Sunday, July 31, 2016

A Look At Yankees Newest #1 Prospect, Clint Frazier

The Yankees have currently acquired the Cleveland Indians former #1 prospect OF Clint Frazier in a deal which sent Yankee Closer Andrew Miller to the Tribe. Frazier is a bright young prospect that we should take a look and welcome him to the organization with open arms.

Let's start out with this: Clint Frazier born September 6, 1994 in Loganville, GA is the Yankees new prized prospect acquired from the Indians. Frazier is an outfielder who mainly plays the corners but could play centerfield if needed. He is 6'1" and weighs 190 lb. He is currently only 21 years old so if he makes his debut sometime next season then that would mean he would be debuting at a very young 22 years old.

Now what makes Clint Frazier so special? He was the first high school position player selected in the 2013 draft taken with the 5th overall pick from the Cleveland Indians and he received a franchise-record $3.5 million signing bonus. He then went on to lead the high Class A Carolina League in hits (143), doubles (36) and total bases (233) in 2015 and then he performed very well in Double-A this year playing in 89 games with a slash line of .276/.356/.469 with 13 HR and 13 SB. He will come to the Yankees Triple-A affiliate the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders and will team up in the outfield with fellow top Yankees propsect Aaron Judge once he returns from injury in about 4 or 5 days.

Here are Clint Fraziers scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 60 | Run: 55 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 55. Scouts say Frazier's bat speed and raw power are among the best in the Minor Leagues and suggests that his ceiling in the MLB could be an All-Star. This is part of the reason Frazier earned himself a trip to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in July. His strikeout and walk rates are trending in a positive directions which is a really positive sign for a guy who mainly hits for power.

It will be interesting to see how Frazier's career will progress within the Yankees organization but the only thing that we know for sure is that he has a very bright future.

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How Do I Feel About The Andrew Miller Trade?

I woke up this morning at around 11:00am unaware to what news I was about to bring upon myself. I checked my phone and realized I had around 20 notifications from Twitter.... Hmmm I'm just thinking maybe it's because it's the day before the deadline there are a lot of talks heating up, little did I know.

The first thing I did as I unlocked my phone was check my emails which is odd because it is something that I randomly do. The first thing I saw in my inbox was an email from where the subject read "It's Official: Yankees acquire four players from Cleveland Indians" then I opened up my eyes very quickly and opened up the email. As I opened it, it read "The New York Yankees today announced they have acquired outfielder Clint Frazier, left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield and right-handed pitchers Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for left-handed pitcher Andrew Miller. I COULD NOT BELIEVE MY EYES.

The first thought that came into my mind is "ITS HAPPENING!" I then went onto Twitter and saw the uproar that it was in. A lot of fans loved the trade because Clint Frazier is such a great talent but I also saw a lot of people that hated it because they did not want to see Miller go.

Here's my take on it:
I kind of feel upset that we can no longer watch Andrew Miller pitch in Yankee pinstripes and watch his wipeout slider make batters look foolish. We basically lost the best relief pitcher in baseball. In 2016 Miller has a 1.39 ERA an All-Star appearance and 77 Strikeouts. But as I look in this trade more in depth, it may make us feel bad in the present but if we look at who we got for him we will hopefully be looking back on this trade in the future and be very happy that we made this deal in the first place. So basically I don't like the trade looking at the present but looking into the future I feel that the deal is great.

I think Clint Frazier is a great talent, scouts say that he has " legendary bat speed " and his power will prove much in the big leagues. He is currently in AAA and should be up in the big leagues by next season and will hopefully have a big impact on the big league club. Another piece of this deal is LHP Justus Sheffield, nephew of former Yankee Gary Sheffield, he has touched 96 mph with his fastball and scouts say he is somewhat undersized but he still creates a good downhill plane toward the plate and keeps the ball in the yard which is a huge plus for a guy who would be pitching in the small confines of Yankee Stadium.

Bottom line here, I like this trade looking down the road because the Yankees got two prospects that automatically enter their system at #1 and #7 and with Fraziers raw power and ridiculously quick bat speed, we should be excited to see what the future of this trade can become.

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STATEN ISLAND- In a stunning upset at the Staten Island Yankees “Yanks Choose the President” Friday night, the Pinstripe Party’s Scooter the Holy Cow took down Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump with 44.4 percent of the fan vote.

