Juan Gone!!!

Even the Red Sox support Joe Torre
As Clemens opines, Torre waits the weekend

Miranda HR

The Javelinas beat the Saguaros 14-2
Juan Miranda: 4-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI’s, 4 Runs, HBP
Kevin Whelan: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 0 Runs
The rest of the Yankees had the day off

The picture says it all. Juan Miranda hit his first home run and did it with authority. The HR landed just right of the 385ft marker and at the top of the the hill/seating area. The hill is at least 40ft long so the rough projection makes it a 425ft HR that went as high as it did far. It even got a rise out of a couple scouts that were sitting nearby. He managed to hit the ball hard in every at bat today and it seems like his early season slump is behind him.

They don’t allow fans in the outfield seating area during the game so Miranda’s HR ball just sat there for the rest of the game while I tried to find willpower and not run out there like a maniac. There’s a very fine line between trying to be a respectful fan and being this guy

Kevin Whelan looked very good in his short appearance. The first batter hit a slow roller back to the mound. The second guy lined a single to right. The third batter hit into force out at second and the forth batter struck out on a good splitter down and away (lefty).

Miranda Throwing

Miranda first

Kevin Whelan

Even the Red Sox support Joe Torre
As Clemens opines, Torre waits the weekend
  • Ivan

    I really find Kevin Whelan a very interesting. The guy has a fastball in the mid to high 90’s with movement and devastating splitter. The only question is whether he has enough control to harness that sick stuff.

    By the way who would you take Whelan or Mark Melancon? Both have closers stuff and I feel that they become big time sleepers to help the yanks next season in the bullpen.

    • JP

      I’m probably not familiar enough with Melancon’s college career to make that judgement but I’ve heard great things about his potential – Mike would be able to make a better call on that. In a small same size Whelan definately seems to have the closer mentality – he has an intimidating presence in the mound.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I’d take Melancon. He’s got better stuff, less to work on and has better makeup. The only real negative is the injury concerns.

  • http://www.pinstripealley.com John

    Can you tell us any more about Whelan’s delivery? When he came over from the Tigers his motion was like a catcher throwing to second base- a lot of bend in his elbow that had us worried about TJ surgery down the road.
    At some point in the season I remember reading that they tinkered with his mechanics and it improved his control.

    Do you see a difference? Who does his motion remind you of? Should we temper our expectations with injury concerns?

    • JP

      Whelan has an extremely quick delivery. He slightly lifts his leg and just falls forward and somehow generates a lot out of it. It looks like he gets a lot of power when he pushes off his back leg. It seems like he would be deceptive to hitters because he lunges forward and then the ball is right there in front of them – it happens very quickly.

      I remember the reports about the strain on his elbow but I didn’t notice anything excessive. It’s a very short delivery so it does look like it would put pressure on the elbow but I don’t think that’s the case. He really seems to get a good amount of leverage out of his delivery and keeps some of the pressure off his arm.

      • http://www.pinstripealley.com John


  • Jamie

    Keep up the good work JP I’m (and im sure we all are) lovin this stuff!

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