Showing posts with label Jorge Posada. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jorge Posada. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Yankee Minor League System

One of the good things, for me, about being a big baseball and Yankee fan has always been being able to go through the Yankee Minor League teams and looking at stats of some "future" Yankees.
But I learned long ago that just because a player in "A" ball hit .320 doesn't mean we will ever see him in a Yankee uniform. This is especially true of the Yankee system.
For years the Yankees have used their Minor League system for trades and not so much for the calling up of players to help the big team. There have been exceptions, we all know Jeter, Pettitte, Mariano, Bernie and Jorge since 1996, but for the most part not so many. I see a different pattern emerging now! The Yankees have more than a few young players in the lower system, both pitchers and every dayers. Especially, it seems, catchers. Among the names you might be seeing in the near future are Montero, Romine, Sanchez, Murphy and Higashioka. That is more than normal the amount of catching prospects for an organization and should alleviate any concerns about what the Yanks will do when Jorge is gone. In fact, in Jesus Montero the Yankees have the third highest rated prospect in baseball according to many of the magazines that do this type pf player rating. He is prospected out as a back-up catcher but a big tome power hitter at DH or possibly some OF. Romine and Sanchez are considered the future starters. Someone better tell Francisco Cervelli this. It's pretty exciting to know that, beside putting a World Series winner on the field at the major League level the Yanks are doing their due diligence on the minor league level. Bodes well for the future!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Yankees on Letterman Tonight

Already miss seeing your beloved Yankees on T.V.? Well, tonight at 11:35 eastern 3 of the core 4 (Jeter, Po and Pettitte) can be seen on the David Letterman show tonight.















You don't even wanna know how many of the staff members have had sex with Jeter.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Closing it Out

Friday, May 29, 2009

Posada's Return

I don't know why, but this took me completely by surprise. Posada will be activated off of the DL today and I would logically assume that he will be behind the plate today. Kevin Cash has been DFA'ed which I think is a smart move. He really has little to no value to the Yankees and Fransisco Cervelli has clearly outplayed him thus far.

Their are some conflicting reports about whether or not Melky is available tonight so I guess we'll have to wait until game time to find out.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Some Positive Injury-Related News

We'll do this in bullet form, courtesy of Pete Abe:
  • Melky Cabrera had an MRI today and he likely will not need to go on the DL, as he should only be out 5-7 days after running into the wall and injuring his shoulder yesterday
  • Brian Bruney visited Dr. James Andrews, who examined his elbow and found no structural damage. He has a flexor muscle strain, and apparently it was not fully healed when he came back. He'll likely be out 2-3 weeks, but it could be a lot worse, as many of us thought he may need TJ
  • Jorge Posada is playing in extended spring training games and should be activated in Cleveland on Friday. That should be a boost for the offense
Nothing new on Xavier Nady, Damaso Marte, or Jose Molina, but hopefully all those guys will be back soon.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

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So, after a two hour rain delay, the Yankees finally played a barely watched game, lost a close one to the Sox again, AND now Posada's hurt. Awful.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Yanks Drop Opener As CC Struggles

The Yankees kicked off their much anticipated 2009 season today in Baltimore as CC Sabathia took on Jeremy Guthrie. As I'm sure you all know, the Yankees lost 10-5. CC struggled with command of his fastball and got behind in counts a lot. This is not a good way to pitch, so he got knocked around a little. He started slow last year too, so I'm not going to worry. One positive about this game is that two of the biggest question marks for the Yankees, Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui, each had a home run. The Yankees are off tomorrow, and go after their first win on Wednesday, as Chien-Ming Wang takes on Koji Uehara.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Jorge Says "It's Good to be Back"










Jorge is spending his spring training trying to get his arm ready for opening day. Yankee fans are wondering weather Jorge will come back strong after his shoulder surgery. Gunning down 3 of 4 base-runners sunday, Posada's throws were strong. He came out of the game saying: "Now you know you can trust your arm again,".

