Relax Yankees fans, he got this

June 2, 2014 | 3 comments | in Featured | by SJK

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Alfonso Soriano should be released

June 2, 2014 | 9 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

He’s now hitting .230/.256/.399 (73 wRC+), and heading into Monday night’s game, he was the 7th-worst player in the American League in terms of WAR (-0.3). Add in that he’s 38 years old, and it’s obvious he should no longer be on the team.

We know it’s hard for the Yankees to let go of any player who was on the team at the turn of the century, but Soriano is especially awful.

Cut him and give time to Zoilo Almonte, who is already on the roster — or promote 22-year old outfielder Ramon Flores from Scranton. Flores is hitting .258/.349/.444 (122 wRC+). He’s always shown very good plate discipline, draws a good amount of walks (12.7% BB rate this season), and is showing the most pop of his minor league career (.187 ISO).

See what you have in these kids.

UPDATE 10:20pm: Ramon Flores was struck on the ankle by a pitch on Sunday and is likely out a month, per his agent. Thanks to @monkeyboy1129 and @mharrington11 for the heads-up.

Sori still needs to go though.

Minor League Players of the Week, The “Heir to Brian Roberts” edition

June 2, 2014 | 1 comments | in Farm System | by SJK

* Covering May 26th – June 1st games *

Jaron Long, 22, RHP, A
11.1 IP, 14 K, 1 BB, 4 H, 0 ER
Notable: Kevin Long’s son!

While Kevin Long is receiving criticism for an underperforming big league offense, there’s been no such criticism hurled in the direction of his 22-year old son Jaron, who is impressing at Low-A Charleston.

On the week, Long made two appearances: a 7 inning scoreless effort on 5/27 and a 4.1 inning relief outing (1 R, 0 ER) on 6/1. In 49.1 IP on the season, Long has a 1.64 ERA. That’s a top 3 ERA in the South Atlantic League. He also has 46 K and only 8 walks (1.47 BB/9).

Like his Charleston teammate Mike Ford (hit 4-HR in one game), Jaron was not drafted. He was signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in August 2013. The NY Post did a nice profile on him in February 2014. Here’s an excerpt:

Long’s journey to get to his father’s organization wasn’t a smooth one. He spent a year at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Arizona and then had a solid sophomore season at Ohio State before developing a wart issue on his pitching hand. It prevented him from throwing his changeup and derailed his junior season.

Thoughts of getting drafted high enough to leave school a year early vanished, but after getting the warts removed after the college season, Long had tremendous success in the Cape Cod League last summer and caught the eye — once again — of Yankees amateur scouting director Damon Oppenheimer.

Here’s an interview with him after his 5/27 start:

Robert Refsnyder, 23, RHB 2B, AA
.500/.533/.964 in 30 PA
Notable: 2nd MLPW of the season

Could it be? Could the Yankees finally have a homegrown full-time position player on the horizon? They very well might in second baseman Robert Refsnyder. The 2012 5th round pick is hitting .320/.367/.522 at Double-A Trenton, after filling up the stat sheet this week with 14 hits (6 doubles, 2 triples, 1 HR).

After being the best-hitting second baseman in the Florida State League last season (140 wRC+), the 23-year old is now second in the Eastern League with a 144 wRC+.

This kid is legit.

Here’s a video of his HR on 5/29:

Honorable Mentions:

Aaron Dott, 26, LHP, AA
3 IP, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 ER

20.1 IP, 1.77 ERA, 3.23 FIP, 13 K, 7 BB, 2.07 Groundout/Airout

Conner Kendrick, 21, LHP, A+
4.1 IP, 6 K, 1 BB, 5 H, 1 ER

2013 9th round pick

Jose Ramirez, 24, RHP, AAA
5 IP, 5 K, 1 BB, 4 H, 0 ER

10.2 IP, 13 K, 6 BB, 12 H

Luis Severino, 20, RHP, A
6 IP, 5 K, 0 BB, 2 H, 0 ER

50.1 IP, 9.30 K/9, 1.79 BB/9, 2.68 ERA / 2.77 FIP – exciting prospect

Nick Goody, 22, RHP, A+
3 IP, 4 K, 0 BB, 1 H, 0 ER

10.1 IP, 16 K, 3 BB

Aaron Judge, 22, RHB RF, A
.250/.322/.607 in 31 PA

Excellent debut season: .872 OPS

Ben Gamel, 22, LHB LF, AA
.353/.405/.412 in 37 PA

Good week, but only a .694 OPS overall

Gary Sanchez, 21, RHB C, AA
.346/.393/.654 in 28 PA

.258/.325/.434 for the pre-season consensus Yankees #1 prospect

Jose Pirela, 24, RHB 2B, AAA
.464/.500/.607 in 30 PA

.316/.354/.446 on season, quietly insert himself (giggity) into the big league conversation

