DeLaRosa takes a step forward

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Triple-A Scranton (8-1 loss to Toledo)
Alberto Gonzalez: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 E (fielding)
Greg Porter: 2 for 3
rest of lineup: combined 0 for 21, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K – Cody Ransom drove in the run with a GIDP … Matt Carson K’ed twice … Ben Broussard committed a fielding error … Chris Stewart picked a runner off second with a snap throw
Jeff Karstens: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 5-5 GB/FB – picked a runner off first … 60 of 96 pitches were strikes (62.5%) … so much for getting him a spot start while he was hot
JB Cox: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 2-5 GB/FB – very un-JB-like … eh, it happens

Double-A Trenton (6-4 win over New Hampshire)
Ramiro Pena & James Cooper: both 0 for 4, 1 BB – Pena scored a run & K’ed
Colin Curtis, PJ Pilittere & Cody Ehlers: all 1 for 4, 1 R – Curtis drew a walk … Ehlers doubled & K’ed
Austin Jackson: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – threw a runner out at home from CF
Chris Malec: 3 for 5, 2 RBI – 10 for his last 25
Edwar Gonzalez: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Reegie Corona: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Chase Wright: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 5-6 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Jose Valdez: 1 IP, zeroes, 1-2 GB/FB
Anthony Claggett: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB – 32 hits & 5 ER allowed in 39 IP with 36 K … lights out this year

High-A Tampa was washed out. They’ll probably make it up tomorrow.

Low-A Charleston (2-0 win over Lexington)
Abe Almonte, Brandon Laird & Carmen Angelini: all 0 for 3 – Almonte drew a walk, stole a base & was caught stealing … Laird K’ed once, Angelini twice … Angelini also committed a throwing error (I’m not worried about all the errors, it’s Low-A ball for chrissakes)
Justin Snyder & Austin Krum: both 0 for 2, 1 K – Snyder drove in a run & walked … Krum was hit by a pitch
Bradley Suttle: 1 for 4, 1 K
Jesus Montero: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – first homer since June 7th
Austin Romine: 1 for 3, 1 2B,  K
David Williams: 2 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB
Wilkins DeLaRosa: 6 Ip, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 4-5 GB/FB – if he can stick as a starter, his prospect status will triple
Jesse Hoover: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Jon Ortiz: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – 12.02 Kper9

Short Season Staten Island (4-2 win over Auburn)
Melky Mesa: 2 for 5, 1 2B
David Adams: 0 for 5, 1 K – 0 for his last 17
Mike Lyon & Braedyn Pruitt: both 2 for 4 – Lyon doubled, scored a run, drew a walk & swiped a bag … Pruitt committed a fielding error
Dan Brewer & Mitch Abeita: both 3 for 4 – Brewer scored 3 runs, drove 1 in, stole a base & walked … Abeita doubled & drove in 3 runs
Taylor Grote: 0 for 4, 4 K – ouch
Walt Ibarra: 0 for 4, 1 K
Casey Erickson: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 11-3 GB/FB – 46-18 GB/FB ratio this year
Tim Dennehy: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 5-0 GB/FB – 27-7 GB/FB ratio this year
Josue Selenes: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Rookie GCL Yankees (4-2 loss to GCL Phillies)
Jose Pirela: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 HBP
Corban Joseph: 2 for 5, 1 2B – hitting .154 on the year
Kyle Anson: 0 for 4, 1 K
Chad Gross & Jimmy Paredes: both 1 for 4 – Gross K’ed twice
Neall French & Emerson Landoni: both 2 for 3, 1 R – French walked … Landoni tripled, drove in 2 & K’ed
Brian Bruney: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – PeteAbe says he threw 13 pitches
Humberto Sanchez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – 18 pitches says Petey
Rich Martinez: 3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 4 WP, 3-5 GB/FB – yes, 4 wild pitches
Manny Barreda: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 4-2 GB/FB

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  • Bonos

    Boy, Jackson is sure scuffling. Sitting at 270 all year. You would expect some ceiling or ajustment or something. Usually it’s one fer, an XBH and that’s it.

    • whozat

      The guy’s 21 in AA. And got voted to the all-star team.

      • Bo

        I hope that was a joke.

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

    I think my heart dropped when I saw that 9/0-K/BB ratio. I don’t want to mention their names but these stories right themselves, three Latino players, all three started with a bat, all moved to the mound with electric stuff as a southpaw. I won’t say the names because of the presence of a jinx but wow, if in the small likelihood that it occurs, just wow.

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

      *”…these stories *write themselves…”

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

      Huh, now I’m curious. Email me if you don’t want to spill the beans in public.

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

        The Minnesota Twins. I don’t want to say the names at all but you should get it easily. If I am not mistaken weren’t both Venezuelan, southpaw phenoms outfielders before they made the switch to the mound?

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

          Yeah, but those two made the transition waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay sooner than DeLaRosa, they were both teenagers when they made the switch. DeLaRosa is already 23, and he’s only been pitching for a year or so.

          And the younger lefty is from the DR, not VZ.

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

            That said, a man can still dream.

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

            My bad about the country mix up. The age of De LaRosa is the reason I am not expecting much, if anything. That is the reason I get all excited whenever he does something special because I really expect nothing out of him unless that Changeup continues, or even begins to develop. Any reports on said Changeup as of late?

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

              Nothing. He’s probably racking up all these K’s by overpowering hitters with his fastball.

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

                If his Slider is really graded as “plus” then does he really need anything more than a “solid-average” Changeup if his control and command continues to improve (Boy, that’s asking a fortune isn’t it?)?

  • A.D.

    Malec keeps cruising

    • Tim

      I am trying to figure out if Malec is a real prospect or filler. He is doing well but he seems a little old and not a lot of power numbers. Can someone please give me some info on him?

