Jun
06

DotF(ortenberry)

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Jeremy Bleich, the Yanks’ sandwich pick on Thursday (you know, the one I wrote off way too early because I had never heard of him), is starting tonight for Stanford against Cal State Fullerton in Game 1 of their Super Regional matchup. You can catch the game on ESPN2 right now, or follow along on CSTV’s unbelievable Game Tracker. Feel free to talk about it on this thread.

I also want to mention that Brian Foley at The College Baseball Blog previewed the Super Regionals at his site, and also talked NCAA postseason on air with two insufferable LA shock jocks. Make sure you stop by and make fun of his accent. Tell him Mike sent you.

Here’s the AAA, AA, A+ and A- box scores. Crazy, crazy night of action tonight.

  • Alberto Gonzalez had three hits and a double. Jason Lane & Ben Broussard also picked up two baggers. Broussard has been a beast since signing.
  • Matt Carson picked up 3 hits, including a jack.
  • Steven White and Heath Phillips got absolutely creamed, combining to give up 15 hits and 11 runs in 4.2 IP. Both have been lucky that SWB is short on arms right now. See the TJ Watch for JB Cox’s line.
  • Trenton was getting no-hit into the 8th inning, but ended up winning 2-1 thanks to RBI’s from Ramiro Pena and Austin Jackson.
  • Jason Jones had yet another strong start, giving up 1 run in 6.
  • Eduard Nunez & Mitch Hilligoss each picked up 3 hits, Andres Perez picked up 4.
  • Seth Fortenberry had a single in the first, a homer in the 4th, a triple in the 6th and double in the 7th, giving him a good ol’ fashioned cycle.
  • Zach McAllister tossed 7 shutout innings, and now has a 63-9 K/BB ratio in 73.1 IP. Wow.
  • Jon Hovis tossed one of his typical perfect inning after missing over a month due to an unknown injury.
  • Brandon Laird had 2 doubles and 2 RBI. No one else did anything significant (Jesus Montero had the day off).
  • Charleston’s pitching dominated all game, with 4 pitching combining to throw a 4-hit shutout (10 K).

Regular, full blown DotF returns tomorrow.

Categories : Down on the Farm
  • TurnTwo

    is this Miami stadium the one ARod’s donation paid for? or was that just for practice facilities?

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

      It’s called Alex Rodriguez Stadium at Mark Light Field. What do you think? ;)

      • TurnTwo

        ha! didnt know that… alrighty then.

  • Joey

    1:30 left with this insufferable, horrible fight until we get to see Mr. future Andy Pettite!

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

      It’s okay, they’re on the road so he’s not going to pitching until the bottom half anyway. I really hope Jeff Kaplan is pitching for Fullerton, he’s got one of those funky “one in college” deliveries.

      • Joey

        funky as in bad or different?

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

          Both.

      • TurnTwo

        ok, here we go!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Three-Run jack off Twins’ 27th pick Carlos Gutierrez, ouch babe. ‘Zona leads 6-3 in the 11th.

    • TurnTwo

      from what i remember, a pick that didnt make much sense for the Twins, or so the experts said.

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

        No. Gutierrez was 3rd, maybe even 4th round talent.

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

    Wow, Miami used their best relievers for multiple innings each, and they’re going to lose. Doesn’t bode well for the rest of the series. This was a great game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Game is finally on, jeez.

  • Joey

    yup its him

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

    Nice, Kaplan’s pitching. Wait to see him from the windup.

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

      Unless Dave Serrano fixed him. Shit, I hope not. Stupid new coaches.

  • TurnTwo

    good to see the Mets’ pick for Ratcliff crap the bed his first AB on TV here…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Mike, you weren’t kidding about that game tracker, wow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Oppenheimer said Bleich was up to 92-93MPH last time they saw him, I’ve read he can get up to 93-94MPH so let’s check out his velocity (as if we weren’t going to).

    • TurnTwo

      looked like a great curve to me!

  • Joey

    limited to 70-80 pitches? Who does he think he is? Joba?

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

    What is it with Yankee starters and pitch counts? Bah. Bleich only gets 70-80 tosses today.

    • BigBlueAL

      did u see his walk total for the season??? kinda scary.

