Miranda, Ajax continue their hot hitting


Triple-A Scranton (10-1 beatdown of Toledo)
Brett Gardner: 0 for 1, 3 R, 4 BB, 2 SB
Justin Christian: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – even he would be a better option than Melky at this point, no?
Shelley: 1 for 5, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 K – Chad Jennings says he made a great diving catch at the warning track as well
Juan Miranda: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI – 13 for his last 23
Jason Lane: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB – so much for joining the team in Pittsburgh
Eric Duncan: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Chris Stewart: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI
Jeff Karstens: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, 2-7 GB/FB - had a perfect game broken up with 1 out in the 6th
Steven White: 2.1 IP, zeroes, 3-4 GB/FB - 1 baserunner allowed in 4.1 IP since being DFA’ed

Double-A Trenton (7-3 loss to Binghamton)
Ramiro Pena, Austin Jackson & Colin Curtis: all 1 for 4 – Pena tripled in 2 runs, K’ed & committed a fielding error … Ajax doubled, giving him 6 XBH (4 HR & 2 doubles) in his last 9 games
Edwar Gonzalez & Jose Tabata: 0 for 4 – Tabata K’ed
Chris Malec & Joe Muich: both 0 for 3, 1 K – Malec drew a walk & scored a run … Muich committed a throwing error
Carlos Mendoza: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI
Reegie Corona: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 CS
Al Aceves: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 7-8 GB/FB – 83 baserunners allowed in 97 IP this year, holy crap homes … dude just got engaged too
Oneli Perez: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB
Bo Hall: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0-3 GB/FB – allowed 2 solo jacks

High-A Tampa was rained out. They’ll probably make the game up at some point while Daytona is in town over the next three days.

Low-A Charleston had their game postponed due to wet grounds, they were also scheduled to finish up yesterday’s suspended game. This was the River Dogs’ last trip to Columbus this year, so either they’ll be making a completely inconvenient trip to Columbus to play a doubleheader on future off day, or they just won’t make up these games.

Short Season Staten Island (3-0 win over Hudson Valley)
Ray Kruml: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB
Braedyn Pruitt, Brian Baisley & Mitch Abeita: all 0 or 4 – Abeita K’ed
Dan Brewer: 1 for 4, 2 RBI
Ryan Wilkes: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K
Jahdiel Santamaria, DJ Hollingsworth & Addison Maruszack: all 1 for 2 - Santamaria drew a walked & scored a run … Hollingsworth scored a run … Maruszack walked & drove in a run
Casey Erickson: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 9-5 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Jason Kiley: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3-0 GB/FB – 15 of the 18 outs he’s recorded for SI this year have come via either a strikeout or a groundball
Pat Venditte:1 IP, zeroes, 2 K – induced a fly ball from a LHB, then struck out a RHB looking, then struck out a LHB swinging to close out the win … you gotta love it

The Rookie GCL Yanks had a scheduled off day. I read the schedule wrong yesterday, so obviously they aren’t going to complete the suspended game today.

There are no more Yankees’ draftees playing in the College World Series. UNC is playing Fresno State tonight (here’s the Game Tracker if you’re interested), winner takes on Georgia in the CWS Finals (best-of-three series). Clayton Allison started the game for Fresno State despite not pitching since the end of May because of “shoulder tighness.” It’s rather impressive that the Bulldogs have gotten this far considering their top two starters (Allison and Pirates’ second rounder [but top 10 talent] Tanner Scheppers) available for most of the postseason.

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Christopher says:

    kei igawa would be a better option than melky at this point.

  2. E-ROC says:

    Mike, do ya have any man-crushes on the Yankees draft choices? Also, what are your thoughts on the Yanks claiming Oneli Perez?

    Brett Gardener was effective at the plate without even registering hit. That’s what I’m talking about!! Paging Melky.

    • Mike A. says:

      Other than Venditte, I’m a big Dan Brewer fan. He’s similar to Colin Curtis, but he makes harder contact and can play the infield.

