Jul
30

Melancon makes his AAA debut

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Triple-A Scranton (6-0 win over Syracuse)
Brett Gardner: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 SB
Bernie Castro & Cody Ransom: both 0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K
Matt Carson: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Juan Miranda: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 SB – second steal of his career, the first came early last year with Tampa
Ben Broussard & Eric Duncan: both 1 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K – E-Dunc scored a run & committed a fielding error
Alberto Gonzalez: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Chris Stewart: 1 for 2 - he and manager Dave Miley were ejected in the bottom of the 4th for arguing balls and strikes
JD Closser: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K – nice job after taking over for Stewart
Chase Wright: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 11-3 GB/FB – 42 of 70 pitches were strikes (60%)
Mark Melancon: 2 IP, zeroes, 3-3 GB/FB – 15 of 19 pitches were strikes (78.9%) … so I guess all that talk about him pitching multiple innings per outing because he was throwing so few pitches per inning had some truth to it
Scott Strickland: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB – took him a grand total of 6 pitches to end this one

Double-A Trenton (6-3 win over Altoona)
Colin Curtis: 1 for 4, 1 RBI
Edwar Gonzalez: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 SB, 1 HBP – had been 6 for his last 37 (.162)
Walt Ibarra: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI
rest of lineup: combined 1 for 17, 3 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 HBP – James Cooper drove in a run with a singe, drew a walk & was caught stealing … Ajax took an 0 for 4
Steven White: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 4-2 GB/FB – sucks down here too
Zack Kroenke: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2-4 GB/FB
Phil Coke: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – last allowed a run on July 9th
Jose Valdez: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 4-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (6-5 loss to Lakeland in 10 innings, walk-off style)
Eduardo Nunez & Mitch Hilligoss: both 1 for 5, 1 2B – Hilligoss swiped a bag
Kevin Smith: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 K
Josh Kreuzer: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
Seth Fortenberry & Jose Gil: both 0 for 4, 1 BB – Fortenberry scored a run & K’ed twice … Gil stole a bag & was caught trying to steal another
Tom Baldridge (33): 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Chris Kunda: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Tim Battle: 1 for 5, 2 K – the Tim Battle K Counter is up to 96 in 81 games
Ivan Nova: 4.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 5-5 GB/FB
Phil Bartlewski: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1 HB
Josh Schmidt: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 3-1 GB/FB – coughed up the lead in the bottom of the 9th
Rob Semerano: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 1 HB

Low-A Charleston (6-5 win over Asheville, walk-off style)
Justin Snyder & Austin Romine: both 1 for 3, 1 BB – Snyder doubled, scored 2 runs & K’ed … Romine drove in a run
Bradley Suttle: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Jesus Montero: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – had been 1 for 11 since hitting his last homer
Brandon Laird: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
David Williams: 0 for 4, 2 K
Carmen Angelini & Abe Almonte: both 0 for 2, 2 BB, 1 K
Austin Krum: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 E (throwing) – walk-off homer
Dellin Betances: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 1 Balk, 5-5 GB/FB – only 6 BB in his last 21.2 IP after like, a whole lotta walks in his previous little amount of innings
Craig Heyer: 3.1 IP, zeroes, 1 HB, 8-2 GB/FB
Jon Ortiz: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – blew the save, but ended up with the win

Short Season Staten Island (5-2 loss to Lowell)
Addison Maruszack (17) & David Adams (3): both 0 for 4 – Maruszack drove in a run with a ground out
Brian Baisley, Mike Lyon (24), Ray Kruml (11) & Jahdiel Santamaria: all 1 for 4 – Baisley scored a run … Lyon doubled, drove in a run, K’ed & committed a fielding error … Kruml K’ed twice … Santamaria doubled, scored a run & K’ed
Dan Brewer (8): 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB – threw a runner out at home from LF
Taylor Grote: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) – 45 K in 109 AB … yikes
Ben Blumenthal: 0 for 3, 1 K
Luke Greinke (12): 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 5-5 GB/FB – W-L records are meaningless, but 0-6 is just ugly
Andy Shetrone: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB
Jacinto Gonell: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K

Rookie GCL Yanks (10-1 loss to GCL Phillies in 6 innings, the game was completed early due to rain) Kyle Drabek, the Phil’s ’06 first rounder, made his first appearance back from Tommy John surgery in this game
Corban Joseph (4): 1 for 2, 1 2B – another day, another XBH
rest of lineup: combined 0 for 15, 2 K – Frankie Cervelli & Wady Rufino both returned from their mystery injuries to go 0 for 2 in this game … Spencer Lucian committed a throwing error … Chris Smith committed a fielding error
Chris Garcia: 3 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 4 HB, 3-2 GB/FB – 4 hit batters? yikes
Israel Batista: 1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Manny Banuelos: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K

Categories : Down on the Farm
  • Brian

    1-hitter for SWB, and IPK wasn’t pitching!

