Another day, another win for Scranton

The Wang Elevation
Anticipating a homecoming of sorts

Triple-A Scranton (6-2 win over Rochester) the only undefeated teams remaining in professional baseball are the High-A Visalia Rawhide (D-Backs), the Low-A Fort Wayne Tin Caps (Padres), and these guys
Doug Bernier: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
John Rodriguez: 0 for 0, 1 R, 1 HBP – lifted after being hit by a pitch on the wrist
Todd Linden: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI – 7 for his last 13 with a double, a triple & a pair of homers
Shelley Duncan: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – 6 for his last 10 with two homers
Angel Berroa: 2 for 2, 2 BB, 1 E (fielding)
Justin Leone & Chris Stewart: both 0 for 4 – Leone committed a fielding error
Eric Duncan & PJ Pilittere: both 1 for 3 – E-Dunc drove in a run & K’ed … PJ doubled
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 6-11 GB/FB – 56 of 83 pitches were strikes (67.5%)
JB Cox: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP – 17 of 27 pitches were strikes (63.0%)
David Robertson: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-1 GB/FB – 9 of 11 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (5-2 win over Connecticut)
Eduardo Nunez, Edwar Gonzalez & Justin Snyder: all 1 for 4 – Nunez stole a base, K’ed & committed a fielding error … Edwar drew a walk, swiped a bag, scored a run & K’ed twice … Snyder scored a run & K’ed
Reegie Corona: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Colin Curtis: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Marcos Vechionacci, Frankie Cervelli & Chris Malec: all 0 for 4 – Vech scored a run, drove one in, K’ed & committed a throwing error … Cervelli drove in a run & K’ed
Seth Fortenberry: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Ivan Nova: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 9-5 GB/FB – needed a little extra time to stretch out after working only one inning stints with the Padres in Spring Training
Kevin Whelan: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 4-2 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (3-1 win over Clearwater)
Austin Krum: 1 for 5, 1 CS
Eric Fryer, Jesus Montero & Brandon Laird: all 1 for 4 – Fryer drew a walk, stole a base & K’ed … Montero K’ed … Laird doubled, scored a run & committed an error on a pickoff
Damon Sublett: 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 3B, 1 K
Austin Romine: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Matt Cusick: 2 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – had been in a 2 for 15 funk
Addison Maruszack: 1 for 4, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Lance Pendleton: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 Balk, 6-3 GB/FB
Jon Hovis: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 5-2 GB/FB – career ERA = 1.53
Jon Ortiz: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (6-4 win over Rome)
Carmen Angelini: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Ray Kruml: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 HBP – three straight 2 for 4 games
David Adams: 3 for 4, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB – 10 for his last 18 (.556) with 4 doubled and 2 triples
Brian Baisley: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Abe Almonte: 2 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K
Melky Mesa & Taylor Grote: both 1 for 5 – Mesa doubled … Grote hit a solo homer & K’ed twice
Garrison Lassiter: 1 for 4, 1 R, 3 K, 1 HBP – on pace for over 220 K’s in the early going
David Phelps: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 8-5 GB/FB
Brandon Braboy: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Pat Venditte: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – 50-10 K/BB in 37.2 career IP

The Wang Elevation
Anticipating a homecoming of sorts
  • anonymous

    Another error for Angelini

  • Drew

    E-Dunc has been solid this far. He’s one of the position players I’m watching down in Scranton.

    • p2

      Why don’t they play him until ARod gets back instead of Ransom?

      • 618B

        I would guess, looking at his history, they don’t want to set him back. These are positive moves for a guy who hasn’t had too much positive lately.

  • LiveFromNY

    Are the Triple A dudes having fun? I hope the hell they are.

  • anonymous

    Anyone know how much longer Austin Jackson is out for?

  • CB

    Perhaps the two most encouraging early developments in the minors so far have been the spike in Melancon’s strike out rate and the improvement in Robertson’s command.

    Though it’s very early, you have to be pleased with Robertson’s command so far. He’s thrown 8 innings in the majors and minors and walked only 1 and K’d 14.

    I don’t know if he had any 8 inning stretch last year where he only walked 1 hitter. 38 walks last year in 83 innings.

    He’s shown that he can miss bats at a very high rate with his curve ball even at the major league level. The last question on him was his command.

  • V

    Quick question – why is Jon Hovis repeating in Tampa? No roster spots available in Trenton?

