Recapping Day One of the 2015 Draft

After not having any picks in the first round of the draft last year, the Yankees had two first round picks and a second round pick last night. Not only did they have a few decisions to make on the first day, but the Yankees also had their lowest pick (16th) since 1993 (13th). Let’s take a look at the newest Yankees’ draftees.

James KaprielianJames Kaprielian (RHP): The righty out of UCLA was widely expected to go in the middle of the first round. Much like their first pick last year, Jacob Lindgren, the Yankees chose another pitcher in Kaprielian who could be ready for the majors in very little time. Kaprielian started his collegiate career coming out of the bullpen, but in his sophomore and junior years the hurler took up the front spot in the rotation. Scouts believe he is a pretty solid bet to be a middle of the rotation guy on a major league team, making this sound like a smart pick for the Bombers.…

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Tuesday morning news and notes: 6/9/15

Happy Tuesday and happy Day 2 of the MLB Draft!

Here’s some news and notes for you this morning:

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The Underrated Brett Gardner

Gardner vs LAA

That home run swing is getting real pretty too. Courtesy of Getty Images

All things considered, the Yankees are humming right along this season.  They’ve been healthier and more productive than expected in some areas and less so in others, they’ve successfully dealt with their injury problems, and the overall mediocrity of their division has helped to keep them in first place.  There has been no shortage of important stories to follow as well, be it the surprising turnarounds of A-Rod and Teix, the unfortunate injuries to Tanaka and Ellsbury, the emergence of Big Mike, or the decline of CC.  All of those stories and players have helped get the Yankees to where they are in some way.

And underneath all those big stories and big names and beneath the big, bold headlines being written about them sits Brett Gardner.  Starting left fielder and #2 hitter for most of the year, starting center fielder and leadoff hitter lately, Gardner is once again putting together a very good season.  …

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2015 MLB Draft Night 1 Live Blog/Open Thread

Draft Logo 2015

Welcome to the first night of the 2015 MLB Draft, sports fans!  As mentioned earlier this morning, the Yankees have 3 picks in tonight’s first 2 rounds: the 16th, 30th, and 57th overall.  Neglected to mention it this morning, but that 16th pick is the highest the Yanks have picked in the 1st round since 1993, so it’s fair to say this night is a little bit bigger deal than usual.

If you’re trying to get some last-minute draft prep in, here are the latest mocks from Keith Law, John Sickels, Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo, and Kiley McDaniel.  I think any of the guys mentioned in any of these mock drafts would be fine picks.

We’re going to let this serve as the update-able live blog to cover the Yankees’ picks and any other news that may come up during the draft as well as the open thread for the night.  If we’re lucky, some of our more draft-knowledgeable IIATMS staff members will join the discussion and offer some insight.  …

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Yankees’ Six Man Rotation Possibility


Earlier in the season the Yankees were just trying to figure out how to fill a five-pitcher rotation after injuries to Masahiro Tanaka and Chase Whitley left them short on starting pitchers. Now, with Ivan Nova starting his rehab assignment with Single-A Tampa today, they will have a huge decision to make possibly before the month of June ends.

With the way CC Sabathia has pitched in his last two starts, there is no way he will be removed from the rotation. He hasn’t been great by any means, but he has been good enough to keep his job. Even if he had continued to pitch horribly the Yankees probably would not have removed him from the rotation, but now he has definitely bought himself some time. I was expecting the worst yesterday with Sabathia facing a mostly right-handed Angels lineup at Yankee Stadium, so his seven strikeouts and one walk performance over six innings was very impressive.

Adam Warren certainly hasn’t done anything to be taken out of the rotation and is really forcing the Yankees’ hand.…

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Quick Hit: New Middle Relief Options Emerging

In the wake of the David Carpenter DFA decision, the biggest question facing the Yankees was what they were going to do to replace him as one of their regular middle relievers.  The bullpen is currently very low in right-handed relievers, with only Dellin Betances and Esmil Rogers remaining.  We saw what happens when Rogers gets a shot at filling Carpenter’s shoes and it wasn’t good, so the question still stands.  What are the Yankees going to do to make up for that lack of reliable righty middle relief?

If you go back and look at how the bullpen work has been divvied up over the last 2 weeks or so, the Yanks may have already figured out the answer to that question.  As expected, the answer lies not in replacing the lost righty relief but rather in using the high number of lefty relievers in the ‘pen to soak up the extra innings.  Justin Wilson and Chasen Shreve have both seen themselves move up in the pecking order lately and they’ve responded well.  …

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Unsystematic ramblings after a three-game sweep

First, I’d like to offer my apologies to our very own Kenny Ducey who was extremely positive leading into the previous five games – all Yankee victories – while I was convinced his overly positive post would jinx them and that they’d go into a tailspin.

I’m wacky that way. I can’t help myself.

So how about those previous five games, huh? Heck, let’s talk about the King Felix game again too! Six wins in a row is nice after losing three out of four to the A’s who were swept out of Fenway Park thanks to a total meltdown in the eighth inning of yesterday’s game. Can you imagine going into an inning with a 4-0 lead and coming out with a 7-4 deficit? Well, that happened to the poor A’s.

The Yankees know all about bullpen meltdowns. Friday night’s adventures in the ninth inning were fun, weren’t they? About as fun as sliding down a razor blade into a vat of rubbing alcohol.…

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Monday Morning News And Notes (2015 Draft Edition): 6/8/15

It’s the second week of June.  The Yankees are 32-25 with a +30 run differential, they’re first in the AL East by 1.5 games over the Rays, and they’re in the middle of another all-or-nothing game streak as they come into today’s scheduled off-day.  Break their season down into streaks and it looks like like: 3-6, 18-6, 1-10, 10-3.  Like I said in last night’s game recap, I can’t explain it but I’m definitely enjoying it right now.  Here’s a quick round of catch-up on some of the smaller things we haven’t touched on lately.

– You may have noticed a glaring absence of Michael Pineda in yesterday’s game.  Nothing wrong with him, the Yankees just elected to skip this start as a way to manage his workload.  Pineda has thrown 70.1 innings in 11 starts so far, which puts him on pace for about 220 this season.  Considering he’d thrown less than 250 in his whole Major League career coming into this season and only 76.1 over the last 3 because of the shoulder injuries, I’d say this is a smart piece of preventative maintenance.…

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Game 57 Recap: Yankees 6 Angels 2

Sabathia Ejection vs LAA

Something something, CC should move that quickly to cover first base… Courtesy of Getty Images

I don’t know what’s gotten into the Yankees this week.  I don’t know what it means and I don’t know how long it’s going to last.  What I know is that I’m absolutely loving it and it’s been fun to write about.

The Yankees put the Angels down 6-2 this afternoon to close out their 6th straight win and 2nd straight series sweep after the beatdown in Seattle.  It didn’t look like it was going to be that kind of ending after the top of the 1st, when CC Sabathia gave up back-to-back home runs to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols.  CC has been getting abused by right-handed hitting and these were just the 2 latest examples.  There was little reason to expect that CC was going to have a good game based on how that 1st inning went.

And then a funny thing happened.  …

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