Thursday, June 11, 2015
NEW YORK—On Wednesday, after a 5-4 loss in 11 innings to the Washington Nationals at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees announced that closer Andrew Miller would be placed on the disabled list with a strained mass flexor muscle.
The flexor muscles are the muscles that bend or flex fingers. The Flexor Pronator Mass is in your forearm by the elbow. The tendons that connect arm muscles to finger bones stretch from the elbow to the fingers. These muscles and tendons allow a pitcher to grip or throw a ball. Muscle and tendon strains are actually tears.
It sounds like the MRI that was performed on Miller yesterday showed no evidence of ligament damage, so I feel a bit less worried that this will be a long-term issue. If it’s truly just a muscle strain, he should only miss a month or so.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
NEW YORK—Denard Span’s back is fine, apparently. The center fielder’s RBI infield single in the 11th inning gave the Nationals just enough for a 5-4 win over the Yankees on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. In his return to the lineup after back tightness, Span narrowly beat out the throw from second baseman Stephen Drew, which allowed Tyler Moore to score the winning run.
Nathan Eovaldi and Gio Gonzalez each tallied quality starts. Eovaldi gave up three runs in seven-plus innings, while Gonzalez allowed two in 6 1/3 innings. Neither pitcher factored into the decision—Blake Treinen picked up the win, Chris Capuano took the loss and Drew Storen collected his 19th save.
Joe Girardi’s bizarre bullpen management in this game made a bit more sense with the news that Andrew Miller is heading to the DL with a forearm strain. Luckily, forearm strains rarely mean anything major, right?
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.278/.356/.434)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.251/.299/.381)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.272/.377/.508)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.238/.351/.566)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.266/.330/.485)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.249/.281/.398)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.223/.277/.455)
8. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.268/.268/.390)
9. Brendan Ryan (R) SS: (—-/—-/—-)
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
NEW YORK—Two homers from Stephen Drew and a seventh-inning barrage helped lead the Yankees to their seventh straight victory, a 6-1 win over the Nationals on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven strong innings of one-run ball to pick up his fourth win. Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer fell to 6-5.
Early homers from Drew and Bryce Harper had the game tied at 1 until the Yankees opened it up in the seventh.
Ramon Flores got the rally going with a one-out single to right field, and Brett Gardner followed suit with a single of his own to left. Alex Rodriguez reached on a fielder’s choice, and when Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond tried to throw Flores out at third, the ball hit the runner and scooted past third baseman Anthony Rendon, allowing Flores to score. Desmond was charged with the error. Later in the inning, Brian McCann hit a two-run single to right field, and Carlos Beltran made it 5-1 when his single brought in Mark Teixeira. Drew’s second homer of the game, in the eighth, gave the Yanks a 6-1 advantage.
1. Denard Span (L) CF: (.291/.333/.456)
2. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B: (.200/.250/.267)
3. Yunel Escobar (R) DH: (.325/.383/.397)
4. Bryce Harper (L) RF: (.326/.464/.706)
5. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B: (.213/.270/.353)
6. Clint Robinson (L) LF: (.246/.292/.328)
7. Wilson Ramos (R) C: (.263/.285/.380)
8. Ian Desmond (R) SS: (.242/.286/.383)
9. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B: (.257/.360/.459)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.278/.355/.438)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.252/.301/.386)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.280/.386/.522)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.237/.348/.565)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.255/.321/.473)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.243/.277/.395)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.238/.294/.311)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.168/.232/.335)
9. Ramon Flores (L) LF: (.182/.182/.227)
“Kaprielian is a guy we’ve scouted for a long time, and we’re really happy we were able to get him,” Oppenheimer said. “He has three quality pitches, throws strikes and generates a lot of swings-and-misses. On top of that, he has great make-up. He compiled a quality track record in a good league and performed well for Team USA.”
At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, Kaprielian was ranked No. 19 among prospects by Baseball America entering the draft and was its ninth-best pitcher. The Mariners picked him out of high school in 2012.
Kaprielian was the Yankees’ highest pick since they had the No. 13 overall selection in 1993.
I was sort of hoping that the Yankees would use the 16th pick on a high upside player, which does not seem to describe Kaprielian, but he has a chance to be a valuable contributor fairly quickly which seems to make this a reasonably solid pick, if a bit unexciting.
The Yankees’ second pick seems like a reach to me, but what the hell do I know about this crap?
Scouting report: Holder is considered perhaps the best defensive shortstop in this year’s class, but his offense is still a work-in-progress, according to reports. But Holder took a step forward this spring and appears to have an advanced approach at the plate, walking (19) as often as he struck out in his final college season.
Why they chose him: The Yankees chose Holder because they saw him as the best player available. It also helps that his lefty swing might provide him extra power, considering Yankee Stadium’s right-field short porch. Also, the pick fits the Yankees’ focus in recent years of filling the middle of the field with excellent fielders — think the additions of Didi Gregorius, Stephen Drew and Brendan Ryan.
When I think “Excellence in Fielding”, I definitely think of Sir Gregorius.
Scouting report: Degano had Tommy John surgery two years ago but throws the ball hard and keep it down in the zone. He misses bats and his several good pitches. He’s older than most (22) and has undergone that surgery, but the fact that he’s bounced back nicely means he should remain healthy.
Why they chose him: Degano popped up basically out of nowhere this year after redshirting in 2014 with the Sycamores. He throws a consistent 90-94 mph fastball with an above-average curveball, his best off-speed pitch.
