So here is a somewhat radical thought that will never happen because the Yankees seem destined to go down this road with Ibanez. Why not cut Ibanez and install Chavez as the left-handed DH until either Jack Cust or Russell Branyan show whether they can do anything or not in the minors? This would give the Yankees the flexibility to keep either Justin Maxwell or Doug Bernier. As I have stated before, I have no comfort in Eduardo Nunez as a backup infielder. Yes, he has hit this spring and perhaps being a young player, his bat may be more valuable than he has shown in his first two seasons. I will grant that. But with Jeter and A-Rod both being close to obtaining their social security cards, is having one back up infielder enough?
Okay, you might argue that Chavez can play third. Can he? Perhaps for a game or so here and there, but not for an extended period of time.… Click here to read the rest
Twitter and the interwebs seemed to explode last night after Michael Pineda’s poor start and subsequent admission of “soreness” in the back of his shoulder. This all but ends the Spring Training battle for the 5th starter’s spot in the rotation, due both to his abysmal performance last night (with Brian Cashman and Billy Eppler in attendance) and the post game ‘injury diagnosis’. With that in mind, I want to use this post to get you guys and gals up to date on the latest info, and weigh in with some of my own thoughts and reactions to what transpired last night both on the field and in the clubhouse. First up is a tweet the Yankee beat reporter from the New York Daily News:
Girardi, on Pineda saying he tried to throw harder tonight: “That’s the danger of people always talking about it, that you get concerned, and that could’ve been why his mechanics were a little bit out of whack”
This was obvious to many of us watching the game, not the least of which was David Cone who was broadcasting on YES.… Click here to read the rest
- Michael Pineda only went 2.2 innings tonight, and gave up 7 hits and 6 earned runs. It’s impossible to make anything of this yet (though I’m sure one ESPN beat writer will) since Pineda’s velocity was sitting slightly higher at 91, and a lot of the hits were squeakers through the infield. Offensively so far, Curtis Granderson hit a 2 run homerun off Jonathan Papelbon. (Game Day)
- Bronx Baseball Daily explains why Gary Sanchez is poised for a huge season in the minors. With the type of potential he has, a breakout season could propel him to the top of a lot more prospect lists.
- There are a few bits from Trenton beat writer Josh Norris, first he has the current rosters for the Yankees’ minor league systems. Second, he has video of the newest Yankee prospect Rafael DePaula. From what I can tell, the ball comes out of his hand extremely easy.
- The Yankees worked out a new deal with Russell Branyan today by releasing him and resigning him to a new minor league deal.
The rosters for the Yankees’ full-season affiliates have been posted, courtesy of The Trentonian’s Josh Norris, and for the most part, the assignments are what we would have expected. Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances will headline what should be a deep Scranton rotation. Brett Marshall, David Adams, and the brothers Almonte (not actually related) are some of the guys to watch in Trenton. JR Murphy and Ramon Flores are probably the most intriguing guys to follow on Tampa, along with reliever Mark Montgomery. As discussed previously, Charleston should be stacked, with a rotation that includes Jose Camposand Bryan Mitchell, and a lineup featuring Gary Sanchez, Dante Bichette, Mason Williams, and a number of other exciting prospects.
In this post, I wanted to take a look at some of the guys who might be able to move up quickly from their current assignments. These are not necessarily my picks for the top prospects in the organization, but rather, the ones whose assignment and situation could allow them to see promotions to higher levels of the minors if they perform well.… Click here to read the rest