Scranton remains undefeated thanks to late inning comeback

Close game gets out of hand late, Yanks drop home opener
Teixeira gets a cortisone shot for ailing wrist

A look into the life of a non-prospect.

Triple-A Scranton (8-7 win over Buffalo) Austin Jackson didn’t play after being hit by a pitch on the wlbow yesterday
Doug Bernier & PJ Pilittere: both 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B – Bernier dorve in a run, walked & K’ed twice … PJ replaced Kevin Cash on the active roster after he hit the DL with a shoulder issue … he also committed a throwing error
John Rodriguez: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K
Todd Linden: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Shelley Duncan: 2 for 2, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB
Juan Miranda: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB – drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth with a bases loaded groundout
Angel Berroa: 0 for 5, 1 E (fielding)
Eric Duncan: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding) – tripled in Shelley in the top of the eighth to bring them within a run
Justin Leone: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – singled in Duncan for the tying run
Al Aceves: 5 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 Balk, 4-9 GB/FB – 54 of 83 pitches were strikes (65.1%)
Zack Kroenke: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 6-0 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) – 26 of 46 pitches were strikes (56.5%)
Mark Melancon: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 16 of 30 pitches were strikes (53.3%) … he’s thrown 5.1 IP & 79 pitches over the last five days

Double-A Trenton (3-1 loss to Connecticut)
Eduardo Nunez & Seth fortenberry: both 1 for 4 – Fortenberry K’ed twice
Reegie Corona & Colin Curtis: both 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Edwar Gonzalez: 2 for 4, 1 RBI
Marcos Vechionacci & Frankie Cervelli: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Vech K’ed once, Cervelli twice … Cervelli also committed a throwing error & another error on a pickoff
Chris Malec: 0 for 4, 2 K – first hitless game of the season
Kevin Smith: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
George Kontos: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 4-7 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing)
Eric Wordekemper: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 0-4 GB/FB
Wikins Arias: 1 IP, zeroes, 0-3 GB/FB
Josh Schmidt: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (4-0 loss to Brevard County)
Austin Kruml, Eric Fryer & Jesus Montero: all 1 for 3, 1 BB – Fryer & Montero each K’ed once … Fryer also committed a fielding error & threw a runner out at second from LF
Matt Cusick & Addison Maruszack: both 0 for 3, 1 K – Cusick drew a free pass … Maruszack made a bad throw for an error
Damon Sublett: 1 for 4
Austin Romine & Wady Rufino: both 0 for 4 – Romine K’ed, Rufino twice
Dellin Betances: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 6-1 GB/FB – 91-25 K/BB ratio since he returned from his shoulder issue last June
Craig Heyer: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 2-0 GB/FB
Charles Nolte: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (7-2 in over Rome in 10 innings)
Carmen Angelini: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 E (fielding)
Ray Kruml: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
David Adams: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 CS – 5 for his last 9
Brian Baisley: 4 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th
Melky Mesa & Taylor Grote: both 1 for 5, 1 R, 2 K – Mesa drove in a run … Grote doubled & drove in a pair of runs
Garrison Lassiter: 3 for 5, 2 2B, 1 R, 1 E (fielding) – 6 for his last 9
Chase Weems & Dan Brewer: both 1 for 4 – Weems K’ed twice … Brewer drew a walk, scored a run & K’ed
DJ Mitchell: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 5-4 GB/FB – 14-0 K/BB ratio & 14-6 GB/FB in 12 IP so far
Casey Erickson: 2 Ip, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 4-0 GB/FB
Dan Kapala: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 4-1 GB/FB

Close game gets out of hand late, Yanks drop home opener
Teixeira gets a cortisone shot for ailing wrist
  • Mike R. – Retire 21

    The Scranton Yankees are the greatest baseball team in the history of the world!

    • Reggie C.

      time to rest melancon. has he appeared in each of the past 5 games or something? throw in the warm up tosses before he takes the mound, and the actual amount of work is considerably more.

