Wright, Zambrano make their case

Game 129: Perfect Timing
With 502 days of rest, Pavano delivers a win

Triple-A Scranton (4-0 win over Lehigh Valley)
Justin Christian: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Bernie Castro & Matt Carson: both 2 for 4, 2 K – Castro scored a run … Carson tripled & drove one in
Melky: 2 for 3, 1 BB, 1 CS – Chad Jennings notes that Melk’s run himself into quite a few outs since being sent down
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI
Eric Duncan & Chris Basak: both 0 or 3, 1 R, 1 BB – E-Dunc K’ed once, Basak twice
Nick Green: 1 for 3, 1 K
Chase Wright: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 7-10 GB/FB – 62 of 92 pitches were strikes (67.4%) … he’s pitches very well in AAA, definitely should get a call-up when rosters expand
Phil Coke: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB – 16 of 20 pitches were strikes (80%)

Double-A Trenton (6-1 win over Reading)
Reegie Corona, Kevin Russo, Colin Curtis & Edwar Gonzalez: all 1 for 3 – Corona swiped a bag, scored a pair of runs, dorve one in & K’ed … Russo scored a run … Curtis drove 2 runs in & K’ed … Edwar drew a walk & drove a run in
Ramiro Pena: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K
Frankie Cervelli, PJ Pilittere & Cody Ehlers: all 2 for 4 – Cervelli doubled, drove a run in & scored another … PJ scored 2 runs … Ehlers doubled
Victor Zambrano: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 11-4 GB/FB – what do you know, he’s one hell of a AA pitcher
Mike Gardner: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 4-0 GB/FB

High-A Tampa was rained out, Tropical Storm Fay is still in the area. They’ll play two tomorrow.

Low-A Charleston
Game 1
(14-2 beatdown of Columbus in only 7 innings) makeup of Thursday’s rainout
Austin Krum: 2 for 4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K
Bradley Suttle: 0 for 4, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Jesus Montero: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI – what, only 1 RBI? lame
Austin Romine: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Brandon Laird: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K – second on the team with 73 RBI
Justin Snyder: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Carmen Angelini: 2 for 3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS – it would be nice to see him get his avg up to .250 by the end of the year … he’s at .242 now
David Williams: 1 for 2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP
Matt Morris: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Ryan Zink: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2-2 – he’s a guy I’d like to see them stretch out as a starter, very good stuff
Craig Heyer: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4-2 GB/FB
Angel Reyes: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – 11 baserunners & 6 runs allowed in 4.1 IP this year
Game 2 (8-6 loss to Columbus in 7 innings)
Austin Krum: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI – nice day at the plate
Bradley Suttle: 0 for 4, 2 K – bad day at the plate
Jesus Montero & Abe Almonte: both 0 for 3 – Montero drew a walk, scored a run & K’ed twice … Almonte K’ed
Austin Romine: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI – I find it interesting that he caught both games of the doubleheader
Brandon Laird: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI – slugging almost .700 in August
Justin Snyder: 2 for 3, 1 BB – picked off first
Carmen Angelini: 0 for 2, 1 BB
David Williams: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Dellin Betances: 5 Ip, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 3-6 GB/FB – no walks, that’s what’s important
Chase Vacek: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 3-3 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (7-4 win over Vermont)
Dan Brewer (8), Mike Lyon (24) & Jack Rye (13): all 1 for 4, 1 K – Brewer walked & drove in a run from the leadoff spot … Lyon scored a run & committed a fielding error … Rye doubled, drove in a run & K’ed
David Adams (3): 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Brian Baisley: 1 for 5, 2 K – 18 for his last 44 (.409)
Jahdiel Santamaria, Melky Mesa & Roy Gomez: all 2 for 4 – Santamaria K’ed … Mesa doubled, scored twice & K’ed twice … Gomez doubled, drove in a pair, scored a run & K’ed
Steve Strausbaugh: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Cory Arbiso (22): 3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 6-1 GB/FB – first time all year he’s walked more than one batter in a start
Andy Shive (35): 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HB – Robert Pimpsner says he set the franchise record for wins by a reliever tonight (8) … cool stuff
Brad Rulon 34): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K – just keeps mowin’ ’em down
Pat Venditte (20): 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K – defense? who needs defense

Rookie GCL Yanks (6-0 loss to GCL Jays)
Zoilo Almonte: 1 for 3, 2 K – broke up the no-hitter in the 8th
rest of lineup: combined 0 for 25, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HBP – Emerson Landoni got plunked … Corban Joseph (4) drew a walk … Chase Weems allowed passed ball, committed 2 fielding errors & K’ed … Alvaro Ramirez K’ed & threw a runner out at the plate from CF
Brett Marshall (6): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB – nice little start to his career
Manny Banuelos: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2-3 GB/FB
Arodys Vizcaino: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Ronnie Marte: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Game 129: Perfect Timing
With 502 days of rest, Pavano delivers a win
  • Reggie C.

