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Nunez: “People that talked about me bad, they’re wrong”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 21, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It was way back in 2006 that Eduardo Nunez first tried to shorten his arm action, but he was 19, and Baseball America was already calling him the sixth-best prospect in the Yankees system, and the new mechanics didn’t feel quite right. So, Nunez scrapped them. Over the next seven years, he learned the hard way that a change was necessary.

“It’s my arm action,” Nunez said. “They got me to do that. That’s why I’m excited. I don’t throw too many balls in the stands anymore.”

This spring, Nunez got the same advice he first received seven years ago: Simplify the motion; simplify the throw. And so far, it’s worked. With Derek Jeter possibly heading for the disabled list, there’s a solid chance Nunez will be the Yankees Opening Day shortstop, and there’s finally reason to think he can handle the defensive part of that job.

It was during fielding drills earlier this spring that Joe Girardi, infield coach Mick Kelleher and Derek Jeter pushed Nunez to make the switch and stick with it.

“Joe told me, ‘Why don’t you try this?’” Nunez explained. “Mick said, ‘Yeah, why not?’ Jeet told me, ‘Yeah, do this. I think it’s going to work because you’re too long with the ball in your hand.’ OK, let me try. … I still am uncomfortable sometimes, but I know it’s going to work.”

Nunez has stuck with it, and the Yankees are — for now — sticking with Nunez. Brian Cashman made it plain and clear that Nunez will be the Yankees starting shortstop if Jeter isn’t ready to open the season. This is the same Nunez who the Yankees optioned to Triple-A last season but never traded away this winter.

“I think you saw some inconsistencies in (his throwing) last year,” Girardi said. “That could’ve been (because) we moved him all over the place. We’ve been pretty adamant about keeping him at shortstop. We weren’t exactly sure where Derek was going to be. Our belief was that he was still going to be back, but you have to protect yourself.”

Nunez said Kelleher has stressed the importance of footwork — “I feel lighter, like dancing a little bit,” Nunez said — and the combination has led to a more consistent spring. It’s led to a more promising spring, and it’s come at a time when the Yankees might finally some real help up the middle.

“It’s hard when you know you can do better than that, and you’re not doing it,” Nunez said. “I hear a lot of things. People blame you. ‘You suck.’ ‘You can’t do this.’ That’s hard, but everything that I hear – comments about myself – they make me stronger. I tell myself, I work hard and I (will) prove them wrong. The people that talked about me bad, they’re wrong.”

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127 Responses to “Nunez: “People that talked about me bad, they’re wrong””

  1. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 9:00 am

    OK Eduardo. That’s the spirit !

    You show ‘em. Turn them into believers.

    Tell Musty to do the same thing over at 3rd.

    ;)

  2. Tackelberry March 21st, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Now that Culver has abandoned switch hitting, is there hope for him too? Defensively there is no question he can do the job, but maybe now the bat will come around since he is hitting now exclusively from his better side

  3. blake March 21st, 2013 at 9:12 am

    “Now that Culver has abandoned switch hitting, is there hope for him too? Defensively there is no question he can do the job, but maybe now the bat will come around since he is hitting now exclusively from his better side”

    Guess we will have to wait and see….I just saw him hit one time from the right side this spring but it’s clear that his swing looks better and he’s got more bat speed from that side……he can definitely pick it at SS though so hopefully the bat will come around enough that he’s an option at some point……

  4. blake March 21st, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I don’t see Nunez’s upside where many do…..but if Derek isn’t ready to start the season then their best option is to just let him play and live with the defense…..he’s done it before …. He filled in nicely in 2011 for DJ while he was out with the calf

  5. PacoDooley March 21st, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Tackelberry March 21st, 2013 at 9:06 am
    Now that Culver has abandoned switch hitting, is there hope for him too? Defensively there is no question he can do the job, but maybe now the bat will come around since he is hitting now exclusively from his better side
    —————————–

    Culver has really shown nothing as a prospect from what I have seen. He has shown that people were right when they said that he should not have been a first round selection. If it weren’t for the fact that he was drafted so young he would already have been labelled a bust, but being drafted as a 17 year old helps his case that he is not yet a bust. But he will be 20 soon and so it is time to perform.

