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Monday morning notes: Getting started with the full squad

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 18, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Robinson Cano and Ichiro Suzuki are each scheduled to address the media today. But before anyone settles into the press conference tent, the Yankees will go through their first full-squad workout.

The pitchers did most of their work this morning, so this afternoon is all about standard batting practice and defensive drills. The grounds crew just finished getting the infield ready, and a small crowd of fans has gathered in the seats waiting for the team to show up. I’m not in the clubhouse right now, but I assume Joe Girardi is giving his big start-of-spring-training speech.

“The message is, let’s get better,” Girardi said yesterday. “I mean, that’s the bottom line. Let’s get prepared and let’s get better. That’s what we’re here for.”

• Light day for pitchers. Hiroki Kuroda threw a bullpen this morning — Francisco Cervelli was his catcher — but the rest of the big league staff is essentially limited to PFP and other drills.

• Three pitchers threw live batting practice. Vidal Nuno (to Gary Sanchez) and Zach Nuding (to Francisco Arcia) faced Kyle Higashioka and Austin Romine. Ryan Pope (to J.R. Murphy) faced Cervelli, Chris Stewart and Bobby Wilson. The catchers had their batting practice early, so Stewart and Murphy were already in street clothes by the time I got up to the press box.  

• Not sure whether it will be like this every day, but today it seems that all of the outfielders will go through drills as one big group. Insteady of the outfielders being listed individually, the day’s schedule simply told all outfielders to report to center field on Field 2 for fielding drills.

• Might be worth noting that Ronnier Mustelier is reporting with the outfielders, but Rob Segedin is with the infielders. Makes me wonder if the Yankees are planning to give Segedin the bulk of his playing time at third base this season. Might make sense given the outfield depth.

• David Adams (sidelined with a lower back injury) is not listed for defensive drills or batting practice.

• Today’s random clubhouse conversation was with Corey Black, a right-handed pitcher who was drafted just last year and already is in big league camp. This despite the fact he had Tommy John surgery in high school and didn’t pitch until college (he had TJ after a throw from the outfield completely snapped his elbow ligament). Black said the Yankees are working with him to tweak his mechanics so that he doesn’t throw across his body quite so much, and it’s taking some time to get used to that. I haven’t really seen him throw, but Black’s another guy who makes a strong first impression just talking to him in the clubhouse.

• Infield defensive assignments for today:

Field 1
Greg Bird (1B), Robinson Cano (2B), Walter Ibarra (3B), Derek Jeter SS, Dan Johnson (1B), Luke Murton (1B), Jayson Nix (2B), Eduardo Nunez (SS), Rob Segedin (3B)

Field 2
Cito Culver (SS), Corban Joseph (2B), Addison Maruszak (3B), Jose Pirela (2B), Kyle Roller (1B), Mark Teixeira (1B), Gil Velazquez (SS), Kevin Youkilis (3B)

• Batting practice groups:

Group 1
Robinson Cano, Travis Hafner, Derek Jeter, Eduardo Nunez

Group 2
Dan Johnson, Jayson Nix, Mark Teixeira, Kevin Youkilis

Group 3
Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Juan Rivera, Ichiro Suzuki

Group 4
Matt Diaz, Melky Mesa, Ronnier Mustelier, Thomas Neal

Group 5
Corban Joseph, Addison Maruszak, Luke Murton, Gil Velazquez

Group 6
Zoilo Almonte, Slade Heathcott, Kyle Roller, Rob Segedin

Group 7
Greg Bird, Cito Culver, Walter Ibarra, Jose Pirela

Group 8
Tyler Austin, Ramon Flores, Adonis Garcia

Associated Press photos

 
 

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45 Responses to “Monday morning notes: Getting started with the full squad”

  1. randy l. February 18th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    green grass and a warm blue sky over a baseball field looks really nice

    i do miss florida in the winter

    chad is one lucky guy to be covering all that down there.

