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The Yankees 2013 rookie class

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 11, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Austin Romine, Adam Warren
The Yankees are not going to have anyone involved in today’s Rookie of the Year announcement. They had five rookies get at least 100 at-bats or 50 innings pitched, but none of those five performed to the level of a Rookie of the Year candidate. Today’s announcement, though, is a good excuse to look back at these five Yankees rookies and ask what to expect going forward.

Ranked as a sort of All-Yankees Rookie of the Year ballot, here are the five up-from-the-minors guys who played the most significant roles this season.

Warren1. Adam Warren
3-2, 3.39 ERA, 77 IP
By the end of the year, Warren stood out as the Yankees top rookie. The only Yankees who threw more innings than Warren were the team’s five regular starters, and Warren really seemed to make the most of those chances. He didn’t get many spot start opportunities — that’s what made David Phelps stand out the year before — but he did handle several roles, including a handful of late-inning chances when the bullpen was thin and someone had to step up.
Next year: Could be a legitimate rotation option out of spring training. At the very least, he’s a strong candidate for a return to long relief. If Warren is still behind Phelps in the Yankees pecking order, it’s not by much.

Romine2. Austin Romine
.207/.255/.296
An undeniable disappointment early in the year, Romine’s overall slash line paints a pretty telling picture of his overall production. He wasn’t very good through much of the year, and even his defense seemed lacking at several points. What brought some redemption, though, was Romine’s hitting in the second half. After making an adjustment, he hit .341/.423/.500 from July 25 through September 2, earning more playing time as Chris Stewart struggled.
Next year: This season did nothing to help Romine make a case for being the Yankees catcher of the future, but his strong second half just might have been enough to give him a reach chance to win at least a backup job out of spring training. There are still significant questions, but Romine might not be out of opportunities.

Claiborne3. Preston Claiborne
0-2, 4.11 ERA, 50.1 IP
Kind of the opposite of Romine’s season. Claiborne showed up as a sort of surprise. Largely overshadowed by other minor league pitchers, it was Claiborne who came up to replace Joba Chamberlain in May. He didn’t walk anyone in his first 14 appearances and became a legitimately trusted middle reliever. In his final 23 games, though, Claiborne had a 6.66 ERA and an opponents slash line of .305/.365/.524.
Next year: With several holes in the Yankees bullpen, Claiborne has a legitimate chance to win a job. But that strong first impression wasn’t enough to necessarily consider him a favorite for a 2014 roster spot. The Yankees have a handful of relatively similar young pitchers, and Claiborne is going to have to pitch well to get another chance.

Almonte4. Zoilo Almonte
.236/.274/.302
A theme for each of the last three guys on this list: Almonte was terrific when he showed up, then he faded into irrelevance. In his first 15 games, Almonte hit .314/.345/.451 and became a regular in left field. In his final 19 games, he hit .164/.207/.164 and wound up on the disabled list with a severe ankle sprain. Holding true to his minor league tendencies, Almonte was much better against righties than against lefties.
Next year: For the time being, Almonte seems to be the young alternative to Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells in right field. Thing is, though, the Yankees seem likely to sign an outfield, which could push Almonte back to Triple-A. He’s shown a pretty good bat in the minors, but scouts have never seemed sold on him, and even though he’s a switch hitter, he might be best suited for a platoon or bench role.

Adams5. David Adams
.193/.252/.286
Of all the guys on this list, the best opportunity probably belonged to Adams. His year got off to a rough start — he was released and ultimately re-signed because of a roster crunch — but when he was called up from Triple-A, the Yankees were fully prepared to give him everyday at-bats at third base. He hit .295/.311/.500 in his first 11 games, but just .146/.226/.188 after that. He ultimately bounced back and forth from the minors.
Next year: After his 2013 struggles, it’s hard to imagine the Yankees heading into 2014 with plans of using Adams in any sort of significant role. That said, he plays second base and third base, two spots with a great deal of uncertainty at the moment. He’s going to have to prove he’s better than he was 2013, but the Yankees infield situation certainly leaves room for second chances.

