Why Is Brennan Boesch Getting Work At First Base?

Boesch HR

And why are all my Brennan Boesch-based posts titled in the form of a question?  Last week it was wondering how and if Joe was planning on using Boesch at all after he didn’t get much burn in the first few games.  This week it’s trying to figure out what the rationale is in Boesch getting worked out at first base before the last few games.  He’s never played a game at first in his professional career, and according to Boesch he hasn’t played it since high school.  The Yankees, even with Teix out of the picture for the near future, are pretty well covered at first right now with Lyle Overbay and Kevin Youkilis, and there are a few other guys on the roster who make more sense as an emergency option over Boesch.  So why look to add another body to the position so early in the season?  And why Boesch?

Well, maybe this answers my original question of where does Boesch fit in on this roster?  … Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 4/10/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was rained out today.

Trenton lost to New Hampshire 6-3:
The Fisher Cats got to Trenton starter, Nik Turley, early on Wednesday. Kevin Pillar started the bottom of the first with a double and John Tolisano singled, putting runners on the corners. A balk scored Pillar and Tolisano crossed home on a single by Brad Glenn, giving New Hampshire a 2-0 lead. Trenton got one run back in the top of the second. Rob Segedin lead off with a single to right, but was out at second on a a force out by Casey Stevenson. A wild pitch moved Stevenson to second and he scored on a single by Shane Brown. New Hampshire added to their lead in the third. Pillar singled and Tolisano drew a walk before Ryan Schimpf homered, giving the Fisher Cats a 5-1 advantage. Ramon Flores lined a one out double to center in the fifth and was followed by a single from Jose Pirela. Tyler Austin drew a walk, loading the bases and Kyle Roller grounded a single to right, plating Flores.… Click here to read the rest

Game 9: Play Ball?

Anthony Gruppuso/US Presswire

Anthony Gruppuso/US Presswire

The weather is looking bleak over Progressive Field, and we already know that this game won’t start on time. The map says there will be light rain until 9PM, when there should be a small window until 10PM. If they can survive through that, the Yankees get to face Corey Kluber, who hasn’t had much success in his limited work.

Here’s tonight’s lineup.

Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Brennan Boesch RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Stewart C

You can catch the game on YES or ESPN 2. When and if we get a start time, I will update this post.

UPDATE 7:55: The game has been postponed. Too bad.

UPDATE 8:05: The Yankees will keep Phil Hughes on schedule and skip Ivan Nova in the rotation. This is somewhat surprising considering Hughes was questionable for tomorrow’s game with a stomach bug.… Click here to read the rest

Quick Hits: (Casper) Wells, Injury Updates, Boesch, Lineup

I was personally holding out hope that the Yankees would be able to land Casper Wells as an upgrade over Ben Francisco. But the 10 day limit for the Mariners ran out today, and the Blue Jays claimed the right-handed outfielder. Over his career, Wells has been disappointing, but a lot can be blame on Safeco Field. He’s a .268/.331/.478 hitter on the road, and has a .264/.349/.489 slash against left-handed pitchers. He can also play all parts of the outfield and UZR loves him in all three. Unfortunately, he’ll be the Yankees’ competition for now, and I’m a little surprised that Cashman didn’t try to trade for him over the last week.

A few injury updates today. Derek Jeter took batting practice, fielded, ran the bases, and all this after a day of sprinting. Girardi called this a “big step” in the rehab process, and even met with the media to discuss his timetable. Granderson was also fielding balls today, but only throwing them back underhanded.… Click here to read the rest

New Approach At The Plate Has Culver Slugging

Yesterday, I wrote about the Yankees’ 2011 first round pick, Dante Bichette Jr. After hitting just three home runs in 2012, Bichette has broken out in April with two big home runs and a simplified swing. It’s been a bit of an unexpected power surge, but Bichette always had a power swing at third base.

So what if I told you another first round pick has also broken out with a new swing?

No it’s not Slade Heathcott, last night Cito Culver hit two bombs of his own, and that was after narrowly missing one the night before.

In 1,119 minor league plate appearances, Culver has shown very little power, hitting just 6 home runs in total. Last night, he hit 2. The 20 year old Culver has in recent years struggled at the plate, owning a .235/.322/.313 line. Scouts have loved his fielding, but the lack of contact and power has seriously hindered his potential upside.… Click here to read the rest

Let’s party like it’s 1913

Today is a special day in the history of the franchise we write about, read about, argue about, etc. On this day, 100 years ago, the New York Highlanders played their first game as the New York Yankees. The team had been called the Yankees for awhile but it was finally made official in 1913.

