Showing posts with label Spring Training. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spring Training. Show all posts

Friday, February 13, 2009

09 Spring Training Roster

Pete Abe brings us the roster:
This is the 2009 Spring Training Roster 

2 Derek Jeter INF
11 Brett Gardner OF
12 Cody Ransom INF
13 Alex Rodriguez INF
14 Angel Berroa INF
17 Shelley Duncan INF/OF
18 Johnny Damon OF
19 Kevin Cash C
20 Jorge Posada C
22 Xavier Nady OF
24 Robinson Cano INF
25 Mark Teixeira INF
26Jose MolinaC
27 Joe Girardi MGR
28 Melky Cabrera OF
29 Kei Igawa LHP
30 David Robertson RHP
31 Ian Kennedy RHP
33 Nick Swisher OF/INF
34 A.J. Burnett RHP
36 Edwar Ramirez RHP
38 Brian Bruney RHP
39 Dan Giese RHP
40 Chien-Ming Wang RHP
41 Jose Veras RHP
42 Mariano Rivera RHP
43 Damaso Marte LHP
45 Jason Johnson RHP
46 Andy Pettitte LHP
47 John Rodriguez OF
48 Phil Coke LHP
50 Mick Kelleher COACH
52 CC Sabathia LHP
54 Kevin Long COACH
55 Hideki Matsui OF
56 Tony Pena COACH
57 Mike Harkey COACH
58 Dave Eiland COACH
59 Rob Thomson COACH
60 Todd Linden OF
61 Sergio Mitre RHP
62 Joba Chamberlain RHP
63 Jonathan Albaladejo RHP
64 Andrew Brackman RHP
65 Phil Hughes RHP
66 J.B. Cox RHP
67 Anthony Claggett RHP
68 Wilkin De La Rosa LHP
70 Christian Garcia RHP
71 Eric Hacker RHP
72 Juan Miranda INF
73 Doug Bernier INF
74 Justin Leone INF
75 Francisco Cervelli C
76 Kevin Russo INF
77 Humberto Sanchez RHP
78 Mark Melancon RHP
79 Colin Curtis OF
80 Steven Jackson RHP
81 Kyle Anson C
82 Austin Jackson OF
83 Jesus Montero C
84 Austin Romine C
85 Michael Dunn LHP
86 P.J. Pilittere C
90 Ramiro Pena INF
91 Alfredo Aceves RHP
92 Eduardo Nunez INF
93 George Kontos RHP
94 Kanekoa Texeira RHP

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Yankees Announce Spring Training Stuff

With only 3 months left until spring training the Yankees release a little bit of news of what they have in store for the wonderful preseason.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees are keeping Spring Training ticket prices at their 2008 levels.
Tickets for games at newly renamed Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., will cost $17-31, the team said Tuesday.
New York opens Spring Training on Feb. 25 against Toronto at Dunedin, then starts the 18-game home portion of its schedule the following day against Tampa Bay. The Yankees said it was the earliest start to their Spring Training schedule in at least 60 years.
Included in the home schedule are exhibitions against the United States (March 3) and Canada (March 5) ahead of the World Baseball Classic. At the start of the initial tournament, in 2006, the Yankees briefly posted a sign at their Spring Training home, saying they "did not vote to support this e
vent" and "we are sorry that certain players will not be present for portions of Spring Training."
Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 13, with the first workout the next day. The spring training schedule ends April 3-4 against the Chicago Cubs with the first exhibitions at the new Yankee Stadium. The first regular-season game at the $1.3 billion ballpark is scheduled for April 16 against Cleveland. source




















George is looking forward to kickin it in "Steinbrenner Field"

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Solid Start for the Franchise

Phil Hughes was a beast in the last start of the spring for him. Here are the numbers from the wise Pete Abe

5 innings
3 hits
2 runs
1 earned
1 walk
4 strikeouts
69 pitches / 44 strikes

This is key for the Yankees because now Hughes has a solid spring start to help boost his confidence and give him a perfect way to end the spring that is perfect to get him prepared for the regular season.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Shelley's Slide Latest Episode In Fierce Yanks-Rays Rivalry

