9th inning wins for Tampa & Charleston

Mussina, Yanks roll over Twins
Jorge should probably just call it a season

Triple-A Scranton was warshed out. They’re going to make this heres one up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow. If you’ve ever set foot in Scranton, you’ll get that.

Double-A Trenton (2-1 win over New Hampshire)
Reegie Corona: 2 for 4, 2 K
Ramiro Pena & Austin Jackson: both 1 for 4, 1 R – Ajax doubled & uninspiringly K’ed
Chris Malec: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – 17 for his last 35 (.486) with 3 XBH and a 7-9 K/BB ratio
Colin Curtis: 2 for 3, 2 RBI, 1 BB
PJ Pilittere: 0 for 3 – left the game in the middle of the bottom of the 7th for an unknown reason
Edwar Gonzalez & James Cooper: both 0 for 4 – Cooper K’ed & is now 6 for his last 37 (.162)
Walt Ibarra: 1  or 4, 1 K
Chase Wright: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 9-11 GB/FB
Mark Melancon: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 5-1 GB/FB – 2 runs allowed in his last 14.1 IP

High-A Tampa (6-4 win over Brevard County, walk-off style)
Luis Nunez: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Eduardo Nunez: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Kevin Smith: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding)
Josh Kreuzer: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – walk-off 2-run jack
Seth Fortenberry: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 1 SB – SLG is down 34 points from last year
Andres Perez & Mitch Hilligoss: both 0 for 4, 2 K
Kyle Anson: 2 for 2, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB – had been 4 for his last 32 (.125) … left in the bottom of the 7th after picking up a single … the pinch runner was Jose Gil, a slower than slow back-up catcher, so me thinks Anson hurt himself
Tim Battle: 1 for 4, 2 R, 2 K, 1 SB
Ryan Pope: 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 2-11 GB/FB – he’s like pizza and sex, even when he’s bad, he’s still pretty good
Wilkins Arias: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Low-A Charleston (4-3 win over Greensboro)
Abe Almonte, Austin Krum & Brandon Laird: all 0 for 4 – Krum K’ed … Almonte is now 12 for his last 98 (.122), which, by my calculation, is pretty freaking bad
Austin Romine & Carmen Angelini: both 1 for 4, 1 K – Romine doubed & has 8 XBH in his last 10 games
Bradley Suttle: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Justin Snyder: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – 16 for his last 30 (.533)
Jeff Nutt (25): 2 for 4, 1 RBI – being the third string catcher behind Montero & Romine means you don’t get to play a whole lot
Prilys Cuello: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 K
Jesus Montero: 1 for 1, 1 RBI – drove in the game winning run with a pinch-hit single in the top of the 9th
Wilkins DeLaRosa: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 6-3 GB/FB – if he only wasn’t already 23
Ryan Zink: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Jon Ortiz: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – 68-9 K/BB ratio in 48.2 IP

The start of Short Season Staten Island‘s game was delayed by rain, and they’re currently in the 7th inning. Here’s the box, I’m not going to wait around for the game to end.

Rookie GCL Yanks (7-1 loss to GCL Braves)
Jose Pirela, Neall French, Mitch Delaney (21) & Chad Gross (28): all 1 for 4 – Pirela drove in a run … Delaney K’ed … Gross scored a run
Chris Smith (5) & Francisco Arcia: both 0 for 3 – Smith K’ed & committed a fielding error … Arcia allowed a passed ball
Zoilo Almonte: 2 for 3, 1 K
Ronny Marte: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 6-2 GB/FB
Clint motherfreakin’ Preisendorfer (42): 0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 0 K – I never would have thought in a million years that I’d ever type that name into DotF … this is one of the best moments in my blogging life
Dickie Marquez: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 4 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 2 HB, 9-6 GB/FB

Mussina, Yanks roll over Twins
Jorge should probably just call it a season
  • Chris

    You know, if you average Chris Smith’s high school and GCL stats for this year, he’s having a pretty good year…

  • jerry

    At the rate he is going, de la rosa will have to be put on the 40 man roster after the season right? So why not bump him up to Tampa?

