We’ve had a fair share of analysis recently, so time to balance that out with recent/relevant Yankees news:
Sanchez, Voit lead intial All-Star balloting
Gary Sanchez and Luke Voit lead the first round of All-Star voting at catcher and first base, respectively, for American League players as of Monday.
You may recall that this year’s All-Star voting is taking place in two stages. First, there will be the primary stage with the top three finishes at each position (or top nine for the entire outfield) making the next round. Then, there will be a single day of voting as a run-off among the top three.
Anyway, the Yankees have been a force in voting. Not only do Voit and Sanchez lead, but D.J. LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres and Gio Urshela are all in the top three at second, short and third. Aaron Judge, despite playing just 20 games, would reach the run-off if the primary ended today as he ranks seventh among AL outfielders.
I’d expect at least Sanchez to win his position, both in the primary and runoff, while Voit and the rest of the infielders each have solid chances.
Luke Voit wants into the Home Run Derby
The Very Large Human Luke Voit wants to join the Very Large Human Competition.
Luke Voit says he wants in on the Home Run Derby. He already has his batting practice pitcher picked out.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) June 10, 2019
This shouldn’t be a surprise. Voit has been a showman and fan favorite since coming to New York, hence his All-Star votes, and would be perfect to join the stage in Cleveland next month.
MLB would likely want a Yankee in the field and previous champions Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have missed too much time and/or don’t want to come back. Sanchez, who leads the AL in taters, would be a fine fit, but he’s already been in the competition and may not want to do it again.
Voit is second on the Yankees with 16 home runs and would be a worthy competitor. As for the pitcher he picked out, it’s got to be David Price, right?
Yankees have spoken with Jays about Stroman
According to Ken Davidoff, the Yankees have both spoken with the Blue Jays about right-handed starter Marcus Stroman and scouted Giants southpaw Madison Bumgarner.
The Yankees’ rotation has scuffled lately and lost Domingo German to the IL. Even with Luis Severino progressing, the team could use an infusion of starting pitching.
We’ve had plenty of Stroman coverage on the site, particularly since Dallas Keuchel signed with Atlanta, so I direct you to Jonny and Matt for more on the righty. He’s from the New York area and grew up a fan of the Yankees and Mets.
As for Bumgarner, Mark Feinsand reported that the Yankees may not be willing to meet the asking price for the veteran lefty. That may just be posturing, though the Bombers could have a reluctance to give anything of value for a rental. Stroman, meanwhile, isn’t a free agent until 2021. Still, the Yankees acquired three rental pitchers — J.A. Happ, Lance Lynn and Zack Britton — at last year’s deadline.
Breaking down the Yankees’ draft
Derek has had profiles of the Yankees top three picks from last week’s draft: Anthony Volpe, T.J. Sikkema and Josh Smith.
Baseball America broke down the Yankees’ (and rest of MLB’s) draft from a more macro view (subs req). BA highlighted Jake Sanford among the Bombers’ 2nd-day picks for his raw power. The third-round pick may not be able to show off that power in-game, but the Yankees are betting on the tools winning out. That’s the type of pick I generally prefer.
The Yankees have signed many of their picks thus far. In the first 10 rounds, they’ve signed all but Smith and fourth-round selection Jake Agnos. They recently signed 12th-round pick Ryan Anderson, a right-hander from Nevada, who BA thought was a potential guy out of Day 3. Check out Pinstripe Alley for a tracker of draft signees.
Yankees likely to sign top int’l free agent Dominguez
We’re just a few weeks from July 2, the first day of the new international free agency period.
The Yankees enter the summer with a $5,398,300 bonus pool and can trade for up to 60 percent more.
They’ll likely need to add more international money as it’s no secret they’re likely to sign the consensus top free agent, center fielder Jasson Dominguez. This was reported back in February, but it’s worth the reminder
Dominguez is a switch-hitter and a potential top 100-150 prospect as soon as he joins pro ball. The Yankees have also been linked to fellow outfielder Jhon Diaz.
Fangraphs’ Kiley McDaniel said in a recent chat that Dominguez would have been near a top-six pick in last week’s draft if he were eligible.
Here’s video of Dominguez in action: