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Sunday morning notes: Early look at the big league lineup

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 24, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Is it fair to read into today’s lineup? I’m sure Joe Girardi will say no, but at the very least it seems fair to make some assumptions based on the middle of the order.

Cano to Teixeira to Granderson to Youkilis to Hafner. If Girardi isn’t planing to hit those five in that sequence, why put them in that sequence today? If he were thinking of hitting Robinson Cano cleanup instead of third, why not put him cleanup in a lineup that has back-to-back lefties at the top?

There are no significant surprises in today’s lineup — I did wonder whether Kevin Youkilis and Travis Hafner might be switched — but it’s an early glance, one of the few times we’ll see this many regulars in the same lineup during spring training. Put Derek Jeter second, drop either Brett Gardner or Ichiro Suzuki to the No 8 spot, and we might very well be looking at the Opening Day lineup.

This early in spring training, that’s worth watching.

• Phil Hughes said he’s not sure what exactly he’ll do in the pool today. Might jog — the Yankees have a pool with a treadmill — and he might swim. Whatever it is, it’ll be the next step in his recovery from a bulging disc, and so far Hughes seems optimistic that this problem is going to disappear quickly.

• Mark Montgomery will face hitters today.

• The Blue Jays are scheduled to start lefty J.A. Happ today.

• When Girardi said Cano and Teixeira would play quite a bit in these early games, I still didn’t expect back-to-back games at the very beginning. It’s not earth shattering, but it’s a bit unusual. Obviously those two are on accelerated schedules because of the World Baseball Classic.

• Most of the big names in the Yankees farm system — Heathcott, Austin and Flores in particular — played in yesterday’s game, but today will be a chance to see Cito Culver in the field and Gary Sanchez at the plate. Sanchez is the backup at designated hitter. I wonder how many defensive opportunities there will be given the catcher competition. I know people would love to see Sanchez and J.R. Murphy, but surely it’s a priority to give time to Chris Stewart, Francisco Cervelli, Austin Romine and Bobby Wilson.  

• Today’s second string: C Bobby Wilson, 1B Addison Maruszak, 2B Jayson Nix, SS Cito Culver, 3B Rob Segedin, LF Ronnier Mustelier, CF Adonis Garcia, RF Thomas Neal, DH Gary Sanchez

• Today’s pitching order: Adam Warren, Cody Eppley, Matt Daley, Francisco Rondon, Preston Claiborne, Juan Cedeno and Jim Miller (that’s very subject to change, but it’s the order they’re listed in the clubhouse, which is usually the order in which they enter a game). Guys like Corey Black, Shane Greene and Bryan Mitchell — guys who are scheduled to pitch tomorrow — are listed as backups for today. They’ll pitch if one of the other pitchers has trouble getting his assigned outs.

• Dave Robertson (to Francisco Cervelli) and Andy Pettitte (to Austin Romine) will throw sides today.

Today’s live batting practice:
Facing Greg Bird, Corban Joseph, Luke Murton and Jose Pirela
Hiroki Kuroda (Sanchez)
Mark Montgomery (Higashioka)
Dellin Betances (Arcia)

Pretty good group of pitchers staying behind to throw sim games tomorrow:
Facing Francisco Arcia, Rob Segedin, Melky Mesa and Thomas Neal
Ivan Nova
CC Sabathia
Mariano Rivera
David Aardsma
Clay Rapada
Shawn Kelley
Tom Kahnle

Tomorrow’s travel squad:
Pitchers: Corey Black, Shane Greene, Bryan Mitchell, Zach Nuding, Vidal Nuno, Mike O’Brien, Kelvin Perez, Branden Pinder, Ryan Pope, Jose Ramirez, Josh Spence, Chase Whitley
Catchers: Francisco Cervelli, Kyle Higashioka, Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez
Infielders: Greg Bird, Cito Culver, Walter Ibarra, Dan Johnson, Corban Joseph, Addison Maruszak, Jayson Nix, Jose Pirela, Kyle Roller, Gil Velazquez
Outfielders: Zoilo Almonte, Tyler Austin, Matt Diaz, Ramon Flores, Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Slade Heathcott, Ronnier Mustelier, Juan Rivera

