Quick Hit: Today’s ST Opener Starting Lineup

Man it feels good to write a title like that again!  The Yanks open their 2015 Spring Training game schedule this afternoon against the Philadelphia Phillies, who are fresh off getting beat by a college team.  If only the Daily News could find a way to work a joke about that into a joke about A-Rod on their back page.  That would be hilarious!

Anyway, here’s the starting lineup for today’s game:

1) Jacoby Ellsbury- CF
2) Brett Gardner- LF
3) Chris Young- RF
4) Garrett Jones- 1B
5) Jose Pirela- 2B
6) Austin Romine- C
7) Kyle Roller- DH
8) Jonathan Galvez- 3B
9) Nick Noonan- SS

SP) Adam Warren

There will also be a slew of top prospects playing off the bench and out of the ‘pen today, so that should be fun.  Yankee baseball, baby!  It’s back in a few short hours.

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Caption Contest: Big Al And Marky Mark

Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez

Courtesy of the AP

What could these 2 fellas be talking about during their time in the batting cage yesterday?  Give me your best guess.

P.S.- IIATMS overlord Jason took the prize the other day, both in terms of quality and quantity.  Don’t let him win again.

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Quick Hit: Nova Back On The Mound

While people continue to lament the loss of Moncada and Alex Rodriguez continues to be a miserable human being by working out, taking morning BP, and signing autographs for fans, there are some other legitimately important things happening in the early days of Yankee camp.  Like this little nugget of info.  Did you know that Ivan Nova is back to throwing regular bullpen sessions off a mound?  Me neither.  But he is.  Has been for a while.

A whole bunch of different beat reporters had the details earlier today, but the long and short of it is that Nova threw a 25-pitch session this morning of all fastballs.  It was the 3rd all-heater session he’s had, and he explained that the plan is to throw 1 more of these type of bullpens before mixing in changeups, and then another 4 fastball-changeup sessions before working breaking balls back in.

Nova told reporters he was “excited” to be back on the mound but added that he realizes he still has a long way to go and is staying focused on “just taking it day by day” right now, which is the right attitude to have.  …

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Quick hit: Pictures of players on a field

Look you guys! It’s #TANAK getting out of his car!

It’s a bunch of guys on a field!

More from a field!

You know what this means? It means that we’re much closer to the real start of the baseball season. And I know, the experts are predicting another not-so-great year for the Yankees but right now, who cares! We get to see sun drenched pictures of guys doing unauthorized drills (because Spring Training doesn’t officially start for the Yankees until pitchers and catchers report on February 20) while a lot of us in the Northeast are buried under mounds of snow.…

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Quick hit: More numbers are being retired!

The Yankees have made it official. Andy Pettitte is not the only member of the core group getting his number retired this season.

Pettitte’s Day was already announced and will be held on August 23 but now we know that Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada and Willie Randolph will also be honored in 2015. Williams and Posada are having their numbers (51 and 20) retired while Randolph will be honored with a plaque in Monument Park.

Bernie Williams Day will be Sunday, May 24, Willie Randolph will be honored before Old Timers’ Day on Saturday, June 20th, and Jorge Posada will be honored the day before Pettitte on Saturday, August 22nd.

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Quick Hit: Early ST Arrivals

It’s happening, you guys.  it’s really happening!  When players start showing up to the complex ahead of the scheduled P&C date, you know baseball is getting close.  9 days…

Now somebody cue the music.

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Quick Hit: Schoenfield Puts Yankees 21st In MLB Team Rankings

For those who’ve been lamenting the increase in Insider-only ESPN links, you should be all over David Schoenfield’s team-by-team ranking exercise of all 30 MLB clubs that he’s doing at ESPN SweetSpot.  He kicked off the annual countdown yesterday with the 30-25 teams and today’s block of 24-19 included the New York Yankees at 21.  If that ranking seems low to you, it did to me too.  My eyebrows went up when I saw it and then I did a double-take when I saw the final record prediction: 78-84.  Wow, 6 games under .500?  Really?  That would be pretty bad.  Schoenfield explains:

“The Yankees have been outscored each of the past two years, although they managed to finish over .500 both seasons. While a lot of people are pointing to a healthier rotation and better seasons from some of the veterans as reasons the Yankees will contend this year, I turn that around and say: Who’s a good bet to improve?

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Judge, Severino Make Baseball Prospectus’ 2015 Top 101 Prospects List

The offseason of accolades and resume building continues for Aaron Judge and Luis Severino.  Yesterday they were once again the only 2 Yankee representatives on a national top prospects list, this one the 2015 edition of the Baseball Prospectus Top 101.  Judge came in 49th on the list with Severino right behind him at 51.

If this series of prospect rankings has taught us anything, it’s that these 2 are the clear top 2 in the Yankee farm system.  No disrespect to the Birds and Sanchezes and Clarkins of the world, but Judge and Severino are clearly on another level as prospects and 2015 is going to be a big year for both of them in terms of setting up a realistic target date for their MLB debuts.  Ideally, I’d like to see them both perform well and stay healthy in split seasons between Double-A and Triple-A.  That would line Severino up to compete for a spot in the 2016 rotation and Judge for a call up sometime in the early part of next season.…

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Quick Hit: John Sickels Releases His Top 20 Yankee Prospects List

Prospect ranking season isn’t quite over yet.  John Sickels released the 2015 edition of his top 20 Yankees prospect rankings earlier today over at Minor League Ball, and I have to say I think it’s quite good.

It’s got all the usual suspects at or near the spots they’ve held on most of the other notable lists.  Luis Severino gets the #1 spot over Aaron Judge here, Jacob Lindgren is up at 6, Miguel Andujar at 9, and the older contingent of guys like Tyler Austin, Jose Ramirez, and Bryan Mitchell are still regarded as valuable as 11-15 players.

The biggest surprise on Sickels’ list might be Angel Aguilar coming in 17th.  That’s the highest I can remember seeing him on any list other than EJ’s, so maybe Aguilar is somebody I need to start paying closer attention to this year.

The whole list is free and comes with little write-ups on each player, so it’s definitely worth checking out.…

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