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

        He was injured, maybe that had something to do with it. (hopefully)

    • Mike R.

      Looks like that’s all he’ll need. Quick work.

  • Mike R.

    91 MPH FH to get a GO for Bliech. Very nice.

  • Joey

    Well that was a quick half inning

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

    I betcha Moose and bullpen coach Mike Harkey have money on this game. Moose is a Stanford alum (of course), Harkey’s an ex-Titan.

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Is that a mid-80s change he’s been flashing? Looked like his fastball was clocked at 91.

    And honestly, I don’t mind that Bleich is limited to 70 tosses. The absolute worst that could happen is the kid gets overworked after being drafted…God forbid something should happen to him now.

  • DaveM

    Just tuning into watch Bleich now. Thanks for the heads up guys!!!!

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

    Ah there’s the Kaplan twist. Last year it was much faster, he slowed it down this year.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Lmao, he looks like he has a bad online connection. Like his body is suffering lag issues with that little twitch.

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Wow, good defense there. And what a leg kick by Kaplan! So that’s the famed Kaplan twist?

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

      Last year it was faster, he slowed down the pace this year.

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

    Am I the only one that thinks college games are more exciting than ML games? I love this stuff.

    • TurnTwo

      ill be honest, i never really gave NCAA games much of a look, so i cant say one way or another.

      but it is fun to hear the aluminum bats.

      • Joey

        fun? I cringe every time I hear it. I need a nice crack of the bat, not a ping

    • Joey

      depends, I love watching my Yankees, but this year I started going to my colleges games (UCF Knights) and I got to see some pretty good teams with Rice being in our division, and USF coming once in awhile, plus some others I can’t remember now. They’re both fun to watch because they’re MY teams to root for. Love the game in general

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

        Yeah I hear ya. I love rooting for my teams, but I just enjoy the game in general.

  • TurnTwo

    ha! sittin in a frat house, or for the rest of us, at home after work on a friday night wishing i was still in a frat house.

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

      and wondering where it all went so horribly wrong…

      heh

    • Joey

      actually sittin in the dorm room bitching about having to wake up early (7am) for work tomorrow (even though I love my job)

      • TurnTwo

        eh, sit back with some keystones and call out tomorrow!

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

    As a bonus, Drew Storen will almost assuredly come out of the pen to follow Bleich. The Yanks took him late as a signability guy last year but couldn’t sign him. He’s a stud.

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

    Bleich has a nice big frame. Looks like a lefty Mark Prior.

    • TurnTwo

      someone better tell him #21 is off limits once he signs, though…

  • Ponch

    Bleich has a pretty looking curve.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      I was thinking the same thing. It’s nice, tight, and just drops out of the zone.

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

        It’s got a nice short break. Not one of those big loopy Barry Zito benders

  • Devin

    is it me or does bleich remind u of a more athletic ted lilly. His motion reminds me of lilly

    • The Scout

      I had the same reaction

  • Manimal

    Bleich doesnt have a good pick off move like andy

    • TurnTwo

      he’s got some time to work on that…

  • Joey

    Nice command, hitting the glove every time

    • Manimal

      I agree, the stage certainly hasn’t phased him, it IS the super regionals after all. Looks like Oppenheimer hit jackpot again.

      • TurnTwo

        lets be careful not to jump the gun here, but so far, agreed, so good.

      • Joey

        super regionals > regionals, because they’re SUPER!

        • Manimal

          DUH, the next round is the SUPER-DUPER Regionals

  • Ponch

    Just an aside, but did you see Buster Olney reported today that the Yanks would have taken Schlereth at 28 if he was available? I wonder if that was more Cashman than Oppenheimer, given the bullpen needs.

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

      I would have been furious. A reliever at #28? That’s like drafting a kicker in the first round.

      • cult of basebaal

        just imagine how you would have felt with Schlereth at 28 and Bleich at 44!

      • Mike R.

        Maybe it was a strategy to get some goodwill from ESPN. The Baseball Tonight crew would be scared shitless to badmouth Stink’s kid’s team. :)

    • Manimal

      I’m glad we took Cole. Did you guys see the picture with him and the yankees sign at the 2001 world series
      http://blog.nj.com/yankees_mai.....t-cole.jpg

      • TurnTwo

        atta boy, Gerrit! he, or his dad, knew where his bread was going to be buttered.

