Another TJ rehabber returns

Why the Yankees lost
A-Rod on target for Tuesday return

Triple-A Scranton was rained out, they’ll play two tomorrow.

Double-A Trenton (4-3 win over New Hampshire)
Ramiro Pena: 1 for 5, 2 K
Austin Jackson: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – threw a runner out at second from CF … 3 XBH (2 doubles & a jack) in the past 2 days
Colin Curtis & Kevin Russo: both 2 for 4, 1 2B – Russo also tripled & drove in 2
Edwar Gonzalez, Jose Tabata & Reegie Corona: all 1 for 4 – Tabata scored a run & K’ed … Corona K’ed twice
PJ Pilittere: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
George Kontos: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 4-3 GB/FB
Zach Kroenke: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB – southpaw is holding righties to a .148 avg, lefties to .250
Mike Gardner: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 4-0 GB/FB – he’s been a 2 inning closer all season

High-A Tampa (3-2 loss to Fort Myers)
Damon Sublett, Seth Fortenberry & Kyle Anson: all 1 for 4 – Sublett scored a run & K’ed … Fortenberry K’ed twice, Anson once … Anson also allowed 2 passed balls
Mitch Hilligoss, Jose Gil & Kevin Smith: all 0 for 4 – Hilligoss K’ed once, Gil twice & Smith K’ed all 4 times he came to the plate
Andres Perez & Luis Nunez: both 0 for 3 – Perez walked & K’ed … Nunez scored a run
Chris Garcia: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 2-6 GB/FB – man, it’s been a looooong time since I’ve seen his name in a box score
Edgar Soto: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Low-A Charleston (5-2 loss to Asheville)
Austin Krum & Chase Odenreider: both 0 for 4, 1 K
Justin Snyder & Braedyn Pruitt: both 2 for 4, 1 R – Snyder doubled … Pruitt K’ed
Jesus Montero: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB – 1 for his last 14 … he’s dangerously close to seeing his avg drop below .300 for the first time all year … he’s obviously not cut out to be a professional baseball player, better trade him before his stock drops any more
Brian Baisley, Taylor Holiday & Carmen Angelini: all 1 for 4 – Holiday K’ed twice & threw a runner out at third from LF … Baisley & Angelini each K’ed once
David Williams: 2 for 3, 1 2B
Lance Pendleton: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 5-1 GB/FB – dude’s got 38 strikeouts in 31.1 IP
Jon Ortiz: 1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (throwing)

Why the Yankees lost
A-Rod on target for Tuesday return
  • Brandon

    Mike A., Garcia was dominant in his debut, around the 5th inning is when he tired out a bit, which is very common for first starts after TJS.

  • daneptizl

    The champ is here.

  • Jamal G.

    Read what Alan Horne has to say about Chris Garcia, per Patrick from PP (via

    “I thought I’d share this quote from Alan Horne on Christian Garcia to give another perspective on what kind of potential we’re talking about here, worthy of being ranked at least as high as we have him:

    “Stuff-wise he’s unbelievable. He’s as talented, if not more, than anybody I’ve ever seen – really. It’s just the ease of what he does, it’s the explosiveness of his fastball, his breaking stuff – obviously everybody knows how good that is – and his changeup is great, it’s unbelievable.

    “If he’s somebody who can tie it all together after those injuries, he’s going to run through this organization in no time. He’s got special, special stuff and there aren’t many guys in the big leagues that have his kind of stuff.

    “When you talk about those really special guys, a Josh Beckett for example or Johan Santana, there’s not many guys in the big leagues with legit swing-and-miss in-the-zone stuff. There’s not too many guys where it’s a 1-2 count and you know you’re getting a breaking ball more than likely and they can throw it for a strike and get guys to swing and miss. He has that type of stuff, he really, really does.”

    • Brandon

      Jamal don’t let Patrick of PP find you LOL

      • Jamal G.

        Screw that, it was already posted on a free forum before I pasted it. If he comes after me I’ll lock him in a dark room with Tim Battle holding a bat, then again that’s pretty normal for Mr. Battle.

        • Brandon

          Battle would probably swing and miss what good will that do

          • Jamal G.

            Yes, but Battle has that all important “blind-swing experience”, can’t count that out.

