McAllister dominant in Trenton win

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Phil Hughes should start on Tuesday

Triple-A Scranton had a scheduled off day.

Double-A Trenton (4-1 win over New Britain)
Eduardo Nunez & Colin Curtis: both 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 K – Nunez was hit by a pitch
Reegie Corona: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – 11 for his last 32 (.344)
Edwar Gonzalez, Frankie Cervelli & Chris Malec: all 0 for 3 – Edwar drew a walk & K’ed twice … Cervelli K’ed once, Malec twice
Jorge Vazquez: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 K – season debut was an impressive one
Marcos Vechionacci: 1 for 3, 1 K
Zach McAllister: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 7-10 GB/FB – awesome
Mike Dunn: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3-0 GB/FB – dude has been nails this year … 15 K in 8.2 IP

High-A Tampa (6-0 win over Brevard County)
Austin Krum: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBP
Eric Fryer: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS – had been in a little 4 for 21 funk (.190)
Jesus Montero: 2 for 4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K – .367-.471-.571 with his 6 K in 49 at-bats
Brandon Laird: 1 for 2, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Matt Cusick & Addison Maruszack: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Cusick committed a throwing error … Maruszack scored a run & K’ed
Austin Romine: 1 for 3, 1 RBI
Mitch Hilligoss & Tommy Baldridge: both 1 for 4 – Baldridge scored a run & K’ed
Wilkins DeLaRosa: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 4-5 GB/FB – season debut … he was held back in Extended Spring Training because he didn’t get stretched out in enough in big league camp
Jason Stephens: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 3-4 GB/FB
Grant Duff: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (8-7 loss to Augusta)
Carmen Angelini: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 CS, 2 E (throwing, fielding) – it just wouldn’t be DotF without an Angelini error or two
Dan Brewer: 4 for 5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI – avg goes from .167 to .393 just like that
David Adams & Melky Mesa: both 0 for 4, 1 BB – Adams K’ed once, Melky twice
Brian Baisley: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – 10 for his last 16 (.625)
Abe Almonte: 0 for 4, 1 R – first hitless game of the season
Taylor Grote: 1 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 K
Mike Lyon: 3 for 4, 2 2B, 1 CS, 1 E (throwing)
Chase Weems: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
David Phelps: 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 1 HB, 6-2 GB/FB
Brandon Braboy: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 6-1 GB/FB
Casey Erickson: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB

RAB on RBI Radio
Phil Hughes should start on Tuesday
  • http://mvn.com/pendingpinstripes Greg F.

    Heh, you beat me by like two minutes Mike. These things take serious time!

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

      This is my fourth year doing this, so I have a pretty good system. But yeah, it can completely suck sometimes. Just wait til SI and GCL start and there’s 6 games a night …

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

        Must be a true labor of love!

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

          Trust me, the blush is off the rose a week or two into the season.

      • deadrody

        I actually have it set up in my bookmarks so that I can open all the Yankee minor league affiliates scoreboarrds with one click. As much as I love the DOTF updates, most nights I can get the update myself pretty quickly.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

          I know I’m biased, but Mike’s italicized commentary is the best part of DotF.

          • Jacob

            I look forward to the DotF every night. Mike does a great job.

  • Joey H

    I swear, Mike has a man crush on McAllister.

    • http://statspeak.net dan

      who doesn’t?

  • manimal

    Could we see McAllister at the end of the year? He’s 21…

    • Steve O.

      No chance, he’s not on the 40-man.

    • A.D.

      only if shit really hit the fan, with Hughes, IPK, Aceves & Hacker on the 40 man. Then the vet in Jason Jennings waiting in AAA.

      • John

        Jason Johnson not Jennings

        • A.D.

          My bad.

          • Bo

            I wouldnt say no chance. WHo thought Joba would be up 2 yrs ago?

  • A.D.

    I didn’t see a prospect profile on De La Rosa, any chance we can get a quick run down on what he throws.

