Posted on: January 30, 2009 4:46 pm

Yankee Rule 5 Draft Selections

Do not know why I never made a post on this. 2B Reegie Corona was selected by the Mariners, SP Jason Jones was selected by the Twins, SP Ivan Nova was selected by the Padres, and RP Zack Kroenke was selected by the Marlins. None of them are major league ready.

Ivan Nova could stay even though the highest he pitched was High A ball. This is because of the recent injury to Scott Patterson. He would be the 8th relief pitcher for the team.

2B Reegie Corona would have stayed in Seattle as a utility man despite not being ready based on their rebuilding mode. Now, the Mariners have traded Aaron Heilman and received Ronny Cedeno who is a middle infielder. This lessens the chance of Corona staying.

Jason Jones has a shot at making the Twins bullpen because of the injury that forces RP Pat Neshek to sit out the entire season. The 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th spots in the Twins bullpen are up for grabs. Knuckleballer R. A. Dickey, former Yankee lefty Sean Henn, Mike Gosling, recent 40 man roster addition Brian Duensing, Bobby Korecky, Bobby Keppel, Rob Delaney and Spring training invitee and minor league closer Ben Julianel are all competing for the 4 spots. SP Boof Bonser, Phillip Humber, Kevin Mulvey, and Anthony Swarzak could all compete for a long relief spot especially if Bonser is not traded and Humber is deemed major league ready. This could make Jason Jones more likely ro return, but albeit his competition is not very great.

Zack Kroenke, although the most ready of the bunch has the stiffest competition and is therefore the most likely to return. The Marlins have their bullpen almost set and he is behind many players in case of injury. Him getting the spring training is very nice.


However the interesting thing is that these players still have to make it the entire season. Last year Michael Gardner was selected and returned. Ivan Nova could return if there is an injury to a position player even so this is very delicate.

Also to note Josue Selenes was selected because we didn't protect him for the triple A section. He has no chance of returning. The Yankees wouldn't want him back anyway.


Posted on: January 30, 2009 4:21 pm

Spring Training Battles

Angels: SS and Middle Infielder: Macier Izturis vs. Erick Aybar vs. Sean Rodriguez vs. Brandon Wood    Edge: Macier Izturis and Erick Aybar. Izturis was the man for most of last year. Aybar and Sean Rodriguez will likely fight it out for the middle IF role with Robb Quinlan being a corner infielder. Brandon Wood has a ton of talent, but would be better at third.

5th starter: Dustin Mosely vs. Nick Adenhart   Adenhart has more talent, but did not pitch well in the majors last year. Mosely is a good long man if he does lose

6th and 7th bullpen men: Dustin Mosely vs. Kevin Jepson vs. Jason Bulger vs. FA   Angels weakness will be this this season. Thye really need a FA if they want to do well here. Mosely likely won't even be an option.

1B: Not really a battle, but Quinlan vs. Morales and Morales has a big advantage.

C and back up C: Mike Napoli vs. Jeff Mathis vs. Ryan Budde   Budde is kind of a new comer. When Napoli was injured last year people were begging to keep Mathis in the starting spot. Mathis wound up hitting only .194 for the entire season. Napolit has a ton of power and a bunch of speed for a catcher, but he does not drive in runs or even score too much.


Overall if the Angels can have their rotation do well and not have to use long relievers often then they are destiend for a good year. However if the 5th starting role is not stable and there is no one to mop it up in the dreadful long relief this could be a long year. Whoever gets the SS spot needs to produce along with hopefully Napoli. They also need Gary Matthews, Jr. to get on track and be a good DH. Juan Rivera needs to show he can start in place of Garret Anderson. I think the Angels will have a decent season. They could be even better if they can get a reliever. This doesn;t have to be Juan Cruz. If they do get a reliever which lets Darren Oliver pitch in that long relief role that pitches well, then they could be AL runner ups.

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Posted on: December 30, 2008 4:18 pm

Minor league transactions

Nick Chigges was released. Edgar Soto, CJ Henry, Eric Milton, and Josh Kreuzer were all resigned. OF Matt Carson signed a contract with the A's. I expect him to make an appearance next year.

Although I do like Chris Kunda, Steven White, Ryan Wilkes, Bernie Castro, and Cody Ehlers, I think they have 0 chance of being resigned by the yanks. I think they can find jobs elsewhere. Ehlers and White were once great prospects. The White Sox have fixed a couple of those. Bernie Castro should find a job as a utility man or starting AAA 2B.  Ryan Wilkes is interesting. He barely played all year after being placed on the restricted list. Nutt is in a similar yet better situation. Wilkes could find a job somewhere else. Don't know if he will for sure.

The following players must be cut or traded soon: Dan Giese, Garrett Patterson, Nick Montgomery, Brett Smith, Paul Patterson, Kelvin Perez, Grant Duff, Angel ReyesDavid Williams, Kei IgawaEric WordekemperDamon Sublett, Alfredo AcevesEdwar Gonzalez, Josh Kreuzer, Eladio Rodriguez, Jose Gil, Tim Battle, Eduardo Nunez, Ben Blumenthal, James Cooper, Kevin Smith, Walter Ibarra,  Wilkins Arias, Steve Strausbaugh, Chris Malec, Joseph Muich, Kelvin Castro, Israel Batista,  Noel Castillo, Neall French, Adam Olbrychowski, Dan Cox, Eric Milton, Nick Asselin, and Jason Brown. Most of this list should be traded over cut. The players bolded have some sot of trade value. Igawa would be something weird with a lot of cash. Unbolded players would probably be for around 50-60k in a trade. That would be good enough.

