Minor League Players of the Week, the Angelo Gumbs goes beserk edition

May 13, 2012 | 9 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

– Covering May 7th- May 13th games –

Manny Banuelos, 21, LHP, AAA
11 IP, 10 K, 0 BB, 9 H, 1 ER, 0 HR
Notable: Hasn’t walked a batter since returning from the DL on May 2nd (14.2 IP)

This past week was a standout for both of the Killer B’s, but especially for Banuelos. After a terrible start to the season and a subsequent trip to the DL (back), Banuelos has been fantastic in his last 3 starts, dating back to May 2nd. He’s been eased back into the rotation so the innings totals aren’t overwhelming, but the results are very impressive — 14.2 IP, 15 K, 0 BB, 11 H, 1 ER. The lack of walks is easily the stat that jumps out the most. If he can keep that up, the hype will be justified.

Angelo Gumbs, 19, RHB 2B, A
.464/.484/.624 in 29 PAs
Notable: 13 hits, 11 SB!

When we interviewed Angelo in February, we mentioned how his athleticism is often cited as one of his biggest strengths. Well, that athleticism was fully on display this past week, with one of the craziest all-around performances we’ve seen. Not only did the 2010 2nd-round draft pick have 13 hits in 29 PAs, but he stole 11 bases in just six games, including 4 thefts on May 10th alone. He’s now 19-for-20 in SB attempts on the season (2nd-most in the South Atlantic League).

Honorable Mentions:

Dellin Betances, 24, RHP, AAA
8 IP, 7 K, 2 BB, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 HR

His best start of the season, but only the 2nd that he had more strikeouts than walks.

Caleb Cotham, 24, RHP, A
6 IP, 7 K, 1 BB, 2 H, 0 ER

Injury-plagued career so far, but off to a nice start this season, 2.18 ERA / 2.41 FIP

Brett Marshall, 22, RHP, AA
6 IP, 4 K, 1 BB, 2 H, 0 ER

Already an MLPW winner this season, 3.27 ERA is deceiving though due to decline in K rate (4.39 FIP)

Who still wants Hughes out of the rotation?

May 12, 2012 | 37 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Last two starts: 14 IP, 11 K, 2 BB, 12 H, 4 ER


“Heir to Jeter” gets bus ticket to AAA

May 12, 2012 | 30 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

The heir to Jeter.

The replacement for Swisher.

These are just two of the incredibly ridiculous descriptions we’ve heard trumpeted about Eduardo Nunez by those who cover the Yankees. The level of enthusiasm shown towards this player is truly one of the most bizarre things we’ve seen regarding the Yankees in recent years — especially since he’s done absolutely nothing at either the minor or major league level to warrant that enthusiasm. And his Knoblachian defense should not be a surprise to anyone. He made a boatload of errors in the minors too.

Again, truly one of the most insane things we’ve seen, and fortunately, the lovefest is over for now.

The Franklin Park Zoo

May 11, 2012 | 50 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

It’s not like the Yankees are playing great baseball, but the comedy continues up north in the Franklin Park Zoo.


For Josh Beckett and the Boston Red Sox, getting jeered at Fenway Park has become par for the course.

The embattled starter did nothing to help restore his reputation Thursday night, getting booed off the field in the third inning of Boston’s 8-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians .

It was Boston’s 11th loss in its last 12 home games and it happened to come a day after word surfaced that Beckett was playing golf last week a day after he was scratched from his scheduled start with a sore lat muscle in his back.

That angered Red Sox fans, who got in plenty of taunts before Beckett was pulled after 2 1-3 innings with Cleveland leading 7-1.

“I think it was directed at me,” Beckett said. “Smart fans.”

Beckett was unrepentant about his golf outing, saying what he does on his day off is his business. But what he failed to understand, it seemed, was that fans were upset about him golfing when he was supposedly too sore to pitch rather than about him simply hitting the links on a normal off day.

Brantley was up next and one fan yelled “FORE!” when he lined a foul ball down the right-field line, but all the chuckles quickly subsided when Brantley doubled to left-center. It was the second straight double for the Indians, ending Beckett’s night.

