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A group worth watching in Arizona

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 30, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It had been previously reported, but yesterday it becamse official that the Yankees will send three of the organization’s more intriguing prospects to the Arizona Fall League. Four Yankees pitchers will be assigned at some point, but those four are not official just yet.

For now, it’s these three — a catcher, an infielder and an outfielder — and while they’re not necessarily the biggest names in the minor league system, each one is a legitimate prospect with potential to make a real impact in New York. It’s a group worth following, for sure. All three are going to Arizona to get more at-bats after missing time because of injuries.

Austin Romine
Catcher
Triple-A
23 years old

Right now: Romine has played fewer than 30 games this season because of a lingering back issue that wiped out any slim chance of making the Yankees big league roster out of spring training. Recently he’s started to hit a little bit more, and if he’s not a September call-up, he’ll likely hanlde hte bulk of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s catching through the International League playoffs.
Next year: This was essentially a lost year for Romine. If nothing else, the Yankees were counting on him to provide catching depth, and when he couldn’t do that, they felt the need to trade for Chris Stewart and option Francisco Cervelli to be their minor league insurance. He has fewer than 100 Triple-A at-bats, so a return ot Scranton/Wilkes-Barre wouldn’t be the worst thing, but he could prove he’s ready for a big league role.
Big picture: Gary Sanchez is the Yankees top catching prospect, but he’s at least a year or two away from the big leagues. Romine is the most advanced catcher in the system, his brief call-up last season was enough to show how much the Yankees respect him defensively. His bat could determine whether he’s a big league regular or a younger version of Cervelli.

David Adams
Second baseman / Third baseman
Double-A
25 years old

Right now: An ankle injury suffered in 2010 took two years to fully heal. Adams played a little bit last season, and he was healthy enough to get some work in spring training, but he didn’t get regular Double-A at-bats until May. Once healthy, Adams’ numbers got better and better throughout the season, and now he’s hitting for average and power while drawing a good number of walks in Trenton.
Next year: Primarily a second baseman when the year started, Adams shifted to third base at the end of July, and he’s played there ever since. That might have been a response to the Rodriguez injury, might have been a response to Corban Joseph’s second-base production in Triple-A, and might have been an attempt to put Adams in a position where he’s best suited. He could be ready for some sort of utility role out of spring training. If not, he could certainly be Triple-A insurance if Rodriguez gets hurt again.
Big picture: Adams has always shown a good bat for a second baseman, but is it enough bat for a third baseman? Is he versatile enough for a utility role? The Yankees basically lost two years of development with Adams, and they’re just now figuring out a little more about him. The numbers are impressive, he just needs to play, and that’s exactly why he’s going to Arizona.

Slade Heathcott
Center fielder
High-A
21 years old
Right now: Two shoulder surgeries have slowed the progress of the former first-round pick, and he didn’t get out of extended spring training until late June. But he’s shown his potential this month. Even after a hitless doubleheader on Tuesday, Heathcott was hitting .364/.430/.519 with 10 stolen bases this month. He has a legitimate bat, great speed and a good glove, but the Yankees have given him a lot of DH days this season to keep him healthy.
Next year: Heathcott has never played more than 76 games or gotten more than 300 at-bats in a season. He needs playing time — hence the Fall League — and the first step toward making next year a success is staying on the field. Double-A wouldn’t seem to be out of the question. He’s a legitimate center fielder, so there’s little reason to move him to a corner unless the Yankees see an opening there.
Big picture: Mason Williams has to be considered the Yankees top center field prospect, but as long as he’s healthy, Heathcott deserves a spot in that discussion. He can really run, and he’s shown the ability to drive the ball as well. Despite the injury recovery, this season has been encouraging for Heathcott, who’s showing why he was a first-round pick to begin with. He needs to play some more for the Yankees to figure out just how good he can be.

The Yankees participants will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions along with members of the Angles, Giants, Indians and Pirates organizations. The team will be managed by Carlos Mendoza, who currently manages the Yankees Low-A team in Charleston.

The Fall League season opens on October 9.

