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    Dellin Betances looked AWESOME yesterday. Dude hit 97 MPH on the gun -- we're talkin' 1st spring training appearance here. 1 IP, struck out the side..Montero looked very good too..He might wind up coming north as the starting catcher..Wouldn't surprise me..And how 'bout this Mexican dude outta nowhere -- Jorge Vazquez? Dude's hit 2 absolute BOMBS the last couple of days, yesterday's came against a Brad Lidge slider that actually wasn't a terrible pitch...This guy might make the club as the backup first baseman/DH over Chavez or whoever else..
    Take a look at these numbers on Vazquez -- all basically in the Mexican league, but still...

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    Dude looks like he has a clue with the bat -- big-time power, batting average, low strikeout totals..Again, I know it's the Mexican league but these numbers are impressive. Damn!.33 HRs in 285 ABs in '05?!?!?! 31 dingers in only 284 ABs in 2006?!?! WOW!!! And you can see it on TV -- watching him swing the stick you can see he's very capable..

    It's early but I'm startin' to feel very good about what I'm seeing, esp outta some of these young guys..

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    Been waiting for Betances to break into the bigs for the past couple years since I heard about him playing for the Staten Island Yanks. Kid has a blazing fastball. Not overly impressed with his offspeed stuff but when you got a 97-98 mph fastball it makes up for a lot of weakness in your other pitches. We probably won't be seeing him or Manny Banuelos in any major league action until September callups at the absolute earliest though, they're not gonna rush these kids up to the bigs.

    Agree about Vazquez, he's got some nice pop in his bat. I doubt he gets a real chance though this year unless Chavez gets injured. How is that guy's fielding skills, read anything about his defense bro?

    How did Ivan Nova look? Think he's gonna have a real shot at 1 of the last 2 rotation spots?
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    Originally Posted by STAT1
    Been waiting for Betances to break into the bigs for the past couple years since I heard about him playing for the Staten Island Yanks. Kid has a blazing fastball. Not overly impressed with his offspeed stuff but when you got a 97-98 mph fastball it makes up for a lot of weakness in your other pitches. We probably won't be seeing him or Manny Banuelos in any major league action until September callups at the absolute earliest though, they're not gonna rush these kids up to the bigs.

    Agree about Vazquez, he's got some nice pop in his bat. I doubt he gets a real chance though this year unless Chavez gets injured. How is that guy's fielding skills, read anything about his defense bro?

    How did Ivan Nova look? Think he's gonna have a real shot at 1 of the last 2 rotation spots?
    I'm not sure about his defense, never seen him play before the last two televised spring training games, but here's an interesting article taken from the Yankees web site --- makes you believe there's some real competition between Chavez and Vazquez for the reserve corner infield spot. Looks like Girardi doesn't consider this guy's defense to be an issue so far:

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    Chavez obviously has a leg up on this dude with the glove but if Chavez really can't handle the bat anymore like he used to AND Vazquez keeps proving he's no butcher with the glove at 1st & 3rd (which we're gonna need to know--I'd play him in the field every chance I had if I were Joe just to see) while continuing to tear the cover off the ball, I think I might prefer Vazquez after all..Vazquez's bat might suddenly become very important esp. if Posada underperforms as the primary DH early on and proves he's just not a regular player anymore..I guess he'd only be a phone call away though even if he didn't make it and we went with Chavez..Perhaps it's wishful thinking, but I'm starting to think we might be able to match Boston's offense even with all the moves they made to bolster their lineup this offseason -- Vazquez at DH, Montero behind the plate possibly, a healthy Grandy for the entire season, all this to go along with what's already there..Who knows man, we might have a chance to really close the gap with them a little bit..

    Nova looked good the other day bro..Threw the ball real well and against the Phillies A-team before they started subbing guys in for their regulars..I think he's definitely in the lead for one of the last two spots in the rotation.
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    I'm worried about Jorge & Jeter this year, they both need to bounce back last year they were big disappointments. Not sure what to expect out of either of them at this stage in their careers. I think Montero will get his share of AB's this year sharing catching duties with Russ Martin, I think we're OK offensively for the most part. One good thing is this team has a deeper bench than they did last year. I'm interested to see what Andruw Jones can add to our roster, I think that was a good acquisition on Cashman's part.

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    Boston's world is blowing up after Ortiz said he wouldnt mind going to the Yanks next season. Funny stuff.

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    Montero looked great, poor cervelli

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    Originally Posted by JohnBoy11
    Boston's world is blowing up after Ortiz said he wouldnt mind going to the Yanks next season. Funny stuff.
    I wouldn't even want that guy even if he wanted to come here. Can't play any position on the field & his hitting skills are dwindling. We need to keep the DH position open for our own aging Yanks. But always good to hear about the Red Sux Nation's world blowing up.

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    Originally Posted by JohnBoy11
    Boston's world is blowing up after Ortiz said he wouldnt mind going to the Yanks next season. Funny stuff.
    Hahaha Imagine if Ortiz was at DH . That'd be priceless.

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