Down on the Farm

Yanks fire stretching coach
Pavano shut down

Man, talk about getting an early start. I checked the schedules at about 9 am Pacific time this morning (noon in the Boogie Down) for pitching probables like I do everyday, and 3 of the 4 games hadn’t just started by then, they were already half over…

Triple-A Scranton (2-1 loss to Toledo in 10 innings) they were already in the 6th inning when I checked the schedules…
Kevin Reese: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 2 K – probably his best game in what has been a miserable season
Andy Phillips: 2 for 4, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Bronson Sardinha: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K
The Duncan’s: combined 0 for 7, 1 BB, 2 K – each struck out once, Eric drew the walk
Alberto Gonzalez: 0 for 4, 2 K – just 5 hits in his last 36 AB, with 0 XBH
Tyler Clippard: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K – making a case to fill-in for Hughes, but give me Mighty Matt (I’m still waiting for that royalties check James)
TJ Beam: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – went from prospect to AAAA guy in under a month

Double-A Trenton (3-2 win over New Hampshire) they were in the 3rd inning…
Brett Gardner: 0 for 1, 3 BB, 1 CS – games like this explain why his OBP is roughly 110 points higher than his BA
Justin Christian: 3 for 3, 1 R, 1 CS – classic leadoff guy batted cleanup for probably the first time in his life
Aarom Baldiris: 2 for 4, 1 E (throwing) – that’s his 9th error in only 18 games
Matt Carson: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Alan Horne: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 6-3 GB/FB – nearly doubled his season walk total with this game
Kevin Whelan: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0-5 GB/FB – hasn’t been as good as advertised, not at all…

High-A Tampa (4-0 win over Fort Myers) good ol’ 7:00 start time
Reegie Corona: 3 for 3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB, 1 CS – 14 hits in last 31 AB
Tim Battle: 1 for 5, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB
Colin Curtis: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Mr. Miranda: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K 
Kevin Russo: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – 8 for his last 22
Frankie Cervelli: 1 for 4
IPK: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K – he sure is pitching like a first rounder, ain’t he?

Low-A Charleston (4-3 loss to Savannah) they were in the 6th inning…
Mitch Hilligoss: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K – extends hitting streak to 13 games
Austin Jackson: 1 for 5, 1 K
Seth Fortenberry: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K – another miscast leadoff guy…
Chris Malec: 1 for 2, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Josue Calzado: 2 for 4
Angel Reyes: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2 HB – outings have been steadily getting worse…
John Axford: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 6-2 GB/FB

Yanks fire stretching coach
Pavano shut down
  • Adam

    If Tyler Clippard was a lefty, we would be making Tom Glavine comparisons left and right. But he is a righty, so no.

  • James Varghese

    The checks in the mail Mike. I swear!

    Just don’t be sending anyone after me – I’ve been getting trained by Marty Miller so running is probably going to be a bad idea.

  • steve

    any word on tabata yet ?

  • mg

    Any word on Joba’s condition and his hamstring?

    Also, Where’s betances right now? Is he injured at all? Thanks

  • Matt L

    Mike, what’s the problem with Whelan? And when the hell will Kennedy be called up, he is way to polished to be pitching to babies in A-ball?

  • Malcard89

    Desalvo over Clippard?…

    That only defies every single top 10 yankee prospect list in the entire world. not to mention every top 100 prospect list.

  • Mike A.

    RE: Clippard
    If he was a lefty, certainly his stock would be higher. That’s just the nature of the game, quality lefthanded pitching is a scarce commodity, and anytime a lefty flashes some potential, he gets hyped. But Tom Glavine? No.

    RE: Tabata
    Nothing yet. Once I have something, I’ll be sure to pass it along.

    RE: Joba
    He’ll be on the mound for Tampa next week. At least that’s what Fabian tells us via Pinstripes Plus.

    RE: Betances
    He’s down in Extended Spring Training. As far as I know he’s not injured, and I think they’ll send him to Short Season Staten Island in late June instead of Charleston. The competition is a little better in SI, so I’m all for it. If he does well there, he could skip Low-A all together.

    RE: Whelan
    He’s been pitching well, but he came over with some seriously crazy numbers (72 IP, 39 H, 104 K, or around there I believe) and he hasn’t sustained it. For some reason he’s on a funky schedule, not the typical 2 IP every 3 days routine the Yanks use for top relief prospects. Maybe some structure will help, but not knmowing when you’re going to pitch is what being a reliever is all about.

    RE: IPK
    He should be in Trenton by the end of the month. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if they promoted him next week to make room for Joba. Right now, Kennedy is the Yanks best pitching prospect in the minors that’s actually pitching. Go take a look at Dan Bard’s numbers, I can’t tell you how much email I got after the 06 draft saying that the Yanks should have taken him instead of Kennedy.

  • mg

    Question about Ian Kennedy?

    I heard He lost some miles in his fastball. Before Yankees drafted him He throws 88-90 rather than 92. Did He regain his fastball velocity back? What plan does Yankees and Nardi for Him? Is he working on a new pitch. Thanks

  • mg

    Hey Mike,Since Yankees called Up Hughes and Sanchez is injured. Can you please rank New top ten for Yankees prospect. Who’s number #1 prospect Yankees right now? Kevin Whelan?


  • Mike A.

    Round 2…

    RE: DeSalvo over Clippard
    Prospect lists mean little in the real world. DeSalvo’s pitching better right now, and he’s more experienced. Basically he’s better equipped to deal with the ensuing chaos.

    RE: IPK’s velocity
    I heard it was up to 91-92. I’m sure Nardi helping him with his curve, but Kennedy already had a good curve when he was drafted. Go to’s Draft Tracker page and watch his scouting video. Tell me doesn’t look like a young Moose.

    RE: Top 10
    Not counting Hughes and the seriosuly injured guys, I’d go:

    1. Tabata (easily, and I’m assuming the injury is minor)
    2. Betances (easily)
    3. Kennedy
    4. Clippard
    5. Ohlendorf
    6. Whelan
    7. Frankie Cervelli
    8. Alan Horne
    9. JEff Marquez
    10. David Robertson

  • Marcus


    RE: new top 10

    Are you considering Joba “seriously injured” or did you just forget him? You wouldn’t leave him off your top 10 would you?

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