Time to start ‘kid’ding around

YANKEES JOKERSAs much as I have always been an advocate for and fan of the farm system, I have never gone so far as to say the Yankees should play a prospect over a more qualified player just to let him develop. In the past, the Yankees have never been in a situation where they are not in “win now” mode. There is certainly value in that type of move, as players can’t get better if they don’t see major league pitching. For the most part, it hasn’t made much sense for the Yankees to do such a thing in the past unless a prospect had already shown they can be a successful major leaguer.

There is a time and place where it’s appropriate to play the youngsters to see who sticks and who can help the team in the future. For the Yankees, that time and place is now. It’s really the perfect timing. Hindsight tells us they should have been sellers at the deadline, but hindsight is 20/20.¬† There is enough season left to see what players bring to the table, and there is enough season behind us that the probability of a playoff run is looking miniscule. Here are the players who would be full time major leaguers getting regular playing time for the rest of the season if I was the GM of the New York Yankees.

1. David Adams – He has clearly had some trouble adjusting to the majors, but he needs a longer look. He is a much better hitter than he has shown so far, and they may need him to play second or third base next season. The cool thing about this season is you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by playing him every day. If he can’t cut it, he’s probably a DFA candidate for next year, but if he hits like he did in the minors he’s a huge asset to this team.

2. Austin Romine – Chris Stewart is what he is, and he’s not gonna get any better at this point. Trotting him out there every day to catch is not making the Yankees that much of a better team. The Yankees have very little to lose by making Romine the full time catcher this season. He’s solid defensively and his bat has started to show signs of life. In his last 10 games he’s hitting .393 and he has walked 5 times. He’s still striking out a lot, but it may take some time for him to adjust to major league pitching. Give him a shot. He has far more potential than Stewart, and may even be better than him now.

3. David Phelps and Adam Warren – when Phelps returns from the DL he should immediately be re-inserted in the rotation. Hughes should be removed. Simple as that. Not only is Hughes a free agent after this season, but he is also a terrible pitcher for Yankees stadium. Plain and simple. Hughes is not a part of the future of this team, and he should be treated as such. Send him to the bullpen, offer him his $13 million dollar contract in the offseason and get your first round pick for him next year. If he accepts the contract, trade him. Phelps can help this team in the long term as a back end starting pitcher.

4. Dellin Betances – call up Dellin Betances, and DFA Joba Chamberlain. Is anyone paying attention to what this guy is doing? He hasn’t let up a run in his last 17 outings, earned or otherwise. That is 30 and 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball in a row. He has 41 K, and 13 BB during that time. There’s no reason he shouldn’t be up and helping the team now. He’s better than Joba now and he actually has a future.

5. Zoilo Almonte – When he gets off the DL he should be in the lineup every day. Alfonso Soriano is okay, probably better than Zoilo, but Zoilo has potential and he is going to be around past 2014, unlike anyone else in the outfield. Granderson is gone after this season, and the Yankees may need Almonte in the outfield next year. They need to start playing him as soon as he gets back to get him as ready as possible for that task in 2014.

Preston Claiborne, Ivan Nova, Shawn Kelley, and Eduardo Nunez are all clearly going to continue to play. That is certainly a positive at this point and all have already shown they will be valuable to the team in one way or another in the future.

That’s nine young players who should be in the lineup in one way or another every chance the Yankees get. If they do this, they will be setting themselves up for the future, something they have failed at entirely in 2013.

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18 Responses to Time to start ‘kid’ding around

  1. Guest says:

    Nunez? Please tell me that is sarcasm.

  2. Tanned Tom says:

    Yes, I agree about playing the kids now. But let's go further. DFA Hafner, who clearly seems done. Make A-Fraud the DH so Adams can play every day. Trade at least 2 of Soriano, Wells, Suzuki now so that Almonte and Mesa can play every day. Soriano totally bites, and both Wells and Suzuki (!) can only hit lefties. Trade Chamberlain for whatever. Trade Overbay.

    For next year: don't bring Pettitte back, he seems to be running out of gas. Trade whichever old OF they couldn't move this year. Go with Romine and Stewart, flush Cervelli. Commit to someone else at SS, make Derek full time DH. Rotation: Kuroda, Nova, Sabathia (he's barely even a 3), Phelps, Warren, with Nuno on the staff as long relief/spot starter. Pineda when he's healthy is a starter.

    • gcorcoran says:

      I agree with you but to a less extreme extent. Also, as much as I'd love to see them trade some of those guys the deadline is over and players rarely get traded through the waiver system. I would love to see them do a lot of these things though.

      • Tanned Tom says:

        That's true of course about August trades, though Rios just moved. But, yeah, begin the future now. And this off season ditch all the old guys except for Derek and Kuroda.
        Staff: Kuroda, Pineda, Nova, Sabathia, Phelps, Warren, Nuno, Robertson, Kelley, Logan, Claiborne, Betances.
        Position: C- Romine, Stewart. 1B- Teixeira. 2B- Cano. SS- Nunez. 3B- Adams. Ut-Inf – Nix. DH- Jeter. OF- Gardner, Almonte, Mesa, Wells or Suzuki. 3B/OF Mustelier.

  3. Yankeefan abroad says:

    That lineup looks a lot like the lineup they have this year. I'm all up for a youth movement, bring up the farm hands and see what they can do on a full time level. But we already know what Nunez can do – backup. Nix needs to go. Stewart is a middling back up at best. Teixeira is not a massive upgrade over Overbay, As for the rest of the prospects, Almonte, Adams, Mustelier et al, they are mostly projected to be average major leaguers. Maybe one or two surprise, but without a significant signing, ie, the lineup you propose. 2014 will look alot like 2013

    • Tanned Tom says:

      The team has had twin black holes this season, at SS and 3B, and you want to ditch the only guy who has even been passable? Nix is fine as a back up.
      Nunez should get a shot at SS, if only because Jeter will be 40 next year. Unless there's someone better, it has to be Nunez in 2014.
      The difference will be a much younger team, and the chance to see a full season worth from each. Some will make it, some will not, that's always the way it goes. With A-Fraud's suspension the team might be able to add a decent free agent. (Ellsbury? Choo? Beltran?)

  4. Wynn Hasty says:

    Why can't Phil Hughes throw a 2 seam fastball? seems he could learn. He seems to be the most stubborn of pitchers and never willing to change anything or try something new.

  5. Mike Baker says:

    Ive been saying this for awhile now…the gotta play the young guys bc im sick of the yankees sending out this garbage everyday so with these young player you may get something good and theres nothing to lose because there already out of it

  6. Michael R says:

    Phil Hughes has that short-arm delivery that prohibits him from turning the ball over (inward) to make it sink. To throw a 2- seamer he would have to change his delivery substantially.

  7. Jersey joe says:

    I can't believe this has been the top story for 4 days now….

  8. mikefoxtrot says:

    Bettances is up and learned tonight that he can't throw only fastballs, despite having a good one.

  9. Michael R says:

    Guys, what has happened to my once favorite Yankee website? Has Rob left the site?

  10. RON says:

    THIS WEBSITE IS NEVER UPDATED!!!!!! rIVER AVE BLUES!!!!!

  11. gcorcoran says:

    I don't know where Rob has been but he has not left the site. I'm pretty sure he usually goes on vacation this time of year so I'm assuming that's where he has been.

  12. Mike Baker says:

    is there ever goin to be any new updates to report here

  13. fdra dd says:

    the problem with this post is that all the young players you mentioned also suck