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Minor league notes: Injury updates and early standouts

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 08, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Jose Campos

Jose Campos had elbow trouble all the way back in 2012. It’s the reason he made just five starts that year, and the reason the Yankees so strictly limited his workload last season. So why did the Yankees wait until late last month to finally send him for Tommy John surgery?

“The doctors wanted to treat it conservatively,” vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman said. “See if he could get through it with exercise and therapy, and (they) finally decided to operate on it.”

Newman said there was no exact tipping point. The ligament didn’t suddenly snap, it simply became clear that a more drastic measure was necessary.

“I think the wear and tear over time,” Newman said. “… He had been throwing in spring training and it just wasn’t (right). It didn’t feel the way it was supposed to feel.”

A few other minor league notes from Newman…

Bryan MitchellABOUT A WEEK AWAY

High-A first baseman Greg Bird came off the disabled list on Wednesday, and other big names won’t be far behind. Tyler Austin (groin injury), Slade Heathcott (recovering from knee surgery), and Bryan Mitchell (elbow soreness) are each about a week away from coming off the disabled list, according to Newman. Heathcott will “most likely” be assigned to Trenton. The other two certainly will. Newman said Austin will continue to see time at both third base and right field.

Elbow soreness sounds problematic for Mitchell, especially in the wake of Tommy John surgeries for Campos and Ivan Nova, but Newman said the Yankees believe Mitchell might have simply overexerted himself while getting loose in the bullpen during his one-day call-up to the big leagues. In the days after the call-up, Mitchell’s elbow was “tender,” but tests showed no problems.

“Did the tests, nothing wrong,” Newman said. “He went up to the big leagues and was throwing in the pen, threw a pen in Tampa, and guys told me he was throwing the daylights out of it. He might have gotten a little adrenaline rush.”

Other injury updates: Dan Burawa (oblique injury) is likely to rejoin the Triple-A bullpen in about a week, but lefty Fred Lewis (blister) will take a little longer. Another lefty, Francisco Rondon, has been out since spring training because of a shoulder issue, but Newman said he should also be back in about a week.

Pete O'BrienGETTING IT RIGHT
Remember last season when Peter O’Brien clobbered the ball at two different levels and became the big breakout offensive prospect in the Yankees system? Well, he’s actually been even better this year. His overall OPS last season was .893 (his first-half OPS in Charleston was a more-robust 1.012). This year’s OPS is a whopping 1.068. Through 109 at-bats, O’Brien is hitting .330 with 10 home runs and nine doubles, and Newman said the Yankees have been happy with his work in right field. O’Brien is still mostly catching, but the Yankees have played him in right six times.

“He moves around OK (in the outfield),” Newman said. “Can really throw. Has a couple of outfield assists. … Obviously Peter’s got serious power, and that might be another way for him to get (to the big leagues) for us.”

Last year the Yankees experimented with O’Brien at third base, but Newman said that’s really a “last option” at this point. The Yankees believe it would simply take too long for O’Brien to fully learn the position. Catcher, right field and first base are apparently more realistic options for him going forward. The Yankees recognize they have some catching depth, and have a long-term catching contract already in place, so O’Brien will continue to move around.

BichetteBACK ON TRACK
The past two years, it got pretty easy to jump off the Dante Bichette Jr. bandwagon. The Yankees 2011 first-round pick had been terrific in rookie ball, but his numbers were pretty brutal in Charleston in both 2012 and 2013. This season, the Yankees pushed Bichette to Tampa, and suddenly he’s a really good hitter again. Through 32 games he’s hitting .308/.414/.486 with almost as many walks (19) as strikeouts (22). His three home runs don’t seem like much, but that’s the same as his total for all of 2012.

“He’s doing things he’s done in the past,” Newman said. “He’s doing things he did in high school when we saw him before we drafted him. Basically he’s changed his approach somewhat. He’s using the field more. He’s cut down on the extreme forms of body movement in the box. His movements have gotten more compact, his approach has become more simple. … He’s done this before. I think he was just searching for who he was as a hitter. His case was extreme, though, because as a rookie he really swung it well, and then for two seasons he struggled.”

Newman said he couldn’t think of another example of such an extreme performance variation at this stage of a player’s career. Bichette literally had a .947 OPS one year, then spent two full years in the low-to-mid .600s, and now he’s back up to .900.

