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1 year ago  ::  Oct 27, 2020 - 7:47PM #1
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1 year ago  ::  Oct 27, 2020 - 7:48PM #2
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Yankees’ prized prospect Jasson Dominguez looks like a monster

by: Mark Fischer New York Post

If baseball doesn’t work out for Jasson Dominguez, perhaps the Yankees’ most prized prospect can give football a shot.

The 17-year-old center fielder, whom the Yankees handed a team-record $5 million signing bonus in 2019, looked more like a hulking NFL running back than a baseball player while taking swings in a video shared Monday to Twitter by baseball journalist Hector Gomez.

“He’s a rare breed,” his agent Gio Rodriguez said in a recent interview with Forbes. “When he walks into a room, he’s not your prototypical 6-foot-4 ballplayer. He doesn’t look like [6-foot-7] Aaron Judge or [6-foot-6] Giancarlo Stanton. He was a shorter kid who already had a thicker build and just got after it and decided to really build up his body, working on his explosiveness, his core, his legs, his upper body. From an early age, he identified that he needed to bring something else to the table.”

Dominguez is listed at 5-foot-10, 190 pounds and seen as the full package, having shown power from both sides of the plate, as well as speed and arm strength.

He has been dubbed El Marciano — “The Martian” — due to his physical makeup and otherworldly baseball abilities that have earned him comparisons to Micky Mantle and Angels superstar Mike Trout.

The Yankees thought so much of Dominguez two summers ago that they spent a majority of their $5.4 million in international pool money on him, surpassing the $3.9 million signing bonus they gave Gary Sanchez in 2009.

“We signed him and paid him what we did for a reason: He warranted it,’’ Donny Rowland, the Yankees director of international scouting, said at the time. “His skill set left us no choice. Somebody would have given him more.”

For all the hype around Dominguez, however, he likely will need at least two more years before making it to the big leagues.

1 year ago  ::  Oct 28, 2020 - 8:49AM #3
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MLB.com | Matt Monagan: At this point, you’ve probably heard a lot about Jasson Dominguez. If not, he’s the Yankees’ 17-year-old No. 1 prospect. Once you see him, you’ll think he’s a giant among men.

1 year ago  ::  Oct 28, 2020 - 2:56PM #4
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Interview with Yankees’ pitching prospect Brian Keller

Yankees prospect Brian Keller talks to Pinstripe Alley about being a late round draft pick, his best day on the mound and more.

Selected with the 1178th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, Brian Keller rose to Triple-A Scranton by the end of the 2019 season. Brian recently took the time to speak with Pinstripe Alley about a variety of topics that will be published in two parts. Here is part one:

Dan Kelly – When you were drafted out of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, by some accounts you were not much of a draft prospect until very late in the process and then you were taken in the 39th round, next to last round. Was there something that changed late in your senior year changed, or heading into that year did stuff just come together where you and the scouts saw noticeable improvement?

BK - Not a whole lot changed between junior and senior year. I guess I always thought that I might have a shot at getting drafted, but I would need to either throw a little bit harder than I did or I would have to just pitch really, really well to kind of get my name out there. My senior year I ended up doing pretty well throughout the season, I think that’s what got me the opportunity.

DK - I’m a New Mexico State graduate, and I saw your college debut was out at New Mexico State and that place is known for being hell on pitchers, what was it like moving up to the next level and then having your debut at 4100 feet altitude with a probably a strong wind coming off the mesa blowing to the outfield?

BK – Yeah, that was an interesting day for me. In high school I was a starting pitcher, and I’ve always been since, but that first year of college I was coming in whenever the opportunity came about. That was my first chance and I got that first one out of the way, and I don’t think I did that well, but I remember that it was cold, windy, dry and not fun.

DK – That sounds about right… Was there a coach or someone there who was the reason you picked that school over other options?

