Yankees should give the homegrown players a chance


When the Yankees won the 2009 World Series, it seemed like they were on top of the world and nothing could bring them down. When the Yankees made the postseason in 2010, 2011 and 2012, it seemed like the Yankees just had to add a few pieces here and there in order to make the ball club another World Series caliber team. But when they missed the postseason in both 2013 and 2014, the Yankees had taken multiple steps backwards and were now a mediocre team.

As we reach the 2015 season, there are only four players on the roster from the 2009 World Series championship: Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira. However, three of those four players have declined; Rodriguez is 40-years-old and has played approximately 40 games in the last two seasons following a suspension from the Biogenesis scandal, Sabathia is coming off knee surgery and it’s questionable whether he can pitch effectively if at all and Teixeira has been absolutely injury prone.

It’s also worth mentioning only one of the names that are left from the 2009 World Series Championship is a homegrown Yankee: Gardner was drafted in the third round of the 2005 draft and was easily one of the best drafting choices in the last decade. With David Robertson going to the Chicago White Sox, Francisco Cervelli being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Derek Jeter retiring, Gardner stands as the longest tenured homegrown Yankee. However, Gardner’s not the only homegrown Yankee to make a meaningful contribution. As the seasons went on, the Yankees brought up more of their kids to earn a spot on the roster, ranging from David Phelps, Dellin Betances, Adam Warren and Ivan Nova.

With the way the team is now, it’s time for the Yankees to make a new core of players, and that means bringing up their minor league talent and see what they have. Do they have a new superstar in Rob Refsnyder or Jose Pirela? Do they have another legitimate catcher in John Ryan Murphy? It’s hard to answer those questions when they’re sitting in Triple-A, taking at-bats that belong to slightly unpolished players in the organization.

The Yankees are a little while away from becoming a World Series team, so in the meantime it wouldn’t hurt to have a competition in Spring Training to see which young homegrown is ready for the bright lights in the Bronx. The next Robinson Cano, the next Brett Gardner, or the next David Robertson could be in the organization, but the Yankees don’t know it cause they won’t give the kids a try.

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21 Responses to Yankees should give the homegrown players a chance

  1. Stuart phillips says:

    They have to get new owners! These guys don't know what they are doing! !

  2. Nick Andriano says:

    All of our bench players should be homegrown players like Greg bird pierala Aaron judge and John Ryan Murphy

  3. Terry says:

    I think Refs,Jose P and Murph are legit and should be solid contributors this year if given a chance.the question is are we rebuilding or just retooling. If we're rebuilding then let's give a couple more prospects a chance also. If we're just retooling then go out and get some talent. Make a decision…PLEASE!!!

  4. Nunzio says:

    The Yankees should be all about giving the farm teams the chance to play …..the last ten years it's been about opening the vault for aging stars that either get hurt or slow down because they know with there big money contracts they have there pot of gold……the future to win is with the young who are hungry….I would want to see a that competes every day and works there butts off to get to that level……what you get when you throw big money to all these superstars is money being wasted to try and erect a ship that cannot float……go with the kids they will surprise you yankee future is with the ones who want to make the money not with those who have it

  5. tom says:

    Therefore signing Andrew Miller is plainly stupid.

    • Otto says:

      Really the guy was dominate last year and it was stupid. The did not have a lefty in the bullpen that could pitch like him.

  6. Rich says:

    The problem is that so few of their homegrown players that were traded away became stars. There may not be anyone in the minors who can contribute.

    • Otto says:

      So true they have not really developed elite talent since the core four.

      • I disagree. Robinson Cano was an elite talent developed since that time. Plus, there are plenty of contributors at the MLB level in Melky Cabrera, Brett Gardner, Austin Jackson, Tyler Clippard, Mark Melancon, John Axford, Ian Kennedy, Chien Ming Wang, Ivan Nova, Adam Warren, David Robertson, Francisco Cervelli, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Shawn Greene, David Phelps and Dellin Betances.

        Yes, they have not developed a new core four, but the reality is FEW teams develop one elite player less alone four potential HOF guys (five with Bernie). We need fo be realistic in tha expection. They need to give more of these kids a chance….guys like Banuelos, Refsnyder, Pirela, Lindgren, Rumbelow and Murphy. I like that they signed so many young guys in the international draft. There is a wealth of talent in the lower minors, the team just needs to develop it. Easier said than done, but I like that they added more minor league affiliates. These kids need to play more to develop.

  7. Nunzio says:

    The yankees never give there farm a chance to come up and see what they can do there to busy putting 80 to 150 million dollars to players that are always in a downslide .look where A-Rod is …..tex at first base is a ghost …..McCann is he worth what he got…..Pineda….Sabathia….maybe Tanaka will bounce back but that's a maybe….let's see what this infield looks like Mid season …..like I said I rather see a team that looks like there trying and has that golden nugget dangling in front of them then a player that's on the bench spitting peanut shells out of his mouth and looks like he cares less….I'm not pointing my finger at anyone but you know who

  8. Aaron Mitchell says:

    As a life long New York Yankee fan, I want to see the young generation get their shot. After all, this is why we drafted them. As fans, we need to be patient with them and watch them grow into the next "core" of superstars. Invest the millions Yankees owner's give these free agents into the farm system & the youth. I know that it is a business/brand & seats need to be filled but if WE want more champions, WE have to bring these kids up & let them play! The Brand will be BETTER! And then, instead of the "Evil Empire", WE will be the Smart Empire!!

    • Otto says:

      The Yankees have very few prospects that are ready for the major leagues. They do not develop them but they baby them that is why their farm system never ranks near the top.

  9. Ricky Lee says:

    Totally on point!!

  10. SuperSwede says:

    The future is on the farm. Sign Max let the kids fight it out for 2nd and Prado be there if A-Rod craps out at 3rd plus he can take over at any position if the kids falter.

  11. Michael R says:

    Amen to this article.

  12. hotdog says:

    The Yankees will likely add at least one starter via free agency or trade…they will also likely do the same for the infield… the Yankees prefer to go outside the organization to pick up their needs prior to the seasons start…unless they have a top prospect, it's hard for a ballplayer to make the team outside of a reliever and if he does make the team, he generally isn't given enough time to develop as a major league ballplayer…at least Shane Greene was given some time last year…i don't see the Yankees going into the season with too many opportunities for prospects to make the team unless they are being used in a utility position…

  13. tony says:

    i.b.b.1009,everyone here is spot on."GIVE THE KIDS A CHANCE'',"PLEASE"..This is the "Perfect"time to do it.What r they waiting for.Lets go,"GIVE THEM A CHANCE"…

  14. tommy cassella says:

    i will never understand the way the yanks think.

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