Quick Hit: Yanks To Call Up Severino

No Palooza today, because I was honestly expecting the Yankees to make another trade before the deadline.  They didn’t, but they did make one move, the move first reported above by Mark Feinsand.

It makes a lot of sense.  Severino doesn’t seem like he needs to learn much at the Triple-A level, and he fills an obvious need in the rotation.  The Yanks probably have him on an innings limit for the year, so he can pitch now and when Pineda returns they can swap him in for Severino and cap his innings for the year.

No official word yet on when he’ll make his start, but it sounds like he lines up to face the Red Sox next week.  No pressure or anything.

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Quick hit: The Didi Gregorius Game

So I was in Camden Yards last night watching the O’s walk off against the Braves and I missed all of the hullabaloo in Texas – which included my boy Alex Rodriguez’s 40th birthday home run. When my friend Dave, who was with me at the game, and keeping track of the Yankee game on his phone said that Didi Gregorius tied the game with a two-run homer I replied, “Whaaaaat?” Just like that.

Then later in the game, when Gregorius plated home two more runs, my reaction was more like this:

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Anyway, here are the heat maps and spray chart of his big 3-4 with four RBI night!

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His two singles were off fastballs at 90 and 93 while his home run off an 83 mph fastball (that’s according to my system).

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As I wrote nearly a couple of weeks ago, Gregorius is slowly progressing into a solid player for the Yankees and hopefully, we’ll see more of this type of performance in the future.…

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Quick Hit: Dellin Back Dealin’ Again

Earlier this month, Dellin Betances hit a bit of a rough patch.  He gave up a home run and blew a save on the 4th of July and then followed that up with another homer allowed and the loss in his next appearance on the 7th.  Whispers started about Betances possibly being overworked, as they are wont to do when relievers struggle, and it appeared as though the “Joe is running his guys into the ground” argument was going to start up again.

Since that 7/7 outing, however, things seem to be back to normal.  Betances has made 6 appearances since that game, pitching 6.2 scoreless innings in those appearances with 2 hits and 3 walks allowed and 10 strikeouts.  He’s back to throwing high 90s heat on the corners of the zone for strikes and back to burying that fastball down and out of the zone to make guys look foolish.

He crossed the 50 IP mark with his appearance last night, a level that may start to stir more of that workload concern talk among some.  …

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Flashback: July 21, 1988

One of the most infamous trades in Yankees history occurred on this date way back in 1988. Principal owner George Steinbrenner, before he was suspended and before he mellowed out a bit, traded Jay Buhner, Rick Balabon, and a player to be named later (Troy Evers on October 12, 1988) to the Mariners for Ken Phelps.

We all know how everything worked out because there have been many articles and blog posts written about the trade. Phelps and Buhner even got together to shoot a video reminiscing about it last year. But, we also know that the best thing to come out of that trade was this moment from an episode of Seinfeld called “The Caddy” that aired on January 25, 1996, a date which happened to be only a few months after Buhner’s Mariners knocked the Yankees out of the 1995 American League Division Series. By the way, Buhner batted .458 in that series because of course he did.…

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Quick Hit: How Long Can A-Rod Keep Raking?

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3,020 and counting… Courtesy of Getty Images

Take a quick look at Alex Rodriguez‘s first half splits:

April: .876 OPS, 5 HR, 13 R, 13 RBI
May: .941 OPS, 6 HR, 15 R, 14 RBI
June: .860 OPS, 4 HR, 15 R, 18 RBI
July: .909 OPS, 3 HR, 5 R, 6 RBI

Obviously those July numbers are from less than 2 weeks’ worth of games, but extrapolate that out over a full month and A-Rod is right on the pace he’s been all season.  There were concerns about his ability to stay healthy and play every day, and he’s proven those wrong.  There were concerns about his ability to produce after so much time off, and he’s proven those wrong.  There were concerns about how long he could maintain such a high level of production, and through the first half of the season he has proven those wrong.  The batting averages and BB/K rates have fluctuated from month to month, but overall there hasn’t been any kind of dip or drop-off in A-Rod’s production.  …

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Quick Hit: Judge And Severino Moving Up On Lots of Midseason Prospect Lists

There’s been a lot of midseason prospect ranking activity going on over the past week and change, as is tradition, and the Yankees have been well-represented by their pair of top guns.  Outfielder Aaron Judge and right-handed starter Luis Severino have appeared on every midseason updated rankings list I’ve seen, and they’ve been ranked significantly higher than they were in the preseason.  A quick update on those rankings, if you happened to miss any:

Baseball Prospectus- Judge 13th, Severino 28th
Baseball America- Judge 13th, Severino 17th
John Sickels- Severino 16th, Judge 30th

If you want to take those and combine them into one composite ranking, you come out with Judge being the 18th-ranked prospect in baseball and Severino 20th.  That’s really neither here nor there, although it is cool to think about the Yankees have 2 top 20 prospects.  What’s important is that these guys have continued right where they left off at the end of last year and they’ve gotten noticed for it, all while advancing to the highest level of the Minors.…

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Quick hit: Refsnyder gets his first hit and first homer!

Rob Refsnyder had a nice day at the plate finishing 2-4 with a home run and two RBI.

Here’s the single:

Here’s the homer:

Hopefully we’ll see more from him after the All-Star break.

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Quick Hit: Refsnyder Refresher

If you hate Stephen Drew as much as most Yankee fans do, you’re probably pretty well-versed in the world of Rob Refsnyder by now.  He burst onto the prospect scene with a strong 2014 season and he’s been knocking on the door of the starting second base job in The Bronx since Spring Training of this year.  If, for some reason, you need an update on who Refsnyder is and what to expect when he starts his Major League career tonight, consider this your refresher course.

Refsnyder, now 24 years old, was the Yankees’ 5th round pick out of Arizona in the 2012 draft and the consensus #6 Yankee prospect in this year’s IIATMS Top 30.  A righty batter and thrower, he’s played second base primarily in his pro career and almost exclusively since 2013.  His offensive profile is built around the dual ability to hit for high average and get on base, although he has shown the ability to hit for some pop over the last 2 seasons.  …

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Quick Hit: Is This Going To Be The First Meaningful Yanks-Sox Series In Years?

Tonight will mark the beginning of the end of the regular season first half, and what better way to mark it than with another Yankees-Red Sox series.  These 2 teams haven’t seen each other in a while and they’ve both gone in very different directions since their last encounter.  When the Yankees came to Boston for a weekend set to open May, they swept the Sox out of their own building and sent them below the .500 line for the first time on the year, where they have stayed ever since.

With that backdrop, recent developments for both clubs, and the ever-tight AL East division race looming over everything, this series feels like it has a little more juice to it than recent Yanks-Sox series have had.  At least to me it does.  The Yankees have treaded water in the pool of mediocrity for the last 2 seasons while the Sox have bounced from the bottom of the division in 2012 to the top in 2013 and then back to the bottom last year.  …

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