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

    There’s something special going on in Chavez Ravine

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

      Has a team ever been involved in two “something specials” in the same season by being on the opposite ends?

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

        Just looked it up:

        1880: Buffalo Bisons, Worcester Worcesters (yes, that was their name)
        1885: Providence Grays
        1888: Kansas City Cowboys
        1891: New York Giants
        1898: Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox
        1906: Brooklyn Superbas
        1908: Chicago White Sox
        1911: Boston Red Sox
        1915: New York Giants
        1917: Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Browns, Boston Red Sox
        1944: Boston Braves
        1947: Philadelphia Athletics
        1951: Cleveland Indians
        1956: Brooklyn Dodgers
        1963: Houston Colt .45’s
        1964: Philadelphia Phillies
        1968: San Francisco Giants
        1969: Houston Astros
        1975: California Angels
        1978: St. Louis Cardinals
        1990: Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics
        1991: Baltimore Orioles, Montreal Expos

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Major_League_Baseball_no-hitters

        And that new Doogie Howser Old Spice commercial is hysterical.

        http://youtube.com/watch?v=TusJ8HSLaUs

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

          Heh, figured that’s what you were doing. Good stuff.

          I actually learned something from that list, I always thought the Boston Braves were the first Boston team and after they left the Red Sox came about. So there were two Boston teams at one point? Eww.

        • Manimal

          Holy shit! I never knew there was a major league team in Worcester! I literally live in the town next to worcester. I checked on Wikipedia, they were only active for 3 seasons, 1880-82, before being replaced in the divisions by the Philadelphia Quakers presently known as the Philadelphia Phillies.

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

      Oh shit, this is THE “something special”, wow.

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

        Only assholes bunt in the 7th inning or later.

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

        I feel guilty, I changed the volume on my laptop. Good stuff Mr. Kuroda.

  • Simon B.

    Cox has not been pitching well lately. You have to wonder a bit about him. Rarely hits 90 with a fastball, has no outstanding secondary pitch, control has not been particularly good at AAA (though I’ll reserve judgment until he gets more innings), and strikes out very few.

    He’s an interesting case because his 2-seamer induces a lot of groundballs, but hype might be a little high around him.

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

      His slider is pretty damn good, but he’s just going through a rough patch. Happens to everyone.

      • A.D.

        This and on the 4th when he had issues were both off HR, where presumably he just missed with a pitch….which is why you stay at AAA to figure it out

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

      He’s in a little mini-slump, nothing to even take note of IMO.

    • steve s

      I gotta agree with Simon. I’m kinda souring on him a little.

  • austinNYfan

    Nice to see Bruney and Humberto back in action. It should be interesting to see the bullpen situation when they expand rosters.

  • Brandon

    Jamal G don’t jinx WDR I know what your speaking of.

    BTW Mike A. here’s some more on Anthony

    Anthony Claggett aka (Other Guy In Sheff Deal)

    Last 22 IP in AA:[B] 0.82 ERA[/B]
    BAA: [B].164[/B]

    • Brandon

      I guess alot of people missed it but

      Anthony Claggett aka (Other Guy In Sheff Deal)

      Last 22 IP in AA: 0.82 ERA
      BAA: .164

      FIXED

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

        How do you do those code things like italicize and bold?

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

          The code is under the little text box you write your comment in. Google HTML tags or something like that, you’ll find it.

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

          You see how he did it, with [b] and [/b]? Same thing, just replace the []’s with <>‘s.

          • Brandon

            LOL someone didn’t read the RAB guidelines

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

            Cool, gracias.

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

        Yeah, Claggett’s having himself one hell of a year.

      • Chip

        It’s 22 innings

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

          He’s just giving the guy some deserved praise.

        • http://mvn.com/milb-yankees Eric

          Fine, he’s having himself one hell of 22 innings. Better?

          • Chip

            Hahaha, much better. I’m just pointing out that in small sample sizes, even mediocre pitchers can look like HOFers but here’s to hoping that Claggett can keep it up!

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

    If Jason Varitek goes into the All-Star game hitting under .210 at the plate I am going to have a laugh or two, or 546728463.

  • Manimal

    Is there anyway to find out what velocity Sanchez and Bruney were at?

  • Ivan

    I have an question who would you rather give a multi year deal 100M+ to, Sabathia or Santana?

    • Ivan

      Persoanlly my gut tell me Sabathia.

    • whozat

      Sabathia. Santana was already losing velocity on his FB and throwing his slider less late last season. Still showing those problems, and his peripherals didn’t get that expected bump moving to the NL either.

      Sabathia had a rough start, but he’s been incredible since then. And he’s not showing signs of decline.

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

      I agree, I’d go C.C. Sabathia as well because of the reasons I’ve listed before. Johan Santana’s average Fastball velocity has dropped almost two MPH (1.9) since the 2006 season. Couple that with reports of his elbow basically handcuffing him from throwing his Slider last season and the increasing HR rates and you have something seriously to take a look at.

      Basically it comes down to the theory that on CC Sabathia’s way down he will have better stuff than Johan Santana on his way down, which seems to be occurring at an odd rate already. That being said, I would still try my absolute hardest to sign CC Sabathia to a four or five year pact with the incentive for the shorter deal being higher annual salaries. Six years would be my absolute limit.

      • Chip

        Agreed, 6-8 year deals never look good in hindsight (unless you sign A-Rod who is conveniently not a pitcher)

  • Bo

    Everyone will say CC because we can’t have Santana.

    But Santana is the much better bet. A much better athlete.

    • Jon

      Santana is FAR from a much better bet. He’s not even the better bet.

  • steve s

    How much longer until Malec, Pilittere, and Claggett see AAA?

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