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Pitchers and catchers to report this week. Minor news.

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You can’t report what isn’t there to report. A lot of top free agents are still out there (Harper, Machado, Keuchel, Kimbrel, Gonzalez and more).

Former top Yankees prospect (traded to Oakland in the Gray deal) James Kaprelian still has problems. He hasn’t pitched since 2016 and now more shoulder problems have arisen.

At least pitchers and catchers report Wednesday for the Yanks. The start of spring training.

Now maybe, just maybe, some movement on the free agent front is forthcoming.

Yanks get Gray from A’s for three prospects.

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Brian Cashman got the Yanks their ace in Sonny Gray. It went almost down to the wire, but the Yanks got Gray for three prospects.

So let’s reassess what Cashman has done in the past few weeks. He got rid of the struggling Tyler Clippard and a bunch of prospects (but not the top tier ones) for the following: brought back David Robertson. Got Tommy Kahnle. Got Todd Frazier for 3b (if only for two months, rental), enabling Chase Headley to move to 1B to solve the season long 1B problem. Got Jaime Garcia (if only for a 2 month rental) to fill the Pineda spot that was being filled by Mitchell/Cessa and rookie Caleb Smith. Upgrades all around.

Now he got an ace pitcher to top it off. I’d say Cashman definitely earned his money.

Gray is under team control through 2019. He isn’t a two-month rental like Garcia is. He’s 27, in his prime.

Two years ago, Gray was an All-Star who finished third in CYA voting.

He had a rough 2016, missing 1/3 of the year with an injury, but even with that, is 44-36 in his career with an ERA of 3.42, ERA+ 114 (100 is average, so 14% above). His 162 G. average is 13-11, 3.42. With that ERA his record should be better, and with this offense and this bullpen, I expect that to happen.

This year, he has been 6-5, 3.43. Even though he was just 5-11, 5.69 last season, the ERAs for the other seasons were all 3.08 or lower. Great.

He is an ace, and in picking him up, the Yanks gave up three prospects, and two of them are currently on the DL. Who knows how they recover from those injuries?

James Kaprielian. RHP. 23. Considered their #1 pitching prospect, he has been surpassed. He has missed all of the 2017 season due to Tommy John surgery. He missed almost all of 2016. Not counting the Arizona Fall League, he has pitched in only seven minor league games. He basically has hardly pitched in the last two seasons.

Dustin Fowler. OF Lefty hitter. 22. The poor kid who suffered a major injury in his first MLB inning before he got his first MLB at bat. With people like Clint Frazier and Aaron Judge ahead of him, the Yanks deemed him expendable. As I recently wrote, a pecking order. You may have a lot of talent, but if you are blocked by someone better….

2016 AA .281-12-88, 15 triples, 25 SB
2017 AAA .293-13-43, 13 SB, 8 triples, 70 g.


Jorge Mateo. 22. Once a top Yankees prospect at SS, he was passed on the pecking order by Gleyber Torres. Not only that, the Yanks have Didi and Castro at SS and 2B right now. The Yanks moved him to CF, and apparently he has been picking it up well, and has been playing well at AA, but the Yanks apparently like 19 year old Estevan Florial (compared to Adam Jones (5x all star, 4x Gold Glove) as far as ability) better. Florial is currently at Low A Charleston. As I mentioned, ….. pecking order. Not only that, who knows what happens with the free agent market in a few years. Could the CF of the future be Bryce Harper or Mike Trout?

Gray fits the now. He is just 27. Under team control for this year and the next two. Team him with the 23 year old Severino and you have a nice young 1-2 punch.

Now let’s say Tanaka regains his old form in 2018. He’d be 29.

CC is 37, and I’m not looking at him right now, nor Garcia who is a two-month rental, but Jordan Montgomery is just 24. And the Yanks still have Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo and Justus Sheffield in the wings.

A young and hopefully good rotation. And with a bullpen featuring Chapman, Betances, Robertson, Kahnle, Green, Warren…. I am excited.

Severino and Montgomery are young, haven’t gone too many innings in a season and could be hitting a “wall” soon. The additions of Garcia and Gray guard against that.

Montgomery could be bullpen bound.

Cashman also traded prospect Yefri Ramirez to the Orioles for $$$ to be used against international signings.

So the Yanks get an ace. Granted they gave up three prospects. It wasn’t Torres, Frazier, Sheffield, Acevedo or Adams.

Two of those prospects are on the DL with major injuries and won’t be ready until 2018.

Great job, Cashman.

Game 9. Hicks and Severino lead Yanks to 3-2 win. Kaprielian needs TJ surgery.

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After the game, manager Joe Girardi stated that Luis Severino is young, but has great upside.

Tonight we saw what that upside could be.

Severino, who came up late in 2015 and who was 5-3, 2.89 in 11 starts that year but who went 0-8, 8.50 starting last year (sophomore jinx), pitched a beauty.

He gave length, kept the team in the game, got the win, and struck out 11 in his 7 innings of pitching.

