Not a good night for the pitchers

Game 100: Rollin'
Yanks, firing on all cylinders, roll over Twins again

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 win over Richmond)
Cody Ransom: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – 3 straight games with a jack
Chris Stewart: 3 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 E (throwing)
Greg Porter: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
rest of lineup: combined 0 for 17, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP – Eric Duncan drew a walk & was hit by a pitch
Al Aceves: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K – 43 of 65 pitches were strikes (66.2%) … taken out after strugging through the 2nd and 3rd innings
Steven White: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 8-1 GB/FB – 17 of 34 pitches were strikes (50%)
JB Cox: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K
Brian Bruney: 1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – schedule to pitch tomorrow night as well
Scott Strickland: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Double-A Trenton‘s game started late after a long rain delay. I’m not going to wait for it to end. Here’s the box.

High-A Tampa
Game 1
(4-2 win over Brevard County in 7 innings) this was the makeup of yesterday’s rainout
Luis Nunez: 1 for 3
Eduardo Nunez, Josh Kreuzer & Kyle Anson: all 1 for 2 – Nunez walked, K’ed & was caught stealing … Kreuzer drew a walk & scored a run
Kevin Smith & Mitch Hilligoss: both 0 for 3 – Smith drove in a run
Seth Fortenberry & Andres Perez: both 1 for 3, 1 R – Perez hit a 3-run jack, K’ed & committed a throwing error
Mike Dunn: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 8-2 GB/FB
Phil Bartlewski: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K – 40 K in 37.1 IP
Jon Hovis: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Game 2 (16-2 pounding at the hands of Brevard County, in 7 innings!)
The Nunezes: both 1 for 3 – Luis K’ed twice … Eduardo hit a solo jack
Mitch Hilligoss: 1 for 1, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – took over third in the top of the 7th
Tom Baldridge (33): 1 for 3 – threw runners out at second & third from LF
rest of lineup: combined 0 for 15, 1 BB, 6 K
Jason Stephens: 2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 1 K – sheesh
Edgar Soto: 1.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K – holy crap moly
Grant Duff: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Rob Semerano: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Chris Kunda: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K – you know it’s bad when a backup infielder needs to take to the mound … last position player to take the mound in the minors (for the Yanks) that I can remember was Tony Roth back in 2006 … that, of course, was part of that ridiculous weekend in which Roth went 3 for 4 with RBI as a 2B on Friday, threw 2 perfect innings to pick up the win in relief on Saturday, then went 2 for 2 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored as a 1B on Sunday (that box isn’t working) … good times

Low-A Charleston (7-5 loss to Greensboro)
Austin Krum: 1 for 5, 2 K – 2 straight games on the bench for the uber-slumping Abe Almonte, although he did make a pinch running appearance late in the game
Bradley Suttle: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Austin Romine, Justin Snyder & Carmen Angelini: all 1 for 5 – Snyder scored a run & K’ed three times … Angelini drove in a run & K’ed
Jesus Montero: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 K – 14 for his last 28
Brandon Laird: 4 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI – 4 homers in his last 11 games
Taylor Holiday: 2 for 4, 2 K
Lance Pendleton: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2-9 GB/FB
Stephen Artz: 3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 5-1 GB/FB – bumps his season strikeout total up to 12 (in 28.2 IP)

Short Season Staten Island (1-0 win over Jamestown)
Braedyn Pruitt & Melky Mesa: both 1 for 3 – Pruitt K’ed
Addison Maruszack (17): 1 for 4, 1 RBI
rest of lineup: combined 0 for 20, 3 BB, 6 K – Jack Rye stole a base
David Phelps (14): 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 9-4 GB/FB – the lone exception in a night of crappy starts
Josue Selenes: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Brad Rulon (34): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – 14 hits allowed & 32 K in 23 IP
Pat Venditte (20): 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K

Rookie GCL Yanks (5-4 loss to GCL Braves)
Jose Pirela: 0 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Corban Joseph (4): 0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding) – picked off first
Jimmy Paredes, Chad Gross (28)  & Alvaro Ramirez: all 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – Gross scored a run
Chase Weems: 2 for 2, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 E (throwing)
Mitch Delaney (21): 2 for 3, 1 R
Zoilo Almonte & Spencer Lucian (31): both 1 for 4 – Almonte drove in a run & K’ed … Lucian drove in 2, K’ed twice & committed a fielding error
Humberto Sanchez: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – remember, the work he’s getting in now is the work that usually gets done in Extended Spring Training, but there’s no XST this time of year
Kelvin Perez: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HBP
Francisco Rondon: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Game 100: Rollin'
Yanks, firing on all cylinders, roll over Twins again
  • blah

    What happened to Cervelli? He came back for a few games in June, then I never heard about him again.