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50 Responses to “The Yankees 2013 rookie class”

  1. blake November 11th, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Very unfortunate about Mauer….he’s one of
    My favorite players to watch in the game right now and this will certainly limit his place in history……

    However it’ll allow him to focus on his hitting more and Id expect him to even be better offensively…..

  2. joeman November 11th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    NYY looking at Chavez again…when will it end ?

  3. pkyankfan69 November 11th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I wouldn’t be shocked if our plan for 3B was a Chavez/Nunez platoon.

  4. kd November 11th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    The flip side is that Mauer likely plays out his contract with Minnesota, rather than being hurt. Those concussions are quite scary

  5. blake November 11th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    @jcrasnick: #Yankees have signed free agent OF Antoan Richardson to a minor league deal with an invite to big league camp.

    Were on our way now

  6. yankeefeminista November 11th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    blake, the older the minor leaguer, the better… #FightAgeism

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....tube_gdata

  7. charlestonchew November 11th, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I feel like Almonte has shown the most promise of the rookies, save for Warren having the potential to slot into a rotation at the back end.

    Almonte hit 21 HR in AA as recently as 2012, putting together a 70 RBI year and an OPS north of .800. Even in his time in AAA last year, he was able to put together an OPS of around .790, leading me to believe that he could have the potential to be a mid-season replacement for an injured (or underperforming) Wells or Ichiro. He also does a decent job at swiping bags and, if I remember correctly, has an above average arm in the outfield.

    While I’m sure we’d all prefer that Tyler Austin’s wrist injury go away so he can compile another ridiculous season at AAA, it seems like that question mark has quickly jolted Almonte into the position of being most able to help at the big league level. Slade Heathcott could certainly make the jump, too, but Mason Williams has even more question marks surrounding him after a seriously sub-par season.

  8. DaSaint007 November 11th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Granderson is not going to accept the QO as this is possibly his last chance for a sizeable FA contract to end his career. He’s 33, and will probably get a 3 year deal or 4 year deal. Frankly, I’d give him 4 years and $60 million to play RF or LF, understanding that Soriano is gone after next year anyway. It may be an overpay in 2 years, but his kind of production and range don’t come cheap. If he can cut down on the SO and maybe start running some more, that would be a plus.

    Gardner is NOT going to deliver more than he has. IMO, he’s already regressed. He should be a 60 SB threat each year and he’s not, not because he doesn’t have the speed (which is declining), but because he doesn’t read the situations well. Trade him now while he has value, and try to get back some viable pitching or minor league talent to restock the system. Seattle is going to go after a CF, and has a boatload of ML talent. Make a deal, as they’re not going to get Ellsbury.

    Sign Cano to a 6 year $160M or 8 year $180M deal and get it over with.

    Give Kuroda 2 years and $30M, and go all in for Tanaka who can get mentored by Kuroda as he makes the transition to MLB.

  9. blake November 11th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    @JonHeymanCBS: Kendrys Morales will turn down #mariners qualifying offer. http://t.co/d4vPuzkXgJ

    Teams make qualifying offers to players because nobody has ever actually taken one

  10. blake November 11th, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    @Joelsherman1: Curtis Granderson is turning down #Yankees qualifying offer, 100 percent person involved tells me

  11. randy l. November 11th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    “Randy if you were GM of the Yankees what would you do now?”

    comet-

    first thing i’d do is make a giant BBQ section behind home plate where not much is going on now with all those empty seats.

    second thing would be to hire blake to run it and make us all happy eating BBQ while a consensus of lohud decided how to proceed.i’d have people cheering and booing with BBQ sauce running down their shirts. someone strikes out , they have to worry about a chicken wing being thrown at them. ( yes,this isn’t st louis )

    since i’m the gm, it means i have some pretty good incriminating photos of hal, so the 189 thing is out the window too . i’m guessing cano would be signed shortly .

    with the new 235 million payroll for the next five years, other signings and things would be off and running :)

  12. DaSaint007 November 11th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Glad Curtis is turning it down. I’d rather sign him than get that pick, looking at our OF situation over the next 3 to 4 years. We need production, and Gardner is not going to give it to us. Relying on an older Beltran for 2 years isn’t the preferred solution either (though it is a fallback), especially when it means parting with a pick to do so. I’m not giving up a pick for a 36 year old player.

