Local Draft Prospects

Sorry to double up on you guys, but here’s some more draft coverage stuff. The Yankees usually like to take a few local guys at some point during the draft, so let’s take a look at what New Jersey, New York and Connecticut have to offer this year.   NEW JOISEY Top Prospects: Aside from UConn kids, Jersey probably has the two best area talents. Carl Thomore (OF, East Brunswick HS) has one great tool which is power. Before a gruesome injury dislocating his ankle he was a plus runner but now is just average. He’s a hard worker, aggressive and Continue reading Local Draft Prospects

ESPN-NY Debuts With Uninspiring Lineup

[image title=”Picture 3″ size=”full” id=”16385″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] ESPN-NY went live this morning, and debuted the following roster of writers that will discuss the Yankees: Andrew Marchand (General) – Marchand has been the managing editor for ESPN Radio 1050 AM since 2007 and has provided on-air reports for over three years. He also contributes extensively to his blog SportsClicker. Previously, Marchand spent ten years at the New York Post covering TV sports and as the Mets beat writer for two years. He will cover all NY area sports on ESPNNewYork.com. Ian O’Connor (Columnist) – O’Connor is a former a columnist Continue reading ESPN-NY Debuts With Uninspiring Lineup

Two-inning appearances for Joba?

Could Joba Chamberlain pitch multiple innings – two at the most, the seventh and the eighth – out of the bullpen this season? According to Joe Girardi, it remains a possibility. “I think it’s something that you can look at,” noted Girardi on Saturday, after Joba’s first “official” appearance as a reliever, in which he tossed a single scoreless inning against Detroit. “A lot of that would depend on the group as a whole, and how they’re doing,” Girardi added. “Mo did it very well in ’96–probably as good as it’s ever been done. Because [Joba] is stretched out, he Continue reading Two-inning appearances for Joba?

Girardi’s conflicting message

I read this yesterday and, to be honest, it sort of made me laugh. Here’s manager Joe Girardi discussing Marcus Thames, via George King of the NY Post: “He has had good at-bats. I don’t get caught up in the numbers. It’s a small sample.” And yet, this spring, Girardi has basically said that Brett Gardner will have to prove his bat, and that the fifth starter will be decided upon a handful of exhibition games (“a small sample”). It is all laughable, really. For the most part, Girardi knows what he wants to do. He likes Brett Gardner and Continue reading Girardi’s conflicting message

Promoting Pat Venditte

As I see it, one of the more interesting minor-league story-lines for the Yankees this season will center upon the development of ambidextrous reliever, Pat Venditte. For those who are unfamiliar with Venditte, for whatever reason, and therefore are confused by the thought of an ambidextrous pitcher, this video clip from 2007 should help to explain what he is, exactly. Basically, he can throw as a right-hander, over-the-top, and as a left-hander, side-arm (3/4 angle). His fastball as a righty sits in the 85-89 mph range, and, as a southpaw, he generally works in the high-70s, low 80s. Venditte also Continue reading Promoting Pat Venditte

The one free agency that I actually wonder about…

Jorge Posada will not go quietly. At 38 years of age, the possible Hall of Famer – given his position as a catcher, he is an interesting case – is eager to continue playing as he closes in on 40. After noting, just a few weeks ago, that he would only relinquish his New York Yankees uniform by force, Posada continued that theme in a piece today by the Bergen Record’s Bob Klapisch. “I’m not going to make it easy on anyone trying to move me out,” noted the fiery backstop, affirming his place as the Yankees’ catcher, despite their Continue reading The one free agency that I actually wonder about…

Some quick notes on Joba, Hughes

Here are a few quick items on the evening regarding Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain: Sam Borden has an interesting piece out on the way the Yankees’ starters work with each other in order to craft and refine their own repertoires. A notable item from the article is that former Yankee, Mike Mussina, advised Phil Hughes to adopt a “spike grip” for his curveball back in ’06. Hughes tried the grip and has used it ever since. According to an unnamed (of course) Yankee executive that spoke with ESPN 1050, on Wednesday, while facing Detroit, the first 2 innings Joba Continue reading Some quick notes on Joba, Hughes

Hughes still working on that changeup

Although he is entrenched in the much-discussed competition for the fifth rotation spot this spring, right-hander, Phil Hughes, will continue to experiment with his changeup, in the hopes that it will become a reliable fixture in his pitch repertoire. “I’m trying to get my changeup down to where it can be a useful pitch for me,” said Hughes, after throwing 10 changeups during yesterday’s 2 2/3 inning-outing against Detroit. “It’s never going to get there if I don’t throw it,” he added. If he can master it, or at least increase its employment and effectiveness, even marginally, the changeup should Continue reading Hughes still working on that changeup

Yanks to introduce Towers on Tuesday

According to Tom Krasovic of FanHouse (props to RAB), next Tuesday, the Yankees will announce the hiring of former Padres GM, Kevin Towers. Towers will serve as a special scouting assistant to his friend, Brian Cashman, and will begin working in that capacity following his introduction. A good baseball brain, Towers will be a valuable asset to the organization and is an exciting addition to the front office. It will be interesting to see what impact he has this year.