  • Jamal G.

    Speaking of Alan Horne, a cuple updates from his father, Bill, and Mr. Chad Jennings:

    Bill Horne (via “Just got off the phone with Alan. He said he thought he probably threw the best today he’s thrown since the re-hab started. He threw a 45 pitch simulated game to live hitters and in Alan’s words “It went great.” He went on to say again he had great life on his FB’s, his change-up was the best it’s been, the slider was real good and his curve was “catching that other gear today.”

    He said his arm feels great–it’s strong and he thinks he’s ready to go–again, just waiting on the green light. Also he told me Mark Newman was there right behind homeplate watching and talked with Alan in between innings. Alan said that conversation went real well. Also Pat Rossler was there watching. Alan’s is on schedule to throw in a game Monday. Continuing to look for good things ahead.”

    Chad Jennings (much of the same but had this little tidbit): “The line that caught my attention from the text messages was this one: “I feel great now. Possibly better than I did comin outta spring which is pretty hard to do.”

    I watched Horne pitch this spring. If he feels better now than he did then, it could be a sight to see.”

    • Jamal G.

      LoL, CJ actually noted that Alan Horne is such a true Southerner that he writes text messages in his accent, for example “comin outta” and other things. Keep an eye out for them, it’s pretty funny when you think about it.

  • dan

    The New York Yankee Minor league regular season has officially begun.

  • Malcard89

    LOL, i literally blinked twice when reading the Tampa boxscore. i was like wait… is that who i think it is?…

    Thanks for that news update Jamal/Chad, great to hear that stuff.

    Horne has missed so many opportunities to spot start this year, i wonder where the yanks would be right now had he not gotten injured.

    Just think, next year we’re going to have 3 pitchers in the minors that throw in the high-90s with their fastball, Brackman, Betances, and Garcia. Plus we have one in the majors rite now, Joba! Exciting!

    • Chip

      You’re forgetting about the immortal Farnsworth aren’t you?

  • Joltin’ Joe

    Marquez seems like nothing more than trade bait / spot starter at this point. I’d think that packaged with some better prospects or comparables he’d be worth something good.

    • dan

      I was never a fan of his…. I don’t think his groundball rate is good enough to overcome the lack of strikeouts. And this year especially, his GB/AO ratio is fairly mediocre. Hopefully he can turn it around, but I don’t see a long term future for him in new york.

  • Chuck M.

    When’s Bradley Suttle coming back to play?

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Tampa Yankees coming to town this week, so I will get to see Garcia pitch. Bad news he pitches on Thirsty Thursday which means $2 32oz beers, so hopefully I remember the game.

  • Miles Roche

    Ha haaaaaaaaa!
    Great to see my favorite Yankees prospect (guy i root for – to succeed – the most) return to the mound and do the damn thing. . . .
    (Jamal, if you’re the President of the Christian Garcia Fan Club, i believe i can serve capably as the VP of the club. . . .

  • huuz

    to my thinking, if marquez is trade-bait, the Yanks missed selling high on him. last year during AA was the time to sell high…

    • Brandon

      he had no value last season, if anything he has a good AAA season this year and he’ll have better value, really what value could he have had when he was the 3rd player in Damaso Marte trade rumors …

  • Chip

    So I’ve heard a lot about Garcia in the bullpen, is he a legit starting pitcher prospect?

    • Eric

      He’s definitely a legitimate starter prospect, as he has gerat stuff. He has a low-mid 90’s fastball and a nasty curveball that’s probably the best in the Yankees’ minor league system.

      • Eric

        and by gerat stuff I of course mean great stuff.

  • Miles Roche

    As legit as they come, Chip.
    The stuff is there, no question about it (pre-injury, he sported a fastball that touched 97, and a curveball that was rated best in the Yankees system according to Baseball America.). . . . Only issue he had was maturity, and he’s reportedly changed alot in that regard since enduring these multitudes of injuries. . . .

    • Miles Roche

      Garcia’s work ethic was called into question before his injury, as he was considered a party-boy. . . .

  • A.D.

    What’s the deal on Pillitere I know he didn’t hit last season, but he seems to be doing well this season, is he a legit catching prospect or just filler having a career year

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