Tuesday’s official attendance: 35,864

April 8, 2014 | 12 comments | in Stadio delle Taxpayers | by Rupert Pupkin


Photos taken in the bottom of the 5th.

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Profile: Miguel Sulbaran

April 8, 2014 | 1 comments | in Farm System | by SJK

Lost in our celebration that Eduardo Nunez was finally jettisoned from the organization was that the Yankees actually traded the Heir to Derek for something more than a batting glove.

Enter 20-year old Miguel Sulbaran.

He's a lefty pitcher who was signed by the Dodgers out of Venezuela in 2011 and traded to the Twins in July 2013. Last season was his first full season of pro ball, where he threw 112 innings in Low-A with an ERA of 2.96 and a 3.16 K/BB (for Eduardo Nunez?!). He started 20 games and came on as a reliever in seven.

Considering his 5'10" frame, most reports have projected him to be a reliever, but he was throwing 5-6 innings in his last few appearances of 2013.

Here’s a video from last year, where he looks like he’s rocking a mohawk:

Whether he ends up starting or relieving, it’s rather amazing that the Yankees received any player with good minor league numbers and potential future value. A nice job by the front office.

Nice planning

April 8, 2014 | 5 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Francisco Cervelli will be playing first base on Tuesday — his first time ever playing the position (majors or minors).

But then again, no one could have foreseen this.

Hope for high socks

April 7, 2014 | 6 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Overshadowing the Yankees 4-2 win in Monday’s home opener was the news that David Robertson would be heading to the 15-day DL with a groin injury. The Bombers’ closer expects to be back in two weeks, and we hope that is the case.

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D-Rob was in good spirits as he left Yankee Stadium on Monday.

Heir to Joe Mauer

April 7, 2014 | 5 comments | in Featured | by SJK

¡Adiós El Fenomeno!


Eduardo Nunez’s time with the Yankees ended after a decade when the infielder was traded to the Minnesota Twins for left-hander Miguel Sulbaran. The deal was announced Monday. The Twins assigned Nunez to Triple-A Rochester.

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It returns: Minor League Players of the Week, First Edition of 2014

April 6, 2014 | 2 comments | in Farm System | by SJK

As critiqued as the Yankees’ farm system deservedly is, one of our favorite features at NoMaas is our Minor League Players of the Week. Each week, we provide a look at the system’s top performers over the previous seven days and organize it in a way that even the most casual prospect watcher can get to know some of the more relevant kids in the organization.

While the Yankees currently possess very few top-shelf prospects, you never know who might bust on to the scene or eventually contribute to some degree at the big league level. If you’ve followed MLPW over the past few seasons, you would have read about players like David Phelps, Adam Warren, Vidal Nuno, and Dellin Betances before they hit the big stage.

And with that, we kick things off for 2014. This was a short week of games as Minor League Opening Day was on Thursday, April 3rd, so this edition will cover 4/3-4/6.

Rookie Davis, 20, RHP, A
5 IP, 5 K, 1 BB, 2 H, 0 ER
Notable: First year in full-season ball

His name sounds like it’s out of Baseball Stars, but that isn’t the reason why Rookie Davis is taking home our first MLPW of 2014. The 20-year old was Charleston’s Opening Day starter and pitched 5 innings of scoreless ball against Augusta (SF Giants affiliate).

Davis was drafted by the Yankees in 2011 (14th round) out of Dixon HS (North Carolina), where his uniform number was retired after racking up 422 Ks in 209 innings. The Yankees gave him a signing bonus of $550,000. He’s a big dude listed at 6’3″, 235.

His first two seasons in the NYY organization were spent primarily in short-season ball, both in the Gulf Coast League and most recently Staten Island. In 42 innings at SI, he had a 2.36 ERA/2.71 FIP. This will be his first full season of professional ball.

Hopefully, he makes some noise this season because his name is fantastic.

Mike Ford, 21, LHB 1B, A
.467/.529/.533 in 17 PA
Notable: Signed by the Yankees in 2013 as an undrafted free agent

In terms of offensive output, the system was very shallow in this short week. We’re hoping it’s a case of small sample size, and not what’s been plaguing this system in recent years. However, the standout performer was Charleston’s Mike Ford, who had a 1.063 OPS in the first four games of the Low-A campaign.

