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The uninspiring Austin Jackson was named the Eastern League Offensive Player of the Week thanks to his .643 BA. Phil Coke was named EL Pitcher of the Week. Allowing 5 hits with 21 strikeouts in 14 IP will earn you that honor. Brian Baisley won NY-Penn League Offensive Player of the Week honors, but he’s the oldest position player in the league, roughly 6 years older than league average.

TPA posted their Midseason Top 10 Yankees’ Prospects. Hard to argue with that list, very well put together.

Remember, the number in parenthesis following a player’s name is the round he was selected in if he was an ’08 draftee.

Triple-A Scranton (6-4 win over Richmond)
Alberto Gonzalez & Nick Green: both 0 for 4, 1 K
Eric Duncan: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Matt Carson: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – threw a runner out at come from CF … OPS’ing over .860 this year
Juan Miranda: 0 for 4, 2 K
Cody Ransom: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – 17 homers this year
Ben Broussard: 2 for 3, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB
Chris Stewart: 3 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Kei Igawa: 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 7-10 GB/FB – 69 of 107 pitches were strikes (64.5%)
Chris Britton: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – 10 of 11 pitches were strikes (90.9%)
Billy Traber: 0.1 IP, zeroes
Steven Jackson: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Double-A Trenton (9-6 win over New Hampshire)
Reegie Corona & Colin Curtis: both 2 for 5, 1 R – Corona drew a walk
Ramiro Pena: 1 for 5, 2 K, 1 E (throwing)
Austin Jackson: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Chris Malec & PJ Pilittere: both 2 for 5, 2 R – Malec drove in a run … PJ doubled, drove in 2 & allowed just his second passed ball of the year
Cody Ehlers: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB
Edwar Gonzalez: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – 8 for his last 38 (.211)
James Cooper: 1 for 4, 2 K
George Kontos: 3 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 2-4 GB/FB – handed a 5 run lead before he even took the mound, but he flushed it away in less than 3 innings
Anthony Claggett: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 4-1 GB/FB
Zack Kroenke: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-3 GB/FB
Mike Gardner: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 WP – lacking a feel for his pitches tonight … I guess
Jose Valdez: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

High-A Tampa was rained out. They’ll make it up either tomorrow or Wednesday.

Low-A Charleston (10-9 loss to Greensboro)
Austin Krum & Carmen Angelini: both 2 for 5 – Krum doubled … Angelini homered & drove in 3
Bradley Suttle: 0 for 3, 2 K
Austin Romine: 0 for 5 – still 12 for his last 38 (.316)
Jesus Montero: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 BB – 12 for his last 22 (.545)
Brandon Laird: 1 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B
Justin Snyder: 3 for 5, 4 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI – 13 for his last 21 (.619) with 4 doubles & a homer
David Williams: 1 for 5, 1 K
Taylor Holiday: 1 for 3, 2 RBI
Jairo Heredia: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 5-4 GB/FB – having about as good a year as you could possibly ask for
Craig Heyer: 2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 5-1 GB/FB – allowed back-to-back-to-back homers to cough up a 4-run lead
Chase Vacek: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Short Season Staten Island (4-1 loss to Brooklyn) the Baby-Bombers.com NewsBlog now has live game updates, check it out
Ray Kruml (11): 1 for 5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
David Adams (3): 0 for 3, 1 BB
Brian Baisley: 1 for 3, 1 B, 1 K
Mike Lyon (24): 0 for 2, 2 BB, 2 E (fielding, throwing) – 19-16 K/BB ratio this year
Dan Brewer (8) & Taylor Grote: both 0 for 4 – Brewer K’ed thrice, Grote once … Grote was also caught stealing
Braedyn Pruitt & Mitch Abeita (19): both 2 for 4 – Pruitt missed a catch for an error … Abeita picked a runner off second
Addison Maruszack (17): 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Brandon Braboy (18): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HB, 6-3 GB/FB
Brad Rulon (34): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – 30 K in 22 IP
Tim Dennehy: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Pat Venditte (20): 0.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – easily the worst outing for his young career
Dan Kapala: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB

The GCL Scoreboard hasn’t been updated yet, so no stats for the Rookie GCL Yanks. Check back later, eventually the box score will be up.

