Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 8/15/14

I’m off to DC until Monday night.  Here’s a quick trip around the week that was in the Yankosphere.

- On Monday, SJK of NoMaas pointed out the piddly low offensive WAR numbers the Yankees continue to churn out while guys like Refsnyder and Roller stay put in Triple-A.

- Chris Mitchell of Pinstripe Pundits ran the comp numbers to see what kind of player Bryan Mitchell could turn into as a Major Leaguer.

- On Tuesday, David Schoenfield of Sweet Spot investigated the possible disappearance of well-rounded outfielders.

- On Wednesday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes criticized Joe’s bullpen management strategy this season, specifically the way it seems to be mirroring the former Joe’s strategy.

- Mike Axisa of RAB mused on the possibility of prospects Greg Bird and Tyler Austin breaking into the show in the near future because of a growing need at first base.

- On Thursday, Andrew Mearns of Pinstripe Alley discussed the differently disappointing endings to Mo and Jeter’s careers.

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 8/8/14

I’m playing in my buddy’s sister’s charity golf tournament this afternoon.  It’s the one and only time a year I golf.  I’ve played in this thing the last few years, so I’ve got my system down by now.  3 drinks in before first hole, a 12-pack in the cooler for the full round, and I’m usually happy enough to forget that I don’t like golf and hit a few good shots.  Closed out our round last year with an uphill, left-to-right 25-footer.  No big deal.  If you can’t get out to enjoy the nice weather wherever you are on this Friday afternoon, here’s some reading material:

- On Monday, SJK of NoMaas applauded Brett Gardner and his top-tier efforts in keeping the Yankees in the playoff hunt.

- On Wednesday, Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs investigated Brett Gardner’s hitting approach to see what he’s changed to hit for more power.

- Pat Jordan of Sports On Earth looked at the history and the evolution of the overhand curveball.

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Mid-Week Linkaround: 8/6/14

- On Monday, Derek Albin of Pinstripe Pundits dug deeper into Adam Warren’s regression and how it may be influencing the way Joe uses him.

- On Tuesday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes advocated for bringing Michael Pineda back quickly as a way to replace David Phelps in the rotation.

- Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley made a case for the Yankees re-signing Brandon McCarthy after this season.  It’s a very strong case and I’m inclined to agree with him.

- Earlier this morning, Mike Axisa of RAB mused on the Matt Thornton move and what the Yankees might do as a follow-up with the money they saved.

- From the IIATMS team, William Tasker discussed Ichiro’s drop in production and whether or not it’s been good enough for him to keep his roster spot yesterday.

- On Monday, I kicked around some of the Phelps replacement options.

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 8/1/14

A little something to ponder on this Friday afternoon.  If a Yanks-Sox series takes place in August and no one is around to care about it, does it really happen?  Now onto the links!

- On Thursday, Greg Corcoran of Bronx Baseball daily offered up his list of “not top 50 prospects” as a capper to his midseason top 50 list.

- Vizzin of NoMaas compared the deadline strategies of the Yankees and Red Sox to show how the Sox are taking the Yanks to school.  I’m a big Cash supporter, you guys know that by now, but my man crush on Cherington is growing by the minute.

- Andrew Mearns of Pinstripe Alley examined the financial impact of the trade deadline acquisitions.

- Dave Schoenfield of Sweet Spot handed out his picks for deadline winners and losers.

- On Friday, William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog touched on the possibility of this year’s deadline additions returning dividends in 2015.

- SG of RLYW ran the projections to see how much the Yanks improved their offense with their deadline moves.  …

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Wednesday Linkaround: 7/30/14

Here’s what’s cookin’ around the rest of the Yankosphere so far this week:

- On Monday, Chris Mitchell of Pinstripe Pundits looked into the possibility of Aaron Judge’s height making him susceptible to striking out more as he moves up the MiL ladder.

- Bryan Hoch had Mark Teixeira’s thoughts on his latest injury and how he can stay healthy down the stretch, along with updates on a lot of the other walking wounded.

- On Tuesday, Matt Provenzano of Pinstripe Alley declared Brian McCann officially out of his season-long slump.  After the last 2 games, I’m inclined to pull a Lee Corso and say “not so fast, my friend!”, but McCann has definitely been better.