    Mike A.,

    Betances is now up to 115 innings this season. Do you think he’s gonna be capped at 5 innings from now on considering he’s already put together a solid season? I recall him barely pitching at all next season, so i’m sure he’s already surpassed the goal set out for ’08.

    Alotta Ks must mean he throws a fair share of pitches per start. That’s the only negative with having that kind of K/9 rate. Alot of pitches.

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

      There’s only a week left in the season, so he’s only got one start left.

      Eh, playoffs too, so maybe three starts total left.

  • IA can of corn

    Does make the 40 man roster, and get a chance. Seems like more upside from him than Christian or Garnder?

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

      Probably not, he’s just a really good org guy. Carson is what he is, not much room for improvement there.

  • IA can of corn

    left our Carson in my question…

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

    Hey quick question Mike. Have you guys ever come across an equivalent (in terms of constant discussion/knowledge of the organization including the minors) to RAB for any other team?

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

      No, but I haven’t really looked. I’m sure there’s some out there.

      • http://everythingbaseball.wordpress.com Aaron

        Fair enough. Thanks Mike. Keep up the good work here!

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

          Actually, now that I think about it, USS Mariner & MetsBlog are excellent sites that cover everything for their respective teams.

          • http://everythingbaseball.wordpress.com Aaron

            Both of those I am familiar with. I don’t think either gets into the same depth that you guys do though.

            And aside from the occasional blog on SB Nation (which I’m personally not a fan of) I haven’t been able to find any good ones for all the other teams.

            But anyways, I was just curious. Thanks again.

          • AndrewYF

            HalosHeaven seems like a really fun, commenter-oriented blog.

  • Manimal

    I thought our bullpen was stacked this year. Next year we will have Melancon and Coke in addition to everyone else.

    • bill

      And Melancon might be stronger next year cuz this is his first year back from TJS.

  • bill

    Mike A: is Phil Coke a September call up?

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

      I think so. They have to add him to the 40-man in the offseason to protect him from the Rule V draft, so they might as well do it in Sept. and let him get his feet wet. They can easily just DFA Traber to clear up a spot.

      Also no need for the A., just call me Mike.

      • bill

        Ok Mike, how bout Melancon?

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

          I don’t think he’ll get called up, he’s thrown a ton of innings already. I can see them bringing him up to hang out in the clubhouse and shag flies during BP, that kind of thing, but as far as an actual call-up and a 40-man spot, nah.

          He’ll be up at some point next year, I guarantee it.

          • bill

            I think its bullshit the way theyve handled him this year. Every outing this year it seems he’s pitching multiple innings, the first season back from TJS. Now they cant use him in the bigs, what good is that?

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

              I’m pretty sure they didn’t plan on him being this good so fast. I doubt they were counting on him contributing to the big league club this year.

              • bill

                Yeah you have a point, he mightve caught us by suprise. Do you think he’ll have an increase in velocity and overall stuff next year given that this is is first year back?

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

                  Nah, his stuff is back to where it was pre-surgery. The only thing left to come back is command.

      • DaveM

        I think your right Mike. I heard Girardi mention Coke by name when asked if there were any Sept. callups who can help the team.

  • Bonos

    I think Melky understood the Yankees’ message, at least so far. On another note, Pavano looked decent after Damon cost him at least a run in the second, Zambrano good after the Nardi tutorial, I wonder how Milton is doing. We might have something here.

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

      I don’t get why some people get so upset when the Yanks sign players like that. They’re just insurance policies, it’s not hurting anyone by having them in the minors. Not every rotation spot in the minors can be filled be prospects, it’s not possible.

      • Bonos

        On the contrary, I think it’s a great idea. Zambrano was a hell of a pitcher, just bad control. If Nardi cleaned up his mechanics, he could be very valuable. Milton is another one. Giese has value at this point. Showcase them next spring and at the very least, they are good trading chips.

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

          Agreed.

