Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Kids Are Alright But…

As depressing as this may sound the New York Yankees may be playing their best baseball of the entire calendar year right now and it’s only March 12. Why you ask? It’s surprisingly a young and hungry group of Yankees prospects that are stealing the show in spring training while the Yankees veterans are slumping and still being guaranteed jobs, here’s looking at you Stephen Drew. Remember when I posted a week or so back that the team was advertising spring competitions and for some reason I just couldn’t see it? Do you believe me now?

Robert Refsnyder, and yes I realize and understand the value of a spring training at bat, had an 0 for 3 days and dropped his spring average to right above .400 the other day against the Orioles. Greg Bird is impressing, Tyler Austin is hitting booming home runs, Gary Sanchez is driving in the only RBI for the team in games with ninth inning home runs, Aaron Judge is drawing his walks and hitting home runs and the list goes on and on. Who is the best Yankees “regular” right now you ask? Just based on stats alone it’s Alex Rodriguez.

The pitching has been overall amazing this spring including strong starts from Adam Warren, Jacob Lindgren, Luis Severino, and a slew of prospects and recently added 40 man roster pitchers. Masahiro Tanaka gets into a game today, Chris Capuano looked as mediocre as ever in his first spring start and CC Sabathia is still pitching simulated games. Ivan Nova is still rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and expects to be back by June while Michael Pineda looked great in his spring debut and Nathan Eovaldi is striking out guys with ferocity this spring.

The kids are alright but we still hand jobs to Capuano, Drew and Chris Young and I don’t understand it. It’s depressing Yankees family but this may be the best baseball we see all summer and it’s sad to think in about three weeks it will all be gone.

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