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Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Today in the Journal News on Mar 31, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi had been excited all spring to see Pat Venditte, and on Tuesday he got his chance. The only switch pitcher in baseball was called up for the day and created quite a stir in the Yankees clubhouse when he faced the Braves.

CC Sabathia got the start against Atlanta. It was his last spring start before Opening Day, and although he struggled in Florida, the Yankees seem unconcerned about their ace. The notebook also has items on Mark Teixeira, Alfredo Aceves and the latest cuts from big league camp.

You can always check out pictures in our daily Yankees gallery.

 
 

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46 Responses to “Today in The Journal News”

  1. Chip March 31st, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Player A: 620 AB vs. LHP, .256 BA, .329 OBP, .516 SLG

    Player B: 420 AB vs. LHP, .313 BA, .392 OBP, .500 SLG

    Which would you rather have on the roster as the “right handed bat off the bench”

    If you guessed that Player A is Marcus Thames you would be correct – Player B? Well that’s the recently waived Ryan Garko.

    My point? As teams start to shake out their rosters it’s possible that there will be some challenges to Marcus Thames’ roster spot.

  2. teddy gbu March 31st, 2010 at 8:37 am

    i did mention garko in a early thread

    i take garko

  3. Chip March 31st, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Random Predictions:

    AL East – Yankees
    AL Central – White Sox
    AL West – Texas
    AL WC – Boston
    AL MVP – Tex
    AL CY Young – King Felix

    NL East – Philly
    NL Central – Cards
    NL West – Giants
    NL WC – Marlins
    NL MVP – Pujols
    NL CY Young – Josh Johnson

    WS: Yankees over Giants

  4. Jennifer March 31st, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Just seeing if I can post from new phone

  5. Russell210 March 31st, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Can someone critique my fantasy roster (we had 12 people in the manual draft yesterday):

    C – Bengie Molina
    1B – Adrian Gonzalez
    2B – Chase Utley
    3B – Chipper Jones
    SS – Ben Zobrist
    IF – Nick Johnson
    OF – Carl Crawford
    OF – Adam Lind
    OF – Manny Ramirez
    OF – Denard Span
    Util – Vernon Wells
    BN – Marco Scutaro

    SP – Johan Santana
    SP – Cliff Lee
    SP – Chad Billingsley
    SP – John Lackey
    RP – Jose Valverde
    RP – Ryan Franklin
    P – Jair Jurrjens
    BN – Phil Hughes
    BN – J.A. Happ
    BN – Justin Duchscherer
    BN – Brad Lidge

  6. SJ44 March 31st, 2010 at 8:41 am

    problem with comparing stats like that is they don’t tell the whole story.

    Garko compiled those numbers playing more regularly than Thames.

    Some guys can hit playing more infrquently than others.

    That’s the advantage Thames carries over a lot of guys. He has shown he can hit coming off the bench and playing infrquently in his career.

  7. Erin March 31st, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Thought I’d pass this along in case anyone besides me cares about these types of things: Minka Kelly is going to be on next week’s episode of Parenthood. I’ve read that Derek was on set when she was there filming, but somehow I doubt we’ll be getting a cameo from the captain. :)

  8. Chip March 31st, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Russell –

    Lots of potential injuries on that roster: Johnson, Chipper, Lee, Johan, Duchscherer.

    A couple of guys who may not repeat their breakout years (Zobrist, Lind, Franklin, Scutaro)

    You’re going to get nothing out of Vernon Wells

    Adrian Gonzalez and Chase are good players though.

  9. blake March 31st, 2010 at 8:47 am

    SJ,
    Right, playing off the bench is a different skill than playing every day. Not everyone can be successful at it. Thames has a track record of hitting Lh pitching and being able to do it with limited PT. That’s what the Yankees are looking for and he’s cheap.

  10. Chip March 31st, 2010 at 8:47 am

    SJ – Very true – and we’ve seen before that some guys just can’t perform in spot duty which is what makes guys like Luis Sojo so valuable when you find them.

  11. Russell210 March 31st, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Thanks Chip, I was playing the Call of Duty map pack when I rushed and picked Vernon Wells lol. I will look to free agency for a replacement on him. Zobrist I liked because of his ability to fill multiple positions… plus the SS market is usually very thin. I loaded up the bench on pitchers aware of Johan and Lee, however my other choices at the time were a little less appealing :)

  12. blake March 31st, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Reading back through the quotes from last night, I really don’t see the point of reciting quotes from over two years ago. Opinions are allowed to change if the facts that lead to the opinion also change.

