How the Yankees succeeded in sustaining the depressing mood felt during the 2012 ALCS is beyond me.
Opening Day is the only game in the 162-game season that every fan-base is assured baseball happiness so it hurt.
A GLIMPSE OF THE RED SOX’S FUTURE:
Over in Beantown, Red Sox fans surely had a ball watching not only their team beat-up the Yankees but getting a first glimpse of a bright future.
The Red Sox starting line-up featured two prospects that put their talents on display.
Middlebrooks made his Red Sox début last season after only playing 16 games in Triple-A, which many thought he would need a full season before coming up full-time.
But with Boston still reeling from the disaster of 2011, and with little hope for postseason contention the Red Sox brought up Middlebrooks regardless of his total inexperience.
Now eight months later, Middlebrooks is the Red Sox starting third baseman. This obviously translated that taking a chance bringing Middlebrooks up went extraordinarily well.
After his stint in 2012, Middlebrooks left Red Sox fans with much anticipation and excitement of what not only his future beholds but also that of the entire farm system as an influx of talent was coming.
Middlebrooks didn’t do anything at the plate in his team’s 8-2 win, but I learned post game that Middlebrooks had a 102 fever prior to game time so he gets a pass.
As for Bradley, Opening Day was his first game as a major leaguer but you would not have guessed it as this kid looked spectacular.
Though he went hitless, Bradley drew three walks, had one RBI, scored two runs and made an impressive catch in the outfield that even the Yankees looked stunned by.
WHAT THE YANKEES NEED TO DO NOW:
If you hadn’t noticed, not one Yankees prospect made the 25-man roster out of Spring Training.
Apparently not much has changed in New York as proven by the desperate trade for 34-year old outfielder Vernon Wells.
The Yankees did not seem to mind that the Angels were paying Wells $30+million to get out-of-town. That goes along with the $14 million the Yankees owe him over the next two seasons.
The desperation to avoid giving one of the youngsters a shot makes no sense to me at all.
The Yankees have no real reason to not give a prospect a chance except their own paranoia.
For instance why did 26-year old Melky Mesa make the roster?
Mesa is a defensive gem in the outfield and he is fast on the base pads, which was what Hal Steinbrenner said the team was focusing on this season. But Mesa was designated to Triple-A for Ben Francisco and Brendan Boesch as the team’s fourth outfielder.
Yes, Mesa suffers from a high strikeout rate but so does Middlebrooks.
Actually looking at both players batting stats, they are very similar as they both hit for power too.
Below are the batting stats for four of the top Yankees prospects, the two Red Sox’s above and I also threw in Orioles Manny Machado who at 20-years of age is the team’s starting third baseman this season.
This should tell you that the Yankees are mishandling these kids, unless they are being kept down on the farm with trading in mind.
I want to see what some of these kids can do as their true potential remains hidden and it is unfair. Other teams do not treat top prospects like this.
- Machado also skipped Triple-A completely when called up by the Orioles at the end of 2012 season. Machado played in 21 total games in the majors in 2013.
- Middlebrooks stats are from his 2011 season because it was his last full season in the minors, but the others are from last season.