Friday, May 27, 2016

SNY: Yankees minor league report -- May 27, 2016

The New York Yankees experienced a bit of a resurgence over the last two weeks. Has that performance filtered down to the minor league system? Let us check to see what's happening with the Yankees affiliates.

Note: Team records and statistics are as of May 26, 2016. Prospect rankings via

Class A - South Atlantic League - Charleston RiverDogs

Record: 30-16, 1st place, Southern Division

The RiverDogs continue to outpace the rest of the league, opening up a five and a half game lead in their division.

Left-hander Nester Cortes won the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week award for the period May 16-22 with a no run, 12-strikeout performance in six innings of work. Cortes owns a 2-0 record and a 1.06 ERA in three starts for the RiverDogs.

At the plate, first baseman Chris Gittens leads the club with five home runs (tied with three teammates) and 24 RBIs. Gittens has also drawn a team-leading 26 walks, but unfortunately tops the club with a whopping 54 strikeouts in 167 plate appearances.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

SNY: Despite turnaround, Yankees lacking contributions from important players

The New York Yankees have registered a 14-9 record this month after Wednesday night's loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. The club has received some fine performances from a majority of the roster during the stretch, yet a handful of Yankees have not contributed much to the team's upswing. The Yankees will need these players to produce as anticipated in the coming weeks if they expect to continue to climb the standings.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

SNY: Should Severino return to Yankees after rehab?

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Arturo Pardavilla III
New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino began a rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, with hopes of returning to the club's rotation. Severino hit the disabled list with a triceps strain, a 0-6 record and a 7.46 ERA, but there did not seem to be a link between his performance and the injury.

The obvious question is whether Severino should be handed a rotation spot once deemed healthy or do the Yankees wait to bring him back to New York until he is displaying the same prowess he did last summer before his call-up. The answer is not so clear.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

SNY: Yankees' offense needs to step up on the road

The New York Yankees season got off to a slow start, and for the second straight season, their biggest issues stem from playing on the road. Heading into Friday's play, the Yankees sport a disturbing 6-12 record away from New York, which includes a 2-2 mark on this current trip.

Last season, the Yankees ended May with a 14-15 road record. They will need to go 7-2 in their remaining road games this month to be in a similar situation as last season. That seems out of reach considering their dismal performance on the road so far this season.

The offense has been downright deplorable away from Yankee Stadium (and frankly not so hot in it). Here are the road marks and rank among the 30 MLB clubs.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SNY: Yankees' Opening Day roster decisions have proved solid

The New York Yankees had few question marks, beyond health, coming into the season. The club's decision-making revolved around the last spots and some roles within the roster -- who would be the fifth starter, the utility infielder, the backup catcher and which relievers would round out the bullpen? Did they make the right decisions as we approach the quarter pole of the season?

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Friday, May 13, 2016

SNY: Yankees Minor League Report - May 13, 2016

As the New York Yankees slowly creep their way toward the .500 mark, each of the organization's minor league affiliates is sitting above the plateau.

Note: Team records and statistics as of May 12, 2016

Class A - South Atlantic League - Charleston RiverDogs

Record: 20-11, 1st place, Southern Division

The RiverDogs have slowed down some since a 15-5 start. Middle infielder Hoy Jun Park has been pacing the offense batting .269 with a .356 on-base percentage and a .423 slugging percentage. Park has ripped six doubles, five triples and has six stolen bases on the season.

On the mound, big right-hander Domingo Acevado continues to mow down hitters in dominant fashion. Acevado owns a 2-1 record with a 2.43 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP in 33 1/3 innings. Acevado's control is impeccable, having walked just five batters this season while striking out 37.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

SNY: Headley's struggles have Yankees in tough spot at third

The New York Yankees signed Chase Headley to anchor third base for four seasons after coming over in a trade deadline move during the 2014 season. Headley, 32, played as if rejuvenated after flailing in San Diego. Unfortunately, the contract has been nothing short of a disaster with Headley coming down with a bad case of the fielding yips last season and putting together one of the worst hitting performances in the game so far this season.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

SNY: What if Yankees become sellers at deadline?

The New York Yankees began the season winning four of their first six games and recorded the same record over their last six games. What happened in between (4-14 record) was a complete mess and has some wondering if the Yankees will be able to recuperate.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is being asked questions in early May about whether or not he will be a seller at the trade deadline that is over two and a half months away. Imagine that, the Yankees being sellers instead of buyers (or standing pat), while others make a push for a postseason berth.

Personally, I believe it is a bit early for the Yankees to be concerning themselves with what-ifs, but if the club back peddles from their most recent string of success, they might not have much choice but to fill the minor league system by trading coveted veterans.

The Yankees have a few quality players that would bring back various sized packages if traded.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

SNY: Yankees cannot let Chapman addition go to waste

When the Yankees traded for Aroldis Chapman for a pittance of their farm system, they figured Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller would be good enough to hold down leads at the end of games. They were correct, but unfortunately for the Yankees, the number of leads Betances and Miller had to protect was much fewer than the team hoped over the 29 games Chapman missed.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

SNY: Yanks lose as Girardi, from clubhouse sticks with tradition over reality

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Keith Allison
The New York Yankees are desperate for wins, so should it matter at this point if the opportunities come on the road? Joe Girardi thinks so.

Sticking with the traditional yet inane thought process that using a team's closer on the road only happens when the team has the lead, Girardi's decision to use Johnny Barbato to start the 10th inning and wait to use Andrew Miller until there was a runner on third base and no outs, helped lead to a miserable loss.

(Despite getting ejected earlier in the game, Girardi was still calling the shots from the clubhouse, as all managers are wont to do after they've been tossed.)

Why Joe?

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