  6. blake March 21st, 2013 at 9:18 am

    The Yankees were right about Culvers glove….he just can’t hit. It was an off the board pick but what makes it harder to take is the players the passed on to draft him

  7. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Blake-

    I’m still pissed about Cole.

    ;)

  8. comet March 21st, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Good morning Blake (hope you are feeling better), MTU.

    I think Tex is out for the season.

  9. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Comet-

    Greetings.

    It would not shock me. Tricky injury. 30% chance of no surgery.

    That means the odds favor it happening.

    :(

  10. blake March 21st, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Yea I think what happened with Cole sorta made the yanks gun shy about picking guys they aren’t sure they can sign……they really haven’t taken any risks in the draft since then

  11. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 9:23 am

    blake March 21st, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I don’t see Nunez’s upside where many do…..but if Derek isn’t ready to start the season then their best option is to just let him play and live with the defense…..he’s done it before …. He filled in nicely in 2011 for DJ while he was out with the calf

    —————–

    I’m with you. I like Nunie a lot, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t see the guy taking over full time once Jeter rides off into the sunset.

    …and by all that, what I really mean is: “What’s going on with that Diaz kid…?”

  12. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 21st, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Just a driveby to say

    1. Happy Spring! (from 32 degree Rhody)

    2. Those who hoped the Yanks would get younger seem to be getting their wish – though not necessarily the ways they wanted it to happen!

    3. I hope CM makes it back to us.

    Great day y’all.

    Oh yeah – I’ll put up the prediction chart in case anyone wants to add to it or change their predictions. You have until the first pitch of the first game of the season to do either. Please make sure my name is in the post so I’m sure to get your prediction/change.

  13. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Time to walk the Mopsters.

    later.

  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 21st, 2013 at 9:25 am

    PREDICTIONS FOR 2013

    Tomingeorgia – 94
    Blake – 89
    Shame Spencer – 92
    Trisha – 97
    Tackleberry – 91
    Munson – 93
    4 NYY – 89
    Austinmac – 88
    RMS -91
    Joeman – 90
    Bruceb – 86
    Nilsson – 94
    Yankee21 – 89
    Ghostwriter – 93
    Felix Unger – 84
    Cashmoney – 87
    Vineyard Yankee – 86
    Luis – 89
    Deal With It – 82
    Comet – 79
    Oscar Madison – 82

  15. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Mornin’ comet!

    How’s everyone doin this morning?

  16. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Hmmm.. only 7 people predicting 90+ wins. It’s amazing how much the predictions have changed from just last year.

  17. MaineYankee March 21st, 2013 at 9:33 am

    trisha

    Put me down for 80. Thanks

  18. Tackelberry March 21st, 2013 at 9:35 am

    While CC, Kuroda and Pettite will pitch the opening series against the Red Sox, I’m curious who will get the start in the first game in Detroit that Friday. Assuming Hughes starts the season on the DL, does Phelps or Nova get that start? Assuming no rainouts, CC and Kuroda would pitch on turn the next 2 games in Detroit. I hope Phelps gets that start

  19. tomingeorgia March 21st, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Maine,
    Below .500? Where’s your spirit of rebirth and renewal?

  20. RadioKev March 21st, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I’m thinking 91 wins.

  21. MaineYankee March 21st, 2013 at 9:39 am

    tomingeorgia March 21st, 2013 at 9:36 am
    Maine,
    Below .500? Where’s your spirit of rebirth and renewal?

    ———————————————————

    I’ve gone over to the dark side.

  22. tomingeorgia March 21st, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Too much snow, I guess.

  23. Niblick March 21st, 2013 at 9:41 am

    81 wins.

  24. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I can’t wait to point to my prediction to separate myself from the rest of the pessimistic dregs on this blog ;)

  25. Tackelberry March 21st, 2013 at 9:46 am

    MTU March 21st, 2013 at 9:20 am
    Blake-

    I’m still pissed about Cole.