The Yankees lost to the (Devil) Rays today 7-6, but the bigger story was the Yankees' retaliation for Elliot Johnson's collision at home plate with Francisco Cervelli. Shelley Duncan hit what should have been a single, but it trickled around a bit in foul territory and Shelley rounded first hard, but he was still out by about five feet, and slid spikes up into Akinori Iwamura, driving his foot into Aki's thigh. He was immediately ejected, and Jonny Gomes ran in from right field and kind of half-tackled, half-fell on Shelley. Shelley is okay, but Jonny is kind of pissed, and probably has about eight broken ribs. To sum it all up, I love Shelley Duncan. I hope he makes the team, just so we can all hear his quotes and watch him strike fear into opponents.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Kennedy, Mo Sharp

After Billy Traber finished Joba's inning, the Sandman came in for his one inning of work. He threw 13 pitches/8 strikes, striking out one batter and inducing two weak grounders. Looks like classic Mo. Ian Patrick Kennedy then came in to pitch his scheduled four innings, and unlike Joba, got threw all of them, pitching very well. He allowed two hits and walk, along with two strikeouts. Of his ten outs that didn't come via the K, eight of them were groundouts, another good sign. I know I shouldn't read too much into spring stats, but IPK and Hughes in the rotation is going to be very exciting. Following Mr. Kennedy was LaTroy Hawkins, who allowed one hit and got two groundball outs to close out the game.

Final Score: 4-0 Yankees

Joba Okay...Yankees Sign Billy Crystal

First the serious stuff: Joba started today's spring training game against the Reds, and wasn't good, wasn't bad. He was supposed to go three or four innings, but left after two and a third because of a high pitch count. He threw 49 pitches/32 strikes, allowing two hits and striking out one. He also picked off Jay Bruce.

On a less serious note, the Yankees have signed Billy Crystal to a one-day contract. He is thought of as one of the best baseball players in Hollywood, and is most likely better than Kei Igawa, and is more durable than Carl Pavano. He will wear number 60, for his age, and will play against the Pirates on thursday. Says Crystal:
“I’ve been waiting 50 years for this call,” Crystal exclaimed. “I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of the Yankees and Commissioner Selig. I know this’ll be tougher than the Broadway Softball League, but I’m looking forward to helping the younger players…which, by the way, is all of them. Oops, I have to go, Scott Boras is on the phone.” (From Pete Abe)
IPK and Mo will pitch later, so I may update on what they do. Billy Traber is in right now.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Spring Recap #3

The Yankees beat the Blue Jays in Dunedin today 2-0 in five innings. It was shortened because of rain, and the Yankees pitchers combined to throw a perfect game. Here's a summary:
Hitting:
Since it was a shortened game, I'll highlight who has had the best offensive spring so far-
Shelley Duncan: 2.000 OPS (!), HR in 9 PA
Jason Giambi: 2.000 OPS (!) , HR in 4 PA
Melky: 1.425 OPS in 7 PA
Jason Lane: 1.222 OPS in 9 PA
Morgan Ensberg: 1.000 OPS in 8 PA
Wilson Betemit: .905 OPS in 9 PA
I left off guys like A-Rod and Abreu because they are guaranteed spots on the roster. Obviously, you shouldn't read too much into these stats because a) they are in ST and b) the tiny sample size.

Pitching:
I already said it was a combined perfect game, so I'll just give you the IP, K's, etc.
Hughes: 1 IP
Patterson: 1 IP, K
Igawa: 2 IP, 2 K
Traber: 1 IP, 3 K
Good all around, and very surprising from Igawa.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Spring Recap #2

Todays game was in Kissimme, against the Astros. The Yankees won 7-6. Here are some notable performances:
Hitting:
Melky had a good day (2 for 3 with a double, walk and 2 runs) as did his buddy Robinson Cano (3 for 4 with 2 RBI and a run). Shelley Duncan continued his hot hitting, going 2 for 4 with a double. Morgan Ensberg also went 2 for 4 with a double. One player I was really happy with was Francisco Cervelli, who threw out two runners attempting to steal, and showed patience at the plate, going 1 for 1 with two walks.
Pitching:
Moose got roughed up a bit, but I wouldn't start worrying yet. Jeff Karstens pitched well, allowing no runs in three innings of work, giving up two hits and striking out two. Edwar Ramirez allowed an unearned run while striking out one in an inning of work. Steven Jackson pitched a perfect inning. Dan McCutchen pitched a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and striking out a batter. Mark Melancon got the save, pitching a perfect ninth, while getting two groundball outs.