FALL LEAGUE ELIGIBILITY RULES
• Each major-league organization is required to provide seven players.
• All Triple-A and Double-A players are eligible provided they are on Double-A rosters no later than August 15.
• Each organization is permitted to send two Class A Advanced-level players in addition to the current allowance of two “A-exempt” players (who are under contract as of August 15). Foreign players are allowed as long as the player is not on his native country’s primary protected player list.
• No players with more than one year active or two years total of credited major-league service as of August 31 (including major league disabled list time) are eligible, except a team may select one player picked in the most recently concluded Major League Rule 5 Draft.
• Each Fall League team is allotted 20 pitchers but only 15 are designated “eligible” each game day.

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91 Responses to “A group worth watching in Arizona”

  1. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    How ’bout Winter ball for some of our guys too ?

    Manny for instance.

    He’d love the DR in Winter.

  2. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    What Pitchers will go to the AFL ?

  3. Bo knows August 30th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I think Manny has to go back to Mejico. Thought I saw rules somewhere.

  4. J. Alfred Prufrock August 30th, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Bring up Adams! Don’t wait until he’s 30! Good stuff, Chad.

  5. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Bo-

    Wanted to thank you for that great info. on Wells-Gray.

    I’d love to see it.

  6. blake August 30th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    .337 .391 .582 .973

    Adams vs LHP….should they not find out if he’s a better option than Jonesy?

  7. blake August 30th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Benjamin Kabak ?@bkabak

    So Feliciano is topping at 8 mph under where he was with the Mets in 2010. No way he’s activated anytime soon.

    that doesn’t sound great.

  8. Ys Guy August 30th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    ok im mellow now, listening to politicians makes me crazy, i appologize! i turned off the radio.

    yankees SWEEP bucks boys this W/E! C Ya!

    LOVE to hate the Orioles!

  9. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Blake-

    What makes you think he won’t be one of the call ups ?

  10. yankeefeminista August 30th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Adams = .988 OPS in last 10 games. Essentially as a 3B.

    Overall .973 OPS vs. lefties.

  11. Jerkface August 30th, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    that doesn’t sound great.

    That basically means he is throwing 70 mph.

  12. yankeefeminista August 30th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Also Feliciano was supposed to pitch at Trenton tonight, but didn’t for some reason. Supposed to pitch tomorrow in SI. Rumor was he would be back w/us this weekend… Maybe not.

  13. blake August 30th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    “What makes you think he won’t be one of the call ups ?”

    I dunno….if his velo is down that much it’s probably not good….I haven’t seen him though.

  14. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Sounds like Feliciano has 2 choices:

    1 He can call Jamie Moyer and ask for Junkball lessons

    2 He can call up his brother Jose and ask him to fill in with his guitar

    :(

  15. blake August 30th, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Yankeesource ?@YankeeSource

    Tyler Austin hit a 9th inning grand slam (were trailing 3-1 at time) and went 1 for 5 in a 5-4 Tampa Yankee win.

    Tyler Austin has made people notice him

  16. J. Alfred Prufrock August 30th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    He’s been killing lefties all year. But they prefer middle aged reclamation projects to prospects.

  17. Tar August 30th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    “LOVE to hate the Orioles!”

    You sure do, but will you at least concede now that they are a much better team than last year?

    And I should have taken your bet. :wink:

  18. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Blake-

    Another guy who has been flying under the radar is Flores.

    YF can probably comment.

  19. blake August 30th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    MTU,

    yup

  20. Ys Guy August 30th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    the yankees aaa and aa teams make the playoffs so often the organization always has to deal with whether to call guys up to sit the bench in the majors vs. playing on their team to try to win a championship. it may seem to yankees fans that it’s nothing but it makes a difference to the minor league affiliate, especially trenton, which is not owned by the yankees.

    i would suppose that with the scranton yankees being basically a barnstorming team that they arent denying the home fans of anything, though.

  21. blake August 30th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Jays beat the Rays 2-0. Break up the Blue Jays

  22. blake August 30th, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Yankeesource ?@YankeeSource

    Interesting. RT @mashmore98 He was scheduled to pitch tonight and did not and is now not here at all. #Feliciano

  23. Tar August 30th, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    BTW– Hi everybody. :D

    Sorry I just kind of rudely jumped in the conversation.

