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Yankees pitchers ready to hit for the first time this year

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 09, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Masahiro Tanaka

Exactly how good is Masahiro Tanaka? We know he can pitch. Tonight we find out if he can hit.

“(I am) a little bit scared,” Tanaka said.

Actually, Tanaka’s looked alright during pitchers batting practice. He, CC Sabathia, David Phelps and Alfredo Aceves were taking batting practice in Anaheim this week, and Joe Girardi said the Yankees have had their starters taking occasional swings for about a month so that this series and the upcoming sets against the Mets, Cubs and Cardinals are not a complete change of pace. Tanaka went deep a few times off pitching coach Larry Rothschild a few days ago.

“If it was Larry (pitching for the Brewers), I would be excited,” Tanaka said.

Of course, it’s not. Tanaka will face Yovani Gallardo, Sabathia will match up with Kyle Lohse, and Phelps gets Matt Garza. We all know Sabathia loves to hit. Phelps, who hit a BP home run on Wednesday, said he’s just hoping to get an opportunity to bunt because he feels comfortable doing it (and because a bunt would mean the Yankees have runners on base).

“We’re going in to play a team that’s playing extremely well in Milwaukee,” Girardi said. “They’re pitching extremely well and not giving up a lot of runs. I think they have the best record in baseball, so I don’t know how much history (of interleague success) is going to help us. Playing the National League team, it’s different, especially when you go to their ballparks and your pitchers are expected to hit. I know some of our guys are excited about that. I’m not so sure how excited I am about it.”

Actually, this Yankees team seems fairly well constructed for a National League series. Their regular designated hitter is perfectly comfortable in the field, their bench includes a lot of versatility to handle late-inning double switches, and recent additions Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Kelly Johnson are familiar with the N.L.

“When you have a couple guys that are used to DHing, even though it’s not like pinch hitting, it’s similar to pinch hitting because you’re getting ready for your at-bat,” Girardi said. “I try to give our guys plenty of time (to get ready for a pinch hit opportunity). Here’s the situation that’s coming up and it’s probably time for you to go get loose and start thinking about the at-bat. I think that does help.”

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82 Responses to “Yankees pitchers ready to hit for the first time this year”

  1. blake May 9th, 2014 at 9:05 am

    instructions to Tanaka: Do not swing…..do not do anything but stand there.

  2. blake May 9th, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Ian Kennedy touching 94/95 last night? He’s looked really good early this year again….Petco does wonders…….and Giancarlo went OPO there like it was nothing to win the game. I want him so bad…..talk about putting butts in the seats. That dude would maybe as much as anybody in the game right now.

  3. Yankee Trader May 9th, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Chad

    From NY Times

    From NY Times:

    Over seven seasons in Japan, his batting average in interleague play was .081. The Rakuten Golden Eagles, Tanaka’s former team, play in the Pacific League, which also uses the D.H., so Tanaka had few opportunities to hone his batting skills.

    In 42 career plate appearances during interleague play, dating to 2007, Tanaka had three hits, including one double and four runs batted in. He struck out 16 times.

    Please tell Girardi to instruct Tanaka to not take the bat off his shoulders. The Yankees do not need a repeat of 2008 in Houston, when Wang injured his foot rounding third and never was the same pitcher.

  4. JimK May 9th, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Repost:
    YT, so true, so true. I feel for you, but my current lady friend is on a 1st name basis with the UPS delivery man.

  5. Yankee Trader May 9th, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Blake

    Stanton – is he happy now playing in Miami? At one point he wanted out, but now the team has a CY Young and an MVP leading the way.

  6. JimK May 9th, 2014 at 9:14 am

    If the Y’s discover that their pitchers are good at bunting it may even help when they play AL games and are in desperate need of a bunt, especially since the current Y’s team is supposedly built more for small ball.

  7. blake May 9th, 2014 at 9:30 am

    “Stanton – is he happy now playing in Miami? At one point he wanted out, but now the team has a CY Young and an MVP leading the way.”

    no clue…..but if they let him reach free agency then the big market clubs are gonna make Miami pay him to keep him. He’s a 200 million dollar player

  8. Yankee Trader May 9th, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Until later

    Have a great day

  9. blake May 9th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    my weather.com app keeps telling me the pollen is high today…..I’m like….no s*it

  10. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I want Stanton so badly… but I can’t focus on him right now, I’m too busy trying to juju Darvish here.

