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.

The Nunez Silent Treatment

July 2, 2011 | 16 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Eduardo Nunez arrives back in the dugout after hitting a solo bomb in the 9th inning of Saturday’s game…

Finding love in Queens

July 2, 2011 | 17 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Eduardo Nunez went 4-4 against a team full of women suitable for a king.

Yankees continue to feed on National League

June 30, 2011 | 33 comments | in Featured | by SJK

With a 3-game sweep of the Brewers, the first place Yankees are now 11-4 against the Senior Circuit. Can we play these teams the rest of the year?

On Thursday, CC devoured the Brewers with 13 K in 7.2 IP.

Trenton prepares for the arrival of The Captain

June 30, 2011 | 22 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Mark Feinsand of the Daily News:

After intensifying his workouts in Tampa Wednesday, Jeter will start a two-game rehab assignment at Double-A Trenton on Saturday, setting him up for a return to the Yankees Monday in Cleveland.

“Derek had another good day,” general manager Brian Cashman said before Wednesday night’s game. “He did full-bore baserunning today and full defense today with lateral movement. He got tested pretty good. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”

Cashman said that Jeter would repeat the same workout Thursday and possibly Friday. Barring any unexpected setbacks, Cashman anticipated Jeter would be in the Trenton lineup Saturday.

Thunder employees get the field ready for Derek’s rehab stint.

The Swisher/Posada Revival

June 30, 2011 | 10 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by Vizzini

In the middle of May, we posted two separate articles analyzing Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada. At the time, there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth over the horrid seasons both were having. Swish seemed to have totally lost his 2010 mojo and was carrying a slash line of .218/.333/.303. As for Posada, the general consensus was that his urine-aided career was done after he went .179/.287/.366 through May 17th.

Despite the grotesque results, we concluded that a deeper look at their statistics revealed that both players’ true talent levels were right where they were last season, and that they’d be fine.

Here’s how they have performed since our articles (through completion of June 29th games):

Swish: .278/.405/.541
Jorge: .318/.384/.500


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