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Yanks Out Of Dough, Sign Baker

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Yanks out of Dough, sign Boom Boom Baker

I suppose with Brandon McCarthy coming over from Arizona and reinventing himself we have to  give the recent Scott Baker minor league contract signing the benefit of the doubt. McCarthy did  have a cutter that he had abandoned in Arizona, but was encouraged to use it when he came to  the Bronx and it morphed into  a 4 yr $48M contract with the Dodgers

If this Baker low risk signing is Cashman  trying to  find another lost soul needing a change of scenery, I’m not so  sure lightning is gonna strike twice

McCarthy is more in keeping with the strike zone has lowered trend,  that’s why hitters who show ability to be good low ball hitters ( Pablo Sandoval) are getting paid really well, and are being sussed  out by the computer / metric driven  front offices

McCarthy in 2014, per Brooks Baseball,  relied primarily on his Sinker (94mph) and Curve (82mph), also mixing in a Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Cutter (92mph). He also rarely threw a Change (88mph).

McCarthy also  missed bats

His sinker generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers and has slightly above average velo. His curve is much harder than usual, has little depth and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ curves. His fourseam fastball generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers and has slightly above average velo. His cutter is blazing fast, has good “rise” and has little cutting action. His change is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ changeups, is much firmer than usual and results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups.

Baker on the other hand

In 2014, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (91mph), Slider (82mph) and Sinker (90mph), also mixing in a Change (85mph).

His fourseam fastball results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers, has slight armside run and has slightly below average velo. His slider has less than expected depth, has primarily 12-6 movement and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ sliders. His sinker has slightly below average velo. His change results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups.

Baker is 33 yr’s old,  was a consistent 2-3 WAR pitcher for the Twins from 2007-2011, but his low strikeout numbers and high flyball tendencies make him a terrible fit for Yankee Stadium. If this guy is pitching anything more then an  emergency start on the road in some canyon stadium, we’re in big trouble.. Imagine what Hal’s Championship  caliber team will look like with Capuano and Baker penciled in for a weekend vs the Tigers

I Fought The Law

Thanks to Big D for finding this subscription only Keith Law 2015 prospect breakdown

And thanks to  the Captains Blog for posting it

Aaron Judge (23rd) and Greg Bird (80th) were the Baby Bombers who made the cut, giving the Yankees their fewest number of entrants in Law’s ranking since 2010.

How about that, I didn’t know Law even had Baby Bombers on his lists, unless they  were on a  list that  consisted of nothing but busts…

 Law is a well  respected pundit, The Blind Boys of RAB think he’s “awesome”, then again when you studied at  Fangraphs U, under Dave Cameron, Keith Law, and Bill James  like the Blind Boys did, I can  see why uber metric hipsters like Law are highly regarded

Former can’t miss  Bomber prospects Law had touted

Gary Sanchez was a four-time member of the ranking, followed by Andrew Brackman, Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos, and Mason Williams who appeared on the list three times. Unfortunately for the Yankees, the third time wasn’t a charm for any of the aforementioned, all of whom have failed to make a meaningful impact at this point in their careers. That’s not to say every Yankee prospect identified by Law has flamed out. Dellin Betances has finally forged an important role in pinstripes, while Joba Chamberlain, Austin Jackson, Jose Tabata and Ian Kennedy have had varying degrees of success.

My condolences to Judge and Bird, let’s hope despite Law’s accolades both kids slip through the cracks and make it, my guess Law had Betances being a potentially good starting pitcher

All kidding aside It’s a very good read, and who  really knows how any player will  develop, and it is fun to  track some of the kids these insider only dudes usually tout.. A lot of  Boston  fans I’ve encountered over the last  5 years  live and die by Keith Law

So  far they’ve been extremely disappointed with his picks, as you can  see Bogaerts was #2 on his list  last  season, although Bogaerts does look like he has a ton of potential, I was shocked he couldn’t see the ball  or hit the ball  for 3 and a half months  in 2014..


Written by Sal

January 31, 2015 at 8:25 am

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  1. Thanks again to Big D for the Law drop…

    I was checking out the blind boys chat, didn’t read it all, but I will try to get to it, one future GM asked Blind Mike if Law was a tad disrespectful not putting Severino on the top 100 list

    Blind Mike said he loves Law, and that Law helps to contribute to his blog, ( no doubt the Blind Boys get the insider subs req articles and lifts some of the data presented, it saves a lot of heavy lifting for sure)

    but blind boy wasn’t at all in agreement with Law’s take on Severino.. He didn’t mention what it was Law didn’t like but something about his lower body…We’ll have to keep a close eye on Severino,

    Baker is another cute move by Cashman, every team brings in these reclamation projects and there is hardly ever a middle ground reaction.. either “this is a great signing, if he pans out we have a cheap innings eater”

    or bah “it’s yet another wasted dumpster dive pick up that doesn’t move the needle”

    teams need depth we get it, good luck to Baker we all hope he’s the next McCarthy


    January 31, 2015 at 8:38 am


    here’s the RAB intel on Severino


    January 31, 2015 at 8:42 am

  3. I’d be thrilled if he turned into Aaron Small for one year! Whoopty dam doo! I think the clock has started on Moncada…….I’m going to temple to say a prayer!


