Down on the Farm

Callis on the draft
Yanks roll again, 9-2

Triple-A Scranton (4-0 win over Syracuse) check out which 2 former Yankee prospects batted 3-4 in the Syracuse lineup
Kevin Reese: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B
Alberto Gonzalez: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 2 K
Bronson Sardinha: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Eric Duncan: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Shelley Duncan: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 2 K – HR and RBI streak ends at 3 games
Omir Santos: 1 for 4, 1 K
Phil Hughes: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 6-2 GB/FB – you’re right, it’s best to keep him in the minors…
Ron Villone: .1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Ben Kozlowski: .1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – 7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K in last 4 games

Double-A Trenton had their doubleheader rained out yet again.  All these rainouts are the last thing the pitchers need, especially when they’re in the midst of a 46 inning shutout streak. They’re going to try and make up all these games with doubleheaders on May 8th, August 28th and August 29th.

High-A Tampa (5-1 loss to Clearwater) after one of the worst games of his life (in 20 innings no less), Jose Tabata had the day off
Reegie Corona: 1 for 4, 1 BB
Juan Miranda: 1 for 4
Colin Curtis: 1 for 2, 2 BB – I don’t like that he’s playing LF so that CF can be manned by…
Tim Battle: 2 for 4, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Elvys Quezada: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
John Axford: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Francisco Castillo: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Low-A Charleston (1-0 win over Kannapolis)
Mitch Hilligoss: 1 for 3, 2 BB
Wilmer Pino: 2 for 5, 1 R – hasn’t K’ed in 9 games
Seth Fortenberry: 1 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K
Chris Malec: 1 for 2, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K
Josue Calzado: 1 for 3, 1 K
Michael Dunn: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 11-4 GB/FB
Jon Hovis: .2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
David Robertson: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4-1 GB/FB – lovin’ it

Callis on the draft
Yanks roll again, 9-2
  • Jeteupthemiddle

    I’m willing to bet that if that was Hughes’ line for his last start (instead of the bad line he actually had) then he would have been the one called up.

  • ShawnT

    is E. duncan ever gunna actually step up, what a shame hes hitting like .180

  • Malcard89

    Eric Duncan will never step up, not until he figures out how to hit for average at Trenton in my opinion. This time it’s the Yankees fault, they keep foolishly rushing him for no reason. Hopefully i get to eat crow because doug mientkiewicz is anemic with the bat and we need a replacement in a hurry, but i doubt it.

  • Jeteupthemiddle

    eh. I still think Duncan proved he could hit AA pitching and is currently in the right level.

    Yes, he shouldn’t have been in AAA last season, but he had a good year in AA (.840 OPS) which warranted a promotion anyway.

  • Adam

    I think Eric Duncan is just following the recent trend with Yankee semi-prospects.

    If you look at the big three who have recently contributed to a major level to the Yankees, Cano, Melky and Wang, none of them were considered top prospects at the time of their promotion. Want at one time was a somewhat top prospect, but injuries derailed him until he showed his sinker to the big leagues. Cano and Melky were written off by most scouts and evaluators as either quad-A stars or reserves at best.

    Duncan has decided to completely lose his top prospect status and then he’ll surprise the world when the Yanks bring him up for the hell of it, and he realizes his potential.

    That’s my theory anyway ;-)

  • ShawnT

    shoot i hope your right, heck call him up now its not like you gettin anything from minky or phelps

  • Ben

    I gotta say: I wonder what the point is of having Hughes make too many more AAA starts especially when the Big League club needs some arms.

  • steve

    if hughes has 3 or 4 more starts like that or close to that. he has to be called up even if the yanks rotation is healthy. stick someone in the pen

  • Sherard

    You ever think, maybe, after 2 lackluster starts and an average spring that passing over Hughes for Chase Wright may have been the extra motivation Phil needed to get his **** together ? It worked, regardless. Thrilled to see it.

  • Sherard

    BTW, the plan has always been to limit his innings in AAA early in the season so WHEN he comes up to the big club, he won’t be hitting the wall later in the year.

  • Adam

    Sherard, that’s what I’ve heard too. Hughes only pitched around a 150 innings last year, and if he spent the entire year in the majors as well as made some postseason starts he’d be looking at 225 innings plus. An increase of 75 innings in one season is never good and we’d either see him decline dramatically at the end of this season when we need him the most or he’d pay for it in his sophomore season.

    At least if they let him only pitch five innings a start for April and some of early May, when he does make the team in mid-to-late May, he should be fresh for the rest of the season and only top out at 200 innings total this season (and postseason), which is still a little too high, but far better than 225 .

    I’m actually hoping Hughes gets a minor injury (nothing that affects his pitching, maybe a bad bruise or something) so he can get a DL break around late July, early August so that he is definitely fresh for September and October.

  • Yankee Fan in Chicago

    He can pitch the same limited innings in the majors right now that he’s supposed to be pitching in the minors.

    Given that the Yanks are lucky to get 6 innings out of their starters, Hughes would look great coming out of the pen in the 5th or 6th once or twice a week and throwing a few innnings. Bonus: maybe Henn and Proctor will still have arms at the the all-star break with St. Phil shouldering some of the load.

  • Travis G.

    Hughes will improve more pitching 5-6 AAA innings every 5 days than 1-2 ML innings once/twice a week.