Kennedy makes his case; Charleston’s offense explodes

Mo day-to-day with back spasms
Yanks roll over Angels after pitching falters

Brian Foley at The College Baseball Blog ran down the Eastern Division pitchers he saw last weekend at the Cape Cod League All-Star Game. Check it out, most of those guys are going to premium draft picks next year.

Triple-A Scranton (5-2 win over Pawtucket)
Brett Gardner: 0 for 5
Berne Castro: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 CS
Matt Carson: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB – another year, another .800+ OPS
Juan Miranda: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Cody Ransom: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – 1 for his last 20 (.050)
Ben Broussard: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K
Chris Stewart: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 1 K – picked a runner off first with a snap throw
Eric Duncan: 0 for 4, 2 K
Chris Basak: 1 for 3, 1 R
IPK: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 5-9 GB/FB – 67 of 96 pitches were strikes (69.7%) … he’s ready to take a spot from Ponson/Rasner
Scott Patterson: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Double-A Trenton had their doubleheader cancelled due to wet grounds. This was the Thunder’s last trip up to Portland, so they’re not going to make these games up.

High-A Tampa
Game 1
(2-1 loss to Lakeland in 7 innings) makeup of the June 21st game that was postponed due to wet grounds
Luis Nunez: 1 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Eduardo Nunez: 1 for 4, 1 RBI
Andres Perez: 1 for 2, 1 3B
rest of lineup: combined 0 for 15, 3 BB, 6 K – Josh Kreuzer & Seth Fortenberry each drew a walk & K’ed once … Tim Battle K’ed in his 2 AB
Ryan Pope: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 5-9 GB/FB – you’d like to see more than 6.28 Kper9, but a 3.82 K/BB ratio is pretty damn good
Grant Duff: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K
Game 2 (4-2 loss to Lakeland)
Luis Nunez: 0 for 4
Eduardo Nunez & Kevin Smith: both 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B – Nunez K’ed … Smith drove in a run
Josh Kreuzer & Kyle Anson: both 1 for 3 – Anson K’ed
Seth Fortenberry: 3 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Tom Baldridge (33), Tim Battle & Chris Kunda: all 0 for 3 – Battle K’ed & committed a fielding error … Kunda K’ed twice & committed a fielding error
Jason Stephens: 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 7-6 GB/FB
Mike Obradovich: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K – promoted after obliterating the GCL … he still hasn’t walked a batter as a pro

Low-A Charleston (9-3 win over Greenville)
Justin Snyder & Austin Romine : both 0 for 5 – Snyder is 0 for his last 13 … Romine K’ed twice
Bradley Suttle: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K – 6 of his last 10 hits have gone for extra bases
Jesus Montero: 4 for 5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI – Jesus!
Austin Krum: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 BB
Brandon Laird: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K – 5 for his last 11 with 2 doubles & 3 homers after an 0 for 11 stretch
Carmen Angelini: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Abe Almonte: 0 for 4, 1 K
Prilys Cuello: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – 5 for his last 7 after an 0 for 9 stretch
Lance Pendleton: 5 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 5-3 GB/FB – 93 K in 102 IP
Noel Castillo: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 5-1 GB/FB
Chase Vacek: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (5-3 loss to Brooklyn in 13 innings) today was their Old Timers’ Day … Robert at Baby-Bombers will have more photos later on
Addison Maruszack (17) & David Adams (3): both 2 for 6 – Maruszack K’ed … Adams scored a run
Brian Baisley: 1 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
Marcos Vechionacci: 0 for 2, 1 E (throwing) – played 5 innings in the field and called it a day
Mike Lyon (24): 0 or 4, 1 K – took over at the hot corner for Vech
Dan Brewer (8): 0 for 6, 2 K
Jack Rye (13): 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – 6 for his last 33 (.182)
Steve Strausbaugh: 2 for 4, 1 2B
Taylor Grote: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 2 K – singled in the tying run with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th
Casey Erickson: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 9-5 GB/FB
Nick Asselin: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 2-2 GB/FB
Brad Rulon (34): 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2-0 GB/FB – yeah he was almost on the hook for the loss in this game, but he’s allowed only 17 hits against 42 K in 28.2 IP this year … every year some unheralded late round draftee ends up dominating out of SI’s pen, and this year it’s him
Pat Venditte (20): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2-2 GB/FB – back after missing a few days with an illness
Dan Kapala: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 3-0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks had a scheduled off day.

