New York Giants Reportedly Fully Committed To Daniel Jones

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

Last season, the New York Giants had a clear plan at the quarterback position – phase out an aging Eli Manning and replace him with Daniel Jones, the rookie from Duke who came in a couple of weeks into the season with a massive task in front of him. Jones, however, had both ups and downs during his rookie season and while he’s definitely the top quarterback on the depth chart following last season and the retirement of Manning, it remains to be seen just how committed the Giants are.

Some have made out head coach Joe Judge’s refusal to talk about specific players before getting a chance to coach them as a lack of commitment to keeping Jones around as the starter, but the New York Post has contradicted that by claiming that the Giants are still fully committed to Jones at this point.

The Giants privately remain fully committed to Jones despite the way Judge and Dave Gettleman dodged questions. The belief is his fumbling problem is easily correctable and the quiet way he handled adversity — a nine-game losing streak, turnovers, the awkward dynamic with Eli Manning — was perfect for a pressure cooker.

This news comes amid the dying down of the speculation that the Giants could go for the merchandising-savvy move of signing Tom Brady as an unrestricted free agent for a couple of years before handing the reins over to Jones fully.

It also puts to bed the chance of the Giants taking a quarterback in the first round – though such a thing wasn’t considered a possible outcome by most, and was simply speculated on by some due to the Giants refusing to talk about Jones as the starter.

Jones is coming off of a season where he had some of the best performances as a rookie but also had some of the highest turnover numbers for an offensive player. Whether or not Jones corrects that will have a big impact on the success of the Giants in the coming season, but either way, Jones will be the player that’s starting – for better or worse.

Valiant effort by the New York Rangers Falls Just Short Against the Blues

New York Rangers

The New York Rangers are not looking for moral victories, but they did get one in playing very well but losing 3-1 to the defending Stanley Cup champions St. Louis Blues. Mika Zibanejad scored, and Alexandar Georgiev made 19 saves for the Rangers, who have lost three straight following a five-game winning streak. Artemi Panarin had his 13-game point streak end.

Zibanejad has goals in eight of the Rangers” last nine games and 12 of the past 15 to take over the team lead from Panarin, who has 32 goals and 90 points.  Unfortunately, the Rangers ran into a team on a streak, who have the best record in the Western Conference and previously had winning streaks of seven and eight games this season. The Ranger will continue to need some improved effort as they have a tough road ahead with Washington visiting on Thursday, then New Jersey on Saturday, followed by a trip to Dallas, Colorado, and Arizona.

Head Coach David Quinn pleased with New York Ranger’s effort, not so with officiating.

Despite the loss, most are pleased with the Ranger’s effort. This includes head coach David Quinn who said after the game that “It is all about winning and losing, but you also have to take into consideration, do you give yourself a chance to win? And that was a big boy hockey game right there. There wasn’t a lot of room out there. There was a playoff feel to it.”

It certainly was a well-played game, especially in the second period, when the game went over 10 minutes without a whistle. Also, Quinn was not especially pleased with the officiating, especially some of the calls that were not made against the Blueshirts.” Listen, when that team is allowed to do some of the things they do…and they compete their behinds off, so I’m not taking anything away from them. And I loved how we fought through it. We just kept playing through it.”

Being tactful as ever at some of the very obvious calls that were not made against the Blues. The good news is that everyone ahead of the Rangers lost, meaning that Rangers remain just four points out of a playoff spot.

 

New York Giants Could Pursue Byron Jones And James Bradberry In Free Agency

New York Giants, Byron Jones, Dallas Cowboys

The New York Giants are reportedly planning on prioritizing the cornerback position in free agency this offseason (Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post). Luckily for New York, there are plenty of talented cornerbacks set to be available.

Two of the top cornerbacks for the Giants to target will be Byron Jones and James Bradberry. Both will have very competitive markets but would be massive upgrades to add to the Giants’ young and upcoming secondary.

Byron Jones

The Dallas Cowboys are in a bit of trouble regarding their salary cap. They just paid Ezekiel Elliot and Demarcus Lawrence, and they still have not paid Dak Prescott. New head coach Mike McCarthy will have some tough decisions to make regarding the team’s impending free agents, and he might have to let some big names walk out the door. Byron Jones could be one of those big names to depart.

The 27-year-old cornerback out of Connecticut has been one of the best cornerbacks in the league with the Cowboys. Byron Jones is a versatile cornerback that makes a significant impact in pass coverage. He has experience playing both safety and cornerback at the professional level and has done both exceptionally well. Jones is 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. He’s a large-bodied cornerback with peak physicality to cover larger receivers and tight ends. Finally, the Giants could get a coverage-man to shut down opposing tight ends.

