Scouting the Yanks in Hawaii

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Thanks to loyal RAB reader Bryan for sending along this tidbit last night….

Jason Grey, a graduate of the MLB Scouting Bureau’s Scout Development Program and two-time Tout Wars champ is scouting the Hawaii Winter League for ESPN. In yesterday’s entry, he offered up his takes on two Yankee pitching prospects, Andrew Brackman and Jeremy Bleich.

We know a lot about Brackman’s pitching style already. He’s tall; he throws hard and has some plus breaking pitches. Grey offers up his take on Brackman’s efforts as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery. He likes Brackman’s seldom-used slow curve as a surprise out-pitch and offers up some encouraging reports on Brackman’s rehab:

He’s still battling his mechanics, keeping his delivery too closed at times, and is having the predictable command issues that occur after a ligament replacement in the elbow, but the important thing is his raw stuff has come back, and the 22-year-old could start moving quickly next season. He profiles as a potential front line starter.

The other Yankee pitcher — lefty Jeremy Bleich — was another first-rounder. Drafted this year, Bleich will move through the system as a starter. Grey, however, sees him as a reliever at the big league level:

His fastball was clocked between 88 and 91 mph with easy arm action, and he coupled it with a potential plus pitch in an upper 70s curveball. Though he has a changeup, he put it in his back pocket for his first outing. He had some command issues, leaving the ball up in the strike zone way too much, but if nothing else he profiles as a solid bullpen arm in the big leagues, and perhaps more if he can find more consistent command.

I’m more excited to see what Brackman can do, but it’s great that ESPN is providing readers with a non-Insider blogger covering the winter leagues. The Minor League-obsessed masses will eat this right up.

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  • radnom

    How does Bleich compare to Coke in terms of ceiling (not specific pitching styles)?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Bleich has a higher ceiling. Coke’s not more than a back-end guy as a starter, and he’s probably better off as a reliever. Bleich has a chance to be a mid-rotation guy, possibly more, if he improves his breaking pitches some. Coke is what he is at this point.

      • cult of basebaal

        i dunno. coke was hitting mid 90’s in his relief stints and was sitting 91,92 as a starter with a legit slider as well. i’d say he has a higher ceiling than what i’ve seen from bleich, if he maintains the velocity (which he may well not, since this is the first year he’s displayed it).

        • steve (different one)

          perhaps, but this is Bleich’s first experience as a pro.

          Coke is 26 and has been pitching professionally for 5 years.

          i like Coke, but i don’t think it’s fair to compare them.

    • http://barackobama.com TurnTwo

      all i know is that Phil Coke wasnt drafted in the first round. that tells me a little bit about how they project Bleich’s value going forward.

      i’m waiting for some new video to pop up on Brackman rehabbing… hopefully those Hawaiians can hula their way over to the field with a video camera.

    • Emac2

      Coke has the higher ceiling at this point. If Bleich adds a few MPH like Coke did his ceiling will be higher but I wouldn’t bet on that happening.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    I’m not obsessed. It’s just a hobby. I swear.

    • UWS

      You can stop anytime you like, right?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Totally. Whenever I want. I just don’t want to at this point in my life.

  • http://yankees.com D.B.

    brackman is daddy.

    • JD

      Lets hope for a quick recovery and hopefully we can see what he really brings to the table. Could he be in line for a September call-up? (I know its probably too early to tell)

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        It would take an earth-shattering 2009 for Brackman to get a call-up. ETA is September 2010 at the absolute, absolute earliest. He’s recovering from surgery and he’s freakishly tall. He should probably spend two solid years in the minors just working on a repeatable, stress-free delivery.

        He’s on the Humberto Sanchez plan. Crock-pot, not microwave.

        • JD

          Hey if Sanchez can live up to his billing as a reliever in 2009, then keep Brackman on that 2010 plan. I have no problem with that. Also need to see what we do this offseason when it comes to pitchers in general.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

            Remember, Humberto will probably spend early 2009 in the minors, giving him one last shot to remain a starter. His clock would be shorter than Brackman’s only because they’re comtemplating using him as a reliever. Brackman won’t be.

            Perhaps my “He’s on the Humberto Sanchez plan” was a misnomer… he’ll be on a plan even slower and more deliberate than The Hummer’s.

            • JD

              I think I hear that the Yanks are going to keep Sanchez as a reliever. Did you hear that they are still going to make him a starter?

