Jul
31

KKKKKKKKKKKKKontos

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Chad Jennings mentioned yesterday that Alan Horne was shipped down to Tampa so the head honchos can figure out what the hell is wrong with him. Horne’s medical history isn’t pretty, but after going injury free in 2006 & 2007, I figured that was all in the past. Now it’s starting to look like those two years were the exception rather than the rule.

Triple-A Scranton (4-1 win over Syracuse)
Brett Gardner, Juan Miranda & JD Closser: all 2 for 4 – Gardner drew a walk, scored a run & was caught stealing … Miranda doubled, drove in a run & was also caught stealing … Closser scored a run & K’ed
Bernie Castro: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 R, 1 RBI – the new everyday SS now that The Former Attorney General is heading to Washington
Matt Carson & Greg Porter: both 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – Carson scored a run & threw a runner out at second from RF … Porter drove in a run
Cody Ransom & Ben Broussard: both 0 for 4, 1 K
Eric Duncan: 1 for 4, 2 K
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 7-9 GB/FB – 55 of 87 pitches were strikes (63.2%)
Billy Traber: 1 IP, zeroes, 1-2 GB/FB – needed six pitches to navigate TEH 8TH INNING!!11!11
Scott Strickland: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB

Double-A Trenton (1-0 win over Altoona in 10 innings, walk-off style)
Reegie Corona & James Cooper: both 1 for 4 – Corona K’ed … Cooper drove in the winning run with a walk-off double
Walt Ibarra: 1 for 3, 1 K
Austin Jackson, Colin Curtis & Edwar Gonzalez: all 0 for 4, 1 K – Ajax is 5 for his last 32 (.156) … Curtis is 5 for his last 35 (.143)
Chris Malec: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – 5 for his last 28 (.179)
Cody Ehlers & Joe Muich: both 2 for 4 – Ehlers doubled … Muich scored the games only run & K’ed
George Kontos: 8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 13 K, 3-7 GB/FB- retired the last 14 batters he faced, and he’s going to need to keep pitching like this with the way the team’s hitting
Oneli Perez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 4-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (6-0 win over Dunedin)
Luis Nunez: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 RBI
Eduardo Nunez, Kevin Smith, Jose Gil & Tom Baldridge (33): all 1 for 4 – Nunez scored a run & K’ed … Smith doubled, drove in 2 & K’ed twice … Gil doubled & drove in a run … Baldridge doubled & scored a run
Josh Kreuzer: 0 for 4, 2 K
Seth Fortenberry: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – 45 XBH last year, only 25 this year
Andres Perez: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Mitch Hilligoss: 1 for 3, 1 CS
Zach McAllister: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 7-7 GB/FB – 6 baserunners allowed in his last 14 IP … K/BB ratio is up to 101-16 on the year … and to think, this is only the second best pitching performance of the night
Grant Duff: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 4-1 GB/FB – helluva job as the swingman this year

Low-A Charleston‘s game was postponed due to lightning. I suspect Jesus Montero’s batting practice session caused it. Doubleheader tomorrow.

Short Season Staten Island (7-2 loss to Lowell)
Ray Kruml (11), Dan Brewer (8), Mitch Abeita (19) & Taylor Grote: all 0 for 3 - Kruml K’ed … Brewer drew a walk & K’ed twice … Grote K’ed twice
Melky Mesa: 1 for 1, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – came in for Kruml once the game got out of hand
David Adam (3)s: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Brian Baisley: 0 for 2, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 E (pickoff) – tied for 5th in the NY-Penn League in RBI
Mike Lyon (24): 0 for 4, 3 K, 1 E (throwing)
Jack Rye (13): 0 for 2, 1 BB
Brian Chavez: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Brandon Braboy (18): 5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 7-2 GB/FB – picked 2 runners off first
Tim Dennehy: 0 IP 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – had allowed 5 runs in 22 IP all year
Nick Asselin: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP. 2-0 GB/FB
Jason Kiley: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K

The Rookie GCL Yankees had their game suspended due to rain after 7 innings. Frankie Cervelli continues his comeback from some mystery injury, and spark provider Shelley Duncan played in his first game since separating his shoulder diving for a ball several weeks ago. They’re currently tied at five, and will probably wrap this one up tomorrow. I’ll update the stats then.

