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Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Yankee 2016 hope: Somebody Darwins up from the ooze

In lieu of signing a stud free agent, the Yankees have assembled a handful of unfulfilled former future stars, ex-can't-miss prospects, hoping to snag another Amos Otis.

Yes, Amos Otis. The Elevator.

Sherman, set the Wayback to 1969. Otis was the future of the Mets, a 22-year-old CF who had failed in his first incarnation, at 20. He comes up, hits below .200, and is dealt to Kansas City for the great Joe Foy. As a Royal, Otis blossoms, epitomizing a common event in the 1970s and 1980s - the former hot prospect who is a bust with the first team, then explodes in another setting. Randy Johnson, for example. The decades were full of them, and the Yankees - think Doug Drabek, Jay Buhner, et al - led the way in giving them away.

But then GM's began to wise-up. Nobody wanted to be the guy who traded Jeff Bagwell for Larry Andersen, a player whose name in Boston remains synonymous with a bucket of fried chicken. But the trades still happen. And Cashman is sifting for his Amos Otis.

Last year, he pried loose Didi Gregorius from Arizona. Gregorius started horribly, then did very well. If he further evolves, he could be a star.

Here are the Yankee Darwinian Hopes for 2016:

1. Aaron Hicks, former Twins first-round pick. He's 25, hits both ways, is solid defensively, and has Paul Molitor as a fan. To get him, we gave up John Ryan Murphy - who could turn out to be the one that got-away. If Hicks evolves...

2. Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi. We all know them by now. They should be hitting their peak years. They've both flashed signs. Maybe we've already seen all there is to see. If either evolves...

3. Dustin Ackley, former Mariners' first-rounder. We got him at the trade deadline. This is the guy who disappeared when Robbie Cano came to town. He was supposed to be the next Dustin Pedroia. He is NOT the next Pedroia. But if he evolves...

4. Slade Heathcott, Mason Williams, former top Yankee prospects. Basically, they are the same player - (25 and 24, respectively) - fast, injury-prone, LH bats who play good defense, might hit .280 and maybe 15 HRs. For either to evolve, somebody has to get hurt. What are the chances of that happening...?

5. Luis Severino. Saved the best for last. Practically every hopeful 2016 projection involves this guy evolving into a top starter. He's 22. Two weeks ago, we were stunned by the news that Greg Bird will miss the season. The only thing more disheartening would be an injury to Severino. If he evolves...

I'd say for the Yankees to win the division, three of the above seven names has to make that step. Of course, there are many other factors. But if someone evolves... the elevator will be going up.

8 comments:

Tom said...

Holy Cow! A somewhat optimistic post from El Duque. Love must be in the air up there in Syracuse.

Anonymous said...

AGREED.......(AND LETS NOT FORGET SANCHEZ AND OR JUDGE)........I'M GONNA RUN WILD NOW. -STARTER: BRIAN MITCHELL? .....BULLPEN: JACOB LINDGREN, JAMES PAZOS, OR NICK RUMBLELOW?............................. I KNOW ALPHONSO IS CHUCKLING, BUT LET ME DREAM, WILL YA?..........

John M said...

It will always amaze me how we give up good young players to get players who might be good if we get lucky.

Duque, this isn't a pie in the sky kind of post, but what are the odds of any of this happening? Sure, you can't predict baseball, but you can predict one thing: we'll be right a lot more than the front office. We always have been.

Anonymous said...

JOHN M.....,YOU'RE HURTING MY HEART!....(BUT I KNOW YOU'RE RIGHT)........SONOFABITCH!

I'm Bill White said...

John M is right. The Yankee bumper sticker has a fish eating Darwin. There is no evolution in The House That Hal Built.

Roel Bazan said...

Roel said,
There is no evolution of players, there are created to be or not to be.

Anonymous said...

Slade Heathcott showed a bit of what he is capable of before tearing his hamstring. The kid is the best outfielder in the system today. Judge has a lot of work to do in order to overtake Heathcott. Defensively, Heathcott is better than anyone currently wearing pinstripes. Hicks is a career .234 hitter, a #4 or a #5 outfielder, of which the Yankees already have many. Mason Williams is superior to him, but once again, Hal will go with dregs of other teams, rather than give our own system generated players the opportunity. I've been a Yankee fan for as long as I can remember, but today, I don't think Mickey Mantle would make it past AAA, as a prospect. The Yankees would trade for Omar Moreno or Jerry Mumphrey. Heathcott and Williams are bored at AAA. Growing older, become stale. What a shame, not to mention a terrible waste.

Anonymous said...

yup, anon and John, just crazy and heartbreaking how they traded away a budding young superstar to acquire Pineda.

awful how they squandered a great young talent such as Phelps for Eovaldi.