Quick Hit: Kiley McDaniel’s Yankee Farm System Evaluation

If you’ve been waiting with hands clenched in anticipation for this since last week like I have, then this morning was a beautiful morning for you.  Kiley McDaniel released his farm system evaluation for the Yankees over at FanGraphs, and it’s an absolute doozy of a post.  I’m talking detailed scouting reports on tons of players, videos, breakdowns of players to watch at all levels, and mentions of a few names that I’ve never even heard of.  If you’re a big prospect person and still in the prospect-y mood from our events here last week, definitely set this aside for your lunch time reading today.

If you want the highlights, McDaniel is higher on both Jacob Lindgren and Jorge Mateo than anybody else I’ve read, down on Gary Sanchez and Domingo German, and thinks Tyler Wade and Juan De Leon will start to make their way up the ladder this year.  Even if you don’t have time today to fully dive into this, I would recommend carving out some at some point to read the whole thing.…

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Blood from a Stone, or Just What Can We Expect from Mr. Rodriguez?

The last time we saw Alex Rodriguez playing Major League Baseball, he was performing quite well, batting .244/.348/.423 with 7 HR and a 113 wRC+ across 181 PA. That is, of course, well below the lofty standards set by his career as a whole, and a rather unattractive slash line in the context of the era – but I would also suggest that it was fairly encouraging. At 38-years-old, with two surgically repaired hips and a surgically repaired right knee, Rodriguez managed to be an above-average hitter over what amounts to a quarter of a season. If you cocked your head and squinted a bit, things were looking up for Rodriguez, as he prepared for the upcoming season. But that was 2013, and ‘the upcoming season’ ended up being ‘TBA.’ And … well, you know the rest.

As of this writing, it has been 488 days since Rodriguez played professional baseball. By the time the Yankees suit-up for their first Spring Training game in March, it will have been one year, five months, one week, and three days since the last time Rodriguez donned pinstripes – and that’s assuming he plays some role in that game.…

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IIATMS Prospect Week 2015: Final Wrap-Up

I hope everybody had fun reading all of our Prospect Week posts this past week, especially the IIATMS Top 30.  If, for any reason, you missed anything earlier this week, here’s a quick recap post with all the links to the most important stuff.

IIATMS Top 30:

- Positions 35-31
- Positions 30-21
- Positions 20-11
- Positions 10-1
- The Individual Lists

Player Profiles:

- Miguel Andujar
- Jake Cave

Thanks to everybody for reading and thanks to those who commented.  Prospects are always a fun topic to debate.  Now let’s see how this crop does in 2015 and we’ll go back and update the list roughly 1 year from now.

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Weekend Open Thread: 1/25/15

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This is your weekend open thread.

If you live in the Northeast, go out and get some groceries because you may have three feet of snow dumped onto your house from Monday night through Wednesday morning. If you don’t live in the Northeast, you’re lucky.

Anyway, we do have some Yankee news. Alex Rodriguez wanted to meet and apologize to the Yankees, they said “Nope! See ya in Tampa!” Of course, there are a few versions of this story. Some headlines suggest that the Yankees just said no without explaining that they want to wait until Spring Training. How odd! So much sensationalizing! (Not really.) Oh and Alex met with new commissioner Rob Manfred and the meeting was positive. Go figure.

And speaking of Spring Training, we’re really close, you guys! It’s three weeks away! Thank goodness.

Enjoy your Sunday!

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The 2015 IIATMS Top 30: The Individual Lists

Just thought this might be something a few people would want to look at as an easier comparison of the differences between the individual lists.  Here are the 3 complete lists that made the final composite Top 30:

Brad’s Top 30:

1) Aaron Judge
2) Luis Severino
3) Gary Sanchez
4) Rob Refsnyder
5) Greg Bird
6) Ian Clarkin
7) Eric Jagielo
8) Domingo German
9) Tyler Austin
10) Luis Torrens
11) Jacob Lindgren
12) Ramon Flores
13) Miguel Andujar
14) Bryan Mitchell
15) Jose Ramirez
16) Jake Cave
17) Jorge Mateo
18) Ty Hensley
19) Mason Williams
20) Austin DeCarr
21) Dan Camarena
22) Leonardo Molina
23) Jose Pirela
24) Gosuke Katoh
25) Abiatal Avelino
26) Jordan Montgomery
27) Nick Rumbelow
28) Jaron Long
29) Alexander Palma
30) Brady Lail

Domenic’s List:

