Akron RubberDucks score 3 in 10th to beat Trenton Thunder, 5-2

(Akron, Ohio) July 14, 2014 – With the game knotted at 2-2 in the tenth inning, Akron RubberDucks catcher Alex Lavisky launched a two-run homer to pull ahead 4-2 before a Justin Toole RBI-double followed, sealing a 5-2 victory over the Trenton Thunder Monday afternoon at Arm and Hammer Park. The homer was Lavisky's fourth on the season and his second two-run home run....
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Midseason Prospect Rankings: 26-50

I just started covering prospects for Baseball Professor during this offseason when I released top dynasty prospects at each position for our draft preview all the way back in March. This is my first crack at a Midseason Top 50 Prospects list and in the offseason you’ll release my top 100 The way I ranked these guys is simple: How do I think they will perform in a fantasy league...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees make massive splurge on international free agents

In July 2009, the Yankees gave 16-year-old catcher Gary Sanchez $3 million to sign. Not until Wednesday had the club given a Latin American teenager that much money. That’s when they agreed with Dermis Garcia, a 16-year-old shortstop from the Dominican Republic, on a $3.2 million signing bonus. Garcia was rated as the top international prospect by and ninth by Baseball...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

It's time to ponder the benefits of a full-scale collapse

On yesterday's River Ave cluster-grope, Mike Axisa opined that, between now and the July 31 trade deadline, the Evil Emp would be best served with a long, long streak - of either wins or loses. Thus, management can discern whether the 2014 Yankees should be buyers or sellers.Quickly, the expert panel of veteran baseball scouts screamed down any notion of the Yankees as sellers...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Cervelli Activated, Murphy Optioned to Scranton

Elsa/Getty Images As well as John Ryan Murphy has played since being called up, the Yankees had to make to right move today. Francisco Cervelli was activated from the 60-day disabled list and optioned Murphy back to Triple-A Scranton, where he will be the everyday catcher for the RailRiders and continue to work. Cervelli had been getting some good work in at first base while on assignment...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Gary Sanchez benched in Trenton for disciplinary reasons

Gary Sanchez has been benched for disciplinary reasons (Photo: Trenton Thunder/ Top Yankee prospect Gary Sanchez has found himself in the doghouse at Double-A Trenton, where he has been benched for disciplinary reasons. Sanchez was originally in Wednesday’s lineup before being scratched, and was on the bench again on Thursday. After Thursday’s game, Franklin clarified...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Take the pill, and let's go on a dream trip to Trenton... la-la-la...

Last night, the Mediocre Empire lost. Again. Should we care? I dunno. Those invisible fans sitting behind home plate sure don't. When the A's tied the game, I switched to Netflix and watched Lilyhammer. I felt like a crime boss who'd been given a new identity. Yep. I closed my eyes and went to...  Norway... No, Trenton, I mean TRENTON. Yeah, I checked box scores.Listen...
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

April May, but June Ju-LIES... The Yanks are four games behind last year's pace

Those who forget the past...Maybe we should start calling them "the Even Empire," as in "breaking even." They win a game, then they torture one.Exiting the month of May - which traditionally was cruel to Yankee powerhouses of the early 2000s - here is what I know:1. The AL East is a putrid cesspool of antique collections of mediocrity - plus a young one, Tampa...
May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: Four prospects that can make an impact this year

Lets be honest, we all know that the New York Yankees are struggling this season. Injuries and suspensions to key players have hurt the team badly. In the past few games, the Yankees have been starting young pitchers such as Masahiro Tanaka and Chase Whitely, who have shown potential, especially Whitely who helped to notch a win in the second game against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday...
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

As we ponder the trade market's lush garden of pitching, let us also think about the pound of flesh we will surrender

Lately, the Yankiverse seems to have settled on two bedrock conclusions:1. The 2014 team, as currently structured, couldn't bring home herpes from a trip to Buffalo.2. To fulfill the team's prime objective - having anyone watching YES in August - Brian Cashman must trade for a starting pitcher.It's pointless to speculate the identify of that lucky fellow. But we all know...
May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Yankees Top 10 Prospects

The New York Yankees have a poor farm system. Almost every one of the team’s top prospects underperformed last season, so it’s difficult to accurately assess the system moving forward. Sanchez and Murphy are good catching prospects. Judge is a mystery and could become a good power hitter. Austin, Heathcott, and Williams are all highly-regarded outfielders who performed poorly...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Fill in the Blank Day at the Stadium

Sports media could not help but repeat and rehash how the Pirates had not won in the Bronx since 1960, and their last trip there was in 2007, the last year of the Torre era.  Case in point: always looking to the past. What no one seemed to care to mention was that Gerrit Cole won in the Bronx.  Had things gone differently and the Yankees signed him in 2008 when they drafted him...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: Gary Sanchez

