Some business before the lineups:
The Yankees roster took some hits today. Jorge Posada is out while his son goes under a surgery. Luckily, Mark Teixeira is playing through the pain and manning 1st base today. He’s a tough cookie. Russell Martin is out with a stiff back. Joba Chamberlain is out with a flexor injury. He’ll be gone for 3 weeks. Hector Noesi also pitched so well yesterday that he was sent down to Scranton, for pitch count reasons. Replacing Joba and Noesi is Amauri Sanit and old friend and recent waiver claim Jeff Marquez. They aren’t the most inspiring replacements, but the Yankees could make different moves once they have a little more time to worry about things. I’d expect Kevin Whelan’s name to come up at some point.
I’ll have a longer post summarizing Day 3 of the draft up tomorrow, but I probably should say a few words right now. Most teams use these final rounds to go after organizational filler and maybe two or three long shot signings. The Yankees decided that wasn’t good enough and selected twenty players who are demand six or seven figures. I’ve also been doing my hard work on the Yankee draftees from Day 2, and I think everyone will be happy with the news that I can report. The Yankees will have plenty of players to choose from to spend a very large budget, whatever it is. I’ve identified five tough signs in the Day 2 group, and my information is still a bit limited. The Yankees are going to be in a position to watch a ton of summer ball and pick their favorite players from a large group.
The theme of the night? The Yankees drafted pitcher after pitcher who throws in the mid-90s. When they couldn’t find a guy who throws that hard, they drafted an athletic position player and announced him as a pitcher, with plans to convert. The Yankees could realistically come out of the draft with a ten or more signed pitchers who throw 93 or above. Some are relief candidates (particularly a few college draftees), but many are prep guys too. If the Yankees actually do expect a hard-slotting system with the next CBA, who knows how much they are willing to open the vault up this summer. They’ll certainly have the opportunity to spend it.
Let the knuckleballs fly, far.
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