  2. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax February 18th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Today’s random clubhouse conversation was with Corey Black, a right-handed pitcher who was drafted just last year and already is in big league camp. This despite the fact he had Tommy John surgery in high school and didn’t pitch until college (he had TJ after a throw from the outfield completely snapped his elbow ligament). Black said the Yankees are working with him to tweak his mechanics so that he doesn’t throw across his body quite so much, and it’s taking some time to get used to that. I haven’t really seen him throw, but Black’s another guy who makes a strong first impression just talking to him in the clubhouse.

    ******

    Thank you again Chad for covering and mentioning Corey Black. I remember when the face with the jerk left Corey Black off of his/her watch list for this spring. All the focus will be on Dealin Dellin by the self-titled “snobs,” but it is guys such as Mitchell, Black, and Turley that are often forgotten. Heck, I remember very few – you had a post on it last March – about Tyler Austin – and now this Spring everyone is on that bandwagon. But then again, if it does not happen in Lakewood, I guess it does not happen at all.

    This is Stoneburner, reporting from Ceti Alpha V, with the wax poetic minute – - – -

  3. Jerkface February 18th, 2013 at 11:19 am

    The only thing worse than prospect snobs are prospect hipsters. Leaving Jose Pirela out of your posts continues to undermine your own points.

  4. Out Pitch February 18th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    “The message is, let’s get better,” Girardi said yesterday. “I mean, that’s the bottom line. Let’s get prepared and let’s get better. That’s what we’re here for.”

    Girardi should give his “let’s get better” speech to the front office!

  5. NYYROC February 18th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Yeah, let’s keep track of the errors Nunez makes in ST IF practice (sarcasm). Mr. Glass Half Empty Feinsand will probably track the HRs Hughes gives up and the times Robbie doesn’t run hard to first too.

  6. Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    cashman says nunez can only make the team as a util.
    girardi says he’s only gonna play ss
    jeter says he had a broken foot
    girardi says jeter wouldnt have been playing if he had a broken foot.

    …do any of these people ever talk to each other?

  7. tucker February 18th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Interesting column. Will Jeter and Mariano continue their unprecedented excellence?

    TAMPA — The last time there was this much doubt in spring training about Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera was 1996.

    Actually, to say there was doubt about Rivera would be to elevate his meaning. Joe Girardi, a new Yankee that spring, never even had heard of Rivera going into that camp. Jeter, 21, was a touted prospect, but was anointed the starting shortstop mainly because George Steinbrenner wanted to prove he had a fertile farm system to counter the buzz the Mets were generating with Generation K.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....WtiOSP45XO

  8. Patrick February 18th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Bryan Hoch ?@BryanHoch
    Here’s a look at Kevin Youkilis’ batting stance. pic.twitter.com/ICfah1bP

    Is it just me or does it look less ridiculous?

  9. jmills February 18th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Hey, YS, I have a hard time getting into the blog of late when Chad includes a video ( the blackberry demands an abode update and I can’t move from there ) – I will get this stupid techmology fixed. Thanks again for the invite to your table, I would be honoured.

  10. Patrick February 18th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    The only thing worse than prospect snobs are prospect hipsters. Leaving Jose Pirela out of your posts continues to undermine your own points.

    I knew about Jesus Montero when he was still in middle school /smug

  11. Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    you can’t actually tell by the picture but it looks like youk is holding the bat at a higher angle (it used to come completely horizontal or beyond) and im guessing he’s holding the bat with both hands all the way instead of that finger thing he did til just before the pitch.

    personally id like to see him hold that bat pointing up so he doesnt have to whip it around so much but he’s gotta do what works for him.

    i think youk’s gonna have a solid year and yankees fans are going to take to him well.

    another guy hoping to play his way out of the yankees budget.

  12. Patrick February 18th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Ys Guy, interesting analysis. I was just happy to see it doesn’t look like he has to take a piss while in the batter’s box

  13. Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    np jmills, ill alert the waitstaff to look for some guy asking for a cheeseburger with canadian cheese….

