Tabata demoted*

Game 21: C-Rod comes through in the clutch
A winning streak, a sore thumb and a big southpaw

Triple-A Scranton (4-2 loss to Buffalo)
Brett Gardner, Shelley Duncan & Cody Ransom: all 0 for 4 – Gardner walked & scored a run … Shelley drove in a run & K’ed three times … Ransom K’ed once
Nick Green: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Juan Miranda: 2 for 3, 2 BB – hitting streak up to 8 games … 7-14 K/BB ratio on the year
Eric Duncan: 2 for 2, 2 BB, 1 SB
Jeff Marquez: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 7-5 GB/FB – best start of the year
Jon Albaladejo: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K – only 18 of 40 pitches were strikes (45%)
Scott Patterson: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – 11 of 13 pitches were strikes (84.6%)
Edwar: 1 IP, zeroes, 0-3 GB/FB

Double-A Trenton (8-3 win over Binghamton in 13 innings)
Ramiro Pen: 2 for 6, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Austin Jackson: 3 for 7, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI – hitting streak now at 11 games
Colin Curtis: 1 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – batting third, Tabata’s usual spot
Matt Carson: 1 for 6, 1 RBI, 3 K
Cody Ehlers: 1 for 7, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
Jose Tabata: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – *he hit sixth, so he was demoted in the batting order … more on that later
Chris Malec: 1 for 6, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Reegie Corona: 3 for 6, 1 K, 1 SB
Jason Jones: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Steven Jackson: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K – 17 baserunners & 18 K in 16 IP
Eric Wordekemper: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Zack Kroenke: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K

High-A Tampa (4-3 win over Clearwater in 11 innings) the opposed pitcher pitched extremely well, that bastardo
Damon Sublett: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Eduardo Nunez: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E (missed catch)
Mitch Hilligoss: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K – hitting only .247 this year after hitting .310 last year
Edwar Gonzalez: 2 for 5, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) – 6 homers in 19 games
Seth Fortenberry: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 4 K – 14 K in his last 27 AB
Josue Calzado & Kevin Smith: both 0 for 4 – Calzado K’ed twice … Smith K’ed once
Al Aceves: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP
JB Cox: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Mark Melancon: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 3-0 GB/FB – one of those walks was intentional
Jose Valdez: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 5-2 GB/FB, 1 Balk
Jon Hovis: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2-0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (6-3 in over Savannah)
Abe Almonte & Justin Snyder: both 1 for 5, 1 RBI – Almonte scored a run & K’ed … Snyder doubled & missed a catch for his 10th error of the year
Brandon Laird: 0 for 5, 3 K – 4 for his last 24
Jesus Montero: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – .373-.388-.542 … speechless
David Williams: 2 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K
Austin Romine: 0 for 4, 1 K – first 0-fer in ll days
Carmen Angelini: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI – starting to heat up a bit
Adam Olbrychowski: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 5-6 GB/FB
Lance Pendleton, Chase Vacek & Jonathan Ortiz: combined 4 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 7-5 GB/FB

Let’s go back to Tabata for a sec. Yes he has been struggling (0 for his last 18 and 6 of his last 33 coming into today’s game), but the minor leagues are not about winning, they’re about developing. The Yanks have long had a system for developing their prospects – the brain trust places a green dot next to a player’s name on the team roster, indicating that the manager must bat this player in a specific spot in the batting order, or keep him in the rotation all year, or use him on some set relief schedule. Players like Austin Jackson and Dellin Betances are green dotters, while Chris Kunda and Noel Castillo are not. Jose Tabata, obviously, has a green dot.

Tabata’s batted third in the order in every single game he’s played over the the last two years, except when a big leaguer was with his club rehabbing; in that case he hit cleanup. He batted leadoff in the Rookie level Gulf Coast League back in 2005, but that was because the Yanks had just given CJ Henry a $1.575M signing bonus as their first round pick, so of course they were going to slot him into the most prestigious spot in the batting order. Dropping Tabata in the order this early in the year means one of several things to me: a) they’ve soured on him a bit, b) they want to take some pressure off him, or c) he’s still not all the way back from wrist surgery.

It could be all three, but I’m inclined to think it’s a combination of b and c. I highly doubt they’ve already started to sour on a kid with a .305-.375-.406 career line coming into the year, especially when he’s consistently been one of the youngest players in his league (he’s the third youngest player in Double-A this year). Hopefully they’re just trying to make his life easier by hitting his lower in the order. Did I make way too much of a simple move in the batting order? Yup. Is this leading anywhere? Nope. I’m just thinking out loud more than anything.

