The House That Sergio Agüero Built

April 15, 2014 | 7 comments | in Stadio delle Taxpayers | by SJK

NY Times on the new MLS team co-owned by the Yankees and Manchester City FC:

New York City F.C., a team that will enter Major League Soccer next year, will play its first three seasons at Yankee Stadium, according to two people familiar with the team’s plans.

The Yankee Stadium solution is a temporary reprieve; the team must find a site for a permanent home and construct it, and the three-year commitment at Yankee Stadium could be a hint at how difficult that might be.

After community opposition derailed plans for a stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park last year, the Yankees turned their attention to a site near Yankee Stadium. In August, the Yankees’ president, Randy Levine, said the team was in negotiations for a nine-acre parcel between the Major Deegan Expressway and East 153rd Street that could accommodate a 25,000-to-30,000-seat stadium with connections to subways and rail lines.

But the team has announced no progress since then, and with the 2015 season less a year away, the announcement of a temporary home will buy the club some time.

MLS and MLB share the same calendar…so ’bout that grass tho?

When Manchester City and Chelsea played an exhibition at the Stadium in 2013, temporary grass was installed over the infield dirt for the soccer game.

But that game was a single match played during an eight-game Yankees trip, not a full schedule — currently 34 games for M.L.S. teams — that would require repeated installation and removal of the grass, and result in far more wear and tear on the rest of the playing surface.

And don’t forget our prediction that the Steinbrenners will eventually sell the team to Manchester City, whose owner makes Hal look like…well, the rest of us. In fact, Manchester City pays its players a higher average salary than any other professional sports team in the world, surpassing both the Yankees and Dodgers.

And if you’re wondering who Sergio Agüero is…

If this player was a stock, you’d sell him right now

April 15, 2014 | 12 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Off to a blistering .421/.421/.474 (157 wRC+) start, after three consecutive very poor offensive seasons

However, assisting that stat line is the 4th-highest BABIP in the majors at a whopping 57.1% — meaning when he puts the ball in play, he’s reaching base 57% of the time!

This player is Ichiro, who the Yankees were trying to trade during the offseason.

SELL, MORTIMER, SELL!

Minor League Players of the Week, The “Revise Your Top 100 lists” edition

April 14, 2014 | 6 comments | in Farm System | by SJK

Covering April 7th – April 13th games

Pitcher:
Danny Burawa, 25, RHP, AAA
4 IP, 7 K, 1 BB, 2 H, 0 ER
Notable: Was a longshot candidate to make the big league bullpen out of spring training

The Yankees are reportedly high on Burawa, as the Long Island native can ramp his fastball to as high as 98 mph. Here’s what Baseball America had to say on him before last year’s Rule 5 draft (he was not selected by another team):

He sported a fastball that sat in the 92-97 mph range and sat comfortably at 95 on most nights while featuring average sink. He couples that with an inconsistent, sweepy, 83-86 mph slider that he tends to cast and a show-me changeup that sits between 83-87 mph.

The 2010 draft pick (St. John’s) pitched 66 innings at Double-A Trenton last season, after missing 2012 with a torn oblique and broken rib. He had a 2.59 ERA, but walked way too many hitters at 5.7 BB/9. He obviously needs to correct that, and reportedly tinkered with his delivery towards the end of 2013 in an effort to reduce the walks. In four appearances in Triple-A this season, he’s only walked 1 in 5 innings, while striking out nine.

If he can show real improvement with his control, he’s someone who could eventually see time this year in the bigs or be used as a trade bait, as teams like power bullpen arms.

Hitter:
Peter O’Brien, 23, RHB C/3B/RF, A+
.375/.375/.833 in 24 PA
Notable: 3 HR on the week

Peter O’Brien was all over MLPW last season, and we highlighted him in March as a minor leaguer to watch in 2014. The 2011 3rd round draft pick had a big campaign last season, hitting .325/.394/.619 (181 wRC+) at Low-A Charleston, and was then promoted to High-A Tampa where he hit .265/.314/.486 (122 wRC+).

He’s off to a tremendous start this year at Tampa, raking to a .343/.378/.743 line.

In addition to his hitting, O’Brien is versatile and we don’t know exactly what the Yankees are doing with him position-wise. He was drafted as a catcher, and played as a catcher until he was promoted to Tampa in 2013. Upon his promotion, he bumped into Gary Sanchez, who is the Yankees’ marquee catching prospect, and was subsequently moved to third base for 38 games.

In 2014, and Sanchez now at Double-A, O’Brien has resumed his catching duties, manning the plate in 7 games. However, he’s also played two in right field, which is brand new for him — but no third base so far. An unusual pattern…

Wherever he ends up position-wise, if he keeps hitting like he has, he’s sure to end up on the Top 100 prospect lists.