- Earlier this morning, el duque of It Is High… lamented the decision to keep Brian Roberts around and on the field while Rob Refsnyder waits and rakes in Triple-A.

- And in case you missed it yesterday, our own Domenic Lanza, inspired by Brett Gardner’s personal HR derby against Yu Darvish, identified other pitchers who have been victimized by current Yankee hitters.

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 7/25/14

The week’s over, which means it’s time for me to spend my entire weekend cleaning my apartment and getting it back into some semblance of a livable condition.  I’ve been needing to do that since a week or 2 before I went to Germany.  I’ve been back from Germany for 2 weeks.   You get the picture.  Here’s another batch of links from around the blogosphere:

- On Wednesday, el duque of It Is High… offered a different take on the Chase Headley trade, wondering if the Yankees gave up their next Dellin Betances in the deal.

- Chad Jennings of LoHud had all the highlights from Cash’s appearance on The Michael Kay Show, in case you missed it like I did.

- Dan Barbarisi of The WSJ had the full timeline and all the details on Headley’s wild Tuesday.

- On Thursday, Chris Mitchell of Pinstripe Pundits continued his very cool projection series in which he attempts to predict future MLB success for prospects based on their MiL production.

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Mid-Morning Linkaround: 7/23/14

This was a weekly feature at AB4AR and I think I’m going to split it up and make it 2 mini-features during the week here.  A quick trip around the Yankosphere to see what’s hot and what other people are talking about.  Here we go.

- On Monday, Andrew Mearns of Pinstripe Alley broke down Jacoby Ellsbury’s terrific at-bat against Aroldis Chapman from Sunday.

- Yesterday, SJK of NoMaas made a depressing comparison to last season to illustrate how serious the offensive futility has been in 2014.  Power and patience, baby!

- Earlier today, Greg Corcoran of Bronx Baseball Daily released his midseason top 50 prospects list.  He always has a different take on some guys I’m usually lower on, so definitely check this out.

- And in case anybody missed them yesterday, here are 2 posts from our own Katie Sharp and Matt Bove, Katie’s on D-Rob’s nastiness and Matt’s on trading for Marlon Byrd.  With the Headley story breaking, they got shuffled down the page pretty quickly.…

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Quick Hits: PECOTA, FanGraphs Top 10 Prospects, Tampa

  • Baseball Prospectus released their PECOTA forecasts today, which for the most part is subscription only stuff. The playoff projections are free, though I don’t believe that they’re fully updated with PECOTA numbers yet. You’ll see that the Yankees are projected to come in third place in the AL East. The system pegs Masahiro Tanaka at a 3.42 ERA in 2014, and if Mariano Rivera were playing, he’d have a 2.68 ERA. For the most part, I’m not a huge fan of any projection systems, and especially PECOTA ever since Nate Silver left BP.
  • Marc Hulet of FanGraphs released his top 10 Yankee prospect list today, which was topped by Gary Sanchez, J.R. Murphy, and Eric Jagielo. He calls the organization a pedestrian to middle of the road farm system, though it has the depth in the lower levels to be a top 10 or even top 5 system quickly. There weren’t many surprises on his list outside of the high ranking for Jagielo.

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Quick Hits: Romine, Jimenez, International Spending

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Austin Romine is “very much available”. Even after trading Chris Stewart to the Pirates, the Yankees find themselves with five catchers on the 40-man roster. Brian McCann and Francisco Cervelli project to be on the 25-man roster, while Gary Sanchez will likely return to Double-A in 2014. This leaves the team with both JR Murphy and Austin Romine competing for a spot in Scranton. The Yankees still have a number of needs to address this winter, so if one of Romine or Murphy can help them obtain an infielder or pitcher, a trade makes a ton of sense.

In that same report by Cafardo, he links Ubaldo Jimenez to the Yankees. He hears from GM’s that even if the Yankees land Masahiro Tanaka, Jimenez makes sense for the team and his personality would be a good fit for New York. The team was linked to Jimenez earlier this winter, and Cashman almost traded for Jimenez in July of 2011.…

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