Draft chat!

We’re going to be live-chatting the draft today. The second round starts at 12. Join us for a chat!

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Curtis Granderson – 195 pounds of thunder

Since the start of 2011, nobody in baseball has hit more homers than Curtis Granderson. His 58 bombs are first in baseball. Jose Bautista has 57. Matt Kemp has 51. Nobody else is close. Granderson has also scored the most runs during that time. It really started in September of 2010. Granderson hit nine in that last month of the 2010 season. And so he has 67 homers in his last 907 at bats, or one every 13.5 at bats. That is pretty darned impressive. He is third in baseball since the start of 2011 in RBIs too, behind only Matt Kemp and Prince Fielder.

So how have the power numbers changed for Granderson? Certainly, doing better against left-handed pitching has helped. For his career, Granderson has hit 42 of his 184 career homers against lefties. That is 22.8 percent of his career total. The last two seasons, Granderson has hit 22 of his last 58 homers against lefties, or 37.9 percent.…

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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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