What do the Yanks see in Sean Burnett?

Earlier this week, the interwebs were abuzz with rumors that the Yankees have their eye on Nats lefty Sean Burnett. At first glance, he doesn’t appear to be all that appealing for a team trying to win the World Series this year. His stuff isn’t anything special, he throws a 90ish fastball that he backs up with a good slider, which is exactly what Boone Logan throws. He’s having a horrible year 3-5 with a 5.76 ERA (4.94 FIP) and a 1.449 WHIP. Hits and walks are up, strikeouts are down, so what’s to like besides the fact that he Continue reading What do the Yanks see in Sean Burnett?

The farm report 7/8/2011: Rain, rain, go away

Lots of rain this afternoon and evening, and the Yankees’ farm system felt the brunt of it, with Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre, High-A Tampa, Short Season Staten Island, and the Rookie GCL Yankees all getting rained out, just like the big team. That means there were just two games in the system tonight.

Double-A Trenton lost to Reading 6-1

Manny Banuelos took the mound for the Thunder, and allowed 5 runs on 8 hits, one walk, 2 hit batsmen, and 1 wild pitch in 5 innings. In other words, Banuelos is still struggling to find his control in Double-A. Left fielder Ray Kruml went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and the only run scored for the Thunder, and second baseman Corban Joseph was 2-4 with a double as well.

Low-A Charleston lost to Delmarva 6-5

Gary Sanchez went 2-3 with 2 walks and his 2nd home run in as many days, but also allowed another passed ball. Center fielder Jose Toussen was 3-5 in the leadoff spot, while second baseman Anderson Feliz and left fielder Ramon Flores were both 2-5 with a double, and Flores added a homerun.
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Game Thread: Rays vs. Yankees, 7/8/2011 (7:05PM EST on YES) Friday Night: OPEN THREAD

Feel free to use this as your open thread for the evening.  There’s certainly plenty to talk about; here’s some baseball links for your reading pleasure: The Yankees were scheduled to play their fourth game of the season against the Rays tonight.  Unfortunately the game canceled due to rain.  You know what that means — a gazillion 16 more games to go against the gentlemen from Tampa (and the majority of those games will occur down the stretch). Speaking of the Allstar break, CC was snubbed!  I’m disappointed (but secretly delighted… let the man rest).  Apparently, A-Rod and Jeter are Continue reading Game Thread: Rays vs. Yankees, 7/8/2011 (7:05PM EST on YES) Friday Night: OPEN THREAD

More breaking news: tonight’s game cancelled

With awful weather in the forecast, tonight’s game has been cancelled, but not rescheduled. According to a source, the Yankees would like to play a doubleheader but the Rays would not. We’ll keep this updated as we know more.

ETA: Game rescheduled for September 22. The Yankees tried to get a doubleheader in for tomorrow, but apparently couldn’t. Continue reading More breaking news: tonight’s game cancelled

On Framing Pitches, Revisited: Looking At Russell Martin

A few weeks ago, I highlighted a fascinating bit of ongoing research from Max Marchi of THT regarding framing pitches. Today, he released updated leaderboards for the last 3 seasons as well as some more explanations regarding his work, and some of the names therein should be interesting to Yankees fans: One thing that Marchi pointed out and I thought was important to see was the recurrence of the same names on the leaderboard from season to season. While you would expect some players to have good or bad years in any particular skill due to health and other factors, Continue reading On Framing Pitches, Revisited: Looking At Russell Martin

Breaking: Jeter and Rodriguez out of All-Star game

According to many beat writers via Twitter, Derek Jeter is “out” of the All-Star game, which I take to mean he’s decided not to participate, though there’s no official word on why. Mariano Rivera has also pulled out of the game due to his sore arm.

ETA: Jeter confirmed it was due to his recent injury, and Alex is officially out as well. Other updates on A-Rod, Swisher, and Brian Gordon under the cut. Continue reading Breaking: Jeter and Rodriguez out of All-Star game

Cap Anson and the 3,000 Hit Club's Revolving Door

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog). To some Yankees’ fans, Derek Jeter’s pursuit of 3,000 hits has seemed to last an eternity. Although the Captain isn’t far off preseason projections, many have been awaiting the moment since his rookie year, so some impatience is understandable. Compared to Cap Anson’s wait, however, 17 years is a piece of cake. Even though the former White Stockings legend surpassed the 3,000 hit plateau sometime in the 1890s, it would take over a century before a consensus was reached regarding the legitimacy of his membership in the club. Adrian Constantine “Cap” Anson was Continue reading Cap Anson and the 3,000 Hit Club's Revolving Door

Despite some struggles, Yankee farm system remains strong

Yesterday, Baseball America revealed its midseason Top 50 Prospects list, and three Yankees made the cut.  Jesus Montero, #3 on the preseason list, fell slightly to #8.  Manny Banuelos, #41 on the old list, rose to #13.  Dellin Betances jumped from 43 to 26.  Gary Sanchez was another faller, beginning the season ranked #30 and now is no longer in the top 50. I am somewhat surprised that BA didn’t knock Montero more for his mediocre start to the season, and continued negative reports on his defense.  Boredom aside, Montero’s .763 OPS is far below what he is capable of Continue reading Despite some struggles, Yankee farm system remains strong

As Jeter nears 3,000, Yankees forgetting the lesson of 1996

The Angels announced this morning that they’re calling up super-prospect Mike Trout from Double-A to replace the injured Peter Bourjos. Trout, ranked as either the first or second best prospect in baseball by pretty much everyone (though most rankings put him behind Bryce Harper now), was hitting .330/.422/.544 in Double-A, and for now will be skipping Triple-A entirely. Steve Goldman at Pinstriped Bible sighs:

The words “Yankees” and “aggressive promotion” are never actually heard in the same sentence. It’s nothing new–when they acquired the rights to Joe DiMaggio after the 1934 season, the deal actually stipulated that they got to leave him in San Francisco for another year, his third in the highly competitive Pacific Coast League. You can be certain that if the Yankees had a Trout (to be fair, the kind of guy that they usually don’t draft (or choose not to–I’m still frustrated that Nick Castellanos was on the board when they selected Cito Culver) he would still be at Trenton. Heck, Derek Jeter was very nearly the greatest player in the history of the Columbus Clippers–it took Tony Fernandez’s injury and some nose-holding behavior on the part of Joe Torre and George Steinbrenner’s advisers to avoid an alternate universe in which the Yankees traded for someone like the then-33-year-old Shawon Dunston to be the Opening Day shortstop in 1996.

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