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

PP – Top 20 Yankee Prospects Averaged List

Sean over at Pending Pinstripes did what I was thinking about doing but too lazy to pull the trigger on: he averaged the top-20 prospect lists of every major prospect pundit out there, including my list, and merged it in to one list. Austin Jackson and Arodys Vizcaino were eliminated the the lists were adjusted.

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Marcus Thames Makes Jamie Hoffmann Obsolete

Really, I love Jamie Hoffman. As a lifelong fan of the minor league baseball, I was pretty excited to see the Yankees get a relatively unimportant 1st overall Rule V pick following the Brian Bruney trade. The Yankees have had only one Rule V pick that I can think of make their roster, and that...

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What Makes The Baseball Draft So Hard?

I was discussing hockey with a friend of mine, and an interesting point came up. Here is a chart of the top 10 scorers in the National Hockey League, and their draft position.

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Response to Matt: Hughes Should Not Go To Scranton

Yesterday, Matt argued that should he lose the battle for the 5th starter spot to Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes should be sent to Triple-A to start and build innings, instead of throwing out of the major league bullpen. I believe very strongly that Matt is wrong, and that the loser of the Joba/Phil battle should...

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Response To Steve: Keep Montero, Even If He's A DH

Steve made an interestingly, nuanced argument yesterday that Jesus Montero ought be traded if it turns out he is unable to play catcher. With Mark Teixeira at first base, Alex Rodriguez at 3rd, and Jesus Montero unlikely to play a passable left field, designated hitter would be his long term destination on the Yankees...

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Why Hal Steinbrenner should open the books a little for Johnny Damon

The common line is that right now, the Yankees have about 2 million dollars left in their budget for the 2010 season. I think that this is entirely plausible. Hal Steinnerbrenner gave Brian Cashman a hard number, and said that he would have to approve any spending over that number. He did so last year...

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Discussion: Building A Bullpen

Spring training will no doubt show us a battle between relievers looking for their spot in the bullpen. Barring a Ben Sheets surprise, we already know what players will make up most of the bullpen. They are:

Certains: Mariano Rivera, Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain, Damaso Marte, David Robertson, Alfredo Aceves

Strong Candidates: Sergio Mitre, Chad Gaudin,...

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Thinking About Slade Heathcott

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The Yankees drafted Slade Heathcott six months ago and signed him four months ago. Very little news has happened in relation to Heathcott over this time period. We don’t have a lot more information to judge the young outfielder by other than what we knew at the draft. Still,...

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Challenges For The Next Decade

I apologize for being absent for the last couple of weeks. A family accident (side note, my father is actually having Tommy John surgery) and a new job ate up a lot of my time. But I’m back.

SB Nation is doing a very cool series of posts detailing what issues the various sports leagues...

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Rank Name Draft Position
1 Alex Ovechkin 1st Overall
2 Henrik Sedin