Today's Lineups

Courtesy of Pete Abe

I just want to say one thing about yesterdays spring training game. I was very impressed with Jason Lane who started in left field. His first at-bat he homered to left. In total he went 2 for 3 and had one RBI. I liked his performance.

YANKEES
Damon LF
Cabrera CF
Cano 2B
Duncan DH
Ensberg 1B
Betemit 3B
Lane RF
Cervelli C
Woodward SS

Pitching
Mussina (2-3 innings)
Karstens
Jackson
McCutchen
Ramirez
Melancon

HOUSTON
Michael Bourn CF
Kaz Matsui 2B
Lance Berkman 1B
Carlos Lee DH
Miguel Tejada SS
Hunter Pence RF
Ty Wigginton 3B
Jose Cruz Jr. LF
Humberto Quintero C
Wandy Rodriguez LHP

Also pitching:
LHP Mark McLemore
RHP Oscar Villarreal
RHP Brian Moehler
RHP Mike DeJean

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Spring Recap

I wasn't able to watch much of today's game, but I did see an unimpressive inning from Steven White, and an opposite way double by Jason Giambi, which I was very pleased with. If he can stay healthy, I really think he can be solid contributor. After examining the box score, I can sum it up like this: Aside from Giambi's opposite-field double, he hit a long homerun, as did Jason Lane, who also hit a triple. Pitching wise, Andy Pettitte had a good day, as did LaTroy Hawkins, inducing three groundball outs. Sean Henn unfortunately had a good day, hopefully he won't make the team. Jose Veras also pitched a scoreless inning. Kyle Farnsworth and Brian Bruney picked up right were they left up, sucking.
After the game, the Yankees made their first cuts. No huge surprises; Eric Duncan, Jesus, Eduardo Nunez, and Austin Romine. Tomorrow they play Houston at 1:05.

Spring Training Game #2

Here are the lineups courtesy of Pete Abe:

YANKEES (1-0)

Johnny Damon DH
Derek Jeter SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jason Giambi 1B
Jorge Posada C
Robinson Cano 2B
Jason Lane LF
Melky Cabrera CF

Pitching
Andy Pettitte (2 innings)
Steven White (1-2 innings)
LaTroy Hawkins
Kyle Farnsworth
Brian Bruney
Sean Henn
Jose Veras

PHILLIES
TBA

The game is on YES today, at 1:15.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

First Spring Training Game: Yankees at Phillies

I know they played USF yesterday, but that didn't count. This one... also doesn't count, but it still counts more than yesterday. Anyway, here are the lineups, courtesy of Pete Abe:

Yankees at Phillies, 1:05 PM

YANKEES
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Shelley Duncan 1B
Morgan Ensberg DH
Jose Molina C
Greg Porter LF
Chris Woodward 2B

Pitching
Chien-Ming Wang (2 innings)
Darrell Rasner (1-2 innings)
Chris Britton (1)
Jon Albaladejo (1)
Heath Phillips (1)
Dan Giese (1)
Ross Ohlendorf (1)

PHILLIES
Jimmy Rollins SS
Shane Victorino CF
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Pat Burrell DH
Geoff Jenkins RF
Greg Dobbs 3B
Chris Snelling LF
Carlos Ruiz C

Pitching
Adam Eaton
Chad Durbin
Ryan Madson
Clay Condrey
Tom Gordon

The game is not on YES. You can see it on MLB.TV or via gameday, or on TV if you live in Philadelphia. Tomorrow's game, however, will be on YES at 1:15.

Update 1:42- Through two innings now, and the Yankees lead 3-0 on a Shelley Duncan 3-run homer. Wang is done for the day with a line of: 2 IP, 1 Hit, No runs, No walks and a Strikeout.

Update 1:52- 5-0 now, top of the third. Shelley Duncan doubled home Jeter and Abreu, and has 5 RBI. I guess he wants to make the team.

Update 2:12- 5-1 after three. Rasner gave up two hits and two walks. Chase Utley drove in the rune. We'll see if Rasner goes another inning.

Update 2:27- After four, still 5-1. Rasner was replaced by the lefty, Billy Traber, who put the Phillies down 1-2-3 on a grounder and two flyouts. The Yankees went down in order in the top of the inning.

Update 2:38- Clay Condrey pitching the top of the fifth for the Phils, as A-Rod goes deep off of him. Jeter singled and stole second earlier in the inning, but was then picked off of second.

