Somebody finally figured out how to contain Jesus Montero

End the season now
Yanks nail down first sweep of the year

Triple-A Scranton (6-2 win over Charlotte)
Brett Gardner: 2 for 4, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – check out this guy with his .694 SLG
Bernie Castro: 3 for 5, 1 K, 1 SB
Juan Miranda: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Shelley: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Jason Lane: 3 for 4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – he’s been raking this year
Eric Duncan: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Steven White: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-14 GB/FB, 1 E (missed catch)
Sean Henn: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0-5 GB/FB – his rehab time is going to be up soon, so a decision will need to be made about his roster spot since he’s out of options
Jose Veras: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Double-A Trenton (4-0 win over Altoona)
Ramiro Pena: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K – 10 for his last 25
Austin Jackson: 1 for 4
Jose Tabata: 0 for 2, 2 R, 2 BB – not off to his traditional blazing start, but that’s cool
Colin Curtis: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Cody Ehlers: 2 for 4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – had been 0 for his last 18
Kevin Russo: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
Dan McCutchen: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0-2 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
David Robertson: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – lowered his career ERA to 0.88 … that’s not a typo

High-A Tampa (5-4 loss to Dunedin in 12 innings, walk-off style)
Damon Sublett: 4 for 6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB – first time since April 9th he didn’t K twice in the game
Tim Battle & Mitch Hilligoss: combined 0 for 13 – Battle K’ed four times … Hilligoss K’ed twice … Hit Streak is hitting only .213 on the year
Edwar Gonzalez: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Seth Fortenberry: 1 for 5, 1 BB, 4 K – 14 K in 37 AB
Kyle Anson: 4 for 5, 2 R, 1 BB – the catcher is 10 for his last 15
Josue Calzado: 1 for 4, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K, 2 HBP
Luis Nunez: both 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Mike Dunn: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HB, 3-6 GB/FB – 16 K in 14.1 IP this year
JB Cox: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Jon Hovis: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – gave up back-to-back solo jacks in the bottom of the 9th to blow the save … they were also the first baserunners he’s allowed this year
Stephen Artz: 1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0-3 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston had a scheduled off day.

End the season now
Yanks nail down first sweep of the year
  • matt K

    The only way to contain jesus is dont let him play

  • Joey

    I was just about to say I can’t find jesus

    • dan

      That’s something that you should discuss with your priest.

      • Mike R.

        I was thinking of what to respond along those lines.

    • Travis G.

      you dont find Jesus, he finds you!

    • Spike

      Jesus loves you.

  • Ben K.

    My decision for Sean Henn would be to wave good bye. That’s not a tough one.

    • dan

      Or shall we say, “waive” goodbye. Oh I’m so good.

  • CB

    Dan McCutcheon needs to be in AAA. He’s been terrific since he was promoted to AA last season. His cumulative numbers are better than Alan Horne’s were in Trenton.

    I’d like to see if he might be able to help in the major league bull pen at some point this season.

  • Matt

    David Robertson needs a quick promotion to AAA, and then another promotion to the MLB. He has dominated every single level he has pitched at. Our bullpen could be sooooo rediculous if we used all the talent that we could. Everytime Hawkins or Farnsworth comes in, I have to hold my breath. When its Ohlendorf or Chamberlain coming out, I am excited. Imagine what it could be like if we also had Edwar, Britton, Alberjado, Horne, and/or Robertson coming out? We would have a 6th, 7th, and 8th inning bridge. Our starting pitchters would only need 5 innings to secure each win. It would be amazing. But we are working with Gerardi now, so I imagine that more of the prospects will get chances to show their stuff this year.

    • Mike R.

      Robertsons biggest, and maybe only, problem is completely out of his control. There are a bunch of MLB ready relief arms ahead of him (Patterson, Albaladejo, Britton, Ramirez) and rehab guys coming up (Cox, Sanchez, Melancon) that he is relegated to AA. It’s not like he’s been in the system three or four years though. His time will come.

      My gripe is with McCutchen. Poor guy is stuck in AA because of the Igawas and Rasners of the world, and time is definitely not on his side.

  • Jamal G.

    Great game for Mr. Ehlers on his birthday.

  • Matt L

    Anson clearly doesn’t want to loose his job to Jesus.

  • Lanny

    Are you kidding?

    With all the teams desperate for pitching the Yanks should be able to get something useful in a trade for Henn.