Categories : Down on the Farm

108 Comments»

  1. TurnTwo says:

    How many assists does Matt Carson have? idk much about his defensive ability, but he’s got a little pop in his bat, and it seems like he can handle CF ok…. wait, what am i saying?

    and all hail the power of the 6 fingers of fury!

  2. Jake says:

    What’s Kontos’ ceiling? Is he any kind of starter prospect?

    • Mike A. says:

      I’m not the best guy to answer that, I’m not exactly his biggest fan. Prospect Handbook says he has “a number 3 starter’s ceiling.”

    • Chris says:

      Wouldn’t it be great if Kontos and Coke turn out to have better careers than McCutchen and Karstens?

      • TurnTwo says:

        honestly, doesnt it seem at least like a pretty good shot?

        even if Coke sucks starting games, he can still translate into the bullpen.

        and from what i remember this offseason, i believe Stick was real high on Kontos, but i could be mistaken.

  3. steve says:

    does mcallister have a shot at starting in AA next year ? he’s got to be the new #1 pitching prospect in the system now that horne has had an injury filled year.

  4. Lancer says:

    Nice KKKKKK headline…

    McCallister is pitching like a beast lately… Can’t wait till he makes it to Trenron.

  5. Lancer says:

    Strickland with another easy inning. The guy seems like an automatic scoreless inning in SWB every appearance. I wonder why he didn’t get the call instead of Britton, although tonight it worked out (Britton threw 50+ pitches, which Strickland would not have been equipped to do).

    It just makes me wonder what more Strickland needs to do to earn a shot.

  6. A.D. says:

    Is Braboy the guy that was converted to pitcher in college and still learning how to pitch?? Because he may be the best starter for Staten Island this year

  7. A.D. says:

    When is the deadline for signing this years draft picks?

  8. Nickel says:

    Did I miss something or has Venditte not pitched in a while for Staten Island? Is he hurt? (Just curious. I find him fascinating.)

  9. A.D. says:

    Kontos…..hoping for an IPK/Aceves call-up and a chance at that AAA spot

    • A.D. says:

      Apparently just tell Kontos before every start that the major league affiliate declined a trade for you

    • Lancer says:

      A note from the article that stuck out at me which really highlights how successful McCallister has been:

      “The right-hander was promoted to Tampa on May 31 and has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 10 of his 11 starts for the Yankees. McAllister’s latest outing lowered his ERA 22 points to 2.01.”

      He’s clearly making great strides and has moved himself up the ladder in a big way.

  10. A.D. says:

    Jhonny Nunez, apparently he has some decent stuff, Mike Ashmore said 94 mph sink

    • TurnTwo says:

      link?

    • Steve A says:

      Doesn’t seem like he’ll turn into much but at least the trade opens up a spot on the 40-man. Who are the Rule V candidates for this upcoming year?

      • A.D. says:

        see if he excels as a reliever

      • Mike A. says:

        It’s 2005 college draftees and 2004 HS draftees that have to be protected this year. The bigs names are Horne, Cox, Malec, Chris Garcia, Pilittere & Matt Carson (2002). I have no idea about which international signees are eligible this year.

        • Aaron says:

          Cox and Pilittere will have to be added to the 40 man roster at some point then. I presume the Yanks will hang onto both of them. But, who else from that list is likely to be added to the 40 so they aren’t lost?

          • What about free agents and junk: i.e., Pudge Rodriguez. He’s on our 25 man now, but come the end of the season, we offer him arbitration and he declines, does he stay on our 40-man until he signs another contract? Or is he removed the day he declines?

