Found March 02, 2012 on
Bronx Baseball Daily:
BACKGROUND: Laird won the Double-A Eastern League MVP in 2010 and seemed on the verge of reaching the major leagues in 2011. The Yankees signed Eric Chavez though so it seemed like Laird would have to spend at least half a season in the minors before he got his chance at reaching the majors and sticking.
2011 STRUGGLES: Laird actually saw some playing time in the Bronx, but if he doesn’t improve on his 2011 season he won’t have many more chances. The biggest problem keeping Laird from reaching the majors is his over aggressiveness at the plate. He hit 16 home runs, but walked just 17 times, resulting in a .288 OBP.
That is a big step back from his career OBP of .326, which was never really impressive to begin with. The bulk of his problems comes against right handed pitching where he saw a OPS of just .672 against them. However, he still hit well against lefties putting up a .810 OPS against them.
DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENT: One of the things Laird has done to improve his stock was to make himself a more consistent defender. Baseball America had this to say about his defense, “He isn’t flashy, but he’s dependable and makes the routine plays, and he’s also more than capable at first base.” They added that his below average speed hurts him in the outfield though.
2012 OUTLOOK: Chavez is once again in the mix in the Bronx so for now Laird is once again blocked. They also have Bill Hall and if he doesn’t opt-out of his deal, he would also be blocking Laird. So if anything he is farther away from the majors than he was a year ago.
The best thing he can do to increase his stock is to improve his patience at the plate, especially against righties. If the guy has a .288 OBP in Triple-A, there is no chance he’s going to be successful in the majors. It could be that Laird finishes the year as the Yankees backup to Alex Rodriguez, but if he doesn’t improve his hitting he could make himself insignificant in the grand scheme of things.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
From Tim Brown:On the morning of the first game they’d play since Game 5, the night the New York Yankees all went home for the winter, Alex Rodriguez stood before them and, according to witnesses, gave the sort of speech that wouldn’t have been possible five years ago.
Somebody else would have told the Yankees it was time to commit in body and soul to the next eight months...
The New York Yankees posted an AL Best record of 97-65 last year which was second only to Philadelphia in all of baseball. However, they were upended by the Detroit Tigers in the ALDS, primarily due to Detroit’s superior pitching staff. So the Yankees went into the off-season with a goal of shoring up their starting 5.
They sent shockwaves across baseball when...
CC Sabathia has a spot, Hiroki Kuroda has a spot, beyond that Yankees manager Joe Girardi said there are no guarantees.
“I am a big believer that nothing is given in life,” Girardi told George King of the NY Post. “I am making sure when we leave spring training, we take the five best. And to be fair there are no guarantees.”
There are four other pitchers fighting for...
Yesterday a rumor went around the internet thanks to Jorge Ebro of El Nueva Herald that the Yankees made a $16 million bid for Cuban infielder Adonis Garcia. However, today Brian Cashman denied that there was anything truth to that rumor, according to Chad Jennings of the Journal News.
“That’s not true,” Cashman said. “We have not done that. There’s a $16 million number...
New York Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner says it's his goal to lower the team's payroll to $189 million over the next few years.
Under baseball's new labor contract, the luxury tax threshold will be at $189 million after the 2013 season.
Said Steinbrenner on Thursday: ''Is it a requirement with baseball that we hit 189? No, it's not a requirement...
Image via Wikipedia
New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez has come along way since first donning the pinstripes in 2004, and not under the easiest of circumstances.
The self-inflicted bumps along the road seem to be behind the 36-year old, and I must admit that A-rod has given me a good laugh so far this spring.
Following an off-season with no popcorn incidents, no steroid admissions...
A quick post today. I picked up a new and numbered Russell Martin off of the Bay for 25 cents plus two seventy-five to ship it my way. Checking in at a short-printed /99, I'll take that three George Washington deal any day of the week.It's a mini, it's numbered (33/99), and it's a brand-spanking new Russ Martin. That's what I call a winning combination! I'...
In spite of a late ninth inning rally, the Phils lost their grapefruit league opener to the Yankees, 8-5.
The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double to left, knocking in Curtis Granderson, who had earlier doubled. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with a runner on second, and with...
Hiroki Kuroda has made more difficult transitions than switching from the National League to the American League.
TAMPA, FLA. (AP) - New York Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner says it's his goal to lower the team's payroll to $189 million over the next few years.Under baseball's new labor contract, the luxury tax threshold will be at $189 million after the 2013 season.Said Steinbrenner on Thursday: "Is ...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner says it's his goal to lower the team's payroll to $189 million over the next few years.