  14. jmills February 18th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    YS, don’t forget the back bacon. Geddy Lee’s gonna’ demand it if he finds you.

  15. Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    so here’s how this year goes…
    cano wins mvp
    hughes and kuroda win 20 pettitte wins 15
    mo saves 42
    granderson hits 45 dingers and bats .270
    jeter gets 185 hits and wins WS MVP

    they win the WS.
    kuroda pettitte, jeter and mo retire
    cano signs with the dodgers
    granderson signs with the mets
    hughes signs with the angels

    this era ends in triumph

    an new era dawns…

    id sign up for that!

  16. jmills February 18th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Problem with your picture YS is that Romero is going to win 30 Mickey Lolich style ( or at least 27 like Carlton ), Paul Molitar will unretire to hit 400 at second and Colby won’t need Devo’s help in centre. Jays win on a boring walk. I’m going back to watch the Phillies get kicked around in ’93.( Hate Philly and Bobby Clarke )

  17. jmills February 18th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/k.....#038;rel=0

    Odd bit of propaganda I just found. I think they want me to buy something ! :)

  18. Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    what happened to romero last year?

    or maybe i should say what happened to romero in 2011 that made him so good?

  19. jmills February 18th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    YS, Romero is now saying there were times last year he couldn’t turn over on the ball. This goes against anything he reported while the season was happening. His end of season surgery is being portrayed as relatively minor. I think a good thing for him is that he is now #5 on the list and can hopefully just get back to 2011 and not end up like some Carl Morton or something.

  20. NYYROC February 18th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Jmills: Lolich didn’t win 30. His teammate McClain did. But I get your point..Lolich was good. I like Romero too..really good change up.

  21. jmills February 18th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Crap, I was thinking McLain but fell on Lolich. Thanks for the wake up call! :D

  22. Nick in SF February 18th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I’m more of a prospect purist.

    (5 Scharffenberger chocolate bars to the first person who gets the reference. Nobody will get it!)

  23. NYYROC February 18th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Nick in SF, is this a Seinfeld reference?

  24. jmills February 18th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/t.....#038;rel=0

    I don’t know the answer but found this instead. I was indeed a lucky lad to make it home to witness Dent.

  25. Nick in SF February 18th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    It is not a Seinfeld reference but it does come from the greater world of pop culture. The odds of anyone getting it are so small that I’ll double the offer to 10 bars with the caveat that my approximation of the reference is a paraphrase from memory and of course the word “prospect” replaces another word.

  26. Patrick February 18th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Bryan Hoch ?@BryanHoch
    In case you were wondering, and I know you were, Jeter’s scooter was not the motorized type.

    I can picture it now – 250 pound Derek Jeter cruising around the club on his razor scooter hitting on girls and offering gift baskets with autographed memorabilia.

  27. Jerkface February 18th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    This week sucks. So close to actual games being played.

  28. NYYROC February 18th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Nick in SF, is it a quote from Logan Echolls of the Veronica Mars TV show?

  29. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax February 18th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Jerkface February 18th, 2013 at 11:19 am
    The only thing worse than prospect snobs are prospect hipsters. Leaving Jose Pirela out of your posts continues to undermine your own points.

    *****

    Bwahahah – Pirela was not even protected on the 40 man roster – and no one took him the rule 5 draft – lol – nice one – - – - -

  30. Nick in SF February 18th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    No, it’s from a book.

  31. Jerkface February 18th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Bwahahah – Pirela was not even protected on the 40 man roster – and no one took him the rule 5 draft – lol – nice one – – – – -

    Reminds me of a guy named Ivan Nova, but its ok, you can dismiss a yankee who had a break out season at AA that is only 22. It just shows what kind of fan you are.

  32. Patrick February 18th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Bahahahaha

    “The 2 highest paid #Mets outfielders this year are Jason Bay and Bobby Bonilla. That is literally unbelievable.”