But if not for Aaron Hicks, he may have lost the game. Hicks hit two HR, one from each side of the plate, to account for all the Yankees’ runs in the 3-2 win that upped the Yanks’ record to 5-4.

Hicks HR’d in the first from the left side of the plate (1) to put the Yanks up 1-0.

Severino gave up a run in the second, and a solo HR in the fifth.

In the bottom of the fifth, I got a little pissed off at Hicks. Up to this point, the Yanks had squandered some scoring opportunities and were losing 2-1. Ellsbury led off the bottom of the fifth by drawing a walk. Hicks swung at the first pitch and GIDP.

That was bad baseball. Down a run, and with Ellsbury drawing a leadoff walk, you can either bunt him over or at the very least, take a pitch or two to give Ellsbury a chance to steal second.

Hicks (playing because Gardner is day to day after that baseline collision on Wednesday) made up for this gaffe by hitting a 2-run HR (2) in the seventh from the right side of the plate to put the Yanks up 3-2. They held on for the final score despite a scare in the eighth.

Betances relieved Severino and immediately gave up a walk and single to put runners on the corners with no one out. Two strikeouts and a come-backer later and he was out of it.

Severino (1-0, 4.50) 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk, 11 K. Gave up HR.
Betances (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 2.70
Chapman (S, 2 ) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 0.00

So Yankees’ pitchers combined for 15 K in the game.

Greg Bird came back to the lineup but continued to struggle, going 0 for 4. He is 1 for 20 (.050). Hopefully he snaps out of it soon.

Austin Romine had 2 hits.

Top pitching prospect James Kaprielian will need to undergo TJ surgery which will knock him out until mid-2018. He missed most of 2016. Ouch.

In NFL news, Pittsburgh Steelers’ owner Dan Rooney died at age 84.

Game 8. Here come the Judge. HR’s in 3rd straight game. Yanks win. Montgomery solid. Gardner hurt. Surgery for Kaprielian?

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Jordan Montgomery was solid in his MLB debut. Although he left after 4 2/3, he kept the Yanks in the game, and they would win 8-4.

Aaron Judge HR’d for the third straight game. Brett Gardner got hurt and the news on James Kaprielian doesn’t appear good.

First, the game. After striking out the first two hitters he faced, Montgomery walked the next batter then gave up a 2-run HR.

But that is where it stayed until he left the game with two out in the fifth with a man on second and two out. Bryan Mitchell came in and should have gotten out of the inning but Starlin Castro made an error to make the score 3-0.

Then the Yanks came back.

They got two in the fifth when Headley singled, Judge walked and Higashioka reached on an error to load the bases with no one out. After two pop ups, Hicks walked to force in a run, and a wild pitch brought in the second.

In the sixth, the Yanks scored four to make it 6-3. After Castro and Headley singled, Judge hit a rocket that just missed hitting the pitcher. Exit velocity off the bat? 116 MPH. Thank goodness that didn’t hit the pitcher in the face. RBI single. After a force out, PH Gardner reached on an error but he and Willie Weeks collided violently and both had to leave the game. A run scored on the error, but we will have to see if Gardner has to go on the DL. Then Jacoby Ellsbury singled in a run to make it 5-3. Aaron Hicks’ rbi groundout made it 6-3.

In the seventh, Judge hit his 3rd HR of the year, and 3rd in as many games, to make it 8-3.

The Rays got a run in the eighth, but the Yanks won 8-4 to even their record at 4-4.

Hicks did not get a hit, but walked twice and had 2 RBI. Castro had 2 hits and scored a run. Headley, red hot, had 2 hits and scored 2 runs.

Judge had 2 hits, scored 2 runs and drove in 3.

Montgomery 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 earned, 5 H, 2 walks, 7 K. Gave up HR. 3.86. MLB DEBUT.
Mitchell (W, 1-0,  0.00) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Clippard  (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks, 2 K.  2.08
Layne 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.40
Holder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 0.00
Chapman (S, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.00

James Kaprielian will be making his mind up soon whether to undergo surgery or not. He missed almost all of 2016 and with the surgery, may miss all of 2017 and part of 2018. You then wonder if this top prospect may ever make it.

Minor League Report. Washouts, a battle for a pitching spot, and the top pitching prospect is hurt.

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AAA SWB and AA Trenton were both rained out tonight.

A few days ago, James Kaprielian was scheduled to start tonight for High A Tampa. That was cancelled because with the bad weather up north, where Jordan Montgomery was supposed to start for SWB and Chad Green for Trenton in their bids to be the #5 in the Yankees’ rotation, both were sent to Tampa. So Montgomery started for Tampa tonight with Green backing him up. More on that later.

Today it came out that Kaprielian, who missed just about all of 2016 due to an arm injury, who came back for the Instructional and Arizona Fall leagues and who was nursed through spring training, is experiencing elbow pain and is scheduled for an MRI. Hoo boy. Hopefully not another lost year.

