Baseball America: Yankees Have The Second Best Farm System In MLB

On Friday, John Manuel of Baseball America released his annual rankings of each Major League organization’s minor league system. The Yankees were ranked second in all of baseball, just behind the Atlanta Braves for the top spot.

It is stated in the article that “the Baseball America (BA) annual organization talent rankings reflect the total worth of each farm system’s prospects, where all players who haven’t exceeded 130 at-bats, 50 innings or 30 relief appearances … [visit site to read more]

MiLB.com’s Position Player Rankings: Yankees Tabbed The Best In Baseball

Over the past week, MiLB.com has been giving their in-depth analysis on all 30 farm systems around Major League Baseball. Thursday they released their top-10 position player rankings, and the Yankees were given the number one spot.

According to MiLB.com, the rankings are based “specifically on position player prospects and considers the quality and quantity of top talent in each system in its current state”.

The article notes that New York’s system was in pretty good shape prior the … [visit site to read more]

Single Game Tickets Go On Sale On March 4!

Opening Day at ARM & HAMMER Park is 48 days away and your Thunder will put single game tickets on sale to every 2017 game at ARM & HAMMER Park on Saturday, March 4.

Fans can purchase tickets online at TrentonThunder.com/Tickets beginning at 12:01am on Saturday, March 4; by phone at 609-394-3300 x101 beginning at 9:00am; and in-person at the box office of ARM & HAMMER Park from 9:30am-2:00pm. Tickets to Thunder games are $12 each for adults, $11 for children 4-12 and seniors, 60 … [visit site to read more]

The transitional bridge: Asdrubal Cabrera

AsdrubalCabrera181215It is well known throughout the baseball world that the New York Mets possess one of the top shortstop prospects in the entire league. His name is Amed Rosario, and he is expected by many to possibly reach the big leagues by the end of 2017. Until then though, the Mets will have a completely capable shortstop to fill the gap between now and Rosario’s arrival. Signed by the Mets on December 15th, 2015, Asdrubal Cabrera will be the starting shortstop when the doors open on the 2017 season.

Last season, Cabrera posted a slash line of .280/.336/.474 while hitting 23 home runs and driving in 62 RBIs. While these numbers weren’t exactly up to the standard of what he produced in the 2011 season, when he was an All-Star for the first of two times, Cabrera still produced at a solid clip for the Mets. This should have the team feeling confident at the position not only for this season, but also seasons down the road. While many minds will be on Rosario this season, Cabrera should not be forgotten.

Cabrera may end up having a significant impact on the lineup this season. The fact that he is a switch-hitter makes him extremely valuable to the lineup. Also, last season, Cabrera batted in seven of the possible nine spots in the lineup, meaning he is well-versed in many potential situations at the plate. This could be crucial to the lineup with the return of Lucas Duda and David Wright possibly shaking things up. Last season, Cabrera also showed competency at the shortstop position last year, proving to be an exciting one-two punch on turning a double play.

Of course, when Rosario reaches the big leagues, he will be met with large fanfare and high expectations. But unless he is called up to replace Cabrera, he should not expect to be handed the starting job. Rosario will have to work hard to beat out the savvy shortstop. Cabrera showed last season that even at age 30, he still has range. For what it’s worth, Cabrera last season was the most consistent fielding shortstop the Mets have had since José Reyes was manning the helm at the position. Cabrera committed only seven errors last season, good enough for the third-least errors by a shortstop in all of the MLB. All of this success by Cabrera not only benefits the Mets, but it may also benefit Rosario as well.

