Open Thread: February 28th Camp Notes


Nice try, Justin. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The latest from Spring Training

  • The Yankees fell to the Tigers by the score of 6-2 this afternoon. CC Sabathia, Pedro Feliciano, Manny Banuelos, and Mark Prior combined for five scoreless innings, but the two Rule 5 guys (Robert Fish & Daniel Turpen) and D.J. Mitchell stunk it up in the last three frames. Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Jorge Vazquez each doubled once while Russell Martin drew a pair of walks in his Grapefruit League debut. Here’s the box score. Banuelos was sitting at 93 and touched 95. (Buster Olney)
  • A.J. Burnett hit Greg Golson in the head with a pitch during a live batting practice session on Sunday. Golson was taken off the field in a cart and tests were negative, though it turns out the morning sun had more to do with it than A.J.’s suspect control. Golson simply never saw the pitch. Burnett called Golson last night to check on him, but the outfielder isn’t sure when he’ll be back. The Yankees have stopped hitting on the back field because of the glare. (George King, Marc Carig & Erik Boland)
  • Derek Jeter asked Kevin Long to take some extra time to work with him tomorrow; he’s still adjusting to the revamping swing. The Cap’n is 1-for-6 with five ground outs in Grapefruit League play, and the one hit was a grounder that found a hole. (Carig)
  • Andrew Brackman‘s fine after throwing yesterday, and he expects to be back on the mound tomorrow following his little groin/hip issue. Martin will get one more game at DH and then catch either Thursday or Friday. (Boland & Chad Jennings)
  • The regular outfielders and Jorge Posada will make the trip to Bradenton to play the Pirates tomorrow, and Phil Hughes gets the start. David Robertson, Boone Logan, Jesus Montero, and a bunch of other minor league types will be there as well. (Jennings)

Here’s tonight’s open thread. The Nets are the only local team in regular season action, though there’s a replay of today’s Mets-Nats game on both SNY (7pm ET) and MLB Network (9:30) as well. You all know the drill, so go nuts.


  1. pete says:

    Anybody see “Exit Through The Gift Shop”?

  2. Jerome S. says:

    they’re playing the Pirates?

  3. squishy jello person says:

    We can has nova for Liriano?

  4. Total Dominication says:

    According to Gameday, the two ManBan k’s combined for 4 swing strikes. Nice, especially against the major leaguers.

  5. Mike says:

    ManBan threw 7 pitches in the inning and had 2 strikeouts? Am I reading that correctly?

  6. Ruba_Doob says:

    spoiler alert for the mets/nats game:
    harper:0-2 2k 6 pitches

  7. Joseph Cecala says:

    Didn’t AJ hit someone in the head last preseason as well?

  8. Steve H says:

    Here’s Nightengale’s latest on Liriano:

    Yes, there is definitely a chance Liriano could be dealt this spring, particularly if Twins get key prospects back in return

    That’s a far, far, far cry from “Nova or Joba + for Liriano” unless the + is significant prospects (which would then actually be the biggest piece of the trade).

    • Slugger27 says:

      lol at the lameness of that statement. using “a chance” to describe the possibility of him being dealt, and then saying for said chance to happen, they need to get prospects back they like

      yeah…. no shit

    • Louis says:

      Banuelos, nunez, Warren for Liriano. Think that gets it done?

      • Steve H says:

        I think that’s a fair package, but I don’t see the Twins making that move now. If they are out of it at the deadline (or next offseason) maybe that gets it done, but they have such little motivation to move him I think they’d have to be blown away. That’s a solid package, but I don’t think that gets it done anytime soon.

        • Mister Delaware says:

          I don’t think I like that package for a pitcher of suspect health.

        • MannyGee says:

          the ‘buyer’ willing to overpay might not be there at the deadline or next season. Their ‘motivation’, alot of ppl forget, is that the Yankees and their golden purse strings are in a position of demand. if you have a really good pitcher under contract right now that you do not envision on your team in 2015, you may want to consider making a call and asking for Banuelos or Montero… you might be surprised…

          looking at you Seattle

  9. Steve H says:

    There is definitely a chance I could win the lottery this spring, particularly if I buy a ticket with the right numbers.

  10. The Real JobaWockeeZ says:

    “I’m not talking to anyone about anything right now,” Cashman said. “Nobody’s available. Nobody of value, anyway.”

    -Brian Cashman

    So King Felix is apparently available now. Go get ‘em!

  11. Avi says:

    New Callis article on how Yankee catching prospects are best in the game.

  12. Teh Comp Pick says:

    I’m glad Harper toned down the facepaint from Ultimate Warrior to baseball player for his first AB’s. Have a few Bondsian seasons and maybe you can bring that ridiculous facepaint style back.

    • MannyGee says:

      LOL… try “you can paint your face like Binky the FCKING Clown if you want… riiiiiight after you do something other than strike out at the professional level of baseball competetion”

  13. bexarama says:

    MLBN has a recap of Game 4 of the 2001 World Series on in their Greatest Games Ever countdown, or whatever it is. Warning, though: McCarver is doing commentary. D:

  14. http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....for-prior/

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m rooting hard for Prior. Can you imagine what he’s been through? Going from one of the top prospects of all time, to MLB success, to injury after injury and spending 5 long, lonely years trying to get back where you were. Most people would have given up a long, long time ago. I hope he gets a chance with the MLB team sometime this year. It’s a great story of perseverance. If I’m at the ballpark the night he comes back, he gets a 10 minute ovation from me, and hopefully everyone else.