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  • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com/ Bruno

    IPK for Salty?

    • christopher

      is that serious???

      • A.D.

        They could try and buy low on Teagarden, which would still be really high

      • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com/ Bruno

        I’m just throwing it out there. Thoughts?

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

          I wanna say something. I’m gonna put it out there; if you like it, you can take it, if you don’t, send it right back…

          I want to be on you.

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

            And you ate the whole … wheel of cheese? How’d you do that? Heck, I’m not even mad; that’s amazing.

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

              Mike, I’m not gonna lie to you, that smells like pure gasoline.

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

                I’m gonna punch you in the ovary, that’s what I’m gonna do. A straight shot. Right to the baby maker.

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

                  I’m not a baby, I am a man! I am an anchorman! I’m a man who discovered the wheel, and built the Eiffel Tower out of metal, and brawn. That’s what kind of man I am. You’re just a woman with a small brain. With a brain a third the size of us. It’s science.

                • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

                  Hello? Who’s there? Hello? Who is this? Baxter … is that you? Baxter! Bark twice if you’re in Milwaukee … Is this Wilt Chamberlain? Have the courage to say something! Hello?

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

                  Little Ham ‘n Eggs comin’ at ya, hold on people, hope ya got your griddles…

        • Brandon

          more like Alan Horne, Ian Kennedy, JB Cox, Kevin Whelan and Jairo Heredia for Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Milton Bradley ?…I spoke to some Rangers tonight they feel we can make a good trade partner w/ them since they have OF depth and C depth they would part w/ Salty and the FA to be Milton Bradley.

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

            Why would Texas do that? Where’s the potential star?

            • Brandon

              Texas wants pitching and Bradleey is FA after this season, they have Max Ramirez and Teagarden as good fill ins if they lose Salty. This could work.

              • Harry

                You realize you can’t throw 4 B-C level prospects and get back a star right?

                I know you want a catcher and an all star DH but come on. Use that noggin.

              • cult of basebaal

                you hand someone 4 turds and expect them to hand you back a shiny dollar.

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

      This “out of left field” trade rumors in the threads that are mostly off topic really should stop.

      • http://everythingbaseball.wordpress.com Aaron

        Agreed.

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

          Absolutely. I agree.

          IPK for Jake Peavy, straight up?

          • A.D.

            IPK for Young and Adrian Gonzalez….oh wait thats a better deal than what Texas got for Young and Gonzalez

  • AndrewYF

    No way the Rangers agree to that. They’ll ask for Hughes and will walk once the Yankees hang up.

    • cult of basebaal

      no, they’ll be asking for joba.

  • christopher

    not a very impressive list after all the injuries and call-ups

  • A.D.

    Malec just keeps hitting, all the kid does.

    Carson MLE Equivalent….he’d be hitting in the 270s as a Yankee, not the worst option

  • rconn23

    I know Malec is old for AA, but all the guy has done is hit well at every level. His .OBP is terrific, as he always has more walks than strikeouts. He deserves a promotion soon.

    • A.D.

      He should be getting Ransom’s playing time in AAA, who is 32, and the definition of filler

  • Reggie C.

    What’s the report on Angellini’s offensive skills? Its not like he’s excelled but he doesn’t appear to be overmatched either. Is he going to get moved up to Tampa next season? I think it’ll probably be better to see him start next season at Low-A again. Is this kid still the best internal option at replacing Jeter when the time comes?

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

      I think they’ll keep him down in Charleston to start the year, and look to bump him up to Tampa midseason.

      He’s the best in-house candidate to replace Jeter, and offensively he makes good contact and has a decent amount of pop for a HS MIF.

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

    Tony Pena Jr., KC’s backup infielder, just struck out Pudge Rodriguez. This was after Jimmy Gobble gave up 10 ER in the 8th inning.

    • Manimal

      WTF is he doing pitching, did they really run out of pitchers?

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

        They’re getting slaughtered.

    • A.D.

