Thursday Evening Linkstravaganza

Though there’s already been plenty to speculate about already, the Hot Stove Season won’t truly kick off until the culmination of the 2011 World Series, so while we wait for the rumormongering to start spiraling wildly out of control, here are some of our favorite links from the past few days.

As an aside, if you...

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Baseball America on the 2011 Yankee Draft

Baseball America posted their 2011 Draft Report Cards today, and the Yankee report (subscriber-only) has some nice info on some of the Yankee draftees.  While initially bearish on the Yankee haul at the time of the draft, John Manuel and Jim Callis do see some reason to be excited about the Yankees’ newest acquisitions...

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Looking back at the 2011 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees

Curtain Calls:
Jordan Parraz (RF):Parraz put together a strong 2011, hitting .289/.362/.440/.802.  He had nine homers, six triples and 28 doubles, scoring 66 runs and knocking in 52 RBIs.

Jesus Montero (C): Yankees fans focused on Montero a lot, and he showed why in the Bronx this September.  Still, he spent most of 2011 in Scranton and put together strong numbers once again.  He hit .288/.348/.468/.814.  Montero crushed eighteen homers, one triple and nineteen doubles.  His defense continues to bring questions, and the fact that he saw little time behind the plate in the Bronx has resurfaced a lot of these concerns.

Jorge Vazquez (1B/DH): While it became abundantly clear that Vazquez is unlikely to get a taste of the pros in New York, he turned a lot of heads in Scranton this season.  He hit .262/.314/.516/.830.  Vazquez hit a league-leading 32 homers and was second with 93 RBIs.

D.J. Mitchell (SP): Mitchell went 13-9 in 24 starts and 28 appearances. …

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Trading Brett Gardner Will Make Yankee Starting Pitching More Of A Problem

I’ve been hearing a lot of people lately, both in the blogosphere and in the real world, talking about the Yankees trading for a top starting pitcher with a package centered around Brett Gardner. I think this is generally (barring something crazy, like a top-flight locked up Felix-like pitcher becoming available) a very...

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2011 season profile: Jorge Posada

Of course, some might say I’m being a bit liberal with the use of the word “hitter.” Far from being one of the crucial elements to extending the Yankees’ potency to the bottom of the lineup, as we’ve come to expect, Posada struggled mightily in 2011, hitting just .235/.315/.398 for the season. The low point for Posada came on May 14th when, facing the Boston Red Sox at home, Joe Girardi penciled Posada into the 9th spot in the lineup. Posada did not take well to this, and asked for a day off instead, setting off a firestorm of controversy that lasted into the next day. There was speculation Posada was considering retirement, and reports that the Yankees considered releasing him altogether.

Cooler heads ultimately prevailed, and Posada settled into a role as a platoon player at the DH position, playing against right-handed starters but sitting against southpaws. This was actually a pretty good arrangement for everyone, as the story of Posada’s struggle was really one of his ability to handle lefties, against whom he hit just .092/.169/.108.…

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Giving Up On Phil Hughes

Mike Axisa over at RAB did a great job yesterday summing up Phil Hughes’ disastrous 2011 season:

The plan was to put Hughes on a throwing program after a few days of rest, and things went well at first. He was ready to start a minor league rehab assignment about two weeks after his start...

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