    ______________________________

    Eh, Cole turned into Heathcott. If he makes it, it will soften that blow

  26. RadioKev March 21st, 2013 at 9:47 am

    This pitching staff looks too good to be below .500, unless CC goes down, Pineda’s junk, Nova flops, and Phelps is a AAAA starter.

  27. Mike in Harrisburg March 21st, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I’ve got 85 wins.

  28. MaineYankee March 21st, 2013 at 9:47 am

    tomingeorgia March 21st, 2013 at 9:40 am
    Too much snow, I guess.

    ———————————————————

    We did get over a ft this last storm.

    On the positive side they do call spring snow “poor mans fertilizer”.

  29. blake March 21st, 2013 at 9:55 am

    @jnorris427: Jose Campos is indeed pitching pain-free. It’s a coin-flip whether he heads to Charleston or Tampa, I’m told. #yankees

    @jnorris427: Nice day to watch the Charleston group: Rafael DePaula and Rony Bautista spinning.

    Maybe he will post some video of Depaula

  30. comet March 21st, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Good morning Shame! Things are good here. Nice sunny day high of 37. A mite chilly.

  31. bruceb March 21st, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Lot of gloom and doom on here these days (quite understandably) so here’s some good news:

    BERNIE HASN’T OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT YET!

    Even his Wikipedia page states: Bernabé Williams Figueroa Jr. (born September 13, 1968) IS a Puerto Rican professional baseball player and musician.

    Surely there must be a place for him on this roster now?

  32. tomingeorgia March 21st, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Shame,
    One of us is going to win those chocolates.

  33. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 10:01 am

    tom – I hope so, I could use a few free breakfasts! :twisted:

    I dunno.. for me it’s all relative. I don’t love our team, as it’s been made pretty clear, but I just don’t know how to feel about the Rays, Jays and O’s. I think Boston will be better than last year but I can’t see them being 20-25 wins better than last year. I’m not sleeping on the O’s but am hoping those predicting last year was a one-off are right and that their pitching won’t hold. The Rays have some offensive issues and the Jays may end up having pitching issues, they’re both counting on guys bouncing back from injuries or poor performances. For us to be a .500 team, we need to be getting beat up by someone in our division on the regular… I dunno that I see that happening.

  34. austinmac March 21st, 2013 at 10:08 am

    It is hard enough to change Nunez throwing motion, but the Jays are changing Romero’s delivery. That sounds problematic.

    I am reserving my final, possibly revised win forecast until I see what other disasters occur. Thankfully, the meteor went elsewhere.

  35. comet March 21st, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Morning
    Tom! Hope all is well. How’s business?

  36. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 10:25 am

    It is hard enough to change Nunez throwing motion, but the Jays are changing Romero’s delivery. That sounds problematic.

    —————

    True story. I’m pretty excited to face Dickey and Romero this year lol.

  37. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 10:27 am

    mac – What number are you thinking now, btw?

    If Jeter starts the year on the DL, even for 2 weeks, that’s 2 weeks worth of games without Grandy, Tex, Arod and Jeter. We then have, at minimum, another 4 weeks without Grandy, Tex, and Arod. Beyond that, we still might be missing Tex and Arod for a fair amount of time. I’m not convinced Tex will come back fully healthy for a while.

  38. MaineYankee March 21st, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 10:25 am
    It is hard enough to change Nunez throwing motion, but the Jays are changing Romero’s delivery. That sounds problematic.

    —————

    True story. I’m pretty excited to face Dickey and Romero this year

    ———————————————————————-

    Are you hitting leadoff or 9th?

  39. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Lead off, obviously. Gardner will be hitting 9th!

  40. MaineYankee March 21st, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 10:31 am
    Lead off, obviously. Gardner will be hitting 9th!

    ————————————————————

    I hope you’ve learned how to bunt.

    You also need to be able to steal bases so Jeter won’t hit into double plays.

  41. RhapsodyInBlue March 21st, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Yankees-94 wins 2013.

  42. Carly March 21st, 2013 at 10:44 am

    The thing with Culver is that he already draws an impressive amount of walks. And given his low .200 average he still OBPs in the .300s. If he hits .250 and continues his walk rate plus good speed and then his plus defense, that is a pretty good prospect at a premium position.