  11. Tackelberry May 9th, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Kennedy could be a guy Yanks target near the trade deadline if they need a starter.

  12. Tackelberry May 9th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I am really surprised at how much Gardner is striking out this season. He has always been a guy who spoils pitches and slaps the ball the other way. At least puts up tough at bats. Maybe he should sit a few games and let Ichiro play.

  13. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I wonder where Lestah ends up too… Honestly, if you could get him for $80-90 million, that could be a worth while deal to pursue.

  14. blake May 9th, 2014 at 9:54 am

    “Kennedy could be a guy Yanks target near the trade deadline if they need a starter.”

    I can’t see that at all…..

  15. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Gardner has posted some high SO seasons in the past.. it’s not entirely out of character.

  16. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 9:55 am

    @JimmyTraina A-Rod may be gone, but he’s not forgotten by the NY tabloids. Today’s Daily News cover: pic.twitter.com/p4mi4KGtmU

  17. blake May 9th, 2014 at 9:55 am

    “I wonder where Lestah ends up too… Honestly, if you could get him for $80-90 million, that could be a worth while deal to pursue.”

    I hope in pinstripes. I’d rather sign him for 100 million than Scherzer for 150+ million…..actually I might rather have Lester for the same money as Scherzer……Max is great right now…..I don’t think he’ll age well and I could see Lester being good into his mid 30′s

  18. GregD May 9th, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 9:54 am
    I wonder where Lestah ends up too… Honestly, if you could get him for $80-90 million, that could be a worth while deal to pursue.

    ———————————–
    I don’t know about that……..he has not been that reliable…..last year he had a good year but I would be concerned about giving him a long term deal

  19. GregD May 9th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Blake….when does Stanton reach free agency?

  20. blake May 9th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Gardners’ K rate has really been one of the things keeping him from taking that next step as a player…..he’s good but if he’d put the ball in play more he’d get on base more with his legs. It’d take him from a .345 OBP guy to maybe a .365 OBP guy and that would really equate to more runs and more value from him.

  21. blake May 9th, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Stanton is a FA after 2016.

  22. GregD May 9th, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Stanton and Judge in the same outfield would be huge!!! :)

  23. blake May 9th, 2014 at 10:01 am

    “I don’t know about that……..he has not been that reliable…..last year he had a good year but I would be concerned about giving him a long term deal”

    eh…he’s had 1 bad year out of the last 6 and even that year he made 33 starts and threw 205 innings. He’s not a top 10 starter in the game……but he’s top 25 and he’s got the tools and pitches to succeed into his 30′s IMO….plus obviously he has big game experience. I wouldn’t mind him on a 5 year deal at all

  24. blake May 9th, 2014 at 10:02 am

    “Stanton and Judge in the same outfield would be huge!!! :)”

    literally! Stanton has old school power…..and he gets on base too. He’s the type of star power player the Yankees need.

  25. pat May 9th, 2014 at 10:07 am

    I think Kennedy II would be like Vasquez II. Not a good idea.

  26. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    blake May 9th, 2014 at 9:58 am
    Stanton is a FA after 2016.

    ———

    I didn’t realize it was so soon.. that’s the same as DARVISH.

    Could be another big winter lol.. too bad the only big money coming off the books that year for us is Tex I think. We still have the Arod and CC contracts to contend with (along with McCann’s and Ells’ of course). That being said…….. I vote yes.

    Darvish and Stanton and Lestah, oh my!

  27. pat May 9th, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Shame

    So I guess a news blackout on Alex can be ruled out on why Mo’s comment on Alex went unmentioned. :wink:

  28. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    eh…he’s had 1 bad year out of the last 6 and even that year he made 33 starts and threw 205 innings. He’s not a top 10 starter in the game……but he’s top 25 and he’s got the tools and pitches to succeed into his 30?s IMO….plus obviously he has big game experience. I wouldn’t mind him on a 5 year deal at all

    —————–

    I don’t think Lester would be a Cy Young guy or anything, but he’s a lefty, has AL East experience, and has the make up/arsenal to continue to be effective with age. I don’t think the same can be said of Scherzer and the reality is not a lot of front end pitching will be available on the market. I keep talking Darvish, but I don’t even think he makes it to FA (assuming the Rangers are smart).

