Daily Archives: May 31, 2011
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The overrated players poll came out on SI.com and of course it’s filled with Yankees. Have a laugh and enjoy.
WHO IS THE MOST OVERRATED PLAYER IN BASEBALL?
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees 3B 18%
Joba Chamberlain, Yankees RP 12%
Derek Jeter, Yankees SS 7%
Jayson Werth, Nationals OF 4%
Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox RP 4%
A-Rod and Chamberlain filled the top two slots in the same poll last year but in reverse order…. Yankees OF Nick Swisher also received 4% of the vote…. Of the top 14 active vote-getters, all but three play in Boston, Chicago or New York…. Combined, the five players above have made the All-Star Game in 57% of their seasons.
Based on 185 MLB players who responded to SI’s survey
Keith Law from espn.com reranked his top 25 prospect and a couple Yankees made the list.
3. Jesus Montero, C/DH, N.Y. Yankees: A weird April, when he hit for average with no walks — literally, zero walks — and little power has been followed by a May when he drew a few walks but hasn’t hit either. (He’s in the midst of one of those meaningless hitting streaks that gets overreported — “Montero has hit safely in 10 straight games!” — since he’s a whopping 11-for-41 in that span with 16 punchouts.) I’m holding on this one, because I think he’ll hit and no one is reporting anything significantly wrong with him except over-eagerness at the plate; I imagine there’s some frustration that the Yankees are employing a guy hitting .174/.292/.348 in a spot Montero could fill. Previous position: No. 4
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8. Manny Banuelos, LHP, N.Y. Yankees: Not a great start to the year, although the stuff is largely intact (if not quite as electric as it was in the AFL last year) and he’s among the youngest players in the Eastern League. Command was never an issue in the past; this could be a small-sample fluke, it could be that his command was never as good as it seemed, or there could be something more serious wrong. But every source save one said he was still an elite prospect in their views, worthy of a top 10 spot. Previous position: No. 12
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Here’s the latest as of 7:28 PM yesterday on Martin, from Lohud. There hasn’t been any talk about his ability to play tonight’s game, today. I’m sure we’ll know, closer to game time.
About three weeks ago, a batted ball hit Russell Martin in the left foot during batting practice. It bothered him for a while, got better, and Saturday night he fouled a ball off the exact same spot, right on the big toe.
It bothered him yesterday, and it was still bothering him after stretch this afternoon. Joe Girardi decided to give Martin another day off, but the Yankees believe they could have their regular catcher back in the lineup tomorrow.
“My hope is he’s available,” Girardi said.