Sublett, Romine carry Beach Boys to first win

Payroll to hit $180 million in ’09
Interview with Bill Cook of the Trenton Thunder

HWB Waikiki (11-2 in over West Oahu) you know, just typing the names of these teams makes me jealous … can you imagine being so lucky that you play baseball for a living AND get to play in paradise?
Damon Sublett: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 BB – like he never missed a game, eh?
Austin Romine: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB – gunned down a runner trying to steal second

Andrew Brackman takes the mound for his second start tonight at 7pm local time, 1am EDT. Remember that site that supposedly lets you watch/listen to these games? Turns out that was for the 2007 season. No wonder it didn’t work, my bad yo.

The Arizona Fall League starts Monday. Here’s the Javelinas’ roster.

Update (1:05pm): Baseball America posted their top 20 International League prospects; Brett Gardner came in at number 19. Not enough innings for Melancon.

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Payroll to hit $180 million in ’09
Interview with Bill Cook of the Trenton Thunder
  • Ivan

    Romine is just nice as fuck period.

    And that pitching staff for Javelinas looks pretty damn good but then again, the entire AZL looks pretty damn good.

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Ummmm… I don’t know why he’s the only guy on the roster who has been assigned a uniform number… But check out who the batting coach is for the Javelinas. Henry Cotto! I know there have to be some people here who appreciate hearing that name.

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

      What, no Dan Pasqua?

  • A.D.

    Not bad for romine, especially since he’s the youngest position player in the league

    • Ivan

      Wow didn’t know that. That’s pretty impressive.

      • A.D.

        whoops, actually 2nd youngest position player, Reuben Tejada is younger…2nd youngest is still pretty damn good

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

          I can’t believe you got that wrong.

          Mike, ban this fucker immediately.

  • Yank Crank 20

    i’m excited to see the Austin Crew make it in pinstripes one day

  • Mike Pop

    What makes you eligible for the Rule 5 draft ? Not on the 40 man but dont you need a couple of years experience or something ?

    • Bill R

      i’m pretty sure if your on the 40 man roster your safe. otherwise your up for grabs.

      • Bill R

        wow my english is bad today.. I meant to say YOU’RE

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

      If you were drafted out of high school, you have to be on the 40man within 4 years. College, it’s 3 years. Not sure how it works with int’l free agents.

      If you’re not on the 40 man after those milestones, you’re rule 5 eligible.

  • Bill R

    I love how three of the top prospects are the rays still even after you eliminated David Price and Evan Longoria from that list, It really does pay off to suck for 10 years. Also Jed Lowrie in the top 5!? C’mon!

  • Ivan

    Onley said that there is good chance that guys on the Marlins like Uggla, Jacobs and Hermida get dealt. What are the chances the yanks call the Marlins for a IPK for Hermida trade?

    • radnom

      What, why?

      Can Hermida even play CF? I think I’d rather keep IPK.

      • Ivan

        He’s a better Right fielder than Abreu and Nady defensively. He’s a young cost controlled player with the potential to be a very good player especially with the sweet swing and plate disipline.

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

        No, but it’s a step in the right direction. Young, cost controlled, good defender, outstanding plate discipline.

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

          Yup, I’d be down for Hermida. He’s a quality youngster, fills a need of outfield athleticism with a passable bat, yet he shouldn’t have the exorbitant price tag of the Hollidays and Peavys of the world…

        • http://barackobama.com TurnTwo

          problem is that a lot of other teams are thinking the same thing.

          the guys at SNY spoke about him and his swing when the Marlins were in town the last weekend, and they couldnt believe how sweet his swing looked, and how low his numbers were in comparison.

          they seemed to think he was a no-brainer to take a chance on.

          what kind of value would the Marlins expect back? high ceiling, but mostly unrealized thus far, due to injuries and poor performance…

          Id give up a IPK plus a bullpen guy like a Veras; that be enough?

          • Reggie C.

            hermida regressed nicely in ’08. numbers across the board plummeted; from BA to SLG. if the marlins shopped Hermida, they’re not going to get much outside of a good reliever and back-end starter. The marlins should just hold onto him and see if he can turn it around.

            That said , the Yanks could offer IPK and H. Sanchez. If the Marlins want a hitter ……. offer Melky.

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

            I’d do IPK and Veras and a third prospect as well, just not an upper-upper-tier guy, something along the lines of a Wilkins DeLa Rosa or a Juan Miranda. But I agree, if a bidding war for Hermida heats up, I’m dropping out. He’s good and young, but not worth giving up a ton of value for.

            I’d then shift my attention to Josh Willingham. He’s 5 years older, so the price tag would and should be lower, but he’s not bad either.

            • yanksin08

              Did you see the numbers DeLaRosa put up in Charleston this year? he was 9-4 2.11era. 106ip, 72h, 44bb, 125so, 190baa, leftys only hit 200 against him. You just don’t give up on young hard throwing leftys!!

          • Old Ranger

            I can see giving up a regressive (is that a word?) player (IPK) for another regressive player. Throwing in a Major league (Veras) along with it and maybe 1 or 2 of DeLa Rosa, Miranda, Sanchez…I don’t go for that. Or we could give MiL players for MiL player, 1-2 pitchers from A-/A+ maybe AA should be enough.
            To much for a “Maybe” player, if there is a need for that many players…drop out quick! Just because we have a glut of good pitchers, why should we give them to someone to use against us later. 27/09.

  • Bonos

    I would like to see Sublett play RF. He has the arm, he pitched in relief. Just saying. We have a total void in OFs all the way down to low A. Jackson might have to play rover in the OF when he gets there.

  • Steve

    Nice to see Gardner getting some recognition. The more I hear Girardi talk about him, the more I think he would like to see him get a chance to win the job out of Spring Training. He even credited the Yankee late season winning streak in part to Brett’s play in CF, saying he “preserved a few wins with his glove”.

    Gardner is a player whose value doesn’t always show up in his stats. In fact, what he brings often shows up on the OTHER team’s ledger. When he stays out of a double play which extends an inning, the other team player gets a Fielder’s Choice. If he then goes on to steal 2B and scores on a single, he has scored a run without even getting a hit. In a tight, low scoring game against a good pitcher that can be the difference between a W or L. We lead the AL in getting held under 3 runs this year, so we had a ton of those games.

    When he makes a play in CF that would have been a double if anyone else on the roster was playing CF, he only gets credit for a single putout. Yet plays like that can break the chain of events that turns wins into losses.

    When he draws a walk, steals 2B and the throw goes into CF (allowing him to go to 3B) he then scores easily on a sac fly. That will happen much more often with him on the base paths, because the fielders on the other team know they have to rush their throws due to his speed. The other team gets charged with an error, but Brett was really the cause of it. And in a way that nobody else on the roster would be.

    • Old Ranger

      You pointed out some of the reasons I have spoken highly of him.
      I saw what he did last year and again this year (ST) in AAA…he was very impressive. The one thing that can’t be taught is (baseball) instincts…he has that and more! Good post! 27/09.