James Bradberry

In Ryan Dunleavy’s report, he listed Byron Jones and James Bradberry as two potential cornerback targets for the Giants in free agency. Dunleavy described Bradberry as a “coveted option.” There should be a competitive market to sign James Bradberry.

But James is expected to cost a pretty penny. According to a report by Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Bradberry is seeking a contract worth approximately $15 million per year. This might be a bit expensive for a 27-year-old cornerback that has never been to a Pro Bowl.

In 2019, Bradberry recorded 3 interceptions, and 12 passes defended. James is not exactly an elite talent, but he is a reliable veteran that would be a considerable upgrade in the Giants’ secondary. If they can acquire Bradberry for the right price, it might be worth the investment.

Here is the updated New York Mets’ top 30 prospects list by MLB Pipeline

MLB.com published today an updated list of the New York Mets‘ top 30 prospects for the 2020 season. Shortstop Ronny Mauricio remains the best young player in the system, but there were a few changes in the list if we compare it to last year’s.

Mauricio is, still, hands down the best prospect that the Mets have. He held his own in Class-A in 2019, with 29 extra base hits (four of them home runs) and a total of six stolen bases. He had a batting average of .268.

Mauricio, covered here recently, is a switch-hitting shortstop with a more polished approach from the left side. Scouts love his projectable frame (he should add power in the future, as he is still a teenager) and the fact that he held his own being several years younger than his peers.

Brett Baty, the Mets’ first pick of the 2019 draft, fell from second to fourth on the list. It is not a knock on the third baseman’s profile, as MLB Pipeline still loves him. They wrote the following about him: “Baty’s raw power was among the best in the 2019 Draft, the product of his bat speed, strength and lofty left-handed swing. He drives the ball with authority to all fields and already generates big league-caliber exit velocities, and scouts were especially impressed with the true opposite-field power he showed during his first pro exposure.”

The second-ranked prospect is catcher Francisco Alvarez. He was fifth on the 2019 list. He had a very good season last year between two rookie-ball levels, with a .407 OBP and a .510 SLG%. Alvarez belted seven home runs in 42 games and had a 21-37 BB-K ratio, which is very good and speaks volumes about his plate discipline.

Shortstop Andres Gimenez, currently impressing the Mets’ staff in the big league camp, is ranked third. Right-handed pitcher Matthew Allan, in the fifth position, completes the top five.

Here is the full list of the New York Mets’ top 30 prospects

  1. Ronny Mauricio SS
  2. Francisco Alvarez C
  3. Andres Gimenez SS
  4. Brett Baty 3B
  5. Matthew Allan RHP
  6. Mark Vientos 3B
  7. Thomas Szapucki LHP
  8. Josh Wolf RHP
  9. Kevin Smith LHP
  10. David Peterson LHP
  11. Junior Santos RHP
  12. Franklyn Kilome RHP
  13. Robert Dominguez RHP
  14. Jordan Humphreys RHP
  15. Shervyen Newton INF
  16. Alexander Ramirez OF
  17. Endy Rodriguez C/OF
  18. Freddy Valdez OF
  19. Dedniel Nunez RHP
  20. Joshua Cornielly RHP
  21. Jaylen Palmer 3B/SS
  22. Carlos Cortes 2B
  23. Michel Otanez RHP
  24. Jordany Ventura RHP
  25. Walker Lockett RHP
  26. Ali Sanchez C
  27. Ryley Gilliam RHP
  28. Jose Butto RHP
  29. Tony Dibrell RHP
  30. Tylor Megill RHP

Yankees: Red Sox embarrass themselves as Yankees win 9-1

New York Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka

George M. Steinbrenner Field, in Tampa, Florida, was alive with excitement as the New York Yankees met the Boston Red Sox for their eleventh game of the young spring training season. The game was played under partly cloudy skies and a pleasantly warm temperature at game time of 81 degrees.