      He’s always had a great arm

    • Manimal

      HAHA watch him end up as a reliever. He sported a 91 mph Fastball with a 75 mph curve. I gotta see this on ESPN.

      • A.D.

        Thats some good stuff, and given he can’t hit, might be a shot

  • Manimal

    Holliday is raking, 3 HR’s since his allstar game homerun.

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

      Jackin’ the price up, pun intended.

  • Manimal

    What are the odds that Posada stays with the team? He may not be able to play but he is a baseball genius when it comes to x’s and o’s. 100% guaranteed he becomes a manager when he retires.

    • A.D.

      I’d guess he’d stay around to be able to talk to the pitchers and such, he’s no Pavano

  • Manimal

    I need advice, should I keep Manimal or should I make it Manny M. like everyone else has.

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

      Keep it as Manimal. It has personality. The “First + Last Initial.” just started with the authors. Somehow it spread to the commentors.

      • Manimal

        Monkey see monkey do. I guess I’ll keep it.

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

          Manimal von Rippenstein.

      • dan

        The lower-case “dan” never goes out of style. Does anyone actually call him “Joseph” btw?

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

          Nope.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

          This one chick in college did. But other than that, only when I’m in the doghouse with the old lady.

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

            Joe, I hate to break it to you, but that “chick” in college?

            It was Ben.

      • ChrisS

        I’ve been commentating on the intertubes as ChrisS for a long, long time, I’ll have you know. I’m my own person!

  • A.D.

    So far Malec has had one black hole of season 2006, where he hit .229 in 306 at bats (split between A and A+), that basically derailed him for a year as he returned to the same two stops on ’07 and hit over .300. Now hes doing the same thing at AA. Presumably without ’06 he’d be in AAA pushing his way to the majors.

    He’s not going to give you pop of a normal corner infielder, and certainly not a 1b where his best shot with the yankees is, but his doubles numbers are improving, and he’s putting up slugging numbers not that far off from what Youkilis did in AA, in the same league. Wouldn’t be the worse thing if he could be a .280 + hitter with maturing gap power, basically our version of Kevin Youkilis with a few less walks, and a switch hitter.

    N

    • A.D.

      That N was suppose to be Net in net give the kid a shot at AAA

  • dan

    Jairo’s control has slipped a little bit this year. Your scouting report said something like he threw too many strikes.

    • dan

      and he has braces.

  • Arizona Steve

    Christian Garcia pitched for the GCL Yanks today. 1.2 innings. 5 hits and two runs. So, not so great,but he’s back on the mound.

    • Brandon

      He’s ALIVE ?

    • A.D.

      Baby steps, I don’t care what his line is, if he’s healthy

  • Mulls

    i definitely dont wanna sell that low on jairo, id pick up salty if his stock is really as low as it seems right now, but doesnt that seem like overkill especially with all our catching prospects in the system and posada for another 3 years…im assuming cerevelli can be posadas caddy as soon as next year montero might be 2 years away from the show ..but he likely wont stay at catcher, i think romine is definitely the catcher of the future. i think texas would bite on a kennedy, horne or kontos, cox(longhorn closer), whelan(texas a&m) package. thats a decent haul for saltalamachia right? i mean a potential 2-3 in kennedy, id take kontos if i were them , and 2 pretty projectable bullpen arms. im guessing theyd want mcallister.

    • Reggie C.

      Why would Salty be available? The Rangers have a very deep system. They’ve got some incredible arms – Neftali Perez and some other guys i’m forgetting. With the young team they’re fielding, they need SP & bullpen help. Kennedy is not a 2/3 btw. Definitely more like a 4/5.

  • felixpanther

    Salty is a 1B, not the catcher of the future, just like Jesus Montero. Why not call up Carson, he’s having a career year in AAA

  • Bryan

    Thanks mike for adding my suggestion about the draft rounds.

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

      Sure thing, thanks for the suggestion.

  • Dibiase

    what is the story with Phil Coke? Is he a legit prospect? If so, how far away is he?

  • Jean Afterman

    We’re looking at a Joba for Pujols swap.