The Yanks want Jorge behind the plate for around 100 games this season. As opposed to last year when runners ran wild Posada says he has returned: "You can't compare what I was feeling last year, I couldn't do that. I couldn't make three throws like that. It's good to be back."

While this all sounds good that doesn't mean that Girardi is letting his guard down: "I'm going to look at his arm strength, and I'm going to watch him throw in between innings to see," Girardi said. "If I'm [an opposing] manager, I'm not going to send some of my slower players just to see. But in a sense, he's probably going to be tested." image

Friday, February 20, 2009

Catcher

Catcher is a tough position because the value of how they call a game and their arm is so hard to quantify so I usually just go on defensive reputation here.

Yankees- Jorge Posada- After coming off a career year in 2007, Posada was lucky enough to become a free agent and got a contract he never should have gotten. Then last year he missed a huge chunk of the year which ultimately cost them a playoff berth. All signs are pointing toward him spending a lot of time DH'ing. Unfortunately, that means a lot of Jose Molina. He`s still recovering and I doubt his defense will even be the solid average that it has been in the past. I`m sure he`ll bounce back for a solid year and they have some solid prospects waiting in the wings but Posada isn't the player he once was.

Rays- Dioner Navarro- I have covetted this guy ever since the Yankees traded him away for Randy Johnson. Last year he broke out and was a key piece of the Rays success. His bat wasn't outstanding but he had a solid .277 EQA and has a good defensive reputation. He should start entering his peak years now and will only get better. The "problem" with the Rays is that so many of their players are young and entering their best years. Navarro will be a key piece of the Rays for the next few years until he leaves for free agency.

Red Sox- Jason Varitek- Luckily for us, Boston made one of the most purely sentimental moves of the offseason in re-signing Varitek. Varitek has always had a great defensive reputation. He also was one of the best hitting catchers in baseball. However, he`s in the midst of a steep decline. He hasn't lost much behind the plate but as a hitter he`s a ghost of his former self. A line of .220/.313/.359 won't cut it in the AL East. However, Boston must have decided that his fielding and leadership was worth 5 million dollars. Its not a ton to the Red Sox but their is a very real chance that Jason is done.


Conclusion- Rays-Yanks-Sawx- This is actually a relatively weak position for the three teams. The order is pretty clear cut though. If all goes right than Posada might approach Navarro but the fact that he`s not expected to catch a full season pushes him back in my mind. Varitek is very obviously at the back of the pack.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Posada To Be Ready To Assume Catching Duties In 09

When Jorge Posada missed most of this season with a torn labrum, many of us felt unsure about his future behind the plate. According to Joe Girardi, Posada will be able to catch 120 games next season. Now whether this is true remains to be seen, but if it is true it would be huge. Even if Jorge has just an average year for him, that is probably an immediate 3-4 win upgrade without even making any free agent acquisitions.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Gerald Laird on the Block

The Rangers will be looking to trade Gerald Laird in the offseason and Steve Adams from MLB Trade Rumors think the Yankees could be interested. The Rangers are looking for pitching.

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.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Breaking News: Posada to Have Season-Ending Surgery

The headline says it all. I just heard the news on Sportscenter. This was pretty much expected after the Nady trade, because there would be no room for Posada at first base or DH. This is definitely the right move, because it will allow Posada to come back at full strength at the start of 2009 as a catcher.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Should We Be Worried?