      Eh, the Oneli claim does nothing for me. It’s a low risk move, they could always DFA him if they need the 40-man spot.

  3. chris says:

    any word on if/when Gardner is going to get a chance in the bronx – have to love the 400+ OBP

    • whozat says:

      whiiiich will not be near that high in the bigs. Who’s going to walk Gardner when he can’t hit it out AND tends to strike out a lot?

      • Mike A. says:

        I’m fairly certain Gardner can do better than Melky’s .312 OBP. Melky’s BA, OBP and SLG are all dropping for the third straight year.

        • whozat says:

          That’s a fair point. But does his noodle arm not give back that extra value?

          • Mike A. says:

            Not really. Throwing is generally the least important thing for a CFer. Besides, how many times has Melky’s arm actually made a difference this year? Maybe 10, 12 plays? Over 70+ games, that’s nothing.

          • Christopher says:

            Gardner’s arm is average and he is very accurate with his throws. I don’t know how the rumor got started that he is a weak thrower, but it is not true.

          • Chip says:

            How many times have we seen Melky try to throw somebody out at the plate when there was no chance of him doing so and watching the trailing runner move to second? Besides, Gardner has an average arm and more speed so I call defense a wash

      • Old Ranger says:

        He will get on base; see his walks, and he hits to the gaps, turns singles and doubles into doubles and triples. Swipes bases, and has good plate discipline, his strike out avg. is not bad (not great). A lot of hitters strike out more as a AAA or AA hitter then as a big league hitter. Brett has many good aspects to his game that could help the team. One bad part of his game is…he is a left handed bat. As Cash said; If he hit right handed, he would be up already…words to that effect. This kid can flat out play! 27/08?

        • Miles Roche says:

          27/08 it is indeed, my friend!!!

          WE BELIEVE!!!

        • Todd says:

          I agree completely. We know what Melky brings. I just think that for this team, a different dimension can benefit this offense in the 9 hole. Melky’s .312 OBP is horrible. I think that I am being objective when I say that Gardner will have a .350-.360 OBP. And, he will cause havoc on the bases–an element that would add to this offense tremendously. I think that the people who do not believe in him kind of gloss over what he brings on the bases. He is not a good base runner, but a great one.

      • Christopher says:

        K’s are only a problem if you aren’t walking and getting on base. Gardner’s K/BB ratio is actually better than Melky’s.

  4. felixpanther says:

    Miranda would be a better option than Betemit at this point

    • steve (different one) says:

      well, except for the whole “playing defense” thing.

      Betemit backs up 4 positions. he is a bench player with some pop.

      Miranda has a stone glove and can’t hit lefties. what does he offer over Jason Giambi?

  5. Miles Roche says:

    Thanks, Mike.

    Just curious if you started working already on your revised Top 30 (I know most of the big names didn’t sign yet, but still. . .)

    • Mike A. says:

      I’ve started thinking about it, but not much. I’ve been debating between Montero and Ajax for the top spot the past few days. Montero has a greater ceiling, but Jackson is so much closer.

      • Jamal G. says:

        I would go with A-Jax easily because of the MLB readiness and the relatively high ceiling. I would be hard pressed to rank an 18-year-old with an atmospheric ceiling in Low-A ball over a 21-year-old with a sky-high ceiling in Double-A ball.

        • Old Ranger says:

          Must agree with you on this one. He is getting there, slowly but surely. 27/08?

        • Mike A. says:

          I hate playing the comp game, but best case I think Jackson becomes Mike Cameron without the game changing defense in center.

          .260-.280 with 25 homers and 150 K a year seems about right.

          • Mike A. says:

            Just to clarify, the guy is described in the post above is a really really good player. Nothing wrong with that at all.

