Down on the Farm

Reviewing the Sickels Mock Draft
The glorious return to .500

Elijah Dukes knocked another chick up. This’ll be his 6th kid with 5 different baby mommas. Hey Elijah, did you ever hear of abstinence? I’m pretty sure it’s something new that you wear…

Triple-A Scranton (2-1 win over Durham)
Kevin Thompson: 0 for 1, 1 R, 3 BB – 9 walks a 1 K in his last 17 plate appearances
Andy Phillips: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Shelley Duncan: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI
rest of lineup: combined 1 for 13, 1 K – Raul Chavez singled, Bronson Sardinha K’ed
Run-Elvis: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Steven Jackson: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – probably woulda gone longer if it wasn’t for a 2 hour rain delay
Edwar Ramirez: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K – you heard it here first, they’ll bring him up in late August, and he’ll pull a K-Rod for the Yanks…

Double-A Trenton
Game 1 (3-1 win over Connecticut in 7 innings) makeup for April 25th rainout
Brett Gardner: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB
Ramiro Pena: 0 for 4, 4 K – ouch
Cody Ehlers: 0 for 2, 1 BB
Noah Hall: 1 for 2, 2 RBI
Matt Carson: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB – first time in 9 games he didn’t K
Jeff Marquez: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 8-7 GB/FB
Game 2 (2-0 win over Connecticut in 7 innings)
Brett Gardner: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – 10 for 21 with 4 doubles (!) since coming off the DL
Ramiro Pena: 3 for 3 – man, talk about a day-night doubleheader…
Cody Ehlers: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Joba Chamberlain: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 4-2 GB/FB – awesome, simply awesome
Jeff Kennard: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

High-A Tampa (6-5 win over Dunedin in 10 innings, walk-off style)
Reegie Corona: 2 for 5, 2 RBI, 1 BB – breakout from 1 for 16 slump
Colin Curtis: 3 for 6, 1 R
Jose Tabata: 1 for 6, 1 2B, 1 K
Juan Miranda: 1 for 3, 1 R, 3 BB (1 intentional), 1 K – can’t blame’em for not pitching to him
Edwar Gonzalez: 2 for 6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – walk-off single
Marcos freakin’ Vechionacci: 4 for 5, 2 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI – last 6 hits have gone for extras (5 doubles and a triple)
Frankie Cervelli: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 HBP, 1 E (pickoff) – 11 HBP in 50 games
Kevin Whelan: 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP – whoa whoa whoa … starting? in Tampa??? he wasn’t pitching all that bad, this is a move I don’t understand or agree with…
Josh Schmidt: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Mike Martinez: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 5-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (5-2 win over Savannah)
Mitch Hilligoss: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB – 8 game hitting streak since he took the 0-fer to end his 38 gamer…
Austin Jackson: 0 for 4, 1 K
Chris Malec: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K – how about 40 walks against 26 strikeouts this year…
Seth Fortenberry: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – this is the one of the last guys I’d expect to lead the Yanks’ minors in RBI in mid-June
Brian Aragon: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP – threw runners out at second and home…
Eduardo Nunez: 2 for 4, 1 2B – up to 5 XBH on the year…
Kyle Anson: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Mike Dunn: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K
Ferdin Tejeda: 2 IP, zeroes across the board
Jon Hovis: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – K/BB ratio = 28-2

Reviewing the Sickels Mock Draft
The glorious return to .500
  • Chofo

    What a great job for Joba

  • Mike R.

    I want to take this by steps…

    1- Joba is the F’n man!!! Enough said.
    2- Does anyone think that Josh Phelps is really a better option at first than Shelley could be or Andy Phillips for that matter?
    and finally…
    3- I get that the Yankees don’t want to give up on Cody Ehlers, but they really have to get Miranda up north. The guy has proved that he is overmatching FSL pitchers.

    Thank you for the prompt Down on the Farm Mike. Something tells me you were as anxious to write it as I was to read it.

  • steve

    wow. great job joba ? why did he throw only 5 innings ? was he on a pitch count ?

  • Marc

    Hey Mike,
    Don’t knwo about you, but if I hafta watch kyle farnsworth come in a fucking suck up the joint one mroe time, while britton and ramirez play catch in triple A i may just call it a season. Last time i checked, the yankees were about winning and cashman is about saving some cash and building value.. This team is in no position to build value and it has two (at least) relief pitchers wasting space and costing the big league team wins because someone (Joe and Cash) have no faith in young arms. Listen if they hafta throw kyle otu there why not in the 6th. They just won their seventh straight and all i can think about is how !@#$% frustrating kyle and Lviz are too watch ruin games for this team. I swear i am one Kyle farnsworth eighth inning away from not watching the big league squad.

  • Nathan

    this is nitpicking, but you have joba going one inning too many in the joba watch.

    5IP instead of 6IP 9Ks = (exactly what you said) awesome

  • C-Note

    JOBA JOBA JOBA!!! What a year he is having… To think of a future(near future) Rotation with Hughes, WANG, JOBA, & Kennedy… no more pavanos, jeff weavers, jared wrights of the world, home grown kick ass talent!

    I second the plea to send Miranda North, the yanks showed him the $$$ becasue he could hit… he’s hitting so get his ass to trenton already

  • cbt

    Pinstriped Bible posted an interview with Kevin Goldstein from Baseball Prospectus. An official from another team told Goldstein that he had Chamberlain as one of the top 5 pitching prospects in the game. And that was before Chamberlain getting promoted to Trenton and yesterday’s performance:

    (questions asked by Steve Goldman – I assume that the interview is a bit old as he still has Chamberlain in A ball):

    Joba Chamberlain has dominated at Tampa. Why is he still there?

    I think they’re taking it easy with Joba because of last year with injury problems. I think it’s clear Joba doesn’t belong in Tampa anymore. He belongs at Trenton at least. I talked to one official, who had Joba in the top five pitching prospects in the game right now, with Lincecum, Bailey, and Hughes all in the big leagues and out of the discussion. That’s some high praise. He changes speed well, locating the ball really well this year, even better than he did in college. He could be a workhorse and win 15-18 games a year. I’m a huge Joba fan.

    How fast will Ian Kennedy come?

    He’s now at Trenton and pitching well there.

    When will we wake up and find out that he’s not that good?

    Define not that good.

    I could find scouts last year when Kennedy was finishing up at Southern Cal who would say that this guy could be a fourth starter in the big leagues right now.

    But you ask, what’s his ceiling? Fourth starter. That’s his ceiling, too. He was maybe the safest pick in the draft, because it was impossible to see him anything as other than a fourth or fifth starter. He’ll never be exposed as being bad, he’ll be exposed as being not that good, as an average pitcher. Last time I checked that pays $9 or $10 million a year.

    Chamberlain a top 5 pitching prospect? Chamberlain only a #4? Mike, what do you think?

  • Rich

    There are several glaring inconsistencies in Goldman’s comments:

  • Ben

    this is nitpicking, but you have joba going one inning too many in the joba watch.

    Thanks, Nathan. I’ve corrected the Joba Watch.

  • NYFan

    DFA Vizcaino. Demote Henn. Promote Britton and Edwar. Stop using Farnsworth. What is so difficult with this?

  • Barry

    anyone explain to me why shelley duncan hasn’t earned a shot yet?