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Notes from Newman: Brackman, Sanchez, Heathcott and more

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on May 27, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

At the very top of the Yankees minor league system, two Triple-A starters — Andrew Brackman and Adam Warren — are top five in the International League in walks. Down in Low-A, one of the Yankees best young catchers — Gary Sanchez — is hitting just .238 with 37 strikeouts in 32 games.

“It’s like somebody trying to lose weight and looking at the scale every day,” vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman said. “It’ll drive you nuts.”

Less than two months into the minor league season, the big picture is nowhere near coming into focus, and Newman said this part of the season is still about making initial adjustments to a new level. The Yankees focus more on the second-half results for most of their minor leaguers, curious to see how they adjust and adapt.

Right now, Warren is eight walks away from his total for last season. Brackman is 12 away from his 2010 total. From the outside, the Brackman number is more glaring because, 1. His ERA is three runs higher than Warren’s, and 2. He had similar control issues in 2009.

“I don’t think it’s going to be an issue long term, because he’s showing he can throw strikes,” Newman said. “He’s just got to get back (to last year’s command). His mark right now is well above where we want it to be, but I don’t think it’s going to stay there.”

As for Sanchez, he was hitting .314 with three home runs in his previous 10 games before going on the disabled list a week ago. More importantly, he’s 18 years old.

“He’s swinging it good now,” Newman said. “He’s like a high school senior playing in that league. He’s doing well.”

• Speaking of letting the big picture come into focus… Slade Heathcott and J.R. Murphy were the Yankees first- and second-round picks in the 2009 draft, and both are off to eye-opening starts in Charleston. Newman called it little more than the natural progression of two talented kids who had very little little experience when they put up pedestrian numbers in Charleston last season. “That was a helluva challenge,” Newman said. “Now they’re getting a little experience, and we’re seeing what kind of players they are. There’s nothing particularly surprising about it.”

• As you might expect, Newman said both Heathcott and Murphy will “probably” jump to Tampa midseason.

• As previously reported, Newman said Sanchez has a “stiff lower back” that he’s trying to work through in extended spring training. Once he’s through that, Sanchez will return to Charleston.

• In the wake of the Buster Posey injury, Newman said the Yankees have not discussed moving any of their catchers from behind the plate just to avoid injury. “Not because of health concerns,” he said. “All of our catchers do work at first base. We have a lot of young catching prospects. Who knows who’s going to catch, who’s going to play first base and who’s going to DH?” Newman once again stressed that the Yankees believe Jesus Montero can catch.

• Other injury updates:

Greg Golson: About a week away from playing in games.
Mark Prior: “Not throwing (off a mound),” Newman said. “He’s really struggling with this kind of hip, abdominal thing. Hard to nail it down.
Alan Horne:
Throwing in extended spring and building arm strength.
Graham Stoneburner, Steve Garrison, Jeremy Bleich: “Still a ways to go,” Newman said.
David Adams:
Having some leg problems that the Yankees believe to be related to the ankle injury that forced him to miss most of last season. He was back and playing, but then the leg started bothering him. Not sure how close he is to returning.

• Carlos Silva can opt out in mid-June and pitched well last night. “This is a contingency plan,” Newman said. “You never know what’s going to happen.”

• Veteran Brad Halsey, signed to a minor league deal earlier this month, is throwing in Tampa, basically going through his own spring training.

• Outfielder Damon Sublett has been throwing some bullpens in Double-A. He was a closer in college and hasn’t been getting a ton of playing time as a position player, so he asked the Yankees if he could start working out on the mound. “We’re just checking it out, getting his arm in shape,” Newman said.

• Newman said there’s no one in extended spring training who’s “setting any world records or anything,” but the name-to-know that jumped to his mind was starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell. “He’s got electric stuff,” Newman said. “He’s got the stuff to be the next Banuelos, Betances. The high-end guy. That’s Mitchell.”

Brackman photo from my friends at the Scranton Times-Tribune

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190 Responses to “Notes from Newman: Brackman, Sanchez, Heathcott and more”

  1. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    LGY –Certainly, it just seems to me they have enough speedy on-base types, they could use a little more oooomph. I’ll be calculating Oooomph run values after the holiday weekend… honest.

    —–

    :)

    It’s sad looking around baseball and seeing how little oooomph most lineups have.

    Bring back steroids!!

  2. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    All you have done is post how the Yankees are at or near the top in so many hitting categories. Which is it. If one has to trade chips for pitching or hitting. You take pitching every time. Ask the Tigers.

    ——–

    Ask the Tigers what?

  3. Rich in NJ May 27th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I’m pro-drug (for consenting adults who aren’t driving)

  4. Rich in NJ May 27th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    “Ask the Tigers what?”

    Why they traded Andrew Miller for Cabrera.

  5. Tom in N.J. May 27th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Do the Tigers miss Anderw Miller? I know he threw the greatest inning of all time last March, but still.

