Keeping up with the ex-Yanks: New addition edition

With the recent passing of the July 31st trade deadline, we have a new name to add to our bi-weekly updates. Mark Melancon reported to the Astros AAA Round Rock Express, where he earned his first save on Friday. He was also interviewed by Alyson Footer and had some interesting things to say about what was going on with him this season. Apparently, the Yanks wanted him to keep the ball down, so they changed his arm slot from over the top to a more 3/4 delivery and the results weren’t pretty. In other ex-Yankee news, Brian Bruney was placed Continue reading Keeping up with the ex-Yanks: New addition edition

Keeping up with the ex Yanks-July 17th edition

Time to dust this baby off after a few weeks and a long All Star break. In recent news, Mike Dunn was called up by the Braves. The 25 year old has been dominating for their AAA Gwinnett farm team. But of course, if you’re a regular TYU reader then you knew that already. Since our last report the Mets signed Brian Bruney to a minor league deal. In other news, Mike Scioscia expects the slumping Hideki Matsui to hit better in the 2nd half, Johnny Damon reflected on the passing of George Steinbrenner. Austin Jackson still leads all of Continue reading Keeping up with the ex Yanks-July 17th edition

Keeping up with the ex-Yanks June 27th edition

It’s been 2 weeks since my last update, so it’s time to take this baby out for another spin. At this point of the year (mid-season) most of the numbers are a big enough sample that we should have a good idea of where these guys are and what they’ll produce. Arodys Vizcaino has earned himself a promotion to the Braves High-A affiliate, but has been getting knocked around in his first 3 appearances. While the Diamondbacks are looking at a fire sale, don’t expect Ian Kennedy to go anywhere. He and Justin Upton are the only two players on Continue reading Keeping up with the ex-Yanks June 27th edition

Keeping up with the ex-Yanks May 27th edition

It’s been 2 weeks since my last update, so it’s time for another edition. In recent news, Brian Bruney has been released by the Nats. Mike Scioscia has dropped Hideki Matsui from the clean up spot and is considering platooning the Japanese slugger, who’s done little after his hot start. Austin Jackson and Tyler Clippard are coming back down to Earth after their extremely hot starts. Ian Kennedy has continued to pitch well for Arizona and Mike Dunn is earning himself an MLB call up from the Braves. Here’s the full list: Melky Cabrera– G-43 PA-142 H-27 BB-15 HR-1 SO-17 Continue reading Keeping up with the ex-Yanks May 27th edition

Keeping up with the ex-Yanks: May 10th edition

It’s been 2 weeks since my last update, so it’s time for another edition. Ian Kennedy has been a pleasant surprise for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and his full season numbers are starting to catch up with his recent performances. As Stephen R. detailed yesterday, Matsui has been slumping and Johnny Damon has been rolling. Here’s the full list: Melky Cabrera– G-28 PA-110 H-18 BB-12 HR-0 SO-13 BA-.189  OBP-.280 SLG-.221 OPS-.501 Hideki Matsui– G-32 PA-132 H-28 BB-13 HR-4 SO-25 BA-.237  OBP-.311 SLG-.390 OPS-.700 Johnny Damon– G-308 PA-127 H-32 BB-19 HR-1 SO-19 BA-.302  OBP-.409 SLG-.443 OPS-.853 Ian Kennedy– G-6 ERA-3.65 IP-37.0 H-32 Continue reading Keeping up with the ex-Yanks: May 10th edition

Keeping up with the ex-Yanks

Here’s another installment on how the former Yanks from the 2009 championship team have been faring this year. Ian Kennedy had a tremendous outing facing the tough Phillies lineup yesterday, by far his best of the year. He went 8 innings and gave up just 4 hits, 1 BB and 2 runs (both solo HRs). You may have also been able to see Melky go 1-4 yesterday and have trouble with the sun catching a fly ball if you’re in the NY or ATL area, since the Mets played the Braves yesterday. Note-Due to popular demand, I’m adding Jose Tabata Continue reading Keeping up with the ex-Yanks

Keeping up with the ex’s

With last night’s all-too-forgettable loss to the Rays, I thought it would be a good time to get this going. This is a series I plan to run throughout the 2010 season, updating the results every few weeks. There was a lot of turnover this year with some beloved Yanks, some intriguing prospects and some other players who many fans won’t miss. I’m sure many Yankee fans will be wondering how these guys are doing. Now you’ll know where to go to find out. Sorry, unlike your other ex’s, these friends come without benefits. Unless you consider schadenfreude to be Continue reading Keeping up with the ex’s

Players to Watch, NL Central

On Monday, I widened my scope on baseball and listed some players to watch for the NL West. Today, I’m gonna run down the not-too-highly-regarded National League Central Division. Despite producing a World Series winner recently–the 2006 Cardinals–fans, especially those of the AL East tend to think of the NL Central as one of the weakest divisions in the game. Regardless, there’s still some good talent there. Let’s start, as we did with the NL West, with the 2009 division winner, the Cardinals. The guy we need to watch here is rather obvious: Colby Rasmus. As a rookie in ’09, Continue reading Players to Watch, NL Central

The Dear Departed, Part One

Yesterday in the comments of Chris’s article on Brian Cashman and Kei Igawa, a discussion about whom the Yankees have traded in the past two seasons started. I’m of the opinion that with a few exceptions, the players Brian Cashman has traded have been nothing incredibly special and losing them will not hurt the team in the long term. So, let’s take a look at the last year and a half or so of Brian Cashman’s trades to see what the Yankees gave up. Let’s start with the “deadline” deal of Ross Ohlendorf, Jose Tabata, Jeff Karstens, and Daniel McCutchen Continue reading The Dear Departed, Part One