So I recently got a new gig writing about the Yankees for Yanks Go Yard. This my latest post. I’ll hit you with an excerpt, and you can read the rest on the YGY website.
The times they are a-changing. Over the last two years or so, the Yankees have been hoarding draft picks, keeping prospects and trying to trade for young, established players whenever possible. The hope is that they won’t keep throwing money away on free agents, and that they’ll be able to develop their own stars and potentially recreate the “Core Four” (plus Bernie) dynasty from the late 1990s.
Unfortunately, it’s not easy to do what the Yankees did twenty years ago. For every Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera, there are dozens of guys that never fulfill their potential. Today, we’re going to examine one of the latter archetypes: The “can’t miss” prospect that, for all intents and purposes, was supposed to have made that “Core Four” a “Fab Five.” That guy was Brien Taylor, and his story does not have a happy ending.
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