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Sunday night links: Prospects, lineups and the Captain

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Mar 13, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees top three pitching prospects survived today’s first wave of cuts, just like they survived this winter’s search for proven big league starters. In a Q&A with Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger, general manager Brian Cashman said he’s confident his young pitching would be enough to trade for a short-term rotation upgrade, but he’s more focused on the long-term impact of keeping his best pitchers in the organization.

“I have enough chips,” Cashman said. “But if people want to demand certain bullets, those certain bullets I’m not going to shoot… There are untouchables here.”

Cashman didn’t name names, but clearly Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances and Andrew Brackman have made strong impressions this spring. Brackman had some control issues today, but he’s clearly opened some eyes. The “Killer Bs” are widely considered the top pitching prospects in a pitching-rich system, and all three were kept in camp through this morning’s round of seven cuts, and the afternoon’s round of three more.

• More good stuff from Carig, who took a look at the remarkably small impact a lineup change is likely to have on the Yankees. The Yankees could make a change this season, but is it worth rocking the boat — and maybe pushing some of the wrong emotional buttons — for what could be such marginal improvement? Maybe, maybe not.

• Ben Shpigel of the Times stayed behind in Tampa yesterday and wrote a nice piece about Derek Jeter’s increasing comfort at the plate. “Early on, he told me, ‘I’ll probably take a lot of pitches during spring training until I get comfortable,’” Kevin Long said. “He’s not taking those pitches anymore.” Jeter swung at the first pitch he saw this afternoon and drove a fly ball to center field for an out.

Nice stuff from my old friend Donnie Collins about his immediate thoughts after seeing news about the earthquake in Japan. For Donnie and I, who spent a lot of time around Kei Igawa the past few years, it was impossible not to worry about Igawa on what had to be a terrible day for him. It was also great to hear that both Jonathan Albaladejo and Darrell Rasner were safe and largely unaffected.

• Supporting everything we’ve seen and heard in Yankees camp, Buster Olney talked to one evaluator who said Eric Chavez has looked good while “hitting the ball hard” this spring. He really does seem to be an ideal fit on the Yankees bench.

• The Royals put a pitcher on the 60-day disabled list to make room for Robert Fish.

• In former Yankees news: Despite the fact Russell Branyan is making a strong impression in Diamondbacks camp, Juan Miranda remains the favorite to be Arizona’s starting first baseman. With the Padres, Dustin Moseley is keeping himself in the rotation mix and has “all but guaranteed” a spot in the bullpen.

• It’s not a link, but here’s a leftover quote from today that I thought was funny. Russell Martin was asked about calling pitches for Mariano Rivera: “It’s cutter or sinker,” Martin said. “It’s pretty basic. Cutter on one side. If he doesn’t want that, it’s a cutter on the other side. And then it’s a sinker. If he shakes more than twice, I’m putting down the wrong signs.”

My high school won its first boys basketball state championship this weekend. I saw the team play when I went home for my friend’s wedding a few weeks ago. They went 10 players deep, substituted five at a time, and pressed the entire game until the game was no longer in doubt it was too cruel to keep up that frantic pace. They were fun to watch. Go Bulldogs!

Associated Press photo of Jeter meeting Dave Stevens from Easthaven, Conn., who was born without legs and participates in sports using a wheelchair





64 Responses to “Sunday night links: Prospects, lineups and the Captain”

  1. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Should never be a pitcher/catcher mixup with Rivera.

  2. m March 13th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Turpin came from the Sox? Prolly gets a fat bonus when he goes back. He and Fish were smelly. You usually root fir Rule Vs, but they made it difficult to.

  3. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Rodriguez’ homer today was impressive. Dead center into a 10 MPH+ wind. That thing just kept going.

  4. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Also likig the balls that Jeter has been hitting. hard line drives to the outfield. Considering the limited play this spring and over the last 3 seasons, Chavez has been really playing and hitting well.

  5. blake March 13th, 2011 at 10:06 pm


    When Alex’s swing is right he creates more backspin than any player I personally have ever seen….you may can think of some comparables in that area but he hits balls to CF and rich center that just carrry forever.

  6. tyanksfan36 March 13th, 2011 at 10:10 pm


    Alex’s homer was huge. I was saying when we got there that I didn’t think the ball would carry as far as yesterday. I turned to my dad after his home run and said. That was a bomb! I expected good things after that for the rest of the game but only Alex showed up ready to hit.

  7. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Very few, Blake. Mantle, Killebrew, Ted williams, Di ck Allen…guys that hit more than home runs….They crushed home runs….live hitting a Titlist. High line drives. Montero has that capability, too. The ball gets small in a hurry.

