IPK helps Scranton to the division title

Cano, pen blow late lead
Hughes set to pitch Monday

Triple-A Scranton (8-6 win over Rochester in 10 innings) the win clinched the North Division title
Justin Christian: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
Melky: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error
Juan Miranda, Ben Broussard & Bernie Castro: all 0 for 3 – Miranda drew a walk, drove in a run, scored another & K’ed … Broussard drew a walk & K’ed
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 5, 1 K
Nick Green: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 E (both throwing)
Eric Duncan: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Chris Stewart: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – quitely hitting .280 with a .725+ OPS
Ian Kennedy: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, 1 WP, 4-6 GB/FB – 70 of 102 pitches were strikes (68.6%) … now there’s the IPK we all know and love
Phil Coke: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – 11 of 14 pitches were strikes (78.6%)
Mark Melancon: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB – 21 of 31 pitches were strikes (67.7%) … rare struggles
Scott Strickland: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Double-A Trenton (4-3 win over Connecticut, walk-off style)
Reegie Corona & Ramiro Pena: 2 for 5, 1 RBI – Corona scored a run & K’ed … Pena doubled & swiped a bag
Austin Jackson: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 2 K – just off the DL to provide a walk-off single
Frankie Cervelli & Chris Malec: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Cervelli picked a runner off second with a snap throw … Malec committed a throwing error
Kevin Russo: 1 for 4, 1 R
PJ Pilittere & Edwar Gonzalez: both 2 for 4, 1 R – PJ committed a fielding error … Edwar doubled & K’ed
James Cooper: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS
George Kontos: 6.1 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 6-4 GB/FB – all three run came on solo homers given up within the first two innings
Johnny Nunez: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3-1 GB/FB – 26 K in 19.1 IP since coming over in a trade for The Former Attorney General

High-A Tampa‘s game was delayed by rain, and I don’t feel like waiting around for it ot end. Here’s the box score.

Low-A Charleston (5-4 win over Savannah in 10 innings)
Austin Krum, Bradley Suttle & Abe Almonte: all 1 for 4 – Krum drew a walk, swiped a bag & scored a run … Suttle walked & K’ed … Almonte hit a solo homer, walked, K’ed & was caught stealing
Austin Romine & Carmen Angelini: both 0 for 5 – Romine K’ed three times … Angelini K’ed twice & committed a throwing error, his 41st error of the season … he’s now 6 for his last 37 (.162), capping off just a brutal season
Jesus Montero: 3 fir 5, 2 R, 1 SB – a stolen base? talk about a complete player
Brandon Laird: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – leads the team in homers (22) & XBH (54)
Justin Snyder & David Williams: both 2 for 4 – Snyder drew a walk
Adam Olbrychowski: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 7-7 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) – enigma
Stephen Artz: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 7-0 GB/FB – that’s some mighty fine relief right there
Jon Ortiz: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Short Season Staten Island (7-6 win over aberdeen in 10 innings)
Ray Kruml (11): 0 for 5, 2 K
David Adams (3) & Mitch Abeita (19): both 1 for 5, 1 K – Adams scored a run … Abeita allowed a passed ball
Brian Baisley: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Dan Brewer (8): 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 E (throwing) – 13 for his last 38 (.342)
Mike Lyon (24): 3 for 3, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB – 3 homers in his last 4 games
Braedyn Pruitt & Taylor Grote: all 1 for 4 – Pruitt drove in 2 runs & K’ed twice … Grote K’ed thrice
Roy Gomez: 0 or 3
Nick Montgomery: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0-2 GB/FB – even worse than his College World Series start
Josue Selenes: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4-5 GB/FB
Dan Kapala: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 5-1 GB/FB – 49-12 GB/FB ratio this year
Andy Shetrone: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K
Pat Venditte (20): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

The Rookie GCL Yanks‘ season is over. The GCL Nats currently lead the best-of-three GCL Championship Series 1-0 over the GCL Phils. Game 2 was suspended due to rain in the 4th inning with the G-Phils up by 4.

