Quick hit: Yankees place six prospects in Baseball America’s GCL Top 20 list

The Yankees have landed six players in Baseball America’s Gulf Coast League Top 20 prospects list. They are doing it for all 16 leagues and we’ll find out when Friday’s New York-Penn League list is released if any of the Staten Island Yankees have made it.

The six players in the GCL Top 20 are:

  • #10 C Luis Torrens –Torrens only hit .241/.348/.299 but he’s also only 17 and scouts like his approach at the plate.
  • #11 3B Miguel Andujar – He hit .323/.368/.496 in only 34 games with four home runs.
  • #13 SS Abi Avelino – He hit .400/.481/.586 in the GCL but when he was moved up to Staten Island he didn’t fare as well.
  • #15 2B Gosuke Katoh – hit .310/.402/.522 in 50 games.
  • #17 RHP Luis Severino – had an ERA of 1.37 in the GCL.
  • #20 SS Thairo Estrada – another 17-year-old who hit .278/.350/.432 in 50 games.

If you have a Baseball America subscription you can check out the full scouting reports for each player here.… Click here to read the rest

Could we see Mariano Rivera in the outfield?

This morning, I was browsing through Twitter like I always do and saw that Chad Jennings of the Lohud Yankees Blog wrote a random thoughts post so I took a gander. His random thoughts aren’t as random as mine usually are, nor does he have as many as I usually do. Lucky him.

Anyway, the following passage, which happens to be his first random thought, caught my eye:

Mariano Rivera’s number has been retired, his legacy is beyond secure, and the Yankees seem to have very little to play for the rest of the way. Is he actually going to get that inning in center field that he’s wanted for so long? And if so, would Joe Girardi do it at Yankee Stadium this week — letting Rivera play center in the Bronx, and still make his final career appearance as a pitcher in Houston — or would he wait until the Yankees are officially eliminated to send his closer into the outfield, which might mean having Rivera play center field in a visiting ball park?

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Musing On The 2014 Bullpen

In case you couldn’t figure it out, I’m pretty much done talking about the 2013 season.  It’s been a long, disappointing, frustratingly repetitive season to write about, and with 6 games remaining and barely a whisper of a realistic playoff chance remaining I’m starting to turn my attention to next season.  I know, I know, it’s probably not going to be much better next season.  I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.  For now I can still hope.

Any discussion about the 2014 Yankees starts with the roster.  The Yankees will be in the unenviable position of having to replace a lot of guys without the traditional means to do it.  Their $189 million payroll goal will put the clamps on their usual way of spending on the free agent market, in a way that will probably make this past offseason look like Black Friday, and they’re extremely light on upper-level Minor League talent capable of stepping into everyday roles.  … Click here to read the rest

How Nova Was Tipping His Pitches

After rebounding from a DL trip and Triple-A assignment, Ivan Nova had an incredible comeback story in 2013. He won the Pitcher of the Month award in August, and with Hiroki Kuroda‘s regression, Nova was the Yankees best starter by September. But after a couple of games against the Red Sox, Nova’s potential was questioned. Batters hit his fastballs and watched his curveballs fall out of the zone. He went just 4.0 innings in both games against the Red Sox, and gave up a combined 11 hits, 6 walks, and 7 earned runs. After a complete game shutout of the Giants, Nova spoke about these performance the and indicated why he pitched so poorly.

“Sometimes you put it like this (sideways), sometimes you put it like that (straight up and down),” Nova said. “You don’t try to stay in one position. I don’t know if that was the problem, but I was watching the video and sometimes I do (change the glove) a little bit.”

Nova’s curveball emerged as deadly this season, and his sinker prevented hard fastball contact, but against the Red Sox, hitters ignored the curveball and pounded his sinker.… Click here to read the rest

On emotions, ceremonies, criticism and the end of an era

Derek Jeter, Mariano RiveraI’m usually a highly emotional person.

If you know me, you know what I feeling at any given moment. I also happen to have a very expressive face, one that unfortunately reveals everything I’m feeling. I can never lie. If I’m displeased or hurt by something or someone, you’ll know it. I’m also the type of person who likes to voice their feelings to anyone who will listen and I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve. With that said, I have no idea what I’m feeling right now.

I honestly don’t. I know I should be sad right now for many reasons but I’m not.

I should be sad because I watched Andy Pettitte start his final game at Yankee Stadium. I should be sad because unless I somehow get tickets to one of the three remaining home games against the Rays, I more than likely have seen Mariano Rivera jog out of the bullpen and to the mound for the last time in person which also means I’ve heard “Enter Sandman” at Yankee Stadium for the last time.… Click here to read the rest

Quick hit: CC is done for the season

Not that it really matters at this point but…

We’re in the homestretch, kids. Only six more games of misery left.

(Edited because how I could forget to include this? Thanks, Rusty – SG)

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The Yankee Farm System Collapse in 1 Chart

When I first started blogging about minor league baseball in 2006, the most common narrative about the Yankee farm system went something like this:

“After the late-dynasty era that produced Nick Johnson and Alfonso Soriano, the Yankee farm lay barren from 1998-2003. Robinson Cano and Chien-Ming Wang were the first two prospects to break the ceiling, but true change came that same year, when Brian Cashman was handed more control over the Yankee organization. The team started putting large resources into the farm system. The result was that a tremendous amount of talent was infused into the system in 2006, and the Yankees became one of the best farm systems in baseball.”

I think that the perception among a lot of Yankee fans is that people who wrote about the Yankee farm system, like me, were blowing smoke. We either bought into the hype or created hype out of thin air. While I’d argue that the Big 3 (Hughes, Joba, Kennedy) were actually pretty successful as prospects, there is no doubt that there has been quite a lot of disappointment in the Yankee farm system since 2006.… Click here to read the rest

Not The Way Andy Should Have Gone Out

Andy vs SF

I got nothing this morning, gang.  I’m still bummed about the way yesterday’s game went down.  I know I shouldn’t be.  If anything, I should have expected the Yankees to lose in the fashion they did because it’s what they’ve done all year long.  Sure, there have been a few flashes of offensive competency here and there, but overall this has been a painfully bad offensive team incapable of doing anything – get a hit, put the ball in play, make contact – when they really needed to and they saved the worst for last yesterday.  The fairytale ending was laid out for them from about the 5th inning on and they gagged on their chance to write it time and time again.

Obviously the biggest and most important story yesterday was Mo and the spectacular pregame ceremony put on for him.  The Yankees don’t do much right as an organization anymore, but that’s one area where they’re still the best and yesterday’s ceremony was no exception.  … Click here to read the rest