Cano goes psycho

May 10, 2012 | 42 comments | in Featured | by Louis Winthorpe III

Robbie: 3/4, 1HR, 2 RBIs

It’s a good thing no one actually saw this game

May 9, 2012 | 26 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

…because they may have been disappointed.

Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Panama anymore

May 9, 2012 | 51 comments | in Featured | by Vizzini

0.2 IP, 1 K, 1 BB, 3 H, 4 ER, 1 HR

It is he who shall remain nameless

May 8, 2012 | 42 comments | in Featured | by Louis Winthorpe III

Voldemort goes 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI


**Props to Jonathan Pap-Smear for noticing the eerie resemblance**

Mo’s examination not looking good?

May 8, 2012 | 28 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

For years, we’ve run a Yankees news stream on the site [scroll down and look over to the right]

One of the headlines caught our eye this morning…

CBS New York:

Yankees fans were hoping to hear good news — if you could call it that — and perhaps a timetable on Mariano Rivera’s expected knee surgery.

The word that came out of the injured closer’s examinations Monday won’t do much to assuage their worst-case fears.

“We ran into complications,” Rivera’s agent, Fernando Cuza, told the New York Post. “I am referring to Dr. (Christopher) Ahmad and (Yankees general manager) Brian Cashman for further information.”

Rivera was seen Monday by three doctors at two hospitals. He was still expected to have season-ending surgery on his torn right ACL, though Cashman wouldn’t elaborate on what the “complications” might have been.

“I won’t comment on that right now,” he said, according to the Post.

The bullpen minus Mo

May 7, 2012 | 26 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by Vizzini

Heading into the season, most people thought the Yankees would have an outstanding bullpen — and that has certainly been the case:

However, with the loss of the greatest reliever in history, will this premiere bullpen cease being top class? It’s a downgrade to the depth chart, for sure, but the Yankees should still maintain a solid pen.

First, the Yankees couldn’t be better positioned to absorb the loss of Mariano with David Robertson waiting in the wings. Remember, D-Rob was actually better than Mariano last year in ERA, FIP, xFIP, and SIERA. For non-stat geeks, what this means is that Robertson was the better pitcher in 2011. In fact, since the start of 2011, D-Rob has arguably been the best reliever in all of baseball (Craig Kimbrel being the other case). As reliable and comforting it feels to have Mo back there, it’s hard to argue the Yankees lose much if God’s innings go to Robertson.

Of course, there’s a chain reaction in the earlier innings to consider. Rafael Soriano is obviously not in the same class as D-Rob. He’s had repeated health issues, and his xFIP since joining the Yankees is 4.25. He walks too many batters, and his extreme fly ball tendencies are scary in Yankee Stadium. Joe Girardi would do well to optimize his appearances on the road . After that, the bullpen is an open question.

Still, it’s a question that at least has potentially rosy answers. Corey Wade has put up some ridiculous peripherals in an ultra-small sample: 13.1 IP, 10.80 K/9, 1.35 BB/9, 51.4% groundball rate. He’s obviously not THAT good, but it might not be a total mirage. He’s more than doubled his slider usage and it has been very effective. As long as he doesn’t fall off the map, he’s at least a suitable setup/middle reliever.

Boone Logan and Clay Rapada are there to fill in against lefties in high leverage spots. The Yankees also have young guys who are candidates to eat up middle innings effectively, as we’ve seen with David Phelps. There’s obviously DJ Mitchell too, but don’t sleep on AAA reliever Chase Whitley who’s been speeding through the system.

And this is to say nothing of possible reinforcements coming off the DL in the final months of the season. Former closer David Aardsma could be back in August, and there’s an outside chance Joba Chamberlain could return, which is a potentially huge boost for the back end.

Joe Girardi has the pieces to patch over this wound and still have a top bullpen. It is imperative, now more than ever, that he avoid his past match-up folly and properly leverage his late inning guys. This includes tearing himself away from the “closer is reserved for save situations” rule. The Yankees have one pitcher who is clearly in a class of his own. If the Yankees find themselves in a very high leverage spot in the 8th, or even the 7th inning, Robertson needs to be in there.

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