Bombs away in Scranton

Game 51: Something's cooking
Unmemorable Memorial Day for the bullpen

Nice little article by Baseball America regarding the River Dogs’ catching tandem. Sorry, subscription required.

Triple-A Scranton (11-5 loss to Pawtucket) how many homers did the pitching staff allow today? let’s count…
Brett Gardner & Greg Porter: both 0 for 4 – Gardner walked, scored a run & K’ed … Porter K’ed twice
Justin Christian, Jason Lane Cody Ranson & Chris Stewart: all 1 for 4 1 R – Christian, Lane & Stewart all doubled … Christian was hit by a pitch … Lane also drove in a run & walked
Eric Duncan: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 K
Bernie Castro: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1BB
Jeff Karstens: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1-4 GB/FB – allowed 2 homers
Billy Traber: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB – he’s been terrible this year, regardless of level, he should be the first to go when they need a 40-man spot … allowed 2 homers
Steven White: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K – 25 of 51 pitches were strikes (49%) … allowed 2 homers as well
JB Cox: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 2-2 GB/FB – stopped the bleeding

Double-A Trenton (7-2 win over Altoona)
Ramiro Pena: 4 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B
Austin Jackson: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – breaks a little 5 game hit streak, but he’s still racked up 13 hits (8 XBH) in his last 9 games
Colin Curtis: 1 for 2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB
Edwar Gonzalez: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B – 8 doubles in his last 11 games
Cody Ehlers: 0 for 1, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K
Jose Tabata: 2 for 5, 2 RBI – 3 multi-hit games in his last 6 contests
Kevin Russo: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 3 K
Joe Muich & Reegie Corona: both 1 for 4 – Muich K’ed twice & committed a throwing error … Corona scored a run
Phil Coke: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 12-7 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – allowed 3 ER in his last 30 IP
Anthony Claggett: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4-1 GB/FB

The High-A Tampa boys spent their scheduled off day around the bbq talking about what their first major purchase will be when they cash that first big league paycheck. Livin’ the dream baby.

Low-A Charleston (9-8 loss to Augusta)
Austin Krum: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K – .250 OBP out of the leadoff spot in his last 10 games
Justin Snyder & Brandon Laird: both 1 for 5 – Snyder doubled & K’ed … Laird scored a run, committed a error when he missed a catch at 3B & K’ed four times, giving him 7 K in his last 10 at-bats
Jesus Montero: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
Austin Romine: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI – hit safely in 4 of 5 games since coming off the DL
Brian Baisley: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB
Carmen Angelini: 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI – SLG up to .302
Walter Ibarra: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 3 RBI
Dellin Betances: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1-7 GB/FB – not his best day … too busy thinking about the post-game bbq
Wilkins DeLaRosa: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Chase Vacek: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 Er, 1 BB, 1 K

Game 51: Something's cooking
Unmemorable Memorial Day for the bullpen
  • Ivan

    You we haven’t really had a pitching prospect who has taken the reign and dominate unlike the last two years with Joba and Hughes.

    Nevertheless, Montero is racking like crazy. With his bat, I don’t care position he plays, the guy has the type of potential with the bat that is just extraordinary, especially if he can stay at catcher yikes.

    • Rich

      McAllister comes pretty close.

  • Ivan

    Hey Mike A what did you thought of Kershaw yesterday? I though he looke impressive and his stuff looked just nasty.

    • Mike A.

      I only saw clips on BBTN. He looked fine, but I read somewhere that he only used two pitches all day, his fb and curve.

      • daneptizl

        According to Gameday, he seemed to also be using some sort of mid 80s splitter.

  • Brandon

    Edwar Gonzalez belongs in AAA he is killing AA right, abusing LHP his OPS is 1.118 this guy needs to take Porter or somebody’s job up there.

    • whozat

      He was 25 in high A before getting his promotion. He’s had 62 ABs in AA. They haven’t even had the chance to see what happens when the league adjusts to him. You don’t promote a guy every time he goes through a couple good weeks. Especially when he had to sit in High A until he was 25. It’s much more likely that he’s on a flukey hot streak than it is that he’s turned a corner.

  • A.D.

    I’m sure we will see Traber gone when they bring up Robertson

    Nice to see Monetro back after coming out 2 days ago.

    If Edwar moves up to AAA he’s be flying up the system after spending a few years in A+

    • Brandon

      I think it may have clicked w/ him, I mean look at his RISP numbers, SLG %, OPS and AVG, and low strikeout rate, I’m gonna over do it w/ him but his stats remind me of someone in Colorado. Except that guy in Colorado is stronger than Edwar and more polished and Edwar may be 1/3 of what he is.

      • A.D.

        Might as well give him a shot, right handed bat that’s producing thus far

      • Pablo Zevallos


      • Mike A.

        The guy you’re talking about was hitting .307-.361-.505 in the big leagues when he was Edwar’s age. The two are worlds apart.

        • Pablo Zevallos

          who’s this player?

          • A.D.

            Matt Holliday

          • Mike A.

            Mr. Holliday. At least that’s who I believe A.D. was referring too.

            • A.D.

              Brandon eluded to him, I personally doubt Edwar will really be anything like Holliday

              • Pablo Zevallos

                oh wow.

                to be fair holliday came out of freggin nowhere, but not everone can just turn it on like that.

  • di0ny

    What do you think of promoting Cox to the Majors instead of Veras?

    • Mike A.

      Veras has been pitching very well. Everyone’s allowed to have a bad day once in a while.

    • A.D.

      I think they want to get Cox more time in the minors coming off surgery…but I do like the idea of Robertson

  • Miles Roche

    Seems like that Betances argument – somebody over at the Pending Pinstripes comments section made – is quite accurate.

    Less hits, more walks; Less walks, more hits. . .

    • Pablo Zevallos

      he’s 20–give him time

  • Pablo Zevallos

    Mike, when do you think they shut Dellin down–70, 90, 100 innings? something less or more?

    • Mike A.

      You got me. He’s at 55 IP now, and it’s only mid-May. I hope they’ll let him get him get to at least 100 IP this year, preferably 120.

  • A.D.

    Steven White to the pen didn’t look so hot today

  • Brandon

    “The guy you’re talking about was hitting .307-.361-.505 in the big leagues when he was Edwar’s age. The two are worlds apart.”

    yeh and I know and that is not realistic enough to compare him to Matt, Matt Holliday in AA 22 yr. .276/.375/.391, when Edwar struggled in A+ at age 24 he hit .259/.300/.382 he just for whatever reason couldn’t get it going but I’m not going to blindly say he is a Matt Holliday no one can say that like Whozat said he might be on a hot streak, he started in A ball this season w/ a clip of .279/.319/.559.. 878 OPS not only that was getting clutch hits for Tampa just like he did in A ball a few yrs. ago. Right now you take Edwar’s 2008 A ball plus AA ball his numbers look like this

    2008 at age 25 in 194 ABs .309/.341/.546 and an OPS of .888
    he has 8 HR and 35 RBI in 28 less ABs in AA he already is 1 RBI away from tying his total of 18 in A ball. It’s something to hope for he is a better defender than Matt but IDK if he is as good of a hitter yet, though the projections do look nice.

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  • A.D.

    Looking forward to Horne making his return, really see what he can do

  • The Wolf

    In terms of his injury status and overall potential what’s up with Abe Almonte? Taking into account his age and level he seems to have a pretty special blend of power and speed…or is that me just overhoping?

    • Old Ranger

      He is only 19 yrs. old, but has good numbers, so far. Give him time, he’ll move, maybe even this year27/08?

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