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Yankees pregame: “He’s a better player than even what I thought.”

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on May 04, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Jacoby EllsburyLet’s just say Jacoby Ellsbury has made a good first impression with the Yankees.

Besides the defense in center, the import from Boston is batting . 346 with 10 doubles, two triples, a homer, 14 RBI and 10 steals in 12 tries. He leads the AL with at least three hits in six games and has 11 multihit games. He’s 7 for 10 with two walks and two steals in this series.

Joe Girardi is enjoying the view every day as opposed to the occasional view from playing against the Red Sox.

“I think you see everything that he does on a daily basis as opposed to maybe seeing a great catch or a great jump on a ball in the outfield maybe once in a three-game series,” Girardi said. “But you get a chance to see him every day and what he’s capable of doing. He’s a better player than even what I thought.”

John Ryan Murphy is starting behind the plate to give Brian McCann a breather. Murphy is batting .313 with a homer and three RBI through his first seven games played after taking over the backup job for the injured Francesco Cervelli. Murphy has earned trust defensively as well.

“It really started last year when he came up in September, the job that he did for us behind home plate,” Girardi said. “Never seeing a young catcher get rattled is fairly unusual in a sense. … When I watch him back there, he’s calm. He knows exactly what he wants to do. He does the things that he needs to do. He frames pitches. He blocks pitches. He throws well. I think he calls a good game. He’s a real student of the game. And he puts up good at-bats. So it gave us a lot of confidence moving forward.

“When the season started, our plan was for him to go play every day and continue to get more at-bats and more reps under his belt. But with the injury to Cervi, that plan changed. It wasn’t that we didn’t think he was a big-league catcher when spring training broke. But we didn’t want him necessarily catching once every five or six days. We wanted to continue in his development. But that has to take place here now.”

Girardi said it’s “possible” Brendan Ryan could join the team Monday in Anaheim from his rehab assignment.

“I don’t think he needs much more,” Girardi said.

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72 Responses to “Yankees pregame: “He’s a better player than even what I thought.””

  1. luis May 4th, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Blake,

    Brendan Ryan is coming back…No Drew

  2. Chip May 4th, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Blake –

    Drew could be a possibility after the draft – we’ll see. But it’s worth keeping in mind that while he’s better than Kelly Johnson, he’s still not that good.

    As for Cliff Lee – even if the Yankees weren’t on his “no trade list” which they are – I would not want to sign up for giving him $50 mil over the next two years assuming the 2016 option vests.

    The team needs a little augmentation – sure – but no reason to be silly about it.

    Keep an eye on Raf Furcal when he returns to play for the Marlins – he’s a guy the Yankees could get at the deadline and, the more Arizona loses, the more I’m liking Aaron Hill.

  3. Chip May 4th, 2014 at 11:57 am

    When Cervelli is off the DL – offer Arizona Cervelli for Aaron Hill. Cervy is the type of “gritty” player that Kirk Gibson and Kevin Towers likes. They desperately need someone to spell Montero, and moving Hill would allow them to play both Owings and Gregorious.

  4. bigdan22 May 4th, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Re-post:

    “Although Almonte crushes RHP he is garbage against LHP and he is also sporting an OBP south of .300 at AAA. So that is a little concerning. Almost sounds like he either needs to give up batting RH or he is paving the way to be a platoon guy if he insists on continuing to SH. ”

    —-

    In 269 AAA ABs last year, Almonte sported an OBP of .369. His low OBP this season is the result of his 1 for 24 batting right-handed. Almonte is not a good right-handed hitter but he’s not nearly that bad. In ST, in consecutive games, I saw him drive the ball up against the left-centerfield wall right-handed and then slash a line drive double over 1b. That’s exactly the type of hitter he is. A slasher with power. I believe he’d match Gardner’s .340 OBP in the majors with much more power. He can be platooned with Ichiro as well to create what might be All Star level corner OF production. I also think if Almonte were in the majors right now he’d play hungry, and the Yanks’ offense needs that right now.

    I continue to believe Gardner is a good ML player. And perhaps very good when playing CF. He’s just a bad fit for the Yanks in part because he’s keeping a significantly better offensive player in AAA.