“There’s no reason he can’t be an excellent hitter if he stays with this approach,” Newman said. “It is kind of a strange path, though.”

JudgeSTRANGE IN A DIFFERENT WAY
Aaron Judge looks like a guy who could hit 30 home runs by accident. He’s 6-foot-7, built like a strong safety, and looks as if any time he makes contact the ball should go over (or straight through) the outfield wall.  Yet in his first pro season — didn’t play after being drafted last season because of a quad issue — Judge has done everything except hit for extreme power. It’s not a bad thing, just kind of a strange thing based on the one tool that seems obvious just from seeing the guy. Playing right field everyday in Charleston, Judge is hitting .311/.413/.415.

“We’re happy that plate discipline and ability to put the ball in play in play is there,” Newman said. “Aaron Judge’s problem is never going to be how hard he hits the ball. We’re not worried about that at all.”

When I told Newman that this wasn’t at all the kind of performance I expected, Newman said he could understand why, but he said he hasn’t been particularly shocked.

“Not surprised about the plate discipline,” he said. “We thought he had that when we drafted him. He really impacts the ball. When he learns how to get it in the air a little more often, I think we’re going to see quality home run numbers on him. Right now, we’re just going to ask him to be a good hitter. We’re going to let that (home run power) emerge over time.”

FordON THE RADAR
You know who else is hitting? Low-A Charleston first baseman Mike Ford, who went undrafted out of Princeton, played well in the Cape Cod League and wound up signing with the Yankees last season. Through 96 at-bats, he’s hitting .327/.400/.475, including eight hits in his past five games. Sometimes it’s hard to know what to make of undrafted guys like that — a college hitter in the Sally League might simply be taking advantage of younger competition — but Newman said the Yankees had been monitoring Ford for years, and their scouts liked him despite the team not drafting him.

“We’ve known about him for a while,” Newman said. “He had some eligibility left at Princeton. You can get overlooked playing in the Ivy League with the bad weather. We’re happy we have him.”

Despite the strong numbers, Ford might be stuck in Charleston for a while. With Bird, Bichette and Eric Jagiello filling the infield corners and DH spots in Tampa, there just aren’t many at-bats available right now. Might need one of those guys — maybe Bichette? — to be promoted to Trenton for Ford to have a real opportunity to move up.

Yankees Braves Spring BaseballODDS AND ENDS
• Released last month so that the Yankees could open a 40-man roster spot, Nik Turley is expected to re-sign with the team some time soon. Turley went down with an arm injury in spring training, and Newman said he’s continued to rehab with the Yankees since his release. Newman said the situation is just like David Adams last year when the Yankees chose to release him — rather than DFA him — in order to open a 40-man spot. “That’s exactly the comparison,” Newman said. It’s worth noting that within weeks of his release, Adams was in the big leagues with the Yankees. The release doesn’t exactly indicate that the Yankees have given up on Turley, only that this was their best bet for opening a roster spot without losing a player.

Rafael De Paula dominated Low-A last season, then he went to High-A Tampa and had a 6.06 ERA with a 1.74 WHIP. Sent back to Tampa this season, De Paula has shown significant strides. His most recent start was a bad one — six walks in three innings — but overall he has a 3.62 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings. “Just keeping the ball down,” Newman said. “His breaking ball has improved. His changeup has improved. That’s encouraging. We’re happy about that. He’s happy about that.”

Severino• De Paula’s been good this year, but at this point the team’s top low-level rotation prospect has to be Luis Severino who has a 2.32 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 33 strikeouts with just seven walks through 31 innings with Charleston. He got his first win earlier today. The kid’s just 20 years old, but Newman said that in his most recent start before today’s, Severino was pitching at 95 mph and topping out at 97 mph. Newman said Severino maintained that 95 mph through the sixth inning. “Big-time arm,” Newman said.

• Last year’s late first-rounder Ian Clarkin just joined Severino in that Charleston rotation and went five scoreless innings. With Caleb Smith also pitching extremely well, and a few bullpen guys off to strong starts, the pitching in Charleston has been really good so far.

• A first-round pick in 2012, Ty Hensley has been slowed by injuries, and he’s currently throwing bullpens at the minor league complex. He’s not particularly close to getting into games, but Newman said Hensley is scheduled to face hitters next week. “He’s coming along,” Newman said.

