Game 136: BOS vs. NYY — Welcome to September baseball, not so Greene anymore

Well, it’s September baseball. Consider this the long stretch into the postseason. And yesterday, the Yankees had the day off, which I guess was nice for those who wanted to celebrate Labor Day properly. But it also means that the 25-man roster can increase to the 40-man for the playoff race. That being said, the Yankees recalled catcher John Ryan Murphy and pitchers Preston Claiborne, Bryan Mitchell, and Chase Whitley (from AAA Scranton); selected pitcher Rich Hill and outfielder Chris Young (also from AAA); and signed outfielder Antoan Richardson and pitcher Chaz Roe to ML contracts and the active roster (again from AAA). And in less pleasant news, AA Trenton outfielder Slade Heathcott was recalled and moved to the 60-day DL due to right knee surgery; moved Masahiro Tanaka to the 60-day DL (more in a moment); released pitcher Matt Daley; and designated Zoilo Almonte for assignment.

Okay, so Tanaka’s soreness was diagnosed as just that — soreness. That means, he will return to his throwing rehab this week, attempting to work back into the regular season as soon as humanly possible. It feels odd that I must include the term “human”, but I think sometimes some people become so used to the idea of near immortality of the athletes (or even seeing them as simply commodities) that one might forget they are also human, with weaknesses and limitations. We continue to wish Tanaka a speedy recovery, but mostly we want good, whole health.

And then there was a game with the visiting Boston Red Sox. Shane Greene took the start tonight, and while Greene has been pretty consistent this year in his fill-in status, tonight certainly wasn’t consistent with the Greene I think we’ve been spoiled to watch. In just 2.2 innings, Greene threw 67 pitches, gave up 6 hits, 6 runs, and 3 walks, striking out just 3 Boston batters. To say it was a terrible outing for Greene might be an understatement, and I think everyone wishes this was an April game and not a September one.

In the 1st inning, a single and a walk put runners on base to score on a double and a sacrifice fly. (2-0 Boston) In the 3rd, runners again on base with a single and a walk score when a batter smacked a 3-run home run into the right field seats, only to be followed up 2 batters (and 1 out) later by another home run (a solo shot). (6-0 Boston)

Now, the Yankees answered back in the bottom of the 3rd as Martin Prado hit his own solo home run into the left field seats, but with Esmil Rogers on the mound now (in relief of Greene to get out of the 3rd and pitching into the 4th), Rogers gave up his own solo home run, effectively erasing the Yankees’ attempt. (7-1 Boston). Rogers came back for 1 out in the 5th before handing the ball over to Hill to end that inning.

The bottom of the 5th was, by far, the most productive offensive inning for the Yankees, albeit awfully strange. Beltran and McCann each singled. Then Prado hit a ball that sailed over the left fielder’s head, which should have been a double, but Beltran and McCann were waiting to see if the player could catch it. He didn’t, so Prado headed for 2nd thinking it was a double, but McCann was held up there as Beltran was still on 3rd. Desperately trying to find his way back to 1st as it was deemed a single, Prado ended up getting tagged out. Some people blamed Beltran for not running, some people blamed Prado for running too much, but really it was just a huge miscommunication for everyone. Anyway, Headley walked to load the bases, and then Francisco Cervelli’s walk finally scored Beltran.

Another out brought up Derek Jeter to the plate. Jeter hit a soft grounder to the shortstop who charged the ball and fired it to 1st where the 1st base umpire called Jeter out. This brought Girardi out of the dugout for a challenge. Upon review (and a very boisterous reception from the heated crowd in the steamy Bronx tonight upon seeing the replay on the big screen), it was over turned — Jeter safe at 1st, bases still loaded, but McCann scored. (7-3 Boston) The next batter was Brett Gardner, who struck out on a rather outside pitch; a bit frustrated, Gardner discarded his helmet and bat a little to forcefully, according to the home plate umpire who immediately ejected him. Well, with nothing to lose, Gardner went off on his about his “floating strike zone”.

Like I said, that 5th inning was something else…

Well, this whole game was really something else…

Warren came on to pitch the 6th and 7th for the Yankees, and Huff got his chance in the 8th. Both did an excellent job keeping Boston from adding to this lead that was easily handed to them by sloppy pitching and missed offensive opportunities and whatever happened in the bottom of the 5th to the Yankees.

