Mechinical Issues Help Hughes Pitch One of the Best Games of His Career

The first complete game of the year for a Yankee pitcher goes to… Phil Hughes. After giving up 11 hits and 7 earned runs in 5.1 innings against the Angels, Hughes shocked everyone with a brilliant complete game win against the not-so-easy Tiger’s lineup. His final line was 9.0 innings, 4 hits, 1...

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Getting to know Yankees’ first round pick Ty Hensley

The young hurler clearly has plenty of power, with a fastball in the mid-90s that has touched 97.  Despite that, his power curveball may be his best weapon, rating as a plus pitch.  He had an incredible 111 strikeouts through 55.1 innings this season. He throws hard but his command needs to improve and he is going to need another strong pitch if he wants to start.

Pitching and size are not the only things Hensley brings to the table, however.  He is a switch hitter who actually can do a lot of damage at the plate.   He hit ten homers this season and drove in 42 runs, while picking up the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year for Oklahoma.  In fact, Hensley’s twitter profile uses a picture of him at the plate instead of pitching. Scouts have noted Hensley’s work ethic and makeup as other positives, in addition to his ability to speak Spanish.  Baseball America has this video of Hensley both on the mound and at (both sides of) the plate.

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Early Reactions: Ty Hensley

Kevin Goldstein pretty much sums up my reaction:

And Jim Callis:

The Yankees haven’t made (and signed) a consensus 1st round selection in a long time. The last is probably Slade Heathcott, or, if you really want to be conservative, Ian...

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2012 MLB Draft: Day 1 Liveblog

Hello Yankee fans and draftniks.  The MLB draft begins tonight, and we’ll have plenty of coverage and analysis of the Yankees’ selections, as well as some of the other picks in the draft.  Tonight we have the 1st round (where the Yankees pick at #30) and the supplemental 1st round (no Yankee pick), and the...

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Is Too Much Being Made “Over Draft”?

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23).

Dante Bichette Jr. is almost universally considered one of the top prospects in the Yankees’ farm system, but around this time last year, he was being labeled “an overdraft”. When the Bronx Bombers selected the third baseman with...

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