Cano, pen blow late lead
Hughes set to pitch Monday
  • Brandon

    (still in progress)
    Humberto Sanchez -Tampa A
    6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K’s
    GO/AO 4-7

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

      Nah, I’m sure the box score is messed up. They probably combined his stats with the guy who relieved him, happens once in a while. More than likely he threw 2-3 innings. It’ll be fixed eventually, usually at the end of the game.

      • Brandon

        It’s on Tampa’s site too

        • Brandon

          Correction it was Noel Castillo who pitched tonight for Tampa, error by milb.com

  • Miles Roche

    Mike,

    I might very well be wrong, but wasn’t WDR skipped in the rotation the last 2 times?
    Have they shut him down, or is there anything else i’m not aware of?

    • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com steve

      He’s on the DL.

      • Miles Roche

        With what?

        • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com steve

          No idea. Probably just hit his limit.

          • Miles Roche

            Thanks.

      • Brandon

        WHAT !

  • jeff

    Wow, six strong innings so far for Humberto Sanchez. I guess he’s been throwing in the bullpen after his one-inning outings. Interesting.

    • jeff

      Sorry, I’m too slow.

  • Brandon

    BTW Laird’s homer was according to a fan at the game a 420 foot line drive to CF

    • bill

      Holy shit. I’ve been on the record as saying he could be good, but I didnt know he could do THAT

      • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com steve

        But that appears to be ALL that he can do.

  • Hitman

    There’s really no stopping Scranton as long as they have IPK and Igawa to lead them.

  • A.D.

    Is there a resolution on the Sanchez front, looks like the box score still has him at 6ip and the game is over

    • bill

      That line is weird. He was a starter in the Detroit system, but I thought the Yanks made him a reliever after they got him. Back to starting?

      • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com steve

        They never officially said that but that was widely believed to be the consensus. However, I do believe that Cashman said that if they believed he could start, he would start.

        Can’t wait to see Garcia, Brackman, and Sanchez get a full season’s work in.

  • A.D.

    Vindette, not just zeros…shocking

    • bill

      He’s a side show, thats the consensus on him. Dont be fooled by the numbers. He has nothing. I watched him personally

      • AB

        sweet, thanks for the untrained opinion of a non-scout who saw a guy pitch one time and was able to form an complete assessment of his future viability as a major league contributor despite the fact that he has yet to complete his first major league season and most professional scouts would hesitate to make such absolute statements so early in his career.

        • bill

          Thats what all the scouts say anyway, and Mike A doesnt like him either. He’s a closer, and he throws 89 righty and 83 lefty. Name me one closer that that throws 89

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

            Bill, I do not know what scouts you talk to. I talk to scouts and they say the opposite.

          • SIYanksOS

            Hoffman the all time leader in saves tops off at 89 and has for over a decade. You neeed anymore closers who throw 89? It’s not velocity its location. Mariano the best of all time throws 1 pitch, how’s his career going?

            • bill

              He threw harder when he was younger. And Mariano throws in the mid 90’s WITH movement and location.

  • bill

    Why are they having Melancon throw 31 pitches? They babied Joba when he was healthy and then they make a prospect reliever throw a 31 pitch outing his first year back after TJS. Call him up! The bullpen is tired. We dont need him fucking throwing pitches in AAA, we need him throwing pitches here. Mike, you said they probably wouldnt call him up because he has alot of innings this year, yet they find a way to make him throw two innings every outing. He’s almost at 100 innings already. Thats Scott Proctor territory. What are they doing Mike?

    • Brandon

      he gets pass innings w/ too many low pitch counts

      tonight PT/S 31-21, he usually does 15 pitches in 2 IP per game, in Trenton it was almost like 5-15 pitches per 2 IP, scary isn’t it ?

  • Eirias

    I’m sure that this has been asked innumerable times, but what is the ceiling on Venditte? One (two-handed) trick pony? MLB potential?

    • bill

      He’s a freak show. Better suited for the circus than a major league mound

      • ryan

        DICK

        • bill

          Suck mine. Seriously, why do you have to start that? Its my opinion, and the opinion of most other scouts. I mean, why do you have to be nasty mean to people just voicing their opinions? Yore lucky youre on the internet

          • tremont

            The fact that he NEVER will have to face a platoon disadvantage means that he can get by with subpar stuff. Nobody thinks he can be a big league closer, but perhaps he can be a 6th or 7th man out of the pen.

