Could Zambrano be a real target?

Yesterday, we heard the Yankees linked–though it was obviously a fabricated link–to someone they’ve been linked to before: Carlos Zambrano. Two Chicago writers penned scenarios that would send Big Z to the Yankees. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago thinks the Cubs could get Joba Chamberlain or Brett Gardner for Zambrano, but that’s an absolute joke. There’s no way the Yankees would do that, and the MLBTR article says that, too. The only way Zambrano comes to the Yankees is going to be if the Cubs are doing a straight salary dump. He’s scheduled to make $17.875M this year, is guaranteed Continue reading Could Zambrano be a real target?

Maybe baseball needs to grow up

It probably shouldn’t bother me so much, but I just can’t get past the gnawing feeling this blurb from Calcaterra gives me:

Yes, he’s young. But there’s no excuse for that kind of thing. Even someone who cares as little about the unwritten rules as I do has to appreciate that Harper is being disrespectful here. That pitcher is trying to do his job. He didn’t get $16 million to tide him over as he tries to get through the minors like Harper is.

Maybe he gets away with that kind of thing in A-ball. But if he doesn’t learn a bit of humility at some point on his journey to greatness, he’s going to get his ribs broken.

That’s in reference to Bryce Harper blowing a kiss to an opposing pitcher after hitting a home run off of him. You can see the video in Craig’s post. And while I don’t wholly disagree with the evaluation about Harper, there’s something a little unnerving about that second paragraph.

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Yankees got the guy they wanted

The Yankees again surprised everyone last night when, with the 51st pick in round 1S, they drafted Dante Bichette Jr. Bichette hadn’t really been on anyone’s radar, and certainly not at a pick that high. Keith Law did not have him in his top 100 and was not very enthusiastic about him, while Baseball America had him ranked 108th. Based on Twitter, the reactions of fans and bloggers ranged from confusion to disappointment to anger at the pick.

It appears that the Yankees present strategy with regards to their top draft picks is to simply make sure they get the guy they want, even if it means they have to reach a bit. That’s not a totally unreasonable strategy given that you can’t trade picks in baseball, and given the way the next few rounds will play out due to worries about signing bonuses, it certainly doesn’t preclude you from getting more talent. The important question is whether or not the Yankees have done a good job of scouting Bichette, and to that end here’s Damon Oppenheimer explaining the logic:

“Dante is one of the guys in this draft we thought had an impact bat and the potential to hit for big power in the middle of the order,” said Damon Oppenheimer, Yankees vice president of amateur scouting. “He’s someone with an advanced makeup and work ethic who possesses the desire and drive to be a special major leaguer.”

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Yankees vs. Red Sox III: What happens when the two best teams in the American League stop being polite, and start getting real?

The Yankees and Red Sox kick off tonight’s three-game set at Yankee Stadium with two of the best records in the American League and the Yankees in first place, one game up on Boston. The Yankees are a rather woeful 1-5 against their archrivals thus far this season, although for anyone overly concerned about this performance one simply needs to recall the Bombers’ panic-inducing 0-8 start against the Sox in 2009 that ultimately turned into a 9-9 finish. Not that the two teams’ early season games aren’t important — they most certainly are — but historically the Red Sox have Continue reading Yankees vs. Red Sox III: What happens when the two best teams in the American League stop being polite, and start getting real?

A Quick Look at Dante Bichette, Jr.

As the Yankees’ pick neared, I was looking through the names I had seen connected to New York that were still on the board – and then Lee Mazzilli announced Dante Bichette, Jr.  For the second year in a row, the Yankees surprised people with their pick, and after we all remembered it is not in fact the 1980’s, it was time to see what the younger Bichette has to offer.  While this was definitely another surprise pick by the Yankees, there were some people who thought Bichette might go in the first round to Colorado. He has made a commitment to Georgia, and sounds excited about his college prospects, but with the Yankees’ calling he may change his plans.

The son of the former Rockies outfielder, Bichette grew up around the game and has dreamed of playing in the big leagues.  In fact, the older Bichette is one of Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi’s close friends, from when they were both in Colorado.  Apparently, Girardi’s son Dante is named after his former teammate.  I would guess this will be a big help in the Yankees signing him.

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2011 Round 1S Pick: Dante Bichette Jr.

With the 51st pick in the 2011 draft, the Yankees surprised many by selecting outfielder Dante Bichette Jr from Orangewood Christian High School in Orlando.  Bichette Jr has great major league bloodlines, as is the son of Dante Bichette, who played 14 seasons in the major leagues and posted a career .299/.336/.499 line, including a ridiculous .340.364/.620 season in 1995.  Bichette Jr, well built at 6’1″ 215, put up great numbers this season (albeit against high school competition), batting .640 with 10 homers and 15 steals, though you would expect a high draft pick to dominate high school competition.  He Continue reading 2011 Round 1S Pick: Dante Bichette Jr.

2011 Draft Live Chat: Day 1

We’ve got some great coverage planned here at TYA for this year’s amateur draft. We’ll have live chats going while teams are picking, and will quickly provide information and analysis about the Yankee draft picks. Starting at 7 pm, join us here for a live chat. We’ll have a 30-40 new potential Yankees to talk about this time on Wednesday.

The 2011 MLB Rule 4 Draft

It’s here everyone, it’s here. The day even Brian Cashman calls the most important day of the year, the rule 4 first year players draft, begins in a little under about 40 minutes. The Yankees don’t pick until 51st overall, so don’t expect too much on their front tonight, but the draft is an exciting time to think about the future anyway, and this year’s draft in particular is pretty deep. The first few picks are pretty much a foregone conclusion, as Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, and Trevor Bauer will probably be the first three picks, going to Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Arizona, respectively.

The IIATMS crew will have you covered with updates throughout the draft, analysis of the top picks, anything particularly noteworthy, and of course we’ll have lots of coverage of whomever is lucky enough to get taken with the 51st pick. And oh yeah, there are actual baseball games on too.

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Draft Prediction

The first round of the MLB rule 4 draft begins tonight at 7. Sometime around 10:30 or 11, the Yankees should be on the clock with the 51st selection in the draft, awarded to them when Javier Vazquez did not accept arbitration as a type B free agent. The past few weeks I’ve previewed outfielders, corner infielder, middle infielders, catchers and pitchers who may be available in the supplemental round. Here’s who I think the Yankees will take tonight. Tyler Goeddel, St. Francis HS, Mountain View California Bats/Throws: R/R 6’4”, 175 lbs I first wrote about Goeddel while previewing outfielders Continue reading Draft Prediction