Most experts ruled Scooter out of the race early in the week as third-party candidates usually don’t fare well in these early polls. With a voter turnout of 78 percent, Staten Island Yankee fans made their voices heard as the Yankees defeated the Hudson Valley Renegades, 6-4.

“The ‘Pinstripe Party’ has a nice ring to it. And those wearing pinstripes are used to winning and ‘rings’. We’re honored to be represented by Scooter the Holy Cow and thank our loyal fans for hoofing it to the polls tonight at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George,” said Staten Island Yankees team president Will Smith.

It was an unusually “blue” night for Staten Island, statistically New York City’s most Republican borough, as Clinton earned 30.7 percent of the vote against Trump’s 24.9 percent.

Scooter and the Pinstripe Party will continue their underdog campaign at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George all summer long with 16 rallies currently scheduled through Monday, Sept. 5. For tickets to the remaining rallies, supporters can visit

The Staten Island Yankees are the Single A-Short Season Affiliate of the New York Yankees and play at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George. The Staten Island Yankees are six-time New York-Penn League Champions (2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011). For more information, visit

Weekly Prospects Check In: Nick Solak

The New York Yankees made quick work of signing all ten of their Top 10 draft picks from the 2016 MLB First year Players Draft including top pick Blake Rutherford and their second round pick, and the man who will likely always be linked beside Rutherford for that reason, Nick Solak. Solak was drafted out of college where Rutherford was drafted as a high school star and for that reason Rutherford is in Pulaski while Solak is with the Staten Island Yankees but I can see Rutherford catching Solak soon.

Not that Solak is, or should, be looking over his shoulder. He's doing just fine. Here are his stats for the week to prove it.

201621Staten Island321382332621261712.281.399.386.785

After Trading Away Miller, Yanks Lose Fourth Straight, Get Swept By Rays, 5-3

At 9:30 this morning, Andrew Miller was traded to the Cleveland Indian's for a package of four players, highlighted by centerfield superstar prospect Clint Frazier. After receiving the news, the Yankee clubhouse seemed shocked and somber, not ready to avoid a sweep at the hands of the cellar-dwelling Tampa Bay Rays, but that is exactly what happened. Michael Pineda got the start for New York, pitching pretty well but falling to 5-10 with his loss this afternoon. The top prospect for the Rays, pitcher Blake Snell, took the ball for Tampa and dominated the Yankees in this his second time facing New York in 2016.

Young Blake Snell was absolutely filthy early on, striking out five consecutive Yankees between the first and second innings. Pineda, too, would strike out the side in the second, but would load the bases before getting rookie Luke Maile to strike out to end the threat.

After the Yanks loaded the bases and failed to score in the top of the frame, Tampa Bay went on to hit the scoreboards first in the bottom of the fourth. Corey Dickerson began the inning with a single and advanced to third when the next batter Steven Souza Jr. ripped one off of Didi Gregorius's glove for a double. The big star from last night Kevin Kiermaier then grounded out to Starlin Castro, scoring Dickerson and giving the Rays a one run lead. Tim Beckham followed suit with a ground out of his own, a slow bouncer to Chase Headley that scored Souza from third and extended their lead to two. And then in the bottom of the fifth, Brad Miller launched a solo homerun to right that made it a 3-0 contest.

Carlos Beltran retorted with a bomb of his own in the top of the sixth that pulled the Yankees to within one. Ellsbury walked to lead off the inning and then the probably-going-to-be-traded Beltran hit a laser shot off of the rookie for his 22nd homerun of the season.

However,  Tampa Bay would strike again in the bottom of the frame, extending their lead and knocking Pineda out of the ball game. Steven Souza Jr. started it when he smashed his second double of the day with one out. Kevin Kiermaier walked and both runners advance a base when Tim Beckham grounded out to first base. The next batter Luke Maile lined a single up the middle that plated both runners and made it a 5-2 ball game. Luis Severino would take over for Pineda in the bottom of the seventh, with Big Mike departing with a final line of six innings pitched, allowing five runs on six hits while walking four and striking out eight.

The double play ball would once again come back to haunt the Pinstripers as they tried to climb their way back into the ball game in the top of the eighth inning. Starlin Castro began the inning with a single to third-base, advancing to second when Evan Longoria launched the throw over the first baseman's head. Brian McCann followed with a single to left field that scored Castro and pulled the Yankees back to within two. But, the next batter Chase Headley grounded into another double play, the third of the game for the Bonbers, ending the Yankee threat and leaving it at a two run deficit.

