Jan
04

Yanks’ farm system ranked middle of the pack

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I’ve gotten about a million emails about this (give or take a few hundred thousand), so I figured it was time to address it on the site. From Jim Callis’ chat over at ESPN last week (sub. req’d):

M Kantar (Marlborough, MA): Hi Jim, I have actually pre ordered a copy of the 2009 Prospect Handbook. I did have one question about where would the Red Sox farm system rank in MLB, about #9 overall?

SportsNation Jim Callis: The Handbook is off at the printer’s and should be back in mid-January. I won’t give away all of our farm system rankings–and we will update them again in spring training after more trades are made–but I will tell you that the Red Sox system ranked 13th.

. . .

Doug (NY): Since you can’t give away the Sox ranking without their heated rivals, yankees please. thanks!

SportsNation Jim Callis: OK, that seems fair enough. The Yankees ranked 15th.

Most of them emails asked the same thing: a) I thought the Red Sox had such a great system, and b) are the Yanks ranked too low? Let’s get the BoSox portion out of the way first.

The Sox had a great system coming into ’08, ranked #2 overall by Baseball America. During the season they graduated Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury, Justin Masterson and Jed Lowrie to the big league club, who were ranked their #1, 2, 4 and 5 prospects, respectively. Graduating four Top 100 prospects will take the huge bite out of any system, and that’s the main reason for their drop. Ryan Kalish struggled as he returned from a wrist problem, and Nick Hagadone had Tommy John surgery after 10 innings. Craig Hansen and Brandon Moss were dealt away, also contributing to their slide. The Sox have four legit prospects at or above the Double-A level, and one of those is a fastball-only reliever who walked 3.46 batters per nine innings last year. The rest of their talent is in the lower minors, and Junichi Tazawa is just a hyped up question mark at this point. Their ranking did seem a bit low, but it’s reasonable.

As far as the Yanks go, it’s a similar situation. Right at the top, Joba and Ian Kennedy graduated to the bigs a year after being Top 100 guys. Jose Tabata, Jeff Marquez, Ross Ohlendorf and Dan McCutchen were traded away after ranking amongst the Yanks’ top 14 prospect coming into the year. Alan Horne blew out his shoulder , Frankie Cervelli had his wrist broken, and JB Cox struggled in his return from TJ. Carmen Angelini had a bad year, and Humberto Sanchez’s return from TJ wasn’t so glorious. Of the guys that did take a big step forward, two of them will start next year as 26 year olds who project as back-end starters/relievers (Phil Coke & Al Aceves). Outside of Austin Jackson, all of their high end talent is in A-ball or lower. Then, of course, you have to factor in the unsigned first and second round picks from the draft. All that adds up to a middle of pack ranking.

Ranking fifteenth overall isn’t terrible, but it’s definitely a step down from the past two or three years. The Yanks will have picks in every round but the third next year (assuming they don’t sign another Type-A free agent), so they’ll have a chance to replenish the system a bit.

Categories : Minors
  • A.D.

    Exactly this isn’t some type of warning sign, its just that players graduate. Big hit was Horne and the Tabata trade, hopefully strong play by the A-ball guys this year

    • Jay CT

      In a way it seems a positive when a team “graduates” top guys and falls to 13 or 15. It shows that the rest of the system isn’t crap.

    • Mark

      The yankees will not have a 2nd round pick, as the author seems to think. they received a 3rd round pick as compensation for not signing their 2nd rounder. they will only have 1 3rd rounder since they have signed three type A free agents.

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

        The comp pick for Scott Bittle is the 76th overall pick no matter what. Once the rest of the Type-A & B’s free agents start signing, that pick will get pushed down into the back end of the second round. Right now it’s just sitting in the early third round, but that’s just temporary.

        The round number is irrelevant anyway, it’s the 76th overall pick.

        • 27 this year

          people just don’t get it. You ahve said that like 600 million times.

    • eric

      Of course the red sox graduated guys who helped them make the playoffs where the Yanks graduated guys who *cost* them a shot at the playoffs. Yanks system was/is overrated. This is where they belonged a year ago and to put them here now is a reach.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Great comment, Eric. Compelling, and rich.

        Well, that’s gonna do it for all of us here at Channel 4 News… You stay classy, San Diego.

        • eric

          Sarcasm is for the lazy and people who have run out of ideas. Do you disagree with anything I said?

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I can’t disagree with anything you said, you didn’t say anything.

          • Mike P

            Here’s an “idea”… take 5 seconds out of your day to stop loathing the Yankees and look up some facts.

            On what planet did Buchholtz’s 6.75 ERA and 1.76 WHIP over 76 innings help the Sox get to the playoffs? How about Jed Lowrie’s .258 BA and .339 OBP? Silly me, those must have been the exceptions. I mean, everybody knows that Ellsbury rakes so well he makes The Splinter look like a hobo… wait a second, upon further inspection… Jacoby put up a line of .280 .336 .394. Not exactly hall worthy.

            Lowrie and Ellsbury put up OPS+ of 90 and 87 (respectively). You know how many teams would make the playoffs with rosters filled with numbers like that? I’m guessing zero, though I don’t know, because I’m “lazy” (read: sarcastic).

            Yeah, Hughes and IPK didn’t help the Yanks make the playoffs. But no one on here was claiming they did. And no one had any beef with the Sox rank, nor did they rip on any of the Sox promising young talent. Furthermore , Joba ran circles around all of the Sox prospects who were “graduated” last season.

            I’m six of Red Sox fans who can’t simply have pride in their own team, and can only get off on ripping the Yankees. I live in Boston, and that seems to be the way the whole city operates. Oh well, I guess nearly nine full decades of SUCK will do that to you.

            • Doug

              add to that, ellsbury wasn’t even playing towards the end of the year. that’s actually how he helped the sox make the playoffs…by sitting on the bench.

