No! Not the kids!

June 23, 2014 | 2 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

If a team can’t hit, it can’t score

June 22, 2014 | 7 comments | in Featured | by SJK

While the fashionable thing to do might be to blame Masahiro Tanaka for allowing 3 runs (God forbid!) or piling on Adam Warren for allowing 4 runs in relief, the Yankees weren’t going to win this game anyway with only 4 hits.

Unfortunately, this offense leaves very little margin for error for the pitching staff. The offense ranks 9th in the American League in WAR with a +6.7. It ranks 11th (!!!) in wRC+ at 93 (hitting 7% below league-average). Simple remarkable statistics for a team that was supposed to have a revamped batting order.

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If a team can’t score, it can’t win.

Birds ruin Tino Day

June 21, 2014 | 14 comments | in Featured | by SJK

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Vidal Nuno now has a 5.88 ERA / 5.53 FIP / 4.40 xFIP.

Problem is there really isn’t anything in the minor leagues to replace him. Seriously. Any pitching upgrades will require something outside of the organization.

Behind Phelps, Bombers sweep Jays

June 19, 2014 | 7 comments | in Featured | by SJK

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7 IP, 7 K, 2 BB, 6 H, 2 ER

And the Yankees close the AL East gap to 1.5 games.

Cashman: “Not ready to judge” why Yanks are stuck in mediocrity

June 19, 2014 | 5 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

NY Times / Brian Cashman on the trade market:

The sooner the Yankees act, Cashman said, the higher the price they will pay. So this could take a while. But Cashman said he expects to do something, because he always does. He is not dwelling on the reasons the Yankees are mired in the middle.

I’m not ready to judge how we are and where we are,” Cashman said. “There’s a lot of reasons we are where we are right now. The job is to get it where it belongs, which is first place.”

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Adorable!

June 18, 2014 | 10 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Brian McCann woke up this morning…

June 18, 2014 | 5 comments | in Featured | by SJK

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And pissed excellence: 2-3, HR, 3B, BB, 5 RBI

Lost in translation?

June 18, 2014 | 8 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by Louis Winthorpe III

Daily News / Tanaka after striking out ten:

“Overall, I think my stuff wasn’t really there tonight,” Tanaka said through his translator. “All I was trying to do was to hang in there and try to keep the ball down as much as possible.”

Say what?

American League ranking…

1st in ERA: 1.99
1st in xFIP: 2.32
6th in FIP: 2.70
2nd in K/9: 10.20
2nd in K%: 29.1%
3rd in K/BB: 7.06
1st in hitter contact %: 71.2%
1st in swinging strike %: 14.1%

Tanaka cracks Toronto

June 17, 2014 | 2 comments | in Featured | by Louis Winthorpe III

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Tanaka: 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 10 K, 2 BB, 1 HR

Minor League Players of the Week, The “Promote Aaron Judge” Edition

June 16, 2014 | 3 comments | in Farm System | by SJK

Notes: Last week’s MLPW winner Rob Refsnyder was promoted to Triple-A. He’s one step closer to the big show.

In the weirdest move of the week, the Yankees demoted reliever Mark Montgomery (3.03 ERA / 3.94 FIP) to Double-A to make room for the newly-signed Heath Bell. Leave it to the Yankees to demote a 23-year old in favor of a 36-year old.

Tampa’s week (High-A) was abbreviated due to the Florida State League All-Star Game.

Pitcher:
Luis Severino, 20, RHP, A
11.1 IP, 14 K, 4 BB, 8 H, 3 ER
Notable: 2.79 ERA in 67.2 IP

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This season, we’ve already seen three Charleston starting pitchers win an MLPW: Caleb Smith, Brady Lail, and the recently-promoted Jaron Long. We now add a 4th Charleston starter to the list with probably the most-hyped pitcher of them all, Luis Severino.

The 20-year old was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2012. Per scouting reports, he can get his fastball up 96-97, and compliments it with a decent changeup and slider. For us, what’s most encouraging about Severino is his control, which is unusual for a Latin American prospect that throws this hard. His BB/9 is a very nice 2.01, while he’s struck out 70 in 67.2 IP.

His 2.79 ERA ranks in the top 10 of South Atlantic League starters.

Here’s a clip of him from early May:

Hitter:
Aaron Judge, 22, RHB OF, A
.524/.565/.810 in 23 PA
Notable: 166 wRC+ ranks 3rd in SAL

Beast. That’s what Aaron Judge is right now at Charleston. After a ridiculous week, the 32nd overall pick in the 2013 draft is hitting .333/.428/.530. As noted above, his 166 wRC+ ranks 3rd in the South Atlantic League — not bad for a debut professional season.

However, it’s time to move him up. He’s had 274 plate appearances at Low-A, and he seen a fairly even mix of younger and older pitchers. He’s obviously dominant at this level and we don’t see much value in keeping him at Low-A much longer. You always take performance at the lower levels with a grain of salt, so it’s time to see what he can do against a higher grade of competition.

Here’s a clip of the 6’7″ outfielder clubbing a HR on 6/13:

Honorable Mentions:

Brady Lail, 20, RHP, A
6 IP, 6 K, 1 BB, 3 H, 0 ER

3.49 ERA / 2.79 FIP in 69.2 IP

Ian Clarkin, 19, LHP, A
9 IP, 10 K, 0 BB, 9 H, 3 ER

Over 2 starts — 2013 1st round pick (#33 overall)

Nick Goody, 22, RHP, A+
1 IP, 3 K, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 ER

2012 6th round pick – overwhelming hitters at High-A, 25 K / 4 BB in 14 IP

Tyler Webb, 23, LHP, AA
3 IP, 7 K, 0 BB, 2 H, 0 ER

32 K / 10 BB in 20.1 IP at Double-A

Dustin Fowler, 19, LHB OF, A
.393/.433/.750 in 30 PA

2013 18th round pick, hit a GS on 6/15

Mason Williams, 22, LHB CF, AA
.318/.348/.455 in 23 PA

A step in the right direction, hitting .226/.308/.305

Taylor Dugas, 24, LHB OF, AA
.368/.429/.526 in 21 PA

Quietly having a very good season: .309/.422/.448

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