BK - Basically that was my only option I had, that was my only Division-1 offer and it was nice because it was close to home for me, so jumped on that. The coaching staff there was really good about letting the players kind of determine their future. They would guide us along the way. They would not cookie cutter us or anything they would let us kind of manage ourselves and make sure we got our stuff done, and I think that was big for my develop and getting to where I wanted to be.

DK - There is a possibility of the draft being shortened moving forward and then also possible contraction in the minor leagues possible for next year, is that something you follow? As a late round draft pick do you have an opinion on the topic as it may have changed your trajectory if it happened a few years sooner?

BK - Yeah definitely I don’t know if I have an opinion on it, I just know that I was lucky to be given this opportunity. Unfortunately this past year, I don’t know what they’re doing moving forward but this past year has been unfortunate for a lot of guys and hopefully they’ll find their way into affiliated baseball and hopefully a lot of guys can get the same opportunity that I did. I am grateful that I got in and got this opportunity.

DK - Since you became a professional you pretty much pitched at two or three different levels most years, what are some of the challenges that brings? It’s good because it’s upward progression but you know jump into different cities, coaches?

BK - Actually I found it more to be more of a blessing than anything else. I think one season, 2018 was the only year that I stayed at one affiliate the whole time and that was Double-A Trenton. It is a long season to be in the same spot all year, you know, it grinds on you. The other years it is nice then find some new scenery, play with some different players, have different coaches just it kind of refreshes you and it’s back to focusing on what you want to do now.

DK - You make the jump into pro ball, what adjustments were you asked to make when you joined the Yankees system? I noticed an uptick in strikeouts but your control improved as well. So what were there specific things that were suggested and you worked on to generate those results?

BK - I think a really good thing was that right when I got drafted... the pitching coordinating staff understood what I was strong at and that was command. I have personally always thought it was [better] to use of all my pitches, but they they told me to pitch more with your fastball, it’s better than it looks on paper and I did that and I think that really helped the trajectory of my career.

DK - On August 1, 2019 you have a one walk no-hitter tell me a little bit about that day?

BK - You know, I think the walk was in the first inning if I recall correctly, but yeah it was kind of like almost everything I threw they would either swing and miss or a few hard hits that they did have luckily went right to somebody. I remember Max Burt at third base made a diving catch or diving stop whatever it was down the line and everything fell into place that day and it was a lot of fun.

We’ll have more of this interview with Brian Keller tomorrow. Please check back as we discuss following past teammates and opponents through the playoffs and staying ready with no minor league season.

1 year ago  ::  Oct 28, 2020 - 2:57PM #5
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Interview with Yankees prospect Brian Keller, part two

Yankees pitching prospect Brian Keller discusses staying ready in 2020 and his brushes with major-league camp so far in his career.

In the first part of our interview with Yankees pitching prospect Brian Keller, he discussed the positive aspects of his college coaching staff, a key adjustment the Yankees advised him to make, and his no-hitter from 2019 with Double-A Trenton. You can read that here. Below he discusses his communication with the Yankees this summer, and following past teammates and opponents through the season and playoffs.

Dan Kelly: Along the way you’ve been playing with a few guys who ended up on the Yankees’ 60-man roster. You and Nick Nelson were promoted to Triple-A at pretty much the same time last year, also you’ve played with a few others. When the 60-man roster was being announced, had the Yankees already communicated with you and what was the messaging they they gave you?

Brian Keller: Pretty much they had told me all through the spring and summer just to stay ready. They kind of said I was probably the next pitcher up if something were to happen. I mean, I was a little disappointed I didn’t get an opportunity, but, yeah, I just stayed ready and, if they had called, I would’ve been ready. But unfortunately didn’t happen.

DK: How closely have you been following the playoffs because quite a few players that you’ve faced, guys like Luis Robert and Bo Bichette, were there this year? Have you been following the players you faced over the last couple of years during the postseason?

