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Yanks leave everyone on base in loss
Abreu's coincidental slump

Triple-A Scranton (9-5 win over Toledo)
Brett Gardner: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB – remember when Melky struck out swinging on a pitch over his head with the bases loaded in the second inning against a pitcher making his ML debut in Yankee Stadium today? so do I …
Justin Christian: 3 for 5, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – 13 for his last 33 with 8 SB
Shelley Duncan: 2 for 3, 3 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
Juan Miranda, Matt Carson & Eric Duncan: all 2 for 5, 2 RBI – Miranda doubled, scored a run & K’ed thrice … Carson & Duncan each K’ed twice … Duncan also committed a fielding error at the hot corner
Cody Ransom: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
JD Closser: 0 for 3, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Chris Basak: 0 for 4 – welcome back Chris … remember his at-bat with the Yanks in San Fran last year? he hit a rocket into the gap, stood on second thinking it was a double, but he was actually out because the outfielder caught it? … ah good times
Sidney Ponson: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 7-3 GB/FB – 46 of 78 pitches were strikes (59.0%) … Steven White was recently DFA’ed (he cleared waivers and still with the team, no surprise), which could be a precursor to Ponson starting one of the games during next Friday’s split-stadium doubleheader against the Mets … or, it could be to open a 40-man spot for Jason Lane, who hasn’t played since Friday, to join the team in Pittsburgh (which is when they said they’d stop carrying 3 catcher) … they could easily shift Hughes or Wang to the 60-day DL to free up a spot for Ponson … [/thinkingoutloud]
Scott Patterson: 1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP – only 16 of 29 pitches were strikes, a very un-Patterson-like (55.1%)
Steven Jackson: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
David Robertson: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0-2 GB/FB – 18 baserunners & 31 K in his last 17.2 IP … hot damn
Scott Strickland: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Double-Trenton (3-2 win over Binghamton)
Ramiro Pena & Edwar Gonzalez: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Pena K’ed twice, Edwar once … Pena also committed a fieding error
Austin Jackson: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB – fresh off being named the 6th hottest prospect in baseball
Colin Curtis: 0 for 4, 1 K – 9 for his last 42 (.214) … maybe it’s time to move Tabata back to the 3-hole
Cody Ehlers, Jose Tabata, PJ Pilittere & Reegie Corona: all 1 for 4 – Ehlers & PJ drove in a run … Tabata & PJ scored a run … Tabata also K’ed & swiped a bag
Chris Malec: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) – 12 for his last 33 (.364) … making yet another run at my MiL Hitter of the Year award
George Kontos: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 4-11 GB/FB – 51 hits allowed & 68 K in his last 64 IP
Anthony Claggett: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 4-1 GB/FB – all he’s got to do is cut down on those walks

High-A Tampa had their game postponed due to wet grounds. Lakeland doesn’t come back to Tampa until the beginning of August, so I guess they’ll make it up then.

Low-A Charleston had their game suspended due to rain with one out in the bottom of the second inning; I’m guessing they’ll finish it up tomorrow. It was Noel Castillo’s turn in the rotation, but reliever Wilkins DeLaRosa started the game, which is odd. I wonder if this was a situation similar to what happened in KC earlier in the year, when Girardi started Brian Bruney so that IPK’s start wouldn’t be cut short if the rains came. I’ll update the stats when they make the game up.

Short Season Staten Island (9-1 win over Hudson Valley)
Matt Morris: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Braedyn Pruitt: 1 for 3, 2 R, 2 BB – returns to the place where he hd just about all of his success as a pro
Jahdiel Santamaria: 0 for 5, 1 R, 2 K – love love love the name
Brian Baisley: 2 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Taylor Grote: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – rhymes with “roadie”
David Adams: 2 for 4, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Melky Mesa: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K – he’s got some big-time power
Brian Chavez: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Cory Arbiso: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4-3 GB/FB
Jacinto Gonell: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Tim Dennehy: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 5-0 GB/FB –
Pat Venditte: 1 IP, zeroes – look at that picture, do you think he’s happy to be a professional baseball player, or what? … after taking down 3 RHB the other night, he took down 3 lefties tonight … I sure hope they don’t plan on using him as the closer or a 1-inning reliever, that’s a waste, you take advantage of his switch pitching by letting him go 2 or 3 innings between the starter and the end-game reliever

The Rookie GCL Yanks had their game suspended due to rain in the middle of the third inning. They’ll finish it up tomorrow, and I’ll update the stats then.

Draftees in the College World Series
Jeremy Bleich (Stanford): 3.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K – Stanford is on their way home after losing 10-8 to Georgia … 2 of those runs scored when closer Drew Storen allowed a 2-run single after assuming a bases loaded situation … yes, they brought the closer into the game in the 4th inning

Bleich was technically free to sign with the Yanks at any time after he was drafted, but with his team in the CWS he wasn’t going to, obviously. He missed a nice chunk of the season with an elbow strain, so let’s hope the sandwich rounder signs quickly and makes up some of those innings with Staten Island.

As for the rest of the CWS, freshman RHP Matt Harvey (whose name you may remember from ’07 Draft coverage) started for UNC for the third consecutive day. He started Thursday’s game against LSU, but the game was rained out after the first. He then started the makeup game yesterday, but came out after a lengthy rain delay in the 3rd inning. Tar Heels’ coach Mike Fox decided to run him back out there tonight, and it appears to have been a good decision: Harvey gave up 3 runs in 5 innings. Unfortunately he left with his team trailing Fresno State 3-2.

Harvey was relieved by closer Rob Wooten, who made his 10th career CWS appearance, tying him with several others for second place on the all-time list. Who’s made the most career appearances in the CWS you ask? None other than JB Cox, who jogged in from Rosenblatt’s bullpen 13 times during his Texas career. You didn’t think I would type all that without having it come back to the Yankees, did you?

