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Lineup vs. Twins

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 31, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter SS
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
Ramiro Pena 2B
Juan Miranda 1B

RHP Phil Hughes

Mark Teixeira is listed in the third batting practice group, which seems to be a good sign that his elbow is alright.

 
 

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49 Responses to “Lineup vs. Twins”

  1. vinny-b (Granderson is my fave NYY position player - no rite of passage necessary) March 31st, 2010 at 9:20 am

    good morning Chad

  2. vinny-b (Granderson is my fave NYY position player - no rite of passage necessary) March 31st, 2010 at 9:21 am

    enjoy everyone: (compliments of Frankie Piliere at MLB Fanhouse)

    Heathcott a Showstopper

    There’s little doubt that Heathcott is the player to watch in the lower rungs of the Yankees farm system this spring. He has looked superb in all facets of the game, but particularly at the plate. On top of his skills, Yankee fans are going to fall in love with the ferocity with which he plays the game.

    The left-handed swinging Heathcott boasts plus bat speed, and he has extra quick hands through the zone. He’s going to punish the fastball on his way up the ladder, but he still looks to be making adjustments on soft stuff on the outer half. There haven’t been many fastballs getting by him on the inside part of the plate here in his first professional spring training, though.

    The big question with toolsy players like Heathcott is how those tools will develop and what type of player he’ll one day become. At this stage, he is looking more and more like a top-of-the-order-type hitter with gap-to-gap power. He does have excellent bat speed and a loud bat, but his swing is not built for a lot of lift. So, is he a 35-homer type bat? Probably not, but a high average and 20-homer production seems to be a reasonable expectation.

    He has the pop to drive the ball to both gaps, and the plus speed — especially going first to third — to rack up doubles and triples. There’s a lot to like about his swing mechanics as well. Without a lot of moving parts and with good hands, he’s going to be able to make adjustments against better pitching as he moves up. Take those skills at the plate with his plus speed and outstanding range in the outfield, and Heathcott profiles a a plus defender in center field that could bat anywhere in the top three in the lineup depending on the development of his power.

    He is a very complete player, especially considering his age. He’s still far from the majors, but if the early returns are any indication, he looks like a far more complete and safe commodity at this early stage than past top high school position player picks made by the Yankees lately, like C.J. Henry. He has the mechanics and raw physical abilities to produce big offensively, and the speed and intensity to contribute in all aspects of the game.

  3. Erin March 31st, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Mark Teixeira is listed in the third batting practice group, which seems to be a good sign that his elbow is alright.

    **************************
    that’s good news :)

  4. vinny-b (Granderson is my fave NYY position player - no rite of passage necessary) March 31st, 2010 at 9:23 am

    MTU:

    actually, i didn’t know Pena signed via Mexico. Thanks

  5. MTU (aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Vinny-

    And Jorge Vasquez as well.

    Heathcott’s nickname:

    “slade the Blade”

    Slice em’ and dice em’ kid.

    Thanks for the Heathcott update. ;)

  6. vinny-b (Granderson is my fave NYY position player - no rite of passage necessary) March 31st, 2010 at 9:27 am

    MTU:

    well Vasquez may only be another Carmen Miranda. I will wait on that one

  7. MTU (aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Vinny-

    It’s hard to know.

    We’re developing quite a logjam at the upper levels of the minors.

    Do I hear some trade proposals in the wind ?

  8. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 31st, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Well, those reports from Posada seem to contradict every we ever heard about Phil, so I have no idea what to believe. I will go with the idea that maybe Phil wasn’t doing the right type of work, but the idea that he didn’t work hard? How on earth would Posada know that based on a quick glimpse of him in ST? Posada wouldn’t have known Phil from Adam.

    Montero coming into camp 30 pounds overweight is disappointing to say the least and doesn’t speak well for him, even though he got his act together after the Yankees gave him a stern talking to.

