Hawaii Winter Baseball rosters announced

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BA’s got the scoop. The Yanks are sending Brad Suttle, Austin Jackson, George Kontos and a rehabbing Mark Melancon to play for the Honolulu Sharks. Melancon, as you may recall, left Hawaii early last year to finally have his long anticipated Tommy John surgery.

That Honolulu squad looks pretty stacked based on a quick glance, as Matt Weiters, Brandon Snyder and Ryan Harvey will be joining the Yanks foursome. Let’s just hope none of Dan Bard’s “success” rubs off on any of the Yankee guys.

(hat tip to Keith Law)

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  • JC in MD

    I’ve been waiting over a year to see what Mark Melancon is all about … potential Mariano replacement???

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      He’s the best in-house candidate in my opinion. Absolutely electric stuff (arguably the best pure stuff in the system), through-the-roof makeup & closing experience. Just gotta wait and see how he comes back from TJ (despite the high success rate, TJ is a major obstacle for a pitcher).

      Funny thing is that only 3 ML closers right now were closers in college (bonus points if you can name’em). The other 27 are either failed starters or converted position players. The whole “draft a college closer and groom him to be your ML closer” fad is about as dumb as buying a timeshare.

  • JC in MD

    They only name that comes to mind is Huston Street …

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      That’s one…

  • dan

    street, chad cordero, and papelbon

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Way to take the wind out of the sails dan ;)

      • dan

        I’d have thought that there were a whole lot more than 3 college closers that are closing in the majors now. Considering that, how can you have so much faith in melancon having success?

        • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          I’m sure he’ll be sucessful. He’s got all the tools needed to succeed, and he’s in a role that theoretically is easy to succeed in.

          Deep down, I still think that the guy who replaces Mo is someone we’ll never expect. Like Tyler Clippard or Rudy Guillen or some crazyiness like that.

  • JC in MD

    My out in leftfield guess would be Humberto Sanchez … and I don’t think that’s much of a stretch …