  24. blake August 30th, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Josh Norris ?@jnorris427

    Feliciano is gone. Locker cleaned out. No spread has been purchased.

  25. yankeefeminista August 30th, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    MTU, haven’t seen him play live in 2 years, but the kid can flat out hit. Think he’ll develop some more SLG, and has been doing so in last ten but not a power bat. So position might be an issue, as he is not overly athletic, and will have to play a corner likely. I was hoping he would get a call up to Trenton to see what he can do at the next level.

  26. Jerkface August 30th, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    If Feliciano is throwing like ~70 mph they can’t waste the 40 man spot on taking him off the 60 day.

  27. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Thanks for the info. YF.

  28. yankeefeminista August 30th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Feliciano could have headed to SI b/c he’s supposed to pitch there tomorrow, but strange that he didn’t pitch in Trenton tonight.

  29. yankeefeminista August 30th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    MTU, you’re welcome. Kid’s get some speed though, so gets XBH and has decent splits. He hits righties well with more power that way. I’d love to see that .917 SLG in last ten in Trenton. Like I said. Love to see what he can do in AA. We could use that kind of bat on the big club.

  30. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Are you as pessimistic about our future as Pat M. seems to be ?

  31. Bo knows August 30th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Wanted to thank you for that great info. on Wells-Gray.

    I’d love to see it.

    ————————
    I used to fly through Edmonton – Vancouver. Alfa Romeo freak. Driving Jasper – Vancouver in a sportscar is a state of exaltation. Then my sister moved to Clearwater and talked me into looking into Wells Gray. Woah. Now I stop and pay homage. The old friends, the new view that’s ten steps off the beaten track, it deserves time.

    I think I said it earlier – You get on an oxygen high there

    Anyway, glad to share.

  32. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I’m not.

    I think our rotation will be solid again next year.

    The BP will have either Mo or Soriano to close.

    The OF will be reconstructed with youth in mind.

    And we’ll upgrade our Catcher.

    That makes me believe we can still compete.

    Even w. 189 in mind.

  33. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Bo-

    If you know me you know I share a little too.

    Thanks again.

    :)

  34. Bo knows August 30th, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    If you know me you know I share a little too.

    ——-
    Yep, you do good.

    The thing is as you know, that pictures are static.

    Kicking back and doing a replay is almost as good as being there.

    All of British Columbia is beautiful, (the Cascades to the south), and the mountains are spectacular, but Wells Gray is the pinnacle.

  35. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 30th, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    MTU August 30th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Hear hear!!!

    :)

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

    With all the posts exposing just how horrid and deficient Yankee management is, starting with Brian Cashman, I can certainly understand why the Yankees aren’t in first place.

    Wait a minute…

  36. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Just about time to part company for tonight.

    For those of you who love Nature and Beauty (and Photography) I’ll leave you with the link below to enjoy at your leisure.

    http://www.synnatschke.com/

    They are 2 of my favorite Photographers. If I’m really lucky I hope to have the opportunity to meet them in person this Fall.

    I plan on showing them a spot in my area they have never seen.

    Their work is absolutely wonderful IMO.

    Enjoy and have a great evening.

    :)

  37. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    And if you do visit their website you’ll see what I aspire to be.

    :)

  38. yankeefeminista August 30th, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    The photos are gorgeous, as are yours. Thanks for sharing all of them, MTU. Have a good night!

  39. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    YF-

    Those two are like Gods to me.

    Their talent is just off the charts good.

    They cast a huge shadow over mortals like myself.

    It will be an honor for me just to have a chance to meet them.

    I’ll be a little starstruck I think.

    Like meeting meeting a Yankee great in person.

    ;)

  40. jacksquat August 30th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Just going to correct some BS.

    Cashman said “shop it” after Jeter’s agent started the public comments, about the Yankees’ offer being too low. If the other side makes it public, you have a right and are justified in replying in public.

    Bernie was let go because of decreased performance. Go check the numbers.