            • Little Pony

              OK Doug,
              Here’s the thing. We don’t hate the Yankees, we hate you; that is Yankees fans. Your sense of entitlememnt is amazing. Too many options. If the yanks suck you can morph to the Mets. If the Jets suck ( which they always will) you can morph in to Giants fans, etc etc. Your list of unproven Red Sox talent was interesting; You conveniently forgot to mention mssrs Pedroia, Youklis, Papelbon, Lester and Masterson; All homegrown.
              By the way, I was dissapointed in not getting Texeira, but glad that the Yanks did. Also happy they got CC and Burnett. Let’s be honest, the rivalry is what makes it all fun. On paper no one can touch the Yanks, but luckily tha games are played on the field, not paper. It will be all the sweeter this year to see the Yanks go down in flames with this lineup. I have 1 last wish; please sign Manny! I can’t wait to see him roam the outfield and spar with drill seargent Giardi.
              Oh, by the way, stay off the Cape!
              See you at Friendly Fenway
              Little Pony

              • Mike P

                1) Pay closer attention… you were obviously attacking my post, and not Doug’s. Doug is probably a nice guy, don’t pick on him.

                2) Funny how you hate me/Yankee fans and not the Yankees, since over the last 5 years I’ve seen countless “Jeter sucks A-Rod” and “Yankees Suck” t-shirts, but none that stated “Mike P Sucks”. I should probably get my vision checked, huh?

                3) The fact that you suggest a Yankees fan could/would “morph” into a Mets fan, or that a Jets fan could morph into a Giants fan (or vice versa) proves beyond any reasonable doubt how little you know about that which you speak. That would be like someone who went to Boston University one day conveniently deciding that they would rather be a Boston College sports fan. DOES NOT HAPPEN!

                4) You’re right, I did fail to mention those players. Though with the exception of Masterson, it was INTENTIONAL. Did you actually read the article?? It lists 4 players which the Red Sox graduated from prospect status this past year, causing their farm ranking to drop: Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury, Justin Masterson and Jed Lowrie. No where do they mention Pedroia, Youklis, Papelbon, or Lester. Don’t get me wrong, they are all extremely talented players, and I would be proud/thrilled to have had any of them come up through the Yankees system. But they had nothing to do with the article.

                Furthermore, I was specifically responding to Eric, who claimed that the Red Sox “graduated guys who helped them make the playoffs.” No doubt Pedroia, Youk, Papelbon and Lester got the Sox to the playoffs – probably more so than anyone else on the team. But none of them were the graduated players Eric or the article were referencing.

                I also conveniently didn’t mention guys like Jeter/Rivera/Posada/Cano, because although they are important members of our team, they didn’t come up last year.

                As for not mentioning Masterson, I simply forgot because I was so fired up by my tirade against the other 3 guys. Masterson had a downright phenomenal year – I can admit that.

                5) I was glad to see the Yanks get Tex too, at least 50% because I was scared of the Sox picking him up. Also big on CC, less so on AJ.

                I don’t think the Yanks are as impressive on paper as some fans do, but in the very least there is some new (if maybe temporary) excitement injected into the rivalry headed into next season.

                6) While I wouldn’t turn in my Yankee fan card, I would be truly disgusted if Cashman and co. ever seriously considered acquiring Ramirez. The fact that the Sox were willing to ship him out of town in the middle of a close pennant race should be more than enough evidence for any sane Yankee fan to decide against the idea.

                Lastly, I hate to break it to you, but I work on the Cape (Barnstable). So hah!

                Good luck this year – hopefully we keep it a close one to the end.

                • waswhining

                  Your patience in dealing with the baseball challenged is commendable. Rarely does any analysis here (I live in Boston) rise above the “Yankees Suck” or “Jeter sucks AROD” mentality. What started as a joke of some sort has become the overriding identity not only of the finger nose picking drunks who started it but their children and the neighborhood kids as well.

                  The punishment for sin, I’m reminded, is to become what the sin is. Screw around on your wife and you become an adulterer, etc. Walk/drive around with these trashy t-shirts and bumper stickers and you literally become the foul mouthed cretins of a primitive nation.

                  Thank God we’re better than all that and have the breeding and class not to feel entitled but to be thankful for who we are. God bless us one and all.

                  Oh, and Red Sox Fans suck.

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

                If the yanks suck you can morph to the Mets. If the Jets suck ( which they always will) you can morph in to Giants fans, etc etc.

                That is beyond laughable. If anything, the Red Sox are the undisputed king of bandwagon fans.

              • andrew

                dude fans on both sides are dicks. but look at yourself. you’re on a yankees forum, attacking us. get a life and get back to your threads……bitch.

            • eric

              Bucholtz didn’t help in 2008. Lowrie was an above average MLB Shortstop and an upgrade. Ells. wasn’t an all-star but played good defense and stole a ton of bases. If/when he can get his OBP up to something acceptable he’ll be Ichiro without the arm. Regardless, Ellsbury would have started more games in NY than he did in Boston (because of Crisp).

              You decided to ignore Masterson (top setup guy)

              You also ignored Hansen and Moss, who were turned in to Jason Bay (who would be the best OFer on the NYY).

              Fact is Kennedy and Hughes were overrated by the Yanks, the relied upon as keys to the 2008 rotation — with no backup plan and no talent in the minors good enough to trade and get help. They failed miserably. Now dynamic duo have zero trade value, so the Yanks were forced to abandon all their talk about developing from within and are back to spending like it’s 1986. Can Steve Kemp be far behind?

              People keep mentioning Jackson. If you don’t like Ellsbury you *really* won’t like Jackson. He doesn’t make contact. Hype, hype, hype.

            • Doug

              Mike, thanks for having my back but I would have responded on my own.

              And, you’re right. It’s obvious that Little Pony didn’t read anything other than your post, and decided to go on a little misguided tirade.

            • eric

              Another thing. Using OPS+ to quantify the value of key defensive positions is BS.

              Ellsbury had a WARP (which accounts for D) of +6.4, Lowrie was +2.5. That’s a combined +8.9 from a part-time CF/SS rookie combo.

              There were no Yankee offensive rookies who cracked 1.0. Cano (6.0) wass the only Yank under 32 who cracked 2. For positional comparison’s sake Jeter was +4.4, Melky was +1.7.

