Wow…That game was something, wasn’t it? To be honest, I’m still catching my breath and trying to come up with the right words to complete this recap.
It’s the finale of the four-game set in Detroit and Hiroki Kuroda is looking for his 11th win of the season. The Yankees are looking for their second win in a row and a series split.
Quintin Berry, CF
Andy Dirks, LF
Miguel Cabrera, DH
Prince Fielder, 1B
Brennan Boesch, RF
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Ichiro has basically replaced Dewayne Wise on the Yankees’ roster. Wise had 63 plate appearances before he was DFA’d, just two more than Ichiro. Wise’s OPS was .778 compared to Ichiro’s .635. And Wise had more pop and was more of a deep threat AND he was a better outfielder at this stage in their relative careers. The difference is that the Yankees did not consider Dewayne Wise an every day player and certainly, playing Wise against lefties was not a good idea. But then again, neither is playing Ichiro against lefties. There is this assumption that Ichiro Suzuki is a hitter feared by pitchers. That hardly seems true anymore. Wise was better than this current Ichiro.
And before Wise was another outfielder that got away. His name is Justin Maxwell who had a fantastic Spring Training for the Yankees. The guy just looked like a ballplayer. And though Spring Training means very little, Maxwell looked like the best player on the Yankees.…
When the Yankees brought Mark Teixeira into Yankee Stadium, they believed his left handed power would play well with the right field porch. When pulling the ball from the left side, in 2009 and 2010 the first baseman hit .408 and .398 respectively. But the batting average dropped to .337 in 2011, a big enough...
The rest of the Yankees prospects that made the list are now in Tampa, but the surveys were done prior to their promotions so they are on the SAL list. Tyler Austin was tagged as the Best Hitting Prospect, adding yet another accolade to his breakout 2012 season. Austin hit .320/.405/.598 in 70 games with the RiverDogs. his numbers have dipped a little in Tampa, but no more than you would expect. Baseball America’s Best Power Prospect went to Gary Sanchez, who had 13 homers and 19 doubles in 68 games in Charleston this season. He has hit a couple longballs in Tampa and – after a slow start – seems to be finding his swing now in High-A ball. Mason Williams was labeled the Best Defensive OF in the SAL. Williams is a strong overall player and has become a favorite for us at IIATMS, though his season was cut short after he injured his non-throwing shoulder diving for a ball.…