WHO TO GET? (Part 3)

WHO TO GET? (Part 3)

Many (most?) baseball experts, wanna-be experts, writers, commentators, podcasters, posters, and bloggers feel that the Yankees need at least one more starting pitcher to enhance the club. There is this sense that the Yankees need an ace. I agree.

I also think that with the post-season seemingly within easy reach, the time is NOW for the Yankees to build the rotation that will allow them to dominate in the post season and bring home a championship.

But, this begs the question… WHO TO GET? Is there an ace pitcher that will be available before the end of July? If so, who?

In this exercise, I am not going to speculate on what the Yankees might need to give up to get an ace starting pitcher. Rather, I’m just interested in finding a would-be ace who is available. Or, rather, is an ace even available?

For this exercise, I’ll now look at the list of the Top-10 pitchers in 2019 in WHIP and quickly determine if that player might be able to be acquired via trade…

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WHO TO GET? (Part 1)

WHO TO GET? (Part 1)

Many (most?) baseball experts, wanna-be experts, writers, commentators, podcasters, posters, and bloggers feel that the Yankees need at least one more starting pitcher to enhance the club. There is this sense that the Yankees need an ace. I agree.

I also think that with the post-season seemingly within easy reach, the time is NOW for the Yankees to build the rotation that will allow them to dominate in the post season and bring home a championship.

But, this begs the question… WHO TO GET? Is there an ace pitcher that will be available before the end of July? If so, who?

In this exercise, I am not going to speculate on what the Yankees might need to give up to get an ace starting pitcher. Rather, I’m just interested in finding a would-be ace who is available. Or, rather, is an ace even available?

For this exercise, I’ll first look at the list of the Top-10 pitchers in 2019 in ERA and quickly determine if that player might be able to be acquired via trade…

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Looking at the Last Ten Years of First Round Picks (Part 1)

Looking at the Last Ten Years of First Round Picks (Part 1)

With another MLB Draft in the books and Anthony Volpe signed, I decided to look back at the last ten years of Yankees first round picks. A first round pick may ensure that the person signing will garner a hefty bonus check, but it certainly doesn’t mean the draftee will ever see a big league pitch. It is no surprise to see the Yankees have had mixed results with their first round picks lately. Some crashed and burned pretty hard, others are still working their way through the system - and then you have Aaron Judge.

Cito Culver (SS):
Drafted: 2010, 32nd pick out of Irondequoit HS (Rochester, NY)

Yankees career: Culver seemed like an odd first round pick when the Yankees made it, but he had a compelling story that made people cheer for the New York native. His father had started a prison sentence for burning down the family’s house on Easter in 2008 in an attempt to kill Culver’s mother.

Culver worked his way through the short-season leagues, as well as the lower levels, despite rarely having good offensive numbers. A solid defensive player, Culver was never able to adjust to professional pitching and continually struggled at the plate. In 2015, he spent time with both Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Trenton. He was never called up to the majors and bounced between the RailRiders and the Thunder until he became a free agent after the 2017 season.

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Edwin Encarnacion a Yankee: The Fallout

Edwin Encarnacion a Yankee: The Fallout

As all of the Yankee universe is well aware, the Yankees pulled off a trade to acquire Edwin Encarnacion last night. No matter what you think about the roster construction as it stands now, there is no doubting that the Yankees now have one of the most dangerous lineups in all of baseball once Judge and Stanton return next week. Our own Ethan Semendinger posted a great breakdown of the trade this morning, but I would like to look at the trade from a different angle.

(Photo Credit: Stacy Bengs, AP)

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Breaking News: Yankees have Acquired Edwin Encarnación from the Mariners

Breaking News: Yankees have Acquired Edwin Encarnación from the Mariners

Earlier tonight, as reported first by Jeff Passan of ESPN, the Yankees have made a trade with the Seattle Mariners for them to acquire Edwin Encarnacion.

In 65 games this season, EE is leading the American League with 21 home runs, alongside a .241/.356/.531 and a K/BB rate of 55:41.

The package that will be heading back to the Mariners is still yet to be officially reported, but Joel Sherman has stated that pitching prospect Juan Then is only piece that will be headed towards Washington State. This report has been confirmed

Additionally, Ken Rosenthal has reported that the Yankees and Mariners are going to essentially split the money in salary and 2020 buyout (for $5 Million) on EE’s contract through this year and next.

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With the 38th Pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, The Yankees Select TJ Sikkema (LHP)

With the 38th Pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, The Yankees Select TJ Sikkema (LHP)

TJ Sikkema (LHP) is ranked as the MLB.com #57 draft prospect, and is coming out of the University of Missouri in Missouri.

The 6’0'“, 217 pound, 20 year-old lefty, is currently a junior in college, and is projected to continue his work as a starter while with the Yankees in the minor leagues.

His grades rank as the following: Fastball: 55 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 50

Inside this post is the MLB Pipeline write-up about Sikkema.

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