Aug
17

The Phil Hughes Rehab Tour hits a speed bump

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Tropical Storm Fay is closing in on the mainland, so it looks like the Florida State League and Gulf Coast League will be inactive for a few days this week.

Triple-A Scranton (9-6 win over Lehigh Valley)
Melky: 1 for 1, 2 R, 4 BB, 1 SB – this is a joke, right? who is that man and what has he done with Melky Cabrera???
Matt Carson & Nick Green: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K – Carson swiped a bag & threw a runner out at home from LF … Nick Green hit a 2-run homer off a former first overall pick
Juan Miranda & Eric Duncan: both 3 for 5 – Miranda scored 3 runs, homered, drove in 3 & K’ed … E-Dunc scored a run, drove one in & was caught trying to steal a base
Shelley Duncan: 2 for 3, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
Ben Broussard: 2 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Chad Moeller: 4 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B
Phil Hughes: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 3-3 GB/FB – 63 of 91 pitches were strikes (69.2%) … started to tire in the third as his pitch count got up there … I think he needs at least one more start in the minors before he help the big league club
Zack Kroenke: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 3-3 GB/FB – 30 of 48 pitches were strikes (62.5%) … nice AAA debut
Scott Patterson: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0-3 GB/FB – 24 of 35 pitches were strikes (68.6%)

Double-A Trenton (11-7 win over Reading)
Reegie Corona: 1 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Frankie Cervelli: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – 9 for his last 23 (.391)
Austin Jackson, Chris Malec & Cody Ehlers: all 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB - Ajax drove in a run & K’ed … Malec doubled, drove in a run & K’ed … Ehlers K’ed twice
Colin Curtis: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI – had been 4 for his last 32 (.125)
PJ Pilittere: 0 for 5 – 9 for 39 (.231) since coming off the DL
Edwar Gonzalez: 2 for 5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI – 5 homers in his last 6 games
Kevin Russo: 4 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B
Carl Pavano: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 6-6 GB/FB – I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but I think he might be the best option for Saturday’s start in Bal’mer
Wilkins Arias: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0-5 GB/FB
Kevin Whelan: 1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP – had allowed 1 run since June 24th prior to this game

High-A Tampa (4-3 win over Lakeland)
Luis Nunez: 1 for 2, 1 R, 3 BB
Mitch Hilligoss: 1 for 5, 1 K, 2 SB – 6 for his last 36 (.167)
Kevin Smith: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Josh Kreuzer: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Seth Fortenberry: 2 for 3, 2 BB, 2 K – 14 for his last 35 (.400)
Kyle Anson, Chris Kunda & Tim Battle: all 1 for 4 – Anson drove in a run & K’ed … Kunda doubled & scored a run … Battle drove in a pair of runs & K’ed
Tommy Baldridge (33): 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Alan Horne: 3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 5-2 GB/FB – first action since August 2nd … not great, but better than the ugliness he’s been throwing up there lately
Edgar Soto: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Zach McAllister: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 5-5 GB/FB – first career save … today was his regular day to throw, but I guess they wanted to see how Horne’s arm was holding up

Low-A Charleston (9-5 win over Lakewood)
Austin Krum: 3 for 4, 3 R, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – this year’s Seth Fortenberry?
Bradley Suttle: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Jesus Montero: 0 for 5, 1 R, 1 K
Austin Romine: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Justin Snyder, Abe Almonte & David Williams: all 1 for 4 – Snyder K’ed … Almonte drew a walk, drove in 2 & K’ed … Williams scored a pair of runs & K’ed twice
Carmen Angelini: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 CS
Prilys Cuello: 1 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 sB
Ryan Zink: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 7-4 GB/FB – picked a runner off first … you know, Jairo Heredia hasn’t pitched since August 6th …
Stephen Artz: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 7-2 GB/FB
Angel Reyes: 0.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 4 WP, 0-1 GB/FB – yes, that’s 4 wild pitches … did his best to give up an 8-run 9th inning league
Jon Ortiz: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 0-2 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (2-1 win over Vermont)
Ray Kruml (11), David Adams (3) & Mike Lyon (24): all 1 for 4 – Lyon committed a fielding error … Kruml doubled, scored a run & K’ed three times
Brian Baisley: 1 for 2, 1 BB
Jack Rye (13) & Taylor Grote: both 0 for 3
Mitch Abeita (19), Erik Lovett (39) & Addison Maruszack (17): all 0 for 2 – Abeita drew a walk, scored a run, allowed a passed ball & picked a runner off first with a snap throw … Lovett drew a walk & K’ed … Maruszack committed a pair of fielding errors
David Phelps (14): 4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 3-4 GB/FB – holding batters to a .237 BA
Nick Asselin: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 2 K
Brad Rulon (34): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1-2 GB/FB – 21 hits allowed & 52 K in 35.2 IP
Pat Venditte (20): 1 IP, zeroes, 1-2 GB/FB – he’s given up runs in only 2 of 23 appearances