  9. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 31st, 2010 at 9:42 am

    SJ, how does Posada explain the fact that Phil arrived early to ST every year starting with 2007? He bought a house in Tampa with his bonus $$$ so he could live near the facility. Sorry to bring this into this thread, but I don’t feel like going back and forth between this and the old threads.

  10. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 31st, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Good news about Tex; hard to believe just a day or so ago we were worrying about whether he broke his elbow.

  11. MTU(aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I hope Montero is only consulting with his fellow countryman Miguel Cabrera on hitting and not diet.

    What is it with that Venezuelan food ?

    Must be some good eatin’ ;)

  12. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Montero has been at 225 punds for the last 2 years. Without reading an article with his weight, what did he report to camp at…235 pounds? It’ll come off and they’ll get him on a regular diet. It’s not a major concern.

  13. vinny-b (Granderson is my fave NYY position player - no rite of passage necessary) March 31st, 2010 at 9:50 am

    “What is it with that Venezuelan food ?
    Must be some good eatin’”
    ——————————————-

    probably. When against my intuition and picked-up a burger at 5-guys burger, to find what the commotion was about. Big deal. It’s a hamburger. Similar to some prospects, a hamburger (aka the American diet) has a limited ceiling

    end rant : )

  14. Doreen - 2010 GTLU March 31st, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Betsy -

    Did Posada know “Phil from Adam” when, early in Hughes’ Yankee career he called him “the real deal” and the best pitcher in camp? I’d say he knew even less about him then than he did a year or two later.

    Phil Hughes is going to be a great pitcher for the Yankees, but he’s not perfect. No one is.

  15. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 31st, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Phil did say in the NY Times article about the API that he’d tried to go the leaner route (or something like that) and it didn’t work, so he was going to bulk up. Obviously he did because it was very noticeable when he came to camp last year. I thought he’d mentioned last year that he wanted to go back this off-season, but I haven’t heard anything about it, so I assume he didn’t? If not, I wonder why? Maybe once you get to a certain level, you just have to maintain it and you don’t need that rigorous workout regimine.

  16. talltenor March 31st, 2010 at 9:52 am

    So, should Hughes start the season in Scranton, until he’s “needed” by the big club? I vote “yes.”

  17. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 31st, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Doreen, lol, I never said Phil was perfect, so please……I said that his comments contradict everything we ever heard about him. Posada wouldn’t have to know anything about Phil in order for him to say he had a great arm – he’d just have to watch him pitch. In order for him to make comments like the kid was a slacker and didn’t work hard, he’d have to know Phil’s routine.

  18. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I would prefer the Yankees give their vets extra rest and let Phil pitch up here; they can skip an occasional start or just take him out after 5 innings most times. He’s had a hard time consistently getting past 5 so the innings might not be a problem.

  19. MTU(aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 10:03 am

    GB-

    “Montero has been at 225 punds for the last 2 years.”

    And how many cubits ? :)

  20. pat March 31st, 2010 at 10:03 am

    In former Yankee news, Raul Chavez to minors and Jose Molina gets Jays backup job.

  21. raymagnetic March 31st, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Betsy it’s possible and probable that Posada knows a helluva lot more bout Hughes than you do.

  22. SJ44 March 31st, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Betsy,

    Catchers always know about the up and coming arms in the organization.

    The reality is, all players have different growth curves.

    Some work hard, some don’t, and some think they are working hard when they could be doing more.

    Young guys especially tend to try and get by on their natural ability alone.

    As you go thru ups and downs in your career, you learn and make adjustments.

    It goes on with ALL players. Not just Hughes or Chamberlain.

    It’s all part of being a professional athlete.

  23. Erin March 31st, 2010 at 10:07 am

    pat
    March 31st, 2010 at 10:03 am
    In former Yankee news, Raul Chavez to minors and Jose Molina gets Jays backup job.

    ************************
    Good for Molina! :)

  24. Doreen - 2010 GTLU March 31st, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Good news for Jose!

  25. greg March 31st, 2010 at 10:08 am

    raymagnetic
    March 31st, 2010 at 10:03 am
    Betsy it’s possible and probable that Posada knows a helluva lot more bout Hughes than you do.