Gary Sanchez is a great prospect who should be able to replace McCann in a couple of years (via baseballinstinct) The New York Yankees were fortunate to have such a productive starting catcher in Jorge Posada for 15 seasons, and now they have newly signed Brian McCann. However, McCann’s future as a catcher for the Yankees may not last long, as he could be moved to designated hitter...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 5, 2014 by Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

Updates or introductions to Ben Lively, Victor Reyes, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, and more.
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Rumors: John Ryan Murphy could become a trade chip

Scouts around the league consider New York Yankees backup catcher, John Ryan Murphy, to have the all-around game to be a starter behind the plate, according to John Harper of the New York Daily News. With Brian McCann signed to his new deal and high-ceiling prospect Gary Sanchez waiting in the wings, Harper notes that Murphy could become a trade chip for the Yankees at some point...
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May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Nate Silver's blog tells us what we already knew: Prospect ratings are crapola

Numbers nerd Nate Silver has quit tormenting Karl Rove. Now, he's hitting on Baseball America's ridiculous annual top 100 prospect rankings.For debunkers, it's low-hanging fruit.Whenever I think of that BA list, I imagine 15 Mel Kipers eating donuts in the back of a bar, barking opinions about players they might have seen once, while a harried secretary tries to count...
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankee Trade Bait

Earlier today I talked about how if the Yankees have an infield problem this year, they have an infield catastrophe next year. And there are only three realistic ways to solve that: A) spend a ton of money in free agency this winter, B) make a handful of trades during the coming season, or, most likely, C) a combination of both. The reality is that the Yankees do have some...
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Evil Empire Faces Long-Term Infield Problems

It's true that their 2014 infield situation is a disaster waiting to happen, but The Bronx Embalmers are in even worse shape for 2015. Derek Jeter is retiring (have you heard?), and while Mark Teixeira is signed through 2016, you get the feeling that Brian Cashman wishes he wasn't. So, The Pinstriped Posers are looking at Mr. Text Message, Brian Roberts, Kelly Johnson and...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Little To Bank ON

It is really cool that YES is broadcasting games from Tampa.  I can sit at a bar in my basement, suck down crown royals, snarf jalepena pickled eggs and cram popcorn into my mouth, without getting pissed off at a single fan.I loved watching that AAA pick-up, Dean Anna, with the .410 on-base percentage strike out twice in a row.  Guess he left some of the magic back on the coast...
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Down on the Farm: BronxPinstripes’ Top 20 Prospects

Gary Sanchez headlines BP’s prospect rankings for 2014 (Photo Credit: Trenton Thunder/ Everyone loves to look at prospects – the unproven players with a boatload of potential who could be the next face of their franchise. The reality is that most prospects never fully live up to that potential. For every Derek Jeter, there’s ten Eric Duncan’s or Brien Taylor’s...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The Yankees’ nuclear stockpiles at catcher must be used to handle the spent fuel-Rod at third

As The Master loves to say in the Daily News Fifth, “Hey, now, looking at this Yankee ball club…” Few positions appear rock solid through the next millennium. But if we’re not stuffed to the wheelhouse with catchers, then take me to the train station and unhitch my red caboose, because my loco engine has run off the rails. (I have no clue what that metaphor means, but it...
March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Spring Training Game 4: Homer happy win

New York Yankees 7 — Detroit Tigers 4 Facing Cy Young award winner, Max Scherzer, catcher Brian McCann hit his first Yankees home run, a solo blast to right field in the second inning. While the catcher of today is doing well, the potential catcher of the future gave the Yankees fans a taste of what he brings to the franchise. Gary Sanchez hit a solo home run to left field to give...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees game 4 lineup: 2/28/14

The Yankees are in Lakeland, Fla., today to take on the Detroit Tigers in more Grapefruit League action. Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer will get the start against Adam Warren, who is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation. New York Yankees Jacoby Ellsbury CF Eduardo Nunez 3B Carlos Beltran RF Brian McCann C Zoilo Almonte LF Russ Canzler 1B Brendan Ryan SS Dean...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Primed to Swap Catchers for Infielders

The New York Yankees have five talented catchers in their organization: Brian McCann, Francisco Cervelli, Gary Sanchez, Austin Romine, and J.R. Murphy. Given the talent of McCann, that’s far more than they need. It’s an abundance of riches, but all the catchers need to do is look up at their infield, and they’ll see the opposite: no depth. While the team could survive...
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Yanks can use surplus of catcher to address other needs

In Francisco Cervelli, Austin Romine, J.R. Murphy and Gary Sanchez, the Yankees have depth at a position a lot of organizations are naked at. With Brian McCann in the first season of a five-year deal worth $85 million, Cervelli, Romine and Murphy are competing for the backup job. Sanchez, 21, could start the season at Double-A Trenton. With major question marks at second (Brian...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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