Ajax, Montero sizzling; Suttle scuffling

Girardi: 'I'd be shocked' if Wang makes his next start
Early word on Wang could be Lisfranc

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. Make sure you tell yours you love him, there’s lots of us that can’t do the same.

Triple-A Scranton (4-2 win over Norfolk)
Justin Christian & Luis Nunez: both 1 for 4, 1 K – Christian drove in a run
Matt Carson: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Cody Ransom, Nick Green, Greg Porter & Chris Stewart: all 1 for 4, 1 R – Ransom hit a solo homer & committed a fielding error … Green K’ed … Stewart drove in a run & K’ed twice
Shelley Duncan: 0 for 4, 3 K – first plate appearances since June 3rd
Jason Lane: 2 for 3, 1 BB – picked off first
Jeff Marquez: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 12-4 GB/FB – 54 of 83 pitches were strikes (65.1%) … 18 baserunners, 4 earned runs & a 38-13 GB/FB ratio in his last 19 IP … the problem? only 3 K’s during that span
Billy Traber: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – 4.07 ERA & 1.37 WHIP in AAA
David Robertson: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Double-A Trenton (11-3 loss to Reading)
Ramiro Pena & Austin Jackson: both 1 for 5 – Pena committed a fielding error … Ajax hit a solo dinger, making it 3 straight games with a homer … given how he’s performed since turning pro, I think it’s safe to say he’s a streaky hitter
Colin Curtis: 0 for 5, 1 K
Edwar Gonzalez: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Chris Malec: 1 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K – all he does is put up .800 OPS’s year after year
Jose Tabata: 2 for 4, 1 RBI
George Kontos: 5 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 8 K, 1 HB, 2-4 GB/FB – 20 baserunners allowed in his last 8.1 IP
Mark Melancon: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB – first hits allowed since June 4th
Eric Wordekemper: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2-0 GB/FB

High-A Tampa is off until tomorrow for the All-Star break.

Low-A Charleston (8-2 win over Savannah)
Abe Almonte: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB – this is the first time since June 5th that he didn’t have a multi-K game, a span of 19 K in 9 games
Justin Snyder: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Bradley Suttle: 1 for 4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – 2 for his last 18
Jesus Montero: 4 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI – 17 for his last 33 (.515)
Austin Romine: 3 for 5, 1 2B, 2 RBI – 15 for his last 41 (.366)
Brandon Laird: 2 for 5, 1 RBI
Carmen Angelini: 1 for 5, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Austin Krum: 2 for 4, 1 R – 16 for his last 43 (.372)
Adam Olbrychowski: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 6-2 GB/FB – having a rock solid year
Wilkin DeLaRosa: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 3-0 GB/FB
Chase Vacek: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – Vacek:Torre Tyson as Proctor:Torre

The two draftees in the College World Series were off today. Sandwich rounder Jeremy Bleich and Stanford will take on Georgia in the winner’s bracket tomorrow at 7pm EST. The game will be on ESPN2, but Bleich won’t pitch since he just started yesterday’s game. If Stanford loses, you might see him come back on three days rest to help the Cardinal stave off elimination on Wednesday.

Jack Rye (13th round) and Florida State will face Miami in loser’s bracket tomorrow at 2pm EST, loser goes home. You can see the game on ESPN2. The winner will face the loser of the Stanford-Georgia matchup on Wednesday, loser again goes home. With all due respect to the Seminoles, Miami is just too good of a team to go two-and-out. Then again all three CWS games so far this year have been upsets, so what do I know.

Girardi: 'I'd be shocked' if Wang makes his next start
Early word on Wang could be Lisfranc
  • A.D.

    Will the real Marquez stand up?

    I think Montero got pissed his avg went below .300

  • Simon B.

    Has Angelini broken any records with how may errors he’s committed yet? Not an encouraging sign…

    Still, it conjures memories of Jeter’s first professional season.

    • Brandon

      Jeter year 1 in A ball commited 9 errors, year 2 he commited 56 errors at SS, I don’t think Angelini will challenge that ;)

  • Ivan

    Dave Robertson nasty as usual.

  • A.D.

    Malec, Robertson & Melancon, all looking deserving of moving to the next level

    • Manimal

      I agree.

  • Joltin’ Joe

    I’m all for Melancon getting called up to AAA but honestly I think Dave Robertson is getting snubbed. He’s already in AAA and hasn’t gotten much attention from us…

    Of course, there’s the possibility that he pulls an Edwar and throws an ERA of 9 at us, but hey, give him a shot once Hawkins is DFA’d and buried.