  6. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Do the Tigers miss Anderw Miller? I know he threw the greatest inning of all time last March, but still.

    They traded their top pitching prospect at the time for Miguel Cabrera.

  7. Tom in N.J. May 27th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    And their top OF prospect in Maybin.

  8. West Coast Yankee Fan May 27th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Ask the Tigers how they feel about the value of good pitching.

  9. West Coast Yankee Fan May 27th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Why they gave up 28 runs in two games.

  10. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    And their top OF prospect in Maybin.

    Traded for a top position player in baseball (and dontrelle willis)

  11. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Ask the Tigers how they feel about the value of good pitching.

    ——————-

    I don’t get it…

  12. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Why they gave up 28 runs in two games.

    ————

    Who?

  13. Rich in NJ May 27th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    “Ask the Tigers how they feel about the value of good pitching.”

    I’m all for drafting a Verlander type of talent when you have a high draft pick and paying overslot to a Porcello type, which the Yankees were prepared to do.

    But after you get the obvious answers on pitching, ask them if they miss Granderson.

  14. Irreverent Discourse May 27th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    LGY – The delusional one from the west apparently can’t read a schedule.

  15. West Coast Yankee Fan May 27th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Typo – last game

  16. Vineyard Yankee May 27th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Assuming those two side by side pictures are Heathcott and Murphy, do the Yankees give their players the right size hats to wear ? Or have those photo’s been ‘adjusted’ ? The hats look huge, especially the one on the right.

  17. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Typo – last game

    ————–

    The Tigers gave up 28 runs last game?

  18. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    What am I missing here?

    I honestly have no clue what point you are trying to make…

  19. Mell May 27th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Why they gave up 28 runs in two games

    =====================

    Not so much

  20. West Coast Yankee Fan May 27th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Pitching wins championships.

  21. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Pitching wins championships.

    Except for when Cole Hamels, Pedro Martinez, and Cliff Lee lose

  22. West Coast Yankee Fan May 27th, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    The Yankees do not need to trade valuable prospects for a bat. They need pitching.

  23. West Coast Yankee Fan May 27th, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Except for when Cole Hamels, Pedro Martinez, and Cliff Lee lose

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

    Any other cherry picking you want to do?

  24. Vineyard Yankee May 27th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Meaning the Tigers got blown out 2 games in a row the past 2 days by the Sux, who scored 14 runs in each game. (28)

  25. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Pitching wins championships.

    —————

    So the Tigers are going to win a WS because they have Verlander-Scherzer-Porcello?

    Is that the point?

  26. West Coast Yankee Fan May 27th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Or perhaps you forgot the Giants pitching staff last year. Or did they win because of their outstanding hitting?

  27. Rich in NJ May 27th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    “Pitching wins championships.”

    Smoltz, Maddux, and Glavine wave their one Braves ring.

  28. Rich in NJ May 27th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    “Or perhaps you forgot the Giants pitching staff last year. Or did they win because of their outstanding hitting?”

    They got hot at the right time, like most teams that win championships.

  29. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Meaning the Tigers got blown out 2 games in a row the past 2 days by the Sux, who scored 14 runs in each game. (28)

    ——————–

    The Tigers didn’t get blown out the last 2 games and even if they did I have no idea how that is even remotely relevant to this discussion.

  30. upstate kate May 27th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    LGY
    you didn’t know that red sox runs count double? It is a new rule that mlb has developed.

  31. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    The Yankee Dynasty won 4 WS because of pitching?

  32. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Or perhaps you forgot the Giants pitching staff last year. Or did they win because of their outstanding hitting?

    But Roy Oswalt, Roy Halladay, and Cole Hamels lost. Thats impossible. Roy Halladay is the best pitcher in the game how could a team with him lose.

  33. West Coast Yankee Fan May 27th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    LGY you believe what you want to. I would warrant that the overwhelming majority of baseball players and managers, as well as intelligent fans, believe that pitching is what wins championships.

  34. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    LGY
    you didn’t know that red sox runs count double? It is a new rule that mlb has developed.

    ————–

    :lol:

    How else are they going to get to 1,000 runs?

  35. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    LGY you believe what you want to. I would warrant that the overwhelming majority of baseball players and managers, as well as intelligent fans, believe that pitching is what wins championships.

    ———————

    How about you stop leaning on logical fallacies and actually present a coherent argument to support your point?

  36. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Can’t trade Gardner, his absence on defense hurts pitching. Not for Matt Cain, a flyball righty pitcher that gives up a lot of HRs.

  37. Irreverent Discourse May 27th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Did the Tigers lose the WS on May 26th? Someone should tell them.

  38. Rich in NJ May 27th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    “I would warrant that the overwhelming majority of baseball players and managers, as well as intelligent fans, believe that pitching is what wins championships.”

    link?

  39. Irreverent Discourse May 27th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    How is pointing at the 2009 Phillies cherry picking, but pointing at the 2010 Giants isn’t?