            • Chip says:

              He’s a really good player if his OBP is over .350 you mean. A guy could put up numbers like that but if he’s somewhere in the .300 range for OBP I’d argue that he’s not that good. (I’m looking at you Melky)

          • Piquay says:

            That’s not very optimistic :-(

            • Mike A. says:

              Well, if you want optimistic, then he’s the next Junior. .300 hitter with 40+ homers and gold glove defense. I go for realistic usually.

              • the most felonious vocalist in the wide world of showbusiness says:

                Batting Average? Come on, Mike. You’re better than that.

            • Jamal G. says:

              A healthy Mike Cameron in his prime can easily give you a 25/25/30 (HR/SB/2B) season. Are you telling me you would not drool over that production in CF especially since Austin Jackson can give you Melky Cabrera-esque defense (plus more range)? That type of production is All-Star caliber.

              • Piquay says:

                I guess I didn’t think about it that way. Hearing Mike say his *best* case was hitting *.260* to .280 was what I was going on, but you’re right. If he keeps his OBP up, and can hit for some nice power, that’ll be good.

      • Jamal G. says:

        Do you think Abe Almonte has earned himself a Top 15 spot? Also, if Gerrit Cole were to sign Monday morning, where would you rank him?

        • Mike A. says:

          Abe’s in the discussion for top 15. I had him at #17 in the pre-draft list, and there won’t be too much movement between that one and the nest list (post-signing period).

          Cole will be the top ranked pitcher now that Joba’s graduated, ahead of Melancon, Cox, McAllister, Brackman, et al. Jackson, Montero and Cole are the super-elite guys of the system, there’s some separation between them and everyone else. Cole’s a good bet for top 3.

          • Chip says:

            Love all the possible electric arms we have in the system. Maybe the AA rotation next year has Brackman, Betences and McAllister?

            • Mike A. says:

              No on Betances. The injury set him back too much, High-A next year is far more likely. Brackman will probably start in Tampa, but they’ll look to move him fast.

              Tampa’s rotation could be redic at the start of 2008. Brackman, Betances, McAllister, Bleich, Heredia. Wow.

              • Reggie C. says:


                Charleston is the lucky Yankee affiliate of 2007. If Tampa sports that SP lineup + Montero + Romine + Abe Almonte … then that’s gonna be the minor league affiliate to watch in ’08.

                Hey .. any chance Brackman gets into a game before the year is out?

          • Joe says:

            He’s really that good?

          • Miles Roche says:

            Does Cole rank ahead of pre-TJ Andrew Brackman as well, or is he only ahead of Brackman because he’s on the shelf?

          • NC Saint says:

            Are you relegating Betances to ‘et al’ status because of his control problems and injury concerns, or was that just an oversight?

            I would have thought his strike out numbers alone would make him a top 3 pitching prospect in the system. No reason he can’t figure out how to throw strikes eventually, no?

          • Dillon says:

            Cole already better than Melancon, Sanchez, and Brackman out of highschool? Really?

  6. Arizona Steve says:

    Anyone think David Robertson gets promoted if Farnsworth is DL’ed. Maybe even Traber gets sent down again because he was up for all the lefties on Cincinatti and San Diego.

    • Jamal G. says:

      You still have Nate McLouth and Adam LaRoche in Pittsburgh with Carlos Delgado, Trot Nixon and Endy Chavez next weekend. Jesus, you know your team has issues when your strating corner OFs are Trot Nixon and Endy Chavez.

      Also, don’t discount Scott Strickland. CJ had a great post about his numbers compared to David Robertson’s. Discounting the K’s he’s actually been a better pitcher of late where he matches up with Robertosn across the board including much less BBs for Strickland. I would not be shocked if he gets the call-up over Robertson. Then again, neither of them have a sport on the 40-man roster currently so that might tip things in favor for Robertson.

