New York Giants Unlikely To Move From DeAndre Baker

New York Giants, DeAndre Baker

The New York Giants received a shock this offseason when cornerback DeAndre Baker found himself in trouble with the law due to an accused armed robbery, and the situation is still ongoing. But Baker’s legal team has been adamant the entire time that their client is innocent and that Baker was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and so far, no certain evidence has come out one way or the other to prove if Baker is guilty or innocent.

However, it looks like the Giants organization may believe Baker’s story, because according to the New York Post, the team hasn’t made moves to replace him yet. Presumably, that means they still expect Baker to fill his role as the number two cornerback.

The Giants are not actively shopping or even signaling contingent interest at the top of the cornerback market, multiple league sources told The Post.

If the sources are correct and the Giants aren’t actively interested in picking up another cornerback, it seemingly means that they either expect Baker to play or they intend to give his spot to another player already on the roster. It’s not clear, though, which player that would be. Sam Beal, Corey Ballentine, and even Julian Love are all options, but none of them have been tested with a season in a starting position which gave valuable experience through some up and down performances.

While Baker’s play wasn’t always great last season, experience in a starting role is one advantage that he does carry in over his competitors after playing the most games out of the group of rookies that entered the secondary last season.

The Giants still might have to alter their plans, however, depending on how long the legal case takes. With training camp and eventually the season coming up, if Baker isn’t through his problems by then it could spell bad things for his chances to retain his spot. At this point in time, it’s still hard to tell whether or not that’s the realistic scenario.

MLB: Baseball is guaranteed in 2020, but in what capacity?

As the MLB negotiations with the players association have continued to drag on, an Opening Day of July 4th is slipping away. We were all hoping a deal would be in place by now, but we still seem to be far from one. This is scaring everyone into thinking that there won’t be a 2020 baseball season, at all. However, baseball is a guarantee in 2020. The question is, in what capacity?

The prorated salary deal

One of the biggest things that we’ve talked about over the last few months is the prorated salaries that players agreed upon in March. This means they get paid according to how long the season is. If they play half the season, they get half pay. The big catch with the agreement is that the commissioner can implement a season of any length, as long as players are getting prorated salaries.

Right now, the MLB seems to only be willing to play 50 games for players to get prorated salaries. They may be willing to go up to 60 games, but that would likely be the max. The commissioner can implement this at any point, but the league is still hoping to complete a deal with the players union.

Another idea being floated around the MLB is possibly asking players for a 20% cut from prorated salaries to play an 82 game season. If that gets proposed to the players union, they will likely reject that.

If both sides continue to hold firm on their economic wants, we will probably only see a 50-to-60 game season. It will be great to see baseball, but in my opinion, you can’t crown a World Series champion off that many games. It gives bad teams a chance to sneak into the postseason if they start off hot, and it could be hard to see which bubble teams are legit. For example, the Nationals started last season 19-31 after 50 games and won the World Series.

I don’t think that the MLB will eliminate the World Series in a 50-or-so game season, but whoever wins will have a huge asterisk. Everyone, including the players, need to ask themselves: is a 50 game season really worth it?

New York Giants: Daniel Jones Working Hard, Adding 9 Pounds Of Muscle in 2020 Offseason

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones is getting yoked. The starting quarterback of the New York Giants has been working hard this season to improve his ball security. On top of that, the second-year signal-caller has been going hard in the weight room, adding nine pounds of muscle this offseason.

Recently, The Athletic spoke to David Morris of QB Country. Morris is a former Ole Miss quarterback that founded QB Country. QB Country is “the nation’s leading quarterback training and development company.” When asked about Daniel Jones, Morris said, “He’s been serious about staying busy in the weight room. I think he’s around 230. He’s gotten bigger and therefore you see it — he’s stronger.”

In 2019, Daniel Jones weighed 221 pounds. Since he has been training hard and hitting the weight room this offseason, he has gained nine pounds. Daniel Jones has been working hard to correct his fumbling issue from his rookie season, and getting stronger is part of that.

