 HR/9, 10.32 K/9, 1.28 WHIP. Next year Dellin should start the year in Tampa, and I would assume he will spend the whole year there. Considering his size, I do not think the Yankees will fast-track him, but I expect big things from Dellin next year, as he is now starting to show indications that he may reach his ceiling as an ace.
- Jason Varitek has somehow managed an A ranking. I wonder if Boston will offer arbitration to their captain. If they get two picks that corpse of a baseball player I`m going to be really annoyed. Meanwhile, Pudge is only a type B. Elias desperately needs to change their formula. Pudge is a very borderline type B though and could become a type A.
- Abreu is unsurprisingly a Type A. This just enforces the idea that he should be let go.
- Giambi is a Type B. The Yankees wouldn't dare offer him arbitration anyway. He`ll be back on a 2 year deal next year.
- The market for centerfielders is incredibly thin. Only Mike Cameron is decent at all. He is a type B but he also has an option for 2009. He may be an option if they can't pull off a trade.
- Mussina and Pettitte are both Type A free agents but I don't think it matters. Mussina should be back and if Pettite is offered arbitration he`ll either accept or retire.
- A.J. Burnet should be a free agent and would be a Type A. I don't know about him. He`s an injury risk and has never been truly amazing. Is he worth the risk of a long-term deal and two draft picks?
- Jon Garland is a Type B free agent. Although some fans are suggesting he is signed as a back-end of the rotation guy I don't like the idea. His K/BB is to low for comfort.
- C.C. Sabathia and Ben Sheets haven't been done yet but when they are done they will probably (obviously) be type A's.
That's about it for now. Now sit back and watch the game.
A-Rod and Nady both hit HR's. Nady's seemed like it hit the ceiling of Tropicana Field and A-Rod's tied Mike Schmidt. Is A-Rod the best player to ever play third base? His next HR will give him the most by anyone who has spent significant time at the position.
Joba looked good in his inning and a third as well.
"We have gone through the frustration and disappointment," Cashman said. "Now the focus is on the small things. Try and pick up a game a week and get to Fenway Park and make that series meaningful."Is it too much, a game a week?" Cashman said. "It's not out of the realm of possibility. You can't do it in three or four days. Make up a game a week and get to Fenway Park with a chance. If (Boston) wants to make it easier, I'll take that."
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Biggest Disappointment: And the Knobby goes to... Alan Horne, 25, RHP, AAA Scranton/Wilkes Barre
Coming into this year, big things were expected from Horne. Last year in AA Trenton, Horne had a 3.11 ERA with 165 Ks in 153.1 IP, winning him the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year award. This year was expected to be another step forward for Horne. If all went well, Horne was expected to see time in the majors. However, that did not happen. Horne is the biggest disappointment not because of performance, but because of injuries. Horne threw just 39 innings between Tampa and Scranton this season, and recently received treatment on a torn rotator cuff. In his limited time, Horne had an ERA of 8.77 with 30 Ks and 27 BBs. This was basically a lost season for Horne, who should continue next year in Scranton. If he makes a full recovery, it is possible that Horne can see major league time tomorrow, but there is a relatively long way to go.
If Hughes pitches great for the rest of the year, Mussina comes back, and they sign two of Burnett/Sheets/Sabathia then I guess I'm okay with the move. However, I'd be extremely disappointing if I never saw Joba start a game ever again.
Monday, September 1, 2008
And the Knobby goes to.......
Wilkins De La Rosa, 21, LHP, High-A Tampa
De La Rosa is a converted outfielder in just his second year of pitching. Last year in the GCL, he pitched 24.0 innings with a 2.63 ERA. Good numbers, but nobody was really expecting De La Rosa to do much this year, and nobody really considered him a prospect. Position player to pitcher conversions rarely work out, but so far, De La Rosa has pitched very well. He began this year in Low-A Charleston, and threw 90.1 innings to the tune of a 2.29 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, 10.96 K/9, 3.89 BB/9, .2 HR/9 and 5.98 H/9. He was then promoted to High-A Tampa, where he continued to pitch well. In 16.1 IP, he had a 1.10 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP, 8.27 K/9, 2.76 BB/9, 0 HR/9 and 6.61 H/9.
Next Years Outlook: De La Rosa will likely begin next year in Tampa with a possible promotion to Trenton later in the year. His mid-nineties fastball is already good, he just needs to develop his secondary pitches. De La Rosa has a long way to go, buthe probably has the highest ceiling of any lefthander in the Yankees system.
- Alan Horne has a torn rotator cuff. The injury is not as bad as it sounds, and rehab should not take as long as it usually does for this type of injury. It is unclear when this injury happened, but Horne has had arm troubles all year, and it is probable that this has played a part. This has been a lost season for Horne, as he was expected to see major league time this season, but instead only threw 39 innings between Scranton and Tampa.
- Phil Hughes and Humberto Sanchez will see time in the Arizona Fall League this year. Both pitchers have big ceilings, but have struggled with injuries this season, and will be going to the AzFL to build up inning totals. Austin Jackson and Kevin Russo will also represent the Yankees in the AzFL. The Yankees still have three more spots to fill.
In a way Sidney Ponson's performance was also kind of a good thing. This latest terrible start may finally convince the Yankees that their's no reason for him to be on the team anymore. I believe Hughes is pitching today. If he does well he can be called up. If not we can see Alfredo Aceves. Posnson gave us a few good start but he`s really not part of the Yankees future.