    We are going to need a top 3 guy in 2015.

  29. JimK May 9th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    I doubt if Kennedy will ever return to the Y’s; the Y’s have long memories, and I doubt they have forgotten his “I pitched well” comment, or something along those lines, after getting blown out.

  30. JimK May 9th, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Shame, we need 3 top guys now.

  31. BD (Boston Dave) May 9th, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Texas has the money and desire to keep Darvish for a long time. Id be very surprised if he hits free agency before the 2020s.

    Stanton will probably be traded after he rejects an extension offer mid next season or the following offseason for a mammoth package.

    That team will probably also have the resources to offer him $200M plus…

    and I’m actually a little worried that the team will be the Red Sox. They covet Stanton, have the money, and have the farm system to make it happen.

  32. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 10:26 am

    pat May 9th, 2014 at 10:12 am
    Shame

    So I guess a news blackout on Alex can be ruled out on why Mo’s comment on Alex went unmentioned. :wink:

    ————–

    I love Alex. He’s like that friend from high school that didn’t really grow up and makes life hard for himself.. but you can’t stop being their friend.

    He’s the Ben Affleck to my Matt Damon.

  33. pat May 9th, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Fess up. Who owned a pair?

    http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/.....vent=zubaz

    Joba bought everyone on the team a pair.

  34. blake May 9th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Tex will be gone after 2016 so they could use that money on Stanton if he makes it to FA. JUps will be a FA after 2015…..he’s killing it this year but he just never has taken that next step to being an overall elite player because of his K rate and he just doesn’t show enough consistency……he is only 27 though so he could still take that leap…..

  35. blake May 9th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Braves badly need a contact bat in their lineup and a leadoff hitter……if they offered Gardner for Heyward I wonder what Braves would say. Heyward is a mess right now but the potential is still there …..he’s a guy I think K Long might could help…..he is so far off the plate and has so much head movement that he can’t hit.

  36. astrocityfan May 9th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Just saw on Twitter Donnie Collins reporting Kyle Roller to SWB and Peter O’Brien to Trenton! Great news for both of those guys and something I’ve seen people here call for for the last two weeks at least

  37. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    JimK May 9th, 2014 at 10:16 am
    Shame, we need 3 top guys now.

    ——————-

    I think Tanaka is the only reliable guy going forward. Pineda looks like he has the stuff but I’ll always doubt his ability to stay on the field until he does it for at least 2 straight years.

    I also don’t think the Rangers will miss a chance to extend Darvish.. but he could be looking at what Tanaka commanded and see the pitching market is thin and think ‘meh, maybe I’ll just wait two years and make bank.’

  38. bbb51 May 9th, 2014 at 10:41 am

    GregD May 9th, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Rule of thumb: never go into a Coach store with a woman.

    Fixed that for ya. :)

  39. pat May 9th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Shame I’m picturing you and Alex in a remake of St. Elmo’s fire……….

  40. bbb51 May 9th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Unless the situation calls for it, I’d rather have Tanaka swing than bunt, bunting is a good way to get hit by a pitch. Just don’t do anything crazy on the bases.

  41. 86w183 May 9th, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Just saw on Twitter Donnie Collins reporting Kyle Roller to SWB and Peter O’Brien to Trenton! Great news for both of those guys and something I’ve seen people here call for for the last two weeks at least.

    **************************************************************************

    Count me on that list… I first suggested it about 10-12 days ago. Very happy with those moves. Brandon Pinder should be headed to Scranton, too….. and Judge and Caleb Smith to Tampa.

  42. Mottsx May 9th, 2014 at 10:57 am

    It’s about time. Pete O’Brien may have broken a record for Home Runs in High A this year.

  43. 86w183 May 9th, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I don’t suppose they’re bringing Chien-Ming Wang in to give the pitching staff base running tips, are they?

  44. blake May 9th, 2014 at 10:58 am

    If Tanaka strikes out 4 times looking tonight I’ll be happy.

