Friday, October 28, 2016

SNY: Yankees prospect Dillon Tate rounding into form in Arizona

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Dillon Tate, the No. 4 overall pick of the 2015 First-year Player Draft by the Texas Rangers, did not deliver the anticipated results in his first full professional season. Tate, the Yankees No. 10 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, was received in the package that sent outfielder Carlos Beltran to the Rangers.

The Yankees are content to work through Tate's growing pains and will be patient in determining his fate as either a starter or reliever for the organization.

Tate, 22, has been sitting in the mid-90's on the radar gun, topping out at 97 mph -- and his ancillary pitches have begun to show some life. After a rough regular season in which he suffered through a hamstring injury, Tate is pitching in the Arizona Fall League to log some extra innings and appears to be getting into a groove. Tate recently told MLB.com's Jim Callis that he "is moving in the right direction."

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

SNY: Yankees must learn from recent mistakes

The New York Yankees were hardly favorites to return to the postseason, but they certainly had the pieces in place to make a run. Unfortunately, several variables kept the Yankees from reaching their goal in 2016. Will the organization take measures to address the mistakes during the offseason and through the regular season?

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Friday, October 21, 2016

SNY: Torres feeling no pressure in Arizona

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Top prospects are presumably under some pressure to play to their scouting reports, and when they are on stage in the Arizona Fall League, the performance becomes magnified. Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres isn't fazed and might be tacking onto his already lofty expectations.

"I don't try to put too much pressure on myself," Torres told MLB.com. "I just want to show everybody my abilities and go out there and have some fun."

Torres, the Yankees' No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, is certainly demonstrating his talent thus far. Torres has dominated at the plate over the first two weeks of the AFL season. Torres owns a .412 batting average, .524 on-base percentage and an .882 slugging percentage in 21 plate appearances. Torres has ripped two doubles, two home runs and driven in four runs.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

SNY: Yankees trading Andrew Miller remains correct decision

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Andrew Miller embarrassed hitters on the way to the ALCS MVP Award and I couldn't be happier for him. I also remain very pleased the New York Yankees chose to deal Miller for two top-100 prospects and others with upside.

I readily admit that while I'm happy for Miller, I do wish he pitched the Yankees into the 2016 World Series. Unfortunately, that was not happening. Miller, as good as he is, would not have been able to do such a thing for the Yankees this season, and might not have been able to in 2017. In 2018, during the final year of his four-year deal, who knows what would come about with the club or him for that matter.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

SNY: Which reliever is best fit for Yankees to pair with Betances?

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The New York Yankees have built strong endgame relief crews since the mid-90's -- Mariano Rivera to John Wetteland, Jeff Nelson and Mike Stanton to Rivera, David Robertson to Rivera, Dellin Betances to Robertson, Betances to Andrew Miller and Betances and Miller to Aroldis Chapman. Presently, the Yankees do not boast such a combination.
Fortunately, there will be three elite relievers on the free agent market this offseason from which the Yankees can pursue to pair with Betances. Which is the best fit?

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Friday, October 14, 2016

SNY: Bird, Kaprielian head Yankees' prospects playing important AFL games

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The New York Yankees have a large contingent of prospects playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions in this season's Arizona Fall League (AFL), a few of whom the organization will be watching intently.

The league is traditionally meant to provide either an extended look at a prospect or as a means to increase reps missed by players during the regular season.

The Yankees sent eight players to Arizona this season, including Greg Bird and James Kaprielian, whose performance and health will be monitored closely with hopes that each can make an impact with the major league club at varying points in 2017. The other six players' production might not mean as much in the scope of next season for the big league club, but the results could sway future player development decisions.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

SNY: Gary Sanchez was Yankees most important player in 2016

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The traditional debates at the end of baseball seasons concerning a team's best offensive player, pitcher, rookie and on and on are fun retrospectives. I'd like to go off the beaten path and discuss the Yankees' Most Important Player of the Year - Gary Sanchez.

Sanchez single-handedly made the 2016 season exciting, relevant and potentially saved the organization from reverting to its old ways of conducting business.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

SNY: With push from Cashman, Yankees reshaped farm system in 2016

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For years, the New York Yankees preached wanting to change how they operate the franchise, and this season they followed through at each administrative level of the organization.

The Yankees did something they had not done since the early 90's -- trade veterans as part of a sell-off before the non-waiver trade deadline. Yankees GM Brian Cashman convinced ownership that this was the time to fill the farm system with as many top prospects as they could obtain for three talented players, two of whom are set to become free agents at the end of this season.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

SNY: Yankees' staff experiences highs, lows and surprises this season

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After finishing the season with an 84-78 record, good for fourth place in the American League East, the New York Yankees can look at their pitching staff as a facet that excelled at various points in the season, but had holes throughout.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

SNY: 2016 Yankees received uneven overall production from position players

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The New York Yankees 2016 season was a disappointment as they missed the postseason for the third time in the last four years. The club's position players turned in uneven offensive performances, which was a major letdown and factored heavily in the team's 84-78 record. On the field, the Yankees turned in a slightly above-average effort as a whole.

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