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He's also 20 years old and hit .260 with an .830 OPS in high A ball last year.

You want to jump AA, jump AAA, and bring him right to the majors?

A guy who hits .830 in single A and has hardly sniffed a higher level will most likely be eaten alive by the change to MLB pitching, possibly permanently stunting his development and shattering his psyche.

By all means, call up Eric Duncan.

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I say call him up too, Yankees. Might as well start September call-ups now. Your season is over. BTW, we'll take Hideki Matsui in a salary dump in case Manny or Johnny gets hurt. Might as well start blowing it all up now, george.

I mean, we have a pennant to chase this year. Since you guys are playing the role of "spoiler" might as well save some cash doing it.

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Here are articles on Eric Duncan

http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050411/SPORTS/504110383/1002/NEWS02

Thunder's Duncan hopes to rise to Yankees

Published in the Asbury Park Press 04/11/05

By SCOTT STUMP

STAFF WRITER

- advertisements -

The better Yankees prospect Eric Duncan plays, the less the chance that he will ever actually don the pinstripes for the Yankees.

Such is the paradox experienced by the top minor-leaguers in the Yankees' system. With current or former All-Stars at every position on the big-league club, prospects in the Yankees' farm system have mainly become potential bargaining chips to acquire that next established superstar.

Whether that means being dealt in mid-season trades or ones like the trade that packaged former No. 1 prospect Dioner Navarro to bring in five-time Cy Young award-winner Randy Johnson from Arizona during the offseason, players like Duncan are often auditioning more for other teams than the Yankees.

Duncan, who is considered the No. 1 prospect in the Yankees' system by Baseball America, was involved in the early permutations of the Johnson trade, so the former Seton Hall Prep star knows all about the precarious nature of being a Yankees commodity.

"I was very honored to be considered in a trade with a sure Hall of Famer like Randy Johnson," Duncan said. "It comes with anybody being in the minor-league system with the Yankees, where they trade so much and acquire so many guys that you can be gone any time.

"To tell you the truth, I can't think about that too much. The season is so long and so hard that if you start incorporating thinking about what's going to happen down the road, it becomes too much."

The third baseman has progressed so quickly since the Yankees drafted him No. 27 overall in the first round in 2003 that he has started the season with the Class AA Trenton Thunder at only 20 years old. Fans can catch their first glimpse of him at Waterfront Park tonight, when the Thunder take on the Altoona (Pa.) Curve, a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate, in the team's home opener at 7:05 p.m.

Duncan has started slowly with Trenton, going 2-for-12 in three games. His performance with the Thunder and the closer he gets to the big leagues will determine his attractiveness to other teams around the big-league trading deadline on July 31. With Yankees starter Kevin Brown and his balky back, it's not hard to imagine a scenario in which Duncan is packaged to the Houston Astros at mid-season in a trade to bring back former Yankee Roger Clemens if Houston is out of the playoff chase.

"We think he's about two or three years away," said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. "It depends on what teams want. If they want a guy they can present to their fan base right away, it's probably not (Duncan). If they want a guy who can be a productive player with their club down the road, then he's your guy."

He's not going to be the Yankees' guy at third base with All-Star Alex Rodriguez signed to play six more seasons, so during this spring he also saw some action at first base. His left-handed power stroke profiles well for the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium, so depending on how Jason Giambi recovers from a nightmare 2004 season, Duncan could be insurance at first base in a year or two.

"It's called secondary position work," said Mark Newman, the Yankees' senior vice president of baseball operations. "We do it with all of our (minor-league) players. It gives him flexibility defensively. That way if he's starting at first base in a year or two, it will allow him to make that transition relatively easily."

"It's just footwork stuff and getting the basics down," said Duncan, who spent the spring working with Frank "Hondo" Howard, the former Dodgers and Washington Senators star who is an assistant with the Yankees Class AAA team in Columbus, Ohio.

"We think he can be a quality major-league player on a championship team," Newman said. "He's regarded very highly. Whenever we have a trade discussion, his name comes up."

http://story.scout.com/a.z?s=318&p=2&c=361151

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Here are articles on Eric Duncan

http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050411/SPORTS/504110383/1002/NEWS02

Thunder's Duncan hopes to rise to Yankees

Published in the Asbury Park Press 04/11/05

By SCOTT STUMP

STAFF WRITER

- advertisements -

The better Yankees prospect Eric Duncan plays, the less the chance that he will ever actually don the pinstripes for the Yankees.

Such is the paradox experienced by the top minor-leaguers in the Yankees' system. With current or former All-Stars at every position on the big-league club, prospects in the Yankees' farm system have mainly become potential bargaining chips to acquire that next established superstar.

Whether that means being dealt in mid-season trades or ones like the trade that packaged former No. 1 prospect Dioner Navarro to bring in five-time Cy Young award-winner Randy Johnson from Arizona during the offseason, players like Duncan are often auditioning more for other teams than the Yankees.