The Yankees starting pitcher was the number two in the rotation Masahiro Tanaka. It was Tanaka’s second start of the season, he got hammered in his first outing and had an ERA of 9.00. The Yankees faced Red Sox LHP Martin Perez.Tanaka was applauded from the Yankee faithful as he took the mound. He faced Andrew Benintendi, who led off for the Sox, and the “Tank” struck him out. Rafael Devers popped out to Gleyber Torres. Michael Chavis struck out, allowing Tanaka a perfect first inning. Martin Perez faced Yankee leadoff DJ LeMahieu, who is called the “Machine” due to him getting on base all the time, hit a ground ball through the center for a single. On a wild pitch to Brett Gardner, DJ advanced to second. Gardner ground out with DJ advancing to third. Gleyber Torres popped one in the infield, the throw to the plate was wide for and error, DJ, scored, and Torres went to second. Gary Sanchez swung and lost the bat into the back of the main deck that was caught by a Yankee fan in a Paul O’Neil shirt. Gary made it first, and Torres scored for the 2-0 Yankee lead.

Still in the first Luke Voit got an outfield single moving Sanchez to second. Miguel Andujar, who was playing for the fourth time in the outfield, stepped to the plate and popped to the outfield in a ball that couldn’t be caught by the centerfield to load the bases. Mike Tauchman had a sac fly driving in Sanchez for the second out. Gio Urshela walked re-loading the bases, and that was it for starting pitcher Perez who threw 34 pitches in 2/3rd of an inning. Hunter Haworth took over for Perez as the Yankees brought their ninth batter to the plate. Clint Frazier with the bases loaded, another wild pitch allowed Voit to score, Yankees 4-0. Frazier walked, and DJ LeMahieu doubled driving in two more runs. Yankees 6-0. Brett Gardner struck out to end the inning the Yankees picked up six runs in a very poorly played inning by the Red Sox.

Tanaka took to the mound in the top of the second and ground out Lucroy. Peraza struck out for Tanaka’s third knock out. Sturgeon struck out. Tanaka struck out four in two innings using only 21 pitches. Haworth came out for the second, and Torres flew out. Sanchez struck out. Voit lined out for the last out. Tanaka, in the third, got Chatham to ground out. Duran was Tanaka’s fifth strikeout. Andreoli reached on an infield single, Gio got the ball, but Voit fell catching it. Benintendi grounded out to end the inning. Josh Taylor pitched the third for the Sox. Andujar ground to the second baseman. Tauchman struck out. Urshela hit his first home run to center, and it was 7-0 Yankees. Frazier had his second walk of the day. DJ LeMahieu ground out for the final out.

At the fourth, Tanaka’s day was over with Clarke Schmidt pitching. Devers immediately homered over the back fence, making it Yankees 7 Sox 1. Chavis got a hard-hit single. Lucroy ground out. Peraza struck out. Sturgeon made the final out. Taylor, back out for the fourth, got Gardner to strike out. Torres made a scorched line-drive double that hit the left-field wall. Sanchez, in his 4th at-bat ground out to second. Torres moved to third. Voit towers one for the final out of the fourth. Yankees 7 Sox 1.

Schmidt in the fifth faced Chatham and walked him. Duran struck out. Andreoli singled, but Chatham was out at second. Schmidt struck out Benintendi for the third out. At the bottom, Austin Brice faced Andujar who struck out, Tauchman flew out to center, and Urshela also stuck out. At the sixth Adam Ottavino faced Devers who flew out to Andujar. Chavis struck out swinging. Jett Brandy made the third out. The Red Sox used Josh Osich in the sixth. Frazier walked, Mike Ford ground out with Frazier going to second. Higashioka got an infield single the dropped directly behind the pitcher, who had no idea where the ball was. With two on Tyler Wade in his first at-bat of the game walked to load the bases with one out. Estevan Florial struck out. Kyle Holder struck out, leaving the bases loaded.

Zack Britton came out for the seventh. Dalbec flew out to Florial. Sturgeon flew out to Milone in left. Hernandez flew out to Floria for the quick Britton inning. Domingo Tapia allowed an Estrada single. Gittens walked. Milone singled to load the bases with no outs. Amburgey was out at first, but Estrada scored as Lucroy failed to tag Estrada. Ford ground into a double play. Yankees 8 Red Sox 1. Loaisiga took the eighth, pitching to Longhi, who struck out. De La Guerra struck out, and Jantzen Witte also stuck out with a filthy one, two, three innings for Loaisiga. At the bottom, Higashioka singled, Wade singled, and Higgy went to second. Florial ground out to first, but the runners advanced. Holder singled, but Higgy was caught trying to make it home. Estrada singled, and Wade Scored for the 9-1 Yankee lead. With Gittens at the plate, there was a throw out at second that went in the outfield, and the runners advanced for the Red Sox second error. Gittens worked a walk to re-load the bases. Milone flew out for the final out.