    ———————

    You think?

  26. pat March 31st, 2010 at 10:09 am

    GB

    The report was Montero arrived at camp at 260 but dropped 30 in the last 6 weeks with a little “encouragement” from Girardi, Pena, Posada and 6am workouts.

  27. pat March 31st, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Teixeira not in lineup today, but he’s on the travel roster for tomorrow’s ganme against the Blue Jays.
    40 minutes ago via UberTwitter

  28. JoeyA March 31st, 2010 at 10:13 am

    sorry for being late to the party, but:

    Where was is reported about Montero being overweight?

    That’s awesome news to hear about Heathcott. Sounds like a nice prospect to have.

    What did Posada say about Hughes?

  29. Doreen - 2010 GTLU March 31st, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Joey A -

    I think 3 years ago Posada had the audacity to suggest that Phil Hughes wasn’t in the best shape reporting to camp or something like that.

  30. MTU(aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Jesus Montero:

    16 stone

    3.8 cubits

    Thor’s thunderbat. :)

  31. NYYROC March 31st, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I am guessing that when the team breaks camp and heads to Boston, Phil will stay in Tampa and pitch a minor league game on Monday. He would then rejoin the team when they come back to Tampa for the 2nd series of the season. He’d be lined up to pitch the Sat 4/10 game vs the Rays. I have read Joe is thinking of having the 5 SP go in order at least for the first 5 games.

  32. greg March 31st, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Doreen – 2010 GTLU
    March 31st, 2010 at 10:15 am
    Joey A -
    I think 3 years ago Posada had the audacity to suggest that Phil Hughes wasn’t in the best shape reporting to camp or something like that.

    ——————-

    OK, lets talk about this all day and wring our hands the whole time worrying about how this meaningless comment will ruin the season.

  33. vinny-b (Granderson is my fave NYY position player - no rite of passage necessary) March 31st, 2010 at 10:19 am

    with the way Boone Logan is throwing, the Vazquez trade looks even better. If that were possible…

    Boone Logan may prove to be a better LHP then Mike Dunn

  34. blake March 31st, 2010 at 10:21 am

    SJ,
    Posada is a marvel really. To play that position at the level he has for as long as he has is really impressive. He has worked extremely hard defensively to be able to catch this long and he’s given the Yankees an advantage over most teams for years. If they can keep a catcher with his numbers and 5 rings out of the HOF then I really don’t know what you have to do to be elected.

  35. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 31st, 2010 at 10:21 am

    pat
    March 31st, 2010 at 10:09 am
    GB

    The report was Montero arrived at camp at 260 but dropped 30 in the last 6 weeks with a little “encouragement” from Girardi, Pena, Posada and 6am workouts.

    ************

    So basically Yankee Spring Training is a little like the Biggest Loser!

  36. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Ray, I have no doubt that’s true. I wasn’t saying, though, that I knew more about Phil, just that reports from people who followed Phil differed than what Jorge said.

    SJ, that’s fair enough. I never thought about catchers keeping up on the young arms in the organization; is that true? I wonder what Phil’s velocity was when Jorge made that comment – I believe he was throwing pretty hard then, much harder than he is now. Of course he possibly was trying to impress by overthrowing…

  37. Doreen - 2010 GTLU March 31st, 2010 at 10:24 am

    greg -

    Um – I’m not the one to be talking about Phil & Joba & Posada all day. I’m frustrated by the entire conversation, which is why I finally couldn’t hold my tongue anymore.

  38. pat March 31st, 2010 at 10:25 am

    “Where was is reported about Montero being overweight?”

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....kpz9WEqeCI

  39. MTU (aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Some of the guys in camp just follow the David Wells training regimen.

    What’s wrong with that ?

    If it could work for him then why not others.

    Think of it as a reverse Atkins diet. ;)

  40. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Yes Doreen, and you directed your comment at me. Considering I wasn’t having a one way conversation (this went on last night), I find that very interesting.