Kyle Roller, 26, LHB 1B, AAA
.409/.500/.636 in 26 PA

Continues to mash, an option if Teixeira goes down long-term

Peter O’Brien, 23, RHB C/RF, AA
.230/.355/.577 in 31 PA

3 HR on the week, already has 10 since promoted to Double-A (94 PA)

Ramon Flores, 22, LHB OF, AAA
.280/.370/.600 in 29 PA

.261/.352/.447 for one of the youngest players in Triple-A

Taylor Dugas, 24, LHB OF, AA
.364/.417/.455 in 24 PA

.294/.407/.426 this season — hey now

Hughes schools old mates in Twins’ win

June 1, 2014 | 11 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Phil Hughes Larry Rothschild Yankees Twins School
“Pay attention, Larry”

Hughes: 8 IP, 6 K, 2 BB, 3 H, 2 ER – now has a 3.12 ERA / 2.59 FIP on the season

As well as the former Yankee pitched, the Bombers still had a 2-1 lead heading into the top of the 9th…and then the bullpen imploded, where Houdini could not work his magic (0.2 IP, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 H, 1 HR, 5 ER).

Welcome back, Phil

June 1, 2014 | 2 comments | in Yankees History | by Louis Winthorpe III

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Phil has been happy, happy, happy in Minnesota: 3.23 ERA / 2.61 FIP / 3.58 xFIP

If Tex is KO’d, here’s who the Yanks can use first

May 31, 2014 | 9 comments | in Farm System | by SJK

Daily News:

Mark Teixeira’s right wrist was swollen and an ugly dark pink color. A small, round bandage covered the spot where he had the cortisone shot that he and the Yankees hope will relieve the pain that knocked him out of Saturday’s game.

That shot — let’s be honest here — could also go a long way toward determining the fortunes of this Yankee season. Teixeira will be out for several days while the cortisone goes to work and then the team that plays in a bandbox will see if its best power hitter is ready to return.

As Teixeira himself put it, “If the shot doesn’t work, then I’m worried.”

If Tex is knocked out for an extended period, there will be a crazy scramble to find a replacement for him, as the Yankees playoff hopes will hang in the balance.

However, there is an in-house option that is making a strong case to be called up, and that’s Scranton first baseman, Kyle Roller.

The 26-year old left-handed hitter has won two MLPWs this season from us, and has killed the baseball at both Double-A and Triple-A. He’s certainly old for a minor leaguer, but the Yankees moved him slower than one would expect given his perennially solid hitting numbers. His production this season must be of interest to the front office…

Trenton: 90 PA, .385/.456/.808, 239 wRC+
Scranton: 80 PA, .286/.386/.514, 152 wRC+

Here’s a video of him hitting a 2-run HR on 5/27:

Timing is everything pt. 2

May 31, 2014 | 7 comments | in Featured | by Louis Winthorpe III

McCann: 2-4, game winning RBI double in the 8th. 

“Hi, I’d like to return this.”

May 31, 2014 | 8 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

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“Sorry, all sales are final.”


Latest Yankees playoff odds

May 29, 2014 | 5 comments | in Living in Mom's Basement | by SJK

Based on the underlying lessons of Lord Pythagoras and modifying with their own tweaks, we look at the Yankees’ playoff probability measured by both Fangraphs and Baseball Prospectus.

Fangraphs (via CoolStandings):

30.6% chance of making the playoffs either as the division winner or wild card

The 30.6% probability is split evenly between a 15.3% chance of winning the division and a 15.3% chance of getting a wild card spot.

Side note: Based on what’s happened to date, Fangraphs also projects the Yankees to finish 83-79 — which, due to overall American League mediocrity, would secure them the last wild card position

Baseball Prospectus:

44.5% chance of making the playoffs either as the division winner or wild card

That 44.5% probability is comprised of a 25.3% chance of winning the division and a 19.2% chance of winning the wild card.

Sox fans celebrate Manny, look past two drug suspensions and 2003 positive test

May 29, 2014 | 14 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Despite being suspended twice for performance-enhancing drugs and being named on a 2003 doping list along with national media treasure David Ortiz, former Boston slugger Manny Ramirez was cheered by the home crowd on Wednesday night, during a celebration of the 2004 championship team*:

In fact, they were behind Manny from the moment he emerged from within the Green Monster in left field, much the same way we’ve seen him do in the past. Sometimes Manny would disappear in there during a pitching change, and on at least one occasion he was able to sneak in a phone call during that abbreviated period. Because that’s just how Manny rolled.

On Wednesday, he was greeted by chants of “Manny, Manny, Manny” as the crowd chose to focus on the good times from a tumultuous relationship between player, organization and fan base, that didn’t end on the best of terms in 2008.

Now please, Boston fans, tell us how Arod is the devil.

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