BK: Yeah I got to watch a lot more baseball than I normally do this summer, and I got to see a lot of guys that I’ve played with and played against in the major leagues. It is super exciting to see them. I wish it was me out there with them, but it’s so cool to see guys that I’ve played with and against all through the minor leagues getting their opportunity. That’s what it’s all about.

DK: Do you keep in touch with the former teammates like Clint Frazier or Kyle Higashioka that are up there with the major-league team as the season is going on?

BK: Every once in awhile I’ll talk to some of those guys. A guy that I trained with Ben Heller, I train with him in the offseason so he was up and down all year, so I talked to him quite a bit. Michael King was my roommate this spring; he was up all year, so yeah it’s cool to talk to those guys about their experiences and how it’s going and stuff.

DK: You’ve been to the major-league camp two or three years now for spring training. What was it like the first time you got the call over from the minor-league complex to work with the big-league team?

BK: So, it was 2018. It was my second spring training, and I got called down early to go to what they used to call Captain’s Camp, and that was kind of a group of prospects, not that I was ever really a prospect. I was invited to this Captain’s Camp, and so I was there all through January, and then the night before major-league camp started. I got a call from the pitching coordinator to pack your stuff up at Himes (the Yankees’ minor-league facility) and head over to Steinbrenner in the morning. That was crazy to me. I was not expecting that at all—really cool experience.

DK: Yeah, it must be. Now that you’ve done it a couple of times, is there a pitcher on the staff or a coach that you look to, or seek out for the extra guidance you are spending time there?

BK: Actually, I was only there that one year in 2018, but this past year, I went over there a few times. I only pitched there once in the short spring training it was, but oh yeah, I mean I I’m getting getting to know a lot more guys, talking to more people, and I don’t know, it’s just a fun experience.

DK: Definitely seems like it. So this spring, when everything got shut down, did you immediately head back to Wisconsin or were you there in Florida for a while as things were shaking out?

BK: Yeah, so once we got word that camp was shut down with the Yankees, since we had a few positive tests in the organization, we were told to stay in Tampa for the month just to make sure we were quarantined and healthy. I believe it was April 1st, my wife and I drove back to Wisconsin, and yeah, been here ever since.

DK: How is your training been going? Do you have a you have a good facility to go to or is it, you know, just making do with what you have?

BK: I’ve had a facility to whole time, while everything was shut down a few of us guys were back in town. We were able to stay in shape and work out and throw our bullpens and stuff like that, so yeah, I think it’s working out now. But a lot of guys were stuck with nothing for a long time.

DK: How do you feel heading into the into the winter season? Do you feel like you you’re in better shape than you’ve ever been, or or are there any concerns in the back your mind as you move towards the spring?

BK: I mean, I’ve been home for all this time. I’ve been able to train this full time; most this summer was spent kind of maintaining, staying ready, making sure just in case they do call—I would be ready to go pitch for them.

1 year ago  ::  Nov 01, 2020 - 11:50AM #6
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Minor League Baseball Changes Are Coming

2020 was an unprecedented year. Because of the pandemic, Minor League Baseball (MiLB) didn’t even have a season. The abbreviated Major League Baseball (MLB) season featured several drastic changes, including placing a runner on second base in extra innings and double headers that were shortened to 7-innings each.

The Commissioner’s office is in the process of a complete overhaul of the sport’s power structure. Rumor has it that MLB will not only take over control of MiLB , but will oversee international play and Independent League ball here in the USA.

On September 30, 2020 the agreement between MLM and MiLB expired. Prior to that, it was accepted that 40 Major League affiliates would be eliminated. This would drop the total number to 120. That’s only four teams per organization. The Yankees, for one have fielded nine teams. Many of these eliminated teams will be part of an expanded Independent league.

This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Minor Leagues as we know it will be completely different going forward. Leagues that have been around for decades will be switched and altered to an unrecognizable state. Amidst this season’s changes has been a financial collapse. In 2019, MLB had revenues approaching $10.4 Billion. This year will have produced a fraction of that total. Salaries will be compressed this offseason. Scouts and coaches have been laid off by the dozens.