A Princeton graduate, Ford’s journey is a fascinating one, as he was not selected in the 2013 June draft, despite winning both Ivy League Player and Pitcher of the Year awards in the same season (first to do that in Ivy League history). The Yankees signed him in July after he was leading the Cape Cod League in BA (.407), OBP (.495), and SLG (.663). He had also pitched 7.2 innings and struck out nine, but the Yankees have used him exclusively in a position player role.

The Jersey native grew up a Yankees’ fan and was pumped to be signed by the Bombers:

“I’ve been a Yankees fan my entire life, and I was fortunate enough, I felt like it was a great fit. I was just really happy with everything.”

Very cool story.

Honorable Mentions:

Andrew Benak, 24, RHP, A
2 IP, 3 K, 0 BB, 1 H, 0 ER

6’5″ 2012 14th round pick

Cesar Cabral, 22, RHP, A
5 IP, 7 K, 0 BB, 4 H, 0 ER

2nd season in a row he’s starting in Charleston

Danny Burawa, 25, RHP, AAA
1 IP, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 ER

Yanks are reportedly high on him, but he walked way too many guys last season in AA
(5.7 BB/9)

Eric Wooten, 24, LHP, A+
5 IP, 5 K, 1 BB, 1 H, 1 ER

Indy league signing from last June, been outstanding since signed

Manny Barreda, 25, RHP, AA
3.2 IP, 4 K, 0 BB, 1 H, 0 ER

Starting things off in Trenton, after doubling up in Tampa

Philip Walby, 21, LHP, A
1 IP, 3 K, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 ER

2013 12th round pick

Tyler Webb, 23, LHP, A+
2 IP, 3 K, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 ER

2013 10th round pick, 40 K/6 BB in 30.1 IP in Low-A last season — could move quickly

Abiatal Avelino, 19, RHB SS, A
.333/.467/.500 in 15 PA

2011 international free-agent signing (Dominican Republic)

Miguel Andujar, 19, RHB 3B, A
.313/.313/.500 in 16 PA

Also a 2011 IFA out of the DR

I’m BMG in the place to be

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

When it looked like the Yankees might have to be called something else other than the “Bombers”, Brett Michael Gardner hit the club’s first home run of the season in a 6-4 victory over Toronto — a two-run shot in the 4th. He also stole a base (#2 of the season), drew a walk, and scored two runs. The homegrown Yankee product is off to a nice start with a line of .278/.409/.444.

Kelly Johnson also came through with a key double in the first that knocked in two runs. The bullpen trio of Adam Warren, Shawn Kelley, and David Robertson combined for three scoreless to keep the Jays at bay in the latter innings.

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And you know kind of want this…

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Joey Bats gets to Phelps

April 5, 2014 | 2 comments | in Featured | by Louis Winthorpe III

Bautista whacks Phelps in the 8th. 

Two more notes on Teixeira-related changes

April 5, 2014 | 8 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Both from the Daily News’ Mark Feinsand –

How about this for lack of depth (this is mind-blowing):

And then there’s this:

Predictable: Lack of depth and injuries already taking toll on Bombers

April 5, 2014 | 17 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

If there was one thing we warned about repeatedly this offseason, it was that the Yankees’ front office was playing with fire with such an old roster and lack of depth. It was a main reason behind our 86-win prediction — contrary to other pundits who assumed the Yankees would be healthy all year.

On Friday night, 34-year old (April 11) Mark Teixeira pulled his hamstring and a trip to the disabled list appears to be in the cards.

And so it begins…there’s no one in the minors and as a result of his injury, we’ll be seeing more of Kelly Johnson, Brian Roberts (who needs rest himself), Dean Anna, and Yangervis Solarte (who’s been hot, but let’s be realistic).

Update 12:10pm: Tex is indeed going to the DL, and the Yankees have called up a 3rd catcher (Austin Romine). Makes sense…infielder goes down, call up a catcher. This is what happens when you have no depth and ignore the infield.

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