  8. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    TY, the defense hurt, but, NYYs did hit a lot of low shots that they couldn’t get through the infield. I thought Jeter’s first inning shot was going to clear the center fielder’s head. It just died fast.

  9. tyanksfan36 March 13th, 2011 at 10:19 pm


    That’s true, the Twins defense was pretty spot on all day where ours just looked ready to hit the beach. Without instant replays its kinda hard to catch everything when you’re at the game.

  10. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    TY, was the sun directly overhead? I couldn’t tell if Jeter or Brewer were wearing sun glasses or not, but, it was either the sun or the wind fooled them. They were standing still when they dropped those balls.

  11. pat March 13th, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Been waiting to see Alex make a few plays on defense to see if leaner meant rangier.

    Didn’t see where he was set up for the stop he made behind the 3B bag but it appeared pretty range-y.

  12. tyanksfan36 March 13th, 2011 at 10:28 pm


    When jeter dropped that ball, the sun was up high but above right field. When Brewer dropped his the sun was directly above. The sun was never directly over but more behind the stadium. I could see how they could drop them. I don’t think either was wearing sunglasses but we were pretty far away.

  13. UnKnown March 13th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I love when Martin gives quotes and describes things.

    Martin is a great interview.

  14. BoJo March 13th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I loved watching Richie Allen hit as a kid. We used to get channle 6 in northwestern NJ, and could watch 3 teams…

    Allen should be in HOF IMO…Great player.

  15. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    pat, Rodriguez was playing well off the line but, got over quick but was 6-8 feet into foul territory, but unloaded a rocket to first and just missed getting the runner. he looks as good as new out there.

  16. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Thanks, TY. appreciate the info very much.

  17. tyanksfan36 March 13th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    here is the clip from last season. Martin getting ejected throwing a fit after a called 3rd strike from Rivera.

  18. m March 13th, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    OMG. I’m dying here. It’s only March 13th. When’s Opening Day? Spring training seems interminably long this year. It’s killing me!!!!

  19. tyanksfan36 March 13th, 2011 at 11:22 pm


    No problem. When he dropped it, the first thing I did was look to see where the sun was. We were in the seats out in right field that aren’t covered by the awning. The sun was behind us nearly the whole game. At the very end is when the sun was right over the field and I was finally in the shade.

  20. stuckey99 March 13th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    C’mon, can someone please say something dumb or shortsighted so I got something to do the next hour or so…

  21. backbench March 13th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    In case this was missed. All is not well in the ‘Nation”

  22. Yankee Trader March 13th, 2011 at 11:25 pm


    Don’t forget the behemoths Frank Howard and Dave Kingman added to that list.

    For those of you who idolized Mickey Mantle as I did, attached is an interactive site of his 10 longest homers:

  23. Against All Odds March 13th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    # stuckey99 March 13th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    C’mon, can someone please say something dumb or shortsighted so I got something to do the next hour or so…


    Joba should be in the rotation and it’s a joke that he’s not.

    That should get you to where you need to be.

  24. stuckey99 March 13th, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    “Joba should be in the rotation and it’s a joke that he’s not.”


    I think I agree…


  25. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    RIP, Rick Martin. Part of Buffalo Sabres French Connection Line wil Gilbert Perreault and Rene Robert died in car accident. One of the great scoring wingers in the 70s NHL

  26. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Trader, I was at the Detroit game in 1960. Monsterous. It went out about 100 feet to the left of the transformer that Jackson hit in the All Star Game.

  27. SAS March 13th, 2011 at 11:35 pm


    Thanks for telling me about the Fantasy baseball magazine. I found one at Border’s. The store IS closing darn it all. Please don’t laugh at me next Sunday when I mess up or what have you.

  28. Yankee Trader March 13th, 2011 at 11:38 pm


    Thought you’d enjoy that. Growing up in PA. I would go drive to Baltimore to see Mantle play.

  29. Against All Odds March 13th, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    # stuckey99 March 13th, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    “Joba should be in the rotation and it’s a joke that he’s not.”


    I think I agree…




    You can never go wrong with Joba. Mention his name and poof the conversation explodes.

  30. tyanksfan36 March 13th, 2011 at 11:41 pm


    dont feel bad, Ill probably forget about the draft. I got my fantasy baseball magazine at Borders too, the one down the road from where I live is closing as well. I do all my book buying online though. Im hoping we can set it to draft for us because I don’t think Ill draft well, I always second guess myself.

