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Home runs, pitching land Yanks in third
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Rich Harden stuck out the side on 9 pitches in the first inning today. They should make him a setup man. Oh, and be glad you’re not a Mets’ fan

Triple-A Scranton‘s game was suspended due to rain after the 8th inning. They were tied 2-2, and I’m guessing they’ll finish it off tomorrow. The big story was Alan Horne returning, and he was effectively wild: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HB, 2-3 GB/FB. Only 44 of 82 pitches were strikes, and Chad Jennings says he went to a 3 ball count on 9 of 18 batters he faced. He’ll never have great control because of his long arm action, but he can certainly improve on that kind of performance. It’s was his first start back, so no worries.

Double-A Trenton (3-2 win over Reading, walk-off style)
Ramiro Pena: 2 for 2, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB – on-base 87 times in 52 games
Austin Jackson: 2 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB – 11 hits & 12 RBI in his last 10 games
Colin Curtis & Edwar Gonzalez: both 0 for 4 – Curtis K’ed once, Edwar thrice
Cody Ehlers & Chris Malec: both 1 for 4
Jose Tabata: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – OPS by month: .542-.646-.861 … yes, I know June is only 8 days old, but still, it’s progress
Reegie Corona: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – walk-off double
Eric Hacker: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 6-5 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Zack Kreonke: 0.2 IP, zeroes
Bo Hall: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

High-A Tampa (9-8 win over Palm Beach)
Eduardo Nunez & Jose Gil: both 2 for 5, 1 RBI – Nunez was caught stealing … Gil K’ed
Mitch Hilligoss: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 K – 10 hits in his last 5 games
Andres Perez & James Cooper: both 1 for 4, 1 R – Perez walked … Cooper tripled in two runs, was hit by a pitch & K’ed
Seth Fortenberry: 0 for 2, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 HBP
Tim Battle & Kevin Smith: both 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB – Smith hit a 3 run jack … Battle drove in a rin & K’ed twice (of course)
Mike Dunn: 2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 3-0 GB/FB – not sure why he left after only 2 innings…
Edgar Soto: 3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Steven Artz & Josh Schmidt: both 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (6-4 loss to Savannah)
Abe Almonte: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Justin Snyder: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Jesus Montero & Brandon Laird: both 0 for 4, 1 K – Montero was hit by a pitch … his OPS by month is .923-.694-.595 … see disclaimer on Tabata’s comment
Brain Baisley: 0 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 HBP
Braedyn Pruitt & David Williams: both 1 for 4 – Williams scored a run & K’ed twice
Carmen Angelini: 0 for 4
Austin Krum: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Noel Castillo: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 2 WP, 1 Balk, 3-7 GB/FB
Gabe Medina: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-4 GB/FB

I finally got around to updating the Organizational Depth Chart.

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

    I knew my boy Tabat would get it going, he don’t need no stinkin’ Tampa.

    BTW, Abe Almonte was named as a reserve to the SAL All-Star team. Owned. Link also includes a picture of Almonte.

    http://www.dominicantoday.com/.....-Star-game

    • A.D.

      Tabata’s avg is climing towards .250

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

    Oh yes, the amount of suckitude the Metropolitans have displayed is just awe inspiring. I swear, Tony Clark hitting the go-ahead, pinch-hit, three-run HR off Billy Wagner could not have happened to two more deserving people. Clark is such a cool dude, I remember those nasty years he had in Detroit. As for Wagner, he and Curt Schilling are the only two people in baseball I want to fail.

    • Joey

      and Papelbon… don’t forget Papelbon… and his God forsaken underwear jig

  • 27’Yanks

    Shouldn’t Bo Hall be in line with Jackson on the Org Depth Chart? They were both called up and down once. I’d say Hall has an outside chance. Probably the 2nd best Trenton reliever behind Melancon. Wouldn’t ya say?

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      One of Daytona’s own.

  • 27’Yanks

    Also is Albabedejo done for the year or is he supposed to return? There hasn’t been any news on him since he went down

  • george

    Haha, clearly nobody knows what the “lower body injury” was.
    Sex change operation, I’m calling it right now.