  33. Chip February 18th, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Under the radar guy I am looking forward to seeing is Addison Maruzak. He ha da very good season and could be areal nice utility option in the future…sort of Willie Bloomquist with a bat.

  34. Chip February 18th, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Patrick,

    It is actually quite believable…only the Mets.

  35. Chip February 18th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Also with Tex at the WBC we should get a good look at Luke Murton and Greg Bird. Murton could emerge as a legit DH with his power.

  36. Patrick February 18th, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Patrick,

    It is actually quite believable…only the Mets.

    As bad as this offseason has been for Yankee fans at least we can take solace in one thing – we still aren’t as bad as the Mets.

  37. Nick in SF February 18th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Crazier still, the 3rdtime highest paid Mets outfielder is former Knicks forward Larry Johnson.

  38. Chip February 18th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Patrick,

    We also aren’t the Red Sox who freed up salary last year just to spend it poorly this winter.

  39. ltl February 18th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Nick:

    Catcher in the Rye?

  40. pkyankfan69 February 18th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Patrick February 18th, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    As bad as this offseason has been for Yankee fans at least we can take solace in one thing – we still aren’t as bad as the Mets
    ———————————————-

    This year the Mets won’t be any good this year but they are setting themselves up for a nice little run in the near future assuming the Wilpons open up their wallets after this year, I’m assuming they will after the Santana contract expires, their only long term deals will be to Wright and Niese. Their rotation of the future is pretty loaded – Harvey – Wheeler – Niese – Syndergaard – Gee and their infield is very young and promising also D’Arnaud – Ike Davis – Murphy – Tejada – Wright…. With the rotation and the infield basically set for the next few years the Mets just need to spend money on OFer’s and work on constructing a BP…. I think the Mets have a pretty nice little run in them, we’ll see how they compete with the Nats and Braves who both also look strong in the near future.

  41. Nick in SF February 18th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Not Catcher in the Rye, but perhaps of the same genre if one wants to take a very expansive view.

  42. Patrick February 18th, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    pkyankfan,

    Yeah the Mets have some good young players coming up. They could be a very good team in a few years if ownership pulls their collective heads out of their asses.

    The fact remains, their 2013 outfield is in contention for the all time worst outfield in the history of baseball. And their two highest paid outfielders are a guy playing in Seattle and another guy that has been retired for more than a decade.

  43. pkyankfan69 February 18th, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Sandy Alderson has done a great job for the Mets… Particularly trading 1/2 year of Beltran and 1 year of Dickey for Wheeler, D’Arnaud, and Syndergaard… Quite the hall.

    IF the Yanks have a disastrous first half this year and are out of it before the trade deadline I hope Cash can do the same and move players with short term or expiring deals for prospects/ young players. Lord knows the Yankees have PLENTY of guys who are FA at the end of the year who could be of value to a playoff team – Cano – Grandy – Youk – Ichiro (even though he has 2 years) – Hafner – Kuroda – Hughes – Pettitte (doubt we would trade him though) – Joba – Logan – Aardsma. (No, I am not even listing Mo)

    I think the Yanks will be fine this year barring major injury but if they did tank early and were in position to sell off a majority of the guys above they would really improve the future outlook of the team. I’d hate to see it happen, but an early tank – sell off situation is probably the best thing that could happen this year, other than winning the WS and Arod retiring of course.

  44. pkyankfan69 February 18th, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Patrick,

    No argument here on the state of their OF this year. In 2013 the Mets are lucky the Marlins are such a joke to avoid the cellar.

  45. randy l. February 18th, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    “IF the Yanks have a disastrous first half this year and are out of it before the trade deadline I hope Cash can do the same and move players with short term or expiring deals for prospects/ young players. ”

    if gms are so valuable, why don’t we trade cashman at the deadline ?

    i’ll bet he wouldn’t even bring a futility infielder.


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