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

                Well, considering that (barring injuries) we should break camp with Mo, Bruney, Marte, Veras, Edwar, Coke, Albalajedo, and Robertson (and possibly Britton and Giese) in front of him in the bullpen pecking order, plus Melancon and Cox waiting in the wings, we’re so stacked in the pen for the immediate future that we should give Sanchez another chance to maximize his value as a starter.

                If he’s going to open the season at Scranton anyway (and how could he not), let it be as a starter. It’s easy to move him back to the pen if his arm can’t take it.

            • dkidd

              joba: microwave plan

              hummer: crock-pot plan

              brackman: hydrogen fuel cell plan

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

                Nice.

              • JD

                LOL

        • cult of basebaal

          doesn’t brackman *have* to be on the 25 man after 2010 since he signed a MLB deal?

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

            To my knowledge, the ML deal only requires he be on the 40-man, not the 25-man.

            • steve (different one)

              the issue would be that he would run out of options.

              he has 4 option years in his contract, 2008/9/10/11, so he doesn’t need to be on the 25 man roster untill 2012.

              also, one of the RAB guys mentioned that the Yankees could petition the league for a 5th option year since he was injured for all of 2008, and it would probably be granted. this is what happened with Sean Henn.

              • Ed

                Minor nitpick. Brackman was on the 60 day DL all season. He wasn’t optioned. However, he was optioned immediately after signing in 2007, which works out to the same as what you said.

                Of course, by being on the 60 day DL all season, Brackman already has accumulated 1 year of service time. Likewise, Humberto has been on the 60 day DL accumulating service time during his entire time with the Yankees.

    • Reggie C.

      “A consistent 95-96″ = YES! The arm strength we all hoped survived TJS is back. That’s very encouraging and its the foundation to having a dominant FB.

      “High 70s knuckle curve that profiles as a plus pitch” = Brackman’s strikeout pitch perhaps?

      There’s a zach greinke comp thrown in there on a slow-curve pitch that the author notes greinke doesnt even throw any more. Weird. I guess one effective CB is enough. I just hope Brackman gets the mechanics on the curve down before squaring off against High-A hitters.

      Grey sounds enthused on brackman. Hopefully its the first of many good scouting reports.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    I’d like to point out for the record that Jeremy Bleich is, unfortunately, not Chinese.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      So he will not, then, pee in my coke?

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        I make no promises.

  • Tripp

    Where do both these guys start out next year?

    Tampa? Are they the next duo to move through the system similar to Joba/Kennedy 2007?

    Seems like Bleich could be a left handed Kennedy so far.

    • JD

      “Seems like Bleich could be a left handed Kennedy so far.”

      Thats not that promising then and actually scares me!

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        “Thats not that promising then and actually scares me!”

        I think your promise and fright sensors need recalibration.

        • Tripp

          Players need time to mature. If Kennedy ends up not being a Yankee pitcher he can build up his value at AAA all year and then be used as part of a trade.

          Cashman wants a system for both cheap young talent and for trade value.

        • JD

          Why? The Yankees overvauled Kennedy…he is nothing more than a minor league pitcher where he could maybe, and I mean maybe a #5 starter for a NL team. If Bleich is being compared to Kennedy, then yes, I would be scared.

          • Chris

            How do you figure he will never be an effective ML pitcher? He had a 2.35 ERA and more than a K/IP in AAA as a 23 year old. He’s still 5 years from his peak years.

            He had some bad outings in the majors this year, but you’re going to give up on him because of a handful of starts? I guess you also gave up on Sabathia when his ERA was around 10…

            • JD

              Sabathia has pedigree…Kennedy does not! Sabathia also has better stuff than Kennedy..so I don’t know how you can even compare the 2. I don’t care what you do in the minors, its what you do in the show. And all Kennedy has done in the show is get hit hard. And I said maybe, but it will be in the NL, not the AL…You heard it hear FIRST! Do you like Darrell Rasner too?

              • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

                What team employs you as a scout?

              • steve (different one)

                Kennedy was a top college pitcher and a first round draft pick.

                are you sure you know what “pedigree” means?

                of course, Kennedy is not Sabathia and never will be. not saying that.

                but deciding he will never pan out because he got hit this year doesn’t make a ton of sense either.

                • JD

                  Pete Incaviglia has the most homeruns in college! What did he do again in the majors? Oh nothing, that right. Look college and minors does not nessescary mean someone we be good in the pros. So please do don’t try to force “look at what he did in college and the minor leagues to me” bit.