  • fresh

    if this cuban kid is for real i think we have to bring him in to the system with the lack of top position player prospects we have…abe montero tabata ajax and gardner i think are the real deal with a shot at havin gems in weems, romine, suttle and angelini but other then that were a little low on high no ceiling offensive talent… could be the pop the org is missing.

    • Bo

      Agreed.

      If we are going to stock pitching in the draft we need to stock position players via INT signings

  • A.D.

    Nice to see Hacker pull together an excellent start at AA

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

    Lmao, get this:

    Backup catcher Ramon Castro was scheduled to start today’s game against the Padres but was pulled an hour before the first pitch because he had yet to arrive at the park here in San Diego. Willie Randolph is going with third catcher Raul Casanova instead. A fine for Castro is forthcoming. Hope that late night in Tijuana was worth it (kidding). 8:15 P.M. UPDATE: Hilariously, Castro claimed he thought the game started at 4:05 p.m. local time because it said “4:05″ on the Mets’ pocket schedule he carries with him.

    That excuse is so hilarious that I actually believe it.

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

    What exactly does “long arm action” mean?

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

      It’s tough to explain. During his delivery he pulls his arm all the way back, causing him to speed it up as he goes towards the plate, compromising command. It’s not an uncommon problem, but it’s very difficult to fix. You can see it here:

      http://youtube.com/watch?v=KEA9Lb_-M44

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

        Got it now–thanks.

  • david

    whats the deal on ramiro pena?

    is he not considered a big prospect?

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

      This is the first time he’s hit like this, and it’s his second straight year in Trenton. His .291-.375-.374 line represents career highs across the board, and it’ll be the first time since 2005 that he’s slugged over .300.

      He could play defense in the big leagues right now, though.

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

    By the way our draftee Rye hit a homer for FSU today

  • A.D.

    Robertson had a good outing at AAA

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

      I’d say so.

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

    Miami and Arizona are down to crunch time…

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

      great game

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

      Yeah it’s crazy, I really see what you mean about College Baseball.

      What is up with Carlos Gutierrez’s velocity?

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

        Pitching for the third day in a row. Multiple innings Friday, an inning plus yesterday.

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

          Why doesn’t somebody, anybody do anything about the way these relievers are used? Scott Bittle was used for seven innings in one outing! Seven!

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

            He was not, Oppenheimer misspoke. He was used for 4.1 innings after having 5 days off, and he hasn’t pitched since because Mississippi was eliminated.

            College coaches don’t work for MLB clubs, they’re trying to win. This time of year it’s common to ride your best arms. Comes with the territory.

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

              It’s my understanding that college coaches seemingly find ways to ruin great college pitchers’ arms (see Rice coach)

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

              Do you have a baseball-reference like site where I can check NCAA numbers and box scores?

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

                ncaa-baseball.com

                That site itself doesn’t have individual stats, but it has a pulldown menu with links to each school’s baseball page.

                I go through “Today’s Scores” just about every night during the season. Helps me keep track of who’s picking up helium and who’s stock is dropping come draft time, etc. Plus I just like to see who does what. You see come crazy stuff in college games (Dennis Raben was 0 for 0 with 6 walks in yesterday’s 9 inning game).

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

    Yankee draft pick Luke Anders made a diving stop with the bases loaded and two out to preserve a 1-run lead for Texas A&M versus Rice.

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

      anyone know how much power that guy’s supposed to have

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

        Heard he has great raw power but has the potential to K some.

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

          So, rank these powerful, high K guys:

          Anders
          Laird
          S. Duncan

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

      Heh, I wouldn’t call it a diving stop. It’s more like he stumbled down to his knees and let the ball him.

      Helluva stop by Yasmani Grandal.

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

        I omit what I can. :)

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

    LoL at Yonder Alonso, “Yeah Mother Fucker, Yeah!”. Too bad that kind of emotion is considered bush in the Major Leagues, idiocy I tell you.

