Yankees 2012 Draft Signings Update

The Yankees still haven’t signed Ty Hensley, their first round draft pick, but expect to in the near future.  They did ink Austin Aune, the Argyle, Texas high school outfielder they drafted with the 89th pick for a $1 million bonus, far above the $548,400 slot recommendation.  While Aune is the first Yankee pick in the first five rounds to sign, they have deals in place with quite a few of their later picks.  Here is a list of who has signed so far with the round the player was drafted and any signing bonus released.  The information comes from Baseball America.

2. Austin Aune, $1 million
6. Nick Goody, $140,000 (slightly below slot)
7. Taylor Garrison, $10,000 (way below the $141,000 slot)
8. Taylor Dugas, $10,000 (also way below slot)
9. Derek Varnadore, $10,000
10. Matt Snyder, $10,000
11. Caleb Frare
12. Christopher Breen
13. James Pazos
14. Andrew Benak, $100,000
16. Stefan Lopez
17. Tim Flight
19. Dietrich Enns
27. Danny Oh
33. Saxon Butler
34. Eric Erickson
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Yankees still not looking for outfield help

Though the Yankees will continue to be without starting leftfielder Brett Gardner for another 3-4 weeks, at least, general manager Brian Cashman reiterated Friday that the team is not presently interested in trading for an outfielder to serve as a fill in for Gardner. “I’m not looking to do anything with the outfield,” Cashman said by phone before the Yankees beat the Nationals, 7-2, for their seventh straight win. “If someone is out-righted or becomes a free agent or looks to do something in a minor-league deal, I’ll look at it if it makes sense. I don’t want to give up anything to get an outfielder.” The Yankees have been having success with Raul Ibanez, AndruwJones, and Jayson Nix predominantly filling in in left, but there could be some reason for concernn about that grouping, given the age of Ibanez and Jones. Still, with things working out as well as they are now and Gardner slated to return sometime this season, it’s hard to find a flaw with Cashman’s logic at the moment. You can always adjust if something changes between now and the deadline but, at the moment, there just isn’t any real reason to pay a pretty penny for an additional outfielder.
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The Farm Report: 6/15/12

Empire State beat Syracuse 5-4:
After two scoreless innings, the Yankees broke through in the bottom of the third.  Colin Curtis singled, but was called out at second on a grounder from Ramiro Pena.  Chris Dickerson singled Pena over to third and Corban Joseph knocked a sac fly to left for a 1-0 lead.  The Chiefs took the lead in the fifth on a three run homer by Xavier Paul.  They added another run in the seventh, putting Syracuse up 4-1, but Empire State struck back in the bottom of the inning.  Francisco Cervelli singled to start, moving to second on a grounder to right from Curtis.  A wild pitch moved the runners over and Pena tripled, plating two runs.  Another wild pitch plated Pena and Dickersona nd Joseph each walked.  A single from Jack Cust scored Dickerson, giving the Yankees a 5-4 lead they held onto for the win.

Curtis went 2-3 with a run scored.  He’s only hitting .229 on the season, but over his last ten games he has a .361/.425/.472 line.  Pena went 1-3 with two runs scored, a triple and two RBIs.  Dellin Betances lasted just 4.2 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits, two walks and four Ks.

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Hughes keeps the ball in the yard, Yankees keeping winning in D.C.

The Yankees rolled into Washington D.C. as one of the few things hotter than August in the nation’s capital after winning 16 of their last 20 games, and even a Cy Young candidate and the first place Nationals couldn’t slow them down. The Yankees ground Gio Gonzalez down over six plus innings before making their hay on the Washington bullpen, while Phil Hughes kept the Nationals’ offense in check and within the boundaries of the playing field to lead the Yankees to a 7-2 win.

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Game 63: Natitude!

