The 2009 Draft, Some Potential First Round Targets

The Brave Engineer film 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 became everything they could have hoped for in a high school pitching prospect. 2005:  CJ Henry (#17).  Was a 5-tool high school athlete with a basketball scholarship, but unlike fellow draftee Austin Jackson, was unable to turn those tools into skills. 2006:  Ian Kennedy (#21).  A Continue reading The 2009 Draft, Some Potential First Round Targets

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 scoreless, while the man he was trade for, Tyler Clippard, shut the Yankees down over 1 1/3 innings. Reegie Corona and Austin Jackson were each 1 for 5.  Jackson’s .356 average on the season is more than triple Corona’s .118 average.  Ouch. Continue reading Minors Recap, 5/28

Posada’s Back!

Scourge divx 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 Swisher RF Gardner CF or, since opposing starter, Cliff Lee is a lefty, we could very see the lefty Matsui sit for Jorge at DH and the hot Cervelli, a righty, getting the nod behind the plater: Jeter SS Damon LF Teixeira 1B Rodriguez 3B Posada DH Cano 2B Continue reading Posada’s Back!

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 of that season made it look like 2007 and then 2008 represented a downward trend. In reality, 2007 was right in line with Derek’s numbers from 2002-2005, and 2008 was marred by a hand injury that led to one putrid month. There was no downward Continue reading Jeter Bouncing Back From 2008

1st Quarter Grades – Outfielders

.!. 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: Brett Gardner:  Going into the season, we pretty much agreed that BG needed a .330ish OBP in order to be effective.   He’s outperforming that goal with a .339 OBP, a .416 slugging and 9 steals.  He’s been pretty much what we expected and seems to be improving.  Add better than expected range (sick +20.9 UZR/150) and much better arm to that and you get a B+. Continue reading 1st Quarter Grades – Outfielders

Yankees Interested In DeRosa?

From Buster Olney: Imagine Mark DeRosa as a big hunk of tuna, bait on a hook. One of the looming shadows circling below is that of the New York Yankees, who are weighing options and haven’t decided whether to take a shot at the versatile veteran. Really? DeRosa is a solid player who had a good year last season, but he is almost certain to cost more than he is worth. He has a career 97 OPS+, and his real value comes in his versatility, which really does not fill a need on this roster. Unless something is seriously wrong Continue reading Yankees Interested In DeRosa?

Minors Recap, 5/27

Scranton defeats Syracuse, 4-1 (7 innings, game 1) The Hawk Is Dying psp 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 Yanks view him as a starter in the future. Mark Melancon gave up a hit in 1 shutout inning of relief.  With Jose Veras’s struggles, it would not surprise me if Mark returned to the majors soon. Reegie Corona was 1 for 4. Austin Jackson, Continue reading Minors Recap, 5/27