DotF Lite: Where’s Mike?

Open Thread: Evaluating RAB
What about Jason in ’09?

Mike is out of commission for the next few nights. So I’m taking over the Down on the Farm reins for a few days. Don’t worry; I’m not staging a coup. I’ll have a link to the box scores and a few stat lines but not nearly as many as Mike features. Feel free to add more depth in the comments.

AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre lost to the Toledo Mud Hens 4-3(box score).
Alan Horne – 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K – He threw 96 pitches but only 53 for strikes in a losing effort
David Robertson – 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K
Shelley Duncan – 1 for 4 with his 7th AAA HR of the year

The Mud Heads featured former Yankee farm hand and Major Leaguer Fernando Seguignol as their clean-up hitter. The Yanks owe a thanks to the 33 year old as he was once traded by the Yanks to the Expos for a pitcher named John Wetteland.

AA Trenton lost to Harrisburg 7-3 (box score).
Phil Coke – 6 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, L (4-3)
Mark Melancon – 2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – Garrett Guzman hit a two-run HR off Melancon. It was his second bomb of the night. Melancon hadn’t given up any runs since May 31st.
P.J. Piliterre – 3 for 4 – No one else really did much of anything offensively.

A Tampa lost to Rick Porcello (ND) and the Lakeland Tigers 6-3 (box score).
Frankie Cervelli – 1 for 3, two PBs – He’s up to three passed balls in three games this year.

A Charleston lost to Columbus 5-3. I’m sensing a theme here tonight. (box score)
Jairo Heredia – 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, L (2-1)

SS A Staten Island downed the Brooklyn Cyclones 7-2. A win! (box score)
Pet Venditte – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K – This game was televised, and I hear there were some shenanigans between Venditte and a switch-hitter at the end of the game. I’ll eagerly await the video. Venditte is, for those who don’t know, a switch-pitcher.

R GCL Yankees saw their opening day game rained. Their roster is here for those curious in browsing.

Open Thread: Evaluating RAB
What about Jason in ’09?
  • Manimal

    What ended up happening to Venditte? Did he end up going righty or lefty?

    • Manimal

      (against the switch hitter)

      • yankeemonkey

        I believe he went righty and the switch hitter also batted righty.

        • Chip

          It’ll be very interesting to see how that plays out as he goes along in the minor leagues

      • Chris

        After switching back and forth a couple of times, and having the managers and umps discuss the rules for a while, the hitter seemed fed up and stepped in to bat righty. Venditte pitched righty and struck him out.

        • r.w.g.

          Yeah. I believe that whatever arm he throws the first pitch with, that’s the arm he has to use for the duration of that at-bat. I believe the same goes for the hitter, as whatever side of the plate he’s standing on when the first pitch is delivered, that’s the side he has to bat from.

          But since the at-bat can’t actually start until Venditte throws the ball, he kind of can always just keep switching on the hitter. And it’s so much less effort for Venditte to just slide that glove than have the batter moving from side to side like a jackass.

          Pretty hilarious, actually.

          • RPimpsner

            When I was at the ballpark Monday afternoon the Front Office had look up the rule on a switch pitcher. After he commits to a side for an at bat he may switch once during the at bat. A switch-hitter is commited to a side once he is in the batters box and must stay there for at least one pitch (which the batter did not do).

            • J-Gao

              I’m pretty sure the batter is allowed to switch after every pitch.
              So in a long at-bat, he could switch multiple times.
              I remember something like that in a SI for Kids thing.

              • J-Gao

                Forgot to mention, that I really would like to see a video of this.

    • TurnTwo

      and son of a b*tch! i stayed into that game into the 8th inning hoping to catch him, and figured if he wasnt in the game by then, he wasnt coming in to close out the 9th, and turned it off.

      saw the switch hitter/pitcher dance on the news highlights this morning, great stuff.

  • Ivan

    Off topic but did you heard how JP Richardi rip Adam Dunn on his own radio show?

    • Jamal G.

      J.P. Riccardi is an idiot. How’s Troy Tulowitzki looking dumb ass? How is Ricky Romero and his 10.91(H/9), 4.48(BB/9) and 1.71(WHIP) looking in Triple-A dumb ass? How is Frank Thomas’ *OPS+ of 160 looking in Oakland dumb ass? Hey dumb ass, I bet you Adam Dunn’s 18(HRs) and .514(SLG%) would look great on your putrid offensive club which ranks second to last in both those offensive categories in the American league. What a tool.

      • Ivan

        Not to mention AJ Burnett contract.

        • TurnTwo

          which they will be relieved from this year, when he opts out.

  • Brian

    Chris Basak is back.

    • TurnTwo

      pop the champagne corks, the AL East is ours!

  • Joey

    Valient effort Ben, you’re no Mike but its still 100x’s better than anything else out there! (it was meant to be a compliment btw)

  • Arizona Steve

    Kelvin DeLeon is still playing for the Yanks DSL2 team and not on the GCL roster. He’s hitting .308 with 8 RBI’s in his first ten games down there. Hopefully he’ll be on the GCL Yanks where he’ll make the club very interesting to follow.

    • Eric

      BA reported that he was promoted to the GCL, but he’s not on their roster yet.

  • Arizona Steve

    Also watched Venditte inning for SI and it was hillarious. Obviously the umpires did not do there homework on the situation. The rule is when the hitter steps into the box he has to chose one side first. The umps should have been prepared for this. They were not and it caused about a ten minute delay with two outs in the ninth with the score 7-2. PS. Venditte has a good curve as a righty.

  • Bill

    If you haven’t seen this, they are showing it on Baseball Tonight.

    • Manimal

      shit i missed it, I watched the Yankees recap and what those Red Sox nation freaks had to say about the surging yankees and then I switched it to Fresh Prince haha

      • Bill

        They haven’t shown it yet, so if ya got TiVo, make your choice between Venditte or Carlton.

        • Manimal

          oh that’s great then. I choose Venditte although the Carlton Dance is oh so entertaining.

          • Bill

            Wow, DIRTY curve from Venditte.

            • Manimal

              That’s an understatement.

              • TurnTwo

                so he’s not just a gimmick?

                i realize they wouldnt have drafted him just because, but can he really develop to be an effective reliever at the MLB level?

  • Dan

    the video of Venditte vs the switch hitter is coming up on Baseball Tonight

  • blah

    Venditte’s glove is really cool.

    Does a player with six fingers need a special glove?

    • Manimal

      Like Oneli Perez? I’m guessing yes.

      • Bill

        Don’t forget El Pulpo, Antonio Alfonseca.

      • TurnTwo

        my guess would be no…. those 6th fingers arent really full developed… they are kind of like just a stump, or a extra flap of skin more than a bony structure.

        you can prob just tuck that in with the pinky, no big deal.

  • Ben K.

    Venditte did not look too amused by that hitter’s antics.

    • Manimal

      Yeah I thought they were going to fight or something, Venditte looked like he called him out a little bit and when he struck out on that NASTY curve he was pissed. You don’t see that every day.

  • NC Saint

    This happened when he first faced a switch hitter in college, and it apparently emerged that the pitcher had to declare a side first. Is the rule definitely different in pro ball, or was this just a fuck-up?

  • steve
    • Vader

      Thanks Steve

      • Pablo Zevallos

        thanks. That curve is just filthy!

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