                • JD

                  so please don’t

                • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

                  Look college and minors does not nessescary mean someone we be good in the pros.

                  Exactly, believing in either of the extremes (college stats mean nothing; college stats mean everything) are highly idiotic notions. Putting all your stock into amateur and Minor League stats is just as foolish as completely dismissing them.

                  Thanks for proving our point for us. ;)

                • JD

                  “Thanks for proving our point for us. ”

                  And what is that point for you? You haven’t said anything before that about this.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

                  For what it’s worth, Pete Incaviglia played in 1,284 games over 12 big league seasons and had a career OPS+ of 104.

                  He wasn’t a stud, but he was well above replacement level and was a damn fine player to have on your team for most of the late 80’s and early 90’s.

                  Apparently, people forget that there’s a middle ground between “superstar” and “bum”.

                • JD

                  He was average at best.

                • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

                  Yes, there are thousands of past, current and future Major Leaguers who wish someone could say that about their Major League career.

                • steve (different one)

                  He was average at best.

                  no, a 104 OPS+ means he was 4% better than league average, at least on offense.

                  and during the first part of his career, for about 6-7 years, he was well above average.

                  in fact, if Kennedy became the pitching equivalent of Pete Incaviglia, that would be a mighty fine return on a draft pick for the Yankees.

                • JD

                  Just curious, how does everyone feel about Eric Duncan?

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

            Why? The Yankees overvauled Kennedy…

            We’ll have no way of knowing that until probably 5 years from now.

            he is nothing more than a minor league pitcher where he could maybe, and I mean maybe a #5 starter for a NL team.

            Many, many, many scouts, talent evaluators, and smart, smart baseball people would vehemently disagree with you on this. Sure, 2008 caused some doubts, but the needle still points firmly in the right direction. He’s got stuff that many of his peers just don’t have.

            If Bleich is being compared to Kennedy, then yes, I would be scared.

            That’s because you’re overreacting in both events, and being unrealistic. The overwhelming majority of Major League baseball players struggled at some point while they were young. Teams that showed patience and faith reaped the rewards when those players eventually figured it out. Teams that didn’t watched those players eventually beat them.

            • JD

              OK. But just watch, Kennedy will be banished to AAA in 2009. Everyone was so high on him because of what he did in September of 2007(can’t judge a September call-up like that), I wasn’t. The Yankees gave him more than one chance this year and he fell flat on his face and wasn’t given a chance this September because of that. I’m saying the best thing the Yankees can do is try to build his value back up by keeping him in AAA and then try to get the best thing you can for him.

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

                OK. But just watch, Kennedy will be banished to AAA in 2009.

                This doesn’t strengthen or reinforce your argument one bit. The list of good to great pitchers who went back to the minors after struggling in their first extended taste of the majors is so long, listing it here would be counterproductive. And, to anticipate your counterargument, yes, many of them only threw 89 mph fastballs.

                Everyone was so high on him because of what he did in September of 2007(can’t judge a September call-up like that), I wasn’t.

                Out of curiosity, what should you get high on a prospect for? When Joba made it to the majors and pitched well in his first few games, were you all, “Fuck that, this guy’s still a bum.” Many people were high on him then. Doesn’t mean they didn’t think he’d regress and hit a rough patch, just like that rough patch doesn’t mean we should give up on him now. It’s called HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE.

                The Yankees gave him more than one chance this year and he fell flat on his face and wasn’t given a chance this September because of that.

                Again, none of this is helping your argument. Kennedy had a shitty year. Everybody knows this. Most of us also know that having a shitty year, especially for a young pitcher in his big league experience, is far, far, far from the end of the world.

                I’m saying the best thing the Yankees can do is try to build his value back up by keeping him in AAA and then try to get the best thing you can for him.

                No, the best thing the Yankees can do is give the kid another shot, and reap the rewards of having a good big league pitcher. But whatever, you know the future and you’ve already made up your mind. So, go have fun with that.

                • JD

                  Let me ask you this. Do you want to see Rasner stay on the Yankees?

                • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

                  I want to see him stay in the organization. The Yankees could do a whole lot worst than Darrell Rasner as depth for a Major League rotation.

                  Also, that was a pathetic attempt to revive your argument.

