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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

MILB: Williams shows range center stage

An ability to hit and steal bases props up his profile, sure, but [Mason]Williams is widely regarded as one of the game’s next best defensive center fielders. This came with work. After adjusting his throwing motion—moving from short, he raised his right arm’s slot to generate more back-spin on the baseball—Williams started learning the real nuances of his new spot: like focusing his gaze on home plate—all while standing, bended at both knees, 300 feet away.

“He is really athletic, but he also reads the ball off the bat and has an ability to project where it’s going to end up,” says Mark Newman, the Yankees’ senior vice president of baseball operations. “I don’t know how much of that is innate. I don’t know how much of that is the time he spends doing this, but he was really good when he signed with us, so if he started at a high level, he has improved.”

We had Bernie.  We had Gerald.  Will we have Mason?

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I hope he’s more Bernie than Gerald.

We also had Jackson right up until he made the MLB.

Way to break the “Williams” trend

[3] I do what I want. I also want Heathcott to make it and the Yankees to have the flexibility to move Williams for some IF help. I can’t do that, but I can hope for it.

Stan was the guy we got from the Dodgers for Moose Skowron.

I also want icecream. I will be doing that.

How is the main story not that CC is literally half his old size?  The pictures I saw today are legitimately confusing.  Who is that tall skinny(ish) guy?
http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/sabathia-relieved-to-be-healthy-as-spring-training-opens-1.4635639

CC’s younger brother DD

Sigh. How long must we wait for the Joba/Shrek clubhouse war stories ? I’m bored.

[7] Have the Yankees tested CC for tape worms?

Newsday has a fascinating piece today projecting the lineups of all of the teams.

http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/projecting-all-30-mlb-teams-starting-lineups-1.4486541

They have Mike Aviles projected as the Indians’ DH and Chisenhall as the third baseman with Brantley being on the bench. What do you all think of that? I think Brantley starts, with Reynolds DHing and Swisher playing first. Aviles could be on the bench, I guess, but I think Chisenhall will be the bench guy.

Detroit’s projected lineup is scary.

Four of the Angels’ first five hitters hit 30 homers last year. Daaaaang.

I don’t recognize most of Miami’s lineup (nor Minny’s).

Cervello is credited with .000. Didn’t he get a hit last year?

Washington’s lineup is very impressive.

Williams will be traded away months before his expected debut.

Jim Bowden on the Blue Jays:

Anthopoulos had a tremendous offseason, making two of the biggest offseason trades in baseball history.

The Marlins trade obviously WAS a really big trade, but the Dickey trade? Seriously? Wasn’t that basically the same as every star for prospects trade ever?

One and a half big trades sounds insufficiently dramatic.

They have Mike Aviles projected as the Indians’ DH and Chisenhall as the third baseman with Brantley being on the bench. What do you all think of that? I think Brantley starts, with Reynolds DHing and Swisher playing first. Aviles could be on the bench, I guess, but I think Chisenhall will be the bench guy.

I’m assuming they’ll platoon Brantley and Stubbs in the OF, and that Giambi will make the team and get 50% of the DH PA vs. RHP.  I’m also assuming they will DH Reynolds most of the rest of the time and use Aviles as a sub around the IF, with Chisenhall the primary starting 3B.  CAIRO prefers Chisenhall(.247/.303/.388) over Aviles(.251/.284/.381)

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