Last night, Tuesday January 25, 2011, the MLB Network Special analyzing the 2011 “Top 50 Prospects” aired, and just three New York Yankee minor leaguers made the cut.
Making the list…
PLAYER MUST HAVE ROOKIE STATUS TO BE ELIGIBLE (To qualify for rookie status, a player must not have exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues or accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the 25-player-limit period, excluding time on the disabled list or in military service)
BASED ON INPUT FROM SCOUTS AND FRONT OFFICE PERSONAL
TIES BROKEN BY JOHNATHAN MAYO
So, which pinstripe prospects made the cut?
To be exact, two catchers and a left-handed pitcher out of the Bomber’s farm system graced MLB Network’s Top 50 Prospect list. Click here to see the entire list.
Jesus Montero has been atop the Yankees prospect list for two years, so it was expected that the 6’5″ catcher land in the top 10 across the minors, as well as being the top catcher on the list. Montero has Yankee Universe salivating in anticipation of seeing this youngster up in the Bronx in 2011. Montero is hitting .300 and averaging 30+ home-runs. Montero has a great arm, but the Yankees are still toying with moving him from catcher due to his large size. Being compared to All-Star Mike Piazza is not a bad rap to have.
Gary Sanchez No. 32
At just 18-years-old, catching prospect Gary Sanchez is said to be the real deal. MLB.com picked Sanchez as the third best catching prospect, so this kid has superstar potential. Sanchez has the bat of Montero and the defensive skills of Yankee prospect Austin Romine, but considering his age he looks to surpass both. 2011 will mark Sanchez’s first full minor league season, so Yankee fans will have to hold their breaths a little longer.
Slick move, but ESPNw slogan is ESPN’s“Online Destination for Female Sports Fans and Athletes.”
Guess that is going well for the company, as all of a sudden ESPNw is reporting on men’s sports, which completely contradicts the need to be gender separate.
Regardless, every news outlet is reporting on Cashman’s statement, which was a response to a question asked at his annual breakfast during the Q & A.
Cashman was asked about Jeter playing shortstop for the next four seasons.
Cashman’s answer was this:
“I like corner outfielders and corner infielders who have power, so for me, if he’s ever gonna move, it’s probably gonna be a Robin Yount situation. But we don’t have to deal with it at this point. We’ll deal with it when we have to.”
Cashman made it clear following that by saying, “Jeter’s our shortstop, period.”
Veterans, who both have two World Series rings (Manny’s are both with the Boston Red Sox, and Damon has one with Boston and the other with the New York Yankees). The two were teammates on the historical 2004 Red Sox, who broke an 86-year-old curse.
Now, as part of the Rays organization, the two 38-year-old stars have a chance to stick it to their old teams, but is it enough to help Tampa Bay finally beat their two division rivals?
Not necessarily, but it does give the Rays something they have been missing the last few seasons, and that is experience.
Even with Manny being Manny, his power bat gives the Rays a solid DH. Over his 18 seasons, Manny has 555 home runs and 1,830 RBIs. Manny only played in 90 games last season, with nine home runs and 42 RBIs as part of the Dodgers and White Sox organizations.
Damon is a solid clubhouse guy and he will play everyday as an outfielder. Damon is not physically close to making up for Carl Crawford, both on the field and on the bases, but he can get the job done.
In 2010, Damon played in 145 games posting his lowest numbers with eight home runs, 51 RBIs and 11 steals.
So, how are the 2011 New York Yankees looking heading into the season? Let’s take a look.
The Offseason Summary:
The New York Yankees headed into the offseason with high expectations, but everything seemed to take a turn for the worst.
Yankee Captain and New York icon, Derek Jeter’s new contract negotiations became a soap opera and the press had their claws all over it.
Fans were pissed, some at Jeter but mostly at the organization for the belittling and penny pitching games being played on the Captain. It all worked out in the end, but it did leave bruises behind that hopefully won’t linger too long, but you never know.
That followed the news that Cliff Lee was not going to play in the Bronx, but instead went back to his old team in Philadelphia.
It came as a shock because the Yankees usually get whatever they go after.
Now that time passed since Lee’s decision, it was a humbling experience and a needed one, particularly in Yankee Universe.
For Yankee fans, it makes them realize that not every player’s dream is to be in pinstripes; for the team, they will have to work that much harder for anything they earn this season.
Hey, at least Yankee-haters can’t use “the buying championships” excuse any longer, as that torch has now been lit in Boston and Philadelphia too, and that is a fact.
One resigning that GM Brian Cashman sealed up without much drama, was that of closer Mariano Rivera for two more seasons.
Owner Hal Steinbrenner, who finally took some charge and made his daddy proud too, made a vital move by adding Rafael Soriano to the roster. Soriano was the AL’s best closer in 2010 and is elated to be Mo’s set-up man.
This move gives the Yankees the best eighth and ninth arms in the game, but it also provides a back up in case Mo’s age catches up to his talents.
The Packers head to Chicago to play the Bears on Sunday, and it is no secret that the Packers seem to be the overall favorite to win it all.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has been dynamic in both playoff games after the team barely made the playoffs. Rodgers does have some help from the variety of great receivers he can throw the ball to, like WR Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson and James Jones. Rodgers also has a new partner in crime in running back James Starks, who set a Green Bay rookie record with 123 rushing yards on just 23 carries against the Philadelphia Eagles in their 21-16 Wild Card win.
Rodgers completed 31 of 36 passes for 366 yards against the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons, who were virtually unbeatable at home until they hosted Rodgers and the Packers a week ago. Rodgers connected with his receivers for three touchdowns, and he scored one rushing in the 48-21 win.
Packers CB Charles Woodson and LB Clay Matthews have been leading the defense, as the Packer D dominated the Falcons with five sacks.