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

    Just heard the commentator compare Ryan Perry to Kyle Farnsworth. Ouch.

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

      Farnsworth has had a respectable 10 year ML career. You could do worse, and the odds are against Perry having that kind of success.

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

      It was Karl Ravech and I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, that comp is a compliment in my eyes. Physically, Kyle Farnsworth is what you want your pitcher to be. Big, broad shoulders, long, thick legs and throws gas with a plus breaking pitch. The variables make Farnsworth what he is, not the raw stuff.

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

    My jaw is still hanging looking at the 2009 Lincoln MKS. Wow.

  • http://thunderbaseball.wordpress.com Mashmore

    I would make a case for Anthony Claggett being the second best reliever behind Melancon…but I’d agree that Hall and Jackson are probably neck and neck on the organizational depth chart at this point.

    For what it’s worth (nothing, really) Hall made a hell of a play on a bunt today. I posted the video on my YouTube account…

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

      Hey, glad you dropped in man, you have a great blog. I wanted to ask you if you believe Jose Tabata’s recent actions are a result of a sense of entitlement or that he just does not know how to deal with his emotions during hard times and is just way too impulsive?

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

    What is the name of the Arizona player that the Miami crowed shushes when he comes up to the plate? That has to be one of the funniest things ever at a ballpark. I absolutely loved how he hit another HR when they started shushing him the other night, classic.

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

      He’s the 3-hole hitter, I forget his name.

      • yankeemonkey

        Eric Gaston

        • yankeemonkey

          Jon Gaston, rather.

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

        Nevermind, it’s the cleanup hitter, whatever his name is.

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

    Jason Stoffel is money.

  • Brandon

    waiting for Chris Smith to sign :evil:

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

      Easy. It’s been 2 days. There’s still 68 days left before the signing deadline.

      • Brandon

        it’s an easy decision him + Yankees = both sides happy.

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

    Get the dogpile ready…

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

    What a nice play to end it.

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

    “If we get him, we get a very talented pitcher,” GM Neal Huntington said. “If we don’t come to terms or just don’t feel like he’s going to be healthy enough, or if he has a setback in rehabilitation and we don’t think he’s worth the gamble, we get the third pick in next year’s second round.”

    That is Pirates’ GM Neal Huntington. I have a big problem with that, isn’t it too big of a gamble to be making seeing as how you could have potentially passed up on guys like Zach Collier, Conor Gillaspsie and Jeremy Bleich (hehe) among others? To say that you will only offer him a deal if your medical team approves says that you didn’t do enough homework prior to the draft and are now taking a huge gamble, a gamble not worth the risk in the second fucking round.

    LoL, ASU’s Catcher is one big hombre.

  • dan

    David Robertson’s last 4 games:

    8 1/3 innings, 7 hits, 15 strikeouts, no walks, 2 runs.

    • Brandon

      his PT/S was ridiculous today 37-27 that’s for 3 innings of relief, whens the last time Farnsy or Hawkins did that ..

    • A.D.

      the no walks is excellent, showing that he’s made the adjustment needed, looking forward to seeing him in the Bronx

  • swo

    Should we be concerned about Melancon’s innings total so far? I mean, isn’t 45 IP by the beginning of June a bit much for a reliever?

    • Brandon

      I’m guessing he will soon be promoted unless they aren’t worried about him and might risk stretching his innings because there is depth behind him w/ Sanchez, Garcia, Horne and Whelan.

    • A.D.

      His high in college was 66 in, so he’ll close on that soon, I’m sure the Yanks have a good plan, its been very methodical thus far, and had some longer outings where he was dominating after a resumed game

  • http://thunderbaseball.wordpress.com Mashmore

    Tabata…

    He’s still just a kid, really. He isn’t smacking he crap out of the ball for the first time in not just his career but his life, probably. He was a career .305 hitter coming into the year, and I think he got his average up to .248 today.

    I think he’s just not dealing with the frustration that must come with that all that well. I don’t necessarily think there’s any sort of “sense of entitlement” issues going on.