                • Slugger27

                  JD, look at danks for the chisox… just give the kid some time… if he still sucks in 2010 then yes, hes a bum… just chill out and allow for growing pains

                • JD

                  I don’t need to revive my arguement.

                  Everybody likes Kennedy because of what he did in college and the minors(which strengthens my arguement) is pathetic, give me 1 good reason other than what he did in college and the minors for the reason why you love Kennedy so much?

                • Slugger27

                  cant confuse “loving kennedy” with not ready to give up on him completely

                • JD

                  My god, just because I don’t like a player on our beloved team you’d think I’m the anti-christ or something. Its funny how I only see that some people who still (for some reason or another) like Kennedy but the people who don’t won’t step up.

                  You not going to change my mind, I after watching all his games this year, Kennedy himself, will have to do a lot to show that he is capable of sticking with this team. But again, I don’t see it happening as of right now.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

                  “give me 1 good reason other than what he did in college and the minors for the reason why you love Kennedy so much?”

                  No, because that’s a bullshit question. It’s practically impossible to give one good reason why ANY PROSPECT EVER should be though of highly, “other than what he did in college and the minors”, because that’s exactly what you evaluate prospects on. By your convoluted logic, there’s never any reason anybody without significant major league experience would ever merit a callup, and by your logic, every single prospect who doesn’t throw a no-hitter or hit three grand slams in his first big league appearance is a bust.

                  But I’ll give it to you anyway.

                  Ian Kennedy has plus command, plus location, and is highly projectable. He’ll probably never be a staff ace, but he’s good enough to be a #3, based on the fact that his pitches have deception, he can control location exceedingly well, and he changes speeds effectively. Is he a sure thing? Of course not, nobody is. But the needle is still pointing upwards.

                • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

                  JD, what do you want me to say to that? You want me to give you a reason why people are enamored with Ian Kennedy other than him being a well-regarded, polished starting pitcher out of college; one that lived up to his billing in the Minor Leagues as a command artist with strikeout ability?

                  I don’t know, you are asking a pretty tall order.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

                  And I’m not calling you an antichrist, just think your statement was foolishly shortsighted. Don’t take it personal.

                • JD

                  I’m not taking it personal. Just stating one person’s opinion. Thats what threads like this are for.

                • http://evizions.com eVizions

                  I hope I didn’t miss this little exchange. I really can’t understand why you hate Kennedy so much. He didn’t perform this year, end of story. That doesn’t mean that he’s done as a prospect and only has the upside of a “5th starter in the NL”. He’s got good enough stuff to be a good ML starter. He’s had enough success in his college and minor league career to still consider him a prospect. There’s no question his stock has dropped, but I think most scouts would agree that he still has a LOT of upside. He’s 23 (24?). Give him a break. I was as disappointed as everyone when he didn’t perform, but I’m not going to write him off right away. He’s got the tools. Should we write Hughes off, too?

                • JD

                  Dude your like 3 hours late. Again, I dislike Kennedy and your not going to change that. And he might, MIGHT, be a MLB #5 starter for a NL team but not for an AL team and NOT for us. End of story! Thank you, have a nice. Do not pass go and collect $200.

                  :)

  • JohnC

    What is the deal with Bleich? There are still some analysts and writers out there who think he will need TJ surgery? Have those fears been put to rest or is that still in question?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      He needs TJ like Gerrit Cole’s dad is a billionaire.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Gerrit Cole’s dad is a bazillionaire, duhh.

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          Gerrit Cole’s dad makes it rain on bitchez.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

            Mark Cole = Lil’ Wayne

            • Andy In Sunny Daytona

              Gerrit’s dad had Princess Madeleine of Sweden take Gerrit to his Senior Prom.

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

                Seriously, though, Mike, if Bleich really does need TJ, what are he/we waiting for? Cut him up and start his timetable.

                • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

                  That’s the thing, there were whispers of him needing it, but no concrete decisions. During some of his post-draft interviews, Damon Oppenheimer said that it was not definite. People took that as Yankee BS and ran with their own assumptions. Now they are looking quite foolish.

                  To assume only makes an ass out of you and me.

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

                  Bottom line: If Andrew Brackman didn’t need to have TJ so soon after being drafted, then the thought of Bleich needing TJ wouldn’t even cross anyone’s mind.

                • Andy In Sunny Daytona

                  Seriously? It’s a little too late for that!

              • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                Ha… I used to work with her boyfriend. Random.

