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More draft news: Four picks sign

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 19, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

In addition to OF Chris Smith (5th round) and OF Tommy Baldridge (33rd round), the Yankees have signed these picks over the last few days:

8. Dan Brewer, OF, Bradley

14. David Phelps, RHP, Notre Dame

19. Mitch Abieta, C, Nebraska

21. Mitch Delaney, 1B, Western Texas JC

Of the 51 picks, 24 have signed. Teams have until Aug. 15 to sign their picks. Otherwise they go back in the pool for next season.

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46 Responses to “More draft news: Four picks sign”

  1. VT Yankeefan June 19th, 2008 at 4:56 am

    Love the 4am updates!

  2. Dewey June 19th, 2008 at 7:32 am

    yr up way too late, pete! you got an afternoon game today! are you insane??

  3. murphydog June 19th, 2008 at 7:40 am

    Not for nothing but at what point does this blog win a big fat prize?

    Pete Abe is up at all hours of the night collecting information and putting together a complete package of info, access and educated opinion – all free to us just for checking in.

    There are other sites to check and some of them are obviously very authoritative, but for general intel, nothing beats this blog. Nothing. Add in the regulars, the posters who add opinion, info and a sense of community, and this is one incredible resource.

    Whew. Just had to share that.

  4. Y's Guy June 19th, 2008 at 7:52 am

    damn, nobody to dfa today!

    o yes there is! DFA PONSON!

  5. TKinDC June 19th, 2008 at 8:02 am

    Pete –

    Not to be a nit-picker, but I think your article should have said that Perez, the pitcher the Yanks picked up, has 12 finger, not 6.

    Wasn’t there a pitcher in the dark ages that really had 3 fingers? Where is a seamhead when we need one?

  6. Y's Guy June 19th, 2008 at 8:30 am

    did the yankees have jerry coleman flip the lever for games left in YS? if not they need to bump whoever they have lined up tonight.

  7. Y's Guy June 19th, 2008 at 8:33 am

    doesn’t antonio alfonseca also has 6 fingers on each hand?

  8. TurnTwo June 19th, 2008 at 8:35 am

    “doesn’t antonio alfonseca also has 6 fingers on each hand?”

    yeah. i actually saw him up close and personal when he was pitching for Chicago a couple years back thanks to the bleachers in Pittsburgh, which are right next to the visitors bullpen. really weird.

  9. RhapsodyInBlue June 19th, 2008 at 8:39 am

    6 fingers? Should have been a butcher.

  10. John_Halfz June 19th, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Mordecai Three-Finger Brown.

    Hopefully with the team on a six-game winning streak, the pressure on this blog will cool regarding the desire for Brian Cashman to make involved roster moves that would rush prospects.

    Or maybe people will sit down during the game today and research what it means to put someone on a 40-man roster. If you’re expecting guys 9-12 in your rotation to be world beaters, you’re either a rotisserie owner, Kenny Williams ca. 2006, or delusional.

    Kyle Farnsworth has been totally average. Veras hasn’t allowed a run in 7.2 IP. Ramirez has pitched decently.

    If you guys really want to bitch about something, it should be the fact that Ross Ohlendorf leads the bullpen in IP. Not that Kyle “League Average” Farnsworth comes into a 3-run game and allows a bomb.

  11. jennifer June 19th, 2008 at 8:40 am

    I understand Cash doesn’t want to give up prospects for a pitcher. But at what point do you have morals, and not pick up some dude who is a racisit and a headcase? I’d rather have Kei pitch the second game of the double header than Ponson.

  12. TurnTwo June 19th, 2008 at 8:47 am

    “I’d rather have Kei pitch the second game of the double header than Ponson.”

    nonsense. the goal is to win games, and ponson would give the yankees a better shot at winning one of those games than igawa can.

  13. TurnTwo June 19th, 2008 at 8:48 am

    let me just say, thats not to say i think ponson was a great signing, and is a great choice to make a start or two here, but he’s better than igawa.

  14. jennifer June 19th, 2008 at 8:50 am

    I understand that, But like I said what point to you have morals and not sign some guy who has serious issues. Lets not forget that his issues go much deeper than what just happened in Texas. I believe he when he was with the O’s he was arrested for drunk driving and beating up a judge in Aruba.

    Why do his second third and forth chances run out?