  45. blake May 9th, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I’d love to see him swing the bat of course just for entertainment value but the truth is that if he gets hurt they are screwed……so I’d rather him just stand there 4 times and go on back to the dugout and focus on pitching and not take the chance on him running the bases.

  46. DONNYBROOK May 9th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    - FRIDAY MORNING MUSINGS -

    (1) Well, let’s get this out of the way right off the bat. In the area of Hip-Hop, Rap, or whatever may apply here, If you can Not Whistle or Hum (for those who can’t whistle), the tune, it’s Not “music”.

    (2) I believe 12 Straight Games vs the NL to be a Rally Killer. A pennant race “builds” interest throughout the 6 month season, reaching a fever pitch in Sept. Yankee Fan interest will resume in Earnest May 22, but once again will be starting from Square 1. Yeah, the 4 Day Marathon vs the Mets does have a modicum of interest, but this is Limited to New York. Everywhere else around this country it gets a shrug.

    (3) Thought the Angels “packed it in” around inning 6 last Wed, and starting thinking about their immediate off day. Certainly Not what you expect out of a Scioscia team.

    (4) Loney and Myers were tearing the cover off the ball while playing the Yanks last weekend, and immediately after leaving NY they go Stone Cold. What new? And it ain’t the Yankee pitching.

    (5) I’m anxious to see what the R/Sox do offensively vs Darvish tonight. Only May, but this is a Big Test for the up-and-down Darvish. He’s beginning to approach the “China Doll” moniker, which is Dangerous when Chucking for Ron (what’s a pitch count?) Washington. Plus, the opposition tonight is Bucholtz, who will do whatever it takes to “hang woof ‘em”, and that includes the “stuff” in his hair.

  47. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Even years before any of these scenarios become reality, I always love hot-stove talk.

  48. DONNYBROOK May 9th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I believe Garner’s K Rate is the result oF (1) Taking too many pitches, and (2) He has Not adjusted to the Expanded K Zone we are seeing night-in night-out across MLB. Gardner is consistently behind in the count 1-2, and shaking his head a the K that was just called. This is a lot like we saw when Swish Announced he was going to start Taking more pitches, and Chuckers just started pouring in that 1st pitch/1st K, and poured it on from that point forward. Pitchers Know the K Zone has been Expanded, and are Immediately jumping ahead of hitters they know are inclined to take pitches early in the count such as Gardner.

  49. mick May 9th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Does anyone know when Pineda acquired this recent injury?
    It was never spoken about.
    Really wonder, if not for the pinetar incident ,whether or not he’d still be pitching right now.

  50. DONNYBROOK May 9th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    -mick -

    Somebody on YES said it happened in a bullpen session.

  51. mick May 9th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Donny

    Very convenient to shut him down.
    Are they that smart?
    He surely should be ready for the PS now.

  52. mick May 9th, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Pitchers Know the K Zone has been Expanded, and are Immediately jumping ahead of hitters they know are inclined to take pitches early in the count such as Gardner.
    ==============
    Is this a ploy to speed up games?
    Would make it more exciting if batters weren’t as patient in fear of being struck out.
    Let them come up there swinging.

  53. DONNYBROOK May 9th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    - mick -
    It was either a bullpen session or a simulated game, I can’t remember which. To me Pineda is just “slow” mentally. It’s to the point where the Yanks need to assign someone to be with Pineda 24/7, like The Boss did when he signed drug users such as Steve Howe, The Straw, etc.

  54. astrocityfan May 9th, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I didn’t realize Roller was an NC native. Another reason to root for him. Although the best reason is his insane slash line this year 385/456/808

  55. mick May 9th, 2014 at 11:22 am

    so I’d rather him just stand there 4 times and go on back to the dugout and focus on pitching and not take the chance on him running the bases.
    ====================================
    there should be a rule where you can forfeit the AB.
    Just take the out so he doesn’t have to go up there.

  56. DONNYBROOK May 9th, 2014 at 11:24 am

    - mick -
    If they want to “speed up the game” the HP Ump should Stop hitters from strolling well out of the box after Every pitch. Ortiz does it to no end, and even that young pup Myers is Now doing it. Jeet does it properly, by just pivoting 1 leg out of the box while getting his sign from the 3B coach.