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

      Low-mid 90’s fastball and an inconsistent slider. He’s a reliever long term, like a poor man’s Damaso Marte.

      • A.D.

        Thanks!

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

    1) Tell me more about this Dunn kid. Any relation to Adam?

    2) What’s the record streak for games with an error? I was at an AAA game in 07 when there were 10 errors in the game but they weren’t all committed by the same person or anything.

    It seems more noteworthy when Angelini doesn’t commit an error!

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

      1) No
      2) No idea.

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

        I am rather wordy, aren’t I?

  • Accent Shallow

    Isn’t McAllister’s major selling point that he’s a GB pitcher?

    (No, not worried/concerned/upset about this)

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

      Yeah, but it’s still early and he’s a 20 year old kid in AA. Don’t sweat it.

      • Steve O.

        If he performs well and gets promoted to AAA, then follows that with a couple dominant starts in AAA, do we have a Phil Hughes 2.0 on our hands?

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

          Nah, Hughes has better command and a way better breaking ball. McAllister doesn’t have a put away pitch, but Hughes does with his curve.

          Also, when Phil was 20, he was in the bigs.

          • Steve O.

            I was regarding prospect status(although to a lesser extent) and him being stuck in trade proposals much like Hughes was and has. But I should’ve been more clear. Obviously McAllister will never be the number one pitching prospect in the game.

        • Accent Shallow

          I’m under the impression that McAllister doesn’t have Hughes’ stuff and/or pedigree. Of course, pitchers have significantly elevated their talent level before . . .

          • http://statspeak.net dan

            He doesn’t. He’s about control and ground balls…. Hughes at the same level was those two plus tons of K’s.

    • http://mvn.com/pendingpinstripes Greg F.

      Even after tonight’s start, he still has a nifty 2.15 GO:AO ratio.

  • pollo

    27 year old Jorge Vazquez’s stats:

    Tigres De Mexico

    2004: .329/.374/.588 21 HR
    2005: .379/.413/.796 33 HR
    2006: .359/.419/.739 31 HR (75 games)
    2007: .323/.383/.605 17 HR (59 games)
    2008: .339/.398/.612 18 HR (56 games)

    WBC: .294/.368/.529 w/a grand slam.

    Interesting.

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

      I am now intrigued.

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

      He also had a drug suspension in there. Not sure if it was PEDs or a drug of abuse though.

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

        The ‘where’ in there would be more telling. If it was back in 2006 and he’s still improving, that tells you something. If it was 2008, not so much.

        • A.D.

          From what I’ve found so far suspension was in ’07

      • pollo

        those numbers scream PEDS to me. 33 freaking homeruns in 75 games? no wai.

        • pollo

          but then again imagine if he can be our very own Adrian Gonz. That’d be something.

        • A.D.

          Well we know that Mexican league pitching isn’t great, and if he played in Mexico city, the ball would fly out of there better than Coors field since its ~2,000 FT higher.

    • A.D.

      31 HR in 75 games…damn.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      I expect him to be up for the interleague series. September, the latest.

    • A.D.

      Nothing like OPSing over 1200 in ’05

    • Accent Shallow

      It is an extreme hitter’s environment, though.

    • Steve O.

      Can you find his platoon splits? I can’t find them anywhere.

      • http://statspeak.net dan

        It’s Mexico. You can’t even get clean water and you want platoon splits? lol

  • Joey H

    Who can you compare McAllister to that is in the bigs right now? Stuff wise that is.

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

      I dunno, it’s tough. I’ve said a guy like Millwood in the past, but the problem is that Millwood throws a curveball and Z-Mac throws a slider. He can get those kind of results though.

      • Joey H

        Can we expect him to start in the bigs though? For some reason I thought he was relieving.

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

          Sure, he’s definitely a starter.

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

      Jake Westbrook was the first guy off the top of my head.

      • A.D.

        Hopefully minus all the injuries.

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

        That’s actually a real good comp. Bravo.

