Who Is Mike Ford?

Who Is Mike Ford?

Greg Bird is down with yet another lower body injury, this time succumbing to plantar fasciitis. The Yankees have stated that Bird will be out for at least a month, but based on their track record in estimating IL time and Bird’s propensity for extended absences, the Yankees will likely have a hole to fill for longer. The Yankees have allowed Bird to occupy a spot in the lineup despite the fact that his production when healthy over his last 500 plate appearances has been abysmal. The injury to Bird’s foot finally allows the Yankees to give Mike Ford a shot. Ford has started this season scorching hot at Triple-A Scranton, but there’s more to his story than just a flash in the pan.

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Looking Back At: Former Yankees Prospects (2017/2018 Offseason Traded)

Looking Back At: Former Yankees Prospects (2017/2018 Offseason Traded)

The Yankees had set themselves up pretty well for the 2018 season when they went into the offseason after a disappointing exit from the postseason at the hands of the Houston Astros.

They had some extremely amazing seasons from their young developing core, from all the major fixtures of a baseball team with outfielder Aaron Judge (8.1 bWAR), starting pitcher Luis Severino (5.3 bWAR), catcher Gary Sanchez (4.1 bWAR), starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (2.9 bWAR), and reliever Chad Green (2.7 bWAR).

Veterans like Brett Gardner (4.9), Aaron Hicks (3.9), Didi Gregorius (3.7), and CC Sabathia (2.8) were the remaining players who collected over 2.0 bWAR for the Yankees in 2017…and all these players were coming back!

They had a wonderful young core and powerful veteran presence, yet Brian Cashman and Co. saw opportunities to make trades with the Miami Marlins and a three-team deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks/Tampa Bay Rays to round out both the MLB roster and add to a diminishing farm system.

Let’s take a quick look at how those prospects from those two trades, and how the former Yankees traded away fared in their first season outside of the Yankees organization.

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Prospect Profile: Justus Sheffield

Prospect Profile: Justus Sheffield

As I have done in the past, I figured it would be a good use of the offseason to examine some of the Yankees top prospects. The youth movement has made the Yankees last couple seasons quite exciting, and there are still some exciting prospects in the Yankees’ system. So, we might as well start at the top and look at Justus Sheffield, a young, hard-throwing southpaw who saw his first taste of Major League ball in September.

Justus Sheffield:
DOB:
May 13, 1996 Hometown: Tullahoma, TN Position: LHP
B/T: L/L Height: 6’0” Weight: 200

Sheffield, a native of Tennessee, passed on his scholarship to Vanderbilt when he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the first round (31st overall pick) of the 2014 draft. He signed quickly and started his professional career. He came to the Yankees in 2016 via the Andrew Miller trade, along with Clint Frazier.

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