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(Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore) At 6'5" and 230 pounds, righty Zach McAllister is an imposing figure on the mound. Yet the big right-hander from Chillicothe, IL (just outside Peoria) is more known as a ground-ball pitcher than a strikeout artist. Drafted by the Yankees in the third round of the 2006 draft, the twenty-two year-old ...
Similar to an Anthony McCarron article in the Daily News that prompted a piece I wrote a couple weeks ago about Yankees catching prospect Jesus Montero, Ben Shpigel of The New York Times wrote his own good profile of the young catching phenom yesterday that is worth a look. In it, Yankees GM Brian Cashman ...
Readers of mine know that I hold Mariano Rivera in the highest regard as a player. As a reliever, he has no peer and his success is both unparalleled and prolonged. He also comports himself with grace, humility, and decency as a player and person in public, representing himself and the organization with an unwavering ...
The Yankees rode a strong offensive start, battering Jeremy Guthrie for three runs in the first on their way to a 5-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in a split-squad game. The top of the Yankees' starting order was as hot as a pistol, with Brett Gardner, Nick Johnson, Jorge Posada, and Robinson Cano going ...
A hard-throwing righty, Kevin Whelan began his professional career in the Detroit Tigers organization. Drafted in the fourth round of the 2005 draft, the Texas A & M product and college catcher was sent to the Yankees with pitchers Anthony Claggett and Humberto Sanchez in exchange for outfielder Gary Sheffield. Whelan spent much of 2007 ...
Jesus Montero apparently clubbed a monstrous homer off the "M" on the sign for the George M. Steinbrenner field in Tampa yesterday during batting practice, leaving most bystanders agape and impressed. Montero, however, downplayed the tater, stating that it was "probably the fourth- or fifth-longest ball he's hit," according to Mark Feinsand of The New ...
Benjamin Kabak's typically strong post at RAB on Joba Chamberlain and the to-start-or-relieve conundrum, which addresses a John Harper piece at The New York Daily News, spurred some thinking about a couple aspects of the fifth-starter race. I think Kabak did a very good job analyzing that Harper's article didn't prove his own point--that the ...
(hat tip to regular reader Michael Fierman to drawing my attention to this) Inspired by Buster Olney's blog at ESPN.com, iYankees has a post worth seeing as well as discussing here. In it, Mariano Rivera has his own list of do's and don'ts that one might want to consider to combat the ongoing battle with age--which ...
Following up on my comparison between the terrific 2009 rotation with those of the late 1990s, this post assesses the sterling 2009 bullpen and gauges its performance along side the late 1990s dynasty. As with the rotation, the 2009 bullpen compares rather favorably with most years, including the tremendous 1998 team. As with last week’s ...
Pitchers and catchers today! YES!! 2009: Alfredo Aceves followed a strong 2008 debut (1-0, 2.40 ERA, 1.167 WHIP) with a terrific 2009 season that was comparable to Ramiro Mendoza's brilliant 1998 campaign (10-2, 3.25 ERA, 1.235 WHIP in 130 1/3 IP). Used mainly as a reliever in '09, the right-hander from Mexico offered the Yankees innings ...