Yesterday, Brian Cashman was asked about his current progress on the trade market, and today he landed an outfielder. Via Brian T. Smith, the Yankees have acquired Fernando Martinez in exchange for 2012 37th round pick Charles Basford.
Martinez was likely headed to the waiver wire, where the Astros originally picked him up from the Mets. The former top prospect is still just 24 years old, but after 5 short seasons in the majors, Martinez has been unable to produce regularly. In just 310 plate appearances in the big leagues, Martinez has a .206/.269/.362 slash. Although he was ranked in Baseball America’s top 30 prospect three times, and once at 77, Martinez hasn’t had much success in the minors lately either. With the Mets, Martinez has put up OPS’s of just .772 and .746 through 537 plate appearance in 2010 and 2011. Last season, Martinez went off to the hitter friendly PCL and looked much better with a .314/.367/.507 slash. He’s since struggled in both the majors and minors of the Astros.
The outfielder is still young at 24 years old, and left-handed bats in Yankee Stadium have been known to do well. Perhaps the Yankees still see some of the offensive prowess that scouts saw just a couple of years ago. If anyone can fix a swing, Kevin Long stands with the best of them. With that said, he’s destined for Scranton, and it only cost the Yankees a low-A relief pitcher, so it’s not like the biggest move.
So Don Mattingly is back in New York. I’m sure he’ll entertain plenty of cheers and ovation, but it’ll be even sweeter to see the Yankees pull out a win with the type of line up they’re sporting.
On the mound, Phil Hughes takes on LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu.
The radar looks absolutely dreadful, and we’ve already been told that the game will start in a delay. If they do get this one in, you can catch it on MY9 and the MLB Network.
Also, just an update on Michael Pineda. In an interview on ESPN NY, Brian Cashman said that Pineda will make his next rehab start on Thursday in Tampa. It seems early, but after this next rehab start, Pineda will either be sent to the major leagues or optioned to Triple-A. Cashman has been coy about this since the winter, and it seems inevitable that Pineda will end up with his service time limited and doing rehab work in Scranton. The Yankees will do this to regain a year of lost team control, and I’m sure the union will be furious.
Update: The game is indeed postponed. I suggest catching Zack Wheeler’s debut on SNY, otherwise we’ll see you tomorrow for a day/night doubleheader.
(This information was transmitted via a flurry of tweets from beat writers and Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network.)
Well, it’s like the title of the post says, Kevin Youkilis has a herniated disk that needs to be surgically repaired this Thursday which means he will be out at least 10-12 weeks.
Youkilis was batting .219/.305/.343/.648 in 2013.
Yeah…That was a great signing.
UPDATE: Via Daniel Barbarisi of WSJ, Brian Cashman says for the moment they wont look to acquire a new 3b, will wait for ARod’s return.
Yes, you are reading this correctly, Vernon Wells is your clean up hitter but it’s against a lefty and he’s still doing okay against them. (.276 vs .190) Fine it’s not great but what choice do the Yankees have?
Via Sweeny Murti:
Mark Teixeira is going on DL. No surprise. Yankees bringing back RHP Adam Warren. Heard OF Zoilo Almonte could be added too.
(Big thanks to IIATMS reader Professor Longnose for this tip.)
Have you ever wondered what New York looked like in the 1920′s and have you ever wondered what it would be like to see a Yankee player in a film from that era? Well, wait no longer because now’s your chance.
The film is called Speedy, a silent film made in 1928 which features a cameo by Babe Ruth. In his scene, he is being driven to Yankee Stadium by an overly excited and impressed cab driver played by Harold Lloyd, who is the main star of the movie. It’s pretty amazing to see what New York looked like back in the late 1920′s and Ruth does a pretty passable job acting like he’s terrified by the driver’s shoddy driving.
Just in case, the embed code doesn’t work, here’s the link to the film clip.
Back in March, EJ wrote a piece about how we tend to over and under value Yankee prospects in different ways. In there, you’ll find that all the organization’s minor league affiliates manage to be in leagues that have ranked average to below average in runs per game since 2008. The argument EJ presents is that there is too much hype around the pitching prospects, and too little hype around the hitting prospects.
