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ENEMY LINES
Tom Verducci
March 25, 2002
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Yankees
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March 25, 2002

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Yankees

"Their top four starters have to give them six or seven innings, because they don't have a lot of depth in the middle of the bullpen....

Don't get me wrong, I'd take Mariano Rivera, but in the World Series you saw him come in and be lights-out one inning and then he had nothing in the second inning. If anything happens to him, they're in real trouble, because Steve Karsay can't close. They found that out in Cleveland....

I don't think he's finished, but Robin Ventura looked terrible this spring. His bat head was slow, and he had trouble making contact....

John Vander Wal is a good hitter, but he's not an every-day player. If they plan on using him more than a couple of days at a time in the outfield, he'll kill them....

I don't see Rondell White making an impact on this club. He's not a good outfielder, he can't throw a lick, he doesn't run the way he used to, and he's an 18- to 20-home-run guy. That's coming down for the Yankees....

I like Nick Johnson's bat, and he may play some in the outfield, but I really like his glove at first base. He'll probably give Jason Giambi a break there sometimes....

Shane Spencer is a much improved player who should be a regular. If he is, he'll hit 35 home runs....

I really like Jorge Posada. I've got his arm rated a six out of eight, with five being about average, and he's actually approaching a seven as he gets his arm strength back. He's also getting better with his accuracy and footwork. Once he gets the footwork down, he'll be throwing guys out all the time."

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