Aceves, McAllister keep it up

Game 66: How about two over .500?
Just one of those days

PeteAbe notes that Andrew Brackman had to have his appendix removed, and will miss three weeks. Well, if it was going to happen, it happened at a good time. Also, you’ve probably heard by now that JB Cox is on the DL, but now it looks like Chris Garcia has joined him, at least according to (h/t to A.D.). Garcia to the DL hasn’t been confirmed yet, so I’ll keep you updated. Doesn’t surprise me though, the boy just can’t stay healthy. They be droppin’ like flies…

Triple-A Scranton (9-2 win over Richmond)
Bernie Castro & Brett Gardner: both 2 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K – Castro doubled & scored 3 runs … Gardner tripled, drove in a run & scored 2 others
Alberto Gonzalez & Matt Carson: both 3 for 5, 1 R – The Former Attorney General drove in 3 & swiped a bag … Carson K’ed
Jason Lane & Eric Duncan: both 0 for 3 – Lane scored a run, stole a base, walked twice & committed a fielding error at first … Duncan walked, drove in a run & K’ed
Greg Porter: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Jeff Karstens: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 6-7 GB/FB – 44 of 68 pitches were strikes (64.7%)
David Robertson: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K – 173-50 K/BB ratio in 127 career IP
Scott Patterson: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Mighty Matt: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4-2 GB/FB 1 E (pickoff) – sorry, old habits die hard

Double-A Trenton (1-0 loss to Connecticut)
Ramiro Pena: 0 for 3, 1 K
Austin Jackson: 1 for 4, 1 K
Colin Curtis, Chris Malec, PJ Pilittere, Carlos Mendoza & Reegie Corona: all 1 for 3 – Curtis, PJ, Mendoza & Corona all K’ed once … Malec walked & K’ed twice … Curtis also drew a free pass
Edwar Gonzalez & Jose Tabata: both 0 for 4 – Edwar K’ed twice
Al Aceves: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 9-5 GB/FB – talk about a hard luck loser…
Mark Melancon: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-3 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (5-2 win over St. Lucie)
Eduardo Nunez: 2 for 5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 E (fielding)
Mitch Hilligoss: 2 for 4, 1 E (throwing) – 15 hits in his last 8 games
Andres Perez: 1 for 1, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 BB
James Cooper, Kevin Smith, Luis Nunez & Tim Battle: all 0 for 4 – Cooper scored a run … Battle K’ed twice (of course)
Jose Gil & Josue Calzado: both 1 for 4, 1 SB – Gil scored 2 runs & K’ed … Calzado drove in 2
Zach McAllister: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 9-4 GB/FB – 66-10 K/BB ratio … wow
Josh Schmidt: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (6-1 win over Rome)
Abe Almonte & Justin Snyder: 0 for 5 – Almonte drove in a run & K’ed twice … Snyder K’ed
Bradley Suttle: 1 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K
Jesus Montero: 3 for 5, 1 R – got his avg back up to .300
Austin Romine: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B – still looking for that elusive first homer
Brandon Laird: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Carmen Angelini: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E (throwing)
Austin Krum: 3 for 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI – missed the cycle by a single … homer was an inside-the-park job
Lance Pendelton: 7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 5-7 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – 64-19 K/BB ratio in 62 IP
Craig Heyer: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Game 66: How about two over .500?
Just one of those days
  • vinny-b

    It is time to bring up Gardner.

    • Mike A.

      I just ran his numbers through the MLE calculator:

      .255-.357-.375 is what his stats project too in the bigs … I’ll take it.

      • whozat

        I dunno. I just don’t see him getting so many walks with a SLG that low. No one’s going to be afraid to come right at him. I don’t know that he’s any better than Melky on D, once you trade off range for arm.

        So…I doubt that his OBP will wind up being that high. And, if his OBP winds up down around .340…what does he really bring?

        • Mike A.

          If he has a .340 OBP, then that’s 19 more OBP points than Melky.

          • whozat

            And he gives it back in SLG.

            I guess I’m saying that I don’t really see that he’s actually an upgrade. The yearning for him seems to be just a devil-we-don’t-know kind of thing.

            Oh, and he’s fast and fast is exciting.

      • Aaron

        MLE calculator?

        • Mike A.

          Major League Equivalent calculator. It takes a minor leaguer’s stats, adjusts them for park and league factors, and translates them into major league stats.

