Monday, August 22, 2016

The Impacts of Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge


      The New York Yankees recently called up two high-rated prospects and these two prospects have made a HUGE impact on the team. They are catcher Gary Sanchez and right fielder Aaron Judge.
       Sanchez, who's been called the catcher of the future for seasons has stepped into that roll with a spectacular 6 HR and 12 RBIs to go along with a .361 batting average in 61ABs in 16 games, meaning that he's hitting a home run about every 10 ABs, an amazing stat for a rookie. I think that next year Sanchez should be the starting catcher as veteran Brian McCann is moved into a DH spot.
         Judge has played in less games than Sanchez but he still has an outstanding 2HRs and 6 RBIs with a .308 BA in his 26 ABs in his career's first 7 games. Judge has always been listed as Carlos Beltran's replacement and now with Beltran on the Texas Rangers, Judge has stepped into his roll as the Yanks' future RF.  Judge should start at right field next year.
           Judge and Sanchez aren't the only good offensive prospects the Yankees have. Clint Fraizer, the Yanks' top prospect, is a CF who has great potential. Shortstops Jorge Mateo and Gleyber Torres could move into 2B and 3B spots because Didi Gregorius is young and is having another great year. And with that, you can tell the Yanks' future is bright. 
      

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Islanders' offseason moves

Over the off-season, the New York Islanders made some big moves, all happening in free agency. These were those moves.
 
            Added: Andrew Ladd from CHI, Jason Chimera from WAS, P.A. Parenteau from TOR
             Lost:    Kyle Okposo to BUF, Frans Nielson to DET, Matt Martin to TOR, Brian Strait to WIN
  
                  Overview: Ladd is a LW and Okposo is a RW but Ladd is still a pretty good replacement to go along with John Tavares and a choice between Ryan Strome and Parenteau on the first line. Chimera is a nice replacement for Martin to go along with Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck. But the reason why they lose the year's off-season is the loss of Frans Nielson. He's always been one of their best players and the Islanders can't replace him. Matthew Barzal has a chance to make the team. Young players Shane Prince and Alan Quine should return after great performances in the Stanley Cup playoffs.  Ryan Pulock should be in the top six this year with Brian Strait off the team.

             So that's it for the moves they made, like I said before, Ladd and Chimera are good replacement for Okposo and Martin, but losing Nielson meant losing the offseason.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Yankees' deadline moves


 On the ending of July, the New York Yankees made some big trades giving away RPs Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller and RF Carlos Beltran.
     In the Chapman trade, he went to the Chicago Cubs for the Cubs' top prospect, shortstop Gleyber Torres, OFs Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford and RP Adam Warren. The 19 year-old Torres was recently ranked the 27th best prospect in the MLB by Baseball America and no. 34 by Baseball Prospectus. Torres is hitting 275/359/433 in High Class A this year. Mckinney was part of the trade that sent Addison Russell to the Cubs. He shows potential to be the next Brett Gardner. Crawford has some speed and can play center but he owns a career OPS of .674 and is yet to play above High A. Warren is a RP/SP who came up in the Yanks organization and was traded for 2b Starlin Castro in the offseason. For the Cubs, they got the hardest thrower in the MLB and a outstanding closer.
           In the Miller trade, he was dealt to the Cleveland Indians for their top prospect, OF Clint Frazier, LHP Justus Sheffield plus two right handers Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen.
Fraizer and Sheffield are top 100 prospects and Heller and Feyereisen don't have much potential. Frazier has 14 HRs and 52 RBIs with a 271 BA. between AA and AAA this year. Sheffield has a 3.38 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP in 106.2 IP this year in advanced A. For the Indians, they get a left handed closer with a super nasty slider.
            In the Beltran trade, the Yanks got right-hander SP Dillon Tate, plus prospects Nick Green and Erik Swanson. Tate has a 4.82 ERA and a WHIP of 1.61 in 71 IP this year. The Rangers got an outfielder who already announced his retirement after this year but he's known to be one of the best postseason hitters in MLB history.
            That's it for the blockbuster deals but the Yankees also made a minor trade acquiring RP Tyler Clippard from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for pitcher Vicente Campos.
              The Yankees now have 7 prospects on MLB's top 100 list. Tate isn't on this list. no. 20 is Frazier, no. 22 is Torres, no. 23 is SS Jorge Mateo, no. 27 is RF Aaron Judge, no. 34 is C Gary Sanchez, no. 58 is OF Blake Rutherford and no. 89 is Sheffield.