Daniel Jones Working On Ball Security

Earlier this offseason, Daniel Jones did not shy away when asked about his ball security. The Giants’ quarterback fumbled the football 18 times in 12 games as a rookie in 2019. Daniel recognized that he needed to improve in that area, and discussed how he has been working to do that:

“One of the things I’ve tried to focus on this offseason is my ball security and my ball carriage in the pocket. So that was a topic of conversation for us, and you know, just being more mindful of that, being more intentional on how you hold the ball and how you secure the ball.” – Daniel Jones via Elite Sports NY

As mentioned earlier, Daniel Jones has been working diligently with David Morris of QB Country to fix his fumbling woes. Along with Morris, Jones has been training with his former head coach from Duke, David Cutcliffe. Cutcliffe discussed the training him and Jones have done this offseason:

“We have a bunch of drills that are designed for pocket movement. We’re using equipment people, the coaches — anybody we can to just create small, tight places in the pocket. One thing people forget is the sound of the pocket. What does noise do to most normal people? You flinch. You have to create a focus. So I yell, I do different things.” – David Cutcliffe, via Dan Duggan of the Athletic

How The Added Muscle Helps Daniel Jones

Professional football players are some of the world’s best athletes. Players like Saquon Barkley, Khalil Mack, Jamal Adams, and many others are wildly athletic, talented, and skilled athletes. Of course, when you have players like that in this league, there are going to be players that get run over by them. Getting stronger is always a priority for NFL players to protect their bodies from those exceptional athletes and hard-hitting ballers.

Daniel Jones’s fumbling was an issue last season. But so was the Giants’ offensive line. New York allowed Jones to be sacked 38 times in only 12 games and he was hit or knocked down plenty of other times. It could never hurt to add some more muscle to his frame. Getting stronger will allow Daniel to absorb contact better and grip the ball tighter. Both of these could lead to fewer fumbles. Additionally, a stronger arm for Daniel Jones means more velocity and distance on his throws.

The Giants were blessed to have a hard-working, durable, and classy quarterback lead the team for the last sixteen years. Eli Manning truly is a New York sports legend. It is highly encouraging to already see Daniel Jones following in Eli’s footsteps. Jones has been working diligently this offseason to correct his mistakes and become a better player. It could be an exciting sophomore season for Daniel Jones and the New York Giants.

The New York Mets did their homework prior to next week’s draft

The 2019 season marked Brodie Van Wagenen’s first summer as the New York Mets manager, and he made quite the impression in the MLB Draft.

The Mets used bonus pool money to lure away starting pitcher Matthew Allan, a first round talent according to most scouts and talent evaluators, in the third round. This after selecting two very good prospects in the first two rounds: Brett Baty and Josh Wolf. All of a sudden, the New York Mets’ system had three premium young players in a matter of several hours.

This time around, things will be different, although they have a common denominator: creativity. In 2019, it came by using the bonus pool money that could have been used in the latter picks to sign Allan, and this time, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the team needed to approach scouting in a different way.

“Change forces ingenuity,” Van Wagenen said in a text message. “Since we don’t have the benefit of getting fresh talent evaluations this spring, we have to develop new models to properly weigh the track record of past performance with the incredibly small sample sizes produced in 2020.”

The draft was shortened from 40 rounds to just five in the 2020 season, because of COVID-19. The bulk of the scouting conducted by the Mets and virtually every other team wasn’t conducted at stadiums and baseball fields. Countless of video hours served as the primary supporting material.

MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo wrote that given the situation, Van Wagenen became more personally involved alongside draft leaders Tommy Tanous and Marc Tramuta.

The Mets want to make every pick count

The fact that there are so precious few picks means that the Mets need to make every one of them count. There is less margin for error.

The Mets’ high minors were depleted by recent trades, most notably the Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz and Marcus Stroman deals. Next week, the team will be able to add some premium talent, and they will have the 19th pick in the first round.

They will also have an extra selection, the 69th overall, as compensation for Zack Wheeler signing a contract in Philadelphia.

Day 1 of the 2020 Draft airs on Wednesday, June 10, on MLB Network and ESPN at 7 p.m. ET, with the first 37 picks. Day 2 begins at 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 11, on MLB Network and ESPN2.

“With a five-round Draft, our compensation pick is even more valuable. We look forward to our six selections and believe that this Draft has talent that can impact our organization in a very positive way,” Van Wagenen said.

Scouts have tabbed Georgia pitcher Cole Wilcox as a potential target for the Mets, as well as South Carolina’s Carmen Mlodzinski, Miami’s Slade Cecconi, Auburn’s Tanner Burns and Nick Bitsko of Central Bucks High School East.

Should New York Jets take a flier on veteran cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick?

New York Jets, Dre Kirkpatrick

The New York Jets might have to deal with some inconsistencies at the cornerback position in 2020. Currently, their most probable starting options are Pierre Desir, Bless Austin, and rookie Bryce Hall (notable mentions to Arthur Maulet and Quincy Wilson).

