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Yankees pregame: Welcome Reid Brignac, and you’re starting at shortstop today

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on May 19, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The newest new guy is here. Joe Girardi has Reid Brignac in his lineup (although it’s raining right now at 11:30). He’s down to play short and bat eighth. He arrived in town last night after being acquired Saturday from the Rockies, who had designated him for assignment after he batted .250 with a homer and six RBI in 29 games. Brignac said he was a little disappointed and upset when the Rockies dumped him and excited when the Yankees picked him up.

“It’s been a roller coaster of emotions,” Brignac said.

Brignac is 27 and he knows this division rather well, having been with the Rays for all or parts of the last five seasons, primarily parts. He gives the Yankees a lefty-hitting option at short. He can also play third, second and the outfield.

“Just to be a very good shortstop out there when he plays and to add offensively,” Girardi said of his expectations. “I’ve seen him have some big days. I’ve seen him have some good years. I think there’s some good talent there. So we’re going to see what he can do.

“I think he’s a really good defender. I think he’s got a little pop in his bat. This ballpark might play well for that.”

Chris Stewart is available in an absolutely-need-you situation after tweaking his groin rounding third on Thursday night, but he still won’t be starting behind the plate for at least a few days.

“I have told him that tomorrow maybe we’ll start some tee and toss and see where he’s at in that situation, moving around,” Girardi said. “He’s still a guy who I would not hesitate to put in there if I had to, but I figured if you can get one more day in a sense, where it gives you almost 36 hours, let’s take it, take advantage of it. I don’t know if he would play Tuesday, but I want to know that he’s better so we could make a decision. He does feel better; he told me.”

Girardi said Kevin Youkilis is making progress in rehab from his back problem, hitting off a tee and against soft tosses and taking grounders. Girardi also said the news on Mark Teixeira’s comeback from his wrist problem is good.

“He’s been taking BP,” Girardi said. “He’s doing actually really well. We’re encouraged by what he’s doing. There has to be probably a next step here pretty quick where he starts to see some live BP or some simulated games.”

 
 

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71 Responses to “Yankees pregame: Welcome Reid Brignac, and you’re starting at shortstop today”

  1. blake May 19th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Not a fan of no Adams

  2. jacksquat May 19th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Montero off plate:

    http://tinypic.com/r/30di0z6/5

  3. mick May 19th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    This is the most improbable Yankee team I have ever seen.
    When you would think it’s panic time and fans would be jumping off buildings, Girardi just throws another crazy lineup out there and they win.

  4. Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Thinking they don’t want Adams to face Dickey’s knuckleball?

  5. blake May 19th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    “Does it surprise you at all that the Yankees did not consider Phelps a significant prospect ?”

    MTU,
    I’m not sure actual teams think of prospects in terms of ranking them…..I’m sure they thought Phelps could pitch but because his stuff wasn’t blow away then they wanted him to climb the latter and prove himself at each level…..I don’t have a problem with that so long as now that he is proving himself they stick with him .

  6. blake May 19th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Doreen says:
    May 19, 2013 at 11:43 am
    Thinking they don’t want Adams to face Dickey’s knuckleball?

    That’s possible….good point

  7. yankeefeminista May 19th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    repost

    yankeefeminista May 19th, 2013 at 11:42 am
    Interesting to see how Brignac will do on the O side (don’t see him as a guy you’d want to face a knuckler unless the pitch isn’t working); Brignac has always had a “holey” swing, very aggressive, a lot of K’s and low OBP. He has a little pop that may allow him to take advantage of the NYS RF field wall. However, if he hasn’t mended his ways, his is a long swing but without the true hairiness to make it tolerable. But maybe KLong can convince Brignac to shorten up.

    And I would prefer that Adams continues to get the 3B starts, but in AA, he was often given a DH day, so we do want to keep him healthy.

    As for Cash’s “tough love” it is Cash being the “new” Cash. Why would we expect him to behave otherwise?
    ___
    As for above post, Brignac got some big hits for Rays, but was god awful streaky. Let’s hope he has improved his bat, but gives you decent infield D, so at least we add some versaility.

  8. Niblick May 19th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    ” I’ve seen him have some good years.”

    Like his OPS of .448 for 2011?