    Rivera fielded offers from Boston so he had leverage. The Yankees have been very generous with Rivera, anyone who implies otherwise is an idiot or has an agenda.

    Posada used the Mets as leverage to get his 4th year. Well he got it. I like Jorge, but he’s the one who threw a hissy fit when he was moved to 9th because he wasn’t hitting.

  41. blake August 30th, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    “Cashman said “shop it” after Jeter’s agent started the public comments, about the Yankees’ offer being too low. If the other side makes it public, you have a right and are justified in replying in public”

    Actually I’m pretty sure Hal fired the first shot in a radio interview by suggesting the talks could get “messy”. Jeter wanted to keep it private….he had nothing to gain by making it public….the Yankees did and they used it as leverage….it was bad form IMO

  42. blake August 30th, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Lestah sucks!

  43. Jerkface August 30th, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Actually I’m pretty sure Hal fired the first shot in a radio interview by suggesting the talks could get “messy”. Jeter wanted to keep it private….he had nothing to gain by making it public….the Yankees did and they used it as leverage….it was bad form IMO

    Describing how talks could get is different from what Casey Close did, he was the one that actually put it out in Public.

  44. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 30th, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    “Describing how talks could get is different from what Casey Close did, he was the one that actually put it out in Public.”

    Bingo.

  45. blake August 30th, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    “Describing how talks could get is different from what Casey Close did, he was the one that actually put it out in Public.”

    I don’t think that was Jeter’s doing and I doubt he liked that either…..either way….the Yankees used the public to leverage the talks a lot more than Jeter did.

  46. Jerkface August 30th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I don’t think that was Jeter’s doing and I doubt he liked that either…..either way….the Yankees used the public to leverage the talks a lot more than Jeter did.

    -

    Close is his representation, it doesn’t matter if hypothetically he wouldn’t like it, it happened and his side did it first.

  47. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 30th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Do you really think the Yankees needed the public to leverage talks with Jeter coming off the worst season of his career? I don’t.

  48. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 30th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    And if Jeter really didn’t like it, he could have gone to the press and said “I told Mr. Close that I’d rather keep the entire matter in house until the negotiations are finished. I appreciate him comparing me to Babe Ruth, even though I think that might have been a little on the generous side. Maybe just a little.” (Jeter smile. Fade out.)

  49. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 30th, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    jacksquat – thanks for the perspective. It’s easy to forget reality under an avalanche of accusations and criticisms.

  50. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 30th, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I’m not going to pretend I know what Jeter was or wasn’t thinking when Close made his comments. Jeter was in an uncomfortable position and I’m sure he wouldn’t want to publicy embarass his agent, no matter what he was thinkibng.

    Here’s the good news. Both sides got together, and it is now 2012.

    GO YANKS!!!

  51. raymagnetic August 30th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Slade looks like he’s a bit crazy and unstable. And I like it!

  52. UnKnown August 30th, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    If anything I would really like to see Chris Dickerson up with the big league club on Sat. The guy has done nothing but absolutely destroyed righties at Scranton this year. Plus he can play really good defense.

    I think Dickerson can add a lot to the club in this final month of play.

  53. Tar August 31st, 2012 at 12:00 am

    “Do you really think the Yankees needed the public to leverage talks with Jeter coming off the worst season of his career? I don’t.”

    It’s Derek Jeter of course Cashman needed all the leverage he could muster.

    And regardless of who said what first, Cashman certainly did not take the high road in those negotiations.

    And furthermore as many of us posted on what we would believe would happen, has happened. That contract has more than paid for itself already. So Cashman ( and LGY and Jerk :evil: ) were wrong. :D

  54. Tar August 31st, 2012 at 12:04 am

    And with that shot across the bow, I bid everyone a good night! :D

    And no I do not want to re-hash all the Jeter or Posada shenanigans anymore.