  40. Jason Voorhees May 27th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Why the hell are these two games so important? Two out of 162.

  41. West Coast Yankee Fan May 27th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Your act is getting old. You argue for the sake of arguing even when you don’t believe what you are saying.

  42. West Coast Yankee Fan May 27th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I don’t need a link Rich. I’ve heard it for decades.

  43. Rich in NJ May 27th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    “Your act is getting old. You argue for the sake of arguing even when you don’t believe what you are saying.”

    Project much?

  44. Irreverent Discourse May 27th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    There is only one old act here. Let’s take a vote on who that is…

  45. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Your act is getting old. You argue for the sake of arguing even when you don’t believe what you are saying.

    ——————

    :?:

  46. West Coast Yankee Fan May 27th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    “That`s how you win – pitching and defense.”
    -Derek Jeter

  47. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    The Yankees have a good bullpen and enough depth at starter. Can’t trade one of our better hitters and our best defender and our 1 great hitting prospect ever for 1.5 years of Matt Cain.

  48. West Coast Yankee Fan May 27th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    “I think we match up with anybody because our pitching. In a short series you run your big three out there or four out there. That generally is what wins a series – pitching and defense.”
    - Dusty Baker

  49. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    “That`s how you win – pitching and defense.”
    -Derek Jeter

    —————–

    Logical fallacy

    :still waiting for coherent argument:

  50. Irreverent Discourse May 27th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    So now its pitching AND defense? But you can’t trade prospects for defense?

  51. West Coast Yankee Fan May 27th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    “Nobody likes to hear it, because it’s dull, but the reason you win or lose is darn near always the same – pitching.”
    - Earl Weaver

  52. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Maybe Dusty Baker shouldn’t have blown out the arms of Mark Prior and Kerry Wood if pitching wins championships.

  53. West Coast Yankee Fan May 27th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    “Pitching is 80% of the game and the other half is hitting and fielding.”
    - Mickey Rivers

  54. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Appeal to authority FTW!!!!

  55. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Baseball players also believe phiten necklaces increase their magnetic power fields and improve performance.

  56. Vineyard Yankee May 27th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    ‘The Tigers didn’t get blown out the last 2 games and even if they did I have no idea how that is even remotely relevant to this discussion’.

    ==============

    Then read the posts and then look at the box scores………..Connect the dots…………….LOL !

  57. Rich in NJ May 27th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    “That`s how you win – pitching and defense.”
    -Derek Jeter

    SSS silliness aside, next time you speak to the Captain, ask him which pitchers he would have traded himself for when he was in his prime.

  58. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Then read the posts and then look at the box scores………..Connect the dots…………….LOL !

    ———————-

    http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/.....p?c_id=det

  59. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Pitching wins championships

    *oakland, seattle, tampa, minnesota doesn’t win the world series ever*

  60. Irreverent Discourse May 27th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Can you quote a good manager? lol… Dusty Baker? Oblivious manager of the roid-era Giants?

    If I wanted to win as a manager, I would write down everything Baker says…

    then do the exact opposite.

  61. rconn23 May 27th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Jesus Montero is a good hitter, but he’s not the next Miguel Cabrera. And when he hits the majors, but he’s not going to be a catcher for long.

    He’ll eventually be traded.

  62. West Coast Yankee Fan May 27th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    News Flash!

    LGY, Jerkface, Rich and ID, three basement dwellers, know more about what it takes to win than Earl Weaver and Derek Jeter do!

  63. Nick in SF May 27th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    “I don’t need a link Rich. I’ve heard it for decades.”

    But you said that you’ve forgotten more about baseball than whoemver you were arguing with at the time will ever know, so today you possess an admittedly incomplete information base.

  64. Irreverent Discourse May 27th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Basement dwellers? How is anyone supposed to take you seriously?

  65. Jason Voorhees May 27th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Who’s a basement dweller?

  66. West Coast Yankee Fan May 27th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Like taking candy from babies.

  67. Rich in NJ May 27th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    “Jesus Montero is a good hitter, but he’s not the next Miguel Cabrera. And when he hits the majors, but he’s not going to be a catcher for long.

    He’ll eventually be traded.”

    These are guesses, nothing more.

    And given the holes in the Yankees’ offense, it would be monumentally stupid to trade him unless you’re getting someone like Tulowitski back in a package deal.

  68. Rich in NJ May 27th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    “Like taking candy from babies.”

    Is that what you do offline?

  69. Vineyard Yankee May 27th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    ‘Can’t trade one of our better hitters and our best defender’

    =======================

    Are you referring to Gardner ? ?

  70. Irreverent Discourse May 27th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I love the pompousness of making boldly incorrect statements, wildly claiming everyone else is an idiot without backing up your statements with proof, then gloating over it.

    You are a socially engineered nightmare.

  71. Rich in NJ May 27th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Earl Weaver? He lived for the three run HR.

  72. Tom in N.J. May 27th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    What Wins Championships: Hitting, Fielding or Pitching?

    http://www.realclearsports.com.....ching.html

  73. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Are you referring to Gardner ? ?