  31. GreenBeret7 March 13th, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Trader, I grew up in the Golden Triangle of midwest baseball. 100 miles from Chicago, 15 miles from Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Cinncy and St. Louis. I also had a grandfather and great uncle that loved baseball. If I’d go to his Cubs games, he’d take me to the Yankee games in Cleveland, Chicago and Detroit. Of course, I was nice enough to give in. Great man…taught me how to play baseball because my dad worked 12-14 hours a day in a steel foundry. We made that game, but, got to see Mantle clear the roof in Chicago, 3 in right field in Detroit and once in Detroit to left field. He only made the third deck in Cleveland. Amazing sound off of the bat.

  32. Yankee Trader March 13th, 2011 at 11:56 pm


    One of the games I went to in Baltimore, I believe it was in August 1964, Mantle came to bat as a pinch hitter [he had just come off the DL], got a standing ovation from the Oriole fans and proceeded to hit a homerun. Wrote about it in his book, saying he had tears in his eyes while rounding the bases to the applause of the hometown fans.

    Catch up with you all tomorrow. Good night.

  33. m March 14th, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Hoping Freddie G can throw the ball better next time. Can’t have these guys dropping out like flies.

    On a very off topic note, I just want to say what a pleasure it’s been watching Nolan Smith these last two seasons. With his back story, you can’t help feel for him. Hoping his defense and game can translate to the next level.

  34. Yankee Trader March 14th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    It was September 1st 1963 hit against Mike McCormick.

  35. GreenBeret7 March 14th, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Trader, Mantle had a few games in Baltimore that stand out. It was in Baltimore in ’63 that he caught his cleats in the chain link fence trying to climb it to catch a home run ball by Brooks Robinson. He came back later that year, and was still DL’d. he didn’t know that they had activated him and he was out partying with baltimore coach hank Bauer and hung over. houk woke him up and told him to grab a bat, telling him he was active. He couldn’t find his hat because Ford was sitting on it. Bauer told Stev Bardber to fog one past him, high, because he was hung over and would never see it. Mantle took a swing at the first pitch and missed it. Same pitch and Mantle clubbed it out over the center field fence. Somebody asked him how he did that, and he said hitting the ball was easy. The hard part was being able to get around the bases. Bauer was laughing and shaking his head. Mantle told him to go crap in his hat.

  36. GreenBeret7 March 14th, 2011 at 12:09 am

    ***Steve Barber***

  37. joeman March 14th, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Don’t be a fool. Use the proper tool.

  38. joeman March 14th, 2011 at 5:58 am

    # Yankee Trader March 13th, 2011 at 11:38 pm


    Thought you’d enjoy that. Growing up in PA. I would go drive to Baltimore to see Mantle play.
    the Mick….rubbed elbows with him on a couple of occasions, he never liked to talk about his time as a ball player, you had to drag it out of him..

  39. Ys Guy March 14th, 2011 at 6:39 am

    interesting piece i found on a cardinals blog regarding questioning of pujol’s age.


    the really interesting thing to me were the poll results. 47% responded thought pujols is either 2, 3 or more years older than his listed age. only 38/% believe he is 31.

    and these are cardinals fans!

  40. MaineYankee March 14th, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Good morning everyone.

    I guess people forgot to set their clocks back or are just sleeping in.

  41. blake March 14th, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Albert looks older than 31….he very well could be that age but he looks older….certainly something Id want definitive confirmation on if possible before giving him the the lengh of contact he’s looking for.

    Who exactly do the Red Sox going to trade for Wakefield or Dice K? The back of their rotation is just as uncertain as the Yankees is and 6-10 its much thinner.

  42. upstate kate March 14th, 2011 at 7:24 am

    good morning Maine Yankee!!!
    and anyone else around!

  43. upstate kate March 14th, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I would think Wakie would retire rather than be traded

  44. blake March 14th, 2011 at 7:29 am


    I would guess so too. Just having his name floated out there is kinda messed up really after what he’s done for them over the years.

  45. upstate kate March 14th, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Wakie is one of the few sox I like. He has always filled in wherever they have needed him.

  46. 108 stitches March 14th, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Boston better think twice before releasing Wakefield. Any health concerns to their 1-5 starters sees no help coming from a dry farm system. No trading chips to use. Boston excels at painting themselves into a corner.

  47. Doreen March 14th, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Good morning, morning people.

    As for Pujols, the reports from when he got his US Citizenship said he came to the US from the DR when he was 16.

    I guess you can’t be 100% certain his age is legit, because it does not look like a birth certificate is one of the documents necessary, although you need to be over 18 and how does one prove that?

