To date, Cash/Levine/Whoever 0-for-3 in big offensive signings

May 21, 2014 | 10 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

While it’s still kind of early and players are a hot streak away from making their overall numbers look much better, we are approaching two months into the season. And in these two months, the Yankees ‘Big Three’ offensive signings have not impressed, with only one of them being respectable because of his all-around game.

Brian McCann: What’s happened to him is simply alarming and is not receiving enough attention in the MSM. Signed to be the next ‘Great Yankee Catcher’, the former Brave is having a nightmare season so far. We outlined his issues a couple weeks ago, which include disappearing plate discipline and profusely popping up balls to the infield. He currently ranks as the 6th-worst hitter in the American League, hitting 32% below the average hitter (68 wRC+).

Carlos Beltran: This was a signing we disagreed with, largely due to his age and injury history, and now no one knows what’s going to happen with his bum elbow. Before he was sidelined, Beltran was hitting a below-average .234/.286/.430 (89 wRC+).

Jacoby Ellsbury: After a hot start, the former Fenway man has cooled off significantly, and is hovering around league-average with a 102 wRC+. Fortunately, his baserunning still gives him value offensively, but clearly he’s disappointed to date as well — although we’d say he’s been the least worrisome out of the three.

This post isn’t meant to be a critique (other than Beltran). However, the person responsible for these three signings (whoever that is in this circus front office) probably isn’t feeling too hot.

Fortunately, players like Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira, and the remarkable Yangervis Solarte have provided the Yankees with surprising production. It’s also helped that other teams in the AL East have decided to eat corn the long way.

False advertising

May 21, 2014 | 1 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Brian McCann NoMaas Yankees False Advertising
.221/.261/.366 (68 wRC+)

Yanks drop series opener to Cubs, 6-1.

Well that’s not good

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

NY Post:

CC Sabathia will be out until at least July, Brian Cashman told The Post.

“It will be no sooner than six weeks from now,” Cashman said in discussing a potential return date for Sabathia.

Sabathia received a stem cell treatment injection in his inflamed right knee from Dr. James Andrews late last week. Cashman said the Yankees were informed that if the process works, it would be a minimum of six weeks. Which means the Yankees would be without the lefty until July.

We’re not medical experts by any means, but it sounds like this could evolve into something even more serious — a.k.a season-ending.

We also learned this morning that Carlos Beltran is going for a second opinion on his elbow — another situation that seems less-than-encouraging.

Minor League Player of the Week, “Charleston Starters Continue to Impress” Edition

May 19, 2014 | 2 comments | in Farm System | by SJK

Five Charleston starting pitchers make this week’s edition…

** Covering May 12th-May 18th games **

Brady Lail, 20, RHP, A
6 IP, 11 K, 0 BB, 4 H, 2 ER
Notable: 44 K / 6 BB in 43.2 IP

The Charleston Riverdogs’ starting pitching staff is putting up impressive numbers, and we’ve already seen Caleb Smith take home back-to-back MLPWs. This week numerous Riverdog hurlers pitched great, and in our view, 20-year old Brady Lail was the best of the bunch. The 2012 18th round pick struck out 11 in six innings on May 16th versus the Hickory Crawdads (Rangers Low-A affiliate). This was Lail’s fifth consecutive win.

In 43.2 IP, Lail’s K/BB stands out prominently. The Utah native has only walked 6 while whiffing 44, good for a K/BB of 7.33. That’s the 4th-best ratio in the South Atlantic League. Even better, his FIP of 2.28 ranks second. His ERA on the season is 3.30 and he’s keeping the ball on the ground with a 1.24 Groundout / Airout ratio.

Here’s an interview with him after his 11 K performance:

Greg Bird, 21, LHB 1B, A+
.364/.481/.636 in 27 PA
Notable: Best hitter in the SAL last season

Greg Bird is no stranger to MLPW, as he practically owned our weekly award last season. We also wrote about him in March as a “Minor Leaguer to Watch in 2014.” He is the best 1B prospect in the Yankees’ system.

The Colorado native tore up Low-A last season and was THE best hitter in the South Atlantic League, with a 170 wRC+. He also led the league in walks with 107, which was 33 more BB than the player in second.

He started late this season due to a back injury, but he’s off to a great start in High-A Tampa. The 2011 5th round pick is hitting .333/.442/.611 in 43 PA. And like last season, he’s already getting those BBs (7 walks vs. 8 K). He’s one to track very closely.