Jagielo• Last year’s top pick, Eric Jagielo his hitting just .256 in Tampa, but he’s also drawn 13 walks and hit seven home runs. “He’s not hitting for a high average yet,” Newman said. “I think he will.” It’s worth noting that Jagielo skipped Charleston to open this season in Tampa. The Yankese are basically trusting that Jagielo is advanced enough to handle the higher level and make the necessary adjustments. “There’s a big difference between the Florida State League and the South Atlantic League,” Newman said.

• Asked who — other than the guys we’d already talked about — stood out early in the season, the first two names Newman mentioned were Tampa center fielder Jake Cave (“Dynamite,” Newman said. “He has really swung it well”) and Charleston shortstop Abiatal Avelino (a .367 on-base percentage with 11 stolen bases). Newman also mentioned Gary Sanchez and said that despite the ugly numbers, the Yankees actually think Gosuke Katoh has been alright as Charleston’s regular second baseman.

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103 Responses to “Minor league notes: Injury updates and early standouts”

  1. Ys Guy May 8th, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    I was around before there was a Monument Park.

    It was a nice little thing they did when the park was rebuilt, since they have moved in the LF fence from where it was, the monuments, which used to sit in the deep OF were now put outside the fence, off the field and people were allowed to go check them out. It was a nice little thing that came about just by circumstance.

    When they built the new stadium, they didnt leave a worthy place for a “monument park”, so they should have come up with a different concept. Or they should have left a proper place of respect to do it in.

    “Monument Park” as it exsists today is a horrible joke. And to make it worse, they put up a Ginormous plaque, way bigger than anything else there, to Steinbrenner. You can like or hate him, but how can you justify a plaque bigger than the other monuments and plaques together?

    it is as YF said, an abomination.

  2. bbb51 May 8th, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Ok Bichette you just look dumb with your hat like that.

  3. Jerkface May 8th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    “Monument Park” as it exsists today is a horrible joke. And to make it worse, they put up a Ginormous plaque, way bigger than anything else there, to Steinbrenner. You can like or hate him, but how can you justify a plaque bigger than the other monuments and plaques together?

    it is as YF said, an abomination.

    Its like they wanted to make sure people could still homer into the monuments to preserve some interesting calls but weren’t actually that interested in making monument park worth visitng or pay the proper respect to the monuments. Once they made their little home run ball pit they then built a giant, view obscuring restaurant on top of it. Imagine if Monument Park was a multi tiered winding pathway from the current field area up 3 to 4 levels where the restaurant stands now. People in the bleachers could actually see the entire field, plenty of room to add new plaques and monuments.

  4. Shame Spencer May 8th, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Everyone get excited about the children!!!

    (Sometimes, this is where Chris Hansen comes in and says ‘why don’t you have a seat.”)

  5. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    “I was around before there was a Monument Park.”

    You were around before the Dinosaurs.

    :)

  6. tomingeorgia May 8th, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Ys,
    In the Old, old Stadium, they used to let folks seated in the lower deck exit via the warning track and that great big black door in centerfield. You could rub Babe’s nose, if you wanted to. I did.

  7. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    The Yankees should build a monument called “Mt. Crushmore”.

    It should be Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, and Mantle.

    :)

  8. Ys Guy May 8th, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    mtu, i remember that, they used to just open the gates to the field from the boxes and people would walk along the warning track and out through the RF garage door.

  9. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Y’s-

    Damn you’re old.

    :)

  10. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    You’re almost as old as me.

    And I’m ancient.

  11. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 8th, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    “Swimmers do it, and no one calls them the female in the relationship, and saying that could be viewed as a negative statement towards ladies, lol.”

    :D

  12. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I was around before fire.

    Same w Hank.

    He goes back even further.

  13. tomingeorgia May 8th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Is my 4:20 message invisible?

  14. Ys Guy May 8th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    “tomingeorgia May 8th, 2014 at 4:30 pm
    Is my 4:20 message invisible?”
    =================================
    was it a ‘smoke signal?’ :)

  15. pat May 8th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I don’t think Mo meant to throw Robbie under the bus but anytime you say something about someone and that person finds a group of reporters standing by their locker to discuss what was said by you about them, you don’t get a gold star for being a good teammate that day.

