Yankees Morning Bits: Hughes, Youkilis, CoJo, Henson, Granderson and GRIT

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The Yankees lost again, this time 10-7 to the Orioles.

• Phil Hughes may not be ready to start the season on time because of his back injury.

• Kevin Youkilis will sit out again today with an oblique strain.

• Perhaps a coincidence, but Corban Joseph played third base again yesterday.

• Former Yankees prospect Drew Henson is now coaching Yankees Gulf Coast League team.

• Curtis Granderson is one of the least GRITty players in baseball, but the Yankees are the 10th grittiest team in baseball.

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6 Responses to Yankees Morning Bits: Hughes, Youkilis, CoJo, Henson, Granderson and GRIT

  1. hotdog says:

    Do any of these AAA or AA prospects have a decent chance to take a position away from journeymen veterans such as Jayson Nix. I'd like to see Cashman move out of his safety zone.

  2. Normally I would say no, because Cashman likes to retain options, but in this case where CoJo and Adams are on the 40-man roster and Nix isn't there is a chance given a strong spring that one of them could make the team straight out of spring if there was an injury. It could come down to whether Nix has an opt-out in his contract and if he intended to use it if he did (which I doubt since he cleared waivers when the Yankees took him off the 40-man roster).

  3. hotdog says:

    thanks for the insight Rob…

  4. David K. says:

    Just want to put in my two cents about GRIT. What a bunch of malarkey that pseudo stat is! I know that Granderson sucks, but my opinion of him is based on having watched him during his tenure with the Yanks as well as with the Tigers, not based on GRIT. Do you know that the Orioles are ranked the least GRITty team in baseball? Shows that it has absolutely nothing to do with how the good the team is. Those number crunchers had better get back to their high school statistics science fair projects.

  5. GRIT is an idea that they came up with to try to quantify the un-quantifiable. By it's nature it is hard to do, but I found it interesting. Did you take a look at how they came up with that number? It consists of stolen bases, fielding statistics, contact percentage, walk to strikeout ratio, sacrifice hits/flies, infield hits, and bunts. All the things we think of when we think of gritty players. Again, it's not perfect, but it's an interesting attempt to try to show who is actually gritty and who we just think are gritty.

    I have no problems with the names at the top or bottom of the list. I feel that it passes the eye test. It may not be perfect, but it certainly beats our bias from "watching the games."

  6. Michael R. says:

    With respect to Drew Henson you know what they say, "those who can't play usually make good coaches." I hope that adage proves true.