12:42 PM EDT, Wed May 23, 2018
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Yankees 2018 Draft Preview: System weaknesses

Yankees 2018 Draft Preview: System weaknesses

The Yankees have some weaknesses they should address in the 2018 MLB Draft Today we will look at what issues the organization needs to address as we get closer to the 2018 MLB Draft. As good as the system is right now, there are three major areas that a few choice draft picks can help fix. It should be noted that there are a few positions that lack significant depth, but long-term options will be there for the foreseeable future. Gary Sanchez has catcher locked down for awhile and the addition of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton should give the Yankees enough offense in the outfield. That...
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Yankees prospects: Nick Green delivers another strong performance for Tampa

Yankees prospects: Nick Green delivers another strong performance for Tampa

Recapping the Yankees’ minor league affiliates’ results from May 22nd. Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: L 6-7 vs. Pawtucket Red Sox SS Tyler Wade 1-5, 1 RBILF Clint Frazier 0-5, 4 K3B Brandon Drury 0-3, 1 BBDH Greg Bird 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K1B Adam Lind 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 HR, 2 KRF Billy McKinney 1-4, 1 RC Kyle Higashioka 1-4, 1 KCF Shane Robinson 2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI2B Rey Navarro 1-2, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 HRPH Mike Ford 0-1 Chance Adams 3 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 HRRaynel Espinal (L, 1-1) 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 KOliver Perez 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 2 KJ.P. Feyereisen 2 IP, 0 H, 0...
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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/23/18

Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/23/18

Neil Walker isn’t worried about Greg Bird; Tyler Austin isn’t going anywhere; Aaron Judge is the best pick of the 2013 Draft New York Post | Joel Sherman: The Yankees are on pace for their greatest winning season in franchise history, but that doesn’t mean their players are on track to break personal best records. That means this team could actually get even better, which is scary to think about. NJ.com | Randy Miller: Greg Bird is on the verge of returning to the major leagues, but it doesn’t seem to the effecting Neil Walker all that much. He’s starting to hit well and is...
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NYY 4, TEX 6: Baby Bombers rake, but can’t overcome Domingo German’s poor start

NYY 4, TEX 6: Baby Bombers rake, but can’t overcome Domingo German’s poor start

Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar went deep, but it wasn’t enough to mask an ineffective Domingo German. Domingo German wasn’t in his Sunday best on Tuesday night. In his third career start, the 25-year-old allowed six runs in 3 2⁄3 innings as the Yankees fell to the Rangers 6-4 in Arlington. Cole Hamels, a potential trade target for the Yankees, allowed just two runs through seven innings in the winning effort. His only mistakes came on solo blasts to Baby Bombers Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar. It was quickly apparent that German wouldn’t have the same effectiveness that he...
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New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers: Domingo German vs. Cole Hamels

New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers: Domingo German vs. Cole Hamels

The Yankees look to clinch their ninth-straight series win tonight. After taking game one of three in Arlington last night, the Yankees will turn to Domingo German to try and clinch a series win against the Rangers, in what would be their ninth series victory in a row. Cole Hamels, a potential trade chip, gets the ball for the Rangers. He enters the game with a 3.48 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 51 2⁄3 innings pitched. Meanwhile, the Yanks hope for a bounce-back start from German, who was beat up for six runs in five innings against Oakland in his last outing. He tossed six no-hit innings in...
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The Yankees have first base covered

The Yankees have first base covered

Tyler Austin and Neil Walker stand among the league leaders in runs produced by first basemen, while playing solid defense in place of the injured Greg Bird. Greg Bird was supposed to be the Yankees starting first baseman this year, but he got injured again toward the end of spring training. The club had already parted ways with Plans B and C, trading Chase Headley to San Diego and allowing free agent Todd Frazier to sign with the Mets in cost-cutting moves. That left 26-year-old prospect Tyler Austin and newly-signed veteran Neil Walker to man first base, with Bird expected to miss up to...
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Gleyber Torres is having one of the best rookie second base seasons ever

Gleyber Torres is having one of the best rookie second base seasons ever

It’s still a small sample size, but Torres has already put up some solid numbers as far as rookie second basemen go. Gleyber Torres came into New York with the pedigree of a top prospect, and so far he’s lived up to it. In the 23 games of his major league career, he’s amassed 25 hits, and four home runs, including a walk-off homer. He’s hit .309/.374/.494, and put up somewhere between 0.7 and 1.0 WAR depending on which version of the stat you prefer. All the while he’s, in theory, still adjusting to the major leagues. At some point, he’ll probably slump, because all players do...
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Brett Weber’s replay team is the real MVP of the Yankees

