Saturday Morning Links: Organizational Rankings, Five Questions, Stadium

Open Thread: Calm before the storm
Yankees bring back Chad Moeller

Here’s some links to kill the time until the Yanks take on their top prospects this afternoon…

Yankees top FanGraphs’ Organizational Rankings

At long last, the crew at FanGraphs revealed the top ranked team in their 2010 organizational rankings, and it’s none other than our beloved Bombers. It’s a short three part series that features discussions about the team’s current talent, it’s future talent, and an overall wrapup. “We talk about dominant eras in sports history,” said wrapper upper Dave Cameron of USS Mariner fame. “The Brian Cashman-era Yankees are going to take their spot someday, because with the way the organization is structured, they’re going to be scary good for the foreseeable future. This is what happens when you spend $200 million really, really well.”

THT’s Five Questions

As part of their Five Questions series, Dan Turkenkopf of The Hardball Times answer five of the most pressing questions facing the boys from the Bronx. He talks about the team’s potential vulnerability to lefthanded pitchers, the New Stadium, Jesus Montero, the budget, and perhaps the most pressing question of all: will they repeat?

Looking at the homerun rate at the New Stadium

We’ve talked about this ad nauseum, but I’m mentioning this here because it was written by our own Joe Pawlikowski and featured at ESPN’s TMI Blog. Essentially, after watching balls leave the park at an unfathomable rate last April, the number of homeruns hit at the New Stadium dropped off big time during the summer, especially once the Yankees’ pitchers figured out how to how to pitch in the place. It’s Insider only, but go check it out if you haven’t already.

BA’s three year talent rankings

The crew at Baseball America put together a set of rankings based on how much talent each team has produced in the last three years. The Diamondbacks predictably top the list after seeing players like Justin Upton, Mark Reynolds, and Brett Anderson come through their system, but the Yanks come in at number ten, not bad considering how they always get knocked for not producing players. Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes were the number four starter and primary setup man for a World Series Champion last year, respectively, and that’s no small feat.

The Mets, meanwhile, came in dead last. That’s what happens when the best player you’ve developed in the last three years is Mike Pelfrey.

BA’s prospect rankings by positions

Another Baseball America link for you, this time they’ve ranked all the prospects in the game by position. Jesus Montero was atop the catcher list, while Austin Romine came in at number 12 and Gary Sanchez number 22. The Blue Jays, Indians, and Giants were the only other teams with multiple catchers on the 25 man list, all with two. Slade Heathcott was number 12 among centerfielders, two spots ahead of Reymond Fuentes, who the Red Sox drafted one spot before the Yanks took Slade last year. Zach McAllister was 34th among right starters, Manny Banuelos 22nd among lefties.

Open Thread: Calm before the storm
Yankees bring back Chad Moeller
  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    The Baseball america article is password protected…….so, for me.

    • Steve H

      Is it worth reading anyway, if Melvin wasn’t the #1 prospect at every single position?

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        It would still be nice to know who is in 2nd.

  • scott

    fyi if its not already to late but: just made more single game tickets available. my wife just bough me 4 to the rangers game on april 17th for $50 each. they still have opening day

    • Matt :: Section 105

      they must be gone now…just tried, no dice on opening day.

  • Ed

    This is what happens when you spend $200 million really, really well.

    It’s nice to hear that acknowledged outside of Yankees websites.

  • pat

    Yanks Futures Lineup was announced…

    Heathcott CF
    Joseph 3B
    Montero C
    Adams 2B
    Murphy DH
    Curtis LF
    Suttle 1B
    E. Nunez SS
    Mesa RF

    RHP Jonathan Albaladejo


    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      I am so pissed that I can’t watch this game.

      • Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

        Poor A.S.D.

        I’d mail you my DVR after the game, but that’s kinda impractical!

        I actually have to miss most of it (live) because I have to get a damn haircut, and 2:15 was the only available slot.

        Thank Mo for High-Def DVRs!

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Sadly, I have the YES Network, but they still black out ST games. Sucks.

          I have heard, but haven’t had this confirmed, that if you have a friend in New York who has Direct TV, and they send you a receiver then you can get all of the NY based channels, along with the YES network and all the games.

          • Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

            You know, I would actually consider doing this for you…but I’m on Time Warner. :-(

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              I am too. Direct TV is a pain. I have The Extra Innings package, but they don’t offer the HD games in Central Florida.

              • Rick in Boston

                I can get the spring training games on YES up in Boston, which is supposed to be out of the viewing area.

    • Matt Imbrogno

      That’s a fuckin’ squad right there. I hope Montero takes someone deep today.

      • pat

        Wer already know Montero can take people deep, I wanna see Slade pop one. Unfortunately that would be off Javy, so I kinda don’t want him giving up HR’s

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Slade has had a great ST. Look for him to lay one down in the first. Brett Gardner will be jealous when Slade actually lays a nice one down.

          • Matt Imbrogno

            I’d rather Slade take one over Gardner’s head in LF.

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              Me too. But he has been doing a lot of bunting this spring. Hopefully you’ll get to see his arm in action.

              • pat

                With Albie pitching against the big boys I’m sure we’ll get to see all the outfielders tools on display.

          • pat

            Very good point. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him lay one down either.

    • Accent Shallow

      Albaladejo is the pitcher?!

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        I was hoping that Christian Garcia would start. Oh well.