Charleston’s offense erupts, but they lose anyway

Too many DHs
A win a day chips the deficit away

Chad Jennings has some quick Triple-A news: LHP Heath Phillips has been released, and Dan McCutchen will skip his next start to keep his innings down. I take this as a pretty clear sign that they’re strongly considering calling him up for the stretch run because he’s thrown only 123.1 innings this year, 55.1 IP fewer than his career high of 178.2. They want him available in late September and maybe, just maybe, October. Why else would they want to limit his innings?

CJ also mentions that Thursday’s scheduled starter is still TBA, even though Ian Kennedy lines up for that start. Not sure what that’s about. The big league club is off that day.

One last thing: I received a request in the comments yesterday to incorporate a little more info about this year’s draftees into DotF, so I’m going to add the round the player was drafted in in parenthesis after his name. So “Gerrit Cole (1)” means Cole was a first round pick. Simple enough. I’m going to do this for 2008 draftees only.

Triple-A Scranton (7-2 win over Lehigh Valley)
Alberto Gonzalez & Eric Duncan: both 3 for 5, 2 R – The Former Attorney General mashes 3 doubles … E-Dunc doubled twice, homered & drove in 2 … he’s such a tease, isn’t he?
Matt Carson: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Juan Miranda, Cody Ransom & JD Closser: all 1 for 4, 1 RBI – Miranda K’ed … Ransom hit a solo jack & K’ed twice … Closser doubled & K’ed
Ben Broussard (Reds, ’99, 2): 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B
Jason Lane & Greg Porter: both 0 for 2 – Lane K’ed & left the game for an unknown reason in the bottom of the 4th
Chris Basak: 0 for 4, 1 K
Jeff Karstens: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 13-6 GB/FB – 62 of 94 pitches were strikes (66.0%)
Billy Traber: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 2 K
JB Cox: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 1-1 GB/FB

Double-A Trenton was rained out. They’re going to make it up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday, August 2nd.

High-A Tampa (5-3 loss to Brevard County) the opposing starter pitched some for Tampa just last year
Eduardo Nunez, Kevin Smith, Kyle Anson & Tim Battle: all 1 for 4 – Nunez stole a base … Smith scored a run, was caught stealing & committed a fielding error … Battle swiped a bag & K’ed
Mitch Hilligoss: 1 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K – batting avg is down 59 points from last year
Andres Perez: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Seth Fortenberry: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Jose Gil: 0 for 3, 1 CS
Zach McAllister: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 8-7 GB/FB – what do you think, early favorite for RAB’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award?
Josh Schmidt: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Jon Hovis: 1 IP, zeroes, 3-0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (8-7 loss to Greensboro)
Abe Almonte: 0 for 5, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding) – the epic slump continues
Bradley Suttle, David Williams & Austin Krum: all 2 for 5 – Suttle drove in a run & K’ed … Williams scored a run, K’ed & threw 2 runners out at second from LF … Krum scored a run, drove one in, K’ed & threw a runner out at home from RF
Austin Romine: 4 for 4, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB – 3 jacks in his last 6 games
Jesus Montero: 4 for 5, 1 R, 2 RBI
Brandon Laird: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K , 1 E (missed catch)
Justin Snyder: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
Carmen Angelini: 1 for 5, 1 2B, 1 K
Adam Olbrychowski: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 6 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 0-4 GB/FB – ugliest line we’ve seen so far this year? I think so
Jesse Hoover: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 5-4 GB/FB
Gabe Medina: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 0-5 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (7-1 loss to Brooklyn)
Ray Kruml (11): 0 for 3, 1 K – picked off first
David Adams (3): 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Brian Baisley: 0 for 1, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – taken out of the blow out in the top of the 8th
Jack Rye (13) & Ben Blumenthal: both 1 for 3 – Rye drew a walk, swiped a bag, K’ed twice, committed a throwing error & threw a runner out at homer from RF … Blumenthal scored a run, drove one in & walked
Dan Brewer (8) & Braedyn Pruitt: both 0 for 4 – Brewer K’ed twice, Pruitt once
Mike Lyon (24): 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Addison Maruszack (17): 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 K
Luke Greinke (12): 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K – couldn’t record an out in the second after a 1-2-3 first
Jason Kiley: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 6-0 GB/FB, 1 E (fielding)
Andy Shetrone: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 25-4 K/BB ratio in 21.2 IP for the former indy baller
Jacinto Gonell: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
Andy Shive (35): 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

The Rookie GCL Yanks had a scheduled off day.