  57. mick May 9th, 2014 at 11:25 am

    They should also allow for pinch runners for pitchers without losing players.
    They are trying to reinvent the game after all.

  58. mick May 9th, 2014 at 11:26 am

    If they want to “speed up the game” the HP Ump should Stop hitters from strolling well out of the box
    ==================
    I hated when Cano took his stroll around the ump. He did stop doing that in recent years.

  59. mick May 9th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I remember times when 2 hour games were common.

  60. mick May 9th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Pineda does seem to have that black cloud over his head.
    I hope we can trust him in a big game.
    That could be his final downfall.

  61. mick May 9th, 2014 at 11:32 am

    It’s to the point where the Yanks need to assign someone to be with Pineda 24/7, like The Boss did when he signed drug users such as Steve Howe, The Straw, etc.
    ===========================================
    Donny-

    On what grounds?
    General stupidity?
    He doesn’t seem to be using.

  62. pat May 9th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    jonmorosi
    MLB finalizing plans to send an All-Star team to Japan for November 2014 series vs. Japanese national team, source confirms to @foxsports1

  63. Jerkface May 9th, 2014 at 11:41 am

    omg yes

  64. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    astrocityfan May 9th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Just saw on Twitter Donnie Collins reporting Kyle Roller to SWB and Peter O’Brien to Trenton! Great news for both of those guys and something I’ve seen people here call for for the last two weeks at least

    ——

    These really were the two most logical early season promotions in terms of age and experience. O’Brien has been leading the FSL in OPS since the start of the season. He’s a bit older for a prospect (going to be 24 in July) and had 250 ABs last year in Tampa so he’s def ready for AA. Roller, as folks know, is not a prospect but he’s been hitting better than any other minor leaguer in the country so far this year so what the heck. Results should count for something even in the mixed up world of the Prospect Industry.

    A couple weeks ago some folks on here were calling for Judge to be promoted. I pointed out the time was not right since he had not had enough ABs at his current level (less than 100). Judge is in a 1 for 22 slump now. He is where he belongs.

    Prospects always tell you when they are ready. But sometimes you have to give them some time to get hot–and cold.

  65. Jerkface May 9th, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Disagree, Judge should still be in A+.

  66. Jerkface May 9th, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Especially with O Brien moving to AA, as it opens more playing time in the outfield. Tampa already doesn’t have 3 stellar OF prospects.

  67. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 11:53 am

    blake May 9th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Gardners’ K rate has really been one of the things keeping him from taking that next step as a player…..he’s good but if he’d put the ball in play more he’d get on base more with his legs. It’d take him from a .345 OBP guy to maybe a .365 OBP guy and that would really equate to more runs and more value from him.

    —–

    This is spot on. And also the reason I’ve truly been able to get warmed up to Gardner. A hitter like he is should not SO as much and if he didn’t he would be a .365 OBP guy and, in my opinion, worth a long term deal. I understand, looking at the total package, he’s been a very valuable player for Yanks up until this point. But I really don’t see him changing as a hitter at this point and he’s going to start getting paid a lot next year. His SO rate now is a little higher than his career norm so even if he improves a bit this year he’ll still probably strike out well over 100 times this year.

    But SOs or not, the Yanks need RBI bats in their lineup more than speed/defense guys which is why I want to see Gardner traded and Zoilo taking his place.

  68. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 11:57 am

    “Especially with O Brien moving to AA, as it opens more playing time in the outfield. Tampa already doesn’t have 3 stellar OF prospects”

    —–

    If he comes out of his slump and produces Judge will be in High A soon enough. As I’ve pointed out before, there’s absolutely no need to rush Yankee prospects, especially OF ones. God knows, AA, AAA and the big club have a huge logjam which is already holding back the likes of Almonte and perhaps Flores as well.

  69. Jerkface May 9th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    The Yankees are very conservative with their prospects, and they don’t make good prospects, so maybe there is a need for them to ‘rush’ some guys.