This is something that goes overlooked in many farm systems. Yes, from time to time we see players’ hype extinguished by great offensive performances in league like the PCL, and most prospect evaluators take into consideration the league, but when it comes to ballpark factors, there’s so many different stadiums to analyze that even the experts seem to get caught up in the hype.
One non-Yankee example could be the Mariners over the last few years. Top prospects like Dustin Ackley, Michael Saunders, and Jeff Clement all posted huge offensive numbers in the minor leagues as left-handed batters, but have failed to succeed in Safeco Field. If you take a look at Stat Corner’s rankings of their minor league parks, the Mariners have extremely favorable park factors for left-handed hitters in both their High-A affiliate and Triple-A affiliate. Meanwhile, Safeco remains a very difficult ballpark for left-handers to hit in, as Stat Corner gives it an 80 (where 100 is average) for doubles and triple, an 83 for home runs, and a 79 for runs overall. Meanwhile, Mariner’s pitching prospects usually exceed expectations after surviving through the offensive-slanted minor league system.
For the Yankees, it would seem the opposite happens. The team has had a number of top pitching prospects over the years that have failed to survive in Yankee Stadium and the AL East. This doesn’t necessarily mean that all pitching prospects will fail in Yankee Stadium, but Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, and Ian Kennedy decimated the Yankees’ minor league system, and each earned themselves top prospect statuses before hitting a wall in the Bronx. Of course the Yankees minor league teams, for the most part, have pitcher friendly stadiums, while Yankee Stadium remains one of the easiest ballparks to hit in.
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Cash had a lot to say to the media yesterday. Unsurprisingly, the bulk of it was about injuries. While the news on A-Rod and Michael Pineda was both positive, it was what Cash said about Mark Teixeira that stood out. When asked about Kevin Long’s statement over the weekend that Teix hadn’t seemed right since coming off the DL, Cash pulled off the impressive feat of going both on the defensive and the offensive, saying that Long had never said anything like that in any internal discussions and calling it “alarming” that Long would then say that to reporters. When pressed further to comment on whether he was angry with Long, Cash summed up his feelings with this statement:
“I think some people are better with the microphone than others.”
Boom, roasted! I don’t care if you like Cash or not, that’s a good line. What I do care about is the fact that it’s another example of Cash publicly airing out his people, something that’s never been a part of his playbook and has come as a bit of a surprise to me this season.
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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Rochester 10-1 in Game 1:
The RailRiders had their chances, scattering nine hits through the game, but they only managed one run. Rochester scored first, plating a pair in the second on a single by Antoan Richardson and a sac fly by Chris Herrmann. Jeff Clement started the top of the third with a single for the Red Wings and they loaded the bases when Dan Rohlfing and Eric Farris drew walks. Clement scored on a ground out to second and a single by Eric Fryer plated Rohlfing. A wild pitch by Mark Montgomery scored one more runner and the RailRiders trailed 5-0. Rochester added one more in the fourth. Scranton finally got on the board in the bottom of the inning. Dan Johnson grounded a single to center and moved to third on a double by Randy Ruiz. A sac fly by Josh Bell scored Johnson, but the RailRiders still had a lot of runs to make up. The Red Wings managed to add to their lead, scoring a pair of runs in the fifth and the seventh as they handed Rochester a 10-1 loss.
Zoilo Almonte, Dan Johnson and Randy Ruiz each went 2-3, with Johnson scoring once and Ruiz hitting a double, Scranton’s lone extra base hit. Addison Maruszak went 2-4 and Walter Ibarra went 1-3. Caleb Cotham made the start and allowed five runs on four hits and eight BBs in just 2.1 innings. Mark Montgomery gave up one run on two hits in 1.2 innings, striking out a pair. Josh Spence also threw 1.2 innings, giving up two runs on four hits and three strike outs. Ryan Baker finished the game, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks in 1.1 innings of work.
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