  43. Carly March 21st, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Would the Astros trade Chris Carter? Stark yesterday said everyone was available for the Astros (though they have dialed it back a bit on Harrell and Norris)

    Would Brett Wallace be available?

  44. ac1 March 21st, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Yea I think what happened with Cole sorta made the yanks gun shy about picking guys they aren’t sure they can sign……they really haven’t taken any risks in the draft since then
    ___

    Hensley ?

  45. tomingeorgia March 21st, 2013 at 10:50 am

    comet,
    Things are good, business has sucked all year, but April is looking big! Thanks for asking.

  46. ac1 March 21st, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Yankees-94 wins 2013.
    ___

    I say 90 wins and that gives them a wild card play in game.

    The AL east will be very close and i think first place has 92 wins and last place has 80.

    Jays: 92
    Yankees:90
    Rays: 89
    Sox: 85
    Orioles: 80

  47. Against All Odds March 21st, 2013 at 10:52 am

    blake March 21st, 2013 at 9:22 am
    Yea I think what happened with Cole sorta made the yanks gun shy about picking guys they aren’t sure they can sign……they really haven’t taken any risks in the draft since then

    —————————————-

    That’s the thing when they get burned with a player they never want to experience that again. For example Igawa’s failure played a role in them passing on Darvish and Cespedes.

  48. austinmac March 21st, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Shame,

    We’re I not a Yankee fan I would probably say 82 wins, but I can’t depress myself that much. I just don’t see how they can score. The offense this spring is a precursor.

  49. blake March 21st, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Hensley signed for below slot money….,how is that risky ?

  50. nyyankeefanforever March 21st, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Please put me down for 95 wins trisha. I see a lot of factors pointing to a huge second half for and a lot of wishful thinking for the rest of the division.

  51. Doreen March 21st, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Hey, not to mention that third “killer B” – what the heck was his name, the tall guy with injuries whose agent was Scott Boras and he had to be kept on the 40-man? Brackman!! That’s it. I knew if I typed enough trivia about him, his name would eventually come to me…(sad LOL)

  52. mick March 21st, 2013 at 10:55 am

    why won’t they score?
    gardner and ichiro and jeter get on base for cano youk and hafner….

    cc hiroki andy shut em down.

  53. ac1 March 21st, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Hensley signed for below slot money….,how is that risky ?
    ___

    They drafted him before they knew they could get him below slot and wasn’t there talk he was going back to school which is how he dropped so far to begin with?

  54. blake March 21st, 2013 at 10:55 am

    The shoulder issue was probably why he signed for below slot but he wasn’t really a high signability risk from everything I heard…..

  55. nyyankeefanforever March 21st, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Please put me down for 95 wins trisha. I see a lot of factors pointing to a huge second half for us and a lot of wishful thinking for the rest of the division.

  56. blake March 21st, 2013 at 10:57 am

    “They drafted him before they knew they could get him below slot and wasn’t there talk he was going back to school which is how he dropped so far to begin with?”

    Nah I think they had a good idea he’d sign or they wouldn’t have drafted him…..the shoulder thing allowed them to get him cheaper

  57. Doreen March 21st, 2013 at 10:58 am

    austinmac,

    Since the spring games haven’t even had Cano in the lineup for the most part, and they’re still trying out guys and putting them in all sorts of orders, I’m not gonna worry about the runs they score this spring or their record at the end of spring.

    Since pitching is their strength, I am looking at that, and I’m encouraged by that.

    I think there is still enough mediocre pitching in MLB that the Yankees can do better than we might think on the face of it. But it all remains to be seen, and there’s no denying it feels like they’re starting the season with both hands tied behind their back and a limp in one leg.

  58. blake March 21st, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Also….he didnt really drop….that’s about where most predications had him ranked….some had him higher…. Some lower…..but it wasn’t like he was a top 10 guy that fell to late in the round because teams didnt think he’d sign

  59. Doreen March 21st, 2013 at 11:00 am

    mick -

    I do think that’s the key. The guys that don’t have power, need to get on base, and the guys who an rake need to drive them in. They have got to do better in situations, whether that’s going 1 to 3 or 2 to home; whether that’s getting a sac fly every now and then, whether it’s simply getting luckier on balls in play (babip! love that stat!) and Cano absolute MUST do better with RISP (as must they all).