  13. DaSaint007 November 11th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    LOL@ Randy!

  14. pkyankfan69 November 11th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Grandy was never going to accept… No surprise there.

    RF will be interesting…

    Do they spend big and bring in Choo for 5 years $100M+?

    Do they resign Grandy on a pretty decent value deal for say 3 years $45M?

    Do they go after Beltran for say 2 years $28M? Would they lose the pick for just him?

    Are we stuck watching the immortal platoon of Ichiro/Wells ? <>

  15. yankeefeminista November 11th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    “he was able to put together an OPS of around .790, leading me to believe that he could have the potential to be a mid-season replacement for an injured (or underperforming) Wells or Ichiro.”

    Except the Yanks if they play Zoilo at all are going to platoon him b/c of that gaping .100 lower OPS (milb career) when Zoo bats righty. So, he might get in as a platoon with Wells and Ichiro, but doubt he’d play over them vs. LHP. Also Z is more comfortable in LF. Interesting to see how much they’d play him in RF.

    Randy, sounds like a plan. Just make sure there is some barbecued fish for us pescotarians. The Yanks used to have great fish tacos that first year in NYS, but they too went the way of our Bronx bombing ways. :(

  16. DaSaint007 November 11th, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    BBQ ribs, chicken, fish, & shrimp (though I’m allergic) please!
    Can we get some mac & cheese too?

  17. DaSaint007 November 11th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Choo, at 31, represented by Boras will be asking for $20M/year for 6 or 7 years. Don’t know if Hal will sign-off on that with Cano’s contract to be decided. Grandy isn’t the same production, but it’s a shorter, cheaper stint.

  18. yankeefeminista November 11th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Fish/veg shish kebab would also be a nice addition. And better beer! Even Trenton blows NYS’s brew choices away.

  19. austinmac November 11th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Look at Zoilo’s stats last year and now in the winter league. I am afraid he is no answer. Hal, please don’t make us watch the Wells/Ichiro platoon.

  20. joeman November 11th, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Gardner is NOT going to deliver more than he has. IMO, he’s already regressed. He should be a 60 SB threat each year and he’s not, not because he doesn’t have the speed (which is declining), but because he doesn’t read the situations well. Trade him now while he has value, and try to get back some viable pitching or minor league talent to restock the system. Seattle is going to go after a CF, and has a boatload of ML talent. Make a deal, as they’re not going to get Ellsbury.

    ——————————–
    music to my ears

  21. austinmac November 11th, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Every talking head and every article describes how teams are willing and able to spend. That leaves me doubting we will outbid others. We are now the ones unable or unwilling to consider the extra TV revenue.

    I am expecting a lot of “he was priced above our perception of value”. This year’s prices, except perhaps the very long term, high cost guys is going well up.

  22. joeman November 11th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Kendrys Morales..this surprised me …they are all going for the long ball here

  23. pkyankfan69 November 11th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I bet the team looks like this next year

    CF – Gardner
    SS – Jeter
    2B – Cano
    1B – Tex
    RF – Beltran (Only QO guy)
    LF – Soriano
    3B – Chavez
    DH – Kubel
    C – Cervelli

    B – Nunez – Reynolds – Ichiro – Wells – Romine

    Arod back after 100 games

    CC – Nova – Tanaka — One of Feldman/Kazmir/Johnson (whoever fits the budget) and one of Pineda/Phelps/Warren

