Ohlendorf steps it up

Game 93: How aboot a win?
Joba dominates, but so does Halladay

Triple-A Scranton (5-2 win over Columbus)
Alberto Gonzalez & Eric Duncan: both 2 for 5, 1 HR, 1 RBI – The Former Attorney General scored a run … E-Dunc scored 2 & K’ed
Matt Carson & Cody Ransom: both 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – Carson scored a run, Ransom drove 1 in
Juan Miranda: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 3 K
Ben Broussard: 2 for 4, 2 2B, 2 RBI
Jason Lane, JD Closser & Chris Stewart: all 0 for 4 – Lane K’ed twice … Stewart was picked off third
Ross Ohlendorf: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HB, 5-2 GB/FB – 48 of 73 pitches were strikes (65.6%) … came out for the 6th, but was yanked after allowing hits to the first 2 batters
Steven Jackson: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP
Heath Phillips: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Scott muthafreakin’ Strickland: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K – 5 baserunners allowed in his last 13 IP with 16 K

Double-A Trenton (2-1 win over Binghamton)
Ramiro Pena: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 SB
Colin Curtis, Cody Ehlers & Reegie Corona: all 0 for 3 – Curtis & Corona K’ed … Curtis was also hit by a pitch
Austin Jackson: 3 for 3, 1 BB – picked off first … Baseball America just named him the 14th best prospect in the game in their midseason Top 100 List update (subscriber only), but that list doesn’t include 2008 draftees … still kinda shocked to see him up that high
Chris Malec: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 E (fielding) – 10 BB & 4 K in his last 11 games
James Cooper: 0 for 4, 1 K
Edwar Gonzalez: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Joe Muich: 2 for 4, 1 RBI
George Kontos: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 8-5 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Zack Kroenke: 0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Eric Wordekemper: 2.2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 6-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (5-3 win over Vero Beach)
Luis Nunez & Kevin Smith: both 1 for 3, 1 2B – Nunez drew a walk & scored … Smith drove in 2
Eduardo Nunez & Seth Fortenberry: both 2 for 4 – Nunez doubled, homered, drove in 2 & scored 2 … Frankenberry K’ed
Jose Gil & Mitch Hilligoss: both 0 for 4 – Gil K’ed twice, Hilligoss once
Kyle Anson: 1 for 4, 1 CS
CJ Henry: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Tim Battle: 3 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B – 5 XBH in his last 7 games (2 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR)
Zach McAllister: 8 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 14-7 GB/FB – 88-14 K/BB ratio this year
Jon Hovis: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – 0.88 career WHIP … all he does is get outs

Low-A Charleston (12-2 beatdown at the hands of West Virginia)
Abe Almonte, David Williams & Austin Krum: all 1 for 3 – Krum doubled, drew a walk & committed a throwing error
Justin Snyder, Jesus Montero, Brandon Laird & Carmen Angelini: all 1 for 4 – Snyder K’ed twice … Laird hit a solo jack … Angelini scored a run & K’ed
Bradley Suttle: 0 for 4, 2 K – 3 for his last 23 (.130)
Jairo Heredia: 4 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 5 BB, 1 K, 7-4 GB/FB – eh, it happens
Jesse Hoover: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1-3 GB/FB – 40-23 K/BB ratio in 47.2 IP … meh
Gabe Medina: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Short Season Staten Island (3-1 loss to Oneonta)
Ray Kruml, Braedyn Pruitt & Erik Lovett: all 1 for 4 – Kruml drew a walk, swiped a bag & K’ed … Lovett K’ed
David Adams & Mitch Abeita: both 1 for 3, 1 BB – Adams K’ed … Abeita doubled & was picked off second
Jack Rye: 0 for 2, 2 BB
Mike Lyon: 0 for 4
Dan Brewer: 0 for 3, 1 BB – 15 for his last 32 (.469) with 6 walks (.553 OBP)
Addison Maruszak: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB – nice job in his first game back from injury
David Phelps: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 9-3 GB/FB
Nick Asselin: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 4-1 GB/FB
Josue Selenes: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K

