Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 2/27/15

Sorry for the late post.  It’s been a busy day at the office and a busy week in general, so I didn’t get to do nearly the amount of reading around the Yankosphere that I usually do.  Now onto the links.

– On Tuesday, Chad Jennings of LoHud got Andrew Miller’s thoughts on how he’s handled big situations before and what his goals are for this season.

– Chris Mitchell of Pinstripe Alley profiled right-handed relief prospect Nick Rumbelow.  The skills need some polish, but his last name is an A+ reliever name.

– El duque of It Is High… mused on the idea of the Yankees needing to fall apart to begin a true rebuild.  I don’t think it will get that bad this year, but a bottoming out actually wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

– On Thursday, Derek Albin of Pinstripe Pundits analyzed Jacoby Ellsbury’s sluggish September to see if it could offer anything in the way of predictions for this season.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 2/13/15

So I’m heading off to Germany again this Sunday for another fun week of work training.  That means I won’t be around for pitchers and catchers report day, which sucks, but hopefully I’ll be back in time for Moncada’s decision to sign with the Yankees (knock on wood).  Y’all will be left in the capable hands of Stacey and the rest of the crack IIATMS staff, and we’re hoping to roll out the final voting list for our Top Jeter-Era moments countdown next week.  I hope you all have a wonderful next week in your personal, professional, and Yankee-centric lives, and I would consider it an honor if you’d do me the pleasure of shooting me a Twitter follow while I’m gone.  Seeing those follower numbers go up would be a huge boost to my preciously fragile ego.  Now onto the links!

– On Tuesday, Derek Albin of Pinstripe Pundits reviewed the Yankees’ organizational depth at shortstop.  It’s still pretty thin at the top, but the crop of talented prospects in A-ball and below is growing.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 2/6/15

So that post I wrote this morning?  That was all the mental energy I had for the day apparently.  It’s been a real struggle since then, so don’t hold it against me if there are typos or words that don’t make sense in this post.  I guess being back under the glaring fluorescent office lighting sucked whatever good energy I did have in me when I woke up this morning.  Gotta love that cube monkey life.  Now onto the links!

– On Tuesday, Chad Jennings of LoHud laid out all the options the Yankees have to handle left-handed hitters out of the bullpen this year, including their group of right-handed relievers who handle lefties pretty well.

– On Wednesday, Derek Albin of Pinstripe Pundits examined the “is it worth it to sign James Shields?” question from all angles.  Definitely a good read if you want to factor in the value of the draft pick.

– Andrew, Tanya, and Jason of Pinstripe Alley unveiled their 2015 Top 20 Prospects list.

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 1/30/15

It’s Super Bowl weekend, which means I’ll temporarily forget how terrible I am at sports betting and lay some coin down on the game and a bunch of prop bets.  If you aren’t already following me on Twitter and are in the mood to make lose some money on Sunday, take the plunge and be on the lookout for my bets this weekend.  I’m actually less excited for this game than I’ve been for a Super Bowl in a long time.  All the lame #DeflateGate talk and the MSM crawling up its own butt about Marshawn Lynch has been agonizing.  But I digress.  We’ve got a batch of links to cover so let’s get to it.

On Monday, Wally Matthews of ESPN NY discussed the strained relationship between A-Rod and the Yankees and how it should not override the importance of winning ballgames.  Duh.

– On Tuesday, Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley reviewed the Ichiro Suzuki trade on the heels of his new deal with the Marlins.  …

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Saturday Morning Linkapalooza: 1/24/15

You might not have noticed, but it was a little bit of a busy week around here at IIATMS.  I didn’t have nearly the amount of time I usually do to read around the Yankosphere, and to be quite honest I didn’t want to go through the effort of writing this linkaround just so it could bump our IIATMS Top 10 down the page.  Hopefully everybody has had a chance to read that and the other 2 parts of our 2015 top 30 prospects list this week.  If you haven’t, don’t worry.  I’ll be plugging the hell out of it later this weekend and into the foreseeable future.  If you’re like me and you’ve been so consumed by the Top 30 this week that you didn’t bother to check any other sites out, here’s what you missed.

