Showing posts from May, 2021

The 2024 all homegrown Yankees

It is fun to imagine what would happen if the Yankees traded every player who was originally from another team and stuck only with homegrown talent.  It’s not always a pretty picture, but this year’s list isn’t as disappointing as year’s prior. The criteria for this list are as follows: 1. The player must have spent at least one full season in the Yankees minor leagues 2. The player must currently be in the Yankees system, including both the major and minor leagues. 3. Every player currently on the roster who does not meet the above criteria will be traded or released sometime over the next three seasons in this hypothetical scenario. Let’s dive in. C – Austin Wells – Wells is just beginning his minor league career in 2021, but he has fans within the organization who feel he could already hold his own in the majors. Wells has the bat to carry him all the way to the majors quickly. According to team officials his defense has rapidly improved as well. Expected statistics: .275/

Trevor Hauver now has everyone's attention

 "Don't sleep on his power." This has been the mantra when I speak to scouts about Trevor Hauver since long before the 2021 season started. Here we are five games in and none of them would have predicted the thunderous explosion Hauver has had at the start of his career.  The 2021 draft came and went, and was a relatively quiet year compared to most. With abbreviated seasons and/or cancellations, there was a lot of mystery surrounding the draft and many of the picks. Trevor Hauver was not a mystery, but as a third round pick he wasn't the talk of the town either.  Hauver played outfield in college, mainly because he was buried behind some major talent in the Arizona State infield. To his credit, he took to it nicely and can now play outfield too. The Yankees believe Hauver is best suited at second base, which is why they have him there to start the season. He has a so-so arm so his options are limited to second, left field, or first base. He will likely play all three

Help is on the way for the lineup, but will it matter?

Despite a surging Giancarlo Stanton and recent improvements from Gleyber Torres, DJ Lemahiue, and Clint Frazier, a large portion of the Yankees lineup is still struggling. The back half of the lineup is a collection of below the Mendoza line batting averages with little to no run production. Giancarlo Stanton can't continue to hit a homerun every game forever (or can he?), so it is important that some other people in the lineup start to step it up. Aaron Judge is beginning to slump a bit, and Gio Urshela is hurting, though he will likely avoid a DL stint. Mike Ford has not done a great job filling in at first base. Gary Sanchez has been the 2019-2020 version of himself, and Brett Gardner hasn't been great either. These guys all still have plenty of time to turn their seasons around, but the team could use a boost at this stage of the season. Enter Miguel Andujar and Luke Voit. Miguel Andujar started the season in Triple-A hot, so the Yankees called him up when they learned Ursh

Yankees top 50 prospects

The Bronx Baseball Daily website was up for renewal, and I decided not to go through with it. I knew I couldn't commit the time to publish content to justify including "daily" in the name of my website. As a result, I am back to my old stomping grounds with the Evil Empire Yankees Blog. There hasn't been much of a reason to publish content for me, as my passion is prospects and the pandemic shut down the minors completely in 2020. I wanted to start off with a bang, and publish my annual top 50 prospects before the season kicks off. I am beyond excited for the season to start after a full year of missing Minor League Baseball. Without further ado, here is my top 50 list. I will be posting the "just missed the list" group soon. Enjoy. 1. Jasson Dominguez – 5-foot-10, 190-pounds, CF, SH, 18-years-old – At this point the anticipation for Dominguez’s debut has reached a fever pitch. He hasn’t registered a minor league at bat yet, but the hype has been crazy. He h