    And btw its not rushing Judge, because A+ is where he should have started based on every other team in baseball’s placement of full college players first full season debut even without short season draft year xp

  70. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    pat May 9th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    jonmorosi
    MLB finalizing plans to send an All-Star team to Japan for November 2014 series vs. Japanese national team, source confirms to @foxsports1

    ————–

    Facking awesome… I wonder how many of our stars elect to participate.

  71. pat May 9th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Interesting.

    craigcalcaterra
    So this is a blast. With a pic of my first search. http://deadspin.com/which-word...../+reubenfb … pic.twitter.com/ihQFA4gyWQ

  72. Jerkface May 9th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Here is an interesting article on the NFL draft that shows the racial bias introduced by media which may not be noticeable in your day to day but when laid out and scrutinized shows the impact that a kind of cultural, embedded racism can have on how we think of race: http://deadspin.com/which-word...../+reubenfb

  73. BoJo May 9th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    My staff just concluded a year long study on why chickens are terrible pitchers…especially as relievers.

    Net result? They balk too much.

  74. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    “The Yankees are very conservative with their prospects, and they don’t make good prospects, so maybe there is a need for them to ‘rush’ some guys.

    And btw its not rushing Judge, because A+ is where he should have started based on every other team in baseball’s placement of full college players first full season debut even without short season draft year xp”

    —–

    I don’t know if your first point is true. The Yanks pushed Duncan and Henson pretty hard if I recall and that didn’t work out so well. And as far as your second point is concerned, most college guys start out the year they are drafted in SS, for the Yanks that would have been Staten Island like Jagielo did. Had Judge not been hurt last year he would have been sent to Staten Island with Jagielo and may very well be in Tampa now, struggling a bit like Jagielo is (nice power and patience but not hitting much and striking out a lot). I suspect that Judge will be promoted soon to Tampa if he hits and catch up to Jagielo. Once again, the player should dictate the pace.

  75. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Here is an interesting article on the NFL draft that shows the racial bias introduced by media which may not be noticeable in your day to day but when laid out and scrutinized shows the impact that a kind of cultural, embedded racism can have on how we think of race: http://deadspin.com/which-word…../+reubenfb

    —–

    I think some of those graphics themselves are incredibly prejudicial. The “Gay” one in particular was pretty funny lol.

  76. Jerkface May 9th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Its definitely true. What other organization would have left Jesus Montero in the minors after his AA season? Or his first AAA season where he was OPSing 1 in the second half? Look at Duncan and Henson’s minor league history, I think you are misremembering. They have pretty normal advancement.

    The Yankees only ever have ‘rushed’ guys when the major league club was desperate. In all other cases guys are stuck in the minors because theres no room in the majors for anyone to break in, so you end up with logjams like we have now in the OF.

  77. pat May 9th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Jordan doing damage control……. :wink:

    JordanMVPBarber
    A lot of athletes do it. “@Alsboringtweets: Front page news in NYC today #arod #mangrooming pic.twitter.com/I3SMeYcrkH”

  78. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Montero was held back to hide his defensive ineptitude. That was a strategy to build up his prospect value for a trade. The Yanks always knew Montero was not in their ML plans.

    It was an excellent strategy and an approach I supported at the time and have since (The Yanks should always trade their No. 1 prospect). The handling of Montero was perfect right up until the trade was made. It was the return that was problem, not the trade.

    For the record, I liked the trade at the time and I thought Pineda would have been an excellent return. But in hindsight, as has been pointed out by many others, the Yanks probably should have gone in a different direction in terms of trading their best prospect in many years.

  79. bbb51 May 9th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Cyclists, swimmers, runners, bodybuilders…

  80. charlestonchew May 9th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    My god! That Giancarlo Stanton homerun last night was basically a half swing. Holy jesus.

    I wonder if maybe Aaron Judge can prove to be a similar kind of hitter. I mean… they are kind of the same size and all.

  81. Jerkface May 9th, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I don’t think letting a guy stagnate in AAA does much for his value. They ended up trading him to an organization that was enamored with him anyways, so its not like their strategy really worked. They just ended up swapping a position player with question marks for a pitcher with injury history and question marks.

    If anything you’d think their plan didn’t work at all, they weren’t able to turn him into guaranteed production.

  82. dobra nowina July 31st, 2014 at 7:35 pm

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