2014 Midseason top 50 Yankees prospects

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This season the post draft top 50 prospects is no different than any other year. The only difference is that the Yankees acquired far more talent in the international free agent (IFA) market this year than in the draft. Unfortunately we do not have enough information on the new IFA signings to include them in the rankings. It’s just too difficult to tell anything meaningful about 16 year olds who pro scouts have had limited looks at. Suffice it to say, however, that this top 50 list will be substantially more impressive next season at this time.

Without further ado here is my midseason list. Of note, David Phelps, Adam Warren, Dellin Betances, Austin Romine, JR Murphy, Shane Greene, Chase Whitley, Zoilo Almonte, Preston Claiborne, Jose Ramirez, and Masahiro Tanaka are all ineligible for this list because they played in the majors this year. I will do a separate piece on where they would have ranked though, so you can look forward to that. Note, some of the stats here are about a week old, but not much has changed in that time anyway.

1. Gary Sanchez – ”the Sanchize” C, 6-foot-2, 220-pounds, RHB, 21 (previous rank: 1) – Despite the emergence of John Ryan Murphy as a viable big league starting catcher, Gary Sanchez is still the best catcher in the system. He has had attitude issues, which seems to be a recurring theme with him. That said, he still has nine homers and 17 doubles in 77 games this year, and has hit .268/.337/.416/.753. Projecting that over 140 games and you have a very Jorge Posada-esque 16 homeruns and 83 RBI. He’s only 21 and he’s having success in Double-A. He could be a part of the major league team as soon as next season. Having seen ..read more

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Walk-off single in 14th by Headley seals 2-1 Yankees win over Rangers

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When Chase Headley arrived in the Yankees dugout during the second inning, shaking the hands of his new teammates, he never thought he would be the one to end the Yankees ball game with a walk-off single. It was the ultimate see-saw battle, a battle which ultimately ended with a 2-1 Yankees victory in 14 innings at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees had many opportunities in extra innings to score, but they ultimately broke through in the 13th inning on a Jacoby Ellsbury single, scoring Brett Gardner, who started the inning with a double. In the 14th inning, Brian Roberts hit a double, Francisco Cervelli hit a single and Chase Headley hit the game winning single, propelling the Yankees to victory.

Until the 13th inning, the Yankees pitching dominated: Chase Whitley pitched six innings, Matt Thornton retired a batter, Adam Warren retired two batters, Dellin Betances pitched an inning, David Robertson pitched two innings and Shawn Kelley pitched an inning. David Huff gave up a home run in two innings and Jeff Francis, who hadn’t pitched in about two weeks, pitched a scoreless 14th and earned himself the win.

What’s Next

– The Yankees will send out David Phelps with hopes of taking a series lead but the task will be rather daunting considering the Rangers will counter with Yu Darvish. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Brian Cashman views Chase Headley as a valuable rental

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Brian Cashman had been on the phone with the San Diego Padres for the last three weeks, discussing a potential deal for the free agent-to-be Chase Headley. After three weeks of trying to iron out a deal, the Yankees and Padres pulled the trigger, and just like that Chase Headley became a New York Yankee and Yangervis Solarte became a San Diego Padre.

The Headley deal is an upgrade and this trade is the offensive version of the Brandon McCarthy trade, but while Headley could be a fix at third base, the Yankees believe Headley is strictly a rental and could help the Yankees get into a playoff race.

“I’ve been trying to push through on this for three weeks it feels like,” Cashman said. “We’ve had a lot of conversations and a lot of players we’ve sifted through to find some common ground. The McCarthy deal I think felt like a month and a half to two months to pull down. I’m OK (with making moves). It depends on the circumstance. We’ve got high-end stuff, without a doubt, players that other teams like. And those players would be available, or will be available, in the right circumstances. These are the deals that I can present to you that we were able to conclude, but we’re talking much larger type deals, (and) clearly much smaller, incremental upgrades.”

Although the Chase Headley trade could be one of the only things anyone talks about towards the end of the season, Brian Cashman didn’t forget to mention how much Yangervis Solarte meant to this team. The Yankees signed Solarte in the winter, they got two great months out of him and were able to use those two months to cash in ..read more

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Report: Yankees trade Yangervis Solarte to Padres for Chase Headley

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Chase Headley? Welcome to the New York Yankees.

The New York Yankees have acquired Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres for Yankees third basemen Yangervis Solarte and Class A Pitcher, Rafael DePaula. The Padres will pay $1 Million off Headley’s contract.

In 77 games with the San Diego Padres this season, Headley is hitting .229 with 7 home runs and 32 RBI’s.