  • colin

    Theres also a blurb about Romine in that piece.

    “Another quality catcher in this league is Austin Romine, son of former big league outfielder Kevin Romine. The Yankees picked him in the second round in 2007, and, at 19, he’s one of the youngest players in the league. I liked his smooth swing and line-drive stroke; He profiles as a solid offensive catcher in the majors.”

    • Reggie C.

      I think he’s only 19 or 20 years old. Yanks should really just do Montero and Romine favors by making the former a 1B , and the latter the full-time Catcher. Romine’s a freaking kid and he’s got to get accustomed to being the primary catcher for a ballclub.

      • Chris

        I think there’s more value in saving their knees by keeping them splitting time behind the plate.

      • steve (different one)

        Yanks should really just do Montero and Romine favors by making the former a 1B , and the latter the full-time Catcher.

        how does that do Montero any favors?

        how does it help the organization?

        all it helps is impatient fans.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

          Impatient fans who think all of our prospects are sure things.

          • K.B.D.

            But they are.

            And 4 of them for Pujols is fair, right?

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

              Silly K.B.D. Didn’t you know that we could acquire any player in the majors for Kennedy and Melky?

              • K.B.D.

                BTW, K.B.D. is the old Kyle D. who sometimes commented. As if anyone cares.

                • Andy In Sunny Daytona

                  Can’t you still comment as Kyle D.?

          • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

            Exactly, when are we going to learn that the only talent evaluator in the world of baseball that can uncover sure things is Theo Epstein.

            Daniel Bard is the next Joe Nathan.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          WHY THE FUCK IS MY BURRITO TAKING THIS LONG TO COOK IN THIS MICROWAVE!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!??!?!?!!!

        • Reggie C.

          My main concern is on Romine. I dont want to see the Yanks make him soft by playing him at catcher only 55/60 percent of the time. With his frame catching more games isn’t a hazard. Let him build the stamina this upcoming season. I’m not saying rush him or Montero. I’m saying let them learn their positions. If anything the Yanks should significantly reduce Montero’s catching appearances to prep romine.

          • radnom

            Posada was playing second base when he was Romines age.

            Not making him catch every single game isn’t going to make him “soft”, its going to prevent him from being shot at age 30. Assuming he is still playing baseball then.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

            You have a point, but it’s probably not as big a deal as you’re making it.

            Look, one of the reasons people cite about how Jorge has been healthy and productive for as long as he has (before this year) is that he didn’t catch a lot of games as a youngster, so his legs have less mileage on them. One man’s “stamina building” is another man’s wear-and-tear.

            • UWS

              To be fair, some guys could certainly benefit from building stamina. *wink*

              • Andy In Sunny Daytona

                cheeky

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Dude, Jesus Montero does not need to be an average defender behind the plate to be immensely valuable. He can be Brian McCann behind the damn plate. As long as he’s not a butcher, he is more more valuable catching than at First Base.

        • Yankee1010

          Agreed. It seems like no matter how many times people hear this, they will still want Montero to play 1B. Or Cano to play 1B. Or Cano to play LF, etc. Some people just don’t understand offensive output relative to defensive position. And never will.

        • Reggie C.

          And i’m saying that a natural catcher is a better bet. I’m not penciling Romine or montero behind the plate, but b/w the two, i’d rather have Romine who’s got a decent shot at becoming a solid Posada-type. Montero did improve , but from what i’ve read he’s still below-avg and the position only gets harder from here on out.

          • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

            Who the hell said Austin Romine can provide Posada-esque production as a Catcher?

            • Reggie C.

              I’m stating best case scenario. Its tough to put ceilings on guys out of Low-A. Sure, Posada-level ceiling is a big compliment, but you look at Romine’s numbers and you read that his strike zone judgment is terrific (low K rate), and its a good base.

              • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

                No it’s not. Nobody ever said Austin Romine has the in-game power that Jorge Posada has.

                Look, the point is that Jesus Montero is more valuable than Austin Romine if he is not a butcher behind home plate. Das it.

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona

            I’ve been saying it all along, move Cano to catcher and Montero to centerfield.

            • Reggie C.

              Cano gunning down base stealers– I see it. Calling a game?….

              Montero a CF? Only if MLB allows the Yanks to use a 4th OF.

            • radnom

              I loled

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

              “I’ve been saying it all along, move Cano to catcher and Montero to centerfield.”