    January 31, 2015 at 12:35 pm

  4. hey bondsie, it does sound like the MLB cronies are trying to keep this kid away from the big market spenders…. Let’s see what Manfred is made of, never mind messing with shifts and pitch shot clocks, get this license thing worked out

    it’s bad enough they slammed a baseball bat into the Yanks knee caps with the Lux Tax after they had all these albatross contracts on the books, don’t mess with this IFA signing

    the Yanks will have to pay double for him, isn’t that enough of a roadblock?


    January 31, 2015 at 12:43 pm

  5. “Hyman Roth always made money for his partners.” Time for Manfred to man up! Great opportunity for him to make a mark!


    January 31, 2015 at 12:55 pm

  6. Bob Klapisch @BobKlap · 35m 35 minutes ago
    Cuban inf Yoan Moncada now clear to sign with MLB. International scout told me if Moncada was in US amateur draft, “he’d be the No.1 pick.”

    go get him Cashman don’t be afraid of the Cuban boogey men


    January 31, 2015 at 1:47 pm


    A Badler update, no doubt Lucchino and the rest of the punks in baseball are tying to shut this thing down,

    still no guarantee the accounts on rivera Ave will pay the freight… Moncada mania has gone viral in NY, Hal would have to stay in Tampa if he blows this without a salient explanation

    and not scouting him enough would be labeled ignorance not an excuse


    January 31, 2015 at 2:31 pm

  8. Please! Please! Me oh yeah! I never got that train set when I was a kid, oh lord! Please give Cashman a nudge and sign this freakin kid! We NEED Moncada!!!


    January 31, 2015 at 2:45 pm

  9. I think Klapisch drank too much at the Baseball writers dinner, Badler’s last tweet and article mentions MLB still hasn’t signed off on the license… Didn’t think they’d fold that easy, too many teams blocking Manfred’s decision.. Hal needs to exercise his board of directors muscle, or maybe he’s part of the hold up… He’s gonna be in for $60 to $80M for Moncada, he’s probably praying this thing stalls until June 15th, when the Yanks will be out

    Fucking dodgers aren’t over the cap, Puig was the last guy under the old rules, if this goes past June 15th LA will take out the money whip and the kid will be a Dodger…


    January 31, 2015 at 3:03 pm


    I think badler’s timeline trumps this from yesterday


    January 31, 2015 at 3:18 pm

  11. As Frank Pantangeli said “This is a street thing! Let’s get ’em now while we still have the muscle!” C’mon Hal, show some stones! As Tom Hagen said “If we don’t get into this thing now, we risk everything! Not now, but 10yrs from now! The other Family’s will come after us!”


    January 31, 2015 at 3:27 pm

  12. lol


    January 31, 2015 at 4:20 pm

  13. @JeffPassan: MLB wants assurances from OFAC and other governmental entities that it will not be held culpable if Cuban players engage in identity fraud.

    So MLB is not so much stone walling, as they are dotting all the I’s and crossing the T’s …?? That’s what’s being fed to the media…


    It’s not like Moncada, Ibanez and Olivera fell off the turnip truck last week, they’ve had quite sometime to get these papers in order..I mean when you have a stud player entering the league, that’s raising the league’s value, if you don’t have a group assigned to facilitating his entrance into the league, then somebody is asleep at the wheel, and these guys are way too smart for that

    and older timeline


    January 31, 2015 at 5:50 pm

  14. Law might be smitten with the Boston laundry, I think on most lists Boston has cornered the market on excellence.. Last yr MLB had 9 of them in their top 100

    2. SS Xander Bogaerts
    30. LHP Henry Owens
    33. OF Jackie Bradley Jr.
    46. RHP Allen Webster
    57. 3B Garin Cecchini
    61. C Blake Swihart
    62. 2B Mookie Betts
    86. RHP Matt Barnes
    96. LHP Trey Ball

    how’d that work out


    January 31, 2015 at 6:14 pm

  15. When I read quote after quote from Moscone, sometimes I think he is really Mario Puzo.


    January 31, 2015 at 6:42 pm

  16. Uh oh Noogsie, the jig is up. I’ve been found out! I’ll leave you with this. If the Yanks don’t sign Moncada, it’ll be like the Don saying no to Sollozo, who then throws his lot in with Tattaglia/Barzini, which then causes a war & the Corleone is never fully the same. Or, something like that…..


    January 31, 2015 at 7:39 pm

  17. hahaha…moscone made everyone of those auditions Noogsie, he had every character down, but it’s a rat business, it’s not what you know, but who, and at the time, the Don B wasn’t quite a made man so all the strings he pulled broke like a tightly wound banjo and Moscone got screwed

    Face book took over the Herald, so that chat room blew up.. no more boston intel lol

    disqus is a pretty easy log on format so I took an account on blind boys.. some interesting clicks going on there… I did notice a few boston trolls so that could be fun….

    I logged on as CurseOfTheLucchino


    January 31, 2015 at 7:44 pm

  18. Hey Sal, you talkin ’bout the Godfather or the Barn? Both are appropriate! Still laughing! CurseOfTheLucchino……they must love you in the Nation!


    January 31, 2015 at 7:52 pm

  19. Nick Cafardo @nickcafardo · Jan 30
    Alexi Ogando passed the physical. Probably a 7th inning guy in Sox bullpen.


    January 31, 2015 at 7:52 pm

  20. the GodFather… Here’s my avatar


    January 31, 2015 at 7:55 pm

  21. Sal, if you show your face in that get up in The Nation, the Family can’t be responsible for what might happen.


    January 31, 2015 at 8:24 pm

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