Preview: LHP Gio Gonzalez Versus The Bronx Bombers

When the New York Yankees play in Washington, D.C against the Nationals on Tuesday, it’ll be a matchup of two of baseball’s hottest teams. LHP Gio Gonzalez will be on the mound for the Nationals against the Yankees’ RHP Masahiro Tanaka.

Gonzalez hasn’t faced the Yankees in inter-league play since 2015. For his career, he has a 1-5 record with a 6.65 ERA in eight games against the Yankees and with that record in mind, he should be in for a rude awakening against the current incarnation of the Bronx Bombers.

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Gonzalez, 32, has been with the Nationals for six seasons and becomes a free agent this fall. He has been an extremely durable pitcher over his career, only once going on the 15-day disabled list back in 2014. He’s a two time All-Star and finished third in 2012 and sixth in 2017 for the Cy Young Award.

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According to MLB.com, recently Gonzalez has been on a roll, allowing only two runs and striking out 21 in his past 18 innings of work. He has a 4-2 record with a 2.22 ERA in eight games this season.

Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post writes that where Gonzalez was once a hard-thrower, blowing fastballs by hitters, his average fastball velocity has diminished over the past few seasons and he began modifying his approach last season.

Gonzalez told Castillo that in ’17 he became a pitcher, not a just a thrower:

“Last year was a huge adjustment point,” Gonzalez said. “Last year I was actually pitching. I wasn’t trying to throw it. I understand that I have to be a pitcher. And that’s what it was. I don’t have to throw hard to get outs, and last year proved it. You just have to locate.”

Gonzalez has adjusted his repertoire to increase the use of his change-up (83 mph) and curve ball (76 mph), which Brooks Baseball describes as having “exceptional bite,” along with his sinker (90 mph) and a four seam fastball (90 mph).

Gonzalez will be facing a lineup unlike any other in Major League Baseball—- four hitters have ten home runs or more on the season: Aaron Judge (11), Giancarlo Stanton (10), Didi Gregorius (10) and Gary Sanchez (10).

Coley Harvey of ESPN writes of the historical significance of this accomplishment:

“Before this year, the Yankees had never had four players hit 10 or more home runs by the team’s 40th game of a season — or by the 50th game, for that matter.”

On the season, for example, Stanton is hitting .457 against left-handed pitchers with seven homers and he punished lefty Brett Anderson of the Athletics on Sunday going 4-4, including a home run and three RBIs.

Stanton also has a more than a passing familiarity with Nationals Park.  According to Fox Sports, he has a .287/.366/.651 slash line in Nationals Park and in 55 career games there  has 20 home runs.

Left-handed batter Gregorius is likewise having success against lefties this season, hitting .268 with 2 homers.

There are those who predict a Yankees-Nationals World Series in ’18. Tuesday’s matchup of these two powerhouse clubs may just have that October feel to it!

New York Yankees Turn The Page To New Series After 5-4 Loss To Red Sox

The stage doesn’t get bigger during the regular season than that of a Yankees-Red Sox series and the Bombers came away with two out of three for the series win, despite losing the rubber game 5-4 on Thursday night.

Fans attribute Thursday’s loss to the Red Sox to a number of factors, such as:

  • Manager Aaron Boone’s decision to leave Dellin Betances in to pitch a second inning of relief, which resulted in a J.D. Martinez homerun in the eighth inning which broke the tie and turned out to be the winning run;
  • Bad umpiring;
  • Fan interference with the Martinez homerun to prevent Aaron Judge from making an incredible leaping grab and preserving the tie.

In fact, the Yankees were not able to mount another come-from-behind victory, as had been the case often during the 17 for 18 winning streak. The team foundered on Thursday night against Craig Kimbrel, whom they had just bested on Tuesday.

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And despite what the fans appear to think, a contributing factor in Thursday’s loss was the inability of Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius and Gary Sanchez to get their bats going—-Gardner was 0-4, Gregorius was 0-5, and Sanchez was 0-2 with two walks.

Prior to Wednesday night’s game Gardner told Kevin Kiernan of the New York Post that:

“With all the talent we have, other guys can pick you up, there is no pressure on me or anyone,” Gardner told The Post of this Yankees ballclub.”

While it is certainly true that the Yankees have a plethora of talent and on any given night can pick each other up if a bat or two is struggling.

