Christian & Gardner > Ortiz & Manny


Chad Jennings says Jeff Karstens will make the start for Triple-A Scranton tomorrow. Karstens is the model AAAA pitcher; he destroys minor leaguers (3.48 minor league ERA) but get’s destroyed by big leaguers (80 career ERA+). If nothing else, at least he’s another option.

In completed unrelated news, Mike A. prospect crush Hall of Famer Michael Aubrey was recently called up by the Indians and picked up his first career hit today when he took Edison Volquez deep. Congrats on first career knock and jack Mikey, hope the back’s doing well.

Triple-A Scranton
Game 1
(7-1 loss to Pawtucket in 7 innings)
Brett Gardner, Justin Christian & Jason Lane (aka the 1-2-3 hitters) combined 0 for 10 – Christian drove in a run & K’ed
Juan Miranda: 1 for 2, 1 2B, 1 BB
Greg Porter & Chris Stewart: combined 2 for 3 – Stewart scored a run & K’ed
Bernie Castro: 1 for 3, 1 SB
Steven White: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2 HB, 5-5 GB/FB – 42 of 75 pitches were strikes (56%)
David Robertson: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 36 K in 28 IP
JB Cox: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB

Game 2 (7-3 win over Pawtucket)
Bernie Castro: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 CS – picked off first
Justin Christian: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
Brett Gardner: 1 for 2, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB – went back-to-back with Christian in the first … CJ says it was hardest hit homer that he’s seen Gardner hit
Jason Lane: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K
Cody Ransom & JD Closser: both 0 for 3, 1 K
Eric Duncan: 0 for 2, 1 BB
Nick Green: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Jeff Marquez: 5.1 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-12 GB/FB - he’s not supposed to give up that many fly balls
Billy Traber: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Scott Patterson: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1 HB

Double-A Trenton‘s game with New Hampshire was suspended after the third inning due to rain. New Hampshire visits Trenton again in a week-and-a-half, and I suspect they’ll finish the game then. I’ll update the stats when the game is complete, but for now all you need to know is that Dan McCutchen struck out 6 in his 3 innings of work. I’m impressed he did that all the way from Scranton, aren’t you George King?

High-A Tampa (5-1 win over Vero Beach)
Damon Sublett & Andres Perez: both 0 for 4 – Sublett K’ed twice … Perez drove in a run & K’ed
Luis Nunez: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI
James Cooper, Ben Blumenthal & Chris Kunda: all 0 for 3 – Cooper was hit by a pitch … Kunda K’ed
Jose Gil: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB
Josue Calzado: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB – up to .151-.177-.254
Tim Battle: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
Mike Dunn: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 7-7 GB/FB
Grant Duff: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 5-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (3-1 win over Asheville)
Austin Krum & David Williams: both 0 for 2 – Krum walked twice, Williams once
Justin Snyder: 0 for 4, 1 R – avg dips below .300 for the first time all year
Braedyn Pruitt & Chase Odenreider: both 0 for 3 – Pruitt walked & scored a run
Jesus Montero: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 PB – 20 XBH this year, Jose Tabata had 23 all of last year
Carmen Angelini: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing)
Noel Castillo: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 4-5 GB/FB
Chase Vacek: 2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1-5 GB/FB
Jon Ortiz: 1 IP, zeroes

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Jamal G. says:

    CJ noted that Juan Miranda left in Game 1 due to an injury. He does not know if it was serious or just a precaution but he obviously did not appear in Game 2.

  2. jeff says:

    “…but get’s destroyed by big leaguers (80 career OPS+).”

    What does this mean? I know what OPS+ is, but I don’t understand the usage here. Opposing batters have an 80 OPS+ against Karstens? That sounds really good.

  3. jeff says:

    Mike, I haven’t heard much buzz about Jonathan Ortiz, but his numbers have been stellar over the last year+. Is he on the prospect radar? Any idea what he throws?

  4. A.D. says:

    Maybe Karstens could make it in the NL, especially if he’s going to end up blocking other Yankees pitching prospects down the line

  5. dan says:

    I think Eric Duncan needs a day or two off. He’s had about negative 5 hits the past 2-3 weeks.

  6. Piquay says:

    How is David Robertson getting all of these Ks with a low-90s fastball? What am I missing here?

    • jeff says:

      Low 90s is plenty fast to get strikeouts. Edwar has put up about the most ridiculous strikeout numbers you’ll ever see with a 90 mph fastball.

    • Jamal G. says:

      I forgot who delivered the quote but somebody in the organization said “Nothing he [Robertson] throws is straight.”

      • A.D. says:

        Yeah I read a profile on him that he has thrown harder than the 93-94 he throws now, but he has great movement on the fasball, so it would be more like a Rivera fasball then a Farnsworth fastball

    • dan says:

      And a SICK curveball

  7. Joltin' Joe says:

    So how long will it be, two weeks?

    Before JB Cox debuts in ‘stripes, that is.

  8. Rich says:

    Would YES go back to televising minor league games? I’d rather watch that then this bunch of dogs. /rant

  9. Mashmore says:

    Not sure how much interest there would be in this news item, but Joe Muich had to leave the game with a deep bone bruise in his left wrist, and is expected to miss several days…

  10. [...] One year ago today on DotF, Justin Christian and Brett Gardner hit back-to-back homers in game two of Triple-A Scranton’s against Pawtucket. [...]

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