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Breaking Camp: Yanks Finalize Roster, Finish Spring Training


(Tampa, FL) – The Yanks (12-15) play their last spring training game today and then head north for their opener on Thursday March 21 vs. Detroit.  Some final roster decisions were made with both Eric Chavez and Eduardo Nunez making the club.  The bigger surprise is that both Austin Romine and Jesus Montero will return to AA and AAA ball respectively and Gustavo Molina will be the backup to Russel Martin at catcher.  Girardi and company stated that neither had a great spring season and they want them to get more at-bats and experience, which has some merit.  But one of them is likely to see some time this year in the Bronx at some point.

On the pitching front Mitre was traded and Garcia will be in the starting rotation with Colon in the pen.  And Kevin Millwood was signed to a minor league deal and seems to be an insurance policy, while Mark Prior will stay in Tampa for more work as a reliever.

This spring was a decent one in terms of getting ready but there were tons of ink written on the Yankees Rotation, Boston’s chances to win 100 games, Jeter’s batting stride and if he can bounce back and oblique muscle strains (the Yanks had 3 of them).  It will be good to finally PLAY BALL.

Update:  The Yanks defeated Detroit 2-1 with a bases-load walk by A-Rod and a solo blast by Romine to end at 13-15 in the Grapefruit League for 2011.  Freddy Garcia pitched well and is ready for his opening start next week.

Sorting Things Out: One Man’s Scranton Roster Prediction


The Farm System Continues to Look Promising

(New York, NY) – As the Yanks sort out their prospects and get closer to opening day the roster for Scranton looks more predictable.  One blogger has take a shot at forecasting it and the whole article can be read here. In short here are the predictions (from the Times-Tribune.Com) summarized.  Either way it has been fun getting glimpses of the Killer B’s (Betances, Brackman and Banuelos) and the future Bombers to come.

(Source: Times-Tribune.Com)

Pitchers

RH David Phelps
RH D.J. Mitchell
RH Hector Noesi
RH Andrew Brackman
RH Adam Warren

RH Luis Ayala
RH Buddy Carlyle
RH Warner Madrigal
RH Mark Prior
RH Eric Wordekemper
RH George Kontos
LH Andy Sisco

Catchers

Austin Romine
Gustavo Molina

Infielders

Jorge Vazquez
Ramiro Pena
Brandon Laird
Kevin Russo
Doug Bernier
Ronnie Belliard

Outfielders

Colin Curtis (DL)
Greg Golson
Justin Maxwell
Jordan Parraz
Daniel Brewer

FNY First: A Sec 430 Member Sees the Yanks in Spring Training


Emmett Shares  some Thoughts and Great Photos

(Tampa, FL) – Finally a Friday Night member has made it to Spring training.  Our very own Emmett, his Dad and his brother Sean got to see the Bombers in action this past weekend.  They saw an offense slugfest with the Nationals prevailing over the Yanks by a score of 10-8.

Some Highlights:
  • Yankees played with thier starting outfield of Gardner, Granderson, and Swisher. Posada was the starting DH.
  • Sabathia started the game  but ended up getting roughed up.
  • Two future STARS were playing in the game- Jesus Montero and Bryce Harper for the Nationals.
  • While not exciting as Friday Nights up in the Bronx- Tampa in the spring is definitely a cool experience.
Thanks to Emmett for the great pictures!

Spring Board: Yanks Working out the Kinks


First Week of Games Shows Some Promise

(Tampa, FL) – Well the 2-5 record is not exactly overwhelming but the Yanks got a weeks’ worth of games under their belts and will continue to work towards the opener on March 31.  Starting pitching, limited to 2 innings or so per player, has been pretty good, with the notable exception a pour outing by Sabathia yesterday.  Meanwhile the rest of the pitching has shown some promise especially for the younger ones such as Banuelos, Betances, and Nova with Brackman still waiting for his shot.  And Bartolo Colon has looked like a renaissance man but time will still tell before dreams are set in motion.

Obviously the injury to Cervelli sets up Montero to make the roster and Eric Chavez has gotten off to a nice start.   Jeter continues to tinker with his mechanics and the whole stride thing gets a lot of play in various media stories.  Mariano has moved slowly so far but no one seems to be concerned.  All in all things are as expected.  Comments welcome.

Finally: Pitchers and Catchers Report!


(Tampa, FL) – Yankee fans suffering through a rough NY winter finally got some warmer temps to work with as well as the very happy news that pitchers and catchers reported to spring training today.  Given the fairly light off-season in terms of signings this year’s exhibition season is primarily to get in shape for the long haul for the everyday field players but will focus a lot on who will be the 4th and 5th starters in a starting rotation that is under a lot of pressure.  Time will tell.

Non-Roster Invites for 2011 Spring Training


(New York, NY) – The Yanks announced their non-roster invites for spring training.    It is an interesting group as usual with high hopes for some such as Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon, and Eric Chavez but all will get a close look.  The total list is as follows:

Starting pitchers
LHP Manny Banuelos, RHP D.J. Mitchell, RHP David Phelps, RHP Adam Warren, RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Freddy Garcia

Relief pitchers

RHP Eric Wordekemper, RHP Luis Ayala, RHP Warner Madrigal, RHP Brian Anderson, RHP Buddy Carlyle, RHP Mark Prior, LHP Neal Cotts, LHP Andrew Sisco

Catchers

Jose Gil, Kyle Higashioka, Jesus Montero, Austin Romine, Gustavo Molina

Infielders

3B Bradley Suttle, 1B/3B Jorge Vazquez, SS Doug Bernier, 2B/3B Ronnie Belliard, 3B Eric Chavez

Outfielders

Daniel Brewer, Austin Krum, Jordan Parraz

Mar 19 – Rounding Into Form: Yanks Top Tigers 6-2


A-Rod Goes Deep, CC Goes into the 6th Inning

(Tampa, FL) – The Yanks improved to 8-8 in spring training with a solid 6-2 win over the Tigers today.  CC Sabathia pitched well over 5 1/3 innings and A-Rod hit first first dinger and it was a long blast.  Jeter picked up 2 RBI’s and the Yanks pounded 10 hits on the day.  Mariano tossed a scoreless inning as well.  With about 2 weeks to the opener the next 10 days will be all about fine tuning.

See Yanks-Tigers boxscore here.