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Forget about stealing 100 bases, Billy Hamilton just set the single season record for bases stolen by a player named Billy Hamilton.
Kevin, how much of Sanchez's prospect status is tied up in the hope that he can stay behind the plate? In other words, if he were moved to first base right now, would he still be a five star prospect?
Huh. So that's what Aleksey Vayner's been up to lately.
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the most obvious reason for keeping Worf out from behind the plate; his size. I don't know how tall he is, exactly, but he's obviously the biggest guy on the team and quite a bit bigger than your prototypical catcher.
I think the whole boredom/lack of effort narrative is kind of overblown. He was hitting great in April until taking a foul ball off the cup, and then had to deal with an eye infection and some back issues. It may just be that he's just getting back into his groove after shaking off the injuries.
Kevin, I'm curious why you think Adam Warren should be Plan B for the Yankees over Hector Noesi, who has been showing he can get major leaguers out, and DJ Mitchell, who has very similar stats to Warren, and just threw two consecutive shutouts. Is there something in particular in Warren's stuff that makes you think he's the better option?
Johnson missed almost all of September due to back issues. These numbers are wrong.
When you say that Warren's fastball is his only plus pitch, are you talking about the four-seamer, the two-seamer or the cutter? Or are you talking about the combination of the three as being plus, rather than any single one?
The protagonist of Half-Life is Gordon Freeman. Freddie Freeman is Captain Marvel Jr. Let the war of terribly geeky jokes begin.
In honor of Mr. John, I suggest the Team Ouchies and Medical Mishaps for the Year.
Not to get too nitpicky, but I'd be shocked to see Damon Sublett get 39 plate appearances in New York. Heck, I'd be a little surprised to see him get that much playing time in Scranton.
I'd like to know this too. I think it'd be a good idea for BP to send them a trophy or something.
I'm just catching up on the week's Minor League Updates now, so I'm obviously a little late on this, but if you're really going to start the Hudson Rule (the pitcher's version of the Vitters Rule), you've got to send some love to Adam Warren from the Staten Island Yankees. Before he gave up a solo home run last night, he had pitched 37 scoreless innnings, dating back to July 6th.
The good news is that the conservancy managed to get an emergency restraining order to stop the demolition. The bad news is that some parts of the stadium were already torn down by the time the order was issued. A hearing is set for Monday. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/baseball/mlb/06/05/tiger.stadium.demolition.ap/index.html?eref=sircrc
First, you forgot a few names on the Yankees' list; Mark Melancon, Alfredo Aceves and Mariano Rivera (who obviously isn't a trade candidate, but should be mentioned because he moves everyone down a spot in the depth chart).
As to as who is a worthy pickup, PECOTA has five Yankee relievers (Rivera, Ramirez, Robertson, Veras and Marte) posting a better EqERA than Cory Wade, who figures to be the primary right-handed setup guy for the Dodgers. After that, you've got another three Yankees (Melancon, Bruney, Albaladejo) doing better than the Dodgers' next best EqERA, which is from Ramon Troncoso.
Obviously, that's just a quick and inexact look at the situation, and I wouldn't make individual assessments of the trade value of any of these pitchers based only on one stat in their PECOTA projections. However I think it does work in proving the general point that the Yankees have a lot of relievers that could improve the Dodgers' (and a lot of other teams') bullpen.
Eric Duncan didn't actually get invited to the major league camp this year, Joe. In addition to Ransom the actual list of players who are there and have played third base at least semi-regularly in the past few years is:
None of them seem like better options than Ransom, but it's at least worth mentioning that they're there.
I realize that figuring out the Yankees\' very crowded bullpen situation is probably impossible at this point, but I think you could improve your guesses a little bit by looking at roster statuses. In other words, the top guys should probably be the ones who have to be on the active roster. Those guys are Rivera and Marte, obviously, as well as Veras and Bruney, who are out of options. Then would come the guys on the 40-man roster, of which you have Ramirez, Albaladejo, Coke, Giese and Sanchez, and I would add David Robertson and Alfredo Aceves. Finally, after those would be NRI\'s like Jason Johnson:
CL - Rivera - 65IP
SU - Veras - 55IP
SU - Marte - 55IP
MI - Bruney - 50IP
MI - Albaladejo - 40IP
LG - Ramirez - 50IP
LG - Coke - 40IP
LG - Giese - 30IP
LG - Sanchez - 30IP
LG - Robertson - 30IP
Obviously this doesn\'t actually change things too much, but I think it provides a better framework upon which you can make adjustments (for example, among the guys on the 40-man roster, I think Robertson and Aceves are likely to get more innings than Albaladejo and Coke based on their PECOTA projections).