ST Game Thread: Some pitchers cut as Mo debuts


This is the face of determination. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Happy first day of cuts! As the U.S. lost an hour last night, the Yankees lost six players from the Big League camp as well. Per the team’s press release, Hector Noesi has been optioned back to AAA while Adam Warren, David Phelps, Brian Anderson, Buddy Carlyle and Andy Sisco were reassigned to the Minor League camp. Some of those guys will stick around while others may leave the organization before the end of Spring Training.

With that slate of six sent down, the Yankees say they now have 26 pitchers, eight catchers, 13 infielders and 11 outfielders remaining in camp. Of the pitchers still around, those intriguing ones include birthday boy Manny Banuelos, Andrew Brackman, Dellin Betances and the feel-good story of the spring Mark Prior. Soon, however, the club will send down their heralded arms. As the Major League hurlers throw more innings, it’s harder to find the frames for the young kids in Grapefruit League game action. Many of them will be back.

So as camp thins out, the Yanks are set to take on the Minnesota Twins today in Tampa. Freddy Garcia, making his third appearance today, will continue his bid for a spot in the rotation. In five innings so far, he’s allowed just two hits while striking out three. Following him at some point will be Mariano Rivera, who is making his spring bid while competing for a spot in the Yanks’ bullpen. Joba and Rafael Soriano may get the ball today as well.

The lineup looks pretty good this afternoon.

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C

Freddy Garcia P

First pitch is at 1:05 p.m., and this one’s on YES where Bob Lorenz and Kenny Singleton will have the game.


  1. Mike HC says:

    Great sports day today. Catch a couple of Yankee innings, Duke vs. North Carolina, and then the Knicks.

  2. CS Yankee says:

    I feel that Mo not only has a spot on this years club; he will be the closer.


  3. The Three Amigos says:

    I enjoy the broadcasts so much more when Lorenz does the broadcasts rather then Kay. Last year in Seattle when it was Singleton and Lorenz it was much better to watch.

    • Mike HC says:

      Agreed. I like Lorenz too. He may seem better than he is though because he only comes in small spurts and gives us a small reprieve from Kay.

  4. CS Yankee says:

    Oh, that lineup is looking awfully close to our opening day lineup (less Grit’).

    Change the 8 & 9 and place Gardner in LF…Yankees win!

  5. NC Saint says:

    When did Bob Lorenz start calling games?

    • Cuso says:

      several times a year when Kay doesn’t make the trip. He did in Toronto last year, Texas the year before. other times also, I’m sure

  6. Cuso says:

    concession guy is back


  7. miketotheg says:

    I can’t stand that concession guy!! it drives me bonkers!! i can’t even listen to the broadcast!!! I swear I would put down a twenty for someone to knock that guy the F$%k out!!!

  8. Mike HC says:

    Garcia just threw 92 mph and is consistently high 80′s. His stuff looks damn good. As long as he stays healthy, he looks like an excellent signing by Cash.

  9. Mike HC says:

    ARod’s arm seems to be in mid season form. That was a laser.

  10. RichYF says:

    Is it just me or does Jeter look like a statue out there? Those balls were hit relatively hard, but he basically did a Daria out there with the effort. It’s not going to be a fun year for him.

  11. Chip says:

    Wow, I thought that was a pop-up behind second off the bat

  12. James A says:

    when a-rod is on, he just makes baseball look so damn easy

  13. Mike HC says:

    Wow. ARod sending a warning to the league this spring. He is going to be fun to watch this season.

  14. Cy Pettitte says:

    Arod looks so locked in, let’s hope this carries into the season

  15. James A says:

    What’s Nishioka’s fantasy value? Does he have any at all?

    • Mike HC says:

      There are a lot of potentially productive second baseman this year. In a shallow league, he probably does not get drafted and you can wait to see how he performs for the first couple weeks to a month of the season. In a deeper league, he will be a late round pick that you hope works out.

  16. Cy Pettitte says:

    is the YES gun accurate? just had Garcia at 94

    • MikeD says:

      Yeah, I saw that, too. If Garcia can hit 94 again that would be significant, but I’m doubting it.

      • Mike HC says:

        Regardless of the literal number, he has consistently been around 90 all day. He threw about mid 80′s last year. He is giving up some runs, but I am only encouraged by this performance.

        • MikeD says:

          Perhaps another year further from surgery is helping, as well as the innings he tossed last year.

          His velo was fine today, but his command was way off. We know he has good control, so wouldn’t be too concerned. Out the collection of arms shooting for the 4th and 5th slots, he seems a lock to go north with the team no matter what he does in ST.

      • MannyGee says:

        The YES gun just clocked that pigeon at 72, so yeah…

    • Chip says:

      It was probably either the bat speed or the foul ball speed. Both his 92 and 94 readings were on batted balls

  17. Mike HC says:

    Martin looked great behind the plate there. It will be nice to get consistent above average catcher defense this year.

  18. Mike HC says:

    Too bad Garcia could not get that out. Either way, I say his day was an overall positive sign for the season.