– On Monday, Andrew Mearns of Pinstripe Alley asked if the Yankees should try to trade for one of the Nationals’ starters.  Yes.  The answer is yes.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 1/16/15

Hear ye, hear ye!  Let this serve as the official announcement that next week will be Prospect Week here at IIATMS.  We’ll keep up with regular Yankee coverage, but the bulk of the focus next week will be prospect-centric, all culminating in the release of the 2015 IIATMS Top 30 Prospects list.  So tell your family, tell your friends, tell your family’s friends and your friends’ families, because this thing is going to be HYYYYUUUUUUUUUGE.  Now onto the links!

– On Monday, Greg Corcoran of Bronx Basebally Daily identified SS Jorge Mateo as another breakout prospect candidate in 2015.

– On Wednesday, Chad Jennings of LoHud made the case for why Brendan Ryan should keep his roster spot.  I don’t necessarily agree with him, but I’m willing to wait and see how ST plays out.

– Michael Axisa of RAB discussed the multiple reasons why picking a defined closer matters for the Yankees.

– El duque of It Is High… mused on the 3 big possibilities that remain this offseason and how they will ultimately determine how successful the offseason was for Cash.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 1/9/15

Hope everybody’s first full week of 2015 was a pleasurable and successful one.  It’s been brutally cold in Wisconsin all week and I’ve been fighting a cold, so I’d say mine could have been better.  It also could have been worse.  Whatever, this intro blows.  Onto the links.

– On Monday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes wondered if a hard salary cap would actually benefit the Yankees.  If the cap were on contract years and not dollars, that would definitely help.

– Michael Axisa of RAB detailed the change in approach that led to Chasen Shreve’s breakout 2014 season.  If it’s sustainable, then Shreve becomes an even more intriguing bullpen piece.

– On Tuesday, Greg Corcoran of Bronx Baseball Daily profiled 19-year-old third baseman Drew Bridges as a potential breakout prospect candidate for the upcoming season.

– Doug Hall of Pinstripe Alley picked a handful of lesser known prospects to keep tabs on in 2015.  I’m a big fan of his first choice and the third one is growing on me too.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 1/2/15

Happy belated new year to everyone out there in the IIATMS universe.  i certainly hope you all had safe and enjoyable times on NYE, and I really hope you’ve been able to do something today that was more fun than me trudging into my empty office to stare at a computer screen on which no emails were coming through because the rest of the working world was smart and took today off.  It was another short week in the Yankosphere with the holiday and all, but there was still some good stuff out there.  Now onto the links!

– On Monday, David Schoenfield of ESPN dissected the HOF voting system and how flawed it’s become.  He also offers up a few suggestions on how to fix it.

– Andrew Mearns of Pinstripe Alley listed his top 10 worst free agent signings in Yankee history.

– On Wednesday, Chris Mitchell of Pinstripe Pundits explained his KATOH model for projecting future big league performance in MiL prospects and applied it to some of the top prospects in the game to show how it works.  …

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Saturday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 12/20/14

Everybody’s still buzzing from yesterday’s big Phelps-Prado-Eovaldi-Jones trade, which obviously was a much bigger deal than the weekly links post.  I think EJ and Scott’s posts on the deal were outstanding and I encourage everyone to read those below and comment if you haven’t already.  It’s hands down the best analysis of this deal you’re going to read anywhere.  Now onto the links!

– On Monday, Greg Corcoran of Bronx Baseball Daily published the list of guys who missed the cut for his annual top 50 prospects list.  Guess it’s time to start thinking about when we do the IIATMS Top 30.

– On Tuesday, el duque of It Is High… expressed his disappointment with getting Chase Headley instead of other younger options.

– On Wednesday, Chris Mitchell of Pinstripe Pundits dug into some troubling swing trends from Didi Greogrius in 2014 and what they mean for his development and offensive ceiling going forward.

– Mike Axisa of RAB profiled lefty relief prospect Tyler Webb.

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