Friday, April 10, 2015
Posted by el duque at 2:32 PM
The future of the Yankees - if there is any - sits in Trenton.
There, the elongated giant, Aaron Judge, will patrol RF - a few long strides behind 1B Greg Bird, the slugger. Either could reach NY next spring, if the Fates comply. (Or peter-out and serve as delightful Yankee punch lines for decades to come.) It's hard to see Judge or Bird in the Bronx this year, beyond a coffee or apocalyptic collapse. (Even so, they'd probably bring in Lyle Overbay types, rather than rush Bird or Judge.)
At 3B, Trenton offers Ken Jagiello and Dante Bichette, two former top picks who've been treading water in the pool. At SS, the ever-maligned Cito Culver, another former No. 1, has been left for dead by most blogger "scouts." But he's still playing. At catcher, Gary Sanchez is repeating Double A, never a good sign, and maybe destined for 1B, even a worse sign. Jake Cave could be in CF, if he beats out Mason Williams, the once-great prospect, now on the verge of becoming the 2015 poster boy for Yankee farm system mediocrity.
Luis Severino - our top pitching prospect - will throw here. If he shows anything at all, Severino could rise fast. No sense wasting bullets on Double A hitters. I say, "Bring him to the majors before he goes Tommy John."
The Yankees never use the word "rebuilding." They'll fight for that last Wild Card slot. But every move last winter - with the exception of signing Stephen Drew - was designed to get slightly younger. Even if the old guys put together a good spring, it's hard to imagine them holding up through August. Scranton - as usual - is mostly guys on the way down. It's all at Trenton, folks. And nobody wants to subject the future to a soggy field.