Posts Tagged ‘Greg Golson’

Yesterday, I reviewed the Baby Bomber’s pitchers and catchers and evaluated their chances of making the opening day roster. Today it’s time for the infielders and outfielders. Unlike the wealth of talent behind the dish and on the rubber, there isn’t any outstanding talent in these spots, but there are some intriguing guys who might help out somewhere along the line.

Infielders – Let’s face it. As fans, we don’t want another season of Ramiro Pena’s average glove and Mario Mendoza bat. And while Kevin Russo seems like a nice kid, he wasn’t any better. Who might replace him?

Eduardo Nunez: If any of the young infielders in camp have a sincere chance of unseating Pena, this is the guy. He continues to hit decently, showing some line-drive power and decent speed. He isn’t the smoothest guy in the field, but he isn’t a liability, either. Besides, he is the guy who was supposed to replace Derek Jeter had Armageddon come to the Bronx this past winter.

Eduardo Nunez

Eduardo Nunez

Reegie Corona: Quite frankly, I don’t see much difference between Corona and Pena. Both of them get the bat knocked out of their hands by anyone who throws harder than 85mph. Both are competent, but not other-worldly, fielders. He looks targeted for AAA Scranton and will likely be first guy up should Jeter or Robbie Cano get injured.

Brandon Laird: The Yankees are sending the natural 3B to AAA Scranton to learn a “super-utility role” – 3B, 1B, RF, LF. It makes sense since both 1B and 3B are sewed up for the next few years. And I doubt the front office wants to keep bringing in retreads for reserve RH bench spots, when there may well be a better option in the high minors.

Jorge Vazquez: Look, when you’re 29 and never been on a major league roster, you might want to start thinking about taking the Crash Davis route. Vazquez possesses a slider speed bat but can’t hit breaking balls. He plays the corner spots, but is known in the minors as a defensive liability at third and barely adequate at first. He does have power and displayed it against other minor leaguers early in camp. He’s a classic “AAAA” player – too good for AAA, but will get eaten alive in MLB.

Outfielders – Fortunately, the Yanks don’t really need anything other than competent bench players here, because this is easily the most underwhelming part of the minor league system.

Justin Maxwell: Ok, so he isn’t exactly a rookie, with 122 major league appearances over three seasons. But the Nationals aren’t exactly a MLB club, either. He has a career ML slash line of .201/.319/.379 with a .698 OPS. What he brings to the table is decent speed, the ability to play all 3 OF positions adequately and the high expectations from his college career at Maryland. Hopefully, a full season at AAA (something he never got from Washington) will help him rediscover the form that made him a 1st round pick.

Colin Curtis: Yankee fans got a glimpse of Curtis last year, when he appeared in 31 games for the Bombers. He didn’t really impress, putting up a .538 OPS in 64 plate appearances. (Although he did hit a memorable homer against the Angels). The former Arizona State standout may have reached his limit. If so, that would be a shame because he certainly has a compelling back story.

Greg Golson: Yet another player that fans have seen in Pinstripes, the 25 year old Golson also saw MLB time while with the Phillies and Rangers. He has become a speedy defensive specialist, and his arm proved invaluable in a key game against the Rays last year. Still, he needs to do better than his career MiLB slash line of .263/.309/.398 if he wants to stick with the big club.

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Melky Mesa: Another long shot, the 24 year old Mesa has played 5 seasons of MiLB and never reached AA. He does have speed and power but his strikeout percentage (.319) is higher than his on base percentage (.307), never a good sign. I hope he figures it out, since he is the prototypical 5 tool player. The Yanks are taking something of a chance, assigning him to AAA to start the season and skipping AA entirely.

Jordan Parraz: In 7 minor league seasons, the 26 year old former Astros and Royals farmhand has compiled a MiLB slash line of .289/.376/.438, which is decent. But he may be another case of the classic “AAAA” player, since he has yet to see the majors despite an ability to play all three OF spots and good peripherals in the minors.

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The headline pretty much sums it up. Ebenezer Samuel reports in today’s edition of the NY Daily News on Burnett’s simulated game yesterday.

“Burnett was less than stellar, reinforcing the fact that he’s the weak link in the Yankee rotation. His very first pitch flew over catcher Francisco Cervelli‘s head, and his fifth plunked Greg Golson on the left arm. Joe Girardi and pitching coach Dave Eiland looked on from behind the mound as Burnett hit two batters – he also plunked Austin Kearns – and displayed iffy control, throwing around 80 pitches in four-plus simulated innings.”

This is hardly good news for Yankee fans wondering how AJ even earned a post-season start, given his less than stellar season. As mentioned earlier, Burnett is slated for game 4 – usually a pivotal game in the best-of-seven format. I guess that at this point, we can only hope we get good AJ on Tuesday.

You can read the full story here.

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Ever since the injury to Nick Johnson, there have been debates to who should be the right person to bat second. I am reminded of some very wise words, stats don’t lie. As you can see from the table below, Brett Gardner and Nick Johnson both have had the most AB in the 2 hole. Johnson having the better OBP — by .050 — but with Gardner having 8 more hits and thus almost .100 higher batting average. I do realize that Granderson has a .429 OBP, but that is over 12 at bats and is likely to go down with more time in the 2 hole.

Brett Gardner 75 13 20 1 4 4 6 16 .267 .321
Nick Johnson 71 12 12 2 8 0 22 23 .169 .379
Nick Swisher 45 8 11 3 5 0 7 7 .244 .346
Curtis Granderson 12 4 4 0 0 0 1 2 .333 .429
Marcus Thames 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 .333 .250
Jorge Posada 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000
Randy Winn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greg Golson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Total 207 37 48 6 19 4 36 50 .232 .352
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/2/2010.

If Swisher continues to hit the way he is, I don’t see why the Yankees would need anyone else to hit 2nd. Time will tell.

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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre center fielder, Greg Golson was a no-show in the lineup  this afternoon against the Norfolk Tides. The rumor going around was that he was getting the day off because he was getting the call up to the major leagues.

Scranton beat writer, Donnie Collins later reported that Golson was headed to New York and was waiting to be activated. So, that’s exactly what happened. The idea is that Mark Melancon will be optioned down to the minors to make room for him on the roster.

This move wasn’t that shocking, considering we heard some grumblings about calling up another center fielder (because Granderson hit the DL) from the minors over the weekend.

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Today, the Yankees and Rangers swapped players in a trade of minor league players as Mitch Hilligoss is sent to Texas for Greg Golson.

In the trade, the Rangers get Hilligoss, 24,  a career .275 minor league hitter who hasn’t hit above .241 in the last two seasons of A ball.

In return the Yankees receive Greg Golson, also 24, who was the 21th pick of the 2004 draft.  Golson is 0-7 in the major leagues with 5 K’s in his career. In the minor league, he is a .263 career hitter with 737 K’s compared to 153 BB’s and a career on base percentage of .308. However, Golson has 140 stolen bases in the minor leagues which has to count for something, right?

I wonder what made the Yankees pull the trade on Golson. Maybe, with Xavier Nady going to the Cubs, the Yankees had to make an improvement over their terrible left fielder, Brett Gardner. Of course, I kid, I really do. Looking at Golson’s numbers, I’m guessing we might not see him at the Major League level for a while, if ever.

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