  5. mick May 4th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    So, if Jeter gets hurt who plays SS, Ryan or Solarte?
    If it’s Ryan, it’s a mistake.

  6. bigdan22 May 4th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    dan l May 4th, 2014 at 11:23 am

    “bigdan22…don’t you think with all the shifting that the old 3B of yesterday are dead? I think you have to have a smaller guy who has the ability to turn the DP at second going forward. Who knows if any of our young 3B can do that”

    ——-

    This is an excellent point. That is, what should the profile be for future infielders in the Post-Shift era? I think you will see more stuff written about this in the near future. Solarte does seem to fit the more diverse mode. Not sure Arod can do what Solarte does now when he’s placed on the right side of the infield.

  7. luis May 4th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    luis May 4th, 2014 at 12:02 pm
    Poet,

    The division will be tight because more or less the teams are pretty much in the same range… Although my money is that Baltimore will be the greatest threat

  8. mick May 4th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Curious why Johnson’s not at 2B today?
    Solarte not at 3rd.

  9. luis May 4th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Cashmoney as usual makes excellent points as well… This team is pretty bad when you consider the amount of resources invested in it and the actual talent level of it

  10. mick May 4th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    why do you keep harping on how bad the team is?

  11. bigdan22 May 4th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Curious why Johnson’s not at 2B today?
    Solarte not at 3rd.

    ——

    I would rather keep Solarte at 3b, but if you follow all the shifting being done, 2b and 3b is becoming basically the same position.

  12. luis May 4th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Because there was a post from Blake that said that this team was a 90 wins team..I decided to offer my opinion..Why do you keep on bothering me? Scroll past my posts

  13. mick May 4th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I am thinking Joe doesn’t want the leftys atop the order vs a lefty.
    Can’t be he thinks Jeter is the better #2 hitter.
    Next year can’t believe he will separate Ells and Gardy.

  14. mick May 4th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    luis go away then…I am not here to bother you, in fact you bother me and I won’t bother to explain why.

  15. luis May 4th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    And FTR.. All I am saying is that this team is not as good as some may think..It is better than last season…But to go from 79 to 90 is not easy… Especially with a roster bloated with age and injury risks concerns

  16. yankeefeminista May 4th, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    On phone, so I cant create a link but nice pic on David Price’s twitter as a tribute to Jeter. Check it out. Price is all class.

    I will back read later after Trenton game if I’ve missed any posts to me. Raining here and I hope it stops and they don’t pull Manny from the start. BBL.

  17. mick May 4th, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    And FTR.. All I am saying is that this team is not as good as some may think.
    ================================
    that’s the gist of everything you say…we get it already.

  18. luis May 4th, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Remember that it is always a two way street..When someone feels a certain way, it is very common that the other would feel the same..So yeah, I don’t like you either

  19. yankee21 May 4th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    It will be interesting to see how the Yankees plan on utilizing Ryan. I think we’ll know pretty quickly how much sway Jeter has over Girardi and Cashman decision making if Jeter is at SS in the late innings of a close game with the Yankees ahead. Jeter right now is arguably the worst SS in the major leagues defensively and it isn’t even close.

    Will Ryan be a consistant late-inning defensive replacement but a rarely used starter at SS or will he be a 1-2 times a week starter at SS and an occasional defensive replacement.

    He is a poor hitter so I hope it is closer to the first scenario as Solarte looks like he can handle SS adequately enough when Jeter needs a rest.

  20. mick May 4th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    why b/c i offer another point of view that differs from yours?

  21. mick May 4th, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    go back to your little crew where you all can agree with each other.

  22. chicken_stanley May 4th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Mac – If youre out there…saw your earlier post. I believe I fly home on 5/23… I’ll be about 20 miles outside O’Hare (Carol Stream)

  23. luis May 4th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Nope..That has nothing to do with it..If you actually read this blog, i have had my disagreements with plenty of posters.. It’s a matter of demeanor I guess and other things that I rather not say

  24. mick May 4th, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    anybody with eyes can see your goal is to take over the board with your nonsense.
    if it happens and it could b/c you are driving away good posters,
    it will be a place of few posts and that would be boring.