After releasing Trumaine Johnson and his lofty contract, the Jets didn’t do much to secure a capable veteran, especially one that can fill the number one corner spot he’s leaving behind. Then again, Johnson barely played in any games last season, playing in a total of 17 contests over the past two years.

Ultimately, the Jets need to find a veteran corner to supplement injuries and lack of experience. Desir is a solid player, and he is best used in off-ball man-coverage. I imagine defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will utilize him in that way, but he is not a top-tier corner, and the Jets must be careful if they wish to compete in 2020.

With that being said, investing in a free agent like Dre Kirkpatrick could be a dependable decision for them in an attempt to bolster the cornerback position.

Kirkpatrick posted stable numbers in 2019, logging a 63.3% completion rate against, and allowing three touchdowns. He only played in six games at 30 years old, indicating that age is catching up to him, but it could be an opportunity for the Jets to land an experienced player that has proven to be consistent on a relatively cheap deal. While he does have some problems in the tackling department, allowing a 10.8% missed tackle rate last season, his coverage abilities are proven and can help Gang Green in the future.

Last season was undoubtedly his worst over the past few years, but injuries derailed him, and he is now on the free market because of it. The Jets could also target a player like Logan Ryan, who has been linked to New York in recent weeks. Nonetheless, there are a few solid free-agents on the market, and the Jets would be smart to consider dabbling in hopes of supplementing their efficiency at the position.

The Jets are also confident in Bryce Hall and what he brings to the team. He was one of the best man coverage corners in the most recent draft class and recorded the most pass break-ups out of all corners in college last year.

A significant injury hurt Hall’s draft stock, as he was projected as a first or second-round selection; the Jets managed to grab him in the fifth round, which gives them extraordinary value. While Hall has a few weaknesses to iron out, like ball-skills and experience in zone coverage, he has the potential to develop into a starting player early. If he doesn’t land is starting role right away, I expect him to earn more reps throughout the season as he progresses through his development. Nonetheless, that doesn’t take away from the idea of signing a veteran like Kirkpatrick to help in his growth and act as a leader in the locker room.

New York Giants: Ranking the 2 most underrated 2020 NFL draft picks for Big Blue

New York Giants, Darnay Holmes

On paper, the New York Giants have a productive 2020 NFL Draft, having landed a high-floor offensive tackle in Andrew Thomas, the highest-rated safety in Xavier McKinney, and a bevy of other high-upside players. Notice the operative word, “high,” and how frequently it’s used to describe these players — elevation, increase, more, raised, lofty, a few synonyms to build off of when detailing the Giants’ new crop of players.

While Thomas and McKinney’s value is quite clear, Big Blue landed several other players that deserve ample attention, as they acquire the talent to excel at the NFL level.

Here are 2 of the more underrated draft picks for the New York Giants:

1.) Darnay Holmes

Holmes is one of my favorite players coming out of the Giants’ draft class, and while he was coined the crop’s top nickel corner, he’s only played in the slot one time – during the Senior Bowl. Holmes is a feisty corner with below-average size at 5-foot-10, 195-pounds. I imagine he will add some more muscle to his frame, but he has the perfect size to play inside against speedy receivers.

Not only is Holmes a high-character guy with a unique story, but he has also learned the ropes from some of the best players in NFL history.

“He might be the sleeper [defensive back] in the draft,” Rod Woodson told ESPN. “I know he was taken in the fourth round. But I like his mindset. No coach can measure one’s heart and one’s mind until you start playing. I think when I’ve seen him playing and talked to Carnell and his son, just the way he moves and how fluid he is and has that recall during the games when people are doing stuff to him that makes you kind of excited to watch a player like that.”

Deion Sanders stated Holmes had a “flawless” and “unbelievable” combine workout. The advocational words he gained from some notable people stand out, and Holmes has backed up the hype with quality play. After suffering a high-ankle sprain in 2019, he ignored medical advice and rejoined his team prematurely, severely limiting his efficiency but showing his grit and leadership as team captain.
Analyzing his stats from last season to de-value him is malpractice since he had a solid year in 2018. Given the potential he has, Holmes is easily one of the bigger steals for the Giants.
2.) Matt Peart
It’s not often a team lands a starting left and right tackle in the same draft class. Peart needs a bit of development, but the New York Giants have the time to offer him. He can spend the entire 2020 campaign refining his abilities and improving in pass-sets, but he has every tangible trait to prove upper management right.
Offensive line analyst, Matt Giannettino, gave us an in-depth breakdown on Peart Via Youtube, stating:

Strengths:

Super athletic quick on his feet nimble especially for his size and his life is really good on his pass sets,when he stays square with his head up he does his best work.