    Enjoy your evenings.

  16. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    OK Tom.

    You’re frickin’ old too.

    You happy now.

    ;)

  17. tomingeorgia May 8th, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    tomingeorgia May 8th, 2014 at 4:20 pm
    Ys,
    In the Old, old Stadium, they used to let folks seated in the lower deck exit via the warning track and that great big black door in centerfield. You could rub Babe’s nose, if you wanted to. I did.

  18. tomingeorgia May 8th, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    MTU,
    Not as old as I feel these days. Things have to get better for both of us.

  19. UnKnown May 8th, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    You people need a vacation. Sheeesh :grin:

    Life’s fun. Fans here love Braun. Brewer fans get it.

  20. Shame Spencer May 8th, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I’m so sad there’s no game tonight.

  21. Ys Guy May 8th, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Personally, I’d count this version of Yankee Stadium as YS4.
    The first YS didn’t have an upper deck in RF or LF.
    YS 2 was from after 1928 when they added those OF wings
    YS 3 was the rebuilt park that reopened in 1976 and YS 4 is the current one.

    I went to my first game in 1964, so i saw 10 seasons of YS 2, which was glorious! Truly the Cathedral that it was often referred to.

    YS 3 was not as nice, didn’t have the “facade” (as it was usually erroneously called back then, frieze now), but still had the intimacy and the upper deck still dominated the park. But then again, I spent much of my H.S. years going there and caught a foul ball off Craig Nettle’s bat there….

    I have no love for YS4 at all. It has no charm and intimidates noone.

  22. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Tom-

    I hope things go better for you.

    :)

  23. Ys Guy May 8th, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Nobody ‘threw anybody under the bus’. Mo’s allowed to have an opinion, even if it might not be totally positive toward another player. Too bad if feelings got hurt. That’s what Mo thinks and he’s got every right to say it.

  24. Chip May 8th, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    O’Brien is going to move around, but is he ever going to move up. And seriously, nothing on Kyle Roller – sheesh.

  25. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Unknown-

    Easy for you to say.

    You are surrounded by a sea of great beer with which to drown your troubles.

    No wonder.

    ;)

  26. SweetSpot May 8th, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    bbb51 May 8th, 2014 at 3:53 pm
    SweetSpot May 8th, 2014 at 3:50 pm
    A-Rod? Who’s that?

    Next year’s third baseman.
    ——
    Friendly wager?

  27. SweetSpot May 8th, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Ys Guy May 8th, 2014 at 4:49 pm
    Nobody ‘threw anybody under the bus’. Mo’s allowed to have an opinion, even if it might not be totally positive toward another player. Too bad if feelings got hurt. That’s what Mo thinks and he’s got every right to say it.
    ____________

    Absolutely spot on.

  28. Mottsx May 8th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    $61M says he’s next years 3B/DH.

  29. SweetSpot May 8th, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    DH maybe, 3rd baseman no. Hope he’s gone.

  30. hardwired7 May 8th, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Good stuff, Chad. I think I’ll renew my LoHud Yanks subscription for another year.

  31. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    For those desperate for a baseball fix tonight.

    Rays/O’s on MLB channel at 7PM.

    I’ll be pulling for the Rays.

    ;)

  32. Giuseppe Franco May 8th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Ys Guy May 8th, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Nobody ‘threw anybody under the bus’. Mo’s allowed to have an opinion, even if it might not be totally positive toward another player. Too bad if feelings got hurt. That’s what Mo thinks and he’s got every right to say it.

    —-

    Good grief. Talk about a straw man argument.

    Not a single person has suggested Mo doesn’t have the right to say whatever the hell he chooses. We fans also have the right to say he was wrong for doing so.

    Mo created this controversy by breaking the clubhouse “Bro Code.” It’s as simple as that. I don’t care if it was Mo or anyone else. There are no exceptions because of one’s stature.

    He’s supposed to be above that kind of stuff, so it’s extremely disappointing that he would diss a former teammate like that.

  33. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    If anyone ever meets a perfect person please send them my way so I can see what they are like.

    Everyone falls down.

    Some more than others is all.

    ;)

  34. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    But it feels really good to be forgiven.

    We all are in need of some of that.

