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Just a heads up, I’m going to hold another chat tomorrow afternoon. I’ve got some errands to run in the morning, but I figure we can get going around 2pm EST. I’ll post a reminder tomorrow with the definite time. Here’s the transcript from the last (and only other) chat we did.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 loss to Buffalo)
Justin Christian: 1 for 3
Melky: 1 for 4, 1 K – 6 for his last 21 (.286) after an 8 for 20 (.400)  start in AAA
Matt Carson: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB – picked off second
rest of lineup: combined 0 for 19, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K – Juan Miranda K’ed three times … Shelley drew a walk & scored the run … Nick Green was hit by a pitch & committed a throwing error
Chase Wright: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 1 HB, 4-12 GB/FB – 67 of 99 pitches were strikes (67.7%) … that looks like a Dice-K-ian “he’s lucky he only gave up 3 runs” start
Steven Jackson: 0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP – only 4 of 12 pitches were strikes (33.3%) … just didn’t have it today
Billy Traber: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-2 GB/FB

Double-A Trenton (9-3 win over Bowie)
Reegie Corona & Ramiro Pena: both 3 for 5, 1 RBI – Corona doubled, scored a run & was caught stealing … Pena scored a pair of runs, K’ed twice, swiped a bag & committed a fielding error
Kevin Russo, Edwar Gonzalez, PJ Pilittere & Chris Malec: all 2 for 5 – Russo drove in a run & scored 2 … Edwar drove in a run, scored a run & K’ed … Pilittere K’ed & allowed a passed ball … Malec plated a run
Colin Curtis: 1 for 5, 3 RBI, 2 K
Carlos Mendoza: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B
James Cooper: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K – 1 for his last 20 (.050)
Jeff Marquez: 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 6-4 GB/FB – picked a runner of first … 4.47 Kper9 is fugly, no way around it
Eric Wordekemper: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Jose Valdez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 4-2 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (9-1 loss to Dunedin)
Luis Nunez, Seth Fortenberry & RJ Baker: all 1 for 4 – Nunez drew a walk, scored a run, K’ed & missed a catch for an error … Fortenberry & Baker each K’ed
Eduardo Nunez: 2 for 5 – picked off first
Andres Perez: 3 for 4, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Josh Kreuzer & Matt Cusick: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Kreuzer K’ed twice
Tim Battle: 3 for 4
Mitch Hilligoss: 0 for 4 – sigh
Ronnie Marte: 3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 5-3 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Edgar Soto: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 3-2 GB/FB – first run he’s allowed since August 2nd
Rob Semerano:1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Jesse Hoover: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K

Low-A Charleston (10-2 win over Rome)
Austin Krum: 1 for 5, 1 BB, 1 K
Austin Romine: 2 for 6, 2 R, 2 K
Jesus Montero: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 HBP – sitting at 51 XBH … there’s only 4 games left in the season, so it looks like he’ll fall short of 60
Bradley Suttle: 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 E (throwing) – 7 for his last 19 (.368)
Brandon Laird & Carmen Angelini: both 0 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K – Laird drove in a run … poor Carmen is just 1 for his last 21 (.048)
Justin Snyder: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Abe Almonte: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
David Williams: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 E (fielding) – the 5 RBI is more than he’s had in previous 14 games combined
Dellin Betances: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 8-6 GB/FB – 6.55 BBper9 in April & May, 2.83 since
Gabe Medina: 2 IP, zeroes, 4-2 GB/FB
Angel Reyes: 1 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP – how do you know when your career is going nowhere? when you’re a mop up man in Low-A, and you suck at it