Posted on: November 22, 2008 12:59 pm

Wrapping it up

Does anyone know where Nicholas Chigges is? His status is reassigned to minors. He hasn;t pitched since early June. He was a great starter turned reliever.

Kaneoka Texiera is yet to be assiged to a minor league team.

If there are any players missing or an extra player on the Rule 5 draft post, do not hesitate to tell me.

Posted on: November 22, 2008 12:55 pm

Steven White suffers Cody Ehler's fate as well

Steven White also go released. I think he will be resigned. Yankees always expected a lot from him. He was a SP/Long reliever.
Posted on: November 22, 2008 12:53 pm

Eligible Players for the Rule 5 draft

that are on our top 3 minor league teams.

Eric Milton-Not likely to be taken
Eric Wordekemper- I wish he could be taken
Sergio Mitre- Out until June, no way you take that risk.

Jason Jones-Maybe taken. In AA, so I don't think he will.

Ivan Nova-In only Hi A, but did lead his team in wins. Don;t think he'll be taken.
Alan Horne-Not after last years injuries.
Garret Patterson-He didn't pitch at all last year.
Jason Stephens-He struggled last year in Hi A.

Oneli Perez-Oh please let a team take him and insanely high ERA for free.
Zack Kroenke-Pitched great in AA and his short time in AAA. Not quite ready however.
JB Cox-Could very well be taken so I reccomend that the Yankees trade him. Did have injuries.
Jose Valdez-Very experienced for an AA guy. Could be taken.
Brett Smith-Please get rid of him. Too many injuries.
Michael Gardner-Taken last year, but just not ready yet.
Wilkins Arias-I guess it wouldn;t affect us if he were to be taken. Let him go.
Kevin Whelan- No way a team takes him. His control is not ready yet.

Edgar Soto- I can see him being taken and returned.
Rob Semerano-He will be cut if not taken I suppose.
Josh Schmidt- I like him and hope he is not taken, but would likely be returned.

Grant Duff--See Rob Semerano
Jesse Hoover-Such a good player. Let's hope he is not taken.
Noel Castillo--See Rob Semerano
Jason Brown PJ Pillitere Kyle Anson
Eric Duncan- I guess he could very well be leaving. 

Chris Malec-After last season it sounds very possible.
Reegie Corona- Not going to leave just yet in Rule 5 draft.

Marcos Vechionacci-Oh if any player doesn't go let it be him.
Ramiro Pena-Very good defensively. Borderline leaving.
Joseph Muich- Back up minor league catcher. Holds no significance. 

Jose Gil--See Muich
Bernie Castro-If anyone goes and stays gone it will be him. He is ready and talented and experienced and older. 

Eladio Rodriguez-Should be cut any day now
Edwar Gonzalez-4th OF. Maybe he'll be taken in the AAA portion.

Luis Nunez-Just lost his starting job. Don;t see him coming too much further.
Eduardo Nunez-Could never get a starting job.
Matt Carson-I hope he doesn't go. Another borderline guy.
Tim Battle-Another waste of talent. He was so highly touted but I always knew he wouldn't go anywhere.
James Cooper--See Edwar Gonzalez.
CJ Henry-We traded him to Phillies for Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle. He still could make a big league team I think.

Josh Kreuzzer-Maybe in the AA or AAA portion he can be sent to the Blue Jays or Rangers which is where he came from.

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Posted on: November 22, 2008 12:31 pm

Yankees Minor league free agents

Chris Stewart, Nick Green, Scott Strickland, and Victor Zambrano are all free agents now. No surprises if we don;t bring them back

Billy Traber and Chris Basak are also both free agents. I expect them to be back next season with AA and AAA respectively. Basak was signed from the Twins during the season. Traber was DFAd in September.

In a surprise anouncement, the Yankees have released Cody Ehlers. He is our AA left handed hitting first baseman. He struggled hitting only .200 this season. He was expected to be a decent MLB player. I expect him to find a team quickly.


Also just to list some of last years cuts that are still free agents:Chris Raber, Frank Lonigro, James LaSala, Nick Peterson, Ryan Wehrle, Link Saunders, Michael Hyde, Justin Segal, Jake Shafer, and Garry Gattis

DJ Hollingsworth and Chris Farley are both with the A's. JD Closser and Greg Porter, cut at mid season both found teams.


Posted on: November 21, 2008 7:53 pm

New players on 40 man roster

At the start of the offseason, Wilkins de la Rosa and Eric Hacker were added. Neither of these players should be on the roster too long this year. de la Rosa is a decent starter, but isn't ready. Hacker is a log reliever/ 5 starter. He isn't quite ready either. Steven Jackson was called up now and is very good in the bullpen. Expect to see him this season a little.  He was acquired in the RJ trade.  Chris Garcia will not be seen this season and do not expect to see him ever. He is very overrated and must be traded. In my first post you probably saw the amount of SP we have. He is no where near these guys. Michael Dunn was also called up. He is underrated and I really like him. Michael Dunn would probably best be a reliever, but I am not sure what the Yankees plan to do with him. I think this is the best thing to do. Would be better than most of our current good set-up men and a little less tha a closer like Jon Ortiz, Melancon, Whelan or Venditte. Anthony Claggett was received in the Sheffield trade. Claggett is a good middle reliever, but I thik he is a good starter. Now we need him to be a long reliever because of a our surpluss of relievers.
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