Sunday, February 3, 2013
Unlike my good friend and partner here at The Greedy Pinstripes I do not feel as confident in the San Francisco 49ers chances tonight against a tough Baltimore Ravens defense. I cannot see Colin Kaepernick running all over the field against Ray Lewis and that interior defense like he has against the rest of the league.
The Yankees have announced four roster filling minor league signings.
The Yankees re-signed RHP Kelvin Perez after posting a 1.14 ERA for the Trenton Thunder and Scranton Wilkes-Barre (then) Yankees in 74.1 IP. Entering his age 27 season though this looks like a make or break season for him in pinstripes and his walk ratio, 3.9 BB/9, will probably be the only thing that keeps him from at least a September call up.
The Yankees also re-signed LHP Josh Romanski after posting a 4.97 ERA in 29 IP for the Trenton Thunder last season. Entering his age 26 season Josh will look to bounce back after an injury ridden 2012 season.
The Yankees signed RHP Chris Smith out of the Independent Frontier League after pitching to a 2.92 ERA in 129.1 IP. Last season he also put up impressive strikeout numbers with 116 K's and only 50 walks as he enters his age 24 season. He will not blow many guys away with a high 80 MPH fastball but he misses a lot of bats and sometimes that is enough.
The Yankees signed SS Leugim Barrosco out of the North American League out of the Independent League after putting up a .317/.345/.364 in 91 games last season. This Cuban born short stop will be entering his age 27 season and will look to improve on his 14 stolen bases he put up last season.
I do not see any of these four guys playing a major part for any of their minor league teams or the big league club but you never know until you throw them out there. Nothing wrong with a good depth signing.
Being a San Francisco 49ers fan* I can't help but write that I'm not only rooting for them, but I believe they will win their 6th Super Bowl tonight. The combination of a better offensive line, a better running game (thanks in part to a mobile quarterback in Colin Kaepernick, to go along with Frank Gore), a solid rush defense, and a blitzing pass defense (Flacco's numbers drop significantly against the blitz) should push things in their favor.
That's not to say that the Baltimore Ravens aren't good enough to pull off a victory. I think Flacco is a very underrated quarterback, Ray Rice is an excellent running back, and the Ravens do have a better group of receivers.
Anyway, enjoy the game.
*Some people have thought it weird that somebody from New York would be a 49er fan, so I'll explain... I grew up idolizing Walter Peyton, but didn't feel any sort of attachment to the other members of the Chicago Bears. So when Sweetness retired, I looked elsewhere and found Jerry Rice... the greatest receiver of all time. Since then I've rooted on the Niners.
In honor of "Prospects Month" here on The Greedy Pinstripes we are helping the Charleston Riverdogs by helping spread the word about their Super Bowl special on all of your favorite Riverdogs Merchandise. The team has announced that the number of combined points scored today in the Super Bowl will decide what the percentage off will be on merchandise tomorrow. For example if the Ravens and the 49ers score a combined 50 points the Riverdogs will sell their merchandise Monday at 50% off! Now we have yet another reason to root for a high scoring Super Bowl! The discount applies not only in store but also online so check that out HERE on Monday!
Also, to add, the Riverdogs will be giving severely discounting a shirt depending on who wins the big game. If the Ravens win the Riverdogs will be selling THIS shirt for only $10 and if the 49ers win THIS shirt will be $10. No matter who wins the Super Bowl the Charleston Riverdogs fans win. Go check out that merchandise and root for the home teams!
Matthew J. Tracy was born on November 26th, 1988 in St. Louis Missouri. Matt Tracy was drafted in the 24th round of the 2011 MLB First Year Players Draft out of Ole Miss University. Tracy spent most of his time playing in the outfield for the Rebels but the Yankees announced that they would be drafting him as a pitcher after signing him for a $2,000 draft bonus. He has a great pitchers frame at 6'3" and 212 lbs while hitting 94-95 mph on the gun with his two seam fastball.
In his first professional season for the short season Staten Island Yankees Matt pitched 47.1 IP between the bullpen and starting while striking out 48 batters for a 9.13 K/9 and only walking 16 for a 3.14 BB/9 ratio. Matt helped the Staten Island Yankees win the New York Penn League title in 2011. While pitching out of the pen Tracy had a .108 batting average against in 22.3 IP before being moved to the starting rotation. Combined Tracy finished with a 3-2 record with a 2.43 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. Matt split his time between Low A Charleston and the Tampa Yankees as a full time starter in 2012 and had a combined 6-7 record with a 3.20 ERA in 19 starts and 104 IP while compiling 68 K's and a 1.29 WHIP.
ETA Late 2015 - Mid 2016