Short Season Staten Island (4-3 win over Tri-City)
Ray Kruml (11): 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
David Adams (3), Mike Lyon (24) & Roy Gomez: all 0 for 3, 1 K – Adams & Gomez K’ed … Adams also swiped a bag … Lyon was hit by a pitch
Brian Baisley: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 K
Dan Brewer (8): 1 for 4 – threw a runner out at second from LF
Mitch Abeita (19): 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (missed catch)
Melky Mesa: 0 for 1 – left the game for an unkown reason after flying out in the 2nd … threw a runner out at home from RF
Jack Rye (13): 1 for 3, 2 K
Taylor Grote: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – 4 of his 9 XBH have come in the last 6 games … it’s not much, but it’s progress
Cory Arbiso (22): 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 5-3 GB/FB
Andy Shive (35): 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 3-1 GB/FB – leads the NY-Penn League with 9 wins despite being a reliever … extended his own franchise record of wins by a reliever
Pat Venditte (20): 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K – leads the league with 20 saves … hasn’t allowed a baserunner in his last 8.1 IP … hot damn

The Rookie GCL Yanks‘ season ended yesterday.

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  • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com steve

    I know it’s the year he was drafted, but I think it’s pointless to have Venditte pitch in Staten Island – he should destroy these hitters.

  • Matt G.

    Good to see Trenton take one from Bowie. Funny that Marquez is the guy to do it.

  • Reggie C.

    Betances closes out his season very nicely. His maturing approach is something to pump your fist over. I think he’s gonna make some waves upwards on ALL prospects lists.

    Mike, is it as clear-cut as i think it is that Betances is gonna the #1 pitching prospect in the organization?

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

      Melancon is the best pitching prospect in the organization, but as far as starting pitchers, I’m still partial to McAllister – good upside but lots of probability. It’s a toss up though, I’d take either as my top SP prospect.

      • Ivan

        Hey mike there was this arguement in Minorleagueball between who’s the better pitcher between Daniel Bard and Melancon.

        Who ya got mike?

        I going with Melancon. I don’t trust Bard.

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

          That’s laughable. Come talk to me when Bard has a second pitch. Or command.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

            But Bard is a gamer. WAY more important.

  • Ivan

    Yea Montero is most likey gonna fall short of 60 XBH but 50 is still a very good # and 17HR’s in the lower minors at 18 is extremely impressive.

    PS: is anybody watching the Obama speech tonight?

    I don’t know about you guys but I,ve always been excited about election time. It’s really a cool time of the year.

    And Man, I just feel so excited with Obama speech tonight. Im really like that dude. I just have that feeling of good things is coming in this country with Obama.

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

      They’re all scumbags. I hate all politicians, every one of them is full of shit.

      • Ivan

        Most are, but to be fair, some are quite Genuwine.

        One of my theories with politics/politicians, is who can screw ya less.

      • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        Well someone is a cyninc. With that view, why vote? And if you won’t vote, why live and breathe and appreciate this great country?

        I frankly feel very inspired by Obama.

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

          I’ve voted every year I’ve been eligible, but I don’t think I will this year because I don’t support any of the candidates.

          I very much appreciate this country, I just don’t like that it’s run like a corporation by a bunch of greedy rich old men that will stand before millions of people and lie through their fucking teeth.

          God knows what they aren’t telling us.

          (please don’t let this blow up into a politic debate, this is a Yankee site. This is just how a feel, end of story)

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

            i listened to a little bit of the DNC opening night speeches. it was the EXACT same stuff we’ve heard for the last 20 years from every politician (regardless of party). i’m sure it’s been going on longer than that, but i’m only 27.

        • Ivan

          Word. I feel mad mad inspired by Obama especially tonight.

          Yes alot politicians are quite slimey, but there are some who are really try to make a difference.

          • Tripp

            Really? Ivan and everyone, you all hate politicians but trust Obama? Sounds like an oxymoron to me. Please that guys is so far deep in politics it’s insane. I’m sorry, I hate to get into politics on a Yankee website, but seriously lets not all drink into this “change” crap….it just isn’t going to happen.

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

        Jeez, where to begin with that one?

      • DaveM

        I second that!

    • A.D.

      Not to be rude, but politics don’t always mix, people get into enough baseball arguments on this blog (when the majority is yanks fans), going political could be real ugly

  • Manimal

    51 is still a shitload of XBH. X(BH) Nady has 54.

  • J-Gao

    A little off-topic, but I’ve got some draft questions.

