Monday Night Open Thread

Even off-days bring baseball pain for the Yankees nowadays. Earlier today, the Yankees learned top prospect Gleyber Torres would miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his elbow. He needs Tommy John surgery. What crappy news. I assume a swarm of locusts will devour Clint Frazier in Scranton tonight.

Anyway, here is tonight’s open thread. MLB Network is showing a regional game at 7pm ET and there’s a College World Series game on as well (Oregon State vs. LSU at 7pm ET on ESPN). Also, the Mets are playing out on the West Coast later tonight. May the baseball gods have mercy on their souls.

Friday Night Open Thread

Tonight’s game is the final night game of the West Coast trip. Thank goodness for that. What a disaster this trip has been. Losing games is one thing. Losing players too? Yuck. Just forfeit the rest of the series and take a long weekend back home in New York. How’s that sound?

Anyway, here is an open thread until the regular game thread comes along. The Mets are playing tonight and MLB Network will have a regional game later on. Talk about that stuff or anything else.

Thursday Night Open Thread

Good news: only two more 10pm ET starts left on the West Coast trip. Tonight and tomorrow. Thank goodness for that. I can’t handle these late night games/early mornings as well as I once did. Anyway, make sure you check out Joe Lemire’s post on scouting vocabulary. It’s pretty great. “Fall down range” has always been my favorite weird baseball term.

Here is an open thread until the regular game thread comes along. The Mets are playing tonight and MLB Network will have a regional game as well. Talk about those games or anything else here.

Wednesday Night Open Thread

Happy Hump Day, folks. The West Coast trip is almost over. Well, no, not really, but we’re getting there. I’m already sick of the 10pm ET starts. Guess that means I’m getting old. Anyway, make sure you check out Ben Lindbergh’s post on the juiced baseball. There’s some evidence the ball itself is contributing to MLB’s homer spike. Whatever it is, I’m cool with it. I love dingers. Long live dingers.

Here is an open thread to keep you busy until the regular game thread comes along. The Mets are playing tonight and MLB Network will have a regional game as well. Talk about those games, the juiced balls story, or anything else here. Just not religion or politics. Get that outta here.

2017 Draft: Day Three Open Thread

2017-draft-logoThe 2017 amateur draft concludes today with rounds 11-40, which are the rounds where organizational depth is built. The Yankees have found guys like Tyler Austin, Chase Whitley, Rookie Davis, and James Pazos on Day Three in recent years, and they’ve all proven useful in one way or another. Everyone wants stars and impact players. Depth guys are important too.

So far this year the Yankees have gone heavy on arms. We’re talking nine pitchers and one position player in the first ten rounds these last two days. I think that’s a coincidence more than anything. That said, the Yankees may try to balance things out a bit with a few position players here on Day Three. Here is my Day Two recap, here are the Yankees’ picks, and here are some draft links to check out:

  • Make sure you check out Brendan Kuty’s chat with Clarke Schmidt, the Yankees’ first round pick. He played coy when asked about signing. His agent trained him well. “We’re still in talks. Still have to sign, deal with all the contracts. That’s the side of the ball I haven’t gotten into yet,” he said.
  • Here are Eric Longenhagen’s Day One and Day Two notes. “Arkansas RHP Trevor Stephan (3) will touch 96, sit 92-94, and throw enough strikes to start. His sweeping curveball is average but plays up against righties because of his cross-bodied delivery,” says the write-up.
  • If you’re into such things, Craig Mitchell’s KATOH system projects Stephan as the third best college player taken on Day Two. “The right-handed Stephan put up big strikeout numbers in the SEC this year, trailing only Alex Faedo, Alex Lange, and Kyle Wright, all of whom were no-doubt first rounders,” says he write-up.
  • Here are the best available players per MLB.com and Baseball America. Most of the highly ranked high school kids are unsignable at this point. Teams will still pick them though, just in case they to change their mind and decide to turn pro.

The draft concludes today with rounds 11-40. Thankfully, the conference call is now rapid fire, one pick after another. That’s the way the entire draft used to be (and always should be!). Anyway, the draft resumes at 12pm ET, and you can tune in on MLB.com. Here is MLB.com’s draft tracker. Chat about all the day’s draft-related stuff here.

Tuesday Night Open Thread

Did you stay up for that game last night? It was worth it. Aaron Judge getting loud MVP chants in Mike Trout’s home ballpark was something else. The Yankees are out on the West Coast all week, so the regular game thread will be along a little closer to first pitch. Until then, make sure you check out Michael Lananna’s article on Clarke Schmidt, the Yankees’ first round pick in the ongoing 2017 draft. Awesome stuff.

Here is an open thread until tonight’s game. The Mets are playing tonight and MLB Network will have a regional game as well. Talk about those games, Lananna’s article, or anything else here that isn’t religion or politics.

2017 Draft: Day Two Open Thread

2017-draft-logoNow that all the pomp and circumstance of Day One of the amateur draft is in the books, it’s time for teams to really get down to business. The first rounders get all the attention and understandably so, but Days Two and Three separate contenders from pretenders. The teams that turn those mid-to-late-round picks into valuable (or just useful) players have a big advantage over the teams that don’t. How many teams right now wish they used a third or fourth rounder on Jordan Montgomery in 2014? Exactly.

The Yankees selected two players during Day One: South Carolina RHP Clarke Schmidt (first round) and California HS RHP Matt Sauer (second round). Here is my Day One recap. The draft continues today with Day Two, covering rounds 3-10. Day Two is, typically, the most boring day of the draft. Teams typically use most of their Day Two picks on cheap college seniors to save bonus pool money. Lame, but it is what it is. Here are some stray draft links:

  • In his first round recap, Jim Callis says the Yankees took Schmidt “close to the high point of where he would have gone before he had Tommy John surgery this spring … He could be a quality starter when he’s healthy … He has a hard sinker and a pair of breaking balls that can both be plus at their best.”
  • In a separate piece, Callis listed Clarke has one of his biggest surprises and Sauer as one of his best value picks. “Another high school righty who easily could have fit in the first round, he can run his fastball up to 97 mph and his slider up to 87. Sauer needs some polish, but he has a ceiling of a No. 3 starter or a closer,” said the write-up.
  • Keith Law (subs. req’d) said he “never bought into (Schmidt) as a first-round talent given the rough delivery, but his stuff did tick up this year to the mid-90s and he was still throwing strikes when he blew out his elbow in April,” in his Day One recap. As for Sauer, Law said “perhaps they’re just not worried about the things that worry other teams (or me!) in pitcher mechanics.”
  • John Manuel singled out the Schmidt pick as a surprise given how high he was selected. “It’s expected Schmidt’s bonus will be below the pick value at No. 16 ($3,458,600) while Sauer’s will be significantly above the value at pick 54 ($1,236,000),” he wrote.
  • According to Joe Bailey, Sauer said he will likely sign with the Yankees rather than follow through on his commitment to Arizona. Bailey says the team reportedly offered a $2.5M bonus. That all but confirms the Yankees have a below-slot deal in place with Schmidt.
  • Here are the best available players per MLB.com and Baseball America. Keep an eye on California HS SS Nick Allen (RAB profile) and California HS OF Garrett Mitchell. They both fit New York’s typical profile as toolsy up-the-middle athletes. The Southern California thing doesn’t hurt either.

The draft resumes today at 12:30pm ET and you can stream it online at MLB.com. There is no MLB Network broadcast today. The draft shifts to online only for Days Two and Three. Here is the MLB.com Draft Tracker. Talk about all things draft right here throughout the day.