Game 55: House of Horrors

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For the longest time, it seemed like Angels Stadium was a complete nightmare for the Yankees. They won just five of 24 games in Anaheim from 2005 through the 2009 All-Star break, which is absolutely dreadful. But for whatever reason, the Angels and their stadium are just like any other team now. I don’t think many of use dread playing the Halos anymore, likely because they’re clearly a team in decline  and (of course) the 2009 ALCS. Good times, good times. Here’s your starting nine…

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

Ivan Nova, SP

Dan Haren Update: RAB fave Sam Miller reports that Haren will have tomorrow’s scheduled start pushed back to Tuesday because of his back issue. I assume the Angels will just bump Ervin Santana up to Saturday and Joel Pineiro up to Sunday. Thursday’s off day allows them to pitch on normal rest, so that’s not an issue.

2011 Draft: Tyler Beede tells teams he’s going to college

Via Keith Law, high school right-hander Tyler Beede has sent a letter to area scouts informing them that he plans on following through on his commitment to Vanderbilt. High school outfielder Josh Bell did something similar. Beede, who I wrote about a few weeks ago, is a first round arm and this is just a way of building leverage in neogitations. Someone will still draft him high, but anything that could cause him to slide in the draft is good news for the Yankees.

Friday Open Thread

The game thread will be along a little while later, so bide your time here. The Mets are on, Game Two of the Stanley Cup Finals are, plus some other stuff. Go nuts.

Oh, Don’t Bring In The Lefty looked at the Yankees’ first pitch swinging data this afternoon, in response to this morning’s mailbag question. Unsurprisingly, Robinson Cano tops the list.

2011 Draft: Keith Law’s Mock Draft v3.0

Keith Law’s latest mock draft hit the interwebs today (Insider req’d), and he still has the Pirates taking UCLA RHP Gerrit Cole first overall. Rice 3B Anthony Rendon is going second to the Mariners, and he now has UCLA RHP Trevor Bauer going to the Diamondbacks at three. Klaw says that high school lefty Daniel Norris is looking for Tyler Matzek money ($3.9M), and Kevin Goldstein added some more bonus demands on Twitter. We’ve already heard about Josh Bell telling teams he doesn’t want to turn pro as well as the ridiculous bonus demands of Dylan Bundy and Archie Bradley.

2011 Draft: Joe Ross

The draft is just three days away, so between now and then I’m going to highlight some players individually rather than lump a few together in one post.

Joe Ross | RHP

The brother of Oakland A’s right-hander Tyson Ross, Joe attends Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland just like his brother did a few years ago. He’s a very good student with a strong commitment to UCLA.

Scouting Report
Unlike Tyson, Joe is much more conventional. His delivery and arm action are clean, and he gets good downhill plane from his 6-foot-2, 180 lb. frame. Ross’ fastball typically sits 90-94 mph with some armside run, but he ran it up as high as 96 this spring and there’s reason to believe there’s even more velocity coming with that frame. His breaking ball is more of a curveball but occasionally it morphs into a slider. When right, the pitch is delivered in the high-70’s with some horizontal break to go along with the downward action. Ross also throws a low-80’s changeup. He’s a very good athlete and it’s easy to project three better than average pitches down the line given what he has right now.

Ross doesn’t project as a true ace, but instead a notch below that and there’s ain’t nothing wrong with that at all. The commitment to UCLA and presumably high price tag would have to work in the Yankees favor if they want to have a chance at him with the 51st overall pick. Keith Law and Baseball America considered Ross the 25th and 36th best prospect in the draft in their latest rankings, so he’s a legit first round talent.