Rumors of Jose Tabata’s demise have been greatly exaggerated

Open Thread: A cup of Joe
New stadium, on target, to feature familiar Yankee Stadium field dimensions

Triple-A Scranton (5-0 loss to Charlotte)
Wilson Betemit, Nick Green & Greg Porter: all 1 for 4 – Betemit drew a free pass … Porter doubled
Brett Gardner, Cody Ransom, Chris Stewart: all 0 for 4 – Gardner walked & K’ed twice … Ransom & Stewart each K’ed three times
Jason Lane: 2 for 3, 1 BB
Eric Duncan: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Matt Carson: 2 for 4 – 6 for 10 since the promotion
Dan Giese: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HB – picked a runner off first … 52 of 78 pitches were strikes, exactly 2 out of 3
David Robertson: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 Er, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP – one off the walks was intentional … 24 of 42 pitches were strikes (57.1%)
Steven Jackson: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K – stranded both inherited runners

Double-A Trenton (9-5 win over Erie)
Ramiro Pena, Chris Malec & Joe Muich: all 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI – Pena doubled & K’ed … Malec doubled & committed 2 fielding errors
Austin Jackson: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – back from being a little under the weather
Colin Curtis & Cody Ehlers: both 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI – Ehlers hit a 2-run jack, meaning 17 of his 25 hits have gone for extras
Jose Tabata: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS – picked off first … he’s now 7 for his last 12
Kevin Russo: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS – all he does is hit
George Kontos: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, 1 WP, 2-2 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) – starting to round into form
Mike Gardner: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Eric Wordekemper: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-3 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (3-2 win over Jupiter, walk-off style)
Damon Sublett: 0 for 3, 1 BB – still looking for the Sublett that owned the NY-Penn League last year
Eduardo Nunez & Kevin Smith: both 0 for 4 – Nunez K’ed once, Smith thrice … Smith also committed an error hen he missed a catch
Mitch Hilligoss: 0 for 1, 3 BB, 1 SB
Kyle Anson: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
Andres Perez & Tim Battle: both 2 for 4, 1 R – Perez K’ed once … Battle clubbed a walk-off two run job, was picked off first & K’ed twice (of course)
Eric Hacker: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-0 GB/FB – picked a runner off first … just when he was starting to put it all together, it looks like he’s hurt again
Mark Melancon: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 5-0 GB/FB – considering that command is the last thing to come back after TJ, it’s impressive that he’s only walked 5 batters in 21 IP
Wilkins Arias: 3 IP, zeroes, 5 K, 1-3 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (5-4 win over Hickory)
Abe Almonte: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 CS – 8 for his last 14
Carmen Angelini: 2 for 4, 1 E (throwing) – looks like the rough start is behind him
Justin Snyder & Brian Baisley: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Snyder K’ed … Baisley scored a run
Jesus Montero: 1 for 4, 1 RBI
Brandon Laird & David Williams: both 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Wady Rufino: 2 for 4
Austin Krum: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Dellin Betances: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 7 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 4-8 GB/FB – just one of those nights
Wilkins DeLaRosa: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1-3 GB/FB – 29 K in 18 IP
Jon Ortiz: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Open Thread: A cup of Joe
New stadium, on target, to feature familiar Yankee Stadium field dimensions
  • steve

    jeez. betances has got to cut those walks down … good to see tabata is back to being his old self.

  • McLovin

    Betances is on crack

  • Jamal G.

    Mike, when do you think you will start to change your outlook on Wilkins De La Rosa? I know you’re damn sure not the only guy who doesn’t look upon him to favorably but I am a sucker for a southpaw with heat. Have you heard anything of his Changeup development, and also what does his Slider rate? I read plus but that was only one report and I don’t want to go on just one report.

    • Mike A.

      They’re teaching him a change just for due diligence really. I heard a plus slider too, same as you. don’t know much than that though. I’ve seen way too many guys put up big K numbers in Low-A, and I’m always a skeptical when a guy just converts to pitching and starts dealing. Dunno why, just am.

      Anyone see that ball Adam Dunn hit tonight? Clear out of the GAB. Wow.

      • Jamal G.

        Yeah but according to Jon Heyman that was probably worth -2 runs, seeing as how he’s “not a winning player” and all.