  15. Y's Guy June 19th, 2008 at 8:51 am

    i dont know, i think igawa would give us a better chance than sidney. he’s a meltdown waiting to happen.

    it is kinda surreal watching him smile his way through a 5 run inning, like watching a train wreck, you want to look away but you just cant. its fascinating.

  16. RhapsodyInBlue June 19th, 2008 at 8:54 am

    When his fastball is in decline.

    “I understand that, But like I said what point to you have morals and not sign some guy who has serious issues.”

  17. pat June 19th, 2008 at 9:15 am

    If exemplary morals were a pre-requisite for playing in MLB, the league probably couldn’t field 2 teams to play each other.

  18. Brandon (Jose Tabata stays) (Johan Santana HR count: 13) June 19th, 2008 at 9:19 am

    GCL begins today :D

  19. William Buckner June 19th, 2008 at 9:24 am

    How do you figure Kei gives us a better chance then Ponson? I’m no fan of Sir Sid, but he’s proven from time to time he can get a major league hitter out. Kei has not.

    As for a meltdown, there is a quick answer for that, his release, which I’m sure he’ll get anyway as soon as Horne gets a couple of more starts at AAA, or Hughes, or Kennedy, or they trade for a better pitcher.

    This is no more then a stop gap, he won’t be on this team in 4 weeks.

  20. TurnTwo June 19th, 2008 at 9:26 am

    “This is no more then a stop gap, he won’t be on this team in 4 weeks.”

    exactly. the type of low risk, decent reward, low cost option that one would expect Cashman to look at while before the trade market really has a chance to open up a bit.

  21. Peter Rabbit June 19th, 2008 at 9:27 am

    New Mets Manager Jerry Manuel on dealing with Jose Reyes:

    “I told him the next time he does that, I’m going to get my blade out and cut him, right on the field. Hey, I’m a gangsta now. You go gangsta on me, I’m gonna have to get you now.”

  22. TurnTwo June 19th, 2008 at 9:38 am

    great stuff by Manuel there.

  23. jennifer June 19th, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Sounds like Jerry has a screw loose as well.

  24. William Buckner June 19th, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Did Jerry Manuel go to the Ozzie Guillen school of public speaking?

    Easy Champ, why don’t you sit this one out. You can say that to Reyes, but don’t make it public.

  25. Brandon (Jose Tabata stays) (Johan Santana HR count: 13) June 19th, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Sounds like Jerry will be gone soon. How the hell can that be said to public media. If that were a Yankee coach or anybody, listen say it to your player behind closed doors don’t boast about that garbage to the media. I’m starting to dislike Jerry Manuel now.

  26. Fat Free June 19th, 2008 at 9:49 am

    TurnTwo-

    “low risk”?

    from the reporting, Ponson has an abusive personality, steaming from his drinking problem. keeping a lid on a simmering pot is not low risk.

  27. Doreen June 19th, 2008 at 9:49 am

    I don’t think Manuel should have made this statement public, either. But could it be that he wants to establish just how different he is from Randolph at this early point? I mean, plenty of people were wondering if it was going to be much of a change since Manuel was supposedly as “laid back” (at least outwardly) as Willie?

  28. Fat Free June 19th, 2008 at 9:51 am

    manuel must be getting charm lessons from bobby knight.

  29. TurnTwo June 19th, 2008 at 9:52 am

    “Sounds like Jerry will be gone soon.”

    unless Minaya is fired first, Manuel isnt going anywhere. Omar said Jerry’s got at least the rest of the season.

    “I’m starting to dislike Jerry Manuel now.”

    funny, i’m beginning to like the guy more and more.

  30. Y's Guy June 19th, 2008 at 9:53 am

    just keep it rolling Joba!

  31. William Buckner June 19th, 2008 at 9:54 am

    It is low risk, because you can remove the lid and DFA Ponson. This isn’t like a multi yr deal.

  32. Brandon (Jose Tabata stays) (Johan Santana HR count: 13) June 19th, 2008 at 9:54 am

    It’s petty Doreen, whether it’s to make Randolph look “laid back” hey w/e there are stuff that shouldn’t be made public like how a coach will cut you on the field w/ a blade. Doesn’t send a good message to your fanbase

  33. Doreen June 19th, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Off-topic question for those who follow the minor leagues closely.

    I was just thinking the other day about how much attention is paid to the arms in the Yankees system, and how impatient most of us are for at least a few of them to make an appearance on the major league team. We know the stats from their latest appearances and a few of them have been profiled in the newspapers.