Mo day-to-day with back spasms
Yanks roll over Angels after pitching falters
  • DP

    In fairness, I’m no Ponson fan, but its pretty obvious that Rasner is the one about to get replaced. Ponson only needs like 2-3 more starts before Hughes is ready.

    • Chris

      There’s also the advantage that you can just send Rasner down to AAA and have him waiting in the wings. Once you release Ponson, he’s gone.

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

        Rasner’s out of options, so he has to pass through waivers before they send him to the minors. He signed a minor league deal before the year, but once he’s added to the 40-man the same rules apply. Someone would probably claim him.

        • JRVJ

          Ponson’s great start last Friday earned him another start.

          Having said that, if Ponson’s pounded on this Wednesday in Texas, it’s possible that he’ll be DFAed, Rassner is backed up to take his spot in the rotation and IPK takes Rassner’s turn on Friday (if Ponson’s great, then Rassner is gone and IPK takes his place).

          The one thing I DON’T want the Yankees to do is send Giese down. The guy’s been more than acceptable this year, and I definitely have a spot in my heart for 30 year old ballplayers who are finally earning a little bit of money.

          • steve (different one)

            they could flip Rasner and Giese’s roles…

            • BklynJT

              When hasn’t Ranser given up a run in the first inning of any of his outings?? Rasner as a long man… no thanks

              • steve (different one)

                don’t long men generally pitch in blowouts?

        • Chris

          For some reason I thought he had already gone back and forth… not sure why I thought that.

      • austinNYfan

        I also think Ponson’s last start saved him. After Rasner’s first three starts at has been all down hill. His record and ERA reflect it. He can’t be worse. Giriardi wanted IPK to prove it and he did.

    • Joe

      No, Ponson has been really bad and worse than Rasner

      • DP

        Ponson only needs 2 more starts before they can skip him, even if Hughes needs 3 more starts to get ready. Kennedy won’t be ready for that next (Ponson) start, so we’re talking about one start

  • A.D.

    3 ip for Vindette…making up for lost time

    • Nickel

      Hypothetically, if he ever starts a game, could he throw 200 pitches? :-)

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

        Heh, that might be overkill. Pitching is mostly legs, so I imagine he’d still tire after 100-120 pitches.

        • Nickel

          I would figure. I just think about how people talk about running up someone’s pitch count in order to get a starter out of a game, and I can’t help visualizing some unrealistic, cartoon-like scenario where an opposing team tries to run up his pitch count…twice.

  • dan

    I heard Kennedy is the starter for next Friday instead of Rasner… so he’d better be ready.

    And was Obradovich not drafted or something?

    • Ivan

      Where ya heard that?

    • Newman

      Who did you hear that from?

      • dan

        Sorry for the late response…. I think it was on the post game

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

      Obradovich was an undrafted free agent signed out of Florida Atlantic University this year.

  • Ivan

    Man how good is Montero. 13HR’s, with a .316BA and his OPS .840 at the age of 18 in pitcher’s league.

    Wouldn’t be surprise if he’s ranked ahead of A-Jax as yankee top prospect.

    Do ya think if he continued hitting like this he can crack the top 25 or 30?

    • austinNYfan

      Why hasn’t he at least moved up to Tampa already?

  • Chip

    Kennedy has to get the start over Rasner. Rasner hasn’t had control or stuff the last few outings, the league is apparently figuring him out and Kennedy hasn’t really had a bad game down there

  • Todd

    Mike. Does anyone really know why IPK sucked earlier this year? I know his command was off, but it was so out of character for him because control was his strength last year. Also, is he really different now than earlier in the year when he dominated AAA for one start then was mediocre for the Yanks? It just seems that Rasner also dominated AAA and is very mediocre now for the Yanks. I am not convinced that IPK will be any different than Rasner. But, as irrational as it sounds, I want the Yanks to give it a try even though I have serious doubts about throwing a young guy like him into the pennant race.