    • whozat

      I think that people have developed a kind of unrealistic model of the pace at which prospects normally progress through the minors. Robertson’s had 26 innings at AAA, and people are saying that he’s getting snubbed? Maybe they just, you know, want to see what happens once he’s been around AAA once, see if guys get a bead on his stuff and start waiting him out more or putting better wood on the ball. He has shown himself to be walk-prone. And he doesn’t have the stuff or pedigree of a Melancon, who I think should move up to AAA sooner rather than later. Let him see some more patient hitters.

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

        Word. I’d like to see Robertson & Melancon struggle a bit before moving up. They need a chance to learn to deal with being hit around. Hughes and IPK dominated in the minors, and then when they got hit around in the bigs, they didn’t know what to do. Joba’s just a freak, nothing seems to bother than kid.

        • pete

          ‘cept midges

        • A.D.

          I would like them to stuggle a bit too & then rebound, the problem could be that these guys don’t really struggle until the bigs, IPK even pitched well in his one AAA start, so he really still hasn’t struggled at the minor league level.

          I don’t think Robertson has gotten snubbed, people have been talking about him, and he has gotten attention, Melancon gets more, but Robertson had a 0.96 ERA going into this season, people knew he was a legit prospect

    • xkevinx

      I disagree with all of the DFA Hawkins talk. Relivers often have several seasons within a season. Vizcaino was terrible for the first 2+ months last year and turned it around and we got Jeremy Bleich as a result. Hawkins has been better than Ohlendorf that everyone here seems to love, and Hawkins has a track record to back it up. If he finishes with an ERA around 4.5, with his numbers from last year, he will be a type B free agent. I would rather see Ohlendorf demoted than DFA Hawkins.

      • JT

        Hawkins was a type C free agent last year. He needs to have a year comparable to last in order to break into the Type B free agent list.

  • yankeemonkey

    Wang to DL, Giese to rotation, Robertson to the pen?

    • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com Steven S

      sounds good to me

      • Joey

        Wang to the DL does not sound good to me… just sayin

  • keith

    Robertson threw 38 pitches. He was far from dominant.

    • Chip

      It’s all about results

      • CB

        It is. Robertson walked 2. That’s not a good outing. We know he can strike guys out in AAA. He needs to demonstrate consistent control. He’s been better since that initial bout of wildness he had in AAA. But a 2 walk appearance isn’t a positive and isn’t “dominant.”

        • Joltin’ Joe

          Too bad JB got hurt otherwise he’d probably be the first guy out of Scranton to be called up. Oh well. What about another starter-type instead if Wang is DL’d?

          McCutchen, Marquez, etc.

    • Brandon

      27 were strikes and that’s through 7 batters an avg of 5 pitches per batter. 3 K’s and one pop up, What wasn’t dominant about that ?

      • whozat

        The two walks. Relievers who demonstrate that kind of control issue are the kind of relievers that we’ve had for years and years: the kind that are unreliable at the big league level.

        I know you love guys who throw hard with big K numbers—especially lefties. See: Wilkins DeLaRosa and Threets. But it’s about more than that. Stockpiling guys who throw lots of strikes is the way to build a good pen, not merely stockpiling power arms.

  • huuz

    robertson needs to get his BB rate down before he’ll hit the bigs.

    he’s at 4.8 BB/ 9IP right now in AAA and has 7 BB over his last 16 IP. that needs to change. he’ll get eaten alive with a high walk rate in the majors.

    • Joltin’ Joe

      Maybe he should talk to Kyle Farnsworth and company about that.

  • Kei Igawa

    Will I get called up to replace Wang? If i’m even gonna get a shot it might as well be now so that I could either prove i belong in the majors, show something to improve my trade value, or prove i’m a AAAA pitcher. If I get 3 starts at the very lease I can buy time for Horne, McCutchen, or even Marquez.

    • Joey

      Prove? Lol

    • Joey

      Trade valve? Even bigger Lol – sorry, missed it the first time round

      • Joltin’ Joe

        Kei Igawa is to trade value as Rob Deere is to making contact – there isn’t any.

  • deadrody

    I think any talk of McCutchen is ridiculously premature. The guy could barely keep his head above water in AAA for 4 starts, then has 1 good one and we want to bring him up to NY ??!?!? Frackin’ crazy talk.

  • JohnC

    Geise should be the first option, especially now that Joba is free from specified pitch counts. Karstens is lousy. He is nothing more than a AAA pitcher. If Geise fails, try McCutchen until Kennedy comes back.

  • George Kaplan

    Can we take a pause from the frenzy to acknowledge a big moment that came over the weekend, one that may bode well for the Yankee’s future: Davey Robertson bagged his first save in AAA.

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

      I wouldn’t put too much stock into it. Pitching back-to-back days is more important than MiL saves.

      • George Kaplan

        I know…I just know the guy and it’s a big thing so I figured I’d mention it