        • Manimal

          Isn’t that cool? Just justifies getting him in the first round even more.

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

    Ready for some utterly useless info?

    Fullerton’s coach last year was George Horton, he left to become the coach at Oregon which is bringing baseball back next year after a 20 year hiatus.

    Dave Serrano left UC Irvine to take over the Fullerton job after Horton left, and is in the dugout today.

    Mike Gillespie took over UC Irvine when Serrano left for Fullerton. Prior to that Gillespie was the manager for the Staten Island Yankees. Prior to that he coached at USC, where his ace was Mr. Ian Kennedy.

    Ah how everything comes back to the Yankees.

    • Manimal

      Sounds like a soap opera to me.

    • TurnTwo

      wait… wha?

    • Joey

      it is a Yankee Universe after all

    • Mike R.

      When did we start playing Six degrees of the NY Yankees? Why wasn’t I invited?

  • Devin

    hes got sporadic velocity 85 87 90 91 id like to see him stick at 89-91 but he does look good..

    • Manimal

      change in speeds is good if he knows what hes doing.

      • Devin

        yea thats true i didnt think about him doing it on purpose…he sure is around the plate … i wonder how many of these hard hit balls wouldnt play with wood bats

        • Manimal

          plus he might be a little scared of pushing his arm to its limits since he strained his arm earlier in the season.

  • cult of basebaal

    sweet fancy jesus on a teeny tiny pogostick, you didn’t mention that the interview was with Vic “The Brick” Jacobs (or as I like to call him, Thick as a Brick Vic), he’s one of the biggest asshats in LA Sports radio (and that’s stiff competition). Insufferable is a perfect description of him. Laker homer, kobe apologist, pseudo-zen spouting luddite is another. He was part of the hatchet-wielding, stats are bad, computers don’t know baseball crowd that ran Depodesta out of town. It was glorious listening to him eat copious amounts of crow after Loduca got fingered in the Mitchell report (after listening to him drone on and on about how much the Dodgers missed Loduca’s character for years).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Mike, I agree with you that the game itself is more exciting but it is ahrd for me to get into because I like to know who I am actually watching, like player wise. Since I don’t restart my Freshamn year of college a year late until this Fall, I don’t have a team to follow :(

    • Manimal

      This kid in my town got a full baseball scholarship to Louisville so I just root for them.

    • TurnTwo

      take my advice… go to a D-1 school, in Florida, Texas, or California. good weather, good sports, and you’ll get the education you need.

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

        We are … PENN STATE!!! Who doesn’t want to go to a cold weather state school where there’s little public transportation and girls that have to wear layers of clothes because it’s frickin’ freezing all the time?

        • TurnTwo

          i swear to christ, if i heard that damn chant one more time on the beach in negril on spring break, i might have killed someone.

          i know nothing about Penn State, and i HATE that place.

        • Devin

          i have a friend that goes to penn state and i visit often… i love it out there.. the last time i went was for the blue white game and i got a chance to see greg oden eating at the mcdonalds by walmart n larry johnson at one of the clubs on campus

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

            LJ is my homey. We’ve partied before. Now he’s all hollywood and shit.

    • Joey

      root for my Knights :-) I’ll share. According to my friend who follows all this college stuff like I follow professional sports, we had a pretty damn good recruiting class (like top 15 in the nation). All I know is Richardson is one of our commitments, but it’s a win win either way for me. His brother plays for us now, not too bad, big bat but it usually seems all or nothing for him

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

    Bleich is hitting the glove 9 times out of 10.

    • TurnTwo

      looks to me like he’s sitting more 87-89 than 93-94.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        He’s working back from the elbow injury, he doesn’t have his arm strength back and he probably is not comfortable enough to give it 100% effort. That velocity report came from before his injury.

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

        Agreed. He only needs to be 90-91 though.

  • Sal

    Announcers love this kid.

    • TurnTwo

      did you see that hook? nice.

  • Ponch

    I like what I see with Bleich. As Nevin said, his command isn’t spot on, but he’s coming off the elbow injury. His fastball looks lively (if not exactly overpowering ), he’s got a pretty curve and he’s not afraid to attack both sides of the plate. He certainly has some tools to work with.

