Posted on: July 26, 2008 10:37 am

Thoughts on Nady, Marte, Tabata deal.

I i'm questioning this deal, and there's a couple of reasons why.

  1. Totally sold low on Ohlendorf. As a reliever, this guy could really get it up there 95-97MPH. Crazy good sinker. I guess you could justify it by saying that Marte is much better, but still, they sold low.
  2. Tabata was phenom status when the first signed, he's struggled a bit, but he's had hand and wrist injuries and he's 19 in AA. The deal hinges on how successful he becomes. I know that the Yankees have tons of prospects and I think A-jax is better, but the Yankees have depth in pitching prospects for positional prospects you have Tabata, A-Jax, Montero, and then....?
  3. I'm not sold on Nady consistantly producing. I don't know if its his nerve or what, but the last thing the Yankees need is a guy who runs hot for weeks and the cold for weeks.
  4. Picking up Marte is great, but would'nt it have been better to pick up a starter?, right now the Yankees bullpen has been rock solid. Bolstering it can't be bad, but it seems like improving the rotation was a bretter way to go. I get that that wouldve been harder to do, but just shows that this deal wasn't perfect.

The things i like about this deal:

  1. The other two guys the Yanks gave up, never would've saw the Bronx, the Yankees have much better prospects at higher levels, they would've been nonfactors.
  2. Although it looks like a win now move, i think this deal has more to do with Bobby Abreu's departure. It doesn't look like A-Jax will be ready by 2009, so Nady allows them to leave Abreu and still have a stop gap. Obviously getting him now rather than the offseason allows him to replace Posada and Matsui's bats in the lineup for the rest of the season.

This is one of those wait and see deals.

If Tabata ever hits for power like they think he will, this deal will look plenty stupid for the Yankees.

I don't trust Nady, this deal might look stupid anyway if he stops producing.

I'm weary of this deal, but for 2008 it looks like it will make them stronger. Stong enough to win the AL East? We'll see.

Posted on: June 13, 2008 8:36 pm

Most intriguing guy taken in the '08 draft.

Pat Venditte, a switch-pitcher.

That's right a switch-pitcher. Here's his Wikipedia page

"Pat Venditte Jr. (born June 30, 1985 in Omaha, Nebraska) is an American baseball player. He plays Division I NCAA college baseball for Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Venditte is a "switch-pitcher", meaning he can pitch and throw proficiently with both arms. He is recognized as the only NCAA pitcher who is able to do this, and is being sought out by Major League Baseball scouts for a career in the majors. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in 2007 but opted to return to Creighton for his senior year. He was again drafted by the Yankees in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. He was selected in the 20th round with the 620th overall pick.

Venditte joined the Creighton Bluejays in 2005 as a walk-on. Creighton head coach Ed Servais did not allow Venditte to pitch with both arms during his five appearances his freshman year fearing the spectacle would become a "circus" . However, Venditte has regularly used both arms in collegiate play since his sophomore year in which he attained a 3.02 ERA in 62.2 innings. In his junior year, Vendette appeared in 36 of 58 of Creighton's games before going into the 2007 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. His opponents batting average of .185 was the fourth best in the nation, and he achieved an 1.85 ERA. At one point during the season, Venditte had a streak of 43 2/3 scoreless innings. In the 2007 season, Venditte earned first-team all-conference honors for the Missouri Valley Conference and led Creighton to their first ever conference championship in which he was named the tournament MVP. On May 28, 2007, Collegiate Baseball named Venditte the national player of the week. He was named to the All-American third team for the 2007 season. Venditte was also voted Midwest Region Pitcher of the Year by online pitching magazine InsidePitching.com

On June 8, 2007, in the 45th Round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, the New York Yankees selected Venditte with the 1345th pick of the draft. Venditte was surprised by the pick because he had told all major league scouts that he intended to return to Creighton for his senior year. The Yankees called him during the 30th round of the draft asking him how much it would take to sign him, but Venditte refused to set a price. Ultimately, the Yankees were unable to sign Venditte before the August 15, 2007 signing deadline. Venditte said that he was not quite ready to turn professional and wants to build velocity with his left arm and add another pitch with his right arm.

Venditte played 2006 summer ball for the Quincy Gems, and 2007 summer ball for the Wisconsin Woodchucks in the Northwoods League. As the Woodchucks' closer, he had a 4-1 record, 9 saves, a 1.76 ERA, and a .154 opponents' batting average.

He was selected with the 620th pick in the MLB Draft by the New York Yankees."


He's starting the season with the Staten Island Yankees of the New York Penn League (Short Season-A).  I really really really want to see this guy, and i live near a club in the league(Tri-City Valley Cats, Houston Astros affiliate), so i'm definetly goin to see this guy. 

Here's another article written last year from MLB.com



Posted on: April 27, 2008 7:06 pm

Tabata and A-jax yet to pop a homerun.

The Yankees top 2 positional prospects have yet to homer in a combined 53 games at Double-A Trenton.

Austin Jackson hasn't been struggling persay, given his .283 avg, and .377 OBP, but he still has just 3 rbi's in 29 games.

Jose Tabata is really struggling, hitting .200 with a .308 OBP. We gave him a mulligan on the lack of power last year because of the wrist injury, but this year he really needs to muscle up.

plus side, they've stolen a combined 8 bases 5 for A-jax, and 3 for Tabata.

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