    Why let go of an asset for nothing?

    • Ben K.

      Well, no one’s advocating releasing him outright, but the Yanks will have to waive him after his rehab assignment is over in order for him to make it to the minors. At that point, if someone claims him, they can trade him. He’s out of options.

  • Pete

    Ship out Damon or Matsui and get this Gardner kid a roster spot already!

    • Ben K.

      I hope that’s a joke.

      • Pete

        Half-kidding, but IMO we should at least explore the possibility of moving one of those guys while they’re still tradeable.

  • barry

    why don’t i know anything about Robertson? How high is his ceiling?

  • matt K

    It seems like there are too many guys at all the minor league levels being held back from moving up by dead weight guys who should be sent down or out.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      some will make it. some will be used as trade chips. remember that, at one point, Tyler Clippard was one of our top pitching prospects. i even loved that kid as he was getting his butt handed to him on the Yanks last year. his place in the organization wound up getting blocked by others with more potential, and he was turned into Jon Albalajedo.

      Cashman always said that some youngsters you keep, some you use as chips.

  • mustang

    Let me say that RAB gets a big plus for it’s minor league information. Its very cool to have one sources that updates you daily cutting out the need to go to each team site. Thank you.
    The one kid I have been keep my eye on is McCutchen. 14-4 in minors with ERA under 3.00. When is he going to get to AAA ? And why don’t I hear more about him.

  • Ron

    Mike –

    In MLB, can you trade players for draft picks? While you see it all the time in the NFL & NBA, I don’t recall seeing it in MLB. It would be great to get a couple of (low round) picks for Igawa.

    • Clayton

      You can’t trade draft picks in MLB

    • Mike A.

      Trading picks isn’t allowed in MLB, but it gets discussed whenever there’s negotiations for a new CBA. Since amateur players aren’t in the union, MLBPA will make a ton of compromises with the draft to get other things.

  • mustang

    I don’t think its allowed, but i do remember reading somewhere that MLB was thinking about it. I thinking it came up in a owners meeting or something.

  • Miles Roche

    Mike, i got a hypothetical guestion for you.
    With the Yankees having so many top ceiling starting pitching prospects in the system, (7, according to my criteria of a top ceiling prospect.
    They are Horne, Marquez, McCutchen, Betances, Heredia, McAllister & Brackman.
    Sanchez – i believe – will end up in the bullpen.) and 4 youngsters already in the rotation which leaves room for 1, assuming they all pan out, who goes where?

  • Miles Roche

    Oops, make it 8.
    I forgot Christian Garcia…

    • Jamal G.

      You God Damn right you did.

      But seriously the probability that all of our guys pan out is very minimal so therefore we shouldn’t have to worry about who’s is going to fit where. However it is a very, very, very good problem to have and shows you how far this system has come.

  • Miles Roche

    One more thing.
    If you are given 1 of the aforementioned prospects so you can trade them and get another top flight prospect in return, which position would you be seeking to upgrade, and if you don’t mind to go into specifics, which prospect at that specific position would you try to put your games on?

    • Mike A.

      I’d take Kershaw (can never have enough lefty pitching) or Wieters (catcher, reasons are obvious). In reality, the Yanks wouldn’t be able to acquire either of those two without giving up one of The Big Three, or a guy like Cano.

  • Miles Roche

    “hands” on…

  • Miles Roche

    Okay, Jamal, but is it that far-fetched to believe that 4 of them will pan out? Still got that same “good” problem (no pun intended), but a problem nevertheless…

    • Mike A.

      It is a bit far-fetched to think they all will work out. I know it’s hard to see them not working out since they’ve all been so great, but trust me, most of them, and I do mean most of them, will be busts.

      For every 4 top prospects, 1 reaches their ceiling, 1 falls short but is still a useful player, and the other 2 just go by the wayside. It’s just the way it is.

  • Bronx Cheer

    You try to package a few together and get a young corner OF’er, 1Bman, or C. See the Saltamacchia, Adam Jones, and Tampa Bay trades. Teams are generally willing to trade good prospects for young pitching. Matsui, Damon, Abreu and Giambi are playing on borrowed time, and Posada is a 100 years old in catcher years.

  • paul albany

    what I can’t get over is the hitting prowless of are charlotte team. they must be hitting .400 as a team with power.

  • Miles Roche

    You mean Charleston, my friend…