* Bleeding Yankee Blue has an article about Yankee prospect Jose Campos.
* Bronx Baseball Daily writes about the Russell Martin conundrum.
* It’s about the Money Stupid is scouting the prospect loaded Charleston River Dog’s.
* New York Baseball Digest has an article about Pettitte, Pineda and the rest of the Yankees rotation.
* Pinstripe Alley brings up the topic of to DH or not to DH.
* River Ave Blues has a nice article about the importance of Pettitte.
* The Captain’s Blog has a great read on The Boston Globe going on the record to defend the use of anonymous sources, tarnishes Gamons
* The Greedy Pinstripes asks does Nunez fit into the future.
* The Yankee Analysts has the scouting report on Yu Darvish.
* Yanks Go Yard looks at Cano’s improved plate discipline.
Empire State Yankees W 6-5
PTF Romine (DL)
Colin Curtis – 1BB, .228
Jayson Nix – 2R, 2H (2 Doubles), 1BB, 1K, .500
Dewayne Wise – 1R, 2H (Double), 1RBI, .439
Steve Pearce – 1R, 2H (2 Doubles), 1RBI, 2BB, 1K, .361
Jack Cust – 1R, 2H (Double, Solo Homer), 3RBI, 1BB, 1K, .322
Brandon Laird – 1H, 1BB, .218
Kevin Russo – 1BB, 1K, .260
Craig Tatum – 1K, .158
Nelson Figueroa – 2.2IP, 2H, 2BB 0.00era
Chase Whitely (W, 2-1) – 1.0IP, 0H, 2BB, 3.52era
Kevin Whelan (S,4) – 1.0IP, 1H, 1K, 2.25era
Tampa Yankees W 6-4
PTF J.R. Murphy (DNP)
Eduardo Sosa – 2H, 1RBI, 1K, .258
Kelvin Castro – 1R, 1H, 2BB, .241
Ramon Flores – oH, .196
Rob Segedin – 2R, 1H (2 Run Homer), 2RBI, 1BB, .295
Kyle Roller – 1R, 1H (Solo Homer), 2RBI, 2BB, 1K, .213
Shane Brown – 1BB, .250
Jose Mojica – oH, 1RBI, .298
Hector Rabago – 1K, .118
Jose Toussen – 2R, 1H (triple), 1BB, .208
PTF Nik Turley (W, 2-0) – 5.1IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 7K, 1.93era
Joel De La Cruz – 1.2IP, 1H, 2K, 0.00era
Mark Montgomery (S, 3) – 3H, 1R, 1Er, 1BB, 2K, 3.24era
Charleston River Dogs W 4-3
PTF Dante Bichette Jr. – oH, .294
Anderson Feliz – 1H, 1BB, 1K, .289
Benjamin Gamel – 1H, 1RBI, 2K, .233
Tyler Austin – 1R, 1H (solo homer), 1RBI, 1K, .393
Gary Sanchez – 1R, 1H, 1BB, .356
Casey Stevenson – 1R, 2H (Double), 1BB, .529
Cito Culver – 1R, 1H, .175
Kelvin De Leon – 1H, 2K, .194
Francisco Arcia – 1H, 2RBI, .286
PTF Bryan Mitchell (DNP)
Jose Campos 6.0IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 5K, 1.23era
Daniel Mahoney – 1.0IP, 2H, 1R, oER, 1BB, 3K, 4.91era
Fred Lewis – 1.oIP, 1H, 1K, 8.10era
Mariel Checo – 1.0IP, 1BB, 1K, 2.84era
Shortly after Michael Pineda ended his miserable 2.2 innings against the Phillies, Yankees fans were horrified to learn that he had been pitching with a sore right shoulder. After taking an MRI yesterday morning, Pineda has been diagnosed with tendinitis and is now on the 15-Day DL. This unfortunate turn of events eliminates Pineda’s chances of starting the regular season in the Yankees’ MLB rotation. The Yankees will now fill the rotation with Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova, and Freddy Garcia behind C.C. Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda. This injury comes on the heels of a substantial amount of scrutiny over Pineda’s low velocity, and many share the opinion that Pineda just hasn’t looked right all spring.
Although the team is yet to play one game of regular season ball, the trade of Montero for Pineda is already being called a disaster by some. The Yankees undoubtedly gave up quite a lot for Michael Pineda and Jose Campos, losing an absolute stud of a hitter in Montero and a nice pitching piece in Hector Noesi. Montero has looked excellent thus far for the Mariners with a .306/.366/.556 line in Spring Training to this point. In 5 IP, Noesi has a 1.80 ERA and has held opponents to a .176 BAA. Meanwhile, Michael Pineda’s has an ERA of 5.68 and a .324 BAA, and both his velocity and control have been sub-par (4.74 BB/9).
As grim as it looks for Pineda heading into the 2012 regular season, is it really already time to abandon all hopes for the trade to be a success? Some fans think the answer to that question is yes.
However, by already describing the trade with words like “disaster” and “apocalyptic” based on the very short time Michael Pineda has been a Yankee, I think many fans are jumping the gun much too soon. When evaluating a trade, it is extremely important to remember that every deal is a two-sided deal. While it is certainly a possibility that Michael Pineda might not live up to expectations placed on him, the same is just as true with Jesus Montero. When Brian Cashman and Mariners’ GM Jack Zduriencik agreed to the blockbuster trade, they both accepted a substantial amount of risk. Pineda might never become the #1 starter that many think he can be, and Montero might never become the Miguel Cabrera-like hitter that he is supposed to become. While this is merely looking at hypotheticals, there is one thing that is known for sure in the case of both players. There is a tremendous amount of time for each player to proove the trade good or bad for his respective team.
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With the S2S 2012 Top 100 Prospects List now in the books, it’s time to take a closer look at the future of each team. And that means team prospect lists!
Most minor league sites will do top-10s, top-15s, top-20s, or some other ranking. Last year, to be a bit different, the FanSided team prospect lists (which were done at Call to the Pen, since S2S didn’t exist), instead listed a team’s top prospect at each position (C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 3 OFs, 5 SPs, and 2 RPs). This year, we’re keeping that format, but also adding a “Best of the Rest” section that lists the top ten players beyond the positional rankings. That’s 25 players per system, if you’re counting.
New York Yankees
The Yankees system is undoubtedly somewhat down from where it was in years past. Their vaunted “Killer B” trio–Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, and Andrew Brackman–all ran into trouble in 2011, and Brackman ended up released while Betances looks like he may be headed for the bullpen. Jesus Montero was traded away to Seattle, further damaging the top talent, although New York did receive the Northwest League’s top prospect, Jose Campos, in that trade.
There’s still plenty to like here, though. This system has an abundance of two things: upper-minors arms and low-minors bats. Banuelos, Campos, and Gary Sanchez could be excellent contributors even by the lofty standards of Yankee fans.
Position Player Upside: B
Position Player Depth: B-
Pitching Upside: B+
Pitching Depth: B+
System Grade: B
Catcher: Gary Sanchez. You don’t come across a whole lot of 18-year-old catchers with ISOs of .229 in full-season ball. Sanchez also boasts a strong arm and a good eye at the plate, and has superstar potential. He has some major problems with blocking pitches, but at his age, that’s not cause for alarm just yet, and neither is his elevated strikeout rate. At some point, those are going to need to come around, but he’s got plenty of time, and his overall potential is enormous. Grade: A-