If Elvis Andrus is Available, the Yankees Should Pounce

The Texas Rangers have a really good problem. Jurickson Profar is a mega-prospect, who hits and fields like a future star shortstop. At 19 years old, he has hit .278/.361/.456 in 117 games. The Rangers are considering promoting Profar in September, and using him through the postseason. They believe he is major league ready.

The problem is that the Rangers already have one of the better shortstops in the game. Elvis Andrus, still just 23 years old, has been worth an average of 3.5 wins per season since he entered the major leagues. He is a +7 UZR/150 defender at short, and is having his best season at the plate in 2012, with a wRC+ of 105. He’s unique in today’s young hitter class because he has not yet signed a contract extension. Andrus is set to become a free agent in 2015, when he will be 26 years old.

I’ve believed for a long time that the Yankees should make Elvis Andrus their long term plan at shortstop.… Click here to read the rest

Derek Jeter’s Sudden Pull Power

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

It’s been another monster offensive month for Derek Jeter so far in August.  After predictably cooling down in May after his scorching hot April, and dipping down to a .608 OPS in June, Jeter started picking the batting average back up in July with a .346 month.  Since July has changed over to August, Jeter has been on an absolute tear, nearly matching the numbers he posted in April.  Jeter’s rocking a .386/.407/.602 line in 92 August plate appearances, good for a .428 wOBA, a .324 season batting average that has him sitting 3rd in the American League, and some MSM whispers about Jeter garnering some votes on MVP ballots at the end of the year for the kind of season he’s had.

The MVP talk is a bit of a stretch, but Jeter has been simply fantastic this year.  He’s once again carrying the offense through an up-and-down stretch where the Yankees are battling injuries and slumps, and continuing to punch Father Time in the face while he does it. … Click here to read the rest

Bayless wants to ask if Jeter is juicing

Not directly, of course, because he’s a clown and I’m not the slightest bit interested in climbing under rocks to look for syringes or whatever the cool kids are using these days. However, given the way we would treat almost literally anyone else doing what Jeter has done since he injured his calf and went off to Tampa to train at the team’s complex and hang out at home, I don’t see how anyone could possibly object to Jeter falling under suspicion as well. He won’t, of course, people are already getting downright indignant that someone would even suggest that Jeter might be anything less than pure as the new fallen snow, but there’s no logical basis for this. The majority of the media and fans are perfectly okay with someone like Jeff Bagwell being tarred by accusation and innuendo totally devoid of any evidence, nor assuming that any turnaround or spike in production at an older age is itself actual evidence for juicing.… Click here to read the rest

The MVP and Derek Jeter

No one predicted that Derek Jeter would be the best hitting shortstop of 2012, but so far, the 38 year old has outproduced prime players like Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera. Over the last month, The Captain is hitting .386/.412/.588 at a point in the season where this team desperately needs offense. With Septembers in sight, MVP discussion is beginning to brew, and Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune believes Jeter deserves to win. He argues that the shortstop’s contributions to a winning team make him more valuable than players like Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout, who may not fulfill their teams playoff births.

If I had a ballot in front of me today, with both the Tigers and the Angels outside the playoffs, I would vote for Jeter. He’s the best player on the American League’s winningest team.

During Tuesday night’s game, Michael Kay appeared to side with Rogers on this, adding that Jeter is in the midst of one of the best seasons of his career.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees Swept By White Sox, Lose 2-1

After winning two series at home by beating the Texas Rangers three out of four and Boston Red Sox two out of three, the Yankees flew to Chicago and got swept out of town in three games by the White Sox.

Poor Phil Hughes pitched a great game giving up two runs on five hits in seven full innings. He struck out five and walked two batters. Unfortunately for him, those two runs were all the Sox would need to hold on.

Alex Rios hit his 20th home run of the season off Hughes in the sixth inning to put the Sox up for good, 2-1.

Derek Jeter hit his 13th home run of the season to tie the game at 1-1 in the sixth. Robinson Cano had two hits – including one double – and Mark Teixeira also hit a double. That was it for the offense as White Sox starter Chris Sale shut them down with 13 strikeouts in 7.2 innings.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 8/22/12

Trenton lost to Altoona 14-2:
The Curve completed the sweep of the Thunder in a big way today, as Gerrit Cole took the mound for Altoona. Trenton took an early lead as Adonis Garcia doubled and David Adams singled him in. Addison Maruszak singled in Adams for the 2-0 first inning lead. Altoona found their bats in the top of the fourth, however. Andrew Lambo drew a lead off walk and Matt Curry followed with a single. Both runners moved over on a sac bunt and Dellin Betances loaded the bases by hitting Charles Cutler with a pitch. A single by Quincy Latimore plated Altoona’s first run of the day. Another walk tied the game and Cutler gave the Curve a lead when Drew Maggi was hit by a pitch. A single by Ramon Cabrera was deflected by Betances, as Altoona brought in two more runs for a 5-2 lead. Cutler hit a two run double in the fifth and Latimore followed with a two-run homer for the 9-2 edge.… Click here to read the rest