            • bill

              Yeah maybe he can be that. But definitely not 8th or 9th. No way

      • Geno

        bill, you have rapidly risen to the spot of most-loathed troll. Congratulations! You win the sheer and utter contempt of most posters! Your abrasive, know-it-all attitude will assure you keep this title, until a bigger ass comes along! Once again bill, congratulations!

        • bill

          Most of what I say is backed up by fact, popular oppinion, or scouting. Other stuff I say is frustration. And I dont think its fair to say I have a know it all attitude cuz I ask the writers a lot of questions.

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

      The Yankees have Venditte slotted in as a closer prospect right now. That can change when he moves up.

      I have said this before and I will say it again. Venditte is not just a side show. He is a prospect, not a top prospect, but he is a prospect. They wouldnt spend the amount of money on teaching and developing him for a side show.

      He has potential. The Yankees are working with him on adding pitches to the left side and mixing in his fastball from the left side more.

  • Brian

    Lebron pitched for Aberdeen. You’d think the gold medal was enough. What a competitor!

  • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com steve

    Cody Ehlers was released.

    • Brian

      Yeah. He could have hit a lot better than 1 for 5 as A-Jax did tonight. He had a .204 average! And walk-off single, talk to m’ dingle. This is 2008 and you are in the Yankees organization. Less relevant-to-winning motion on the field, please. Uninspiring showmanship.

  • Hitman

    Laird and Snyder are interesting prospects. They might make good trade bait one day. Laird might have an outside chance of making it as a DH. They’re like the next Brett Gardner in terms of prospects.

    • Brian

      ‘cept BG was a 3rd rounder, and these guys were 21/27. They probably should have been drafted higher, but Gardner was about right.

  • Joey H

    and um, exactly what was kennedy’s out pitch that he got 11 fucking punchouts?!

    • bklynJT

      His out pitch are the minor league hitters themselves.

      • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com steve

        lol

  • http://sportsnation.espn.go.com/fans/Felix_The_Cat Felix the cat

    CAN I TALK ABOUT PROSPECTS WITH YOU GUYS?

  • http://sportsnation.espn.go.com/fans/Felix_The_Cat Felix the cat

    MIKE I’VE BEEN A BIG “fan” SINCE I.G.W.T!!!!!!!

    I REALLY JUST “lurk” FROM TIME TO TIME BUT NICE TO JOIN YOU’S GUYS ON (imo) THE BEST YANKEES BLOG BESIDES…..(replacement level yankees).

    Ben.K should have taken Fat FUCKS (lohud) job by now.

    PEACE!!!!!

  • BigBlueAL

    Shows you how much IPK has fallen that an outing like tonight’s doesnt generate a blip on the comments on this thread. People are finally realizing how semi-useless AAA stats can be….

    • Geno

      Tell that to Victor Zambrano.

    • Relaunch

      Its about time that has happened.

  • Lanny

    I’m pretty done with IPK and his minor league stats. The kid needs to mature and get tougher.

    • tremont

      I can’t write Kennedy off yet. Sure he has been awful in his 40 major league innings this year. Is he a great pitcher? Of course not. Will he ever be? Probably not. However when you are 23 years old and you have established that you are already FAR too good for AAA, I can’t help but think you will become a decent big league pitcher. Maybe his success will come with another organization. I predict an extended run of John Garland-esque league average performance for IPK. There’s nothing wrong with that.

  • Malcard89

    yes, this is the ian kennedy we all know and love… owning minor leaguers and still cant maintain a good GB/FB ratio. 4-6? seriously? the same kind of game he had tonight would have gotten him crushed in the majors.

  • Hitman

    The biggest problem with both Kennedy and Hughes is the lack of stuff. Hughes is basically a 2 pitch pitcher with only a slightly above average fastball and Kennedy appears to have a slew of problems. Both have been in the minors attempting to improve their pitches. Hughes has been taught the cutter but has not looked particularly dominant lately. Hopefully the AFL will help these two. I’m assuming some combination of Sanchez, Hughes, Joba, Kennedy, Garcia are headed there. Brackman and Bleich might have an outside shot.

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