Friday, August 31, 2007
1 Phillip Hughes
2 Joba Chamberlain
3 Ian Kennedy
4 Jose Tabata
5 Dellin Bettances
Kennedy was the Yankees first pick last year, even before Joba Chamberlain. He was the 21st overall pick, taken out of USC. A lot of people wre killing the Yankees on that pick for taking a a "soft tosser" like him in the first round. He was considered a safe pick with an excellent shot at making the majors one day but with a low ceiling. Baseball Prospectus predicted that he not only had a ceiling of a #5 guy but he also would be out of baseball in three years. Kennedy only pitched 2.2 innings for Staten Island last year. He started 2007 in A Tampa. He dominated with a 1.29 ERA in 63 innings. His K/BB was an unbelievable 72/22. He was then called up to AA Trenton with Joba. He didn't do as well as Joba but they gave Trenton an amazing 1-2 combination. His ERA was 2.59 in 48.2 innings with a 57/17 K/BB. Again he was called up with Joba to AAA Scranton. He pitched well in his three starts there. He had a 1.06 ERA and a K/BB of 19/5.
He`s mainly a finesse pitcher and usually throws in the high 80's or 90 mph. He has an okay curve and an average 2 seam FB. His best pitch is his changeup which is Edwar esque. Don't be fooled by Kennedy's numbers he isn't an ace. I think he`ll be a solid middle of the rotation guy that can eat innings. Of course we were saying similar things about Tyler Clippard last year and he`s dropped off a lot. Only time will tell.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Here Come the Yankees.......
Saturday, August 25, 2007
The Fourth Best Yankees Prospect Poll is finished. Jose Tabata won. I expected him to go earlier (3rd) but this is good to. His lack of power this season has a lot to do with his wrist injury. Brackman might need TJ surgery so I don't think you can put him ahead of Tabata yet. I completely forgot about Dellin Bettances because I`m an idiot so I`ll add him. I`ll be voting for Bettances for this one.
See you Thursday
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
And maybe the Yankees do play to win and not for themselves....
Seattle and Boston both won to so no ground is made up. Seattle is really annoying. They aren't this good that they should be in this race.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Karstens this year has an FIP of 7.30, a K/BB of 0.56, and a GB% of 29.8%. His BABIP is abnormally high but he has a 11.20 ERA. He`s not as bad as his ERA says he is but he`s still terrible. His stuff is terrible. He throws mid to high 80's with his fatball which he can't control. He has a nice curve but thats it. Send him back down and call up Edwar. Edwar definitely has the numbers and when given regular work in the majors can definitely get outs with that filthy changeup.
Brower isn't pitching well. I know I wanted him called up earlier but I was wrong on that. His stuff isn't good enough for him to pitch in the ML's with success. Britton did very well with Baltimore last year. He deserves a call up.
Villone actually has a solid K/BB of 1.83 but his GB% is a terrible 35.8%. He also has a low HR/FB%. Kyle Farnsworth has a much worse K/BB of 1.36. His GB% is 29.9%. I wouldn't mind seeing at least one of them replaced especially Farnsworth if somebody would take him.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Farnsworth has been terrible all season. I bet that we eat about 5 million of his contract and get a very young A prospect probably a reliever. Interesting that Rivera said that Proctor, Farnsworth, and Bruney all threw hard but couldn't really pitch well. All of them are now gone. I think Britton or Ramirez will be called up for Farnsworth. I`m happy with the teams recent moves. I`d also like Villone to be gone though.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
By the way, if anyone is interested in helping me write here then please post in the comments section. I could really use the help.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Damon doesn't really like his role to much then. I`d love to trade him. He`s getting paid a lot and can't play CF anymore. He can't play RF with his arm either. DH, 1B, and LF are all filled also.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
This can only be good news
1) Scott Proctor (to Dodgers) for Wilson Betemit (to Yankees)
The general reaction to this trade seems to be negative but I like it. Proctor was abused by Torre both this season and last season and was probably a big injury risk. Also, if you look at his defense independant stats you can see he`s really not pitching well. He has a K/BB of 1.28, a GB% of 25.4%, and an FIP of 5.52. I think a big part of that comes from the face that Proctor pitched so many innings. Wilson Betemit plays more positions than Miguel Cairo and hits a lot more. He has a terrible BA but he's walked a lot this season and has some power. I`m not sure if he`s 25 or 27 but either way he`s fairly young. I think he could play a pretty good first base and plattoon with Phillips. Overrall I like this move by Cashman.
2) Eric Gagne (to Boston) for Kason Gabbard, Engel Beltre, and David Murphy
Obviously this is bad for the Yankees but it doesn't matter a ton. We had a very small chance of catching Boston anyway and they gavc up a couple decent prospects. What annoys me about this trade is that the Rangers demanded either Melky Cabrera or Ian Kennedy for Gagne but the Red Sox got away with this package. Nice job by Cashman to not cave into the demands of an idiot. The Red Sox now have Jonathan Papelbon, Hideki Okajima, and Eric Gagne all in the bullpen. All of them could be closers on almost any team but the Red Sox have to get Gagne to shore up that "weak" bullpen with an 8 game lead in the division. I guess you can't blame them for taking advantage of that idiot in Texas but its still annoying.
Kenny Lofton (to Indians) for Max Ramirez (to Texas)
I think I have to say that the Rangers were by far the biggest winners at the trade deadline. Lofton is still a pretty solid player and will help Cleveland but it doesn't really hurt us to badly. It probably means less of Trot Nixon and Lofton is an improvement but its not really a huge deal.
Outlook: Overall the Yankees playoff chances probably stayed about the same. The Gagne deal doesn't matter since the division race is basically over anyway. Kenny Lofton isn't going to change anything. Wilson Betemit should help but not much more than Kenny Lofton will. The Yankees still are getting Jason Giambi, Phil Hughes, and Joba Chamberlain coming up soon along with possibly a few other pitchers. We need to figure out a way to dump Farnsworth still. We won't be sticking with a 5 man bench much longer either. Basak and Cairo should go for Hughes and a reliever but Torre loves Cairo and we might actually have to lose our hero Shelley Duncan instead. That would indeed be a tragedy. We're only 3 out in the WC and 7 out in the division. We're not dead yet.