However, more than six weeks into the season, we expect to see the bats pick up and averages rise for players such as Gardner, who is batting .208/.325/.609, and Sanchez, who is batting .202/.291/.775.

Maybe it’s time Boone applied some pressure on Gardner and Sanchez by moving them down in the order, or by bringing up Clint Frazier when he’s ready to challenge Gardner for left field.

As for Gregorius, after a torrid start to the season which garnered him the April American League Player of the Month honors, he has struggled at the plate recently.

Gregorius lately looks like an all-or- nothing hitter and he’s currently batting .100/.156/.133 as compared with the .330/.422/.739 numbers he posted for April.

Here, however, is the miracle that is baseball.  Today we turn the page to a new series and everything is once again possible.

The Yankees have Sonny Gray on the mound.  Gray will face the Oakland Athletics for the first time since being traded to the Yankees last season.  The Athletics have yet to name a pitcher for tonight’s game.

Time to look forward to a new winning streak beginning tonight against the Athletics, who are currently five games back in the American League West and 7-10 on the road.

 

Series Opener: Yankees Power to win behind Luis Severino, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge

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Giancarlo Stanton’s two home runs powered the offense and Luis Severino led the pitching staff with a superb game in the Yankees 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

Stanton’s two homers gave him his third multi-homer game of the season. Coming into this series in the last 6 games, Stanton was hitting .227/.313/.455, going 4-19 with 10 strikeouts, three walks and four RBIs.

With his two home run performance, fans hope that Stanton will keep producing at a higher pace throughout the series.

Severino was strong through 7.1 innings, giving up two runs on six hits, striking out 11 and leaving with a 2.21 ERA.

Despite an elite performance against the hot-hitting Red Sox, Severino received a no decision in the game. Dan Martin of the New York Post wrote that:

“It was still an impressive night, since right-handed starters — including Severino — were 1-15 with a 7.48 ERA in 26 starts against the Red Sox before Tuesday.”

And Severino told Martin:

“I was grinding through,” Severino said. “It was hard.”

Severino struck out Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez and when they did get hits off him, they stayed in the park and didn’t result in RBIs. The only scoring with Severino in the game came on an Andrew Benintendi single—-made possible by Gary Sanchez’ inability to locate the ball on strike out victim Eduardo Nunez, who reached base.

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Boone said after the game:

“It’s blinders on,” manager Aaron Boone said. “We’re playing good baseball, doing it a lot of different ways. Tonight was tough. Boston is really good. They battle, battle, battle; kind of hung around. It’s just nice that we’re racking up some wins here. Good to get this series off on a good note, and hopefully we can get one tomorrow.”

When Boone says “tonight was tough,” he may have been referring to the way the team made it tough on itself in beating Boston—Glebyer Torres had an uncharacteristic error and was also caught out at home after being sent home in a controversial decision by third base coach Phil Nevin.

There was also the previously mentioned Nunez strike out ball that got by Sanchez allowing him to reach first and later score to cut the Yankees lead to 2-1.

There was an element of sloppiness on defense, except where the outfield was concerned. Aaron Judge made a stellar play, showing off his powerful arm by throwing out Christian Vasquez, who made the poor decision to try to extend his hit to right field into a double.  (Check out the video out at: https://www.mlb.com/video/judge-nabs-vazquez-at-second/c-2021305383?tid=51231442)

It was power all around that vaulted the Yankees to the victory on Tuesday night, Severino and Aroldis Chapman’s overpowering fastballs, Stanton’s slugging over the walls, and Judge’s arm. The Yankees outmuscled the Red Sox to take the first game of the series.

At the start of play today, the two teams are evenly matched at the top of the division at 25-10. The bats of Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Miguel Andujar and Didi Gregorius have yet to come to life in the series—but no doubt these quiet bats will not remain quiet.

The pitching matchup for tonight features Masahiro Tanaka (4-2, 4.39 ERA) against Rick Porcello (5-0, 2.14 ERA) in what promises to be another American League East dogfight—this time to stand alone at the top.

Preview: Yankees v Red Sox And A Look At LHP Drew Pomeranz

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On the mound for the Boston Red Sox Tuesday night opposite New York Yankees‘ Luis Severino is lefty Drew Pomeranz, 29, a Collierville, Tennessee native and former first round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in 2010.