      • http://statspeak.net dan

        I think he’ll get slightly more K’s and fewer GB’s than Westbrook, but that’s just my opinion/guess

    • pat

      D Lowe. Sinkers, ground balls and innings.

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

        I can’t decide if this comparison is a good thing or a bad thing.

        • pat

          I’d take a Derek Lowe on my rotation any day. Sox association aside, he stay’s healthy, has made at least 33 starts every year since 2002, career 122 era+. You can’t have all aces unfortunately you gotta have some brawn that’ll keep your bullpen fresh and keep you in games.

          • tomaconda

            CC = ACE
            Joba = ACE?
            Wang = ACE
            Burnett = ACE
            Hughes = ACE?
            Pettitte = ACE

            Maybe you can?

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

        Yeah, but Derek Lowe is a legitimate front-end starter; McAllister’s ceiling has him as a mid-rotation innings eater.

    • cult of basebaal

      a general scouting report from the Prospectus Yankees Top 11 Prospects:


      The Good: Despite a massive frame, McAllister is a strike-throwing, ground-ball pitcher who lives off of a low-90s sinker that is the best in the system. He can run a four-seam fastball up to 93 mph, and he often flashes a nice changeup. His delivery is smooth, and his command is above average.
      The Bad: He doesn’t blow hitters away, and he needs a good defense behind him. His slider is inconsistent, and he has a tendency to get around on the pitch, which can cause it to sweep across the plate instead of diving.
      Perfect World Projection: McAllister will be a fourth starter who keeps the ball on the ground, and possibly somewhat better than that…
      Glass Half Empty: …or somewhat worse.

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

        So he can be a 4th starter, or be better than that, or worse? How very brave of them.

        • Chris

          At least they pegged him as a starter.

  • Accent Shallow

    Actually, I am concerned about McAllister, apparently he lacks baseball savvy. To wit, the third out of the first inning: Danny Valencia grounds out, pitcher Zach McAllister to second baseman Reegie Corona to first baseman Chris Malec.

    Can’t even throw to the right base! Release him!

    /Not serious

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

    Hypothetically speaking, if The Savior (that’s my new nickname for Jesus Montero) is mashing like he currently is through the third week of May or so, might we see a mid-season promotion? I’ve always been a major proponent of letting him develop as much as he can defensively, but if The Savior is just dominating the Florida State League then how can the Yankees keep him down there for purely defensive progression purposes?

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

      I’m pretty sure the Yankees want Montero to come up as a catcher if he can, since that’s more beneficial to the team, so it’s better they get that squared away than promoting him where he may yet struggle to hit and field.

      He won’t, but that’s not the point.

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

      I don’t think so, they’ll hold him back because he needs to work at his defense. Plus he’s not going to unseat Cervelli at AA. There’s nothing wrong with Montero spending all season in High-A, the FSL is a very tough league, especially for a 19 yr old catcher.

      • Doug

        Mike, you’re still all for the Yankees giving it a go with Montero as a catcher? I haven’t read a non-Yankee scout who actually thinks he will remain behind the plate.

        Also, move him now and he’ll be in the Bronx sooner. His bat will be a quick promoter.

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

          Oh definitely. Leave him at the position that would make him the most valuable. That’s what the minors are for, to see what he can and can not do. Montero as a catcher, even with below avg defense is immeasurably better than him at first base of DH.

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

            It’s the same logic as starters and relievers. If the Yanks stuck Brackman in the pen, he’d shoot to the majors. But he’d be way more valuable as a starter, so they’re developing him there.

            • Doug

              I hear you, but doesn’t he only have value as a catcher if he can actually catch? i mean, doesn’t he have little trade value if nobody else but us believes he’ll be a catcher

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

                He just needs to be able to squat there and catch the ball, and make a representative throw to second every so often. Piazza, V-Mart, Todd Hundley, Mike Stanley, those guys were statues back there but still were valuable because of the offense.