    This guy couldn’t hit his way out of a paper bag.

  9. blake May 19th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Bret ,

    Some think Peraza might have more upside and wind up being better than Simmons so while he would be a great one to target…..I kinda doubt they’d trade him

  10. yankeefeminista May 19th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Except they chose to bring in Steady Freddy instead of give Phelps a shot. It’s the go with the vet syndrome, and obviously Freddy (and Bartolo) were more proven than a Phelps. However, you’d like to see some of these kids get a shot, and be in the plans instead of being blocked. (See, Javy…) Guess again, it speaks to the Yanks lack of interest in non-power arms. And I am not faulting them for going with the upside, but… I am very interested to see how we work things with our young pitchers going forward.

  11. blake May 19th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Id like them to do a straight platoon with Nix and Brignac at SS and let Adams play 3B every day for now

  12. yankeefeminista May 19th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Speaking of young pitchers, Campos is finally not being piggybacked by Rutckyj. However, unlike the latter’s 90+ pitches, Campos still didn’t pitch very long. So, they are still building him up. As for JRam, love how much he is throwing the slider to both lefties and righties. Hope to see him moved up by at the latest ASB…

  13. blake May 19th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    J Ram and Depaula both seem too good for their leagues

  14. yankeefeminista May 19th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Yeah, Brignac can be very very aggressive at the plate. So, I think although he gives you some pop, he’ll also K a lot. Think he’s around 30% vs. RHP. (didn’t look it up…so, not sure) Interesting to see what we do re: roster decisions once Nunez, and other players start coming back.

  15. blake May 19th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    “Except they chose to bring in Steady Freddy instead of give Phelps a shot. ”

    Freddy was pretty good for them in 2011 though and Phelps may not have been as ready as he was last year

  16. yankeefeminista May 19th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    blake, agree, although with De Paula, they are supposedly revamping his mechanics, so they may want to keep him at the lower level until they are comfortable with his progress.

  17. yankeefeminista May 19th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    blake, we’ll never know. And agree that Freddy was good for a while there… but it is a choice we made.

  18. Russell Munson May 19th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    “Thinking they don’t want Adams to face Dickey’s knuckleball?

    That’s possible….good point”

    Yes, that’s a good point. A knuckleballer can foul up a player’s swing for a few days.

  19. Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    http://blog.thenewstribune.com.....e-indians/

    Another Seattle take on the play.

    The writer talks about the difficulty of the play and how difficult it is to practice these kinds of plays.

    Also, I think there’s something else that could be hot button. He guests the Yankees may have allowed bad habits to develop. But he also suggests that in the heat of a game, Montero just reverts to bad habits, and may be difficult to coach. I’m not touching this topic with a ten foot pole, but put it out there as full is closure of whats in the article.

  20. blake May 19th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    yankeefeminista says:
    May 19, 2013 at 11:57 am
    blake, agree, although with De Paula, they are supposedly revamping his mechanics, so they may want to keep him at the lower level until they are comfortable with his progress.

    Yea I’ve only seen him pitch that once but just from the box scores I like that the walks have come down

  21. yankeefeminista May 19th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    JRam is so smooth; such a treat to watch. He could definitely move up, but guess they want him to keep working on integrating the slider. It looks pretty good though, and most of the hitters are overmatched. We’ve been blessed with some great pitching to watch in Trenton… on the home team side as well as the opposition. Only sorry that Bundy was hurt, so we didn’t get to see him down there. But Gausman and Barnes were fun to spy on. :)

  22. yankeefeminista May 19th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    blake, from what I have seen (not much) De Paula needs to work on having better command of all his pitches. Like his curveball a lot but it is in and out. Greenville games are streamed, and Dogs are playing 3 games there. So, you can watch both De Paula’s last game, and Campos’ yesterday on the MiLB archives.

  23. DONNYBROOK May 19th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Somebody needs to tell the Rockies to Immediately send their next DFA Player to NY Immediately. Details can be worked out later.

  24. Yankee Trader May 19th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    What is the controversy on Montero? I watched the video replay a few times. His foot was on the plate , but when he went to receive the throw he lifted the left foot off the plate and tried to tag Aviles, too late as Aviles was on the plate and was almost returned to an upright position.

