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1. BRADY LAIL, RHP, Charleston Riverdogs (A): 3.49 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 71 K, 13 BB
Lail, 20, was an 18th rounder in 2012, but has a career 5.96 K/BB and has raised his K/9 each season.
2. ROB REFSNYDER, 2B, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA): .333 BA, .375 OBP, .529 SLG, 6 HR
His hot-hitting earned a recent promotion to Triple-A. Possesses excellent patience and contact.
3. AARON JUDGE,...Read more »
Despite committing $197 million in salary to their 2014 roster, the Yankees are missing something on offense.
The Yankees are below average offensively at multiple spots in the order, notably designated hitter, where they rank 14th in the American League in OPS, beating the Mariners by just a single point, .601 to .600. Even a position of strength such as first base, however, is a weakness,...Read more »
Not much is expected from a designated hitter. No fielding prowess is necessary. Speed is not a requirement. The only thing the position demands that you do is produce at the plate.
DHs are hitting .248 with a .325 on-base percentage and .430 slugging percentage across MLB this season. The .756 on-base plus slugging percentage ranks DH as the second-most productive “defensive” position in...Read more »
One club has a soon-to-be-retired, soon-to-be-Hall-of-Famer manning shortstop. He's a perennial All-Star and five-time World Series champion with a plethora of awards and distinctions. We can all quote Derek Jeter's resume at this point.
The other team? A collection of players who have spent time shuttling between the minors and majors or have been teetering on the periphery of release (or...Read more »
Jacob Lindgren isn’t listed among the top lefthanded pitchers in Baseball America’s preview of Thursday’s amateur draft.
All the same, the junior southpaw out of Mississippi State could be a real find for the Yankees. The team selected Lindgren in the second round with the 55th overall pick. Lindgren was the Yankees’ first pick in the 2014 draft as the team forfeited its first round slots...Read more »
If baseball doesn't work out for Mark Teixeira, perhaps he can pursue a career in comedy.
Teixeira took time during spring training to star in a fake talk show called "Foul Territory with Mark Teixeira."
The Yankees first baseman puts on a Will Ferrell-esque performance -- he asks Brian McCann who his favorite switch-hitting first baseman from the 2007-2008 Braves was and asks YES Network...Read more »
Who is this man and what has he done with Phil Hughes?
Or rather, why did it take him so long to become the Phil Hughes we were promised?
Hughes was a top prospect in the Yankees system, but his career with the major league club failed to live up to the high expectations. While he had some excellent seasons, Hughes was more often than not an inconsistent pitcher who gave up too many...Read more »
Yankees starting pitcher Chase Whitley singled for the Yankees in the third, and Mets starter Jacob deGrom singled in the bottom of the inning, breaking an 0-for-64 streak to start the season by Mets pitchers.
But by Whitley and deGrom singling, they combined to achieve another feat, becoming just the third pair of opposing pitchers to get a hit during the same Subway Series game.
Jon...Read more »
Ruben Tejada is in trouble.
Last season he spent time in the minors and lost his job to Omar Quintanilla. This season, Wilmer Flores, a defensive liability, was supposedly called up to take his starting spot...but then Flores got sick.
So how about this nugget: The much-maligned Tejada has a higher slugging percentage at cavernous Citi Field than Derek Jeter has at comfy Yankee Stadium...Read more »
LeBron James may be all about triple doubles, but Brian Roberts is Mr. Double Triple.
The second baseman tripled twice during the Yankees' 4-0 win over the Mets on Wednesday night. Both came against rookie pitcher Rafael Montero, one in the second inning, the other in the fourth.
It was the 24th time the Mets had an opponent hit two triples against them in the same game. Before Roberts,...Read more »