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Game 27: Death by southpaw
After a good win, a lot of bad news

D-Ras is your Triple-A International League Pitcher of the Week. Well deserved.

Triple-A Scranton (5-2 loss to Buffalo)
Brett Gardner, Juan Miranda, Eric Duncan & Jason Brown: all 1 for 4 – Gardner walked & K’ed … Miranda walked once & K’ed twice … E-Dunc & Brown each K’ed twice
Bernie Castro: 3 for 5, 1 K, 2 SB
Nick Green: 0 for 5 – batted third … no joke!
Jason Lane: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
Cody Ransom: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K - 10 of his 23 hits have gone for extra bases
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 7-5 GB/FB – 32-8 K/BB ratio … who knew?
Steven Jackson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Scott Patterson: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP – 12 baserunners in his last 8.2 IP … very un-Patterson-esque
Scott Strickland: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Double-A Trenton had a schedule off-day, which was fine with Jose Tabata because he was able to maintain the same level of intensity.

High-A Tampa (3-1 loss to Clearwater)
Damon Sublett: 2 for 5, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Mitch Hilligoss: 1 for 4, 1 SB
Edwar Gonzalez: 3 for 4, 2 2B, 1 K – 18 extra base hits this year, which would tie him for second in the big leagues
Seth Fortenberry: 0 for 3, 1 K, 1 HBP
Kyle Anson & Josue Calzado: both 0 for 4, 1 K
Kevin Smith: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K
Ivan Nova: 6 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 10-7 GB/FB
Mark Melancon: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-1 GB/FB – 1 run allowed in his last 11.1 IP

Low-A Charleston had a schedule off day. Jesus Montero doubled and drove in the game-winning run anyway. In all seriousness, Bradley Suttle supposedly has a hip flexor and could be out a while. This is still unconfirmed, I’ll keep y’all posted.

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Game 27: Death by southpaw
After a good win, a lot of bad news
  • A.D.

    Don’t look now, Melancon settling down, helping to show a potential amazing bullpen next year (and allow to move Joba to the rotation):

    Rivera
    Robertson
    Melancon
    Cox
    Mop-up men

  • Greg G.

    Ya know, the “Totals” line for the TJ Watch is looking better and better these days.

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

      Yep. Melancon and Cox have shaken off most of the rust I’d say.

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

    Yeah I heard about the Suttle hip issue earlier today, I also have heard that it is serious. let’s just hope that’s premature speculation.

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

    According to this article Scott Boras is going a bit nuts with the Eric Hosmer bonus demands. SaberScouting says Boras is looking for a Major league deal in the $7 million range. Any chance he really falls to us? I mean seriously. Other than Hosmer and Kyle Long, who do you see us potentially getting?

    http://www.saberscouting.com/2.....raftbuzz3/

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

      Long is over-rated. I plan on whipping up a mock draft one of these days, but for now I would like to see the Yanks go after some super-high upside arm. Not sure who, but it could be a guy like Alex Meyer or Gerritt Cole.

      Also, Keith Law has an article up at ESPN talking about Hosmer’s bonus demands as well.

      • Mike R.

        I disagree on the pick. I like Meyer and Cole alot, but I would like to see us draft a stud position prospect. /the glut of pitching, especially the RH variety is getting ridiculous.

        • whozat

          “but I would like to see us draft a stud position prospect.”

          That’s easy to say, but will there BE any stud position player prospects at 28 (or wherever)? There will be, I’m sure, some interesting/risky guys, but no can’t-miss position players.

          • Mike R.

            I am 99.9% certain there won’t be any can’t miss prospects at 28. Hell I am pretty sure there won’t be any after 10, but a list of prospects I consider to be huge upside (stud) position players that could be available includes:

            1- Eric Hosmer
            2- Dennis Raben
            3- Brett Wallace
            4- Isaac Galloway

            I just think that the bats are what makes this class special and we have a load a pitching in the lower levels.

  • joba

    montero will be a september call up next year
    nova is very hittable
    steve jackson is doing good

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

      He won’t IMO. I don’t see him spending anything less than a full year at each level for this season and the next. Brian Cashman stated that he won’t play above A ball this year but I don’t know if he meant the entire level or that he won’t play above Low-A. In 2009 he could start the year in Trenton but might start in Tampa if he does not get promoted this season. I’d day Tampa in 2009 with a cup of coffee in Double-A Trenton for like a week or so circa Austin Jackson 2007. In 2010 you could see him get significant time in Triple-A Scranton if he continues to just rake at a high level at AA but again, I see him spending the majority of the year at one level. Very optimistic view sees him as a September call-up in 2010 but I actually don’t foresee him getting any Major League game action.

      Hopefully May of 2011 we can begin the Jesus Montero lookout. He could start 2011 as the New York Yankees starting Catcher and I would not be completely shocked if that were the case.

      • A.D.

        Montero could be a token september call-up, like Henson was a few years back, not ready but let him get a feel, maybe gets in mop up time, all depends on how the season goes.

  • Mike R.

    Hey Mike A.:

    I don’t want to be one of those demanding readers that bugs you guys and asks for stuff, but…Give me more draft coverage!! PLEASE!!! :)

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

      I will soon, I usually kick it into high gear in May, about a month before the draft.

      • Mike R.

        Thank you. Your information is always top notch.

  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    TJ guys have a 3.38 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. Yup, this is all getting better.

  • http://www.pinstripesplus.com ansky

    “Bradley Suttle supposedly has a hip flexor and could be out a while. This is still unconfirmed, I’ll keep y’all posted.”

    dont forget about Angelini’s skull which took a full on plate bound throw from Almonte from about 20 ft away last night…and then ricoched from his head into the 3rd base stands. It looked ugly but im sure hes fine.

  • Matt G

    On the draft: I know we have enough 1st basemen/DH types already, but … Yonder Alonso is a beast! He made Thompson and the UVA relief corp look like children Sat. night. If he drops he’s a must.

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

      I don’t see why he would drop though. Not represented by Scott Boras and as far as now he doesn’t have any outlandish bonus demands. He’s been projected in the Top 10 on almost every mock draft. A lot of guys expect him to go to his hometown Florida Marlins.

      There were reports that he and A-Rod were working out during the Yankees off season last year in Miami. That’s great news for any organization that makes him their top pick in this upcoming June draft.

  • jason

    And Sanchez hasn’t even pitched yet. He may be the best of the bunch for the relief corps.
    Any definitive word yet on whether they will keep him starting or convert to a reliever?

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      The Yanks said they are going to break him back in as a reliever, but they plan on him being a starter. We’ll see how that goes.