Born in Dover, Delaware and raised in Danbury, Connecticut, Brad now resides in Wisconsin, where he regularly goes out of his way to remind Brewers fans that their team will never be as good as the Yankees. When he’s not writing for IIATMS, he likes to spend his time incorporating “Seinfeld” quotes into everyday conversation, critiquing WWE storylines, and drinking enough beer to be good at darts.

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2015 Arizona Fall League Wrap-Up


The Arizona Fall League championship game was played on Saturday, with the Scottsdale Scorpions defeating the Surprise Sagueros 6-4.  The Yankees were well represented in the Surprise lineup, with Gary Sanchez starting at catcher and hitting cleanup, Tyler Austin starting in left field and hitting 6th, and Dustin Fowler starting in center and hitting 8th.  They all performed well too, each recording at least 1 hit in the game and Fowler hitting a home run.

With the AZFL season officially over, here’s a final tally for the Yankee representatives:

Sanchez: .295/.357/.625, 7 HR, 21 RBI, 16 R in 88 AB
Austin: .272/.344/.444, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 13 R, 7 SB in 81 AB
Fowler: .279/.313/.410, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 14 R, 7 SB in 61 AB
Tyler Wade: .220/.313/.268, 2 2B, 6 RBI, 6 R in 41 AB

Ian Clarkin: 24.2 IP, 34 H, 16 ER, 14 BB, 17 K, 5.84 ERA in 6 App
Chaz Hebert: 14.1 IP, 13 H, 7 ER, 10 BB, 12 K, 4.40 ERA in 7 App
Tyler Webb: 12.1 IP, 13 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 12 K, 5.84 ERA in 9 App
Domingo Acevedo: 12.0 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 11 K, 2.25 ERA in 7 App

The standout numbers still belong to Sanchez, who fell short in his bid to win league MVP despite leading in homers and ribbies.  …

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Yankees Protect 3, Add Davis, Gamel, And Barbato To The 40-Man Roster

Guess the Yankees weren’t worried about leaving any roster spots open for free agent signings after all.  As the team announced, they added 3 players to their 40-man roster today to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft: Double-A right-hander Rookie Davis, Triple-A righty reliever Johnny Barbato, and lefty-hitting Triple-A outfielder Ben Gamel.  With the earlier move by the Rays to claim Chase Whitley off waivers clearing an extra spot, the 40-man roster is now full.

I’m actually a bit surprised.  I though the depth at their positions would be Barbato and Gamel’s undoing and instead it seems to be the reason they were kept over guys like Jake Cave and Chaz Hebert.  This tells me the Yankees are definitely planning to dip into that depth on the trade market.  …

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 11/20/15

No time to chit-chat, let’s get right into the links.

– On Monday, Nick Ashbourne of BP Bronx made the case for trading Andrew Miller.

– On Tuesday, Rob Abruzzese of Bronx Baseball Daily reviewed how the Yankees have used their strong organizational catching depth to help build part of the current roster.

– El duque of It Is High… had a few good retirement gift ideas for David Ortiz.

– On Wednesday, Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley profiled David Price as a potential free agent target.

– Mike Axisa of RAB profiled new top pitching prospect James Kaprielian.

– Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes mused on the importance of not expecting repeat seasons from Teix and A-Rod in 2016 and the need to add more offense.

– On Friday, Christopher Carelli of Yankees Unscripted wondered if the Yankees would be bold enough to trade both Brett Gardner and Andrew Miller.

From the IIATMS team:

– On Tuesday, I dished on a variety of early offseason topics that I haven’t had a chance to write about.…

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Report: Yanks Talking Outfielder-For-Pitcher Trade With Indians

The Brett Gardner trade rumor train keeps rolling down the offseason tracks, gathering speed as it goes.  Via Jon Morosi, the Yankees are one of several teams talking to the Cleveland Indians about putting a trade together involving an outfielder and one of Cleveland’s starting pitchers.  As Morosi points out, the Indians are dangerously light on quality MLB outfielders right now and won’t have Michael Brantley at the start of next season.  They also have a very deep starting rotation, with 6 legit big league starters in the mix.

If the Yankees are involved and the trade revolves around Cleveland acquiring an outfielder, of course it’s going to be Gardner whose name comes up.  There’s no way Cleveland would even entertain the idea of taking on Jacoby Ellsbury‘s contract.  But Gardner would be a good fit for them thanks to his well-rounded offensive skill set and ability to play center field.