Here’s a link to the 1913 Yankees’ roster. It’s interesting to see the names, ages and height/weight of each player. There were quite a few “short” guys on the team – some as small as 5’5″. And the names are great. Guys like Birdie Cree, Rollie Zeider, Doc Cook and Dutch Sterrett are on the roster.

1913 was also the year the Yankees moved into the Polo Grounds from Hilltop Park. The Yankees had allowed the New York Giants to play in their park for two years from 1911-1912 after the Polo Grounds was badly damaged in a fire. Once it was repaired and open for business again, the Giants returned the favor and the Yankees were able to leave Hilltop park which was falling apart.… Click here to read the rest

Well Howdaya Like Them Apples?

Game 8 Win

Baseball really is a funny game.  It’s one of the few sports where just a few days or a few games can make all the difference in the world.  And as much as we’re taught to not put a ton of weight into small sample sizes when evaluating stats, it is one of the few sports where sometimes a small sample size can tell you exactly what you need to know.  Less than three full days ago the Yankees were 1-4, looking flat and old as flat and old can be, and facing the best pitcher in the American League as they tried to avoid getting swept out of Detroit.  This morning they find themselves 4-4, having vanquished said best pitcher on their way to two consecutive road routes, and having scored 32 runs in their last three after scoring just 17 total in their first five.

I’d been doing my best to stay calm and not overreact to the early struggles because, as a lot of other writers on this site and many others across the blogosphere had touched on, what else did I really expect?  … Click here to read the rest

Farm Recap 4/9/2013 Cito [P]ulver[izer]

The big news today: Cito Culver hit 2 home runs for Charleston. Culver has been mashing the ball this year. Last year, he hit just 2 bombs in each of 2011 and 2012. He’s driving the ball so far this year – adds 2 doubles and 1 triple to that total in a week. If he hits for even a below-average amount of power, look out. If he hit .300/.360/.420 this year, I’ll rate him up there with the best.

Charleston beats West Virginia, 10-7

Cito Culver, SS – 2 for 6, 2 HR
Greg Bird, 1b – 1 for 6 – Cooling off
Dante Bichette, 3b – 1 for 3, 3 BB
Pete O’Brien, C – 1 for 4
Daniel Camarena – 4 IP, 11 hits, 5 runs 0 K 1 BB – ……

Tampa beats Dunedin, 4-2

Mason Williams CF, Angelo Gumbs 0 for 3 each, 2 and 1 BB respectively
Gary Sanchez, C, 1 for 4, 2b
Ben Gamel, LF, 1 for 3, 2b BB
Carmen Angelini, SS, 2 for 3, HR 2b – Still hanging on

Trenton beats New Hampshire, 5-1

JR Murphy, C 3-5
Slade Heathcott, CF, 1 for 4
Tyler Austin, Ramon Flores, OF, 0 for
Caleb Cotham, 5 innings 1 IR, 5K, 1BB – Sleeper pick to be a decent MLB reliever
Jeremy Bleich, 3 IP, no runs – I’ve got Bleich fatigue at this point

Scranton loses to Rochester 2-1

Corban Joseph, 2b, 1-2, 2 BB
Austin Romine, C, 2 for 4
Vidal Nuno, :LHP, 7 IP, no runs, 0 BB, 6 K – The kind of start that could set up for a long MLB callup.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees 14, Indians 1: Bombs away!!

Okay, so that was fun, funny and there were some fireworks. (We’ll get to those later.)

First up, the offense which was fun to watch. Over the past two games, the Yankees have scored a combined 25 runs against Cleveland pitching. Brett Gardner finished 4-5 with two RBI to raise his average nearly 100 points to .257 (don’t you love April?). Robinson Cano‘s bat continued where it left off yesterday with Cano going 4 for 6 with a home run, two doubles and 5 RBI.

The other two guys with multi-hit games are part of the funny portion of this recap: Francisco Cervelli and Lyle Overbay. In all fairness, I shouldn’t laugh at Cervelli because he’s been great so far in this young season and is batting .353 at the moment. Will he sustain that? Probably not but it’s fun to watch right now. Cervelli finished 2-4 with an RBI. As for Overbay, he was also part of the home run derby portion of the game and finished 3-5 with an RBI.… Click here to read the rest