    If the Pedro Alvarez situation doesn’t work out, and the Pirates don’t get him, will he be eligible for the 2009 draft?

    and with Aaron Crow being unsigned, will he also be in the 2009 draft?

    If yes to either question, where would they be projected to go?

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

      Yeah, Alvarez would be draft eligible against next year. I’m not sure if he can return to Vandy, but if not he’ll just go to indy ball for a year.

      Crow will be draft eligible again next, he’s with an indy ball team.

      Next year is a thin class, they’ll both probably be top 10 guys again.

      • Reggie C.

        If by some remote chance Alvarez’s contract doesn’t hold up , then i read that a repercussion would be that Hosmer’s contract also would be invalid. Weird huh. Supposedly deals were struck AFTER the deadline.

        it’d be unfortunate for Hosmer who having initiated a pro contract probably loses his college eligibility. Imagine both guys being available in next yr’s draft !!

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

          Yeah, but MLB approved an extension for Hosmer.

          • cult of basebaal

            but the union’s argument, if they want to press the point, is that technically, the commissioner’s office doesn’t have the authority to grant that extension. the deadline was collectively bargained and they’ll argue that any changes in such a deadline, or even the authority to make such a change would have to be agreed upon in advance by the parties that made the original bargain.

      • Steve

        “Next year is a thin class”

        You seem to hear that almost every year. I know it refers to the top ‘cant miss’ type guys, but by no means should it be taken to mean that there wont be a lot of very talented guys who could wind up helping the team and some who will become stars. Don’t forget, teams like the Yanks and others will pick out younger guys who they think will develop into top talents later, before they ever get to shine in college.

  • yankeefan91

    mike do u see aceves making the start on wednesday for rasner im going to dat game on saturday

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

      Maybe, but I think they’ll use him out of the pen for a week or so first.

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

    My team in Mike Ashmore’s Thunder Thoughts Fantasy League:

    QB – Matt Hasselbeck
    WR – Roy Williams (#3 pick)
    WR – Greg Jennings
    WR – Bernard Berrian
    RB – Steven Jackson (#1 pick, 3rd overall)
    RB – Michael Turner (#2 pick)
    TE – Tony Gonzalez
    DEF – Seattle
    K – Shaun Suisham, WAS (final pick)

    QB(BN) – Kurt Warner (Matt Leinart = Epic Fail)
    RB(BN) – Adrian Peterson, CHI
    WR(BN) – Bobby Engram
    WR(BN) – Reggie Williams, JAX
    DEF(BN) – Tampa Bay

    What do you guys think? I’m pretty pleased with it.

    I did haggle over who to go with in my first pick: Steven Jackson, Brian Westbrook, or Joseph Addai. I rationalized that Addai isn’t quite the vocal offensive force of Indy’s offense as Jackson is and that Westbrook has yet to post three consecutive seasons of 10+ Touchdowns. Also, who reasonably expects Torry Holt, Issac Bruce, and Marc Bulger to all stay healthy? Sooner or later they will be riding Jackson for all he’s worth.

    • Ivan

      not a bad team at all.

      Personally, I would of gone with Westbrook but you can go wrong with Jackson/Westbrook.

      Im surprise Matt Lienart has struggled so far in the NFL, yes I know he doesn’t have a great arm but his accuracy has been surprisingly bad.

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

        Fun Fact: Chad Pennington is the most accurate QB in NFL history (min. of 1,500-Passing Attempts) with a completion rate of 65.6%.

        • Ivan

          Well when you throw the ball 5 yards per pass, you tend to accomplish stuff like that.

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

        BTW, SI picks the Patriots to beat the Eagles in the Super Bowl…again. ;)

        How the fuck they have the Jints falling to Minny is beyond me.

        The Jets go 9-7 and miss out on the Wild Card to Jacksonville (10-6) and Tennessee (10-6).

        http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....ml?eref=T1

        • Ivan

          I wanted to pick the Eagles but I didn’t want to jinx my own team so I went with the Boys

          As for the AFC I picked the Chargers.

          Who are your SB predictions?

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

            I got the Chargers winning it all the way. Still can’t come set on a NFC pick.

