Russo continues to rake

World Series Game 5: Rays @ Phils
'Outside the Lines' goes inside the Stadium issue

AzFL Peoria (6-3 win over Scottsdale)
Austin Jackson: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – picked off second
Kevin Russo: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI – dude’s now 14 for his last 26 (.538)
Kevin Whelan: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB – only 14 of 27 pitches were strikes (51.9%)

HWB Waikiki had a scheduled off day.

Some highlights from the Caribbean winter leagues:

  • Matt Carson: 5 for 22 (.227), 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB in 6 games
  • Frankie Cervelli: 1 for 11 (.091), 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K in 7 games
  • Justin Christian: 14 for 59 (.237), 8 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 11 K, 7 SB in 14 games
  • Reegie Corona: 8 for 21 (.381), 6 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K in 9 games
  • Edwar Gonzalez: 5 for 11 (.455), 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K in 4 games
  • Former Met Victor Zambrano: 16 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 12 K in 3 starts
World Series Game 5: Rays @ Phils
'Outside the Lines' goes inside the Stadium issue
  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Austin Jackson: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – picked off second

    Heh, when did Jayson Werth become an athletic black guy?

    • dan

      Michael Jackson had to trade with somebody

  • AlexCT

    Who needs sabathia? we have Zambrano! he’s an ACE!!! i mean, the mets DID trade kazmir for him, he’s got to be good.

  • Lanny

    Zambrano looks like good depth in Scranton. Is he signed? If not he’ll get a nice incentive laden contract from some team.

  • brockdc

    Mike, do you think Whelan has a chance of contributing to the Yanks’ pen in ’09? Also, what’s in his pitching arsenal? Thanks.

  • Steve

    Nardi Contreres was interviewed in Pinstripes Plus and as usual had some great stuff. I know we cant post copywritten content, so here’s a modified version

    http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=272284&page=72

    “Here is Nardi Part 1:

    Brackman: He’s still under the 30 day rule. We’re making sure he gets to the balance point of his delivery and not rushing, which affects arm action, and therefore, adds pressure to his elbow and shoulder joints. Stuffwise, he is showing the great curve and working on his changeup. When he’s back in Tampa @Jan. we’ll introduce him to a few more points of the delivery.

    Bleich: We improved his delivery and changed his grip on his curve and changeup. He’ll probably start in A ball next year.

    Aceves: His velocity improved as he got in better shape. We adjusted his hands in delivery and the grip on his CB. CB was slow and loopy, but he worked to make it a big league pitch. He is so intelligent, studies hitters, wants to learn and get better. Expect him to stay in bigs.

    Coke: His slider was the turning point. We took away one of his pitches, so he could work on his slider and stay with his change, which he had a lot of confidence in, so he started attacking the zone. In relief he was able to throw the slider harder and command his pitches. Confidence came with his ability to throw harder. I like him as a reliever, lefty specialist, but he could still be a starter in bigs.

    Melancon: I think his arm is meant to be a reliever’s b/c there is less stress. He’s capable of being a closer and he’s a 3 pitch guy with a proven FB and power curve, and the changeup to get people out.

    IPK: He may benefit from time in the minors; he needs to work on a consistent curve. He’s going to PR to pitch Winter ball, work on pitches and get more IP, so if he makes the Yanks out of ST, he can pitch 175-200IP. He’s got what it takes to succeed, but needs to be permitted to go through growing pains. Yanks expected to win, so pitchers don’t get the time to develop. TB is a great example of letting pitchers develop. Hopefully, he’ll find it in Winter ball, and be ready. But he has to have his slider where his CB is.”

    • Reggie C.

      Interesting.

      Was there talk of converting Melancon into a starter? Why would you start the Melancon summary with “I think his arm is meant to be a reliever’s…”.

      I’ve thought that Melancon would probably be a better Starter than IPK b/c of superior stuff and equal command. Melancon did throw close to 100 innings so its possible to convert him into a starter just to see if there’s magic there.

      I wouldn’t do it b/c i think Melancon can contribute to the ‘pen right out the ’09 gate. But is it getting traction?

      Your thoughts guys…

      • A.D.

        Chances are the reporter asked about all of Melancon’s innings if there was talk of stretching him out.

        As far as I know Melancon hasn’t started since high school, while it worked with Paplebon, I dunno about stretching out a college closer

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

        I don’t know if he could hold up as a starter. His delivery has a lot of effort and puts a decent amount of stress on his elbow, hence the TJ. I mean, they could try it, but there’s a chance he’ll just end up blowing out his elbow again.

    • Miles Roche

      Wow. Thanks, bro!

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      “He’s got what it takes to succeed, but needs to be permitted to go through growing pains. Yanks expected to win, so pitchers don’t get the time to develop. TB is a great example of letting pitchers develop.”

      FUCK THAT SHIT, NARDI, THIS IS THE YANKEES, IT’S INSTANT GREATNESS OR SAYONARA, BUSTY MCBUSTERSON!!!!!!!!

      As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac El Dorado–anybody wanna see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is, You’re fired.

      You get the picture? You laughing now? You got leads. Mitch and Murray paid good money to get them; you can’t close the leads you’re given, you can’t close shit, YOU ARE SHIT, HIT THE BRICKS, PAL, AND BEAT IT, CAUSE YOU ARE GOING OUT!!!!!!

  • Steve

    Sounds like Nardi really loves Aceves and Coke’s a keeper. IPK’s a work in progress as we all know.

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see Aceves as the #5 starter next year. I think a long man #6 starter role is almost a given with what he did down the stretch last year.

    • Bo

      You expect him to trash any of these guys and not talk them up?

      • Steve

        No, but there’s clearly a difference between his take on Brackman/Bleich and IPK and Aceves.

        On B&B, he explained how they are still in the early phases of development. IPK is working on his repertoire, but Aceves and Coke were nothing but praise. I think he made his points without knocking anyone.

  • A.D.

    Zambrano is looking mighty healthy with those numbers.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Nardi fixed him in 15 minutes.

  • A.D.

    What level is Russo at in the minors/where will he start next year

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

      Probably AAA. He hit .307-.363-.416 in 71 games at AA last year after starting the year on the DL with a medical issue that was feared to be cancer (it wasn’t).

      If Russo makes it to the bigs, he’ll be the 4th player from the Yanks’ 2006 draft class to do so, which is just a ridiculous ROI. Assuming Melancon & Dan McCutchen also make the bigs (Cutch with the Pirates, obviously), then that’s just a stupid level of success. Probably one of the 3 or 4 most successful draft classes this decade.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        But Brian Cashman is still a stupid dumbass who can’t do anything right, right?

        • Jack

          Of course.