Too many DHs
A win a day chips the deficit away
  • A.D.

    Karstens love to tease us, throws together a few good starts so we think he gets called up, then an ugly start, then some quality again

    Same thing with Duncan

    Z-mac, cruising

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Why do people complain about Jesus Montero’s size when Austin Romine is just a couple inches shorter than him and fifteen pounds lighter? At their age they are both due for more growing so shouldn’t people also have some concern about Romine’s size. Is it that Romine had high defensive reports coming out of school? If that’s the case then people should give Montero credit for reportedly making big strides behind the plate since his U.S.A. debut, no

    • Harry

      Because Romine isn’t in Montero’s class in regards to prospect level.

  • Adam

    Is McAllister a prospect?

  • Adam

    I mean, I know he technically is a prospect but is he legit…

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

      Absolutely. He’s their best starting pitcher prospect right now, at least until Cole signs and Brackman gets healthy. He’s 100% legit.

      • http://www.yanksblog.com James Varghese

        Mike, how many innings you figure they let him throw this year? He’s at 120 IP right now.

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

          They’ll start cutting him off soon, 5 IP max per start or so. I don’t think they’ll let him go more than 150. He’s a big, strong kid, the workload is probably fine for him.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        The best? I thought with Ian Kennedy and Alan Horne being closer to the Bronx they would be rated higher. Does the health of Horne really diminish his prospect light or is it his age? I can’t think Kennedy’s Major League experience this season completely destroyed his prospect status.

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

          Horne’s injury problems and lack of control knock him down, plus he’s going to be 26 this winter.

          IPK technically graduated from being prospect because he’s over 50 IP in the bigs. If he was still a prospect, then yes, he’d be ahead of McAllister.

        • Ivan

          I never really looked at Alan Horne to have any shot in the rotation. Nevertheless, he can be a dynamite setup man. He has a great arm and has some legit out pitches. Why not try him out as a reliever.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

            Basically everybody you read says the only thing keeping Horne from being a front-line pitcher is his command. His stuff is nasty. If I’m not mistaken, it’s his long arm action that hurts his command so much.

            • Ivan

              His stuff is nasty no doubt, but he’s not getting any younger and he has been inconsistent and injury prone. I think his stuff would really play out well as a reliever because he can just pitch one or two innings max effort and aim for the plate instead of corners.

              • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

                Yeah, unfortunately that lis looking more and more like the case. But I never like giving up on guys, why do you think Christian Garcia is still my favorite pitching prospect in this organization?

                BTW Mike, any news on Garcia?

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

                  Nada. It’s starting to look like he’ll never stay healthy long enough to put it all together. Shame.

                • Harry

                  Is McAllister legit? I get what he’s asking. Is he Karstens, kennedy, Wright, Clippard, etc. or is he a level below Joba. A real pitcher.

  • A.D.

    Can Malec please get the call-up to AAA and take Ransom’s time

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Kevin Whelan has been activated from the DL (Per M. Ashmore). Mike, you think he has cleared the TJS woods?

    http://thunderbaseball.wordpress.com/2008/07/20/whelan-activated-hall-on-dl/

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

      No, not with that delivery. He’ll always be a TJ candidate.

  • A.D.

    Looks like David Adams is getting it going

  • Mike W.

    Mike,

    What is McAllister’s ceiling in terms of a rotation spot?

    What kind of stuff does he throw?

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

      Likely a #3 workhorse type, Kevin Millwood or Derek Lowe. As for his stuff, go here:

      http://riveraveblues.com/2007/11/12/prospect-profile-zach-mcallister-1408/

      • Ivan

        Didn’t they compare him to Phil Hughes?

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

          Yes, but only in terms of polish and the ability to move quickly. Stuff wise, they’re very different.

  • A.D.

    Any update on Horne’s dead arm?

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

      Nope. Chad Jennings talked to Horne recently, and he made it sound like Horne doesn’t even know what’s up.

  • Paul

    Do you think Mcallister will be on BA top 100 prospects next year, if he keeps these numbers up?

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

      Nah, I doubt it. Jackson and Montero are locks, Cole is very likely as well (assuming he signs), but that’s it. McAllister would probably crack a top 150 though.

  • felixpanther

    what happen to Christian Garcia?

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

      Out with shoulder issues.