    Drob – Balfour – Kelley – Claiborne – Cabral – Betances – Phelps/Warren

  24. randy l. November 11th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    “Randy, sounds like a plan. Just make sure there is some barbecued fish for us pescotarians.”
    “Fish/veg shish kebab would also be a nice addition. And better beer! Even Trenton blows NYS’s brew choices away.”
    “BBQ ribs, chicken, fish, & shrimp (though I’m allergic) please!
    Can we get some mac & cheese too?”

    i’m sure head BBQ chef blake will take care of all requests . everything will be organic and no GMOs.
    even the grass on the field will have no glyphosates :)

    that’s right , you heard me, an organic infield and outfield
    the yankees need to provide leadership for the planet :)

  25. joeman November 11th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    CF – Gardner…trade him
    SS – Jeter….will never be a everyday SS
    2B – Cano…might not be here
    1B – Tex…..
    RF – Beltran (Only QO guy)……3-4 year contract for a 38 year old..NO
    LF – Soriano
    3B – Chavez……this happened before, the guy is hurt all the time
    DH – Kubel…no
    C – Cervelli…..this guy stinks even while taking PEDs

  26. pkyankfan69 November 11th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    That team isn’t what I want… I just see that as at least a representative sample as to what will happen.

  27. jacksquat November 11th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Joeman’s glowing optimism every day is such a pleasure to read. ;)

  28. RhapsodyInBlue November 11th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, and Hiroki Kuroda turn down Yankees qualifying offer

    http://www.pinstripealley.com/.....son-kuroda

  29. joeman November 11th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    jacksquat November 11th, 2013 at 5:12 pm
    Joeman’s glowing optimism every day is such a pleasure to read
    —————————————————–
    have to see the finished product just like everyone else

  30. DaSaint007 November 11th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Would like to see some out of the box thinking by Cashman:
    Maybe trade for Lowrie at 3B/SS.
    Or sign Kazmir as a 2nd lefty for the rotation.
    Or even deepen the bullpen by signing Hughes as a set-up man/long reliever, though he’ll probably get someone like the Royals to give him a 2 yr deal @ $6M/year as a starter, while signing Balfour.

    Just thoughts…

  31. joeman November 11th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    there are only 3 for sure players with a position

    Gardner
    Tex
    Sori
    ……………….

  32. tomingeorgia November 11th, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Knee hurting, Joe? Colder weather will do that.

  33. joeman November 11th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    tomingeorgia November 11th, 2013 at 5:18 pm
    Knee hurting, Joe? Colder weather will do that.

    ——————————–
    LOL…How did you know

    had the day off up and down a 24′ ladder cleaning gutters around the house, and rakes leaves …f-ing think is killing me, time for a pain pill (first one in a month)

  34. joeman November 11th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    thing

  35. tomingeorgia November 11th, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Joe,
    Knew it!

  36. Hankflorida November 11th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    austinmac November 11th, 2013 at 3:39 pm
    Look at Zoilo’s stats last year and now in the winter league. I am afraid he is no answer. Hal, please don’t make us watch the Wells/Ichiro platoon.

    I am afraid the Welles/ Ichiro platoon may be in the cards once Granderson is gone. If Soriano will DH only against lefties and the the Yankees will sign Morneau to DH against righties, then you may even get Welles and Ichiro playing together against lefties. As I stated before, the blueprint for this year was to have Ichiro and Gardener playing together because of the cap. What makes you think Hal will change his mind as he may put most of the money that will still be under the cap into starting pitching?

  37. joeman November 11th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    tomingeorgia November 11th, 2013 at 5:24 pm
    Joe,
    Knew it!

    ———————-
    OK that’s Scary

  38. joeman November 11th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Hankflorida November 11th, 2013 at 5:26 pm
    austinmac November 11th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I am afraid the Welles/ Ichiro platoon may be in the cards
    ——————————-
    wonderful can’t wait

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