    • Joey

      I think his control has been pretty damn good actually

  • Sal

    Wow what a clinic in that AB!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    The announcer has a point, Bleich has some balls pitching inside to aluminum bats. Nice K.

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

    I’m impressed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Yeah, I finally see what they mean by “pitchability”. I have to say, I like it.

    • Manimal

      I am too. I still think there were better options and I’m pretty sure he would still be on the board for their 3rd pick but I’m still impressed

    • Guiseppe Franco

      This kid’s motion is very smooth and looks like he has good mechanics.

      His motion reminds me a lot of Eric Milton. Very similar.

  • Ponch

    Let’s not forget Cory “The Franchise” Arbiso here

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    You know how you know baseball is a thinking man’s game, Stanford’s baseball program is the only one of their athletic programs that are perennial championship contenders.

    • TurnTwo

      thats deep.

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

      And their mascot is a giant tree.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        I will never get that thing out of my head, it haunts me.

      • Joey

        Worst. Mascot. Ever.

        • Mike R.

          The comic book guy from the Simpsons. I could here his voice as I read you post. Well done!

  • Mike R.

    I think it’s safe to say it took about 36 hours for the nay-sayers (myself included) to embrace Bliech.

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

      Totally. I usually prematurely dismiss one pick every year, and this year it was Bleich. One game doesn’t make a career, but it’s hard not to like what he’s doing.

    • Joey

      I was confused for awhile (as in who the hell is that) but I never doubted Oppy (I am proud to say)

      • Ponch

        I think Nevin is in love.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    He didn’t drop his knee, Bartlett’s knee was there for a while before Crisp slid. Unless I’m “misremembering” (can’t believe that is actually a word), Crisp started his slide when Bartlett’s knee was already down.

    “Let’s not used the word throw. Why don’t you enjoy the track longer than the other racers.” Haha.

  • Manimal

    that guy must have gotten bunting lessons from Cano

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

      Or Michael Kay.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    I love the fact that he can drop that Curveball in there for Strike 1. Then follow it up with a Fastball for Strike 2.

  • Joey

    Beautiful. Pinpoint accuracy there

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

    I wonder what his pitch count is so far. Can’t be more than 40-45, right?

    • TurnTwo

      cant be. very efficient so far.

    • Mike R.

      I doubt that it could be more than 45. All of his innings have seemed to go by very quickly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Fungai, herpes, tampons and athlete’s foot ads are not meant for TV!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Anybody else feel like they are in bizarro world since we are hearing an ESPN announcer gushing over something pro-Yankee?

    • TurnTwo

      ha! hello, vargus…

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    I love what Bleich is doing tonight. My only complaints are the fly-ball outs (but they *are* using aluminum bats) and the inconsistent fastball velocity, but when you’re pounding the strikezone and hitting your spots, you don’t need to be blowing low 90s heat.

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

    Man, we’ve had more traffic the past two days than we did all of last June. Show’s how much the site has grown.

    Seriously, thanks all.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Thanks to you guys man. I credit my immersment in the world of amateur and Minor League ball soley to you guys. I first stumbled upon In George We Trust and that led me here, got into the prospect profiles and as you can tell, I haven’t looked back since.

      Kudos, serious kudos to the three of you. BTW, will we ever see a post from Lex?

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

        Lex is just a copy editor. So when Ben, Joe or I post something like “Teh Yankees lost to the rOyals 2-1 todya,” she fixes it. Makes us look a lot smarter than we all are.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

          I just notcied that she is no longer in the credits…how could you? ;

    • Joey

      again, you guys are the best. Comment sections are great to talk to others that love the Yanks, without the absolute chaos and idiocy that takes place over at LoHud. Always up to the minute info and opinions on the pinstripes, it really doesn’t get much better :-) God I feel like I’m kissing ass, but seriously, thank you

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    …Still was a bad pick.

  • Ponch

    I hope this stays a tight game. The pressure doesn’t seem like it bother Bleich much. And as I type that, Fidel Castro goes yard for 3-0.

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

      I hope they bring Storen in. That’s kid’s awesome. Too bad the Yanks didn’t sign him last year.