I’ve had this weekend scheduled on my calendar for weeks. After an aggressive couple of winters and some very good luck in picking at the top of the draft, that Nationals have assembled a very good team down in the nation’s capital. In my opinion they’ve got a reasonably good claim at being the best team in the senior circuit right now thanks to their ridiculous starting rotation and the emergence of Bryce Harper at just 19 years old. If nothing else, I’ll get the convenience factor of being able to watch Harper and the Yankees without changing the channel for a few days, even if it does mean I’m forced to live with the Nationals’ MASN broadcast in the process. Ugh.

Tonight the Nats will run out Gio Gonzalez to get a taste of what he left behind in the superior American League. Hopefully he ends the night thanking his lucky stars for the switch. Here’s the lineups:

Yankees (37-25):

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Jayson Nix 2B
Phil Hughes RHP

Nationals (38-23):

Steve Lombardozzi LF
Bryce Harper CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRouche 1B
Michael Morse RF
Ian Desmond SS
Danny Espinosa 2B
Jesus Flores C
Gio Gonzalez LHP

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Game 63: Pleased to Meet You, Mr. Harper

Given the day of the week and the omnipresence of Bryce Harper in the minds of most every Yankees fan heading into this series, it seems prudent to keep this short and sweet. I highly recommend this FanGraphs interview with Tyler Clippard, in which he discusses the ‘closer mentality’ and other aspects of pitching in relief, and this interview with Mason Williams (which is fairly fluff-filled, but interesting nonetheless). Onto the lineups: New York Yankees Washington Nationals Derek Jeter, SS Stephen Lombardozzi, LF Curtis Granderson, CF Bryce Harper, CF Mark Teixeira, 1B Ryan Zimmerman, 3B Alex Rodriguez, 3B Adam LaRoche, Continue reading Game 63: Pleased to Meet You, Mr. Harper

Yankees sign Aune to overslot deal

Per Kevin Levine-Flandrup and Jim Callis, the Yankees have inked 2nd-round selection Austin Aune (#89 overall) to a $1 million bonus, nearly double the slot recommendation of $548,400 for the 89th pick.  Aune is an athletic prospect who some scouts believe profiles best in the outfield, but the Yankees will apparently try him at shortstop first.  Aune has a strong arm (as a great high school QB) and good power potential, which combined with the possibility of sticking at an up-the-middle position gives him great upside.  He’ll likely reported to the Gulf Coast League when their season begins next week. Continue reading Yankees sign Aune to overslot deal

Checking up on ‘Cisco

Jon Heyman has a profile of Francisco Cervelli up on his CBS Sports blog that’s pretty interesting and worth a read if you’re a fan of Cervelli’s. Cervelli attributes his early season struggles to being too focused on his surprising demotion after the Yankees acquired Chris Stewart from the Giants on the last day of Spring Training, but seems to have mostly worked through the frustration to plug along and do his job, and he insists he’s not taking it personally. I can’t imagine it’s been an easy couple of months for Cervelli, but that’s the business, and it seems like he’s at least got a good amount of perspective with respect to his situation. Heyman’s closing, however, is another matter:

Cervelli had nothing bad to say about the Yankees. But he made it clear he’s playing to show someone — anyone — that he is still worthy of being a big leaguer.

“They always know what they are doing,” Cervelli said of the Yankees. “Sometimes we don’t understand. I am going to make them understand I can play in the big leagues.”

When I asked how he would react to a trade to a team with a major-league job for him, Cervelli said, “I want to play in the big leaguers, bro.”

He should be playing in the big leagues. Nobody should have to serve as human insurance.

More power to Cervelli, but spare me this “should be” nonsense. Every team carries “human insurance” in their minor league system, we usually call them “replacement players.” I can appreciate that it was rough on Cervelli emotionally to have things go the way they did, but the Yankees needed another catcher due to Austin Romine‘s injury, and Cervelli had an option remaining so he’s the guy who had to go down. End of story. Besides, it’s not totally clear that Cervelli is a better catcher than Stewart is, and it’s not as though Cervelli is out of a job. He’s still a professional baseball player, and I’d say that there’s at least a 50-50 chance that he’s (*gulp*) the Yankees starting catcher next year. He’ll survive this ordeal. Continue reading Checking up on ‘Cisco