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Two years ago it was OF Mason Williams, last year it was OF Tyler Austin, and this year it will be 3B Eric Jagielo. The Yankees’ first first round pick in last summer’s draft won our Prospect Watch vote convincingly, receiving nearly 29% of the over 5,400 votes submitted. That’s way more votes than I expected, so thanks to everyone for taking the time to click.
Here are the full voting results:
- 3B Eric Jagielo, 28.7%
- C Gary Sanchez, 22.2%
- OF Aaron Judge, 17.4%
- LHP Manny Banuelos, 12.1%
- OF Slade Heathcott, 8.6%
- 1B Greg Bird, 7.4%
- OF Tyler Austin, 1.9%
- OF Mason Williams, 1.8%
No love for Austin or Williams, huh? Cold. I guess they’ve already had their moment in the Prospect Watch sun though. Same with Banuelos. I suspect Bird and Judge will have their time in the sidebar in a year or two. With Heathcott already on the 40-man roster and heading to Triple-A this year, it’s possible he will go his entire minor league career without being part of the Prospect Watch despite being a first round pick. Weird.
Jagielo, 21, was the 26th overall pick in last year’s draft, and he signed quickly for a $1,839,400 signing bonus, which was exactly slot money. The third baseman out of Notre Dame hit .266/.376/.451 (153 wRC+) with 14 doubles and six homers in 218 plate appearances for the Short Season Staten Island Yankees after turning pro. He will open 2014 with High-A Tampa and a promotion to Double-A Trenton at midseason is very likely if he hits like he did with the Baby Bombers. For more on Jagielo, check out his Prospect Profile.
The Prospect Watch will be up in the sidebar tomorrow afternoon. Jagielo and his Tampa Yankees teammates open the season tomorrow night, as do the other three full season affiliates. Austin was a bit of a dud last year because of his nagging wrist injury, but Williams had a very strong year in 2012 and Banuelos was solid in 2011. Barring injury, Jagielo should have no trouble putting up big numbers in Single-A. If we doesn’t, well, that will only add fuel to the Curse of the Prospect Watch fire.
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Just a heads up: our 2014 Draft Order page is now up and running. It’s available at any time via the Resources pull-down menu, which is right below the street sign in the banner atop the site. I’ll update the draft order page as teams gain and lose draft picks via free agent compensation this winter, so check back often.
In honor of Mariano Rivera‘s final weeks with the Yankees, we’ve teamed up with Bleacher Creature king Bald Vinny for a series of t-shirt giveaways this month. As you probably know, Bald Vinny leads the roll call from the right field bleachers every home game and sells his original t-shirts outside Yankee Stadium. His entire product line is available online at Section203.com.
Starting this Friday and continuing with each of the next three Fridays, we’ll be giving away one of Bald Vinny’s original Mo-themed shirts through a Twitter contest. It’s very simple. All you have to do is follow both @RiverAveBlues and @BaldVinny on Twitter, then be the 42nd person to retweet the official giveaway tweet. There will be remainders galore before the actual giveaway goes live each Friday afternoon. You have to follow both RAB and Bald Vinny on Twitter to be eligible to win, no exceptions. People affiliated with RAB and Bald Vinny are not eligible to win and repeat winners are not allowed either.
We’re giving away two different shirts as part of the giveaway: two G.O.A.T. shirts and two T-42 shirts in whatever size the winner needs. We’ll start with the G.O.A.T. shirt this coming Friday and alternate each week. If you don’t want to wait for the giveaways, you can head over to Bald Vinny’s store and use the discount code RAB20 to receive 20% off your next purchase. Good luck.
I’m not one to post much, but I’m here to inform you that RAB is now in “THE CLOUD!” We’ve made some changes to the site’s architecture that requires your help! If you see any issues related to site responsiveness or anything you’re plain out not used to, please send an email to riveraveblues at gmail dot com. Your help is important to ensure a stable platform. To anyone who was attempting to comment last night, sorry for the outage! Sometimes messes are made when you build a new house.
Thanks and YANKEES ONLY.
This completely slipped my mind until just now, but today (Wednesday) is RAB’s sixth birthday. The time just flew by and I speak for myself, Ben, and Joe when I say none of us expected the site to turn into what it has. We’ve met a ton of cool people and made many great friends during these six years, and we owe it all to you. Thanks for reading and hopefully there are many more years to come.
Just a heads up, I’ve (finally) launched our 2013 Draft Order page. It’s available at all times through the Resources tab, which is right under the street sign in the banner. Free agency officially starts tomorrow, and I’ll keep the page updated all winter as draft picks change hands via free agent compensation. The new rules are kinda complicated, so check back often.
It’s been a while since we’ve updated the RAB Shop, but we’ve got two new and simply designs for you. Both play off some rather popular Yankees-related Twitter hastags — #untuck for whenever Rafael Soriano nails down a win (and untucks his jersey) and #HIROK for whenever Hiroki Kuroda is generally awesome. That’s more often than not, obviously.
Click the image above for a larger view of both designs, but like I said they’re very clean and simple, and both come courtesy of RAB graphics guru Tyler Wilkinson. These aren’t just limited to t-shirts either; you can get coffee mugs, onesies, messenger bags, hats, all sorts of neat stuff in a variety of colors, styles, and sizes. Check out our shop with this link or at all times via the nav bar above. The link is right below the street sign in the banner.
The All-Star break is over as the Yankees look to build upon their excellent first half and continue to increase their lead in the AL East. To get the second half going here’s are some great ScoreBig make-an-offer deals for the next two series in the Bronx from our partners, TiqIQ. These make an offer deals can’t be beat and tickets can sometimes be had for as low as $10, and you don’t have any pesky service or shipping fees to worry about. Just name your price and avoid all the hassles. To see all our ticket inventory, click here: http://tiqiq.us/CSl
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Despite having dropped their last two, the Yankees are in the midst of a torrid hot streak and pull into CitiField for the 2nd half of the 2012 Subway Series looking to stay undefeated against the Mets this season. With both NYC teams still in contention entering the first weekend of the summer, the average ticket price for this series is a pretty steep $176/ticket. But thanks to our friends at TiqIQ and their partnership with ScoreBig, we have a special offer that can net you some solid savings on top of ScoreBig’s already discounted inventory. By clicking the image above and signing up for ScoreBig, for this weekend only, with a purchase of $200 or more you’ll save $50 off your transaction in addition to ScoreBig’s initial discount. Plus, as with all ScoreBig deals, you won’t be subject to any ancillary service or shipping charges like you would be with other sellers. So act fast: you’ll only have til Noon on Thursday to Make an Offer on tickets for Friday night’s game and deals for this weekend’s games end at Noon on Friday.