Today’s batting practice groups (changed around quite a bit):

Group 1
Robinson Cano, Travis Hafner, Derek Jeter, Chris Stewart, Ichiro Suzuki
Group 2
Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Kevin Youkilis
Group 3
Francisco Cervelli, Cito Culver, Dan Johnson, Juan Rivera, Gary Sanchez
Group 4
Matt Diaz, Slade Heathcott, Melky Mesa, J.R. Murphy, Gil Velazquez
Group 5
Thomas Neal, Jayson Nix, Eduardo Nunez, Bobby Wilson
Group 6
Zoilo Almonte, Tyler Austin, Kyle Roller, Austin Romine
Group 7
Adonis Garcia, Addison Maruszak, Ronnier Mustelier, Rob Segedin
Group 8
Francisco Arcia, Ramon Flores, Kyle Higashioka, Walter Ibarra

UPDATE: Blue Jays lineup
Anthony Gose CF
Emilio Bonifacio 2B
Melky Cabrera LF
Brett Lawrie DH
Luis Jimenez 1B
Henry Blanco C
Ryan Langerhans RF
Andy LaRoche 3B
Lance Zawadzki SS

Associated Press photos

 
 

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43 Responses to “Sunday morning notes: Early look at the big league lineup”

  1. blake February 24th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Great work Chad on this stuff….excited to see Sanchez and Culver

  2. yankeefeminista February 24th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Ditto, but I’d prefer to see Sanchez get some reps behind the plate, as well. Guess we are keeping him out of the camera eye until his framing is up to speed. ;)

    Don’t forget Mason in that OF mix; the kid is a dynamo.

  3. yankeefeminista February 24th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    And I second that; great stuff, Chad. Much appreciated! :)

  4. blake February 24th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    blake says:
    February 24, 2013 at 9:46 am
    “i think you have it backwards. players who can run tend to last longer. guys like jeter, lofton, raines,henderson, visquel, etc. it’s the heavy bodied guys that flame out young like youkillis and hafner.”

    Sure if they can hit….Gardner isn’t a great hitter….he’s a slappy slapperson who walks a great deal and then steals bases…..and a great deal of his value is tied up in his defense which is tied up in his speed.

    I’m not saying he won’t be valuable still if he loses a step or two….I’m just saying that his greatest tool is set to start declining soon and he also has been injury prone…..Id just wait to extend him unless it was a very team friendly type deal…..especially when they have a lot of outfield prospects coming

  5. blake February 24th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    @LoHudYankees: Melky Cabrera is on the Blue Jays travel roster. Also Brett Lawrie, Adam Lind, Anthony Gose and Emilio Bonifacio. #yankees

    I love Chads twitter photo….it’s like the refined mountain man look with the flannel shirt, cowboy boots and a glass of red sitting beside him

  6. Chad Jennings February 24th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Blue Jays lineup

    Anthony Gose CF
    Emilio Bonifacio 2B
    Melky Cabrera LF
    Brett Lawrie DH
    Luis Jimenez 1B
    Henry Blanco C
    Ryan Langerhans RF
    Andy LaRoche 3B
    Lance Zawadzki SS

  7. yankeefeminista February 24th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    blake, “slapperson,” a new coinage? ;)

    I agree about Gardner; he is valuable because of his D and his on base, but he is a slap hitter. Therefore, his value isn’t as high as a legit OFer with a bat.

  8. yankeefeminista February 24th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Go, Melky! :mrgreen:

  9. yankeefeminista February 24th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    blake, lol about Chad’s twitter pic; you nailed it. The wine glass is the key to the look.

  10. blake February 24th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Yes Slappy Slapperson is a blake trademarked term

  11. blake February 24th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    @RealMichaelKay: Kevin Long and Travis Hafner http://t.co/0w4Dqm2jya

    Hafner is a big man

  12. yankeefeminista February 24th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    This Yanks lineup just feels so weird with Youk, Ichiro and Hafner in it. It is … disorienting.