            • Ivan

              See how me and you tight Jamal,

              we picked the same AFC team lol/

            • Old Ranger

              Lions

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

              Jamal, the Steelers, Jags, and Pats will all be better than San Diego.

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

            Steelers vs Cowboys, Iron Men win.

            • Ivan

              If that’s the case Id go Boys on that one, as much as I would love to see them lose though.

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

        Wow, that’s a classic one.

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

      Not bad at all. I probably would have gone Westbrook though.

      Man, a 20 team league is going to be bananas.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Absolutely. I’ve never been in a league this big, I’m intrigued.

        Hey, we should post the weekly results in the sidebar under the TJS Watch.

    • E-ROC

      Isaac Bruce is playing for the 49ers. I didn’t know if u knew that.

      Your receiver group looks brutal.

      Matt Forte wasn’t available to draft instead of Adrian Peterson? Peterson won’t get any touches this season. He’s third on the depth chart behind Forte and Wolfe.

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

        Yeah, sorry about that, I still keep forgetting about him and Kevin Jones switching squads. My point still stands, I just threw in Bruce their like an idgit.

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

        The thing about Peterson I was unaware of. I’m scouring the undrafted FA’s now, who should I go after:

        1. Tatum Bell
        2. Kevin Jones
        3. Ladell Betts

        I’m leaning Betts, but Chicago’s QB is Kyle Orton, they aren’t passing the ball.

        • Ivan

          Id saw Kevin Jones

          • Ivan

            say

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          Kevin Jones. Betts is banged up; Bell hasn’t looked good in camp and was/is on the verge of seeing the Turk.

          btw, nice squad, but Turner in the 2nd round seems like a reach to me… but he could easily blow up and have a big season, so best of luck.

    • A.D.

      CHI adrian peterson isn’t very valuable, forte is the starter, and they don’t seem to like AP there even though he produces. Generally available RB with upside are Slaton with Houston and Johnson with Tennessee

      I’m not a fan of the Turner pick, yes he’s talented, yes he’ll start, but he’s with a rookie QB, a shitty team, and another pretty good back in noorwood

      Obv this depends on the size of the league, a blog league I imagine is large, so that can make a difference

  • Ivan

    Mlb draft has to be fix.

    Two things that will be huge for the draft,

    one, trading picks

    two, you gotta fix this system where pretty much players/agents dictate the draft.

    Plus, is it more is the mlb living the stone age?
    Nba/NFL trade picks and have instant replay, while the MLB just assemble replay and do not trade picks which would be huge.

    • Ivan

      would be huge if they did trade picks.

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

      I like the system with the free agent compensation relative to the MLB draft they have now. Without a salary cap that system is very important and it works well.

      Also, are trading draft picks all that necessary in baseball? It’s not like the other sports, the best players aren’t necessarily all on the big league squad.

      • Ivan

        Well Im one of those guys who would vote for a salary cap in baseball but that’s just me and arguement for later.

        personally trading picks would be cool. I understand NFL and MLB are different but picks are quite valuable assests especially firsrt and second round picks.

    • Reggie C.

      When you say trading picks , i guess you mean draft picks should be tradeable in the offseason winter meetings when most of the action goes down. At that point teams know where they’re drafting.

      But what about in-season trading deadline , otherwise known as, post-draft dealing. If memory serves me right .. the in-season deadline occurs AFTER the draft. Do you want to make the rights to sign recent draftees vulnerable to trade discussion too?

      it just seems really onerous…

      • Ivan

        I just want to make baseball a little bit fair I guess.

        To many times, where it just seems the player/agent have more say in things and thus situations become well with Pedro and the Pirates. That’s quite fucked up though.

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

      The only problem I see with trading picks is that the value of an MLB draft pick is tiny. In the NFL or NBA, you’re getting a player who steps right in. Unless you’re getting a first, sandwich or second round pick, who’s going to want it? No one’s enticed by another 6th or 14th round pick.