Chaz Roe made his Yankee debut in the 9th, and I’m guessing it wasn’t quite the impression he had in mind. He gave up a lead-off triple that scored on a sacrifice fly and a walk that scored on a single. The Yankees tried to earn back one of those runs in the bottom of the 9th with Brian McCann’s lead-off solo home run. But it wasn’t enough.

And Prado was pulled from the game in the 9th inning (replaced by Chris Young, the former Met making his pinstriped debut) with hamstring soreness. The initial diagnosis was hamstring tightness in his left leg, but they will have an official diagnosis after he sees the team doctor and an MRI. Fingers crossed for just a couple of days warming the bench and not something more serious (though, this year, nothing surprises me anymore on the injury front).

Like I said, this game was something else… there are literally no words to describe it. Well, there are words, but I’m trying to maintain a positive, clean blog here. And on that note, what would the upside of tonight’s game? They still have 2 more games to win against Boston this week, and there are two rookie pitchers scheduled for the next two days to face the Yankees. Here’s to hoping the stereotypes are true about rookie (and recent call-up) pitchers facing veteran batters…

Go Yankees!

Game 112: DET vs. NYY — 12th inning bummer

The biggest talk at the trade deadline last week was when the Rays traded their ace starter to the Tigers. That ace started against the Yankees tonight in a highly anticipated (read: over-hyped) match-up in the Bronx. Look, the Yankees have faced Price (the new Tigers’ starter) a lot because he played on the Rays, also known as one of their division rivals, also known as a frequent opponent during the season. In fact, Price was the pitcher who gave up Jeter’s 3000th hit 3 years ago. Price is tightly interwoven into the Yankees’ storyline, and the move to the AL Central has to give the Yankees a bit of a sigh of relief as they don’t have to face him that often anymore.

So, the Tigers are in the Bronx tonight for their 2nd of a 4-game mid-week series. And I won’t deny that Price did an excellent job, as usual, against the Yankees with some notable exceptions. He threw 112 pitches into the 9th inning (8.2 innings in his stats), gave up all 8 Yankee hits, all 3 Yankee runs, and no walks, striking out 10 Yankee batters. But Price is a strikeout pitcher, and like a lot of strikeout pitchers, 2 of those runs were home runs to Brian McCann in the 2nd and Martin Prado (his 1st in pinstripes) in the 5th. The other run was in the 3rd, after Ryan doubled to lead off the inning, Jacoby Ellsbury’s double scored Ryan.

On the other side of the field, Hiroki Kuroda got the start for the Yankees. His 91 pitches took him through 7 innings, giving up 6 hits, 3 runs, and no walks, striking out 5 Tigers. The Tigers struck in the 1st, singles putting runners on the corners, when a simple sacrifice fly scored the Tigers’ first run. A solo home run in the 6th brought the score up 3-2, and a 2-out RBI single in the 7th tied up the game 3-3.

And there it sat. Betances threw the 8th and into the 9th, but after accidentally hitting a batter, he was replaced by Kelley who closed out the 9th. A former Yankee now with the Tigers threw against the Yankees in the 9th and 10th innings and got a rousing chorus of boos when he entered the game (he didn’t leave on good terms with the fans) and when he accidentally hit Jeter (just bruised really). Huff got the first 2 outs of the 10th, with Rogers grabbing that last one and the first two of the 11th. New acquisition Rich Hill (see below on trade notes) pitched to one batter putting him on base with a hit-by-pitch (the 3rd hit batter of the game), so it was Matt Daley to close out the 11th and pitched through the 12th.

And it was the 12th that was a problem — a 1-out solo home run pushed the Tigers up 4-3 over the Yankees. The Yankees couldn’t seem to push another run across the plate at the bottom of the 12th, so the Tigers took this game.

But I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention a couple of truly outstanding defensive plays the Yankees made tonight — Derek Jeter‘s leaping grab in the 4th, Brendan Ryan‘s successful bobble out in the 5th, Chase Headley‘s nasty grab in the 10th, and Brett Gardner‘s sliding grab in the 12th.

And in those roster moves and trade notes I mentioned previously… the Nationals claimed pitcher Matt Thornton off waiver-claims, so the Yankees signed another lefty pitcher Rich Hill, who has a history with the Cubs, 5 AL teams, and various minor league clubs since his 2005 MLB debut.