  55. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 12:09 am

    I didn’t see rousing public support for Jeter, Tar. As much as fans love to mouth off on forums, when push comes to shove, they’re mighty quiet when it comes to real live action. In fact, I read more negative publicity toward Jeter than I did positive. I think the Yankees realized they were in good shape because of the season he came off, that simple. If the Yanks had come off a world series and Jeter had hit 334 for the season, you’re talking an entirely different dynamic. Business is business. I also think that was the year he was most public with his relationship with Minka Kelly. Maybe they figured his love of the game had taken a hit and they didn’t want to chance overpaying for something they might not get back. Who knows? Lots of things go into negotiations that we never hear about. You know that.

  56. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 12:15 am

    “And no I do not want to re-hash all the Jeter or Posada shenanigans anymore.”

    Gee, and I was so hoping the “trash Cash” marathon would go on throughout the evening!

    ;)

    Night Tar. Night all.

  57. jacksquat August 31st, 2012 at 1:20 am

    And furthermore as many of us posted on what we would believe would happen, has happened. That contract has more than paid for itself already. So Cashman ( and LGY and Jerk ) were wrong.

    Nobody was wrong. It’s good to believe, but Cashman had to look at the situation pragmatically, Jeter wasn’t coming off a good year, he was getting into his late 30′s, an age at which most players decline. He didn’t have a crystal ball. Of course I like Jeter, but I don’t think the Yankees’ offers were inappropriate.

  58. jmills August 31st, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Jeter arguably,….rules.

  59. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Baby Bomber Recap 8/30/12: AAA Yankees Clinch IL North Division
    by Tanya Bondurant on Aug 31, 2012 6:00 AM EDT in Minors

    AAA Empire State Yankees: W 5-0 vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs

    Kevin Russo 2-4, 3B, K – batting .290 in 97 games with ESY this season

    Eduardo Nunez 1-4, HR, 2 RBI – 14 for his last 50

    Ronnier Mustelier 2-4, HR

    Austin Romine 1-4, HR – third homer of the year

    Cole Garner 1-3, HR

    Melky Mesa 0-3, K

    John Maine 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 5 K – 65 of 96 pitches for strikes

    Cory Wade 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER

    http://www.pinstripealley.com/.....h-division

    Congrats to the Empire State Yankees. Attached the recap of all the NYY Baby Bomber teams. Looks like Tyler Austin had a two out 9th inning GS to lead Tampa to victory 5-4. Parent team needs some of that mojo!

  60. blake August 31st, 2012 at 7:50 am

    After being a bit doom and gloom yesterday I’m going to turn the page and offer a bit of optimism today.

    The Yankees have 32 remaining game to play and 13 of them are against teams under .500…..10 of those games are in the final 2 weeks of the season and they finish the year with 10 of their final 13 against either Toronto or the Twins.

    If the Yanks go 20-12 the rest of the way then they’d finish with 95 wins and the Orioles would need to go 24-9 to catch them and the Rays would need to go 24-8 to catch them.

    Basically the Yankees control their own destiny and they should be getting Alex and Tex back soon…..they just have to hold their own head to head against Tampa and Baltimore and then beat the teams they should beat at the end of the year to hold on.

    Also….the wave of position players the Yanks have knocking on the door of the upper levels in the farm system are pretty exciting. Austin, Mason, Sanchez, Heathcott etc are all very important to the future of the club and if they go from where they are now to knocking on the big league door this time next year then that’ll be huge.

    3 of the teams that we as Yankee fans have continually worried about all season are the Tigers, the Angels, and the Rays……if the season ended today none of those teams would make the postseason….so while things seem bad….at least we are still in first place and control what happens……just gotta win and this team has always been good at finding a way to navigate through the marathon to get to the sprint.

  61. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Looks like the pitching matchups are:

    rookie righty Miguel Gonzalez vs Ace Kuroda
    Ace lefty Chen vs Garcia
    Co-Ace righty Tillman vs future Ace Phelps

    attached game logs for Gonzalez. Hopefully the Yankees studied the films of his last few outings. The Rangers hit him up for 4 runs in 5 innings in an O’s 5-1 loss in his last outing on the 20th.

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/p.....12/1208713

    The Yankees can’t afford to keep playing .500 baseball or they will finish with 91 wins this season and a possible miss for the wild card.

