Former Family Members

During my Sunday morning cup of coffee this past week, I spent a relaxing hour or so culling through the wonderful MLB Depth Charts looking for former “family” members who should get playing time in 2012 and had some past affiliation with the Yankees. I came up with over thirty names. These will certainly be names I will look for in the daily box scores because there is still an emotional attachment. Sometimes those emotions are positive. Other times the former family members bring a shudder of bad memories. I then decided to put these former family members in categories based on the emotions they brought when seeing their names on the depth charts. Here is a list of how those emotions went:

Fresh wounds. These are family members that just left. The wounds of the parting are too soon to sort out.

  • Bartolo Colon (Oakland Athletics) – Colon saved our family last year. He came out of nowhere to give us quality memories and occasional smiles.Now he’s gone.
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Sabermetrics & Psychoanalysis: Surviving the Sophomore Slump

According to Verducci, this is who we should have been worrying about at this time last season:

As you can see, several young pitchers suffered significant regressions between 2010 and 2011, but several were roughly as good or got even better. I’m going to confine my analysis to the pitchers who most resemble Pineda in that they a.) were entering their second full season, b.) were premium prospects, c.) possessed a power pitcher’s arsenal, and d.) were promoted in their early twenties. The only pitchers who really fit the bill are Madison Bumgarner, Brett Cecil, and Mat Latos. Very little insight can be gained from Bumgarner, who was a more refined product than Pineda when he reached the majors and has thusfar had little or no problem adjusting. How the other two fared, however, will seem familiar and, perhaps, foreboding to Yankees fans.

After leading the Blue Jays in wins in 2010, Cecil came to camp in 2011 noticeably overweight and with a fastball velocity at least 5 MPH under his ’10 norm.…

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Addressing Pineda’s Velocity

For better or worse, much has been made about Michael Pineda’s velocity so far in Spring Training. Last year, the young righty burst onto the scene as a fireballer, sitting in the mid-90’s and blowing guys away with that. So naturally, we expected a lot from him in terms of the fastball. You don’t need...

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Nightly Links: Hughes, Almonte, Pettitte

  • This afternoon’s game was started by future comeback player of the year Phil Hughes. In 5.0 innings of work, the righty gave up 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts. It was an overall solid start, with the only runs coming off a bomb from Matt Joyce. After the game...
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