The battle begins

After Melky Cabera’s terrible 2008, the door is wide open in CF, creating quite an interesting position battle that will play out this spring. Based on Pete Caldera’s latest, it seems as though the two candidates — Melky and Brett Gardner — are already pushing each other as they both attempt to...

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Melancon stating his case

From Bryan Hoch:

Jorge Posada caught Melancon during his batting practice session Sunday at George M. Steinbrenner Field, offering rave reviews. Jeter may have crowed when Cano splintered his lumber, but Jeter also cut and missed at two pitches from Melancon, grinning widely after the second one made him look silly.”His ball cuts, it sinks,...

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Kevin Goldstein: Top-11 Yankee Prospects

Kevin Goldstein today released his annual list of top Yankee prospects. The ranking is free, although the (very interesting) comments on individuals is for subscribers only. His ranking:

  • Five-Star Prospects:
  • 1. Jesus Montero
  • 2. Austin Jackson
  • Three-Star Prospects:
  • 3. Dellin Betances
  • 4. Austin Romine
  • 5. Arodys Vizcaino
  • 6. Andrew Brackman
  • 7. Jeremy Bleich
  • 8. Alfredo Aceves
  • 9. Zach McAllister
  • 10. Phil Coke
  • 11. Mark Melancon

We disagree on...

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Swisher safe?

Mary Altaffer, AP

The Braves have reportedly signed Garret Anderson and although he will platoon in LF with Matt Diaz, this probably ends Atlanta’s pursuit of another OF bat. Therefore, Nick Swisher — who the Braves were thought to be interested in — seems like...

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Jeter and Edwar hurting

From the AP we hear that Derek Jeter’s got a sore hamstring that will hinder him from running today. He’ll resume running tomorrow and doesn’t expect to miss any significant time.

Also, Edwar Ramirez apparently shut down his bullpen session due to “right shoulder tendinitis.” He’ll be examined by the team’s doctor on Monday. While...

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Elijah Dukes?

Baseball Prospectus’ latest article for ESPN lists their top breakout hitting candidates for 2009. There are three Nationals listed, one of whom is Elijah Dukes. Here is what they had to say about him:

Elijah Dukes, Nationals, OF (.278/.386/.486, 4.0 WARP, 54 percent breakout rate)

Dukes was dumped by the Rays due to some scary off-field...

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Flipping Damon and Jeter

The comments to the previous post (h/t Steve) brought up an issue that I felt deserved its own time in the sun. For much of the last two seasons, Derek Jeter’s penchant for hitting into double plays has prompted me to contend that he should be moved out of the 2 hole to the lead-off...

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