  13. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2010 at 8:52 am

    From the NYDN.

    “It appears the Yankees are about to engage in a bidding war for another highly touted Latin free agent, this one 15-year-old Mexican pitcher Luis Heredia. Heredia, a 6-4, 190-pound righthander reputed to have four plus pitches — fastball, slider, curve and changeup — drew a rash of scouts recently, including the evaluators from Yankees, Dodgers, Rangers, Mariners and Blue Jays, who most recently posted the winning bid for Cuban defector Adeiny Hechevarria for what sources said was $6.5 million for the shortstop. The bidding for Heredia will be a little different in that his rights are owned by the Veracruz team in the Mexican League. A signing date of July 2, which is within the required 45 days of Heredia’s 16th birthday, has been set.”

  14. Chip March 31st, 2010 at 8:54 am

    I have my draft tonight

    If they’re available as FA some guys I would take a look at for your fantasy league are:

    Jason Heyward
    CJ Wilson
    Jonathan Sanchez
    Juan Pierre (Ozzie is going to play him everyday and let him run wild)
    Adrian Beltre
    Gordon Beckham

  15. William Buckner March 31st, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Russell,

    I think a little more highly of your team then Chip.

    Especially considering a 12 team is a pretty deep league. Good power, a couple of speed and average guys.

    3 pretty solid starters and saves can always be found later on waivers.

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  17. Bronx Jeers March 31st, 2010 at 8:57 am

    A 6’4″ 15 year old?

    Give that boy some cigarettes.

  18. MTU (aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 8:58 am

    GB-

    “From the NYDN.

    “It appears the Yankees are about to engage in a bidding war for another highly touted Latin free agent, this one 15-year-old Mexican pitcher Luis Heredia. Heredia, a 6-4, 190-pound righthander reputed to have four plus pitches — fastball, slider, curve and changeup — drew a rash of scouts recently, including the evaluators from Yankees, Dodgers, Rangers, Mariners and Blue Jays, who most recently posted the winning bid for Cuban defector Adeiny Hechevarria for what sources said was $6.5 million for the shortstop. The bidding for Heredia will be a little different in that his rights are owned by the Veracruz team in the Mexican League. A signing date of July 2, which is within the required 45 days of Heredia’s 16th birthday, has been set.”

    Sounds like a bigger right-handed version of banuelos ? :)

  19. Joe from Long Island March 31st, 2010 at 8:58 am

    It’s crazy that there could be a bidding war over a 16-year old kid.

  20. Chip March 31st, 2010 at 8:59 am

    6’4″ at 15? Me thinks someone is using some funny math on a birth certificate.

  21. Russell210 March 31st, 2010 at 8:59 am

    I am looking to replace Vernon Wells, here are my choices. Which one do you like?

    Marlon Byrd
    Scott Posednik
    Milton Bradley – leaning towards
    Cameron Maybin

    I am also thinking about replacing Scutaro SS with JJ Hardy SS.

  22. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2010 at 9:01 am

    MTU (aka GBURL)
    March 31st, 2010 at 8:58 am
    GB-

    “From the NYDN.

    “It appears the Yankees are about to engage in a bidding war for another highly touted Latin free agent, this one 15-year-old Mexican pitcher Luis Heredia. Heredia, a 6-4, 190-pound righthander reputed to have four plus pitches — fastball, slider, curve and changeup — drew a rash of scouts recently, including the evaluators from Yankees, Dodgers, Rangers, Mariners and Blue Jays, who most recently posted the winning bid for Cuban defector Adeiny Hechevarria for what sources said was $6.5 million for the shortstop. The bidding for Heredia will be a little different in that his rights are owned by the Veracruz team in the Mexican League. A signing date of July 2, which is within the required 45 days of Heredia’s 16th birthday, has been set.”

    Sounds like a bigger right-handed version of banuelos ?

    ————————————————————

    At least Banuelos would have somebody to pal around with after his last high school class of the day.

  23. Russell210 March 31st, 2010 at 9:02 am

    I also have the option for Juan Pierre, as Chip indicated above (over vernon wells)

  24. SJ44 March 31st, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Blake,

    I answered Patrick’s comment re: Joba in the other thread.

    Fact is, both guys have gone in opposite directions fitness-wise, as outlined in the other thread.

    Perhaps that’s another reason why the Yankees are engaging in what seems to be a tough love approach with Joba.

    Some guys get too comfortable when they get to the majors and forget what it takes to stay there.