                Just because other teams don’t believe he can be a catcher doesn’t mean the Yanks should move him. If anything it gives them more incentive to keep him back there to prove them wrong.

                • pat

                  Plus when have any of these “scouts” ever actually said something positive about a Yankee prospect?

                • Doug

                  or they’re just being stubborn (playing devil’s advocate).

                  i just can’t wait to see his bat in the bronx, it’d be a shame if it’s delayed a year or two because they were force-feeding this catcher thing when it was a foregone conclusion from the outset that he was a LF.

                • pat

                  Not a LF, dudes stone footed. LF in yankee stadium requires a good amount of athleticism. Montero might be able to handle RF for a while but expect bobby abreu v2.0

                • Doug

                  4 months ago, my last sentence would have ended with 1B instead of LF

              • A.D.

                He’ll have plenty of trade value if he hits, if we keep him at catcher and he cant catch in the majors he’ll just be valued as a 1B prospect.

                • http://statspeak.net dan

                  Trade value though. If he can’t catch, then he has to be able to play right field if he’s going to play for the yankees. Tex isn’t moving off first any time soon.

                • A.D.

                  He can play DH

      • Chris

        Do you think there would be any value in promoting him so he can platoon with a better defensive catcher? There might be some benefit to working with the same pitching staff along side someone that’s more experienced…

    • A.D.

      Like the nickname.

  • baseballnation

    When do you think the Yankees move Angelini to CF? While Young, his defense clearly goes beyong mistakes…

    • Accent Shallow

      Wouldn’t he have to start hitting first to make that worthwhile?

      • A.D.

        Angelini is holding on to his prospect life with this season, another clunker and he probably gets de-prioritized.

        • pat

          Get out. They gave this kid a 7 figure signing bonus and threw him into the long season league straight out of highschool. They’re not gonna give up on him after one bad season.

          • A.D.

            I’m saying if its 2 bad seasons, and not that they’ll throw him out, but he’ll move down/not move up the SS depth chart.

            If Angelini doesn’t field or hit for a second straight season, and Lassiter puts up some numbers, Lassiter will probably leap frog.

            Plus very real possibility the Yankees draft a good SS this year.

            • pat

              I think they’re gonna move Lassiter to 3b, apparently he profiles better there. But yes, if the yanks draft a nasty prospect and angelini is stinking it up with the stick and the leather I doubt they block the new guy.

    • Doug

      got jackson there

    • pat

      Never. Derek Jeter- 56 errors @ age 19, Greensboro Hornets, South Atlantic League.

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

        How old’s Carmen?

        • A.D.

          He was 19 for most of last year, 20 for most of this year.

        • pat

          20. When jeets was 20 he made 26 errors. But he was hitting .344/.389/.463 so I guess it’s forgivable.

          • A.D.

            and Jeter went .295/.461/.394 in that age 19 season, show his bat/plate discipline was showing the potential.

            • pat

              Yeah, 152 BB as a 19 yr old is diiiiirty.

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

                Nah, B-Ref is wrong. It’s 58 walks. 158 would be freaking unsane.

  • A.D.

    People think any chance Z-Mac ever makes the Yankees ML rotation, or that he’s traded before that?

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

      Depends on what the team needs when.

    • baseballnation

      That might all depend on if Sabathia opts out; Pettitte retires; and Wang does not regain form…

      • Rich

        Which is why I hope he does get traded (when his value peaks), because it will likely mean that Hughes, Joba, CC, AJ, and Brackman are healthy and effective.

  • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    There was just a weird sound clip here of, like, zombies craving brains or something. I know I’m not that drunk.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      i could back that. i think its a test or something?

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

        You guys didn’t seen NUTTIN’!!!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      Wow, that thing was up for like, three minutes.

      • Jack

        That’s what sh . . .

        You know what, nevermind.

      • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Ha, dude, I was like “this is the best comment ever.”

        http://allisonkilkenny.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/brains.jpg

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

          • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            I like this one better than the “boo” file you used in the actual post. It’s a more depressing boo.