  • blah

    So what’s the story on Garcia. Any reason to be hopeful, or is he a lost cause at this point?

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

      Looking more and more like a lost cause. Shame really.

  • Brian

    with l.nunez/kunda in tampa, is there a decent chance snyder or cusick will make the jump from SAL? they have similar numbers, so I can’t tell who would be more deserving.

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

      No idea, but I bet they use Cusick as a utility guy in Charleston, playing a different position every day to give guys a rest.

  • Mike W.

    I always look forward to seeing what Betances’ line is…. this season has been rough. Even though the walks are down a bit, it seems like he is getting knocked around when he is not striking people out or walking them? Is this normal for a low-A kid?

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

      I guess so, hard to say. He’s cutting down his walks because he’s throwing more strikes, more strikes means more balls over the plate, more balls over the plate means more hits allowed. That kind makes sense, no?

      • Mike W.

        It makes absolute sense, although I guess I am hoping that the strikes that he does throw start missing more bats as he gets better command.

  • H-Man

    So far Corban Joseph has been the most impressive 08′ draftee. Does anyone know how his arm is at shortstop? I know they say he can stay there, but is his arm adequate?

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

      He can stay at short, but will just be passable there. He’ll always be known for this offense.

  • Manimal

    When can we expect Melancon in the majors?

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

      Next year probably. I’d be surprised if the called him up given all the innings he’s thrown. I’ve been wrong before though.

      • Manimal

        Why stop someone when they are succeeding at every level. Sure his innings are limited but he can be that stabilizer in the bullpen that helps once and a while.

  • Manimal

    Is Brett Gardner ANOTHER AAAA player. I’m sick of these AAAA players that Cashman has found.

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

      Relax, the guy had what, 60 at bats in the bigs? Did you ever see what A-Rod did in 1994 & 1995? It wasn’t pretty.

      • Manimal

        Its not how many outs hes made but its how hes gotten out. Pop ups, weak groundballs, and alot of K’s. I don’t think he can handle Major League Pitching. Arod showed alot of promise though, and I know Brett Gardner is fastttttt but his hitting isn’t there yet.

        • http://www.salarydump.com Joltin’ Joe

          The way Christian has hit I wonder if maybe he’ll end up the better player of the two.

          • Manimal

            I agree, he atleast has a little pop off the bench and has excellent speed.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Did you just compare Gardner to Arod? haha

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

      it takes gardner at least half a season to adjust. i expect that if he was given regular playing time, he would live up to his career line of .280/.380/.390 with lots of steals. the only problem is can the Yanks be that patient? will he ever get regular PT?

  • Manimal

    anybody else think that Paul Byrd would be better than Washburn and wouldn’t cost much either?

    • Geno

      No

  • Matt

    Hey I went to the AAA game yesterday and see that you have closser down for a 2B. He actually hit a monster home run to right field with a man on. idk i just thought you would like to know. And melacon looked great. he was throwing in the mid 90’s with a great breaking pitch making the chiefs look like fools! but great game in all.

  • mike

    Even if Melancon does not make it to the bigs in August, do you think he will be here when roster expands? The pen will need some extra arms with those big games against the Sox/Rays etc, and with Farns gone – someone has to eat those innings, if even to give a break to the other guys

  • http://thefinalseason.blogspot.com/ Mike

    I think Melancon can be our 8th inning guy. PeteAbe said he is below his innings limit.

    What do you guys think?

    • dan

      Tony Franklin said he was never made aware of any innings limit for Melancon, and was told he’s allowed to use him for 3 innings if he wants to.

  • J.R.

    Any idea what Melancon’s innings limit is? Or an estimate?

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