    Yup, he is our best defender. And currently one of our better hitters.

  74. upstate kate May 27th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    LGY, Jerkface, Rich and ID, three basement dwellers

    which of the 4 is not the basement dweller?

  75. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    LGY, Jerkface, Rich and ID, three basement dwellers
    _________
    Still having those pesky math problems?

  76. West Coast Yankee Fan May 27th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    For Jerkface and LGY. Never underestimate my generosity. As my gift to you I give you, a nail in your coffin:

    “I think this really hammers home the point that pitching really does win championships; that you need at least an adequate stable of arms to have a prayer. Trying to win the Fall Classic without league-average pitching has proven to be about as fruitful as attempting to drive a car without gas. You’re not going to get very far. So, if you had to choose which is more important between offense and pitching, the answer is obvious: run prevention.”

    http://www.hardballtimes.com/m.....pionships/

  77. Irreverent Discourse May 27th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    lol Tom, there’s no chance he reads that article. Good stuff though.

  78. Vineyard Yankee May 27th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    LGY May 27th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Excuse me, my bad, The Sux won their last two games vs the Indians and the Tigers scoring 14 runs in each.

  79. Erin May 27th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    This thread has certainly taken an, um…interesting turn. LOL

  80. West Coast Yankee Fan May 27th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    LGY, Jerkface, Rich and ID, three basement dwellers

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

    I’m sorry you are having math problems. It’s quite obvious Jerkface and LGY rate a half.

  81. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Trying to win the Fall Classic without league-average pitching

    Thank god the yankees have that

  82. West Coast Yankee Fan May 27th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    How ironic that the biggest proponents of sabermetrics and statistical analysis are proven to be so wrong by exactly that which they worship.

    :lol:

  83. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    “More often than not, the team that wins it all is going to land in the top right portion of the graph, which means they’ll have both good pitching and good hitting.”

  84. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan May 27th, 2011 at 3:27 pm
    BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    LGY, Jerkface, Rich and ID, three basement dwellers

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

    I’m sorry you are having math problems. It’s quite obvious Jerkface and LGY rate a half.
    _________
    Could you please explain once again your concept of what a 500 record is? Is 91-71 10 or 20 games over 500?

  85. Irreverent Discourse May 27th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    WCYF – From the comments at the bottom of that article (I participate at THT often and I remember seeing this down there)

    ““League average” OPS is based only on position players. Team OPS of course includes pitcher hitting. This means that, for the entire history of the NL and the pre-DH history of the AL, league average TEAM OPS+ is not 100. The 2006 Cards had a 97 OPS+ in a league with an average team OPS+ of 94 so they were above-average. The 1907 Cubs had a 92 OPS+ in a league with an average team OPS+ of 93 so they were barely below-average.

    Shift the Y-axis so it crosses the X-axis at around 94-95 and you have a more accurate chart (post-DH AL winners screw things up though—the Twins were a legit below-average offense). In that chart, almost all the winners are, no surprise, above-average in both offense and defense.”

    So your magical chart shows offense and pitching win championships. Balance.

  86. West Coast Yankee Fan May 27th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Irreverent Discourse May 27th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I love the pompousness of making boldly incorrect statements, wildly claiming everyone else is an idiot without backing up your statements with proof, then gloating over it.

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

    http://www.hardballtimes.com/m.....pionships/

    O U C H !

  87. Jason Voorhees May 27th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    LGY FTW.

  88. Vineyard Yankee May 27th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Yup, he is our best defender. And currently one of our better hitters.

    ===========

    Is this one of your ‘at the moment’ statements ? Gardner is a better defender than Granderson, Tex, Cano ? Or are you saying he is better than the alternative……….Jones ?

  89. Irreverent Discourse May 27th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    WCYF – Stop posting that link because you clearly don’t understand the research he did at all.

  90. Rich in NJ May 27th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    This is sad.

  91. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Is this one of your ‘at the moment’ statements ? Gardner is a better defender than Granderson, Tex, Cano ? Or are you saying he is better than the alternative……….Jones ?

    Gardner is a better defender than Mark Teixeira, Cano, Granderson, and Jones. He is the best defender on the team.

  92. Vineyard Yankee May 27th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    John Farrell of The Blue Jays on MDR now.

  93. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    The take home of the article is really that you have little chance of winning a championship without at least league average pitching, but with below average hitting you have a much better chance.

    It is very silly of the author to take the jump and conclude that pitching wins championships from those findings.

  94. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Do the yankees play in the dead ball era?

  95. hardwired7 May 27th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    the Mariners have announced that their scientists have cloned Randy Johnson, and after accelerating his growth rate he has successfully reached maturation.

    In-his-prime Randy Johnson clone will start game three against the Yanks.

    Not to be outdone, the LA Angels of Anaheim Dr.’s are confident that their better-than-ever Nolan Ryan clone is primed and waiting for the Yanks when they roll into town.

