Millwood rejects MiL Deal

Word came down early today from Joel Sherman that Kevin Millwood has apparently rejected the offer of a minor league deal from the Yankees.

Mr. Millwood has been a popular point of discussion here during TYA’s opening week: Mike kicked the tires on Millwood and Edwin Jackson and I posited that Millwood might be a good idea at this point. At the beginning of offseason, I balked at the idea of giving Millwood a Major League deal, but warmed up a bit to it on Friday. He’s gotten attention from the Indians as well as the Yankees, but Sherman gave no indication that the Indians are willing to go to a Major League deal and we haven’t heard anything about Millwood and the Indians since Februrary 12th and they were unwilling to sign Millwood to a one year, $4MM deal. Because of that, the Yankees should feel no pressure to offer up a Major League deal.

Millwood is probably a better bet than Freddy Garcia or Bartolo Colon or Sergio Mitre or Ivan Nova, but that doesn’t mean the Yankees should just cave to his demands and throw money at their problem.… Click here to read the rest

Outstanding Andrew Brackman profile

I can’t recommend highly enough the piece Mark Fiensand penned yesterday on Yankee prospect Andrew Brackman. Mark sat down with Andrew and interviewed him at length on a range of topics related to his development as a pitcher. It takes you through the transition he made from being a basketball player to a baseball player. The issues he had coming back from Tommy John surgery, the struggles with his confidence during that brutal 2009 season and beyond. It gives you an in-depth look at a highly touted prospects road to the show, with all the bumps along the way. He writes:

On the transition from Basketball to Baseball:

But getting past a hoopsters’ way of thinking was tougher than Brackman thought, especially during his forgettable 2009 season – his first full year in the minors.

“I’d have a bad game in Charleston and I’d say, ‘I need to do something to get better,’ then I’d go to the weight room,” Brackman said.

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Analyzing another Yankee top prospect list

In the latest offseason list, Kevin Goldstein of the excellent Baseball Prospectus has unveiled his top 20 Yankee prospects (only Subscribers can see the full content, alas, but anyone can see the list and a scouting report on Jesus Montero).  I’m going to take a quick look at the list and share my thoughts on it, to see if he differs significantly from the developing consensus on the Yankee system.  He grades the top 11 prospects, and then adds in 9 more to watch.  It’s worthy of note that KG tends to be a bit of a “velocity whore”, and is not afraid to rank a prospect with little experience very highly if he gets a good vibe from them.

  1. Jesus Montero (5 star)
  2. Manny Banuelos (5 star)
  3. Gary Sanchez (5 star)
  4. Dellin Betances (5 star)
  5. Eduardo Nunez (3 star)
  6. Austin Romine (3 star)
  7. Andrew Brackman (3 star)
  8. Ivan Nova (3 star)
  9. Hector Noesi (3 star)
  10. Brett Marshall (3 star)
  11. Adam Warren (3 star)
  12. Graham Stoneburner
  13. Brandon Laird
  14. Slade Heathcott
  15. Cito Culver
  16. David Phelps
  17. Melky Mesa
  18. DJ Mitchell
  19. Colin Curtis
  20. Angelo Gumbs

At first glance, nothing jumps out at me as outrageous on this list. … Click here to read the rest

Playing the ‘What if’ game with Cliff Lee

Brian Cashman was recently interviewed by Larry Stone of the Seattle Times about what went down in the ill-fated Cliff Lee negotiations. Given how things have played out since, we now have some context to put those trade talks into. But as Brian lays out, we are are still left with many unanswered questions. He begins:

“It is what it is,” Cashman said Tuesday. “You don’t have a deal until you officially have a deal. Our guy, Adams, didn’t pass the medicals. They went back to the original stuff I had been saying no to all along.”

Brian is referring to Yankee AA 2B prospect David Adams, who suffered what was at the time described as a “high ankle sprain” on May 23 sliding into second base in a game at Portland’s Hadlock Field. He was on the DL at the time of the Cliff Lee trade talks, which broke down on July 9th. After attempting to rehab the injury over the next few months, on July 29th VP of player development Mark Newman reported that the ankle was broken, not sprained.… Click here to read the rest

Friday Night Open Thread

Well, that was a fun week, huh? Thank you to everyone who stopped by and helped make our first week at The Yankee Analysts a resounding success! We published 27 posts this week (and received nearly 300 comments on those posts, so thank you again!), and given that level of frequency it’s possible you may have missed some of our fine work, so here is a smattering of some of the excellent pieces that our talented staff churned out this week:

Sean P. wrote an excellent prospect profile on righthander Brett Marshall,who E.J. also noted as one of five Yankee prospects to watch this spring. E.J. also profiled Adam Warren, and offered a more optimistic view on prospects compared to Sean’s glass-half-empty look.

William wrote what has to be one of the most authoritative pieces around on the Yankees’ long spring training history and also offered a cautionary tale drawing parallels between Ron Guidry and Joba Chamberlain.… Click here to read the rest

Can Lightning Strike Twice? Joba, Yankees Can Learn A Lot From Ron Guidry

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog).

Once upon a time, the Yankees had a promising young pitching prospect who was inexplicably converted into a late inning reliever. After a couple of seasons of disappointing results, however, many within the organization, not to mention the media and fans, began to question his mental makeup and body size. Eventually, there were indications that the team was looking to trade its once prized prospect, who had become tarnished because of his lack of development.

Best know as the scout who drafted Guidry, Donald was also a pretty good pitcher for the Yankees.

Although the parallels are similar, the story above is not about Joba Chamberlain. Rather, it is the tale of Ron Guidry’s early days with the Yankees.

The Yankees drafted Ron Guidry out of the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1971. Despite barely being 150 pounds soaking wet, Guidry had developed a reputation as a terrific athlete, which attracted the attention of Yankees’ regional scout Atley Donald (whose Yankee record of 12 wins without a loss to start a season was broken by Guidry in 1978).… Click here to read the rest