Greg Bird and Gary Sanchez were both born near the end of 1992 – the year that Derek Jeter was drafted by the Yankees – within 23 days of each other. They will both play the 2017 season for the Yankees as 24-year olds. In the vaunted history of the New York Yankees, the franchise has never had a season where 2 players (or more) hit 30+ home runs that year while being age 24 or younger. I think this will be the year that it happens. (For the record, the Yankees came close to making this happen in 1939 with Joe DiMaggio & Joe Gordon. If Gordon had hit 2 more homers, they would have been the first – and only, so far.)
Going yard is nothing new for him. He’s been doing it his whole life. Greg Bird led the United States in home run ratio and slugging percentage in both 2010 and 2011. He hit 80 home runs during his high school career. He’s going to be fun to watch this year in the Bronx.
My guess is that he will be the Opening Day shortstop for the Yankees this year. (They want Torres to get more time in the minors. Plus, why start the clock on him this young?)
Wade is an interesting player. He’s more of an OBA guy than someone who will hit for average. (He walks a lot for a guy who is not a great hitter.) He’s got no pop. But, he can and will steal a base – and he’s very athletic in the field. He’s pretty tough too. It will take a lot to knock him out of a game.
I would rather give Wade a shot this April than go with Ronald Torreyes or Ruben Tejada.
Lastly, my guess is that you won’t see Didi Gregorius for a while. They are saying the end of April. It would not shock me if it was closer to June, if then.
So, of course, you know I stayed up until (what was) 2 AM this morning to watch the whole WBC game last night.
Outstanding game. The tension of sudden death and needing to win for advancing. Full house. Clutch pitching. Close plays. Great defensive plays. Big home runs. Leads gained and lost. Tight run difference for most of the night. Pretty much representative of everything you want to see in a baseball contest.
As far as the Jones’ catch: Given the full-blown 360-degree context of this catch, totally inclusive of all factors, how can it not go down in baseball history as one of the most memorable grabs ever?
Lots of power. Great pitching. A record of 16-5. No major injuries. No squabbles. It’s all good, right?
Is it just me, or, has it always been a “Yankees thing” to go out AND GET a right fielder rather than develop one themselves? Look at the 21 players below. All came to the Yankees and ended up playing RF for them. And, how many Yankees home grown players can you name that went on to play RF for them, for a prolonged period? It’s not 21. Not even close to that number.
In his last 1,702 big league plate appearances, Chase Headley has an OPS+ of 94. Last year, his OPS+ was 91. The season before that it was 90.
Gee, what do you think it will be this year?
Meanwhile, Yangervis Solarte has out played him since they were swapped for each other. And, the Yankees also threw in Rafael De Paula – who could be a useful bullpen piece this year or next.
Oh, and, by the way, the Yankees have Headley this year and next year at $13 million each season.
Brilliant trade by Cashman. NOT.
If Headley has another below average season this year, will he be the Yankees 3B in 2018? That would be a joke.
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