Pomeranz was traded by the Indians before ever playing for them and has played for the Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics and San Diego Padres in his seven year career in Major League Baseball.

An All-Star in 2016, Pomeranz was traded by the Padres to the Red Sox after the All-Star break in ’16. Since coming over to the Red Sox, Pomeranz has thrown 257 innings (49 games) with a 3.82 ERA, 1.3 H/9, 3.5 BB/9 and 9.1 K/9.

After beginning the season on the disabled list with a forearm strain, Pomeranz has just begun to find his way on the mound in 2018. Ryan Chichester of Locked on Yanks writes:

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“After a pair of clunkers, Pomeranz rebounded in his most recent start to toss six innings against the Royals, allowing three earned runs on eight hits. It was certainly an improvement over his first two starts of the year, where he allowed seven runs over 8.2 innings of work.”

Pomeranz currently has a 1-1 record with a 6.14 ERA, 1.8 H/9, 3.7 BB/9 and 8.6 K/9, well off his career marks, however, as noted above, he has been better of late and the Yankees will be catching him on an upswing.

With a roster that included Chris Carter, Chase Headley and Matt Holiday, the 2017 Yankees team saw Pomeranz five times and hit .274 off him with 5 homers—hit by Carter, Headly, Holliday, and two by Gary Sanchez.

Despite having a 3-2 record at Yankee Stadium with a 3.12 ERA, Pomeranz is in for a surprise as this year’s Yankee lineup features two of the league’s hottest hitters in Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar, along with the already dangerous power hitters Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez, who has experience taking Pomeranz long.

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Brooks Baseball reports that in 2018 Pomeranz has relied:

“primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (89mph) and Curve using a Knuckle Curve grip (77mph), also mixing in a Sinker (88mph) and Cutter (85mph). He also rarely throws a Change (83mph).”

Brooks Baseball describes Pomeranz’ curve as having “exceptional bite” and his four seam fastball as having “slightly below average velo.” Look for Yankee batters to take advantage of Pomeranz’ fastball, to lay off the curveball and to victimize him with the long ball tonight.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, The Yankees (24-10) and the Red Sox (25-9) haven’t met in a series with the two best records in baseball since June 2, 2002.

The stage is set for a good old fashioned American League East knock-down-drag-out matchup tonight. Severino will be looking to even up his record against Boston this season with a win today and the Bombers have shown lately that they’re never out of a game and never give up.

New York Yankees Win 4-0 Over Astros Behind Domingo German And Gary Sanchez Efforts

On a night when Justin Verlander was dealing his usual filthy stuff, the Yankees offense was stifled for eight innings—Verlander tied his career high for strikeouts with 14—and Jordan Montgomery started the game only to leave with elbow tightness after the opening frame.

This scenario, Yankee fans, is not a recipe for success in Minute Maid Park, home of the World Champion Astros.

However, Verlander gave way to Ken Giles in the ninth, who started the day with an ERA of 1.00 and ended it with an ERA of 5.23 after Gary Sanchez tattooed him for the first runs of the game with a blast over the center field wall to score Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius.

Sanchez has been coming up big for the Yankees in clutch situations, as Coley Harvey of ESPN noted:

“This was the fifth time in eight games that Sanchez had homered. It also was the third time in the past six days that he hit a game-deciding home run. Sanchez had a walk-off against the Twins last Thursday, and also launched a 447-foot, two-run blast at Angel Stadium on Sunday that proved to be all the scoring the Yankees would need in that game.”

Sanchez, who’s gotten off to a slow start this spring, is picking up the pace in the last eight games and now has eight home runs and 27 RBIs on the season.

The relief corps, Domingo German (four innings), Chad Green, Dellin Betances, David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman (one inning each) held the Astros hitters overall to six hits with one walk and 13 strikeouts in the 4-0 victory.

German came in for the ailing Montgomery in the second inning.  He told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com:

German pitched a gem, matching Justin Verlander’s effort to keep runs off the board.  German pitched four scoreless innings with four hits, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.

After the game, Boone told Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News that:

“You got a glimpse of what he’s capable of,” Boone said of German. “He went through them pretty easily. He was really on top of his game, and that’s what we needed.”

