Hughes strong in minor league start

The Brackman Watch
The RAB Radio Show - April 2, 2009 - Episode 21

After having his scheduled start on Monday pushed back for reasons unknown, Phil Hughes took the mound against the Pirates’ Triple-A squad yesterday afternoon. He allowed one run on five hits and a walk in five and a third innings, striking out seven. He struck out the side in the first inning on ten pitches, but the fact that he needed that extra pitch cements his status as a bust. Hughes said he expects to get up to 100 pitches in his next start, which will be his last one of the preseason before heading to Triple-A Scranton. “Cutter and changeup is something I really want to get going,” Hughes said. “That will be a big pitch for me, both of those. I don’t think they’re ever going to be go-pitches for me, just something to compliment my fastball and curveball.”

Elsewhere, Alan Horne continued his return from shoulder surgery with two innings in an intrasquad game yesterday. He’s scheduled to throw three innings on Monday.

The Brackman Watch
The RAB Radio Show - April 2, 2009 - Episode 21
  • pat

    Hughes going beastmode in AAA this season would be the tits.

    • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Bronx Baseball Daily

      If Hughes is dominating AAA by July, I wonder if the Yankees will consider moving Joba into the pen earlier.

      • jsbrendog

        that. will. never. happen. get. over. it.

      • pat

        I hope that was a joke.

      • rbizzler

        UGGGGGGHHHHHHHH.

      • Drew

        If Mcpherson is on the roster killing it maybe we’ll move A-rod to center.

  • A.D.

    Hughes went into more detail about how he uses the cutter: “I can throw it 2-0, 3-1, throw it right down the middle when they’re thinking fastball and it moves just a little bit,” he said. “That’s kind of the purpose of the pitch, not really to put guys away with. Sometimes I’ll run it in on a lefty and try to get the guy to hit a weak ground ball or something, but for the most part it’s for when I’m behind in the count and they’re looking for a pitch to hit.”

    Very interesting

    • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

      Does anyone happen to know if Hughes has gotten much advice from Mo or Pettitte about throwing his cutter?

      • A.D.

        I’m pretty sure a story would have jumped on it if he had.

    • whozat

      I agree, and this is the reason that I felt like they needed Pettitte: to give Hughes and Kennedy time to go to AAA and work on stuff like this. Refining some secondary stuff, refining their approach to hitters so that they don’t become predictable.

  • whozat

    Why is Hughes even bothering to keep pitching? Didn’t he get the memo that his career in baseball is over? I mean…he hasn’t even won the Cy Young and he’s already 22. He should ask for his release so he can hope to catch on with the Long Island Ducks or the Nippon Ham Fighters or something.

    • Joe R

      Bust is spelled H-U-G-H-E-S

      • KW

        Wow, joke played out much?

        • Joe R

          Nope. Not at all.

        • jsbrendog

          nope. but i am getting a bit anti “that was a shot at jeter”

          • steve (different one)

            that was a shot at the people who make “that was a shot at Jeter” jokes.

        • andrew

          A lot of these jokes get played out pretty quickly, but I must admit, i found “He struck out the side in the first inning on ten pitches, but the fact that he needed that extra pitch cements his status as a bust” to be pretty funny

  • A.D.

    From a commenter on the site:

    Chad, Karstens is Pittsburgh’s #5 starter. I don’t think he’d make SWB’s rotation. SWB may have a better rotation than Pittsburgh. What do you think?

    If we say:

    Hughes v Maholm
    IPK v Snell
    Aceves v Duke
    Igawa v Ohlendorf
    Kontos v Karstens

    Its going to come out pretty close.

    • pat

      Heh, thats funny because it’s true.

      • A.D.

        Eh actually looks like they’re going with Jason Jennings over Kontos….which means it def goes to Pitt

    • Rich

      He probably couldn’t have been protected in the Rule 5 draft, which is why he needed to be traded.

  • Jim

    I can see Hughes totally taking over Joba / Pettitte if they get hurt and keeping the spot. Not that Im hoping for it, but if he gets a few starts and is just filthy, what do you do? Send him back down? 6 man rotation (can’t really do that with CC in the rotation) It’s about time for him to dominate.

    • Stryker

      he’ll get his chance next season. i’ve gone back and forth with myself over what to do with hughes, but in the end i think it’s a smart idea to keep him in AAA, especially considering we’ve got Pettitte on a 1 yr. deal. That gives Hughes and Kennedy extra time to actually work on things, develop their pitches and actually learn how to pitch considering their ascent through the yankees’ system.