            What about Posada, Hughes, guys on the 60-day DL? How do they figure into that?

            • Mike A. says:

              No, Pudge comes off the 40-man as soon as he declares himself a free agent, 2 days after the World Series or whatever it is. Offering arbitration doesn’t affect the 40-man roster at all, he won’t have to be placed back on it until he signs a contract.

              There is no DL in the offseason. So all those guys on the 60-day DL – Brackman, Albaladejo, etc – will be activated and eat up actual 40-man spots. However Pettitte, Giambi, Moose and all those guys will be free agents, so there will be a bunch of spots opening up automatically.

              Giese, Shelley, J-Chrizzle, Chase Wright and Ponson are the obvious candidates to get get released in the name of a 40-man spot, although I doubt Ponson stays on the team the rest of the season. Alan Horne & JB Cox are the biggest names that have to be protected from the Rule V draft this year.

              • Okay, so, adding up the numbers, then:

                Pitchers
                1. Mariano Rivera
                2. Joba Chamberlain
                3. Phil Hughes
                4. Ian Kennedy
                5. Chien-Ming Wang
                6. Andrew Brackman
                7. Edwar Ramírez
                8. David Robertson
                9. José Veras
                10. Andy Pettitte
                11. Humberto Sánchez
                12. Dámaso Marté
                13. Jeffrey Marquez
                14. Scott Patterson
                15. Brian Bruney
                16. Jonathan Albaladejo
                17. Chris Britton
                18. Darrell Rasner
                Mike Mussina
                Sidney Ponson
                Dan Giese
                Billy Traber
                Chase Wright
                Carl Pavano

                Catchers
                19. Jorge Posada
                20. José Molina
                21. Francisco Cervelli
                Iván Rodríguez

                Infielders
                22. Alex Rodriguez
                23. Derek Jeter
                24. Robinson Canó
                25. Jason Giambi
                26. Wilson Betemit
                27. Juan Miranda
                Richie Sexson
                Shelley Duncan

                Outfielders
                28. Johnny Damon
                29. Hideki Matsui
                30. Xavier Nady
                31. Brett Gardner
                32. Melky Cabrera
                Bobby Abreu
                Justin Christian

                So, assuming we work out some sort of re-up with Giambi, if Abreu and Moose decline and go look for multi-year deals, we’d have 8 40-man spots to promote to (or add free agents from). Lets assume that we add a frontline starter in free agency (Sabathia), and add a bat of some sort (Dunn, Burrell, Teixeira, etc.) and assume that Gerrit Cole signs an ML deal… now we’re down to 5 spots.

                Does that seem right? So, could we protect Cox, Pilittere, Malec, Carson, and Horne, and let someone else take their chances with Garcia and his injuries?

                If the choice of the last 40-man spot came down to Horne v. Garcia, do we keep Horne?

                Of those 6, who stands the best chance of being taken and staying on somebody’s 25-man for ’09? Who should we be most worried about losing?

                • Mike A. says:

                  Hot damn, I applaud your effort.

                  Cox, Horne and Carson are the guys most likely to be selected in the Rule V draft. I wouldn’t protect Garcia, if someone wants to try to keep him on the 25-man ML roster all season, more power to ‘em. He, frankly, hasn’t done anything to earn it.

                  I’d be most worried about losing Cox and Horne, those guys are shoo-ins to get picked if they’re not protected. PJ, Malec and Carson all would probably slip through.

                • cult of basebaal says:

                  i’ll bet that rasner and britton are also in line to be dropped if the needs require it …

  11. A.D. says:

    Starting to wonder if sending E-Dunc back to AA might help him

  12. DP says:

    Who is gonna take Horne’s spot in the rotation?

  13. Sal says:

    Is McAllister’s ceiling a solid #3 workhorse? He reminds me of Wang with much better ability to put away batters with two strikes.