      • http://therabblewithout.blogspot.com NC Saint

        Obviously you’re right that baseball teams will never get the same rate of return for their Nth round picks as football or basketball teams, but I don’t see how this constitutes a problem with allowing teams to trade them. They’re still obviously worth something, and that’s really all that’s relevant. Teams already include organizational players who no one expects to amount to much in trades. They also include (relatively) trivial amounts of money. I’d say that even a 7-10th round pick has comparable value to some of the odds and ends that regularly get tossed around. But even if that’s wrong, as long as some draft picks have some value, allowing them to be traded adds a new dimension to trading strategy, and makes following the game more interesting, even if only by a small margin.

      • http://therabblewithout.blogspot.com NC Saint

        Also: Pat Venditte.

      • Clayton

        However, the NHL has been trading picks and they have about the same value as the MLB draft picks. Most players are projects more than sure things. It probably would allow for more salary dumps and smaller trades. Instead of the PTBNL it would be a draft pick.

        Another point, how much would you be willing to give up to draft Steve Strasburg? The so-called can’t miss prospects would still have a lot of value and it would make the draft more exciting.

  • Mo

    Mike, if Betances were to completely develop to his full capability where does he project? Comparison and spot in rotation? Same with McAllister? I know it’s unlikely that will happen but it’s just something I was curious about..

    • Reggie C.

      Not to answer for Mike .. who’s 2 cents make him indispensible … what makes me such a cheerleader for Betances is that his ceiling is a tick higher than McAllister. Betances is taller by a couple inches at 6’8″ , which would make him or McAllister for that matter, among the tallest pitchers in baseball. Brackman probably is the tallest pitcher in the minors to round it out.

      I havent read an updated scouting report on Betances , but last i read his velocity was in the mid-90s consistently. The curve has good break to it , but his command of the pitch needed time. And you know what?? His curve must’ve gotten better as evidenced by the decreasing walk rate.

      • Steve

        Dellin’s ceiling is more than just a tick higher than McCallister. McCallister is more likely to reach his ceiling (by a lot) but Dellin could be an absolute top of the rotation stud for 10-15 years if he keeps his walks down and stays healthy. He’s been called a right handed Randy Johnson by more than one scout, and the strides he’s made with control this year have him more advanced than Randy was at his age by about 5 years. Randy didn’t iron out his mechanics until he was 25-26, Dellin is 20.

        To quote BA he has “One of the highest ceilings in all of Baseball”

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

      Full capacity? Man I dunno, Verlander? That’s a tough comp to make. He’s a potential front-line guy, #1 all the way.

      McAllister’s more of an innings eating #3; Derek Lowe or Kevin Millwood.

      • Steve

        Another thing about these tall pitchers is we have more experience in Baseball with them now. When Randy Johnson came up, he was a freak of nature who nobody really knew what to do with. Now there is more of a track record of how to handle these guys, correct their mechanics problems and I would imagine Dellin has benefited from that knowledge.

        One bit of it seems to be getting these guys raw, like the Yanks did with Dellin and Brackman. This way they don’t have many bad habits to break and you start with a fairly clean slate. I was very impressed with how quickly Dellin got himself straightened out this year and think that bodes well for his future.

  • steve

    hmmm i always thought fugly stood for fat and ugly …. but i guess you can use it as fucking ugly as well. :)

  • NYFan50

    Still no CoJo.

  • http://conservationvalue.blogspot.com Jon G

    By the way, for those of you who need to register to vote, you can do it online at http://www.HeadCount.org, an organization I helped build in 2004. The founders of the organization are HUGE Yankees fans – especially Marc Brownstein. We were sitting backstage at the Greek Theater last summer talking Joba when he was still in AA – it was one of those nights he had like 10 or 11K’s and we were all fired up…

    On another note, how does our outfield project next year? Abreau is a nice bat, but has blown several games for us with his wall fear (like almost today – he should have caught that). Nady RF, Damon LF, Gardner CF, Matsui DH?

    And if we don’t get Texiera, who will be on first..? Any chance of seeing Matsui, Posada or even Jeter get some time there? It’s going to be one fascinating hot stove league this fall and winter…

    • Reggie C.

