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S.T. Game 25. Warren appears to win #5 slot, Yanks lose 6-5.

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Adam Warren gave up one run in 3 2/3 innings, and appeared to win the #5 starting pitcher position as the Yanks lost to the Rays 6-5 in Thursday’s spring training action. Didi Gregorious (.308) had two hits and an RBI. Minor league OF Jake Cave continued a good spring (.462) by going 1 for 1 with an RBI. Minor league OF Ramon Flores was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Rob Refsnyder was 1 for 3 (.323), but made his fifth error of the spring. The pitching line: Warren 3 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 5 K. Jose Ramirez 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 K. Chris Martin 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 3 K. Danny Burawa 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Tyler Webb 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

The Yanks are 13-11-1 this spring.

S.T. Game 19. Warren & Whitley make statements in Yanks’ 11-2 win.

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Adam Warren and Chase Whitley both made statements today as far as the 5th starter job and a long relief job for the Yanks in their 11-2 win on Friday.

Warren pitched 5 innings and gave up just one run. Whitley pitched 3 scoreless innings in relief. While Whitley is still being considered for the fifth starter spot, it is more likely that after today, Warren gained the foothold on fifth starter, and Whitley a foothold on long man out of the bullpen (with Esmiel Rogers, who didn’t fare as well Thursday, being another long man option).

The Yanks scored six in the first inning. Gardner tripled to lead off and then Brendan Ryan, in his first S.T. AB after battling a back injury, doubled. Brian McCann singled in a run, Jose Pirela doubled in two and later Rob Refsnyder hit a 2-run HR. 6-0 Yanks before Adam Warren took the mound.

Later in the game, A-Rod hit a solo shot, his 2nd HR of the spring.

Warren 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Chris Martin 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Whitley 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

The Yanks are now 11-7-1 for the spring.

 

S.T. Game 12. Yanks 5, Red Sox 3.

Jonathan Galvez had two hits, including a bases-loaded triple, as the Yanks beat Boston Friday night 5-3 in spring training action.

Galvez, 24, a righty bat, has mostly played 2B and SS in his minor league career. He hasn’t hit the majors yet. The utility man has also played some LF, 3B and 1B. Last year for the Padres’ AAA club, he hit .280-10-52. He also has a .280 career minor league batting average.

The Yankees’ other two runs scored on a two-run ground-rule double by OF Mason (Classical Gas) Williams.

2B prospect Rob Refsnyder (.400 this spring) had a hit. It’s his defense (3 errors this spring) that needs work.

The pitching line.

Adam Warren 3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 2 K.

A so-so outing for Warren, who probably is the favorite to land the #5 starting spot after Chris Capuano’s injury.

Chasen Shreve 2 Ip, 0 r, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Jose Ramirez 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Brandon Pinder 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Nick Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and  3 K.

Jacob Lindgren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

Nice finish by Goody and Lindgren.

CC Sabathia will make his first spring training start on Tuesday.

The Yanks are now 7-4-1 for the spring.

S.T. Game 7. Yanks edge Nationals, 3-2.

The Yanks improved their S.T. record to 4-2-1 with a 3-2 win over Washington today. (MLB.com, I think, is broadcasting the game at 8 tonight (Sunday)).

A-Rod got his first action in the field, fielding one sharply hit grounder. As he himself stated, don’t expect an Ozzie Smith-type year. Meaning not great fielding or range, just make the routine play. Of course, we don’t expect to see A-Rod at 3B too much this year, mostly at DH. Chase Headley should be the regular 3B, barring injury.  A-Rod did get a Texas-league bloop double in the game, and also struck out.

After Washington scored in the top of the first on a first-pitch-of-the-game HR off of Adam Warren, the Yanks tied it in the fourth on a Brett Gardner single.

The Yanks went up 2-1 in the fourth on a single by Jose Pirela. It is starting to look like Brendan Ryan (abdominal injury) may not be ready for Opening Day, so Pirela and Refsnyder could be battling for a spot on the Opening Day Roster. Neither is the backup SS you would want, but Drew could slide over. The problem is that Drew, like Gregorious, is a lefty hitter. While considered more of a utilty man, and especially at 2B/3B/OF, Pirela, a righty bat, has played most of his minor league games at SS (364 games, as opposed to 300 at 2B), although he really isn’t considered a SS prospect. Still, his versatility (Refsnyder isn’t a SS) and SS experience could help him make the team if Ryan isn’t ready. Pirela was 2 for 3 today.

