Minor League Players of the Week, v9

June 13, 2011 | 12 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Not the best week for hitters, but some solid pitching performances.

Minor League Players of the Week (v9):

Dellin Betances, 23, RHP, AA
6 IP, 8 K, 1 BB, 3 H, 0 ER
Notable: 5 BB in his previous start

NoMaas Ranking – #7

Previous 2011 MLPW Wins: 6, 7

When Betances can limit his walks, it’s nearly impossible for AA hitters to get on base. After his most recent start at the Reading Phillies, batters are now hitting .178 against the 6’8″ righthander. In 51 innings, he’s struck out 58 (10.17 K/9) and allowed only 34 hits (6 H/9). So basically, unless he walks you, you’re not getting on base. But, there’s a decent chance you’re getting walked (4.03 BB/9) — and that’s reflected in the difference between his ERA (1.75) and his FIP (3.22).

Until the walks calm down on a consistent basis, there really shouldn’t be any talk of Betances appearing in the Bronx this season. Let the kid develop properly.

Zolio Almonte, 22, SHB OF, A+
.227 / .320 / .640 in 28 PAs
Notable: 3 HRs, 1 2B on the week

NoMaas Ranking – Unranked

This was a really thin week for offense, as you can probably tell since our winner hit .227. However, Tampa’s Zolio Almonte showed no shortage of power. For the week, he only had 5 hits, but just one of them was a single. Three of them were home runs and one of them was a double (ISO of .413).

Signed out of the Dominican Republic as an international free agent in 2005, Zolio leads the Tampa Yankees in HRs with 7. The just-turned 22-year old has shown respectable power throughout his minor league career (ISO .158), but he’s really taking off this year with an ISO of .220. He’s also stolen 9 bases in 10 attempts.

Despite the power display, Almonte’s only hitting .245 with a .317 OBP. However, as a switch hitter, his OBP is .344 versus LHP.

Honorable Mentions:

Adam Warren, 23, RHP AAA
9 IP, 7 K, 1 BB, 6 H, 1 ER

Complete game for Warren, but his peripherals on the season still aren’t that good.

George Kontos, 26, RHP, AAA
3.1 IP, 5 K, 2 BB, 1 H, 0 ER

In 33 innings on the season, he’s struck out 36 and walked 13.

David Phelps, 24, RHP, AAA
7 IP, 8 K, 3 BB, 5 H, 3 ER

He’s having a solid season (3.78 FIP).

The ‘Manny Banuelos Isn’t Ready Yet” Line of the Week:
Manny Banuelos, 20, LHP, AA
9.2 IP, 11 K, 6 BB, 12 H, 3 HRs, 7 ERs

First home runs he’s allowed this season, all against RHBs. He’s having problems versus RHB: 32 K vs. 25 BB

If it bleeds, the Yankees can kill it

June 12, 2011 | 47 comments | in Featured | by SJK

On Sunday, the Yankees notched a season-high 18 hits in a 9-1 blowout of Cleveland.

Granderson: 4-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
Gardner: 3-4, 2 2B, 3B, 3 R
Arod: 3-5, 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI
Jeter: 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI
Cano: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI
Posada: 2-3, 1 RBI
Swish: 2-3, 1 BB

Gardner & Granderson were the main predators in Sunday’s slaughter of Cleveland.

I’ll have what he’s having

June 11, 2011 | 29 comments | in Featured | by SJK

When pitchers meet Curtis…

In the Yankees’ 4-0 win over Cleveland on Saturday, Curtis Granderson hit a home run in his 3rd consecutive game and is now tied with Jose Bautista for the most in MLB (20). Entering the game, C-Grand led all AL CFs in OPS, SLG, ISO, wOBA, and Wins Above Replacement.

We wonder if Granderson has added a Yankee Stadium-adjustment to his swing, because his flyball percentage (51.7%) is 4.5% higher than last season and 7.5% higher than his career rate.

Regardless, the man is just killing it.

Thought-provoking questions by Michael Kay

June 11, 2011 | 19 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

What wisdom will Michael Kay bring to his next broadcast? Can he top Friday night’s expert commentary?

