PITCHf/x Scouting Report: Matt Garza

If the Yankees are going to spend on a starting pitcher this trade season, Matt Garza is the front runner. Unlike Zack Greinke and Cole Hamels, Garza has an extra year of team control, as well as the only one of the three eligible for draft pick compensation...

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Wake me up when the All-Star game ends

Usually it’s an argument about who got snubbed, or who didn’t “deserve” to make the team, or someone upset about the fan voting deriding it as a “popularity”contest” (thanks for that Earth shattering observation). And while I suppose I’ve got a penchant for engaging in these conversations as they crop up, I’d like to think that I don’t get that outraged about these things anymore, because by and large I just find them to be silly. Yes, Derek Jeter was voted to start the All-Star game last year despite not being All-Star caliber on the field for a season and a half. On the other hand, he’s a no-doubt Hall of Famer and arguably the most recognizable face in the entire sport. The integrity of the All-Star game is not going to be threatened by the fact that fans would rather see Derek Jeter in the game than some other American League shortstop who’s having a strong first half of the season.…

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We Need New Terminology For Starting Pitcher Prospects

I love Kevin Goldstein’s Twitter feed. He’s conversational, blunt, and isn’t afraid to say what he feels. This caught my eye last Thursday:

I really, really hate the term “#1 starter.” I think its a useless thing to say,...

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The Farm Report: 7/9/12

Tampa beat Dunedin 4-1 in five innings:
The game was scoreless through three innings, but the Yankees busted through in the top of the fourth.  Ramon Flores drove a homer to right and Adonis Garcia drew a walk.  Garcia moved to second on a passed ball and got to third on a ground out.  Kyle Roller drew a walk and a ground ball by Anderson Feliz plated Garcia.  Kyle Higashioka drove a homer to left and the Yankees had a 4-0 lead.  The Blue Jays tried to battle back in the bottom of the inning.  Koby Clemens doubled to left and later scored on a wild pitch.  It ended up being Dunedin’s lone run, as a lightning strike at the park ended the game in the top of the sixth.

Flores went 3-3 with a double and a homer.  Higashioka had the only other hit for Tampa, going 1-2 with a homer and two RBIs.  Matt Tracy went five innings and gave up one run on three hits, four walks, a wild pitch and eight Ks.…

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Yanks' All Stars Haven’t Always Shined: Historical Look at Bronx Bombers in the Midseason Classic

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

In addition to defending his homerun derby crown tonight, Robinson Cano will lead a contingent of four Yankees in tomorrow’s All Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Although that total is half the amount of Bronx Bombers selected...

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