Ajax plates seven (again)


Chad Jennings notes that Dan McCutchen has been suspended for three games and will miss his next start. Apparently he threw two pitches behind a batter against Pawtucket after SWB’s #3 & 4 hitters were each plunked twice in the series. Jennings also noted that Alan Horne will make what should be his final rehab start in Extended Spring Training tomorrow.

Triple-A Scranton (8-7 loss to Rochester)
Brett Gardner: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB – threw a runner out at third from CF … 10 walks, 9 strikes out in his last 10 games
Bernie Castro: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 CS
Jason Lane: 1 for 5, 1 R, 2 K
Ben Broussard: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (fielding) - 8 for 23 with 5 doubles since signing
Cody Ransom: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Eric Duncan: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI – 4 doubles, 3 homers & 12 RBI in his last 8 games
Greg Porter & JD Closser: both 0 for 3 – Porter K’ed … Closser scored a run & walked
Dan Giese: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 12 of 17 pitches were strikes … he’s on his way up to serve as a long-man
Steven White: 3 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HB – 45 of 70 pitches were strikes (64.3%)
Billy Traber: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3-3 GB/FB – 27 of 42 pitches were strikes (also 64.3%)
JB Cox: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Double-A Trenton (9-3 win over New Britain)
Ramiro Pena: 0 for 2, 1 R, 3 BB
Austin Jackson: 3 for 5, 2 2B, 7 RBI – second 7 RBI game in the last 11 days
Colin Curtis & Kevin Russo: both 0 for 4, 1 BB – Curtis K’ed twice
Cody Ehlers & Jose Tabata: both 1 for 4, 1 BB – Ehlers scored 2 runs, doubled & K’ed thrice … Tabata drove in a run
Chris Malec: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B – having another rock solid year
Reegie Corona: 2 for 3, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Jason Jones: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 10-1 GB/FB – 2.28 ERA & 1.21 WHIP
Zach Kroenke: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Mike Gardner: 1.1 Ip, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Bo Hall: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K

High-A Tampa (6-1 loss to Fort Myers)
Eduardo Nunez, Josue Calzado, Chris Kunda & Tim Battle: all 1 for 3 – Nunez drew a walk … Calzado hit a solo homer & K’ed … Battle doubled & wait for it … K’ed
Mitch Hilligoss & Jose Gil: both 0 for 4 – Gil K’ed … Hilligoss was moved back up to the 2nd spot in the lineup
Andres Perez: 1 for 4
Ben Blumenthal & Kevin Smith: both 0 for 3, 1 K
Chris Garcia: 4 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 6-2 GB/FB – first bad outing back from TJ
Phil Bartlewski: 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 5-2 GB/FB
Edgar Soto: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K

Low-A Charleston (9-6 win over Hickory)
Austin Krum: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – filling in for Abe Almonte, who left yesterday’s game after ripping a double … my guess is Almonte reaggravated his lower body injury
Justin Snyder: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Bradley Suttle: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 3 K – back after missing over a month with a lower body injury, rumored to be a hip flexor
Jesus Montero: 2 for 5, 2 RBI – 40 RBI on the year
Austin Romine: 0 for 4, 1 K, 1 HBP
Brandon Laird: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB – 3 for his last 32
Carmen Angelini: 3 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS – picked off second
Lance Pendleton: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 9-5 GB/FB
Ryan Zink: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – did you know he got a $123,000 bonus as a 17th round pick last year? wow
Chase Vacek: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Jon Ortiz: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K

Categories : Down on the Farm
  • A.D.

    White has gotten absolutly HAMMERED lately

    Ortiz has about 17 saves for A already

    • A.D.

      check that 16 saves

  • Joey

    I would just like to put out a a friendly WARNING NOTICE to all RAB readers:

    Be aware that Mr. Steve Phillips, your favorite, will be HOSTING Baseball Tonight at some point soon (heard it this morning, can’t remember when, maybe tonight or tomorrow). Keep your eyes open, watch your back, and report any incidents related to this to your local police.

  • A.D.

    Anyone know what’s up with Cervelli?

    • Miles Roche

      Fractured his wrist.

      (Just kidding. . .)

    • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      forgot the broken wrist in spring training from Mr. Eliot Johnson?

      • dan

        (He’s asking for an update)

        • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

          oh, my bad.

    • Rich

      I heard that he’ll be back at the AS break.

      • A.D.

        Sounds good, hopefully he can pick up how he was going last year

  • McCaff

    chances of us seeing AJAX in the bronx this year at all?

    • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      prob September call-up

      • Brandon

        no chance if they really care about him, though you may see him in the bronx for the Futures Game :D

  • George Kaplan

    I saw White pitch in Pawtucket last week and he looked awful…
    He was throwing hard (94 by the stadium gun) but he didn’t fool ANYONE..
    Cox looked damn good though.

    • RollingWave

      From ST impression he looked like the right handed version of Sean Henn, he threw pretty hard but that’s about the only good thing you could say about him.