    Anyway, people often look older or younger than what they are. He’s one of the most productive baseball players ever. Even if the back end of any contract seems excessive, if you don’t gamble on Albert, who do you gamble on? He’s been an asset to the Cardinals on and off the field. He’s all you’d want in a franchise player.

  48. blake March 14th, 2011 at 7:48 am


    Yea I know looks can be deceiving regarding age….he certainly doesn’t play older……but let’s say he’s 33 instead of 31. A 10 year contact would carry him to age 43 with every year of the deal being past his prime. The Cardinals have likely already gotten the majority of his best years whether they re-sign him or not…..its just something else to look at and consider before making that investment IMO.

  49. Doreen March 14th, 2011 at 8:00 am

    41, 43 – they’re both “old.” :)

    In general, I don’t think a 10-year contract is such a great idea for the Cardinals or any team; obviously for Pujols (or any player) it’s security.

    However, with the amount of money these guys make, it’s not as if they’re ever gonna be wanting, you know?

    So, I generally approach these contract things from a different point of view. The money is insane, it’s NOT about money; it’s about status. So, coming from that angle, Pujols is a player that should get “status chips.”

    (I know the Cardinals as an organization have to pay out real money, though.)

  50. Betsy March 14th, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Good morning!

  51. upstate kate March 14th, 2011 at 8:15 am

    good morning Betsy :)

    Doreen- I would like to be 40 again!

  52. blake March 14th, 2011 at 8:15 am


    The thing is though that whoever (and especially a team like the Cardinals) is going to need Pujols to be great for the first 5 or 6 years of the deal to make it worthwhile…..he could still do that from age say 31-36……could he from 33-38? If you lose 2 MVP type seasons because of an age difference then that’s substantial….

  53. Betsy March 14th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Hi Kate – how are you?

  54. upstate kate March 14th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    All things considered, isn’t it less risky to give a long contract to a 1B power hitter. He doesn’t need as much agility as the other IFers, and power can be maintained longer than speed.

  55. blake March 14th, 2011 at 8:39 am


    In general Id say yes…

  56. pat March 14th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Mo had a “save” no one knew about.

  57. Doreen March 14th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    kate -

    I’d love to be 40 again, too…..



    blake -

    As long as contracts are the measure of who’s the best player, you’ve got a conundrum on your hands. And players are never, ever going to admit that they’re not going to be major contributors in the final years of their contract. And there seems to be a double standard for players, which I don’t like, which is, when they’re young, they want a contract based on what they’re GOING to do; when they’re older, they want a contract based on what they HAVE DONE. In essence, double payment. (This is mainly for star players, though.) But I don’t see any way out of it, do you?

    Ideally, athletes would get shorter term contracts (I’d say 3-5 years), but that won’t happen.

  58. Ys Guy March 14th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    i dont like the contract lengths they are giving out. the back end of the arod contract doesnt look very good from right here, and i was against the lee deal.

    a 10 year deal for pujols is probably going to carry 3 or 4 years of huge overpayment, if he’s 2 years older you can make that 5-6 seasons. if i were a gm i’d offer no more than 7 seasons at top dollar. if he wants 10 years, id offfer it to him but the last 3 years would be substantially less than $20M. if you dont think he’ll take it, you go to plan b.

    i think only the cards and cubs (and maybe the nats) will consider going 10 years with him

  59. upstate kate March 14th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Nice story Pat.

    The problem is there is always some team, not just the Yankees, willing to over pay. Look at the contracts Werth and Crawford got. You can’t blame Pujols for wanting a good contract when he sees the contracts others have.

  60. Ys Guy March 14th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    kate there is only 1 contract pujols and his agents have in mind and its not werth’s or crawfords.

    the yankees cannot complain about player salaries.

  61. MaineYankee March 14th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    good morning kate.

    Is it beach weather there yet? :lol:

    The RS are going to disrespect Wake like they did Lowell last year.

    Wake’s days as a SP are over. He hasn’t been very good as a SP for at least 3yrs.

    I think he is owed around 2.5 mil this year so it wouldn’t hurt them to release him.

  62. Ys Guy March 14th, 2011 at 9:21 am


  63. Ys Guy March 14th, 2011 at 9:21 am

    still cant get that arrow thingy right…

  64. BoJo March 14th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I suspect the Nats will be the major competitor to the Cards for signing Pujols. They need him to make a spash, and it almost makes sense to overpay him.

    If I were the Cards, I’d offer 5 years and accept the 2 draft picks when he leaves.

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