              • Doug

                nobody is arguing that ellsbury isn’t a good player who has a chance to be great player in time.

                my point was that he didn’t play much down the stretch and was deemed more vauable on the bench than on the field in late september and october.

                • eric

                  I was replying more to Mike’s comment about Lowrie and Ellsbury’s OPS+ and defending myself against charges of not having and substance to my comments.

                • Doug

                  good enough

                • eric

                  To your point about him being on the bench, the WARP stat means he contributed 6.4 wins above a “replacement player”. It would have been more if they didn’t have a decent other option in Crisp. Those wins he contributed to in June count as much as the ones the team got without him in Sept.

                  With the D factored in, Lowrie was a better player than Jeter in 2008 (when he played)

                • Doug

                  don’t disagree with you. ellsbury played pretty well over the 1st half of the season. always wondered why crisp replaced him in the 1st place.

                • eric

                  Crisp got hot about Aug 1, while Ellsubury slumped. Simple as that, I think. I believe the wrist injury Ellsbury suffered early in the season affected him quite a bit.

              • Mike P

                I would contest that Lowrie was an above average SS. The primary reason his call-up was regarded as a success was because he was being most proximately compared to Julio Lugo. Much in the same way that Yankees fans got excited about Brett Gardner – let’s be honest, he couldn’t hit his way out of a paper bag, even though happens to be insanely fast and can play decent defense – because he was being most closely compared to the horrendous season that Melky was having. Lowrie may very well turn into a solid major league SS, I’m not picking on the kid. All I’m saying is that he did not contribute substantially to the Sox making the playoffs this past year.

                As for Ellsbury, I think he unquestionably would have been the best CF on the Yankees last year, far and away. But again, you seem to be missing the point. Crisp is every bit as good (better by most measures) defensively as Ellsbury. And towards the latter part of the season he was unstoppable at the plate. The Sox would have survived perfectly well last season without Ellsbury patrolling CF. You claimed the 4 graduated players helped get the Sox to the playoffs. With the exception of Masterson, I don’t think they helped anymore than some available replacement.

                As for Masterson, I already apologized (read the other replies before you post) for mistakenly ignoring him. He had a great season.

                Again, you wanted to give credit to the guys the Sox “graduated” for making the playoffs. The way I see it, that group only contains Buchholtz, Ellsbury, Lowrie, and Masterson… I did not interpret your first post to be including anyone else.

                Though if you did intend to include them… to be fair, Hanson and Moss were not turned into Bay. Manny Ramirez was turned into Jason Bay. Hanson and Moss were just the tax that was necessary to compensate for another team taking on Manny’s attitude. Hanson has thus far been a bust (though I admit I liked him a ton coming out of college), and Moss probably won’t be more than a solid 4th OF.

                While OPS+ obviously doesn’t incorporate defense, it is not BS. Specifically regarding the Red Sox, Ellsbury, though strong defensively, did not represent an upgrade over Crisp last year – both are excellent CFs.

                More importantly, I don’t understand why you incessantly turn this into a Sox prospects vs. Yanks prospects argument. I didn’t make any such claim, and I don’t believe anyone else up to this point in the thread had either.

                Pay attention here, this is really important…
                You asked Tommie if he disagreed with anything you said. You basically made two claims: (1) That the Sox rookies helped them make the playoffs, and (2) That the Yanks system was overrated, and that their rookies hurt their season.
                I explicitly said that I disagreed with point (1). I also explicitly acknowledged that the Yanks rookies hurt them last year.

                Kennedy may have been overrated, I personally haven’t seen many of his games, so I won’t even defend him.

                But to say that Hughes was overrated by the Yankees is simply ignorant. He was almost universally acknowledged as the number 1 pitching prospect in all of baseball (with Homer Bailey favored by some) prior to last season, by reputable scouting authorities OUTSIDE OF THE YANKEES ORGANIZATION. Unless you also deem Buchholtz to have zero trade value (which I assume you don’t), then please don’t spout off about how Hughes has none either.

                As for abandoning their youth movement… it could be persuasively argued (I believe), that the Yankees decisions to sign elite free agents this offseason as opposed to trading away their young talent the last two years is entirely consistent with developing from within. Had the Red Sox successfully signed Teixeira, would you have said that was an abandonment of developing from within, since they have Lars Anderson waiting in the wings? Probably not.

                If I didn’t make this clear already, I do like Ellsbury. As for Jackson, I’m not on his bandwagon yet. He strikes me as more of a great athlete in general than a pure baseball player. Most guys like that don’t pan out… like you said, being a good athlete doesn’t automatically make you good at hitting a baseball.

                • eric

                  I didn’t say Lowrie was above average (although he was). Lugo sucked/got hurt and he was able to step in and be an improvement (0 errors at short, by the way). He also filled in for Lowell at 3b some. That’s helping.

                  Ellsbury played more corner OF than CF, so your point about Crisp is not valid. Whether you define him as the CFer or 4th OFer he was a vluable contributor and exactly what they needed in and OF with a guy who quit (Manny), a guy who got hurt a lot (Drew) and a guy who is prone to longs slumps (Crisp).

                  Neither were superstars, but both filled key roles and filled holes that could have derailed a playoff runtheir farm. In other words: they did exactly what the NYY didn’t get from their farm in 2009. That was my point.

                • Mike P

                  I may have overlooked Ellsbury’s value as a “4th” outfielder given the nature of the Sox other 3, but I still think they make the playoffs last year without him.

                  Anyways, at 7:10am you did in fact say: “Lowrie was an above average MLB Shortstop”

                  While the Yanks farm contributed approximately zero to the rotation or field last year (minus some spot starting by Aceves near the end of the season), there were promising contributions from the bullpen.

              • Mike P

                Also, genuine props on adding substance (replacement player statistics, defensive metrics) to your replies… it’s not as funny as quoting Anchor Man, but, slightly more persuasive.

  • TheLastClown

    On XM Home Plate last night I heard an interview with the Reds’ #1 pick last year, Yonder Alonso. He’s supposed to be a stud, but when asked who he was impressed by in the HWL, he gave the standard: “Everyone is such amazing athletes, you know, the caliber of athlete is so good…” At which point he was cut off by the interviewer and asked, “No, I mean specific names, come on, who impressed you the most?”