With last licks for the Red Sox in the top of the ninth Loaisga who had stuck out 8 of the twelve batters he has faced this spring training took the mound to close it out of the Yankees. Downs ground out, Matheny ground out to third, and Bandy struck out for the 15th Yankee strikeout of the game and the 9-1 Yankee win.

Tanaka was impressive firing on all cylinders; he had 40 pitches in 3 innings with 28 strike balls thrown and five strikeouts while not allowing a ball out of the infield. Although Clarke Schmidt allowed a homer, he struck out four in his two innings. In overall fantastic pitching, Jonathan Loaisiga, in the 8th, struck out the side. The Yankees won 9-1 against the Red Sox in a game filled with Red Sox errors and wild pitches. The winning pitcher was Tanaka and losing pitcher was Perez. 

Report: Knicks owner James Dolan harassed Spike Lee for using wrong entrance

New York Knicks, Spike Lee

The New York Knicks continue to make a mockery of themselves at every level of the game, from head coach hirings, management decisions, to personnel choices, there hasn’t been much positivity to talk about.

However, on Monday, the Knicks overcame a talented Houston Rockets team at The Garden, but it wasn’t before they could mess with their biggest fan, Spike Lee, who invests over $300K per season to feature courtside.

Lee announced he was harassed by Knicks owner James Dolan and security guards for using the wrong entrance.

“I’m coming back next year,” he said. “But I’m done for the season. Done.”

Spike stated he arrived on Monday at the stadium and entered through the employee entrance on West 33rd Street, an entrance he’s used for 28 years. When a security guard approached Lee and asked him to join him, the super-fan refused.

When Lee got out of the elevator, “Security’s waiting for me like I just ran out of Macy’s stealing something,” he said.

Lee was asked to leave the stadium and re-enter on West 31st street. While this doesn’t seem like too big of a deal, as any reasonable person would have abided by the rules, Spike is a different matter altogether.

“I said, ‘I’m not leaving,'” he explained. “And then they said, ‘We want you to leave the Garden.’ I put my hands behind my back, and I said, ‘Arrest me like my brother Charles Oakley.”

Lee said Dolan told him, “We need to talk.”

“I said, ‘Mr. Dolan, I don’t want to talk about nothing. I’ve been coming through this entrance for 28 years,'” Lee said.

“They never said when the thing (policy) changed,” he added. “So why not call me? When my deposit’s due at this astronomical price for Knicks tickets and I’m one day late, my phone is ringing off the hook.”

The New York Knicks seem to be wrong, but their response makes a good point:

Spike Lee has a point, for the amount he’s paying to attend every Knicks game courtside, he should be given the right to enter through the ceiling if he desires.

The Knicks released a statement after Lee’s appearance on ESPN:

“The idea that Spike Lee is a victim because we have repeatedly asked him to not use our employee entrance and instead use a dedicated VIP entrance — which is used by every other celebrity who enters The Garden — is laughable. It’s disappointing that Spike would create this false controversy to perpetuate drama. He is welcome to come to The Garden anytime via the VIP or general entrance; just not through our employee entrance, which is what he and Jim agreed to last night when they shook hands.”

2020 NFL Odds: Giants, Jets are Postseason Long Shots

New York Jets, New York Giants, Daniel Jones

The NFL landscape in the New York Metropolitan area has not been very exciting lately and, according to oddsmakers, it’s not expected to get any better anytime soon.

The New York Giants have won just 12 games over the past three seasons and have only one winning season over the last seven. They qualified for the playoffs in 2016 with an 11-5 record but have logged in losing campaigns in every other season since finishing 9-7 in 2012.

BetOnline.ag gives the Giants a 13/2 shot to win the NFC East and predicts another third place finish. Washington is expected to finish last. As for the NFC Championship, the Giants are currently at 25-1 ahead of only Detroit (33-1), Carolina (40-1) and Washington (50-1).

The New York Jets last qualified for the postseason in 2010 with an 11-5 record. Since then, they’ve only financed over .500 just once – 10-6 in 2015. They’ve joined the Giants as one of the doormats in the league, consistently drafting in the Top 10 and not making much progress.

The oddsmakers have just as little confidence in them as they do in the Giants. They are currently listed at 7-1 to win the AFC East this season, which is third choice behind New England (2/5) and Buffalo (7/2) and ahead of Miami (20-1). The AFC Championship appears out of their reach as well. They are listed at 33-1, ahead of only Miami, Jacksonville and Cincinnati, who are all 50-1.