And now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Game 21: C-Rod comes through in the clutch
A winning streak, a sore thumb and a big southpaw
  • Jake T

    Cox’s stats on the TJ Watch and on this post differ, did he have 2 walks or none?

    • Mike A.

      My bad, the TJ Watch is fixed.

  • Jamal G.

    “Who’s The Boss”? How old are you people? :)

    To me it depends on how he was looking at the plate. If he was inpatient and swinging at 1st pitches and things of that sort then I can see why they made the move this early in the season. Hey, I trust the Yankees because I have not seen him in action and the only knowledge I have of him is the scouting reports I’ve read online.

  • Greg G.

    I think you’re right, Mike. We shouldn’t be surprised if, at his age, Tabata needs to adjust to the higher level. He’ll be raking in no time.

    And thank you for making a Bastardo joke. Couldn’t look at that box score without laughing.

  • A.D.

    He had no walks

  • Mike R.

    How the hell do you allow five hits, walk rwo in one inning and only allow one run?

    • Miles Roche

      Yeah, Exactly…

    • Mike P

      Load the bases, get a double play, load the bases, hit, baserunning error???

  • Manimal

    Yankees own that Low A ball list of youngest age.

  • A.D.

    When does Cox go to AA and Robertson Move to AAA to see if he’s ready for the bigs…with all the talk of Joba as a starter, that process can get helped by being able to bring up other pen guys that can get it done like Cox & Robertson

  • Mike A.


    Actually, it was 1.1 IP, ‘nother typo on my part. I’m on a roll tonight.

  • Ivan

    What happen to Kevin Whelan?

    • Mike R.

      Extended ST – Sore Shoulder I believe.

    • Mike A.

      Yeah, sore shoulder. Don’t know of a timetable, or if there even is one.

  • Piquay

    Jackson’s going bonkers over in Trenton. This is ridiculous.

  • Jamal G.

    I believe I read somewhere that Christian Garcia is slated to throw some bullpen sessions? I can’t remember exactly and I damn sure don’t remember where I read this so i can’t tell if it said bullpen sessions or he is just making some kind of progress. Any assistance on this one Mike?

  • barry

    Shelley didn’t really have his head in the game tonight, way in front of a lot of pitches, his sac fly was a deep shot though. Marquez may of had his best start of the year but he left way too many pitches up in the zone. His fastball hit 91 consistently and when he got the ball down and threw strikes he was extremely effective. Really only got punished I think for hanging too many of his pitches.
    Really impressed with Eric Duncan tonight though, he showed good plate patience and discipline and waited for a good pitch to hit. Really a gritty batter tonight.

  • CB

    What has happened to Steven Jackson?

    Girardi was really impressed with him in spring training. Now he’s a guy putting up k/9 of 9 and a WHIP of 1?

    Wonder if they put him on the 40 man roster this winter? If not I could see him getting taken in the rule V draft if it looks like he’s put things together and continues having a good season.

    • Gil

      I am glad to see some one else has noticed Steven Jackson’s success this season. I followed him at Clemson and thru the minor leagues. I think he may be a dark horse for a Sept. call up.

  • Travis G.

    been to 2 trenton games this year and the thing i’ve noticed about Tabata is inconsistency. one ab he’ll hit a line drive, the next he’ll tap a ball 5 feet. he’ll make a weak out on the first pitch one ab, then grind out the next ab.

    i expect that will improve with experience.

  • Brandon

    what happened to CJ Henry, it is taking awhile for him

    • Mike A.

      He got hurt in a ST game, collision with another outfielder. No reason to rush him back.

  • Bo

    “Mitch Hilligoss: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K – hitting only .247 this year after hitting .310 last year”

    Do we all have to say it? its been 20 games!

    Relax. Not everyone comes out smoking in April.

    • Mike A.

      Oh I’m not worried, I just wanted to add some kind of comment and couldn’t come up with anything better.

  • Spike

    A-Jax starting Yankee centerfielder in ’09 & Montero with the big club in ’10. That’s what Hank & I want.

  • Mark

    Sorry if this was mentioned somewhere else, but what happened to Brad Suttle? He hasn’t played in a week plus. DL?


    • Mike A.

      DL with a minor leg/hip injury. Should be back soon.