  13. blake February 24th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    yankeefeminista says:
    February 24, 2013 at 10:09 am
    This Yanks lineup just feels so weird with Youk, Ichiro and Hafner in it. It is … disorienting.

    And no Derek Sanderson Jeter

  14. jmills February 24th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    YF, you’re a Blondie fan, get used to disorientating.

  15. jmills February 24th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    ” Derek Sanderson Jeter ” – too funny!

  16. yankeefeminista February 24th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    blake, yep.

    Hi, jmills. :)

  17. randy l. February 24th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    hey blake-

    notice the yankees have no one they can trade because they have no favorable contracts.

    think about it.

  18. blake February 24th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Randy,

    Why have they no favorable contracts? 1) because of there dumb outdated extension policy ….but 2) because nobody ever wants to give the Yankees a discount.

    I’m not disagreeing with your premise in general…..only with this particular player because I’m just not sure what he is yet or what he will be going forward. If the deal was real cheap then sure…,but if you’re Brett Gardner why would you sign a cheapo extension when you’re basically the same player as Bourn and he just got a bag full of cash?

  19. Against All Odds February 24th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    blake February 24th, 2013 at 10:07 am
    @RealMichaelKay: Kevin Long and Travis Hafner http://t.co/0w4Dqm2jya

    Hafner is a big man

    ————————

    I never knew he could grow hair on his head

  20. blake February 24th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    @LoHudYankees: Culver deep in the hole, makes a nice play during fielding drills. Jeter standing next to him says, “I like that, I like that.”

  21. Against All Odds February 24th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Now only if he can start hitting

  22. jacksquat February 24th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Sort of an odd mix of power and speed in today’s lineup.

  23. yankeefeminista February 24th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Cito worked at the Complex on his swing path all off season. Hopefully, we see the benefits in ’13.

  24. randy l. February 24th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    ” 1) because of there dumb outdated extension policy ”

    blake,

    so we are in agreement in general and that it’s on gardener that you disagree? ok, good ,that clears that up :)

    it is not possible to extend no one and bring up enough young players to have a good team. i’d extend gardner because i think the yankees could get a favorable contact.i don’t think he’s confident he can sign a bourn type contract.

  25. yankeefeminista February 24th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I’m all for extensions (wish we would have done so with Hughes), but not for a 30 year old OF who can’t stay healthy. Gardner’s value is that he is cheap, but once he gets expensive, his value decreases. And we can hopefully replace him with Heathcott and/or Mason. (I expect that if Mason can stay healthy, he should move fast, as well.)

  26. Chip February 24th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I’m pretty excited to see Maruszak. None of the pitchers going today really wow me though I hope Eppley shows enough to pique the interest of a team with an OF to spare.

  27. jacksquat February 24th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Can one person of the many that say Gardner “can’t stay healthy” or “is injury prone” want to explain their statement beyond him missing last year with one injury?

  28. blake February 24th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    “so we are in agreement in general and that it’s on gardener that you disagree? ok, good ,that clears that up ”

    Yes…and that’s not to say I don’t like Gardner….I just am unsure what he would be on an extended comtract

  29. UtilityMan February 24th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Good Morning to all!!
    Its been quite some time,since I last posted here(2 child births,and all other kinds of stuff).
    Ive been reading comments though just about everyday since.
    Glad to see some baseball today.
    I will be in Tampa from 3-19 to 3-26.
    Great Job by Chad….as usual!

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  31. blake February 24th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    jacksquat says:
    February 24, 2013 at 10:45 am
    Can one person of the many that say Gardner “can’t stay healthy” or “is injury prone” want to explain their statement beyond him missing last year with one injury?

    Broke his hand in 2007, had to have surgery on his wrist in 2009, surgery last year on the elbow…..much of its just his style of play and that he seems to get these arm and hand injuries a lot…..they could be just freaky things that won’t recur but he has injury risk just because of how he plays……

  32. Chip February 24th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Gardner’s value as a resource is tied directly to how much money he makes. At around his current salary he’s a valuable player. Give him $5 mil a year and he’s overpaid.