    • Mike A.

      I’m not sure. I don’t think any one knows. I haven’t seen anything on him in weeks.

      • RPimpsner

        I think the last thing I remember hearing about him was a knee injury and that he will probably be out for a while.

  • whozat

    “Humberto Sanchez: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – remember, the work he’s getting in now is the work that usually gets done in Extended Spring Training, but there’s no XST this time of year”

    No! I refuse to listen to you! He’s a bust! Cashman was an idiot to trade Sheffield! He’s better than Gardner! Who cares that he’s a constantly injured DH now that hasn’t hit for crap all season! He’s a presence and a gamer! He’s feared! He makes the hitters around him better! Other nonsensical cliches as well!

    • Jamal G.

      Gary Sheffield actually had a 20/20/20 season in 2007. I did not know that.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos

        But he said that racism still exists in America, so naturally, we should all hate him.

    • cult of basebaal

      you forgot a HARRRUMMPH.

      • Travis G.

        i didn’t get a harumph out of that guy!

  • Jamal G.

    Mike, Chad Jennings said that Alfredo Aceves was on a strict pitch count of 65.

    • Mike A.

      Well then, nevermind.

    • jeff

      Jennings also said Aceves pitched a perfect third with two ground outs and a strikeout on eight pitches.

      • A.D.

        Yeah basically Aceves struggled through the 2nd, and with the pitch limit that was that

  • Reggie C.

    With the Yankee bullpen seemingly set , i guess we’ll have to wait till next season to see Melancon in pinstripes. Its great that with the emergence of Robertson and Edwar as reliable options, Melancon won’t be counted on as much to be a Joba-impact type. The bullpen is the ONLY part of the squad that’s getting younger and better…. n

  • Eric SanInocencio


    According to some published reports, Cervelli has a knee injury that will likely keep him out for the remainder of this season. I don’t remember if it was Pete Abe or another site, but I remember readng Cashman’s comments on the young backstop.

  • Joltin’ Joe

    So which one of these suckers is going to Seattle for Washy?

  • RPimpsner

    Just a thought. The past few weeks I have seen a lot of Tampa Bay scouts coming to the games in Staten Island. Actually I have seen three different guys from the Rays at the games.

    I don’t know if that means anything but they have been here alot to games that they are not playing Hudson Valley.

    • Mike A.

      Huh, that’s interesting. Usually guys that far away from the bigs aren’t included in trades, or at least included as a centerpiece. Maybe they’re scouting the opposing teams?

      • dan

        Also, guys can’t be traded within a year of signing (either signing or being drafted, cant remember which).

        • Mike A.

          Signing. But they can be a PTBNL after six months.

      • RPimpsner

        There have been rare times when they traded guys off the Staten Island roster for another player straight up. The main one that comes to mind was Justin Berg for Lawton in 2005. Berg has been in Double A the past couple years.

    • A.D.

      Maybe the yanks are considering taking a flyer on Baldelli…

  • Blackdragon905

    Kelvin DeLeon had 2 hrs tonight for the DSL yankees, whats the scouting report on this guy, i hear he is a great prospect with a ton of power?

    • Mike A.

      Not sure, I tend to ignore guys in the DSL because the information coming out of there is so unreliable. Once they reach the states I take the time to learn about them.

    • Arizona Steve

      He is a big prospect. Big signing bonus. He and Eduardo Sosa are the players to watch in the DSL for the Yanks. Their both 17 year old outfielders. High up side but still 100-1 to even see the big leagues.