    Just 24 IP last year in Tampa (injury?), but a 1.14 ERA. Maybe he’ll get promoted if he looks healthy? The only scouting report I could find on him was over two years old, and said he only threw 86-89, but I’m all for promoting guys until they prove they aren’t capable.

  • V

    Also – does anyone know what the Rookie ball guys do until the season starts? On their own? Or do they report to the Tampa training complex?

    • Mike Axisa

      Most of them are in Extended Spring Training, and just about everyone else comes from that year’s draft.

      • V

        Excellent – thanks.

  • Accent Shallow

    Solid debut from Nova. Here’s hoping he can finally harness his stuff.

    Glad to see Igawa pitching effectively, although his K-rate has plummeted since ’07.

  • Joe

    Igawa seems to be doing a pretty nice job. I’d give him a chance if I was in control of the Yankees

    • daneptizl

    • Eirias

      That is exactly why you are not in control of the Yankees.

  • Chris V.

    David Phelps has had a solid little career with the yankees

  • Moose Man

    At what point does Kei Igawa become a viable option for the Yankees…dare I say…big league pitching staff???

    At the very least he could be a serviceable long-man and spot starter. And I think its safe to say he would fare better than 23 runs in 6 innings.

    Just a thought….

    • Max

      I think Igawa is a classic 4A tease.

      His lack of command will pass in AAA but his HR rate skyrockets when he pitches in the bigs because he pitches up in the strikezone.

      I’d rather use someone like Aceves if need be because he’s less volitale than Igawa.

      • p2

        Great comment. Can we trade him while his AAA stock is high?

  • andrew

    Berroa continues to rake… at this point it’s unlikely that he ever gets called up, but it’s too bad he never got the chance, I think he would’ve been a slightly smaller black hole than Ransom

    • p2

      Can Angel play 3B?

      • A.D.


  • Matt

    Why didn’t we have Eric Duncan at 3rd for the time being until A-Rod got back? He would have to be better than Ransom at 3B.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Duncan hasn’t been too good the last couple of years. Ok, I’m being generous because I pull for him, he’s been so bad he’s pretty much completely fallen off the prospect map. He wasn’t even invited to big league spring training this year. Not to mention he’s not on the 40-man roster.

  • Jeff

    I wish there was room for Robertson on major league roster, he belongs with the Yankees the way he has pitched. Maybe they will drop Claggett and recall Robertson.

  • treynz22

    anyone have any opinion when Melancon gets up to play with the big boys? does anyone have an idea why we would still keep him down? innings limit etc. thanks

    • dan

      Service time plays a small role, but the main thing is that he’s not on the 40-man roster, so you’d have to DFA somebody who is. I’d guess he could be added when ARod comes off the DL and they don’t need two extra infielders.

      • Tony

        Were they at risk of losing Pena if he wasn’t on the 40-man? Was he on it already? I don’t think either of these things are true, but I apologize if they are.

        Why the hell are both Pena and Ransom taking roster spots? They have the exact same role on the team in the long run, and neither should be starting on a regular basis. It made much more sense to boot one of them and see if Berroa could stick at 3rd with late-game defensive replacement if need be. As it is, there are 33 and 23 year old versions of the same no-hit utility man on the roster, and one of them will get cut in 2-3 weeks. Hindsight is 20-20, but I don’t think you needed to be a psychic to see this one.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          “Why the hell are both Pena and Ransom taking roster spots?… Hindsight is 20-20, but I don’t think you needed to be a psychic to see this one.”

          NOBODY saw Ramiro Pena making a statement in spring training and getting himself added to the 40-man roster, not to mention the active roster. You needed to be a psychic to see that coming. Hindsight is 20/20.

          Also remember that, for now, the Yankees need a starting third baseman and a utility infielder on the active roster. There’s a clear need to have 2 such guys on the active roster right now. So to not have Ransom and Pena (or Berroa or whoever) on the active roster right now would be retarded.

          So, that’s why the hell both Pena and Ransom are taking roster spots right now.

  • dan

    Montero was 2 for 4.

  • NC Saint

    Venditte should take over shortstop when he isn’t pitching. I heard he’s error-proof.

    • Baseballnation

      Which hand would he throw with and which hand would he field with?…Heck chances are he could chest catch and throw with his feet…Or as they say in Futbol, kick the ball to first base as if they were trying to make a Goalllllllll!

      • NC Saint

        Yeah, Venditte had Paul O’Neill’s feet surgically attached to his legs, just in case.

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