Duncan, who is considered the No. 1 prospect in the Yankees' system by Baseball America, was involved in the early permutations of the Johnson trade, so the former Seton Hall Prep star knows all about the precarious nature of being a Yankees commodity.

"I was very honored to be considered in a trade with a sure Hall of Famer like Randy Johnson," Duncan said. "It comes with anybody being in the minor-league system with the Yankees, where they trade so much and acquire so many guys that you can be gone any time.

"To tell you the truth, I can't think about that too much. The season is so long and so hard that if you start incorporating thinking about what's going to happen down the road, it becomes too much."

The third baseman has progressed so quickly since the Yankees drafted him No. 27 overall in the first round in 2003 that he has started the season with the Class AA Trenton Thunder at only 20 years old. Fans can catch their first glimpse of him at Waterfront Park tonight, when the Thunder take on the Altoona (Pa.) Curve, a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate, in the team's home opener at 7:05 p.m.

Duncan has started slowly with Trenton, going 2-for-12 in three games. His performance with the Thunder and the closer he gets to the big leagues will determine his attractiveness to other teams around the big-league trading deadline on July 31. With Yankees starter Kevin Brown and his balky back, it's not hard to imagine a scenario in which Duncan is packaged to the Houston Astros at mid-season in a trade to bring back former Yankee Roger Clemens if Houston is out of the playoff chase.

"We think he's about two or three years away," said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. "It depends on what teams want. If they want a guy they can present to their fan base right away, it's probably not (Duncan). If they want a guy who can be a productive player with their club down the road, then he's your guy."

He's not going to be the Yankees' guy at third base with All-Star Alex Rodriguez signed to play six more seasons, so during this spring he also saw some action at first base. His left-handed power stroke profiles well for the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium, so depending on how Jason Giambi recovers from a nightmare 2004 season, Duncan could be insurance at first base in a year or two.

"It's called secondary position work," said Mark Newman, the Yankees' senior vice president of baseball operations. "We do it with all of our (minor-league) players. It gives him flexibility defensively. That way if he's starting at first base in a year or two, it will allow him to make that transition relatively easily."

"It's just footwork stuff and getting the basics down," said Duncan, who spent the spring working with Frank "Hondo" Howard, the former Dodgers and Washington Senators star who is an assistant with the Yankees Class AAA team in Columbus, Ohio.

"We think he can be a quality major-league player on a championship team," Newman said. "He's regarded very highly. Whenever we have a trade discussion, his name comes up."

http://story.scout.com/a.z?s=318&p=2&c=361151

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Ok, EB, so to prove your theory that the Yankees should call up Eric Duncan now, you posted an article from a week ago that says he's two or three years away from the big leagues?

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Ok, EB, so to prove your theory that the Yankees should call up Eric Duncan now, you posted an article from a week ago that says he's two or three years away from the big leagues?

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Ok, EB, so to prove your theory that the Yankees should call up Eric Duncan now, you posted an article from a week ago that says he's two or three years away from the big leagues?

I know I know

:lol:

but seriously, could he possibly be ANY WORSE than Giambi right now? Honestly, I don't think that is truly possible.

Call up Duncan, DH for a few at bats here and there and get this guy some playing time. No way he is as bad as Giambi. no frickin way! :lol::lol:

While you're at it. Call up some players who are truly ready for prime time:

2B Robinson Cano

SP Chien Meng Wang

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Ok, EB, so to prove your theory that the Yankees should call up Eric Duncan now, you posted an article from a week ago that says he's two or three years away from the big leagues?

I know I know

:lol:

but seriously, could he possibly be ANY WORSE than Giambi right now? Honestly, I don't think that is truly possible.

Call up Duncan, DH for a few at bats here and there and get this guy some playing time. No way he is as bad as Giambi. no frickin way! :lol::lol:

While you're at it. Call up some players who are truly ready for prime time:

2B Robinson Cano

SP Chien Meng Wang

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Mitch Jones went 4-for-6 with his third, fourth and fifth homers of the season for Triple-A Columbus on Sunday.

Jones hit 39 homers for Double-A Trenton last year, but that didn't earn him a spot on the Yankees' 40-man roster. The 27-year-old probably won't ever get the break that Shane Spencer received. Apr. 18 - 2:40 pm et

Saw this on rotoworld....as a Met fan I haven't heard of him but looks to have some serious power.

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Mitch Jones went 4-for-6 with his third, fourth and fifth homers of the season for Triple-A Columbus on Sunday.

Jones hit 39 homers for Double-A Trenton last year, but that didn't earn him a spot on the Yankees' 40-man roster. The 27-year-old probably won't ever get the break that Shane Spencer received. Apr. 18 - 2:40 pm et

Saw this on rotoworld....as a Met fan I haven't heard of him but looks to have some serious power.

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