Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 7/17/15

Baseball is finally back, baby!  The Yankees get back to work tonight against the Mariners and now that we've crossed over to the second half of the season I'm starting to think in postseason mode.  I want to extend that division lead this weekend and keep shaving that magic number down.  It's at 71 for the division right now if I'm not mistaken.  Now onto the links. - On Tuesday, Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley interviewed John Sickels and got his thoughts on the Yankee farm system and many of its top prospects.

- El duque of It Is High... offered some quick firsthand takes on some SI Yankee prospects and presented the list of retired Yankee numbers that are still in use in their farm system.

- Nicolas Stellini of BP Bronx commented on Brett Gardner's great season and how he's gone about becoming a more dangerous and effective hitter.

- On Wednesday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes laid out his plan for handling the roster returns of Carlos Beltran and Brendan Ryan.

- Mike Axisa of RAB recapped Nathan Eovaldi's first half and the changes he's making to his game to improve as a starter.

- On Thursday, Andrew Marchand of ESPN NY had the five things to watch for the Yankees in the second half.

- Chad Jennings of LoHud mused on a variety of topics heading into the final few weeks before the deadline.

- On Friday, Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs released his weekly edition of the top 5 fringe prospects in baseball.  Check and you'll see a Yankee name that hasn't garnered much prospect attention yet but probably should given how good a season he's having in 2015.

From the IIATMS team:

- On Monday, Matt discussed the top 5 storylines from the first half.

- On Tuesday, Scott looked at when it makes the most sense to bench Beltran to lessen the impact of his horrible defense.

- On Wednesday, Stacey mapped the offensive progression of Didi Gregorius so far this season.

- EJ angered every Dodger fan and living baseball fan who saw him play by declaring that Sandy Koufax is the most overrated player in baseball history.

- On Thursday, Kenny previewed the next week of games, which features a bunch of tough opposing pitching matchups.  Hopefully the bats come out of the break hot.

- On Friday, I posed the question of whether it makes sense to send Bryan Mitchell back down and stretch him out as a starter in order to provide some more rotation depth.  I still think it's a good idea.

Speaking of good ideas, here's The Sword for this week's jam.  Love The Sword.

Enjoy your weekends, everybody.