In the case that Rosario does get called up before the season ends, he will be under the tutelage of two veteran shortstops. Both Cabrera and Reyes will be able to mentor and help further develop Rosario as a player. And while Cabrera would still likely start over Rosario, it would still be a great learning experience for the shortstop prospect. Both Cabrera and the Mets know that Rosario is the shortstop of the future. Cabrera should be commended for his hard work and effort that he put into the 2016 season, and for putting up the numbers that he did. Should Cabrera have a similar season this year, the Mets will have made a great two-year investment. And if he falters, the Mets can simply give Wilmer Flores more opportunities or bring up Rosario to play. Up to this point though, Cabrera has been a fantastic bridge from the shortstops of the past few seasons to the shortstop of the future, Rosario.

[Watch] Kyle Higashioka Hit a Long Home Run in Game One of Spring Training 2017


Kyle Higashioka connects for a solo home run to deep left field for the … [visit site to read more]

[Watch] Clint Frazier Clears The Bases With A Triple


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[Watch] Didi Gregorius Hit The First HR of Spring Training 2017


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Baby Bombers Provide Boost as Yankees Take First Spring Game

On what was a beautiful day in Tampa, Florida the New York Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in the first official Spring Training game of 2017 by the score of 9-4.  The new fresh face-Yankees showed why fans should be excited for the next few seasons as the Baby Bombers stepped up to provide some exciting offense.

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Pinstriped Profile: Brady Lail

The New York Yankees drafted right-handed starter Brady Lail in the 18th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft from Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah. Lail, now 23, has pitched as high as Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the Yankees organization.

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Lail joined the Gulf Coast League Yankees after officially signing with the team on July 6, 2012. While pitching out of the bullpen in the GCL, Lail put up some impressive numbers.
Though Lail only … [visit site to read more]

Don’t expect much from Wright and Wheeler

david-wright-zack-wheelerIt’s been three years since either David Wright or Zack Wheeler played a full season of baseball. Both have tremendous talent and have worked really hard to rehabilitate from significant injuries, overcome adversity, and maintain confidence. They deserve a lot of credit and we’re all rooting for them. But, while it would be wonderful if either of them played a significant role on the team this coming season, it’s not likely. And that is okay.

In the best case scenario for Wright, he’ll spend three hours stretching before games and manage to play through the discomfort and stiffness brought on by spinal stenosis. He’ll regain enough flexibility and strength to play a decent third base and reclaim a spot in the batting order. Even then, the front office and coaches will err on the side of caution and only play him three or four games a week so as to not put to much strain on his back. Realistically, even if Wright should manage to play a passable third base and hit for a decent average, at least against lefties, he’s not likely to possess any home run power, and will often be limited to DH or pinch hitting duties. Should he miss significant time, Jose Reyes can become the regular third baseman, while batting lead off. Backing up Reyes is Wilmer Flores and TJ Rivera. Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker could both play third if necessary and there’s always Matt Reynolds as well The team, like its fans, is rooting for the captain, but it can survive without him.

Similarly, Wheeler, while he appears healthy at the moment, will be watched very closely in spring training to make sure he’s more or less back to the pitcher he showed he can be back in 2014. It’s been so long since we’ve seen Wheeler on the mound that it’s easy to forget just how electric his stuff is – the moving fastball, the wipeout slider, and occasional curves, changeups and two-seamers mixed in when hitters least expect it. Again, all fans and teammates are rooting for him, but even in the best case scenario, Wheeler will be held to a very strict innings limit of about 100 innings, which amounts to him either being shut down in the summer, or else being used as a five-inning starter who requires a piggy back long reliever for every start. Should Wheeler prove unable to pitch most of the season, or else relegated to the bullpen, we’re all pretty confident that Robert Gsellman can step in and be a solid fifth arm in the rotation. Seth Lugo, who also proved himself capable last season, provides nice depth.

The truth is that the heath of these two is very much up in the air, but how it plays out might not really matter. The success of this team mostly hinges on four players – Yoenis Cespedes, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, and Matt Harvey. If those four are healthy and put up All-Star numbers, this team is going deep in the playoffs. There’s quality depth behind everyone else from the field, to the lineup, rotation, and bullpen .As Cespedes and the big three righties go, so do the 2017 Mets.