Miranda stars on Opening Day

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AJ f/x

Happy Minor League Opening Day Day. One of my most favorite days of the year. Full lineups and pitching stats in honor of the start of the season, enjoy.

Oh, and check out that Ohlendorf kid. Good for him.

Triple-A Scranton (11-3 win over Lehigh Valley) it’s too bad Eric Duncan has been relegated to bench duties these days
Kevin Russo: 1 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
John Rodriguez: 0 for 3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 E (fielding)
Todd Linden: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
Shelley Duncan: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Juan Miranda: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI – hit a three run homer off a lefty … boost that trade value baby!
Austin Jackson: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – first career at-bat in AAA resulted in an RBI single
Justin Leone: 0 for 5, 1 K
Angel Berroa: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB – after his hot spring, he just keeps on hitting
Kevin Cash: 2 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 PB
Jason Johnson: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 9-1 GB/FB – 46 of 78 pitches were strikes (60.0%)
Anthony Claggett: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 11 of 20 pitches were strikes
Mark Melancon: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 19 of 26 pitches were strikes … mark it down, he’ll be up no later than May 15th
Steven Jackson: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0-3 GB/FB – 7 of 10 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (5-3 win over Binghamton in 14 innings, walk-off style) nothing like burning out your bullpen in the second game of the year
Eduardo Nunez: 3 for 6, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 CS, 2 E (both fielding) – scored the winning run
Reegie Corona: 1 for 3, 2 BB, 1 E (fielding) – throwing error in the top of the 12th allowed the B-Mets to take the lead
Colin Curtis: 2 for 5, 2 BB
Edwar Gonzalez: 0 for 3, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – tied the game in the bottom of the 12th with a bases loaded hit by pitch
Marcos Vechionacci: 1 for 6, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – walk-off single
Frankie Cervelli: 0 for 6, 1 K, 1 E (catcher interference)
Seth Fortenberry: 1 for 6, 1 R, 1 K
Chris Malec: 2 for 3, 1 BB
Kevin Smith: 0 for 4, 1 K
Justin Snyder: 0 for 2, 1 R – pinch ran for Smith in the bottom of the 9th … stayed in the game to play first
George Kontos: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 2-5 GB/FB – rock solid
Kanekoa Texeira: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4-0 GB/FB – love the groundballs, can live with the hits
Wilkins Arias: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Jose  Valdez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP
Eric Wordekemper: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Josh Schmidt: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (6-4 loss to Lakeland)
Austin Krum: 1 for 5, 2 K
Eric Fryer: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K – you remember him, he’s the guy they got from the Brewers for Chase Wright
Jesus Montero: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – drove in the first run of the year with a groundout
Brandon Laird: 0 for 4, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Damon Sublett: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing) – let’s hope he can stay healthy this year
Austin Romine: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 K – DH’ed while Montero caught
Wady Rufino: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Mitch Hilligoss: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – moved over to first after playing on the left side of the infield for most of his career
Addison Maruszack: 0 for 3, 2 BB
Jason Stephens: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 5-4 GB/FB – one of the walks was intentional
Noel Castillo: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB
Grant Duff: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing)

Low-A Charleston (8-2 loss to Rome)
Carmen Angelini: 3 for 5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 E (throwing, fielding) – here’s to hoping this is the start of big things, at least offensively
Ray Kruml: 2 for 5, 1 K
David Adams: 1 for 5, 1 2B, 2 K
Brian Baisley: 1 for 4, 1 K, 1 E (pickoff)
Abe Almonte: 1 for 4, 2 K – threw runner out at home and second from CF
Melky Mesa: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B
Garrison Lassiter: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) – played third base, like I suspected he might
Chase Weems: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Dan Brewer: 1 for 4, 1 K
Andrew Brackman: 5 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 2 WP, 8-1 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – he was cruising along just fine until the wheels kind of came off in the 4th, when he walked two batters, uncorked two wild pitches, and was the victim of two errors … don’t forget about the Brackman Watch
Hector Noesi: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Brad Rulon: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3 WP, 1-2 GB/FB – picking up right where he left off with the strikeouts

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

    Am I the only one pained to see George Kontos stuck in Double-A this year?

    • A.D.

      There was a discussion the other night, many seem upset that Jason Johnson is getting his innings currently

    • Dave M

      I don’t think he’ll be there long.

      • El Generalissimo

        I think Johnson is holding Alan Horne’s spot.

        • A.D.

          I’m hoping Johnson holding Kontos’s spot, Kontos holding Garcia’s spot.

  • A.D.

