Fun with Pi Day

Hey, math fans. It’s Pi Day today, so I thought I’d indulge in that a little bit. It’s not that I’m a fan of math; I’m really not. At two universities across four years, I took two math classes, the bare minimum for my major. My freshman year at Hofstra, I took a math class that was labeled as so easy, that math, business, and science majors couldn’t take it. I got a B+, I think. It was the first time I’d gotten at least a B in math since my freshman year of high school when I took Algebra 1. Fast forward to my senior year at UConn; I took Stats 101 and (ironically enough) got a D. Still, Pi Day sparks some decent high school memories of math teachers geeking out and, of course, bringing in pie. With that in mind, and with an assist from Diane at Value Over Replacement Grit, let’s take a look at some pitching Pi Day fun as it relates to the Yankees.… Click here to read the rest

Nightly Links: Kuroda, Betances, Banuelos

  • Pinstripe Alley has a piece on whats called the Yankee hype machine. Looking through Baseball America’s top organizational prospect lists since 2005, Rob Steingall concludes that there is no evidence for Yankee bias. I tend to believe any big market team has hype issues, and while that might promote a singular prospect’s worth, it also causes us fans to miss prospects that go under the radar.
  • From their Positional Power Rankings series, Fan Graphs released their relief pitchers version and the Yankees ranked on top.
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Checking in on the race for the last roster spot

Before spring training started, I took a look at the possible competitors for the Yankees’ 25th roster spot, saying that the spot would likely go to a pitcher, and probably a lefty.  While Spring Training stats are not especially meaningful due to small sample sizes and the more casual nature of the competition, I thought it would be interesting to see how the main contenders are doing so far, and if any of the competitors look to have in inside track.

Cesar Cabral:  The Rule 5 draft selection from Boston has put together a solid spring thus far, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits in 8 1/3 spring innings, with 3 strikeouts against no walks.  This is not an especially dominating performance for the 23 year-old, but should be good enough to keep him in contention for a roster spot.  Even if he doesn’t make the team, Cabral may still be an option for the Yankees in the minors if they figure out a way to retain him.… Click here to read the rest

Young pitchers on parade

Here is a list of how some of them have done:

  • Dellin Betances – Three appearances, all in relief, four innings three hits, two walks, two strikeouts, no runs.
  • Manny Banuelos – Two appearances, four innings, three hits, two walks, three strikeouts, no runs.
  • Dan Burawa – Three appearances, three innings, five hits, one walk, two strikeouts, no runs.
  • Brett Marshall – Two appearances, 3.2 innings, no hits, three walks, four strikeouts, no runs.
  • D.J. Mitchell – Two appearances, four innings, three hits, two walks, one strikeout, no runs. Mitchell is probably my favorite non-rated prospect.
  • David Phelps – Two appearances, 4.1 innings, two hits, two walks, two strikeouts, no runs.
  • Kevin Whelan – Four appearances, 3.1 innings, three hits, no walks, four strikeouts, one run. The zero walks are great news for him.
  • Adam Warren – Two appearances, five innings, six hits, one walk, two strikeouts, two runs.

Between these eight pitchers, they have combined for twenty appearances, 31 innings, 25 hits, 13 walks and three runs.… Click here to read the rest

Yankee Farm System Timing Looks Good

I want to step back and take a big-picture look at the Yankee organization for a second. The 2012 Yankee roster probably won’t need a lot of help from down on the farm this season, barring a very injury call-ups. They have plenty of guys – Ramiro Pena, Adam Warren, David Phelps, Brandon Laird – who can fill those roles, along with your higher ceiling prospects guys like Betances, Romine, and Banuelos sitting at Triple-A. But the Yankees have enough guys either in their prime (Sabathia, Granderson, Cano, Gardner, Swisher, Robertson) or close enough (Kuroda, Teixeira, Martin, Pineda) to contend in 2012, and probably 2013. After that, they’ll be faced with more and more aging players, and possibly one or two big-money contracts added to the system, but the team will probably overall be on the down slope. With $189 million looming on the horizon, the team could be quickly hungry for reinforcements.

Lucky for the Yankees, they are well positioned for the calvary to come riding in right about the time that their roster starts to look very, very old.… Click here to read the rest

Spring Training Stock Market: Stock Up

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

We’re over two weeks into Spring Training now, and over a week into the game schedule.  Pitchers still aren’t stretched out long enough to throw a full outing, and position players are still only playing half a game at most, but there’s been just enough baseball activity to start noticing some trends in players’ performance.  While the majority of the media focus so far has been on the trends of the rotation candidates, and with good reason since that part of the team still has the most unanswered questions right now, there have been other players putting up headline-worthy performances.  Of course this comes with the obligatory small sample size warning, but quite frankly, I’m bored to tears reading and hearing about the $189 million budget and I want to talk about some damn baseball.  Even in small sample sizes, the following guys are looking good early on this spring.… Click here to read the rest

The Other Outfielder

One way or another, the Yankees are going to lose an outfielder in the next year or two and the decision on which one could be made by this time next year. Nick Swisher‘s contract is up at the end of the year and given his performance, he may be “too rich” for the Yankees’ $189M blood. This is unfortunate because Swisher is essentially perfect for the Yankees: he’s a well above-average producer and is, by all accounts, a a great teammate and a joy in the clubhouse. There’s also Curtis Granderson, who’s got an option for 2013, but nothing after that. Like Swisher, Granderson has an enviable blend of skill and personality that suits him perfectly for the Bronx. Like Swisher, though, his contract demands could leave him out in the cold. The Yankees are going to have to make a decision: Which outfielder do they want back? I’m sure they have plans and contingencies that involve keeping them/losing them in some combination.… Click here to read the rest