Weakness:

Can be a little weak on point of attack but that has to do with not rolling his hips consistently. He also plays a bit high of pad level because of his size. i actually believe if he adds weight that could help him.

In summary, he need to be a little bit more consistent in all of his technique but most importantly his hip flexibility for his athleticism and mobility along with his lane are really some good traits for the Giants to work with moving forward.

I wouldn’t expect Peart to jump right into a starting role, but if the Giants can develop him into a productive player at right tackle, they will have walked away from a single draft with two starters at some of the highest-paid positions in football.

New York Yankees: Yankee Ron Blomberg on the Yankee broadcasters and the Steinbrenner family

The New York Yankees have been blessed with some of the greatest baseball players to ever play the game.  One of those players is Ron Blomberg.

Ron Blomberg played for the Yankee from 1969 and 1978 and is one of the most unsung Yankee players. Blomberg is mostly known today as one of the old guys who shows up annually for the Old Timer’s Day Game. What few remember is the Blomberg is usually recognized as the first designated hitter in baseball. In his ten years being a DH and outfielder for the Yankees, he hit .302. In his first plate appearance as a DH in 1973, he walked with the bases loaded and won the game against the Red Sox’s Luis Tiant. The bat he used is in the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum.

Blomberg, now 71 today, he spoke about his hope for a baseball season this year and the Yankee broadcasters he has known for years and calls fiends. He also talks about the admiration he has for the Steinbrenner family.

“On a day where we hope baseball is going to start, I want to reach out to the engines that really make the Yankees go. I had an opportunity to have three great broadcasters in Bill White, Frank Messer, and Phil Rizzuto, who all became my dear and best friends in the game of baseball. Phil Rizzuto named me Boomer when I hit a home run off Nolan Ryan that almost hit the façade in right. Holy Cow, he’s the Boomer!
Now the Yankees have 3 great ones that I consider to be dear friends in John Sterling, who has been my friend for 40 plus years, and he was at the hospital at Mt Sinai when my son Adam Blomberg was born. John is happy in knowing that my son is now chief anesthesiologist in Miami and in charge of over 4000 doctors.
Michael Kay; I found out 30 years at an Old Timers’ Day game that I was his favorite player growing up because I was Jewish. Michael Kay, thank you for having me on your show and calling me the Abraham Lincoln of baseball. And of course, Suzyn Waldman, who became my friend in recent years. I respect her and think she is excellent with John Sterling. People should be so grateful that the Yankees put 3 great people in their broadcasting booth.”
Some other notable New York Yankee broadcasters are Arch McDonald and J.C. Flippin, who are both before my time.  But from the time I became a Yankee fan in 1950, Mel Allen was the man.  He broadcast Yankee games from 1939 to 1964 along with Red Barber. Other famous Yankee broadcasters were Jerry Coleman, Joe Garagiola, Bill White, and Bobby Mercer.  Today along with John, Michael, and Susan, Ken Singleton, David Cone, Jack Curry, John Flaherty,  Bob Lorenz, Meredith Marakovits, Paul O’Neill, and Ryan Ruocco hold down the booth.  My all-time favorites are Mel Allen, Phil Rizzuto, Bobby Mercer, and Micheal Kay.
One broadcaster that stands out in this writer’s mind is Al Leiter, the former Mets and Yankee pitcher who is no longer with the broadcast team (he left after the 2018 season). He is now an analyst for the MLB Network.  I loved listening to him, his knowledge of the game, and his ability to explain it was captivating.  His only fault was he didn’t always know when to shut up.
Ron, also spoke about his relationship with the late George M. Steinbrenner and his admiration for the Steinbrenner family:
When I joined the New York Yankees they were owned by CBS. They didn’t really care about winning and losing and didn’t put any money into the team. When George Steinbrenner bought the team in 1973 he came into the clubhouse and sat down with the team and told us he was going to do whatever it takes to win. He wanted to bring a Yankee championship back to the fans and the city. He personally told me to tell him what I needed to help get that job done.
George was the best owner and best person I ever met in the game. In many respects he was like a second father to me. At the time Jennifer, Hal and Hank were just babies.
I still go back to the stadium often during the season and Jen and Hal would always tell me that their father loved me and that they love me too. George appreciated that I always gave 110% percent.
The Steinbrenner Family are the greatest people and run the greatest organization in the Yankees. George’s goals were to win championships and make the fans proud.
George Steinbrenner belongs in the Hall of Fame!”

