You might not have noticed, but it was a little bit of a busy week around here at IIATMS. I didn't have nearly the amount of time I usually do to read around the Yankosphere, and to be quite honest I didn't want to go through the effort of writing this linkaround just so it could bump our IIATMS Top 10 down the page. Hopefully everybody has had a chance to read that and the other 2 parts of our 2015 top 30 prospects list this week. If you haven't, don't worry. I'll be plugging the hell out of it later this weekend and into the foreseeable future. If you're like me and you've been so consumed by the Top 30 this week that you didn't bother to check any other sites out, here's what you missed. - On Monday, Andrew Mearns of Pinstripe Alley asked if the Yankees should try to trade for one of the Nationals' starters. Yes. The answer is yes.
- On Wednesday, Chris Mitchell of Pinstripe Pundits looked back at Nick Johnson's career as one of the greatest prospect flops in Yankee history.
- Delia Enriquez of Bronx Baseball Daily mused on what we should expect from Dellin Betances this season.
- On Thursday, Michael Axisa of RAB examined the very wide range of possibilities for this year's Yankee team. My stance has changed on them a lot too. Right now I'm still sitting around 83-86 wins. Everybody should definitely be following Mike's countdown ranking of every player on the 40-man too. Really good stuff.
- Chad Jennings of LoHud highlighted the key statistics that need to improve for key players in the lineup this season. That BABIP number for Stephen Drew is still shocking to me. No way he can be that bad again.
- On Friday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes pondered the possibility of us seeing a better A-Rod in 2015 than we've seen in years. It goes without saying that that would be awesome.
- Very early this morning, Tim Kurkjian of ESPN wrote a touching tribute piece to Ernie Banks, who passed away last night at age 83. He was one of the most genuinely good guys in sports and his passing is something that every baseball fan should at least take a second to acknowledge.
From the IIATMS team:
- On Monday, EJ profiled A-ball third baseman Miguel Andujar as his biggest breakout prospect candidate for 2015.
- On Wednesday, I commented on the gigantic pool of relief prospect depth that the Yankees have built over the last few years. Some of it is going to have to be traded just to give everybody a real opportunity to make the show.
- Dom and EJ posted Part I of their Prospect Week podcast. I'm pretty sure there's a Part II coming up soon in which they discuss the entire IIATMS Top 30, so definitely listen to this one first.
- Lastly, I'd be very much obliged if everybody and their mother would give me a follow on Twitter- @BradVietro. If you do, you get to read things like me making fun of Jim Irsay for not knowing Led Zeppelin lyrics and swearing at myself for not knowing my cable provider. I might even talk more prospects on there if you want to. It'll be fun.
Gonna keep the groovy 70s stuff going this week with some Yes. In the girlfriend and I's quest to be the 2 coolest people on the planet, we bought a record player this week and raided her parents' old vinyl collection. Her dad had "Going for the One" from '77 and it's fantastic. This is my favorite song from the album.
Enjoy your weekends, everybody.