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Got a bunch of notes to start the nightly recap:

  • In case you missed it earlier, C/1B/OF Peter O’Brien and RHP Luis Severino will represent the Yankees at the Futures Game next month. Seems like O’Brien got the nod over OF Aaron Judge simply because Team USA needed a third catcher and another first baseman.
  • OF Slade Heathcott is done for the season following his latest knee surgery, VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman confirmed to Chad Jennings. The kid just can’t stay on the field. Slade will have played 230 of 576 possible games from 2011-14 by time the season ends.
  • Newman also confirmed IF Dean Anna has been activated off the Triple-A DL and LHP Nik Turley will join the RailRiders’ rotation on Thursday, says Jennings. Donnie Collins reports RHP Diego Moreno has also been activated and RHP Heath Bell was released. Good thing everyone freaked when they signed him.
  • LHP Dan Camarena has been promoted from High-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton, according to Nick Peruffo. The knows how to pitch southpaw had a 2.72 ERA (3.78 FIP) in 76 innings for Tampa. I’ve always been a fan.
  • And finally, remember RHP Jose Mesa Jr.? He was the Yankees’ 24th round pick back in 2012, but apparently he had some kind of surgery and has not pitched. Well, based on his Twitter feed, Mesa will make his debut on Thursday. Neato.

Triple-A Scranton (7-5 loss to Rochester)

  • LF Jose Pirela: 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — second straight game with a homer and third in his last five games
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K — 6-for-17 (.353) with four doubles and a homer since being sent down
  • 3B Scott Sizemore: 1-4, 1 K
  • DH Kyle Roller: 0-4, 3 K
  • SS Dean Anna: 1-4, 1 E (fielding)
  • 1B Austin Romine: 0-3, 1 BB — first career game at first base
  • RHP Bruce Billings: 6 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 7/6 GB/FB, 1 E (fielding) — 62 of 93 pitches were strikes (67%)
  • RHP Preston Claiborne: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB – 19 of 36 pitches were strikes (53%), though one of the walks was intentional … he left the game with the trainer for an unknown reason, which is kind of a big deal because he’s the spare reliever who gets the call whenever an arm is needed

Double-A Trenton (6-3 loss to Bowie)

  • CF Mason Williams: 0-5, 1 K, 1 CS
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — second homer in his last five games
  • DH Peter O’Brien: 0-4, 3 K
  • RF Tyler Austin: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K — quietly 12-for-37 (.324) with three doubles and a triple in his last ten games
  • LHP Daniel Camarena: 4.2 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/4 GB/FB – 47 of 73 pitches were strikes (65%)
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 2.1 IP, 3 H,  R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 3/1 GB/FB – 20 of 34 pitches were strikes (59%)
  • LHP Fred Lewis: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GB/FB – nine of 12 pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa (4-3 win over Clearwater)

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-5, 1 R, 2 K
  • SS Cito Culver: 0-5
  • 1B Greg Bird: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K — 13-for-33 (.394) with seven doubles, seven walks, and seven strikeouts in his last ten games
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K — 36 walks in 73 games this year after 43 in 114 last year and 44 in 122 the year before
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-4, 2 K — 5-for-21 (.238) in his first six games since the promotion
  • RHP Jaron Long: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 8/4 GB/FB – the hitting coach’s kid has a 2.12 ERA in 68 total innings this season

Low-A Charleston Game One (6-1 win over Savannah in seven innings) makeup of yesterday’s rainout

  • RF Michael O’Neill: 1-2, 2 R, 1 BB
  • SS Tyler Wade: 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – 12 walks and seven strikeouts in his last nine games
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI — 17-for-42 (.405) with six doubles, one triple, and three homers in his last ten games
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — 11-for-32 (.345) in his last nine games
  • LHP Caleb Smith: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 24 of 37 pitches were strikes (65%) … he missed about two weeks with a minor unknown injury, so they’re easing him back in
  • LHP Omar Luis: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 31 of 48 pitches were strikes (65%)

Low-A Charleston Game Two (2-0 loss to Savannah in seven innings)

  • RF Michael O’Neill, CF Dustin Fowler & 3B Miguel Andujar: all 0-3 — Fowler and Andujar both struck out twice
  • SS Tyler Wade: 1-3, 1 K, 1 SB
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 0-2, 2 K, 1 E (pickoff)
  • RHP Rookie Davis: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 8/2 GB/FB — 56 of 83 pitches were strikes (67%)

Short Season Staten Island (4-0 win over Aberdeen)