The Nationals tied the game in the top of the seventh, but the Yanks pushed ahead the winning run in the eighth on a single by infielder Cole Figueroa. Figueroa has played 2B/SS/3B in his minor league career. He is a lefty bat, however. He is 10 for 43 in his MLB career, 0 HR, 6 RBI, all with Tampa Bay last year. Nick Noonan is also a possibility as a backup infielder, but he also is a lefty hitter (.219-0-5 in 105 AB with SF last year). He has mostly 2B/SS experience.

I don’t know who the prospects would be, but a report on MLB Trade Rumors says that the Yankees have put together the best package as far as trying to lure Cole Hamels away from the Phillies. No word on what prospects would be given up for Hamels. The Red Sox were seeking a top catching prospect that Boston didn’t want to give up, so you wonder if the Phils would want a Gary Sanchez, Austin Romine or John Ryan Murphy as part of the package. The Phils would love to dump Ryan Howard and his salary (could they be interested in Greg Bird?). Chase Utley isn’t getting younger and if the Phils want to dump him to anyone (of course, we have to consider no-trade clauses here) they could be interested in a Refsnyder. MLBTR reports that in addition to the prospects, the Phils would want the other team to pick up ALL of Hamels’ salary. That, to me, is unrealistic for the 31 year old Hamels, who is due $23.5 MM through 2018 with a big 2019 option. Could or would Hamels fit in with the Yanks? Of course. A very good lefty, and could you imagine a rotation of Tanaka-Hamels-Pineda-CC and Eovaldi (with Nova in reserve)? Pushing Capuano out and replacing him with Hamels? With Luis Severino in reserve? Actually, I don’t think Severino would be in reserve. I think the Phils would insist on Severino as part of the package. But that rotation, if healthy, could be one good rotation. Tanaka-Hamels-Pineda-CC and Eovaldi. With Nova in reserve. R-L-R-L-R.

Hamels, 108-83, 3.27, has been the victim of poor run support in Philadelphia. His ERA+ is 125, but his 162 g. average is 13-10, 3.27. With a 3.27 career ERA, you’d expect better. He was both the NLCS and WS MVP in 2008. To show how little run support he got, last year he was just 9-9 despite an ERA of 2.46. Despite that, he finished 6th in the NL CYA voting.

As for getting Hamels, I have mixed emotions. I need to see how much the Yanks would have to give up and how much salary they would have to take on.

But maybe Texas now goes full bore for Hamels because it appears as if Yu Darvish will be out for the year due to probably needing Tommy John surgery.

Not only that, but apparently Cliff Lee’s elbow is barking again. Not good news for the Phils, who want to dump aging players that are making too much money (sound familiar, Yankees fans?) but are finding it tough to find takers and who are probably asking for too much of a return.

Good news regarding the question marks of Tanaka, Pineda and CC. All are progressing nicely (fingers crossed) and all should see spring training action soon. None of the three is reporting any concerns on recent injuries (Tanaka elbow, Pineda shoulder and CC knee).

The pitching line today.

Adam Warren 3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 1 K. His first pitch was hit for a HR.
Adam Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Luis Severino 1 1/3 IP, 1 R (UNEARNED) 2 H, 1 walk and 3 K. The Yanks’ top pitching prospect was hitting 96/97 today.
Jeff Pazos 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 k.
Wilkin Rodriguez 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Jared Burton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

One reason I don’t put too much credence in games this early—Adam Miller will not be pitching in the 4th inning in the regular season this year, nor will Dellin Betances be pitching in the 5th.

 

 

 

 

S.T. Game 1. Yanks tie Phils, 5-5

Aaron Judge, a top Yankees’ OF prospect, hit a 3-run HR in the 9th to salvage a 5-5 tie for the Yanks with the Phils in their spring training opener.

Judge, a 6’7″ RF, is hoped to be the RF of the future. He’ll turn 23 in April and will most likely start this year at AA Trenton.  Last year, in 131 games split between low and high A, he hit .308-17-78 and drew 89 walks.

Jacoby Ellsbury led off and Brett Gardner batted second in what could be a hint of the Yankees leadoff order this year. They were the only two starters to see action. Backups Chris Young and Garrett Jones played, but the rest were prospects.

The Yanks scored a run in the first on a Jose Pirela single. They didn’t score again until the 9th when Jake Cave singled in a run before Judge’s HR.

Minor league OF prospect Slade Heathcott went 2 for 2. 1B prospect Greg Bird, a potential replacement at 1B for Teixeira in a couple of years, went 2 for 3.