  60. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Our starters took a little while to warm up last spring, IIRC. We can’t afford to start off the year the same way. We need Kuroda and CC to be on point, right out of the gate.

  61. blake March 21st, 2013 at 11:03 am

    @BenBadler: RT ?@EricFisherSBJ Tuesday’s WBC final looks to have been the most watched sporting event in the Dominican Republic in at least a decade.

    That’s why Bud can call it a success…..it is everywhere but the US and expanding the game is sorta the point…..

  62. ac1 March 21st, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Either way Blake, I think what we both agree on is there were better options than Culver and the Yankees missed them. That being said, I am excited about some of our picks in last years draft.

  63. Mike_Boston March 21st, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Trisha,
    Please put me down for 92 wins.
    Thanks!

  64. Doreen March 21st, 2013 at 11:04 am

    April is a horrible month. Between playing in the cold, the rainouts, the unevenness of the schedule, it just never is an easy month. Or rarely, anyway. Hey, at least the Pope isn’t coming to visit and Yankees stadium won’t be shut down for 3 weeks because of it!! Remember that?? (I only slightly exaggerate)

  65. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 11:04 am

    it is everywhere but the US and expanding the game is sorta the point…..

    ———————-

    They should really start playing the later/final rounds in other countries.

  66. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Just be glad the Yankees don’t play in Minnesota.

    ;)

  67. joemorr8 March 21st, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Nunez,
    You suck, and I’m not wrong!

  68. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Now that CC is 100% again I’m expecting an even bigger year from the Big Man.

    Maybe a Cy Young type season.

  69. Carly March 21st, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Also….he didnt really drop….that’s about where most predications had him ranked….

    Colorado almost picked him. Yankees got very nice value for where they picked Hensley.

  70. yankeefeminista March 21st, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Callis had Hensley mid-first round, and Goldstein called the pick at 30, highway robbery. Some thought he dropped because there were questions about Hensley repeating his mechanics. Supposedly has some semblances of a change, but stopped throwing it as much when his velo went up. He should be a fun one to watch.

  71. yankeefeminista March 21st, 2013 at 11:11 am

    MTU, it can feel as cold as Minnesota sitting upstairs at NYS in April with the wind blowing.

  72. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Who was the kid that looked like Rick Schroder? Brad Halsey..?

  73. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 11:14 am

    YF-

    The Yankees have all kinds of high end arms to drool over.

    :)

  74. ac1 March 21st, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Callis had Hensley mid-first round, and Goldstein called the pick at 30, highway robbery. Some thought he dropped because there were questions about Hensley repeating his mechanics. Supposedly has some semblances of a change, but stopped throwing it as much when his velo went up. He should be a fun one to watch.
    ___

    Hopefully he won’t be traded for a crappy outfield replacement at the deadline.

  75. mick March 21st, 2013 at 11:15 am

    opening day:

    gardy
    ichiro
    cano
    youk…

    wait 3 leftys vs lestah?

    gardy
    nunez
    cano
    youk
    rivera
    ichiro
    musty….DH
    francisco
    cervelli

  76. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 11:16 am

    austinmac March 21st, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Shame,

    We’re I not a Yankee fan I would probably say 82 wins, but I can’t depress myself that much. I just don’t see how they can score. The offense this spring is a precursor.

    ——————–

    I think the saving grace is that teams like the Rays and O’s may also have the same problem. I don’t think Boston will have as much trouble scoring runs this year (same for the Jays) assuming everyone is healthy but I don’t see their pitching being very good at all.

    For the first time in a while I see all of our division being very, very close without a clear underdog or team to beat.

  77. mick March 21st, 2013 at 11:16 am

    MTU, it can feel as cold as Minnesota sitting upstairs at NYS in April with the wind blowing.
    =================
    All the more reason to DL Jeter…

  78. blake March 21st, 2013 at 11:17 am

    “Either way Blake, I think what we both agree on is there were better options than Culver and the Yankees missed them”

    Yup

  79. blake March 21st, 2013 at 11:18 am

    “Colorado almost picked him. Yankees got very nice value for where they picked Hensley.”