Hints of more roster moves and trades to come are everywhere because the Yankees, unlike some other teams, are still in quite the race for October. Of course, it doesn’t help to lose games like today, but it’s still pretty encouraging (at least to me) that they held out so long against what is considered one of the better teams in the AL. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still bummed that they lost (I hate losing), but the idea that it was rather a close call should be enough of an “almost” to challenge the Yankees into an extra competitive boost for the next couple of games. (And I’m sure the teams in the AL Central are hoping the Yankees steal a couple of games from the Tigers too.)

Go Yankees!

Game 94: NYY vs. BAL — Stupid rain

I think the only thing I hate more than rain delays is games being called on account of rain delays. I blame nature, of course, for actually sending what can only be described as an Act of God over the city of Baltimore this evening. And I blame ESPN for making this AL East division rivalry game their Sunday night broadcasted game, forcing them to play in what quickly became a monsoon, while the entire day leading up to game time was a beautiful summer day. Okay, I realize I’m being a little facetious and unreasonable, but after 2 hours and 20 minutes of basically roaming around the internet waiting for closure on tonight’s game, I feel a little cheated.

And that’s the reason I hate midway called games the most is the lack of accomplishment with which they leave you feeling. It’s not really over, but circumstances have forced a stunted closure to a game in progress. There is no real closure, just a lot of hanging “what ifs”.

But there was a partial game tonight. Brett Gardner led off the game with a solo home run. And then starter Chase Whitley delivered 3 innings with no runs scored. But it was the 4th inning that got him into trouble (and again, I blame the evil weather tonight, but just for tonight). Whitley allowed a lead-off walk to put a runner on base so that the next batter (one of the Orioles best hitters) to smack a 2-run home run. A double next ended up at 3rd 2 outs later and scored on a single before the Yankees called on David Huff to get out of the inning.

But the damage was done. It was 3-1 Orioles going into the 5th inning. After a quick 3 outs for the Yankees at the top of the 5th, the heavens altered their course of attack from sprinkles to rain to deluge, and in the middle of an at-bat, the umpires called for the tarps. Players retreated to their dugouts, fans scurried to covered areas. And once lightning became a valid threat, players ducked into their respective clubhouses and fans dove for better shelter to wait out the storm.

It looked like there might be some leeway about just under 2 hours after the rain delay began, but the storm system behind the current one dousing the filed hurried itself up and chased the first system out of the area so it could have its turn to open up over Charm City. Of course, the rain paused there for a minute while I was writing this, but it’s back on again. It doesn’t matter any more, as the players are now making their way home and a few players are hopping a plane to Minneapolis. So the game ends there in the 5th inning, 3-1 Baltimore wins.

And the Yankees head into the All-Star break an even .500, 47 wins-47 losses, and 5 games behind Baltimore. I guess it’s better than having a losing record.

All-Star festivities are in full-swing in the Twin Cities. Fan fest began on Friday and will run through Tuesday. Last night, they held a concert featuring some powerhouse singers and performers. This morning, there was a 5K Color Run for charity, followed by the Futures Game (featuring two Yankee prospects) and the Celebrity Softball Game. A block party is running from tonight until Tuesday. Tomorrow will be the Players’ Workout Day, which proudly features the Home Run Derby. Tuesday will begin with the Red Carpet Show and end with the 85th All-Star Game at Target Field. You can find out all the details, see pictures, and shop ASG gear on this site.

Pre-game roster moves: Zoilo Almonte and Matt Daley optioned to AAA Scranton, Jim Miller outrighted to AAA Scranton, and pitcher Bryan Mitchell recalled from AA Trenton. But then again, it’s just the beginning of the All-Star break, so it’s still anyone’s guess who’ll be on the roster come Friday when the Yankees host the Reds back in the Bronx.

Happy All-Star Week!

Go Yankees!

Game 93: NYY vs. BAL — A little Greene magic

Let’s be honest. Today’s game against Baltimore was really all about rookie pitcher Shane Greene. Girardi said last year at Spring Training that you never know when some rookie’s (not a big signed player) going to just pop up, surprise you, and command attention, and really every year, there’s always a couple of guys that just stand out from the crowd. Now, usually it’s in Spring Training (like Solarte this year) that these guys appear. And I remember Greene from Spring Training this year, but I honestly didn’t think he really proved himself enough for the big show just yet. Clearly, his time in the minors following Spring Training helped hone his potential into something worth watching, worth using at the big league level.