  15. Craig Miller says:


    Batman= Sandy Alderson
    Bomb= Oliver Perez/ Luis Castillo/ shitty contracts in general

  16. Nova, Noesi, Nunez and anyone else in the Yankee system who’s last name begins with an ‘N’ for Liriano.

  17. Steve H says:

    From a pure value perspective, and not considering 2011 MLB team needs, how many Yankees minor league pitchers do you prefer to Nova? I have 5 definites.

    • The Killer B’s… and…?

      Nova’s a finished product who could eat loads of innings and win lots of games on this team. I’m not sure you can say that right now about Phelps, Warren or Noesi.

      • Steve H says:

        Warren and Noesi. For 2011 it’s Nova, but I think those guys have greater upside than Nova and are close to the majors. Guys like Ramirez and Mitchell have more upside as well, but are too far away. I’d think about Stoneburner too.

        • Avi says:

          Nah, I’d go with Nova over everyone but the B’s and it’s close with Brackman for me.

        • YankeesJunkie says:

          Not including 2011 then I am going to add Marshall to that list for me.

        • Warren has a more complete (if unspectacular) repertoire, Noesi has the best fastball command in the system, but I don’t agree that means either has more MLB upside than Nova. Actually, I think Warren is trade bait and Noesi’s a reliever.

          Nova consistently throws a 2-seamer in the mid 90′s. As we saw with Wang, that can be very valuable on a team like the Yanks, and Ivan has a better swing and miss pitch with the change than Wang ever did. His curve is better than Wang’s was as well. Maybe people are still looking at old scouting reports on Nova, but the Yanks obviously believe enough to give him the #4 role to lose this spring.

          • Steve H says:

            I think Warren’s more complete repertoire is what separates him from Nova come the 2nd and 3rd times thru the lineup. Nova just isn’t surprising anyone at the point, and he doesn’t quite generate the ground balls that a guy like Wang (and Derek Lowe) do. Living like Wang and Lowe is an extremely tough way to be a good pitcher year in and year out, and I don’t see Nova being enough of a ground ball guy. In the minors, Noesi has missed significantly more bats and walked a lot less guys (though Nova’s been a little younger) and I think his command gives him the edge on Nova.

            • mbonzo says:

              From a value perspective, I think Nova is worth the 4th most behind Brackman, Betances, and Banuelos. The other guys have higher ceilings, but they still have work to be done on them. Nova is arguably a major league ready pitcher, and when we talk about value, that adds a lot when pitchers are one of the most inconsistent and injury prone positions. The other guys, Warren, Noesi, Phelps, Stoneburner, and Marshall all have higher upside, but in pure value if we’re talking about a trade, Nova has got a lead because of where he is in his career.

            • Don’t read too much into Nova’s struggles in the 5 inning last year. I heard Billy Eppler asked this very question, and he said Nova was past his previous innings high and was just running out of gas last year. They don’t expect that to be an issue this year.

      • Hurling Darvish says:

        Pure value includes trade value, so less senior prospects have value, even though they are far from making the big league club.

        Arodys Vizcaino, is an example of guy who had enough value to be the centerpiece of the Javy trade last year.

  18. BP’s top 100 list

    1. Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals
    2. Mike Trout, OF, Angels
    3. Jesus Montero, C, Yankees
    4. Domonic Brown, OF, Phillies
    5. Julio Teheran, RHP, Braves
    6. Aroldis Chapman, LHP, Reds
    7. Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals
    8. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pirates
    9. Jeremy Hellickson, RHP, Rays
    10. Matt Moore, LHP, Rays
    11. John Lamb, LHP, Royals
    12. Eric Hosmer, 1B, Royals
    13. Wil Myers, C, Royals
    14. Kyle Drabek, RHP, Blue Jays
    15. Shelby Miller, RHP, Cardinals
    16. Manny Machado, SS, Orioles
    17. Zach Britton, LHP, Orioles
    18. Desmond Jennings, OF, Rays
    19. Chris Sale, LHP, White Sox
    20. Freddie Freeman, 1B, Braves
    21. Mike Montgomery, LHP, Royals
    22. Brandon Belt, 1B/OF, Giants
    23. Jacob Turner, RHP, Tigers
    24. Michael Pineda, RHP, Mariners
    25. Dustin Ackley, 2B, Mariners

    26. Mike Minor, LHP, Braves
    27. Manny Banuelos, LHP, Yankees
    28. Jason Kipnis, 2B, Indians
    29. Gary Sanchez, C, Yankees
    30. Chris Carter, 1B, Athletics
    31. Miguel Sano, 3B, Twins
    32. Dellin Betances, RHP, Yankees

    Fist pump

  19. Reggie C. says:

    Watching the last episode of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena … FUCKING EPIC BATTLE ROYALE.

  20. Big Apple says:

    First player elected to never have played a game. He’s gonna be so damn good…let’s just cut out the bull crap and give his own wing.

  21. 28 this year says:

    Anybody know why the Yankees released and then re-signed Andy Sisco? He was already on a minor league deal, what could be the reason?

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