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Is Judge Breaking Projection Systems?

It’s not the awe-inspiring “breaking” we’ve seen from Miguel Sano as he snapped his bat like a twig in 2016. Or the much more humorous attempt at breaking that we’ve seen from the likes of Yasiel Puig, seeking, and failing to accomplish the same feat. This breaking is much more subtle, a metaphor for confusion that emerges when something […]

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Implications of a Torn UCL: The Gleyber Torres Story

I may have jinxed it. Buzz around the Bronx picked up so much a few weeks ago that I felt it was inevitable Gleyber Torres’ would make a resounding entrance into a lineup second only to the Houston Astros in OPS. My series of posts – It’s Not Gleyber Time… Yet & It’s Almost Gleyber […]

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It’s Almost Gleyber Time

Revisiting topics in the sports journalism universe can best be thought of as those Russian nesting dolls. Beautifully crafted to inconspicuously fit over one another, I’ve always found great satisfaction in believing they’re tangible representations of time. Sometimes we’re reminiscent of better days upon removing a shell, while otherwise we’re more than happy to convince […]

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Aaron Judge is coming back to Earth…kind of

It was just a matter of time. Sometimes it happens discretely, unnoticed until an 0-for-16 stretch provides us with a casual small sample size to overreact to. Other times it’s sudden, buoyed by an other-worldly week of at bats that make the following week’s productivity seem relatively worse than it actually is. Then there is Aaron Judge’s May. […]

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Aaron Judge and player comparisons

The method sports fans use to prepare themselves for a new generation of prospects is to draw comparisons. We do it all the time– maybe even too much. Comparisons are crude, inaccurate and based on so many subjective factors that we often blur the line between performance and aesthetic comps. Every short, hard-nosed middle infielder is […]

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All This Velocity Talk

There’s a good chance if you’ve found your way to a niche Baseball Prospectus site covering the New York Yankees, you’re in the loop with the more prominent stories over the first week of the season. One thing that’s been the subject of much discussion is velocity. Major League Baseball has switched from PITCHf/x to Trackman for in-stadium […]

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Spring Training Recap: Week One

Congratulations, Yankees fans, you’ve survived the offseason! It was a rough one, especially with the Yankees refusing to sign a free agent, but that’s all behind us now. It’s finally March, which means that spring training is here. These exhibition games won’t feature the most exciting and pivotal action that you’ll witness this season, but […]

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A-Rod is (inadvertently) hurting the Yankees

When Carlos Beltran signed a three-year, $45 million deal in the winter of 2014, the Yankees envisioned a light, manageable role for the then 36-year-old. He’d end his days as an everyday outfielder and slide into the designated hitter spot, where he could age like delectable cheddar cheese. And, in 2014, that plan was executed. Beltran spent 76 games at DH and […]

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Three Yankees prospects land in BP’s Top 101

First of all, if you’re reading this and haven’t purchased the Baseball Prospectus 2016 annual, complete with player predictions and insider-level comments on each team, you should order a copy. BP released its Top 101 Prospects of 2016 on Friday, which includes three promising youngsters in the Yankees system.   OF Aaron Judge (No. 18) 2015 rank: 59   Book comments: Judge […]