  96. Irreverent Discourse May 27th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    WCYF – OH MAN YOU SO OWNED.

  97. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    What does FTW mean?

  98. Irreverent Discourse May 27th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    for the win!

  99. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Thanks…Used to mean something else years ago (f*ck the world) which didn’t make sense here.

  100. West Coast Yankee Fan May 27th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    There is nothing more amusing than seeing those who have been soundly thrashed like the stat geeks above trying to squirm their way out of their grave. Arguing points they don’t believe, rationalizing, distorting and more.

    Now I really must go put dry rub on my ribs. You may play among yourselves, feel free to stick pins in your WCYF dolls. Cheers!

    :)

  101. rconn23 May 27th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    “These are guesses, nothing more.

    And given the holes in the Yankees’ offense, it would be monumentally stupid to trade him unless you’re getting someone like Tulowitski back in a package deal.”

    You’re right, it is a guess. But you’re vastly overrating Montero. Colorado is not trading an established All-Star power hitting shortstop for a prospect who likely can’t play the position he’s being groomed for.

  102. Vineyard Yankee May 27th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    You have been nipping at the ‘juice’ again. More often than not the best defender in the OF plays CF. I am sure you mean that Gardner is the best LF’er on the team, right. LOL !

  103. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    There has been a lot of talk today about trading to acquire this pitcher or that one…Danks, Cain, Liriano, etc.

    I still don’t see the need. Colon, Garcia, and Nova are doing great and CC and AJ are having very good starts. We get Phil back at some point, and have several young prospects coming along.

    When team balance (pitching, defense, and offense) is the ultimate goal, I think we are fine and just need to jell.

    I see absolutely no need to make a move…and frankly don’t understand the interest level at all.

  104. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Author of the article:

    “Dan, I did not. That presents problems and makes the graph misleading… Which would have been usefully YESTERDAY.

    It’s something I can fix to see what conclusions can be drawn, but it’ll take time.

    Tangotiger posted it and the masters of sabermetrics are doing a good job of showing me where I went wrong. It’s been a good learning experience, which is undoubtedly a good thing.”

    Maybe when this guy becomes a sabermetric master he won’t botch his articles as much as he did here ;)

  105. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    You have been nipping at the ‘juice’ again. More often than not the best defender in the OF plays CF. I am sure you mean that Gardner is the best LF’er on the team, right. LOL

    Gardner would be a better defender than Granderson in CF but does not play there for other reasons (Granderson’s veteran status, granderson is still a good CFer)

  106. Rich in NJ May 27th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    “You’re right, it is a guess. But you’re vastly overrating Montero. Colorado is not trading an established All-Star power hitting shortstop for a prospect who likely can’t play the position he’s being groomed for.”

    I’m not saying that they would trade Tulo, only that if the Yankees trade him, they need a major offensive piece back (as I said, it would be a package deal given that only one of them is established), and again you are guessing about whether or not he can remain at catcher, but even if you’re right, he has tremendous value because of his bat.

  107. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Although admittedly, I did like the suggestion of adding Matt Thornton (whom I have liked for years).

  108. Irreverent Discourse May 27th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Shocker, WCYF runs away from his false debate yet again.

    A very commonplace ocurance among those who don’t practice the use of advanced statistics is the misuse and misunderstanding of them. WCYF glaced at that article for about 2 seconds and posted it here thinking he was a “BIG WINNAR”… when a majority of teams that win the WS have above average pitching AND offense… the outliers don’t make pitching more important.

  109. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Interesting thing the other day on radio…John Sterling and Susyn Waldman were discussing Mo’s 1,000th appearance and named all the other pitchers who have had that many. Most of the list were left handers….just proves the old adage that lefties can hang around a long time.

    Top three (IIRC) were Orosco, Stanton, Franco?

  110. Vineyard Yankee May 27th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    ‘Gardner would be a better defender than Granderson in CF’

    ==============

    Woulda, coulda, shoulda. It appears that Granderson will be here for quite some time before Gardner gets the opportunity to be the CF’er or the best OF defender. Granderson’s swing change has cemented him into the Yankee OF picture for many years to come.

  111. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Swisher, if he was actually not sucking, would be the one player on the Yankees that would actually make sense to trade hitting for pitching.

    Young and under team control guys like Cano, Gardner, and Montero or a guy like Granderson who looks like a long term solution need to stay to balance out older and aging players like Jeter and Alex.

    Swisher is not a long term solution and will be expensive soon.

  112. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Woulda, coulda, shoulda. It appears that Granderson will be here for quite some time before Gardner gets the opportunity to be the CF’er or the best OF defender. Granderson’s swing change has cemented him into the Yankee OF picture for many years to come.

    —————

    What position you play =/= best defender.

  113. blake May 27th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Yea I think it would be tough to trade Gardner now as well unless you have an option to replace him lined up…..he’s a good player, he’s cheap, and he’s young…..3 good things these days.

