Edwar Gonzalez 6, Sarasota 5

Game Six: Offense is like air and sex, it's not a big deal until you aren't gettin' any
Early season observation: Hacking away

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 win over Lehigh Valley)
Justin Christian & Cody Ransom: both 1 for 4 – Christian K’ed once … Ransom thrice
Juan Miranda & Alberto Gonzalez: both 0 for 4 – The Former Attorney General K’ed twice
Jason Lane: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Eric Duncan: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB – 2 SB this year, 2 SB all of last year … 1.012 OPS
Chris Stewart: 2 for 3, 1 PB
Darrell Rasner: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 5-8 GB/FB – 51 of 73 pitches were strikes (69.9%)
Scott Strickland: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-2 GB/FB – Chad Jennings speculated that he could be cut to make room on the roster for Jon Albaladejo
Chris Britton: 0.1 IP, zeroes
Jose Veras: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Double-A Trenton (13-7 win over Binghamton)
Austin Jackson: 2 for 4, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K
Jose Tabata: 0 for 5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP – drove in runs on a groundout and a HBP
Colin Curtis: 2 for 5, 3 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Matt Carson: 3 for 4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB – not even the top offensive performance of the day
Cody Ehlers: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB
Marcos Vechionacci: 3 for 5, 2 2B, 2 E (throwing) – nice start to the year for Vech
Reegie Corona: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 SB
Phil Coke: 4 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 6-4 GB/FB
Josh Schmidt: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Zach Kroenke: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB
Eric Wordekemper: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Bo Hall: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K

High-A Tampa (3-0 in over Sarasota in 10 innings)
Eduardo Nunez & Braedyn Pruitt: both 0 for 5 – Nunez K’ed once
James Cooper: 3 for 4, 4 R, 1 BB – driven in 3 times by the other Edwar
Mitch Hilligoss: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 E (throwing, fielding)
Edwar Gonzalez: 4 for 5, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI – the best offensive performance of the young season
Seth Fortenberry: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Josue Calzado: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Jose Gil: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 2 K – my, how he’s fallen off the catching depth chart
Al Aceves: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 7-6 GB/FB – Yanks signed him out of the Mexican League last year … not much to see, he’s already 25 years old
Wilkins Arias: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 5-0 GB/FB – allowed the lone inherited runner to score
Jose Valdez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Low-A Charleston (4-1 loss to Rome)
Abe Almonte: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Justin Snyder: 3 for 4, 1 2B – Still the same pest he was last year… Yes, it’s still early, but I may have underrated him.
Bradley Suttle: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K
Jesus Montero: 0 for 4, 2 K, 1 PB – started behind the plate after the late game of yesterday’s doubleheader
Wady Rufino: 1 for 4, 1 2B
Brandon Laird, Austin Romine, Carmen Angelini & David Williams: combined 0 for 13, 6 K – Laird K’ed thrice, the other 3 K’ed once each … Laird committed a throwing error at first … Willaims committed a fielding error in right
Adam Olbrychowski: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 6-7 GB/FB
Wilkins DeLaRosa: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Jesse Hoover: 1 IP, zeroes, 1-2 GB/FB – coming back strong

Game Six: Offense is like air and sex, it's not a big deal until you aren't gettin' any
Early season observation: Hacking away
  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    Mike, couple questions. I was reading up on Jairo Heredia and I checked back to your profile on him earlier this year. The fact that he’s starting at Class A Charleston, shouldn’t there be a big buzz around him? It seems the consensus was that he would start in short season SI this year as opposed to full season ball. The fact that he made the jump from Dominican Instructs in 2006, to GCL in 2007, to now Class A in 2008, isn’t that some major progression especially since he is still just 18 years old?

    Last question has to do with his change up, has that become his best pitch? I was checking another site and they made mention of the change up being his best off-speed offering but I know you felt that his hammer was. So has his change improved that much or is just a matter of difference of opinion? I have not been able to find any scouting grades on Jairo so I was wondering if you could help out in that area.

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

      Going from the GCL to Low-A is a big jump for a Latin American kid who’s never played in high school or some form of Little League as a kid. He must have made a big time impression during Instructional League to get bumped up this quickly.

      It think his curve is a little more consistent and a little further along in his development, but it’s not like his changeup lags that far behind. You can’t really put together a convincing argument that one is far better than the other.

      I haven’t seen any scouting grades for him and I’m no scout, so I’m not going to try to put a grade on any part of his game. I think he’d get a lot more hype if it wasn’t for all the upper levels arms, the Jobas, Hornes, McCutchens, etc. He’s even overshadowed on his own staff by Betances and McAllister.

  • Pique

    Angelini and Romine being hitless saddens me. A-Jax is kicking ass though.

  • dan

    The sad thing about Vechionacci is that no matter how well he hits this year, he’s trade bait. I know it’s only been 4 games, but maybe this is finally the year he breaks out.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    Oh God, Kruk and Phillips are on BBTN. The idiocy is sickening.

    • Joey

      I’m with ya, but at least Joe Morgan isn’t there

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

        They had him on for a short little segment. He said the Tigers were 0-5 because “they weren’t using their professionalism.” No joke.

        • RollignWave

          that might be a better line than because of a lack of grit or some crap like that though

  • The Scout

    Excuse my quibble, but how does a guy get 6 rbi when his team scores only three runs? You list Tampa winning 3-0.

    • dan

      It’s a mistake… they won 8-5.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G.

    Nice Q & A from BA:

    Q: Kyle from VA asks:
    Any player in the yanks system to look out for? big breakout season? Rising up the charts?

    John Manuel: They love Abe Almonte, cf, Charleston — roster has him listed at 5-foot-9, 205, after listing him at 5-9, 170 last year. If that’s correct then that’s troublesome, but the Yanks minor league evaluator I talked to the other day said, “Wow, plus plus speed, nice arm, some power, tough competitor, very exciting kid to watch.” He made no mention of the body, so maybe that’s a typo. Another candidate is Ivan Nova, scouts love the stuff, but the Yanks want to see better performance this year.

    Jairo Heredia is my pick.

  • steve (different one)

    hate to go off-topic, but is anyone else having issues with the site? i’m getting a problem with the “security certificate” when i come to the site.

    i apologize if this is a stupid question.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      We’re working on it. It’s an issue with the StubHub ad.

  • Miles Roche

    Mike A., you absolutely rock!!!
    Pique, how exactly is Ajax kicking ass, by going ofer until today?

  • Brandon

    Action Jackson was not kicking ass, today he started putting his foot up, another thing Mike A. please get us some more news on Wilkins DeLaRosa because everyone in the inside saids he has a special LH arm.

  • Pique

    I meant kicking ass today, not for the season.