Sunday, November 19, 2017

The looming Yankee super mutant

We hear a lot these days about the well-stocked Yankee farm system, and often, you have to wonder if it's not just the usual NYC crapola. The fact is, when the Gammonites start unfurling their superlatives, the New York Giants can enter a season as Super Bowl faves. Besides, prospects are a hard thing to rank or quantify. For example, since Glyber Torres last season went down with an elbow injury, he has actually risen in some rankings, now to the top in baseball. You'd think missing time, plus an elbow injury, would cause a decline in his rating. But not in New York, eh?

Yesterday, another sign emerged of the popping system, when the Yankees traded Nick Rumbelow to Seattle for two younger no-names. They did this to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, because they weren't going to protect Rumbelow, and he was almost certainly going to be picked in next month's Rule 5 draft. But still... does that really mean the system is a deep as some are claiming?

Let's consider a prospect you've probably heard little about: First baseman Isiah Gilliam. To my knowledge, he's made no Top 25 Yankee prospect lists. I'm not even sure he's in the top 40.  

At low A Charleston last year, the 20-year-old Gilliam hit 15 HRs and batted .275. Not exactly Elvis, but not bad either. He's a switch-hitter and, at 6'3" and 220 pounds, certainly looks good coming off the bus. 

The Yankees took him in the 20th round of the 2015 draft, and each season, he's risen one rank. Nothing spectacular, just a steady climb. 

He'll probably start the season in High A Tampa and, if he hits, end it in Trenton. In 2019, he could be knocking on the door from Scranton... if he hits, that is. And there are no guarantees.

But here's the deal: Check out the DNA bloodlines. 

Isiah Gilliam. Write it down.


Anonymous said...

His name is Gammons, not Gammon. So it should be Gammonsites. And Gammons's baseball analysis is a cut above the daily beat writers with whom you unfairly lump him together, and frankly, a good deal more sophisticated than yours, with your endless flogging of outmoded and mostly useless traditional stats like batting average and RBIs and home runs, without suitable adjustments for park factors, team on-base percentage (which of course affects RBI totals), not even anything about on-base percentage or slugging. Just lazy troglodyte crapola. You have no right to patronize Gammons, who occupies a universe of baseball knowledge and analytical sophistication light years ahead of your own.

Anonymous said...

Jeez, Stat-Boy, did you finally get your nose out of Ben-Nintendo's ass?? We sure have been missing your unique brand of vitriol, "Believe Me...", to paraphrase one who is not to be believed - - especially after that verbal tell.

Why don't you go see if Gammons and/or his buddies will give you a widdy, biddy wuv?? While you're there (light years away from this blog, of course) - - why the hell don't you just STAY there??

Your cut-and-pasting of your same damned crappy, worn, premises will work MUCH better on some other blog, with impressionable YOUNG participants...just why do you persist in atttempting to sway us Old Dogs??

BTW, last time I read your crap, you accused me of pre-judging to perfectly innocent, poor, widdow books - - SAD!! My reply: NO!! I was pre-judging the subjectivity of the system you tout as so, so enlightened & sophisticated...why don't you just quit wasting your time on us geezers, and vamoose?? All parties are guaranteed to be happier if you just do that one simple thing. LB (No J)

Alphonso said...

It is indeed a long off-season.

Happy thanksgiving everyone!