Who is your best friend, Paul O’Neill?


Would Bernie Williams have been a better baseball player if he wasn’t involved in music?

Michael Kay has a paycheck direct deposited into his bank account because he is able to find the answers to baseball’s most provocative issues.

Yankees win fight against Indians

June 10, 2011 | 22 comments | in Featured | by SJK


Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Cleveland counterpart Manny Acta got into a face-to-face screaming match when both benches and bullpens emptied after Mark Teixeira was hit by a fastball from Indians starter Fausto Carmona.

One pitch after Curtis Granderson homered into the second deck to give New York a 4-0 lead in the second inning Friday night, a wild Carmona threw a pitch that was headed straight for Teixeira’s upper back.

Batting left-handed, Teixeira ducked down and was hit squarely behind the right shoulder as he crumbled to the dirt.

Yankee Stadium turned into a road house on Friday night.

Yankees training staff can now save on cups

June 10, 2011 | 39 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Because the team was castrated by the Red Sox.

But think of all the savings now that they don’t need cups. Maybe they can add another flat screen or two to the Merrill Lynch/Bank of America suite!!

The scoop on Kevin Whelan

June 9, 2011 | 10 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Numerous outlets are saying Scranton closer Kevin Whelan will be called up to the Boogie Down as a result of Joba’s elbow. Supposedly, our boy Tim Norton was being considered too, but the oft-injured reliever finds himself in a familiar place — out of action due to a shoulder injury.

Whelan just received an honorable mention in our latest Minor League Players of the Week. He’s had a very good season so far.

For you slaves to the save, the 28-year old Whelan leads the International League with 18. He’s pitched 27 innings with a 1.67 ERA and 3.09 FIP. He’s K’d 30 and walked 6. Up until this season, Whelan’s had a huge problem with walking hitters. During his minor league career, he’s walked 5.2 BB/9. This season he’s at 2.0 BB/9. Is this a case of him actually improving, or is this a fluky 27 innings in a 342 inning career? We shall see.

Another oddity with Whelan is his insanely high strand rate. It’s so high we wonder if it’s a misprint. According to Fangraphs, he’s left 95.7% of runners on base. Maybe he hasn’t been brought into many situations with runners on base, so the number is high — but we thought it was worth noting.

Hopefully, he can offer some positive contributions out of a bullpen that was once viewed as a strong point of the team.

Wishing Joba a speedy recovery

June 9, 2011 | 41 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Terrible news today for Joba Chamberlain:

When Joba Chamberlain walked into Dr. Christopher Ahmad’s office Thursday and saw the doctor’s head down, he knew something was wrong.

His elbow felt tight, but not painful, so he expected this MRI to reveal little damage.

He certainly didn’t expect the stunning news he heard: the medial collateral ligament in his pitching elbow was torn, that he would likely need Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery, and that his season was over.

As Chamberlain listened, he couldn’t hold back tears. “I was in shock when I heard the news,” Chamberlain said. “I was just trying to get out of there as soon as I could before I broke down. It’s pretty easy to break down in that situation.”

The Yankees are sending Chamberlain’s MRI results to Dr. James Andrews in Alabama for further analysis, but the ligament is definitely torn, and barring a miracle, Chamberlain is done for the year, with a best-case return of next spring.

A very tough break for a guy who’s been under the microscope and jerked around since his initial call-up to the bigs. We at NoMaas wish him all the best and hope his recovery goes swiftly. Best of luck, Joba.

.654 OPS

June 9, 2011 | 70 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

That is the OPS for the Yankees’ leadoff hitter. It’s the 5th-worst OPS in the AL for hitters with at least 250 plate appearances. It’s also the OPS for the player who’s had more plate appearances than anyone else on the Yankees. And lastly, it’s the lowest OPS in the Yankees lineup.

It’s completely amazing how this organization puts personalities, milestones, and status ahead of actual baseball.

Yankees bow to the Red Sox…again

June 8, 2011 | 53 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Break the wrist, walk away. It’s just that simple.

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