8 Aug 2013
Took a trip over to Staten Island today to check out the ballpark and the young kids on the Staten Island Yankees. If you live in the area, it is well worth the trip for the views from your seats alone. Over the outfield wall you can see downtown Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor in all of its glory. It’s a spectacular view.
The talent is pretty good, at least it was today. My chief focus was on first round pick, Eric Jagielo. Unfortunately, he only DH’ed, so I didn’t see him in the field, but he put on a show with the bat. In the first he did a nice job with a runner on third and one out in getting him home with a sac fly. In the 4th he hit a bomb to dead center than only the wind kept in the ballpark. In the fifth, he hit another bomb for a double, driving in two runs with two outs, and in the 7th he had a double down the firstbase line. I was impressed and can definitely see why the Yankees drafted him.
Fifth round pick, David Palladino made the start. He is a big kid, 6’8″ and he threw hard. (A scout told me mid-90′s with his fastball) Problem is, it looked pretty straight and his changeup wasn’t fooling anyone. What impressed me was his curve. He had a big bender and he wasn’t afraid to throw it at any point. Keep an eye on him.
A pitcher who really impressed me was 7th rounder, Nick Rumbelow. He got the save with a perfect ninth and looked great. He struck out the first two guys and then got the final one on a weak pop up that he called for himself.
28th round pick, Tyler Garrison was very good behind the plate, catching a good game and handling a sometime wild pitching staff effectively.
On the down side, eighth round pick, Brandon Thomas looked terrible at the plate, striking out four times and popping out to the catcher.
It was a fun time overall and as my Sister said as we left the ballpark, “It was nice to see the Yankees win a game again”. Ain’t that the truth.