Update 2:44- Some subs: Eduardo Nunez replaces Jeter at short, Marcos Vechionacci replaces A-Rod at third, and Jason Lane replaces Abreu in right. Chris Britton pitching, and he gave up a leadoff double to Carlos Ruiz followed by a Rollins grounder through the legs of Chris Woodward, scoring Ruiz.

Update 2:52- Britton recovered, and leaves the game after five with one hit and one unearned run in an inning.

Update 2:55- More subs after the Yanks are retired in order in the top of the sixth. Jesus takes over the catching duties, Austin Jackson in center for Gardner, Tabata in left for Porter, and Betemit at first for Duncan, who played a hell of a game.

Update 3:06- Heath Phillips throws a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and striking out two. On to the seventh.

Update 3:39- Top eight now, Eric Duncan in to play first, and in his first career Spring Training at-bat, Jesus Montero went deep. Jonathan Albaladejo pitched the bottom of the seventh, putting up a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts. Dan Giese will pitch the bottom of the eighth.

Update 3:48- Dan Giese gave up a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth, Tom Gordon in to pitch the ninth for the Phils.

Update 4:04- Betemit hit a two-run homer off Tom Gordon, who went two-thirds of an inning.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Nothing New Here: Hank Speaks and Kei Sucks

The Yankees played an exhibition game against the University of South Florida. That's right, THE University of South Florida. The Yankees were dominating, with Phil, Joba and IPK combined for five scoreless innings, with a hit and six whiffs. Then, all of a sudden, the man who needs no introduction, Kei Igawa entered. He promptly walked two, plunked the next guy, then gave up a grand slam. But don't worry, it was to the great Eric Baumann. I mean, there's no shame in giving up a long home run to Eric Baumann.

Also, Hank the Tank voiced his opinion yet again. Hank spoke profoundly of his thoughts on our friends up in Boston. Here's what he said:
“Red Sox Nation?” Hank says. “What a bunch of [expletive] that is. That was a creation of the Red Sox and ESPN, which is filled with Red Sox fans. Go anywhere in America and you won’t see Red Sox hats and jackets, you’ll see Yankee hats and jackets. This is a Yankee country. We’re going to put the Yankees back on top and restore the universe to order.” (Source)
Well, that's about the best thing he possibly could have said.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Wang and the Rain

Yankees practice today was canceled due to the rain that is falling throughout the Florida area. Otherwise, there isn't much news, besides the fact that Chien-Ming Wang will be the opening day starter.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Pitchers and Catchers!

Pitchers and catchers reported today. Here's a quick recap from around the league:
That's all for now.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Joba Throws Off Mound

This is completely insignificant except for the fact that Spring Training is fast approaching. Joba threw 45 pitches and they were probably really good. Pitchers and catchers report in three days, which is hard to believe considering its about 10 degrees where I am.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Waiting For Spring

There are just nine days until pitchers and catchers report, and the Yankees still have a lot of questions to be answered during Spring Training. They still have one bench spot to fill along with three bullpen slots. The bench will likely be filled by Morgan Ensberg, Kevin Mench (assuming we sign him), or Nick Green (remember him?), with Alberto Gonzalez and Brett Gardner also having outside chances. The bullpen is where it gets a little complicated. Presumably, Mariano, The Farns and LaTroy will occupy three slots, with either Moose or IPK as the long man. If Joba starts the year in the 'pen, that complicates things further, but we won't worry about that right now. So, the players competing for the three remaining bullpen slots are: Chris Britton, Jonathan Albaladejo, Brian Bruney, Sean Henn, Kei Igawa, Jeff Karstens, Ross Ohlendorf, Scott Patterson, Edwar Ramirez, Jose Veras, Steven White, Chase Wright, Dan Giese, Heath Phillips, Darell Rasner, Scott Strickland and Billy Traber. Some of those are more likely than others, and guys like Alan Horne, Jeff Marquez, Steven Jackson, JB Cox and Mark Melancon could help mid-season. My Pre-ST predictions (or maybe preferences) are Albaladejo, Britton and Patterson (or maybe Ohlendorf).

