The 2009 Draft, Some Potential First Round Targets

In my last post, I looked back at some of the significant players taken in recent Yankee drafts.  I am going to look at some potential first-rounders here, but first let’s see some recent first-round picks, and how they fared.

2004:  Phil Hughes (#23).  A polished high school pitcher who...

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Minors Recap, 5/28

Scranton falls to Syracuse, 5-4

  • Casey Fossum started, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks in 4 1/3 innings, while striking out 3.
  • Edwar Ramirez continued his major league struggles, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings.
  • Jonathan Alabaladejo allowed 1 hit and struck out 1 in 2...
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Posada’s Back!

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Jorge Posada will be activated tomorrow, further lengthening an already formidable lineup.  He also provides some versatility options for Joe G. at a temporarily thin DH position.  The Yankees could go with this lineup tomorrow:

Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Posada C
Cano 2B
Matsui DH
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Jeter Bouncing Back From 2008

The perception coming into the season regarding Derek Jeter was that he was in the decline phase of his career, and that we could not expect him to return to his 2007 numbers. On many occasions, I pointed out that the tales of Jeter’s decline were a mirage created by his great 2006. The brilliance...

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1st Quarter Grades – Outfielders

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We’re a little bit past the quarter pole in the season and it’s a good time to look at how guys are measuring up to the pre-season expectations.  Let’s start with the outfielders:

  1. Brett Gardner:  Going into the season, we pretty much agreed that BG needed a .330ish OBP in order to be effective.  ...
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Minors Recap, 5/27

Scranton defeats Syracuse, 4-1 (7 innings, game 1)

  • George Kontos put together another solid start, giving up a run on 6 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 6.  With the Yankees’ bullpen woes, I would like to see how he does as a reliever, but it appears that the...
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    A bit more on "Vote For Manny"

    If you think my “Vote For Manny” is actually about wanting to embrace the pro-steroids stance, please read on.

    If you think my “Vote For Manny” is actually about preventing the most worthy of players, such as Raul Ibanez, from getting selected to the All Star Game, please read on.

    If you understood that the “Vote For Manny” is one part satire, one part sarcasm, one part fun, one part grandiose hopes the rules of the game will somehow change to make sense…. feel free to read on even though you already get it.

    So what is “Vote For Manny” and why did I create it?

    The issues surrounding Manny, the All Star Game, PEDs represents the “perfect storm” for MLB. Now, I am not a Bud Selig basher, but there are things he’s done that I am critical of, just as I am complimentary of other things he’s credited with. Having Manny, by far the highest profile player to test positive under the current testing rules, coming off his 50 game suspension a week prior to the ASG is unquestionably brutal timing for MLB.…

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