The Rookie GCL Yanks had a scheduled off day.

Categories : Down on the Farm
  • zzzzz

    Melky: 1 for 1, 2 R, 4 BB, 1 SB

    …..its a trap!

    • Kelvin

      Melky getting the Barry Bonds treatment. WTF?!

    • Radnom

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

        You have WAY too much time on your hands.

        • Jack

          Better on ‘em then in ‘em, I always say.

      • swo

        The Iron Pigs can’t take an OBP of that magnitude!

        • steve (different one)

          wow.

          greatest post ever.

      • Joe

        Get a girlfriend. Such energy should not be wasted internally.

  • Ben B.

    I’m going with Pavano over Hughes, Kennedy, Igawa and Wright.

    Would be good to get Hughes another start or two. Would be good for Kennedy to see himself get bypassed for another starter. Would be good not to be reminded that Igawa is in the system. Would be good to use Wright only as a last resort.

    Pavano needs to audition for other clubs, and we might as well get something for the sunk $40 million his contract cost the team.

    • CLT_JR

      May as well get something out of the $40M spent….

  • Dave M

    I guess Melky is working on what they told him to work on. He’s not a home run hitter. He kinda got into home run mode this year. His swing got long and his patience isn’t what it should be.

  • Sal

    Jairo not pitching because of innings limit getting close or can this be hiding an injury?

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

      I’m not sure. I’m trying to find out…

      • A.D.

        he’s not listed on the DL, a good sign

        • JT

          Last night in Lakewood I heard he had a death in the family and went home. Not sure when he will return.

  • Dave M

    When healthy, Pavano was a pretty good pitcher. Let’s hope he can stay healthy for a month or so.

    • Reggie C.

      With tonight’s start Pavano might have just leapfrogged Hughes. Clearly Hughes needs 1 more start. Two ideally but we’re not in an ideal situation. I think the brass make Pavano throw 1 triple-A start, and if it goes well … up to the Bx with him!

  • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

    Mike, you think it’s only *one* more start…? If the guy’s tiring in the third inning, maybe he needs the rest of the season in the minors.

    Call up Pavano, maybe we can get something in a waiver deal if he has a good start or two.

    • Chris

      It’s not the inning that matters, it’s the pitch count. He was up around 80, which was what he threw in his last start, so not unexpected.

    • DP

      What about using him ourselves? We only have 4 starters, 2 of who aren’t exactly lights out.

      • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

        You’re serious? One good start and I’m shipping him to Seattle if I’m Cashman.

  • Reggie C.

    Mike A,

    Juan Miranda homered tonight and it looks like he’s put in a solid AAA effort. In 320 at-bats, Miranda has compiled a .443 SLG /.383 OBP. Do you think that Miranda has any shot at getting a look at 1B next season if Tex wears a Mets/Angels uniform?

    Miranda doesn’t look like he’ll be a black hole of a hitter, and he’s likely a #8 type. Do you see the Yanks take that risk?

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

      I think he’ll get a long look in ST. LHP crush him, so he’s going to have to find a platoon buddy. Juan Rivera? Shelley? I dunno…

      • 27 this year

        I got to say. I think the best way to go for next year is Damon is LF, Gardner/Melky/whoever Cash gets CF, Abreu RF, Arod 3B, Jeter SS, Cano 2B, Nady 1B, Posada/Molina/whatever happens based on Posada’s rehab, and Matsui DHing.