  • billybob

    I realize that De la Rosa is old for the Sally, but doesn’t the fact that he’s a recently converted outfielder buy him some time?

  • Brian

    i basically agree that a-jax isn’t wowza poppin’ good.

    however, getting the 14th best prospect out of a h.s. 8th rounder three years after being drafted? now that’s inspiring. hopefully it will inspire betances, grote, and one dan brewer!

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

      Agree with whom?

      • Brian

        agree with the “uninspiring” comment; that A-Jax kind of sizzles, kind of doesn’t

        • Bo

          How do you agree with the uninspiring part and then proceed to rave about AJ? How is the 14th best prospect in the game uninspiring in any which way??

    • mryankee

      I have to say that iam stunned by the lack of faith in the talent of Austin Jackson, he is a five toolplayer with growing power, which is always the last thing for most prospects to come. He is almost at 300 at double a which is the higest “prospect league” and he is only 20 years old, he clearly has shown he is athlectic and able to hit for average play a good centerfield and I believe should be an above average if not all star quality player. will he struggle some of course all propsects do, look at the “great” jacoby ellsbury he is not exactly tearing it up but we dont hear any criticism of his play. Seems like every other teams prospects are allowed the usual growing pains except Yankee prospects. I find that extremely hypocritical compare Hughes, bucholz and homer bailey and what do you have the three highest rated pitchesrs in terms of propsect staus in 2006 and all three have struglled to various degrees, but all we hear is about how Hughes is a dsiappointment-and one other thing much is made of the red sox young talent-consider-lester is 24-25 y/o ellsbury is 24-25 y/o bucholz is 23-24 y/o and youkilis is 28 and pedroia is 24(i might be a year off) now hughes is 21-kennedy-23 carbrera-23-chamberlain-22 and robertson-23-see the pattern the sox young talent while good is alos older and more experienced. I think as baseball fans lets wait and see what happens with a 20 y/o jackson 21 y/o hughes 20y/o Tabata and 19 y/o montero

  • blah

    Preisendorfer is a little raw. He needs to fine tune his command.

    • dan

      He was just missing…. trying to be a little too perfect ;)

  • Brian

    preisendorfer’s line is better than his name.
    four straight walks allowing a run.
    no outs.
    clearly he should have waited to be drafted by the yanks one more year.

  • dan

    Pope is walking 1.42/9IP this season (4.83 K/BB). I’ll take that from a third rounder in high-A.

    • dan

      And he’s the farthest along (in level) of any 2007 draft pick.

  • DP

    What is the parentheses next to the names mean? This seems new and I’ve been internetless for awhile

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

      That means the player was a 2008 draftee, and the number in parenthesis is the round he was draft in. Had a request for this the other day, so it’s easier to keep track of the new guys.

  • Manimal

    Jesus is clutch too? I think this kid is for real.

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

    respectfully disagree, Mike. bad pizza is still bad.

    • dan

      I think it’s kinda funny that he made that comment for a guy named Pope. I really hope he and Jesus make it just so I can read the corny newspaper headlines.

      • http://everythingbaseball.wordpress.com Aaron

        Pope pitching to Jesus with Christian in LF.

  • rbizzler

    Howdy Mike, and assorted other folks,

    What is the deal with Chase Wright? Future LOOGY, long reliever or non-prospect?

    I mean the results in AA look decent enough but the strikeouts are lacking, so wjat is the deal?

  • Mark

    I dont understand what the bloggers on this site have against austin jackson. It seems whatever he does, its considered “uninspiring.” Well, he is still maturing as a baseball player and is still young for the Eastern League….and hitting with decent power and plate discipline. If you want to knock on tabata, fine. But i dont understand the criticism of a-jax.

    • blah

      He’s no Brett Gardner.

    • Brian

      I don’t think anybody has anything big against Austin Jackson, it’s just that he is ranked by BP (I think) as the 14th BEST PROSPECT IN BASEBALL and the Yankees’ best prospect. When we’ve had Phil Hughes/Joba, and looking down the line at the hitting of Montero, or Dellin Betances and that fine frame (both of whom aren’t ready to be ranked #1), A-Jax just seems less exciting. And that’s just my opinion. But compared to Tabata right now, he’s golden, absolutely.