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Yankees Trade Rumor: Yankees show interest in John Danks

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The Yankees have been busy scouting pitchers for a possible trade. They sent scouts to watch Cliff Lee in Philadelphia last night and now they’re in early talks to discuss a possible trade with the Chicago White Sox for John Danks.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported the following early Tuesday morning:

“The Yankees, to no one’s surprise, have checked in on White Sox lefty John Danks. The Yankees, having lost four starting pitchers to injury, are seeking to upgrade their rotation even after the acquisition of Brandon McCarthy is paying off early. Danks, still only 29, is 8-6 with a 4.35 ERA. There is no evidence the sides are close to a deal and may be in only the early stages of talks. The White Sox are looking for young players and prospects as they continue their rebuild.”

Danks is 8-6 with a 4.35 ERA in 20 starts for the White Sox this season, and is still under contract until 2016. That means Danks wouldn’t be a rental for the Yankees and would actually be a rotation fixture for the next two years, should the Yankees choose to trade for him. The good news would be the Yankees wouldn’t have to give up big name prospects since the White Sox could be looking for a straight salary dump.

It’s possible the trade talks could intensify but it’s also possible the trade talks won’t get anywhere. Regardless, the Yankees do need pitching help, especially with three No. 5 starters in the rotation (Shane Greene, Chase Whitley and David ..read more

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Greene and McCarthy help injured riddled Yankees rotation

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This was the Yankees rotation just before the first game of the 2014 season:

CC Sabathia Hiroki Kuroda Masahiro Tanaka Ivan Nova Michael Pineda

Fast forward to July 22nd and this is current rotation going into tonight:

Brandon McCarthy Hiroki Kuroda Shane Greene Chase Whitley David Phelps

The point of the small exercise above was to show just how much the rotation had changed in a short span of three months. The new rotation is quite surprising, but the rotation above has held the fort down as Michael Pineda and Masahiro Tanaka attempt to return from their injuries. Chase Whitley has faltered and David Phelps has always been an average starter, but Brandon McCarthy and Shane Greene have exceeded expectations in their short time with the team, keeping the team in the game and letting the offense take charge. McCarthy recently brought back the cutter into his repertoire and Greene has opened eyes with his deceptive pitches. With those two, the Yankees are just surviving in the AL East race, which is a pleasant surprise.

“These guys have the ability to step up; they do,” Joe Girardi said.“They have to understand that if they make their pitches, they’re going to get people out.

“I’ve said that for us to make noise, we have to get distance out of them.”

It was rather surprising to Girardi that Hiroki Kuroda is the lone original starter still in the Yankees rotation, mostly because of his age.

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Yankees commit five errors in 4-2 to loss to Rangers

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The Yankees as a team had their worst game defensively in six years (since 2007) and Shane Greene had the worst game defensively in 27 years (since 1988), resulting in the Yankees falling to the Rangers in a 4-2 loss at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees were able to get on the board first with a SAC Fly and RBI by Carlos Beltran, scoring Derek Jeter. The Yankees later added a second run in the fourth inning on a Jacoby Ellsbury home run.

Shane Greene didn’t have an awful start in the box score, but he did allow four runs on five hits, striking out four and committing three errors, being the last pitcher to commit three errors in a game since Tommy John in 1988. Matt Thornton was responsible for two of Greene’s runners scoring, giving up two RBI singles and not recording an out. David Huff has been a pleasant surprise in the Yankees bullpen, going two scoreless innings and striking out three.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees attempt to take the second game of this three game set and they’ll do so by sending Chase Whitley to the mound. The Rangers will counter with Nick Martinez, a pitcher the Yankees have never seen before. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on ..read more

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Injuries keep piling up for Mark Teixeira

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Mark Teixeira is supposed to be a constant at first base, but this year he’s spent more time worrying about injuries than he’s been on the field. Teixeira had been on the DL with a hamstring injury and was benched following back, wrist, knee, groin and fatigue issues. The latest injury Teixeira is facing is a Grade 1 lat strain, something he had been battling with since the Oakland series in June. In Teixeira’s opinion, it probably didn’t help that he spent four days during the All-Star Break doing nothing which possibly aggravated the injury.

“That’s kind of what happens when you shut down for a little while,” Teixeira said. “The blood’s not flowing, you don’t have that adrenaline pumping through your body and it becomes worse. I think that’s what we saw this weekend. … When the pain ratcheted up, it was one spot. I could tell Doc, ‘Listen Doc, this spot’s killing me. Let’s take a look at it.’ That’s when we found the strain.”

Teixeira figured sitting out last season would have helped him this year. Instead, he felt it made everything worse.

“I thought the year off last year would kind of give me a fountain of youth,” Teixeira said. “And it’s just made me rusty. I’ve used that word a few times this year; that’s the way it feels. It’s been something. Every game, it’s something. I was dealing with the hamstring early, the knee, back — it’s really frustrating — not to mention the wrist, which is obviously something I’ve been dealing with. That’s life. You have to grind through things. I’ve been grinding pretty well all season. I’m still happy with the way I’ve played when I’m healthy. I just need to get healthy again.”

Some Notes

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