    :)

  35. SweetSpot May 8th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Forgiveness is a good thing.

  36. Giuseppe Franco May 8th, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Those who seek forgiveness tend to acknowledge they’ve done something wrong to warrant it.

  37. UnKnown May 8th, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    True dat dude true dat. No troubles in UnKnown’s world.

    I hope Bernie Brewer gets stuck in that slide this weekend while choking on a block of Wisconsin cheddar. :lol:

    Naka Night is near. CAN’T WAIT!

  38. bigdan22 May 8th, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks Chad for the great updates:

    –So is Campos now the poster child of team medical failure? Everybody understands the need for conservatism in medicine but waiting two years for surgery? And his elbow problem has never been a subject of full disclosure until now has it? I’ve read reports which said he had a fractured elbow in 2012 and even some reports said he had surgery. I don’t recall any reports that is injury was UCL-related. Amazing. I think part of the problem was babying him last year. At some point after treatment, you have to let go of the reins and see what you have. Had they done that, maybe he could have had the TJS last year.

    –Nice to see my boy Ford get some love. One good sign for him is how well he’s hit left-handers. Coming into today, his OPS is .859 against righties and .986 against lefties in 26 ABs. For a left-handed power hitter that’s a sign that he has a real hit tool. The problem is he’s blocked in a big way. You have Bird, and perhaps Jagielo and Bichette as future high drafted first baseman. He’s going to have to mash to get noticed at all.

    –Good to hear Burawa is getting close. Loved him in ST. The sooner Burawa and Ramirez can get into the big league bullpen the sooner Warren can get into the starting rotation, a move that would have a huge benefit to the team as a whole.

    –No mention of Mason Williams? Maybe there’s really nothing to say but he was basically a consensus top 5 or maybe top 3 prospect for this team coming into this year. Would like to learn what the Yanks think of Roller’s start this year as well. And Flores.

  39. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    My apologies for the strangely religious tone.

    I guess I should ask for forgiveness once again.

    :)

  40. SweetSpot May 8th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    By the way, is the “Bro Code” something to be talked about with reverence and applauded in 2014? Or is it an antiquated relic of the past that means athletes cover for their PED doing teammates and tell the wife on the phone Bob is working out when in reality he’s with the twenty two year old he met in the bar?

  41. mick May 8th, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I have no love for YS4 at all. It has no charm and intimidates noone.
    ==================
    My 1st impression as I entered on the RF side of new YS staring into the empty LF “bleachers.”
    Sterile.

  42. blake May 8th, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    @DannyKnobler: Are the Yankees a Moneyball team? Astros GM Jeff Luhnow: “We consider them a smart organization.” On that and shifts: http://t.co/nelketb27X

  43. Giuseppe Franco May 8th, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Sounds like someone has never played team sports.

  44. bigdan22 May 8th, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    “I don’t think there’s any doubt [Cashman] has always worshipped Billy Beane,” one former Cashman employee said, referring to the A’s general manager who was the star of Moneyball. “He’s so enthralled with Billy Beane, it’s unbelievable.”

    —–

    Interesting. From ESPN site today, article of defensive shifting.

  45. mick May 8th, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    @FeinsandNYDN

    Here’s my guess on why the Yankees are waiting for 2015 to honor Bernie: They’re going to retire No. 51, but not Tino’s 24 or O’Neill’s 21.
    ==================
    No duh…thanks WTP.

  46. mick May 8th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Sounds like someone has never played team sports.
    =======================
    They are quite the fraternity.

  47. blake May 8th, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Who cares if the Astros think an organization is smart

  48. Giuseppe Franco May 8th, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    SweetSpot May 8th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    By the way, is the “Bro Code” something to be talked about with reverence and applauded in 2014? Or is it an antiquated relic of the past that means athletes cover for their PED doing teammates and tell the wife on the phone Bob is working out when in reality he’s with the twenty two year old he met in the bar?

    —–

    Not sure what any of that has to do with a former teammate openly dissing you in public and taking it a step further by claiming he’d rather have your fiercest rival playing 2B behind him in one game for all the marbles.

  49. Doreen May 8th, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Great article, Blake. Thanks for linking. One thought I had is there were other reasons for signng Kelly and Roberts besides what they offered in the field.