    Hopefully…..but my point was that he didnt really fall do to signability issues…..and that IMO the Yanks thought they could sign him or they wouldn’t have drafted him

  80. blake March 21st, 2013 at 11:19 am

    If Depaula pitches today I hope somebody takes a video or at least has a recap……the dude is like a mystery

  81. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Mick-

    I would not try to rush Jeter back.

    He needs to be restrained. Always wants to play.

    It would not shock me if one year a game in Twinkies Land is snowed out.

    ;)

  82. ac1 March 21st, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Mick,

    I can see Nunez batting 2nd because of the lefty starter.

    Gardner (only because if Jeter was there he would be batting 9th vs lester)
    Nunez
    Cano
    Youk (3b) – (should be 1B though)
    Hafner (would sit vs. lefty but we have no options)
    Rivera (1B) – (should be the dh in this case)
    Francisco (LF) (boesch vs. righties and some lefties, just not lester)
    Ichiro
    Stewart (Should be Cervelli)

  83. ac1 March 21st, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I would almost rather see Nix at SS vs. Lester and Nunez DH. – Just vs. lefties until Jeter can play full time again.

  84. yankeefeminista March 21st, 2013 at 11:23 am

    MTU, yep. I hope to see as many of the pitchers live as I can, particularly ones I haven’t seen like DePaula and Hensley, among others. Excited to see Gallegos and Encinas also to name a few others. Saw Encinas in SI; he was supposed to have a good curve, but his breaking stuff in the game was bad, so love to see him again. Rony Bautista’s an interesting one, a 6’8 lefty; he’s still raw, but he has progressed enough that he is on the radar. I like pitching projects. :)

  85. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Blake-

    No mystery at all. Best arm in the system right now.

  86. yankeefeminista March 21st, 2013 at 11:24 am

    blake, there are vids of DePaula from last year; sim inning and bullpens. I am sure someone will put up vids at some point.

  87. MG March 21st, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I’ve been to one spring training game in Tampa and Nunez played SS and made a nice turn on a DP and looked pretty comfortable making the throw.

    He’s always been a near-disaster in the field when he has to throw the ball, hopefully the changes he has (finally) embraced will raise his defense to a consistent major league level.

    If he does, he can fill the needed role for this year and give the Yankees some relief while Jeter finishes his rehab (which may take awhile).

    As for the long term, who knows anything. If Nunez can combine decent defense and hits .260-.280 that would be fine for the next few years and eliminate the need to trade for someone or sign a free agent.

  88. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 11:26 am

    @BoomerWells33

    Joba giving free kisses to the women get in line lady’s

    ———–

    Hehehehe, I’d go for Joba too if my other option were David Wells…

  89. mick March 21st, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Hafner (would sit vs. lefty but we have no options)
    ==================
    ac1

    hafner will sit against lester, give musty the shot at dh, no pressure in the field for the opener, he’s here to hit.

    how can you not have francisco 8 cervelli 9? :)

  90. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Anyone hear any updates on Diaz, the Cuban SS? The last I hear MLB was still investigating, that was on 2/28/13. Has it been a whole month with no progress?

  91. BIG AL March 21st, 2013 at 11:29 am

    trisha – true pinstriped blue March 21st, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I’ve given this to you before, perhaps you missed it.

    93 wins – (I hope)

  92. Carly March 21st, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Hopefully…..but my point was that he didnt really fall do to signability issues…..and that IMO the Yanks thought they could sign him or they wouldn’t have drafted him

    *****

    I guess. For me the old signability scares of the past are greatly diminished under the new slotting system – with the exception of an Appel/Boras client every now. Teams only have so much to spend now. But Hensley was highly thought of by the Rockies and they picked towards the top.

    From RAB:

    A high school right-hander from Oklahoma, Hensley was set to wind up with the Rockies as the tenth overall pick until RHP Mark Appel fell to the Pirates with the sixth pick, leaving OF David Dahl on the board for Colorado.