So Greene took the start today and proceeded to just impress the socks off everyone from the Yankees players to the broadcasters to (I’m sure) the Orioles organization. He threw 106 pitches through 7.1 innings, though through most of the game he was able to get quick little 1-2-3 innings. The Orioles couldn’t get a base runner (a walk) until the 4th inning and finally got a hit in the 5th. But Greene kept them at just 4 hits (they would only earn 5 in the entire game) and 2 walks. No runs would score, and he magnificently struck out 9 batters. Just nearly flawless really.

To relieve Greene in the 8th, Huff came on apparently just to allow a 1-pitch single, before Kelley’s 7 pitches would get those final 2 outs of the inning. This sent the game to David Robertson in the 9th, who threw 11 pitches to get his 23rd save of the season.

Of course, without any Yankee offense, all this fine pitching would be for naught. In the 3rd inning, with 2 outs and Gardner and Jeter on base, Mark Teixeira doubled and scored Gardner, but Jeter made the dash for home but was tagged just as he slid into home. Still, Gardner’s run counted for a 1-0 lead.

Then in the 7th, with 2 outs and Johnson standing on 2nd, Derek Jeter’s single scored Johnson and advanced Jeter to 2nd on the throw home. Jeter would then score easily on Jacoby Ellsbury’s double. Ellsbury would later get thrown out trying to score at home, but the Yankees were up 3-0, giving Greene a nice lead and the eventual win.

The Yankees will be sending another outstanding rookie to the mound tomorrow when Whitley starts. Meanwhile, Matt Daley has been officially designated for assignment. And with the trade deadline coming up on July 31, all these moves are so crucial to the health and future of a team, including the teams that will pick up those DFA-ed players.

Only one more game until the All-Star break. After today’s game, I’m feeling more positive about it. And if I’m being honest with myself, I should feel good about last night’s game. I mean, it was definitely disappointing to not have the win, and it always is when they lose in extra innings because it feels like all that extra effort was wasted. But to hold what is supposed to be the best team in the AL East to a tie into the 10th inning and then today to shut them out in their own ball park is rather encouraging.

All the talk about how the Yankees don’t have what it takes this year, and then I watch them fight off some of the better teams. It just doesn’t gel with what the talking heads seem to think. It just serves as a reminder to me to (a) not listen to anyone but myself when people spout nothing but opinions and (b) remember which team I follow. The Yankees are anything but predictable, and every year they’ve won championships, they did it in completely different ways, some struggling years, some easier years, but most just ordinary anxious “what if” years. And in the words of someone who has 10 championships to his name, “It ain’t over…” well, you know the rest…

Go Yankees!

Game 92: NYY vs. BAL — 10th inning walk-off loss

Tonight’s game began the weekend series against Baltimore, the last 3 games before the All-Star Break. Hiroki Kuroda started tonight’s game, throwing 103 pitches over his 7 innings. While he was a little sloppy at times (3 wild pitches and 2 batters hit-by-pitch), the rest of his game was pretty good, allowing just 3 hits and 2 runs, striking out 3 batters. Actually, the Orioles couldn’t poke through Kuroda’s pitching until the 4th inning. A hit-by-pitch and single put runners on the corners, the first one scored on a wild pitch and the second on a sacrifice fly.

Prior to the Orioles’ offensive attempt, the Yankees racked up their own 2 runs. In the 2nd, Brian Roberts hit a 2-out solo home run, and Kelly Johnson hit his solo home run in the 3rd. This made the game all knotted up and tied 2-2 for quite some time.

Dellin Betances came on to relieve Kuroda in the 8th and 9th, spreading 23 pitches and 3 strikeouts over his 2 hitless innings. So when the game went into the bottom of the 10th, the Yankees turned to Adam Warren. Warren allowed a lead-off double that scored on a single just two batter later — a walk-off single to put the Orioles over the Yankees 3-2.

In the wake of the injury to Masahiro Tanaka, the baseball world is still reeling from the immediate loss and spinning around so many “potential outcomes”. (I say “baseball world” because the sports world in general seems rather preoccupied with another sport’s superstar’s recent signing to a former team.) The predicted rehab time for Tanaka is about 6 weeks, which puts him back in the rotation somewhere at the beginning of September should rehab go well (and I know everyone is certainly praying for that outcome). But like the class act that he is, Tanaka himself released a statement apologizing for his injury and promising to do what needs to be done to return whole and healthy. We continue to pray for a speedy, healthy recovery.

