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Game 39: Derek's back in the two hole
Yanks look uninspired as Pettitte loses

Check this out: Florida State’s Buster Posey, a legit candiate for the #1 overall pick in next month’s draft, played all nine positions tonight. From the Game Notes:

Posey plays all nine positions, fourth Seminole in the Mike Martin era to perform the feat and first since Mike Martin, Jr. vs Furman in 1994.
Position order: Catcher(1st); First base(2nd); Second base(3rd); Shortstop(4th); Third base(5th); LF(6th); CF(6th, 2outs); Pitcher(7th); RF(7th 2outs).

Chone Figgins, eat your heart out. Do you think it’s a coincidence that the last player to accomplish that at FSU was the coaches’ son? Posey also hit a grand slam in the game. Afterwards he hunted down Osama Bin Laden, cured cancer, and convinced Steve Lombardi that Brian Cashman is actually a pretty good GM. (h/t Brian at TCBB)

Triple-A Scranton
Game 1 (2-1 win over Indianapolis in 10 innings)
Brett Gardner, Jason Lane & Cody Ranson: all 1 for 5 – Gardner K’ed twice & swiped a bag … Lane scored a run & K’ed … Ranson K’ed
Justin Christian & Eric Duncan: both 1 for 4 – Christian doubled, drove in a run, walked & stole a base… Duncan drove in a run & was walked intentionally by an old friend
Nick Green: 2 for 4, 1 BB
Bernie Castro: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
IPK: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – see you on Thursday
Scott Strickland: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 5-3 GB/FB
Scott Patterson: 1.1 IP, zeroes – second straight outing allowing 0 baserunners
Billy Traber: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
David Robertson: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB
Steven Jackson: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Game 2 of Triple-A Scranton‘s doubleheader didn’t start until after 10pm because of the extra innings in Game 1. I’m not going to wait around to post an update, but here’s the link to the box score. Steven White needs to suck it up and give some innings in the nightcap, because between IPK’s short outing and the extra innings, Scranton’s pen is taxed.

Double-A Trenton had a scheduled off day.

High-A Tampa (6-2 loss to Lakeland in 11 innings)
Damon Sublett & Kyle Anson: both 0 for 4, 1 BB – Sublett K’ed once, Anson twice … Sublett also committed a fielding error
Luis Nunez, Mitch Hilligoss & Andres Perez: all 1 for 5 – Nunez & Perez each K’ed once … Hilligoss K’ed thrice & committed a fielding error … Perez also swiped a bag
Josue Calzado: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 K, 1 SB
Kevin Smith: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 CS – picked off first
Mike Dunn: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 5-8 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Mark Melancon: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K – 17 K in his last 16.1 IP
Jose Valdez: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB
Wilkins Arias: 1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Low-A Charleston (5-0 win over Greeneville)
Carmen Angelini: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – congrats on his first career jack
Justin Snyder: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 K
Jesus Montero: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI – on pace for 48 doubles, 18 homers & 107 RBI
Brian Baisley: 0 for 4
David Williams: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI
Lance Pendleton: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 6 K – 30 K in 26.1 IP
Wilkins DeLaRosa: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP – 37 K in 22.2 IP … no, I haven’t come around on him yet

Game 39: Derek's back in the two hole
Yanks look uninspired as Pettitte loses
  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    I know Mike Dunn made some Top 30 lists for the Yankees due to a combination of the lack of depth in LHP in the organization (starters) and that he has Ok stuff. But which is it more of?

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

      For me it’s the stuff. I wouldn’t rank him just because he’s a lefty, he has to have some potential.

  • A.D.

    Robertson & Jackson might pitch themselves above Britton

  • Mike R.

    Steven Jackson is quietly making a case for himself in the potential call-up to the bullpen race. Good to see more and more options emerging.

  • Mike R.

    Brett Gardner is 2-3 with a 2b and a 3b so far tonight. :D

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

      That 2B was a “soft line drive”, I am not impressed. ;)

      • Brandon

        that’s extremely more impressive than a hard liner

  • McLovin

    Any news on Heredia?

  • dan

    “Chone Figgins, eat your heart out.”

    I just laughed out loud.

