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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

MLB 2013 Team Preview: New York Yankees

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MLB Team Preview: New York Yankees
By Wild on Sports Baseball Analyst Aaron Dorman

NEW YORK YANKEES
2012 RECORD: 95-67, lost in ALCS

RECAP: Once again, the Yankees expensive roster held together despite some injuries and decline from their once-upon-a-time stars like A-Rod, Mariano Rivera, and Mark Teixeira.

NOTABLE ADDITIONS: Kevin Youkilis, various players who missed most/all of 2012 with injuries

NOTABLE SUBTRACTIONS: Nick Swisher, Alex Rodriguez (to injury), Russell Martin, Rafael Soriano
Keys to success: The Yankees spent their winter budget mostly on retaining important players from their 2012 run, and their one significant new addition, Kevin Youkilis, is a patch to replace the potential loss of A-Rod for the season. They are still a very old team and will need their aging veterans to be almost as healthy and productive as last year, particularly their hitters since there is little depth beyond the starting lineup. The Yankees should expect to score less runs in 2013 so they need the pitching to pick up the slack. A full season from Andy Pettitte could help. More likely is improvement from Ivan Nova, whose component statistics foretell a better ERA next year, and a good season from David Phelps, who pitched well as a swingman and could surprise in a starting role next year.

PROSPECT WATCH:
 Prospect Key:
TBD= Work in Progress
X= Posses the Tool
XX= Excel at Tool
SLADE HEATHCOTT and MASON WILLIAMS, OF:
Power
Speed
Hitting
On-base ability
Defense
Arm
x
x
x
x
x
x
these outfielders offer 5-tool potential but are still a few years away from the major leagues. Heathcott, 22, missed time from injuries last year but should play in AA-Trenton next year. Williams is a year younger and he’s generally regarded as the better prospect-he makes better contact and has a better chance to stick in center field. He should start the year in High-A Tampa. Heathcott hit .307/.370/.478 with 5 HR and 17 SB in 60 games last year for High-A Tampa, while Williams hit .298/.346/.474 with 11 HR and 20 SB in 91 games between Low-A Charleston and High-A Tampa.
GARY SANCHEZ, C:
Power
Speed
Hitting
On-Base Ability
Defense
Arm
xx

x
x
TBD
x
one of the best teenage prospects in baseball, catcher Sanchez could move quickly if he shows improved ability behind the plate. Otherwise, he still has enough offensive potential to play everyday at 1b/dh, similar to Jesus Montero. Last year, he dominated Low-A Savannah hitting .297/.353/.517 in 68 games, and in the second half held his own at High-A Tampa hitting .279/.330/.436 in 48 games. Overall he hit 18 HR with 85 RBI and also surprisingly stole 15 SB. If he shows improved plate discipline during spring training, he could start the year at AA-Charleston.
AUSTIN ROMINE, C (ROOKIE IMPACT)-
Power
Speed
Hitting
On-Base Ability
Defense
Arm
TBD

x

x
x
Romine, 24, missed most of last year with back problems, but is expected to be healthy this year and compete for playing time with Francisco Cervelli at the major league level. Overall in the minors he’s a career .278/.333/.414 hitter, showing some power potential (he hit 13 HR for high-A Tampa in 2009) and average plate discipline (in 2011, his K% and BB% at AA-Charleston were 16% and 8.5%, respectively). If he could hold his own-last year MLB catchers hit for a .718 OPS on average, a number that will be hard for Romine to match-that would go a long way towards covering the loss of Russell Martin.
BRETT MARSHALL, RHP-
Velocity
Second Stuff
Command
Control
Strikeouts
Health

x
x
x

x
last year Yankees’ pitching prospects suffered due either injuries (Manny Banuelos, Jose Campos) or ineffectiveness (Dellin Betances). Thus the 22-year-old Marshall stands out as having been one of the few healthy and effective pitchers in the upper minors last year. He made 27 starts last year for AA-Charleston, with a 3.52 ERA and a solid 2.2 K/BB ratio. His mediocre strikeout rate of 6.8 K/9 limits his ceiling, however, to maybe a fifth starter or swingman. He’s not a particularly hard thrower.

2012 Top Draft Pick: TY HENSLEY,RHP

Sleeper MLB Contributor: ZOILO ALMONTE could provide some right-handed power in the outfield.

2013 OVERVIEW AND PROJECTION: The Yankees commitment to large contracts could finally hurt them this year as A-Rod will probably miss the entire season while Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter are no long premium players. They still need a DH, and have been rumored to be looking at Travis Hafner, who can’t be counted on for a full season of at-bats. Brett Gardner and whoever plays catcher are the only players below 30 in the lineup, so the offense could age in a hurry. However, the Yankees’ pitching is better than people give it credit for, and if Michael Pineda is healthy (albeit a big if) they’ll probably have enough depth to cover any losses throughout the season. Also, they have enough high-end prospects to trade for help later in the season. 

Projection: LIKELY CONTENDER

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