Late Night Linkage: Media, Offseason, Prospects

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Here’s some links for you night owls…

Surviving the Media

The New York media can be something else, to put it kindly, so Dan Barbarisi of The Wall Street Journal took a look at what the Yankees are doing to help their players cope with all the attention. It wasn’t until 2007 that the team put some sort of media training in place, when Brian Cashman sat down with media relations guru Jason Zillo to hammer out a plan of attack. Now the club has mandatory training that includes mock interviews, guest speakers, and more, and young players (three or fewer years of service time) are stuck with even more intense training. I recommend giving it a read, stuff like that often goes unnoticed and unappreciated.

Yankees win 2011 Bobby Murcer Award

Two years ago, the Baseball Assistance Team announced the creation of The Bobby Murcer Award, which is given annually to the team whose players contribute the most to B.A.T. through MLB’s payroll deduction program. The Yankees announced yesterday that they have won this year’s award, just like they did in 2010 as well as in 2009. B.A.T. gives aid and support to members of the “baseball family” who are unable to help themselves, and this is an award I hope the Yankees win every year.

MLBTR’s Offseason In Review

We’ve written countless words about the Yankees and their less than stellar offseason here at RAB, but sometimes it’s good to see an outsider’s opinion. Tim Dierkes tackled the subject at MLBTR yesterday, and started out by stating the obvious: “Only the Yankees can spend $130MM on free agents and have it seem like they didn’t do much during the offseason.” He gave the team credit for landing Pedro Feliciano on a two-year deal when inferior relievers were getting three years, but in the end, Tim draws an all too common conclusion: “The main goal may be to wring a couple of good months out of the rotation candidates.” Hopefully the trade market takes shape sooner rather than later.

FanGraphs Top 100 Prospects

Marc Hulet at FanGraphs finally got around to posting his list of the game’s top 100 prospects on Monday, and Jesus Montero came in at number five overall. He trails only Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Jeremy Hellickson, and Domonic Brown. Manny Banuelos placed 18th, Gary Sanchez was 40th, Dellin Betances was 57th, and Austin Romine just made the cut at number 100. Five top 100 prospects seems to be the consensus this offseason, even if it hasn’t always been the same five names in the same order.

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  • Manimal

    Sanchez at 40th overall? Montero didn’t earn THAT much respect until he reached AA… I dont know why Sanchez is that high without playing at higher levels

    • Big Apple

      Only Casey Kelly has garnered that much hype!

    • Ted Nelson

      Montero OPS’d .786 in rookie ball at 17, Sanchez OPS’d 1.016… plus Sanchez is expected to stick at C.

      Still Baseball America had Montero at #38 coming off his 18 year old season in Charleston.

      I’m also sure that coming right after Montero raises people’s opinions of Sanchez, even if it’s subconscious.

      I do think there’s a lot to be said for excelling against higher level competition, but I also don’t think only AA and AAA players should be considered top prospects. Prospect lists are a lot to do with projection, and if a 17 year old projects to be a better player than a 22 year old in someone’s opinion or according to their statistical model… so be it.

      • Manimal

        I just feel like good performance at the upper levels has more weight versus good perfomance at the lower levels

        • Ted Nelson

          It definitely does. However, Sanchez has zero performance at the higher levels. That doesn’t mean he should be ranked lower than a lesser prospect who is a few years older. You’d constantly be ranking the 18 and 19 year old A-Rods behind the 23 year old Eduardo Nunez’s if you did this, and that would not be accurate.

          It’s a balance. You have to look at both potential and probability.

  • Bpdelia

    yeah when I saw that yesterday I was surprised. I dont like rating guys that high so early. then again harpers ranking has top 5 after only juco and a handful of afl abs

  • Mike Myers

    The higher the rating the better… Even if the player isnt proven or that good, it gives more trade value.

  • LawStudent

    I think it’s silly that Harper is ranked so highly before doing much of anything in the minor leagues. Some of that has to be from the hype, right?

    • Ted Nelson

      LeBron was on TV as a high school junior… Guys like Brien Taylor, A-Rod, Strasburg, etc. also opened as top prospects before they played a minor league inning.

      It would be silly to constantly rank 18 and 19 year old A-Rods behind 23 year old Eduardo Nunez’s because you’re ignoring potential. As I say above, it’s a balance between potential and probability. Harper has tons of potential, but he also might move fast and be in the majors quicker than some older prospects at higher levels… so I can definitely see ranking him that highly.