The Farm Report: 7/8/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Rochester 6-3:
Chris Herrmann hit a solo homer in the first, giving Rochester the quick lead. They added another run in the third, when former Yankee farmhand, Doug Bernier, scored on a single by Deibinson Romero. Scranton broke through in the bottom of the inning. Derek Jeter lead off with a walk. JR Murphy followed with a single and Randy Ruiz singled in Jeter, as Scranton trailed 2-1. Rochester struck again in the top of the fourth, but Scranton rallied in the bottom of the fifth. Murphy doubled to left and Brent Lillibridge singled, putting runners on the corners. Murphy scored on a ground out by Ruiz. Dan Johnson scored Lillibridge with a single to center and Thomas Neal doubled. A single by Josh Bell scored two more runs and the RailRiders took a 5-3 lead. A solo shot by Bell in the seventh gave Scranton some added security as they went on to win 6-3.

Jeter went 0-2 with a run scored and a walk.…

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Game 89: The Beginning of the End (of the First Half)

On the heels of the team’s most successful week in what feels like ages – a week in which the team went 6-1 and took two out of three from a division rival – the Yankees look to finish out the remainder of the first half on a high note. Tonight marks the first game in a four-game set with the Royals, to be followed by a three-game stint against the Twins, with all seven games in Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are a combined 7-0 against the Royals and Twins last year, and it would be lovely to see more of the same – particularly as they open the second half with ten games in ten days, against the Red Sox, Rangers, and Rays.

Kansas City Royals New York Yankees
Alex Gordon, LF Brett Gardner, CF
Alcides Escobar, SS Zoilo Almonte, LF
Eric Hosmer, 1B Robinson Cano, 2B
Billy Butler, DH Travis Hafner, DH
Salvador Perez, C Vernon Wells, RF
Mike Moustakas, 3B Travis Ishikawa, 1B
Johnny Giavotella, 2B Luis Cruz, SS
David Lough, RF Alberto Gonzalez, 3B
Jarrod Dyson, CF Austin Romine, C
Jeremy Guthrie, SP Phil Hughes, SP
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Midseason Prospect Day At BA

A few prospect updates at Baseball America today.

First off, they released their top 50 mid-season prospect list. The Yankees landed two guys, Gary Sanchez and Rafael DePaula. Sanchez was listed at 34, and they mentioned that scouting reports liked his defense, while DePaula came in at 45 overall, and they shortly mentioned his quick ascension through the system.

In their follow up chat, JJ Cooper spoke a bit about Mason Williams, and basically said that his bat hasn’t come through yet, and his tools were overhyped.

The organization also landed in a list of five organizations that have struggled. Cooper mentions the slow starts by Williams and Slade Heathcott, as well as a less than stellar start from Tyler Austin.

Overall, the Yankees system has struggled in the beginning of this season, but you have to keep the organization’s minor league teams in the right frame of mind. The Yankees have an extremely pitcher-friendly minor league system, and the majority of their top prospects are young position players that are struggling in huge ballparks and difficult leagues.…

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7/8/2013: Yankees Line Up

Brett Gardner CF
Zoilo Almonte LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells RF
Travis Ishikawa 1B
Luis Cruz SS
Alberto Gonzalez 3B
Austin Romine C

Interesting. Who’s this Ishikawa guy? Apparently he’s an anxious wreck… but seriously he’s a left-handed first baseman that the Yankees just picked up on waivers from the Orioles. Odd that he’s getting the start over Lyle Overbay, but I can’t say that anyone is too happy with Overbay’s .711 OPS this season. Ishikawa, on the other hand, destroyed the International League with a .939 OPS. So the Yankees are hoping that carries over into Yankee Stadium.

Also, this means the end of the David Adams era for now. I’m not sure if he’s been outrighted or DFA’d.

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What will A-Rod and Jeter bring to the table?

This hasn’t been the most dominant Yankee season, but that’s what makes it interesting. This season may not end in October. The potential for the season to end in September is what makes it exciting. Fortunately there’s a lot to be happy about in Yankee-land right now. The team hasn’t been strong, but it remains within striking distance of a playoff berth. The Yankees also turned the corner on a five game losing streak and ran off six wins in a row before falling Sunday to the Orioles. Now, just in time for the All-Star break the Bombers are on the verge of getting back Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter. Five years ago that was a tantalizing prospect. Now that each player is near the end of his career, coming back from difficult injuries, how good can this be?

The answer is very. Within the context of a single team players aren’t judged relative to the league. They’re judged relative to the guys they’ll be replacing.…

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This week in Yankees baseball


If someone were to tell me that the New York Yankees were to go 6-1 in the last week after the week they had  previously, I would have thought they were crazy. But as good a week as it was, that last game against the Orioles really hurt. Speaking as a fan here and not a journalist, I would rather see the Yankees lose in any other way than via a Mariano Rivera blown save. Ugh. The pits. That was brutal. And the thing about that Adam Jones homer was that, not only was it poor execution by Rivera on the pitch, but it was bad strategy by the battery as a whole. Jones will swing at everything, so to throw him strikes is…well…you saw the results.

All in all, it was a good week. So what will this week bring? Let’s take a look in this latest version of “This week in Yankees baseball.”

The first bit of good news is that the Yankees are at home at Yankee Stadium all week.…

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Joe Brings The Old Sac Bunt Out Of His Bag Of Tricks

Ichiro Bunt vs BAL

There’s perhaps no play in baseball that further divides old school fans and analysts from the more sabermetrically-inclined new school crew than the sacrifice bunt.  What one calls a gritty, smart “baseball play,” the other calls pointless and a waste of a perfectly good out.  Personally, I’ve always been on the new school side.  I just don’t like the idea of giving up outs and killing chances for a potentially bigger inning by sacrificing one.  I can, however, see the value in a sac bunt in certain situations or at certain times in certain games, and that’s why I’m not sure how I feel about Joe bringing it back this weekend.  Joe has used the sac bunt a time or 2 in the past, usually in situations that left more people scratching their heads than clapping their hands.  Against the Orioles, he damn near featured it as the focal part of the Yankee offense.

Twice in each of the first 2 games this past weekend Joe went to the sac bunt with a runner in scoring position, with mostly positive results:

  •  In the 1st inning on Friday, he had Ichiro try to sac bunt Brett Gardner to third base after Gardner led off the game with a double.  
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The Farm Report: 7/7/13 – Jeter picks up hit in Scranton win

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Lehigh Valley 6-2:
The IronPigs drew first blood, as Cody Overbeck doubled in Cody Asche in the top of the first. Derek Jeter took a lead off walk to start the RailRiders’ half of the inning, but Brent Lillibridge struck out and Thomas Neal hit into a double play. They took the lead in the bottom of the second, however, as Addison Maruszak and Corey Patterson hit back-to-back homers. They got some breathing room in the bottom of the third. Walter Ibarra drew a walk and Jeter followed with a single to left. A homer by Randy Ruiz scored all three of them, giving Scranton a 5-1 advantage. Ibarra would single with two outs in the seventh. Jeter drew another walk and Lillibridge plated Ibarra with a single to center for the 6-1 lead. Lehigh Valley had a lot of room to make up in the ninth, and they started a bit of a rally right away. Leandro Castro started the inning with a single and Michael Martinez drew a walk.…

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