    Silence.

    And then…

    “Brackman”

    • A.D.

      Nice

    • Jake H

      I like hearing that. Also consider that the Yanks top pick in the 07 draft didn’t pitch this year that also put the system a bit down. Now Brackman can make it up this year.

    • AndrewYF

      He was probably impressed by Brackman’s nipple rings.

  • Jake H

    If the Yanks guys hadn’t struggled I think the system would have been ranked higher. Almonte going into last season was considered a breakout canadite by BA and he had a great first half then struggled.

    • eric

      You can say that about every team in every sport in every year. Ever.

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

    I can’t wait to read the endless bitching by the SoSH community once they get a hold of this.

    So, who would you guys rank as your top-five systems? Mine – in no particular order after number one – are:

    1.Texas Rangers
    Oakland Athletics
    Atlanta Braves
    Tampa Bay Rays
    Kansas City Royals

    *San Francisco Giants

    *Sleeper: With a good year from Tim Alderson and Angel Villalona, they could have four guys – including Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey – in the top 35.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Mike, you agree with those ballpark figures of 13 for the Sox and 15 for us?

    What players are in their system that would put them in front of us, in your opinion?

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

      Sure, they rankings seem reasonable enough. I’d probably rank the prospects:

      1. Lars Anderson
      2. Austin Jackson
      3. Jesus Montero
      4. Michael Bowden
      5. Andrew Brackman
      6. Dan Bard

      But that’s just me.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Bard over Betances?

        • Steve H

          I was thinking the same thing. Bard is closer, but is a reliever, no matter what. If Betances struggles as a starter, he would profile as a similar reliever to Bard. With the potential of being a top flight starter, I’d have Betances over Bard for now.

        • dan

          melancon? riveras replacement. he has to be there somewhere

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        I think Scout.com has Montero at #5 and Lars Anderson at like #76. But I wouldn’t know because I’m not a member. *wink*

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I heard that torpedo hit the hull, and you were never here.

        • frankbtxt

          Wouldn’t doubt it. I think Montero is going to be a better prospect than any in that list by the end of next season.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          Or Anderson could be even #84, but again, this is just speculation.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I suspect Mike put Anderson in front of Montero because Anderson has made it to (and hit in) AA already.

            But, Montero is what, two years younger? He probably has a higher ceiling, but Anderson is closer to making it.

            Six of one, half-a-dozen of another.

            • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t10twK4BZoc Kevin G.

              What is Montero’s ceiling, anyway?

              • Ivan

                With the bat alone, the dude ceiling is quite extraordinary.

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

                30-HR bat with the ability to hit for average at, possibly, the catching position. You can’t get much better than that. Also, his contact rates are improving (K% dropped a full point from the 2007 season to this season (16.8% to 15.8%)). Lastly, his plate-discipline showed itself in his first year stateside, he had a .073 IsoD; for a guy in his age-17 season (at the time), that’s sick.

                • ‘The’ Steve

                  Yeah, he’s still soooo young. We seem to forget that at times. His bat will get him to the bigs, at one position or another.

                • http://Thatceilingisn'tbetterthanLars' Cesart

                  Lars’ ceiling is probably .320 with 40 HR. Power is still developing, but every scouting report seems to suggest he is a Teixeira comp.

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

            That was probably coming into 2008. No self-respecting prospect observer would rank him outside of their top 35.

            • Andy In Sunny Daytona

              No, that’s the updated list after this season. Alledgedly.

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

                Then that’s a whole lotta BS.

                • Andy In Sunny Daytona

                  Brett Gardner is ranked higher than him. So it must be true.

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

                  That is batshit insane.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Yeah, Lars Anderson put up a .423 wOBA in 133 AB’s at Double-A, that’s a lot better than the 76th or 84th best prospect in the game.

                • Andy In Sunny Daytona

                  Agreed. I’m so glad I’m not a member on that site.

                • Gurris

                  That list has David Robertson as #45. Yes, that David Robertson.

      • Ivan

        No Melancon?

        I mean Bard is a reliever, and if that’s the case, Melancon is better than Bard.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I’d agree with that as well.
          Betances >>> Melancon >>> Bard

        • ryan

          yeah melancon dominated 3 levels fresh off TJ. It’s almost a guarantee that he makes his Debut in 09. how could he not be ahead of bard.

      • greg

        I don’t get Bard over Melancon if we’re comparing top relief prospects.

        • AndrewYF

          I think Mike just forgot about Melancon.

      • ‘The’ Steve

        If Montero stays at C, then its Montero>Lars>A-Jax

        Lars is a very fine bat, but he’s a stiff at 1B.

    • http://everythingbaseball.wordpress.com Aaron

      Most of their positional player prospects are closer than ours. That fact could rate their system, as a whole, higher than ours even though some of our prospects (specifically Montero) may have a higher overall potential.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    the Yanks are ready to unveil Teixeria.

    The Yankees are making plans for a press conference to fete new first baseman Mark Teixeira, perhaps as early as Tuesday, according to baseball sources.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....ira-1.html

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Any idea what uniform number he’ll have?

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t10twK4BZoc Kevin G.

        Well he was 25 in LA, but it’s still anybody’s guess.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          If memory serves, he was 23 in Texas, 24 in Atlanta, and 25 in LA, so he seems to have established a pattern. Can he convince HavaMolina to give him 26?

          Will El Duque give his blessing?

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        69. Because he’s a Pisces.

      • Brooklyn Ed

        here’s a list of #’s for him to choose from:

        6
        12
        14
        17
        19
        21 – ( I actually wouldn’t mind him wearing it)
        25
        35
        39
        45
        46
        47
        ….and so on.

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

          I’m pretty sure the Yankees are going to retire #6, and numbers 35 and 46 will not be given out so soon.

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

            Neither should 25.