Honorable Mentions:

Caleb Smith, 22, LHP, A
6 IP, 8 K, 1 BB, 2 H, 0 ER

Could have won another MLPW with this start, 0.70 ERA is best in SAL

Dan Camarena, 21, LHP, A+
7 IP, 5 K, 2 BB, 4 H, 1 ER

2.83 ERA / 3.63 FIP in 41.1 IP

Ian Clarkin, 19, LHP, A
6 IP, 4 K, 0 BB, 4 H, 1 ER

2013 1st round pick, 1.15 ERA in 15.2 IP

Jairo Heredia, 24, RHP, AA
2.1 IP, 3 K, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 ER

25 K / 6 BB in 22.2 IP

Jaron Long, 22, RHP, A
7 IP, 5 K, 0 BB, 3 H, 0 ER

2.59 ERA in 31.1 IP

Luis Severino, 20, RHP, A
10 IP, 10 K, 2 BB, 3 H, 0 ER

Probably the most hyped of the Charleston starters, 1.95 ERA in 37 IP

Manny Barreda, 25, RHP, AA
2.1 IP, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 ER

20 K / 8 BB in 22 IP

Mark Montgomery, 23, RHP, AAA
1 IP, 3 K, 0 BB, 1 H, 0 ER

22 K / 10 BB in 18.2 IP

Pat Venditte, 28, SHP, AAA
4.2 IP, 10 K, 0 BB, 1 H, 0 ER

Split between AA & AAA, was promoted during the week to Triple-A

Aaron Judge, 22, RHB RF, A
.304/.444/.391 in 27 PA

.853 OPS on the season, 2013 1st round pick (32nd overall)

Eric Jagielo, 22, LHB 3B, A+
.292/.393/.583 in 28 PA

.810 OPS on the season, 2013 first round pick (26th overall)

Jake Cave, 21, LHB CF, A+
.394/.460/.515 in 37 PA

.803 OPS on the season, 2011 6th round pick

Jose Rosario, 22, RHB OF, A
.470/.470/.765 in 17 PA

2009 international free agent out of the DR

Miguel Andujar, 19, RHB 3B, A
.346/.346/.615 in 26 PA

2011 international free agent out of the DR

Peter O’Brien, 23, RHB C/RF, AA
.263/.263/.684 in 19 PA

Has hit 5 HR in 34 PA since promoted to Double-A

Zach Wilson, 23, RHB RF, A+
.375/.464/.500 in 28 PA

.955 OPS at Tampa, but was demoted from Trenton after 8 games

**In the “Not-So-Good-News” Category…

In late April, we first highlighted Mason Williams’ tough start to the season. Unfortunately, the slide has only deepened and is now hitting .196/.287/.264 in 170 PA. Widely-considered one of the top prospects in the Yankees system, he could be on the verge of flaming out completely. Development issues still a problem in this organization.

Yanks earn a split, but take series

May 18, 2014 | 0 comment | in Featured | by SJK

Brett Gardner NoMaas Split Doubleheader Yankees
Brett went 3-7 with a 2B, 3B, and 2 BB in Sunday’s split vs. Pittsburgh

And don’t look now, BMG now has a wRC+ of 122 (22% above the league-average hitter): .297/.370/.419

Caller asks Michael Kay about NoMaas

May 18, 2014 | 1 comments | in Mediot Observation | by SJK

Haha. This is incredible. On Friday, one of our NoMaasian visitors (Dan from Queens) took it upon himself to question Michael Kay about why he blocked us on Twitter last season.

Michael stumbled a bit and tried to play if off like he didn’t know us, but we know that he does.

Pretty hilarious stuff by Dan from Queens. Thanks, buddy.

Dellin Betances will eat your children

May 15, 2014 | 6 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Dellin Betances Mike Tyson NoMaas Yankees
Dellin’s slurve is impregnable.

2.1 IP with 6 straight Ks — now has 39 K in 22.1 IP / 15.72 K/9 — Sick**.

Chase Whitley also deserves some major props for pitching 4.2 scoreless innings in his MLB debut. He deserved a shot and capitalized on the opportunity.

Credit to Joe Girardi too for some excellent bullpen management, removing Whitley for Betances with 2 outs in the 5th and the Mets threatening — and then summoning Robertson to get the final four outs.

**For those advocating Betances be moved to the starting rotation, here’s a key point to remember — Dellin’s career was on the verge of implosion as a starter. He basically went Rick Ankiel with enormous BB rates and no control. He was even demoted to Double-A in 2012, after walking 8.3 per nine innings at Triple-A. His professional career was literally saved when the Yankees moved him to the bullpen as a last resort.

Beltran to DL, surgery possible, Yanks make immediate front office hire

May 15, 2014 | 5 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Carlos Beltran has been placed on the DL with right elbow inflammation due to a bone spur, with surgery a possibility:

In response to a 37-year old being placed on the disabled list, Hal Steinbrenner made an immediate front office hire to ensure this type of “surprise” doesn’t happen in future seasons:

captain_obviousNew advisor to the General Manager: Captain Obvious

John Sterling losing his mind

May 15, 2014 | 9 comments | in Mediot Observation | by SJK

On Wednesday night, John Sterling said the reason why Yangervis Solarte was in the minor leagues for 8 seasons was because Solarte was: “PREJUDICED AGAINST”


This is even worse than Sterling singing the old Italian song “Volare” on the air and replacing the title with “Solarte.”

Poor Dino must be rolling in his grave…

They got it (The right stuff)

May 14, 2014 | 4 comments | in Featured | by Louis Winthorpe III

Tanaka: 6-0, 2.17 ERA, 10.24 K/9, 1.09 BB/9

Solarte: .336 BA, 23 RBIs, .414 OBP, 158 wRC+

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