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For a day, Mariano is human while Damon isn't
Sunday morning baseball reading

Looks like the first 2008 draftee to sign is 25th rounder Jeff Nutt, a catcher out of Arkansas. I haven’t seen confirmation of the signing yet, but Nutt said he’s reporting to mini-camp next week before joining Short Season Staten Island, so that’s a pretty decent indication he’s in the fold. I doubt he got a big bonus, he was a 25th round pick and a senior after all.

Triple-A Scranton (3-0 in over Syracuse)
Brett Gardner & Matt Carson: both 2 for 3, 1 K, 1 SB – Gardner drove in 2 runs & walked … Carson scored & drove in a run, and was hit by a pitch
Alberto Gonzalez: 1 for 4
Jason Lane, Eric Duncan & Cody Ransom (aka the 3-4-5 hitters): all 0 for 4, 1 K – Lane threw a runner out a second from LF
Greg Porter & Chris Stewart: both 2 for 4, 1 R – Stewart K’ed
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 8-8 GB/FB – picked a runner off second … 61 of 105 pitches were strikes (58.1%)
Scott Patterson: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Billy Traber: 1 IP,  0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Double-A Trenton (4-0 win over Reading)
Ramiro Pena, Jose Tabata & Reegie Corona:all 2 for 4, 1 R – Pena walked, K’ed & committed a throwing error … Tabata K’ed twice
Austin Jackson: 0 for 5
Colin Curtis: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 SB
Edwar Gonzalez: 2 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SB – mashin’
PJ Pilittere: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB – picked a runner off first with a snap throw
Phil Coke: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 3-5 GB/FB – back after a 1 start cameo with SWB
Steven Jackson: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-3 GB/FB – had allowed 11 ER in last 9.2 IP
Mark Melancon: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 3-0 GB/FB – 12 baserunners allowed in 19.2 IP with Trenton

High-A Tampa (7-5 win over Palm Beach)
Eduardo Nunez: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Mitch Hilligoss: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (missed catch) – you watch, any day now he’s going to go off on a tear
Andres Perez: 2 for 5, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 CS
James Cooper: 2 for 4, 2 R
Josue Calzado: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – batting a robust .183
Seth Fortenberry: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – take away yesterday’s cycle, and he’s 0 for his last 14
Chris Garcia: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 3 WP, 6-4 GB/FB – 31 K in 24.2 IP
Wilkins Arias: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-2 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Kevin Whelan: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Low-A Charleston (5-4 loss to Savannah in 13 innings, walk-off style)
Abe Almonte: 2 for 6, 1 R, 4 K, 2 SB
Justin Snyder: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Bradley Suttle: 0 for 6, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) – ouchie
Jesus Montero: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – pinch run for after leading the top of the 11th off with a single, but they couldn’t get the run across
Austin Romine: 2 for 5, 1 R, 3 PB, 1 E (throwing) – rough day behind the dish, but that’s what A-ball is for, learnin’
Brandon Laird: 3 for 5, 1 2B, 1 K
Carmen Angleini & Austin Krum: both 0 for – Angelini K’ed once, Krum twice
Jairo Heredia: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 7-1 GB/FB
Craig Heyer: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3-3 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – 2 ER and 22 baserunners allowed in his last 24.1 IP
Chase Vacek: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-1 GB/FB – 6 hits allowed in his last 12.2 IP
Jon Ortiz: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2-0 GB/FB- he needs a nickname … “Everyday Ortiz” just doesn’t seem to cut it … what do you all think?
Ryan Zink: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP – both walks were intentional

For a day, Mariano is human while Damon isn't
Sunday morning baseball reading
  • Jamal G.

    Red Sox 1B Lars Anderson went 4-for-4 tonight after going 3-for-5 in yesterday’s contest. I hear people are still baffled that they were able to sign him.

    Anybody think it’s time to start looking at Kei Igawa as a LOOGY or LHP out of the bullpen? His stuff isn’t as putrid as his performances indicate. He had a reasonable 7.05 K/9 last year in the Major Leagues and has put up some good numbers down in Scranton this year. Would not hurt to try, they obviously are not going to get anything out of him anymore as a starter so why not try it out? I’m sure they won’t do it now because he and Jeff Karstens are the only two starters in the Minor Leagues that can make an emergency start in the Bronx so they need his depth but when Alan Horne gets back and rolling I think they should give it a look.

    • Mike A.

      Anybody think it’s time to start looking at Kei Igawa as a LOOGY or LHP out of the bullpen?

      No. Edwar’s doing just fine in that role.

      Lars is also playing the best hitting environment in the minors. Lancaster skews numbers big time.

      • Eric

        I’d try Igawa as a lefty specialist. May as well get something out of that investment. And Edwar isn’t the answer as a lefty specialist.

        • Link

          I agree but it’s not because I don’t think Edwar is capable I’d like to see Edwar do more than come in for one batter.

    • AndrewYF

      We’ll see how Lars does when he has to leave the best hitter’s park in the history of baseball. He’s hitting .343/.420/.569 at home, but only .231/.355/.397 away. There have been plenty of falsely hyped Red Sox over the years who have exploded at Lancaster only to completely disappear after they leave. I don’t think that Lars is falsely hyped, he’s clearly a good talent and has loads of power, but he’s been overhyped a lot.

      • Mike A.

        Yeah, the Sawx have smartened up and skip their top pitching prospects right over Lancaster.

      • AB

        Bit of a misstatement there Andrew… this only the second year that Lancaster has been affiliated with the Red Sox.

  • Jamal G.

    Talk about meltdown, Oliver Perez (2) and Joe Smith (1) have hit three Padres hitters to load the bases with nobody out in the 6th inning of a 1-1 game.

