A Biased Look at the New York Yankees, the Greatest Franchise in the History of Sports
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The Yankees traded away their top prospect for pitching but they still have a top twenty guy in pitcher Manny Benuelos, who was picked thirteen by MLB.com. This lefty pitched at Triple-A as a 20 year old and while he struggled at times, he also held his own.
His season was derailed because of an appendectomy but he bounced back and was still productive. He also had a nice showing at the AFL and he could be pitching in the Yankees rotation as early as this year.
Jorge Posada has calls it quits and one of the cornerstones of the most recent machination of the Yankees dynasty went out in style. He finishes his career with 275 home runs and a career .848 OPS. That’s very solid for a catcher in a given season, much less a career.
Posada has struggled the past couple of seasons and he’s never been a great fielder so it was nice not to see the Yankees have to force their hand. There was also the controversy last year when Posada complained about being dropped in the batting order. Still, I wish Mr. Posada the best and I’m sure we’ll see him around the ballpark from time to time. He joins a great cast of awesome Yankees’ catchers and my guess is, he gets into the Hall of Fame.
The Yankees have made their starting rotation a priority and it looks like they’re willing to part ways with blue chip prospect Jesus Montero. Montero made a splash in his short time with the Yankees and he’s been their top prospect the past two years. Of course it probably made it a little easier that the Yankees have two more catchers in their top ten prospects with Gary Sanchez listed as fourth by Baseball America. Sanchez is only 19 though but they already have Russell Martin locked up and my best is he gets the start.
Pineda had a nice year as a 22 year old rookie for the Mariners last season. He only went 9-10 but he had a very solid 3.74 ERA and a 1.099 WHIP. He also struck out 173 and walked 55 in 171 innings. The Yankees also get a very young Jose Campos who will be 19 this year but already has three seasons of minor league ball under his belt. The Yankees are giving up Hector Noesi as well.
I like the move. We have enough hitters and Russell Martin is good enough. Since we lost out on Yu Darvish, the Yankees went shopping and this is who they got.
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