    • Mike A. says:

      That it is. He’s very polished for a HSer, just like Hughes, so it’s no surprise he’s destroying the low minors. He won’t be challenged until he gets to AA and faces some guys with a couple years worth of hard time.

      • Sal says:

        Thanks Mike. It’s interesting because people forget that really Wang is a 3 so they shouldn’t take that as being bad lol.

      • Lancer says:

        That’s really sweet of you Mike, to put a damper on things after such a wonderful night in the Bronx…. ):

        • Mike A. says:

          How is that a damper? It’s a good thing that he’s polished and appropriately crushing A-ball hitters.

          • Lancer says:

            I was referring to this portion: “so it’s no surprise he’s destroying the low minors”…

            I may be way too uptight after today’s horrendous game. Looking to focus on the positives…

            • Mike A. says:

              Hey, just because it isn’t a surprise doesn’t mean it’s not a good thing. There’s plenty of guys who should be doing things in the game that aren’t.

              coughBetemitcough

              • Lancer says:

                Betemit is doing exactly what he’s capable of, namely, striking out from both sides of the plate. There’s no one better at that IMO.

                But the overall point is taken…

  14. Jamal G. says:

    Hey Mike, thanks for the heads up on “Eternal Sunshine of A Spotless Mind”. It was amazing. One of the few movies I was happy to see a happy ending, if you can necessarily deem that ending “happy”.

    Elijah Wood’s character freaked me out not because of what he did, but because I know if this movie were to ever happen, Wood’s character could be played by tens of thousands of guys. That’s just messed up on so many levels.

    And Jim Carrey did a phenomenal job in his role. I know from experience how unbelievably difficult it is in a solo scene to create so much emotion and feeling. It’s almost impossible to do when you are by yourself in a scene and Carrey was able to do it multiple times without fail.

    • Mike A. says:

      Your welcome, it’s a great flick. Check out Crash next, and if you’ve seen that go for True Romance. Disturbia was real good as well.

      • Mike A. says:

        Oh, Dan in Real Life and Little Miss Sunshine were very good as well. The Steve Carell love is unintentional.

        • Jamal G. says:

          “The Steve Carell love is unintentional.” You know how I know your a liar? Because I love him too…

          I’ve seen Dan in Real Life (loved it, more people need to know about it) and Little Miss Sunshine (wasn’t a huge fan of this one, probably have to see it again). Crash was awesome and I’ve never seen True Romance.

          • Mike A. says:

            Memento? Another gem.

            • Jamal G. says:

              Yeah, I picked it up but haven’t gotten around to seeing it. Also got “Bee Movie” (the animated flick starring Jerry Seinfeld), heard great things about that one.

              Check out “Gone Baby Gone”. I love that one. Ben Affleck is a dork but he can direct a good film, his brother Casey (the skinny brother from the “Ocean’s” trilogy) was the lead, did a damn good job. It’s set in Boston so you’re going to cringe hearing those fucking accents but all in all, damn good movie. Morgan Freeman (check out “Wanted”, I’m telling you, the commercials do that movie a horrible injustice, it’s fucking AMAZING) is also in this one.

      • Doug says:

        In “Crash”, Paul Haggis taught me that racism is bad.

      • cult of basebaal says:

        wait, what?

        crash?

        seriously???

        i’d rather watch the yankees play the angels 162 times and lose every game like we did last night than sit through 1 minute of that movie again.

        this about sums it up …
        http://www.pajiba.com/crash-boozehound.htm

  15. Sal says:

    And anyone know what’s going on with Humberto Sanchez? He hasn’t pitched in a while either. Last appearance was July 22nd…And Matt Richardson…wasn’t he a signability case that throws around 92-93 and I believe Ebert was pretty high on him? Any reports about him?

  16. Jamal G. says:

    Per PeteAbe:

    “Don’t look now, but Kei Igawa has pitched well for Scranton in his recent starts. Figures, just when they took him off the roster. Chad Jennings reports that he has dropped his arm slot and it gives him more velocity and movement.”