  • dan

    No idea if this is true or not, but it seems like either Montero or Romine hits well each game, but rarely both of them. Maybe it has something to do with who’s catching each game? Maybe I’m delusional/making this up? Maybe I’ll stop asking rhetorical questions? Maybe not?

    • jeff

      They both had four hits two days ago and two hits the day before.

      • dan

        okay so they’re both sick all the time. nevermind.

  • Blackdragon905

    Nevermind, found this on another fourm, i think its from baseball prospectus, not sure though

    10. Kelvin DeLeon, OF
    DOB: 10/29/90
    Height/Weight: 6-3/190
    Bats/Throws: R/R
    Acquired: NDFA, 2007, Dominican Republic
    2007 Stats: None

    Year In Review: Universally considered one of the top position players available in the international signing period, DeLeon inked with the Yankees for a seven-figure deal.
    The Good: DeLeon’s tools had scouts drooling leading up to the signing period. He has plus-plus power potential, and already showed the ability to tap into that power in game situations during the Yankee’s Dominican instructional league. He also projects to hit for a high average thanks to excellent plate coverage. He’s an above-average athlete and average runner, and projects as a solid right fielder defensively with an above-average arm.
    The Bad: DeLeon still has a number of refinements to make offensively. He’s rarely seen good pitching, and needs to work on identifying which pitches to lay off and which he can drive. He still reaches for breaking balls, and his swing can get a bit long at times when he tries too hard to showcase his power.
    Fun Fact: In his first semi-official at-bat for the Yankees in the Domincan instructional league opener, DeLeon launched a home run that one in attendance estimated as traveling 425 feet.
    Perfect World Projection: DeLeon’s ceiling is tremendous, as is the gap between reality and what you can dream on.
    Timetable: DeLeon will likely follow the same path that Jesus Montero did last year, beginning the year in extended spring training before making his official pro debut in the Gulf Coast League.

  • Manimal

    Vendette’s back to norm.

  • Manimal

    UPDATED RUMORS: Igawa to mariners is a possibility but then mariners might put in Vidro to get some prospects back. Id give em Igawa Melky some nobody in A ball and maybe Michael Kay, a couple balls and a bat.

    • Manimal

      seriously I’d do it. Another rumor that Yankees are scouting Lowe in LA. I would send Betemit back and maybe Karstens +medium prospect.

    • jeff

      I think you misread the rumor. Adding Vidro to the deal wouldn’t “get some prospects back” since he’s one of the least valuable players in all of baseball. It would simply make up for the Mariners taking Igawa’s salary. Of course, the Yankees would never take Vidro because there isn’t even a spot on the roster for him.

      As for adding Melky to the deal, that’s just crazy. The Mariners might give Washburn away for nothing just to get rid of the salary. It’s certainly not going to take a major league player to get him.

      Igawa and someone like Colin Curtis might even be too much, assuming the Yankees take all of Washburn’s salary.

      BTW, I’d definitely be in favor of a deal like that.

      • NC Saint

        Igawa and Curtis might be too much? How does that work? It’s pretty clear the Yankees desperately don’t want Igawa on the team. And he isn’t working for peanuts either. So we’d be adding a starter we could actually use for Colin Curtis and a bit of cash. That would be a coup.

        • Jamal G.

          Colin Curtis is too much. The Yanks seem to be a bit higher on Curtis than outside sources and I trust their opinion of their own players than what Baseball America or might say. Check Curtis’ numbers, it’s not like he’s just some Minor League filler, he has a future as a reliable fourth outfielder in the Majors.

    • raymagnetic ®™

      So you would trade the Yankees starting CF who isn’t hitting for a guy who can only DH and is actually hitting worse than Melky plus send other prospects to Seattle for the right to pay Vidro for the rest of this year plus his vesting option? That’s NUTS!

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  • Vladdy The Daddy

    wow the mariners are stupid

    • Manimal

      just look at how much money they paid over the winter and their record. Makes me giggle every time.

  • r.w.g.

    It’s been a pretty decent stretch for Laird. Doesn’t really hit for any average, but he seemed to be getting at least one knock in a majority of the games the past week and a half or so. And he usually hit it hard.

  • pat

    wheres chris smith???????

  • A.D.

    May have been a bad night for most pitchers, but at least we know Steven White is alive, i’ll take that