Someone call 911! Tyler Clippard’s been kidnapped! (wait, maybe that’s just the real him)

10 undeniable reasons why the Yanks must sign Shea Hillenbrand
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Some tidbits from LoHud:

Spoke to Brian Cashman this afternoon. He is interested in acquiring a first baseman but offered no comment on Shea Hillenbrand. He did say, however, that he will not be trading Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain or Ian Kennedy.

Hughes has started his throwing program and a few days ago threw off the half mound in Tampa.

Update by Joe: Better news on Hughes: he’ll throw off a full mound this weekend. According to Pete Abraham, “The hope is that he will return by the end of July.” The article also mentions that they’ve signed third-round pick Ryan Pope (the pitcher from Savannah College of Art and Design) and are laying it on thick for Carmen Angelini. End of update.

Good news all around, although don’t think that just because Cash didn’t comment on Hillenbrand that means he isn’t interested; if he said he wanted him, it’d be tampering (I think).

Triple-A Scranton (6-2 loss to Buffalo) it’s not fair that Buffalo can roll this guy out of the ‘pen to protect a 4 run lead…
Justin Christian: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 K
Kevin Reese: 2 for 4, 2 RBI
Shelley Duncan, Bronson Sardinha & Alberto Gonzalez: all 0 for 4, 2 K – Sardinha threw a guy out at third
Eric Duncan: 0 for 2, 2 BB – 6 for his last 44 with 13 K
Tyler Clippard: 3.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1-7 GB/FB – 38 H, 26 ER, 22 BB, 15 K in 28.1 IP since he beat the Mets in his MLB debut…
Sean Henn: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Steven Jackson: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K in 7.2 innings since moving to the ‘pen

Double-A Trenton
Game 1
(2-0 loss to Altoona in 7 innings) makeup for yesterday’s rainout
Brett Gardner: 0 for 2, 1 BB
Cody Ehlers: 1 for 2, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – BA up to .225
Noah Hall: 1 for 3 – picked off first
PJ Pilittere: 1 for 3 – 2 for his last 15
Gabe Lopez: 2 for 2, 1 2B – this after 1 for his previous 12
Joba Chamberlain: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 10 K, 1 WP – 10 BB in his last 21.2 IP…but 37 K over that span as well…
Game 2 (11-2 loss to Altoona in 7 innings) that’ll put a nice dent in the league leading team ERA…
Brett Gardner: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B – still hasn’t hit a homer since 2005
Carlos Mendoza: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Cody Ehlers: 2 for 2, 1 2B, 1 RBI – where’s Mir-an-da (clap, clap, clap clap clap)…he hasn’t played since being pinch hit for on Tuesday…
Matt Carson: 1 for 3
rest of lineup: combined 0 for 13, 1 BB, 1 RBI – Noah Hall had a sac fly
Brett Smith: 3 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1-6 GB/FB – looks like the magic wore off
Zach Kroenke: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 0 K – ERA went from 6.59 to 9.42…he really needs to head back to Tampa….

High-A Tampa (3-2 win over Vero Beach in 10 innings, walk-off style)
Reegie Corona: 0 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Austin Jackson: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – .481-.500-.667 since the promotion
Jose Tabata: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – stop drooling over that Jackson guy, look at me!
Edwar Gonzalez: 1 for 5, 1 2B, 1 K
Marcos Vechionacci: 2 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) – walk off single scored (who else?) Jackson
Phil Coke: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 10-6 GB/FB
Josh Schmidt: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB – 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 13 K in his last 4 outings

Low-A Charleston (7-3 win over Savannah)
Wilmer Pino: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB – he pinch hit for Hilligoss on Tuesday, who hasn’t played since…
James Cooper: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS – 7 for 22 with 5 RBI since taking the departed Austin Jackson’s spot
Seth Fortenberry: 0 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K
Josue Calzado & Eduardo Nunez: both 1 for 4 – Calzado K’ed twice
Chris Kunda: 1 for 2, 2 R, 2 BB
Grant Duff: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 10-5 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing)
Ferdin Tejeda: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – if he’s back for real, I say move him to Tampa and see what he’s made of…

Short Season Staten Island (6-3 win over Aberdeen)
Taylor Holiday: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB
Matt Morris: 1 for 4, 1 HBP
Damon Sublett: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS – 7 RBI in 9 games
David Williams: 1 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 BB – on base 18 times in 10 games
Isaiah Howes: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K
Luis Nunez: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Adam O.: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 5-1 GB/FB – very nice pro debut…remember, he hasn’t pitched since June 2nd…
Gaby Medina: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP

Rookie GCL Yanks (3-2 win over GCL Indians)
Gerson Manzanillo: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 2 K
Danny Wehrle: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Brandon Laird: 0 for 4, 3 K – 3 multi-hit games, 2 0-fers this year
Melky Mesa: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 K
Ben Blumenthal: 1 for 3, 1 3B, 1 E (throwing) – 5 games, 3 errors
Jairo Heredia: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 8-2 GB/FB – 10-2 K/BB ratio in 3 games
Noel Castillo: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 6-1 GB/FB
Jon Ortiz: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K – I don’t think I’ve ever seen a GCL team with an actual designated “closer,” but it appears he’s it (14-1 K/BB ratio in 7.2 IP)

10 undeniable reasons why the Yanks must sign Shea Hillenbrand
We didn't lose!
  • Tommy

    Great to see Howes with a homer so early, guess he doesn’t have a lot of problems with a wood bat. Howes was different from most hitters that the Yankees drafted in that he really showed power, but his BB/K numbers weren’t good. If they can work with him on getting to know the strikezone better, he could be a good one.