    Last year he averaged a 93-MPH (albeit in one month), from a LHP you’d love to see that, especially with some movement. I’m just saying, you never give up on guys.

    • Lancer says:

      If this means that another team will take the biggest cause of nail biting off our hands, then I hope he keeps it up. Otherwise, I hope he gets blown apart.

      There’s no way I want to see his face again in the Bronx…..unless he’s in a Sox uniform.

      • Lancer, you may just have the greatest idea ever.

        Let’s trade him to Boston. I’d trade him to Boston for nothing, LITERALLY nothing, AND pay all his salary. All of it. They’d be getting a player totally for free, all he costs is a roster spot.

        It would be worth it just for the one at bat he’d throw against us in September, where he’d give up the first five-run homer in the history of baseball. To Brett Gardner.

    • NC Saint says:

      Yeah, Chad Jennings seems pretty impressed, and considers his succes at AAA and failure in the majors a mystery. I don’t claim to have anywhere near as much info as he does, but it seems to me that if an explanation ain’t broke, don’t abandon it. Igawa has had good numbers in AAA before, but with lots of fly outs and too many homeruns. Now he’s putting up great numbers in AAA, but I can’t remember an outing in which he got more outs on the ground than in the air. I don’t see how it’s worth risking another game on those fly balls not turning into homers off major league bats.

      If Venditte turns out to be injured, I will weep.

    • Eric says:

      While he pitched well, this was the same Syracuse team that was completely dominated by Chase Wright and IPK in the past 2 games. Nothing against IPK, but it seems that Syracuse is not exactly an offensive powerhouse.

  17. Jamal G. says:

    What do you guys think about Tim Redding? He made one dreadful start with the Yankees in 2005 (1.0-IP, 4-H, 6-ER, 4-BB, 2-K) but he’s been passable this season with the Nationals. His 2.89-BB/9 is a career-low, 2.00-K/BB is the second highest mark in his career (2.29, 2001, HOU), 0.96-HR/9 is also the second lowest mark in his career (0.82, 2003, HOU), career-low 1.38-WHIP, and also has posted a 4.22-FIP, the second lowest mark as well in his career (4.12, 2003, HOU).

    Sp, Tim Redding’s career year thus far leaves a lot to be desired, but is he a representable fall back option to Jarrod Washburn? Would you guys be comfortable giving up a marginal prospect (the Nat’s may not be so willing to give him up for nothing though, Jim Bowden calls Redding his “only player of value that could be traded in August”) for Redding? To be honest, I wouldn’t want him for anything more than an organization filler. Also, I don’t see Bowden (who has a history of asking a bit too much for his players, see: Soriano, Alfonso) just giving Redding away.

    What do you guys think?

  18. Mike A. says:

    Oh, I was talking to a friend of mine who’s a Sox fan earlier, and I asked him how he’d like to see the order structured without Manny, and he said:

    “1-8, it doesn’t matter. 9, Varitek. That’s all I care about.”

    Heh.

  19. Chris says:

    This reminds me how good the Yankees 2006 draft really was…IPK, Joba, McAllister, Kontos, Betances, Melancon, Robertson

  20. Manimal says:

    RAB JUST started working for me.

  21. Austin says:

    whatever happened to Scott Patterson?

    • Mike A. says:

      He was just activated off the DL today, taking Horne’s spot. He was out with pneumonia, and they told him to stay the hell away from the team.

  22. NC Saint says:

    Mike – is Miranda more or less of a liability at first than Giambi? Given his splits, he looks like a great platoon option, but you were less than enthusiastic about his abilities in that role the other day. Do you not see him doing well against major league righties, or is he just too much of a goon on the field?

  23. Thurman says:

    He also seems to think recently that he can steal bases….
    Someone may wanna pull him aside and tell him otherwise.

  24. Yatt says:

    As for Redding – I’m from DC and word down here is the Nats are looking to sign him to an extension. That could change if the price is right, I’m sure.

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