Daily Archives: April 4, 2012

Yankees 25 Man Roster

The roster deadline has come and pass which means that the Yankees have their 25 man roster. Here is the list of the official roster and at the end, I will explain what happened to some of the other players that didn’t quite make the cut.

NEW YORK YANKEES 2012 25 MAN ROSTER

ROTATION

CC Sabathia, LHP
Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
Phil Hughes, RHP
Ivan Nova, RHP
Freddy Garcia, RHP

BULLPEN

Mariano Rivera, RHP
Dave Robertson, RHP
Rafael Soriano, RHP
Boone Logan, LHP
Cory Wade, RHP
Clay Rapada, LHP
David Phelps, RHP

POSITION PLAYERS

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

BENCH PLAYERS

Andruw Jones OF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Eric Chavez 3B
Chris Stewart C

Justin MaxwellIt wouldn’t of mattered how well Justin Maxwell did this Spring. In the end, the Yankees designated him for assignment. Even if Justin Maxwell cleared waivers, he said that he could elect for free agency rather than go straight to Triple-A. This could be the end of Maxwell’s run in pinstripes.

Bill HallBill Hall didn’t technically have an out in his contract, but he asked for one when he found out he didn’t make the 25 man roster. Hall will still like to play for a Major League team, but unfortunately, it’s not with the Yankees.

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Experiences with Joba & Hughes should help Yanks with Pineda

Joba would have benefited from more time in the minors

The Yankees acquired Michael Pineda because they saw him as an answer to their longtime quest for a front of the rotation starter to pair with CC Sabathia.  They saw the imposing 6’7″ 22-yr old dominate American League hitters in the first half of 2011 with a Fastball that averaged 95 MPH and a nasty Slider that could be classified as diabolical.  All of the numbers were there…..3.03 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 9.0 K/9, 2.9 BB/9, .198 BAA, .584 OPS against.

They saw this performance from a 22-yr old kid in his first 113 MLB Innings and were able to overlook the velocity drop and 5.12 ERA in the 2nd half.  Cashman and his advisors reasoned that his 2nd half swoon was the result of fatigue and he’d be back firing in 2012.  They felt they could get him to throw his change-up more and to rely less on the violent Slider he threw 31.5% of the time.  Whether that was sound thinking on Cashman’s part is a question that has already been debated quite a bit.  We all know the heavy price the Yanks paid for Pineda and the pitcher’s current status on the DL right now.  The question is what do the Yanks need to do now to make the best of this and to reap the biggest benefit going forward?

For that answer, the Yankees need to learn from their experiences with their last 2 young pitchers that were thought to be their next ace starters……Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes.  Both of these guys had similar expectations & stuff at the age of 21-23 and also endured some of the same struggles Pineda has recently.  Namely poor conditioning, poor mechanics, arm injuries and problems dealing with the enormous pressure that is put on a young man who is proclaimed as the next Ace of a team expected to contend for a championship every single year in the biggest media market in the world.

Without rehashing all of the sordid details, Joba was the one guy who the Yankees could have handled much better.  As nasty as Pineda was last year, Joba was nastier when he came up.  He dominated with a true high 90′s FB and wicked slider/curve combo that helped him post a 2.17 ERA, 11.0 K/9 & 3.3 BB/9 over his first 2 seasons and 124 MLB Innings.  However, he also suffered a shoulder injury at the end of that 1st full season and came into camp for his 2nd full year at the age of 23 with similar issues as Pineda.  His velocity was way down and his mechanics were a mess.  But rather than try to fix his mechanics and rest/rehab his arm, he was allowed to pitch the entire season under the ridiculous Joba rules.  The result was a 4.75 ERA,  a K rate that shrunk to 7.6 and velocity that withered to an average of 92.5 MPH.  After that sub-par season, Yankee brass decided that Joba’s career as a starter was basically over and the most promising arm to come through the Yankee organization in decades was tossed into middle relief at the age of 24. Read the rest of this entry

Pettitte returns as Yankees beat Mets 8-3 in Spring Training finale

In the final game of Spring Training, the Yankees looked ahead to Friday. Friday is the home opener for the Yankees and their Florida rivals the Tampa Bay Rays, but first…the Yankees had to put the Mets in their place with an 8-3 victory in the Spring Training finale.

Freddy Garcia got the start and went 4.2 innings while pitching effectively. His only mistake was a Mets HR in the first inning but as the game went on, Garcia looked stronger. Clay Rapada finished the 5th inning for Garcia, getting the only batter that he faced. Rapada was told after he pitched that he had made the 25 man roster, providing nothing happens to him from now till 5pm when all 25 man rosters have to be final. Andy Pettitte returned for his first Spring Training outing, pitching a scoreless inning while allowing only 1 hit. David Robertson pulled another “Houdini” act today after allowing 2 men on base (runners on 1st & 3rd). He was able to compose himself and struck out the next 3 batters to end the inning.

THE GOOD: The Yankees were able to get some offense going, although the starters were quickly taken out after 2 at-bats. Brett Gardner was the main Yankee regular with some offense, having a single up the middle & swiping second. Gardner stole 8 bases this Spring without getting caught. Gardner also contributed as the Yankees 1st run of the ballgame. Francisco Cervelli contributed as well with a 2 run HR. David Phelps & Clay Rapada both made the 25 man roster and will both be there on Opening Day. Boone Logan had some back troubles and went to get an MRI during the game. The results for the MRI came back negative so he is not expected to miss much time.

