Update: Reports from Instructional League

Teixeira takes home 2012 Fielding Bible Award
Friday Night Open Thread

Friday: McDaniel following up with a part four looking at a number of secondary pitching prospects — including an interesting 18-year-old right-hander just brought up from the Dominican Summer League — as well as OF Slade Heathcott, SS Cito Culver, and SS Austin Aune. So yeah, get on that.

Tuesday: Over at FanGraphs, Kiley McDaniel put together some scouting notes on various Yankees prospects he saw in Instructional League the last few weeks (part one, part two, part three). Among those covered were OF Tyler Austin, 2B Angelo Gumbs, RHP Hayden Sharp, 3B Dante Bichette Jr., RHP Dellin Betances, 3B Miguel Andujar, C Peter O’Brien, and C Gary Sanchez. Some of the reports are good, others not so much. They’re all worth the read though, so make sure you head over to check all of them out.

Teixeira takes home 2012 Fielding Bible Award
Friday Night Open Thread
  • jjyank

    Okay, maybe I’m just bored at work (again) and am feeling kind of immature, but I cracked up when I read this in the Tyler Austin write up. And I quote:

    “plus raw power from a deep load”

    Sorry. I had to share.

    • Robinson Tilapia (endorsing the SF Giants for WS Champs)

      Get that man to the majors before he impregnates half of Trenton.

      • jjyank

        I hope Jeter at least teaches him to leave gift baskets…

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    So, during Instructs, McDaniel says he’s able to see a prospect start 3 games, which really only amounts to a 1-2 game look. With both Austin and O`Brien he saw them during the season when they both had just come back from injuries. So we’re to believe that he’s able to draw up accurate scouting reports from these observations?

    • RetroRob

      I’m with you on that. I do think professional scouts can draw solid conclusions, but they’re much more heavily influenced by what they see in an individual game than they want us to believe. I saw it earlier this year when it just so happened that three “online” scouts saw Gary Sanchez. With Twitter, it’s easy to know when they are at games. Their reviews were all heavily influenced on what Sanchez did in an individual game, especially when rating his catching skills.

      There’s no doubt that professional scouts can get a good grip on a player if he sees him a few times at different times, looking at how he loads, positions his hands, speed of the bat through the zone, how he runs, throwing arm, etc. Yet it seems they’re also influenced by how well a player does in a specific game. I’ve read McDaniel’s reviews on ESPN, but I have no idea if he really is a strong scout. I put more faith in a Klaw because I’ve read him for years, so I have a good feel of his success rate, and more importantly I know that he is also talking to many professional talent evaluators, which are helping to guide his opinion. It’s an opinion not just based on a single look.

  • Murderers’ Row Boat

    I’d take Dante Bichette Jr over A-Rod at 3rd right now.

    • Robinson Tilapia (endorsing the SF Giants for WS Champs)

      And you’re probably much better at your day than you would be as GM, so that’s OK.

      • Cris Pengiucci

        Yeah, but GM’s get paid more, so why not give it a shot?

    • DC

      Never watched baseball, huh.

  • Robinson Tilapia (endorsing the SF Giants for WS Champs)

    I’m at work. What the hell am I going to do about this sudden erection over Austin and Sanchez?

    Would have loved to read a bit more about O’Brien, as the report seemed to come with some positives which weren’t explored as thoroughly.

    Really nice work here.

    • jjyank

      Just tuck it up, man. Unless you have some cold water near by.

    • MannyGeee (Eddard’s Big left handed hairy monster)

      Sounds like you’ve lined yourself up for a good old fashioned prospect-gasm…

      Also, be careful with that thing around Tyler Austins raw power and deep loads…

    • JonS

      “What the hell am I going to do about this sudden erection over Austin and Sanchez?”

      Well, since this is 2012, you don’t really have to worry about anything. Just be who you are…

      • Cris Pengiucci

        (Holds back on political comment …)

        • Robinson Tilapia (endorsing the SF Giants for WS Champs)


    • RetroRob

      Call your doctor if you still have it in four hours.