Instead of contracting teams and limiting the pool of young players that teams have access to, now, more than ever, is the time to expand the sport. Trying to make it popular on a local level is important. Young players getting used to fans and signing autographs after games is a crucial stage of development.

There are several improvements that I would like to see made to the minor league system. They include the draft, pay and compensation, and an idea of how to develop more players with less affiliates.

First off, rewarding the top overall pick to the worst team encourages tanking. And because players take several years to develop into Major Leaguers, a bad team may tank for several years in a row. To combat this, I suggest that the top four picks go to the four best teams that did not make the playoffs, followed by the worst teams, and then finally the playoff teams. This would encourage teams to improve throughout the season.

Eventually international free agents will be included in the draft. This would no doubt hurt a team like the Yankees who would not have been able to draft a Jasson Dominguez with the 18th pick. However, if it’s for the overall good of the sport, I would accept it. Expand the draft from the typical 40 rounds back to 60 rounds. Increase the draft pool and international pool and combine the amount to be spent.

Another change I would make would allow the trading of draft picks. Possibly move the draft to July to coincide with the trade deadline. Draft night would be appointment television. How much fun would it be if we are at a bar watching as Commissioner Manfred steps to the microphone and says: “The Philadelphia Phillies trade the fourth pick and next year’s first round pick to the New York Yankees for Miguel Andujar. With the Fourth pick in the 2021 draft, The New York Yankees select Jack Leiter from Vanderbilt. The Pittsburgh Pirates are on the clock.”

The free agency system is currently designed to reward a player for what he has already done, instead of paying him for what he is doing. This does not benefit injured players nor teams overpaying for years of declining production. It also encourages teams to manipulate players’ service time by keeping players in the minors even though they are clearly deserving of being in the majors.

Organizations currently have the rights to players for far longer than they should. If a player was drafted this year out of high school, he will need to be placed on the 40-man roster by November of 2025 to be protected from the rule 5 draft. Perhaps he never makes the Majors in 2026. (Luis Gil and Luis Medina of the Yankees were never promoted this year.) The team then has three years in which they can option the player to the minors at any point. That brings us to 2029. At this point, the player has three to four years of making minimum wage in the Majors, bringing us to 2032. Then he has three years of arbitration eligibility which brings us to 2035. Possibly 15 years of team control before hitting free agency.

Kyle Higashioka was drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 amateur draft by the New York Yankees. They signed him for a $500,000 bonus. He spent the next decade making a minor league salary. He will not qualify to be a free agent until 2025.

I propose for all amateur players that sign in June or July to be under team control for 9 ½ years. Years 8,9,&10 as arbitration years. If they are in the minors still, it’s just a small raise. This will make teams want to get as much time out of a player as possible and promote them sooner. It will also allow players to be hitting free agency during their prime years. Teams that sign free agents will be getting more upside seasons.

I also feel that the 40-man roster is too small. Every year teams are forced to make transactions that aren’t necessarily best for their club based on not wanting to lose the rights to another player. In today’s MLB, teams routinely use 55 or more players in a single season. Based on injuries and production, 15 players are shuffled around using the same 4-5 roster spots. The other 35 players stay on the 40-man all year. Teams used to play an entire season with 35 players, how about change with the times and increase the roster to 45, or even 50.

I believe that MiLB players are way underpaid. $400 a week is below the poverty level. They are asked and expected to put in 60-70 hours a week to improve. In the past 20 years, the cost of living has increased almost 50% and the minimum wage has increased from $5.15 to $11.80 here in upstate New York. Players are unable to make ends meet as they try to live out their dream of eventually becoming a Major League ball player. I have an idea on how the players can be better compensated which I will circle back to in a moment.