            • Joey H

              I love the Big G. But lets be honest. What did he really accomplish here? While he was here we had only 1 trip to the WS in which we lost 4-2. Brought steroid controversy here. I love the guy. He was great for the fans and team while he was healthy but he it shouldn’t even be considered with Joe Torre’s 6 or Pettitte’s 46. Moose was another favorite of mine but what did he get us? He was pretty good in the 2001 WS. Was one of the best signings we had for a pitcher. While we shouldn’t retire his number, I wouldn’t be so shy away to give it out any time soon.

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

                Giambi in his seven season as a Yank: 207 HR, .404 OBP, .926 OPS

                He also hit .278-.400-.510 in the playoffs, with two homers off Pedro in G7 of the ’03 ALCS to set up Aaron Boone.

                And for all the steroid controversy, he was one of the very few to come forward, admit his mistake, not duck the issue and blame it on someone else, and take all the boos that came with it.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Plus, he pounds the Jack and rocks the ‘Stache.

                  And chicks dig the longball.

                  http://www.metstoday.com/wp-co.....ograph.jpg

                • Joey H

                  Yeah you really soften the blow there Mike. 207 over 7 years doesn’t look so bad. It comes out to about 30 a year(kill me if I’m off) But how about the two pitiful years where his batting average was in the low .200′s and his HR totals didn’t crack 15 because he could hardly give us a healthy 80 games. I get where you are coming from with the steroids and it is admirable how he handled the horrible situation but it doesn’t take away from the problem itself whether you did it for your daddy or not.

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

                  Yeah, but how many free-agent contracts produce at the same level for the entire length of the pact? Everybody gets injured. Sure, you have every right to blame Jason Giambi for his 2004 struggles because that was widely reported to be as a result of steroid withdrawal. However, he had plantar fasciitis in 2007, you can’t really kill the guy for that, can you?

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

              True. I really feel bad about Jason Giambi, people really don’t understand that he was worth his contract. Two injury-shortened seasons out of seven, five well-above-average seasons and a good clubhouse presence. However, seeing as how he didn’t hit .300 outside of the first two years, Jon Heyman ranked him as one of the 20 worst free-agent signings in MLB history. Fucking tool.

            • Jay CT

              Mike, I thought it was you arguing against all the numbers being retired, which I agree with. Along the same line, why hold out Giambis number( or any other for that matter)? I realize he was productive for many years but we are not talking about a call up her; we are talking about a cornerstone of the franchise for many years to come. I don’t think it’s disrespectful to give him someone like Giambi’s number at all.

          • Brooklyn Ed

            didnt the Yanks gave out to 46 to Erickson and Guiel after Pettitte left? I know Guiel came in 06, but that’s a different story. Erickson came in the year after Petttitte left?

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

              It wasn’t Erickson, it was Donovan Osborne. He was a big lefty like the Pettitte.

              • Brooklyn Ed

                oh okay, thanks.

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Donovan Osborne #46 2004
                Alan Embree #46 2005
                Darrell May #46 2005
                Scott Erickson #46 2006
                Aaron Guiel #46 2006
                Andy Pettitte #46 2007
                Andy Pettitte #46 2008

                http://www.yankeenumbers.com/p.....=%3D%2C%2C

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I’m pretty sure the Yankees are going to retire #6, and numbers 35 and 46 will not be given out so soon.

            *cough*51*cough*

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

              Yeah, I didn’t see the “… and so on” part; I was just going off of the numbers listed.

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Yeah, after I posted I figured that’s what you had done.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t10twK4BZoc Kevin G.

            46 still might be used this season. Imagine if Teixeira took 46 right before Pettitte signed (assuming he does sign).

            • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

              They also shouldn’t give up 21, that’s Latroy Hawkins’ number.

            • Brooklyn Ed

              all hell would break loose for Andy. lol

              took me a while to realize 46 would make sense for Teixeria, 23×2. =X lol

          • ‘The’ Steve

            In order to retire #6, Torre’s going to have to get over his hissy fit and say that he’d actually show up for the ceremony.

            Personally, I hope they give it to Montero in a few years. I’d rather retire it for a player, myself.

        • Joey H

          BURN THE NUMBER 45!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Wouldn’t it be oddly awesome if Carl Pavano became the first player in professional sports to ever have his number “retired” not for greatness, but for futility?

            • Joey H

              I wouldn’t categorize that under “awesome” at all. More like shameful. I wouldn’t let him breathe in my direction. I would be afraid of him spreading the injury bug.

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                I did say “oddly” awesome.

                As in, you’re in awe of it, just like you’re in awe of “When Animals Attack”.

                • Joey H

                  I know what you wrote. I am emphasizing my point.

                • GG

                  It really should go down like that…just tell future players “look you dont want that number, we dont care if you wore it in little league, high school, college, you WILL get hurt!”

  • Joey H

    Outstanding post Mike. I just wish we can produce more position players. Seems like our system has been drained since we graduated Jeter, Posada Bernie, Soriano(even though he is from Japan he was our product first)

    • 27 this year

      Soriano was from Japan?

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      A single tear rolls down Rooby Cano’s face.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Robby, sorry.

  • 27 this year

    Interesting tidbit,

    Steve Adams on mlbtr speculated that we might match up with the Nats to get Milledge who could be traded. He can play a good CF and has offensive ability. Beyond that, I don’t know much about him. Anyone know a decent trade proposal outside of IPK/Melky?

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      What would the Nats want? Pitching, I’d imagine…

      Untouchables (you probably remember this from the Peavy discussion):
      Cano, Joba, Hughes, Brackman, Betances, Melancon, Montero, AJax

      How about Humberto Sanchez and Austin Romine?

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

        Again, I still don’t feel a reliever should ever be labeled “untouchable”, their value is capped at such a lower end of the value spectrum. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying he should be considered a throw-in, but “untouchable” is a bit strong.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          See below.

      • ‘The’ Steve

        How about we pass. Anyone notice teams cant wait to get rid of this guy? He just was sent to the Nats last year, and now they want to ship him out as well. It’s Delmon Young all over again.