THE BAD: There was nothing bad about today’s game. Yankees got their A-lineup in, Pitchers pitched well and the Yankees got their hits.

WHAT’S NEXT: Spring Training has officially wrapped up at GMS Field and it’s time for the Yankees to hit the road. Fortunately, they won’t have to go very far. The Yankees are going across the bay to Tropicana Field where they will take on the Rays. Tomorrow will be an abbreviated workout session, but on Friday, the Yankees will begin their “Chase for 28″. The game is slated to start at 3:05pm & CC Sabathia will get the ball for the Yankees.

Staff Predictions on the 2012 AL Awards

Yesterday we revealed the staff’s predictions for the American League and the World Series. Today it is the staff’s picks for the AL individual awards.

AL MVP:

Matt B: Robinson Cano Mike P: Jose Bautista Fish: Robinson Cano Mike D: Miguel Cabrera Matt S: Prince Fielder Delia: Robinson Cano Brian: Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano was the leading vote getter among the staff. Myself, Brian, Fish and Delia will think hitting in the 3 hole will help him put up even more fabulous numbers. I think his protection going from Nick Swisher to Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira will help him see better pitchers than he saw last year. The other votes were split among Cabrera, Fielder and Bautista. Mike D sees no reason why Cabrera won’t be able to pound out another MVP season, while Matt S. thinks his teammate Fielder will put on a show. Those two teammates may have to deal with their votes canceling each other out. If the Jays do not make the playoffs it may be tough for Bautista to win with so many great players in the AL. The surprise I think is no votes were put in for Albert Pujols.  

AL ROY:

Matt B: Brett Lawrie Mike D: Matt Moore Matt S: Matt Moore Mike P: Matt Moore Brian: Matt Moore Delia: Yu Darvish Fish: Matt Moore

Matt Moore is the majority choice among the staff for very good reason.Moore threw 7 shutout innings in Game 1 of the ALDS against a potent Rangers lineup. That has everybody excited about him this year. I choose Lawrie to be a little different and because I think he will put up a very nice year. Lawrie hit .293, with 9 HR’s, 25 RBI, and a .953 OPS in 150 AB’s last year. He also had a big spring training. Delia is the only one going with the most experienced rookie Yu Darvish. 

AL CY Young:

Matt B: Jered Weaver Matt S.: CC Sabathia Delia: Justin Verlander Mike D. Justin Verlander Fish: CC Sabathia Brian: Matt Moore Mike P: Matt Moore

The first thing that jumps out at me the most is the bold picks by Mike P and Brian for Matt Moore to win the AL CY Young as a rookie. Despite his great talent, winning the CY Young as a rookie would be amazing, especially pitching in the AL East. In 1981 Fernando Valenzuela became the first and only rookie CY Young award winner, so Moore winning would be historic. Sabathia and Verlander tied Moore with 2 votes. Fish has Sabathia over Verlander because he thinks Sabathia’s BABIP will go down from .318 while Verlander’s will go up from .236. He also does not like Verlander’s defense behind him. Matt S. thinks the new rotation will take pressure off Sabathia. Mike D and Delia are sticking with Verlander until he proves otherwise. I was the only one to give Weaver a vote because of his improved team and him getting to face Oakland and Seattle so much.         

AL Manager of the Year:

Matt B: Mike  Scioscia Mike P: Joe Maddon Delia: Joe Girardi Matt S: Joe Maddon Brian: Mike Scioscia Fish: John Farrell Mike D: Mike Scioscia

Manager of the year usually comes from a surprise team that makes the playoffs. However, with so many strong teams in the AL not many surprises are being selected outside the top 6 teams. This makes predicting manager of the year this year very difficult. Scioscia is the leader among the staff with 3 votes and is Maddon 2nd with 2 votes. Delia was the only one to vote for Girardi. I think being the manger of the Yankees gives him no chance. If he did not get consideration last year when the Red Sox were projected by seemingly everybody to beat the Yankees than he never will.

Tell us your predictions in the comments.     

Spring Training 4/4/12 Lineup

This is the last spring training game of the year.  Game time is 12:05 and it can be seen on YES and the MLB Network.  Enjoy the game.

Lineup

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

Freddy Garcia RHP

this just in…..

Morning Bits: Pettitte, Cashman, 2012 Yankees, Cano

Good morning all.  Today the regular season begins for a second time as the Cardinals are at Miami tonight.  I think it is a good idea to give Miami a game to themselves so they can show off that stadium to the world.

and on to the links….

The New York Post reports Andy Pettitte is ready to test himself in today’s game.

The Star Ledger writes that Cashman thinks Texas is the class of the American League.

– Bryan Hoch of mlb.com interviews Mariano whose anticipation for the season is high.

Cashman assesses the field heading into the season.

Mike Vaccaro of The New York Post writes that the Yankees face test from tough division and new AL stars.

I can’t find a link of what he said yesterday but Curt Schilling predicts the Yankees to win the division by 10 to 15 games.

Here is a youtube video from NOC showing what Cano did in the off-season.  Worth a view.

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