German may have just pitched himself into the starting rotation with his effort on Tuesday night if Jordan Montgomery is forced to miss starts because of the elbow tightness.

So, going into game three tonight, the series is split with one win for each club and with Luis Severino and Dallas Keuchel on the mound tonight, it’s sure to be another dogfight.

CC Sabathia is bringing his “big dog mentality” to the Yankees recent success

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CC Sabathia’s passion and elite performance were the biggest highlights of the Yankees 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday night—-not to mention Gary Sanchez’ two run homer.

But Sabathia is so assured and confident on the mound that even when he gets in a jam, as was rare last night, there is the clear sense that he is in charge and he literally wills the out.

On January 18, Sabathia spoke to the MLB Network and said:

“Last year, we were the team that everybody loved, that feel-good story,” Sabathia said Thursday on MLB Network. “But getting Giancarlo [Stanton] just brings us back to being that hated team. That’s what we like. We want to go out there, put the best team on the field and crush everybody every game.”

I keep coming back to this statement again and again this season when I think of Sabathia.  This is spoken like a true leader—a battle-ready one at that.  It cries out for his teammates to take up the cause and follow him in crushing “everybody every game.”

He leads the way with elite performances, such as the 2-1 gem he put together last night against the Angels, giving up five hits, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, 1 run, 1 wild pitch—only throwing 97 pitches.

Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports said of Sabathia:

“Sabathia has turned himself into a pitcher — I’d even say he’s crafty now — working the corners and working his way into year three of a lovely late career renaissance with the Yankees that could very well put the icing on the cake of a Hall of Fame career.”

Sabathia could arguably be the ace of this staff with his 1.71 ERA in five games with 16 strikeouts in 16 innings pitched. Luis Severino‘s ERA of 2.62 in six games seems bloated by comparison.

Sabathia also showed his passion in last night’s game when home plate umpire Angel Hernandez and he exchanged words after the third inning.  Sabathia was reported by Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports to have said to Hernandez “Don’t talk to me.  Call f–king strikes.”

When asked what the heated exchange between he and Hernandez was about, Sabathia replied: “Thought I was throwing strikes.”

To me this demonstrates Sabathia’s “big dog presence” in the game, which he told Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News back in January he wanted to establish:

“We want that big-dog presence back where we can go out and try to beat everybody every night.”

Sabathia has a take-no-prisoners attitude, a big presence on and off the mound, and a successful start to power this team forward this season.

New York Yankees: Bombs And Brawls In Fenway Win

Wednesday night’s display of bombs and brawn will be hard to top in Thursday’s action between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, who are locked in a heated three game series tied at 1-1 at Fenway Park.

The game on Wednesday featured Gary Sanchez busting out of his slump with two homers and a double, a first inning drubbing of David Price, who left the game with “sensations” in his hand—-wonder if the Yankee bats (which put up 4 runs on 3 hits with a homer) had something to do with that—- and two, count ‘em two, bench-clearing brawls.

Apparently Aaron Judge was just waiting for Boston to get hot as he’s been on base six out of eight plate appearances in Fenway, with a home run off Chris Sale and a .348 batting average.

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Masahiro Tanaka continued to be plagued by the long ball and was the second Yankee pitcher in as many days to give up a grand slam to the Red Sox, this time from the bat of J.D. Martinez. Still, he was the winning pitcher at the end of the day, the beneficiary of the big bats igniting the offense: Judge was 2-4 with a walk, Giancarlo Stanton 2-5 with three RBIs and Sanchez was 3-5, with the two homers and a double.

What to expect from the rubber game of the series today?

First of all suspensions—at least of Tyler Austin and Boston’s Joe Kelly, but what about CC Sabathia and Aaron Judge?

Secondly, with Sonny Gray on the mound for the Yankees, expect to see Andrew Benintendi back in the lineup for the Red Sox as he’s batting .667 off Gray with a home run. J.D. Martinez, Hanley Ramirez and Mitch Moreland have all homered off Gray in their careers.

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According to MLB.com, Gray is 1-4 with a 4.93 ERA in six career starts against Boston, and he is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts at Fenway Park.

While last season, Gray suffered from a lack of run support in his starts after coming over to the Yankees from the Oakland Athletics, Yankee fans can only hope today that the offensive juggernaut that was kick-started by Sanchez in last night’s game will be in full force again.