 

Miami Dolphins Allen Hurns Spreading Blessings

Miami Dolphins, Allen Hurns

Miami Dolphins Allen Hurns knows the value of a mother.  Together Hurns and his mother Erica Wilson started 88 Blessings Foundation to provide resources for single parents.  88 Blessings equip single parents with essential advice on topics ranging from financial stability to other issues.  They also offer assistance both financially and emotionally and connect these single parents to sources that will aid them with whatever they may need.  They make it clear that they are their wholeheartedly and fully support them through it all!  They also ensure these single parents know through it all that they are not alone no matter what and that things can and will get better in due time- spreading an absolutely beautiful message of hope and solidarity for these strong, brave individuals!

Hurns’ 88 Blessings helps countless people in need and gives back in any way they possibly can.  When Hurns sees an opportunity to provide support or assistance to those less fortunate he immediately jumps at it and offers his aid.  For instance, when the coronavirus pandemic hit, Hurns saw fit to honor high school seniors part of the class of 2020 by creating the S.O.A.R. Movement which sends out care packages to the graduates to brighten their day.  Also, Hurns has promised that when the pandemic is over, he will host a night out for the seniors to further celebrate and honor them.  Hurns has been a part of aiding hurricane relief efforts, handed out Christmas gifts to children of single mothers, and has done so much more to impact so many lives.

Hurns inspiration is his beautiful mother Erica Wilson, the driving force and CEO of 88 Blessings, who is a strong, brave, resilient single mother to Hurns and his brother.  She is a successful businesswoman and empowers others and uses her platform to enact change and encourages others to do the same.  She is an absolute role model not just to her successful sons but to all!  The apple does not fall far from the tree- it is no wonder why Hurns is such a giving, kind person, an absolute class act with a heart of gold.   It truly is wonderful to see such a loving family using their platform in such a positive way, making a difference in the lives of others!

Ranking the New York Mets Catchers from the Last 20 Seasons

The last 20 seasons of New York Mets baseball has not been kind when it comes to the catching position. After our number one spot, the list quickly falls in talent. The position is lacking talent to a point where they have not produced an All-Star catcher since 2006.

1. Mike Piazza (1998-2005)

There is no doubt about the number one spot on the list. Mike Piazza came to the Mets in 1998 and immediately took the city by storm. Though not the best defensive catcher on the list, he hit .296/.373/.542 with 220 home runs during his time in Flushing. Piazza made six All-Star teams with the Mets, provided countless clutch hits, and entered the Hall of Fame with a Mets cap. He also earned the distinct honor of having his number retired by the franchise.

2. Paul Lo Duca (2006-07)

Paul Lo Duca had to fill Piazza’s shoes during his time with the Mets. His power could not match up to Piazza’s, but he made up for it in every other facet of the game. Lo Duca earned an All-Star appearance in 2006 and slashed .297/.334/.404 with the Mets. He threw out baserunners at a slightly better rate than Piazza but was better overall defensively. Lo Duca also provided an experienced bat in the two spot, which allowed Jose Reyes to steal bases and gave a contact hitter to a potent lineup.

3. Wilson Ramos (2019)

Yes, one season of Wilson Ramos makes him the third-best catcher the Mets had in the last 20 seasons. After a slow first half, Ramos turned things on in the second half, and it included a 26-game hitting streak. His power numbers were not typical of his career, and even Ramos admitted he could drive the ball more. Ramos was also one of the best clutch hitters on the team, hitting .307 with runners in scoring position.

4. Travis d’Arnaud (2013-19)

Travis d’Arnaud never turned into the prized prospect Noah Syndergaard turned became. Health issues and an inconsistent swing/approach at the plate held him back from reaching the potential he tapped into once he left the Mets. During his seven seasons with the Mets, he only batted higher than .250 once but had three seasons of double-digit home run totals. Very overlooked was his pitch framing, which allowed him to steal strikes as good as any catcher in baseball.

5. Ramon Castro (2005-09)

Ramon Castro never earned the nod as the everyday catcher but was a very productive back-up. He was the definition of an excellent second-string catcher, hit for power, and throw guys out. Castro hit .252/.321/.452 with 33 homers and 121 RBIs during his time as a Met.

