E.J. Fagan been blogging about Yankee baseball since 2006. He is a Ph.D. student at University of Texas at Austin.

Author Archives: EJ Fagan

Two Secret September Weapons Stashed Away At Triple-A

The Yankee bench has been incredibly productive this year. We’ve all seen Andruw Jones, Eric Chavez, and Raul Ibanez hit as well or better than anyone could have expected of them. Nix, Wise, and Stewart haven’t been as good, but no one is complaining as long as the Yankees are in first place. During the...

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We Need New Terminology For Starting Pitcher Prospects

I love Kevin Goldstein’s Twitter feed. He’s conversational, blunt, and isn’t afraid to say what he feels. This caught my eye last Thursday:


I really, really hate the term “#1 starter.” I think its a useless thing to say,...

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Its Been A Bad Year For The Yankee Farm System

Last week, Tyler Austin, Gary Sanchez, and Mason Williams were promoted from Low-A Charleston to High-A Tampa. All three had been hitting the cover off the ball in Charleston, progressing on defense, and playing against older, more experienced opponents. Thus, all three duly earned spots on Baseball America’s mid season top prospects list...

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Yankees Should Consider Moving Curtis Granderson to Left Field

The Yankees are 6 games up on the American League East title despite having to reinvent their bullpen and starting rotation several times. They have allowed the third fewest runs in the American League, scored the fourth-most runs, and have the second best run differential in the league, behind only the Texas Rangers. And despite...

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#YankeeFanProblems

I let out more than a few expletives yesterday. One minute, I was finding out that C.C. Sabathia was heading to the disabled list for a short stay, and on the next I hear about Andy Pettitte’s broken ankle. Almost instantly, the Yankees lost their dual aces, and replaced them with a struggling Triple-A B...

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Two-In-One: Get Ready For An Awesome Short Season

Normally, the first half of the short-season minor leagues is pretty boring. A lot of top prospects didn’t sign until mid-August. Rookie ball teams are mostly staffed with high school draftees from the previous year and young Latin American prospects. Short-season A ball team are mostly composed of mid-level college picks, and sometimes a few...

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Early Reaction to C Peter O'Brien, 89th Overall

Because the Yankees did not sign Sam Stafford last year, they held two second-round picks in this year’s draft. With their second pick (89th overall), the Yankees selected University of Miami senior Peter O’Brien.

O’Brien has quite a few quirks in his biography and scouting report. At 6’5″ 225 lbs, he’s very big for a catcher...

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Early Reactions: Ty Hensley

Kevin Goldstein pretty much sums up my reaction:

And Jim Callis:

The Yankees haven’t made (and signed) a consensus 1st round selection in a long time. The last is probably Slade Heathcott, or, if you really want to be conservative, Ian...

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2012 Pre-Draft Top-20 Prospect Rankings

Its that time again. Three days from now, the Yankees will add 30-40 young baseball players into their organization. Before that happens, it is appropriate that we take stock of the Yankee farm system, so that we may better understand the Yankee draft and signing strategy.

Below are my Top-20 prospect rankings. I usually rank 30...

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