Very cool that Cody Bellinger is wearing #35, like his dad. Of course, Clay has two rings. So, Cody has some catching up to do in that department.
Michael Pineda could go 25-3 with an ERA of 1.74 this season, and, I would still let him walk away as a free agent at the end of the year.
I saw that the Orioles recently signed Jim Leyritz’ son, Austin, to a contract. I wonder if that was a favor from Buck? Austin is not a highly rated prospect.
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?
I’m not saying that Bryan Mitchell is going to be a stud. But, I really like him and find myself rooting for him. He seems to be a ball player’s ball player kind of guy.
In fact, in my wildest dreams, I would like to see three of the kids fighting for the rotation – maybe Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa and Luis Severino really emerge this spring and have one of them PUSH Michael Pineda. I’ve had enough of Captain Pine Tar and his crooked cap over the last two years.
This is the race that I really want to watch.
Both teams unloaded established players to obtain blue chip prospects over the last half-year or so. And, both, according to them, had pretty good drafts/international signings the last couple of years.
Chicago has not won a ring since 2005. The Yankees last won a ring in 2009.
Both teams play in big markets. Both teams share a city and have their neighbor doing better than them, recently.
It will be a nice study to see which team/GM did the better job of rebuilding.
Might as well trade him now while his value is high. He’s got three more years until he can be a free agent. I bet that a team like the Nationals would he very interested in him.
They’re going to win 84 games with him. And, they can win 84 games without him.
This was awesome:
Maddux. What he did from 1992 from 2002 was amazing. Probably need a better word for it than amazing.
I always remember how bad Stick Michael want to sign him for the Yankees after 1992. And, I wonder if his career would have been any different if he had signed with the Yankees. (Not that it hurt him, in any way, not to pitch for the Yankees.)
Clemens, Seaver, Unit and Maddux – easily the best starting pitchers in modern baseball history.
It’s a good read. Unless, of course, if you are Tyler Austin. Cash doesn’t seem too high on him.
When Ginger Frazier gets called up to the Yankees, the ladies and kids are going to love him. Remember Nick Swisher? It will be something like that…right on the sweet spot for the Millennials and younger. Lots of personality, swagger, tweets, etc.
But, anyone who thinks he’s going to be the Yankees’ Mike Trout is mistaken.
At his worst, I think he can be an Eric Byrnes at his peak: a 20-20 player with an OPS in the high 700′s. And, that’s a very useful player. But, it’s not Andrew McCutchen…at least not in terms of the OPS.
Since 1973, the Yankees best right-handed batting outfielders have been Rickey Henderson, Dave Winfield, Roberto Kelly, Jesse Barfield, Lou Piniella and Gary Sheffield. And, that’s it. So, you can make a case that the Yankees don’t exactly have a history of bringing up young right-handed hitting outfielders and seeing them have a lot of success.
Remember Hensley Meulens, Juan and Ruben Rivera, Gerald Williams…? Some of them turned out to be useful big leaguers, in time. But, no stars. Heck, maybe the last time the Yankees had a young right-handed hitting outfielder come up and be a star for the team was Hank Bauer?
Maybe Frazier can be that guy? I just hope the hype and expectations are not his downfall.
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?
Sabathia and Pineda will be free agents. Tanaka can opt out. Who does that leave for the season after this one?
Jesus Montero is now an Oriole. Peter O’Brien is now a Royal.
Gary Sanchez is still in the house.
If he’s 275 pounds at age 24, pretty soon he’s going to be too big to move around on the field.
Yes, I know he’s 6′ 7″ tall. Doesn’t matter. Still going to be too big.
Plus, if you give him 600 PA in 2017, he’s going to strikeout 190+ times. And, unless he has an OPS of 850 or better, everyone is going to harp on those strikeouts – because players who strike out THAT MUCH look bad.
Clint Frazier, Dustin Fowler and Mark Payton are not that far away. And, you still have Rob Refsnyder and Tyler Austin.
Plus, Blake Rutherford might be coming fast. And, besides, everyone says the Yankees are going after Harper when he’s a free agent. (And, that would be a mistake, by the way.)
The value on Aaron Judge may never be higher at this point. Trade him for Jose Quintana, Danny Duffy or Sonny Gray.
At best, Judge is going to be Richie Sexson or Tony Clark. He’s not going to be Frank Thomas. Trade him now and take advantage of his prospect worth while he still has it.
Reportedly, a lot of scouts who watched the AFL this year feel that, in the long-term, Gleyber Torres will end up as a second baseman.
This is interesting.
The Yankees already moved Jorge Mateo towards second. Maybe he could end up as an outfielder with his speed?
But, what about the Yankees future shortstop? They’ve already moved Tyler Wade into a utility type role. Kyle Holder, while 22, has yet to prove that he can even hit Double-A pitching.
