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Yanks prospects, and HOF to announce more inductees Wednesday.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Baseball America listed their top 100 prospects list and Yankee fans who have been treated to young stars like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and Luis Severino should be happy and anxious for more young players on the come.

Six Yankees’ prospects are part of that top 100.

Since Clint Frazier spent some time in the majors last year, he isn’t even listed.

The six are:

#6 INF Gleyber Torres who, if he doesn’t break camp as the Yanks’ 2B, should be called up very early this season for just that purpose.

#38. OF Estevan Florial, who will probably start at High-A Tampa.

#41. LHP Starter Justus Sheffield, probably ticketed for AAA SWB.

#59. 3B Miguel Andujar who could be the Opening Day 3B.

#77. RHP Albert Abreu who will probably start at AA or AAA.

#81. RHP Chance Adams. Probably AAA bound.

Three former Yankees’ prospects made the list as well. These are prospects traded for Sonny Gray and Giancarlo Stanton.

On Wednesday, the Hall of Fame will announce who the BBWAA has selected as their HOF inductees for this year. They will join Alan Trammell and Jack Morris, who were selected via committee.

So far, with some polling done, it appears these players will get in, having met 75% of the vote:

Chipper Jones
Jim Thome
Vladimir Guerrero
Edgar Martinez
Trevor Hoffman

Close (over 60%) are

Mike Mussina (tracking around 72%)
Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, each around 66%
Curt Schilling, around 60%

Some views of mine: Disappointed in the possible steroid users getting more votes.

And hope Mussina makes it, especially since, as I noted before, you had jerks like the one guy from Cleveland who ONLY voted for two former Indian players (Thome and Omar Vizquel) and no one else.

Cross off a possible landing spot for Jacoby Ellsbury. Although Ellsbury has a no-trade clause, there was hope among Yankees fans that Ellsbury may waive it if dealt to SF, who trains in Arizona and who isn’t far from Oregon, where Ellsbury is from. Of course, how much the Yanks would have to eat as far as that contract is concerned is another matter. Besides, who wants him? And Ellsbury doesn’t want to go anywhere, even if right now he is a 5th OF.

But there was talk of SF, who needed outfielders. Instead SF traded for Andrew McCutchen and today signed Austin Jackson as a free agent. Interesting they went for A-Jax, because Lorenzo Cain is still available.


Game 31. Yanks overcome KC’s Cain, 10-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain hit 3 HRs in the game, but the Yanks won the game, 10-7, on Tuesday night.

With the score tied at 7 in the bottom of the 8th, the Yanks got an RBI double by Brett Gardner to go ahead, and a 2-run double by Brian McCann for insurance.

Earlier in the game, Dustin Ackley had 2 RBI and Didi Gregorius cleared the bases with a 3-run double.

The Yanks offensive breakout was necessary to combat Cain, who hit two of his three HR off of Masahiro Tanaka and a third off of Andrew Miller. In his attempt to tie the MLB record of four HR in a game, Cain popped up off of Aroldis Chapman to end the game.

Tanaka 7 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 0 walks, 4 K. Gave up 3 HR. 3.11
Miller (BS, 1, w, 2-0, 0.71) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Chapman (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 4.50

When Chapman was activated, Barbato was sent down.

KC wins Series in 5 games

The Kansas City Royals scored two runs in the top of the ninth to tie it up, then added five in the twelfth to beat the Mets 7-2 in Game 5 of the World Series last night. With the win, the Royals are the champions, four games to one.

It is the second title for KC, following one that they won in 1985.

Curtis Granderson homered in the bottom of the first for the Mets, and the Mets added another run in the sixth. Matt Harvey was shutting down KC. All seemed good for the Mets as far as surviving the night.

But in the ninth, Harvey faltered and KC tied it up.

Then came the five-run outburst in the 12th, Lorenzo Cain capping it with a bases-loaded 3-run double.

Catcher Salvador Perez was named WS MVP.

WS Game 3. Giants one win away.

In 1966, the L.A. Dodgers scored two runs in the third inning of Game 1. They were the only runs they scored in the entire series, as the Orioles shut them out in Games 2, 3 and 4.

No team was shut out in consecutive games… until last night.

The S.F. Giants shut out Detroit again, 2-0, to take a commanding 3 games to nothing lead in the World Series, and have Matt Cain on the mound tonight.