      If we miss out on Teixeira , alot of craziness ensues. There’s always Man-Ram to plug into the power spot in the lineup. But he’s only good for a 3 year contract max. If we dont go that route, then 2 ways are left: sign Adam Dunn as a 1B (argh) on a 4/5 yr contract MAX , or, trade for Prince Fielder.

      I hate the idea of platooning that position, especially in light of decreased offensive expectations from CF and Catcher. I expect Posada can sport a .270 / .370 obp / .450 slg. line. Who knows….

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

        I don’t trust Tex. He’s a very good player who’s going to get paid and treated like a great player. He’s this year’s Carlos Beltran.

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

          Yeah, but at least Carlos Beltran gives you his power, speed, and defensive skill-set at an up-the-middle position. Tex only has the fourth highest OPS as a First Basemen in baseball, that is not worth 8-10 years at $20M per.

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

            “What really stands out, when you’ve got Vlad and Teixeira back-to-back in the same lineup, is what [Teixeira] isn’t,” an official of one club said. “Let’s put it this way: I know which one I fear, and it isn’t him.”

            Perfectly said.

            http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....=rumblings

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

              Daaaaaaaaaamn.

              You know what I just realized, Alex Rodriguez is Mark Teixiera when he isn’t, you know, Alex Rodriguez. Yet people still bitch and moan about him like he’s playing down to the level of career Minor Leaguer.

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

                It’s called unrealistic expectations. No matter what he does, it will never be good enough.

                The only thing you should expect out of any player is that they play hard and give it their all. If anything A-Rod tries too hard.

                • bill

                  He’s the most anxious hitter Ive seen, and its cuz he tries way too hard

            • jeff

              That quote is just another example of how dumb most baseball people are.

              Teixeira since joining the Angels: .379/.474/.642. Not scary at all.

              • jeff

                Also, Beltran is amazing. Really good hitter + great CF defense + great base running = great player.

                Throw in great “clutch” playoff hitting too, if you believe in that kind of thing.

                A little bit of trivia: Beltran has the best career stolen base percentage in baseball history.

                • bill

                  He’s a .270 hitter. Great hitter is a stretch. He has some power, but he’s not clutch, even worse than A-Rod with 2 outs and RISP: He bats in the mid .100’s in those situations

                • jeff

                  lol. I should have known better than to even try. Nevermind.

                • bill

                  Hey I agree with you on Tex but even the Met fans hate Beltran. Sorry if I shot down your comment

              • bill

                He would be perfect for the Yankees. Clutch hitter, good defender. I just think its rough paying that kind of player 20 mil a year. Hes not A-Rod or Pujols

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

    Chris Davis has 14 freaking homeruns already.

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

      Was there any realistic chance the Yanks had to sign him?

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

        I do not recall. I tend to lose track of all the unsigned 30-something rounders.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      How many does Chili Davis have?

  • Hitman

    I’m glad to have Betances sitting in the minors as backup but I have serious doubts as to what kind of pitcher he’ll be one day if ever. He appears to be developing extremely slowly. Maybe it’s just me but he’s going to be 21 next year and I get the feeling he’ll probably stay in Tampa all year.

    • Reggie C.

      Who care that Betances is gonna turn 21? Look at hughes. He was 21 and in the majors and got shellacked and now everyone’s defense is that “oh he’s a kid.” If it takes Betances 2 more full seasons , then great. He’ll be around the age Matt Garza was when he debuted. Physically mature and with seasons of instruction under his belt. That’s a recipe for success.

    • http://therabblewithout.blogspot.com NC Saint

      21 is still pretty young for high A, and he’s an akwardly tall pitcher. Not everyone moves like Hughes/Joba. Were he to dominate the FSL at 21 next year, that would be a very good thing.

      • bill

        Big pitchers are notoriously slow developers. Look at Randy Johnson. I’ll take Betances over IPK any day of the week cuz of the vast difference in upside. Prospect status shouldnt always depend on movement through the system. I mean, Betances pitches to a decent ERA and strikes guys out. He just has to improve his command

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

      That’s fine, he’s on pace to reach the bigs at age 24, like most college draftees. It’ll take him a longer to develop because he’s so damn big. Just because he doesn’t reach the bigs at 21 doesn’t mean he’s a bust.