As for Tampa, they lost 2-1 but in picking who was better, Montgomery or Green in order to clarify who should be #5 in the Yankees’ rotation, it’s a tough call.

Montgomery 5 IP, 1 R, UNEARNED, 3 H, 1 walk and 9 K.
Green (L) 4 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 5 K. Gave up HR in the 9th which lost the game.

CF Tito Polo had 3 of Tampa’s 5 hits and the only RBI.

Low A Charleston lost 6-3. Top prospect CF Blake Rutherford 1 for 3, walked twice, SB. Nick Green knocked out in the third inning. 4 Runs in 2 1/3. Albert Abreu 4 IP, 1 R, 6 K. David Sosebee 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 6 K.


Game 3. 2-out woes for Pineda again. Yanks fall, 4-1.

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All last year, we couldn’t help but wonder why Michael Pineda can’t get the third out. So often, he would give up all his runs, or most of them, when there were two out. He just couldn’t close out an inning.

That worrisome trend continued tonight in the Yankees’ 4-1 loss to the Rays that dropped their record to 1-2.

Pineda gave up a HR to the first batter he faced, and in the second inning, gave up three runs—all with two out.

He really is an enigma. He got 11 outs as he was knocked out in the fourth, and six of his outs were by strikeout.

So much potential. So little results.

He is a free agent at the end of the season. If how he has been the past few years continues throughout this year, then I hope the Yankees let him go.

He has this year to prove himself. To the Yankees and to others. In order to do so, he has to get that third out and get out of innings.

The Yanks only got one run. That came on a HR by Jacoby Ellsbury. A couple times they had chances, hit the ball hard, but the ball didn’t find a hole. Instead it was a DP.

The three Baby Bombers, Sanchez, Bird and Judge, are struggling right now, but we are only three games in. Patience is needed with them.

Ellsbury had 3 of the Yanks’ 8 hits. The hot Headley had 2.

The Yanks were 0 for 9 with RISP.

Pineda (L, 0-1) 3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 0 walks, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 9.82
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 0.00
Warren 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, and 4 K. Nice job. Maybe he should have won a starter job after all….. over Pineda.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K.

Nice job by the Yankees’ bullpen, who didn’t give up a run or hit tonight and kept the Yanks in the game. Too bad the offense couldn’t capitalize.

The Yanks’ bullpen hasn’t given up a run in the three games. It’s just Tanaka (knocked out in the third) and Pineda (knocked out in the fourth) who have.

CC pitched five scoreless innings.

It is early, but the starters are going to have to give more length.

Rumors are already flying that A-Rod and J-Lo are thinking of tying the knot. If so, it would be A-Rod’s 2nd marriage, J-Lo’s 4th.

One rumor not true: Suzyn Waldman went on a radio show and said that Yankees’ prospect Clint Frazier asked if the Yankees unretired numbers and if so, he wanted  #7 (Mickey Mantle’s). The answer is no, they don’t unretire them and no, he couldn’t get #7. The Yankees and Frazier stated he never said that.

The Yankees’ plan was for Jordan Montgomery and Chad Green to pitch tomorrow, Montgomery at AAA and Green in AA. Both at the same time so both would be lined up for the April 16 start in which the Yanks finally need a #5 starter. Best man in the mano a mano duel wins. Because of bad weather in the northeast, both will be pitching for High A Tampa tomorrow. One starts, other comes in relief. James Kaprielian was supposed to start that game, but now, no.


S.T. Game 21. Yanks come back behind 4 HR to win 11-5, sign reliever.

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Down 4-1 after two innings, the Yanks came back to beat Toronto 11-5 to improve their spring record to 16-5.

The Yanks hit four HR in the win. Aaron Hicks, Starlin Castro, Rob Refsnyder and Clint Frazier all homered.

Hicks had 2 hits, Frazier 2 hits and 2 RBI. 2 hits for Ronald Torreyes. 2 hits for Castro. Ji-Man Choi had 2 RBI. Mason Williams had 2 RBI.

The day was not a good day for Luis Cessa who had a rough outing and appears to be AAA bound after that.

If I were to guess, Adam Warren will be a long man out of the bullpen (not that he can’t start or deserves a starting position, but he’s too valuable in the bullpen) and that the two rotation spots are between Mitchell, Green and Severino.

James Kaprielian had his first and only outing of the spring. The Yanks are bringing him along slowly after his injury last year. He and Mason Williams, who missed most of spring training with a knee problem, were sent down to minor league camp after today’s game.

The Yanks signed reliever Ernesto Frieri. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2015. Frieri saved 23 games between the Padres and Angels in 2012 and 37 games for the Angels in 2013. A gamble… since 2013 he is 2-4, 13 saves, 6.37 ERA. For his career, 11-13, 3.55 ERA+ 105, 73 saves. The righty is 31.

Bryan Mitchell was impressive again.

Today’s pitching:

Cessa 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Heller 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Mitchell 3 IP, 1 R,  2 H, 1 walk,  5 k.
Kaprielian (w) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 3 K.
Graham 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K.