Baseball America’s draft report card for the Yankees

Baseball America has released their draft report cards for 2012 and the Yankees’ is one of the handful that do not require a subscription. They singled out fifth round pick Robert Refsnyder as the best pure hitter drafted by New York. The outfielder from the University of Arizona started his career in Charleston this season, after winning the College World Series. Peter O’Brien (second round) is cited as the best power hitter, but he is a big question mark defensively at catcher. Corey Black (fourth round) and top pick Ty Hensley got nods for having the best fastballs, while Nick Goody (sixth round) was mentioned as having the best debut and being closest to the majors. Goody, a closer for LSU worked his way up to the Tampa Yankees with a combined 1.12 ERA over 32 games, averaging 14.6 Ks per nine and a 5.78 K/BB ratio. Austin Aune, Taylor Dugas, Saxon Butler and others are all mentioned as well so make sure to check it out.… Click here to read the rest

Bronx Zoo Returns; Yanks Need Alternate Ending to Postseason Soap Opera

(The following was originally published at The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23).

Is the Bronx Zoo back? Before Tuesday’s pivotal game three, Joe Girardi (perhaps with an assist from Brian Cashman?) decided to bench Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher, two players who have been stalwarts for him throughout his tenure as Yankee manager. The moves, which were controversial before the game, have become even more so following another loss in which the team could barely scratch out a run.

Arod has been reduced to a spectator for much of the 2012 postseason. (Photo: Daily News)

With the Yankees now facing certain elimination after going down 3 games to 0 in the ALCS, at least some attention now shifts to whether or not the Yankees’ offensive woes will have ramifications beyond October.  Whether or not there was a sound basis for his decision, Girardi’s abandonment of two established veterans could have a ripple effect that lasts until next year.… Click here to read the rest

On the A-Rod mess

I feel as though I need to say something about Alex Rodriguez, once again the story of the day, this morning, but frankly: What else is there to say? This has been the story of the postseason for over a week now, and other than a silly report of some in-game hijinks, absolutely nothing has changed. So I guess I’ll just rehash the old points and briefly address the new ones.

First, as for A-Rod’s playing time, I guess the sides are already settled here, but here’s the pertinent facts: A-Rod hit .256/.326/.391 against right handed pitchers over the full course of 2012, while Chavez hit .298/.365/543. So even before you account for Alex’s wrist injury or his helpless postseason at bats against same side pitchers, Chavez is the better option for the lineup in those situations, and if it weren’t for the names involved this wouldn’t even be debatable. This isn’t about scapegoating A-Rod or blaming him for the inept performance of the entire offense, it’s about acknowledging that Chavez should be platooning at third right now, especially since the rest of the offense isn’t giving you the luxury of treating that spot like a sinecure for A-Rod.… Click here to read the rest

On Trading Alex Rodriguez

It’s not going to happen.

I should really just end it here, but allow me to justify this statement. This rumor about a Yankee trade with the Marlins is just not happening. It starts with the awful contract. It wouldn’t be the first time in baseball history, or even the first time this year that a bad baseball contract was traded away, but Alex Rodriguez‘ contract would be the worst of them all. There’s $114 million left on the contract plus $30m in bonus incentives, all for a player between the ages of 37 to 41.

Value-wise, Arod has averaged a 4.18 fWAR over the first 5 years of his current contract. If he miraculously defeats the recent spiraling trends and puts up the same fWAR for the remainder of his essentially $144 million contract, he’ll be earning $6.9 million per win above replacement. There’s only one team in baseball that can afford that type of contract, and that’s the team he’s currently on.… Click here to read the rest

ALCS Game 4: One Game At A Time

There’s a 7% chance the Yankees win the ALCS. That’s a pretty low numbers, but if you go game by game, the Yankees should have the upper hand tonight. With CC Sabathia on the mound against Max Scherzer, we all know who the better pitcher is. Pitching isn’t what’s hurt this team though, it’s been the hitting. Fortunately, today’s lineup is stacked with lefties against a right handed pitcher with a huge platoon split. Against lefties, Scherzer has allowed a 2012 triple slash of .292/.366/.465. If last night’s 9th inning and these splits mean anything, today could be a breakout day for the offense.

It might be too little too late, but our outlook must be one game at a time. Otherwise, focusing on the 7% chance of winning really takes away the fun of playoff baseball. Here’s today’s lineup courtesy of LoHud.

Ichiro Suzuki LF
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez SS

The game starts at 8:00 PM on TBS.Click here to read the rest