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arcarsenal : 3/22/2019 12:34 pm
First off - the link I am posting is awesome/very funny. It's a short clip they did to play off the Ottavino/Ruth stuff. Made me chuckle.

A few notes from yesterday...

- Bird's X-rays and scans were clean - so, he dodged one.
- Positive news on Sevy - threw 50 times from 60' with no pain. He will rest today.
- Both TWade and Frazier are fine
- CC threw a pair of innings in a minor league game yesterday - went fine. He's feeling good.

MLB.com did a "30 Breakout Prospects for 2019" piece.

For the Yanks, it's Dievi Garcia. Here's the writeup:

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Deivi Garcia, RHP, Yankees' No. 4

Garcia is so polished that he finished his third professional season in Double-A at age 19. The Yankees love high spin rates, and he has them with his curveball and 91-96 mph fastball. He also shows promise with a fading changeup.


Yanks play the Phils this evening @ 6:30 - will be televised on YES, I believe.

6 days...
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Good stuff...  
Dunedin81 : 3/22/2019 12:38 pm : link
Deivi (pronounced Davey) is an impressive prospect, and the only thing that separates him from the top handful of prospects in the game is that he's sub-six foot.
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arcarsenal : 3/22/2019 12:42 pm : link
This was more or less the first I'd read about Garcia - he's interesting.

Sounds a little bit like Johnny Lasagna frame-wise. So, I could see the durability being a bit of a question. Other than that, looks like there's a lot to like there.

Will be a good prospect to keep an eye on this season.
Thanks for the link to the video, arc  
MadPlaid : 3/22/2019 12:46 pm : link
I liked it. Ha
Deivi has never had an injury issue...  
Dunedin81 : 3/22/2019 12:51 pm : link
last year he pitched 74 innings, probably close to 100 with EXST, at age 19. Johnny Lasagna topped out at 80, probably without EXST, as a 23-year old.
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arcarsenal : 3/22/2019 12:56 pm : link
Good stuff. Thanks, Dune.
Louisianna Lightning  
thevett : 3/22/2019 1:30 pm : link
I think was Sub six foot also.
Garcia will be fun to watch  
dune69 : 3/22/2019 1:47 pm : link
I talked to a college coach that was at the "A" League game that Tampa played Clearwater last year where Deivi no-hit them for 7 innings. The coach said he has rarely seen batters so baffled by a pitcher. He said he pitches with power but his breaking stuff is controlled and for strikes. Of course this was a special outing but he's moving fast.
Good stuff...  
Dunedin81 : 3/22/2019 1:50 pm : link
I'm hoping to see him in Richmond in May.
Can't wait!!!  
nyjuggernaut2 : 3/22/2019 2:51 pm : link
Looking forward to warmer weather, Yankee baseball, and fantasy baseball starting up!
RE: Garcia will be fun to watch  
arcarsenal : 3/22/2019 4:08 pm : link
In comment 14353132 dune69 said:
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I talked to a college coach that was at the "A" League game that Tampa played Clearwater last year where Deivi no-hit them for 7 innings. The coach said he has rarely seen batters so baffled by a pitcher. He said he pitches with power but his breaking stuff is controlled and for strikes. Of course this was a special outing but he's moving fast.


Thanks for sharing this - he was basically not even on my radar at all before - totally missed him. Exciting kid.

Pumped for baseball. So close!
Sox re-upped Sale  
dune69 : 3/22/2019 4:21 pm : link
for another 5 years. Good move by them though I would have a concern for his durability over time. It has not been a huge issue thus far but age does funny things.
From Pinstripe Alley about Bird.  
manh george : 3/22/2019 4:31 pm : link
Basically, if he can stay healthy, he will pass Voit, and the Yankees will have to decide whether to use Voit a lot at DH with Stanton in the OF. The reason: Bird has been close to awesome.

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Health is the reason Bird has been able find some success. The performance issues the last few seasons are inextricably linked to Birdís poor luck with injuries. Three surgeries in as many years sapped him of essentially all his strength. His Average Exit Velocity was at a very respectable 93 MPH during his debut season in 2015. However, that figure fell dramatically after all the surgeries. In 2018, Birdís Average Exit Velocity was 86.9 MPH, a well-below league average level. At several points last season, Bird just looked overmatched at the plate, but thatís not the case currently.

We donít have Exit Velocity figures for spring training games, but as far as the eye test goes, it seems safe to say Bird is back and stronger than weíve seen him in a long time. He came in to spring training 20 pounds heavier than he did last season, and while the ďbest shape of his lifeĒ cliche exists for a reason, it seems to be working for Bird. Aaron Boone recently told WFANís Sweeny Murti of WFAN, ďBirdís been a different guy this year. Heís been the guy weíve been waiting on. He looks that part right now.Ē
These assessments ring true when you look at Birdís game log. Of his six extra-base hits, he has only pulled two to right field. Bird isnít weakly rolling over outside pitches but driving them up the middle or to the opposite field. He took a splitter on the outer half of the plate and drove it over the left-center field wall on Sunday.