        • bill

          How hard does he throw? Maybe a little tweaking here and there, and we might have something. I was against the move at first

          • Bonos

            We get on the Mets’ case about the bad trade. But at the time the Mets pitching coach was convinced he could rework Zambrano’s mechanics, it didn’t work, maybe this time. It doesn’t cost much. If Nardi and Chavez are the specialists as advertised, why not run these guys through the course. The Yankees need to rework the OF and 1B by 2009, with Coke and Melancon knocking on the door, there are opportunities for trades.

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

            “I was against the move at first”

            That’s a bit of an understatement, no?

  • bill

    Mike – I think you mightve shortchanged Brandon Laird in the top 30 prospect list. He’s only 20 and has a chance for 20-80 this year. I think he can be a big player

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

      It’s very possible I did. I tend to favor guys with more of all-around game though, Laird’s really just a bat.

      • bill

        So is Ryan Braun, although he also has the average, something that Laird doesnt at this point

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

          Well, yeah, but Braun’s a way better hitter than Laird. Same deal with Montero.

          • bill

            Do you think Montero will take over Tabata’s title as BA’s Yankee’s “Best Hitter for Average”? That would be in addition to his “Best Power Hitter” title. He’s just an all around great hitter

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

              Yeah, probably.

              • bill

                I heard his catching could definitely use work though, which is very much the norm for 18 year old catchers

  • Steve

    Mike, how do you see Chase Wright’s future with the Yanks?

    Starter? Lefty reliever? Or just as the Boston Red Sox all time favorite pitcher?

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

      Up-and-down guy, spot/emergency starter. Maybe he settles in as a LOOGY, but he won’t contribute much.

    • bill

      I would say the latter. I think his K’s need to rise if he wants to be with the big club

  • bill

    Wow. Jones-Drew and Jason Taylor also were injured tonight. Bad night for the NFL

  • bill

    I hope the Yankees stick to their policy of not tradng top prospects. I’m worried the Yanks wont re-sign Cashman and will hire some bum GM who would trade Jesus Montero for Arthur Rhodes or something. They have to keep these prospects, cuz theyre the future. You could argue that Montero will be the Yanks starting catcher in 2013

  • bill

    The Yanks wont have to face Beckett on Tuesday. Wakefield will make the start for Josh

  • Bonos

    I think a better argument might be Romine as starting catcher. Montero’s bat is just as valuable at 1B. Romine is a kid out of HS that jumped to full season ball and held his own. I’m very impressed by his development.

  • bill

    Yeah but you might have Texiera and Laird is a beast at 1st. I would think the Yanks would try to keep Montero at catcher, making Romine a bit expendable

    • Brandon

      Nah he has 1B in his future they are starting to DH him what that saids don’t expect Tex in NY because he would be longterm and Montero is the most likely to rush up the depth chart if he’s put at 1B.

      • dan

        They’ve been DHing him all year, alternating at catcher with Romine.

  • Matt L

    Mike,

    With Romine, Higashioka, Cervelli, and Weems there is no real reason to keep Montero at Catcher. I understand that his bat is more valuable at that position and that he may develop his defensive ability, but why would you put such a dynamic bat at a position that takes so much of your energy defensively?

    Why not convert him now and get him up as soon as possible. If he were not thinking about catching I have no doubt that he would already be in Tampa.

    • Bill O

      Of those 4 guys you mentioned only Cervelli is above Low-A ball and he projects as a backup with good defensive ability. There’s certainly no guarantee that any of those guys develop into a starter at C. That’s why the Yankees have looked to add so much depth because the more guys you have at the position the better chance you have to develop a starting caliber C.

      With Montero you have a guy whose bats projects to be major league caliber already. His defense at C is still an unknown and while most feel there is only a small probability of him being able to stick behind the plate, you take that risk because a guy with his bat at C gives you a huge offensive advantage at the position. His bat may be good enough to play at 1B or DH, but offensively he may only be average or slightly below average at the more offensive minded positions.

      Its the same reason you don’t move Posada to 1B this offseason because you’re taking a guy that is one of the best offensive players at his position and moving him to a position where he is at best average just because he MAY not be able to do well there defensively.

      You cross that bridge when you need to, but its foolish to jump the gun on that type of move.

  • Bonos

    He’s only valuable at catcher if you plan to trade him but with the power outage after the chemicals his offense at 1B with Romine catching gives you two young quality players. Don’t forget Romine is directly from HS into full season while Montero has been a pro for two years. Romine has been very impressive also.

  • Hitman

    What is Zambrano’s velocity like? The yankees might want to re-sign him to a minor league contract for next season as well as give one to Mark Prior. The only alternatives is Kontos, Wright, Aceves, Coke, Kennedy, Hacker and Igawa in AAA.