Alex Colome came on in the top of the ninth and sat down the Yanks in order, tying the bow on a rough series and then even tougher day for the New York Yankees.

The Pinstripers travel to Queens tonight, as they get ready to begin the Subway series with the cross town Mets tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM ET.

What Do I Think About The Yankees Youngsters?

When thinking about Yankees prospects I can't help but smile. And I'm not even that big a prospect guy, unlike some of my collegues here. So to help sort things out I made a list, and decided to share it with you.

FYI, I decided to use the Top 30 list created by, as well as include players on the big club that are under 27 years old.

Now, I did leave off some players under 27, who I felt simply weren't worth listing. That would be Chasen Shreve, Nick Goody, Johnny Barbato, Tyler Olson, Brandon Pinder, Aaron Hicks, and Ronald Torreyes.

A few notes before you read it below...

1. The number in parenthesis is their ranking on the Top 30.

2. An asterisk next to their name means they have played more than the position they are listed under. That isn't to say some players can't play other positions in the future.

3. There are players on the Top 30 List that have already appeared in the Majors.

4. I didn't split up the starting and relief pitchers. This wasn't supposed to be me trying to guess what role each guy would pitch in. So you can talk about that if you want.

Okay, so without any further ado, here you go...

Catcher - Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez (5), Luis Torrens (16), Donny Sands (28)

First Base - Greg Bird, Chris Parmelee, Rob Refsnyder*

Second Base - Starlin Castro, Jorge Mateo* (3), Tyler Wade* (14), Hoy Jun Park* (22), Kyle Holder* (27), Rob Refsnyder*

Shortstop - Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres (2), Jorge Mateo* (3), Wilkerman Garcia (11), Tyler Wade* (14), Hoy Jun Park* (22), Kyle Holder* (27)

Third Base - Miguel Andujar (8)

Outfield - Rob Refsnyder*, Clint Frazier (1), Aaron Judge (4), Blake Rutherford (6), Dustin Fowler (12), Billy McKinney (15), Mason Williams (23), Ben Gamel (24), Jake Cave (25), Trey Amburgey (29), Leonardo Molina (30)

Pitcher - Masahiro Tanaka, Nathan Eovaldi, Michael Pineda, Luis Severino, Luis Cessa, Justus Sheffield (7), Domingo Acevedo (9), James Kaprielian (10), Chance Adams (13), Ian Clarkin (17), Drew Finley (18), Jordan Montgomery (19), Jacob Lindgren (20), Chad Green (21), Dietrich Enns (26)

Game Thread: New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays 7/31

Here we go one last time this weekend between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays as these two teams finish off their three game set. In the contest the Yankees will send Michael Pineda to the mound for possibly, although unlikely, his last start in a Yankees uniform while the Rays send a man who probably has a lot of starts left in a Rays uniform in Blake Snell. Snell is the future for the Rays and Pineda could fit into someone else's future before tomorrow's trading deadline. The game will be played at 1:10 pm ET inside Tropicana Field and can be seen live on WPIX Channel 11 locally and MLB TV.

The Yankees return to New York after this series but not to see their fans inside Yankee Stadium. Instead they take the subway to Queens to Citi Field to take on the New York Mets. To get tickets for this game click the Yankees Tickets link at the top of the blog. Also to look the part and support the Yankees inside enemy territory also be sure to click the TGP T-Shirts link located at the top of the blog as well.

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Trade Reaction: Andrew Miller For Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield, Ben Heller, and JP Feyereisen

I hate to see Andrew Miller go.

Just look at that face.

He pitched in 104 games since signing with the Yankees, and had an ERA of 1.77 and WHIP of .822. Since 2014 only two relief pitchers had a higher fWAR than Miller, and that was Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances.

Not only was Miller an awesome reliever, whether he was the set-up man or closer, but so many people talk up him as a person. From teammates, coaches, and those in the media, Andrew was liked by all.

And to top all that off the Yankees were only paying the guy $9 million a year, and had him under contract for another two years.

But I guess Brian Cashman and others came to the realization that the Yankees were not going to be World Series contenders any time soon, and made moves to build a core of players the team could build around later. Particularly in what will be an extremely exciting 2018-2019 offseason.