  25. luis May 4th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    I am not going anywhere punk ;)

  26. luis May 4th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Listen..This conversation is going nowhere..Stop with the nonsense..Go your way and I will go mine ok?

  27. mick May 4th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    It’s a matter of demeanor I guess and other things that I rather not say
    ============================
    no need to say anything as you , of course, are the perfect gentleman.
    except when you like to think you and your leaders are so subtle.

  28. yankee21 May 4th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I have eyes to see and Luis never comes across as someone trying to take over the board.

    Luis is always a respectful, insightful poster.

  29. mick May 4th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    punk ;) ?

    be man enough to say what you feel..

  30. mick May 4th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I have eyes to see and Luis never comes across as someone trying to take over the board.
    ===============
    luis is part of a clique that lives to dominate the board.

  31. luis May 4th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Last post about this…The last 2 posts are a very good example of why I don’t like you…You are trying to infer intent and at the same time making unwarranted accusations… Why would I want to take over this board?..What would I gain?…This is a baseball blog, nothing more…These posts are only directed at provoking.

  32. austinmac May 4th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I land on the afternoon of 5/22. Staying somewhere near downtown. Step-daughter is in school there.

  33. Hankflorida May 4th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    The billion-dollar question is whether or not batters can really easily control the direction of the ball in play and what the cost is of attempting to control it,” said Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, whose team deploys the most shifts by far.”

    Yankeefem, you are getting to the real problem of combatting the computer defenses with this new age offense. Cashman let Swisher go for Ichiro and Granderson for Ellsbury and signed Gardner long term. The demise of the one dimensional player was so apparent as to Cashman’s future blueprint, but if Cashman wanted to beat the shift with opposite field hitters would not it be more in line with right hand power guys who can take advantage of right field in the Stadium. My picks would be guys like Jennings or Napoli as I remember George Weiss looking for his right handed opposite field power hitters like Skowron and Bauer. It isn’t a new concept but it could beat the shifts and still produce the three run homer.

  34. Chip May 4th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Some international relations:

    http://www.pinstripealley.com/.....-prospects

  35. exiledintampa May 4th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Luis, this guy had the gall to bring up Tar’s kid when he didn’t even know if it was a girl or boy. It was the most superficial attempt to make it seem like he cared. Tar’s disclosier of his child, wasn’t even from that day. He’s an instigator and constantly trying to stir up trouble.

    Tar had every reason to be offended by this. Why do yopu waste your time responding to him?

    You are much better than that, Luis. I respect you. Him, I won’t bother to address with the proper name for guys like that. He’s a phoney.

  36. luis May 4th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    And thanks for disrupting the flow of conversation with your little act..

  37. mick May 4th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    you are wrong again….you make statements as fact and are backed up by your crew…let’s not talk about accusations as your crew as mastered that without proof….opinions that differ from the groupthink are not accusations, more like observations or opinions, which you don’t tolerate if they differ from the group.

  38. austinmac May 4th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Mick,

    I don’t think Luis has any bad motives. He seems like a nice guy with firm opinions. Occasionally, he will be right and agree with me.

    We have enough spats. We don’t need any more.

    My opinion. I think I get along with you both.

  39. mick May 4th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Luis, this guy had the gall to bring up Tar’s kid when he didn’t even know if it was a girl or boy.
    ===============
    do you know how stupid that sounds?

  40. luis May 4th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    You are right Exiled..Sorry

  41. luis May 4th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    “I don’t think Luis has any bad motives. He seems like a nice guy with firm opinions. Occasionally, he will be right and agree with me”

    =================

    hahaha!!!..See this is a great poster..We have had both our agreements and disagreements..It’s about how we disagree or agree..Demeanor

  42. mick May 4th, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    luis can’t handle criticism, sugarcoat it all you want..

  43. exiledintampa May 4th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    You can put sugar on mick and call him a jelly donut but he is what he is. Flush the toilet.