The Yankees normally have about 320 minor leaguers under contract because they had 9 teams they were fielding. As mentioned earlier, each team is only going to have 4 affiliates going forward. That’s about 120 players. That leaves 200 without a team. I don’t want to shrink my talent pool, so I am trying to find a way to develop all of these individuals.

MLB organizations will have to train and condition a lot of players at their minor league facilities . For the Yankees, it will be at their Himes Road complex in Tampa, Florida, across the street from George M Steinbrenner Field. This is a state of the art training center that features an expansive indoor area and four outdoor fields where games can be played against other nearby teams.

The 120 players that play for the full season affiliates should receive a salary of no less than $1000 a week. Players with MLB experience, such as Eric Kratz could obviously sign for more as a Major League depth piece. Players can room together and get a pretty nice apartment, eat well and possibly save a little bit of money in the process.

As far as the other 200 players, they will not be playing in front of a paying crowd so the pay may only be $500 a week, but there’s other ways to compensate a player. How about free room and board. Construct a resort close to the complex to house and feed the players. A 500 room structure that is used by every player under contract, their trainers, coaches, grounds crew, maintenance, cooks, even opposing players in town to play. Players such as Gerrit Cole can pay more for more luxurious accommodations for them and their families.

To help offset some of the expenses, they can provide YSS. Yankees Streaming Services. A $10 a month fee provides live action streaming from the minor league complex. Camera angles from each of the fields provides an intimate view of intrasquad games and practices. All of the affiliates’ games streaming. Archive of past Yankees games, including postseason.. Offseason discussions and call in shows that address the strengths and needs of the system. With over 300 players in the organization, there could be a player spotlight featuring a different player almost every day of the year.

These are just a few ideas I have come up with in which MLB can improve their minor leagues. If MLB wants to continue to grow the sport, an important factor will be in the marketing of their younger players. I feel these ideas will improve it across the board, provide excitement, and better access.

1 year ago  ::  Nov 03, 2020 - 5:04PM #7
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Interview with Yankees prospect Ryder Green

Green talks to Pinstripe Alley about his busy summer schedule in high school, why he chose Vanderbilt as a college, and his 2019 season with Pulaski.

Selected in the third round of the 2018 draft, Ryder Green is currently ranked as the Yankees’ 30th best prospect by MLB Pipeline. Green recently took the time to speak with Pinstripe Alley on a variety of topics that will be published in two parts. Here is part one:

Dan Kelly - There have been numerous stories about prospects playing a lot of summer ball on the showcase circuits. For a prospect like you, what were your summers like coming up through high school?

Ryder Green – It’s a lot. For me, I lived in Knoxville, and still do; I played for Team Elite Baseball. I played with Brad Bouras and the coaches over there. I would pretty much live in a hotel for four months—since I was 15-years old until I graduated. I was essentially living in Georgia. Sometimes we would just bite the bullet and drive back and forth every day from Knoxville to Lakepoint (GA), or Kennesaw (GA), which was fine. So that was me for three years, driving back and forth to Atlanta. I loved it, it was fun.

DK - This summer’s been so dramatically different and it sounds like you haven’t had a real summer off since probably your freshman year in high school. What is one thing you did this summer that you really haven’t done before?

RG – Obviously I’ve been working out, hitting, staying in shape. Just the opportunity to be with my family for this amount of time has been a blessing I think. It’s really nice to be home, and I really hope that I won’t have this chance for a really long time. So just to take a step back and get to enjoy it, because for about four months you couldn’t get out, so you were stuck with who you were with, and it’s really been fun, it’s been nice.

DK - You have a great perspective on that. Following high school you were headed to Vanderbilt, which is the college powerhouse, and they won the last national championship that was played. You would have been there for that if you had gone there. What did you see in that program that made it appealing over other schools?

RG - I think proximity to home, for sure; it is about an hour and a half to two hours from home. Coach Tim Corbin and I loved everyone on that staff, Coach Baxter (Assistant Coach), Coach Brown (Associate Head Coach/ Pitching Coach), because there was a chance I might have pitched there as well. The facilities, and if anything had happened medically, the hospitals. I really don’t think there is a better setup in college baseball that I’ve seen, and it shows. I think it is because of the leadership there with Coach Corbin and they are successful and produce high round picks all the time.