In exchange for Miller the Yankees got another nice haul of players.

Firstly there's Clint Frazier. Frazier is a center fielder who was playing for Columbus, the Indians' AAA affiliate. Clint looks like he could be a 20 home run/20 stolen base player in the Majors. But seeing as how he's only played 5 games in AAA, it's not like he's ready to jump into MLB right away. It's likely that Frazier opens next season in Scranton.

Columbus is a nicer town*, but who wouldn't rather be a Yankee?
*I'm a little biased on that.

Next the Yankees received Justus Sheffield from the Indians. Like Frazier, Sheffield is also a former first round draft pick. He's a left-handed starter, currently playing in high-A ball. His numbers don't look great, but Baseball America placed Justus at #69 in their Top 100 Prospect list recently, so there's some big-time upside to the guy.

The final two players coming to New York are Ben Heller and JP Feyereisen. Both of these guys are right-handed relievers. Ben has spent his last 28 games at AAA Columbus, so he could help the Yankees bullpen soon. JP, on the other hand, is currently playing at the AA level, so he could be a year or so away from the big club. Both guys are strikeout pitchers that could help make the Yankees bullpen strong for years to come.

I took a look at the Yankees current crop of prospects and got a big smile on my face. Here are some prospects the Yankees have, and where they rank in Baseball America's midseason Top 100 Prospect List...

Jorge Mateo #19
Clint Frazier #21
Gleyber Torres #27
Gary Sanchez #36
Aaron Judge #42
Justus Sheffield #69
James Kaprielian #99

How awesome is that? And that doesn't include Greg Bird, who could take over for Mark Teixeira at first base on Opening Day 2017. As well as Luis Severino, who's had it rough this season, but is still young and has a ton of upside. And what about the Yankees first rounder this year, Blake Rutherford? He should be in that Top 100 list next season as well.

That's an incredible crop of youngsters.

It seems clear now that the Yankees are selling. Why else would they trade away such an awesome player in Andrew Miller, who they have on a team-friendly contract for another two years? While their asking price for Carlos Beltran is reportedly too high (so was Miller's a few days ago), and Ivan Nova doesn't have that much interest surrounding him, I think we're in for plenty more before the deadline arrives tomorrow night.

Who's Cashman talking to now?

Brian Cashman's Trade History on July 31st

Brian Cashman has been the General Manager of the New York Yankees since the 1998 season so you would think that he has made his fair share of last-minute July 31st trade deadline trades. Right? Well, not really. While he hasn't made an absolute ton of trades on this day he has made a few notable ones and some trades that ended up being big in the grand scheme of things. Let's showcase those here as we wait for the Yankees and Rays game here in a couple of hours.

July 312003 traded Brandon Claussen and Charlie Manning to the Cincinnati Reds for Aaron Boone

Hello 2003 ALCS against the Boston Red Sox.

July 312003 traded Robin Ventura to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Scott Proctor and Bubba Crosby

Joe Torre thanks you for Proctor and Cashman used Crosby to kind of get Johnny Damon to sign. Well that and a blank check. 2009 World Series regardless.

July 312006 traded Shawn Chacon to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Craig Wilson

For a long time Chacon was my favorite Yankees pitcher. Don't know why I just like the way the guy threw the ball and got guys out. Rooting for the underdog maybe?

July 312007 traded Scott Proctor to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Wilson Betemit

Joe Torre cried a bit inside...

July 312008 traded Alberto Gonzalez to the Washington Nationals for Jhonny Nunez

Who and who?

July 312009 traded Chase Weems to the Cincinnati Reds for Jerry Hairston

See above from the 2009 World Series. That's Jerry Hairston Jr.

July 312010 traded Mark Melancon and Jimmy Paredes to the Houston Astros for Lance Berkman

DUMB move here but you take the good with the bad I guess with Cashman.

July 312010 traded Matt Cusick and Andrew Shive to the Cleveland Indians for Kerry Wood

This guy was amazing for us in a small sample size.

July 312012 traded Chad Qualls to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Casey McGehee

Minor. Yet Effective.

July 312014 traded Kelly Johnson to the Boston Red Sox for Stephen Drew

Stephen Drew Sucks!

July 312014 traded Peter O’Brien to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Martin Prado

Good, for a while.