And some roster moves were made today. The Yankees acquired pitcher Jeff Francis and cash considerations from the Athletics. Francis had been designated for assignment and has a history of being a starter with previous teams, though he was used by the A’s as a reliever. No word on how they plan on adding him to the pitching staff. In addition to Francis, the Yankees designated Jim Miller for assignment and recalled Matt Daley from AAA Scranton.

One of the regular players yesterday commented that this never-ending injury plague seems to be focused on a particular part of their clubhouse, noting that last year it was the position players and this year it seems to be the pitchers. How about it’s no one after the All-Star Break?

Go Yankees!

Game 64: NYY vs. SEA — A complete Tanaka showdown

It took Masahiro Tanaka exactly 110 pitches to get 27 outs (9 innings) and grab his 10th win of the season. He gave up 6 hits, 2 runs, and 1 walk. But the measure of his Tanaka-ness was the 11 strikeouts of Seattle batters. Actually, Tanaka was running a complete game shut-out right up until the 9th inning — two outs away and he allowed a single and a 2-run home run (by former Yankee Cano) to eat in at that shut-out. But he finished the game with 2 strikeouts, hitting 95 mph with his last fastball pitch. If you know anything about the exhaustion of a complete game for a pitcher, to be able to get all the way to the last pitch and still pitch 95 mph says more about the pitcher than it does about anything else in his style or performance.

Now, in order for Tanaka grab that win, the Yankees had to make it happen offensively. And then did.  Well, actually, they threatened a lot over the course of the game, but threats don’t mean anything without the power to back them up. So in the 3rd, Roberts singled, moved to 2nd on Gardner’s walk, and then scored on Jacoby Ellsbury’s single. Then in the 5th, Gardner and Ellsbury each singled and then scored on Mark Teixeira’s solid 3-run home run, pushing the Yankees up 4-0.

Thanks to Tanaka, the Yankees would go on to win 4-2 over Seattle tonight.

I like this winning thing the Yankees are doing, but I’m already falling into predictions. We’re about a month away from what MLB considers its “halfway point” or the All-Star Break, though the official halfway point is 17 games away (162 total games, so halfway would be 81 games). I don’t like making public predictions (though my friends and family are very much aware of my private opinions), but there’s an “on-track” aspect of predictions that I don’t mind. Like I think it’s pretty safe to say that Tanaka is “on-track” to win over 20 games this season. And I think it’s pretty safe to say that Jeter will be the starting shortstop for his 14th and final All-Star Game (don’t forget to vote). Technically, and this is according to 15 years out of high school math (I’m sorry, Mrs. Dempsey), this means the Yankees are “on-track” for 97 wins, which seems high for all the already predicted over-under of how many wins the Yankees are supposed to win.

But, this is why I don’t pay attention to predictions. Predictions are only reliable after the fact.

And in other Yankee news:

Shawn Kelley is back from his back injury, reactivated to join the team and put back in the bullpen. David Huff, who had a brief stint with the Yankees last season, was picked up off waivers from San Francisco. Wade LeBlanc was designated for assignment, while Matt Daley was optioned to AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre. In other words, the revolving door that is the Yankees bullpen continues to spin, and it’s taking all that the powers that be to keep that door from spinning out of control.

Francisco Cervelli is working his way back to the big leagues from his severe hamstring injury. He is currently rehabbing with the Yankees AA team — the Trenton Thunder. He admits to feeling better and healthier, though impatient to return to play the game he (and all of us really) love.

And it’s almost that time of year again — my favorite week of the baseball season — HOPE Week. Next Monday through Friday (June 16-21), the Yankees will honor and celebrate five different community programs around the city for their hard work and dedication to their community. This year, all facets of the Yankees will be participating in their own home communities — including minor league teams in Scranton, Trenton, Tampa, Charleston, and Staten Island.

Plus, a week from Sunday, on June 22, the Yankees will host their annual Old Timers’ Game. Invited alumni include Berra, Ford, Jackson, Torre, Matsui, and Damon. They will also hold a special ceremony to honor Goose Gossage for all his contributions as a pitcher and player for the Yankees with a plaque in Monument Park. The previous game, held Saturday, June 21, will honor another great Yankee Tino Martinez with his own plaque in Monument Park.

It’s going to be a month of memories and memory-making.

Go Yankees!

Game 61: NYY vs. KC — Missed opportunities

Well, they certainly know how to make it interesting in Kansas City. Rain threatened all day, even pouring a bit in areas, but the night filled with thunderstorms never seemed to hold much water (so to speak), as by game time, the skies were that clear blue that can only be described as the alternate color for the Royals’ uniforms.