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

    Homer from the #10 overall pick right there.

  • Joey

    Moose is looking good on that probable bet Mike

  • Mike R.

    Ed Wade is a GENIUS!!!!!! Castro is the STEAL of the draft!!!!!

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      Haha. That seemed a bit too much an aluminum bat home run for my tastes. I mean, if the Astros didn’t have the 10th pick, and other high-upside bats (and arms) to pick from…

      …that pick wouldn’t be nearly so indefensible.

      • Mike R.

        I was being sarcastic. Castro is very good, but not #10 overall good. Far from it.

  • Devin

    maybe the stros didnt botch that pick afterall…

  • Mike R.

    You know what is funny? I remember the first post here to get over 100 comments. It seemed like a really big deal back then and today this thread is already at 125+ for a College game.

    • Joey

      we’re all seeing our future Andy Pettite for the first time. lol

  • Guiseppe Franco

    I said this earlier, but Bleich’s motion reminds me a lot of Eric Milton.

    Sound mechanics.

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

    40 pitches thru 4. Beautiful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    40 Pitches through four innings, paging Mr. Chamberlain…Mr. Chamberlain.

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

    Good. Now let’s see how he does with a man on.

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

    Needs to work on his pickoff move. Obviously.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    LoL, this seems like a recent Yankees game. When did Juan Castro become Jose Molina?

  • Joey

    Eh. Andy will have to work on his pickoff with him next spring (hopefully Andy will be around in sort of an instructional role I guess)

  • Mike R.

    That was a beautiful move. It looked like he might have caught the 1B off guard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    That doesn’t get through with a wodden bat.

  • Ponch

    That was an aluminum bat single right there.

  • Mike R.

    Anybody think Bleich gets an invite to ST next season?

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

      I doubt it. Kennedy and Joba didn’t last year.

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

    Hopefully that curve breaks the same way in the pros. The stitches on a college baseball are a bit closer together than they are on a regular old ML baseball.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      I think the curve will translate. I do have a question, though; do they use ML baseballs in the Cape Cod League, or college baseballs?

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

        No idea.

  • Joey

    at 50 pitches now

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

    Heh, he’s at 50 pitches in the 5th inning despite being in a jam?

  • Joey

    Where did that miss?

    • Joey

      Hey ump, check your cell phone- YOU MISSED A CALL!

  • Devin

    robbed!

  • cult of basebaal

    maybe we should send robbie down to CS Fullerton for a couple of weeks … maybe they could learn him how to get a bunt down

  • Mike R.

    Frankie Piliere over at Pinstripe Plus stated that Bleich throws two fastball’s His two seamer is the won we are seeing at the low 90′s and his four seamer is in the 84-87 MPH range with tons of late movement. That’s why the readings have seemed erratic.

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

      That doesn’t make sense, the four seamer should be faster. Two seamers loose a little zip because of the movement. Do you have that backwards possibly?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        Shows you how nasty Josh Beckett and Joba Chamberlain are, their Two-Seamers consistently hit 93-97MPH.

      • Mike R.

        There are only two possible explanations for that.

        1 – Frankie doesn’t know what he is talking about.

        2 – I am a little slow today and wrote that backwards.

        I’ll give you a hint…It’s #2.

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

          Heh, it happens. Trust me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Nice to see the 91-MPH after such a long inning.

  • Ponch

    Bee-utiful curve for strike 3.

  • Joey

    nice inning, love it. he’s pumped

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Runner on thrid with less than two outs, up by two runs in a playoff game and he strands the runner. You have to love that. This kid has got intangibles. So many things out of his control went wrong in that inning but he kept his composure and got the job done.

  • Devin

    now that were gettin a good look at bleich keeping in mind that hes not fully back from the injury. what do we see? a 3 4? maybe a 2? whats the reaction?

    • Joey

      he’s a lefty which is also a huge plus

      • Devin

        i agree with his stuff and his bulldog mentality which is wat im gettin by watching him…i feel he can be a good 3. if he indeed gets that fastball up to 93 like opp said then 2 potential is there

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      With the assumption of improved velocity to a 92-94MPH heater, I would say a ceiling as an above average #3, possibly a #2 and a floor of an average #4. Looks to have a pretty nice Curveball now that should only improve under the guidance of Nardi Contreras including that Changeup. If he maintains the Fastball command with the improved velocity, I don’t see why he can’t be a valuable middle-of-the-rotation starter.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        But I’m just talking here, haven’t seen him before tonight and I am in no way qualified to give any sort of “scouting report” on a baseball player. Even though it is way too early to be having any sort of judgement on him, it is still fun to do so!