  • CF Devyn Bolasky: 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • 1B Chris Breen: 1-4, 1 R
  • 2B Ty McFarland & RF Austin Aune: both 2-4, 1 2B — McFarland scored a run and drove in two … Aune drove in a run, struck out, and got picked off first
  • LF Nathan Mikolas: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
  • SS Thairo Estrada: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB
  • RHP David Palladino: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 7/1 GB/FB — the 6-foot-8, 235-pounder came into this start with eight walks and seven strikeouts in 7.1 innings
  • LHP Rony Bautista: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks1 (8-7 win over GCL Phillies in ten innings, walk-off style)

  • SS Jorge Mateo: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 E (fielding) — 7-for-20 (.350) with four steals in four games
  • 3B Drew Bridges: 1-5, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 1-5, 2 K
  • DH Luis Torrens: 3-5, 1 RBI
  • CF Leonardo Molina: 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K — 2-for-15 (.133) in four games
  • 1B Dalton Smith: 2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
  • RF Dominic Jose: 3-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K – walk-off single for this year’s 24th rounder
  • RHP Luis Niebla: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 Balk, 1/2 GB/FB
  • RHP Dayton Dawe: 2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 3/1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks2 (12-11 loss to GCL Braves in eleven innings, walk-off style)

  • 2B Junior Valera: 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
  • SS Angel Aguilar: 1-6, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K
  • 1B Jake Hernandez: 3-6, 2 R, 3 RBI — signed as an undrafted free agent as a catcher
  • LF Anderson Feliz: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • PH-LF Frank Frias: 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B — signed for only $7,500 last summer but has done nothing but hit since turning pro (.304/.434/.433 in the Dominican Summer League last season)
  • RF Wilmer Romero: 4-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K — threw a runner out at third
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  • RetroRob

    I know most want to see a couple of knocks from Refsnyder, but I’m happy to see his walks return. He’ll need that plate discipline.

    Hopefully Katoh has figured some things out. Easily his best stretch this year, although that’s not hard to do.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      BABIP of .390 so far is probably pretty unsustainable, but the walks show a good approach at the plate, even when there nothing he can hit.

      • Angelo

        BABIP in the minors doesn’t really have the same meaning as it does in MLB. It could just mean that Refsnyder is crushing the competition. There are plenty of mlb players that would have “unsustainable” looking BABIP’s if they were placed in the minors.

        I’m not saying he’s not getting lucky, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that.

  • forensic

    And that’s why I’ve never bought into the hype around Heathcott and his tools. If you can’t get on the field, then nothing else really matters and you’re certainly not going to develop tools into anything.

    He actually would be near the top of my list of 40-man casualties when the next need for one arises.

    • Preston

      He doesn’t take up a 40 man spot while on the DL does he? Romine would be on the top of my cut list.

      • Yanks

        He does since he isn’t on the ML DL 60, which would start his service time. Dean Anna would be atop my chop list. Wonder if the Yankees could cut Jose Campos somehow… not sure how that would work and if they could just option him back down to the minors or what. Daley is still on the 40 man also.

        • forensic

          It really says something about their roster management when there are so many guys that we can list in no time that have no business being on a 40-man roster.

          • Yanks

            Not really, look around the league and you’ll see much of the same…

            • forensic

              Not to this extent.

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                Debatable. Look at the waiver wire every day.

                • Jorge Steinbrenner

                  Also, I’m not quite sure Slade’s bad 40-man management.

                  • Yanks

                    Yeah, he’s got good tools and played at AA. That’s something you add to the 40 man. If you want mismanagement, look at Jose Campos. There was probably zero chance he’d stick anywhere, especially since he was seemingly injured before the season started as well.

                  • forensic

                    Initially, no, you kind of have to add him at that point. But now, it’s very debatable about whether he’s worth keeping a spot for.

                    Then there’s Mitchell, Flores, Campos, 5 catchers, one of Anna/Sizemore, Soriano (couldn’t resist). At best, a couple of those are debatable. At worst, it’s hamstringing an already inflexible roster.

                    • Cool Lester Smooth

                      So, you’re saying that there was nothing wrong with the process that lead to Slade being on the 40 man, and that his being on the 40 man is evidence of the Yankees’ roster mismanagement?

                      I think you need to take a deep breath and start over, man.

                    • forensic

                      For some reason, I was also thinking that he was added before last season, not after, so that changes a little with how I was judging his initial addition. But regardless, he’s not the main one showing the mismanagment at this point, though it depends on how long they bother sticking with him on it.

                      The rest of the guys I listed are the main evidence of the mismanagement and I just simply stated that Heathcott is near the top of the list of who should/could lose their spot when one is needed.