Rick Porcello matches up against Gray today. Porcello won his first two games of the season and is off to a hot start, but he is 8-8 in his career against the Yankees with a 3.27 ERA.

Porcello, the 2016 Cy Young Award winner, is a ground ball pitcher, relying on a sinking two-seam fastball (90 mph), a four seam fastball (91-93 mph), a circle change up (80 mph) and a curveball (upper 70s mph). Among current Yankees, Brett Gardner has had the most success in his career against Porcello, going 14-46 with two homers and a .304 average.

Look for the game to once again be a highly combustible affair with plenty of offensive fireworks, especially now that Judge, Stanton and Sanchez all appear to be swinging hot bats.

New York Yankees: The Ellsbury Effect

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

With the start of the Major League regular season a week away, the New York Yankees have a decision that needs to be made:

Who is making the roster to replace the oft injured Jacoby Ellsbury? Jacoby was at one time and six hours North of the Bronx a very productive Major League ballplayer. However, throughout his time in the pinstripes, Ellsbury has been less than a shell of his former self.

Ellsbury has played for the Yankees across four seasons, in that time he has only managed to have one season above “replacement level” production (2014), according to Baseball Reference’s OPS+. 2014 was Jacoby’s first season in the Bronx and his last truly productive season.

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Now, with Ellsbury set to begin the season on the shelf, this opens up a spot on the 25-man roster to “Break Camp” with the team heading North. Manager Aaron Boone told members of the media that Tyler Wade has made the ball club. Many believe that he will be the starting second baseman on Opening Day in Toronto on March 29th.


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The Yankees current roster consists of:

Catchers: Gary Sanchez & Austin Romine
First Baseman: Greg Bird
Second Basemen: Tyler Wade & Neil Walker
Third Baseman: Brandon Drury
Shortstop: Didi Gregorius & Ronald Torreyes
Left Fielder: Brett Gardner
Center Fielder: Aaron Hicks
Right Fielders: Aaron Judge & Giancarlo Stanton
Starting Pitcher: Luis Severino, Mashiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Sonny Gray & Jordan Montgomery
Relief Pitchers: David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Tommy Kahnle, Chad Green, Adam Warren & Chasen Shreve
Closer: Aroldis Chapman

Who Gets A Shot ?

That gives you 24 out of 25 players to start out the 2018 season for the New York Yankees. The injury to Ellsbury leaves an opening. Some who have thought that it could have been someone like Tyler Austin who was having a tremendous Spring, but he was reassigned back to Minor League camp on March 21st before the Yankees game against the Orioles. This however does leave the opening for the starter in the same game…. Luis Cessa.

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Cessa has been up and down for the Yankees since his acquisition by the Yankees in December of 2015. Cessa has pitched 106 innings for the Yankees to the tune of a 4.49 era. Luis will have an opportunity to show what he has earlier in the season as the Yankees will have five straight games to open up the start of the regular season.

The injury to Ellsbury could have been the golden ticket to the Bronx for a premium talent like Clint Frazier, however, they both went down at similar times and have stayed out recovering. Clint won’t be getting that opportunity.

This season will be a defining point for Clint Frazier, as with the number of outfielders already on the Major League roster and an impending free agent who hasn’t been shy about stating his fandom for the Pinstripes looming. Frazier once healed up from his concussion must set the world by storm, if he has any hopes of staying in Pinstripes.

Lasting Impression:

Jacoby, much like Clint Frazier, has seen the writing on the wall. And while his contract is rather cumbersome, it’s not impossible to think GM Brian Cashman can sell his talents to another team and move his monetary obligations elsewhere.

Ellsbury’s injury will be a foreshadowing of the potential future the Yankees will have. If the first few weeks of the season pass and Ellsbury has not returned vying that 25th spot on the roster, he may be replaced by a rising prospect.

Jacoby Ellsbury will have a major effect on the Yankees success this season; when healthy he could be a productive fourth outfielder, if unhealthy his spot will provide the launching pad for the top prospects in the top sixth farm system in all of baseball.