    So someone thought Hensley was a top 10 pick and the Yanks got him where they did, that is a steal.

  93. ac1 March 21st, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Mick, i agree but that’s what i think WILL happen. If it was me:

    Gardner CF
    Nunez SS
    Ichiro RF
    Cano 2b
    Youk 1b
    Rivera DH
    Francisco LF
    Musty 3b
    Cervelli C

    Even with the 3 lefties at the top.

  94. Jerkface March 21st, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Anyone hear any updates on Diaz, the Cuban SS? The last I hear MLB was still investigating, that was on 2/28/13. Has it been a whole month with no progress?

    MLB is hastily trying to implement an international draft so they can stick him in it

  95. blake March 21st, 2013 at 11:30 am

    @jnorris427: Holy Ramon Flores. Barreling everything in BP.

  96. pat March 21st, 2013 at 11:30 am

    TheDA534m
    Tampa @BGCA_Clubs luncheon autograph session pic.twitter.com/EeawalDIz3

  97. mick March 21st, 2013 at 11:31 am

    The bullpen will be the key to any teams success.
    Starting pitching will get you so far but from the 6th on they will always need help.
    Guyys like AArdsma and Kelley are iffy.
    Eppley and Rapada came up big last year.
    Love Nuno but they should start him.

  98. Carly March 21st, 2013 at 11:31 am

    @jnorris427: Holy Ramon Flores. Barreling everything in BP.

    And he’s the youngest of all the up and coming OFers :)

  99. blake March 21st, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I’ve seen all the videos of Depaula throwin bullpens from last year…. I want to see him pitch here against hitters

  100. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 11:32 am

    No sir. You do not bat Cano 4th.

    Best hitter on your team bats 3rd.

    Right now that’s Cano.

  101. blake March 21st, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Why does MLB want an international draft so bad…..that’s gonna suck so bad

  102. ac1 March 21st, 2013 at 11:34 am

    No sir. You do not bat Cano 4th.

    Best hitter on your team bats 3rd.

    Right now that’s Cano.
    ___

    He is also the only consistent power threat we have….
    Need to have people on base in front of him.

  103. mick March 21st, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Gardner CF
    Nunez SS
    Ichiro RF
    Cano 2b
    ========
    ac1—you know the binder says cano 3rd—best hitter hits 3rd—don’t like ichiro buried in the 8 hole —-try francisco in rf @ Stadium.

  104. MTU March 21st, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Blake-

    Well be prepared to be impressed.

    ;)

  105. yankeefeminista March 21st, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Flores showed surprising pop when I saw him debut with Trenton. More than I had expected based on scouting reports.

  106. Against All Odds March 21st, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Either way Blake, I think what we both agree on is there were better options than Culver and the Yankees missed them

    ————————

    The reach of reaches

  107. ac1 March 21st, 2013 at 11:36 am

    ac1—you know the binder says cano 3rd—best hitter hits 3rd—don’t like ichiro buried in the 8 hole —-try francisco in rf @ Stadium.
    ___

    That binder needs to be burned.
    If Girardi cannot muster up some instincts we need someone who can.

    Cano is the best hitter but he is also a power threat.
    Ichiro and Gardner can both get on base, but no way they bat them 1-2-3.

    Youk needs to be the one protecting Cano based on what we have.

  108. Cashmoney March 21st, 2013 at 11:37 am

    MLB is hastily trying to implement an international draft so they can stick him in it
    —–
    Just one more cheap shot at toppling the Titan known as NYY and save owners from themselves… MLB has been gravitating toward NFL model for awhile now… as a NYY fans, this sucks and reeks of *(*(*(* communism.

    Rant over.

  109. BIG AL March 21st, 2013 at 11:37 am

    MTU -

    If you are correct, then explain why Tex was batting 3rd so often, lol.

  110. mick March 21st, 2013 at 11:38 am

    If Girardi cannot muster up some instincts we need someone who can.
    ==============================
    Pena? Fresh off his WBC title.
    Use him before you lose him.
    Binder lame duck.

  111. Cashmoney March 21st, 2013 at 11:38 am

    oh btw, fuk you Bud Selig!