  50. mick May 8th, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Mo might have done his “bro” robbie a favor.
    Maybe it makes him work harder.
    Mo oughtta know more about his ex teammate than us..

  51. blake May 8th, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Doreen says:
    May 8, 2014 at 5:38 pm
    Great article, Blake. Thanks for linking. One thought I had is there were other reasons for signng Kelly and Roberts besides what they offered in the field.

    No prob :)

  52. G. Love May 8th, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Gotta love the irony of someone blaming Torre for not winning enough championships while he was managing here being the same person who chastises spoiled Yankees fans for wanting to with the world series every year and get every player.

    Uh huh.

  53. blake May 8th, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Phil Hughes has quietly been pretty good in his last 3 starts…..I think he will end up a bargain for that deal

  54. blake May 8th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    @RailRidersTT: Ramon Flores getting his second consecutive start at first base. Have to think the Yankees will look at him as Teixeira insurance.

  55. Doreen May 8th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Hughes is a good pitcher who had a terrible year. I won’t be surprised if he puts together a Nice year in Minnesota.

  56. G. Love May 8th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    blake,

    Even from as far as Minnesota, don’t fall in love with the coaches son. He always breaks your heart.

  57. blake May 8th, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    We have any resident ortho pods or foot doctors here?

  58. blake May 8th, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Even from as far as Minnesota, don’t fall in love with the coaches son. He always breaks your heart.”

    lol…..I just think he will be better than people think in that ballpark. An Era around 4 or even a tick under that I could see…..

  59. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    You all have a great rest of your evening.

    Another busy day ahead for me tomorrow.

    It was nice to have a breather.

  60. bigdan22 May 8th, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    “@RailRidersTT: Ramon Flores getting his second consecutive start at first base. Have to think the Yankees will look at him as Teixeira insurance”

    ——

    I said yesterday I thought something was up when Flores played 1b and Corban played DH. As YF pointed out, Flores has played 1b before but it was mostly 3-4 years ago in FSL and GCL. I think this means the Corban Joseph 1b experiment is over and the Flores experiment has begun.

    But more than anything else, I think this is the Solarte factor, or really the Zobrist factor. The Yanks want their better prospects to play several positions. This creates flexibility and more opportunities for prospects to contribute. A nice development.

  61. RhapsodyInBlue May 8th, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    The “bro code”?

    Does that code overlook bashing your former team in the media after you accept the best contract offer you could find as a FA?

    Maybe Mo would like him to stand up like a man and admit that he did it for the money and stop bad mouthing the Yankees.

    Maybe Mo prefers Pedroia’s loyalty.

  62. Hankflorida May 8th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    MTU May 8th, 2014 at 4:30 pm
    I was around before fire.
    Same w Hank.
    He goes back even further.

    Before fire which was also known as fire power, there was “The Dead Ball Era” where Home Run Baker led the league with ten home runs. If we ever go back to that era, you will know what boring is, and that is why my preference is the Bronx Bombers instead of the Bronx Banjo’s.

  63. NYYanksFan May 8th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Bro code says you can bash management but not players.

  64. mick May 8th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    RIB

    Be careful or you might get put on JAP’s Secret Ignore List.

  65. mick May 8th, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Maybe Mo would like him to stand up like a man and admit that he did it for the money and stop bad mouthing the Yankees.
    ==========================
    I thought I saw Mo chanting “You sold out” with the Bleacher Cretins.

  66. mick May 8th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Mark Teixeira ? @teixeiramark25

    Who wins between a Firenado and a Sharknado?
    ==============================
    Another attempt at being hip by Mark.
    Is he related to Shame in any way?

  67. yankeepankee May 8th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Hi Folks:
    Thinking about the Scranton rotation, say sometime in June…..
    Whitley
    Greene
    Banuelos
    Nuding
    De La Cruz
    (What’s the update on Turley?)
    No bad. All farm guys. No old retreads.
    Can everyone tell me what each has as best pitches, what velocity do they top out at, etc.?
    How do they project? Is Banuelos the only potential No. 1? Greene a No. 2?
    Thanks.

  68. hornblower May 8th, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    I saw the Tampa Yankees play last Sun. Eric Jagielo (ja-guy-lo) is going to be the Yanks third baseman sooner rather than later. He has a quick lefty bat and moves well in the field. Jake Cave will play in the bigs but later. I’m not Mr. Newman but a player is a player.