    Also, what do you see as an answer to the rotation woes because I do not see Washburn (too many years of mediocrity for my taste) or any of the young guys as viable options. I know I have a lot of questions…

    • DP

      I know I’m not Mike, but I feel like part of it might be because he started last year in A ball. Normal progression would’ve had him in AA/AAA at the start of this year. He had 3 good starts last year and his ceiling is about 80 stories higher than Rasner.

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

      It seemed like he got a little shell shocked and started trying to be too fine. It happens all the time with young pitchers, they get afraid of contact. It’s all part of the learning process. Joba is a rare breed.

      I think that Hughes and/or Kennedy can be better than just about anything available in the waiver wire trade market. Give the kids a chance, and if they fail, at least you’re not on the hook for $14M.

      • A.D.

        especially getting smoked by the Rays in his first start of the year

      • Todd

        Yeah. I guess I agree–even though it is not too comforting relying on two kids who imploded earlier in the year in high pressure situations. But, like DP said, ceiling should stand for something. I know I am in the minority on this one, but I just do not see this team pulling off another playoff run–in spite of today’s dramatic win. It is just too much to ask of the young guys to solve our rotation woes at this point in the season. I hope I am wrong though.

        • A.D.

          I mean beginng of the season isn’t “high pressure” its more they pitched like shit, and Hughes ended up being hurt. IPK & Hughes pitched just fine in sept last year

        • mustang

          At this point they don’t have much of a choice Rasner was batting practice today.

      • mustang

        Good point agree.

    • Ivan

      Yeah, Kennedy got a little gun shy shall I say. Once he got hit around, he really didn’t know how to act. I think his third go around will be okay. Plus he seem to have ragain his control. Overall if Kennedy is aggressive, and throws strikes, I think he will be okay.

      As for Hughes, I think if his stuff is back to normal he can certainly be a major weapon. I think he fell under the same trap as Kennedy did. Overall like Mike A. said, those guys can do better than almost pitcher they get during the waiver deal.

      • LiveFromNewYork

        And they boo’d him at the Stadium which I though was disgusting.

        • infernoscurse

          well Ian Kennedy has a childish attitude for his comments on being taken out of the rotation, id boo him also

          anyways as muich as i want hughes and kennedy to be good i dont consideer sending them just yet

          what i believe went wrong at the start is that they were both highly viewed by the media and fans and the team, so they put too much pressure on themselves to be reliable and show they belong instead of just trusting thir natural ability.

          If they would have started in AAA like they were supposed to , none of this would have happened and maybe they would have eased up in the majors just like last year

          I also want to comment on Jesus Montero, as much as im ecstatic about the kid i wouldnt be ranking him above Ajax or shooting his hype up, hes still young and Tabata put good numbers in A ball only to fall victim of struggles once moved up to AA, Eric Duncan was another highly touted hitting machine

          • steve (different one)

            why was hughes “supposed” to start in AAA? b/c you said so?

            there is a good argument for Kennedy, but Hughes did everything he was supposed to do. he was ready.

            unfortunately, he was also hurt.

  • A.D.

    Looks like IPK is in a grove again, especially since he’s pitched well for a few starts now in AAA, as long as he doesn’t get inside his own head, and throws strikes, he should be fine as out #5, and an upgrade from Rasner

    • steve (different one)

      what kind of grove? like an orange grove? a willow grove?

      just funnin…

  • Sam

    Hopefully Kennedy will start. Watching Rasner today was painful. Kennedy is def an upgrade over Ras. He throws harder and has better stuff. Hopefully he won’t feel the pressure against the Halo’s.

  • A.D.

    Carson have the range for CF? I know he’s played there some this year… I don’t get the OPS comment, he’s never OPSed 800 for a full season

    Malec on the other hand, OPS machine this year and last

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

      That’s my bad, I had Malec’s stats in from of me when I wrote the Carson comment.

      • A.D.

        haha fair enough….now if they’d give him a shot at AAA

  • Scott

    According to http://yankees.lhblogs.com/…the ‘stache is gone….