  25. blake May 19th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    The two things from the Montero play that are apparent 1) he closed himself off and limited his ability to stretch by using his left foot to touch home plate….2) he’s just not very athletic.

    This topic has been talked about way too much but he’s just not a great athlete or defender behind the plate…..could he be acceptable if he hit like he was supposed to? Sure…..if he hit itd be nice to catch him some….DH him some….and play him at 1B some and then later on fit him with a 1B mitt full time. He’s a bat first guy and always will be…. And my only original point was that he’s gonna have to start hitting to stay in the big leagues

  26. Rich in NJ May 19th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Stewart should take a month off, or more.

  27. DONNYBROOK May 19th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Little Leaguer’s practice the force at Home ALL the time. Montero’s major problem is throwing out runners. He’s currently looking like Posada did at the tail end. No Chance.

  28. yankee21 May 19th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    As long as Joe G doesn’t start platooning Adams but this is more about giving him a day off against Dickey I don’t have a big problem.

    Nix is the epitome of an over-rated utility guy- basically Girardi’s pet, I just hope Adams doesn’t wind up in some BS platoon system with Brignac so Nixy can continue to play and continue to be a total non factor at the plate and watch called third strikes. But Nixy is a ballplayer- I get it.

    I asked this on the other thread but nobody responded; I wonder if Cashman gave the riot act to Nix and other fringe ML players like he does to the Minor leaguers and told him his job as a GM was to find someone better than them so they need to play well enough so that doesn’t happen?

    It seems like Cashman and Hal like to challenge young players but rarely, if ever challenge the vets who the Yankees far more rely upon to win.

    Some will say that is tough talk and it is if it is applied at all levels I would agree

    But I would also say that is cowardice if it is just talk to the minor leaguers or those who have just been promoted to the big club.

    I’d also like Hal to talk to Cashman like he talks to the minor leaguers.

  29. blake May 19th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    YF,

    I guess the argument Id make is that it might be difficult for Depaula to actually improve facing guys that he’s totally dominating….I think young pitchers probably need to see the consequences of missing spots to really improve and I’m not sure kids in the Sally league are making him pay if he’s missing……

  30. Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Blake, agree.

    He needs to hit to stay, but he needs to play to hit…

  31. CompassRosy May 19th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    randy ~

    Thanks for the call-out on the photo – it has been deleted as a reference (though the thoughts and commentary from those who were there still speak volumes).

    Clearly, I need to read captions more carefully. . .
    I will learn – hopefully Jesus will too ;)

  32. blake May 19th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    “As long as Joe G doesn’t start platooning Adams but this is more about giving him a day off against Dickey I don’t have a big problem.”

    Yea me too….hopefully that’s what it is….again Id platoon brignac and Nix at SS and let Adams play every single day for now

  33. Cashmoney May 19th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Nix is barely an adequate backup option.

  34. Against All Odds May 19th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    let Adams play every single day for now

    ————————-

    Yes more of this

  35. blake May 19th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    “He needs to hit to stay, but he needs to play to hit…”

    There is the rub….if Seattle isn’t gonna play him then they should send him down or trade him

  36. yankeefeminista May 19th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    blake, I get what you are saying, and don’t disagree, but I think they just want him to work on repeating at this point. I haven’t seen him enough to say, but a friend of mine who knows Yankee people in the Charleston org has said that once De Paula smoothes things out to their satisfaction, they’ll think about moving him up. However, right now they just want him to work on the mechanics part of his game. From the little I have seen, he has an electric arm, but he isn’t that consistent and is still a thrower. So, they probably don’t want to challenge him too much just yet. Just a guess on my part. Kid has a great arm, that is for sure.

  37. blake May 19th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Cashmoney says:
    May 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm
    Nix is barely an adequate backup option.

    I like him as a back up….he’s a solid defender at all 3 spots and he can handle the bat ok in spurts…..he’s just had to play way too much because of all the Injurejs and he’s gotten exposed

  38. yankeefeminista May 19th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Agree about Montero. He needs the chance to play consistently because hitting is his MO. If they don’t let him do that than they are retarding his progress, shooting themselves in the foot. Either play him, trade him, or send him down.