  • JP

    Not that it means much but Gardner hit a homer out here in the AFL last winter. Seriously Jackson is starting to steal some of Tabata’s mojo

  • Yankee Fan in Chicago

    Man, Action’s on a tear. He must’ve missed Tabata or something. “Why can’t I quit you Jose?”

    Seems like Vechionacci has turned a corner too. Average is creeping up there and it seems he draws a walk every night.

    If Jackson and Vech can keep it up, maybe they arrive in the Bronx with Tabata.

  • George

    With out saying it, but wishing/praying for it, Yankees would love to see a Jackson and Tabata outfield combination in the near future. I watched Tabata play last year for the Riverdogs and I liked his game and approach when he batted. He also showed cased a plus arm. If his hand problems are behind him, I am expect a very nice offensive season from Tabata. As for Jackson, plate discipline and consistent defense are the key factors for his future in the big’s.

  • NYYmilb


    Is Joba pitching on short rest for his next start (which would mean Tuesday July 2nd) or will he be pushed back a day b/c of Wednesday’s rainout (which would mean Wednesday July 3rd)?

    I want to see him pitch, but need to get to Trenton the right day.

  • Ed

    So when Staten Island comes to Auburn, whos autograph should I definately get? I saw Wang and Cano play a couple times when they were in town and kicked myself for not getting a ball signed or something…

  • George

    Maybe Jairo Heredia in about two years. Did you get George Kontos from last year?

  • Zack

    So i guess that means Adam O. signed, eh? Who exactly has been signed at this point? Is there a good site for that?

    Man does it rock to see Action and Tabata hitting. If they could keep it up and be in AA for the end of the year and most of next, that would rock. Talk about improving our outfield prospects…

    10k in 5 IP is pretty nasty 4 bbs be damned..

  • Zack

    Nevermind, i saw that the Yanks’ page had the info…

  • Rich

    Clippard is still a quality pitcher who will regain the form he showed during the second half of last season.

  • Joseph P.


    I very much doubt that they’d pitch him on short rest. They have this thing with babying prospects.

    I’ll keep checking the Trenton papers, though. I actually want to head to see Joba pitch sometime soon, too.

  • The Scout

    Clippard is showing what most scouts always said about him — bottom of rotation guy. You don’t win pennants with #5 starters; you win with two or three top-of-the-rotation studs and a couple of #3 starters. You deal the #5s for depth elsewhere and keep a couple around (Karstens) for swing duty. Clippard is trade bait, like Steven White, Brett Smith, Jason Jones.

    Chamberlain is throwing too many pitches, with the walks an striekouts combined. The Yankees will want him to become more efficient.

    As for Jackson, lets see where he is after 40 games in the league.

  • Joseph P.


    I know it’s not good that Joba is a bit inefficient right now. However, I like that he’s throwing a lot of pitches. Gotta build up that arm strength. We can worry about efficiency later in the season. But if he’s throwing a lot of pitches now, hopefully he can build stamina and throw deeper into games later in the season (with more efficiency, too).

    Just my take.

  • Rich

    I think Joba is probably working on his secondary pitches which leads to the higher pitch counts.

  • Yankee Fan in Chicago

    Rich, I listened to the game via and the announcers for the other team were surprised at how Joba constantly used his breaking ball in fastball counts. Of course, right after they said that he grooved a bases juiced fastball inner half to one of their best hitters, who smacked it for an rbi single.

  • Malcard89

    Mike, do u think Jackson will make Baseball America’s top 100 prospects if he keeps up a line of around .290-.360-.460, which looks completely possible by the way he’s hitting now in Tampa?

  • Mike A.

    Jackson would need to have a MONSTER second half to crack the Top 100, like .400-.500-.700 kind of MONSTER. There’s just so many good players in the minors right now, it’s ridiculous. The future of baseball looks very good.

  • Kyle G.

    Mike, what do you think the timetable of a Yankee top three starting rotation of Wang, Hughes, Chamberlain will be? (I’m very excited about this by the way)

  • Mike A.

    Wang, Hughes & Chamberlain all the rotation at once? I’d be disappointed if it happened any later than Opening Day 2009.

  • Rich

    Thank you for the insight, YFiC.

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