Kennedy debuts in Puerto Rico

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Update (1:40pm): Phil Hughes is pitching for Peoria in a few hours. You can find the eventual Gameday link here.

Just a heads up, Baseball America will be posting their Yanks’ top 10 prospects list this Monday. I had stuff to do yesterday, so the regular Friday chat will be held Monday afternoon.

AzFL Peoria (13-4 loss to the other Peoria) season ends on Nov. 20th
Kevin Russo: 2 for 4, 1 CS – extends the hit streak to 16 games … that’s pretty impressive, it can’t be easy to maintain a hit streak like that when you’re not playing every day & hitting in a different spot in the order while playing a different position when you do play
Austin Jackson: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – just 3 for his last 29 (.103)
Juan Miranda: 0 for 4, 4 K – wear that Golden Sombrero with pride, amigo

HWB Waikiki (2-0 win over Honolulu)
Damon Sublett: 0 for 3, 1 K
Jeremy Bleich: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 3-4 GB/FB – 51 of 65 pitches were strikes (78.5% !!!) … first action since Oct. 24th, so it looks like elbow surgery will have to wait another day … he’s rockin’ a 28-1 K/BB ratio in his last 24.2 IP (4 starts)

PRWL Mayaguez (8-2 win over Santurce)
Ian Kennedy: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 1-5 GB/FB – it’s a ~50 game season, so he should be able to get about 45-50 innings in, which would put him at ~165 IP on the year, meaning he’s good for close to 200 innings next season

Thursday’s Games

AzFL Peoria (7-0 win over Surprise)
Austin Jackson: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Juan Miranda: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – had been in an 0 for 14 slump coming into this game
Jeff Marquez: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 8-2 GB/FB – 44 of 69 pitches were strikes (63.8%) … picked a runner off second … he really needed a good outing just for his confidence, he’d allowed 20 baserunners & 8 ER in his previous 10 IP (4 appearances)

HWB Waikiki had a scheduled off day.

Comptroller: Yanks owe $11M in back rent
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  • kenthadley

    what are the peripherals on Russo…glove, speed, pop in the bat, etc…..he apparently can play many positions, but so could Clay Belinger……..has anyone seen him play?

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Bleich had TJ surgery in between starts. He is scheduled for his next one November 30th.

    • Reggie C.

      A couple TJ surgeries shouldn’t prevent Bleich from making quick work out of High-A hitters. Its not much of a ballsy prediction, but Bleich will get to AA in quick fashion. An experienced college lefty isn’t going to linger in High-A long.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        I heard Bliech told the doctors to just remove the ligament altogether, this way we will be able to fling the ball, catapult style.
        The doctors recommended the iliofemoral ligament , which is located in the hip, with this ligament in his elbow, he could theoretically throw 150 mph.

        • steve (different one)

          i heard they removed the ligament and scientists are using to create a condom for Superman.

          • Steve

            Omar Minaya said (and I quote) “I’ve seen guys pitch with no ligaments”

            Omar said it, so it must be true.

  • Mike Pop

    A-Jax aint showing up

    • Lanny

      How do stats in the AFL mean anything?

    • Ivan

      Maybe it’s a good omen. Eric Duncan was the MVP of the AzFL couple years ago and we know the story of Eric Duncan.

  • Joey H

    i”t’s a ~50 game season, so he should be able to get about 45-50 innings in, which would put him at ~165 IP on the year, meaning he’s good for close to 200 innings next season”
    if he even gets that far.

  • zzzzz

    didn’t kennedy have a big innings jump last year? any chance of him being a good comeback candidate in 09′?

    • Joey H

      dont you have to be good at one point in your career to be considered a comeback candidate?

      • zzzzz

        yeaaaaaah. well, i think you know what i meant.

        i meant maybe we’ll see a lot less suckage from him.

  • A.D.

    If marquez can put it back together, that would be something

  • Adrian-Retire21

    Who cares if Kennedy can go 200 inngs.The Yankees are gonna trade him or he won’t sniff the majors.

    Guess those “Save the Big three” shirts are pretty much usless.

    • steve (different one)

      which puts them slightly ahead of your post.

      • pat


  • Pablo Zevallos

    Juan Miranda: 0 for 4, 4 K – wear that Golden Sombrano with pride, amigo

    racism much? (j/k) ;)

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      What’s a Sombrano, Mike?

      • Mike A.


        • steve (different one)

          it the hat Tony Soprano wears when he’s hiding out in Mexico.

  • daneptizl

    Is the reason for the estimate being 45-50 innings because the league has a lot of pitchers that need to get work in?

  • E-ROC

    Mike, do you know anything about this Cuban baseball player by the name of Dayan Viciedo?

    • Mike A.

      Nada. All I know is that he’s (supposedly) 19.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Cuban translation of 19 is 24.

        • Steve

          Cuban records are supposed to be very good. It is, after all a Communist country. Which we will . . . nah, skip that.

          You must be thinking of the DR or Venezuela. In those cases, the scout/agents lie about kid’s ages to make them seem more valuable.

  • Baseballnation

    Funny cause Du que is suosedly late 30’s know? but in essense we know he’s closer to 55…

    • Steve

      Oh that’s right. Forgot about Duque. Yeah, the Cuban guys do it too.

  • Mulls

    i think kennedy’s value is astonishingly the post said hes good for 200 innings next year hes young and cost controlled. he was drafted in 2006 its ridic to think that he shouldve been money for the yanks last year. watch him pitch to at least a 3rd starters clip this year especially if hes pitching in the NL. Shoudnt Kennedy+ Edwar be able to land you a Milledge.

    • steve (different one)

      some good points. but we don’t actually know what Kennedy’s value is.

      people are ASSUMING it is very low (and it probably is) b/c they don’t like him and in general, the expectations were unreasonable.

      but unless you are in those GM meetings with Cashman, we really have no idea what his value is.

      all it takes is one GM or one team’s scout, who saw Kennedy and liked him.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        steve, Everyone knows that Kennedy kills little kids’ pets in his spare time. He and Melky are the stealers of dreams.

  • Matt L

    There’s a pretty good article in the NY post about Betances, all I can say is the boy got big.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      That’s a cool white tiger shirt!

    • Tim

      That is a good story about the kid.

    • Steve

      Nice story. Glad we got him so young and everyone says he’s coachable and hard working.

      Next September? Yikes.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Is it me, or does Matt Weiters look 40 in his picture on Gameday?

  • UWS

    I guess Hughes is teh bust!!11! this week.

    • DCR

      [the spin]He is just there to get innings. [/the spin]

      • mustang


      • ceciguante

        classic! lol

  • christopher

    now that is a pitcher who they need to worry about becoming a fat ass

  • Lanny

    Maybe Bleich can save the top half of the 2008 draft for the Yanks.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

    I haven’t seen a Kennedy perform that well in the Caribbean since The Bay of Pigs!