    Looks like slow and steady for Brack

  • A.D.

    Gotta love the Ks by Kontos

  • Drew

    No later then May 15th eh?
    What’s the deal with Shelly, can’t we use him as a body in a future trade to an NL team? He’s a good guy and can drive the ball obviously but in reality he has no future with us.

    • J.R.

      No NL team claimed him when wee dropped him from the 40 earlier this year. That kinda speaks to the way he is seen. Or at leasy it implies alot.

  • Reggie C.

    Its gotta be tough to be Juan Miranda. I’m sure he wasn’t expecting starting duties, but to be relegated behind Teix and Swish pretty much closes the door on him having any sort of impact. I’m gonna root for Miranda.

    • anonymous

      That tends to happen when you’re not very good. Other guys who are better get the job first.

      • albie

        What is this comment supposed to mean? Miranda has a very good chance to be at least half of a DH platoon in 2010.

        • anonymous

          Really? Where?

          • inman

            the Delicious Hairpie platoon with Shelly Duncan in your mom’s crotch.

            the forearm slams while they’re doing their thing will be instant espn classics

        • pat

          Miranda has a very good chance to be at least half of a DH platoon in 2010.

          Half of a dh platoon = not very good.

          • albie

            So you all want to throw Miranda away like he is GARBAGE? What is so wrong with having a guy like him on the Yankees? Everyone complains about there bench and here is someone who put up a .970 ops against right handed pitching last year in AAA. He would make a great back up first baseman and part time Dh against right handed pitching.

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

              Nobody said anything about throwing Miranda “away like he is GARBAGE.” Respond to the comments on the page, not the voices in your head.

              • albie

                Whatever I read fine and just like normal the posters here are poor at understanding baseball. What a sad place this is.

                • steve (different one)

                  please continue posting for the intelligent fan.

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

                  “Whatever I read fine and just like normal the posters here are poor at understanding baseball. What a sad place this is.”

                  Ok… I say this not to attack you but in the interest of helping protect the level of discourse around here… Please read the comments in this conversation. Nobody said anything about wanting to dump Miranda, yet you railed against that argument as if someone had. Then you proceeded with an ad hominem argument instead of addressing the substance of the comments in the conversation. Attacking straw-men and responding with ad hominem attacks lowers the level of discourse and isn’t productive for anyone.

                  I, and I imagine other regular commenters here, like commenting here because we like talking with each other, and arguing with each other, about baseball. Everyone doesn’t always have to (and in most cases everyone doesn’t) agree with each other. But it’s in everyone’s best interest to discuss/argue in good faith.

        • steve (different one)

          “half of a DH platoon” = not very valuable.

          • A.D.

            Well its not some redic prospect, but there is more value when its the left-handed half. Hawpe is a productive player for Colarado just crushing lefties.

            I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets time at DH next year, but that will depend on the FA market.

            • steve (different one)


              but at least Hawpe plays the OF.

              it’s just hard in the days of 12 man pitching staffs to use a bench spot on a guy with no position and a wide platoon split.

              maybe if A-Jax comes up and pushes Gardner to the 4th OFer role, you could afford to have pinch-hitter/DH on the bench.

              Utility Man/Pinch Runner
              Backup Catcher
              4th OFer/Pinch Runner
              Righty Mashing HR threat


              i was just saying that right now, with 4 guys on the roster who can play 1B, plus Matsui, he doesn’t have much value. maybe in 2010.

              • A.D.

                I agree, he’s not seeing major league club until next year.

  • http://mvn.com/milb-yankees Eric

    Sounds like the Charleston game was pretty sloppy, with 5 errors and 5 wild pitches (2 by Brack and 3 by Rulon).

  • Reggie C.

    When does Betances pitch?

  • http://www.teamnerdrage.com Leonora

    I like Rulon a lot, I think he’s got a real shot of being a decent/good bullpen guy. One of the reasons he racked up so many strikeouts at Staten Island last year was because his stuff was just so much better than anyone else’s.

    Good breaking ball.

  • Tom Zig

    Melancon, May 15th? Seriously?

    Good for Ohlendorf though, maybe he’ll be back in Pinstripes one day…

    • radnom

      Yeah. Can’t imagine anyone in the current bullpen getting sent down so quick..maybe if Tomko had made the team I’d buy that.
      So, assuming someone gets injured before then..you would have to assume Robertson or Aceves get the first call?
      I’m wondering how they manage to work Melancon into the big league pen this year before September….I just can’t see a way to do it but it should be done.

