Hughes strong as SWB resumes winning ways

Bullpen, Melky deliver a sweep
Crazy little thing called Melky

Triple-A Scranton (6-1 win over Buffalo)
Doug Bernier: 3 for 5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 K – 9 for 39 (.231) as Kevin Rusoo’s injury fill-in
John Rodriguez & Eric Duncan: both 1 for 3, 1 R – J-Rod drew a pair of walks & was picked off first … E-Dunc doubled & drew a walk
Todd Linden: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – 11 for his last 26 (.423) with 3 doubles, 1 triple & 2 homers
Shelley Duncan: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Juan Miranda: 0 for 4
Austin Jackson: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB – hitting .424 in 33 at-bats
Angel Berroa & Chris Stewart: both 2 for 4, 1 RBI – Berroa scored a run & K’ed
Phil Hughes: 7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 9-7 GB/FB – 75 of 105 pitches were strikes (71.4%) … that’s vintage Phil Hughes right there … right now I put it at 50-50 that he starts in place of Wang on Tuesday
Mark Melancon: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-0 Gb/FB – 16 of 23 pitches were strikes (69.6%) … he allowed an inherited runner to score, hence the run charged to Hughes … I know we’re all looking forward to seeing Melancon relieve Hughes for the next decade

Double-A Trenton (4-3 loss to Binghamton)
Eduardo Nunez: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – 7 errors already … yikes
Reegie Corona: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Colin Curtis: 1 for 4 – riding a nice little 8 game hit streak
Edwar Gonzalez, Marcos Vechionacci & Chris Malec: all 0 for 3, 1 K – Gonzalez stole a base & drove in a run … Vech drew a walk & committed a fielding error … Malec drew a walk & scored a run
Frankie Cervelli: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – 4 for his last 6 after a 2 for 28 streak
Seth Fortenberry: 0 for 4, 2 K
George Kontos: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 1 HB, 3-5 GB/FB
Kanekoa Texeira: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 5-1 GB/FB – he’s allowed runs in 3 of his 4 appearances
Wilkins Arias: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (5-4 loss to Brevard County)
Austin Krum, Brandon Laird & Jack rye: all 1 for 4 – Krum drove in a run & K’ed … Rye tripled, drove in a run & scored another
Matt Cusick: 1 for 5, 1 K
Jesus Montero: 0 for 3, 2 BB – 5-6 K/BB ratio on the young season
Damon Sublett & Wady Rufino: both 1 for 3, 1 2B – Sublett drew a walk, scored a run, K’ed & committed a pair of throwing errors … Rufino drove in two runs
Austin Romine: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K – hitting only .227 while Montero does most of the catching
Addison Maruszack: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 SB
Jeremy Bleich: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 9-4 GB/FB
Jon Hovis: 2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-1 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Amaury Sanit: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (13-2 beatdown of Augusta)
Carmen Angelini: 2 for 6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (fielding) - breaks a 3 game errorless streak
Ray Kruml & David Adams: both 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB – Kruml drove in a run & K’ed … Adams K’ed thrice
Brian Baisley: 3 for 4, 2 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – hitting .383-.438-.511 … he just destroys this level
Abe Almonte: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Taylor Grote: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Melky Mesa: 3 for 4, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K – second 2 homer effort in the last 8 games
Mitch Abeita: 0 for 2, 2 R, 2 BB. 1 HBP
Garrison Lassiter: 0 for 2, 1 R, 3 BB – I’m surprised he’s hitting 9th in the order, the Yanks usually stick their actual prospects high in the order
Manny Banuelos: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 6-6 GB/FB
Hector Noesi: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 0-1 GB/FB
Brad Rulon: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 4-1 GB/FB – 78 K in 50 career IP

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Bullpen, Melky deliver a sweep
Crazy little thing called Melky
  • M.D.

    call me crazy but im starting to like EDunc again.

    • Brian

      I’m starting to wonder if he might be turning into a prospect again myself.

      If I were Cashman I’d be REAL tempted to give EDunc a run at 3B for the next two or three weeks. Worst case scenario is that he doesn’t hit, which won’t be a tremendous difference from what we get from Ransom/Pena.

      • andrew

        Except with Pena we get an unbelievable glove with no bat. With Duncan we could get no glove with no bat.

      • Accent Shallow

        If he were on the 40 man, absolutely. I doubt that anyone in the game has changed their opinion on him based on a hot start, however. Maybe something has clicked, but I’m skeptical.

        I’m also under the impression that he’s not really a 3B anymore.

        (I read the above comment as meaning you’d want to play him to boost his trade value. Nevermind. If you’re looking for a short term fix, I’d rather have Berroa)

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

        Don’t be fooled, Duncan has a hot streak like at least twice a year.