    • Scott
      • A.D.

        all great things come to an end

        • Scott

          Yes, I believe is was time…now he’s ready for another hot streak

  • A.D.

    Montero got the average back in the safe .300s after dwindiling for awhile

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi (f/k/a Casper)

    Does anyone know what’s in Rulon’s arsenal? Per his milb.com profile page he doesn’t seem like too big a guy (not that smaller guys can’t throw hard). Does he possibly profile to do well at higher levels? Decent velo, deceptive delivery? He’s dominating at SI.

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

      Mid-to-high 80’s fb and a knockout curve. He’s an experienced guy, senior sign out of Georgia Tech, a major program. The curve and his experience are why he’s dominating the league.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi (f/k/a Casper)

        Cool, thanks. Always fun to see a draftee put up video-game numbers in SI, hope his success translates to higher levels.

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

          hope his success translates to higher levels

          I do too, but it almost never does.

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

    Jesus Montero has 64.37-Runs Created so far this season. For perspective, only four Major League Catchers have a RC of 64 or higher. They are:

    1. Brian McCann (70.6)
    2. Russell Martin (64.8)
    3. Geovany Soto (64.4)
    4. Joe Mauer (64.1)

    Yeah, domination for Jesus.

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

      I don’t know why, but there is something fun about doing the math yourself for these stats. BTW, does anybody know of a sabermetric site for the Minor Leagues?

      • Manimal

        Yeah I agree. I think Baseball-Reference has a minor league section but I’m not sure if thats as in-depth as your looking for.

      • dan

        The closest you would get for that is http://www.minorleaguesplits.com but it’s nothing really sabermetric, just more than MiLB or the cube provides.

        Fangraphs.com has some stats for minor leaguers, although not everything they give for major leaguers. Runs Created is really the only “Sabermetric” stat they have. The formula they use is the same for every level of play.

      • jeff

        Jamal, you’re going to love this. Baseball Prospectus recently added minor league stats.

        http://www.baseballprospectus.com/statistics/minoreqa.php

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

      How many RC for Wieters? Probably like, 90.

      • dan

        hahaha close… 89. nice guess.

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

          Really? That’s odd, I got 94.9470813 (39687.88/418). What formula were you using, the basic or technical?

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

            I’m using the incredibly sophisticated and complex formula that is explained below:

            1. Go to http://www.fangraphs.com
            2. Type “Wieters” into the search bar
            3. Hit “enter”
            4. Add his RC from High-A to his RC from AA

            Done and done. ;)

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

            Oh, I see what happened. FanGraphs has not recorded stats for Wieter’s last three games. They have him as only playing in 102-Games, MiLB.com has him at 105.

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

              Then again, my RC can’t be official because I had to find his Hit-By-Pitch, Intentional-Walk, Sacrifice Hit, Sacrifice-Fly, and Double-Play numbers from TheBaseballCube.com. The reason that’s an issue is because they only have stats for 99 of his 105-Games.

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

                It’s no biggie, he’s still got sick numbers.

              • A.D.

                I had gotten 93 and change using the simple walk, tb, hits formula, rather than the more complicated one with SB, figured Wieters doesn’t steal all that much

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

        89. I was close.

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

        94.94

  • A.D.

    Whats Erickson’s deal, small school draft pick, only put up good number so far, though hits/inning a little higher then one might like

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

      Org arm.

  • Manimal

    Was Gerrit Cole signed yet? I haven’t heard anything and I know hes a Boras Client. August 15 is the deadline for Draft Signings.

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

      Nope, it’s going to go right down to the deadline. If he signs earlier, I’ll most certainly post it.

      • dan

        how about a contract prediction?

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

          I’ll say a $3.85M bonus, non-ML deal. That would be like, $2.5M over slot.

          • Manimal

            Where would he go, SI, GCL, 5th spot in our rotation(lol I wish)

            • dan

              probably GCL, if anywhere

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

                Definitely GCL, if at all. The signing deadline is August 15th, and the GCL season ends on the 27th. They’ll probably send him right to instructional league.

      • Manimal

        I figured its just on MLBTR they said all the Major people that haven’t signed yet and Cole wasn’t listed… confused me for a second.