1) Aaron Judge
2) Luis Severino
3) Ian Clarkin
4) Gary Sanchez
5) Greg Bird
6) Jake Cave
7) Luis Torrens
8) Miguel Andujar
9) Jorge Mateo
10) Eric Jagielo
11) Rob Refsnyder
12) Tyler Austin
13) Jacob Lindgren
14) Domingo German
15) Ramon Flores
16) Ty Hensley
17) Abiatal Avelino
18) Bryan Mitchell
19) Leonardo Molina
20) Chasen Shreve
21) Jose Ramirez
22) Mason Williams
23) Austin DeCarr
24) Jordan Montgomery
25) Hyo-Jun Park
26) Alexander Palma
27) Tyler Webb
28) Chris Breen
29) Taylor Dugas
30) Jordan Foley

EJ’s List:

1) Aaron Judge
2) Luis Severino
3) Gary Sanchez
4) Greg Bird
5) Ian Clarkin
6) Domingo German
7) Rob Refsnyder
8) Jorge Mateo
9) Tyler Austin
10) Eric Jagielo
11) Luis Torrens
12) Ramon Flores
13) Jacob Lindgren
14) Jake Cave
15) Miguel Andujar
16) Bryan Mitchell
17) Ty Hensley
18) Mason Williams
19) Dan Camarena
20) Jose Ramirez
21) Angel Aguilar
22) Chasen Shreve
23) Alexander Palma
24) Leonardo Molina
25) Austin DeCarr
26) Dermis Garcia
27) Juan De Leon
28) Nelson Gomez
29) Abiatal Avelino
30) Jose Pirela

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IIATMS Podcast Episode 35: Top 30 Yankee Prospects

It’s two for one this prospect week! Domenic and I discuss the IIATMS Top-30 Yankee prospects, posted earlier today.

You can download the episode here or grab the podcast RSS feed here.

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Saturday Morning Linkapalooza: 1/24/15

You might not have noticed, but it was a little bit of a busy week around here at IIATMS.  I didn’t have nearly the amount of time I usually do to read around the Yankosphere, and to be quite honest I didn’t want to go through the effort of writing this linkaround just so it could bump our IIATMS Top 10 down the page.  Hopefully everybody has had a chance to read that and the other 2 parts of our 2015 top 30 prospects list this week.  If you haven’t, don’t worry.  I’ll be plugging the hell out of it later this weekend and into the foreseeable future.  If you’re like me and you’ve been so consumed by the Top 30 this week that you didn’t bother to check any other sites out, here’s what you missed.

– On Monday, Andrew Mearns of Pinstripe Alley asked if the Yankees should try to trade for one of the Nationals’ starters.  Yes.  The answer is yes.…

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The 2015 IIATMS Top 30: Positions 10-1

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Courtesy of MiLB.com

Well, it’s all been building to this.  The cream of the crop, the best of the best, the bluest of all the organizational prospect chips.  Today we wrap up the IIATMS Top 30 with the top 10 prospects in the Yankee system as voted on by our 3-man panel, and for the first time in a few years those top 10 players are primarily located in the top levels of the system.  Long considered a bottom-heavy farm system, the Yankees now boast an upper portion that is chock full of their best prospects and possibly multiple league-wide top 50-100 guys.  Who did we say is #1?  Keep reading to find out.

10) Tyler Austin- OF, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Age: 23, Height: 6’1″, Weight: 220
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Key 2014 Stats: .275/.336/.419, 59 R, 47 RBI, 20 2B, 5 3B, 9 HR, in 105 Games (437 PA)
ETA: 2015-2016
Brad’s Rank: 9th, Dom’s Rank: 12th, EJ’s Rank: 9th

Dom’s Take- Austin was a consensus top 100 prospect 2 years ago on the heels of an excellent 2012, when he batted .322/.400/.559 with 17 HR and 23 SB (in only 25 attempts) in 472 PA split mostly between Charleston and Tampa.…

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Report: Eovaldi Getting To Work

He’s not a prospect, but don’t sleep on Nathan Eovaldi as another young player to watch in the Yankee system this year.  The 24-year-old righty is going to be a very important part of the rotation this year, and in a really good piece by Bryan Hoch, he talked about what he’s been working on to improve his game:

“My goal toward the end of the season, my last two or three games with the Marlins, I was working on a changeup — kind of like a split-finger [fastball], in a way. It’s been feeling great. I felt comfortable with it toward the end of the season last year, and this offseason, I’ve been able to pick up pretty much where I left off.”

Eovaldi’s changeup has been the weak link of his offerings over the first few years of his career, so it’s good to know that he’s made it a top priority.  In addition to that focus, Hoch reported that Eovaldi has already spoken with Larry Rothschild, Brian McCann, Joe Girardi, and Chris Capuano, and it sounds like Roth and Big Mac are going to make working with Eovaldi their top priority when spring camp starts.…

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