Brett Weber’s replay team is the real MVP of the Yankees

New York consistently tops the league in replay success, but what is that worth? Let’s take a quick trip back to Saturday night. I know it’s difficult, given the Yankees have played two more games since then, but it’s the ninth inning, Aroldis Chapman is in to put away a game the Yankees have a healthy lead in, and Hunter Dozier is at first: .@Yankees challenge call that Hunter Dozier is safe at 2B in the 9th; call overturned, runner is out.Powered by @Mitel. pic.twitter.com/ZJJxHxIqER— MLB Replay (@MLBReplays) May 20, 2018 A great throw and an even better, disciplined tag from...
May 22, 2018
The Yankees’ 2017 draft class in review

The Yankees’ 2017 draft class in review

The 2017 draft netted a number of pitching prospects and a few interesting bats too. The 2018 MLB Draft is fewer than two weeks away, and for the first time since 2014, the Yankees’ first selection comes outside the top-20. While we aren’t that far removed from the 2017 draft, Yankee fans still might not be fully acquainted with many the team’s recent draft picks. Only one of the first four picks from last year has played an inning in 2018. Still, there are more than a few names to keep an eye on from last year’s draft class. Last year’s first-rounder, Clarke Schmidt, has yet to...
May 22, 2018
Yankees prospects: Greg Bird and Clint Frazier homer in Scranton loss

Yankees prospects: Greg Bird and Clint Frazier homer in Scranton loss

Recapping the Yankees’ minor league affiliates’ results from May 21st. Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: L 4-5 at Pawtucket Red Sox SS Tyler Wade 1-5, 1 RLF Clint Frazier 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 K3B Brandon Drury 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K1B Greg Bird 1-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 KDH Adam Lind 2-4, 1 2BRF Billy McKinney 0-4CF Shane Robinson 0-3, 1 BB, 2 KC Erik Kratz 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K2B Rey Navarro 0-3 PH Mike Ford 0-1 Erik Swanson 5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HRBrady Lail (L, 4-2) 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HRJoe Harvey 0.2 IP, 1 K Double-A Trenton Thunder: Scheduled...
May 22, 2018
NYY news: Like a good Gleyber, Torres is there

NYY news: Like a good Gleyber, Torres is there

Gleyber Torres has first multi-homer game of his career; the Yankees are young and Colon is old; Sir Didi Gregorius back in the lineup after weekend off; Cole Hamels could potentially help Yankees this year MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Another day, another historic dinger or five. The Yankees are hitting all the dingers they possibly can lately. Gleyber Torres had his first multi-homer game of his young career. Torres is the youngest Yankee to hit two dingers in one game since Mickey Mantle. Yes, THAT Mickey Mantle. Also, the Yankees have hit at least four home runs in the last three games. If...
May 21, 2018
Yankees 10, Rangers 5: Gleyber Torres homers twice in slugfest victory

Yankees 10, Rangers 5: Gleyber Torres homers twice in slugfest victory

The Yankees offense went nuts tonight and manage to score double digit runs against the Rangers. The Yankees survived quite the slugfest tonight by combining for 12 hits and five home runs on the evening. Apparently this is the first time any team has ever collected at least eight extra base hits in a game three days in a row. Whether or not that statistic means much, it was good to see the Yankees able to get their hits when they needed them most. New York struck first in the second inning, starting with a Gary Sanchez single. After moving to second on a ground ball, Neil Walker drove him...
May 21, 2018
New York Yankees vs. Texas Ranger: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Bartolo Colon

New York Yankees vs. Texas Ranger: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Bartolo Colon

The Yankees head to Texas to face the Rangers in the first of a three-game series. The Yankees come to Arlington, Texas for the first of three games against the Rangers. The matchup between Masahiro Tanaka and Bartolo Colon is certainly a bizarre one, but we also have all the makings of a potential pitching duel. While Tanaka has not exactly been unhittable in the month of May, he has delivered several dominating performances. Colon, meanwhile, has a 2.82 ERA on the season, though the Yankees will hope to change that. All the usual suspects will be in the lineup tonight with Aaron Judge,...
May 21, 2018
New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers: Series preview

New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers: Series preview

Can the Yankees keep their winning run going in Texas? After taking two of three against the Royals, the Yankees have now won eight consecutive series. We’re not counting the one in Washington DC, since it technically didn’t happen. Trying to continue that run, the Yankees head to Texas to play a three-game series against the Rangers. Texas currently sits in fifth in the AL West, but they have some solid pitchers, and the likes of Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo can both hit baseballs over fences. Let’s see how the pitching matchups shake out for this set. Game One: Masahiro Tanaka vs....
May 21, 2018
The Yankees should try to trade for James Paxton

The Yankees should try to trade for James Paxton

If Big Maple hits the market, the Yankees should be all in. The Yankees have something special going on this season. The club owns a 30 - 13 record and has played stellar baseball for the last month or so. That’s not to say there isn’t room for improvement. The rotation, of course, stands out as the area in most need of an upgrade. The staff contains far more question marks than sure things. Reinforcements would help. Meanwhile, the Mariners have some tough decisions to make. Seattle sits two games behind the Astros in the AL West, but can they really hold off the Angels? That task...