        • Bo

          One decent streak doesnt mean the guy should be playing 3b for the big club.

          Duncans future isnt in pinstripes.

  • Rich

    Any time Hughes pitches effectively, and the GB/FB is > 1, I’m happy.

  • kSturnz

    both melkys with 2 jacks. mesa has way better tools fwir. MM, AA, KDL and Sosa. maybe Urena, too. I want to see the latter 3 get into some games Asap

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Except when Melky Cabrera was 22 he was in the majors, not Low A. But I agree, Mesa has a ton of tools.

      • http://statspeak.net dan

        Too bad strikezone judgment isn’t a tool

  • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

    It’s never a DOTF unless Angelini makes an error.

    • Bo

      He’s the Daniel Murphy of the infield.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    What’s Melancon’s ERA? 0.00?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      -443.45

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      It’s i.

      • BJ

        stop making math jokes around the girls, they’ll think we’re uncool

        • tim randle

          …i would have liked to have seen him type pi…

  • K.B.D.

    Can I propose a nickname for Manny Banuelos? Man-Ban.

    Z-Mac, A-Jax and MAN-BAN.

    • Steve O.

      Ah, the nickname that’s not a nickname simply because it’s their name. What happened to the good old nicknames?

      • andrew

        Ask old ranger, where ever he is

      • steve (different one)

        let’s call you “Steve-O”

      • Thomas A. Anderson

        Who’s to blame? The person that decided Alex Rodriguez could use a nickname. He’s the first player of any real relevance that I can think of that had their nickname be a contraction of their actual name.

        • steve (different one)

          was A-Rod before or after “J-Lo”?

          the guy who named A-Rod was the announcer for the Mariners, i believe.

          • Drew

            yepp, M’s announcer. 13 years or so ago, I’d say was before J-Lo.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      ManBan, ManRam and HanRam = Gayest. Nicknames. Ever.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I still like Bill Simmons’s suggestion that we start calling Felix Hernandez “F-Her”.

        • Steve S

          I like this

      • BJ

        ManBan would actually seem to be the opposite of homosexual…

        • Drew

          haha ietc

  • manimal

    Wait, Jeremy Bleich’s arm is still attatched to his shoulder?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Nah. This is his rehab start. He had TJS last week.

      • manimal

        Oh gotcha.

    • K.B.D.

      BUST.

  • daneptizl

    UUSSEEE

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      I’m still trying to figure out what this means.

      • daneptizl

        You know like ‘Moose’ for Mussina? That’s the Hughes rallying call.

      • Stryker

        use as in hUGHES – i think?

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          I thought he was going for the Fatcesa pronunciation.

          • Stryker

            hahahaha fatcesa. nice.

            • kSturnz

              his is yous

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Brian Baisley has secured his spot in the Chraleston Riverdogs Hall o’ Fame.

  • Accent Shallow

    Hughes is a horse.

    Here’s hoping he fares better against Detroit than he did in ’07 or ’08 if he does get the call.

  • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    At what point does Baisley become legit? I know that he’s old for LoA (and was for SS as well), but if he’s at AAA and still hitting…

    • AndrewYF

      That’s putting three carts before a horse. He’s 26, and everyone else who’s anybody is 20 or 21.

      • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        “He’s 26.”

        Oh.

        • Bo

          That defines non prospect.

  • Zak

    I’ve always loved Hughes.. ever since I was in attendance for the last Yankee playoff game win ever at the old Stadium. Came in for Clemens and won the only game against the Indians in the ALDS in ’07.

    Hughes is my hero.. can’t wait for him to get his next shot. Mark it down.. next time he comes up, he’s staying.

    • Accent Shallow

      Here’s hoping. Mostly, I’m just rooting for him to be effective at the MLB level so we can stop the ridiculous preoccupation with his velocity.

  • A.D.

    Hughes smelling the spot start opportunity with this performance.

  • A.D.

    Melancon gave up 2 hits, thats a poor performance for him at this point.

    • Reggie C.

      But is he better than Daniel Bard …..

      • Bo

        Bard does have things you can’t teach. Then again getting outs isn’t as easy as velocity. See Farnsworth,Kyle.

  • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif Expired Milk

    So what doe we do with Wang if Hughes does take his start and pitch well? I’m guessing seniority/track record will allow Wang to get his spot back. But its a very good problem to have.

    • A.D.

      Wang will be the starter when he gets sorted out.

    • http://monterawiollremainacatcher yankeewanabe7

      if hughes had a stong start the yanks would d/l wang and give him time to get his arm strengh to 93-95 sinker

      • Bo

        It’s a good problem to have.