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

    What would you guys be comfortable giving up in a package for Lastings Milledge? Off the top of my head, I was thinking Ian Kennedy, Mark Melancon and Zach McAllister might be a reasonable offer, no?

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

      I’m pretty sure Brett Gardner could manage a .330 OBP. Milledge isn’t worth the headache, just like Manny. Especially since you have to give up talent to get him, not just money.

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

        I see your point, but I think people may be shitting on him just a bit too early. I don’t think guys are necessarily giving up on him, but the talent is there, and he closed out the final two months of the 2008 season with a .318/.378/.485 vital line. Next season will be his age-24 season, with the way he ended 2008, you can reasonably expect him to improve on those 2008 numbers.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I’d be totally down with acquiring Milledge.

          Just not for Cano, Joba, Hughes, Brackman, Betances, Melancon, Montero, or AJax.

          • Joey H

            Coke and Melky?

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Cabrera, and Cola… THEY GET THE JOB DONE!

              • Joey H

                Cabrera-Cola. Sounds too bitter.

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

            If they threw in Jack McGeary, would you be comfortable enough with departing with a Kennedy-Melancon-McAllister package?

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Maybe… I’m warming up to it.

              But why would they do that?

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

                True, as one commenter previously noted, Bowden is kind of a dick with the trades; so him throwing us another peice seems highly improbable.

                In the end, I think you and Mike were right, Milledge isn’t worth the talent it would take to get him.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Melancon, no.

      While I agree that closers aren’t as important as they’re made out to be and that reliever prospects are usually not untouchables, I’m not giving up a groomed closer of the future while our closer of the present is two years away from retirement.

      Melancon in the system prevents us from having to do something stupid like paying Fransisco Rodriguez 37M over 3 years. It’s like anti-dumb-move insurance.

      Despite our need at CF, Melancon is more necessary for our future than Milledge is, IMO.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        What he said.

      • http://poormansanalyst.wordpress.com/ dan

        “anti-dumb-move insurance”

        I’m sure Giants fans wished Sabean had that.

        And regarding Milledge–Bowden always asks the world for everybody. Whatever it would take to get Milledge wouldn’t be worth the return.

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

        I agree, the greatest value of having a cost-controlled, potential closer is that you don’t have to take any uber-risks in signing free-agent relievers to multi-year contracts.

        However, the strength of this system is it’s right-handed power arms, whether that be in the rotation or the bullpen. Granted, Mark Melancon is the cream of the crop, but isn’t it always wise to deal from a position of strength to supplement a position of weakness (i.e.: young, cost-controlled, right-handed relief for young, cost-controlled outfielders)?

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          However, the strength of this system is it’s right-handed power arms, whether that be in the rotation or the bullpen. Granted, Mark Melancon is the cream of the crop, but isn’t it always wise to deal from a position of strength to supplement a position of weakness?

          Which is why I’m willing to deal IPK, McAllister, Garcia, Grienke, Bruney, Edwar, Veras, Robertson, Albaladejo, Cox, Claggett, Whelan, and Hungry Hungry Humberto in the right deal…

          … but not Melancon. Because he’s the cream of the crop, as we agree.

          • Jake H

            I wouldn’t deal McAllister.

        • A.D.

          Milledge is a pretty bad CF, -10 UZR/150 last year

    • A.D.

      Nothing, I don’t want Lastings Milledge

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

    “24″ premiers next Sunday night?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? Fuck yes!!!!!!

    • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

      24 Redemption was great!

  • Ivan

    Shhhhh….my Eagles are about to play right now.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Hey, good luck to Donovan McNabb, he deserves some success for all the shit he gets from that town.

      In a totally related story, did you know that Donovan McNabb was the starting QB for me on my Championship winning RAB Fantasy Football League team, Tommie’s TItans? It’s true… We destroyed many a board regular. There was blood everywhere. I am awesome, and Mike, Joe, Rafi, JSB, Manimal, Pat, and countless others knelt humbly at the feet of my prowess season long.

      [ Fantasy Football Championship Bragging Rights Name Drop #2 of 1000 ]

      • http://Greg Greg P

        Do you guys do PPR?

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Half a point per reception.

          Top ten point producers were:
          1.) Drew Brees
          2.) DeAngelo Williams
          3.) Aaron Rodgers
          4.) Philip “Douchebaggery” Rivers
          5.) Jay Cutler
          6.) Michael Turner
          7.) Matt Forte
          8.) Larry Fitzgerald
          9.) Andre Johnson
          10.) Kurt Warner

      • Ivan

        McNabb was the guy who got me interested in the NFL and of course the Eagles. That dude gets too much flack. The guy year in and out plays with average talent on offense and wins. Philly fans will neva appreciate McNabb until he’s gone.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        I think McNabb gets too much shit, too. But fuck the Eagles.

  • A.D.

    Say no to Milledge, he’s a pretty bad CF, and he hasn’t really shown that he’s going to hit, so why would we want to give up talent for him

  • Ivan

    Key is for the Eagles, is on defense is to try slow down AP, undress Tavaris Jackson like a smutty ho, and offense get westbrook involve running the ball and have a balance attack and hopefully Andy Ried doesn’t play this game on offense like it’s Arena Football.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Yeah, he was a ho… FOR SHO!!!

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

    Nice job, FOX, showing me Chester Taylor walk off the field when they are measuring the first down.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Nic job, FOX having two douchebags in the booth every fuckin’ week. At least those two clowns won’t be doing the Super Bowl.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        … but Madden and Michaels will.

        Not good.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          I know…but I still take them over Buck and Aikman. They may be just as stupid but they come off as far less smug.

        • Ivan

          I’ll be honest, I like Madden and Michaels doing the games.

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

            As do I. I really don’t understand the uproar against them.

            • Ivan

              word.

              Not everybody has to be perfect.

              Besides, Madden is fuckin funny anyway.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I think I might actually appreciate putting Frank Caliendo in the booth with Michaels. I’m not kidding.

        • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

          Maybe Madden should go back to his job of making wedding videos.

          • Ivan

            I saw that one, that was hillarious.