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

          I think that post on MLBTR refers to unsigned top ten picks only.

          • Manimal

            yeah beat me too it. Thanks anyways mike.

        • Manimal

          Figures I misread it and they listed top-10 people.

  • Todd

    I have been banging this drum for a few days. But again, where is the Juan Miranda love. The guy had a transition year after not playing ball for a few years (so throw awat 2007). He had an outastanding AFL and received a glowing write up on this site:

    http://riveraveblues.com/2007/11/18/afl-review-juan-miranda-1638/

    And, despite a few injuries, is hitting .348 with a .986 OPS against righties in AAA for heavensakes. We get excited about guys putting up numbers in low A ball. And again, if E Duncan was doing this, just imagine the clamoring for Duncan to replace the struggling G-Man. Can I get at least one Amen?

    But in all seriousness, we should not sleep on this guy. At the very least, he will be a very valuable trading chip for us.

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

      I’m still concerned that he’s not as old as he’s listed. I’ve spoke to four people that have seen him play at different times in different places at different levels, and they all believe he’s older than 25, which is his listed age.

      • Todd

        I hear you Mike. But doesn’t our history with El Duique tell us anything. If a guy can play, he can play. And a Baeball America write-up addressed this:

        This guy’s got huge power,” a scout from a National League club said. “He’s a legitimate threat regardless what his ceiling is age-wise.”

        Age is a question with Miranda. His official birthdate provided by the club after he signed for $2 million in 2006 is April 23, 1983; but several Cuban sources have the former Pinar Del Rio player with a 1981 birthday (some have a March birthdate, some April), which would make him 26.

        “I don’t really care if he’s 26 or 30,” said another scout from an American League club. “The bat has a higher ceiling than a lot of people thought, and he will hit for average too.”

        http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=626

        Can he get even a little love?

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

    Anyone know if Xavier Nady can play centerfield. Melky’s OBP is now down to .297! That’s pretty pathetic.

    Moving Nady to center gives the Yankees a lot more options if they want to replace him. Maybe give Carson, Christian or Gardner (again) an extended look? Maybe see if they can get Nelson Cruz from the Rangers?

    • cult of basebaal

      at the very least, sister christian has to start taking all of the CF at bats against LHP … not that i figure joey joe joe jr shabadoo is going to figure that out … he seems a little obtuse with lineup selections …

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

        “That’s the worst name I’ve ever heard.”

        “AWWWWWWWW!!!!”

        “Wait! Joey Jo-Jo!”

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

      You want pathetic? Melky Cabrera’s Secondary Average is a putrid .191, that ranks 144th of 163-Major League qualifiers. His Runs Created per 27-outs ranks 154th of 163-Major League qualifiers. The dude can not hit a baseball.

    • Todd

      I actually think that with the upgrades to the lineup we can carry melky’s pathetic bat because he is playing a very good CF.

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

        A couple good plays here and there does not justify playing one of the worst hitting everyday players in baseball.

        Besides, Christian has ridiculous speed. I think he could play a good centerfield too.

        • Todd

          How soon we forget. Remember clamoring for Torre to get Damon out of CF because his defense was sub par? We were willing to sacrifice offense then. As long as they now have a guy who can hit in LF and C, I can live with a National league lineup with a pitcher (Melky) hjitting in the 9 hole. And let’s give credit where credit is due. He is playing a very good CF. But, with that said, I wouldn’t mind J Sizzle getting a few ABs.

    • Tim

      I could not help watching Christian’s at bat today and wondering if he could hold down the position someone better comes along.

  • mustang

    I agree with thread it’s time to bring up IPK.
    God help us.
    LOL

    • cult of basebaal

      ask not what your Mo can do for you, ask what you can do for your Mo!

      • mustang

        I hope he gets them to Mo.
        LOL

  • stuart

    Matt Carson what is the story on him? IS he a prospect?

    thanks,

    stuart

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

      I don’t think so. Maybe a cup of coffee or two at most. I think he’s just Kevin Reese.

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

    These professional bass fisherman are WAY too enthusiastic about their profession.