    I feel better…

  112. UnKnown March 21st, 2013 at 11:38 am

    “Just be glad the Yankees don’t play in Minnesota.”

    14 Degrees here currently and I was down at Target Field yesterday doing some business and there is still snow everywhere. April 1st against the Tigers is going to be chilly.

    ——————

    “MTU, it can feel as cold as Minnesota sitting upstairs at NYS in April with the wind blowing.”

    I have never sat upstairs at NYS, BUT after going outside today to get some supplies as I gear up for an all day basketball marathon, I would definitely challenge that.

  113. MG March 21st, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I was really impressed with Nuno yesterday, the kid can flat out pitch.

    He’s probably the kid with the best shot to pitch in rotation in the majors for a long time out of all the prospects in the system.

    If the Yankees could clone Nuno’s command and ability to repeat his delivery with Banuelos’ arm they would have a multiple Cy Young winner-unfortunately that probably won’t happen.

  114. Jerkface March 21st, 2013 at 11:42 am

    @npbtracker 10m

    Shohei Ohtani’s spring debut as a pitcher: http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm20397251 … FB 93-98 mph; struck out Casey McGehee on 3 pitches.

    Heh Casey McGehee

  115. blake March 21st, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Pena said they were gonna fight like crazy against an international draft…..not sure what they can do though if the union rolls over like in the last CBA

  116. blake March 21st, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Yes Nuno is crafty….seems to really know what he’s going…. You hardly ever hear anything about him either…..just another of the guys they have that could make it possible to deal a guy like Phelps for a bat if the opportunity came about

  117. David in Cal March 21st, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Trisha, I’ll go with 88 wins.

  118. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 11:51 am

    JF – How would that work..? Do they already have a plan for how to slot picks? The international draft thing confuses the hell out of me…

  119. MG March 21st, 2013 at 11:52 am

    blake March 21st, 2013 at 11:46 am
    Yes Nuno is crafty….seems to really know what he’s going…. You hardly ever hear anything about him either…..just another of the guys they have that could make it possible to deal a guy like Phelps for a bat if the opportunity came about
    —————–
    One thing that is good about Nuno is that every time he’s jumped from one level to another he hasn’t missed a step and keeps getting guys out.

    He’s never faced big league hitters before this spring yet has put up great numbers so whatever he is doing works, he just needs a shot…

  120. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 11:54 am

    If the Yankees could clone Nuno’s command and ability to repeat his delivery with Banuelos’ arm they would have a multiple Cy Young winner-unfortunately that probably won’t happen.

    ——————

    This is why we need to embrace scientific advancements!! :twisted:

  121. blake March 21st, 2013 at 11:55 am

    @Ken_Rosenthal: Sources: Hanley needs surgery on his right thumb. #Dodgers.

    Ouch

  122. blake March 21st, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Hey if you’re left handed and can command and change speeds then you can get outs in the big leagues and do it for a long time….. Moyer And even Andy is proving that now

  123. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 11:56 am

    @Ken_Rosenthal 3m

    Announcement from #Dodgers on Hanley coming shortly. But he is headed for surgery.

  124. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Big blow for the Dodgers who will now find a way to trade for David Wright.

  125. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 11:58 am

    @MikeFrancesaNY 2m

    Dey asked me to be on da diving show but I have bettah things to do, ok!!! http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/5240/duppdiving.gif … (h/t @IAAOT)

    This is great lol. I love how much stuff they put Mike’s face on.

  126. MG March 21st, 2013 at 11:59 am

    blake March 21st, 2013 at 11:56 am
    Hey if you’re left handed and can command and change speeds then you can get outs in the big leagues and do it for a long time….. Moyer And even Andy is proving that now
    ————————–
    The Indians released Nuno and the Yankees picked him up from an Independent League-I don’t remember the name of the pitcher released by the Yankees who pitched well for the White Sox last year but this could be a similar situation.

    Nuno has definitely put himself in the mix with his performance this spring.

  127. djsunyc March 21st, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    if this team wins 90 games this year, girardi should win manager of the year. we would have to play a different brand of baseball to win – using more speed and situational hitting.


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