• 1B, RF and The Last Two Rotation Spots

    Posted by on January 25th, 2017 · Comments (14)

    Those are the only real question marks for the Yankees in 2017, in terms of not knowing for sure who is going to fill those roles.

    But, what about the positions that we do know about?

    Up the middle, last year, Didi Gregorius (OPS+ 97) and Starlin Castro (OPS+ 93) where below league average offensive performers. And, per the sabermetric stats, neither one of them was a league average defender. (Castro, in fact, was very bad.)

    At third, Chase Headley was very much improved (compared to 2015) with the glove. But, he also was a below league average offensive performer.

    As far as DH, well, Matt Holliday has to prove that he’s not washed up.

    Don’t even get me started on Jacoby Ellsbury. And, Brett Gardner? He’s become a slap hitter who doesn’t run. This year could be anything when it comes to him – either he rebounds, stays the same, or gets worse.

    Lastly, in terms of hitters, while I hope Gary Sanchez has a great year, we don’t know for sure what’s going to happen there.

    On the pitching side, Tanaka and Sabathia have health/mileage concerns – yet, should be OK. But, does anyone have faith in Michael Pineda?

    For the last 4 seasons, on average, the Yankees have been an 84 win team. Even if everything works out with 1B, RF and those last two rotation spots, how can anyone be confident that the Yankees are any better than they have been since 2013?

    Comments on 1B, RF and The Last Two Rotation Spots

    1. Evan3457
      January 25th, 2017 | 2:48 pm

      Yes, everything is up in the air with this team.
      Help is on the way.

    2. January 25th, 2017 | 10:55 pm

      Maybe. Remember, prospects are suspects, until they actually prove it at the big league level. Jesus Montero was supposed to be the next Miggy Cabrera and, let’s not forget Joba…

    3. KPOcala
      January 26th, 2017 | 1:02 pm

      Obviously the Yankees without hope from the Farm would be a pretty bad team, as they stand now. My only comment is that the article should be titled, “1B, RF, and The Second and Third Rotation Spots”. CC is now that veteran who teams trade for to stabilize the back-end of a rotation, and Pineda, “peripheral stats” or not, is really a #4 starter, so far. We really have to pray that the Farm produces what would be compared to the Chinese Army coming over the hill. Now That would really fun! Otherwise, ack, ack, ack!!!!

    4. Evan3457
      January 27th, 2017 | 5:19 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      Maybe. Remember, prospects are suspects, until they actually prove it at the big league level. Jesus Montero was supposed to be the next Miggy Cabrera and, let’s not forget Joba…

      Correct.

      However, the numbers are so large and respective ceilings are so high it would be nearly impossible for them not to get significant help from the farm in the next 1-3 seasons. But you’re right, they have to prove it. Sanchez’ debut was a ray of hope, but the league adjusted to him the last couple of weeks of the season. Now we find out if he can adjust back.

    5. Greg H.
      January 30th, 2017 | 10:37 pm

      And if you’re betting, why not bet on the #2 farm system in MLB

    6. January 30th, 2017 | 10:43 pm

      5 years ago from today, the San Diego Padres were considered to have one of the best farm systems in baseball. Where are they today?

    7. January 30th, 2017 | 10:45 pm

      3 years ago from today, the Minnesota Twins were considered to have one of the best farm systems in baseball. How’s that working out for them?

    8. Greg H.
      January 30th, 2017 | 11:48 pm

      Well that may be true, but the Pads & Twins don’t have the resources of a NY market. This team has the chance to put young talent together with increased spending over next 2 yrs – it’s not a terrible strategy. See Red Sox.

    9. Evan3457
      January 31st, 2017 | 1:03 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      5 years ago from today, the San Diego Padres were considered to have one of the best farm systems in baseball. Where are they today?

      Well, out of desperation, they traded away Anthony Rizzo and just about every other good prospect they had in various misguided attempts to build an instant contender. The last straw was the Trea Turner disaster, trading him in the 3-way deal that brought Wil Myers to the Padres, just 6 months after drafting Turner.

    10. Evan3457
      January 31st, 2017 | 1:05 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Steve L. wrote:
      5 years ago from today, the San Diego Padres were considered to have one of the best farm systems in baseball. Where are they today?
      Well, out of desperation, they traded away Anthony Rizzo and just about every other good prospect they had in various misguided attempts to build an instant contender. The last straw was the Trea Turner disaster, trading him in the 3-way deal that brought Wil Myers to the Padres, just 6 months after drafting Turner.

      I would also note that ranked above them were the Royals and the Rangers, and they seemed to have done pretty OK in the years that followed.

    11. Evan3457
      January 31st, 2017 | 1:06 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      3 years ago from today, the Minnesota Twins were considered to have one of the best farm systems in baseball. How’s that working out for them?

      3 years isn’t really long enough, especially when the top prospect, regarded as pretty much the best prospect in baseball for a year or two, took a little longer to get untracked than everyone figured, and is just now starting to produce at the big league level. I sure wouldn’t mind having Buxton to play CF right about now, though.

    12. Evan3457
      January 31st, 2017 | 1:08 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Steve L. wrote:
      3 years ago from today, the Minnesota Twins were considered to have one of the best farm systems in baseball. How’s that working out for them?
      3 years isn’t really long enough, especially when the top prospect, regarded as pretty much the best prospect in baseball for a year or two, took a little longer to get untracked than everyone figured, and is just now starting to produce at the big league level. I sure wouldn’t mind having Buxton to play CF right about now, though.

      And the 2 through 9 teams in that year’s rankings were the Cubs, Pirates, Red Sox, Astros, Cards, Royals, Mets and Rangers. I would say those teams did OK in bringing talent to the majors and having it perform there.

    13. February 1st, 2017 | 10:42 am

      Greg H. wrote:

      Well that may be true, but the Pads & Twins don’t have the resources of a NY market. This team has the chance to put young talent together with increased spending over next 2 yrs – it’s not a terrible strategy. See Red Sox.

      There’s always the Cashman factor. He’ll find a way to screw it up.

    14. Evan3457
      February 1st, 2017 | 5:27 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Greg H. wrote:
      Well that may be true, but the Pads & Twins don’t have the resources of a NY market. This team has the chance to put young talent together with increased spending over next 2 yrs – it’s not a terrible strategy. See Red Sox.
      There’s always the Cashman factor. He’ll find a way to screw it up.

      We shall see; this is the first since Cashman became GM that the Yankees have actually tried building a team.

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