Catching up with Mark Newman

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John Sickels of Minor League Ball sat down to talk to Mark Newman, the Yankees’ farm director, and needless to say, it’s a must read. Some of the many topics they discussed were Gerrit Cole, how to pronounce Jeremy Bleich‘s name, sleepers, all sorts of great stuff. The most interesting part, to me at least, was Newman explaining how they use the Latin American market as a way to acquire premium young players that normally wouldn’t get to them in the draft. When it comes to drafting risky players like Cole and Andrew Brackman, Newman had a great quote: “… to be extraordinary involves risk, and our goal is to be extraordinary.” Amen, brother.

The interview was conducted this morning, so it looks like Newman won’t be getting the Steve Swindal treatment after his DUI.

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  • Andy

    Although the “extraordinary” comment doesn’t work for the draft, where the Yanks take less risks than many teams by drafting primarily low-upside college kids…

    • Mike Axisa

      Like who?

      • Tom Zig

        Oh you mean like Andrew Brackman?

        Oh wait…

    • Mike R. – Retire 21

      2009 Slade Heathcott
      2008 Gerrit Cole
      2007 Andrew Brackman
      2006 Ian Kennedy
      2005 Carl Henry SS
      2004 Philip Hughes
      2003 Eric Duncan
      2002 N/A

      The only player you might consider a “Low-upside college kid” is Kennedy and even he was a risk/reward type pick, because there was hope he could regain some velocity from his freshman year.

      • Jamal G.

        Also, 2006 should have an asterisk next to it because they took an injury risk on Joba Chamberlain.

      • Steve H

        And that’s just early round picks. They take a ton of riskier guys later, either injury or signability concerns.

      • Zack

        And the 2009 pick was unprotected, so they could have gone the “low-upside, easy sign” way and you probably couldnt complain that much. Instead they were willing to pay almost 2x the slot price for a high-upside HS kid.

        • Steve H

          Good point. That’s how the Natinals end up with Storen at #10 after losing out on Crow. They had to take a guy that had zero signability concerns, and ended up with a lower ceiling player than players taken behind him.

      • Thomas

        It seems like, in my opinion, the Yankees go usually go high upside and best available talent in the 1st (Chamberlain, Cole, Brackman, etc) and then start to go safer in the 2-5 rounds (Warren, Bleich, Bittle). After that they’ll start drafting some signability/flyer guys (Higashoika, Cotham, Jackson) before moving onto filler in rounds 10+.


    • pete

      the yankees don’t really care about upside, since they have a lot of free agents


  • Steve H

    The most interesting part, to me at least, was Newman explaining how they use the Latin American market as a way to acquire premium young players that normally wouldn’t get to them in the draft.

    I agree with this, though I do find it’s interesting that they don’t necessarily spend more on these guys than they’d spend on a similar, over slot talent in the draft. While they have gotten a ton of those guys, they haven’t gotten man of the biggest money guys(Ynoa, Sano), even though they have the financial wherewithal to do. JMK touched on this the other day, questioning if the Yankees, by design, let themselves be outbid on the IFA market for the biggest money guys, as a way of keeping somewhat under the radar, in an attempt to quell the “international draft” calls. They do sign some players, but not at a much higher rate than some of the “poorer” teams.

    • AndrewYF

      Or their scouting is good enough that they know not to spend all that money on guys who will eventually bust. Like Ynoa. They have an exceptional enough track record in LA that we can assume they know what they’re doing.

      • Steve H

        That could certainly be it (JMK addressed that point too). They may just know who they want, and strike when they need to, like with Sanchez. IIRC, they threw an offer at him that no one else was even close to, showing that they had to have him and were getting him no matter what, similar to what they did with CC.

      • Thomas

        Well, the Yankees did apparently have a tentative deal with Ynoa, but his agent backed out and got more money,

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    Montero or Gary Sanchez or Arodys Vizcaino-like upside

    Sanchez has the same type of upside as Montero? And so did Vizcaino?!

    Wow. Where/when do you guys see Sanchez coming up, and even though he’s now a new Braves piece, what about Arodys?

    • Mike R. – Retire 21

      Sanchez should start in the GCL this year. The reports are that he’s Romine with a better bat and more power potential.

      I think what Newman meant by “Montero or Gary Sanchez or Arodys Vizcaino-like upside” all-star type potential. Not all all-stars are created equal. Arodys might make one or two, Sanchez might make three or four, while Montero might make thirteen or fourteen all-star games.

      • Steve H

        Montero might make thirteen or fourteen all-star games.

        You think Montero is only going to have a 13 or 14 year career? :)

      • Zack

        Did you know Dioner Navarro was an All Star once?

    • Steve H

      They might be considering upside at the time of signing. Montero has moved closer towards that upside, but Sanchez is still so far away that for all we know he could flame out by the time he’s Montero’s age.

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    after finishing that interview, the future of pitching in the farm looks pretty damn good…if they have a 4th or fifth starter at AAA, AA and then scattered all over the rest of the farm. It’s not inconceivable to think that if CC and AJ left, we could staff the rotation with home grown pitchers in five years…

    • pete

      eh…it’s still a little inconceivable. we’re not really in a time anymore when a good rotation means you have a couple of really good starters and then three mediocre starters after that. The yankees will always want to field the very best rotation they can, provided it doesn’t cut into their ability to construct a roster that has a dominant offense and an efficient defense. I highly doubt that the yankees would put a home-grown guy in their rotation without Hughes/Joba upside just because he’s home grown, unless there is no way to acquire somebody better either through trade or FA.

  • baseballnation

    Yeah if the Yankees have an all homegrown rotation in 5 years then I’d be one scared mofo!