May
27

Down on the Farm

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Triple-A Scranton (8-5 win over Indianapolis) 
Kevin Reese: 3 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Andy Phillips: 3 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB – dude lives in a Holiday Inn
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 5, 2 K, 1 E (throwing)
Eric Duncan: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – 8 walks, 1 K in last 7 games…
Alberto Gonzalez: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Angel Chavez: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI – 16 for 49 (.410) with 7 doubles, a homer and 9 RBIs in his last 10 games…
Eric Junge: 5 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 2-8 GB/FB
Ben Kozlowski: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – 6 H and 16 K in last 12.2 IP…
Chris Britton: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Jim Brower: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – 10 of 13 pitches were strikes (76.9%)

Double-A Trenton
Game 1
(4-1 loss to Connecticut in 7 innings) makeup for April 15th rainout
PJ Pilittere: 1 for 3 – allowed 5 SB, 4 to the same guy
Noah Hall: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB
everybody else: combined 2 for 17, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 SB, 1 CS
Brett Smith: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K – 3 ER equals the number he’d given up in his previous 47.1 IP…
Game 2 (3-0 win over Connecticut in 7 innings)
Jamal Strong & Shawn Garrett: both 2 for 4, 1 RBI – Strong K’ed and was caught stealing
Matt Carson: 1 for 4, 1 K
Aarom Baldiris: 1 for 2, 1 BB
Michael Gardner: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 4-1 GB/FB
Kevin Whelan: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K – 1 H and 16 K in last 9.1 IP…7 walks though….
Zach Kroenke: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

High-A Tampa (4-1 win over Vero Beach in 10 innings)
Reegie Corona: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Tim Battle: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 K -he’s played in 48 games, and has struck out in all but 8 of ‘em…
Jose Tabata: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – 2 doubles in last 3 games after 0 XBH in previous 11 games…
Juan Miranda: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 HBP – last 6 hits have now gone for extra bases…if you don’t think that’s frickin’ amazing, you don’t know baseball…
Colin Curtis: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Marcos Vechionacci: 0 for 4, 2 K – 2 K’s for the 3rd straight game…
Frankie Cervelli: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 HBP
Joba Chamberlain: 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 9-5 GB/FB – Joba woulda got the win if the save hadn’t been blown by…
Eric Wordekemper: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Low-A Charleston (6-3 win over Rome)
Mitch Hilligoss: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 33 games and counting…he’s now 2 away from tying Scott Seabol’s Sally League record, but still 28 games from tying Joe D.’s minor league record 61 game hit streak (how nuts is that?)
Seth Fortenberry: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Austin Jackson: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – ready for Tampa…
Chris Malec: 1 for 4, 2 RBI
Josue Calzado: 1 for 4, 1 R
Michael Dunn: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K – also ready for Tampa…
Ferdin Tejeda: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Jon Hovis: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB – 4 H and 6 K in last 8.1 IP…

Categories : Down on the Farm
  • C-Note

    Promotions PLEASE! Kennedy & Chamberlain to Trenton, Horne and his 66/11 K/BB to Scranton… biggest waste of time having career minor leaguers make starts at AA & AAA in a system this rich with arms

  • dan

    i second that. i realize cashman is trying to save his job (idk what hes doing about it, but hes not trying to lose it), but attention needs to be paid to the minor league teams especially the pitchers

  • Rich

    I don’t disagree with the above sentiment, but my guess is that Cash acts on the recommendations from Contreras and others on promotions.

    In fact, if he was merely trying to save his job, he might promote them if only to increase their trade value, which fortunately he isn’t doing because for whatever weaknesses he has as a GM, to this point, he has demonstrated that he does have integrity.

  • The Scout

    Amen to C-Note: move ‘em up to see whether they’re ready. Pitchers with extensive college experience at a high level should advance to the high minors ASAP.

  • Frustrated Yankee Fan

    CHRIS BRITTON, come on down!!!!!!

    What are they waiting for on calling this guy up? He has to be better than Vizcaino and Farnsworthless combined. Stop the madness and call-up Chris Britton.

    This is a typical Yankee move. He has only pitched 16 innings above A ball therefore he must be in the minors. Joe Torre most certainly will not play a kid even if he is better than the $10 million dollar garbage he feels obligated to put out on the field day in and day out. There is no excuse for this and I thank Joe for all he has given us but enough is enough.

  • dan

    what about patterson or edwar?? ramirez is striking out 17.1/9ip… read that again. and patterson’s 16/1 k/bb ratio isnt too shabby either. they are being wasted while the yankees need help from one of them in the bullpen right now.

  • Ed

    whats the word on Hughes’ MRI?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

    @ Ed: sprain. Probably sets him back a week.

    @ the guys calling for IPK/Joba promotions: don’t expect it until the Yanks can replace them on the Tampa roster with guys from Charleston, who will be available for promotion once we hit the draft.

    @ the guys calling for Britton: of course. Who knows what’s holding them back.

  • Mike R.

    You have to remember that the Yankees have alot more staff and infrastructure in Tampa. I think they want to maximize their time down there.

  • C-Note

    Phil Hughes had 5 starts in Tampa last year, once he showed he could dominate A ball he was moved to AA @ 19 years old. Both Kennedy & Joba are having success similar to Hughes in terms of ERA and K/BB ratio, they are both older than Hughes and pitched for major college programs and both need to be pitching at Trenton- if not this week then right after the draft. And as far as replacements @ Tampa- if they are paying career minor leaguers to fill some spots on a temp basis in trenton and scranton then they can do that in Tampa if thats what it takes to promote Kennedy & Joba to more challenging competition.

  • Malcard89

    What’s with the Betances holdup? Wouldn’t they want to give him at least 90 innings? I dont think thats possible in Staten Island.

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Betances is heading to Staten Island, and he’ll probably get in about 70 IP there. I’m actually all for that program; he’s getting time under Nardi down in Tampa, then he’ll get to head north and play near home for the rest of the year. The competition level in the NY-Penn League is better than it is in the Sally League, but it’s not as tough as the FSL. It’s the right course of action for him.

    The other promotions will come, don’t worry, Another 3-4 starts in Tampa wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world for Kennedy given his extreme flyball tendencies (plus he’s working on a new pitch). Joba just got back from injury, so I can’t see promoting him before July 1st really.

    Trust me, the competition they’re facing now is better than anything they faced in college.

  • C-Note

    Yea, I trust the competition is better than it was in college, but it’s obviously not challenging enough… and doesn’t explain why Horne is still at AA with his now 73/13 K/BB ratio instead of Scranton

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

    As said before, C-Note, it’s probable that they’re waiting for the draft to fill out the lower level rosters before they start moving everyone up.

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