The odds of the two meeting in the Super Bowl aren’t listed probably because there are only nine digits on a basic calculator. The Jets last played in the Super Bowl after the 1968 season. Richard Nixon hadn’t been sworn in as the president. The Giants played in the Super Bowl as recently as 2011. Donald Trump was just a Reality TV star at the time.

 

Jets Working on Making Jamal Adams a “Jet for Life”

New York Jets

New York Jets safety Jamal Adams wants to spent hi whole career in Florham Park and the Jets’ feeling is mutual. General manager Joe Douglas knows what he has in the 24-year-old two-time All-Pro and isn’t about to let Adams change his mind about his allegiance.

“We’re excited about Jamal,” Douglas said recently. “The plan is for Jamal to be a Jet for life. We’ve had some preliminary talks with his agent — not gonna get into the specifics of that. But again, the plan is for Jamal to be here a long time.”

After hearing Douglas’ comments, Adams feels reassured that he is appreciated. That, of course, will all be settled once the Jets commit to him long term financially.

“I feel good,” Adams said. “It gives me confidence going into next season, but we’ll see where everything handles.”

From Rotoworld:

Jets GM Joe Douglas confirmed the sides were working out a deal at the Combine. The Jets shopped Adams ahead of last year’s trade deadline, but it now looks like he’s part of their long-term plans. Adams is under team control through 2021 if the Jets exercise his fifth-year option, so it’s still not a lock he gets a new deal this offseason. He’s looking to pass Eddie Jackson’s $14.6 million AAV as the highest paid safety.

As stated, the Jets don’t have to pay Adams another dime for another two years, but to avoid a schism in their relationship the Jets are going to have to rip up Adams’ rookie deal and pay him among the top safeties in the game.

For now, things are smooth but they can get rocky if the Jets don’t show Adams the love sometime soon.

New York Giants: Todd McShay’s latest mock draft send Isaiah Simmons to Big Blue

New York Giants, Isaiah Simmons, Clemson

The 2020 NFL draft is significant for the New York Giants. They have a number of holes that need to be filled with quality talent and starting players, and the draft offers them an opportunity to plug one of the best defenders available into the linebacker position. Clemson stand out defender, Isaiah Simmons, was recently mocked to the Giants, via Todd McShay from ESPN (subscription content).

4. New York Giants
Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson

The Giants defense needs everything, and everything is exactly what Simmons brings to the table. He was a factor in every single statistical area in 2019 for the Tigers, and his blazing 4.39-second time in the 40, wild 39-inch vertical and ridiculous 11-foot broad jump took Indianapolis by storm. It was one of the best workouts we’ve ever seen from a linebacker. A converted safety, Simmons fits what NFL teams are looking for today and can affect so many areas of the game. New York handed 28.2 points per game to opponents last season, more than all but two other teams. Let’s jump start the defensive rebuild with a true difference-maker.

Simmons is one of the most versatile players entering the upcoming draft, as he posted a 4.39 40 yard dash at the NFL combine. His numbers rank in the elite status across the board, giving the Giants the opportunity to plug in an elite playmaker and versatile defender immediately. Whether or not general manager Dave Gettleman wants to spend the fourth overall pick in the draft on a linebacker is yet to be seen, but his talents don’t make it easy to pass on him.

The New York Giants need to have a good reason to let Simmons slip past:

There are only two scenarios where the Giants would feel comfortable letting him slip by. The first is if Chase Young is available at number four, given the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins elect to trade back or sit still and draft a quarterback early on. Alternatively, the Giants can consider trading back as well, adding draft capital to help them fill more positions of need and lower the probability of overspending in free agency.

However, the argument for Simmons is a really good one, as he posted 16.5 tackles for loss and racked up eight total sacks to go with eight passes defended and two forced fumbles in 2019. Oh, did I mention his three interceptions, attesting to his ability in coverage.

There is no question that Simmons would make the Giants‘ defense that much better in 2020, but the Giants don’t only need one single defender, they need an offensive tackle a well. Avoiding paying Jack Conklin nearly $20 million in free agency would be an ideal scenario, and the Giants have the leverage to do so.

Top 10 spring training New York Yankees players!

New York Yankees, Brett Gardner

Obviously, it is still early in this spring training, and these results will change, but these are my top ten New York Yankees performers, both pitchers, and position players.  To meet my criteria, a pitcher had to pitch in at least two games, and at least three innings pitched.  For position players to be considered that had to play in at least 4 games, and have had at least 5 at-bats.

WHIP is a measure of how well a pitcher keeps players off the bases.  The lower the figure, the better.  It is a commonly used measure of a pitcher’s performance.