And it was David Phelps to start for the Yankees. 93 pitches, 5.2 innings, 10 hits, 7 runs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts. Overall, not a great outing from Phelps, something, I’m sorry to say, that has become somewhat of a pattern this season for him. Despite a great 1st inning, the game began slipping from him a bit in the 2nd. A lead-off double scored on the next batter’s double; a single put runners on the corners; and two more singles scored two more runs. And suddenly, the Royals were leading 3-0.

The Yankees got those runs back in the 6th inning. With 2 outs and 2 men on base, Carlos Beltran’s double scored Jeter, and Yangervis Solarte’s sweet single scored both Teixeira and Beltran. And just like that the game was tied. All Yankee fans in the stadium were sensing hope for a win, despite the sloppy pitching and defense on display tonight.

But Phelps faltered again in the bottom of the 6th. Big time. Two walks to start the inning set the stage for a 3-run home run. A triple scored on a single 2 outs later, and the Yankees went to the bullpen for relief. But the damage was done. 7-3 Yankees at the end of the 6th inning.

It was Matt Daley to relieve Phelps. Daley did a decent job ending the 6th and grabbing the first 2 outs of the 7th. He allowed a solo home run to add to the Royals’ lead and found himself outmatched by the offensively strong Royals hitters tonight. So they turned to Jose Ramirez to finish the 7th and take the 8th, which he did successfully, preventing some kind of blow-out.

The Yankees made a last-ditch rally effort in the 9th inning to try to make up the 5-run deficit (6 runs to win). A lead-off double by Solarte was a good start. Ichiro’s single pushed Solarte to 3rd, and suddenly, Yankees fans were alive and kicking again in Kauffman Stadium. Brian Roberts grounds out, but Solarte is able to score a run for the Yankees. Two more outs later, and the Royals walk away with their 8-4 win (or the Yankees’ loss).

I want to mention that my absolute favorite play was a snazzy double play in the bottom of the 4th. Phelps pitched the ball to the batter, who promptly smacked it right back to Phelps and into his glove. Phelps immediately tossed it to Teixeira at 1st who tagged the base as the runner had jumped too far off 1st (also called “doubling off”). It was probably the best play of the night, one that left even Royals fans around me talking.

My mom asked me on the way home tonight after the game what I liked best about the game. That double play was my choice. What I least liked about the game? Losing. What can I say? I like winning. I hate losing. It’s simple. If the Yankees had won, that would have been my favorite thing about the game. But that’s the way the pieces fell. It’s an interesting question after a game, one I might consider making a tradition except for the fact that one of the answers will always be either winning or losing. It’s just in my competitive nature. But I’m guessing if  you asked some of the Yankee players those questions, tonight they’d say “losing” was their least favorite part of the game. It’s why I’m a Yankees fan in the first place. We think too much alike.

Now, since I don’t really want to dissect the anatomy of the game, I’ll turn my attention to what I promised I’d update you on for Saturday — the First Year Player Draft. The Yankees made their selections over the last 3 days. In order of selection, beginning with their pick in the 2nd round (55th overall) and ending with their 40th round pick (or 1202nd pick overall): Jacob Lindgren, Austin DeCarr, Jordan Montgomery, Jordan Foley, Jonathan Holder, Mark Payton, Connor Spencer, Vince Conde, Ty McFarland, Matthew Borens, Chris Glittens, Bo Thompson, Sean Carley Andrew Chin, Derek Callahan, Garrett Cave, Justin Kamplain, Joe Harvey, Corey Holmes, Porter Clayton, Jake Kelzer, Will Toffey, Dominic Jose, Dylan Barrow, Collin Slaybaugh, Griffin Gordon, Lee Casas, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Perez, Devyn Bolasky, Jordan Ramsey, David Graybill, Matt Wotherspoon, Christopher Hudgins, William Gaddis, Ryan Lindermuth, Andre Del Bosque, Cameron Warren, and Madison Stokes.

Welcome to Yankee Universe!

And yes, if you were paying attention, the big story is the selection of Mariano Rivera’s son, also named Mariano Rivera for the 29th round. It is reminiscent of last year’s draft when Andy Pettitte’s son Josh was drafted in the later rounds. Josh opted for college at Baylor and to pursue a professional athletic career after earning his degree. Mariano will see what the Yankees offer before making his decision. But it wouldn’t surprise me if we saw some pinstriped legacies rise up in the near future.

Go Yankees!