    • Rich

      And the Mets’ one run was the result of a misplayed rundown.

    • Mike A.

      And if course the Padres don’t score. The only way that team scores runs is if Adrian Gonzalez is at the plate. He may be the most under-rated player in the game.

  • Bonos

    I don’t understand the Yankee thinking in the draft. How many pitchers do they plan on using. The OF prospects are barren. Quality IF are nonexistent but boy are there a lot of pitchers. After Gardner there is nothing in AAA. After Jackson, Cervelli and maybe Tabata there is nothing in AA. A ball is a wasteland. Charleston looks good with maybe four position players. But boy pitching is right up there.

    • Eric

      The Yanks can buy hitters. They are easy to find. You cant find pitching nowadays because teams don’t trade their pitchers and the FA cost too much. Better to be stocked in cheap flowing pitching. Best commodity in the game

  • huuz

    i’ll hazard a guess…perhaps they’re going to focus on position player in the international free agent market? i don’t know.

  • Jamal G.

    Guys, you draft the best talent available in the early rounds. You don’t really worry about filling holes until the middle rounds and later on. Then towards the end you go back to drafting the best available, or I assume that’s how the thinking goes. Definitely you draft the best players available early on.

  • Brian

    Cashew nut, Hazel nut, Macadamia nut, Jeff Nutt.

    My story is done. Don’t worry, I’m disappointed in me, too.

  • Rich

    At some point I think the excess pitching will be packaged for young, high ceiling position players.

  • Jamal G.

    Finally did my All-Star voting, here are my picks (with who I think will get the spot in parenthesis):

    American League
    DH: Hideki Matsui (David Ortiz will get it but the injury will give it to Godzilla)
    C: Jorge Posada (Oddly enough, NOBODY has separated themselves in this race)
    1B: Justin Morneau (Kevin Youkilis, he’s been slumping lately but he will get)
    2B: Ian Kinsler (I want to say Kinsler will get it but Red Sox Nation…)
    3B: Joe Crede (A-Rod, duh)
    SS: Michael Young (Jeter, duh)
    OF: Milton Bradley (I pray he gets it, really turned his act around, I’d say Ichiro maybe)
    OF: Josh Hamilton (Some CF in Arlington…)
    OF: Manny Ramirez (That guy who bitch slapped Kevin Youkilis better get it…)

    National League
    C: Brian McCann (I think he’ll get it)
    1B: Lance Berkman (I think he’ll get it, even if Albert Pujols is doing his thing)
    2B: Chase Utley (The Major League Most Valuable Player)
    3B: Chipper Jones (Keeps getting more and more interesting every game, can he do it???)
    SS: Hanley Ramirez (Jimmy Rollins might get it here, coming off his MVP year…)
    OF: Nate McLouth (Carlos Beltran, Pat Burrell maybe?)
    OF: Ryan Braun (His name is big enough, he should get it)
    OF: Alfonso Soriano (This is actually a fan pick of mine, he will get it though)

    • Eric

      How does this fit in this thread of the farm system?

      • Jamal G.

        It doesn’t, I was just bored since I came home. Sue me. :P

  • Jamal G.

    The Padres set a Major League record by winning their fourth straight game by the same score of 2-1. Cool.

    • Mike A.

      And the Mets set a ML record for sucking so incredibly bad.

    • Mike A.

      Scotty Hairston man, that dude is money.

  • Eric

    Hairston a big hit? An actual bench player making a contribution???

    I havent seen that on the Yanks since Luis Sojo.

    • Jamal G.

      Or on Friday when Wilson Betemit made it 7-6 with a two-run HR. ;)

      • Jamal G.

        Thursday, sorry.

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  • Jamal G.

    Heh, Dodgers SS Liu (too lazy to look up his first name) had a hit today that ended an 11-game hitless streak by Dodgers SS.

    • Aaron

      His name is Chin-lung Hu.

  • MD

    since I’ve never seen them play, are any of these guys a possible help in the Bronx someday….Carson, Edwar R, Perez, Cooper….they all seem to be producing consistently this year, but I dont read all that much about them….I watched Edwar in one game low A several years ago, and he seemed quite athletic…..your opinions please…

  • JohnC

    I was hoping that Connor Gillpase was still there when our Supp. pick came up, but Giants grabbed him. That kid is gonn abe special

  • Cam

    I was at the Scranton game last night with the LoHud blog outing and got two things out of the game. Gardener is really really fast and goes almost all the time. The teams know he is going to go, and they still can’t catch him. And Kei Igawa has the worst mound presence I have ever seen. As soon as someone gets a hit off of him, walks, steals a base, he just walks around the mound, head down, sulking. I can’t believe we missed Horne’s first start by one day.

  • Pete

    It’s almost making me angry every time Gardner has a good game. .864 OPS, league leader in stolen bases. Melky had better watch his back.

    • Travis G.

      i now advocate demoting Shelley in favor of Gardner. we’d finally have a legitimate LIDR and PR. and the fact that Gardner’s a LHB doesn’t seem to hurt him as he’s actually hit LHPs MUCH better than RHP: 1.105 OPS vs. .770 OPS.

      • Cam

        Pete A. told me last night that if Gardner was a righty, he’d already be up. That’s why Shelley is still on this team.

  • Miles Roche

    Hey, Mike,
    I was just thinking, how is CoJo as a nickname for Corban Joseph?

    • Mike A.

      Hah, that’s exactly what I was thinking last night.

  • Miles Roche

    Reminiscent of CuJo for Curtis Joseph of the NHL. . .

  • Mike R.

    How about Jon “Daily” Ortiz. Playing off the golfer but representing him at the same time. BRILIANT!!