  • Reggie C.

    Is Melky Mesa a prospect we should be keeping an eye on.

    He’s 21 which is alittle old for Low class A ball, but is the pop he’s showing real? Mesa’s got a diabolical sounding first name: Melquisedec , so it’ll be fun to think of what headlines could read if he’s any good.

  • Rich

    According to Jennings, Hughes had a great curve tonight.

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  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Wait, the Astros wore green hats today for Earth Day?

    THE HOUSTON ASTROS? FROM THE STATE OF TEXAS? WORE GREEN HATS FOR EARTH DAY?!?!?!??!?!?

    MULTIPLE INTERROBANGS?!?!??!?!?!??!?!?!?!??!?!?

  • rconn23

    Where is Corban Joseph?

    • skipspence

      hes in tampa extended spring training probably licking his chops waiting on some of those wanger meatballs

      • Chris

        LOL!

        • billbybob

          “wanger meatballs”…..that’s not gay or anything

  • Chris

    Abe Almonte was pinch-hit for in the 8th inning…anyone know why?

    • Bo

      They thought he was Cody Ransom.

  • jonathan

    I think we need to make some roster moves before the series in boston. Pena and Ransom are not getting it done over at 3rd, I really think we should bring up both the duncans in there place; or Shelley and Barroa. Our offence is not going to be albe to slug it out with the red sox when/if our pitching faulters. We need to have Shelley as a right handed bat against Lester, or we have Berroa as out righty. Fact is at AAA Berroa, S.Duncan, and Eric Duncan are hitting the cover off the ball…we need offense.

    • whitty

      Right…

      Not sure if you’ve noticed, but there’s been ONE game all year where the Yankees have failed to score at leaat four runs. The offense is not the problem.

      • jonathan

        yeah we have been putting up good numbers, but at Fenway which is small its easy to get into a double digit run game. Did you watch the Orioles put up 7 runs in the 2nd and then go on to lose 10-8 with there best pitcher on the mound. I think we need to have the best offense we can to punch it out with the 7-game streaking sox at fenway. Ransom and Pena are both black holes in that lineup, we need a righty DH against Lester…or you just enjoy watching Matsui get K by lefties because he cant get around on a fastball high and tight from the left side?

        • whitty

          We don’t have a large enough sample size to label Pena a black hole, and in any case they aren’t going to be in the lineup at the same time.

          I can live with a couple of weak hitters at the bottom of the lineup for another week or two. Ransom is crap, but I’m fine with Pena’s fielding and weak hitting until A-Rod returns.

          Shelley Duncan can’t play third base, Eric Duncan is a poor defensive player who may or may not be able to hit at this level, and Berroa is riding a hot streak and memories of his one productive ML season… which was six years ago. I’m not convinced any of those options are better than Pena. Maybe Shelley would be a useful bat off the bench or DHing against lefty starters when Posada isn’t DHing, so we could swap him for Ransom and let Peña play third until A-Rod comes back, but otherwise I’m not impressed.

          Let’s not pretend Boston has nine strong offensive players right now. Ortiz is in another April slump, Ellsbury is a poor choice to lead off (not enough OBP), Nick Green is a mirage and the Varitek/Kottaras combo at catcher is punchless.

          • whitty

            …except I forgot, neither Shelley nor Eric nor Berroa is on the 40-man roster, so your suggestions are still worthless.

  • SWB Rotation

    Does anyone know who will pitch the 4 games in Rochester? It looks like Kennedy could lineup for Sunday or Monday…. plus they don’t know what they’re doing with Hughes yet.

  • http://monterawiollremainacatcher yankeewanabe7

    i’m betting hughes will have wang’s start tues in Detroit and melancon is added to 40 man

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I’ll take both of those bets.

  • Bo

    They have a plan for Melancon that they are holding firm to. I figure they got a call up date in mind and won’t deviate from it. Robertson will get the next call when hes available to be brought up for S Jackson. They aren’t going to call Melancon up til they see what they got in Veras, Ramirez, Alby, etc.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      True. Plus, since he’s not on the 40-man, we need to clear a spot for him, but we’re not going to just DFA anybody for no good reason, we need to see how Pena/Ransom work out as the UTI when ARod comes back, or if we can make a trade of Veras or one of the other relievers, etc.

  • jonathan

    Does anyone know what hughes is throwing now and where its at? Is his velocity good?
    Last I hear he was throwing:
    4-seam 90-92
    2-seam 87-89
    cutter 87-90
    curve 78-82
    change 76-78

    • Andy.not.so.dandy

      92-94 or bust.