Looking back at the 2012 Staten Island Yankees

Curtain Calls:
Taylor Dugas (OF): Dugas was a strong presence in the Staten Island lineup this season, hitting .306/.465/.373 over 59 games. Pay particular attention to his .465 on base percentage, a product of his drawing a league leading 51 walks, while striking out just 35 times.

Matt Snyder (1B): Snyder hit .299/.397/.428 with 34 RBIs, three homers and thirteen doubles. He also managed to work more free passes to first base (26) than strike outs (19).

Saxon Butler (1B): In 36 games in the NY-Penn League, Butler dominated opposing pitching. He hit .296/.370/.620 with ten homers, fourteen doubles and 36 RBIs.

James Pazos (LHP): In 28 appearances (40.1 innings), Pazos went 2-2 with a 1.79 ERA. He struck out 39 and walked just nineteen.

Players to Watch:
Ravel Santana (OF): The return of Santana, after an ugly ankle injury ended his 2011 season, was much anticipated. A five-tool prospect who had dominated the GCL prior to his injury, Santana struggled this season.…

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Looking back at the 2012 GCL Yankees

Curtain Calls:
Jerison Lopez (2B):Lopez was the cornerstone of the Yankee offense this season. He hit .321/.385/.415 with fifteen RBIs and thirteen doubles. His performance earned him GCL All-Star honors as the Yankees’ lone representative.

Mikeson Oliberto (OF): If Lopez wasn’t the one starting a rally, it was likely Oliberto. The outfielder hit .279/.342/.477 with eight stolen bases, three homers, six triples and thirteen doubles.

Jordan Cote (RHP): Cote was the Yankees 3rd round pick in 2011 and the raw hurler from New Hampshire showed just what the Yankees were excited about when they signed him. He absolutely dominated the GCL, going 3-0 with a 0.98 ERA over 27.2 innings. He gave up no homers, struck out 25 batters and allowed just four walks. He held opposing hitters to a .204 average before being promoted to Staten Island and promptly placed on the 60-day DL (mainly to limit his innings, not due to a specific injury).

Players to Watch:
Austin Aune (SS): This year’s second round pick showed some good stuff this year, though his defense definitely needs some improvements.…

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Appreciating MLB Labor-Ownership Peace

I was a pretty big critic of the CBA signed before the 2012 season started by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. I viewed it as a short-sighted attempt to reduce player development costs, which in the long run would hurt the sport.

That said, it could be worse. After labor disputes...

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Baseball America recognizes Tyler Austin, Gary Sanchez and others with end of season honors

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Who would you want to pitch a one game playoff?

The Yankee Ace.

The Yankees will remain in first place no matter what happens between the time I write this and when the team next plays on Tuesday. But with such a tight lead on the pole possession in the AL East,...

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Strength Of Schedule

It was nearly three weeks ago when we were gearing up for the most important stretch run of the year. At that point, the Yankees were just coming to the realization that their 10 game lead wasn’t going to hold up in September. The 16 game streak, which included 7 games against the Orioles...

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