  • Ivan

    Hey Mike, will they ever give Eric Duncan a shot?

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

      Eventually, but where? First? Third? There’s better options at each spot. He really could use a change of scenery.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.
    • Ivan

      You know even if he can’t stay at catcher he might have the highest ceiling in our system with just the bat period. From looking at the game he looked solid as a catcher too me, even though he is huge though.

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

      Like anyone’s going to give a shit that he struggles blocking breaking balls in the dirt when he’s OPS+’ing 140.

    • Alan

      That’s some fine hatin’ there.

    • Ivan

      Everybody, find things to knock Montero, and when he produces with the bat, people just knock em on other things, yet the same people who knock Montero suck off Angel Villanola, I never thought was a better prospect than Montero.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      You have to love the anonymous scout quotes. I would love to read an article where a scout goes on record ripping somebody, then maybe I wouldn’t feel like I’m reading a fake story.

  • rconn23

    I always love the anonymous scout quote. Half the time I think they are made up.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Maybe i should read a little farther down before I post. Sorry dude.

    • JohnnyC

      When do you think it’ll dawn on baseball writers that scouts are not going to give you an “objective” opinion…maybe ever. After all, they work for teams that are in direct competition with the Yankees. Do you think their bosses would appreciate it if they lavished praise on the Yankees’ system? At the very least, it would be proof that they got one-upped by the Yankees’ scouts. Better to hand out rote answers about how “I’m not impressed,” than to admit you’re not doing your job.

  • christopher

    how many of the yankees top pitching prospects have been pretty badly injured the past 2 years. it seems like a ton. is it just because we hear about it more because of more access to minor league info via the WWW or is this just a bad string of luck

    • austinNYfan

      No the farm system resembles a TJ convalescence center.

    • ChrisS

      Part of the deal is that they’ve been talking fliers on a lot of guys who might have needed TJ surgery or knew they would need it, but their talent was so great as to make it worth the risk. They knew going in that Brackman and Sanchez would need surgery. Melancon and Cox, as well, I think.

    • A.D.

      Dr. James Andrews offers a discount to teams if they buy in bulk! But in all seriousness its a combo of the Yankees taking those guys & some luck, though every orginization has TJ guys.

      On top of that TJS has a 95% success rate (in some cases guys are better) so the Yanks are more likely to take a prospect with arm issues and send him to surgery when he’s younger than risk it having it take him down later in his career

      Garcia: Bad luck
      Cox: Bad luck/a high college workload made it a cantidate
      Brackman: Knew it when he was drafted
      Melancon: Knew it when he was drafted
      Sanchez: Had arm issues when acquired

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

    Montero’s average is back over .300!

    • Reggie C.

      It’d be nice to see Montero finish the season with 15 jacks, just so those anti-yank writers don’t harp all over him. Still, if Montero could finish the season with close to 40 doubles, we’ll be seeing him debut respectably on prospect lists.

      • Harry

        Who cares where they rank on lists?

        When did they ever get one of those right?

        Hows Homer Bailey doing? Edwin jackson is a 5th starter. I don’t put much stock in lists. Even Hughes is just average

  • http://everythingbaseball.wordpress.com Aaron

    Any chance we see Brackman pitch before the season ends?

    • A.D.

      Yanks basically said they won’t, then he had his appendix removed, which set back his rehab (though he was ahead of schedule). Doubtful he plays in a real game.

  • JeffG

    It could be possible that McCutchen is used in a trade – no? …perhaps with the Pirates.

    • Reggie C.

      If that’s the case then the yanks are taking a major risk that could blow up. Ras and Ponson could both crap out the rotation soon, and McCutch is easily the best option right now. I think he’s at a level of confidence where he could succeed right now in the majors.

      IF Horne’s dead arm wasn’t a mystery then moving McCutch wouldn’t be a big deal. Then again, if Horne wasn’t injured, he’d already be the #5 guy before Rasner and Ponson. Injuries messed with the whole plan this year and its touched everybody except McCutch.

    • A.D.

      I don’t think that they would hold back McCutchen if it meant getting Jason Bay, and was instead of other prized prospects.

      Aceves presumably will be ready to fill in at the major league level with the way he’s pitched. Though we are still waiting to see him really start a AAA game

  • emac2

    I have to wonder if IPK is the one being traded since they aren’t commiting to his start on Thursday.

  • Kay Sturns

    you think if ras craps the bed his next start it is over?