  62. Villa Nova-Ya August 31st, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Yankee Trader -

    I think it is absolutely nothing short of inspiring that the “homeless” (as tweeted by Chris Dickerson) Empire State Yankees clinched their division. Do you know, I read two days ago that their “home” and “away” records were both 12 games over .500. Amazing. Those guys and the management team down there should be proud of themselves.

    If anyone read the interview with Mark Newman that Chad posted yesterday, he was asked about balancing the needs of the major league team in September with the fact that the AAA, AA and A teams are in the playoffs, with respect to calling up players when the rosters expand. First, the major league team gets fed, basically, and then everything else plays off that. But Newman said that it is in fact important that these minor league players get to play in playoff situations. That it is something beneficial for them, especially if they ever play for the Yankees, who make it a habit to be in the playoffs year after year. Anyway, I found it interesting. It’d be worth checking out (one of yesterday’s posts).

    I was also happy to read that the Yankees signed a 10-year contract to continue their affiliation with Trenton. Yay! I really love having a Yankees farm team 20 minutes from home! (Even if this summer I didn’t get to go there as often as I usually do.)

  63. blake August 31st, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Chen vs Garcia is the obvious problem matchup…..and good lefty vs Freddy. I like the other two and am hopeful that the Yanks can win 2 of 3 this weekend. That would push the lead to 4.5 games with less than a month to play….

  64. blake August 31st, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Villa,
    That Trenton club could be loaded by the middle of next year…..you need to get out there often and give us reports!

  65. blake August 31st, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Austin, Sanchez, Mason, Flores, Heathcott all figure to be in Trenton at some point in 2013 (hopefully)

  66. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Good morning Blake-

    Just read your post. Ironically the Red Sox, who the Yankees play at home the last 3 games of the season, could very well determine if the Rays or O’s make the postseason. When I last checked, the Rays and O’s have the toughest schedule the last 9-10 games of the season

    Too bad the Yankees didn’t take 2 of 3 against sub .500 team , the Jays.

  67. Villa Nova-Ya August 31st, 2012 at 8:02 am

    blake -

    Haha! I’m laughing because after a day and a half of not being really at ease with where the Yankees are, my thoughts started to lift, as well!

    First, I thought, as “iffy” as Tex and ARod and Andy might be, the psychological lift the team gets as each one comes back is not measurable, but I think it will be huge.

    Also, I saw that the Yankees are about at .500 this year against both the Rays and Orioles (together). If they can do that, and win the rest, I’m figuring they’d be okay.

    And, as long as they win one game in this series, they stay in first place. Certainly hoping for better, of course.

    I seriously don’t know how the Orioles are doing this, looking at the BA of the guys in their lineup last night. SMH.

    Tampa lost!!!

  68. Villa Nova-Ya August 31st, 2012 at 8:07 am

    blake -

    I am optimistic that next summer will afford me more time to get to Trenton, especially those lunchtime games!

  69. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Good morning Villa-

    I wonder if the Yankees will add a well deserving Chris Dickerson, a lefty hitting both lefties and righties to the 40 man today and bring him up tomorrow to rest Granderson on occasion, and add speed to the lineup[ good SB rate]

  70. blake August 31st, 2012 at 8:08 am

    “I seriously don’t know how the Orioles are doing this, looking at the BA of the guys in their lineup last night. SMH.”

    I keep waiting for a correction….maybe it’ll come in September.

  71. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Pitching matchups with stats available around the league this weekend:

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/probable-pitchers

  72. Shame Spencer August 31st, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Interesting conversations from last night lol… Can’t honestly support the notion that the Yankees have been ‘generous’ with Rivera. Man gets paid what he deserves.

    “3 of the teams that we as Yankee fans have continually worried about all season are the Tigers, the Angels, and the Rays……”

    blake – If I had to guess, I’d say it’s most likely 1 out of those 3 teams makes it.