OPS is a combination of on-base percentage and slugging percentage and the sum thereof to determine how well a hitter can reach base, with how well he can hit for average and for power.  The higher the number, the better.  It is more accurate than just the batting average.

These are my top ten Yankee players in no particular order:

Gerrit Cole (P):  The New York Yankees new ace Gerrit Cole has pitched in two games so far for a total of 3.1 innings.  He has allowed 2 hits and has gotten 4 strikeouts with a WHIP of 0.82.  The Yankees are hoping Cole can have a season eclipsing his last season with the Houston Astros. Cole’s ERA in the spring is 0.00.

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Brooks Kriske (P):  4g 5i 0.50 2.25  Kriske is a right-hander from southern Califonia, and the 26-year-old has been with the Yankees since he was drafted in 2016. Last year he worked his way up from Tampa to the Trenton Thunder, where he had an ERA of 2.59. In spring training, he has been in 4 games for 5 innings of work, with an ERA of 2.25 and a 0.50 WHIP.

Jonathan Loaisiga (P): 2g 3i 0.00  Loaisiga is not a stranger to Yankees fans having made appearances at the Stadium during the last season.  Last year as a starter, he was 2-2 in 4 games started with an ERA of 4.55.  So far this spring, he has pitched in two games for a total of 3 innings.  He has an ERA and WHIP of 0.00.

Jordan Montgomery (P): 2 4 .050 Jordan Montgomery is coming back this year from Tommy John surgery.  With injuries to James Paxton and Luis Severino, he will probably be the Yankees fourth starter.  In 2017 in 29 games, he was 9-7 with an ERA of 3.88.  This spring he has pitched in 2 games for 2 innings each, and he has a WHIP of .050

J.A. Happ (P): 2 5 .040 1.80 Happ was held over from last year to pitch fifth in the rotation, but now with two injuries, he has moved up to the number 3 starter.  The Yankees need him to be the pitcher he was in 2018 when he went 7-0 for the Yankees.  So far this season, he seems to be on that track.  He has pitched 5 innings in two games; he has a 1.80 ERA but a tiny WHIP of 0.40, which is encouraging.

Kellin Deglan (C):  5 5 1.400 1  Keglan has been a nice surprise.  Deglan was drafted in 2010 by the Rangers.  He has been with the Yankee organization since 2018.  Last year the 27-year-old catcher caught for the Trenton Thunder and Scranton Wilkes/Barre Rail Riders.  He had a batting average of .228.  This year he has caught in 5 games for a total of five innings.  His OPS is 1.400, with one run driven in.

Chris Iannetta (C): 4 9 1.414  Chris Iannetta is another catcher that the New York Yankees acquired from Colorado as a backup for Kyle Higashioka.  Iannetta is a veteran that has been catching for fourteen years, mostly for Colorado and the Angels.  The year he has had 9 at-bats in 4 games.  The 36-year-old so far has an average of .556 and an OPS of 1.414, which leads the club among eligible players.

Clint Frazier (OF):  Clint Frazier, who is trying to make a big impression so that he can remain in the majors as an everyday player. Last year he batted .267 but fell short in his defense in the field, something he has worked on to improve.  The Yankees would like his quick bat at the plate.   Frazier has made 10 plate appearances in 5 games this spring training.  The now 25-year-old has a very respectable .300 average and a 1.229 OPS. He also has 2 RBI’s

Rosell Herrera (OF): Herrera has been nothing short of amazing so far in spring training.  Manager Aaron Boone has had high praise for the utility player.  He has been tearing it up on the field and at the plate.  Boone wanted to see more of him has allowed him to play in all but one game for a total of 14 plate appearances.  His OPS is impressive at 1.214 and a batting average of .500 (7 for 14).  Herrera can play all outfield positions, second and third base.  Herrera also has the most RBI’s (4) of any Yankee player.

Brett Gardner (CF):   After signing a new contract, it’s no surprise that the Yankee Veteran of 12 years is on this list, after having one of the best years of his career last year.  Brett has been in 4 games for 6 plate appearances.  He has 2 RBI’s and an OPS of 1.100. Gardner will be the everyday centerfielder for the Yankees at least until the return of Aaron Hicks.

To summarize, the pitcher with the best WHIP on the list is Jonathan Loaisga, and the position player with the best OPS of this young spring training season is catcher Chris Iannetta.  To this writer, it appears the Yankees will have a great depth of capable players for all positions.  This should be a very exciting year for the New York Yankees organization and the Yankee fans.