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3 Keys to Success for the 2018 New York Yankees

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Started From the Bottom Now We’re Here:

Prior to the start of the 2017 season the New York Yankees were a young team in unfamiliar territory; they were supposed to be rebuilding. A team on the verge of competition but not quite yet ready to contend. However, how wrong those “experts” were, the 2017 New York Yankees came within one game of reaching the World Series.

So we turn the page to the 2018 season for the New York Yankees to continue their success from 2017, and go even further in the upcoming 2018 season.

These are the top 3 keys to that success:

  • Consistency

The key to any winning season in baseball does have an element of luck to it. There’s the old idiom that sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. And for the Yankees first baseman Greg Bird, he has been extremely unlucky during his brief Major League tenure.  If Bird can stay consistently healthy in 2018, he will have an opportunity to have a huge impact on the Yankees chance at a World Series win.

Gary Sanchez has done a wonderful job during Spring Training of providing consistent defense, namely blocking balls in the dirt. Blocking balls was the one part of Sanchez’ game that plagued him last season.

Sanchez put in work this off-season to become more flexible to assist him with this defensive lapse from last season. So, if Gary can continue to put the effort toward his journey to improvement, we could see a drastically different catcher behind the plate, defensively.

All rise the honorable Aaron Judge is now presiding over his court!

Aaron had an incredible and historic rookie campaign. He dealt with the peaks that allowed him to dine with Zeus in Olympus and the pits that saw him battle with Hades in Hell.

This season, Aaron looked more determined than before. In the Spring of 2017 Judge came in battling for a job with the inscription of his .179 batting average as motivation. This spring, Judge remains motivated by the six weeks that costed him the opportunity to be not only the unanimous selection for Rookie of the Year, but also MVP, along with his personal desire to not be a one hit wonder.

If Judge can find that happy medium from his highs and lows of 2017, there’s only one thing to say, quoting the retiring Yankees commentator Kenny Singleton “LOOKOUT.”

  • In Cashman We Trust

In following up the 2017 campaign, the Yankees will no longer be sneaking up on teams as a underdog story. The rest of the world is now aware of what the entire Yankee Universe already knew, and that’s that the New York Yankees do everything better than the rest of baseball.

The Yankees “rebuild” lasted all of 6 months (maybe). When the Yankees began to “sell off” players during the trade deadline of 2016, everyone thought that this would be the time the Bombers reset and journey through what the Chicago Cubs or the Houston Astros endured, a full tear down and reset. But the Yankees magical wizard of a General Manager Brian Cashman had other plans.

Cashman stock piled top echelon talent very quickly taking a farm system ranked 21st by Baseball Prospectus back in 2015. Now with having graduated talent to the Major Leagues, the Yankees are still the number six farm system according to MLB Pipeline.

Cashman has also been able to provide the Yankees with real talent for not a real devastating cost. Cash recently acquired Brandon Drury in a deal eerily similar to the deal that brought us Didi Gregorius several years back. Cashman and his lieutenants have been able to bring the organization to a level of real sustainability without overpaying for talent.

Which brings us to the final key point of the Yankees ability to be successful in 2018.

  • Dominance in Development

As previously stated, Cashman and his team have been able to draft and trade for some very high level talent. Talent that will ultimately help the team in one way or another.

There are three camps in the Yankees Universe, there are your “George-ian Candidates” who say trade every prospect to bring in high priced established veterans who can provide consistent year in and year out numbers.

There are the “Prospect Huggers” that don’t want to spend on any free agents that may block the kids. And lastly there are the “Cashman-ites” (credit to Mike Calendrillo of YGY for this name) who believes that the “Cream of the Crop” (using my best Macho Man Randy Savage voice) top prospects will stick and some of the others will be used in trade.

No matter what camp you fall into there’s no denying that the following prospects will have an impact on the Yankees World Series aspirations in 2018 and beyond. (The players below will be ranked based on their MLB Pipeline rankings).

  1. Gleyber Torres
  2. Estevan Florial
  3. Justus Sheffield
  4. Miguel Andújar
  5. Chance Adams (6th overall behind RHP Albert Abreu)

Another guy who is no longer a prospect but who’s development will determine his place on this team in 2018 and going forward is Clint Frazier. Frazier plays will a lot of fire and intensity, some of his behaviors/mannerisms rub people the wrong way, but I believe that if Frazier can stay hungry and humble he can be an incredible player in Pinstripes.