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Morning Bits: Banuelos & Campos to return in 2012, Yankees looking for good health

Good morning all.  Today is another day of no baseball.  Then the Yankees will begin a home series tomorrow with the Angels.

Let’s get right to the links….

Andrew Marchand of ESPN NY reports that both Banuelos & Campos will both pitch in 2012.

Bryan Hoch of mlb.com writes that the Yankees are poised for big things after a strong first half.

Pete Caldera has an article about how the Yankees believe they are due for some good health.

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Spanning the Yankee Blogs: Pettitte, Martin, Campos, Cano

Here is the best from the week.  Give most of them a read.  Enjoy!

* Bleeding Yankee Blue has an article about Yankee prospect Jose Campos.

* Bronx Baseball Daily writes about the Russell Martin conundrum.

* It’s about the Money Stupid is scouting the prospect loaded Charleston River Dog’s.

* New York Baseball Digest has an article about Pettitte, Pineda and the rest of the Yankees rotation.

* Pinstripe Alley brings up the topic of to DH or not to DH.

* River Ave Blues has a nice article about the importance of Pettitte.

* The Captain’s Blog has a great read on The Boston Globe going on the record to defend the use of anonymous sources, tarnishes Gamons

* The Greedy Pinstripes asks does Nunez fit into the future.

* The Yankee Analysts has the scouting report on Yu Darvish.

* Yanks Go Yard looks at Cano’s improved plate discipline.

Minor Night Cap: Empire Yankees hit 7 Doubles, Tampa’s Nik Turley has 7K’s, Charleston walk off win

Empire State Yankees W 6-5

PTF Romine (DL)

Colin Curtis – 1BB, .228

Jayson Nix – 2R, 2H (2 Doubles), 1BB, 1K, .500

Dewayne Wise – 1R, 2H (Double), 1RBI, .439

Steve Pearce – 1R, 2H (2 Doubles), 1RBI, 2BB, 1K, .361

Jack Cust – 1R, 2H (Double, Solo Homer),  3RBI, 1BB, 1K, .322

Brandon Laird – 1H, 1BB, .218

Kevin Russo – 1BB, 1K, .260

Craig Tatum – 1K, .158

Ramiro Pena – 1R, 2H (Double), .245
Pitching
PTF Dellin Betances – 4.1IP, 3H, 5R, 2ER, 6BB, 3K, 8.83era

Nelson Figueroa – 2.2IP, 2H, 2BB 0.00era

Chase Whitely (W, 2-1) – 1.0IP, 0H, 2BB, 3.52era

Kevin Whelan (S,4) – 1.0IP, 1H, 1K, 2.25era

Tampa Yankees W 6-4

PTF J.R. Murphy (DNP)

Eduardo Sosa – 2H, 1RBI, 1K, .258

Kelvin Castro – 1R, 1H, 2BB, .241

Ramon Flores – oH, .196

Rob Segedin – 2R, 1H (2 Run Homer), 2RBI, 1BB, .295

Kyle Roller – 1R, 1H (Solo Homer), 2RBI, 2BB, 1K, .213

Shane Brown – 1BB, .250

Jose Mojica – oH, 1RBI, .298

Hector Rabago – 1K, .118

Jose Toussen – 2R, 1H (triple), 1BB, .208

Pitching
PTF Nik Turley (W, 2-0) – 5.1IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 7K, 1.93era

Joel De La Cruz – 1.2IP, 1H, 2K, 0.00era

Mark Montgomery (S, 3) – 3H, 1R, 1Er, 1BB, 2K, 3.24era

Charleston River Dogs W 4-3

PTF Dante Bichette Jr. – oH, .294

Anderson Feliz – 1H, 1BB, 1K, .289

Benjamin Gamel – 1H, 1RBI, 2K, .233

Tyler Austin – 1R, 1H (solo homer), 1RBI, 1K, .393

Gary Sanchez – 1R, 1H, 1BB, .356

Casey Stevenson – 1R, 2H (Double), 1BB, .529

Cito Culver – 1R, 1H, .175

Kelvin De Leon – 1H, 2K, .194

Francisco Arcia – 1H, 2RBI, .286

Pitching
PTF Bryan Mitchell (DNP)

Jose Campos 6.0IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 5K, 1.23era

Daniel Mahoney – 1.0IP, 2H, 1R, oER, 1BB, 3K, 4.91era

Fred Lewis – 1.oIP, 1H, 1K, 8.10era

Mariel Checo – 1.0IP, 1BB, 1K, 2.84era

Morning Bits: State of the Yankees, Posada, Rivera

How Sweep It Is!!!!!  Things are looking up for the ball club as they have won 3 in a row.  Not all the wins have been convincing though and the starting pitching still is not in full form yet.   Today is an off day before the home opener.   Make sure you stop by later tonight as Delia will be hosting a Live Chat.

On to the links…..

– ESPN’s Andrew Marchand has the state of the Yankees.

– 100 Years ago the Yankee pinstripes were born.

Les Carpenter of Yahoo Sports writes that Mariano Rivera answers the call again for the Yankees.

Jorge Posada will be throwing out the first pitch on Friday for the home opener.