In other news, Derek Jeter and the state of New York came to an agreement over their tax dispute.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Three Items On a Slow News Day

Sorry about the recent lack of posts, but nothing really has been going on:
  • Bronson Sardinha has been signed to a minor-leauge deal by the Seattle Mariners. The Yankees DFA'd him to make room for their free agent signings, but hoped to re-sign him. Too bad, I really liked him.
  • AA Trenton will play a pre-season game against AAA Scranton/Wilkes Barre on April 1st. Sounds like a good idea to me.
  • Bud Selig's contract has been extended until 2012. Ugh. Why do you get rewarded for letting the biggest scandal in sports history happen?

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Yankees Invite 26 to Spring Training

As you know spring training is creeping closer day after day and today the Yankees have announced the 26 non-roster players that they are inviting to Tampa. This brings the total number of players to report to 66. A non-roster player is someone who is not on the 40-man roster. Two former Yankees that were invited consisted of Nick Green and Darrell Rasner.

Here is a comprehensive list of all of the invites:

C Kyle Anson, 24, batted .272 (91-for-334) with four home runs and 44 RBI in 98 games with Single-A Charleston in 2007, and ranked second in the South Atlantic League with a 40.4 percent caught-stealing rate (42-for-104) in his first season as a catcher. Anson was originally selected by the Yankees in the 10th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft as a third baseman.

C Jason Brown, 33, batted .208 (10-for-48) with one home run and three RBI with Double-A Trenton in 2007 after being limited to 15 games due to a left shoulder separation. Brown was originally signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent on May 26, 1997, and was signed by the Yankees as a free agent on November 19, 2004.

INF Bernie Castro, 28, played with Triple-A Columbus in the Washington organization, ranking fourth among all Nationals minor leaguers with 34 stolen bases and hitting .280 (120-for-428) with one home run and 32 RBI in 118 games in 2007. Castro has spent parts of two seasons in the Majors (Baltimore in 2005 and Washington in 2006), batting .253 (118-for-466) with 17 RBI in 66 games. He returns to the Yankees organization that originally signed him as a non-drafted free agent on September 25, 1997.

OF Justin Christian, 27, split time between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2007, batting .271 (115-for-424) with four home runs and 48 RBI in 105 games. Christian attended Auburn University and was originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on July 1, 2004.

OF Colin Curtis, 22, played in 65 games with Single-A Tampa where he batted .298 (73-for-245) with five home runs and 26 RBI. He was promoted to Double-A Trenton on June 22 and hit .242 (58-for-240) with three home runs and 15 RBI in 61 games in his Double-A debut. Curtis was originally selected by the Yankees in the fourth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of Arizona State University.

INF Eric Duncan, 23, hit .241 (99-for-411) with 26 doubles, 11 home runs and 61 RBI in 113 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2007, setting a career high in doubles and tying a career best in RBI. Duncan was selected by the Yankees in the first round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.

OF Brett Gardner, 24, split time between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2007, batting .281 (108-for-384) with one home run, 26 RBI and 39 stolen bases in 99 games. Over the last two seasons, he has successfully stolen a base in 83.6 percent of his tries (97-for-116). After the season, Gardner played in 26 games for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .343 (37-for-108) with 10 RBI and ranked among league leaders in stolen bases (16), runs scored (27), hits (37), walks (17), on-base percentage (.433) and batting average while being named to the AFL Top Prospects Team. Following the 2007 season, he was ranked by Baseball America as the eighth-best prospect in the organization as well as the fastest baserunner and the player with the best strike-zone discipline among all Yankees minor leaguers. Gardner was originally selected by the Yankees in the third round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft out of the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

RHP Daniel Giese, 30, made his Major League debut with the Giants as a September call-up, going 0-2 with a 4.82 ERA in eight relief appearances. He began the season with Triple-A Fresno (San Francisco) where he went 3-1 with two saves and a 2.82 ERA in 47 relief appearances. Originally selected by Boston in the 34th round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft, Giese owns a 43-26 record with a 2.97 ERA in 374 career minor league appearances.

INF Nick Green, 29, spent time with Seattle, Triple-A Tacoma and Triple-A Indianapolis in 2007. With Indianapolis, he hit .245 (25-for-102) with five home runs and 20 RBI in 26 games before being traded to Seattle. In 66 games with Tacoma, hit .337 (96-for-285) with 16 home runs and 46 RBI and was promoted on September 4 to Seattle, where he did not record a hit in six games (seven at-bats). Green is a career .240 (169-for-703) hitter with 10 home runs and 59 RBI in 275 games over four Major League seasons with Atlanta, Tampa Bay, New York (AL) and Seattle. In 2006 with the Yankees, he batted .240 (21-for-114) with two home runs and four RBI in 46 games. Green was originally selected by Atlanta in the 32nd round of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft.

