Yanks Go Yard Radio Show Rewind: 2015 First Half In Review

On last night’s episode of the Yanks Go Yard Radio Show, brought to you by KNODA.com, I started off the episode by talking about the New York Yankees (48-40) taking two out of three games from the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park this past weekend to end the first half of the season. When the Yankees begin the second half of their season on Friday against the Mariners, they will have a 3.5 game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East.

The big story of the weekend was the promotion of second baseman Rob Refsnyder from triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. He made his debut on Saturday night and went 2-for-7 in two games with a two-run home run he hit on Sunday during New York’s 8-6 win. It will be interesting to see if Refsnyder remains with the big league club over the rest of the season.

On last night’s show, we took a look back at the Yankees first half of the season with two Yankees’ writers. Christopher Carelli, who writes on Yankees Unscripted and for SNY, and Bryan Van Dusen of Greedy Pinstripes joined me for a roundtable discussion about the first 88 games of the season. Some of the topics we discussed included Alex Rodriguez’s great start, Mark Teixeira’s 22 home runs, the state of the bullpen and the starting rotation, and who have been the biggest surprises and disappointments of the first half of the season.

Then, in our second segment, we focused on the Yankees farm system and who have been the top prospects for the Bronx Bombers over the first few months of the season. To talk about the minor leagues, we spoke with Robert Pimpsner, the founder of Pinstriped Prospects.

We discussed how Luis Severino, Aaron Judge, and Greg Bird are doing in triple-A, is Gary Sanchez ready to join the team in Scranton, Jorge Mateo’s 56 steals in low-A Charleston, and updates on the short-season Staten Island Yankees and rookie level Pulaski Yankees, who are both off to good starts in the early stages of their respective seasons. Plus, Robert and I discussed who have been the top hitters and pitchers at each affiliate in the first half and Robert gave us a tip on how we should evaluate prospects at the beginning of their careers, such as shortstop Kyle Holder. Holder was taken by the Yankees with the 30th pick of this year’s draft and is hitting .197 in 17 games so far.