Tuesday, March 20, 2012

New YES Clubhouse Reporter Named

And boy is she a knock out... Kim Jones who? Being borrowed from Bronx Baseball Daily

I get the feeling that a lot of Yankees fans were similar to me. Not that we didn’t like Kim Jones, but it took a little while for her to grow on us and ultimately we were sad to see her leaving the YES Network this offseason.
The Yankees didn’t waste a lot of time finding another hot chick to replace her though as they have replaced her with Meredith Marakovits of SNY, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
It seems like they are a prerequisite for a sports network these days (Where is the hot chick covering the Rangers games on MSG?). Aside from SNY she has also covered the Yankees for ESPNNewYork radio, has done work for WFAN, and she covered the Philadelphia 76ers. Hopefully she’s just as knowledgeable as Jones was and this isn’t just a gimmick. It seems like she will be solid as well as easy to look at.
Jones of course left the network over the winter. As far as I know she doesn’t have a full-time job yet to replace her YES Network gig, but she keeps busy. She does a lot of work for WFAN and the expectation is that she will hook up with the NFL Network.

Former Yankee Update : Arodys Vizcaino

Being borrowed from Bronx Baseball Daily who gives us an update on former Yankee stand out prospect Arodys Vizcaino

Javier Vazquez‘s 2010 return to the Bronx wasn’t just bad because his fastball lost all of its pop, it was also bad because the Yankees gave up a promising prospect in RHP Arodys Vizcaino to land him.
Vizcaino had a good fastball, a strong curve, and a very solid K/BB ratio (4.10 in four seasons in the minors). He ranked as high as No. 40 on Baseball America’s top prospect list. But now there is a bump in his developmental road as he will need to undergo Tommy John Surgery to repair his elbow and will miss at least a full year, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.
This is exactly the type of reason why teams are willing to risk dealing guys like him – they get hurt. Now TJS isn’t career threatening. He’ll be back next season and will probably be close to full strength by the All-Star break. But this is the nature of the way things work though. Pitching prospects, especially lowly level prospects like Vizcaino was when the Yankees dealt him, get hurt.
Now rather than the Braves getting six years of team control they will get just five and he’s almost certain to struggle with consistency next year as he gets over the surgery and deals with breaking into the big leagues. So the best the Braves can legitimately hope for is four solid years from him.
That doesn’t make the Yankees trade for Vazquez a good one, but it does at least slightly soften the blow.

Meet A Prospect : Tyler Austin -- Update

As many of you know I like to do a segment called Meet A Prospect here on The Greedy Pinstripes and one of my first was my personal man crush, Tyler Austin (seen here).

Today we received some news and updates on Mr. Austin that I thought would be fitting to be shared. Tyler Austin, along with Dante Bichette Jr and others, will be playing in Low A Yankees affiliate the Charleston Riverdogs. Austin was a major standout on a championship Staten Island (NYPL) team last season playing both of the hot corners, first and third base. This season , we learned, that Austin will be playing right field in Charleston. I do not know whether this has more to do with Bichette , also a third basemen, moving to Charleston with him or the teams lack of faith in his power bat coming along but either way the move is happening.

Yankees Option Four To AAA

George Kontos, David Phelps, DJ Mitchell, and Brandon Laird have all been optioned to AAA Empire State Yankees. All four can still be in Spring Training games apparently so this is nothing more then a paper work move since none of these guys will be big leaguers out of camp this spring.

David Phelps is scheduled to start Thursday against the rival Boston Red Sox.

Spring Training 3/20/12

Here is today's lineup , as always, provided by Lohud. More to come after the game.

The plan was for Derek Jeter to play today. Looks like the calf is going to keep him out of another game. Russell Martin, Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher are in there.
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Andruw Jones DH
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Michael Pineda