With the Yankees openly looking to add more starting pitching, any of Cleveland’s young starters would be a good fit.  …

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Reviewing The Rule 5 Draft Roster Situation

Tomorrow is the deadline for teams to set the 40-man Major League, Triple-A, and Double-A rosters in preparation for next month’s Rule 5 draft.  The Yankees always seem to be under a 40-man roster crunch and never seem to have enough spots for protection-worthy players who are Rule 5 eligible, and this season is no different.  Here’s a quick breakdown of where the roster stands, what other moves might be made to clear space, and my thoughts on what players the Yankees will, won’t, should, and should not protect.

The Roster: Currently stands at 38 players.  21 pitchers, 3 catchers, 6 infielders (not including Ackley), 7 outfielders (including Ackley), and 1 Alex Rodriguez.

The Potential Casualties: Caleb Cotham, Domingo German

Cotham is a 28-year-old MiL lifer who just made his MLB debut in 2015.  He pitched to a 6.52/6.55 ERA/FIP split in 9.2 innings and gave up 14 hits and 4 homers.  He’s most likely a Quad-A player at best, and the Yankees have enough to righty relief depth to make up for his loss.…

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Quick Hit: Eppler Effect Nabs Two From Yankee Front Office

Slow day yesterday, but I did see something creep over the wire that was newsworthy in Yankeeland.  Via Sweeny Murti (who still has me blocked on Twitter), Billy Eppler has poached a pair of guys from the Yankee front office/scouting staff and brought them to join him in Anaheim.  Steve Martone, who was the Yankees’ manager of pro scouting, will be Eppler’s new assistant GM, and Eric Chavez has been named special assistant to the GM.  No word yet on whether Martone will have a special assistant to the assistant GM or if that position will be filled by a former Yankee, but stay tuned.

These aren’t devastating losses for the Yankees.  They’ll replace from within on the pro scouting job and they can always bring in more ex-players to be scouts and special assistants, but there’s some significance to the loss of Chavez.  He was reportedly instrumental in convincing the team to pursue the Didi Gregorius trade last offseason after playing with Didi in Arizona.…

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Thoughts On The Early Offseason Happenings

Cash Stache

Still loving the Cash Stache as much this week as I did last week. Courtesy of the AP

You might have noticed a decrease in content on the site recently.  While that’s a natural occurrence once the season ends and there are no more games and updated stats to analyze, in my case it’s also a matter of real life taking a much bigger slice of the time pie.  My 9-5 cube monkey job has gotten very time consuming over the past month or so, to the point that I barely have the time or the mental energy to write anymore.

That can be frustrating when there’s news breaking and trades being made, as it’s never as much fun being the last blogger in with your take on something when all the relevant points have already been made, for the writer or the readers.  That said, I do want to take a little time now to go back and talk about what’s been going on in the early offseason for the Yankees because I do have opinions on this stuff and I want to try to get them out while I have the time.  …

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Quick Hit: Yankees Announce Mike Harkey’s Return And Rest Of 2016 Coaching Staff

Mike Harkey’s name was thrown out as a potential Gary Tuck replacement almost immediately, and the team made his return official a few hours ago with this tweet.  In addition to this move and the responsibilities of catching coach being reassigned to Tony Pena, the Yankees made official the returns of Larry Rothschild, Rob Thomson, and Joe Espada, and the hitting coach promotions for Alan Cockrell and Marcus Thames.  The full 2016 big league coaching staff is set.

Last offseason the Yankees waited a long time to replace the departed Kevin Long.  Not this offseason.  They were quick to make decisions on who they were letting go and quick to announce the new guys to replace them.  Good.  One more check in the box on the offseason to-do list and one less thing to worry about heading into the heart of hot stove season.…

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Report: Yankees Unlikely To Pursue Zobrist

Looks like I didn’t miss too much over the weekend.  The one new rumor with some juice that came out last night comes to us courtesy of The Post and concerns both the Yankees and the Mets and their respective plans to pursue Ben Zobrist this offseason.

Via Dan Martin and Ken Davidoff, the Yankees are unlikely to go hard after Zobrist because of his expected price tag.  The exact quote from the report says “the Yankees aren’t willing to spend as much as Zobrist likely will receive”, and that the Mets will make “a strong push” for Zobrist to address their multiple roster needs.  That information comes from the always reliable unnamed “industry sources”.  They’re better than just regular unnamed sources because they’re definitely in the industry, you see.

All jokes aside, this report makes sense to me.  The MLBTR projection for Zobrist was 3 years/$51 million, this report mentions 4/$60 mil as a possibility, and I’ve already said I don’t see the Yankees going all in on Zobrist for those types of commitments.  …

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