    Montero is a prospect …..but he has big time upside as a hitter. Nobody knew Miguel Cabrera was going to be Miguel Cabrera until he did.

  114. Rich in NJ May 27th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    If Granderson’s bat remains lethal, you could move him to a corner OF position in a few years to save his legs.

  115. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Woulda, coulda, shoulda. It appears that Granderson will be here for quite some time before Gardner gets the opportunity to be the CF’er or the best OF defender. Granderson’s swing change has cemented him into the Yankee OF picture for many years to come.

    Granderson is awesome, yes, but that doesn’t change Gardner being the best defender on the team and the best outfield defender. You do realize its possible for a teams best outfield defender to be at a position other than CF? Like Ichiro played the hell out of RF for the Mariners

  116. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Swisher for a Jonathan Sanchez or Jason Vargas type would be an interesting move IMO.

    (of course that would be contingent on Swish starting to hit).

  117. Irreverent Discourse May 27th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Granderson plays the line drive in front of him much better than Gardner does. I like them both as the best OF’s in baseball. The difference between the 2 of them is pretty minimal.

  118. mick May 27th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Francesa sees what I see, Cano is falling back into old habits.
    At plate as well as in the field.

  119. Vineyard Yankee May 27th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Of course I do. I think Gardner is a very good defender just not as good as Granderson. Grandy goes back on balls over his head better IMO,

  120. mick May 27th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Grandy has better instincts than Gardy in the field.
    Gardy outruns balls while Grandy judges them better.

  121. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Granderson plays the line drive in front of him much better than Gardner does

    This is reversed. Gardner is much better going in for balls than Granderson. Its like one of his specialties. Gardner has the better arm as well.

  122. Vineyard Yankee May 27th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Of course I do. I think Gardner is a very good defender just not as good as Granderson. Grandy goes back on balls over his head better IMO, is very good going side to side as well as having the speed to close on short flies in front of him. Perhaps this is because he has been playing in the league 4 years longer.

  123. Vineyard Yankee May 27th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Didn’t finish that post of 3:59pm sorry about that.

  124. Vineyard Yankee May 27th, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    LGY May 27th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I have seen Sanchez pitch several times, he almost always loses focus and walks too many. It appears as if he can’t stay locked in for 7 plus innings at one time.

  125. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Kelleher mic’d up

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=nyy

  126. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Sanchez walks too many for my liking and I don’t think that would play in the AL East.

  127. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I have seen Sanchez pitch several times, he almost always loses focus and walks too many. It appears as if he can’t stay locked in for 7 plus innings at one time.

    ——————-

    Yeah, Sanchez is definitely not perfect. Far from it. But, neither is Swisher ;)

  128. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Sanchez walks too many for my liking and I don’t think that would play in the AL East.

    ————–

    Would you trade normal Swisher for him?

  129. Irreverent Discourse May 27th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    jerkface – granderson plays much shallower because of his ability to go back on balls and not lose them… so he gets to more line drives in front of him than gardner would playing center.

  130. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I wouldn’t trade Normal swisher for Sanchez. I’d trade bad swisher for Sanchez.

  131. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    jerkface – granderson plays much shallower because of his ability to go back on balls and not lose them… so he gets to more line drives in front of him than gardner would playing center.

    Both Gardner and Granderson are playing more shallow this year. Its an adjustment the team made. If Gardner were in center he’d be playing just as shallow. Gardner by UZR/150 is leading the world right now #1 in the OF while Granderson is in the top 40. He goes side to side better than anyone, he comes in as good or better than anyone, and even going back on balls he is above average (despite some of his detractors).

  132. Vineyard Yankee May 27th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    ‘I don’t think that would play in the AL East’.

    ===========

    That is very true.

  133. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Jesus Montero sighting in that video.

  134. Erin May 27th, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    cgrand14 make sure and support my teammate @Drob30 ‘s charitable work in his hometown of Tuscaloosa, AL: http://highsocksforhope.com/

  135. Vineyard Yankee May 27th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    LGY May 27th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Swisher just rubs me the wrong way, especially with his drama for sliding to make catches he doesn’t need to slide for.

  136. Irreverent Discourse May 27th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Where is FieldFX when we need it :(

  137. Mell May 27th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I have seen Sanchez pitch several times, he almost always loses focus and walks too many. It appears as if he can’t stay locked in for 7 plus innings at one time

    =============================

    If Swisher is the bait, this type of guy is at the high end of the return you’d be talking about, and that’s if Swisher is going pretty good.

  138. Rich in NJ May 27th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I can see Swisher’s manic obnoxiousness rubbing people the wrong way, but his sliding in the field?

  139. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    If Swisher is the bait, this type of guy is at the high end of the return you’d be talking about, and that’s if Swisher is going pretty good.

    ————-

    What do you think about that idea?

  140. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Wow…for all the value he adds, Kelleher could be a mime.