      • Mike R.

        If he gets his FB velocity up to 92-94 without losing command, improves his curveball AND changeup that’s a #1 in my book. I think it is not very likely that all of those things happen. I’d love to be wrong though.

    • Mike R.

      Best case scenario? I would say #2 starter.

  • cult of basebaal

    makeup call!!!

  • Devin

    the met goin deep.

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

    That shot cleared the trees. Daymn.

    • Devin

      theres no way that stance and swing holds up in the high minors though…maybe im wrong i jus see rediculous strikeout potential with those swing mechanics

  • Joey

    wow, Brandon Webb won his 11th tonight. Nice (sorry if this is old news, I just saw it)

  • Joey

    someone’s getting tired… 4 pitch walk

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

    Yeah, Bleich is tiring.

    • Mike R.

      That’s to be expected. This is his firsts start since the injury. The only other post-injury game he pitched in was 4 innings out of the pen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Looks like fatigue has taken its toll.

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

    Man, he does remind me of Pettitte.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      That uncanny knack of digging deep when they most need it?

      • Joey

        absolutely, plus he has this fluidity in his delivery, while not exactly like Pettite it is very similar

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Now I’m mad. I put that horrible call out of my head earlier tonight. God damn Ed Montague.

  • Devin

    i dont know if its the smooth motion but the 88 mph fastball is playing up

    • Ponch

      The ball looks like it jumps out of his hand.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Still hitting 90-MPH.

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

    He’s gotta be done now. 72 pitches.

    ***stands and applauds***

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

      ***sits down and realizes he’s still in there***

      • Joey

        he’s at around 74-75 now, I don’t think the coach will let him start the next inning, or for that matter Cash-man. lol

    • Joey

      Very impressed. Can’t wait to see you in pinstripes!

      **Stands and applauds with Mike**

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    That’s just great right there, running on empty and he gets out of the inning unscathed. Loving the fact that he’s doing so against a Top 5 ranked team in a playoff atmosphere.

  • Devin

    wow the announcer absolutely loves the kid.. im sold anotha opp coup in my opinion…heart desire and guts is what comes across to me even more so then his good stuff

  • Joey

    I couldn’t be happier right now, and since I highly doubt he will be back out next inning I will wish you all goodnight right now, I have to be up early. See ya’ll for tomorrows game (probably)

  • Mike R.

    I take it we don’t hate this guy anymore and no longer demand an explanation from Damon Oppenheimer. How the hell did BA NOT have this guy among their top 200 draft prospects?

    • Devin

      injury im guessing

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Check out the Mets-Padres Gameday videos, the Gonzalez brothers on the Padres right side infeild are making web gem after web gem.

    BTW, listening to Kevin Costner and thinking about Field of Dreams, what is your #1 baseball movie? Mine has to be Eight Men Out, followed closely by Bull Durahm.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      Mine is 61*.

      If Bleich’s velocity tops out at 91-93, I definitely think his ceiling is a Pettitte-like pitcher. Even if his velocity only tops out at 91, though, I think he can be successful if the curve translates and he shows good command.

      If his velocity is closer to the high-80s/low-90s, I think the left-handed Kennedy comparisons aren’t totally off the mark. He probably won’t strike out as many as Kennedy has in his college/early professional career, but he probably won’t walk as many, either. Kennedy has command of more off-speed stuff then Bleich was flashing tonight, I think but Bleich makes up for it being a lefty.

      Again, these are just my initial impressions. It’s hard to take away *that* much from one start, but I have to say, overall, Bleich colored me impressed (in my completely amateur opinion).

      • Steve

        He is nothing like a left handed Kennedy. A left handed Kennedy would be someone who spots his fastball and works off his changeup.

        Bleich is actually similar to Christian Friedrich the guy Yankee fans were drooling over(even though they never saw him pitch) and wanting him to drop so the Yankees could take him. How ironic.