        Off days and such will switch it around but that looks like a solid lineup where everyone has the potential to hit .300 and we get rid of Giambi who can’t hit with RISP but Arod will find his stroke again.

      • Grgoyldef2

        I was reading MLBTR earlier and they had a note that the Marlins might go the fire sale route again this off season. One of the names mentioned was Mike Jacobs. Any chance the Yanks look into trading for him?

        • 27 this year

          I noticed that to but I don’t think he would solve much. I think moving to the AL would bring down his numbers and I don’t think he would work. He is a like a .280/20/80 guy. I think what I said above might work better especially if some people hit more like they should.

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

          Jacobs’ OBP is actually worse than Melky’s (.288 to .296) and he’s terrible defensively, but he occasionally runs into a pitch and will put up decent power numbers. He’s a nice guy to have when he’s cheap, but once he starts making $3-5M a year, he’s tough to tolerate the holes in his game.

          Depends on the price of course, but I think Miranda would be a better option from the left side.

          • 27 this year

            Thanks for the numbers. Now, definitely NO. i think we should give Miranda a shot although I wish he had defense.

            • A.D.

              Miranda is CRUSHING righties, at a .340 clip, that should translate to around .300 in the majors, they can find some righty to pair him with

              • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com steve

                If only they had a first baseman that was a lefty masher….

                Bring back Sexson?

      • A.D.

        I’d like a Miranda/Rivera platoon, especially since Rivera gives depth for the OF too

  • Chris

    What about Joba starting next Saturday? If he’s throwing fine now, that might put him on track for that start (which would also put him on track for the start in the 3rd game against Boston).

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

      Too soon I think, they’ll baby the hell out of him, and rightfully so.

      • 27 this year

        I agree, Moose has seven more starts or so and so if Joba can maybe get five more starts, and we will see about playoff, he can get some more innings which he needs otherwise, i don’t know what will happen next year because it would hurt him I thnk to switch him back into the bullpen and then stretch him out again.

  • A.D.

    Better that Hughes has a struggle start in the minors

  • A.D.

    Z-Mac is just having some type of season

  • A.D.

    Jennings interview with Hughes:

    http://emedia.thetimes-tribune.....fault.aspx

    Just looks like a shit happens outing, nothing more

  • Manimal

    Was Ransom’s homerun just the right pitch at the right time or is he a legit power threat because that was no cheap HR.

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

      He’s got some pop, the power’s legit. 22 HR in AAA this year, 28 last year, and 21 the year before.

      • Manimal

        Niceeeeee. Thanks mike.

  • mustang

    “Carl Pavano: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 6-6 GB/FB – I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but I think he might be the best option for Saturday’s start in Bal’mer”

    That’s right Carl ” The Sleeper” Pavano coming in on his white horse to save the Yankees.
    That’s just too fucking funny if it happens.

    • mustang

      Can you image Pavano walking into the Yankees clubhouse on Saturday with Mussina and everyone else that alone would be worth it

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

    Holy crap, Tampa just intentional walked Josh Hamilton with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th. 7-4 Tampa, but now the winning run is on base instead of at the plate…

    • mustang

      Thank you Mike A on to ESPN

    • mustang

      That so mean.

  • eVizions

    I was at the Scranton game today. Melky looked really good. He was even being very patient, although they didn’t really give him anything over the plate the last few at-bats.

    Hughes on the other hand, didn’t look so hot. He hit 95 once that saw, but for the most part his fastball was between 88-91 with a few 92 and 93. His control was decent, his command wasn’t that great and the movement on his breaking stuff was underwhelming, from what I saw (though I’m no scout). I was hoping he’d be back in the Bronx in 5 days, but after watching him today, I think he needs another start with Scranton.

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

    just as they’ve done with kennedy, they should make hughes throw more offspeed stuff so he’ll have a complete arsenal that he’s comfortable with when he comes up.

  • Sherman

    When was the last time Montero and Romine both had 0fers?

  • Tripp

    Whatever happened to Damon Sublett?

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

      I don’t remember the exact details, but he messed up his ankle/knee either sliding into second or turning a double play. Tore a bunch of ligaments and stuff, so he had to have surgery.

  • JohnC

    Nice to see McAllister and Betances finishing the season strong. Both should be in the Tampa rotation to start next season, hopefully joined by Brackman.