RHP Alan Horne, 25, was 12-4 with a 3.11 ERA in 27 starts with Double-A Trenton in 2007, earning Eastern League "Pitcher of the Year" honors. He led the league in ERA, strikeouts (165) and winning percentage (.750), while ranking fourth in innings pitched (153.1). Following the 2007 season, he was named to the Eastern League midseason All-Star team and was selected as the EL's top right-handed starter on the postseason All-Star team. Horne was selected by the Yankees in the 11th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

OF Austin Jackson (A-JACKS), 20, spent time at four different levels in 2007 (Single-A Charleston, Single-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre), combining to hit .304 (151-for-496) with 88 runs scored, 21 doubles, 13 home runs, 59 RBI and 33 stolen bases in 128 games. He was ranked by Baseball America as the organization's No. 2 prospect and was selected as the "Best Athlete" and "Best Defensive Outfielder" in the Yankees' minor league system. Jackson was originally selected by the Yankees in the eighth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

RHP Steven Jackson, 25, split the 2007 season between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, combining to go 4-9 with one save and a 5.40 ERA in 28 appearances (11 starts). Jackson was originally selected by the Diamondbacks in the 10th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft and was acquired by the Yankees from Arizona along with right-handed pitchers Ross Ohlendorf and Luis Vizcaino and infielder Alberto Gonzalez in exchange for Randy Johnson on January 9, 2007.

OF Jason Lane, 31, split time between Houston and Triple-A Round Rock in 2007 before being traded to San Diego on September 24. Over two stints with the Astros, batted .178 (30-for-169) with eight home runs and 27 RBI in 68 games and hit .319 (59-for-185) with nine home runs and 41 RBI in 50 games with Round Rock. In three games with the Padres, he did not record a hit in two at-bats. Originally selected by the Astros in the sixth round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft, Lane is a career .241 (291-for-1,208) hitter with 61 home runs and 189 RBI in 497 games with Houston and San Diego. He batted .267 (138-for-517) in 145 games with Houston in 2005, establishing career highs in home runs (26) and runs batted in (78).

RHP Daniel McCutchen, 25, combined to go 14-4 with a 2.47 ERA, 33 walks and 103 strikeouts in 24 games (23 starts) with Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2007. His wins were tied for second most in the organization while his ERA ranked third among Yankees farmhands. The Florida State League All-Star was rated by Baseball America as having the FSL's best control. The right-hander was selected by the Yankees in the 13th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

RHP Mark Melancon, 22, missed the 2007 season while recovering from "Tommy John" surgery. Originally selected by the Yankees in the ninth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, he was 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in seven relief appearances with short-season Single-A Staten Island in 2006, his first professional season.

C Jesus Montero, 18, made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast Yankees in 2007, batting .280 (30-for-107) with six doubles, three home runs and 19 RBI in 33 games. He committed just one error in 182 total chances behind the plate and was rated as the Yankees' top catching prospect (sixth overall) and the organization's best power hitter by Baseball America. The Venezuelan native signed with the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in October 2006 and will be the youngest player in the Yankees spring training camp.

LHP Heath Phillips, 25, split time with the White Sox and Triple-A Charlotte and made his Major League debut as a September call-up, going 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA in six relief appearances with Chicago. With Charlotte, he tied for the International League lead in wins, going 13-7 with a 4.30 ERA in 28 starts. He led all Chicago minor leaguers and the International League in innings pitched and went 8-0 with a 2.44 ERA over his final 11 starts. His eight-game winning streak tied for the second-longest in the IL in 2007. Phillips was originally signed by the White Sox in the 10th round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft.

C P.J. Pilittere, 26, will make his second straight appearance in spring camp after receiving a non-roster invitation in 2006. He batted .261 (91-for-348) with 16 doubles, two home runs and 34 RBI in 100 games with Double-A Trenton in 2007 and led all Eastern League catchers with a .995 fielding percentage, committing only four errors in 844 total chances. He was originally selected by the Yankees in the 13th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.

OF Greg Porter, 27, combined to hit .316 (149-for-472) with 11 home runs and 78 RBI in 129 games with Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Salt Lake. He was named the June "Player of the Month" among all Angels minor league players, hitting .368 (42-for-114) with 25 runs scored, 12 doubles and 28RBI in 31 games. Porter was originally selected by the Angels in the 45th round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft and was signed by the Yankees on December 1, 2007.