  41. greg March 31st, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Doreen – 2010 GTLU
    March 31st, 2010 at 10:24 am
    greg -
    Um – I’m not the one to be talking about Phil & Joba & Posada all day. I’m frustrated by the entire conversation, which is why I finally couldn’t hold my tongue anymore.

    ———————

    That wasn’t aimed at you, but at the ones who won’t shut up about it. It’s so tedious and stupid.

  42. SJ44 March 31st, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Blake,

    you don’t win as regularly as the Yankees without having high standards.

    A team can set all the standards they want.

    However, it’s ultimately the players that carry the day.

    When your core players, such as Jeter, Mo, Arod, and Andy are the hardest workers on the team EVERYBODY takes notice.

    That’s how you remain great for a long period if time.

    So, when one (or more) of them have something to say about the work habits of a young player, I tend to listen to them.

  43. SJ44 March 31st, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Veteran players do know a thing or two about the game.

    They can tell fairly quickly the positives and negatives of young players.

    Young players earn respect from veterans by being respectful of the game and working hard.

    It’s not just the results. Fans judge often by results only.

    Veteran players, knowing how difficult it is to play the game at a high level much more than fans do, judge young players by work ethic.

    Especially the more talented players.

    They judge them in a harsher light because they don’t want them to squander their potential.

  44. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2010 at 10:35 am

    pat
    March 31st, 2010 at 10:09 am
    GB

    The report was Montero arrived at camp at 260 but dropped 30 in the last 6 weeks with a little “encouragement” from Girardi, Pena, Posada and 6am workouts.

    ————————————————————

    He certainly didn’t look like that he weighed that much. Let’s hope this doesn’t start a new round of whining about him being to big to be a catcher. It is something that will be an issue, though, in later years.

    Nobody ever complains about the cuddly Pablo Sandoval.

  45. Erin March 31st, 2010 at 10:36 am

    New Post: Teixeira “very encourged” by elbow’s progress

  46. CU Tiger March 31st, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Actually I think the Giants were expecting Kung Fu Panda to drop a few…..

  47. rodg12 March 31st, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Thanks for posting the profile on Heathcott, vinny. A very good read. It’s guys like Heathcott in the lower minors that make me feel like all the pundits are seriously undervaluing our farm system.

  48. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 10:39 am

    SJ, I agree. I know that the kids will get instruction from Eiland, Long and Girardi, but in a way, they’re getting their most important education from the players surrounding them. Joba and Phil are lucky to have such veteran leadership to learn from. Most young players want to emulate their more experienced teamates, so who better to emulate than Jeter, Mo, Andy, Posada, Tex?

  49. randy l. March 31st, 2010 at 10:51 am

    i think it’s obvious that the joba who threw in the high 90′s was a case of catching lightning in a bottle .

    i’m not saying he won’t get it back, but the probability is against it because he didn’t throw that hard before and he hasn’t since.

    joba could still be a very good pitcher once he knows where his maximum fastball sits and builds a game around it.

    what i wonder about is how the yankees train velocity with joba.

    are they just waiting for it to come back or are they actively training it ?

    the only thing that i know of that will train a fastball is throwing a fastball as fast as you possibly can.

    i’m not sure the yankees have joba doing this on a regular basis. i actually have no idea what they do with their fastball training methods.

    if they tell pitchers to work below their maximum effort( say 95% ) that’s not going to increase velocity. i believe pitchers need to train at 100 % to increase velocity.

    the red sox have had good results with getting lester’s velocity up. we haven’t seen that with young yankee starters. again i don’t know what the two teams do, but the red sox seem to have better luck with their starters throwing faster as they progress. lester also is throwing faster than when he came up.

    i think any attempt for a starter to pace himself by not throwing a maximum fastball is going to take off of his maximum fastball, so if joba was pacing himself at all times when he was starting and never airing it out , it’s no wonder his present fastball is less than it once was.

    simply speaking, use it or lose it.


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