      Here’s the post comparing their numbers of late: http://emedia.thetimes-tribune.....fault.aspx

      Robertson: 2-0, 1.91 ERA, 28.1 IP, 17 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 16 BB, 41 K, .165 oppenents average
      Strickland: 1-0, 1.03 ERA, 26.2 IP, 17 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 11 BB, 27 K, .175 opponents average

  7. Jamal G. says:

    I made a note of Matt Carson potentially being the one to replace Chad Moeller in the Bronx and acting as the LHP masher of the bench. He has been on fire of late and is posting a decent enough .769-OPS in 29-ABs vs. LHP at Triple-A Scranton.

    • Chip says:

      I’d be ok with that. He’s been on fire this season and seems to have good pop at the plate. Maybe Mike can say more about this but wouldn’t the Yankees want somebody more defensively proficient?

      • Mike A. says:

        When it comes to reserve players, you look for them to be able to do two of three things well: hit for power, run, and play multiple positions. Betemit can hit a ball out and play all over the infield. Carson can do all three decently. Carson’s done his time, I’d like to see him get a shot.

    • the most felonious vocalist in the wide world of showbusiness says:

      A guy with a .769 OPS in 29 AAA at bats doesn’t really qualify as LHP masher to me. Who would he play ahead of? Maybe over Betemit vs. lefties but I’d rather just give Betemit the at bats to try to keep him sharp. I can’t really see Carson pinch hitting for anyone either.

  8. Mike A. says:

    Assuming Fresno State holds gets 3 more outs and doesn’t blow a 5 run lead, they’re going to play Georgia in the CWS Finals. That’s insane. They were the 7th and 8th ranked teams in the 8 team field. Plus Fresno State is without Scheppers.

    Georgia won the CWS in 1990, beating Mike Mussina TWICE in the finals. Fresno will be the lowest ranked team to ever make the finals. Insanity.

    • Mike A. says:

      Georgia vs Fresno State in the finals. Wow.

      Congrats to Fresno on their first ever trip to the CWS Finals.

      • Jamal G. says:

        I know nothing of amateur baseball so outside of the Fields and Beckhams, who should I keep an eye on in this potential three game set?

        • Mike A. says:

          No one with Scheppers out. Fresno’s got some big fat LOOGY that’s got like, a 7.00 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP, but he’s been awesome in the CWS. Getting K’s in huge spots against the best LHB’s in the country.

          Georgia’s has their pitching lined up, Fresno’s staff is a wreck. They’ll probably go with 6 or 7 relievers pitching 1-2 innings at a time tomorrow, then bring Justin Wilson & Clayton Allison back on 2 days rest each to start Games 2 & 3. Everything is set up for Georgia to win this series, so the pressure is all on them. Fresno was supposed to go 2-and-out in the Regionals.

  9. A.D. says:

    Aceves, another good outing, and where’d that Karsten’s performance come from, he must be smelling that start agianst the Mets

  10. Jamal G. says:

    I know it’s pretty much common knowledge that ESPN is a TV Red Sox Nation but can they be any more obvious? Their Monday and Wednesday night telecasts will show the Red Sox hosting the Diamondbacks. Seriously ESPN, Monday and Wednesday guys? Come on. I swear the Red Sox have been on ESPN at least 10 times already this year.

    • Mike A. says:

      It seems like they’ve been the Monday night game for like, 3 years now.

      • Jamal G. says:

        BTW, I don’t know if any of you are watching the Cubbies and ChiSox game but the Cubbies sure do have some pretty fans, very much unlike Houston, I still have nightmares from those people.

        I hate Joe Morgan. He knows nothing of the CWS and when given an update about the Fresno State game Morgan says “They got hot at the right time” Wow Joe Morgan, wow.

        • A.D. says:

          There’s no good reason that Joe Morgan is still a broadcaster for ESPN

          • Mike A. says:

            ESPN is paying Steve Phillips almost $1M a year, how much do you think they’re paying Morgan? $1.5M? $2M? Whatever it is, it’s way too much.

