Spring Training: 3/4/12 Lineup

Lineup:

Derek Jeter, SS
Robinson Cano, 2B

Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Andruw Jones, LF
Francisco Cervelli, C
Chris Dickerson, RF
Dewayne Wise, CF
Justin Maxwell, DH

Pitching Matchup:

Freddy Garcia (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Pregame Notes:

— The Yankees are undefeated during 2012 Spring Training. Of course, the Yankees have only played 2 games so far.

— Phil Hughes isn’t nervous about HGH blood testing and says it’s just like taking a physical…just don’t ask him to draw blood before he’s about to pitch.

— Since the Yankees are at home today, there is no group that stays and goes, but Girardi released which players will go to Clearwater tomorrow for the series finale vs. the Phillies.

Pitchers: Pineda, Robertson, Burawa, Cabral, Cedeno, Marshall, Miller, O’Connor, Pope, Stoneburner

Hitters: Gardner, Granderson, Swisher, Ibanez, Martin, Chavez, Nunez, Pena, Gil, Molina, Murphy, Sanchez, Adams, Berneir, Hall, Joseph, Laird, Nix, Vasquez, Almonte, Curtis, Maxwell, Mesa

— The Pitchers that are scheduled to pitch today are: D.J Mitchell RHP, Boone Logan LHP, Corey Wade RHP, Clay Rapada LHP, Chase Whitley RHP , Kevin Whelan RHP

Enjoy the game everyone!

About Delia E.

Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on March 4, 2012, in Game Threads and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. Nice can’t wait to see Mitchell pitch.

  2. When was the last time Cano batted second?

  3. By hitting second Cano has a better chance of facing Halliday twice.

  4. Doug, Delia, Fish, etc I am working today any views or things to note of today’s game please leave them here in the comments as I can only see the box score. Thanks.

  5. UYF you watching the game today? If so share your thoughts.

  6. Great to see Alex show off the oppo power today that was a staple of his glory days. He clearly had no juice from July on last yr so I hope he continues to show his legs are strong enough to drive the ball to center and RF.

    • A-Rod was hurt even after he came back last year, if ther Yanks weren’t in the playoffs he would have stayed out longer. If he is healthy, A-Rod is still one of the best hitters in baseball. He can carry a team.

  7. I like to see the young prospects at this time of year, Mitchell, Murphy, and Stoneburner and the like. The starters are all but set for the Yanks so for me its a chance to see other players. There is a huge difference between A ball and the majors, even AAA to the majors.

  8. Good job by Mitchell, he seems to have good command of his pitches and a good sinker. Cervelli really has made himself into a good pro, he looks very comfortable behind the plate. A-Rod and Pence could open the season today.

    • Nice thanks for the thoughts about Mitchell. I really feel if the Yankees needed a starter in an emergency he could do it.

    • I missed Mitchell’s 1st inning but he didn’t look great in his 2nd inning of work to me. His Curve and Change up were both very soft without great movement and he gave up hard hits on each of them. He was around the strike zone but wasn’t hitting his spots. His FB didn’t seem to have much pop but it’s his first outing and as I said I missed his 1st inning so maybe it was much better than his 2nd.

      One thing to his credit, he looked poised and confident and not overwhelmed. I’ll watch his coming outings to see if his stuff looks sharper because he’s been very effective in the minors. But to me, David Phelps looked much much better to me than DJ and if we needed a starter from the minors right now, I’d go with Phelps. Phelps reminds me a lot of Ian Kennedy.

      • that’s big praise I hope you are right.

      • Just heard Girardi, he thought Mitchell and Phelps looked good as far as the young pitchers. Baneulos was OK, and Betances struggled a bit. He also said, that Almonte has looked good so far. He has a triple, double, and single so far counting the inter squad game.

      • Fish or anyone else, how hard was Mitchell’s fastball? Anybody remember the velo readings?

        • Can’t pay much attention to the gun this early in ST but Mitchell was mid to upper 80s from what I saw – 86-88 mostly. But you have to take it in context because even Roy Halladay was in the upper 80s.

          The releif pitchers – Logan, Whelan & Whitley put up some 90-92s but for the most part everyone’s velo was low. Could have been a slow gun but I think it’s more a case of pitcher’s not being 100% yet.

  9. Girardi was very high on Zoilo which is great because we really need a good OF prospect at the upper levels.

    He’s a well put together kid who provides a lot of the same skills as Melky Cabrera – switch-hitter, solid D, hits for a little avrage and cpable of double digit HRs and SBs. But I actually think he’s stronger and more polished at his age than Melky was. Ballpark watched his hitting mechanics and remarked that his swing yesterday looked like Carlos Beltran’s.

    Zoilo will start in AAA but I think he could be ready to come up later this year and possibly be in the picture to play RF if Swisher leaves at the end of the yr.

    • if he can work as a stop gap between Swisher and Mason Williams or Slade that would be great.

      • It’s only 2 games but he looks like he could be a real player. He looks like a man out there with a great baseball body. He doesn’t get a lot of talk in prospect rankings but they can be deceiving. For instance, Baseball Reference lists him as 5’11” 165 pounds. Maybe when he was signed as a 16-yr old he was 165 but looking at him on TV, he looks 6’0 about 200-210 pounds and very athletic. So often, these height and weights are never updated as a player progresses. He was great in Tampa last yr and was just OK in Trenton. But the Yanks fely highly enough to put him on their 40-man this winter so they obviously like him.

    • fishjam, I agree Almonte might be a replacement for Swisher. Kevin Long really likes this guy.

    • Yeah it’d be great if he has a solid year this year. The team’s pretty weak in upper level outfielders, so as Fish said, it’d be fantastic to have Almonte to look forward to as a close(r) to MLB ready OF.

  10. Awesome piece on Yes “Yankees Access” with Jack Curry in Taiwan with Curtis Granderson. Curtis is really a great guy and so well-spoken…..very likable man. But the best part is Curtis goes in depth and shows Curry the changes that he made with KLong that made him the great hitter he was in 2011. He breaks it down to make it easy to understand and I highly recommend the show to everyone who hasn’t seen it.

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