        Bleich and Friedrich’s best pitch is their curveball. Friedrich’s curve is better, but you saw that Bleich can throw his for strikes and badly fool RHBs with some nasty break. Friedrich’s has a classic 12-6 curve that will produce strikeouts while Bleich has more of a 10-4 slurve break that will produce less strikeouts, but more groundballs.

        They both throw about 88-91. But Bleich has a lot more movement to his fastball than Friedrich and he can also throw a two seamer. Once they get to the wooden bats, Bleich will start getting a lot more groundballs while Friedrich will still be a flyball pitcher. Bleich’s changeup is also better than Friedrich’s although he featured his two seamer more in this game.

        Friedrich has much better numbers, but that was posted against inferior competition, while Bleich has also been hurt.

        It’s funny how every draft “expert” Yankee fan would have loved to have had Friedrich. Yet Bleich might end up the much better pitcher. This is why you listen to your scouts.

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

    Now I’m holding out hope that Storen pitches.

    • Devin

      whats the story on storen?

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

        Yanks picked him last year but couldn’t sign him. Signability guy, he’s a stud.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Mets lose to the Friars with Johan Santana on the mound, wow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    http://www.wavenewspapers.com/.....38;he=.com

    The numbers he’s put up are startling: His .725 (37 for 51) batting average and 1.529 slugging average lead the nation. His on-base percentage of .763 is third nationally. He’s already hit 10 home runs (tied for second in the Southern Section) with 36 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. He hit two more homers Friday, including a tape-measure grand slam that cleared two fences, a residential street and a water channel before landing on the grounds of an elementary school.

    Oh boy!

  • yanks26

    Here’s the recap of the Yanks, while RAB is still concentrating on the draft:

    Trenton, Tampa and Charleston all won with nicely pitched games. Tampa and Charleston threw shutouts, while Trenton, behind Jason Jones, only allowed 1 run. Trenton only got
    hit, but still manged to win 2-1 behind Austin Jackson’s sac fly in the 8th inning put the game away. Tampa on the hand backed up Zach McAllister’s shutout with 20 hits, led by Seth Fortenberry’s cycle. Scranton was burried by Steven White and Heath Philips 11 runs in 4 2/3 innings. The team came back to tie the score at 12, but JB Cox gave up the winning run in the 8th inning.

    Scranton L 13-12
    Bernie Castro 2-6, 2 R, 2 RBI, K
    Alberto Gonzalez 2-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI
    Jason Lane 1-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI – Threw a runner out at 3rd
    Brett Gardner 1-2, R, RBI, BB, K – Threw a runner out at home
    Cody Ransom 2-4, RBI, BB
    Matt Carson 3-5, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, K
    Steven White 2.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – 24 ER’s in last 15 inning since going to the pen
    Heath Philips 2.1 IP, 7 H, 6 H, 1 BB, 1 K
    JB Cox 2 IP, 3 H, 1 H, BB, 0 K – Losing Pitcher, .73 ERA in Scranton

    Trenton W 2-1
    Ramiro Pena 1-3, 2B, R, RBI, K
    Austin Jackson 0-2, RBI, BB, K, 2 SB’s – winning run on a sac fly
    Jose Tabata 0-2, BB, K
    Jason Jones 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
    Eric Wordekemper 2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – looks like he’s finally in a groove
    Anthony Claggett 1 IP, 2 H, 0′s, 1 K

    Tampa W 10-0 (20 hits)
    Eduardo Nunez 3-4, R, B
    Mitch Hilligoss 3-5, R, RBI
    Andres Perez 4-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI
    Seth Fortenberry 4-5, 3 R, 2B, 3B, HR, K – Cycle
    Zach McAllister 7 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K – 63 K’s vs. 9 BB’s

    Charleston W 2-0
    Abraham ALmonte 1-5, 2K
    Bradley Suttle 0-4, R, 3 K
    Austin Romine 1-4, K
    Brandon Laird 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI
    Carmen Angelini 0-4, K
    Austin Krum 2-4
    Lance Pendelton 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K

  • claybeez

    Getting mobile version only of this thread.

    • claybeez

      Weird. After sending in the above post, the web version has now appeared.

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