Never hurts to add a lefty who throws in the 90s, although again I don’t see major upside with this pick. I guess we have to hope for upside from some of their IFA signings prior to the draft.
Monday, June 8, 2015
2015 1st Day of the Draft Thread
The Yankees are actually playing solid baseball right now. It’s pretty cool. I’m watching games again. Unfortunately, there is no game tonight.
On the plus side the draft starts tonight AND we no longer have to watch Bud Selig read out the draft picks.Can life get better?
Tonight’s broadcast will extend through the end of the Competitive Balance B round. That’s 75 picks. The Yankees will have 3 of those.
The first is 16th overall for being pretty mediocre last year. Then they’ll pick 30th overall as compensation for letting Robertson go. The Yankees also have the 57th overall pick as part of the second round. They get that pick just for existing. Isn’t that nice.
This is a little less exciting than the 2013 draft when the Yankees had 3 1st round picks. But their top pick at 16 is considerably higher than the 26 they had 2 years ago, so it’s still pretty exciting.
In 2013 the Yankees added some serious prospects to their system in Jagielo (26) and Judge (32), both of whom are punishing AA pitchers, as well as a quality arm with Clarkin (33). Unfortunately Clarkin has yet to pitch this year due to a lingering injury (please not TJ). It would be nice if they could do something similar this year.
I’m not going to go over a ton of players before the draft, RAB already does a solid job of that and McDaniels at Fangraphs has been providing solid amateur content for the last few months.
Apparently, the general feeling is that this draft class is less impressive than the last few years and the next couple, but it’s relatively deep in quality arms. I’d be pretty surprised if the Yankees don’t take at least one arm tonight.
Rounds 3-10 take place on Tuesday and the final 30 rounds zip by on Wednesday.
Sunday, June 7, 2015
1. Erick Aybar (S) SS: (.266/.311/.319)
2. Mike Trout (R) CF: (.284/.375/.553)
3. Albert Pujols (R) DH: (.254/.303/.493)
4. David Freese (R) 3B: (.238/.292/.427)
5. Kole Calhoun (L) RF: (.271/.335/.397)
6. Chris Iannetta (R) C: (.174/.273/.287)
7. C.J. Cron (R) 1B: (.198/.226/.267)
8. Matt Joyce (L) LF: (.190/.263/.329)
9. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B: (.282/.339/.376)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.279/.357/.426)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.252/.302/.388)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.283/.384/.527)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.242/.355/.577)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.247/.281/.402)
6. Chris Young (R) LF: (.220/.276/.432)
7. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.237/.237/.263)
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.200/.255/.311)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.236/.294/.311)
Saturday, June 6, 2015
1. Erick Aybar (S) SS: (.266/.312/.320)
2. Mike Trout (R) CF: (.284/.377/.544)
3. Albert Pujols (R) 1B: (.252/.300/.495)
4. Kole Calhoun (L) RF: (.276/.336/.403)
5. David Freese (R) 3B: (.238/.293/.426)
6. Matt Joyce (L) LF: (.187/.262/.323)
7. C.J. Cron (R) DH: (.204/.225/.276)
8. Carlos Perez (R) C: (.304/.322/.464)
9. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B: (.284/.339/.379)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.274/.351/.425)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.254/.305/.393)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.284/.374/.530)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.240/.353/.581)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.250/.319/.456)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.241/.276/.400)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.229/.289/.299)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.173/.238/.345)
9. Ramon Flores (L) LF: (.167/.167/.167)
Friday, June 5, 2015
1. Erick Aybar (S) SS: (.271/.318/.327)
2. Mike Trout (R) CF: (.289/.379/.552)
3. Albert Pujols (R) 1B: (.258/.305/.505)
4. Kole Calhoun (L) RF: (.266/.325/.396)
5. David Freese (R) 3B: (.237/.290/.429)
6. Matt Joyce (L) DH: (.179/.251/.311)
7. Chris Iannetta (R) C: (.188/.270/.304)
8. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) LF: (.120/.185/.200)
9. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B: (.285/.337/.382)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.271/.350/.414)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.255/.307/.398)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.270/.364/.517)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.241/.357/.575)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.248/.315/.452)
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.258/.292/.452)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.232/.290/.303)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.165/.232/.305)
9. Ramon Flores (L) LF: (.143/.143/.143)
FIP’s calling this one a dead heat, so I don’t know what to think.
This Monday’s draft contains more intrigue for the Yankees, who own the 16th and 30th selections, than perhaps any other in recent history. No. 16 is the club’s highest pick since 1993, when they took pitcher Matt Drews at 13. Drews never made it to the majors.
For the past two-plus decades, the Yankees have chosen no earlier than 20th except for 2005, when they picked shortstop C.J. Henry at 17.
In the early 1990s, the Yankees had a top-10 pick for three straight years. In 1990, they chose Carl Everett with the 10th pick. Everett had a pretty good career, but is probably best remembered for not believing in dinosaurs.
In 1991, the Yankees selected Brien Taylor with the No. 1 overall pick. Taylor missed out on the team’s dynasty, never throwing a major league pitch after severely damaging his left shoulder in a fight.
In 1992, the Yankees, at No. 6, decided on a high school kid from Kalamazoo, Michigan, named Derek Jeter. Whatever happened to him?
The draft is a crapshoot, but having two picks in the top 30 is a pretty nice chance to get a player or two who could be important to the Yankees future.