      Jackson has done really well over a year-and-a-half, like Callis said. I think he’ll be our starting center and/or left-fielder in a couple years. However, he’s not a reliable .300 hitter or a 20 HR guy, though that could change I suppose. He does lots of things well, but…

      I’ve probably been spoiled by Joba’s success. And, too, I think many fans are non-plussed by the position players we’re developing at the high levels. So, A-Jax just seems like the best of what’s there.

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

      It’s largely tongue-in-cheek. Mike said Ajax was uninspiring for a #1 prospect in the organization. People protested and Ajax promptly went on a tear, so Mike has been making fun of himself about it. The fact remains, though, that Ajax simply isn’t as exciting as Joba or Phil Hughes in their respective tenures as #1 prospect.

    • dan

      What NC Saint said…. Mike said it once that Jackson wasn’t the #1 prospect that we had gotten used to the last few years, and a bunch of us got on him for saying that. At this point, he’s not saying it seriously.

      • Bo

        trying to remember the last time the Yanks had a top 15 prospect who was an OF’er….

  • Arizona Steve

    With Christian Garcia’s return to the mound in the GCL the Tommy John watch board will finally have all four members putting up stats regularly.

    Also with regards to Garcia. This next month is actually huge for him. He needs to stay healthy and put up decent stats. The Yanks need a reason to put him on the 40 man roster so they don’t lose him in the rule V draft this off season.

    I’m rooting for you Christian!

  • Steve A

    Can we just get rid of Igawa already so that we can start promoting guys up. Jason Jones belongs in AAA, Phil Coke should get a shot too. Pope is probably ready to test AA and De La Rosa should move up as well.

  • AB

    if he only wasn’t already 23…

    Go on. If he only wasn’t already 23, then… he might not be able to rent a car in some states? Or what? Doesn’t it matter more how long he’s been pitching?

    • Bo

      Maybe we should cut or trade Aceves too. He’s 25 and past his prime.

    • A.D.

      Well its not that he doesn’t have talent, just that he still has a fair amount of development, and probably won’t move fast like college pitchers can in the same situation, so he won’t be anywhere near ready (if he ever is) until earliest 26, and that would be early

  • MD

    the two Nunez’ at Tampa…..prospects or Alberto light?

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

      Non-prospects. Eduardo had a chance once upon a time.

  • http://thunderbaseball.wordpress.com Mashmore

    Pilittere may have broken his nose in last night’s game while trying to catch a pop-up…

    • A.D.


  • BurnBernieBurn

    I dont get all this hype about Joba…he can’t even consistenly win games at teh Major League level. Ship him and Melky for Jarrod Washburn and Kenji Johjima

    • http://everythingbaseball.wordpress.com Aaron

      That’s about as logical as trading Derek Jeter to the Dodgers for a used copy of Weekend at Bernie’s 2.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        I’d do that… WaB2 was a pretty awesome movie. I love the part where he’s all dead and junk but everyone thinks he’s just sleeping, that part rocked.

        Throw in a used copy of Private Resort, and you’ve got a deal.

  • A.D.

    I feel obligated to type this almost every day:

    Move Malec to AAA

    • TurnTwo

      i could see Austin Jackson and Malec each getting called up to Scranton come August to get a little taste before next season.

    • Chip

      I so agree

  • John NY

    there’s alot of dead weight in scranton. Igawa, Lane, Traber, broussard etc….eventually, there’s going to be a cleansing.

    • Steve A

      Throw guys like Porter and (although he’s been good in AAA) Scott Strickland on the list as well. Unfortunately, this speaks to the lack of quality at the upper levels. Granted every system has it’s share of org guys, but hopefully soon we’ll start to see some of the younger guys moving up.

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

        Every Triple-A team has players like it. It’s impossible to have a Triple-A team loadedwith prospects. Those guys are more important than many people realize, lots of them have MLB experience and teach the kids stuff that no one in A-ball knows.