20 pounds heavier and it's essentially all muscle? He could be really important as the left-handed contingent in the Yankees' power lineup, even if he uses the whole field.
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arcarsenal : 3/22/2019 4:37 pm : link
Last year I just kept hanging onto the way the org had viewed Bird a few years back when he was coming up with Judge and Sanchez - they held him in the very same regard and thought he could be every bit as good a hitter.

We've seen flashes, but the injuries have been maddening - for him, especially I'm sure.

Just never got it together in 2018.

He's looked outstanding this spring. Looks like a different guy. I think what Voit did last year lit a pretty big fire under his butt.

But Voit is still hitting! So, it's going to be very interesting to see how they decide to handle these guys. Is there even a realistic way to carry both guys and make it work when Hicks is off IL?

I know against Baltimore, we're probably going to mostly see Stanton in LF, Gardy in CF, Bird @ 1B and Voit in the DH spot - but if Hicks is good to go when we kick off with DET, I'm not sure how they'll work that. But, I guess we'll find out soon enough.
Arc, I wonder...  
manh george : 3/22/2019 4:49 pm : link
if both of these guys keep smashing the ball when Hicks gets back, which seems entirely possible, does one of them become trade bait as part of a deal for a mid-level starting pitcher with a good contract?
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arcarsenal : 3/22/2019 5:06 pm : link
It's a good question.

There's certainly an opportunity there to bolster the rotation or add a young piece somewhere if that's the case.

The Yanks may want to hedge a bit and protect themselves against Hicks' back flaring back up or Bird getting plunked again and missing 2 months.

Voit is a really interesting player at this point, though.

I know it's Spring Training and it doesn't matter much, but he really has picked up right where he left off.

I don't anticipate him maintaining these paces through the season - that would be way over-ambitious - but, it may have been less of a mirage or Specier-esque '98 flash than maybe we originally believed it to be last year.

Odds are, this stuff will find a way to work itself out as it often does!
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arcarsenal : 3/22/2019 5:07 pm : link
Spencer-esque*

Derp.
Arc  
wigs in nyc : 3/22/2019 5:21 pm : link
just to keep the kool-aid flowing, (and I concede it's likely you've seen it already) but Cashman has previously called Bird "the best pure hitter on the Yankees." Let's hope he can get it together.
RE: Arc  
arcarsenal : 3/22/2019 5:57 pm : link
In comment 14353507 wigs in nyc said:
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just to keep the kool-aid flowing, (and I concede it's likely you've seen it already) but Cashman has previously called Bird "the best pure hitter on the Yankees." Let's hope he can get it together.


That's what we're hoping for, right? :)

Would be great if it all came together for him this year.

In other news - Frazier was just optioned down to SWB.

Not really a surprise, he's struggled this spring and needs more time to get his stroke. Not concerned, just needs the work. He'll be back.
Loasiga dialing it up to 97 today  
RasputinPrime : 3/22/2019 6:46 pm : link
but it looks so straight. Herrera took him deep in the first.

1-0
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section125 : 3/22/2019 6:51 pm : link
In comment 14353485 arcarsenal said:
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It's a good question.

There's certainly an opportunity there to bolster the rotation or add a young piece somewhere if that's the case.

The Yanks may want to hedge a bit and protect themselves against Hicks' back flaring back up or Bird getting plunked again and missing 2 months.

Voit is a really interesting player at this point, though.

I know it's Spring Training and it doesn't matter much, but he really has picked up right where he left off.

I don't anticipate him maintaining these paces through the season - that would be way over-ambitious - but, it may have been less of a mirage or Specier-esque '98 flash than maybe we originally believed it to be last year.

Odds are, this stuff will find a way to work itself out as it often does!


Don't cut Voit short. He can hit. I do not think it is a mirage. I think what you have seen is what he will do.
If Bird and Voit stay healthy  
RasputinPrime : 3/22/2019 6:56 pm : link
I can really see Voit as the full-time DH, especially against LHP where Gardy takes the bench.
Kingery robs Voit  
RasputinPrime : 3/22/2019 6:59 pm : link
100mph line drive ticketed for an RBI single.
Kingery HR  
RasputinPrime : 3/22/2019 7:26 pm : link
2-0

fastball too straight.
Stanton with a rainbow  
RasputinPrime : 3/22/2019 7:36 pm : link
2-1

Finally someone hits up Eickhoff. Judge does not not comfortable against this guy today.
Gardner in CF  
RasputinPrime : 3/22/2019 7:42 pm : link
man he is outstanding. Just sensational D from Gardy.
HR for Stanton  
RasputinPrime : 3/22/2019 8:20 pm : link
3-2 Yankees. That one wasn't a rainbow. More of a laser.
Ottavino's velocity is still only around 92mph  
RasputinPrime : 3/22/2019 8:51 pm : link
and his command has been spotty.
RE: Ottavino's velocity is still only around 92mph  
section125 : 3/22/2019 9:26 pm : link
In comment 14353712 RasputinPrime said:
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and his command has been spotty.


Probably jacked up and over throwing. He has not looked sharp, so once he gets comfortable he'll be ok.
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