Before I get into this, my first post at The Yankee Analysts, I’d like to thank everyone here for giving me this opportunity and for welcoming me so fully to the team. I have accepted this position knowing that TYA is not only among the best Yankees blogs on the internet, but among the best [...]
Going into the 2011 season, I expected Phil Hughes to complement Sabathia at the top of the Yankees’ rotation. Phil was our number two. A year later I find myself refreshing twitter and a smorgasbord of blogs to see who Cashman and company chose to replace Hughes. The once top pitching prospect that Baseball America [...]
What a player gives is what the team gets. Sure, that’s a fairly obvious statement that’s likely too broad a generalization. There is more nuance to it, both on the SABR side (marginal value of a win) and the more traditional side (chemistry, etc.), but let’s take a look at the statement at its face [...]
You know what’s fun? Researching a question you’re 99% sure you know the answer to, only to find out you’re 100% wrong. When the latest trade winds centered themselves around Matt Garza and those of us pining for anything baseball related to help us keep our sanity now that the worst month of the calendar year is upon us began discussing what he was worth in a hypothetical trade (to summarize: our trade proposals suck), I remembered Garza’s somewhat mediocre adjusted numbers from his days in Tampa, and headed over to Garza’s Fangraphs page, certain that a few minutes of research would confirm that my perception of Garza was being skewed by his newly realized status as the best available starter on the market.
Boy, was I wrong.
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Everyone loves a good prospect list and Yankees Fans Unite has posted theirs, a top 40 variety, here. Here’s the introductory blurb before the list: The Yankees system became known in recent years as being deep in Pitchers and Catchers but lacking in strong position prospects. This was definitely a weakness identified by Mark Newman [...]
My first official posting for the new MotherShip, the ultimate “company guy” that I am:
SNY will hold an open casting call on Saturday, January 7 from 9 am to 12 pm to find the new host of Kids Clubhouse, which is produced for viewers 8 to 15 years of age and features baseball tips, player profiles, as well as fitness and nutritional advice.
The auditions will take place at SNY’s studio on 6th Avenue and 51st Street in New York City directly across the street from Radio City Music Hall. Eligible candidates must be between the ages of 14-18 and be accompanied by an adult. The new host will be announced at a later date and become the star of Kids Clubhouse.
EJ’s post yesterday on John Sickels’ Top 20 Yankee prospects list got me thinking about how the Yankee farm system has changed over the last few seasons. After producing key contributors to the dynasty of 1996-2000 (Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Bernie Williams, and Jorge Posada), the farm stagnated for a number of years, [...]
(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) The calendar has turned, and with that we move further away from the Winter Meetings, the Rule 5 Draft, and the meat and potatoes of the Hot Stove Season, and closer to the hors d’oeuvres of the real baseball season, that being pitchers and catchers [...]
We didn’t see much of Yankees’ top prospect Jesus Montero this season. He played in just 18 games and only had 69 plate appearances — not a lot of information. But what we did see — or more accurately, behold — was everything that he was hyped up to be. Just four days into his Major League career, he blasted two homeruns off of the Orioles’ Jim Johnson.
Jim Johnson is no scrub — especially when it comes to giving up homeruns. In his entire career against right-handed batters, spanning 565 plate appearances, he has only given up 10 homeruns. 20 percent of those are from Jesus Montero. But of course, we return again to his limited sample size. He doesn’t even have a month’s worth of playing time — not that that would be sufficient, anyway. Despite the limited data, I thought a hitter profile with PITCHf/x data would be worthwhile.
We don’t have enough data for a heatmap, so here we look at a scatterplot of pitches that Montero put into play:
This graph shows all the pitches that he put into play, with both color and size of the points indicated the quality of hit. The smallest, blue circles are outs, and the largest, red circles are homeruns. The graph is from the catcher’s perspective, so the left side of the plate is inside for Montero and the right side of the graph is outside. The dotted box represents the strikezones. Really not a lot of information here, but most of his outs look down-and-away.
More analysis after the jump:
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