Showing posts with label ramiro pena. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ramiro pena. Show all posts

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Pena Optioned Down

When I made my daily trip around the blogosphere I was surprised to read that the Yankees will be sending down Ramiro Pena and having him learn centerfield. Not surprised to see him being sent down but I didn't expect to see them teaching Pena centerfield. I like both moves by the Yankees though. Versatility can never hurt and might save them a roster spot down the line.

Here's a few reasons I prefer Ransom over Pena right now:
  • Ransom clearly has a better bat. Pena's hitting has been epically bad and Ransom hit .302/.400/.651 in the majors last year. Yes in a small sample size but you have to give the guy a ML roster spot if he does that.
  • If you keep Ransom on the ML team you can still keep Pena around in the minors. While if you wanted to keep Pena around, you'd have to DFA Ransom and probably lose him. If theirs an injury it'd be nice to have both of them around. If Ransom struggles they can just replace him with Pena but it wouldn't work the other way around.
  • Pena is only 24 and is fantastic in the field. If he could ever learn to hit he'd become a valuable player. If he could just have an OPS+ around 100 then he could be a future everyday player. He can work on this in the minors. If he were to get hot in the minors, it would help him build up some trade value.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Berroa DFA'd

I honestly totally forgot about Cody Ransom but he's back from his injury which means Angel Berroa is gone. I guess this means Ramiro Pena is next in line for a demotion when Nady makes his return, which shouldn't be long now. Unless they want to keep two infielders and wave bye bye to Brett Tomko.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Yankees Win

For a little while it looked like the Yankees were going to blow this one. Nobody was surprised when they pulled this one out though. Aside from the Yankees many comeback wins this year, Washington's bullpen is absurdly bad. I really feel bad for the National's few fans, if Ron Villone is pitching key innings for you, you're in big trouble.

C. C. Sabathia turned in another nice start today. The only mistake he made was the home run he gave up to Anderson Hernandez. However, he went deep into the game again and gave up only three runs. It was a long time before he gave up his one walk of the night. The only concern I have is that he only K'ed two guys. So far C. C. has been good and a big innings eater. However, not the ace we have hoped for. Hopefully, he will repeat his second half surge of last year, to some degree. The return of Brian Bruney to get the last out of the eighth was notable and Mariano turned in a typical 1-2-3 inning for the save.

Cano hasn't been hitting lately much at all lately but today may mark the start of a turnaround. If he could get going it would be huge for the Yankees and any time a guy goes 4-4 its a good day. His double at the end of the game essentially put the game away. Texeira also made some nice stretches in the field in contrast to his Washinton counterpart, Nick Johnson, and blasted a HIGH double to left center.

All in all, a nondescript win for the Yankees but still a if they lost it would have put them three behind Boston. Nobody wants to blow the series opener against Washington at home either.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Third Base

When A-Rod went down we knew the Yankees were going suffer a huge loss. A-Rod's the best or second best third baseman in baseball (David Wright?). Still, nobody expected a line of .180/.226/.320 from Cody Ransom. We also hoped to see at least average fielding. But we didn't get that and after Ransom went down yesterday, their weren't many Yankees fans sweating the loss. A-Rod is making a faster recovery than expected and could be back by early May if he suffers no setbacks. However, they still need to shore up that hole for a few more weeks. Among the candidates are Angel Berroa, Ramiro Pena, and Eric Duncan.

First we have the favorite, Ramiro Pena. Pena was a long shot to make the ML roster going into Spring Training. However, he impressed during Spring Training and made the team. Pena's strength is really his glove. He's a fantastic shortstop and the idea of him and Cano up the middle is tantalizing. However, he's definitely not a ML level hitter. He's never even played in AAA and last year had a line of .266/.330/.357. He's not going to hit any better than Ransom. Pena will probably get the job and his defense is a weapon but if he's Derek Jeter's succesor I'd be shocked.

Next up is Angel Berroa. Unlike the other two, Berroa has quite a bit of ML experience. His ROTY award in 2003 gave him more second chances than Sidney Ponson. He never followed up on that yera's success and since then has been barely replacement level. He also has next to no experience at third base. He played the position for one third of an inning in 2007 and I assume he tried it out in Spring Training but their's nothing to indicate he'd be a very good third baseman. As a SS he's been slightly below average so I hold little hope for him. The only reason he's getting a look is his hot start in AAA. He's batting .316/.365/.491 so far for Scranton. I have very little hope for him.

And finally we reach the Yankees own fallen star, Eric Duncan. Ideally for the Yankees, and Duncan, he would have continued on his path to stardom and given the Yankees a much cheaper, less annoying replacement for Alex Rodriguez when he opted out of his contract. However, things didn't work out like that did they? Instead, he had a few poor, injury plagued years and fell off the map completely. He's now blocked at third base by Mark Teixeira as well. Although he's dabbled in the outfield, his chances of being a Yankees starter are pretty much zero. The Yankees have nothing to lose by giving him a shot and if they can catch lightning in a bottle with him, then he could regain some of his former luster as a trade chip. He's cooled since last we checked in on him but he's still batting .326/.400/.419. I say give him a shot and hope for the best. Simply DFA Ransom to make room for him on the 40 man roster. Duncan, like Pena, has the potential to give the Yankees something. However, theirs none of the risk.