  • Ivan

    Lets Go DeSean Jackson.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      At least he didn’t throw the ball away this time…

  • Ivan

    I think Mike and Tommie were talking about it,

    It just come to show ya how important it is to build a football team from the lines.

    In that 06 Draft, people killed the Texans for taking Mario Williams over the fancy RB and QB’s, and he might end up the best player of that group. Same with Jets drafting D’Brickashaw Ferguson. Isn’t he more valuable than Bush and Young.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Much. That was my main beef with Parcells as coach/GM/grand-poobah of the Jets, we wasted high draft picks on longshot WR’s and DB’s and ignored the lines. If you look at the teams that win consistently, they tend to use more day one picks on offensive and defensive linemen.

      Everything starts up front.

      • Ivan

        Something the Lions took for granted since the start of football history.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        I never knew that the ghost of Jackie Robinson drinks Gatorade. That slow kid who hit all those 3 pointers does too.

      • http://Greg Greg P

        Actually, 5 out of Parcells 8 first-day picks (1st and 2nd round) were DL and OL. The 3 exceptions were Farrior, Becht, and Pennington. I’m ok with those picks.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      I’m still pissed that Young won ROTY over Colston (my one remaining bit of Hofstra pride after going there for one year).

      • GG

        was checking out your blog post on the bench, i was sorta under the impression that cody ransom could come back? not that i had given much thought

  • Ivan

    So far the eagles are slowing down AP but not Taylor………great.

  • Doug

    As the “Doug” from the Callis chat, figured I should chime in here. I agree with Mike. We dropped from 5 to 15 in the rankings due mainly to a couple of things: trades and graduation.

    Here’s our top 10 last year:
    1. Joba Chamberlain, rhp
    2. Austin Jackson, of
    3. Jose Tabata, of
    4. Ian Kennedy, rhp
    5. Alan Horne, rhp
    6. Jesus Montero, c
    7. Jeff Marquez, rhp
    8. Brett Gardner, of
    9. Ross Ohlendorf, rhp
    10. Andrew Brackman, rhp

    Tabata, Marquez, and Ohlendorf are not in the organization because they were dealt, while Joba and Kennedy are not “prospect” eligible anymore due to playing time with the big club. So, half of our top 10 are no longer around.

    As for the remaining 5 guys, Jackson is now our #1 prospect, while Montero is #2, and Brackman is #3. Horne has had injury problems and isn’t even on our 40-man roster anymore. And while Gardner may be our starting CF this year, he really isn’t a great prospect.

    Now, here’s our current top 10:
    1. Austin Jackson, of
    2. Jesus Montero, c
    3. Andrew Brackman, rhp
    4. Austin Romine, c
    5. Dellin Betances, rhp
    6. Zach McAllister, rhp
    7. Alfredo Aceves, rhp
    8. Phil Coke, lhp
    9. Mark Melancon, rhp
    10. Bradley Suttle, 3b

    Of the above, the only one who may graduate to the majors is Coke. So barring trades (and injury of course), the other 9 guys should be on this list next year as well.

    And that brings us to another reason we dropped 10 slots. When BA does their system rankings, they give greater weight to guys closer to the majors (and rightfully so as they have a better chance of having any impact at all at the major league level). Now, looking at our top 10 again, only 3 guys will begin the year at AAA Scranton (Jackson, Aceves, and Melancon), and probably only 1 at AA Trenton (McAllister). That leaves 5 guys at HiA and lower (actually, there’ll all be at HiA Tampa). So, since we have a “young” top 10 experience-wise, we rank out a little lower than organizations who have more upper level prospects. As these guys gain another year of experience and move closer to the majors, we should automatically move back into the BA top 10 next year.

    And looking beyond next year, Yankee fans can anticipate the team to be very highly ranked for years to come. The lower levels of our minor league system are full of “toolsy” guys who, with a little experience (and good health), should develop into top-notch prospects over the next few years. For those interested, among the names to keep an eye on are Christian Garcia, Wilkins de la Rosa, Arodys Vizcaino, Jeremy Bleich, Garrison Lassiter, Kelvin De Leon, Jairo Heredia, Ryan Zink, Carmen Angelini, Brandon Laird, and Eduardo Sosa.

    • Jake K.

      I hate to say it, but I would bet my house against Chris Garcia ever throwing a pitch in the major leagues.

      • Jake H

        I think this season will be the telling year for him.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      You forgot Melvin Croussett.

    • ‘The’ Steve

      “Of the above, the only one who may graduate to the majors is Coke. So barring trades (and injury of course), the other 9 guys should be on this list next year as well.”

      I don’t think that’s the case. Aceves should head north with the team as the long man (if not the 5th starter) Melancon could break camp with the team, but will more likely be sent to AAA and take over for whoever stumbles in the bullpen around June. McAllister and A-Jax have an outside shot at spending some time on the 25 man later this season, and should certainly be September call ups if they have good seasons this year.

      So I think Aceves, Coke and Melancon are pretty safe bets to lose their status.

      • Doug

        I’ll give you Aceves if Hughes breaks camp with the team as the #5 starter. If he does, then Aceves is the 1st guy called up to fill in. But if Hughes starts in SWB, then I think he’s the 1st guy, and Aceves may not accumulate the required innings.

        And Melancon’s got an outside shot, but it would require a pen guy to go down with an injury or really falter early for him to get enough innings with the big club.

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  • eric

    There is no comparison between the Yanks farm systm and the Sox farm systm in recent years. Yanks should be happy to be listed within shouting distance of the sox by any ranking.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I wonder how long you’ll continue dropping in your fairly worthless opinions without adding in any actual thoughtful analysis or backing up any of your silly statements.

      My guess is three weeks, at which point you’ll either be blasted enough that you’ll give up or you’ll be utterly ignored as a troll.

      LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!

    • Mike P

      Hm… my understanding of the rankings was that they reflected the strengths of the systems as presently constituted, rather than grading the strength of the systems over “recent years”.

      Whoops, there I go being LAZY again.

  • eric

    I’m a troll?

    • Arman Tamzarian

      it would seem that way from your track recoord

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Hey Arman, can I borrow your copy of “Swank”?