          So Gardner’s season in Triple-A this year translates into that ML line. I ran Jesus Montero through, he’d hit like, .205-.210-.230 in the bigs right now.

          • Manimal

            better than Nieves.

            • Bo

              He should be up because the bench needs him. We need a 4th OF who can run.

              • Art Vandelay

                Mike, I don’t think you can strictly look at his 2008 MLE. I think you need to weigh past performance heavier. SG over at RLYB (who does awesome work, btw) did an analysis on this a few weeks back, and he gave Gardner’s 2008 MLE a 30% weight. His projected line came out to .258/.343/.366. Melky is projected to slug about .400. If you go by batting runs, Gardner is also slightly below Melky, but it’s close since he makes up some of the difference on the basepaths. I suspect the defense is about a wash.

                If you believe the projections, Gardner won’t help the team any more than Melky, really. Honestly, I’m not sure if that means call him up or leave him down there so he can play every day. If nothing else, calling him up probably won’t hurt, so maybe you do it just to give him a shot and see if he can outperform projections.

  • A.D.

    Nice pitching performances all around today

  • Matt G.

    Saw the game in Richmond. Brett Gardner hit a double into the gap in left/center and as he approached second base, he turned on warp speed, became a blur, and slid into third. I’ve never seen a person move as fast on the basepaths. He also fouls off a lot of pitches.

    Matt Carson is a surprising hitter. Most everything that came off his bat was a line drive. AG looks bored as hell in AAA.

    • Anthony M

      I was at the game as well last night. I thought David Robertson looked pretty impressive. Especially in the 7th when he struck out the first two he faced on what seemed like 8 pitches.

  • Mashmore

    Aceves was freaking filthy tonight. No real other way to say it. Melancon was real solid as well. Amazing that Trenton pitching issues zero walks and the offense can’t get it done…

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  • NC Saint

    Telling me about the MLE calculator was uncool. I project to get even less sleep tonight.

  • Rich

    I have wanted Gardner up here for weeks.

    I’m concerned about Garcia and Cox.

  • Jamal G.

    Heh, according to MLE Matt Wieters would be the most powerful Catcher in the AL with an IsoP of .156.

  • CB

    Aceves looks to be the real deal. What a terrific pick up. Cost them nothing.

    Dave Robertson needs to be in the majors very soon. He’s control has been fine for the past 6-7 outings.

    Zach McCallister continues to have one of the most impressive bodies of work for any pitching prospect in the game for his age. And he’s still flying under the radar. Compare the amount of attention he’s gotten to Jeremy Hellckson or to Jhoulys Chacin’s buzz. Now Hellickson’s been dominant at high A but McCallister’s numbers aren’t far off Hellickson’s and he’s a year younger and is now doing very well in high A. He’s been comparable to Chacin as well and has now started pitching very well in high A while Chacin’s still in low A.

    SG over at RLYB projected what replacing Melky with Brett Gardner would mean last week. His conclusion based on the analysis he did:

    “So no, replacing Melky with Gardner is most likely not much of an upgrade.”

    They’ve scored anywhere from 65-75 fewer runs than expected. Marginal upgrades aren’t going to put a dent in that underperformance. Not even close.

  • Manimal

    Melancon needs to come to the majors now. Did you guys hear about Brackman’s Appendicitis? Hes out of action for 3 weeks. Great.

  • MD

    whats the scoop on Pendleton?

    • Mike A.

      2005 4th rounder, missed over a year with TJ. He was a two-way player in college, but the Yanks made him a full-time pitcher. I can’t remember for the life of me what he throws though…

  • Reggie C

    Brackman still isn’t doing any straight up pitching from a mound i think. Its just long tossing drills he’ll miss out on for 3 weeks. Better the appendix come out now than later this year when he’ll actually be working on the mechanics. I absolutely cannot wait to see the first mound reports on velocity and tilt.

    We should pull out an opinion from the BA guys on Zach McAllister. I wanna know if he’s flying under their radar too.

  • Dillon

    I’ve read that McAllister can hit 93mph, as well as Robertson. Can anyone confirm their fastballs?

    • Mike A.

      Both are usually 90-92, so yeah, I’m sure they’ve both hit 93 at some point.

      • A.D.

        Yeah i read in an interview with Robertson that he sits in the low 90’s, but is said to have excellent movement on the fastball