Marquez continues to settle down

Wang dominates Indians to cap 5-0 April
One October day in 1978...

Triple-A Scranton
Game 1
(2-0 win over Syracuse in 7 innings)
Brett Gardner & Jason Lane: both 0 for 4, 2 K
Bernie Castro & Juan Miranda: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Castro K’ed once & swiped a bag … Miranda K’ed twice
Cody Ransom: 2 for 4, 1 K, 1 SB
Nick Green: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI
Eric Duncan & Chris Stewart: both 2 for 3 – Stewart drove in a run & K’ed
D-Ras: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K – 60 of 89 pitches were strikes (67.4%) … his ERA ballooned to 0.87
Billy Traber: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K – brought in to face the immortal (and lefty hitting) Chip Cannon, but a righty pinch hitter was brought in
Jose Veras: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Triple-A Scranton
Game 2
(2-0 loss to Syracuse in 7 innings)
Brett Gardner, Juan Miranda, Jason Lane & Nick Green: all 1 for 3, 1 K – Green committed a fielding error
Bernie Castro, Cody Ransom & Greg Porter: all 0 for 3 – Castro committed a fielding error … Ransom K’ed thrice … Porter K’ed twice & threw a runner out at second from RF

Eric Duncan: 0 for 1, 1 BB
Jeff Marquez: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 7-7 GB/FB – 9 baserunners allowed in his last 11 IP after putting 28 men on base in 14.2 IP to start the year

Double-A Trenton (7-5 win over New Britain) Jose Tabata was apparently suspended for throwing a hissy fit after striking out on Saturday … don’t have any confirmation, but I’ll keep you posted
Ramiro Pena: 1 for 5, 2 K
Austin Jackson: 2 for 5, 2 R, 2 K – 30 hits and a 18-15 K/BB ratio in 25 games … loving the improvement in his plate discipline
Kevin Russo: 4 for 4, 4 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HBP – helluva game
Matt Carson: 4 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI – 25 RBI leads everyone in the organization
Cody Ehlers: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 1 RBI – 4 doubles, a triple & 2 homers in his last 7 games
Reegie Corona: 1 for 4
Jason Jones: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
JB Cox: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB – the comeback is going better than anyone could have expected
Eric Wordekemper: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (5-0 loss to Clearwater) second time in under a week they were owned by a bastardo … they also turned 5 double plays as a team
Damon Sublett, Seth Fortenberry & Edwar Gonzalez: all 0 for 4 – Sublett & Fortenberry all K’ed thrice … Edwar K’ed only twice … Sublett also committed a fielding error
Kevin Smith, Josue Calzado & Tim Battle: all 0 for 3 – Smith & Calzado each K’ed once … Battle K’ed thrice & threw a runner out at the plate from LF
Jose Gil: 2 for 3
Al Aceves: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 8-5 GB/FB
Anthony Claggett: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4-1 GB/FB – good to see him back and healthy

Low-A Charleston (8-3 win over Columbus)
Abe Almonte: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB, 1 E (throwing)
Justin Snyder: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB – slumping a bit
Bradley Suttle: 0 for 1 – left the game in the 3rd inning … not sure why
Jesus Montero: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – 13 XBH is more than Jeter & Cano combined
Wady Rufino: 2 for 4, 2 R
Brandon Laird: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI
Carmen Angelini: 1 for 2, 1 R
Adam Olbrychowski: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 10-3 GB/FB – too many baserunners & not enough strikeouts so far this year
Jason Stephens & Jonathan Ortiz: both 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Wang dominates Indians to cap 5-0 April
One October day in 1978...
  • Jamal G.

    To the victor goes the spoils. After his nice 2-for-3 day with a RBI, Chris Stewart is headed to the Bronx to be Jose Molina’s backup until Chad Moeller clears waivers (hopefully).

    Per Chad Jennings.

  • Jamal G.

    So to clear it up, was Jose Tabata suspended or ejected? If suspended, how long is he out for? If not, was this just a benching for disciplinary reasons or was it to give him one those ever popular “mental days”.

    • Jamal G.

      Disregard the above post, completely and totally missed the headliner for the AA box score.

  • stuart


    Cox sounds like he is doing well, is he a legit Yank option this yr.?

    Also wah tis the status on Humberto Sanchez, when is he going to start pitching?


    • Jamal G.

      To answer your first question it is Chad Stewart. Your second question, yes he is a very legit option. More so than Mark Melancon who some people are way too optimistic about his impact on the Yankees this season. Your third and final question’s answer I am not sure of. He recently had bone spurs removed and other than that I have no news.

    • Mike A.

      Jamal answered your first two questions (it’s Chris Stewart, not Chad).

      Sanchez is throwing off a mound and should get back into games sometime in May. He had surgery on his knee and another elbow surgery to remove bone chips last fall, but it’s nothing that set him back that much.

  • Tripp

    I was at the Charleston game today and Angelini got drilled in the upper back by Almonte on a throw into the infield.

    A ball was hit into centerfield and Almonte threw it in for a play at the plate and nailed Angelini in the back.

    He had to leave the game. I wasn’t sure why Suttle left either.

    • Mike A.

      Heh, gotta love A-ball outfielders. Hopefully Angelini’s okay.

  • Manimal

    Posada is hurt, Maybe Hey-Zeus can make his debut.

    • Seven Costanza

      jesus is 18 and in charleston.

  • Yankee Psycho-fan-t

    Who has two thumbs and can’t wait to see Jesus Montero on the Major League Club…this guy!