      • Rob in CT

        I think he will get a pretty good “chance” this season, because even if all of the front 5 stay healthy and make their starts, there will be ~75 innings that will need to be thrown by a 6th starter. I think it will be Hughes, provided he’s healthy and effective.

      • Drew

        I agree completely. This year both Hughes and IPK need to perfect there location and secondary pitches. Obviously thats always the goal but this year they really need to get that done rather than worrying about stats and throwing there A pitches to B and C hitters.

  • John

    Sweet! MLB.com is going to allow everyone watch the Friday and Saturday games for free!!!

    • jsbrendog

      theyre not ognna be on yes?

      • A.D.

        Not everyone lives in YES territory

        • John

          exactly, i live in Colorado

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Annoying: I’m pretty sure the surrounding areas get the YES Network but UConn doesn’t put YES on their cable package. I figure dual National Championships is the least they can do for us Yankee fans.

          • Joe R

            Yeah my friend told me about that. Thats gotta suck :( He wasnt too pleased with not getting YES. Worst part is he bought the MLB.TV package to watch games and it’s blacked out for him because that area can get YES. Double whammy.

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

              Yeah, my sophomore year I ordered MLBTV and was actually somehow able to not get blacked out of the games, despite this area getting YES along with my billing address. Then in ’07, I didn’t get any games. Hopefully I can get it this time around. If not, it’s Gameday and my girlfriend (who has the Extra Innings package) relaying me play-by-play. But, only one more month of no Yankees coverage so I guess it’s alright.

              • A.D.

                You could hook up a slingbox to your girlfriends TV, and then, bam, YES on your computer

                • andrew

                  I’ve heard great things about slingbox

              • Drew

                Extra Innings is a gift from Mo

          • Rob in CT

            The surrounding areas do get indeed get YES on through Comcast. I live in Andover, CT and I get it.

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

              How close to Storrs are you?

              • Rob in CT

                17 miles from my house to the campus, so sayeth the almighty internet.

      • Joe R

        They are.

    • Drew

      It’s on Mlb network too.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    That’s all absolutely great to hear. I’m glad Hughes will be getting another year of seasoning at AAA before joining the rotation next year.

    And while we’re on the ssubject of seasoning and top prospects: PSSSSSSSSSSSST: DETROIT TIGERS: YOU DON’T NEED TO RUSH YOUR TOP PROSPECTS.

    • Stryker

      i know that was spurred by our conversation about porcello.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Yeah, bigmike (is it bad that I still refer to him as that even though I know his real name?) and I were talking about it the other day. Needless to say, he’s not very excited.

    • Rob in CT

      Maybe the Tigers do. They’ve a fairly old team and a crappy farm system. They’re totally in “win now” mode.

      • KW

        They’re in a very strange position. They have an older team (or show “old age” tendencies, like Miggy’s inability to play any other position than DH despite his age). They have a gigantic payroll that probably cannot be supported in the near term, but they have no real prospects. I’m not sure they in win now mode, or build for the future mode, because they can do neither.

        • KW

          In other words, they’re the Knicks.

          • andrew

            Except that atleast this is the first time in a while where I’ve felt the Knicks are moving in the right direction(or any direction for that matter), I don’t know where the Tigers are going.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          What I think you could call the Tigers is the nightmare version of the mid-century Yankees. The Yankees were able to skate by on veteran players but last year showed that the Tigers couldn’t and perhaps the Yankees got a little lucky for it. The Yankees showed it was possible to squeak by with older players and the Tigers showed it wasn’t a given.

    • Drew

      lol yea they do! they’re broke and prospects = cheap.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        And potentially ruining their best minor leaguer could be more costly in the future. If he’s not hurt, they should just suck it up and put NateRob in the rotation rather than risk ruining their hope for a good pitching future.

  • Doug Q

    Off topic, but does anyone know who is scheduled to pitch for tomorrow nights game??

    • John

      Wang I know for sure, and someone else too (Pettitte?) or that may be on Saturday after Burnett.

  • Zak

    Yeah, Pettitte is supposed to relieve Burnett during the Saturday game. Not sure who’s pitching after Wang tomorrow night.

    • andrew

      Finally they are making Pettitte the lefty specialist… it’s about time…

    • kSturnz

      complete game in 80 pitches, he can do it; they intentionally got really tall grass for the 3 pitchers