                    • n0exit

                      I could be wrong but I don’t think you can dfa someone who is injured.

                    • forensic

                      Sure you can. You can basically DFA anyone you want.

                    • n0exit

                      I could have been wrong but I’m not. You can only outright an injured player during the off season. Players below 3 years service time can only be ourighted after the final day on the regular season but 15 days before the openining day of the next season. They of course would still have to clear waivers. Also, players can only be out righted once without permission so there’s a lot of control lost to free up the spot. I’d leave the roster management to the pros.

                    • forensic

                      You’re right, you should leave roster management to the pros.

                      I never said anything about outrighting him to the minors. I said DFA’ing him, which you can do to anyone you want.

                    • emac2

                      A perfect Dick Chaney moment

                      “You’re right, you should leave roster management to the pros.”

                      It’s funny when people insult others with a perfect assessment of themselves.

                    • n0exit

                      Look man, I’m all for being a smartass when you’re right and it would be great if you actually knew anything about the CBA but when you say stupid shit like I’m talking about DFA not outright I can’t help you. Just Google what DFA means and enlighten yourself. The information I give you is free (and hard to find as MLB don’t release the rules book) so fucking use it instead of being a dick.

        • RetroRob

          I’d remove Anna before Romine, especially now that they have a total glut of middle infielders on the AAA roster.

          • Wolfgang’s Fault

            Ditto.

  • Robert

    Cant see the Yanks holding Slade on the 40 man roster much longer,so much potential just never could stay healthy.
    That leaves Austin and Williams in that group of which Tyler has no power and Mason cant hit a lick.Although Mason Williams is probably the best Fielder in the Yank Minor League.Two bad he’s blocked and re-blocked by Elsbury n Gardner two of the best CF’ers in the game.

    • Mark

      Thanks goodness Williams is blocked because he can’t hit a lick.

      • nycsportzfan

        He was really starting to come around with the Bat but is now like 0 for his last 13 or something? Thank god he hit for awhile though, as his avg is still at 219BA, and about a month ago, it sat around 195-205 or something?

        I love Mason Williams skill set but even I’m getting really frustrated with his lack of consistency. Still though, he is young and has had some big yrs for lower level clubs in the past, and we knew he’d be a project. So i’m still holding out hope.

        I think Mason Williams ceiling is probably Marquis Grissom esque(except he hits LH of course). I don’t know if he’ll reach that status anymore, but he could still be helpful player even if he dosen’t max out on his ceiling.

  • radnom

    Yankees entry to the Futures Game much like the Minnesota Twins entry to the MLB All Star Game.

    “What is our weakest bench position that they have a decent player at?”.

    • perfect double taper

      Sure. It’s exactly the same because the Futures Game requires two prospects from each major league team…

  • Spaceman Spiff

    Whats the deal with Dustin Fowler? Legit Prospect?

    • Yanks

      Yes. Legit centerfielder with speed and some power. Only 19 and was considered extremely raw since he played other sports in high school, but he’s probably exceeded early expectations going to Charleston at 19 and not only holding his own, but thriving as well. I believe there were Jake Cave comps, but he seems to have more power already. Good tools and young. Could definitely become a top quality prospect.

      • nycsportzfan

        Yeah, hes all ready got Cave by a 5-10lbs and is a couple of yrs younger as well. He’s probably a faster player on the bases as well. I think Fowlers got a higher ceiling and at worst case, hes Jake Cave with a bit more pop and speed on bases.

        Good post.

        • Yanks

          At worst case, he stalls out. But he’s supposed to be a good defender, so he might get chances even if the bat stalls. Doesn’t look likely though. He needs to improve against lefties since his season line isn’t very good against them, but he’s extremely young, so he’s got time.

          • nycsportzfan

            Yeah, like I said the other day, I think the Yanks are showing what they think of him, having Fowler skip SI all together. Fowlers a heck of a athlete, which usually gives a player more chances to make it in some capacity. I’d say hes more athletic then Jake Cave(who i like alot). I don’t see him ever totally dudding out or anything, but I could see him ending up like Colin Curtis, Dan Brewer, and maybe Taylor Dugas, as a player who just dosen’t cut the mustard in TripleA to fully earn a chance in the ML. That is what I think Fowlers worst case scenario is. I’m pretty high on him. I think he gets ML at bats someday.

          • Wolfgang’s Fault

            Give the kid a chance to see some lefties first. He’s had all of 31 a/b’s vs. them w/2 HR’s & 2 triples. You can’t hit what you quite literally don’t see.