  • Yankee Psycho-fan-t

    Doubt he’ll go from low-a ball to the majors, that’s just silly. Low-a ball is like division 2 college ball.

    • Jamal G.

      I just can’t believe people are seriously entertaining the idea enough to put thought to keyboard.

    • Mike A.

      Nevermind the developmental stuff. You’re putting him on the 40-man roster and starting his arbitration clock FOUR years before you have to. Plus once he’s up, you can only send him back down to minors in 2009 and 2010, then he’ll be out of options.

      He’s mashing and it’s a fun idea, but I think you’d see the Yanks get John Flaherty to unretire before the Yanks turned to Montero.

      • Yankee Psycho-fan-t

        No worries guys, I have no inklings of an idea that he would get called up. I just can’t wait till he’s ready. He’s pretty exciting and the one at-bat he got in spring training he hit an opposite field home run. I’m stoked for his arrival in 2010.

  • Chip

    I’d love to see it happen with Jesus and I honestly think he could hit like a MLB backup catcher right now (which is more amazing than it sounds) but the defense just isn’t there. Plus, you risk screwing him up a la Eric Duncan

  • stuart

    Jamal, thanks.. I heard Cox is legit but since I have never seen him pitch obviously I have no clue..

    I think they should set up a shuttle for the 2nd tier pen guys if they do not pitch good with the yanks in a small sample size move them out to SWB and give the next guy the trial, I hear they have numerous potential options….

  • JT

    Any one have the scouting report on Melancon and JB. What type of pitches do these two throw?

    • Mike A.

      Cox has a 89-91 two-seamer that gets oodles of groundballs, a big breaking slider and a changeup. He uses a low arm slot, just above sidearm. He’s death on righties, and holds his own versus lefties.

      Melancon’s 93-95 with the fastball, and he’s got a hammer curveball and will occasionally breakout a splitter. He can work up in the zone with the fastball, and the curve is his go-to, swing-and-miss out pitch.

      • Jamal G.

        LoL, sorry I didn’t notice you already had an answer. Did not know of Melancon’s Splitter, does he have enough confidence to use it with men on base or is it just a show me pitch?

    • Jamal G.

      Mark Melancon sits 92-94MPH with his Four Seam heater and can touch 97MPH. After the TJS he was reportedly at 92-93 in his first throws of a mound. I am not sure what his velocity is at this current point. He has a plus Curveball which nasty sinking break and he has anywhere from an average to solid-average Changeup that he commands well. He does have plus command.

      James Brent (Thanks Mike) Cox throws a Two Seamer at 91-93MPH with reportedly Derek Lowe type sink, a plus Slider and an average Changeup. The sinking fastball is a big reason why Cox is regarded as he is IMO because he can come into a jam and get an easy double play with that dastardly breaking heater. His Slider is his strikeout pitch even though Cox is not a strikeout pitcher. Like I said before, it’s a plus pitch and a great go to pitch when he needs a K rather than a groundout. His Changeup was not part of his arsenal until 2006 and some reports have it as a pitch with plus potential.

      Melancon is the real prize of the two, I don’t think anyone expects Cox to be a Major League closer but they do think he can be a successful Major League reliever. Melancon on the other hand does project to be a closer with plus Curveball and heater that touched 97MPH before TJS.

  • stylez

    Jackson has been great but isn’t with dissapointment that he’s yet to show the HR power that he began to display last year??

  • Piquay

    Almonte drilled Angelini in the back? That SOB. Hope the next Jeter’s’ okay.

  • Mashmore

    Just to confirm, Tabata WAS suspended. I really believe he’ll be in Tampa at some point, he simply isn’t hitting here and looks overmatched. I disagree with assessments that he’s playing like he doesn’t care, but he certainly could be doing more…

    • Mike A.

      Thanks Mike. Keith Law told me all that stuff about him being out-of-shape and not playing hard and having a messed up swing. Even if he just caught him on a bad day, it’s very discouraging.

  • dan

    Any one else concerned that Jackson isn’t hitting for any power this season despite the very good BB/K ratio?

    • Mike A.

      Nah, no reason for concern. I’d be more worried if he was striking out a ton and not walking at all. The power will come eventually.

  • Lanny

    I guess after having a crap system for a decade makes one fantasize about 18 yr old low A ball players.

    I like it. Its about time we could dream about real legit prospects

  • Mike R.

    Looking at the farm system as is, next years Tampa Rotation projects to be:

    * Betances
    * Brackman
    * Castillo
    * Heredia
    * McAllister

    That is very exciting to think about. I know it is a way off and that there are a ton of things that can/might throw this off (Draft, Trades, Injuries, etc.), but it is still quite a statement to the breadth and depth of talent in the system.

    • Jamal G.

      How about the potential of a three game series against BOS, CLE and SEA that include CMW/Joba/Hughes up against Beckett/Buchholz/Matsuzaka, Sabathia/Carmona/Adam Miller or Hernandez/Bedard/Brandon Morrow.

      Just great baseball in the years ahead. BTW Mike, what is the deal with Morrow, don’t tell me they’re keeping their #5 pick in the bullpen with JJ Putz as the closer for the foreseeable future?

    • Tripp

      Would it be a surprise to see McAllister called up to Tampa for the second half of this season?

      He has been dominating the hitters in Charleston. Full of confidence on the mound at this point.

  • JohnC

    One guy I’m anxious to see is Manny Barreda, last year’s 11th round draft pick. He went 5-0 for the GCL last year and is slated for Staten Island this season. A little smallis at 5’11”, but he can hit 96 on the gun I hear.