About EJ Fagan

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

Rising: David Adams

David Adams has probably been the most exciting rising prospect in the Yankee system this season. His statistics: Year Age Tm Lg Lev G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS 2008 21 Staten Island NYPL A- 67 297 257 45 66 19 2 4 31 32 57 .257 .350 .393 .743 2009 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A+ 132 569 490 69 140 40 8 7 75 61 88 .286 .373 .443 .816 2009 22 Charleston SALL A 67 304 259 32 75 23 2 0 34 35 49 .290 .385 .394 .779 Continue reading Rising: David Adams

Its Time To Make Those Tough Bullpen Decisions

The banged-up Yankee roster had to resort to using Javier Vazquez as a long reliever last night. I actually give Joe Girardi a lot of credit for foresight – he skipped Javier in the rotation in part to take a start away from his worst starting pitcher, but also in part to allow the team to use their 5th starter as a long man while Sergio Mitre recovered from his spot start. However, he appeared only after the Yankee bullpen blew yet another lead. After Mariano Rivera, Joba Chamberlain, Alfredo Aceves, and Sergio Mitre, the Yankee bullpen has been a Continue reading Its Time To Make Those Tough Bullpen Decisions

Rising: Austin Romine

[image title=”romine4″ size=”full” id=”17932″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] In preparation for my pre-draft top-30 prospect ranking, I’ll be looking at some prospect whose stock is on the rise. First up is Austin Romine. Austin Romine is off to a very strong start at Double-A Trenton. He’s hitting .296/.372/.472 in his first 28 games while dealing with some dead arm problems that have limited his time behind the plate. Below is his full stat line: Year Age Tm Lg Lev G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS 2008 19 Charleston SALL A Continue reading Rising: Austin Romine

Juan Miranda should be called up

[image title=”3326253631_a31f162338″ size=”full” id=”17588″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] The Yankees brought up Kevin Russo to serve as a backup infielder yesterday, following the injuries to Nick Johnson and Robinson Cano. Cano is better, and Nick Johnson will be on the disabled list for some time. With Curtis Granderson also out, the Yankees are going to have to get some miles out of Marcus Thames and Randy Winn, but that also means that occasionally, Nick Johnson’s DH spot will be up for grabs. Joe Girardi seems willing to use a rotating DH for now. But I really want to ask: why not Continue reading Juan Miranda should be called up

Yankee Injury Situation Should Be Expected

After finishing the semester from hell, I will now be returning to 1-2 posts per day. And I’d like to start with something that I’ve been thinking about for some time. The Yankees have had a bad week on the injury front. To recap, they are: Curtis Granderson is to miss about a month with a groin pull. Nick Johnson to miss an undetermined amount of time with a wrist injury. Andy Pettitte to miss at least one start with elbow inflammation. Jorge Posada has missed several games with a knee issue, and may miss more going forward. Alex Rodriguez Continue reading Yankee Injury Situation Should Be Expected

Building a Professional Resume – Graham Stoneburner

[image title=”1777905″ size=”full” id=”17005″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] What’s the perfect distraction for a burnt-out graduate student with a bunch of papers due in 3 days? Minor league baseball blogging. Graham Stoneburner pitched about as good as he could on Saturday – 8 innings, 1 earned run, 8 strikeouts, no walks. At one point, he retired 20 straight batters. Stoneburner’s line on the season: 25 innings, 4 starts, 10.8 K/9, 2.16 BB/9. The Yankees started him this season at Low-A Charleston, ending some speculation that he might spend the year in short season baseball. Stoneburner is a raw and largely untested Continue reading Building a Professional Resume – Graham Stoneburner

Phil Hughes Looking Like Its 2006 All Over Again

[image title=”211066983_4e182b2924″ size=”full” id=”16905″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] I spent much of last night doing the Gameday / Audio combination to watch Phil Hughes start against the Oakland Athletics. Assuming that Gameday’s radar gun is accurate, we’re seeing the best fastball velocity that Phil Hughes has thrown since his hamstring injury. He sat at 93-94 for most of the night, and had his best start in the majors ever. For awhile, I had flashbacks to 2006. It is really easy to forget how good of a prospect Phil Hughes was. He was by many accounts the #1 pitching prospect in the Continue reading Phil Hughes Looking Like Its 2006 All Over Again

Comparing Young Pitchers – Jose Ramirez and Manuel Banuelos

[image title=”Manuel Banuelos” size=”full” id=”16828″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]The Yankees push a lot of talented young pitchers through their Latin American development program. Every year, 2-3 guys pop up with real potential to become top-flight prospects. Some flame out quickly, while some climb the ladder. I remember pimping the likes of Angel Reyes, Francisco Castillo and Ferdin Tejada. Seriously, I thought that Ferdin Tejada was the next big thing. A lot of those guys have come and gone from the Yankee development program, but only two have retained their prospect status in to the high minor leagues – Ivan Nova and Continue reading Comparing Young Pitchers – Jose Ramirez and Manuel Banuelos

Minor League Notes, April 13, 2010

Prediction comes true: Pat Venditte is on a schedule Three days after his last appearance, Pat Venditte pitched two innings for Tampa tonight. He struck out four and allowed one hit. While its only two appearances, I willing to bet that this is a permanent shift for Venditte. He will pitch multiple-inning appearances to a pitch count every three days. The Yankees have him on a prospect track, which means there is a very good chance that at some point we will be seeing Pat Venditte in the major leagues. Prepare for a show. Greg Fertel at Pending Pinstripes says Continue reading Minor League Notes, April 13, 2010