    • http://therabblewithout.blogspot.com NC Saint

      For the sake of comparison, Pat Venditte, the consensus pick for greatest pitcher of all time, is two years older and in short-season A ball. That puts Betances well ahead of the curve.

      • bill

        Venditte throws slop, I watched him on SNY versus the Cyclones. He’ll never reach the majors. He’s a side show.

  • bill

    Mike: Who is the potential positional player call up that can make the most impact? Its kind of a tough question

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

      Soon? Just Miranda as a platoon 1B, but that’s it. I think Jackson’s still a full year away.

      • bill

        Do you think Miranda can hit 20 homers or more in the bigs one day? I know that he’s not good defensively and he cant hit lefties to safe his life

      • Steve

        Are you as worried about his SO rates as I am?

  • Hughes Ur Papi

    Hey anyone check out NoMaas.org?

    Does anyone know why tubby Pete Abe is featured in one of their photoshop jobs? I know they have some weird feud going on, but what caused this latest escalation? It’s too funny and trivial not to find out.. and I don’t care enough to hit up their message board.

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

      They just hate the dude, (and rightfully so) so they make fun of him (and they are very good at it).

      • bill

        Why does everyone hate Pete Abe?

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

          1. His baseball analysis is that of a moron.
          2. He’s a pompous man.
          3. He’s insane. He literally deletes comments that make him out to be an idiot.
          4. Simply put, he’s a fucking douche.

          • bill

            Gotcha

            • BigBlueAL

              He is at times kinda funny tough.

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

    I don’t why, but I think Theo Epstein and Brian Cashman are from the same ilk. Just one difference though. When Theo Epstein sleeps with a random stranger, he gives her a STD. When Cashman does it, he gets slapped with a paternity suit by three different chics. They both seem like dicks in my opinion, but Cashman seems like a bad ass, Epstein just seems like a douchebag.

    • bill

      I wish Epstein was our GM, he would never sign LaTroy Hawkins

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

        Not only did he sign him to a one-year deal, but he got a player back in return for him. What’s the issue?

        • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com steve

          Matt Cusick + LaTroy Hawkins does not equal 4 million.

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

            A warm body + A short-term, no-risk commitment to LaTroy Hawkins = Nothing to even get worked up about.

            • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com steve

              He prevented people that could actually do something from pitching. I would have rather given Britton or Patterson a look them him.

          • cult of basebaal

            wait! cashman spent $4 million dollars of your money on latroy hawkins???

            dude, i’d call the police …

      • bill

        He cost us some games. Remember the Baltimore game? Anyway, Hawkins is just another example of the awful pitching moves Cashman has made during his tenure here

    • Old Ranger

      Very creative and different description of them, but one can’t argue with it.

  • voiii

    Back to the what if the Yankees don’t get Texierra thing….what about Nady at 1st? Outfielders are plentiful and X-Man has played 1st base when he was with SD. You then split Posada and Matsui at DH. Posada can catch 50% of the time and Molina the other 50%. You give CF to Gardner until AJAX is ready.

    • bill

      Manny at 1st. We need SOME clutch hitters here

      • Old Ranger

        We need some young athletic, good defence, situational hitters. Not big hitting, slow, past their prime… liabilities. More DH players…what do you do with Matsui, Posada if one has Manny at 1st?
        Voiii, has it more right then not.

        • bill

          Okay so who is the “young athletic, good defensive” first baseman playing for us next year? I agree we have to get younger, I called for AJax to start. But Manny is one guy. And we NEED clutch players

          • Old Ranger

            Who is a clutch player, Manny…for 3 years? Not even for one year. If we were to sign him there would be a lot of problems…what do we do with Matsui, Posada, Johnny (resting players), at DH? Who says he can play 1st base?
            There are players in AAA or on major teams that we may be able to get…with a package of arms.

    • A.D.

      Juan Miranda in LF?