  69. mick May 8th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    hornblower & yankeepankee-

    Welcome to LoHud!

  70. RhapsodyInBlue May 8th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    mick May 8th, 2014 at 6:36 pm
    RIB

    Be careful or you might get put on JAP’s Secret Ignore List.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Dare criticize Cano or any other on the esteemed sacred cow list and you will be accused of crimes against nature and even worst.

    And I have been.

  71. Jerkface May 8th, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    How did Cano bash the Yankees?

  72. Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Jerkface May 8th, 2014 at 7:01 pm
    How did Cano bash the Yankees?

    ————–

    By taking the most money…he’s such a “trader” lol

  73. Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    stop bad mouthing the Yankees.

    —————-

    Only ones doing the bad mouthing are the fans tbh. Outside of Cano saying they didn’t show him respect what else has he said. Hell even when the K Long thing happened he took the high road.

  74. RhapsodyInBlue May 8th, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Jerkface May 8th, 2014 at 7:01 pm
    How did Cano bash the Yankees?

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Do you believe the Yankees drove him into the arms of Jack Z by disrepecting him with a 6 @ 175 mil?

    As he contends.

    Or did he, like anyone else would, leave to accept the most money?

    Either way he should just put a sock in it, take the high road like he has with Mo.

    Like Ellsbury has with the Sox.

  75. Jerkface May 8th, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    He never said they disrespected him. He said he felt a lack of respect. Though you could argue that Cashman coming out right at the start of FA and saying Cano was ‘all about the money’ is a bit disrespectful and not the best start of a healthy negotiation.

    Again: Lack of respect is the not the same as disrespect. And how is voicing displeasure with a negotiation bashing?

    The Yankees were much more in the wrong than anything Cano did.

  76. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I remember when I used to visit Hillside Park…they had no walls in the outfield….just little flags that indicated where they wanted to build monuments. Back then, if you wanted to visit a game, you had to walk a mile up a long hill just to get there, and also another mile to get to the nearest streets where you could catch a trolley drawn by horses to go home.

    Does that make me old?

  77. RhapsodyInBlue May 8th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 7:06 pm
    stop bad mouthing the Yankees.

    —————-

    Only ones doing the bad mouthing are the fans tbh. Outside of Cano saying they didn’t show him respect what else has he said. Hell even when the K Long thing happened he took the high road.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    He didn’t have to say anything about not being respected. Just take the Mariner contract and thank the Yankees for all of the good memories. Take the high road, but no he didn’t.

    Defending the indefensible. Just shut your trap cano.

  78. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Oh wait, that was just a nap I took from being sleep deprived from West Coast games….I didn’t actually time travel.

  79. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    I love these Chad chats with Newman. One of the few journalists covering team who really care about what their readers want to know.

    I never thought Newman would hold on to his job this long though…

  80. Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Just take the Mariner contract and thank the Yankees for all of the good memories. Take the high road, but no he didn’t.

    ————–

    He’s taken the high road since then. Even with Mo and his recent comments. It’s almost as if some fans are upset he’s not showing more emotion for the heat being thrown his way.

  81. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    BTW–I still miss YS2, and wish they could re-architect YS3 to be more like YS2.

  82. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 8th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    “Gotta love the irony of someone blaming Torre for not winning enough championships while he was managing here being the same person who chastises spoiled Yankees fans for wanting to with the world series every year and get every player.

    Uh huh.”

    So typical of DQ Love to miss the deeper meaning in everything and go in for the childish kill. Uh huh. The greater irony I find is that someone who tries so hard to come across as oh so knowledgeable, as he always attempts to do, is actually pretty dense. Stick to the juvenile shots you like to take, with Unknown riding sidesaddle and Prufrock YEEHAWing. It really suits you so much better.

    And by the way, child, I don’t remember the last time I had to check my views with you in order for them to get the stamp of approval.

    You want to draw the line in the sand, no matter how many times I’ve attempted to back it off, bring it on.

  83. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 7:14 pm
    Just take the Mariner contract and thank the Yankees for all of the good memories. Take the high road, but no he didn’t.