Mark Simon of ESPN Stats is at again this time taking a look at the road trip and the statistical mixed bag it was.

– For my prospect people Jose Campos was unhittable last night and has yet to give up an earned run this season.

– Trenton manager Tony Franklin earned his 1,000 win which is very impressive.

– The Charleston River Dogs rout Augusta 11-5 last night.

Don’t jump the gun on the Montero-Pineda trade just yet

Shortly after Michael Pineda ended his miserable 2.2 innings against the Phillies, Yankees fans were horrified to learn that he had been pitching with a sore right shoulder. After taking an MRI yesterday morning, Pineda has been diagnosed with tendinitis and is now on the 15-Day DL. This unfortunate turn of events eliminates Pineda’s chances of starting the regular season in the Yankees’ MLB rotation. The Yankees will now fill the rotation with Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova, and Freddy Garcia behind C.C. Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda. This injury comes on the heels of a substantial amount of scrutiny over Pineda’s low velocity, and many share the opinion that Pineda just hasn’t looked right all spring.

Although the team is yet to play one game of regular season ball, the trade of Montero for Pineda is already being called a disaster by some. The Yankees undoubtedly gave up quite a lot for Michael Pineda and Jose Campos, losing an absolute stud of a hitter in Montero and a nice pitching piece in Hector Noesi. Montero has looked excellent thus far for the Mariners with a .306/.366/.556 line in Spring Training to this point. In 5 IP, Noesi has a 1.80 ERA and has held opponents to a .176 BAA. Meanwhile, Michael Pineda’s has an ERA of 5.68 and a .324 BAA, and both his velocity and control have been sub-par (4.74 BB/9).

As grim as it looks for Pineda heading into the 2012 regular season, is it really already time to abandon all hopes for the trade to be a success? Some fans think the answer to that question is yes.

However, by already describing the trade with words like “disaster” and “apocalyptic” based on the very short time Michael Pineda has been a Yankee, I think many fans are jumping the gun much too soon. When evaluating a trade, it is extremely important to remember that every deal is a two-sided deal. While it is certainly a possibility that Michael Pineda might not live up to expectations placed on him, the same is just as true with Jesus Montero. When Brian Cashman and Mariners’ GM Jack Zduriencik agreed to the blockbuster trade, they both accepted a substantial amount of risk. Pineda might never become the #1 starter that many think he can be, and Montero might never become the Miguel Cabrera-like hitter that he is supposed to become. While this is merely looking at hypotheticals, there is one thing that is known for sure in the case of both players. There is a tremendous amount of time for each player to proove the trade good or bad for his respective team.

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S2S 2012 Team Prospect Lists: New York Yankees

This article is being syndicated from our friends over at Seedlings to Stars.  I will provide some of the article and at the bottom just click the link to read the rest.  Enjoy!!

With the S2S 2012 Top 100 Prospects List now in the books, it’s time to take a closer look at the future of each team. And that means team prospect lists!

Most minor league sites will do top-10s, top-15s, top-20s, or some other ranking. Last year, to be a bit different, the FanSided team prospect lists (which were done at Call to the Pen, since S2S didn’t exist), instead listed a team’s top prospect at each position (C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 3 OFs, 5 SPs, and 2 RPs). This year, we’re keeping that format, but also adding a “Best of the Rest” section that lists the top ten players beyond the positional rankings. That’s 25 players per system, if you’re counting.

New York Yankees

The Yankees system is undoubtedly somewhat down from where it was in years past. Their vaunted “Killer B” trio–Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, and Andrew Brackman–all ran into trouble in 2011, and Brackman ended up released while Betances looks like he may be headed for the bullpen. Jesus Montero was traded away to Seattle, further damaging the top talent, although New York did receive the Northwest League’s top prospect, Jose Campos, in that trade.

There’s still plenty to like here, though. This system has an abundance of two things: upper-minors arms and low-minors bats. Banuelos, Campos, and Gary Sanchez could be excellent contributors even by the lofty standards of Yankee fans.

Position Player Upside: B
Position Player Depth: B-
Pitching Upside: B+
Pitching Depth: B+
System Grade: B

Catcher: Gary Sanchez. You don’t come across a whole lot of 18-year-old catchers with ISOs of .229 in full-season ball. Sanchez also boasts a strong arm and a good eye at the plate, and has superstar potential. He has some major problems with blocking pitches, but at his age, that’s not cause for alarm just yet, and neither is his elevated strikeout rate. At some point, those are going to need to come around, but he’s got plenty of time, and his overall potential is enormous. Grade: A-

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Morning Bits: Jim Henry, Jose Campos, Jeter, Burnett, Yogi, Teixiera, Chavez

Good morning all.  Enjoy the day.  Let’s get right to the links….

* The Yankees hired former Cubs GM Jim Henry.

* Baseball America ranks Jose Campos 5th on the updated Yankees prospect list.

* Cash wouldn’t change Jeter negotiations. He also has Burnett’s back.

* Stat of the Day about Mark Teixeira from ESPN.

* Yogi and Teixeira were honored with Munson Awards.

* Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Yankees are still interested in re-signing Eric Chavez.

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