• Who Are These Guys?

    Posted by on April 4th, 2016 · Comments (6)

    Johnny Barbato? Luis Cessa? Kirby Yates? Ronald Torreyes?

    Talk about being cheap.

    And, what are the odds that Hicks, Ackley and Romine do anything positive this year?

    Comments on Who Are These Guys?

    1. Evan3457
      April 4th, 2016 | 4:40 pm

      1. Barbato Scouting report from 2014 (Yanks got him from SD in the Kelley trade):
      He pitches with mid-90s velocity and verve, attacking hitters with a live fastball that sinks and runs as it nears the plate. He throws a true curveball in the high 70s that features extreme break through the zone, and he locates and mixes his two pitches well enough to boast a career strikeout rate of 9.2 per nine innings … Barbato has the raw stuff to zoom to [New York] in 2015 and gradually work his way up to a setup role.

      2. Cessa scouting report: Most position player-to-pitcher conversion guys are hard throwers with no real idea where the ball is going. That doesn’t really describe Cessa. The 23-year-old right-hander has a low-90s fastball and will touch 95 mph regularly, and he throws both a changeup and a slider. The change is the more reliable of the two secondary pitches — the Mets had him emphasize the changeup over the years — but the slider flashes above-average potential.

      Cessa has a good pitcher’s body at 6-foot-3 and 190 lbs., and he has the kind of athleticism you’d expect from a former shortstop. His delivery is really smooth and he does a very good job repeating it. Most converted guys short arm the ball or have herky jerky motions. Not Cessa.

      The delivery and athleticism give Cessa very good control and solid command. He throws strikes and can spot his fastball well, though the changeup and slider command are still improving. Cessa took to pitching quickly, so I guess it’s no surprise he has a reputation for being coachable and having a strong work ethic.

      Kirby Yates is recycled back of the bullpen fodder: He throws four pitches, FB, SL, CU, CH. None seem to be knock out pitches. He averaged 92.4 on the FB last year.

      Ronald Torreyes: described at River Ave Blues:
      I am irrationally intrigued by the Ronald Torreyes pickup. No, he didn’t hit much at all last season (82 wRC+ in Triple-A), but he changed organizations three times and I can’t imagine that made life easy. The guy never had a chance to get settled in one place. Torreyes is one season removed from hitting .298/.345/.376 (90 wRC+) with a 5.0% strikeout rate (!) in 519 Triple-A plate appearances as a 21-year-old. He did that while being almost six years younger than the average Pacific Coast League player in 2014. Torreyes turned 23 in September and the book on him is that he’s a high energy player with elite contact skills and some versatility (he’s played second, short, third, and left). He doesn’t have any power — Torreyes has 22 homers in nearly 2,600 minor league plate appearances, and he’s listed at 5-foot-10 and 150 lbs. on the official site, so he’s a tiny little guy — but the contact skills and versatility point to a future as a utility guy. Maybe Torreyes can be the player the Yankees were hoping Eduardo Nunez would become. Probably not, but it was worth Rob Segedin to find out.

      Hicks is very likely to do well in the role they’ve assigned to him. What well is…I’m not exactly sure.

      Ackley already played pretty well for the Yanks last year.

      Romine…who knows? If he’s bad, Sanchez will take his place in June or July.

    2. LMJ229
      April 4th, 2016 | 9:09 pm

      @ Evan3457:
      Great scouting report, thanks for the info. But if our season hinges on those guys we have much bigger problems than any of us could have thought!

    3. LMJ229
      April 4th, 2016 | 9:23 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      This is what happens when 5 players make up half of your payroll.

    4. Raf
      April 5th, 2016 | 8:44 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      @ Steve L.:
      This is what happens when 5 players make up half of your payroll.

      Well, we’re talking a bunch of backup players. Generally, teams don’t spend a lot on those.

    5. redbug
      April 9th, 2016 | 5:28 pm

      Hey Steve, I know you’ll be thrilled to recognize a returning face – Swisher!

    6. April 13th, 2016 | 8:36 am

      Swisher. Another Cashman nugget. I have my barf bag at the ready.

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