            • RetroRob

              It’s also quite common for hitters to struggle more against lefties when they turn pro, both lefty and righty hitters. They haven’t seen on as regular a basis, where in pro ball they’re suddenly facing them more than 30% of the time, and if they’re a lefty batter, basically at least once a game. And the lefties they’re facing are pretty much better than the ones they’ve seen before.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            Jake Cave has every chance of stalling out.

            …gotta say, comparing a Low-A CF to a Hi-A CF makes absolutely no sense to me. Calling someone a similar player to Jake Cave is meaningless, because we don’t even know if Jake Cave can hit AA pitching at this point.

  • nycsportzfan

    Ty McFarland shoulden’t last long at SI. I knew his bat was more advanced then Penn League pitching was. I really got a good feeling about this kid.

    As someone else mentioned, awesome that Katoh finally has a decent little string of games. His bat was said to be not really advanced when he came out of HS, and then he raked. So its not really surprising he took a bit of a step back offensively the 1st half of the season. Hopefully now hes back to hitting like last yr and he can get back on track.

    Glad to see Refsnyder and DBJ show there batting eye tonight. Both are having good yrs with the K/BB ratio and getting on base.

    Jaron Long is continuing to look like a nice little find for the Yanks. He might just be a player, one day?

    Also, Gary Sanchez’s recent power surge is nice to see. Between the way Murphy and Sanchez are playing at the current moment, I can see the Yanks easily getting a trade set up with one of these 2 as a major piece.

    • nycsportzfan

      By the way, Gary Sanchez is now on pace to hit more HR’s in 2014 then 2013. I’d say hes on pace for 17-18 at this point.

    • Yanks

      Ty McFarland is turning 23 later this year. I would expect him to be too advanced for a short season league like that… still feel like he’s just John Murphy type filler…

      • nycsportzfan

        So would I. Still many players don’t do well, and its always good when a player does what you thought they could. Mike.A’s noted him numerous times all ready, so i’m guessing hes impressed as well. I’m sure he’ll be at Charleston before to long.

        What I like about him most outside of his bat is his Size. Hes all ready got pop in that bat and hes a 6ft 3in 190lbs, with room to add some muscle and keep his range defensively. Hes obviously got a strong arm as he pitched alittle in college. He can also play some 3B. He can steal a bag as well.

        And it dosen’t hurt hes a coaches kid(his own at JMU)..

        Keep a eye on him, i’m telling ya. Also Jonathan Holder whos in the GCL right now and made only 1 appearence so far.

    • YankeeGrunt

      Katoh went to Rancho Bernardo, home to one of the best HS programs in the country. He was advanced for a prep and it showed with the ease of his transition to GCL last year.

  • Bo Knows

    must have been something really serious for him not to have pitched in 2 years. hopefully the guy shows his stuff

  • Wayne

    If you give up Gary Sanchez , Luis Severino, Dan Camarena, Rookie Davis if the last guy Cubs get is either Mason Williams or Aaron Judge if you are a yankees fan. I say trade Mason because he can’t hit. A guy like that can save you in a well pitched game plus Jacoby Ellsbury is getting older eventually. But the fact that we Have Dustin Fowler might help us in losing Mason too.
    He is a 19 years old draft pick from last year. Don ‘t know if he is considered good enough defensively at centerfield though? Is that Dustin Fowler’s primary position ?

    • Yanks

      Yes, he is a centerfielder and a good one, but I would never give up anything close to that for Samardzija. If we’re trading Sanchez and Severino +, it should be Price. Shark isn’t special.

      • Wayne

        Who would you give up for Price then?
        Rays will want alot, they are in our division.
        Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Dan Camarena, Rookie Davis and who else?
        They are going to want at least five guys.
        Who else do you want to give up?

      • Wayne

        Plus David said he thinks yankees are old school which may make it harder on us to sign him to an extension cause we could lose him after next year.

  • nycsportzfan

    Another positive regarding DBJ is he all ready has 40 RUNS scored in 2014 in 73games as opposed to 47 RUNS scored in 114games in 2013…

  • Pirate4life

    I really hope starts putting it together soon. The power is coming but not much else. The yankees rushed a few to many prospects to Charleston (Torrens and Katoh as well) this year.

    • Yanks

      Torrens never really got a chance to prove himself. They were just pushing him since they think highly of him. Says a lot that they would send an 18 year old to full season ball.

    • Wolfgang’s Fault

      Agree they pushed Torrens and Katoh too quickly.