      • Rob H.

        they’ll make room. There’s no way this kid is stuck in AAA for practically the entire year. Someone is going to suck at some point, probably sooner than later, and there’s the opening for Melancon. Even if they have to simply take the reliever with the worst numbers and bump him, they’ll find a way to get him up.

        • Mike

          Melancon will be up in the majors by mid-may if he keeps pitching like last night and like he did all last year. If theres one guy i think could lose their spot in the pen to Melancon its Edwar Ramirez. Think about, Bruney and Veras have no more option and are looked at as the two guys that will get the ball to Mo. Marte is here to get the tough leftys out and i think he will do much better then last year because the yankees won’t over use him. Coke and Alby are our two long men and we have two of them because neither is your traditional long man but both can pitch two, may sometime three inning. When you look at it closely Edwar is the odd man out. He has no real role in this bullpen. I know he pitched a scoreless inning the other night but remember the score was 7-1 there was no real pressure in that situation. Plus, all the other relievers in the pen throw 94+ mph and have far greater potential then Edwar and one of them is the greatest of all time. By mid-may, I think Melancon will still be pitching lights out in AAA and Edwar will be struggling in the majors, at that time Cashman will easily make the move and bring Melancon up and send Edwar down. Remember, beside Alby, Edwar is the only RH with options left. They won’t send down Ably because he can give the yankees length on the days they want to cut Joba’s start short. Also, unless Coke is pitching god awful and is pitching to a +5.00 era like henn a couple years ago he won’t get sent down because the yankees like the idea of having two left handers in the pen.

    • Rob H.

      I believe the May 15th date is where the arbitration clock keeps the yankees from having to pay more than the minimum for another year….I think. Besides, by that time, I’m sure there will be a reliever who isn’t doing well and can be moved back down to make room.

      • El Generalissimo

        Or traded… I have a feeling we trade Marte to some NL bullpen needy team.

        • http://www.newsday.com/media/photo/2009-02/45088362.jpg Mike Pop

          Doubt it, noone wants to pay 4 mill a year for Marte. Also, doubt the Yanks will trade him so soon after giving him a 3 year deal.

  • pat

    Mark it down suckas,* Eduardo Nunez has what it takes to be the heir to Jeter. If he can learn to turn his redonkulous tools into actual game skill you’re gonna be hearing his name ALOT in the next few years. Obviously that is easier said than done, but he is definitely somebody to keep an eye on this year.

    (*with and without juice.)

  • pat

    Oh and before I leave for the morning here’s a good article about the Riverdogs pitching rotation w/ good quotes from Torre Tyson;

  • http://theenlighteneddespot.com NC Saint

    Hitstreak at 1B? About time someone noticed his monster power numbers.

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  • steve (different one)

    Ohlendorf had 1 K in 6 innings, and a 7:10 GB:FB ratio.

    i’d like to see him do well, but i’m not going to be surprised if his next start doesn’t go as well….

    • A.D.

      yeah i saw that too, nice start but not a dominating line

  • mike

    Can anyone explain why Shelley Duncan is taking up at-bats at AAA when Eric Duncan is on the roster?

    I think its pretty clear that Shelley will not contribute on a ML level for the Yanks, so isn’t it time to let Duncan get 200 AB and either fish or cut bait on him?

    I cant imagine Shelley bringing anything in a trade as everyone know what he can do at this point, so i for one do not see the bigger picture

    • A.D.

      I hear what you’re saying, but realistically neither one have proven to be particularly good or valuable in any trade

    • steve (different one)

      Can anyone explain why Shelley Duncan is taking up at-bats at AAA when Eric Duncan is on the roster?

      Shelley Duncan has a much bigger chance to contribute SOMETHING to the 2009 Yankees than Eric Duncan does.

      were something disastrous to happen to Teixeira, i think Swisher goes to 1B and Shelley becomes the 4th OFer.

      i’d like to see Eric Duncan keep working on learning to play the OF in the hopes that he can turn himself into a Brad Wilkerson/Frank Catalanotto-type bench player, but the bottom line is that Eric Duncan kindof sucks.

      the Yankees are trying to strike a balance in AAA with developing prospects (of which Eric Duncan isn’t much of one) and keeping players ready in case they are pressed into major league duty.

      • http://www.newsday.com/media/photo/2009-02/45088362.jpg Mike Pop

        I think John Rodriguez might be given a shot, but I agree with you overall.

      • Joe R

        We have Melky on the bench already. I’d imagine he’d be the 4th OF.


    Ohlendorf had himself a nice little game. Did Jeff Karstens make the rotation?

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com Leonora

      Yes he’s their fifth starter.

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