      • A.D.

        meant Juan Rivera

    • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com steve

      I’d kinda like to keep Nady in the OF.
      This is what I would do if they don’t get Tex:

      C-Posada
      1B-Give the Brewers what they want for Prince Fielder
      2B-Cano
      SS-Jeter
      3B-Rodriguez
      LF-Damon
      CF-Gardner
      RF-Nady
      DH-Burrell or Manny

      Trade Matsui for whatever. Let Abreu, Giambi, and Pudge all walk.

      • bill

        Burrell will do NOTHING here. He puts up decent numbers in a ban box. He wont do anything with the big left field

      • Old Ranger

        C-Posada/Molina/Cervelli*
        1B-Miranda
        2B-Cano
        SS-Jeter
        3B-Rodriguez
        LF-Nady
        CF-Gardner
        RF-FA or Justin/Matt Carson
        DH-Posada/Matsui

        Trade Johnny, Pavano and Wilson for whatever. Let Abreu, Giambi, and Pudge all walk. We would get a FA for RF, and use Posada as a right handed bat at 1st.
        *Cervelli, (trade Matsui) if Posada can’t throw.

        • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com steve

          Pavano is a free agent. It seems likely that either Damon or Matsui is going to be traded this offseason – I can’t decide if I would rather have Damon or Matsui. An outfield spot with Justin Christian or Matt Carson will be the most pathetic thing ever. Carson will never be more than a 5th outfielder and he is a free agent unless the Yankees place him on the 40 man roster, which isn’t happening. That lineup will probably put up 100 less runs than they did this year.

          • Old Ranger

            Pavano is on wavers, Yanks have a buy-out on him (I think).

            As for the outfield…you are not wrong, they would score less runs then this year. I guess the point I am trying to make is; Much better defence along with good athletic play, situational hitting and good pitching will make up for a lot of the short falls…we already have the pitching. I don’t mean to say; play those that I named (necessarily), more like…the type of players we need.
            If Posada can catch (and throw) full time, I would trade Johnny, use Matsui as DH. Hell, come to think about it, I would trade Johnny anyhow! Johnnys’ trade value should be as high as it will ever be, with the way he has been hitting and running.
            I think some/most of us realize that we need to upgrade our defencive outfield, I think the question is ; How do we get it done?

            • Stryker

              damon and matsui both have no trade clauses. good luck trying to getting them to waive them and trying to find a team to take either one.

    • Emac2

      I would like to see Matsui switched to first.

  • A.D.

    at least marquez is still good in AA

  • josh

    who are the real prospects on the staten island team?

    • bill

      Not the best crop. Some are high on David Adams, I like Addison Maruszak. I watched him on SNY. Good defender, good hitter

    • http://www.baby-bombers.com RPimpsner

      Adams, Rulon, Phelps, Shive, Abeita, Brewer, Santamaria are good prospects. Those who see Venditte as just a side show have not really seen him pitch all season. The Yankees did not take a chance on him to be a side show in the low minors.

      Rulon has been the best set up man in SI Yanks history.

  • josh

    do you think marquez can have a career as a long man/double play guy – somewhat in the lines of a ramiro mendoza

    • Old Ranger

      He very well could, throws a 2-4 seamer FB mid 90s, sinker (not as heavy as CMW) change and curve. Struggled a little this year, needs to strike out more…with his change and sinker, he gets GBs, could get more. Needs more command of his pitches, which he will.

      • bill

        Exactly. He could be a Wang-lite pitcher

  • bill

    I cant believe these SI predictions. 9-7 for the Giants? 12-4 for the Eagles? What the fuck? No respect at all

  • pat

    hey mike what do u think of edwar gonzales? is he just filler at this point? possible 4th or 5th outfielder?

  • JohnC

    Good to see Betances, Garcia, McAllister and even Marquez finish the season strong. Gives us some hope for the future. Also the return of Andrew Brackman. When the Yanks drafted Betances, both Mark Newman and Damon Oppenheimer said he was very raw and would not be a fast riser through the system. Let them go one level at a time with him so he is properly developed, rather than rushed.

    • DaveM

      When does Brackman start to pitch? Winter League?