      • YankeeGrunt

        The fact that someone initially struggles doesn’t necessarily mean they were rushed. Plenty of players “belong” in a league but aren’t hitting well there yet, it’s part of development. They didn’t have serious prospects being blocked, if you send them to Charleston they’re getting their first taste of night ball instead of kicking around in EXST until short-season starts, it’s not a terrible idea. And they sent Tyler Wade as well who has held his own, so even if these guys were “rushed” Wade and Fowler were rushed too and it doesn’t seem to be hurting them much.

    • nycsportzfan

      The thing is though, Clarkin and Fowler are doing fine skipping SI and going right to LowA ball. They didn’t rush anyone. Its not like they are playing more. They’re learning is all. If they are good enough, they’ll start playing well eventually .

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        Different players are different players.

        • Angelo

          Pretty much.

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    Keeping an eye on this Frank Frias guy. Great #’s last year and a nice way to start his career in the states.

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    No more Cody Grice sightings. Tough nosed kid who didn’t make enough of an impression to get enough playing time in the Yankee system. Who knows, maybe he can find a place to play regularly, he gets some needed a/b/s, & he turns up somewhere down the line. Wish him all the best!

  • 9?0?2?1?0?

    Just a random comment that no one cares about except me…. Well, when we got Diego Moreno he came with exicardo cayones in the AJ Burnett trade. Everyone said they’re low profile prospects that will amount to nothing but guess what. Moreno’s in triple a and has pitched very well throughout the yankees system. Good for him ????????. Also I guarantee everyone that once Turley has a start in which he throws a solid 5-7 innings he’s getting the call up and Nuno?????

    • nycsportzfan

      I think when Mike.A said they were pretty fringy prospects at best, he knew there was at least a small chance one of em could help. He just meant a real long shot.

      And I care about all comments about Yanks and there prospects.

    • Angelo

      I guess making Triple-A is an accomplishment, but it’s not like he’s established himself as a top 30 prospect in the farm system.

      Small sample size warning, but his numbers in Triple-A aren’t good anyway.

      Also, Turley is not on the 40 man roster, so I don’t think the Yankees are going to rush into calling him up. Moreover, he’s only had one start over AA. He’s not getting called up anytime soon.

  • Pirate4life

    Katoh’s last 10 games: .306/.375/.389

    His line in June so far: .273/.314/.394

    I think this month is more indicative of his ability than last years torrid pace. Honestly Id be ok with that if he defense is ++

    • Pirate4life

      *his defense

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  • nycsportzfan

    Don’t look now but Austin Aune has 3 straight multi-hit games.

  • WAJohn

    Jose Tabata was out righted today. Wonder if the Yanks take a shot at the one time Yankee. Hits lefties well and solid glove. Play some RF.

  • nycsportzfan

    I would love if one of Mike.A’s Weekly Chats was dedicated to only the Minor League System.

  • will

    its the only bright spot right now with this organization. Or well the potential

    • Wolfgang’s Fault

      You could say that, but since no one’s running away w/the division, they get to play meaningful games AND continue to stockpile their farm system w/young talented players. It could be worse. Regardless, I’m apprehensive about the pitching in the system, & just wish we had more already apparent starting arms working their way to the Bronx. Hopeful about a bunch of them, but still wish they had more advanced arms knocking on the door.

  • emac2

    I just wanted to remind everyone that the minor leagues is where players learn to play.

    Most of you don’t seem to know that the learning process means you alternate struggling with success.

    You can’t assess their potential every time they have a good or bad week. You can’t decide your roster on minor league numbers.

    There is so much good information generated by the minor league games but the conclusions people draw from a few at bats show that people don’t know or forget what’s happening down there and what they are trying to do.

  • Robert

    Promote DBJ already at least when Eric J. comes back its time.
    And after his debut season in SI Mason Williams has not hit at all. Even a non prospect like Dugas has passed him by.I refuse to buy into the Yankee Hype anymore.
    True prospects get better every year in the minors ala Refsynder and OBrien.
    There are so many factors that come into play once a player is drafted but it basically comes down to the mind and the body, which translates to injuries and desire!

  • Looser trader droids FotD™

    Thank god for DotF this year. Otherwise I’d be a 3, not a 5. The suckitude in the bigs is getting very frustrating.

  • nycsportzfan

    Mike Says good thing everyone freaked when they signed him(talking bout Heath Bell). Uhh, just about everyone knew he was completely washed up and coulden’t get anyone out in a tee-ball league let alone the ML”s. I’d say everyone was pretty much right on.

    • Preston

      It is very hard for a pitcher to get outs in a tee-ball league. You know, since there is no pitcher and they hit the ball of the tee.