  • Robert

    Nice report very informative, I saw Pete Obrien play at Staten island in August.Big Guy good power.
    But the report projects Sanchez as a 1B/DH and Obrien the same with the trade of Montero who they say couldnt catch and Romine’s bad back and the Scouts have issues with JR Murphy I guess we might as well sign Russell Martin to a 5 year deal!!!!!! My point is lets give these kids a chance before making them RF/1B/DH

    • Robinson Tilapia (endorsing the SF Giants for WS Champs)

      They’re going to set up two first bases, replacing home plate with first base – south. Teixeira will remain at first while Sanchez plays first base – south in 2014.

  • The Moral Majority is Neither

    I think prospect analysts are like movie critics. You read a lot of their work, find ones that match your ‘taste’ and put more stock in their reviews.

    The worst is when someone takes a strong stance on a prospect, gets flamed/criticized, and then let’s that influence their opinion going forward.

  • Wayne

    I told you guys before Hayden Sharp has a chance to be a dominant starter or a workhorse. As far as Gary Sanchez goes I would make him a starting pitcher he has a strong arm and thick legs pretty good height.

    • Knoxvillain

      Why would you make Gary Sanchez a starting pitcher? He’s hitting very well. It’s not like he’s 25 and hitting .180 for several years in a row.

  • Jersey Joe

    I don’t understand their logic that questions Sanchez’s ability to hit at catcher/stay there long term. I think they had the same problem with Posada and I think he could fit into a Carlos Santana type role with JR Murphy or Austin Romine starring as Lou Marson.

    I really hope he works it out at catcher:

    1. Gardner LF
    2. Williams CF
    3. Cano 2B/DH
    4. Teixeira 1B
    5. Austin RF
    6. Sanchez C
    7. Bichette? 3B
    8. Joseph/Adams ??
    9. Culver/Gumbs ??

    • Knoxvillain

      I doubt Gardner will be here in 2017. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jeter there either.

      It would also be pure magic if half of those prospects panned out let alone all of them. 2017 is way too far away to speculate the line up.

      • Jersey Joe

        I know. It’s fun, but it is unreasonable. Honestly, I have no confidence in Bichette I think that hole will be filled by FA maybe an aging David Wright? I guess I was trying to get across that I really want Sanchez to work out at catcher because it would give us flexibility with Tex/Cano/Jeter maybe, even Tyler Austin at DH.

        I could definitely imagine Gardner on the 2017 team; I wonder how much he’ll get in arbitration this offseasno.

        • Knoxvillain

          He’d be like 35 by that time I think and speed goes first so it would be surprising. I think Bichette can turn it around. It was only his 2nd year. For all we know he could hit .330 with 25 home runs next year and everyone will be singing a different tune about it. Except for the people that want him to get traded for Felix Hernandez.

          • matt s

            Screw Bichette. Did you see the write up on Miguel Andujar? Sounds like he’s future at 3B for the Yanks.

          • Tremont

            Gardner fits the profile of a player who ages well.

      • Steve (different one)

        Even Teixeira wont be here in 2017….

  • Kentucky Bomber

    Good to see Tyler Austin progressing and showing a good stroke to all fields. That is, of course, until Kevin Long gets hold of him and turns him into another shoot for the porch pull hacker.

    • Jersey Joe

      After this season, what current Major Leaguer can we compare him to — all facets of the game. Josh Willingham, maybe?

      • Knoxvillain

        Willingham would be nice. Or a Cody Ross who can hit right handers.

    • Steve (different one)

      Considering Austin is righty, that would be quite a screw up by Long.

      • Francesa

        Rim shot!

      • Kentucky Bomber

        I knew he’s righty…I’m probably one of a handful of guys on this board who have seen him play live. Left field line is only 318′, straightaway only 379′. And if it was 418′ and 479′ Long would still be out there flipping balls to him with half a plate to get him to pull everything.

        • Tremont

          Now Kevin Long is a bad coach?