        • Mike A. says:

          I hate Joe Morgan. The last thing Fresno State did was get hot. The lesser guys on the pitching staff stepped up in a huge way, and they took the term “timely hitting” to a whole new level.

    • A.D. says:

      Part of that is the Sox selling, they’re on TBS Sunday’s a bunch too, though 2 games in one series is a bit odd, especially with Marlins – Rays another series between some good teams available to be picked up

  11. A.D. says:

    If Christian got a call up he’d also add a RHB

  12. Jamal G. says:

    Anybody else think that Dusty Baker should be arrested for his criminal acts against Mark Prior and Kerry Wood and the potential harm he may cause to Edison Volquez, Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey, Matt Maloney and Kyle Lotzkar?

    • A.D. says:

      What he did to Prior and Wood…definitley.

      Volquez & Cueto should be saved by the fact the Reds aren’t winning anyting this year so Baker won’t be inclined to ride them for no real reason. Maybe Cinci will start to put Torre-like restrictions on their kids

  13. Miles Roche says:


    At last count, you had commented a whopping 17 times in this thread alone!

    Just goes to show how deeply involved you are with all the readers and their opinions.

    It is immensely appreciated, Mike!!!

    (I have no doubt that i’m voicing everyones opinion with this. . .)

  14. A.D. says:

    Any word on Marquez & Garcia injuries?

    • Mike A. says:

      Marquez just has a sore lat, so they DL’ed him a precaution. He’ll come off the DL Thursday and take Ponson’s rotation spot once he’s called up.

      Garcia is battling the same sore shoulder issue that gave him trouble in ST. Don’t know any more than that though.

  15. Reggie C. says:

    Does Andrew Brackman have a shot at getting into any SS-Staten Island games before the season is out? What’s been the last word on his TJ rehab schedule?

    • Mike A. says:

      After the draft, Damon Oppenheimer said Brackman was right on schedule, and may get into games late in the year. I doubt he’ll go to SI, they’ll probably send him to the GCL or Instructional League to keep him close to braintrust in Tampa.

      Earlier in the year I heard that the Yanks weren’t go to let him pitch in a game in 2008, and told him just to focus on getting ready for 2009. That came from PEter Gammons, so take it with a grain of salt.

    • steve (different one) says:

      i thought it was guaranteed that he would not throw in any games this year, but i could be wrong.

  16. Chip says:

    Man, with Brackman and Betences possibly being on the same staff next year, can you imagine having to play them on back to back games. They’re pretty imposing guys (of course you don’t have to swing because they can’t throw strikes)

  17. Joey says:

    shit if these guys are in Tampa next year I’m taking a quick roadtrip to stay with some relatives over there for 3-4 days and go to one game after another. I’m all excited now, hopefully they’ll be around at the same time

  18. A.D. says:

    So Steven White stopped trying to be something he isn’t, a power reliever, and is going back to how he began his season and having success, go figure

  19. Travis G. says:

    why would Ponson get the start over Karstens?

    • dan says:

      Cuz Karstens has the groin problem that they don’t ant acting up again. I think this was his first start since he re-injured it a few weeks ago.

  20. JohnC says:

    Brackman recently had his appendix removed so he has been set back a little. I seriously doubt he gets in a game before the end of the season. He will most likely pitch in the Instructional League this fall.

  21. Jake says:

    What’s the deal with Jose Tabata? Why has he plain sucked? What’s his realistic ceiling/ETA now?

  22. the most felonious vocalist in the wide world of showbusiness says:

    I’m pretty ambivalent about the Melky/Gardner debate but something should be mentioned here. The cause of Brett Gardner striking out a lot is the same cause of his walking a lot. He is a patient hitter who sees a lot of pitches. It’s often better to strike out on 4 or 5 pitches than to groundout on 2 pitches.

    • Bonos says:

      A very loud Amen, Brother. Exactomundo. Cano and Melky making outs on three pitches combined, followed by Molina must kill their own pitchers. I’ve seen five minute innings.

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