No. No we should not. The Yankees are currently 10-10, fourth place in the AL East. They have scored 84 runs and allowed 93. Their team line in Avg/OBP/SLG is .265/.334/.425. All of those things are very bad. Fun Fact: It's April 21st. None of those things really matter right now. Sure, it's frustrating, but the Yankees won't finish with the 81-81 record they are on pace for. The Yankees have a lot of guys underachieving right now, who are bound to pick up. Robinson Cano is currently playing below replacement level. Robbie has a career .307/.340/.478 line and is currently 25 years old. He'll pick up. Jorge Posada will be back soon. Basically, there is no way this lineup will continue to hit at a pace of 4.2 runs/game. Pitching will most likely be the Yankees weak point all year, but there's no way it will be this bad. The Yanks currently have three pitchers below replacement level (Moose, Hughes and IPK). Not that any of those guys are guaranteed to be great (though we hope so for Hughes and Kennedy), but there's no way they will be this bad all year (even Moose). There's no way of putting it nicely, all three of those guys have been awful this year, but Hughes and Kennedy have FIPs (fielding independent pitching) below their ERA's, suggesting that they are also having some bad luck. Hughe's FIP is almost five points below his ERA, Kennedy's is 4.68 points below. Those two guys should pick up and be average to good pitchers. Mussina may very well be done, but if he can be league average until Joba is ready to replace him, the Yankees should be in good shape.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Jeter, Posada Banged Up

Jorge Posada has a "dead" shoulder, and could hit the DL, meaning the veteran Chad Moeller will be called up to replace him. Derek Jeter, as you all know, injured his quad last night. They Yankees say that he will not hit the DL, but Pete Abraham reports that Alberto Gonzalez was pulled from tonight's game. Abraham says this as if it is a fact that Alberto will join the Yankees soon, but that would require a Jeter DL stint, or a demotion/DFA of someone (one of Betemit/Duncan/Ensberg/Traber/Ohlendorf). If Jeter and Posada are out for two weeks or so, that is a major problem. Some have suggested that A-Rod move to short in the meantime, with Ensberg at third. This is obviously better offensively speaking than A-Rod at third and AG at short. However, this would probably only be successful if A-Rod could make a successful return to short, a position he hasn't played in five years.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Knoblauch Swindled by the Feds

The crafty Chuck Knoblauch was tracked down and by the Feds and will give his deposition on Friday. Andy Pettitte is booked for Wednesday also Roger Clemens will be interviewed on Feb. 5.

In other news The Captain held the fifth annual Derek Jeter Celebrity Golf Classic at the Avila Golf & Country Club in Tampa. The golf tournament included 26 foursomes and more than 25 friends and fellow celebrities such as Jorge Posada, Don Zimmer, Tino Martinez, Michael Jordan, Ken Griffey Jr., Morgan Freeman, Greg Anthony, Allan Houston, Annika Sorenstam, and Natalie Gulbis.

D.J. had this to say

"It means a lot to have so many different people come out and give their support," said Jeter, who took ceremonial putts with each foursome as they made their way through the 17th hole. "It's pretty special to have all these celebrities take the time out of their busy schedules to come out here and show that they care."

Monday, January 21, 2008

Breaking News: Yankees to Score Runs in 2008

I know, it surprised me too. David Pinto of Baseball Musings has projected the Yankees to have the best lineup in baseball in 2008. Makes sense. They really didn't lose anyone from last year, so the lineup should stay the same. It will be hard for A-Rod and Jorge to duplicate last year's seasons, but at the same time, Melky and Cano will likely improve, and Johnny Damon will be healthy. Also, There's always a chance that Jason Giambi will remember how to hit.

Posada's Future

Most of you already know that Jorge Posada recently signed a four-year, $52.4 million deal with the Yankees. Many people think that by the end of this contract, Jorge will likely be a DH or a first basemen. Although this is probably true, the transition may be a little further down the road than expected. I hadn't thought of this until reading this Yankees' Mailbag. Jorge has not been a catcher his whole life. He was drafted as a second basemen, which I knew but hadn't thought of, and was moved to catcher in 1992. This means he has been catching sixteen years, which is a long time, but not as long as most catchers his age. This may explain why he was able to have such a good year at age 36. He does not have as much wear and tear on his body as most catchers his age do, simply because they have probably been catching since they were about eighteen years old, if not earlier. Jorge has been catching since he was twenty-two, when his body had pretty much already matured. For this reason, he may be able to put off a move to DH or first base for a little while longer than we expected.