Tonight’s Yankees Lineup: 5/30/14

Brett Gardner 7
Derek Jeter 6
Jacoby Ellsbury 8
Mark Teixeira 3
Brian McCann DH
Brian Roberts 4
Ichiro Suzuki 9
Yangervis Solarte 5
John Ryan Murphy 2

Vidal Nuno LHP

Look who is back at first base … A real first baseman!!

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Can Peter O’Brien Help This Year?

Back in 2012, Peter O’Brien was drafted as a senior out of the University of Miami. O’Brien’s high prospect ranking was due to an impressive display of offense and status as a senior that would likely sign below slot value in the second round. Not much has changed for the bat-first catcher, who’s now seeing more and more time around the field. While the Yankees have kept him behind the plate, O’Brien has now found himself with a handful of innings in the outfield and at third base. While his defensive ability is still in question, O’Brien’s offense has maintained, and he now leads all of minor league baseball with 19 home runs this season, which ties him with Nelson Cruz for the most home runs in professional baseball. Here is his latest shot.

In 2013, O’Brien had a breakout performance in Charleston and Tampa. He finished last season with 22 home runs, good for a .291/.350/.544 slash, but also struck out 134 times.…

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Examining Tanaka’s Performance On Different Rest Schedules

Tanaka vs CHW

Courtesy of Getty Images

Almost a third of the way through the 2014 season, it would be hard to call Masahiro Tanaka‘s first year as a Yankee anything but spectacular thus far.  In 10 starts, he’s pitched to a 2.29/2.61/2.30 slash in 70.2 innings with 79 strikeouts and only 10 walks.  His 28.5% K rate is tied with Zack Greinke for the best in MLB.  His splitter might already be the single best pitch in baseball.  He’s got a 48.2% K rate on it and only a .318 OPS against.  He’s quickly become not only the most must-see player on the Yankees and their unquestioned ace in the face of all their rotation injuries, he’s also become one of the must-see players in the entire league and one of the best pitchers in the game.

One of the biggest things the Yankees wanted to do with Tanaka this season was ease him into the transition from the Japanese Leagues to MLB.  …

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Off Day Open Thread: 5/29/14

Welcome to the off day open thread.

Feel free to discuss whatever you want as long as you are respectful to your fellow IIATMS readers and authors.

AP

AP

The guy in the picture above has inflammation in his surgically repaired right wrist and is day-to-day according to his surgeon which is good news compared to the possibility of him missing significant time so yay!

Also, Carlos Beltran is feeling better after taking some swings so yay again!

Enjoy your evening!

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Cardinals fan meme questioned

The New York Yankees just finished a three game series in St. Louis against the Cardinals. The Yankees took two of the three games and thus had a successful series. The two fan bases are fun to compare. You cannot deny that the Cardinals have something special in St. Louis. The sea of red is everywhere and no city supports their team better. But they also, with a few rational exceptions, do not like their team questioned in any way. Yankee fans, on the other hand, love to argue and usually do so against each other!

Last night on Twitter was a typical example. I wasn’t picking on the Cardinals, which is the funny thing. It was actually a compliment to the Yankees for the series. I tweeted:

In my mind, that is not saying anything bad against the Cardinals.…

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Prospect Stock Watch: May 2014

Rob-Refsnyder

The new second baseman of the future? Courtesy of MiLB.com

Another month is almost in the books.  That means it’s time to check the prospect ticker and see who’s been making gains and who’s been dropping with their performance this month.  Two months in and I still don’t know how I feel about the farm system this year.  There’s a lot of guys having better seasons than I expected, but there’s also a lot of preseason top guys who aren’t living up to expectations at all.  Here are the players who stood out to me for better and worse in May.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre:

Stock Up- Ramon Flores

I’ve always been a closet Ramon Flores fan.  I dig guys who can consistently show the ability to make contact and draw walks.  Knowing the strike zone and putting the ball in play can get you a long way in the show.  Just ask Yangervis Solarte.  Those 2 skills have been Flores’ calling card in his MiL career, but he took a step back last season with an underwhelming year in Double-A.  …

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