Getting to know the Major League roster–with stats

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The New York Yankees released their 2015 New York Yankees Media Guide today and after getting my copy, I skimmed through and found some interesting stats on the players locked to make the 25-man roster. So I decide to share the stats I found the most interesting in the media guide. Who knows, one of these stats could end up being a trivia question on YES this season.

Carlos Beltran: Carlos Beltran has the fourth-most home runs by a switch hitter in all of baseball with 373. He’s behind Mickey Mantle (536), Eddie Murray (504) and Chipper Jones (468). To round out the top five, Beltran has more home runs than Lance Berkman (366).

Dellin Betances: Dellin Betances holds the third lowest single-season H/9.0IP ratio in Major League history with a minimum of 75 IP. Betances (2014, 4.60, 46H, 90 IP) is behind Eric Gagne (2003, 4.04, 37H, 82.1 IP) and Carlos Marmol (2008, 4.12, 40H, 87.1 IP).

Chris Capuano: Chris Capuano has 36 career pickoffs, which is tied for third among all Major League pitchers since 2003.

David Carpenter: David Carpenter was drafted as a catcher and remained at the position until the 2008 season. As a catcher, he hit .208 (64-for-308) with 2 HR’s, 25 RBI’s and 17 doubles from 2006 – 2008.

Stephen Drew: Stephen Drew is the only Major Leaguer to record double-digits in doubles, triples and home-runs from 2008 – 2010.

Jacoby Ellsbury: Jacoby Ellsbury has the highest single-season stolen base percentage in ..read more

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Alex Rodriguez to make Spring debut on Wednesday

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After the Yankees completed their intrasquad game, Joe Girardi announced Alex Rodriguez was going to make his Spring debut on Wednesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Interestingly enough, the game on Wednesday is being televised on the YES Network and Nathan Eovaldi is slated to start that game.

And for those wondering, which I know you were, Rodriguez did participate in the intrasquad game and went 0-for-2. Rodriguez playing in the intrasquad game was the first time he saw pitching in almost two years. (By the way, no one started the game, the hitters faced a pitching machine).

Carlos Beltran didn’t play in the intrasquad game this afternoon and Joe Girardi said he plans on leaving Beltran out of games until Friday. Beltran says he feels good when it comes to hitting and throwing, but Joe Girardi wants Beltran to take things slow.

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Random thoughts going into tomorrow’s Spring opener

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The Yankees are playing an intrasquad game today in preparation for their Grapefruit League opener tomorrow. It would be the first “baseball game” the Yankees have played since last September, and for Alex Rodriguez, it would be the first game he’s played in almost two years. As the games begin tomorrow, I had some thoughts about what happened over the last week and a half and I figured I’d share some of my musings before the baseball season begins tomorrow.

— A lot of the focus has been on Alex Rodriguez, and I mean a lot. Over the last week, there has been non-stop coverage of A-Rod and fairly so: he’s been out of the game for the last two years and everyone is interested in seeing whether he can return to playing form. So far, I’ve heard Rodriguez is doing pretty well: he’s been hitting batting practice homers and fielding grounders. It’s not the same as actually getting into a Spring Training game, but it’s something.

— The attention surrounding Didi Gregorius has almost been mute, which is the opposite of what people were expecting. Greogrius is replacing Derek Jeter, so you would think Gregorius would get most of the attention. But because of Alex Rodriguez’s return to baseball, Gregorius–like most of the Yankees–have flown under the radar.

Joe Girardi announced who he was taking with him to Clearwater tomorrow as the team faces the Philadelphia Phillies. The list included Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Chris Young, Garrett Jones, Rob Refsnyder, ..read more

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Yankees unsure when Alex Rodriguez will make Spring debut

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Earlier today, the Yankees announced their starters for the first three games of Spring Training. However, one thing that wasn’t disclosed was when Alex Rodriguez would play his first Spring game.

Manager Joe Girardi toyed with the idea of having Rodriguez go with the team on Tuesday to Clearwater when the Yankees play the Philadelphia Phillies since Girardi is under the impression the Yankees can use the DH rule in a National League ballpark. If not, Rodriguez could start Wednesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

In the meantime, the Yankees are playing an intrasquad game tomorrow, but Girardi said he was unsure whether Rodriguez was going to participate. Although Rodriguez’s Spring debut is questionable, he did take grounders at first base–with a third base glove. He’ll most likely use a first base glove when he seriously mans the position but for now it’s just about him getting comfortable at the position.

Some Notes

— Joe Girardi said he wasn’t sure when CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and Chris Capuano would make their Spring debuts. Tanaka is slated to throw a bullpen tomorrow and Pineda threw a bullpen today.

“His [Pineda] command was outstanding,” Girardi said. “The movement was great. His slider was good. His changeup was good. Threw a ton of strikes. I mean, he’s a strike thrower. You look at a lot of his games last year, there is not a high pitch count in his games. He is very efficient. He’s great.”