    Back in 2005, Chien-Ming Wang sprang onto the scene a total unknown, at least to me, and I suspect to the majority of Yankees fans. Did any of you who now follow the minors very closely have any inkling about Chien-Ming Wang?

    Were there any blogs at the time?

    And, lastly, now that there is such widespread knowledge about the prospects, does anyone miss the days of the surprise from the minors?

    I just feel a little badly for all the guys in the system about whom there are such high expectations, because sometimes it’s really difficult to live up to all the expectations, not to mention the hype in some cases.

    Back to Ponson – was anyone aware that he had a drinking problem when he was here before? I wasn’t.

  34. TurnTwo June 19th, 2008 at 9:57 am

    “keeping a lid on a simmering pot is not low risk.”

    low risk, in the sense that if he does act up, Cashman simply cuts him. thats it.

    Cashman spoke with Ponson before the move was made, so i’m sure he set parameters before making it official.

  35. Doreen June 19th, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Brandon – I agree with you. I’m just trying to figure out what the motivation for making such a statement public could have been. So, I’m thinking, either he’s trying to show how he’s different, or he’s just not too savvy in the PR arena.

  36. Brandon (Jose Tabata stays) (Johan Santana HR count: 13) June 19th, 2008 at 10:05 am

    I agree w/ the Ponson thing as soon as he acts up cut his a..

    Doreen I know what you mean, I was in D.R. when Wang made his debut and nobody knew anything about Chein Ming Wang.

    A 4.24 ERA, 10.59 H9, 1.06 HR9 1.59 BB9 5.56 K9 1.35 WHIP
    (You think he’d be recieved well there ?)

    Wang played in 6 games in AAA that year. You think people here wouldn’t have wanted to trade him ? I don’t either ;)

  37. Brandon (Jose Tabata stays) (Johan Santana HR count: 13) June 19th, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Brandon – I agree with you. I’m just trying to figure out what the motivation for making such a statement public could have been. So, I’m thinking, either he’s trying to show how he’s different, or he’s just not too savvy in the PR arena.

    Definitely not too savvy, he’s well spoken but not a smart man.

  38. Real World June 19th, 2008 at 10:09 am

    This may seem like a stupid question, but what do the Yankees do with all their signee’s each year? What I mean is, they drafted 51 players, and have signed 24 of them so far. Where do they all go? In other sports, there are far fewer drafted players, so finding spots for 1-2 players in the NBA, or 4-5 in the NFL, is easy. In Hockey you control rights, and have juniors, college, and the minor leagues. What do pro teams do with 51 drafted players? Obviously some don’t sign, but 24 already have. That’s an entire team in and of itself. I’ve always wondered how they accomodate, and allocate, so many draftee’s.

  39. Brandon (Jose Tabata stays) (Johan Santana HR count: 13) June 19th, 2008 at 10:10 am

    GCL and A ball if your that good Real World.

  40. RhapsodyInBlue June 19th, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Maybe it’ll come down to a knife fight between Jose and Jerry in the Met’s dugout.

    Could turn things around.

  41. jennifer June 19th, 2008 at 10:10 am

    You don’t want this headcase messing up chemistry. What if a player cuts him off, is he going to challenge him to a fight? I mean really, someone ‘cut’ him off and he wants to fight him?!!

    Also re: Wang I recall seeing him pitch a minor league game vs the soxs, he was doing pretty well, than I think he rolled his ankle.

  42. Brandon (Jose Tabata stays) (Johan Santana HR count: 13) June 19th, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Oh listening to this Manuel love on WFAN makes me want to whoop that team so badly :)

  43. Russell NY June 19th, 2008 at 10:17 am

    1 win and all of a sudden “the Mets are turning things around, I’m seeing it now.” Until they lose the next game.

  44. jennifer June 19th, 2008 at 10:25 am

    well good news for them, they won’t lose today. :)

  45. saucY June 19th, 2008 at 10:26 am

    “Maybe it’ll come down to a knife fight between Jose and Jerry in the Met’s dugout.”

    am i the only one picturing a west side story sequel? “when you’re a met….”

  46. Eric June 19th, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Last night David Cone was talking about how in 1998, they would have Homer Bush come in and pinch run late in the game and he was a great weapon because of his speed. You have to think that Gardener could do the same thing this year, and most likely will get called up in September (or briefly prior to that, if they want him on the playoff roster).

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