  141. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    “It’s easy to recommend a guy when the numbers are there,” Naehring said. “The most difficult thing is feeling confident and putting in a report when the production isn’t there. The biggest challenge is sticking your neck out and saying, ‘I know there’s more in there. I know there’s better performance coming.’”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/.....TopStories

    Good article on the scouting the yankees did this winter

  142. Erin May 27th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    teixeiramark25 View of Seattle from the 28th floor. Very nice! http://yfrog.com/h7lossnj

  143. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    The tech-savvy Yankees also now send scouts out armed with reams of pitch f/x data showing how each individual pitch behaves and how batters respond to each type of pitch, velocity and location.

    But the final word still comes from the scouts themselves, Eppler said. If the video men and the data teams try to identify trends, then the scouts themselves are used as sleuths to see if their eyes agree with what the data and the video say.

    This is how a team should be run

  144. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Not wise, Tex, now I know exactly where you are :x

  145. Yankee Trader May 27th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    LGY-

    I don’t think there is a normal Swisher, or should you say Swisher isn’t normal? :)

  146. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Would still love to see Davey Lopes as our 1st base coach some day.

  147. Mell May 27th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    LGY:

    Swisher for Sanchez?

    I think so. Though I’d feel like I was getting a left handed Burnett.

    I don’t buy that his pitching wouldn’t translate in the AL. He misses bats. He’s young. The walk rate would drive me scooters, but I’d probably do it.

  148. Yankee Trader May 27th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Bojo-

    If you want Davey Lopes as 1st base coach, then the Yankees might have to sign his manager-Don Mattingly!

  149. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    LGY-

    I don’t think there is a normal Swisher, or should you say Swisher isn’t normal

    ———

    Have to agree with this.

  150. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Yankee Trader May 27th, 2011 at 4:29 pm
    Bojo-

    If you want Davey Lopes as 1st base coach, then the Yankees might have to sign his manager-Don Mattingly!
    __________
    Just wait until the checks bounce next week and sign Kershaw and Kemp too!

  151. Yankee Trader May 27th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Without looking-whose tied with Lincecum for the most wins this year?

  152. Yankee Trader May 27th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Bojo-

    Kershaw, Kemp and throw in Ethier as well!! Like your thinking!

  153. Vineyard Yankee May 27th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Mell May 27th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    JF had an excellent point, with his high amount of BB the AL East would eat him alive. I’d pass unless you could get him cheap which you probably can’t due to him being a LHSP.

  154. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Oakland just swapped David Purcey for Scott Sizemore

  155. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I’m not an Ethier fan….I like defense too much.

    It really is amazing what supposedly happened with the McCourts. Thinking they could suck millions out of Dodger franchise to fund a lavish lifestyle. Can’t wait for them to be kicked out of game. Hopefully to jail for IRS issues.

  156. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I don’t buy that his pitching wouldn’t translate in the AL. He misses bats. He’s young. The walk rate would drive me scooters, but I’d probably do it.

    He walks nearly 5 per 9, I just can’t see that flying in the AL. He won’t tank but I don’t see a 3 ERA with that walk rate.

  157. Vineyard Yankee May 27th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Rich in NJ May 27th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    So why slide to make a catch that you can make by running and being upright when you catch it ?

  158. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks for the scouting article JF–good read.

    I remember some of those scouts when they were just kids in the system. (Sigh)

  159. Rich in NJ May 27th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    VY

    It could be because he doesn’t feel confident doing it any other way, or perhaps you’re right that it’s to be flashy, but as long as he catches the ball, I’m not bothered by it.

  160. Vineyard Yankee May 27th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Erin May 27th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    teixeiramark25 View of Seattle from the 28th floor. Very nice! http://yfrog.com/h7lossnj

    ===========

    Thanks Erin. Great picture Tex. Shouldn’t you be on the way to the park or having your pregame meal ?

  161. Nick in SF May 27th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Unfortunately, Swisher too often resembles this guy these days:

    http://tinyurl.com/3zfywls

  162. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Since everyone is so eager to move Swisher, how about Swish to Atlanta for Jonny Venters?

    And BTW–who is going to play RF when Swish is moved?

  163. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Nick in SF May 27th, 2011 at 4:44 pm
    Unfortunately, Swisher too often resembles this guy these days:

    http://tinyurl.com/3zfywls
    _______
    I can see the resemblance…

  164. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Since everyone is so eager to move Swisher, how about Swish to Atlanta for Jonny Venters?

    And BTW–who is going to play RF when Swish is moved?

    —————–

    I would only trade Swisher for starting pitching.

    Gimme Jurrjens instead.

  165. Vineyard Yankee May 27th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Rich in NJ May 27th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Almost every time he does it he runs the risk of having the ball get past him as opposed to playing it on the hop or knocking it down standing up which is the best option to keeping the ball in front of him.