              And have Melvin Croussett and Lyle Mouton at second and short, for the greatest double-play combo in Yankees history!

              • Andy In Sunny Daytona

                You have to put Melvin at short. With his arm strength, he could be the first everyday lefty shortstop.

          • steve (different one)

            aren’t you also assuming that they will keep moving up at the same levels together?

            couldn’t you put Montero in AA and Romine in AAA or vice-versa, when it gets to that point?

            they don’t HAVE to share time forever…

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    I think I’m beginning to hate Ian Kennedy. Any mention of his name on a public forum results in comments and articles that make you want to perform a Stone Cold Stunner on someone.

    • K.B.D.

      Kennedy tried to take a heel turn with that interview he gave after the Angels’ game.

      … Anybody along for the ride with me?

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        I like how the people who bash IPK for those comments are so wholly ignorant to the post-game comments he made down at Scranton Wilkes-Barre after an ensuing bad outing.

        On a more serious note, is Stone Cold still around? I would love to see some get Stunnered one last time.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          Steve Austin is retired and teaching in the Quantitative Reasoning Program at Wellesley College.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          I like how the people who bash IPK for those comments are so wholly ignorant to the post-game comments he made down at Scranton Wilkes-Barre after an ensuing bad outing history of major league baseball and the natural world.

          Fixed.

    • radnom

      Listen man…Kennedy is a number 5 starter in the NL West best case..BEST CASE scenario.

      *shoots self*

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

        KICK-WHAM-STUNNER~~

  • Mike Pop

    Say we had just an in house rotation for 2011 who would most likely be in it Wang Joba Phil Brackman Dellin/Zmac ?

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      1. Joba Chamberlain
      2. Phil Hughes
      3. Chien-Ming Wang
      4. Zach McCallister
      5. Ian Kennedy

      • Mike Pop

        Ok so I basically had it

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          You know who are the wild cards? Alan Horne and Christian Garcia. Most of the regulars know of my unrewarded faith in Chris Garcia, and I also have yet to give up on Alan Horne.

          • Mike Pop

            What bout Dellin he will prob be in trip A by then or so ?

            • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

              Yeah, that’s why I left him out. I’m assuming he and Andrew Brackman will spend the majority of each season at one level.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

            Jamal, I want you to be my future children’s life coach.

            Jamal G = Matt Foley

            • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

              Matt Foley was a man. He was 33.

              • Mike Pop

                Jamal ur giants are fucked… Roy Williams baby

                • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

                  The Lions? LoLoLoLoLoLoLoLoLoLoLoLoL…oL.

                • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

                  Oh shit, just heard about the trade.

                  T.O. meltdown in 3…2…1…

                • Andy In Sunny Daytona

                  I hope someone can play Corner. Pacman is gone for 4 games.

                • Mike Pop

                  Mike Jenkins no prob

            • Andy In Sunny Daytona

              Hey you kids are probably saying to yourselves: I’m gonna go out there and grab the world by the tail! and wrap it around and pull it down and put it in my pocket. Well I’m here to tell you that you’re probably going to find out, as you go out there, that you’re not going to amount to jack squat!

              • Mike Pop

                And I live in a van down by the river !!!

      • Matt M.

        CC Sabathia.

        acquiring him and winning a WS ring will OBVIOUSLY make him a ‘true yankee’ and thus cement his place as one of our in-house heroes lol

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I was watching the Junior Scrabble Championship on the Deuce, and those kids make the Spelling Bee kids look cool.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      “Watching”, “Scrabble” and “Spelling Bee” should never appear together in a sentence that appears to be judging the coolness of others. ;)

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        It’s a long day at the golf course.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      I thought the Junior Scrabble Championship was broadcast on ESPN 8, “The Ocho”?

  • Reggie C.

    AWWWWWWWWW HELLLLL NOOOOO!!! Roy Williams acquired by the Cowboys!!

    Be Very Afraid. Damn… Get Tony G. now!

  • http://www.baby-bombers.com RPimpsner

    It is said to see people giving up on young pitchers becquse of a bad year. If you look at history, all good starters had terrible starts to thier majorl eague career. Teams have to stick with the youngsters in the majors and let them develop. That ws the Yankees problem and still is. Kennedy should had been pitching in the Major Leagues this year to learn how to pitch to major leaguers. The same ththing with hithrers

  • iujo’jkll/;’kl;

    ANDREW BUSTMAN