Yankees Name Minor League Player/Pitcher of the Year

There is a bit of news out of Tampa, as we await tomorrow’s first spring training game. The Yankees have announced the 2010 Kevin Lawn “Player of the Year” and “Pitcher of the Year.” Eduardo Nunez took Player of the Year honors, while David Phelps was named Pitcher of the Year.  From the Yankees Press Release:

The annual awards are dedicated to Kevin O’Brien Lawn – the son of longtime Yankees Vice President and Chief of Operations Jack Lawn – who passed away in 1999.

Nunez, 23, batted .289 (134-for-464) with 55 runs, 25 doubles, three triples, four home runs, 50 RBI and 23 stolen bases in 118 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2010, earning a spot on the midseason and postseason International League All-Star rosters. He led all Scranton/WB batters in hits and stolen bases, ranked second in doubles and recorded the third-highest average among all Yankees farmhands. Nunez was promoted to the Major League level on August 19, where he hit .280 (14-for-50) with 12 runs, one home run and seven RBI in 30 games. Following the season, he was named by Baseball America as the eighth-best prospect, the “Best Defensive Infielder” and possessing the “Best Infield Arm” in the Yankees organization.

Phelps, 24, combined to go 10-2 with a 2.50 ERA and 141 strikeouts in 26 games (25 starts) with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2010. He began the season with Trenton and went 6-0 with a 2.04 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 14 starts before being promoted to Scranton/WB on July 2. At the time of his promotion, he led the Eastern League in strikeouts and ranked second in ERA, earning EL midseason All-Star honors. With Scranton/WB, Phelps went 4-2 with a 3.07 ERA in 12 games (11 starts). Following the season, the Missouri native was tabbed by Baseball America as having the “Best Slider” in the Yankees organization.

So congrats to both Nunez and Phelps! Continue reading Yankees Name Minor League Player/Pitcher of the Year

The Development Dilemma Posed By Jesus Montero

Ben Lindbergh of Baseball Prospectus ran an interesting post this week regarding the promotion of prospects. I strongly encourage that you click through and read it, as it provides some interesting data on how many innings or at-bats teams give to prospects before calling them up, and begins to examine whether prospect advancement strategies impact prospect performance. For the purposes of my post, I want to highlight one graph that I found to be very interesting: As you can see, catchers take the longest to become ready for Major League action. A lot of this likely has to do with Continue reading The Development Dilemma Posed By Jesus Montero

Imagining Trades, Part Two

Yesterday, I posted a piece musing on whether or not Mark Buehrle and/or Chris Carpenter would be come available during the season and whether or not the Yankees should be interested in trading for either one. For the purpose of this post, let’s assume they both are available and the Yankees are interested in trading for both (but would, obviously, only trade for one). With help from Larry, I ran over to BTBS and looked up the trade value calculator, which is really fun to play with. I used Cot’s to get each player’s salary data, and used CAIRO projections Continue reading Imagining Trades, Part Two

2011 Yankees Position Preview: First Base

Mark Teixeira was everything the Yankees hoped for in 2009. He led the AL in home runs and RBI, with 39 and 122 respectively, while batting .292/.383/.565, on his way to a 5.4 fWAR season. Despite this excellent performance, it was obvious even in his first season in pinstripes that Teixeira has flaws in his game. No flaw is more well known that Teixeira’s notorious slow starts. He came to the Yankees with a reputation for starting cold, and proceeded to earn it, posting a measly .330 wOBA in April of that season. He bounced back phenomenally in May, with an Continue reading 2011 Yankees Position Preview: First Base

TYA Trivia Open Thread For 2-24-11

On every weeknight throughout the year, one of the TYA writers will post a trivia question as the nightly open thread. The blog administrators will keep track of the winners, and the commenter with the most correct answers will win a prize that has yet to be decided upon. The answers will be posted in the following evening’s open thread. Yesterday’s question: 24 players have hit at least one HR for both the New York Yankees and Montreal Expos. How many can you name? For extra credit, only one of those players hit a HR against the Yankees while a Continue reading TYA Trivia Open Thread For 2-24-11

It’s Not Personal Sonny, It’s Strictly Business

I get accused of being a bit cold, for lack of a better word, in my fandom sometimes. That’s not a terribly unfair assessment, though I think a lot of it comes from my writing more so than actually rooting for my team but that’s neither here nor there. I confess to being much less attached to my favorite players than the average fan. At the end of the day, as much as I like certain players, my rooting interest is attached to a franchise, and I want that franchise to win as much as they can. If that means choosing between the team and a player to some extent, I’m always going to side with the team.

The most obvious manifestation of that which most of you will be familiar with is my relative lack of reverence for Derek Jeter. To put it mildly, I’m not afraid to criticize the Captain when I think it’s warranted, and I don’t fall into the small-but-vocal “give Jeter whatever he wants” crowd by any means. Sometimes this seems to get misconstrued as me not liking Jeter or thinking he’s not a good player, which couldn’t be further from the truth. So, in the interest of trying to make my point while detaching it from Jeter specifically, I’m going to make it by highlighting this, um, interesting column Mitch Williams wrote about the Michael Young situation.

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Should Gardner Bunt More? (or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bunt)

Yesterday, Marc Carig passed along this little tidbit from Joe Girardi, which inspired an interesting discussion about bunting: Girardi also believes Brett Gardner should make bunting more a part of his game… While some derided this as a ridiculous attempt by the manager to tell his high-OBP player to make more outs, I interpreted it as Joe suggesting that Gardner needs to incorporate bunting for hits into his arsenal. Gardner is not a great bunter, and he does not attempt to bunt for hits quite as frequently as his speed would suggest he should. He finished last season with 7 Continue reading Should Gardner Bunt More? (or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bunt)

Prospect Profile: Tommy Kahnle, RHP

Tommy Kahnle hails from the Troy New York area and was drafted by the Yankees in the 5th round out of Lynn University (FL) in the 2010 draft.  The division II school won the 2009 championship with Kahnle as their closer and he was awarded MVP honors for the series. He popped up on radars that summer in the Cape Cod league where his plus fastball turned a lot of heads. In 2010, Lynn tried him out as a starting pitcher with slightly worse results. Projected as one of the top division II pitching prospects, the Yankees signed him for Continue reading Prospect Profile: Tommy Kahnle, RHP