Down on the Farm

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Nothing good going on with the Yanks

Just to keep you updated on an old friend: CJ Henry is hitting .182-.243-.379 with 80 K in 57 games for Low-A Lakewood.  

Triple-A Scranton (8-0 win over Syracuse)
Justin Christian: 1 for 4, 1 R
Kevin Reese: 2 for 2, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Shelley Duncan: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – in other news, Andy Phillips struck out agai…no wait, he actually got a hit today…
Bronson Sardinha: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 K
Eric Duncan: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – second straight day with a double
Juan Francia: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
Chase Wright: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 8-12 GB/FB – 5th time in 15 starts this year he’s had more walks than strikeouts…in case you’re baseball illiterate, that’s WAY too many…
Edwar: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K – in other news, Kyle Farnsworth allowed 3 runs in 0.1 innings today…

Double-A Trenton (5-3 loss to Erie)
Brett Gardner: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 K – ends his modest 8 game hit streak
Cody Ehlers: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Juan Miranda: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 2 K – DHing him is a mistake, he’s gotta play first everyday in the minors if they expect him to play there in the bigs
Colin Curtis: 0 for 4
Aarom Baldiris: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Jeff Marquez: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K,, 1 WP, 1 E (throwing) – ERA over 3 for the first time all year
Scott Patterson: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – not exactly a young guy, but how about 34 baserunners and 42 K in 40.2 IP…

High-A Tampa (7-6 win over Daytona in 11 innings)
Reegie Corona: 3 for 6, 1 R, 3 K – 9 K in last 6 games
Austin Jackson: 3 for 3, 3 R, 1 BB – 5 for 7 with Tampa
Jose Tabata: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HB
Edwar Gonzalez: 1 for 6, 2 RBI
Marcos Vechionacci: 0 for 5, 1 BB, 2 K
Chris Malec: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – 4 for 8 with 4 RBI with Tampa
Tim Battle: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Frankie Cervelli: 0 for 5, 1 K – BA slipping further and further away from .300
George Kontos: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 E (throwing) – kinda sorta outpitched a guy who got one of, if not the largest bonus in draft history
Wilkins Arias: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Jose Valdez: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – 43 K in 35.1 IP
Josh Schmidt: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Low-A Charleston (2-0 win over Rome)
Mitch Hilligoss: 0 for 5,1 K
Seth Fortenberry: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 K
Kevin Smith: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B – third straight 2-fer game
Josue Calzado: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 CS
Chris Kunda: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 2 RBI – 5 for his last 28
Mike Dunn: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 7-5 GB/FB – third straight start with 2+ walks after 1 or fewer starts in his previous 8 starts
Ferdin Tejeda: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – 12-0 K/BB ratio in his last 17 IP

Short Season Staten Island (9-1 win over Aberdeen)
Austin Krum: 0 for 5, 2 K
Damon Sublett: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) – 4 errors in 4 games
David Williams: 2 for 3, 2 BB, 1 K – first K of the year
Justin Snyder: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – .364 BA and 1.000+ OPS in his short pro career
Frank Lonigro: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Dellin Betances: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 7-4 GB/FB – made the start on 3 days rest…
Craig Heyer: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 6-1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks had a scheduled off day.

Oregon State is leading UNC 5-2 in the 5th inning of Game 2 of the CWS Finals (OSU leads the best-of-3 series 1-0) as of this writing. OSU fell behind for the first time in Omaha in the bottom of the 1st, but that lasted all of half-an-inning. UNC head coach Mike Fox had to bring in closer Andrew Carignan with 2 outs in the 2nd to keep the game close after starter Luke Putkonen stunk up the joint (1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP). Shoulda started Woodard.

UNC had the bases loaded with no outs against OSU starter Mike Stutes in the 3rd, but managed to only push 1 run across. Carignan is still in the game; I’ll update this post after the game.

Update: OSU wraps up their second straight CWS Title with a 9-3 win. They’re the first team to repeat since LSU 10 years ago, and also the first team ever to win the Championship after a losing record in conference play (they went 10-14 in the Pac-10). Freshman pitcher Jorge Reyes took home Most Outstanding Player honors, the first freshman to win the award since Huston Street in 2002. Getting to Omaha 2 years in a row is tough enough, let alone getting to the Title Series in consecutive years, as both OSU and UNC did. 

My All-Star Ballot
Nothing good going on with the Yanks
  • Jake T

    I understand every time Ramirez pitches well i say something and this will be the last time. But im getting ready to kidnap farnsworth if it will get him promoted

  • C-Note

    Considering the money the cubs gave him Samardzija has to be a huge disappointment this year

    What more Edwar must do to crack the bullpen is a mystery.
    Nice games today for Action Jackson & Betances… think Tabata is starting to make push towards Trenton- still waiting for Horne’s call up to Scranton

  • Adam

    C-Note, I think promoting Tabata to Trenton would be an Eric Duncan-sized mistake. The kid is only 18, and while he is impressing in Tampa, he’s not exactly dominating (aka only hints of power).

    With a kid that age, the Yanks can afford to take their time and wait for him to fully develop and spend a full year or more at each year. He’ll never contribute to the big league club without power, so there is no point in aggressively promoting him through the system until he shows some.

    Just think, even if Tabata spends a full year at Tampa, then at Trenton and then at Scranton, that still puts him on pace to hit the bigs in his age 21 season.

    Considering the Yanks lack of position depth in the minors, I think it is of up most importance to not make the same mistake with Tabata as they did with Duncan, promoting him before he was truly ready.

  • Greg G.

    Speaking of “old friends”, didya notice who got the save in Trenton’s loss to Erie?

  • Mike A.

    Holy crap, great catch Greg. According to The Baseball Cube, he hasn’t pitched in the pros since 2001. Talk about holding on to the dream…

  • C-Note

    Hey Adam- the E Duncan comparrison is valid to a point- but I think Tabata is much more gifted than Duncan, and the prospect he is most often comparred to is Fernando Martinez of the Mets, and the 18 year old Martinez is in double AA and doing well… the season is long and if Tabata gets especially hot in the pitching friendly league he is in I don’t think Trenton will break him- also, on his weekly blog he has mentioned a couple of times about wanting to make it to trenton this summer— & with his protection in the line-up now at AA(Miranda) I think pitchers will spend a lot of time pitching around him… there are valid points in him staying or going- but I don’t think a bump in competition will break him as it seemed to do with young Eric Duncan.
    it seems the power game is where people debate tabata’s potential the most- will he be Manny Ramerez or Bernire Williams in terms of his power numbers- I think as a young player- if he reaches the majors before he starts hitting home runs he’ll still be useful is he has a high BA. & OBP.

  • Stuart

    the reason Ramirez does not get a chance with the big cub is the yanks 7th and 8th inning relievers are so good and consistent. they throw alot of strikes and we can count on alot of 1 2 3 outings……….

    just kidding, I have no idea why they wouldn’t give ramirez a try, not in the late innings to start god forbid he may be any good!!!!!!!!

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