  166. Erin May 27th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    RiverAveBlues Mark Prior not throwing off a mound. Mark Newman says he is dealing w a hip/abdominal issue. What a shame. http://bit.ly/jvyOqO

    YESKimJones Was in Tuscaloosa yesterday with @DRob30 & @ERob3. Damage from 4/27 tornado incredible. Footage startling. More tonight & next wk on YES.

  167. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Would the Marlins trade Anibal Sanchez?

  168. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Why the demand for starting pitching? Our rotation looks pretty good, and we need a LOOGY IMO.

  169. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    KIM JONES–doing that reporter thingy…nice job!

  170. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Why the demand for starting pitching? Our rotation looks pretty good, and we need a LOOGY IMO.

    ——————

    Always plan ahead when it comes to pitching.

    *cough*Danny Haren*cough*

  171. Vineyard Yankee May 27th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    GY May 27th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Would the Marlins trade Anibal Sanchez?

    ============

    Your joking right ? Especially with Johnson on the DL.

  172. Irreverent Discourse May 27th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    LGY – Probably, I don’t know if I would buy on the hot streak though… the guy has been in and out of the majors with DL and command issues a few times now.

    Now, in fantasy? I bought and am reaping rewards :)

  173. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Your joking right ? Especially with Johnson on the DL.

    ————

    Not right now. At the deadline.

  174. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Why the demand for starting pitching? Our rotation looks pretty good, and we need a LOOGY IMO.

    In terms of pitching I think the yankees are ok right now unless they can get a guy like Danks for a steal, but if I were cashman I’d focus on getting a lefty reliever that kicks ass instead of a simple loogy (like thornton) or one more righty reliever that is pretty good to give Joe more options.

    The yankees don’t have glaring needs except for a RFer I guess.

  175. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Kuroda on the Dodgers is another guy I would look at.

  176. Nick in SF May 27th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Where will the Marlins be in the NL East at the trade deadline? #youcantpredictthefutureandyoudbeafooltotry

  177. Vineyard Yankee May 27th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    ‘Just wait until the checks bounce next week and sign Kershaw and Kemp too!’

    =============

    Too bad MLB won’t let that happen.

  178. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I wanted Kuroda in the offseason but the dude went to LAD in the restricted FA period :x

  179. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I wanted Kuroda in the offseason but the dude went to LAD in the restricted FA period

    ————–

    Yeah that sucked. I just saw he has a full no trade clause.

    Who gets a no trade on a 1 year contract??

  180. Vineyard Yankee May 27th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    LGY May 27th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Doubtful. Young, still cheap (this year) and arb. eligible. Can’t become a FA until 2013.

  181. Erin May 27th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    BloggingBombers Felix Hernandez has won his last 4 starts against the Yankees (9/18/09-8/20/10), going 4-0 with a 0.51 ERA (2 ER, 35 IP) during the stretch.

    BloggingBombers Mariners starters have a 2.39 ERA in the month of May. The SEA record for lowest starters ERA in a full calendar month is 2.81 in June 2003.

  182. LGY May 27th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Doubtful. Young, still cheap (this year) and arb. eligible. Can’t become a FA until 2013.

    —————

    He’s about to get expensive. The Marlins have extended Johnson and Nolasco but haven’t approached Sanchez about an extension.

    1.5 years to FA is a good time to trade from a value perspective.

  183. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    What I love about baseball is that Nova going aganist Hernandez looks like no contest…but Nova will probably beat him! #theydontplaythegameonpaper

  184. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Another tech question….anybody here set up their PC to utilize CrossFire graphic cards? Worth it?

  185. Frankg May 27th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    An instance where they basically traded pitching for hitting. Ian Kennedy (6-1, 3.01ERA), Phil Coke (1-5, 3.81ERA), and Austin Jackson (.227BA, 3HR, SB7, CS2), for Curtis Granderson (.280BA, 16HR, SB6, CS2). Their big need now is pitching and could use Kennedy and Coke (as LH reliever, Tigers are using him as starter this year).

    They have let a lot of young pitchers go who are having good years–Melancon, Clippard, Dunn, Aceves, Moseley, and Mitre (not young). We must not forget that the Yankees left Nova unprotected a few years ago in the minor league draft. He was taken by Seattle and returned. The pitcher with the best record in the IL is Zack McAllister. He was traded by the Yankees for Austin Kearns. They left Kontos and Pendleton unproteded and acquired two othe guys who are long gone. Remember him? Conclusion: Another GM and talent evaluator might do better.

  186. Irreverent Discourse May 27th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    BoJo – I would rather spend more on one good video card than 2 mediocre ones. not many games out there can tax even single mid-high end graphics cards.

  187. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Thanks ID

  188. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Their big need now is pitching
    __________
    Uh? Why?

  189. Irreverent Discourse May 27th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    BoJo – nvidia gtx560ti is a nice price point right now, i don’t deal with ati :)

  190. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    AMD motherboard…was looking at 2 board for $30 that I could use in Cross Fire…Probably overkill for needs anyway…But thanks again…always good input from you.

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