Rookie GCL Yanks (8-3 win over GCL Braves)
Corban Joseph & Tom Baldridge: both 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 BB – CoJoe scored 2 runs, tripled & drove in 2 & stole a base … Baldridge drove in a run & K’ed
Chris Smith: 0 for 5, 3 K
Jimmy Paredes: 1 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing)
Chad Gross: 2 for 5, 2 R – 9 for his last 25 (.360)
Chase Weems: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 2 K
Emerson Landoni & Spencer Lucian: both 1 for 2 – Landoni drove in a run & walked … Lucian doubled & K’ed
Yunior Tabares & Alvaro Ramirez: both 1 for 4, 1 R – Tabares doubled & K’ed
Dicky Marquez: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 12-5 GB/FB
Ronny Marte: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Game 93: How aboot a win?
Joba dominates, but so does Halladay
  • Rich

    It’s time to call Strickland up and Traber down (or perhaps DFA’d).

  • daneptizl

    Yea, the Ajax ranking was really surprising.

  • McCaff

    whats going on with Tabata?

    • Chris

      He’s injured. I think his hamstring.

  • Blackdragon905

    Heredia’s line was really

    4 ip 6 hits 7 runs 3 earned runs 5 walks 1 strikeout

  • Ivan

    A-Jax must of really impress the scouts with the tools he displayed this year.

    • Reggie C.

      Yea. The tools are there and he’s displayed it to some degree … BUT , the 14th ranked prospect in baseball?? The tools haven’t exactly translated into actual production. A-Jax has had 1 hot power streak this season. I really like the kid, but this ranking is gonna leave him vulnerable to alot of Yankee haters.

      • Ivan

        Yea that is what I am saying. He’s having a good year but I wouldn’t say spetacular. He’s ranked higher than Fowler who’s #’s are better than Jackson and has similar tools. To me A-Jax is just too to streaky. Nevertheless, he was considered arguebaly the best prospect in the HWB (other than Wieters) and impress alot scouts with his tools.

        Being ranked this is probably due to the fact that his tools are that good rather than his performance (even though he’s played good baseball)

        PS: Just one more year and he’s our CF and we don’t have to see the Garner’s and the Melky’s of the world.

        • A.D.

          Gadner/Melk will most likely still my in the OF just not CF

  • Reggie C.

    I love the McAllister line. Its great to see him only walk 1 guy over 8 innings. He’s clearly in a stride right now.

  • Blackdragon905

    Is the plan to start AJAX in AAA next year or is he going back to AA or does it depend on how he finishes the season? And realistically when can we expect him to be up in the Bronx? I remember reading on an espn baseball and i think it was Keith Law who said that he could be up in the middle of the 2009 season, is that a real possibility?

    • Ivan

      Well unless he finishes the year in AA really bad, he’s most likely to start the year in AAA in 09. Overall yeah I can see him in the middle of the 09 season but he’s got to be hitting at a very high level for that.

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

      He could come up in 2009, but he won’t have an impact. I think they’ll start him in AAA, but he really could use a full year there. Nothing wrong with letting stay there til mid-2010.

      • cult of basebaal

        other than it probably means we have to find a CF for the next year-and-a-half, ’cause the out machine known as hacky mcheadfirstslide isn’t going to cut it next year

  • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com Steve S

    Excellent job by O. I say if he can go 6 next time with similar results, give him a big league start. The Yanks don’t need any more relievers right now with Strickland, Patterson, Britton, and Cox in AAA, with Bruney almost back.

  • George Kaplan

    Was Gabe Medina’s name spelled Gaby at one point or is my memory screwing with me.

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

      I spell it either way. Depends what kind of mood I’m in.

  • dan

    Z-Mac is a monster– maybe they listened to mike when he said something along the lines of, “if you treat them like babies in the minors, that’s what you’ll get in the majors.”

    And wow for A-jack… 14th in the game? I’m not sure Yankee fans even think he deserves to be that high.