        (Sorry I misquoted you earlier and implied you read “Juggs”. My mistake.)

    • ‘The’ Steve

      No good?

      How about slug?

      • eric

        So those who disagree are trolls, etc?

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  • Lanny

    The Yankees ranking at 15 is a gift. Rankings mean nothing but there is almost no talent at the high levels of the Yankees system in terms of position players.

  • Adrian-Retire21

    The Yankees biggest problem in the farm is most of the players are high risk high reward players(i.e Dellin,Brackman,Garcia,Melchon,Sanchez)

    Hopefully Cashman can get some international talent.

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  • ryan

    Yanks Farm is a couple yrs behind that’s all. Makes sense considering the Yanks only started getting serious in recent yrs about their farm.

    • eric

      I think this is Year 5 of hearing this line about how the Yanks system is a few years behind . If the Sox have taken a step backwards due to so many former top prospects now being in MLB (and they have), shouldn’t the Yanks be ahead of the Sox now?

  • LUVDAPADS

    What i find hillarious are the Yankee fans that think they are so classy. As many dirt bags there may be at Fenway, there are just as many – if not more (obvsiouly, it is a bigger stadium) at Yankee stadium.

    For instance, i know 4 girls who went there (Yankee Stadium) to see the Sox play. They had seat on 3B – not the bleachers. They are girls, they were minding their business – hell 2 dont even drink – and they had to go home early b/c some dirt bag Yankees fans were throwing beer on them b/c they were wearing Red Sox shirts

    yeah, you guys are SOOO much more classy than Boston.

    bunch of jokes is what you guys are

    • Gurris

      Now, we know this isn’t true.

      No way that you know 4 girls.

  • JOBA

    wow, i love how this is basically a bunch of red sox fans and yankees fans arguing. i am a yankees fan, and to all those Redsox fans were “so happy the yanks got tex, and cc” must have damaged their head. It just shows how jealous red sox fans are that we got both FREE AGENT WORKHORSES.

    if the redsox’s had signed either of these guys,they probably would be throwing a parade in Boston for them; however, the didnt: they signed neither.

    And now look at the problems they have: still no catcher, an unhealthy Big Papi, and a young rotation. Seems to me like that is a big risk team.

    To all those redsox fans who want cashman to get Manny, it probably wont happen. BUT even if we do sign manny the yanks would still under their 2008 salary cap so i wouldnt be completely appalled by the fact that we signed the four biggest free agents. Even though i think manny is a great ballplayer, it is necessary to control his ego. The whole “manny being manny” thing that he has going for himself would have to stop if he were a yankee. Furthermore, he would have to cut his dreads.

    As for the fact of Classiness in ballparks, i highly doubt that any fan in general would ever have the disrespect to pour beer on a rival fan. however if this is true i would like to apologize on behalf of those animals if this actually happened. I think that to be a good baseball fan you need to respect all teams, even your rivals.

    To address the fact of “loyal fans,” if you compare the amount of Redsox fans to yankees fans, there are tons for sox fans. However how many of them are not loyal fans. people who dont like any baseball team just decide to like the redsox because they have won the most WS in the last 5 years. these fans we like to call BANDWAGONERS. these arent true fans, these are people who like the redsox just so they can say they like a team. Over the 8 years in which the yankees havent won a WS, no fans have jumped off the bandwagon.

    SO, to all those sox fans out there, dont be jealous, we all know you want to have the free agents that the yankees signed.
    Tom

    PS have fun playing golf in october.

    • Little Pony

      Joba,
      OK, where do I start. Like I said in an earlier post, Of course I would like to have Tex and CC on the Sox. Jealous? emphatically NO! While the Yanks can outspend the Sox, The Sox can outspend most other teams so no whining here. I do like the efforts the Sox are making at building as much as they can through the draft and supplementing with free agents. We’ll see how it all unfolds on the field, right now it’s all on paper. Remember the Yanks didnt make the playoffs last year and the Rays kicked both the Yanks and the Sox asses. So, we’ll see, it sure ratchets up the rivalry and that’s a good thing.

      While your right that there are questions on the SoxI don’t agree with you that the pitching is questionable; I think the starters and bullpen are pretty solid. The top 3 starters are very solid and 4/5 will be ok. If Penney is healthy again they could have as good a staff as anyone in baseball. Yes there are questions about Papis health and whats happening at catcher but what team doesnt have questions; including the Yanks; outfield?
      Manny? well he is a crapshoot. he could be the guy who raked for the Dodgers or the POS dog that we saw before the trading deadline and from time to time during his Boston career. I would be happy to see the Yanks sign him and sit back and watch he and Giardi battle.
      As far as fans go, theres plenty of morons to go around both at Fenway and the Bronx; Neither is defensible. It’s hard to bring your kids to games in either place. The northeast seems to breed thes idiots and maybe the worst of the bunch are from Philly; I’ve never seen worse than I saw when the Pats played the Eagles in the Superbowl. These guys made the Sox/Yankee idiots look like solid citizens.
      As far as loyalty, Yes, red Sox nation has engorged over the last few years in what we like to call Pink Hats, but you should know that both these teams have a very large loyal fan basethat goes back decades.
      So, while the Yanks have really upgraded, I would be careful about commenting about playing golf in October. The AL East hase 4 very serious and talented teams. Playing 19 games against each of thes teams will be very difficult. As much as I like Tex and CC, CC is north of 300 lbs and Burnett is a dog. So, we’ll see.
      Looking forward to the first time that Joba puts a high hard one in Youkis ear; game on!
      Little Pony

  • Gurris

    “As for the fact of Classiness in ballparks, i highly doubt that any fan in general would ever have the disrespect to pour beer on a rival fan. ”

    Actually, as a Yankees fan in Fenway Park, this actually happened to me. However, in defense of the Fenway fans, they were actually trying to pour the beer on each other, and I was just collateral damage. The lesson for me was that, in Boston, one should never confuse stupidity for actual rudeness.

    • Zack

      Didnt a BOSTON fan throw a slice of pizza at another BOSTON fan 2 years ago? ahahahahah

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