Honorable Mentions:

Rafael De Paula, 23, RHP, A+
5 IP, 6 K, 0 BB, 2 H, 0 ER

Had a huge year at Low-A in 2013, but struggled at High-A

Eric Wooten, 24, LHP, A+
6 IP, 6 K, 0 BB, 3 H, 0 ER

He’s been great since the Yankees signed him last year out of the independent leagues

Evan Rutckyj, 22, LHP, A+
3 IP, 6 K, 2 BB, 3 H, 0 ER

Being used as a reliever after starting for the majority of his pro career

Luis Severino, 20, RHP, A
2.2 IP, 5 K, 0 BB, 3 H, 0 ER

2012 international free agent signing, first year of full season ball

Mark Montgomery, 23, RHP, AAA
4 IP, 5 K, 2 BB, 3 H

Once highly compared to D-Rob, it’s a make-or-break season

Pat Venditte, 28, SHP, AA
3.2 IP, 4 K, 0 BB, 2 H, 0 ER

Pitches with both arms, missed most of 2013 with shoulder surgery

Angelo Gumbs, 21, RHB 2B, A+
.416/.416/.417 in 24 PA

2010 2nd round pick who really needs to show some life at the plate this year

Dante Bichette Jr, 21, RHB 3B, A+
.278/.458/.444 in 24 PA

Extremely important year as he repeated Low-A in 2013 with poor results, .623 OPS

Eric Jagielo, 21, LHB 3B, A+
.308/.333/.615 in 27 PA

2013 first round pick, skipped right over Low-A, 2 HR on week

Gary Sanchez, 21, RHB C, AA
.450/.521/.600 in 23 PA

Consensus top prospect in NYY system, off to a .353/.450/.588 start

Ramon Flores, 22, LHB LF/RF, AAA
.285/.444/.476 in 27 PA

On Yanks 40-man roster, 4th-youngest player in the International League (AAA)

Zoilo Almonte, 24, SHB LF/RF, AAA
.318/.375/.455 in 24 PA

Looking to make his way back to the bigs

Manny Watch…

Manny Banuelos, 23, LHP, A+
6 IP, 8 K, 0 BB, 4 H, 0 ER

Yanks starting him off slowly in High-A Tampa, will eventually head to Triple-A

Behind Beltran and great D, Yanks take 3 of 4 from small market Red Sox

April 14, 2014 | 6 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Carlos Beltran NoMaas Yankees Masters Golf Bubba Watson
Masterful: 3-4, 2-run HR, 2B, 1B

And we were reminded how saving runs leads to victory, as the Yankees OF flexed some serious defensive muscles:

1. RUN BMG threw out Jackie Bradley Jr at home in the top of the 2nd
2. Jacoby Ellsbury covered a ton of ground throughout the game.
3. Ichiro made this catch in the top of the 8th:

This isn’t the first time Ichiro has robbed Shrek.

Yankees Ticket Exchange

Critical of the Yankees offense?

April 12, 2014 | 10 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Brian McCann NoMaas Yankees Shhhhh
Be quiet, NoMaas: 2-4, 2 HR

Soriano: 2-4, HR
Beltran: 2-4, HR, 2B
Johnson: 2-4, HR

Bombers beat America’s Team™ 7-4.

Red Sox hold down Yankees revamped offense

April 11, 2014 | 10 comments | in Featured | by SJK

#REVAMPEDOFFENSE

1. Jeter
2. Ellsbury
3. Beltran
4. Soriano
5. Cervelli
6. Solarte
7. Ichiro
8. Roberts
9. Johnson

2 runs.

Small sample size, but Tanaka leads the majors in….

April 11, 2014 | 6 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Swinging Strike %: 17.2% (% of total pitches that generate a swing & miss)
xFIP: 1.81
K/BB: 18.00

And while he’s not #1 in the the following stats, he’s very close:

K%: 32.1% (5th)
BB%: 1.8% (6th)
K/9: 11.57 (7th)
Contact %: 68.2% (5th, but 1st in AL) — (% a batter makes contact when swinging)

Data sourced from Fangraphs

Pineda with straight dirty performance against Boston

April 11, 2014 | 13 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Michael Pineda Yankees NoMaas Hat Crooked
6 IP, 7 K, 2 BB, 4 H, 1 ER

And in regards to the NESN-inspired (New England Sports Network / Red Sox equivalent of the YES Network) pine-tar/dirt controversy, the Red Sox themselves saw no problem with it:

Ortiz said he was never aware that Pineda might have had something on his hand and that it was inconsequential if he did.

“Everybody uses pine tar in the league,” Ortiz said. “It’s not a big deal.”

Veteran catcher David Ross, who did not play, said he was not aware of the situation, either.

“I’d rather know where the ball is going for me, personally,” he said. “A lot of guys make sure they get a grip in cold weather. I don’t think of it as cheating. Some guys might look at it that way. I don’t.”

“No, especially on cold windy nights, it’s tough to get a grip on the baseball,” Buchholz said. “I had that instance last year in Toronto, people said I had stuff all over my body you can use — rosin, water, the whole sunscreen stuff, whatever. I’d rather have a grip on the baseball and semi-know where it’s going [than] have no grip and get somebody hurt.

His cuteness is unlimited!

April 10, 2014 | 1 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

SI.COM:

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz managed to set a new record for slow on Wednesday evening by taking 32.91 to round the bases after hitting a three-run home run. According to Wezen-ball.com’s Tater Trot Tracker, this was the slowest base trot ever recorded.

Ortiz’s glacial pace was compounded by an especially long stare down of the ball as it flirted with the right field foul pole in Fenway.

We’re counting on you, Brian.

Welcome back, #LaptopThief

April 10, 2014 | 11 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

It never gets old.

NoMaas Laptop Thief Clay Buchholz Red Sox

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