DK - They definitely do. In 2019, you played in the Appalachian League, which also had a proximity to home. Was that an unexpected benefit after choosing to go to professional ball you probably did not expect to see a lot of friends and family at at the games for a while. Did you get a lot of that while you were playing with Pulaski last season?

RG – Yeah I did, it was nice. I can’t lie I was nervous at first... because I played in the GCL (Gulf Coast League) after being drafted, so it was a little harder for the family to come and watch. So when the family first shows up, honestly you are a little nervous because it’s the first time you’ve played in front of the family in two years, but it was awesome. I loved that they got to come watch me play. It’s always nice to have familiar faces in the stands for sure.

And just to speak on it, I loved Pulaski the town. I don’t know if you’ve ever been there for a game, but they basically sell out every night. It’s impressive, they love the team and they love the guys. and it was a great atmosphere to play in all summer long.

DK - I did read they had set an attendance record in 2019. It wasn’t just for Pulaski was for the whole League, so that was pretty impressive. I don’t know if you have you followed the news that they are transitioning from an affiliated team to a college wood-bat league, which kind of seems sad coming off that kind of attendance and community support.

RG – Definitely.

DK - That 2019 Pulaski team had the highest winning percentage of any Yankees affiliate that year. Was there one moment when you guys realized things are rolling and this is a pretty good squad here?

RG - We had a few guys go down early, Anthony Garcia went down. Once that draft class came in there is just a great mesh of guys there. I think we won eight straight right off the bat, then lost a game and won like seven more in a row. Then we kind of looked at each other and realized “this team is pretty good.” We had Scott Seabol as our hitting coach, and Lou Dorante as the coach and Casa (Pitching coach Gerardo Casadiego). We had a great staff there too, so that really helped. With all the young guys, even the college guys were just 21 or 22, we were a young group, and they just kind of guided us through. Winning is important, I don’t care, it makes the game fun, when you win a lot of games like that you are going to have a good time and everyone is going to play better.

DK - Looking at the mix of that roster there are quite a few players from Latin America, and you probably have seen this in the GCL as well. What steps did you take or do the Yankees put in place to facilitate integrating cultures, breaking down the language barriers, and creating team cohesion?

RG - With the Yankees, we have Spanish classes and Latin players have English classes. For the most part it is cool to see like Antonio Cabello and Roberto Chirinos, (Madison) Santos anyway, they are good dudes. What you see is that we try to teach each other, we will ask each other questions and stuff. The culture is just fun because you are learning and you have true friendships with these guys from different countries. The Yankees do a fantastic job making the culture where you can just learn from each other so it is fun.

We’ll have more of this interview with Ryder Green tomorrow. Please check back as he discusses adjusting to professional baseball, what they Yankees’ are emphasizing behind the scenes and what it is like watching the playoffs as a member of the organization.

1 year ago  ::  Nov 04, 2020 - 8:42AM #8
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Interview with Yankees prospect Ryder Green, part two

by: Dan Kelly SB Nation: Pinstripe Alley

Yankees prospect Ryder Green discusses adjusting to professional baseball, developing his game and his perspective on watching the playoffs.

In the first part of our interview with Ryder Green we discussed his path to becoming a highly regarded draft prospect, why he committed to Vanderbilt University before being drafted by the Yankees and his successful 2019 season with the Rookie Advanced Pulaski Yankees. You can read that here. Below he discusses adjusting to professional baseball, the aspects of his game that he is focusing on improving, and watching this years playoffs.

Dan Kelly - What would you say was your biggest adjustment after switching to professional ball from the amateur side?