Both runs scored in the second. Hunter Pence walked, stole second on a K and advanced to third on a WP. Gregor Blanco tripled in a run and after another strikeout, Brandon Crawford singled in Blanco.

Should they get one more win, it would be the second title for San Francisco in three years… and 2010 was the first ever for the city.

In Yankees news, CC had his bone spur surgery and should be OK for spring training (X–fingers crossed). Meanwhile can the GOAT (Greatest of All Time)’s career be over? Reports are that Mariano Rivera, 43 next month, is having second thoughts about coming back after his ACL surgery.

Not only that, Mo’s contact is up. You want to show respect for the great Rivera, but how much would you pay a 43 year old who missed most of 2012 and who is coming off ACL surgery? Surely not the $15MM he made last year, but how much? Especially when you are trying to cut 10% off your budget to get under the cap in 2014? (Granted we are only talking 2013 for Mo here, but…).

Michael Pineda, coming off shoulder surgery, isn’t expected to be with the Yanks until midseason 2013.


WS Game 2. Giant strides while Raising Cain. SF breaks it open in 8th, wins 9-0.

First off, Congrats to Roberto Clemente Award winner, Tim Wakefield of the Red Sox.

A few years ago, in looking at young pitchers I wanted the Yanks to target as far as a possible trade, I mentioned Matt Cain. Not that SF was going to give him up…

Tonight, Cain proved he was worthy of the attention. 7 2/3 shutout innings.

He was helped by a Edgar Renteria (is it really 13 years since his hit won the 1997 WS for Florida?) HR and an RBI single by Uribe to put SF up 2-0 entering the bottom of the 8th.

C. J. Wilson had to leave after six with a blister. He did pitch well. 6 IP, 2 R on only 3 H.

You had the feeling that Texas’ karma has turned from good to bad when Kinsler’s drive in the fifth missed being a HR by inches. Maybe even a one single, solitary inch.

In the 8th, the pitcher’s duel turned into a rout. Derek Holland faced three batters, walked all three, and all three scored. Mark Lowe faced two batters. Walk and hit. Both scored. SF got 7 in the 8th–all after two were out—to blow it open. Renteria added a 2-run single to the HR he had earlier, and Aaron Rowand had a two-run triple. Two runs were walked in.  Pathetic.

By the way, do we really need to see a shot of Nolan Ryan after anything happens? He isn’t playing. Hasn’t since 1993. We don’t need to see a shot of him every inning.  He’s not the story.

Throwing out ideas.

A while back, I looked at Zack Greinke as a possibility for a trade, especially if the Yanks wanted a young pitcher with potential, experience and promise and were foiled in bids for CC, AJ, Lowe, etc. Greinke would be cheap as far as salary, but would cost players in a trade.

The blog nomaas.org throws out the name of Matt Cain of the Giants. The author of the piece suggests Cano for Cain, with the Yanks going after Orlando Hudson (just 30) as the replacement for Cano. I’ve also written about maybe getting Hudson and dealing Cano to shore up other needs. Let’s look at Cain.

Cain has been hurt by pitching for a bad team. He has been hurt by this even worse than Greinke has. Just 24, Cain is 30-43 in his career, but he has an excellent 118 ERA+. His ERA is 3.74 for his career. In 2007, he was 7-16 despite a nice 3.65 ERA (122 ERA+). This year he was 8-14, 3.76. (ERA+ 114). Since becoming a full-time starter and a full-time member of the Giants rotation in 2005, he hasn’t missed a start. He has gone 190, 200 and 217 IP (disregarding the fractions). 179, 163 and 186 K.

Greinke is 34-45, 4.28 for his career. Cain doesn’t have the DH (except for interleague) that Greinke has to face, and you do worry about the NL to AL transition. Still, he has been healthy, knock on wood. Greinke’s ERA+ is 107. Greinke, like Cain, is 24—albeit a few months older.

The idea, however, is the same. NoMaas with Cain, like I did with Greinke, was and is looking for and at pitchers who have experience and seem ready to blossom soon. Pitchers under 25, cheap, talented, and whom, once you look past the W-L record, have ERAs that show that they could win—and win big—if you put them on a good team. Pitchers who you hope have 10 years of great pitching ahead of them. Hopefully Joba and Hughes (and others) have that. Trying to identify others who may be available via trade is something the Yanks also need to look at (and most likely are). Especially if the high-rollers (CC, AJ, Lowe, Sheets) decide not to come to the Bronx.

Interesting article by NoMaas, and I commend them for it.