UNC ace, and ACC Pitcher of the Year Alex White marched out of the bullpen for the second straight day, and completely pwned Fresno State for 2.1 innings, allowing Chad Flack to hit a ginormous 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th, giving the Heels a 4-3 win. UNC and Fresno will play again tomorrow, loser goes home and the winner will take on Georgia in a best-of-three series for the CWS Title.

Yanks leave everyone on base in loss
Abreu's coincidental slump
  • L

    Not to be annoying with the whole get gardner to the big leagues speech, but gardner also had 2 SB today to give him 27 all year. That’s something the Yanks desperately need especially when they are having trouble leaving men on base.

    Another thing: What’s the scouting report on Venditte? I read one thing that said he threw in the 70s lefty and another that said he threw in the 80s lefty…do you guys know which is right?

    • Manimal

      89 ish righty and 85 ish lefty. Thats what I thought.

      • L


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

        That’s right. Big ol’ bender as a righty, frisbee slider as a lefty.

    • http://www.mvn.com/milb-yankees Ashish Skaria

      He throws high 70s-low 80s (on a good day) from the left side.

  • Manimal

    I’m becoming a big fan of Venditte. Imagine the contract talks if he gets to the major leagues. Would he ask for double the money since he can throw with 2 arms???

    • A.D.

      Figure he could actually pitch every day, it would be 82 appearance with each arm!

  • L

    from Pete Abe

    “In our continuing effort to bring you the latest news on Trenton RHP Alfredo Aceves, this from Thunder marketing director Eric Lipsman:

    Alfredo flew his girlfriend in from Mexico yesterday and tonight proposed to her before the game while she was sitting in the stands at Waterfront Park. It was shown on the scoreboard and she said yes.

    Meanwhile, a reader from Monterrey, Mexico, writes to tell us that when he played for Sultanes, Aceves was known as El Paton.

    I have no idea whether this guy can help the Yankees. But it would be a good story if he gets a shot.”

    Congrats to Aceves! I’m really starting to root for the guy…his numbers are great

  • Alan

    I really hope Venditte makes it to the bigs, preferably with the Yankees. I saw the game tonight in Fishkill since I’m relatively close by, and he has some awesome stuff. Hopefully the next time they come to play the Renegades I can grab an autograph or something.

    • The Scout

      Be sure to get his autograph with both hands. :-)

  • Alan

    Not sure if anyone else noticed this but, ESPN Radio says the Mets have hired Wayne Krivsky to be a special assistance to Omar Minaya, focusing predominantly on minor league players. Good move by them, I think Krivsky got a raw deal in Cincinnati and brought in some real talent to that organization.

    • Brandon

      That’s a big under the radar signing if they lock him up. Wayne could be thier version of Damon Oppenheimer.

    • http://www.overheardinnewyork.com NC Saint

      Sure, but he won’t be able to do it again in New York. Minaya doesn’t cast off talent lightly; he heaves it away with great force.

  • Arizona Steve

    I have a question about Venditte. I know it hasn’t come up yet because he’s started the ninth in both his appearences so far. But what arm does the manager signal to the bullben when he wants to bring him in? Does he hold up both arms like he’s being robbed?

    • Manimal

      thats actually a good question. Can’t say I know the answer though, sorry.

      • devin

        i would guess that he raises both arms like a touchdown…

  • Sergio

    Mike, I forgot to ask about another prospect in the last DotF thread where I brought up some names we haven’t heard from lately. Whatever became of Ross Michelsen? He was a relatively high draft pick out of HS who was compared to Nick Johnson (not in ability, perhaps, but in style/approach), at least from what I remember reading. I realize he’s no longer in the system and after looking at his stats on Baseball Cube I see he only played 2 years of pro ball. What happened to this guy?

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

      Wow dude, that is a name I haven’t heard in a loooooong time. He was comped to Nicky J, but it was never really warranted, it was more along the lines of “let’s compare him to best young first basemen out there because this guy has a lot of power.”

      Michelson never hit in 2 stints with the GCL Yanks (.217-.319-.250), and he was released in 2004 after not making an affiliated team after Extended Spring Training ended in early June. I have no idea what he’s up to now. Usually you can google the name and find him in an indy league somewhere, but nothing.

      Did you see I answered your questions about Poterson, et al in the other thread?

      • Sergio

        Mike – yea, thanks for providing the info on Norton, Reyes, and Poterson. If memory serves me well, Norton was mentioned in BA’s ’07 prospect handbook, and with all the recent talk of his fellow ’06 draftees I figured I would ask around to find out his current status. And as for Reyes, I’m surprised there have been no recent updates regarding his status since he was one of the few LHP prospects in the system, though the signing of Bleich will change that.

        Regarding Michelsen, I guess some guys get drafted high but don’t pan out and are quickly purged from the system. Jason Coble, another name from the past, comes to mind. Though, if I recall correctly, he might have had some mental demons like David Walling and just decided to quit baseball altogether.

      • Sergio

        All this discussion about prospects from the recent past has got me thinking about something I’ve always thought would be interesting and would be something baseball junkies like those that frequent blogs like this would also find interesting, and that is reading about once promising NYY prospects and what became of them or why they never made it.

        Some names that come to mind just off the top of my head – David Martinez, Mike Knowles, Richard Brown, Jason Henry, Jeremy Morris, Jason Grove, Junior Rodriguez, for example. There are so many candidates, sadly. I don’t know how popular such an idea would be on RAB or if anyone had the necessary resources to create such an on-going thread, but I’ve always felt that would be a new twist to the whole discussion of prospects, kind of like a “What Became Of Player X” type of deal. Am I alone on this?

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