    ————–

    He’s taken the high road since then. Even with Mo and his recent comments. It’s almost as if some fans are upset he’s not showing more emotion for the heat being thrown his way.
    ====
    It’s almost as if he has PR agents telling him what to say or do!

  84. RhapsodyInBlue May 8th, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 7:14 pm
    Just take the Mariner contract and thank the Yankees for all of the good memories. Take the high road, but no he didn’t.

    ————–

    He’s taken the high road since then. Even with Mo and his recent comments. It’s almost as if some fans are upset he’s not showing more emotion for the heat being thrown his way.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Poor Robbie the victim, how does manage? The evil Yankees, the fans now Mo.

  85. Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    RhapsodyInBlue May 8th, 2014 at 7:19 pm
    Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 7:14 pm
    Just take the Mariner contract and thank the Yankees for all of the good memories. Take the high road, but no he didn’t.

    ————–

    He’s taken the high road since then. Even with Mo and his recent comments. It’s almost as if some fans are upset he’s not showing more emotion for the heat being thrown his way.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Poor Robbie the victim, how does manage? The evil Yankees, the fans now Mo.

    ——–

    No one is holding a pity party for Robbie I just think it’s weird how he is now viewed by a portion of the fan base.

  86. yankeepankee May 8th, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    mick,

    thanks for the welcome.
    feedback on my post?
    thanks

  87. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I have to agree with Trisha about Torre. First, I thought it was Zimmer who was the brains in the dugout, and when Torre didn’t stand up for Zimmer and Zim left, Torre reverted to the so-so manager he was.

    I’ll grant that Torre with Zimmer was an excellent management team. Torre without Zimmer was just an old man collecting a paycheck.

    I liked Torre with Zim, but after Zim left, Torre IMO was just a guy with a big ego who would stroke his stars but didn;t know how to manage a pitching staff or didn’t know much about in game strategy, He was way too passive for my tastes.

    I didn’t care for him after seeing how he treated his non-stars, or how he tried to take most of the credit for the team’s championships. He acted like a total grunpy old, vindicative man when he didn’t get his way in final contract negotiations…just turned me off completely.

  88. RhapsodyInBlue May 8th, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    No one is holding a pity party for Robbie I just think it’s weird how he is now viewed by a portion of the fan base.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    It’s not weird at all, he shopped himself for the best contract he could get, which no one can blame him for.

    The fans appreciate honesty, he left for the money bottom line. Enough of the bs.

  89. mick May 8th, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Seattle was bidding against themselves and in the end, when it came to signing on the bottom line, JZ made them pay even more.

    Disrespect by the Yanks? Those were words put into Robbie’s mouth.

    He should respect them for not playing the con game perpetrated by his “agent.”

  90. Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    RhapsodyInBlue May 8th, 2014 at 7:25 pm
    No one is holding a pity party for Robbie I just think it’s weird how he is now viewed by a portion of the fan base.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    It’s not weird at all, he shopped himself for the best contract he could get, which no one can blame him for.

    The fans appreciate honesty, he left for the money bottom line. Enough of the bs.

    —————–

    The fans want honesty??? lol. The fans buy the bs line that every high priced free agent came here because they love the team and city. The fans buy into the bs that somehow someway every player’s father just so happened to be a fan of Mantle or Munson.

  91. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Have to be honest about this…I really couldn’t care less about the whole Mo/Cano thing. A big waste of time. Cano did what he had a right to do…and get the biggest paycheck. We always cheer the players did the same to play with Yankees. I

    I haven’t read Mo’s book, but from what I hear, he just gave an honest opinion to a question asked of him.

    If there is no bad blood on either’s part, why should anyone else care?

    BTW–Cano is NOT the greatest 2B of all time. Hornsby is. Bo doubt.

  92. mick May 8th, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    The fans want honesty??? lol. The fans buy the bs line that every high priced free agent came here because they love the team and city. The fans buy into the bs that somehow someway every player’s father just so happened to be a fan of Mantle or Munson.
    ==================
    You don’t give the fans much credit, do you and yours?
    That would mean you know better, right?
    The fans, tho’ the groupthink thinks otherwise, are not the sheep you make them out to be.
    In fact, they’ve been around a lot longer than you think, and have seen more than you.
    So be careful b/c you might be the one accused of being a sheep next,
    but that would be below the belt and the “fans” might not be wont to do that.

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