6/7 – Yankees vs. Royals
Last night was a rough one, as the Yankees failed to capitalize on opportunities and let Darrell Rasner’s gutty effort – a career-high eight innings and 118 pitches, a season-high for any Yankee starter – go by the boards.
Rasner scattered nine hits and used a lot of those pitches early, but he really seemed determined to hang on long enough to get a win. If Jason Giambi doesn’t get rung up on a 3-2 pitch that ended the eighth inning, maybe we’re talking about Rasner’s record at 4-2 rather than 3-3.
Before the game, we were all herded into the public relations office for a conference call with the Yankees’ first-round pick, Gerrit Cole. If there was any doubt about how young Cole really is – he’s 17 – you knew it right away when he started rattling off the names of his favorite Yankees players. Derek Jeter. Bernie Williams. Paul O’Neill. Aaron Boone?
Yankees vice president of scouting Damon Oppenheimer says that he’s pleased with the 51 players the team drafted to replenish the system. The dividends from this draft are a few years down the road, but there’s no better examples than Phil Hughes (2004), Joba Chamberlain (2006) and Ian Kennedy (2006). It’s not as far off as it may seem.