  44. Chip May 4th, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I miss the regular crowd.

  45. JimK May 4th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Luis, I agree with your take on the Y’s team this year; it is only marginally better than the injury decimated 2013 squad. And FTR, I predicted 88 wins. But the other thing to consider is no other team in their division looks strong enough to run away and hide from the other teams( As you note, the O’s are a possible exception, but let’s see how their pitching holds up.)

  46. austinmac May 4th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Mick,

    I suspect what irritates you is opinions folks believe are facts. I feel that too. But, these issues mean a lot to these folks. Ultimately, I can agree or disagree, but I have been convinced that they do so only because they care.

    I fired a shot at JAP about the frequent Cano talk. He told me he just really missed seeing him play. That I get, and say talk away.

    I believe I may have been redundant a time or two or three.

  47. 86w183 May 4th, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Where’s Rodney King when we need him?

    Can’t we all just get along?

    Kumbaya, my friends……

  48. luis May 4th, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Hank,

    The teams of the 90′s were comprised mostly by great situational hitters..Not necessarilly table setters..What you need is overall good hitters that use all the fields, but at the same time have power to crush mistakes..Like Cano or Ellsbury

  49. mick May 4th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Mac
    I have no problem with you and view you as a great Yankee fan as well as a sophisticated one.
    Can’t help what the others think. I can observe what I see.

  50. Cashmoney May 4th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    man, just made myself a strip steak with some pinto bean and tortilla, not sure it’s a good idea or not.

    now that my belly is full and mind slightly muddled time to contemplate the woes of NYY!

  51. austinmac May 4th, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Mick,

    And I do readily admit you have made me laugh many times at your cracks.

    Let’s play ball and get a good game from CC.

  52. luis May 4th, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    I like what I have seen from Murphy on that regard…I really like this kid

  53. exiledintampa May 4th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Last year on 4 may the Yankees were 18-11 with a +11 run differential. This year 16-13 with a run differential of -11. Thats worse than last year and with wins against a Bo sox team at 15-16 when they were 20-9 last year.

    This team would have to score big and often to catch up to last year.

  54. BoJo May 4th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Chip=
    I like Cervelli a lot and would be hesitant to trade him, BUT I like your suggestion of Cervelli for Aaron Hill. I always have liked him and would love to see him here.

    I suspect though that Cashman will point to Roberts’ recent numbers and stay the course.

  55. JimK May 4th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I think I posted last week that Girardi should consider changing catchers when CC pitches, maybe he took my advice. But in all honesty I do not know if McCann has caught all of CC’s starts.
    Unfortunately, I will not be able to watch the game, but I was interested to see if Murphy is a good “situational” hitter.

  56. luis May 4th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    exiledintampa May 4th, 2014 at 12:54 pm
    Last year on 4 may the Yankees were 18-11 with a +11 run differential. This year 16-13 with a run differential of -11. Thats worse than last year and with wins against a Bo sox team at 15-16 when they were 20-9 last year.

    This team would have to score big and often to catch up to last year.

    ========================================

    Very good points that you bring up…Someone brought it up the other day..If we are to be in it, we need to have a positive run differential or we won’t keep up winning as we have done so far…Yes, there are a few blowouts that skew the stat..But at some point the record will reflect that run differential

  57. Cashmoney May 4th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    exile, all that stuff can be misleading in small sample. the negative differential you saw it yourself, yanks got blown out in a few games and won some tight ones. It’s hard to draw comparison in that sense, this is a better team than ly, there is no doubt in my mind, question is how much.

  58. Tar May 4th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Exiled thanks

    So there is no misconception…. Here is what mick pulled out his arse the day after Chicken disclosed that he is a parent of a child who is Autistic. I wanted Chicken to know that I also am a parent of an Autistic child, even though I did that against my better judgment.

    “Tar-Sorry to hear about your child.”

    “didn’t you say he/she was ill?”

    Now if you didn’t know our history, a normal person would cringe at what he said. Knowing our history just confirms that he is a cretin. BTW he is not dumb and he knew exactly what he was doing. But in typical mick fashion he failed miserably.

  59. Cashmoney May 4th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Bedard is pitcher I think Yanks will hit… question is how CC will do. Like to see something positive from Jeter against LH today.