    Read Joel Sherman’s column on Posada this AM to see an example of a guy who hasn’t forgotten what it takes.

  25. MTU (aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 9:05 am

    GB-
    “At least Banuelos would have somebody to pal around with after his last high school class of the day.”

    Both incredibly young !

    Three cheers for the Mexican scout. :)

  26. vinny-b (Granderson is my fave NYY position player - no rite of passage necessary) March 31st, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Russell: of those. Marlon Byrd

  27. Russell210 March 31st, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Thanks Vinny!

  28. vinny-b (Granderson is my fave NYY position player - no rite of passage necessary) March 31st, 2010 at 9:07 am

    did everyone see the analysis Frankie (at MLB Fanhouse) did on Slade Heathclott?

    if not, i will post it

  29. Crawdaddy March 31st, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I’m sure Sigman, the Yankees scout in Mexico is all over this kid.

  30. Russell210 March 31st, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I didn’t see it vinny, please post

  31. vinny-b (Granderson is my fave NYY position player - no rite of passage necessary) March 31st, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Russell: only take it as an opinion :) Cuz Fantasy Football is my forte

  32. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2010 at 9:11 am

    MTU (aka GBURL)
    March 31st, 2010 at 9:05 am
    GB-
    “At least Banuelos would have somebody to pal around with after his last high school class of the day.”

    Both incredibly young !

    Three cheers for the Mexican scout.

    ————————————————————

    There’s still 3 months before he can sign. I assume that the contract will have to be purchased from Veracruz and then they have to come to terms with the youngster. Something to at least keep an eye on.

  33. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 31st, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Erin-

    Do you watch Ugly Betty?

    In last week’s episode they did what Betty’s life would have been if she was born with perfect teeth. She was dating Derek Jeter and cheating on him. LOL.

    There was a fake New York Post headline with a picture of her and it said “Jeter Cheater”. It was very cute

  34. vinny-b (Granderson is my fave NYY position player - no rite of passage necessary) March 31st, 2010 at 9:12 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.

  35. MTU (aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 9:13 am

    GB-

    “Something to at least keep an eye on.”

    Both eyes.

    Hope they get de Paula as well.

    Keep the line moving, so to speak.

    Thanks for posting that. :)

  36. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2010 at 9:16 am

    MTU (aka GBURL)
    March 31st, 2010 at 9:13 am
    GB-

    “Something to at least keep an eye on.”

    Both eyes.

    Hope they get de Paula as well.

    Keep the line moving, so to speak.

    Thanks for posting that.

    ————————————————————

    My pleasure, MTU. Maybe the next talent the NYYs go after will be a decent catcher for the system…..or an outfielder.

  37. vinny-b (Granderson is my fave NYY position player - no rite of passage necessary) March 31st, 2010 at 9:18 am

    MTU: i like the fact you always give that scout credit. After Aceves and Banuelos, he needs to receive his due

  38. JohnC March 31st, 2010 at 9:18 am

    If Heathcott develops as expected, it will make the loss of Gerrit Cole a little easier to take. Anyone know how JR Murphy is progessing this Spring?

  39. Erin March 31st, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Erica – always OPPC – Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter
    March 31st, 2010 at 9:12 am
    Erin-

    Do you watch Ugly Betty?

    In last week’s episode they did what Betty’s life would have been if she was born with perfect teeth. She was dating Derek Jeter and cheating on him. LOL.

    There was a fake New York Post headline with a picture of her and it said “Jeter Cheater”. It was very cute

    ***************************
    Erica, I don’t, but that sounds hilarious. Although I can’t imagine anyone cheating on Jeter! ;)

  40. Russell210 March 31st, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Wow, rarely do I read a player profile with as much “plus” as that.

  41. MTU (aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Vinny-

    ” i like the fact you always give that scout credit. After Aceves and Banuelos, he needs to receive his due”

    Don’t forget about “El Nino”.

    And yeah. He seems like a winner deserving of some praise.

    Maybe a promotion is in the offing ? ;)

  42. Erin March 31st, 2010 at 9:20 am

    New Post: Lineup vs. Twins

  43. MTU (aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Heathcott’s nickname:

    “slade the Blade”

    Slice em’ and dice em’ kid. :)

  44. Stu H March 31st, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Thames can play a passable outfield — I somewhat doubt that Garko can do the same, but I could be wrong.

  45. Nikolai March 31st, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Is Pena okay? I heard the catcher threw the ball at his head?

  46. Jeff Marx March 31st, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Test


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