    Also want to put in an aside: Who knew Team Greedy would find a way to rep itself during the presidential campaign?! ;)

  73. Ys Guy August 31st, 2012 at 8:13 am

    the orioles flew off to a great start reached thier peak on may 19th and have played .500 ball in the 13 weeks since. i think the .500 team is more what they are, but they have stayed right there and nobody has knocked them out. until now…

  74. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2012 at 8:16 am

    AL Team batting stats:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/t.....order/true

    Rays and Orioles tied for 9th place in Runs.

  75. Villa Nova-Ya August 31st, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Yankee Trader -

    I’ve got my fingers crossed that Dickerson gets the call up. Jones is on his last legs. :(

  76. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2012 at 8:25 am

    The O’s have some serious long ball threats, with lefties Chris Davis, Nick Markakis, and Matt Wieters, shooting for the short porch in YS this weekend.

    They have added Omar Quintanilla, Nate Mc Clouth, Manny Machado- 3 players the Yankees haven’t faced. Saunders and Wolf give them options and their closer and set-up pitchers are very good.

    Plus they utilize the shift, 2nd most times to the Rays.

    I can’t take this team lightly and I think they’ll have a good chance to make the playoffs

  77. 86w183 August 31st, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Dickerson, Cervelli, Nunez are most important guys to add.

    After playoffs, Warren, Montgomery and maybe Adams

    Next ten days will determine if:

    a. it’s over
    b. it’s about the same
    c. it’s panic time

  78. blake August 31st, 2012 at 8:25 am

    “blake – If I had to guess, I’d say it’s most likely 1 out of those 3 teams makes it.

    Also want to put in an aside: Who knew Team Greedy would find a way to rep itself during the presidential campaign?! ”

    I would as well….I’m not sure which though.

    who represented Team Greedy?

  79. Villa Nova-Ya August 31st, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Ys Guy –

    The O’s just took 3 of 4 from the White Sox. :(

    Buck has them believing they can do this. So, the Yankees have to stop being “nice guys,” tipping their hats all over the place. They gotta toughen up!!!! Grind It!!!!

    But, if they continue to play .500 on balance, and the Yankees continue to play .500 on balance and the Rays play .500 on balance to the end of the season, The Yankees should prevail.

  80. Villa Nova-Ya August 31st, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Yeah, that shift thing. Hate it.

  81. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Let’s look at this playoff scenario based on today’s standings. The Rangers finish with the best record, the Yankees 2nd best and the White Sox 3rd best.

    The A’s and Orioles would be playing for wild card.

    If the A’s win the Rangers travel to Oakland and the Yankees to Chicago for the 1st two games.

    Chris Sale and Jake Peavy vs CC and Kuroda.

    Even if the Yankees are fully healthy and rested, will their propensity lately to hit sol0 homers overcome their inability to plate runners when they have RISP?
    3 for 17 last game vs the Blue Jays , their last game.

  82. Villa Nova-Ya August 31st, 2012 at 8:36 am

    86w183 -

    I wasn’t getting the vibe that Montgomery will be added. But you never really know, and they’re apparently still making those decisions.

  83. austinmac August 31st, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Since Adams is going to the AFL that tells me he is not coming up. I doubt Montgomery will either.

  84. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2012 at 8:43 am

    The next 10 days as 86w183 just stated will help determine who will be left standing.

    “Two men enter, one man leaves.” Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

  85. 86w183 August 31st, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I would bet against Montgomery getting the call, but I’d do it.

    Dickerson is not on 40-man so adding him means likely saying sayonara to Pearce or McGehee.

    Activating Montgomery or Pettite would also require a 40-man move.

  86. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Next 10 days-

    Orioles: @ NY[3], @Toronto[3] , home vs NYY[4]
    Rays: @ Toronto[3], home vs NYY[3], day off, home vs. Texas[3]
    Yankees: home vs O’s[3], @Tampa[3], @ O’s[4]

  87. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Justin Thomas and Ramiro Pena could be 2 players removed from 40 man.

  88. Shame Spencer August 31st, 2012 at 8:52 am

    blake – Clint Eastwood spoke to a chair. Team Greedy wants ALL the imaginary friends!!

  89. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Shame-

    Now I get it? Eastwood was speaking to an imaginary Obama and apparently Obama tweeted”This chair is occupied.”

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