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Those That Matter Win in New CBA

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

I am a big proponent of the new MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement. There are goodies for the average player, expanded playoffs, and even roster flexibility for doubleheaders. Like with any deal there were tradeoffs, as teams are now going to have to draft and spend wiser on amateur talent. Just a day before the rumored […]

Potential 2011 AFL Yankees Prospects

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

With the Arizona Fall League (AFL) schedule recently announced, it is time to discuss which players the New York Yankees might send to play in the desert. Each team has to send six players to the AFL and the rules clearly state that only one player may be from the A level.  Since each played […]

Graham Stoneburner: The Quiet Untouchable

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Now that the MLB trade deadline has come and gone, the New York Yankees can back to the business of winning baseball games with their current roster. They did not trade for a starting pitcher, alienating many Yankee fans. It was the first time since 1998 the Yankees did not make any trades before the […]

Yanks Would Be Interested in Colby Rasmus

Friday, July 15th, 2011

I found out yesterday the Yankees would be interested in Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus if St. Louis elected to deal him. Rasmus is someone that could be a long term replacement if they decided not to re-sign Nick Swisher this offseason. He wouldn’t play centerfield for the Yankees, but he does have some corner experience. It’s been long reported […]

Weighing Innings & Pitch Counts Against Optimal Development

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

This article isn’t meant to be a comparison between two or three specifc players, but as an exercise in how certain organizations go about the process of developing their top prospects to become major leaguers. Much has been said and written over the past few years regarding the Yankees’ philosophy (or lack thereof) on how […]

Yanks Starting Pitching Depth is a Real Edge

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

The Yankees starting pitching is a strength. Making that statement might surprise some. On the surface you see an unproven number four starter, and a fifth spot that will feature a scrapheap combination of Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon, and maybe Kevin Millwood. If you break it down logically the Yankees are in a good position […]

Vote: Trading the Killer B’s

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Earlier today I reported about how the Yankees are trying to acquire Francisco Liriano without sacrificing Dellin Betances, Manuel Banuelos, or Andrew Brackman. If it came down to acquiring Francisco Liriano, would you be willing to include any of the B’s?Apparently, Brian Cashman would prefer not to. I wanted to take a tempeture of the […]

Which Kid Has the Best Shot at Rotation?

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Conventional logic dictates that Freddy Garcia and Ivan Nova will win the last two spots in the Yankees rotation. Assuming Kevin Millwood continues to hold out at the Scott Boras compound for a big league deal, the remaining options are Bartolo Colon, Sergio Mitre, and a bunch of kids. One discussion we’ve been having on […]

Time For Yanks to Forget Shooting at Aces

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

I’ve already written the Yankees, if they are looking to acquire a pitcher, ought to obtain a stopgap performer like Derek Lowe. The chase after former Kansas City ace Zack Greinke made for good Twitter chatter and the like, but the Yankees were smart not to trade for him to begin with. First, the club’s […]

Untouchable Yankees Arms

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Some of the readers have been asking about possible trades and who the Yankees would give up. Anytime I want to get the pulse of something like this I reach out to Jed Weisberger of MILB.com Jed indicated he’s been told the Yankees deem Manuel Banuelos, Andrew Brackman, and Dellin Betances as untouchable, with Graham […]

Pettitte Ready, Brackman Progressing

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

ALTOONA, Pa. – What can Yankees fans expect when left-hander Andy Pettitte makes his first start since July 18 Sunday in Baltimore? Pettitte has looked good in both of his rehab starts with Double-A Trenton. His stamina is returning. He is able to push off his healed left groin without an issue.  He is mostly […]

Brackman Making Progress in Eastern League

Monday, August 9th, 2010

TRENTON, N.J. – Andrew Brackman will admit last season was painful. “I’d come off the mound in (Class-A) Charleston where he was 2-12, 5.91 with 26 wild pitches) and I’d be so frustrated I didn’t know where to turn,’’ he said. “I also learned a lot.’’ Scouts and other observers will tell you Brackman, the […]

Brackman Answers Some Questions in Trenton Debut

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

TRENTON, N.J. – Over the past few weeks, there has been something of a debate involving Yankees pitching prospect Andrew Brackman’s velocity. There were several reports, from sources who recently saw him pitch, that his fastball was sitting in the 93-94 mph. range. Another mentioned he was throwing no better than 90. Rest assured, a […]

Brackman Turning the Corner

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Back in 2007 the Yankees picked Andrew Brackman of NC State 30th and signed him to a four year/$4.5 million dollar deal with a signing bonus a little over $3 million. With club options over the next three years the deal could reach as much as $13 million dollars. It was well known that Brackman […]

Bleich Injury No Reason for Yankees System to Panic

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Having gotten to know many of the Yankees pitching prospects personally, I certainly have sympathy for any who are bitten by the injury bug. I’ve seen both Chris Garcia and Jeremy Bleich go down this year.  The Yankees released Garcia May 14 to open up a roster spot. He underwent elbow surgery. Bleich, who in […]