Just how good is the low Yankee farm system?

Keith Law’s minor league organizational rankings are out, and the Yankees are 9th overall. After the Montero trade, this seems about right. The Yankees have a fairly deep, if bifurcated, farm system – solid guys like Austin Romine, David Phelps, and Adam Warren supporting high ceiling prospects like Dellin Betances up top, and tons of new faces at the bottom levels, but little in between. Keith Law makes a comment about this: “I might be jumping the gun here, but I see a lot of star potential on their bottom few affiliates, including new acquisition Jose Campos from Seattle” Full comment at Continue reading Just how good is the low Yankee farm system?

Picking A Lefty DH HGTV Style

Let’s face it, there isn’t much to do in February when you live in northern Maine. Well, sure, CBS News talked about the mild winter and flowers already springing up in Washington, DC, and people playing golf in Michigan. This area of the country still has a three-foot blanket of snow on the ground and nighttime temps below zero. Unless you snowmobile or ski–both of which are too rich for this budget–these days are mostly spent huddled up indoors. As such, the Tasker household has discovered HGTV for some strange reason. The most often recurring show on that station is House Hunters. If you haven’t seen that show, a potential home buyer looks at three different properties. One is usually too expensive but has the largest potential. One is just right budget-wise but has problems and might be an older property. And the other is below budget but has more problems and the least amount of room. After looking at all three, the buyer picks one of the properties and lives happily ever after. Perhaps this thought is due to lack of sunlight, but what if this search for a lefty-swinging DH was like House Hunters?

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Ninja Cash Having A Monster Offseason

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) Say what you will about how he handles his marital business, but there’s no denying that Brian Cashman has been on a real hot streak over the last couple years as GM.  He has made moves that have made the Yankees better, younger, and deeper as a Major League team and an organization, and has kept them consistently balanced for the present and the future through a combination of aggressive big-dollar signings, smart low-dollar signings, and wise decision making in the trade market, for trades both made and not made.  Continue reading Ninja Cash Having A Monster Offseason

KLaw’s top 100 prospects

Yesterday, ESPN’s Keith Law released his organizational rankings, with the Yankees coming in at a very strong 10th on the list. Today Law is out with his top 100 prospect list, and the Yankees are again well represented, with four prospects making the list. Manny Banuelos predictably leads the pack at 23rd, and he’s followed by Mason Williams at a very surprising 34th, Gary Sanchez (55th), and Dellin Betances (83rd). I have a feeling that ranking of Williams is going to raise some eyebrows, but the very young centerfielder has definitely caught his fair share of attention since last season.

If you’re wondering, Jesus Montero came in at 9th on the list, and former Yankee Arodys Vizcaino is 14th.

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Bill Hall’s potential roster spot

The Yankees signed Bill Hall to a minor league deal Tuesday and he was quite excited about it. It’s a minor league deal, so let’s remember that there is absolutely no risk involved here. If he doesn’t perform well enough in Spring Training, he can be cut with no repercussions. Let’s pretend for a second, though, that he plays well enough to make the team out of camp and goes north with the Bombers. Where could he fit in? Despite not hitting very well against LHP in the last few years (54, 77, 77 wRC+ vs LHP from 2009-11), I’m Continue reading Bill Hall’s potential roster spot

Yankees announce non-roster invitees

The Yankees have announced their non-roster invitees to Spring Training at present. This includes both free agents signed to minor league contracts like Russell Branyan and Hideki Okajima as well as some of their own prospects and minor leaguers not on the major league roster. In addition to everyone on the 40-man roster, the following players have been extended an invitation to camp:

Pitchers

Manny Banuelos
Dan Burawa
Juan Cedeno
Matt Daley
Manny Delcarmen
Brett Marshall
Adam Miller
Mike O’Connor
Hideki Okajima
Ryan Pope
Graham Stoneburner
Adam Warren
Kevin Whelan
Chase Whitley

Catchers:

Jose Gil
Kyle Higashioka
Gustavo Molina
J.R. Murphy
Gary Sanchez

Infielders:

Doug Bernier
Russell Branyan
Bill Hall
Jorge Vazquez
Jayson Nix

Outfielders:

Colin Curtis
Cole Garner
Dewayne Wise

Non-roster invites are fun. They’re why we get to see Manny Banuelos make Kevin Youkilis look silly with a nasty changeup on national television and why the Eric Chavezes and Bartolo Colons get a chance to play their hearts out for a chance at one more go-round in the show. Most of these guys won’t make the team, obviously, and a lot of them won’t even get much, if any, playing time in actual spring training games, but they will provide some of the more watchable moments early in the spring, and many of them certainly will have the opportunity to play their way onto the roster. Branyan, Hall, and Okajima, in particular, stand out as guys with a real shot at making the team (as the roster stands now, anyway) if they have strong showings in Tampa. Continue reading Yankees announce non-roster invitees

Posting odds on Vegas-style Yankee lines

Echoing Gabe’s first-post-on-IIATMS anxieties, we’re just going to jump into it.

For our debut column at a site that is about the money, stupid, we figured it’s good synergy to use the recent memory of the heaviest sports-betting day of the year — the Super Bowl — as the jumping-off point. We’re postulating on some made-up odds about various Yankee milestones in 2012. What would be your wager?

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Sherman-Yanks willing to absorb 25M to move AJ

Joel Sherman had an interesting tidbit in his column this morning. Here it is: Owner Hal Steinbrenner already has expanded his budget once this offseason to allow the signing of Hiroki Kuroda. He has yet to say the Yankees can do so again in order to sign even one additional player, much less two. This is why the Yankees are quietly — but diligently — still working to trade A.J. Burnett. They know no team will take all of Burnett’s remaining two years at $33 million. But if they could save, say, $4 million this year and next year, it Continue reading Sherman-Yanks willing to absorb 25M to move AJ

Why the Yankees are the Best at Scouting and Developing Relief Pitchers

Over 20 years ago, the Yankees began developing the greatest failed starting pitcher in history, Mariano Rivera. With Hughes and Chamberlain in constant rotation/bullpen limbo over the last few years, you could make a case that not much has changed in two decades. Banuelos and Betances should see regular starts in the later part of 2012 or sometime during the 2013 season, but if they don’t immediately pitch into the middle of the rotation, we’ll hear the same discussion about how poorly the Yankees have developed starting pitchers. Regardless, the team remains the best organization at scouting and developing relief Continue reading Why the Yankees are the Best at Scouting and Developing Relief Pitchers