And, what about Nick Solak? Granted, he’s also far, far, away. But, does this push him to third?
Of course, you still have Didi Gregorius for another three years. But, he’s yet to post a major league season with an OPS+ better than 97. And, the sabermetric stats tell us that he was not a great fielding SS last season. Don’t be shocked if he plays himself out of town next season or the one after.
Greg Bird, Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Blake Rutherford, Jorge Mateo, and Aaron Judge.
Luis Severino, James Kaprielian, Justus Sheffield, Chance Adams, Dustin Fowler, Domingo Acevedo and Jordan Montgomery.
Tyler Austin, Rob Refsnyder, Mason Williams, Tyler Wade, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Jonathan Holder and Ian Clarkin.
Am I missing anyone?
Pretty safe to say that the Yankees now have 15-20 legit prospects in their system for the first time in decades?
BHM. (Big Hairy Monster.)
Is it possible that all ten of these players will be on the Yankees Opening Day roster in 2017?
I keep reading that the Yankees are going to sign at least two “big free agents” this off-season.
Boy…would that be a mistake.
This stuff has to stop. In a perfect world, barring a Jeter or Rivera type situation which is far and few between, I wish the Yankees never had a player over the age of 35…AND…had no one on their payroll making more than $17 million a year.
Old players and $100 million dollar contracts are a death sentence these days. The Yankees should have learned that by now. Of course, they still have Cashman as a G.M. as well. And, that means they don’t learn from mistakes.
At the major league level, the Yankees have Gardner, Ellsbury and Hicks in the outfield next year. (Yeah, for some stupid reason, they love Hicks.)
However, they also have Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier and Tyler Austin very close in the wings. (I say Austin expecting Bird to play first.) And, there’s more outfielders very close and knocking on the door. You’ve got Dustin Fowler, Mark Payton…and maybe even Mason Williams or Billy McKinney (although I am not too high on the latter two). And, don’t discount Blake Rutherford being a fast mover.
I know the Yankees would love to unload Ellsbury. But, that’s not going to happen.
Sure smells like Gardner is going to get traded this off-season, no?
Full disclosure: I never saw the movie.
In any event, the next 12 months in Yankeeland are the best possible time to finally get rid of Brian Cashman. If it doesn’t happen during that time, it’s probably not going to happen until the 2020′s. (Ugh!)
For the LAST FOUR years, the Yankees have been an 85 win team. (The record speaks for itself – 85, 84, 87 and 84 is an average of 85, on the nose.)
If they pull another 85 or less, that may be enough to send Cashman packing. You don’t have to pay a GM what the Yankees are paying Cashman to get an 85 win team. For sure, if they tank and put up a losing record, that should be “Bye-bye Brian!”
But, if the Yankees do win less than 86 games in 2017, it’s probably the end for Joe Girardi as well. And, that would be sad. He’s a good man and a solid manager. In fact, if not for him, the Yankees would be more like a 79 win team each of the last four seasons. If anything, Girardi has saved Cashman’s bacon since 2013.
WWHD? (What would Hal do?)
If Yankee ownership had to choose between Cashman or Girardi to take the hit for a poor 2017, which one would get whacked?
I suspect it would be Joe.
Cashman, Trost and Levine have themselves dug in deeper than an Alabama tick and are super insulated. Plus, they have unity and Girardi is a man on an island.
Cashman survived Meanwell. In fact, he had her “taken care of” faster than you can say “Vincent Foster.”
Something big has to happen in the next 12 months to free Yankeeland of Cashman. Bigger than Carl Pavano, Kei Igawa or Javy Vazquez. Worse than Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Travis Hafner, Garrett Jones or Kevin Youkilis. It can’t just be another Cito Culver, Ty Hensley, C.J. Henry or Andrew Brackman. Cashman has proven none of that stuff sticks.
I don’t know…what do you think it would take? And, if it happened, would it be Girardi or Cashman who would be let go when it happens?
Ouch. Who’s the batting coach again?
Gary Sanchez, in terms of his OPS+, is now hitting like Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Jason Giambi in their best seasons.
|1||Barry Bonds||4||2001||2004||36-39||Ind. Seasons|
|2||Mark McGwire||2||1998||2000||34-36||Ind. Seasons|
|3||Gary Sanchez||1||2016||2016||23-23||Ind. Seasons|
|4||Sammy Sosa||1||2001||2001||32-32||Ind. Seasons|
|5||Jason Giambi||1||2001||2001||30-30||Ind. Seasons|
Maybe not the company you want to keep?
Com’on Yankees. Just give me four more wins this year. After that, you can do whatever you want.
This team has the potential to be really good in 2018. But, with Cashman and Company at the helm, I am sure they will screw it up.
As far as the rest of this year, now it’s time to play spoiler and have some pride in doing it…
…much like the Yankees chances now.