6. Josh Thole (2009-12)

Josh Thole was a unique hitter that has become a dying breed in baseball. His choke-up, put the ball in play focus, prevented him from ever solidifying himself as a starting catcher. Thole only had a slugging percentage of .333 and hit seven home runs during his four seasons in Flushing. The one thing he holds over every catcher in Mets history is that he caught the only no-hitter in franchise history.

7. John Buck (2013)

John Buck had a white-hot April in the power department. He homered nine times and had more extra-base hits than singles. Buck came back to Earth, only hitting .206 with six homers for the rest of his time before the Mets shipped him to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He also helped guide Matt Harvey to a dominant season, catching all but one of his starts.

8. Kevin Plawecki (2015-18)

Kevin Plawecki was another Mets catching prospect who never panned out. He slashed .218/.308/.330 with 14 home runs and was a clubhouse favorite. Plawecki also received the rare task of pitching in two games where he had a 12.00 ERA.

9. Jason Phillips (2001-04)

The rec specs made Jason Phillips a fan favorite who was also a kind person. He did not earn consistent playing time until 2003 when he played some first base and caught when Mike Piazza needed a break. It was his best season hitting in the big leagues at .298/.373/.442. The next year was the complete opposite hitting .218. The consensus from a lot of Mets fans was that he was the slowest player they had seen.

10. Brian Schneider (2008-09)

When Brian Schneider arrived to the Mets, he was no longer the underrated catcher he once was. His career was on the decline, and the Mets only received one decent year from him. Schneider had 12 home runs in 169 games, but his defense was a considerable upgrade. He threw out runners above league average and handled a jumbled pitching staff very well.

Honorable Mentions (Who Could Easily Make the Bottom Half of the List):

Vance Wilson and Omir Santos

New York Yankees: 5 young Bombers who could join the active roster in a shortened season

New York Yankees, Albert Abreu

The New York Yankees will have to make some changes to their roster if a shortened season does, in fact, happen, which would likely include an expanded team to compensate for condensed game schedules.

Minor Leaguer’s with premium potential could be asked to take a step up and help the team if need be, meaning pitchers like Clark Schmidt and Deivi Garcia could be on the active roster come July. However, there are a few other options that could tag along in case the Yankees need some assistance.

Here are 5 players the New York Yankees could taxi during the regular season:

1.) Albert Abreu

The Yankees acquired Albert Abreu in a package deal for catcher Brian McCann with the Houston Astros in 2016. Abreu has spent time with five different Yankee affiliate teams, making 54 regular-season appearances and compiling a 4.37 ERA.

He has pitched in 222.2 innings but has struggled with durability and command in recent years. Abreu might be better suited for a bullpen role rather than a starting one, as his fastball can typically hit 94-98 mph and even reach over 100 at times. Abreu was great when he’s on the offensive and aggressive on the mound, but can sometimes get in his own head. He certainly has the talent, and the Yankees could look to him if needed.

2.) Brooks Kriske

Kriske is only 25 years old, and having only pitched 48.2 innings at AA Trenton, the relief pitcher could supplement a back-end bullpen role for the Yankees in a shortened season. Starting in High-A Tampa last year, Kriske didn’t allow a single run over 12 innings, allowing just four hits and striking out 16 batters. He is a player to keep your eye on, and he could receive his first opportunity in 2020.

3.) Luis Medina

Medina has fantastic fastball velocity, but he has failed to strike out batters throughout his Minor League career. The 2020 season was going to be extremely significant for Medina, but things have taken a turn for the worse. He finished the end of 2019, throwing strikes, and hopefully, he can continue that moving forward.

4.) Nick Nelson

Nelson is another strong-armed pitcher that has the potential to develop to a nice level. In Single-A ball, he tossed just 3.2 innings and logged a 0.00 ERA. With AA, in his biggest sample size, he pitched 65 innings and landed a 2.35 ERA. With AAA, his 4.71 ERA over 21 innings pitched was a bit problematic. He simply isn’t ready for the majors just yet, but he is well on his way and certainly has the stuff to make it.

5.) Miguel Yajure

Yajure doesn’t have the strongest arm, but he has an exciting repertoire of pitches. After missing the 2017 season due to Tommy John surgery, he bounced back with a solid year. All four of his top pitches are average or above, throwing his fastball in the 93-95 mph range. He throws his changeup often and has a solid curveball that can keep hitters honest.

His cutter, which is a development in his arsenal of pitches, is exciting and represents his latest bout of development.

He is a player that the Yankees can lean on in the future and should make an impact.