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

    Someone asked yesterday about Chris Smith and I was wondering the same thing, what’s up?

    Do players have to be on the 40-man roster to be called up during September call-ups? If not then maybe after a cup of coffee in Triple-A towards the end of the Minor League season we might see Austin Jackson ride the pine just to get a glimpse of the big league life. I would think that the front office might call-up some of their top prospects in the high minors to just experience life in the Major Leagues during the final year at Yankee Stadium.

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

      Yes, you can’t be in the majors without being on the 40 man.

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

        Then forget that idea, catching a glimpse of the final year at Yankee Stadium is not worth the Yankees just wasting a 40-man spot like that.

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

          They usually bring some of the top guys up at the end of the year just to work out with the team before and after games, shad fly balls during BP, etc, but they sit in the stands during games. In 2006 they did this with Hughes, Cox, and I think Clippard. Forget who it was last year, maybe Marquez and Horne.

          • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com Steve S

            I think Cutch, White, and someone else?

  • Jake H

    I’m looking forward to McAllister’s start every week. What is his ceiling?

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

      Workhorse #3 type. Kevin Millwood-esque.

  • rconn23

    Workhorse is right. Doesn’t he seem like a guy who can move the system quickly?

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

      Yessir. If he keeps going like this the rest of the season, they’ll start him in Trenton next year. And whenever a guy starts the season in Double-A, it’s not out of the question that he can help the big league club that year if he performs well.

      • dan

        That’s what was puzzling about Horne last season. AA couldn’t touch him, but he didn’t even get a look at AAA.

        • Bonos

          You could say they wrecked the kid. He could see that he was being left behind and tried to do too much this spring. Hence the injury. What was the rush with Kennedy, his first failure in the Majors this spring. Horne should have been in AAA after the All Star break last year. He was dominant.

          • cult of basebaal

            well, “you” could say that.

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

    joba had his nasty breaking balls tonight. only one hard hit ball.

    this offense needs a major shakeup. how about Jeter, Giambi, Arod, Posada, Abreu, Cano, and the rest doesnt matter.

    ajax looked very good in Trenton, save for the pickoff. if BA really thinks he’s the 14th best prospect, maybe now’s the time to trade him. ;)

  • Chofo

    Who else is on the list? Anyone from the M&M Group: Montero, McCallister, McCutchen or Melancon?

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

      Nope. Montero is listed as one of the guys picking up helium.

  • Simon B.

    Maybe they should try Ohlendorf legitimately as a starter again since he overthrows too much as a reliever.

  • Fuzzy

    Don’t be shocked if (some time in early August) NYY bring up Ohlendorf to START! He’s probably better than Rasner after last night’s start. Interestingly, this move is made possible by the success stories of Veras, Robertson, Farnsworth, and the injuries (failings) of Wang, Hughes and Kennedy. Who would have thought that Joba would be starting, and the bullpen would be stronger than the starters – especially considering the success of Mussina. I didn’t watch Ross’s start last night, but saw him last time on Milb.com and was impressed with his curve. I hadn’t appreciated that pitch during his bullpen outings. He mixed that up with his sinking FB, some 4 seams, and an occassional change. I’m excited to see what he can do in the majors as a starter. Hopefully he (and Bruney) can add to this team before the deadline. NOW WE JUST NEED TO SCORE SOME RUNS!!!!!

    • Todd

      Whoa there cowboy. One decent start does not make a big league starter. This guy has no track record of success. He has to do a lot in AAA to open my eyes.

      • Fuzzy

        Don’t assume that his NYY career is his entire career. Check out his numbers at AA for Arizona.

  • Hank Steinbrenner

    I can confirm that we are looking at Ohlendorf as a future starter. He’ll be up with the big club by August 1st.

  • josh

    how hard does mccallister throw – he is putting together a very impressive season – is he a real top prospect at this point

  • Gil

    I have one question. Why no mention that Steven Jackson came in to the game following Ohlendorf with the bases loaded and no outs and only gave up 1 run. The first batter he face was a slow roller to 1st and the only out was at first.