The Yankees have an off day in the middle of spring training followed by a night game? Then you know it’s anonymous scout season!
NJ.com used our 48-hour period without live baseball (side note, Yankees: never do that to us again) to catch up with an MLB scout who’s watched a lot of NYY action this spring — and who among us hasn’t?
Unfortunately, said scout has been impressed by some of New York’s spring work, but not all.
And even while praising Giancarlo Stanton, he still had to get a classic dig in at him, which was nice.
The good news? This “impartial” observer loves what he’s seen so far from both Corey Kluber and Jay Bruce, two people who appear poised to contribute much more than we thought when both were added after the new year.
The bad news? This keen eye is not a believer in the Gary Sanchez bounce back we’ve all watched together this spring.
An anonymous scout bashed Yankees Gary Sanchez and Giancarlo Stanton.
We understand being skeptical of Sanchez, but this criticism sounds like the dregs of Yankees Twitter, docking him for swings and misses while attempting to praise him for … doing well at all other elements of modern baseball.
"Sanchez is receiving really well. It’s a small sample size, but any sample size for him is a good improvement. He’s still on one knee, so he’s catching the same way. I think what’s happened is Sanchez now is more conscious of Kyle Higashioka being good enough to put him on the bench a lot. For me, that’s what it is. I think Sanchez figures, “It’s either sink or swim and I’m going to bet on myself.” Right now, he’s swimming. At the plate, Sanchez has been more aggressive early in counts, but he’s still chasing. The fastball up and breaking balls down he’s going to chase. But what he’s doing this spring is he’s not missing that cookie out over the plate, whereas last year he was swinging through them. His stats on fastballs last year were absurd, like .160-something."
As for Stanton? Like any crotchety Yankees watcher, this scout couldn’t simply admit that he’s looked great this spring. He had to get an injury dig in, too.
"Stanton looks good. He’s just has to stay healthy. For the life of me, I don’t know how a guy who only is a DH is always hurt."
Haha! So, so funny.
Stanton’s reaction to revealing his forehead tan pretty much sums up how we feel about this unnecessary negativity.
Giancarlo Stanton is tattooing baseballs at a heightened exit velocity and looks ready for primetime.
Gary Sanchez is receiving well and punishing the ball to all fields.
But yes, let’s start with these silly criticisms instead of updating your opinion for the new year.
On top of all this, the scout still calls the Yankees the team to beat in the American League, by the way. So thanks for nothing.