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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Mel Stottlemyre and the 1964 Yankees

There were three great teams in the American League that season. The Baltimore Orioles had the 1964 MVP, Brooks Robinson, the greatest fielding third baseman of all time. The Orioles also had Boog Powell, a powerful home run hitting machine and great pitching led by Milt Pappas, Wally Bunker, an aging Robin Roberts and a very young Dave McNally. They also had a great bullpen led by Harvey Haddix and Stu Miller, two guys who were ancient at the time, but still very effective. The White Sox were the best pitching team in baseball. They couldn’t hit like the Orioles and the Yankees and Pete Ward was perhaps their most dangerous weapon, but that staff was outstanding. Their starting rotation of Gary Peters, Juan Pizarro, Joe Horlen and John Buzhardt were the best and their ace in the hole was the 41 year old, Hoyt Wilhelm, who pitched 73 times, all in relief , covering 131.1 innings and finished with a 1.99 ERA.…

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The Monthly Prospector: May Edition

For those of you who may have missed the April Edition, The Monthly Prospector represents a broad-strokes update with respect to TYA’s combined top-twenty prospects list. In addition to providing a glimpse into the present production of the team’s potential future, such an exercise also offers a wonderful excuse for snark...

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The IIATMS pre-draft top 30

1. C Gary Sanchez: My number one prospect before the season, Sanchez has done nothing to lose that ranking since. His home run rate is down from 2011, but he’s already eclipsed his total number of doubles from last year, and all of his triple slash line numbers are higher as well. Also drawing some good reviews on his defense, though still has a lot of work to do with the glove.

2. LHP Manny Banuelos: 2012 hasn’t been kind to Banuelos so far, as the guy just about everyone else considers the Yankees’ top prospect dealt with a bout of walking everyone and has already spent time on the disabled list with two separate injuries (lat and elbow). Pitched pretty well between the DL stints, however, do hopefully this rough start has just been a blip for Banuelos.

3. OF Mason Williams: Is marred in a slump at the moment that’s dragging his numbers down, but has more than held his own through most of the season at Single-A, and is just three extra base hits shy of his 2011 total in 98 fewer plate appearances as of this writing.…

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May Prospect of the Month: Mark Montgomery

Montgomery has been embarrassing lower level hitters since making his professional debut last season, but he was downright dominant last month. Pitching 14.1 innings over 11 appearances, Montgomery allowed just one run in that span on six hits three walks while striking out an eye-popping 26 opposing batters. That translates to a 0.64 ERA and 16.7 K/9! For the season as a whole, Montgomery has pitched to a 1.35 ERA and 1.21 FIP with a strikeout to walk ratio of 43:9 in his first 26.2 innings of High-A ball, making it easy to see why most observers expect Montgomery to be on the receiving end of a call up to Double-A sooner rather than later.

Obviously it’s Montgomery’s gaudy strikeout numbers that make you stand up and take notice of his performance to this point in his very young career, but Montgomery’s approach to racking up all of those punch outs is surprisingly simple. “I just try to go at hitters and get ahead with my fastball and then try to get that strikeout or bury them with my slider,” is how Montgomery described his mode of attack to me last week.…

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A closer look at Derek Jeter’s season

This season that hasn't automatically been a ground out to the shortstop.

Early in the season, when Derek Jeter was first getting off to his hot start, I was skeptical that his strong performance would last. At the time...

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