March 11th, 2014 at 10:03 PM
By Mike Warsaw
Dean Anna is quietly having a solid spring for the New York Yankees. He is competing for a job in the infield and is currently batting and impressive .375, so far in spring action. The 27 year old infield prospect is virtually unknown to most Yankee fans and for good reason. Anna was drafted in 2008 by the San Diego Padres in the 26th round out of Ball State University. Anna spent six seasons with the Friars and had a career season last year, at AAA Tucson. Anna, who is known for his slick fielding and solid bat, tore up Pacific League pitching, hitting .375 with 73 RBI. Even with such an impressive campaign, Anna did not receive a promotion to the majors and was traded to the Yankees on November 20, 2013.
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March 11th, 2014 at 4:06 AM
By Mike Warsaw
Once touted as one of the next great Yankee starters, Dellin Betances continues to impress in the New York Yankees bullpen. Betances 25, has looked very comfortable in relief since making the switch last season. Now in his second year since moving to the pen, Betances is starting to find his comfort zone.
"Last year, coming up in September, I threw too many fastballs. I know my off speed was one of the things that helped me out when I got in trouble with my fastball. I would try to use that to keep myself a little calm with my fastball. I just tried to take that into this spring, mix my pitches," Betances said. The converted starter is happy with his progress, so far this spring.
"I feel good right now. I feel good where my off speed is; I feel like I can throw it for strikes. It's been working for me. I'm just trying to better myself with each outing," Betances said. So far this spring, Betances has logged a team leading 6.1 innings pitched with no runs allowed for a stellar 0.00 ERA. He has also compiled five strikeouts and a meager 0.63 WHIP. Betances was at it again on Sunday as he threw a scoreless inning against the Tampa Bay Rays.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 11th, 2014 at 2:52 AM
By Doug Rush
When the New York Yankees acquired Brian McCann this past winter to be their new starting catcher, it put all of the other remaining catchers that were on the team on notice and potentially to be had for the right price.
Chris Stewart was the first one to go as he was dealt in early Decemeber to the Pittsburgh Pirates because there simply was no need to have Stewart on the team anymore. Francisco Cervelli could be the next one to be on the move this spring as he is drawing major trade interest from all over the league, as Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish had reported on Monday.
It would make sense for the Yankees to move on from Cervelli, especially since his fallout last season from him being suspended 50 games for his involvement in the Biogenesis case in which he admitted he purchased and used PED's; the suspension ended his season after he was on the disabled list for most of the season with a broken hand.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 10th, 2014 at 12:38 PM
By Doug Rush
Two years ago, Ichiro Suzuki was being acquired at the trade deadline from the Seattle Mariners by the New York Yankees and was a key part in the team's second-half run to the postseason playing in both left and right field.
Two years later at age 40 now, Ichiro has found himself the odd man out of the starting lineup and starting outfield and teams who need outfield help before the 2014 season could look to the Yankees and make an attempt to trade for Ichiro, which is exactly what Buster Olney of ESPN suggested in the Philadelphia Phillies since they could use help in their outfield.
Ichiro is in the final year of a two-year, $13 million deal that he signed after the 2012 season and was signed at the time to take the place of the departing Nick Swisher, but his declining skills over the last couple of years have forced him to become a part time player. Last year, the Yankees ended up using Curtis Granderson as the right fielder for most of the second half of the season before an injury to Brett Gardner forced Granderson to center field and Ichiro back into the starting lineup at right field.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 10th, 2014 at 12:19 PM
By Karen Vankat
During this year's New York Yankees training camp you are hearing words like cautiously optimistic, encouraged, promising and positive. General Manager Brian Cashman isn't doing a Sandy Alderson predicting wins, but he slowly is seeing a playoff contender taking shape.
Cashman told the media this weekend he believes this team as constructed can weather the storm of the season. "Do I feel we have a good team? I feel that way most years," Cashman said as reported by Bob Klapisch of Northjersey.com. "It's been a very good camp."
A very good camp indeed with Derek Jeter looking like he has found the fountain of youth, Mark Teixeira's wrist being functional and stabile, Michael Pineda showing off his biting slider, Dellin Betances making the Yankees stand up and take notice with 6 1/3 scoreless innings this spring and David Phelps having strong outings vying for that No. 5 spot.
New comers Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and most importantly Masahiro Tanaka have been as good as advertised.
For fans Spring Training has always been a time for renewal and optimism no matter what team you root for and for general managers the evaluation process is in full swing. Read more... Join the Conversation...