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

Coming Soon: Yankee September Call-ups

September, and the expanded rosters that come with it,  is just ten days away. The Yankees are a banged up team, piecing together strong performances out of a range of bench and platoon players. This will let up some when Alex Rodriguez, C.C. Sabathia, and Andy Pettitte return, and Mark Teixeira gets healthy, but the...

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The Plan For David Adams

David Adams is hitting again. He looked to be on the fast track for the majors until a severe ankle injury ended his 2010 season after just 39 games. A standout hitter and second baseman at UVA, Adams had done nothing but hit since becoming an adult. He was hitting .309/.393/.507 for Double-A Trenton at...

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Reds Prospect Billy Hamilton on the Verge of History

145. The minor league stolen base record, set by Vince Coleman in A ball. Ricky Henderson holds the MLB record, with 130 stolen bases in 1982. Reds prospect Billy Hamilton currently sits at 139 stolen bases in 113 games. Barring an injury, Hamilton is almost certain to break the record before the season ends.

It didn’t...

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Manuel Banuelos Shut Down For The Season

Manuel Banuelos’ season is over. He will be shut down, with hopes of pitching a few innings in winter ball. Banuelos had been rehabbing a series of problems in his left elbow since May. He pitched just 20 innings in 2012.

Banuelos was still one of the youngest players at Triple-A, and showing promising...

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Corban Joseph: The #2 Yankee Minor League Story of the Year?

Tyler Austin is the biggest story this year in the Yankee system, without much question. His breakout has been real and powerful, and he is a now a solid top-50 prospect in all of baseball. But I think that a number of stories are flying under the radar right now. The most under-the-radar-y, and in...

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The Team That Got Away

The other night, I was watching the San Francisco Giants game on MLB Network. George Kontos was on the mound. And all of the sudden, Justin Christian entered the game. Sitting on the bench was Joaquin Arias, who will always have the distinction as the guy who the Rangers picked over Robinson Cano in the...

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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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