Off-day draft links

While I generally keep up with the state of amateur baseball and draft prospects, I don’t really give them much coverage or feel compelled to write about them here. There’s a lot of reasons for that, and one of the big ones is that it’s just so hard to know what a team like the Yankees is going to do at the bottom of the first round, or lower. You can even feel like you have a good sense of a dozen or so players the team is interested in and may take with their first pick, only to have them go and pick someone who was more or less off the radar. In fact, that’s basically what they’ve done in each of the last two drafts in picking Cito Culver and Dante Bichette Jr. To that end, I won’t be doing any draft prospect profiles or anything, but if you do want to read something like that, I’d recommend Mike Axisa’s series over at RAB.

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The Yankee Catching Conundrum

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

I know this is going to come as a complete shock, but the Yankees really haven’t gotten much from the catcher position this season.  After breathing life back into his career last year, Russell Martin has regressed back to...

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Yanks salvage series

Like Tuesdays game, but in the other direction, the third inning proved to be a big one in the Yankees/Angels matchup. Down 1-0 thanks to a first inning sac fly, and having twice failed to drive runners home, the Yankees broke out for five runs in the inning thanks to a three run homer by...

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Yankees escape California with a 6-5 win

Nova certainly did not have a good outing. He does get a little credit for throwing a couple of scoreless innings after the fourth and got the first two outs in the seventh to give his team a chance to bail him out. Nova gave up eight hits, three walks and a home run to Mark Trumbo, who killed Yankee pitching the entire series. Boone Logan was called upon to get the last out in the seventh after relieving Nova, but could not retire a batter. After two straight line drive singles, Joe Girardi called for Cory Wade who struck out Howie Kendrick to end the threat. Nova has now given up thirteen homers this season, matching his total for all of last season.

There was one key play in the ninth inning that is worth mentioning. After Soriano retired Mike Trout with a grounder to short that Derek Jeter charged and threw on the run to get the speedy Trout, Soriano then walked Alberto Callaspo.…

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The Farm Report: 5/30/12

No one in the Yankees lineup had more than one hit, while Curtis, Cust and Laird went hitless.  Cust did score and drew three walks.  Dellin Betances had a decent outing, going six innings and giving up two runs on four hits, four walks and four strikeouts.  Juan Cedeno pitched a hitless inning of relief, allowing one walk.  Meanwhile, Empire State’s newest member, Ryota Igarashi picked up his first save, throwing two scoreless innings and giving up two hits while striking out four.

Trenton beat Erie 4-3 in Game 1:
Erie broke through first, as Wade Gaynor singled in the second and Tony Plagman doubled.  Brandon Douglas singled in Gaynor and Bryan Pounds plated Plagman.  Douglas scored on a sac fly and the SeaWolves had a 3-0 lead.  Addison Maruszak hit a ground rule double in the third, scoring on Abraham Almonte’s double.  David Adams was hit by a pitch to start the fourth, scoring on a double by Zoilo Almonte.  …

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Game 50: Begging the Question

Is there any explanation for the Yankees inability to win in Los Angeles that doesn’t invoke some sort of logical fallacy? While the Angels have been a very good team for the better part of this decade, that doesn’t quite excuse the Yankees’ veritable incompetence against Los Angeles’ “second team” over that time. As per...

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