  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    Mike, do you think that if Eric Duncan continues his resurgence (nothing to be counted on, admittedly), with all of the system graduations, that he can sneak into the org’s top 10 prospects?

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

      No. I can think of about 20 pitchers alone that I would rank ahead of him. One good year after several crappy years won’t get him back into the top 10.

      If Eric Duncan is ever in the Yanks top 10 again, that means either a) he completely turned it around and looks like the next Justin Morneau, or b) the Yanks’ system really sucks.

      • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        even with a line of, say, .265/.360/.495 with 19HRs and 80RBIs? He’d be around the fourth or fifth best prospect in the system.

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

          Not in my book.

          • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

            Besides AJax, Tabata, Gardner, maybe Almonte and maybe Suttle, who would you rank ahead of him?

            • dan

              Horne, Z-Mac, Garcia, Betances, Brackman, Melancon, Cox, Cutch, Jairo, and Humberto to name 10, and that’s pitchers only. Plus whoever they draft in the first round (probably).

            • Geno

              Hmm… Well, personally, I’d rank the following ahead of him, given that line: McCallister, Horne, Sanchez, McCutchen, Garcia, Heredia, Kontos, Betances, Brackman, Ajax, Montero, Tabata, Almonte, Robertson, Cox, Melancon, Whelan… and probably a few more I’ve forgotten to mention. It’s nice to have a stacked farm system.

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

              Amongst hitters? Jackson, Tabata, Montero, Romine, Angelini, Curtis, Laird, Snyder, Almonte, Miranda, Gardner and Suttle.

              • dan

                I’m gonna have to disagree on Laird and maybe Colin Curtis. Laird can’t hit and has no discipline, and Curtis is doing worse in AA than what Duncan is doing in AAA, at the same age (both repeating the level).

                • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

                  Laird can hit in the way that Shelley can hit–enormous power but not enough contact. But yes, Laird and Curtis are not ahead of Duncan.

      • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        and I’m curious as to who some of those pitchers would be–the non-obvious ones, of course

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

          Brackman, Horne, Cox, Melancon, Marquez, Robertson, Heredia, Nova, Betances, McAllister, Garcia, Sanchez, Pope, Patterson, Edwar, Ohlendorf, Whelan, Kontos, Dunn and Olbrychowski. All prospect eligible and all would be rated ahead of Duncan, and I’m not even a Kontos fan.

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

            And I forgot McCutchen.

      • dan

        He wasn’t in your pre-season top 30, so it would take about 20 homers and a .290 average to move him up into that range…. both of which are big long shots.

        • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

          If he keeps hot for a while I could see 20 HRs. I don’t think we’ll ever see .290 from him–majors or minors.

          • dan

            well he started out hot, slumped, and is hot again now. He’s on pace for around 15. 20 isn’t out of the question, but that alone won’t make him a top 10 prospect. Remember, he has to hit like a first baseman should.

  • jason

    Pablo – in rough order of how close they are
    Starters – Horne, Mcutcheon, Kontos, Garcia, Heredia, Aceves (he is looking more and more for real), Macallister, Betances
    relievers – Cox, Robertson, Melancon, Sanchez
    Position – Miranda (if he can get healthy this year), Curtis, Cervelli, Montero, Romine, Angelini
    I am sure I am missing plenty of people – this was off the top of my head in thirty seconds and that is 18.

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    so I guess Ajax has officially adjusted to AA? lol…

    • A.D.

      See if he can boost that average over .300, rather see the .345 he hit in Tampa last year

  • A.D.

    Anyone think there’s a chance Malec moves up to AAA soon with the way he’s been going this year & last

    • dan

      I was just thinking that… he definitely deserves it, but where do you put him? There’s a logjam at first base with both Duncan’s, Miranda, Lane, Broussard. I don’t know how Malec is defensively at third (he’s listed at both third and first), but maybe he can stick there. Ransom doesn’t have to play everyday, he can be moved if Malec is capable.

      • whozat

        Shelley can play RF, Miranda’s on the DL, Lane and Broussard probably won’t be with the Yankees in AAA for that much longer. They’ll either opt out or go to the bigs.

        • A.D.

          Also Lane usually plays the OF

  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    Ok, thanks for all the responses. Regardless of where he ranks precisely, I still think he can be a MLB player someday.

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

      I agree. Will it be with the Yankees though? I’m not so sure.

      • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        depends on how he does this year, and then if he gets MLB protection from the Rule 5 (not so sure on that…)

    • A.D.

      Really depends on what goes down this offseason, if they don’t acquire a long term solution at 1B then he may get a shot in the next few years

  • younguns

    McCutchen is already getting a head start into the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry with the behind-the-hitter pitches-resulting suspension.

    I like this guy already.

  • dan

    42 (now 43) comments on a DotF… I remember the days when 10 was a lot haha

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Tell me about it. How far we’ve come.

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