Daily Archives: July 24, 2012

Game 97 Lineup: Yankees @ Mariners

Lineup vs. Mariners:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chris Stewart C

Freddy Garcia RHP

Pregame Notes:

— Yankees reported that Brett Gardner had surgery on his elbow today. All went well and he’s doing fine.

Tweets:

Spanning the Yankee Blogs: Nova, Joba, Ichiro, Martin

* An A-blog for A-Rod writes that extra base hits are still a problem for Nova.

* Bleeding Yankee Blue looks at the rise of Joba Chamberlain.

* Bronx Baseball Daily looks into why Andrew McCutchen is MLB’s best player.

* Lady Loves Pinstripes has her power rankings for week 15.

* Pinstripe Alley has the staff analysis of Ichiro trade.

* River Ave Blues is scouting the trade market with Shawn Camp.

* The Captain’s Blog takes a look into the MLB draft.

* The Yankee Analysts has a good write up on the Yankees who got away.

* Yanks Go Yard looks into the sabermetrics of Russell Martin.

YFU Exclusive Interview with 1st Round Draft Pick Ty Hensley

Ty Hensley meets the press at the Stadium

I had a great opportunity to interview Yankees #1 Draft Pick Ty Hensley who recently signed a $1.2 Million contract with the team on July 12th.  Hensley is a 6’5″ 215 pound RHP from Santa Fe High School in Oklahoma who was committed to attend college at Ole Miss before the Draft.  It seemed he would definitely sign with the Yanks but after a routine MRI turned up “abnormalities” in his right shoulder, the negotiations went right down to the wire before Hensley signed right before the deadline.  He was kind enough to offer some insight into the process as well as talk about his  baseball bloodlines and offer an in-depth self-scouting report.  Here is the interview in its entirety with my questions in BLUE.(Great job by Matt to set up this interview)

I know your father (Mike Hensley) was drafted by the Cardinals (53rd overall pick in 1988 Draft) and was a college coach at Oral Roberts & Kansas State.  What was it like to have a Pitching Coach as a Father your whole life?

I was really blessed and fortunate to have that opportunity.  I took every single advantage of that growing up.  He’s so knowledgable about the game and has been through all of the stuff I’m going through – pro ball, the draft.  He was really instrumental in helping me make my decisions as far as college and later professionally.  He’s always been there for me as a father and a coach – and has always known when it’s time to be a Dad and when it’s time to be a coach.  I was really fortunate to have that situation growing up and I can’t say enough good things about him.

Reading some of your interviews and talking to you now, it’s obvious you have a vast knowledge of the game for a young man.  Do you think that helps you on the field?

Growing up around the game and with my father coaching I lived at the baseball field and was always around baseball guys because my Dad had so many connections and he knew so many people.  Growing up around that it just introduced me to the world I’m apart of now. I think it definitely helps me on the field because you get the insight of what other people are thinking and the more you know what others are thinking the better the advantage you have against them.

As a student of the game, give us a Scouting report on yourself and your repertoire.

I throw a 4 seam and 2 seam fastball, sit in the 92-95 range, touching 97-98.  I maintain my velocity well throughout the game and feel like I have good life on my fastball.  My best pitch is my 12 to 6 Curveball, I throw about 78 to 81 mph.  I’m really pleased with how my Changeup is coming along and its gonna be a big pitch for me moving forward…I throw in the 84 to 86 range.

Are you comfortable with your 2-seamer and how do you decide when to throw the 4-seam or 2-seam fastball?

I’m comfortable with both of them.  It’s more of a feel thing – if before I throw a pitch I feel I need a little extra movement I’ll throw the 2-seam, but I definitely throw my 4-seam a lot more often  than the 2-seamer. Read the rest of this entry

Morning Bits: A-Rod, Ichiro, Jeter

Good morning all.   Yankees finally got a win last night as everyone had a hit except Curtis Granderson.  Tex had 3 hits and A-Rod hit a home-run.  Kuroda had a great game going 7 innings and only giving up three hits.  Tonight they face King Felix which is always a tough task.

Enjoy the day.  Now for the links….

John Hickey of ESPN NY writes that the Ichiro-Rodriguez reunion full of fireworks.

Hickey also writes what does Ichiro have left?

Richard Justice of mlb.com writes that Ichiro is entering the perfect situation to succeed.

Bryan Hoch of mlb.com has all the details and quotes from the trade for Ichiro.

Carl Kolchak of Yahoo sports writes that Derek Jeter is closing in on the team strikeout record.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes that they Yankees didn’t like the asking price for Victorino or Span.