This time last year, I was bumming because I had to stick around the Milwaukee area and miss out on going to DC for 4th of July with my best friends. I had to fly to Germany on July 5th to start a work training program, so it was a mostly tame 4th of July celebration. Not the case this year. No Germany, no training, and I got into DC on Thursday, so this weekend is already setting up to be a spectacular one. Hope everybody else has something good planned for tomorrow. Now onto the links! - On Tuesday, el duque of It Is High... commented on the Adam Warren situation and the troubling trend that it follows with other less-heralded homegrown guys.
- Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley mused on the possibility of the Yankees trading Carlos Beltran to the Angels. It's a major longshot, but there's a lot about the deal that would make sense for both sides.
- On Wednesday, Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY discussed the Beltran injury and how it could impact the team's plans for top prospect Aaron Judge. Another longshot, but there have been a ton of injuries in the outfield this year...
- Chad Jennings of LoHud updated the current workload projections for the starting rotation, and reminded everybody of the problems those workloads could bring.
- Mike Axisa of RAB brought up Eric Jagielo's recent knee injury and the negative effect it could have on the Yankees' trade deadline plans.
From the IIATMS team:
- On Monday, Tamar profiled Double-A pitching prospect Brady Lail, who's flown under the radar this year despite having really good numbers and somehow didn't get selected to the Double-A ASG.
- Matt examined Nathan Eovaldi's splits against right and left-handed hitters, and identified improving against lefties as the biggest thing he needs to work on.
- On Tuesday, I attempted to project the 25-man roster heading into the trade deadline to see if their weaknesses or needs would change.
- On Thursday, Dom submitted his ballots for the AL and NL All-Star starters.
It was an AB4AR tradition to break out all the country's greatest patriotic songs for 4th of July weekend. I see no reason to break that tradition this year.
Enjoy your weekends, everybody.