The pitching line:

Adam Warren 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K
Luis Severino 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Severino is a top pitching prospect. He had a great first inning, 1-2-3 with 2 K before faltering in his second inning of work. He is just 21 years old.

Diego Moreno 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Nick Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Goody is a RHP, 23. In 52 minor league games, he has 101 K in just 66 1/3 IP.

Jacob Lindgren 2/3 IP, 2 unearned runs (Pirela and Refsnyder made errors in this game), 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Lindgren is a 22 yr. old lefty reliever who struck out 48 in 24 1/3 IP in the minors after he was drafted by the Yanks last year.

Branden Pinder, 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 H, 1 K. RHP, 26.

Chasen Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2K.

Shreve was a pickup in the Banuelos deal. LHP, relief, 24. 12 1/3 IP for the Braves last year, gave up 1 run, struck out 15.

 

Game 162. Yanks win season/Jeter’s finale, 9-5.

The Yankees got off to a 9-0 lead and held on to win the season finale—also the last game of Derek Jeter’s career—9-5 on Sunday.

With the win, the Yankees ended the season at 84-78 and all alone in second place in the AL East (Toronto lost to Baltimore in their season finale and finished 83-79). The Yankees finished 12 back of Baltimore in the division, and 4 out of the final wild card spot.

In 2013, the Yanks finished tied for 3rd, but with 85 wins. So this year they finished better in the division, but with one less win. It was their worst record since 1992.

With the offseason moves (and lots of spending) on Ellsbury, McCann, Beltran, Tanaka, as well as the returns of Jeter and Teixeira, it was a disappointing season after a hopeful offseason.

Derek Jeter got an RBI infield single on a Baltimore chop in his last at bat to retire with 3465 hits (sixth all-time) and a .310 lifetime batting average. It was his 50th RBI of the season. He had lined to SS in the first. He was pinch-run for after his hit and finished his final game 1 for 2. His final season: .256-4-50 with 10 SB in 12 attempts. OPS+ 75.

The Yanks got four in the third on a two-run triple by Ichiro, Jeter’s single, and a SF by Teixeira.

They got five in the seventh on a two-run double by Jose Pirela, single by John Ryan Murphy, double by Austin Romine and single by Chase Headley.

Meanwhile, Michael Pineda was cruising. After he was pulled, the bullpen made things a bit sloppy by giving up five to Boston in the bottom of the seventh.

Pineda had an ERA of 1.89 this year. Too bad he only started 13 games and the Yanks didn’t give him much run support.

Pineda (W, 5-5, 1.89) 6 1/3, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 10 K.

Rogers 1/3 IP, 4 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 1 K. Overall ERA 5.72.

Warren 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.97.

Phelps 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.38.

The postseason now begins for 10 teams. In the AL Oakland (who barely held on to make the postseason) will be at KC for the wild-card playoff game, winner gets the Angels. The other ALDS has Detroit vs. Baltimore.

In the NL, SF will be at Pittsburgh in the wild-card game with the winner getting Washington. The other NLDS will be the Cardinals vs. the Dodgers.

 

Game 160. “B Squad” Beats Boston, 3-2.

Using a lineup that looked like something out of one of those spring training games where you recognize no one because they are all minor leaguers wearing numbers in the seventies, the Yanks beat Boston Friday night, 3-2.

No Jeter, McCann, Teix, Beltran, Gardner, Headley, Ellsbury, Ichiro, Prado, etc.

Instead, you had Jose Pirela in his fourth MLB game. Eury Perez. John Ryan Murphy and Austin Romine. Zelous Wheeler and Antoan Richardson. Your #3 hitter was Cervelli.

But the Yanks did win, 3-2, to go to 83-77 on the season. With the win, the Yanks stayed one game ahead of Toronto for 2nd place in the AL East with two games to go.

Chris Capuano started and pitched great, although it must be pointed out that Boston’s lineup had some of their main people out as well (Pedroia, Ortiz, Napoli).

Capuano (W, 3-4) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 walks, 5 K. Overall ERA 4.35.
Kelley 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.53.
Warren 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.03.
Robertson (39th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.08.

Boston got an unearned run in the second but the Yanks came back with two in the third. A passed ball on a strikeout and another passed ball put Eury Perez on second. Cervelli singled in Perez and after Chris Young singled, Cervelli scored when John Ryan Murphy hit into a force but there was an error on the play.

The Yanks went up 3-1 in the sixth on a Zelous Wheeler SF.

Boston cut it to 3-2 in the seventh when Kelley gave up a HR but that was it.