The ballwashing is getting out of control

July 8, 2011 | 21 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Yankee legend, absolutely. Hall of Fame player, no doubt. But the ballwashing is getting way out of hand.

From SI.COM’s Joe Posnanski:

Derek Jeter, almost the second the fans begin to say his name (before they get the “urr” in DEH-rick JEET-urr) holds out his glove toward the fans. He does this without looking, while staring in at the batter. It feels to me like the perfect Derek Jeter gesture. He’s saluting the fans while never taking his eye off the game. He seems to me to be saying, “I hear you, and I love you, but I’m working right now.”

Come on, really? The guy isn’t dying. He’s about to get 3,000 hits. Let’s enjoy the accomplishment without eulogizing him in every freakin’ article.

Not that anyone cares, but the Yankees lost

July 7, 2011 | 40 comments | in Featured | by SJK

After losing 5-1 to Tampa on Thursday, the Yankees have now lost 3 out of 4 and have fallen out of 1st place. But who’s actually paying attention?

How astute

July 7, 2011 | 13 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

The only reason the Red Sox are good is because of a genius front office and immense determination.

Source: #RedSox will pay about $3 million of the remaining $3.6 million due to Mike Cameron in trade w/ Marlins.

*Props to @StPOConnor for the info.

Three to go

July 7, 2011 | 34 comments | in Featured | by SJK

The Cleveland Show

July 5, 2011 | 33 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Led by the most valuable player in the American League outside of Jose Bautista, Curtis Granderson and the Yankees put on a show in Cleveland, clobbering the AL Central leaders 9-2. CC Sabathia was also fantastic, striking out 11 hitters in 7 innings.

3-6, 2 HRs

NoMaas on the radio

July 5, 2011 | 3 comments | in Announcements | by SJK

Over the holiday weekend, NoMaas’ Sensei John Kreese recorded a piece with New York Baseball Digest and host Iron Mike Silva. They talked about the Mark Newman interview, how the Yankees treat prospects, Derek Jeter, and more.

To download the show, click here.

Minor League Players of the Week, v11

July 4, 2011 | 7 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Fresh off our Mark Newman interview, we return with a brand new edition of MLPW. There were some very good individual hitting performances over the week, which made it hard to narrow it down to a just a few. We also have a 5 strikeout in one inning pitching line (not a typo).

Minor League Players of the Week (v11):

Manny Banuelos, 20, LHP, AA
9.2 IP, 15 K, 3 BB, 12 H, 1 HR, 2 ER
Notable: Over 2 starts, 10 ground outs vs. 4 air outs

NoMaas Ranking – #2

Previous 2011 MLPW Wins: None

Fifteen strikeouts in 9.2 innings pitched — that will get the prospect junkies excited. In his two starts combined, he did let up more hits than normal (8.5 H/9), but it was great to see all the strikeouts and the reduction in walks. He was even the recipient of a double-play initiated by Derek Jeter.

Despite the ill-conceived calls of some Yankee fans to promote Banuelos to the bigs, Manny is still walking 4.7 hitters per nine innings — a problem that Mark Newman noted.

Banuelos is showing progress against RHB, a concern that we highlighted on June 13th. At the time, Manny’s K/BB against righties was a less than impressive 1.28 (32 K vs. 25 BB). However, since then, his performance against RHB has improved, with his K/BB increasing to 1.625 (52 K vs. 32 BB). It’s worth to note that all of the 6 HRs he’s allowed this season have come against RHB.

Shane Brown, 23, RHB OF, Short-Season
.588 / .681 / 1.000 in 22 PAs
Notable: In 12 games for SI, he’s hitting .463/.560/.732

NoMaas Ranking – None

Previous 2011 MLPW Win – None

If first you don’t succeed….after being drafted by the Yankees in the 23rd round of the 2010 draft, Shane Brown had a slow start to his pro career last season, hitting .234/.375/.297 in 261 PAs at Staten Island. That’s all changed this year, especially after a week that saw the University of Central Florida alum go 10-17 with 5 walks, two doubles, one triple, and a home run. He’s one of the main reasons why Staten Island had a 13-game winning streak heading into their July 4th game.

What’s interesting about Brown is that the kid knows how to work a walk. Even in 2010 when he only hit .234, he still managed an OBP of .375. That’s because he walked 37 times while only registering 28 strikeouts. That trend has continued in 2011 with 8 walks versus 3 Ks. It’s no surprise he ranked 4th in the nation in OBP during his senior year at UCF.

Honorable Mentions:

Zolio Almonte, 22, SHB OF, A+
.476/.542/.761, 2 SBs in 24 PAs

An “emerging” talent per Mark Newman, has 12 HRs and 11 SBs

Angelo Gumbs, 18, RHB 2B/SS, Short-Season
.380/.434/.714 in 23 PAs

2010 2nd round pick with a double and two home runs (all in the same game)

Robert Lyerly, 23, LHB 1B/3B, AA
.370/.393/.555 in 28 PAs

Hit his first home run since being promoted to Trenton

George Kontos, 26, RHP, AAA
7 IP, 8 K, 1 BB, 2 H, 0 ER

Could be in the Bronx bullpen soon, can give them some length too

Nik Turley, 21, LHP, A+
10 IP, 11 K, 2 BB, 8 H, 3 ER between starts in Charleston & Tampa

Mark Newman loves this kid, just promoted to Tampa where he let up the 3 runs

Mark Montgomery, 20, RHP, A
3 IP, 9 K (!!), 0 BB, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 SV between Staten Island & Charleston

Struck out 5 hitters in 1 inning in his Charleston debut!! (2 wild pitches on strike 3)

One day, we will have our independence

July 4, 2011 | 21 comments | in Featured | by SJK

For there will be a time when we are not subject to a tyrannical batting order.

Return of the Jedi

July 3, 2011 | 21 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

You will bring the shortstop and leadoff positions to me.

Becoming a fireman

July 3, 2011 | 15 comments | in Featured | by Vizzini

While it would have be nice for the Yankees to finish the sweep of the Mets on Sunday, the Bombers did win yet another series and remain 1.5 games ahead of America’s Team for the AL East lead. It’s worthy to note that David Robertson pitched another scoreless inning, and it’s about time we give him some major props for how he’s pitched in this season. D-Rob has been one of the best relievers in the game and has earned the right to pitch in the biggest spots — although knowing Girardi, he’ll probably get bumped when/if Rafael Soriano comes back. For now, let’s look at how awesome Robertson has been:

AL Reliever Ranks (min 30 IP):

ERA: 1.05 (1st)
xFIP: 2.33 (2nd)
K/9: 14.31 (1st)
K/BB: 2.65 (14th because of the walks)
Salary: $460,450

Let this serve notice to those who want big, flashy overpriced relievers.

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