The following is an excerpt from Chapter 9 of Bryan Hoch’s first book, “The Baby Bombers: The Inside Story of the Next Yankees Dynasty,” which is being published by Diversion Books and includes a foreword by Mark Teixeira. On sale March 6, it is now available for pre-order.
Faces beam when Estevan Florial’s name is mentioned around the Yankees’ talent evaluators, and as the 20-year-old phenom settles into his first Major League Spring Training, manager Aaron Boone said that it is already apparent why the center fielder is held in high regard.
Saturday proved an inauspicious start to the Grapefruit League season for Jake Faria. The Rays right-hander lasted two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs. He faced seven batters, throwing 29 pitches, 18 for strikes.
Danny Barnes knows his spot on the Blue Jays’ roster is secure, so he’s spending some of his time this spring trying to master the slider.
The phrase “All Rise” had yet to be linked to the rookie outfielder with the hulking football build, to say nothing of a dedicated seating area that debuted at Yankee Stadium three months later, celebrating both his immense power and fan appeal. Yet we should have known that Aaron Judge was about to accomplish special […]
You don’t have to remind right-hander Mike Wright Jr. that this is a big spring for him. Wright, who is out of Minor League options, is trying to make an Orioles rotation that looks to have just one spot available. To that end, he’s employed a cutter that he hopes can give him an edge […]
Second base is wide open for the Rays, and on Friday afternoon, Daniel Robertson owned the position in a 6-3 split-squad win over the Pirates at Charlotte Sports Park. Robertson is among a handful of candidates hoping to start at second, and clearly he’s one of the best options in the field.
Rays prospects Willy Adames and Yonny Chirinos were among the top prospect performers on the first full day of Spring Training games.
The Blue Jays are looking for two things from Joe Biagini this spring: Consistent mechanics and increased tempo between pitches.
Orioles prospect Chance Sisco was among the top prospect performers on the first full day of Spring Training games.
The Foundation, in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, hosted its 14th annual Aspire Gala at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront to raise money to help support the “programming and initiatives for at-risk youth and underserved communities across the United States.”
Having experienced his first game action in eight months, Gleyber Torres tugged on a black long-sleeved T-shirt emblazoned with the words, “I’M BACK.” The wardrobe choice had been a coincidence, the Yankees’ top prospect said, but it was appropriate for the milestone.