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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/10/17

Ellsbury off to a hot start; FanGraphs ranks NYY’s top 33 prospects; Mateo learning from past; Bird and Sanchez providing hope; Betances excited for WBC and “Platano Power!”

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New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Jacoby Ellsbury has gotten off to a good start this spring. While spring training stats don’t necessarily translate to the regular season, it is inspiring to see that he’s still capable of solid play. After going 3-for-3 and picking up two stolen bases, Girardi is happy with what he’s seen from Ellsbury so far.

FanGraphs | Eric Longenhagen: FanGraphs released their list of the top 33 prospects in the Yankees farm system. Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier, and Blake Rutherford unsurprisingly round out the top three in the system, but they’re not the only ones getting good reviews. This is a bit of a long read, but it’s worth it if you can’t get enough of the hype around the Yankees suddenly great farm system. | Brendan Kuty: Two years ago, Jorge Mateo was the talk of the Yankees’ farm. Then he was suspended last season for violating team policy and in somewhat of a downfall. But Mateo is taking the “dark times” in stride and using it as a learning experience. The Yankees felt needed to bring him down, before they could pick him back up. After the suspension, Brian Cashman himself had conversations with Mateo about what’s expected of him, and the team also called on Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, Luis Severino, and Joe Espada to talk to the youngster.

AP via USA Today: There are two truths in this world: 1) Bird is the word and 2) #GaryGood. Both Greg Bird and Gary Sanchez have gotten off to good starts this spring and are providing a glimmer of hope for the team. While it’s just spring, the two are showing off their abilities, and if they can keep hitting, the two of them can anchor this Yankees’ offense into competition and perhaps even the playoffs. #GREGBIRD #IAmGary

Players’ Tribune | Dellin Betances: Dellin Betances has joined an extremely star-studded (and somehow I think I’m underselling the team) Domincan Republic team for the World Baseball Classic. Betances is excited to represent the D.R. and show the world they’re capable of repeating as champions. They’ve also brought back the “Platano Power” that they think helped carry them to success four years ago. And in case you were wondering, yes he is still tall.