        BTW, is there anyway to gauge how good of a chance a team has of signing a IFA? I’m literally drooling at the thought of Micheal Inoa joining this organization but is there anyway to have a good guess at who has a better chance at signing who more than just which organization has deeper pockets?

        • Mike A.

          Dude, don’t believe the hype. It’s not worth your time to read about international free agent prospects in May. The only ones you hear about are the ones with American agents talking them up like nobody’s business. I devote time to learn about these kids only after the Yanks signed them. I’ve been burned too many times to count.

          For every Jesus Montero that signs for $1.6M, there’s 10 Jose Tabata’s that sign for $500k. If a team does their homework they’ll find prospects every bit as good as the hyped kids for a fraction of the cost.

      • Brandon

        Mike A. Wilkins has gone w/o an ER in his last 13.2 IP, they need to put him in more inherited runners situations to see if he really can cut off an offense. So far in 18 IP he has allowed 2 ER and out of 5 inherited runners only 1 has crossed the plate.

  • Joe

    Betances’ numbers are absurd without the walks. I’m hoping that’s what we have to look forward to in a few years once he gets his mechanics figured out.

  • Jamal G.

    I understand it’s May but the fact that Austin Jackson’s OBP is the better half of his OPS is starting to catch my eye a bit. Granted, I am not concerned in any way, shape or form but I am starting to take notice a bit.

    • dan

      I’m worried. Last year’s second half was the first time he hit for power. Now, albeit in only one month, he hasn’t hit any home runs and is slugging .355

  • Jamal G.

    According to Alan Horne (via Chad Jennings), the right-hander will pitch in an intra-squad game this coming Saturday after throwing his first BP this morning. According to Alan Horne’s father, Bill, he threw 25-pitch BP session that included only Fastballs.

    So if Horne does stay on track and pitches an intra-squad this weekend, we should be about two weeks from seeing the RHP back at Scranton.

  • Mike A.

    Digging through some stats and I found this: Only once this year has Betances allowed more than 3 hits in a start. If he manages to cut his walk rate in half … wow, just wow.

    • Jamal G.

      After Jose Tabata he is easily my second favorite Yankees prospect. What I really want to know is if the control issues are mechanical or a little more mental than we’d like to hope for. I know he doesn’t have Rick Ankiel syndrome where he just has an utter inability to throw the ball over the plate but the fact that these games occur kind of get to me seeing as how I am so fond of him.

      • Mike P

        How about Randy Johnson Syndrome? Ridiculous strike out and walks because his stuff’s so explosive and he’s all arm and legs. That would go with no hits.

        I’d take that.

  • Jamal G.

    BTW, how ’bout them New Orleans Hornets? Making the San Antonio Spurs look old and lost in the series’ first two games.

    Again, I feel LeBron James was this year’s MVP but I definitely can see and understand the argument for Chris Paul. I spit on the reports that Kobe Bryant has won the award, complete BS.

    • Brandon

      we all can spit on the reports, CP3 is just a legend killer

  • Jamal G.

    Mike, I know you seem to be of the same opinion as the author of this article when it comes to Andrew Brackman, but as a whole how do you think people view the selection? When I say whole I mean Yankees fans as a whole and just fans of other squads as well.

    BTW, everyone take time to read that article as his points apply to ALL prospects. Give them time, not everyone is going to be Tim Lincecum and Ryan Braun. Time and patience are necessary for for fans who follow prospects and take a special interest in young players.

  • Paul

    What ever happened with Edward Salcedo?

    • Brandon

      Indians signed him.

      • Jamal G.

        No they did not. At least nothing has been confirmed at all, from anybody including Salcedo’s agent Scott Boras and anybody in the Indians organization.

  • George

    Is it official that the Indians signed Edward? Regardless, its nice to see Angelini making some nice progress.

    Mike, what’s the latest rehab news on Humberto Sanchez, Christian Garcia and Andrew Brackman?

  • A.D.

    Hopefully Robertson’s poor outing is due to being being over used & then a long rest

  • MD

    heard that Pirates are interested in Betemit…….playing him at 1B might be showcasing……any idea what we are looking for from them?

    • Joseph P.

      Damaso Marte.

  • YES

    They had Robertson throw close to 50 pitches last night. And last week they had throw 4 innings.
    I don’t know what the point is but they sure have him throwing a lot.

  • JohnC

    Are we ever going to see CJ Henry this year? How long does it take to recover from an outfield collision?