TYA Fall 2012 Top-30 Prospect List

Its been a bad year in the Yankee farm system. The organization saw more massive car wrecks than breakouts, traded away top talent without getting much in return, and were hamstrung at the draft by new rules. The Yankee system had mostly been on an upward trajectory since 2005, but 2012 ended that streak. Still, there is good news. The Yankee system still contains 3-4 top-100 prospects, several near-MLB pieces, and plenty of ceiling at the low levels. It’s probably about average as far as systems go, which says something about the talent of the Yankee scouting staff. I ranked Continue reading TYA Fall 2012 Top-30 Prospect List

The Yankee Analysts Prospect Rating System

This post is mostly borrowed from one I did two and a half years ago, about a new prospect rating system. It explains my top-30 prospects, which will be posted later today. The graphics are updated from two years ago. This is my second shot at a prospect rating system derived from Hockey’s Future’s rating system. I like the system because instead of just giving a prospect an overall rating (Sickels’ grading or Kevin Goldstein’s stars), it attempts to answer the two big questions about minor league players: how good can they be,  and what are their chances of getting there? Continue reading The Yankee Analysts Prospect Rating System

Reclaimed fastball leads to C.C. resurgence

While the Yankees have steadfastly refused to fall out of first place that long ago time of interleague play, one of the lingering causes for concern during their second half slide has been the decidedly underwhelming performance of their ace, C.C Sabathia. In addition to two separate stints on the disabled list, Sabathia has been nothing but inconsistent since first injuring hi groin back at the end of June. Sabathia hasn’t been bad, per se, but he certainly had yet to dominate for an extended period of time in the way we’ve grown accustomed to seeing over the past three seasons, and that was more than a bit disconcerting for a lot of Yankee fans.

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Yankees Facing Choice Between Swisher and Granderson

(The following was originally published at The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23). Is this September the swan song of Nick Swisher’s Yankee career? An impending free agent, Swisher is reportedly seeking a lucrative five-year deal, so, with the Yankees still intent on dipping below the luxury tax threshold in 2014, the chances of him returning to the Bronx seem slim. Swisher has loved wearing the pinstripes, and the fans have elevated him to cult hero status, but when push comes to shove, money talks, which is why most people believe the switch hitter will walk. Is a parting between the Continue reading Yankees Facing Choice Between Swisher and Granderson

Yankees win handily, magic number down to six

The New York Yankees got another great outing from C.C. Sabathia and beat up on frequent punching bag, Brian Duensing, who made an emergency relief appearance, to beat the Minnesota Twins, 8-2. Sabathia allowed two runs but no hard hit balls in eight innings as the Twins managed only six singles against him. Sabathia walked one batter and struck out ten and now has twenty-one strikeouts in his last two starts. Sabathia improved his record to 14-6. Samuel Deduno started for the Twins but lasted only an inning and two-thirds and had an apparent problem with his left eye and was pulled abruptly from the game. Deduno was pretty effective and allowed two walks and struck out two. Brian Duensing (4-11) relieved Deduno and retired the last out in the second but was rocked in the third inning for six runs on five hits and two walks and the Yankees never looked back.

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CC Dominates Twins, Yanks Win 90th Game Of The Year

How’s this for a stat? Courtesy of Aaron Gleeman of Hardball Talk: “Counting the playoffs the Twins are now 23-67 against the Yankees under Ron Gardenhire, including 15-32 at home.” So when people make jokes about the Yankees owning the Twins, they’re pretty much spot on. That theme continued today behind strong pitching from CC Sabathia and a nice performance by the offense. Sabathia pitched eight innings, gave up two runs on six hits, one walk and he struck out 10. Poor Joe Mauer accounted for three of those strikeouts and finished the day 0-4. Sabathia threw 118 pitches which Continue reading CC Dominates Twins, Yanks Win 90th Game Of The Year

Game 155: Oh, It’s a Day Game?

So sorry for the lack of Game Thread. These damn day games sneak up on ya! Big thanks to the Lohud Yankees Blog for the lineups! YANKEES (89-65) Ichiro Suzuki RF Derek Jeter SS Robinson Cano 2B Nick Swisher 1B Curtis Granderson CF Eric Chavez 3B Raul Ibanez DH Chris Stewart C Chris Dickerson LF LHP CC Sabathia (13-6, 3.47) Sabathia vs. Twins TWINS (65-90) Denard Span CF Ben Revere RF Joe Mauer DH Ryan Doumit C Chris Parmelee 1B Matt Carson LF Jamey Carroll 3B Alexi Casilla 2B Pedro Florimon SS RHP Samuel Deduno (6-5, 4.54) Deduno has never Continue reading Game 155: Oh, It’s a Day Game?

Some Stretch Run Concerns

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) I’ve already thrown a Grade-A AB4AR jinx on the Yankees’ playoff hopes once this season, and I’ve learned my lesson.  I’ve been taking very careful steps to not mention the “P” word like its a foregone conclusion again as we come down the homestretch of the 2012 regular season, even as the Yankees have turned things around, and I’m certainly not going to do that here.  What I am going to do is touch on some things that the Yankees should be monitoring as they make their final sprint to the Continue reading Some Stretch Run Concerns

Game 155 – Series finale against the Twins

The New York Yankees complete their series with the Minnesota Twins at Target Field today at 1:10 Eastern Time. Both teams have won a game and this “getaway” day game will determine the series winner. Of course, the stakes are much higher for the Yankees with eight games remaining in their quest for the division title. C.C. Sabathia (13-6, 3.47) will be on the bump for the Yankees in this one and will be caught by his early season caddy, Chris Stewart. Going for the Twins will be Samuel Deduno (6-5, 4.54) who the Yankees have never seen before. Deduno has a high walk and WHIP rate and a rather low strikeout rate and has given up ten homers in 77 innings of work. Fuzzy logic (seriously?) seems to dictate the Yankees having an edge in that pitching match up, but that was said yesterday as well.

The Yankees have a different looking lineup today as Chris Dickerson gets the start over Raul Ibanez, who will DH today and Ichiro Suzuki leads off with Derek Jeter batting second. Jeter leads all of baseball leading off a game with a hit, but that’s the lineup. Dickerson should be an upgrade in the outfield over Ibanez. Alex Rodriguez, who has been struggling a bit, is not in the starting lineup today.

The Lineups:

New York Yankees:

  1. Ichiro Suzuki – RF
  2. Derek Jeter – SS
  3. Robinson Cano – 2B
  4. Nick Swisher – 1B
  5. Curtis Granderson – CF
  6. Eric Chavez – 3B
  7. Raul Ibanez – DH
  8. Chris Stewart – C
  9. Chris Dickerson – LF

C.C. Sabathia – SP

Minnesota Twins:

  1. Denard Span – CF
  2. Ben Revere – RF
  3. Joe Mauer – DH
  4. Ryan Doumit – C
  5. Chris Parmelee – 1B
  6. Matt Carson – LF
  7. Jamey Carroll – 3B
  8. Alexi Casilla – 2B
  9. Pedro Florimon – SS

Samuel Deduno – SP

The game is available locally on the YES Network. Continue reading Game 155 – Series finale against the Twins