First Game as a Yank should be in Boston!…

It’s almost Harvest time…

Finally, the Yankees farm system is starting to produce.  For years, there was talk about the lack of quality depth at the upper levels of the system, but the lower level talent has started to rise to the top.  This year has seen quality outfield play from the likes of Slade Heathcott, Mason Williams and Ramon Flores, but the move that excites me the most is the arrival of 2B prospect Rob Refsnyder today in Boston.  I know that Refsnyder is not Robinson Cano and never will be, but he can be a productive second baseman and he’ll certainly be an improvement over Stephen Drew and Jose Pirela.  I am hopeful that Refsnyder grabs the position and doesn’t let go.

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The primary knock against Refsnyder is his defense since he is a second baseman converted from the outfield.  All indications are that his defense is much improved this year (despite the errors in spring training).  I remember that Cano was a work in progress for his first few years in the bigs.  I expect more of the same with Refsnyder.  But he has a quality bat and one that’s ready to hit more for average than the present play by Drew.  He also has a little pop.  I don’t ever expect Refsnyder to be the best player on the team like Cano was, but still, I am very excited about the future.

Later this year, we should see both Aaron Judge and Luis Severino in pinstripes.  Those are the next two arrivals that I’ll be anxiously awaiting.  It would be nice for the Yankees to find a way to move Carlos Beltran and his contract, but I think they’re stuck with it for now.  If Judge is almost ready, I’d rather see him in right than Beltran.  If there will ever be a reason to pull CC Sabathia from the starting rotation, Severino will most likely be it.  At some point, the Yankees will need to cut bait.  I know the pitching has been inconsistent but Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi and Ivan Nova all have much greater upside than Sabathia.  Severino will demand a spot soon so it would appear that Sabathia will finally be the odd man out (barring injury of course).

Bad day for ex-Yank…

Joba Chamberlain’s time in Detroit has expired.  The reliever was released by the Detroit Tigers on Friday after showing a penchant for giving up the long ball.  I was mildly surprised when Chamberlain re-signed with the Tigers through free agency in the fall.  He probably would have benefited from a change in scenery.  I doubt he’ll ever deliver on the promise that he once showed in New York, but I am sure that another team will offer him another chance.  Maybe the Pittsburgh Pirates should take a flyer.  Ex-Yankees seem to thrive there…

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All-Stars…

It seems strange in a year when no Yankees were selected as starters for the AL All-Star Team, but there was an over-abundance of Kansas City Royals.  Still, it was good to see the selections of Dellin Betances and Mark Teixeira.  Then, at the expense of Alex Gordon’s injury, Brett Gardner was selected as a replacement.  So three Yankees will make the All-Star trip although none will be seen until the later innings (if at all).

But hey, three Yanks are better than none…

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No conspiracy against A-Rod…

For the record, I do not feel that Alex Rodriguez was “snubbed”.  There are other DH’s with better numbers.  Sure, Alex has played much better than anticipated and he’s been a model citizen, but his numbers were not substantially or marginally better than other players at the position.  The All-Star team is a numbers game and the players selected were deserving of the honor.  Besides, I’d rather see Alex have a few days off to get a fresh start for the second half.

Trading Deadline nears…

I remember in years past looking anxiously to the trading deadline for the arrival of new star players in the Bronx.  This year, while I recognize that the team needs a few upgrades, I am concerned about the potential prospect losses.  The cost of a Cole Hamels or Johnny Cueto seems so incredibly high.  Either would look great in pinstripes, but I’d hate to lose either Judge or Severino.  Greg Bird’s major league readiness seems to be perfectly mapped to the expiration of Mark Teixeira’s contract in 2016 so I don’t want to lose him either.  Gary Sanchez has forever been the future crown prince at catcher.  But of course, there’s always a strong chance that a prospect never becomes a legitimate major leaguer so it’s probably best not to “hug” your prospects.  Change is inevitable and if it means a World Series championship, so be it…

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Is it really the middle of July already?…

—Scott

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