McCutchen finishes what he starts

Game 69: hehe
It's Mike Mussina's world...

Triple-A Scranton (9-0 in over Norfolk)
Brett Gardner: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K – threw a runner out at home from LF
Justin Christian: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB – 9 hits in his last 6 games
Cody Ransom: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Jason Lane: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB
Matt Carson: 2 for 5, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 K – 17 for his last 39 with 3 homers
Greg Porter: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Eric Duncan: 0 for 4, 1 K – 1 for his last 26 with 8 K
Dan McCutchen: 9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 7-14 GB/FB – picked a runner off first … 71 of 102 pitches were strikes (69.6%)

Double-A Trenton (11-1 win over Reading)
Ramiro Pena, Cody Ehlers & PJ Pilittere: all 2 or 5, 1 R – Pena tripled & drove in a run … Ehlers doubled, homered, drove in 3 & K’ed … PJ tripled
Austin Jackson: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Colin Curtis: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI
Jose Tabata: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB – 1 for his last 16 after going 5 for his previous 12
Chris Malec: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Eric Hacker: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 10-3 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Anthony Clagget: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K – allowed 2 earned runs in his last 22 IP

High-A Tampa is off until Monday for the All Star break. Shame on me for not realizing it sooner. The West All-Stars beat the East All-Stars 9-3. Here’s the complete rosters if you’re interested.
James Cooper: 1 for 1, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB – started in LF & batted eighth
Kyle Anson was named to the team, but did not play. Ryan Pope was also named to the team, but he’s on the DL with an “upper body injury”. Al Aceves & Eric Hacker were also named to the team, but were promoted to Double-A.

Low-A Charleston (7-6 loss to Savannah in 10 innings)
Justin Snyder: 3 for 6, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Bradley Suttle: 1 for 6, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding)
Jesus Montero: 1 for 5, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K – 9 hits in his last 5 games
Brandon Laird: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 E (missed catch) – 16 for his last 37 with 7 doubles, a triple, a homer & 7 RBI
Austin Krum & David Williams: both 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – Williams doubled in a run
Carmen Angelini: 2 for 5, 1 R – yay no error! … in all seriousness, don’t get too hung up on all the errors … Low-A is there so he can learn, plus the fields down there suck
Jason Stephens: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 10-3 GB/FB – 30 baserunners & 13 runs allowed in 15.2 IP since being named to the All-Star team
Jesse Hoover: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K – picked a runner off first … all the injuries sapped his stuff, it’s a shame
Ryan Zink: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 6-2 GB/FB
Jon Ortiz: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – first earned runs allowed since May 15th

Draftees in the College World Series (these guys are the only two, here’s the box score)
Jeremy Bleich (Stanford, sandwich round): 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K- set a new career high with 7 K’s … threw 89 pitches despite a 75 pitch count … he looked good, got some big outs in big spots, particularly one spot where Buster Posey was hitting with 2 men on, and the first basemen had just lost a foul pop in the sun, prolonging the at-bat … The Pinstripe Press broke down the outing
Jack Rye (Florida State, 13th round): 0 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K – 0 for 3, 1 K vs Bleich … made a great diving catch in RF to end the 7th

Miami went 45-0 when leading after 8 this year, thanks largely to Carlos Gutierrez, their first round pick of a closer. Leading 4-3 in the 9th, Gutierrez allowed a single, then the next batter reached base on a dropped third strike. The next batter singled in the tying run, and when the following batter tried to bunt the winning run into scoring position, Gutierrez threw the ball away. Georgia took the 6-4 lead, then eventually a 7-4 lead. Josh Fields slammed the door in the bottom of the 9th. He’s absolutely filthy, like Joba on his best days filthy.

Game 69: hehe
It's Mike Mussina's world...
  • greg

    good to see a great outing from mccutchen at aaa

  • Pete

    When would Montero conceivably get moved up?

    • Mike A.

      Next year. He’s only 18, let him go one level at a time, especially as he gets his head around this catching thing.

      • Pete

        I wasn’t trying to rush him, but is there really that big of a difference between ‘Low A’ and ‘High A’…?

        • Mike A.

          Yeah, there is. High-A is better competition than Division I college ball. Besides, he needs to work on his batting eye a bit.

          • Pete

            Wow, .302 and he’s got work to do? ;-)

            • Mike A.

              Heh. Well, I’d rather wait 5 years and have him turn into Mike Piazza than wait 3 years and have him turn into Josh Bard.

              • Pete

                5 years? He’ll be lucky if he gets to play in Trenton for half a season when Posada starts to tank and management panics.

                • Andy in Sunny Daytona

                  management panics? wait till the average fan knows about him, everytime Jorge strikes out they will demand that he get called up.

                • Pete

                  That too.

          • SAMIAMSPORTS

            I saw him hit a couple of months ago and I really was impressed with the way the ball jumped off his bat.

  • McCaff

    Funny story about McCutchen: My mom works at the aiport for an airline, and it just so happened McCutchens dad was flying on that particular airline that day. This was last year when Joba was just called up. My mom had a Yankee pin on her shirt, so i guess Papa McCutchen felt it neccesary to tell my mom how his son was in the Yankees system, and was A LOT BETTER than Joba. Thats obviously not true, but good to see him doing well!

  • Manimal

    Does gardner has a threw someone out from left field? Thats unheard of with damon in left.

  • dan

    Jesse Hoover was out for so much time that the baseball cube thinks he’s two different people. Type in his name and you get two Jesse Hoovers.

    By the way, I saw an Eric Wordekemper clone tonight, and stared at him like “I KNOW you,” but it obviously wasn’t him because they’re in Reading, PA right now. He and his friends stared me down after that, since it obviously wasn’t him, and I seemed like some creepy dude staring at their friend.

  • Jamal G.

    I ran Matt Carson’s Triple-A numbers through the MLE Calculator and his vital line came up to .303/.346/.454 with a 3:14 BB:K, 3(2B), 2(3B), 2HR and 26H in 84AB. I was thinking that maybe he and not Shelley Duncan might get the call to the Bronx when the Yankees drop Chad Moeller from the 25-man roster.

    Carson also boasts a cool .120 ISO vs. LHP at Scranton. Albeit in a small sample size of 25ABs.

  • Baseballnation

    Solid stuff or not, Bleich is barely a back of the rotation starter with, an 86 mph in hour fastball which is probably the average of all his heaters today. It just seems the Yankees drafted a lefty specialist in the sandwich which would jus be a shame. And that’s nothing against him as I like his makeup and poise. Just the facts.

    • Ben K.

      Welcome to the Internet, where everyone knows more than the Yankee front office.

    • Travis G.

      again with velocity? maddux throws 84, glavine throws 82, Moose throws 86. maybe he’ll be good, maybe he wont, but his low-ish velocity doesn’t inherently mean he won’t succeed.

  • Ben K.

    A-Jax homers two days in a row. That’s good to see.

  • r.w.g.

    Don’t really know what to make of Brandon Laird. He’s been hot and cold all year but he’s been hitting for pretty good power.

  • JT

    Good to see Cutch have the outing that Thunder fans know he is capable of. Carson had a great night as well and has been excelling with his opportunities at SWB.

  • pete

    how would you (anyone who actually has a good idea) compare montero’s projected power to carlos lee? That was the first guy i was reminded of when I saw his spring training HR. Big guy, big swing, probably lives in the .260-.290 range during his mlb career?

    • dan

      Not bad…. Montero will probably strike out a bit more, but hit for a similar average (Lee has a slightly below avg BABIP). Hopefully Montero can have better plate discipline in a few years than he does now.