  60. Chip May 4th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    BoJo May 4th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Chip=
    I like Cervelli a lot and would be hesitant to trade him, BUT I like your suggestion of Cervelli for Aaron Hill. I always have liked him and would love to see him here.

    I suspect though that Cashman will point to Roberts’ recent numbers and stay the course.

    —————————————

    Two thoughts:

    1. The Yankees are going to need to move some of their catchers. Cervelli and Romine make the most sense to go of the 5 currently on the 40 man roster and while Cervelli has shown good spring training ability, he has not been able to stay on the field and hasn’t really played a full season in the majors since 2011.

    2. Cervelli’s on the 60 day DL so this wouldn’t be a trade that happens tomorrow – If Roberts is able to carry this performance through the end of May then that’s another story, but if he’s not; the trade makes sense for both teams.

  61. Poetkiosk May 4th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I think people who are always down on their team do so because it is too stressful for them to be disappointed, so if they are always seeing the negative they can only be pleasantly surprised :) I do think the board overall,could do,with less declarations of fact and more nuanced arguments. The Yankees aren’t anything right now – they are in the process of becoming.

  62. Tar May 4th, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Oh yeah mick’s just a barrel of laughs…. haha

  63. luis May 4th, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    JimK May 4th, 2014 at 12:58 pm
    I think I posted last week that Girardi should consider changing catchers when CC pitches, maybe he took my advice. But in all honesty I do not know if McCann has caught all of CC’s starts.
    Unfortunately, I will not be able to watch the game, but I was interested to see if Murphy is a good “situational” hitter.

    ====================

    I know it is early and all the SSS thing..But I have watched him in two games this past few days…I saw him with two men on and two outs…He shorten up the swing and drove an inside pitch the other way..Usually a bad situational hitter would have tried for the fences..He didn’t..His very next at bat he hammered a FB over the LF fence.

    Two days ago he doubled on a CU..Which means that he stayed back long enough to be able to drive that kind of pitch… I think he can hit…To the point that I like his approach better than most on that lineup

  64. exiledintampa May 4th, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Tar not everyone here is fooled. I was almost too angry to type so I held my own. But you had every right. How freakin superficial can one guy be. There was no sincerity at all. Just tryin patheticly to appear sincere to the uninformed while poking a stick at your pain.

  65. BoJo May 4th, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Hey Exiled….

    I don’t know you very well and you certainly don’t know much about me, but for some reason a few folks here asked me to let you know that they are willing to help you get to NY to see a Yankee game. They asked me to facilitate it (probably through Chad somehow).

    I have no idea if this even interests you, or how you want to proceed to protect your privacy, but if you want to do this, i’d be happy to help in whatever manner you suggest.

  66. JimK May 4th, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Luis, I hope you are right and I also hope CC pitches a good game; I will probably be able to watch 45 minutes

  67. Captain Clutch May 4th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Hopefully we see the good CC today and not the guy who pitches 4 good innings and then completely implodes.

  68. luis May 4th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Tar,

    I am very sorry to hear about your child…. If I can help in any way. don’t hesitate to ask..Excuse the intrusion..

    Chicken,

    Likewise

  69. BoJo May 4th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Chip==
    The reason I would be willing (reluctantly) to finally trade Cervelli is because I am beginning to think that luck just isn’t on his side. I love the kid, but would like to see him fulfill his dreams–even if it means going elsewhere.

  70. luis May 4th, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Jimk,

    I won’t be able to watch it..So tell me what you think

  71. exiledintampa May 4th, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    BoJo May 4th, 2014 at 1:04 pm
    Hey Exiled….

    I don’t know you very well and you certainly don’t know much about me, but for some reason a few folks here asked me to let you know that they are willing to help you get to NY to see a Yankee game. They asked me to facilitate it (probably through Chad somehow).

    I have no idea if this even interests you, or how you want to proceed to protect your privacy, but if you want to do this, i’d be happy to help in whatever manner you suggest.

    Bojo, That’s an overwhelming offer. Nothing would make me happier. But I wouldn’t know how to proceed at this time. And, yes after the warnings from JAP and others I’m concerned about
    offers from African Princes I don’t know much about.

    Until I can figure it out, thank them for me.

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