— Tuesday’s game will be the first time most of the players will see live pitching since the end of last season, but Girardi isn’t ..read more

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Adam Warren tabbed to pitch the Spring Opener

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Joe Girardi has made his decision and to no one’s surprise, Adam Warren will take the hill on Tuesday for the Spring opener against the Philadephia Phillies at Bright House Field in Clearwater. The Yankees are slated to oppose Jerome Williams of the Phillies and that game will be available on MLB.TV and MLB Network delay.

On Wednesday, the Yankees will send Nathan Eovaldi to the mound for his Yankees debut as he faces Aaron Harang and the Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. That game will be on the YES Network and MLB Network.

Finally, the Yankees will send Esmil Rogers to the mound on Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida. That game will be on KDKA-FM 93.7 Pirates Radio and the Pirates have yet to announce a starter.

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Yankees want Didi Gregorius to play like himself–not like Derek Jeter

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Since position players reported to camp on Wednesday, the focus had been on Alex Rodriguez. In fact, all of the attention had been on Rodriguez after he returned from a year long suspension for his involvement in a steroids scandal. But with games beginning on Tuesday, the attention will shift to Didi Gregorius, who will be the starting shortstop for the Yankees in 2015. For the first time in 19-seasons, the Yankees aren’t going to find Derek Jeter on the roster, or at camp or even in the Bronx. But just because there’s no Jeter in sight, it doesn’t mean the Yankees aren’t hoping for Didi Gregorius to play like Derek Jeter. They just want Didi Gregorius to be himself.

“I personally can’t worry about a shadow of Derek’s somehow affecting the next guy,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said to the New York Daily News yesterday afternoon. “All you can do is tell the next guy, ‘You’re not Derek, so don’t even waste your time trying to be. Just be the best you can be.’ It’s going to fall short of anything Derek did, because he’s one of the greatest players of all-time.”

Gregorius went under the radar over the last few days in camp, but there’s still been speculation about him. The Yankees are aware Gregorius can’t hit left handed hitting and Cashman had even toyed with the idea of having Gregorius platoon with Brendan Ryan (if Ryan is ready to begin the season or is on the roster after he strained his back doing bicep curls). But Joe Girardi told the media he knows a way for Gregorius to ..read more

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Yankees expected to name starter for Spring Opener tomorrow

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The Yankees were supposed to name a starter for Tuesday’s Spring Opener today. However, the rain set them back and minus a few players hitting in the indoor cages, the Yankees didn’t get much work in. Joe Girardi still needs to talk to pitching coach Larry Rothschild, but the Yankees now expect to announce the starter for Tuesday’s game tomorrow.

“I didn’t get a chance to talk to Larry with all the changes we had to make,” Girardi said. “I don’t know if it changes it, so I’ll put it up tomorrow.”

With the rain, the Yankees also pushed back their intrasquad game until Monday and the pitchers that had batting practice scheduled for today are going to pitch tomorrow.

Some Notes

— Joe Girardi said he’s going to talk to Alex Rodriguez and see whether Rodriguez would want to start on Tuesday or Wednesday. Regardless, Rodriguez is going to be in one of the two games, and now we can begin to see what Rodriguez has to offer to the ball club offensively.

— As we all know, Brendan Ryan strained his mid-back lifting weights. But what workout was Ryan doing exactly? Ryan was doing bicep curls when he strained his back. Bicep curls. Hmm.

Believe it or not, this isn’t the oddest Spring Training injury this season. Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox fractured his foot while at his home. Sale’s injury brought flashbacks to the season David Robertson injured his foot bringing empty boxes down a flight of stairs. Who knew bicep curls and household activities were so ..read more

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Spring Training Notes: Eovaldi, Rodriguez, Sabathia, Warren and Yankees

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With Spring Training games beginning next week, the Yankees have a pretty packed schedule ahead of them. Some players are throwing simulated games, some are learning a new position and some are trying to get back into the swing of things. Here’s a few notes from Spring Training camp:

Joe Girardi is expected to name a starter for the Spring Opener sometime today, but Marly Rivera of ESPN Deportes predicts Adam Warren could most likely be the starter. Having Warren as the starter makes the most sense considering he’s ahead of everyone else; he’s thrown multiple bullpen sessions and faced live hitters. Plus he’s trying to impress the Yankees so he could make the team from the rotation.

CC Sabathia threw a 41-pitch bullpen session yesterday and reported no problems. The Yankees are impressed with Sabathia’s progress, but Girardi and Sabathia both said they’re going to take Sabathia’s progress slowly.

“We’re taking it slow with him, knowing that we don’t really think that he’s behind and he’s got plenty of time,” Girardi said. “We’re not rushing it because of his knee, and we want to take it step by step.”

Nathan Eovaldi threw a two-inning simulated game yesterday and Girardi was impressed with his work.

“Really good stuff,” Girardi said. “Powerful arm. I think he has a pretty good idea of what he wants to do. He has pretty good command. He threw some good splits today. Athletic. So I think he’ll do a good job in those parts of the game where you have to be an athlete. I liked what I’ve seen and we like where he’s at right now.”

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