Game 89: Tanaka vs. Montgomery

Let’s start the second half off with a bang, ladies and gents. Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

Seattle Mariners New York Yankees
Brad Miller, SS Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Kyle Seager, 3B Brett Gardner, LF
Robinson Cano, 2B Alex Rodriguez, DH
Nelson Cruz, DH Mark Teixeira, 1B
Seth Smith, RF Brian McCann, C
Austin Jackson, CF Chris Young, RF
Dustin Ackley, LF Chase Headley, 3B
Logan Morrison, 1B Didi Gregorius, SS
Mike Zunino, C Rob Refsnyder, 2B
Mike Montgomery, SP Masahiro Tanaka, SP

Enjoy the game!

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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.

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Friday News And Notes: 7/17/15 (UPDATED)

Carlos Beltran played right field for 5 innings last night and went 1-3 with a single and a K for High-A Tampa.  Via Nick Flammia, he’s slated for 7 innings in right tonight, so it doesn’t sound like Beltran will be activated until this weekend at the earliest.

– Keith Law released his midseason top 50 prospects list yesterday over at ESPN.  The full article is IO of course, but the pertinent information for Yankee fans is Aaron Judge coming in at 13 just like he has on multiple other lists recently.  Law did not have Luis Severino in his top 50, although he did come in on the list of honorable mentions.  Law still sees Severino as a reliever long-term.

- Via George King, Brian Cashman said he thinks Slade Heathcott will be able to return to game action this season.  He isn’t so sure about Mason Williams, however, saying “if the rehab doesn’t go well he might need surgery” in reference to Williams’ recent 60-day DL transfer.…

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And on the first day, the Yankees…

It’s the first day of baseball after the All-Star break (Thank goodness!) so in that vein, I thought it would be interesting to see how the Yankees have fared the last five years in their first game back from the break.

Last year, the Yankees played the Cincinnati Reds and won the game 4-3. David Phelps got the win against Mike Leake, Jacoby Ellsbury was 2-4 with a two-run home run and Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran also picked up an RBI apiece. (Fun fact: I attended this game with a friend who was sitting in a different section so I was alone and surrounded by Reds fans, but I had a great time anyway.)

In 2013, the Yankees were up in Fenway Park and lost 4-2 to the Red Sox. Felix Doubront picked up the win and Andy Pettitte got the loss. None of the Yankees hit a home run but Robinson Cano, Lyle Overbay and Chris Stewart all hit doubles.…

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Should Bryan Mitchell Be Sent Back Down To Work As A Starter?

If there’s one place the Yankees could really stand to add some depth before the trade deadline, it’s the rotation.  We’ve been through the talking points a million times already this season, so nobody needs to be reminded of why that is or what the concerns are.  The bottom line is that the Yankees have multiple concerns in their rotation with over 70 games to play and their organizational starting pitching depth is not what it was at the beginning of the season.  That being the case, let me ask this.  Does it make sense to send Bryan Mitchell down to Triple-A to stretch back out and work as a starter?

Based on what we’ve seen in his 9+ Major League relief innings, the quick answer is no.  Mitchell’s already plus stuff has played up as expected out of the bullpen.  He’s been firing mid-high 90s heat and a nasty curveball, and along with Adam Warren and Chasen Shreve he’s helped to stabilize and even solidify the Yankees’ middle relief.…

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2015 Draft Update: Kaprielian Signs And More

Tomorrow is the deadline for all 2015 MLB draft picks to sign.  Here’s an update on the Yankees’ latest signings and a final recap of their haul from this year.

- As Jason reported earlier, the Yanks have officially signed 11th round pick Josh Rogers to an above-slot $485,000 bonus plus additional money to complete his college education.  I liked the Rogers pick when it was made and I’m really glad the Yanks were able to sign him.

- As first reported by Jim Callis, the Yankees also agreed to sign their 1st round pick James Kaprielian yesterday.  The final bonus figure was $2.65 million, slightly over slot money for the spot.  Now that we know he’s in, it would be awesome to see Kaprielian get a little game action before the MiL seasons end.

– Also signed to above-slot bonuses were 12th round pick Terrance Robertson (170k) and 20th round pick Isiah Gilliam (550k).  Gilliam is already playing in GCL games and has a .400/.450/.500 tripleslash in 25 PA.…

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Looking Ahead to the Yankees’ First Week Back

The last time I wrote a weekly forecast for the Yankees, maybe a month or so ago, the feel was optimistic. They had a week full of unspectacular pitchers to look forward to, and they took advantage of each one of them. This next week will be a bit different.

On tap the Yankees will face Seattle then Baltimore, before heading to Minnesota – all while clinging to a 3.5-game lead on the Tampa Bay Rays and a 4-game difference over the Baltimore Orioles. They’ll all be coming out with guns blazing, showcasing their best pitching talent.

Friday, July 17th vs Seattle – Masahiro Tanaka (5-3, 3.63 ERA) vs Mike Montgomery (4-3, 2.29 ERA)

Montgomery has been solid since the Yankees last saw him make his Major League debut June 2nd. A 2.62 K:BB ratio is nothing to shake fist at, and his HR/FB rate (5.4%) is encouraging – especially as he enters Yankee Stadium. Limited walks combined with a low tendency to allow home runs makes this a difficult matchup for the Yankees on paper, especially since they’ve hit lefties worse this season (.242 BA vs.…

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*UPDATED* BREAKING: Josh Rogers (Yankees 11th round pick) agrees to terms

UPDATE: July 16, 2015, 11:45am EST:

Josh Rogers has officially signed with the Yankees for the largest college overpay (vs. slot figures) in the draft. Rogers’ slot was $100K; he received $485K plus additional scholarship funds.

Agent Matt Sosnick noted that the deal had very little to do with him (Sosnick) and had everything to do with Rogers and Yanks’ area scout Mike Gibbons.

Also updating: James Kaprielian signed with the Yanks for 2.65M, pending his physical.

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Josh Rogers

According to a source close to the Yankees, 11th round pick Josh Rogers (Twitter) has agreed to terms with the New York Yankees for $485K, plus additional scholarship money. Rogers is scheduled to take a physical early this coming week (Monday or Tuesday). This figure represents the highest amount the team can offer Rogers, and is well above-slot for an 11th rounder.

The issue is that James Kaprielian, who was selected 16th in the first round, remains unsigned. Kaprielian is represented by Scott Boras, who is known to demand above-slot figures for his players.…

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