Prospects Who’s Hot: April

I always like it when this list is hard to put together because I feel like there are a decent number of players I could talk about here. That was the case this month, so here are my picks for April, in no particular order.

Peter O’Brien (C, Tampa):
O’Brien had a solid first full season in professional baseball last year, splitting time between Charleston and Tampa. He has picked up right where he left off this month, crushing the ball with a .330/.361/.703 line. He had eight homers, eight doubles and a triple, alone with sixteen RBIs. Despite crushing the ball, O’Brien has only taken four walks over 24 games, striking out 22 times. If he keeps swinging like this he may be taking at bats in Trenton by the break.

Luis Severino (RHP, Charleston):
The Dominican righty got his first taste of baseball stateside last season and has started his first full season very strong. Despite a rough first outing, where he gave up three runs in just two innings, Severino turned around and threw seventeen innings with only one earned run over the rest of the month of April (four starts).…

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Minors Review: April

I find it hard to believe that it is already May, possibly because up here in northern New England it felt like winter was never going to end this year, but it is and so we have our first month of Minor League baseball in the books. The strange weather has played some role in the early part of the season for some of the Yankees’ affiliates, but overall there have been some very positive things going on down on the farm.

zoiloScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders:
Like many of the teams located in the northeast, the RailRiders’ April was interrupted by the slow departure of winter (if in fact it has left…). They had nine games postponed due to rain, snow or inclement weather, in addition to battling through some chilly games. At the end of April, Scranton had an 11-13 record, while not the strong start the RailRiders had hoped for, it hasn’t put them too far behind Buffalo and Pawtucket, who both started the year a little stronger and lead the IL North Division.…

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Big Al Reintroduces Himself To Yankeeland

Aceves vs TB

Courtesy of the AP

The easy headlines from yesterday afternoon’s stinker were CC’s horrific performance and the offense’s continued non-existence.  About the only positive one, which Kenny wisely covered in the IIATMS/TYA recap of the game, was the successful re-debut of Alfredo Aceves in the Yankee bullpen.  Called up after the bulk of the ‘pen got worked hard in Friday night’s 14-inning loss, Aceves got the call when CC failed to get out of the 4th.  Although initially brought in to be more of a sacrificial lamb to save the rest of the bullpen for the road trip, Aceves made Joe look doubly smart by tossing 5.1 shutout innings and keeping the Yankees in the game.

It was a pretty unexpected outcome if you’ve followed Aceves’ career since he left the Yankees after 2010.  He joined the Red Sox in 2011 after being non-tendered and put up a season reminiscent of his career best 2009 season in pinstripes, pitching 114.0 innings of mostly relief work with a few spot starts and posting a 2.61 ERA.  …

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Sheesh, C : Rays 5, Yankees 1

sabathiaNone of the hits, none of the CC, all of the Aceves. That pretty much sums up Sunday afternoon in the Bronx.

Sabathia started out in the 1st by surrendering an RBI double to Evan Longoria, then the Yankees picked him up in the next frame after Mark Teixeira led off with a single, and Yangervis Solarte brought him in with a fairly shallow Sac Fly. From there the Yankees would only pick up 5 more hits, and strand 6 runners. The top of the order (Ellsbury, Jeter, Beltran) went a combined 0/12.

Two particular innings were disappointing on offense – the fifth saw the Yankees pick up back-to-back singles from Gardner and Murphy, before the top of the order was retired 1-2-3, and the 7th started with back-to-back base hits from Solarte and Gardner, and ended with three straight outs after that. Outside those frames, the going was tough with the bats.

Back to Sabathia – he didn’t have trouble in the 2nd, but from there it was all downhill.…

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Game 30: The Rubber Game

Welcome to today’s game thread.

HEre are your lineups:

RAYS
Forsythe 3B
Jennings CF
Longoria DH
Myers RF
Rodriguez 2B
Loney 1B
Escobar SS
Guyer LF
Hanigan C

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Jeter SS
Beltran RF
Teixeira 1B
Soriano DH
Johnson 5
Solarte 2B
Gardner LF
Murphy C

Pitching matchup: Bedard vs. Sabathia

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Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch: Yankees 9, Rays 3

Mark-teixeira

The Yankees did not start the game well. Masahiro Tanaka gave up a run in the first, then one more in the second – he’s now allowed 6 of his 13 runs this year in that frame. He had 43 pitches after two.

#TANAK would not be denied. He was going to go 4-0. Even bad Tanaka was a CC Sabathia you would be proud of. 7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 5 K, 0 BB was enough to fend off the Rays.

The Yankees didn’t have a hit through three innings, and it kind of felt like one of those days the bats would be a bit slower, the runs would be hard to come by. It was a quick turnaround from the night before.

But Mark Teixeira said “Nah, I got this.” He went deep to right in the 4th to cut it to 3-2, then he brought in another run in the 7th with a scorcher to right, through the shift.…

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Game 29: Another one? So Soon?

It’s a nice, sunny afternoon in the Bronx.

Let’s hope the Yankees will make it even nicer for the fans who stayed up to watch last night’s debacle by maybe, possibly, hopefully winning?

Here are your lineups:

RAYS
Zobrist SS
Jennings DH
Joyce LF
Longoria 3B
Loney 1B
Myers RF
DeJesus CF
Rodriguez 2B
Hanigan C

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Soriano DH
Johnson 3B
Roberts 2B
Suzuki RF
Solarte SS

The pitching matchup is #TANAK vs Odorizzi.

You will notice that Beltran and Jeter are sitting today. And in, “hello again” news, Alfredo Aceves got the call at 1 a.m. that he’d be joining the big club again. Our own Kenny Ducey tweeted “Jeter just saw Aceves in the locker room and welcomed him back with a smile, hug, and a few punches to the side.” Hopefully they weren’t hard punches but since they came from Jeter, I’m willing to bet they weren’t. Anyway, Aceves will be the longman — if needed — because both Adam Warren and Shawn Kelley are unavailable.…

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Yankees waste about a million scoring chances and lose to the Rays in extras

mr-yuk

This game was awful and we don’t need to rehash all of that awfulness.

There were awful at bats, awful baserunning, and ultimately an awful top of the 14th in which the game went from being tied at 5 to the Rays taking a 10-5 lead.

More awfulness:

  • The Yankees left seven men on base in the 11th, 12th and 13th innings. (Per Joe Lemire on Twitter)
  • Derek Jeter went 0-7 for the first time in his career and his batting average fell from .271 to .250. (Per about 5,000 people on Twitter)

AWFUL.

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Game 28: Hits? A win? Maybe?

Happy Friday evening, everyone and welcome to tonight’s game thread.

The Rays are in town for a three-game series. Thrilling, right? You know what is thrilling? Tonight is Joe Girardi’s 1000th game as Yankees manager. Let’s get him a win boys!

Here are your lineups:

RAYS
Zobrist 2B
Jennings, CF
Longoria 3B
Myers RF
Rodriguez LF
Loney 1B
Forsythe DH
Escobar SS
Molina C

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Jeter SS
Beltran RF
Teixeira 1B
Soriano LF
McCann DH
Roberts 2B
Solarte 3B
Murphy C

Your pitching matchup: Vidal Nuno vs. David Price

Enjoy the game!

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