Law: Keep An Eye On Jose Ramirez

Each year, Keith Law follows his top 100 prospects list with a list of sleepers not in the top 100 who might take large leaps in the upcoming minor league season. Last year’s list is peppered with prospects that are now highly regarded, with Arodys Vizcaino being the Yankee entrant in 2009. In 2010, the Yankee sleeper is Jose Ramirez: Right-hander Jose Ramirez is long and loose with room to fill out, but can already run his fastball up to 95-96, locate it to his glove side and turn over a changeup. His main drawback is the lack of an Continue reading Law: Keep An Eye On Jose Ramirez

Girardi: Winn signed for “depth” and “competition”

According to Joe Girardi, the Yankees signed Randy Winn for “depth” and “competition.” Here’s the full quote on Winn, which basically casts him as a bench player: “I think he can be a good player for us,” Girardi said. “I know people have talked about Randy Winn replacing Johnny Damon, and that wasn’t why we signed Randy Winn. We signed Randy Winn so we’d have depth to make sure we have depth and make sure that we have competition. If someone gets hurt, we have enough people to fill the spot. Randy Winn has been an everyday player for a Continue reading Girardi: Winn signed for “depth” and “competition”

Joba: “Nothing is guaranteed”

Last night, via Newsday‘s Ken Davidoff, we learned from Yankees manager, Joe Girardi, that the final spot in the club’s 2010 starting rotation will be decided by a five-man contest this spring, one that features Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Alfredo Aceves, Chad Gaudin, and Sergio Mitre. Still, given practical concerns (i.e., Hughes’ innings limit and Chamberlain’s lack thereof) as well as the important matter of a recent starting track record, it appears as though Joba Chamberlain will be in the lead for that role, at least initially, with Phil Hughes serving as the Nebraskan’s foremost competition. Chamberlain, however, does not Continue reading Joba: “Nothing is guaranteed”

Is Having A Large Platoon Split A Good Thing?

[image title=”Yankees Curtis Granderson” size=”full” id=”14579″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] MGL seems to think so, with the excerpt courtesy of Fangraphs: In fact, having good overall numbers with a horrible split is a POSITIVE and not a negative! If it turns out that he is truly (true-talent wise after accounting for small sample performance) poor against LHB, then you would be able to platoon him, sit him against tough (high splits) lefties, or pinch hit for him against lefties in high leverage situations, which would provide even MORE value to his team than his overall or historical numbers would suggest! Basically, Continue reading Is Having A Large Platoon Split A Good Thing?

Olney: Damon Just Kept Saying No

[image title=”1135365038_05711″ size=”full” id=”14576″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] Buster Olney has an interesting account of the Johnny Damon negotiations that I am inclined to believe. He suggests that Damon was the Yankees’ Plan A in left and at the 2 slot in the lineup, but simply kept rejecting offers that were commensurate to his value at the time. There are a few relevant excerpts here, but I would like to include the caveat that Damon’s camp would likely dispute some of the details, and suggest the Yankees never actually made an offer. Keeping that in mind, here is Buster’s account of Continue reading Olney: Damon Just Kept Saying No

PECOTA: Adjusted Standings

The other day, Baseball Prospectus released its PECOTA projected standings for 2010 and, needless to say, Yankee fans were not pleased to see their beloved Bombers penciled in for third place (despite an impressive 93-69 record). However, as SG at Replacement Level Yankee pointed out upon PECOTA’s release, the numbers involved to construct the standings were off (an issue of human error, it seems, on Baseball Prospectus’ part). Realizing their mistake, BP has issued the according adjustments (h/t to RAB) and, consequently, we now have altered projections. Here’s the original, for comparison’s sake: Now, here are PECOTA’s adjusted numbers: Clearly, Continue reading PECOTA: Adjusted Standings

A closer look at VORP and WARP

Yankeeist regularly uses a variety of advanced baseball stats. While Larry most frequently uses wOBA to value hitters and FIP to value pitchers, I tend to focus more on the marginal value-based statistics VORP and WARP (called WAR if you prefer Fangraphs to Baseball Prospectus). For those who don’t know, the names of these stats are acronyms that stand for Value Over Replacement Player and Wins Above Replacement Player, respectively. They attempt to measure the number of runs, or entire wins, any player in baseball can be expected to contribute to his team above the level of production that same Continue reading A closer look at VORP and WARP

Some thoughts on the Winn signing

On Wednesday, in a move that will draw the ire of fans well into the regular season, the Yankees signed the 35-year old Randy Winn to a one-year deal worth $2 million. Now, while I do not despise the addition – Winn will rebound (to some degree) after a poor 2009 campaign, in which his .314 BABIP was somewhat lower than his career norm (about .330) despite posting the highest line drive percentage of his career (22.3%) and, to his credit, he did battle some nagging albeit minor lower half injures (to his right knee and right foot) – however, Continue reading Some thoughts on the Winn signing