    Worth noting: It’s hard for me to get a good read on the guy because outside of saying hello to him in the clubhouse if our paths should cross, the guy doesn’t speak English.

    And of course, thanks for the kind words on the blog. I’ll have a (hopefully) fun Melancon feature up in about an hour.

    • Brandon

      Mike you need to get a translator when you speak w/ Tabata, I think there is so much he can expand on, especially w/ his struggles that is not being put out there, it’s amazing how we follow these kids nowadays.

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

      I’ve always wondered with the dramatic influx of Hispanic players in professional baseball, why reporters don’t take up a Spanish class or two? I must imagine that will be a huge benefit. I can tell you from experience, even if we do speak English well enough to hold a lengthy conversation, we would still rather speak Spanish. Hell, I learned English first but I’d still rather speak Spanish.

      • Brandon

        Me too it’s a comfort level.

  • http://thunderbaseball.wordpress.com Mashmore

    In comparison to other relievers in the organization, yeah it’s a bit much. But I don’t think they’d be pushing him if they didn’t think he could handle it.

    I also think people are putting way too much emphasis on innings pitched and not pitches thrown.

    The guy is a workout nut — it’s pretty hard to find him in the clubhouse sometimes because he’s frequently in the weight room — so he definitely isn’t slacking on the conditioning aspect of his game, either.

    Essentially, I think he can handle it, I’m pretty sure he thinks he can handle it, and it seems obvious that the Yankees think he can handle it.

    • Brandon

      that’s another thing is it true he’s at times is going through multiple innings w/ only single digit pitches thrown ? per inning ofcourse

  • 27’Yanks

    Nardi and the org. have a detailed plan for Melancon, Cox, etc. They aren’t going to blow out there arms in AA. They are building these guys up to get there arm strength back up. Melancon has been dominant is why he is throwing so many innings. I bet he is averaging around 9-10 pitches an inning which is why his inning count is so high.

    • Chip

      Which makes me wonder why he isn’t getting moved up?

  • CB

    When does Dave Robertson get called up. That initial spell of wildness he had at AAA has resolved.

    He’s walked 1 hitter over his past 5 appearances during which he threw 9 innings. He’s averaging 12.3 K/9 in AAA. 22 innings – 15 hits.

    • Bo

      And who gets cut or sent down??

      • A.D.

        Figure either Hawkins or Traber can be DFA’d for the 40 man spot (or Hughes 60-day DL?) then Britton gets sent down, or Hawk is gone

  • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

    i’d like to see Cash make a trade with some of the lesser arms (e.g. Marquez, Britton, White, Jackson, Jones, Coke, Wright, etc.) to try and get maybe 1-2 higher ceiling guys. it would also open up spots for the more deserving guys.

    also, how’s Sanchez coming along?

    • Tom R.

      Unfortunately, this isn’t a video game. You can’t just trade numbers for talent. Every organization out there, even if they don’t have great talent, has guys like Marquez, Jones, Coke, etc.

      It’s good to have them though because they can work in deals like the one for Abreu, when the Phillies weren’t looking for superstars, they just wanted some decent bodies to unload cash. But the Phillies aren’t going to trade Carlos Carrasco for four bodies like that.

      I also think those guys could be valuable in landing a bullpen arm/bench bat later in the year if its needed, but they’re not going to a net a blue-chip prospect.

      • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

        i’m talking about perhaps a power-arm who has control problems (e.g. Bruney) or a disappointing but former good prospect (e.g. Eric Duncan) or a serviceable mid/late reliever (e.g. Alby). they are out there.

        dont be condescending with me. if you look, i never wrote ‘blue-chip’ or even ‘high’ ceiling prospect. i was very specific. i wrote highER ceiling prospect.

  • Rich

    Tyler Kepner has a short interview with A-Jack.

  • Steve

    “Rich Harden stuck out the side on 9 pitches in the first inning today. They should make him a setup man. ”

    With his injury history . . . . . .

  • josh

    anybody have any news on phil hughes

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Hughes is getting checked out this week, and if his ribs are healed, he will begin a throwing program.