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

    If Stuart Scott doesn’t stop disrespecting the Joker with his lame ass “Why so serious?” line…

  • Chofo

    Hi guys, I just wanted to share this with you.

    Since I´m from another country in Central America I haven´t been able to attend a Yankee game in my life. I´m in Dallas with my boss working and, as you know, the Yanks are in town, but we are leaving tomorrow morning, with no way to stay, as we have a special meeting back home tomorrow night.

    So the closest to the Yankees I got was 12 hours away! Until tonight. To my surprise, I got in the elevator of the Crescent hotel (where we stayed) and there´s Pudge saying good night to Joba and Justin Christian. He was with his father, and we shook hands. When I went down to the lobby to get a coffee there´s was Mariano, and he was kind enough to take a picture with me. Of course, I talked to him in Spanish. Then came Jose Veras, another picture. By then a security agent came to ask me to not ask them to take pictures with me.

    I went to the restaurant in the hotel, a sushi bar, and many from the team were there. Two tables, one with the american players (Damon, Joba, Nady, Giese) and one with latin players (Abreu, Melky, Marte, Veras). They were all having white wine with the sushi, but all very quit and polite. It was interesting to see Jeter, all suited, with the latin players. He was the first one to go to bed… Mo was in the bar, by himself, not too confortable, as he sat and got up in the same place, many times, without drinking somenthing, and then left. Ponson was having a beer with Sexson on the bar too, talking about his next start. All I could hear walking by them was “You just need to have another start….” that’s it. No Arod, Moose, Pettite or Giambi.

    The security people around them wouldn´t let me aproach to the tables or even say hi to them, so I stayed for about ten minutes and left. I saw David Cone coming in on my way out.

    I wanted to share this with you all as this was my first time close to the team, but hopefully not the last. I want to make it to NY this year to watch a game before the stadium goes down.

    • rbizzler

      Sweet! Glad that you got a least a brush with the Yanks. Hopefully you make it up to the Stadium before the old girl goes down. I am trying to get up there one last time as well…

    • Count Zero

      Good for you man — that must have been a great surprise and a wonderful evening.

  • stuart

    CHOFO great story..

    Steve on Carson, does he have a great arm? So a guy can hit quite well at AAA but the show is such a step up?

    thanks

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

      I’ve heard he has an amazing arm. I just wouldn’t get my hopes up with him. I mean, it’s great he’s hitting well and everything but he’s already 27.

      • steve (different one)

        yeah, he is supposed to have a cannon.

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  • Matt

    Kennedy can not do any worse than Ponson or Ranser, plus we all know what Ponson and Rasner can bring, but Kennedy’s ceiling is still so high. I also had another thought, wouldn’t it be great if Venditte ever does make it to the MLB, he woudl be such a valuable bullpen piece.

  • Bill

    Matt Carson seems to be at best another Shelley Duncan or Shane Spencer type. He’s playing well this year, but good players typically don’t toil in the minor leagues for so long. You have to be very skeptical of his ability to contribute at this level. He has played some CF in AAA, he has a great arm, range wise he is good in the corners but would probably struggle a bit in CF.

    I think the move in CF is to have Christian start there against lefties with Melky starting against righties. If Melky doesn’t show any offensive improvement I think you have to consider optioning him down to AAA and going with a platoon of Gardner, Christian, and Damon (when Giambi DH’s).

    As for the 5th starter, Kennedy may be ready, but who do we send down get rid of to make room? Rasner if DFA’d would likely be picked up and while its easy to say who cares we won’t need him, we don’t know that. Our AAA options aren’t great (Aceves, Igawa?) and Hughes won’t be ready until late August at the earliest.

    So in order to keep Rasner as a backup option and callup Kennedy we’d need to option down someone like Giese or Robertson both of whom have earned their roster spots and are valuable parts of the bullpen. The only other option is to give the start to Giese who could deserve it more and make Rasner the long reliever. Its a tough call. I’d probably go to Kennedy and reluctantly send Robertson down. This way we can at least hold onto Rasner for Kennedy and Ponson’s starts to see if we’ll need either him or Giese to move into the rotation. Once things are settled though Robertson would be right back up.

  • dan

    wow, over 100 comments