  39. DONNYBROOK May 19th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    - Cash -
    Agree. Platooning partimers is dumb. There’s a reason these players are part-timers to begin with. 2 part-timers does Not = a productive full-time player. Just like 2 Temps does Not = a productive full time employee.

  40. Against All Odds May 19th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    trade him

    —————–

    Back to the Yankees in about 2 yrs from now.

  41. blake May 19th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    YF,

    Fair enuf ….makes sense if that’s the case

  42. Rich in NJ May 19th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Phelps is showing why injuries could be a blessing for the Yankees. He would never have gotten an extended shot in the rotation without one, and maybe the same is true of Adams and Romine. Guys like Nix, Stewart, and Brignalc are marginal talents. The failure to invest in young guys with upside by giving them extended PT is whst has put a ceiling on this franchise’s upside for years.

  43. blake May 19th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Id def buy low on Montero if they sell

  44. Cashmoney May 19th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I prefer someone who can hit a bit more or got a little more power. I think he is mediocre at best as backup. Reid might be a better backup if he can utilize YS.

  45. Niblick May 19th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Has there ever been more discussion on a Yankee blog about a single play that doesn’t involve the team?

    Let’s get over it.

  46. yankeefeminista May 19th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Adams was used to getting a DH day a week to keep him healthy. Assuming that is still the case, and in a week without an off day, I would think Adams still might get one day off because they likely wouldn’t DH him. But otherwise, I see no reason why they should play him every day. He has very good splits and is a professional hitter.

  47. yankeefeminista May 19th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    no reason why they *shouldn’t play him, should read.

  48. blake May 19th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Cashmoney says:
    May 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm
    I prefer someone who can hit a bit more or got a little more power. I think he is mediocre at best as backup. Reid might be a better backup if he can utilize YS.

    Possible …. We might find out

  49. MG May 19th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Here is a photo that shows Montero’s foot is clearly off home plate before he catches it:

    http://seattletimes.com/ABPub/.....13975.html

  50. yankeefeminista May 19th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    If Reid looks at the plate the way he did with the Rays, he might give the fan base fits all those times that he is not making contact. I haven’t really watched him for a couple of years, but …

  51. Against All Odds May 19th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    MG May 19th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    ———————–

    Can’t get any clearer than that.

  52. MG May 19th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Against All Odds May 19th, 2013 at 12:24 pm
    MG May 19th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    ———————–

    Can’t get any clearer than that.
    ———————-
    you really can’t and the umpire is standing right there in good position, there is no way he can miss that call.

    PS Randy won’t admit this, he will just change the subject

  53. mick May 19th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    randy’s credibility is at an all-time low….

  54. Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Rich, he may have gotten in thre (phelps), but it would probably been after epic fail by someone else. They give a lot of rope to the guys already in the rotation. For better or worse.

  55. mick May 19th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    if adams is injury prone, today is a good day to give him off , poor field conditions and all.

  56. blake May 19th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Randy did post a picture where the ball was closer and his foot looked like it was on the base ( however it’s unclear whether Randy photoshopped it or not ) :)

  57. Nick in SF May 19th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Maybe randy zapruder can produce an xbox video that shows Montero’s foot was on the bag after all. :neutral:

  58. Against All Odds May 19th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    MG May 19th, 2013 at 12:26 pm
    Against All Odds May 19th, 2013 at 12:24 pm
    MG May 19th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    ———————–

    Can’t get any clearer than that.
    ———————-
    you really can’t and the umpire is standing right there in good position, there is no way he can miss that call.

    PS Randy won’t admit this, he will just change the subject
    —————-

    The umpire made the right call and Blake was right originally. Once I saw the play and the various screen shots even before this latest one it was clear Jesus didn’t have his foot on the base.

  59. Against All Odds May 19th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    mick May 19th, 2013 at 12:27 pm
    if adams is injury prone, today is a good day to give him off , poor field conditions and all.

    ———————

    Kind of like a preemptive strike *rubs chin* hmmmmmm

  60. Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Lots of shadows around home plate, as well.

  61. mick May 19th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    my 8 ball sez:
    all signs point to sitting adams against the knuckler on a rainy day.
    let the scrubs play, he is too valuable.