  33. Chip February 24th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    blake February 24th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    jacksquat says:
    February 24, 2013 at 10:45 am
    Can one person of the many that say Gardner “can’t stay healthy” or “is injury prone” want to explain their statement beyond him missing last year with one injury?

    Broke his hand in 2007, had to have surgery on his wrist in 2009, surgery last year on the elbow…..much of its just his style of play and that he seems to get these arm and hand injuries a lot…..they could be just freaky things that won’t recur but he has injury risk just because of how he plays……
    ——————-

    And all these hand and arm injuries could rob him of the considerable pop in his bat :-)

    Just leave Brett alone at the bottom of the lineup and in the field and let him do what he does. He’s a role player who has been ok playing the role he’s been given, why screw with that?

  34. randy l. February 24th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    “This Yanks lineup just feels so weird with Youk, Ichiro and Hafner in it. It is … disorienting.”

    yankee feminista-

    i took a long look at the lineup and felt the same thing.

    it’s weird that the yankees have three over the hill former stars they are counting on.

    that said i like ichiro. i’m open to youkillis maybe being able to dial the clock back. i have no feel at all for hafner though.

    in keeping with what i have been saying about ahead of time extending yankee players that come up through the system and make it like gardener, hughes, joba, and cano, i think unless the yankees extend their players,they will each year have to sign over the hill guys like youkillis, hafner, and ichiro.

    it’s just a flawed learning curve hal is going through.

  35. blake February 24th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    @eboland11: Cashman said Jeter likely to be ready for games March 10

    Hooray

  36. RadioKev February 24th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    randy l. February 24th, 2013 at 10:18 am
    hey blake-

    notice the yankees have no one they can trade because they have no favorable contracts.

    think about it.
    ————-

    They could trade Cano, Hughes, Granderson, Gardner, Robertson, Nova, or Phelps and there would absolutely be takers. Where did you get this one from?

  37. blake February 24th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    @LoHudYankees: Cashman made clear Betances will open the season as a AAA starter. … Also, said he misspoke earlier this winter; Cervelli out if options.

    Keep Cervelli and Romine

  38. blake February 24th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    @JackCurryYES: Cashman clarified Cervelli has no options. Neither does Stewart. Romine does. Asked about comp, Cashman said he likes guys with no options.

    They are gonna send Romine to AAA for depth most likely cause the other 2 don’t have options…..which isn’t a terrible idea so Romine can refine his bat a bit more…..but if he hits I certainly hope he doesn’t stay there long

  39. randy l. February 24th, 2013 at 11:12 am

    “They could trade Cano, Hughes, Granderson, Gardner, Robertson, Nova, or Phelps and there would absolutely be takers. Where did you get this one from?”

    you’re missing the rest of the point. the yankees have no depth at any one of these positions. how can you trade cano or granderson when there is no one to put there. ideally a team has a guy with a favorable contract and a young player ready to move in. the yankees do not have this.

    if they sign gardner now and get a favorable extension, if any of the young outfielders can move nto gardners spot, they’ll have excess to trade then. they have no such situation with anyone right now.

  40. RadioKev February 24th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    You’re criticizing the Yankees because they don’t have enough depth to trade guys?

  41. randy l. February 24th, 2013 at 11:19 am

    “You’re criticizing the Yankees because they don’t have enough depth to trade guys?”

    how else are you going to make good trades?

  42. RadioKev February 24th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    randy l. February 24th, 2013 at 11:19 am
    “You’re criticizing the Yankees because they don’t have enough depth to trade guys?”

    how else are you going to make good trades?
    ———–

    I’m not sure how that affects their ability to win. Sure, it’s good to have lots of depth and a talent surplus, but if the criticism is a lack of ability to make flashy trades, I’m sorry they’re depriving you?

  43. UtilityMan February 24th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    As much as I like Hafners potential at YS…his inability to play 1B and only DH ing versus righties,leaves the Yanks with 24 and half players.


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