  19. Monteroisdinero says:

    For me, Garcia looks like this year’s Javy. He can’t throw it by anyone and if he doesn’t have PERFECT location, he is very hittable.

    • Mike HC says:

      The big difference is that Garcia was signed to a minor league deal while Javy was paid far more and we had to give up valuable young players for him. But agreed that there are going to be some tough days for Garcia if he does not have his location. If he can be only a little better than Javy and stay healthy all year, it would have been a very good signing.

    • Mr. Sparkle says:

      Not even close. If Garcia shows he can’t hack it, they’re not going to coddle him and/or keep him around, trying to figure out a way to make their investment work. Since they got him on the cheap, they’ll cut him loose.

      Garcia’s not coming off a year where he finished near the top of Cy Young voting as Vazquez was. There’s no reason to even think that maybe he’ll turn it around, as they did with Javy. They also did not trade viable MLB players for him.

      No…it will be much easier to dump Garcia without blinking an eye if that’s what it comes to. Last year, everyone knew they were stuck with Vazquez all year.

    • MikeD says:

      It’s not an unfair comparison in style, but I’m not sure today would be a reasonable game to determine he needs PERFECT location, since he had POOR location today. There’s a wide gap between those two.

      Also, based on how he’s been throwing in Spring Training, his velocity has been better than last year now that he’s further from surgery, and his velocity has been better than what we saw from Javy last season. Not that I’m expecting great. Remember, he’s shooting for one of the back-end rotation slots, and greatness is not something you get out of the 4th and 5th spots.

      BP’s Jay Jaffe wrote an article on Garcia for Pinstripe Bible that is encouraging from one data point. Garcia’s high percentage of quality starts. If he can replicate that, he’ll give the Yankees a fighting chance.

    • imrstby says:

      my thoughts exactly, except…without the “talent”. no loss no gain in garcia’s case imo.

  20. MikeD says:

    I should know the answer to this, but what’s the difference this time of year to being optioned back to AAA, as Hector Noesi was, or being reassinged to Minor League camp, like Warren and Phelps?

    Does that mean Noesi leave Florida, while the guys stay behind, or something else?

    • Chip says:

      I believe they’re referring to the fact that Noesi is on the 40-man roster and an option must be used to send him to AAA

  21. This year’s Javy at 1/11 the cost. Keep your shirt on!

  22. Chip says:

    Aaaaand drink!

  23. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jeter in midseason form with his GIDPs

  24. Mike HC says:

    Pretty insightful interview with Girardi so far.

  25. Mike HC says:

    Whoa! Girardi kinda called it.

  26. Cy Pettitte says:

    good job Joe, jinx’d him

  27. Chip says:

    Yeah, no more Girardi interviews, he’s unlucky

  28. Monteroisdinero says:

    Hey-we were down 7-0 to the Nats last week and came back and we didn’t even have our 70M infield playing!

  29. Mike HC says:

    I vaguely remember Tex hitting great last spring training too and then doing the same old slow start routine anyway. Hopefully he gets off to the hot start this year.

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  31. Monteroisdinero says:

    I say we hire Pettitte as a personal pitching coach for Banuelos. We need a quality lefty starter asap. Andy can teach him everything plus the pickoff move. We have 6 righties and one lefty amongst our starter pool.

    The best thing he could do for us if he doesn’t come back.

  32. Monteroisdinero says:

    Mo with the knee highs!!

  33. Mike HC says:

    Mo coming out throwing hard. 92.

  34. Chip says:

    There’s that two seamer that Rothchild asked him to start throwing inside. That’s just not fair

  35. Mike HC says:

    Mo gets the superstar calls even in Spring Training!

  36. Mike HC says:

    The guy is just a machine.

  37. bexarama says:

    Guys I love Mariano Rivera so much. SO MUCH.

  38. Cy Pettitte says:

    Mo says he wants to throw 12, he’s gonna throw 12

  39. jb says:

    Nice to see pitches getting framed again.

  40. Mike HC says:

    Jeter has been hitting the ball hard so far this spring I think.

  41. hogsmog says:

    Does anyone else think that Freddy Garcia looks like The Rock?

  42. bonestock94 says:

    lol, I think I found a little easter egg on RAB, but I can only see it on my phone. YANKRES R TERIBBLE!!

  43. Mike HC says:

    Does anybody know how many viewers YES gets for these Spring Training Yankee games? Just curious.

  44. cano is the bro says:

    Freddy Garcia said “you know” maybe 20 times in that 2 minute interview

  45. cano is the bro says:

    yay brackman

  46. Mike HC says:

    I love Kim’s question to Mo, basically asking, “You are so good, do you even have to focus on anything whatsoever?” ha

  47. Dillon says:

    How hard was brackman throwing?

  48. cano is the bro says:

    is it me or does belliard look pretty chunky…

  49. cano is the bro says:

    brackman’s velocity seems to have dipped a bit in his second inning

  50. tbrs says:

    girardi looks like a midget next to brackman

  51. Mantle28 says:

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