The Farm Report: 5/31/12

Trenton beat Erie 11-0:
Luke Murton and Kevin Mahoney hit back-to-back singles in the second and Murton scored on a sac fly from Jose Gil.  Addison Maruszak started the third with a single and stole second.  Abraham Almonte drew a walk and Corban Joseph hit into a force out, with Almonte out at second.  Maruszak scored on a ground out from David Adams and Cody Johnson followed with a homer to right, giving Trenton a 4-0 lead.   The Thunder used a double from Mahoney to score another run in the fourth.  Almonte and Joseph hit back-to-back singles int he fifth.  Adams hit into a force out at third.  Luke Murton walked to load the bases.  A passed ball allowed Joseph to score and a single from Gil plated Johnson for a 7-0 lead.  The Thunder scored two more on a homer from Murton in the seventh.  Trenton continued to put away Erie, scoring two runs in the eighth and taking an 11-0 win.  … Click here to read the rest

How to Approach the 2012 Yankee Draft

The 2012 amateur draft is just one week away. Draft day is my favorite baseball day of the year, because I get 20-30 new prospects to start thinking and writing about. We’ll be providing you extensive coverage here at TYA on draft day and immediately thereafter. Eric is planning some pre-draft analysis as well.

While I think this is valuable for a lot of people, you won’t find me speculating about who the Yankees will draft. I don’t think its productive – I’d rather suggest an overall strategy, then sit back and see who falls to the Yankees. Eric did however nail the Slade Heathcott pick a few years ago, so definitely pay attention to what he writes later this week.

The Yankees are going to be at a slight disadvantage, relative to past years, at the draft, due to new signing bonus rules. Their draft budget sits at $4.19 million, well below the roughly $6 million that we are are used to them spending every year.… Click here to read the rest

When Do You Promote Tyler Austin To Tampa?

Tyler Austin hasn’t hit a home run in his last 10 games. Instead, he’s just hit a pedestrian .452/.540/.595, raising his average all the way to .323. His walk rate has significantly increased in the month of May, even as his strikeouts have remained elevated. He’s even chipped in on the bases with 7 stolen bases without being caught over his last 10 games.

The dude’s on fire, and has been for a long time now. Austin is now sitting at .336/.408/.618 in 98 career minor league games. If he were drafted in the 1st round instead of the the 13th, we would probably be talking about in as a top-10 prospect in all of baseball this year.  He wasn’t drafted in the 1st round for good reason, but the longer Austin continues to destroy pitchers who are on average older and much more experienced than he is, the more he starts to look like that prospect, even if he profiles as a 1st baseman long term.… Click here to read the rest

We could have had Don Mattingly

I remember those days really well. It was a personal blow to lose Torre, who for some of us, was like the uncle figure to our Yankee universe. Others were happy to see him go. And as those days unfolded, the choice for the Yankees’ brain trust came down to Mattingly and Girardi. Personally, I don’t think Mattingly was ever strongly considered. Yes, he was a Yankee icon and hero and was billed as a tragic figure for never getting his ring and for losing his MVP-caliber career to back troubles. But he had no managerial experience and Girardi had won the Manager of the Year Award for his time leading the Miami Marlins. The choice may have been personally disappointing for fans who loved Mattingly, but it seemed a pretty clear-cut decision.

So Mattingly followed Joe Torre to the Dodgers and once Torre retired, inherited the job there. Last season brought no glaring triumphs in Mattingly’s first season in LA other than the emergence of Matt Kemp as a superstar.… Click here to read the rest

Off-day draft links

While I generally keep up with the state of amateur baseball and draft prospects, I don’t really give them much coverage or feel compelled to write about them here. There’s a lot of reasons for that, and one of the big ones is that it’s just so hard to know what a team like the Yankees is going to do at the bottom of the first round, or lower. You can even feel like you have a good sense of a dozen or so players the team is interested in and may take with their first pick, only to have them go and pick someone who was more or less off the radar. In fact, that’s basically what they’ve done in each of the last two drafts in picking Cito Culver and Dante Bichette Jr. To that end, I won’t be doing any draft prospect profiles or anything, but if you do want to read something like that, I’d recommend Mike Axisa’s series over at RAB.Click here to read the rest