You know how many trades Brian Cashman has made on August 1st during his tenure as a Yankees GM? None. Zilch. Nada. Hopefully that changes tomorrow.

Tyler Clippard Is Coming Home!

It's just now coming in that the Yankees have traded FOR Tyler Clippard.

Tyler started his career in the Yankees organization before being shipped off to the Washington Nationals. He then joined the Oakland As and New York Mets in 2015, before relieving for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season.

Tyler has had some success as a reliever, and still strikes out a good number of hitters, making him a welcome addition with the Yankees.

Clippard is under team control through next season.

Edit: Vicente Campos is going to Arizona in return for Clippard. While the man formerly known as "Jose" was having a decent season, and was just called up to AAA, I can't say it's a big loss.

Andrew Miller Traded To Cleveland

Andrew Miller has been traded to the Cleveland Indians.

It's being said that the Yankees will get back center fielder Clint Frazier and left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield, plus two others.

Initially I wasn't blown away by this news, but I'll give it a little while longer to sink in before reacting. But wow... the Yankees look like they are indeed selling.

Edit: The other two players coming from the Indians are relievers Ben Heller and JP Feyereisen.

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays 7/31

Here we go one last time. The finale between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays will take place this afternoon down in Tampa giving Brian Cashman plenty of time to move players and improve the team. In the finale the Yankees will send Michael Pineda to the mound looking to harness some of that "Big Mike" magic while the Tampa Bay Rays will counter with a tough left-hander in Blake Snell.

Pineda's last start did not start out as planned as he gave up a lead-off home run to the Houston Astros only to settle down and dominate for the rest of the performance. Pineda finished the start with seven innings while striking out eight batters in a Yankees 2-1 victory.

Snell heads into this start fresh off a great start against the Colorado Rockies where he pitched six shutout innings. Snell is a rookie and is going through the normal growing pains as a rookie but he has shown the Rays tons of hope and glimpses of a great and dominating future.

The game will be played at 1:10 pm ET inside Tropicana Field and can be seen on WPIX Channel 11 and MLB TV. Both teams have a lot to do between now and the 4:00 pm ET trading deadline on Monday, August 1st so let's get this one in the books and let's get to work. Shall we? The Rays are likely selling but the Yankees could be buying, as long as they buy smart. Go Yankees!

Weekly Prospects Check In: Blake Rutherford

The New York Yankees have shown in the past a reluctance to call up their top prospects or be aggressive with their promotions throughout the system. We saw Jorge Mateo get suspended because of it and we've seen it countless times with Robert Refsnyder, Kyle Roller and now with Tyler Austin but who I don't think we'll see it with is the Yankees top pick from the 2016 Draft, Blake Rutherford.

Rutherford signed and was immediately placed with the GCL Yankees but he has already conquered the affiliate and was called up to Pulaski. While the Pulaski Yankees are still considered rookie ball a promotion is a promotion and it's just another affiliate and stop that Rutherford is absolutely dominating.

Is a call up coming soon? History would tell you no but these stats tell another story. Stay tuned.

2016192 Teams239410316290922.378.436.6221.058
201619Yankees West83036113046.240.333.400.733

This Day in New York Yankees History 7/31: NOT The Trade Deadline Special :(

On this day in 2004 the Yankees shipped their struggling pitcher Jose Contreras (8-5 5.64 ERA) for the White Sox struggling starter Esteban Loaiza (9-5 4.86 ERA). Both pitchers were 32 years old and having down seasons based on their past performances and neither player really performed for their new teams this season.

Also on this day in 2001 the Yankees lost out on relief pitcher Ugueth Urbina to the Boston Red Sox. Boston got Urbina for two minor league pitchers in Tomo Ohka and Rich Rundles after the Yankees had a deal in place for the closer that fell through earlier in the season. Urbina failed his physical, the Yankees backed out of the deal, and the rest is history for the former Expos' closer.

Can you believe the only other notable trade for the New York Yankees in the past twenty years or so has been the Cecil Fielder trade that happened in 1996? The Yankees have made moves, marginal more than anything, but Cecil was the deal that stuck out. On this day in 1996 the Yankees sent Ruben Sierra and prospect Matt Drews for Fielder in the first trade in Major League history that included two players that have hit more than 220 home runs are traded for each other.