SNY | Scott Thompson: Several Yankee legends think that this will be Aaron Judge’s MVP year. Tino Martinez noticed the outfielder crushed the ball and cut down on strikeouts during spring training, Paul O’Neill praised the adjustments Judge has made when the count isn’t in his favor, and Bernie Williams noted that “he’s just too powerful to be contained.” Bernie is absolutely correct.
New York Post | George A. King III: Aroldis Chapman’s velocity is down from where it usually is at this time of year, which is particularly worrisome because Dellin Betances’ down velocity ended up revealing an injury. It is probably too soon to worry, though. Some scouts noted that Chapman was working on his breaking ball during spring training. Another said, “It didn’t look like the ball was coming out easy. He might not be stretched out, it’s early, or it could be he is 31.’’ Only time will tell.
NorthJersey.com | AP: The Yankees revealed their minor league rosters yesterday, and Danny Farquhar was notably absent from them. The Bombers decided to keep him in extended spring training for now, a wise decision given how rusty he looked during the past few weeks. Hopefully we’ll see him in the big leagues at some point this year.
The Ringer | Ben Lindbergh: In light of Adam Ottavino’s Babe Ruth saga, Lindbergh dug into the talent level of current baseball players. It’s fine to appreciate the Mantles and Ruths and DiMaggios. They were undoubtedly great players. The competition is so high now and the young players so good, that you shouldn’t let the past obscure you from recognizing what might be the best talent group in baseball history.