Ryder Green – The mental part of it for me in my first year. In high school and even playing summer ball you get a lot of days off, so it’s easier to flush something when you are getting two days off in between a game. When you go 0-for-4, then wake up the next day and go 0-for-4, and then you go 0-for-4 three straight days, then you are like OK, I’ve got to make an adjustment... in reality you just had a few bad days, it happens... The learning adjustment at least for me was how do I just flush what happened immediately and try to move on. Honestly you have to trust what your coaches are telling you and how you feel so that you don’t make needless adjustments.

DK - That’s a great point about the 0-for-4, what are some of the metrics behind the scenes that even if you’re not getting hits you are still getting an “atta boy” or the coaches are saying “hey that was good, keep doing that it will play out in the long run?”

RG - It’s really just how hard you hit the ball obviously, at a certain launch angle and your attack angle. There’s a lot of stuff within the swing. Obviously you know that if you hit one on the screws right at some guy you know you’re doing something right. Inside the swing there’s a lot of stuff... our hitting department is phenomenal, with Dillion Lawson at the head and some other guys and their numbers. You can roll over a ball and it’d be OK, just because if you are working on a swing. What they always tell us is that it’s better to work through it to fix it, than to put a band aid on it and have to really overhaul it later on. There are a lot of things within the swing but I just say exit velocity and launch angle are two things that you look at to still get an “atta boy” or a hey it’s still going good don’t worry about it.

DK - You’ve played all three outfield positions so far in your career, is there one you prefer that you think you’re going to be at long term?

RG - I think that honestly I can play all three and it doesn’t bother me to play all three. Wherever I can play to stay in the lineup, really I couldn’t care less. If it is at center field, I would love to stay in center field, if its right, I’ll play right, if its left, it doesn’t bother me as long as I get a chance to swing it.

DK - In the last season you picked up your stolen bases, is that a conscious effort on your part to try and develop within your game or just something where the opportunity presented itself?

RG - I think its definitely something I’m trying to develop... Stealing bases isn’t straight speed it’s craftiness too, you’ve got to know when to run when the situation calls for it. I think it is something that I can implement more into my game. It’s producing runs and I think that gets lost a lot and stealing bases helps produce runs for a team and that’s huge. So if I can put myself in scoring position more times with stealing bases then that is something that I need to do for a team and for an organization that is ultimately trying to win a World Series. I think that is one way you can be productive so yeah I’d say I wouldn’t say a conscious effort because I don’t want to force anything but definitely something I would like to continue to grow.

DK - I actually had one question I kind of skipped over; we were talking about you growing up in the Knoxville area, what was your favorite team growing up and who were the guys you followed the closest?

RG - I was a big… I loved Chipper Jones, Chipper was the man. I think if you are anywhere from this area then Chipper is the answer. So now to be honest I hardly watch anything if it’s not the Yankees, just because I don’t think there’s a better organization, I really do enjoy watching the Yankees play now.

DK - How closely were you watching the playoffs? Were you locked in with your fan hat on? How does someone in the organization watch that?

RG – It’s tough with your buddies, I have some buddies who are Rays fans, so that’s tough, of all teams, they want to be Rays fans. So it was fun to just bicker back and forth with them. I mean the Yankees have a good team, so its just a matter of time before they win I think. With some of the pitchers they have coming up like Nick NelsonClarke Schmidt, Deivi you know that teams going to win.

DK – Yeah we hope so, and in a few years you might be part of it. Thank you very much for taking the time to talk.

1 year ago  ::  Nov 04, 2020 - 8:44AM #9
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NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: In case you missed it, a number of players in the Yankees’ minor-league elected free agency this week. The list includes former major-leaguers like Fernando Abad and Matt Duffy, as well as former top international free agent Leonardo Molina. The team signed him to a $1.4 million bonus in 2013; he just never hit a lick. Also among the new free agents? Domingo Acevedo, a familiar face on the internal top prospects lists for a few years.

1 year ago  ::  Nov 05, 2020 - 8:57AM #10
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