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    by Published on 07-05-12 09:41 AM

    It was another good month for Yankee prospects, as evidenced by the recent promotions. Injuries continue to be a problem throughout the system, but some strong performances are making up for those holes in the lineups.

    Mason Williams (OF, Charleston A):
    Williams was one of the big names given a promotion to start July, and he definitely earned it. In his last month in Charleston, the young outfielder hit .351/.381/.617, finally finding some power. He hit five homers in June, along with eight doubles and a triple. The knock on Williams has always been his lack of power, but at the same time, there has always been the possibility of it developing (given his youth and the fact that his father was an NFL wide receiver). Perhaps we are starting to see that progress, in which case we are in for some exciting prospect watching.

    by Published on 07-05-12 08:53 AM

    The 1990 version of the New York Yankees was terrible. The team lost 95 games and were a perfect storm of bad baseball. The team finished dead last in the American League in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging. The pitching was not much better and came in third from the bottom in most categories. The rotation consisted of Tim Leary, Andy Hawkins, Dave LaPoint, Chuck Cary and Mike Witt. All were baseball journeymen. Leary lost nineteen games. The offense was worse. Only two of the regulars in the lineup finished above 100 in OPS+. Don Mattingly was not one of them. Mattingly missed a third of the season and when he did play, had his worst season. His decline stage was in full force. Against this backdrop of mediocrity came a flash of lightning. His name was Kevin Maas. He was everything you would want for sudden fame. He was handsome, stunningly so. And his first 72 at bats were unlike any seen in the history of baseball. 1990 was the summer of Kevin Maas.


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