INF Cody Ransom, 31, appeared in 19 games with Houston in 2007, batting .229 (8-for-35) with two doubles, one home run and three RBI. He opened the year with Triple-A Round Rock and won team MVP honors, batting .260 with 35 doubles, a team-high 28 home runs and a team-high 90 RBI. A former ninth round pick of the San Francisco Giants in the 1998 First-Year Player Draft, Ransom owns a .236 career Major League batting average (33-for-140) with nine doubles, three home runs and 16 RBI in 133 games with the Giants and Astros.

RHP Darrell Rasner, 27, made his first Opening Day roster in 2007 and went 1-3 with a 4.01 ERA over two stints with the Yankees. He had his season cut short on May 19 when he was hit in the right hand by a come-back ground ball. He underwent surgery the next day to repair a fractured right index finger. After missing three months, he made two rehab starts with short-season Single-A Staten Island (0-0, 5.14 ERA) to close out the year. A second round pick of the Montreal Expos in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, he was claimed off waivers by the Yankees from the Washington Nationals on February 10, 2006.

C Austin Romine, 19, was selected by the Yankees in the second round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of El Toro High School in California. He appeared in one game with the Gulf Coast League Yankees, going 1-for-2 with one double, one RBI and one walk. Baseball America rated the catcher's arm strength the third-best among the nation's high school players in the draft.

­ RHP Scott Strickland, 31, was 4-1 with a 4.58 ERA in 15 relief appearances with Triple-A Portland (San Diego) in 2007. He owns a 21-17 record in 193 career Major League games (27 starts) with a 3.26 ERA, pitching with the Expos and Astros. Originally selected by the Montreal Expos in the 10th round of the 1997 First-Year Player Draft, Strickland was signed by the Yankees as a free agent on December 20, 2007.

OF Jose Tabata, 19, batted a team-high .307 (126-for-411) with Single-A Tampa in 2007, along with 16 doubles, five home runs, 54 RBI and 15 stolen bases. He earned a spot on the Florida State League's postseason All-Star team after ranking fifth in average and never going more than two games without recording a hit. He was ranked by Baseball America as the Yankees' third-best prospect and tabbed as being the best hitter for average in the organization. This will be the second straight spring training invitation for Tabata who signed with the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on August 12, 2004.

LHP Billy Traber, 27, appeared in 28 games (two starts) with the Washington Nationals in 2007, going 2-2 with a 4.76 ERA. The left-hander opened the year with Triple-A Columbus where he was 2-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 14 games (four starts), striking out 29 batters with only seven walks. Signed by the Yankees as a minor league free agent on January 4, 2008, Traber has appeared in 76 Major League games (28 starts) with the Cleveland Indians and Nationals, posting a 12-14 record and a 5.41 ERA.

INF Marcos Vechionacci, 21, spent most of the 2007 season with Single-A Tampa, batting .266 (104-for-391) with 44 runs scored, 23 doubles and 39 RBI in 108 games at third base. He also appeared with Double-A Trenton in the final two games of the regular season and batted .288 in the postseason, helping the Thunder win the Eastern League title. Following the season, he joined Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League where he hit .286 (30-for-105) in 41 games. He was rated by Baseball America as having the best infield arm in the organization for the second straight season. Vechionacci was originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on August 26, 2002.
(From: MLB)

Wooooohee that is a lot of names. The most surprising of which is C Austin Romine. The fact that he was invited shows how high the Yankees are on him, considering he was drafted this past year and has played in exactly one game above high school.

Just so you know Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Legends Field on Feb. 14, the first Spring Training under new manager Joe Girardi.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Here We Go Again

Remember when we said the Santana rumor was dead? Well Hank "The Tank" pulled a fast one and is now denying the reports that the offer was withdrawn. He had this to say:

"It's still in the deciding process," Steinbrenner said Monday night outside Legends Field at the Yankees' spring training complex. "We're still discussing it. There's still a little talk back and forth." (Source:SI)

He went on to say there never even was an official offer:

"There wasn't an official offer anyway. You can't withdraw something that wasn't there," Steinbrenner said. "There was no official offer on the table at this time."

When will all this madness end?

*Also it exactly one month until pitchers and catchers- Feb 14- it begins*