  62. Against All Odds May 19th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Rain out crap

  63. mick May 19th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    i guess adams is sitting….

  64. ron May 19th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I would not buy low on Montero.
    He was traded for a reason.
    He plays a passable defense,if he hits,and throws out at least a baseline low % of runners,wich he is not doing.
    Steals are usually against the pitchers,and Montero’s arm strength is not enough to make up for his big frame getting into throwing position,the pitchers slow delivery,and other things needed.Also,as Montero gets older,he will lose arm strength.

    I can’t see Montero playing 1b,and if he did,or dh.he will have to put up insane offensive numbers,or he is league average offensively at those positions,at best.
    He has time at only 23 years old,but it is not good that he is doing so bad when you see the trouts,harpers,segura,rosario’s,and several other 23 year old players,or younger doing insane offensive things in baseball.
    He has to try something different with his offensive mechanics,and getting out of seattle would be a blessing,as it is hurting his power numbers,and confidence,imo.

  65. jacksquat May 19th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I’ll be happier when they face a rhp and Brignac is SS and Adams is at 3B. This should happen most of the time. Adams has more potential than Nix (and is probably better right now), and Brignac is probably better defensively (at least) than Nix at SS. I don’t hate Nix, but I only like him as a backup and maybe play at SS vs lhp.

  66. luis May 19th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Good morning/afternoon,

    On Phelps…. That was my point last season… Freddy had no upside or future in the organization, yet they chose him over Phelps, even though he looked like he was ready for greater things… Also said that the west coast trip would hide Freddy’s shortcomings as it did, which in turn delayed Phelps promotion to the rotation… I just hope that they keep him in the rotation this time around so he can build his innings and we don’t face a “dead arm” episode next season.

    Rich’s point is very good… Injuries have been a blessing in disguise, because it has forced the FO’s hand in to trusting rooks ( they have no choice )…

    Comnsnse,

    I’ll be more than happy to discuss this issues off the blog… But you may not like what I have to say ;)

  67. 86w183 May 19th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Greetings from the Big Apple! In town for a week and a day. Today is only home game, however and the weather stinks… Drizzly and gloomy… Bet the don’t have 25,000 actual people in the place.

    IMO with Niblick… Can we PLEASE cut back on our daily report on what montero had for breakfast? It’s like an episode of Jersey Shore sometimes.

    Brignac is a good,typical Cashman type acquisition. Should be a very good fit and can occasionally reach the RF seats in NYS. Dunno who goes when Nunez is activated. Should be Fran-WHIFF-sco, but IM afraid it’ll be Adams.

    Corbin Josephmhad big HR for Scanton… Dude is building up his value if nothing else.

  68. randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    “Once I saw the play and the various screen shots even before this latest one it was clear Jesus didn’t have his foot on the base.”

    you eez blind as the proverbial bat.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/1...../lightbox/

    the ball is thousandth of a second away from his mitt. the runner came between the ump and montero and the ball being caught was blocked by montero and the runner. bang bang play.
    tough call for the ump.

    he made the call based on what he saw afterward which was when montero’s foot was off the plate.
    it was like a pitch that was a strike and the momentum of catching the strike took it out of the strike zone.

    all the momentum was down the first baseline. had montero planted a foot on the plate and left it there he may not have reached the ball. i think people aren’t looking at where that ball was. it was not to the plate but off to the side much like when a first baseman has to backhand a ball towards right field.

  69. MG May 19th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    http://seattletimes.com/ABPub/.....13975.html

    his foot is off the base on a much better resolution shot than the screen shot made from the video.

    you lose, Randy…

  70. willkamm May 19th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Niblick May 19th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    ” I’ve seen him have some good years.”

    Like his OPS of .448 for 2011?

    This guy couldn’t hit his way out of a paper bag.

    Couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat.

  71. willkamm May 19th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Russell Munson May 19th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    “Thinking they don’t want Adams to face Dickey’s knuckleball?

    That’s possible….good point”

    Yes, that’s a good point. A knuckleballer can foul up a player’s swing for a few days.

    That’s true and in the case of Nix and Brignac their swings are already screwed up.


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