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After the Yankees sent down slumping Yangervis Solarte earlier Thursday, his replacement, rookie infielder Zelous Wheeler, proved he deserves a shot at the big-league level.
In just his second career at-bat, Wheeler drove a 3-1 pitch from Phil Hughes over the left-centerfield wall for a solo home run to extend the Yankees' lead to 4-2 in the fifth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins....Read more »
Several top prospects from the Mets and Yankees will finally set foot on a major league field for game action on July 13.
So what if the game doesn’t count?
Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard and catcher Kevin Plawecki and Yankees first baseman Peter O’Brien and pitcher Luis Severino were selected Tuesday to the rosters of the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will be played at Target...Read more »
Maybe we should have seen this coming.
Dellin Betances’ season line from 2013 appears uninspiring at first glance: in six games he posted a 10.80 ERA, allowing six earned runs and nine hits in five innings. But five of those hits and four of those runs came during a single game, his first major league action of the season on Aug. 13 against the Angels.
That day he was plain awful.
Afterwards?...Read more »
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 »