More praise for the Yankees’ young arms

“The system is now one of the stronger ones in the minor leagues, and at some point, as those players become major-league-ready, the Yankees will have the most deadly combination of depth of young talent combined with elite payroll resources at the major league level.”

That sure-to-get-a-smile quote comes courtesy of Indians’ GM Mark Shapiro, a guy who knows a thing or two about building great teams. Go read this article by Tyler Kepner in today’s NY Times, you won’t be disappointed.

Juan Miranda is a BEAST

Triple-A Scranton (6-5 win over Ottawa in 12 innings, walk-off style)
Justin Christian: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB – hitting .324 with Scranton
Kevin Reese: 1 for 4, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SB – walk-off ground out to short with a throwing error on the throw to first in the attempted double play…
Shelley Duncan: 2 for 5, 4 RBI, 1 K – 70 RBI in 83 games puts him on pace for 112 over the full season
Eric Duncan: 0 for 5, 1 E (interference) – had been 4 for his previous 10…
Bronson Sardinha: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 1 K
Andy Cannizaro: 1 for 5, 3 K, 1 CS
Tyler Clippard: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP – 33-33 K-BB ratio in his last 53.2 IP
TJ Beam: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Chris Britton: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3-0 GB/FB – 2 walks in his last 19.1 IP
Charlie Manning: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

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Hip hip Wil Nieves

Jorge Posada caught a marathon of a game on Friday night. Then he caught 13 innnings of a Saturday day-game-after-a-night-game. Now, he’s back in the lineup tonight and behind the plate. Sure, tomorrow begins the All Star break. But if Joe Torre can’t find a way to rest Posada with Nieves on the bench for a game this weekend, then the Yanks need a new backup catcher.

Futures Game today

The 9th annual Futures Game takes place today at 4pm EST. Joba Chamberlain last pitched on Tuesday, so you can go ahead and bet your 401k on him throwing an inning today. As you may remember, Phil Hughes got lit up his inning of work last year, coughing up 3 runs to the World Team and was almost decapitated by Jose Tabata.

The game will be on ESPN, so find a comfy chair and watch the best prospects in the game strut their stuff.

“only some freakish unforeseen injury keeps him from being a major leaguer”

That quote comes from Staten Island Yankees’ manager Mike Gillespie in this article from the Daily News, and he’s talking about none other than Dellin Betances. Great piece on what Dellin was up to this winter, how he spent his 7-figure signing bonus, what scout’s think of him, and how he feels to be a part of the Yankees’ future.