Rasner makes his case

Hank, Cashman clear the Joba-filled air
Balancing history and practicality among the retired numbers

Triple-A Scranton (3-0 win over Rochester)
Brett Gardner: 1 for 1, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 CS – picked off first
Juan Miranda, Jason Lane & Cody Ransom: all 1 for 4 – Miranda K’ed & extended his hitting streak to 7 games … Lane hit a solo jack & K’ed
Shelley: 0 for 4 – 2 for his last 22
Nick Green: 2 for 4, 2 K
Bernie Castro: 1 for 2, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 CS
Darrell Rasner: 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 10-9 GB/FB – 63 of 90 pitches were strikes (70%) for the man with a 0.72 ERA … I’ve been telling you since he was claimed off waivers, don’t sleep on D-Ras, he’s better than he gets credit for
Jose Veras: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Double-A Trenton (5-4 loss to Binghamton, walk-off style)
Ramiro Pena: 0 for 4, 1 K
Austin Jackson: 1 for 4 – hitting .341 during his 10 game hit streak
Jose Tabata: 0 for 3 – 0 for his last 18 after going 6 for his previous 15
Colin Curtis: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – 4 of his last 9 hits have gone for extras
Matt Carson & PJ Pilittere: both 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR – Carson drove in 2 & K’ed … Pilittere’s was a solo jack
Chris Malec & Reegie Corona: both 0 for 3, 1 K
Phil Coke: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
Bo Hall: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

High-A Tampa (6-0 loss to Clerwater)
Eduardo Nunez: 2 for 4 – picked off first
Mitch Hilligoss, Edwar Gonzalez & Josue Calzado: all 1 for 4 – Edwar doubled & K’ed … Calzado K’ed & committed a throwing error
rest of lineup: combined 0 for 15, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 E – shut down by the only guy who went to Philly in the Bobby Abreu trade that still has a chance to amount to something
Ryan Pope: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 E (throwing), 3-8 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Edgar Soto: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Low-A Charleston (7-2 win over Columbus)
Abe Almonte: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SB – 2 homers yesterday, 2 steals today … gotta love it
Justin Snyder: 1 for 5, 1 K – well, at least he didn’t commit an error
Wady Rufino: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 2 K – left the game in what was called a defensive substitution, but how often do you replace your number 3 hitter in the 5th inning? … treachery (or injury) is afoot
Jesus Montero: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – I know it’s only April, but could his full season debut be going any better?
David Williams: 1 for 5, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 CS
Austin Romine: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K – breaks his string of 6 consecutive multi-hit games
Brandon Laird & Carmen Angelini: both 3 for 5, 1 R – Laird K’ed … Angelini doubled … hopefully this game kick starts Angelini a bit
Noel Castillo: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 8-9 GB/FB
Jesse Hoover: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – I wonder if Mr. Hoover has anything to say about this

Hank, Cashman clear the Joba-filled air
Balancing history and practicality among the retired numbers
  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    that was hilarious

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    The Almonte thing had me so excited as well.

    So is it safe to assume that Raymond Nunez is starting the year in the GCL? Also what about Pryis Cuello and Harold Garce?

    • http://mvn.com/milb-yankees Eric Schultz

      Cuello’s almost definitely in SI, and maybe Garce will be there as well (he’s older, if I remember correctly). Garce could also join Charleston or another team later in the season, since I imagine he’s in extended spring training now. As for Nunez, either GCL or DSL, depending on how advanced they think he is.

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

      Cuello will start the year in SI. The talent in the NY-Penn League > the talent in the Sally League in my opinion. Full season ball better prepares you for the 6 month grind though, obviously.

      Not sure about Nunez, but Garce should start the year in the GCL. Neither of those guys is anything worth getting excited over though.

      • http://mvn.com/milb-yankees Eric Schultz

        I agree Garce is probably not worth getting excited over, I think he’s 25 or so, but Nunez could be worth watching. He’s supposed to have a lot of raw power (I’ve even heard 75 on the 20-80 scale) and supposedly plays a good defensive first base. If he’s in the GCL at 17 (or a young 18, depending on when his birthday is), I think that he would have to be considered a legitimate, and for me intriguing, prospect.