  • dan

    Wait, you haven’t come around on Wilkins DeLaRosa (3 capital letters… wow) yet? Let’s step inside the wayback machine and go back to March 12, 2007 where you said the following….

    “In case you’re wondering, 2 Yankee farmhands have made the transition from position player to pitcher this offseason: outfielders Rudy Guillen and Wilkins DeLaRossa. There’s no hope for Guillen, he’s a bust in every sense of the word, but DeLaRossa has some potential; he’s lefthanded and touches the mid-90s.”

    Now that doesn’t exactly sound like pessimism to me.

    (and yes, now that AP tests are over I have WAY too much time on my hands to search through the RAB archives.)

  • RustyJohn

    He certainly had a better day at the plate than Mike Martin, Jr had- Mike Martin, Jr was a joke- I think two years after he graduated he was out of pro ball and on the coaching staff for his dad. He was the Willie Bloomquist of the Noles, although primarily a catcher. As I recall the 94 Nole had Minky at first, JD Drew in the outfield with Jeremy Morris (a former Yank farm hand), and Paul Wilson and Johnathan Johnson in the starting rotation. Wilson had like 160 K’s in 130 innings or something like that, he was filthy. Minky was a helluva college player.

    • RustyJohn

      Strike that-JD came along the next year- along with former Yankee Randy Choate.

      • RustyJohn

        The Noles had a bunch of future Yankees- I forgot about Proctor.

        • Rick in Boston

          Mike Martin’s All-FSU team could do serious damage against a lot of other squads. I watched Buster Posey Day (where his younger brother played 1B for the ‘Noles), and he’s got a solid, albeit metal, stroke. My question though, is where will he play? He moved from short to catcher, where he looked all right, not #1 overall good, but all right; I’ll chalk that up to his not catching full time.

          The biggest issue with him, as with anyone else, how much will his swing has to be re-done to handle wood. Hopefully, whoever takes him will not do to him what the Pirates did bith van Benshotten – keep him as a pitcher. Posey will probably hit, and he’s good enough as a reliever now to possibly shift over and pitch if he fails as a hitter.

  • dan

    Second AAA game is over…. Miranda hit a solo homer (2 for 3)…. gardner was 2 for 4 with a double, a triple and 2 K’s…. White pitched the complete game (7 innings), giving up 2 runs with 3 k’s and 1 walk. Kevin “The Bambino” Thompson was 2 for 4 and is .321/.387/.518 on the season.

  • Brandon

    Mike A. you need to give DeLaRosa his props 3 ER in last 19.0 IP and he has 1.99 ERA

  • George

    Mike, you need some start drinking some DeLaRosa “cool aid”. Any new news on Chris Garcia?

  • chris

    besides baseball america – anyone know any sites that have any draft projections. i would love to see one that doesnt only have them ranked, but also when they are expected to be drafted because of signing bonusses.

    also – does anyone know if there is a maxximum number of compensation picks a team can get because the yanks stand to get a few although they will probably lose a few as well

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

      Here’s a database of this year’s mock drafts:


      There is no limit to how many compensation picks a team can receive. A few year ago the Pads had like, 7 total picks in the first round (included supplemental round).

  • chris

    if you havent seen it yet, take a look at jayson stark’s latest aticle about off-season trades – http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&id=3386182

    i particularly found the DBacks/A’s deal interesting. true they gave up a tn, but haren partned with webb at the top of theat staff followed by owings and RJ makes them a serious WS contender. In fact it will be tough for a team to beat them in a short series – remeniscent of 2001. those who still hate cashman for not pulling the trigger on the johan deal need look no further than the haren deal to get your blood boiling

    funny though that the big deal detoit made isnt paying the dividends that they thouht as there is speculation that cabrera is dogging it

  • chris

    guess nobody thinks hosmer is going to fall all the way to 28 and the yanks. there was specualtiion that because he was repotedly demanding 7 million dollar sining bonus that he may have fallen to the yanks.

    now that th yankes have started to care about the draft – puting time , effot, and most imprtantly over slot money inti it – i actually find it interseting.

    hoping for another brackman this season.

    also, the picks appear to go by record – why not where the teams finished in the playoffs. the indians beat the yanks and still pick ahead of them -that is absurd in my opinion