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

          Kids that young that you already know are relegated to first base better be able to mash to be considered even a good prospect. They’re basically already at the worst-case fall back option. I don’t know much about Garce, but I tend to wait until these kids hit the States before getting too caught up in them anyway, Abe Almonte excluded.

          • http://mvn.com/milb-yankees Eric Schultz

            That’s fair. And I do love me some Abe Almonte too.

          • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

            Your telling me your not excited over Angel Villanola? I know he signed to play 3B but if I’m not mistaken he already moved to 1B last year which is why some think the Giants won’t draft Justin Smoak.

            Nunez, if what the scouts say are true is a special bat. 75 Power is obviously not as rare as an 80 grade but solid plus-plus is nothing to scoff at as well. Eric is right, your point is fair about not getting excited over a young player (hell forget young, teenage player) relegated to 1B but with a power grade as high as what’s been reported for Nunez, I think he’s the exception.

            I’ve read that Garce was hitting 98-99 in tryouts before he was signed then was sitting 94-96 in an actual game. So who knows, we put him in the bullpen we might have a Joel Zumaya comp on our hands. :)The think with him though is that they say he’s never been coached so to say his mechanics are raw would be an understatement. However, throwing raw heat like that is something you can obviously work with, like having raw power a la Villanola and Montero with Mr. Nunez.

  • http://www.magicball.net LBA Prequel

    Can’t Mussina get a hangnail or something and go on the 15-day DL so that we can give Rasner a shot? I’d at least like to see if he offers us something better than the Lame Moose Party.

  • http://justinyates.wordpress.com Yankee Psycho-fan-t

    How much would it cost to do what Toronto did and give Moose the old, don’t let the door hit you on the way out trick…a few million? Rasner could do Moose’s job, beat the bad teams. In his current form, Rasner has better stuff than Moose and appears to be pitching with a lot of confidence, so he could even surprise a few people and beat some of the good teams as well. I say eat the 10 million or so salary, and give the job to someone who can actually do it.

  • Manimal

    As far as I can tell, Rasner is our go-to guy if someone in the rotation goes down. How much more does Igawa get than Rasner.

    Who spit in shelley’s beans?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      The 10-day limit between call-ups spit in Shelley’s beans. The only reason he’s down is because Jeter was injured and Wilson Betemit kind of sucks at short stop. As soon as Posada’s ready to go and Chad Moeller can be dispatched back to wherever it is Chad Moeller will go, I would expect to see Shelley back up in the big leagues.

  • Chip

    Let’s have Betemit bare-ass fart on Moose’s pillow. I hope there are people here who get this joke

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

      I don’t have pink eye, I’m just hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      Was your vagina drunk!?

    • http://www.magicball.net LBA Prequel

      South Park FTW!

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    This from a commenter on the events of today:

    “The bigger point is the fact that the Yankees went after A-Rod like he was gold, and they did not go after Johann Santana with the same zeal. Any Yankee fan that says they would rather have A-Rod than Johann Santana is either lying, or crazy.”

    Why are dumb assess so sure of themselves?

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      Comment was from the Daily News article.

    • http://www.magicball.net LBA Prequel

      A-Rod = Soriano and Joaquin Arias (SS) for A-Rod.
      Santana = Two of our best pitching prospects and our starting center fielder AND a monster contract extension.

      I didn’t think this was so hard to comprehend, but the Daily News seems to have missed it.

      • pete

        and didn’t we have a 2B replacement for soriano or something? some guy named cano or something?

      • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Don’t forget all the money Texas chipped in. $40M once you take into account the money they last when he opted out. That’s not a negligible part of the deal.

    • steve (different one)

      i would rather have A-Rod than Santana.

      believe it or not, he’s the better player.


  • JohnC

    I hope Carlos Urena finally makes it to the GCL this summer.

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Seriously. We’ve been hearing about the guy for years. I’d be nice to actually, you know, see him in a game one of these days.