      • andrew

        throw in the warm up tosses before he takes the mound, and the actual amount of work is considerably more

        I think 5.1 innings in 5 days is a lot too, but every pitcher takes warm up throws, his warm up throws are no different than any other pitcher who pitches 5.1 innings in 5 day, no need to take warm up pitches into account IMO

        • El Generalissimo

          He pitches multiple innings at a time, because he usually throws so few pitches. So even though it is a lot, it’s only 3 appearances, I believe. I think they are trying to push him to the max at AAA, to really test him before he comes up. Even though he did the job 2 BB are very uncharacteristic of him, showing he is a little fatigued.

      • A.D.

        its been multiple inning affairs.

        • Bo

          I think its a safe bet that the Yanks have his innings and pitches under a watchful eye.

  • Reggie C.

    Zero offensive help killed a decent Betances start. I know its unfair to keep a game-by-game watch of this kid’s walk total, but its been made such a big issue with his prospect ascendence that its the first thing i look for in his stat line.

    how many consecutive games is that now that Angellini has committed an error?

    • andrew

      I may be wrong, but I think he’s made an error in nearly every game this year.

  • gxpanos

    Dellin with control makes me freak out with happiness.

  • Accent Shallow

    Interesting to see Betances get so many groundouts and Ks while still getting smacked around.

    Glad to see DJ Mitchell pitching well, although I believe I’ve heard it mentioned that he profiles best in the pen.

    Hughes day in Scranton tomorrow!

    • Matt

      Interesting to see Betances get so many groundouts and Ks while still getting smacked around.

      Just one of those days?

    • Drew

      Smacked around? 5.1 with 2 ER and 7 K’s? I’m sure he could have gone 6 if his D didn’t let him down.

      • K.B.D.

        8 hits in 5.1 isn’t exactly spectacular. I assume that’s what Matt was referring to as “smacked around”.

        • El Generalissimo

          With all the errors you can extrapolate that his D is pretty bad, and who knows how the official scorer is marking up those “hits.” Also, kids are still learning positions, and dont have the best range yet… which could contribute a lot to his increased hits.

  • Drew

    I’m watching Duncan. Maybe this is the year it clicks for him. (The other Duncan.)

  • matt merc

    time to bring up melancon our bullpen sucks

    • Matt

      /bangs head against wall

      • Drew

        + uno

      • Jack

        Yours or his?

        • Matt


  • Zach

    What is a “DJ mitchell,” and how do I get one for myself?

  • huuz

    is DJ Mitchell much of a prospect…he seems old for loA

    • Matt

      Well, he’s my age (b. ’87) so he’s not that old for Low-A, esp. considering he was a college player.

    • Mike R. – Retire 21

      He is a prospect. The Yankees have high expectations for him. He could easily end the year in Tampa.

    • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      DJ Mitchell #24 prospect

      “Mitchell began his career at Clemson as a speedy outfielder, hitting .289 as a freshman without appearing on the mound. he started pitching as a sophomore and put his hat away for good after a star turn in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2007. However, Clemnson and Mitchell never clicked in 2008, with the team missing regionals for the first time in 22 years and Mitchell falling to the 10th round of the draft. he did sign for $450,000 the equivalent of a third round bonus. his small stature makes him somewhat unusual for a Yankees big money draftee, but his athleticism and arm speed were too much to pass up. Mitchell still needs to learn some nuances of pitching and could struggle initially in pro ball, but his potential is obvious. He can touch 93 mph with his fastball, which sits at 89-91 with natural sink and tailing action. He has the hand speed to produce a solid curveball, though he’s new to the pitch after throwing a slider in college. He has made progress with a changeup, a potential plus pitch that could be the key to keeping him a starter long-term. His athleticism, makeup and aptitude are huge assets, while his inexperience is his biggest obstacle. Mitchell will compete for a rotation spot in low Class A but could open 2009 in extended Spring Training.” Baseball America 2009 prospect handbook, 315.

      • Matt

        Baseball America 2009 prospect handbook, 315.

        Not MLA. Fail.

        • Rebecca-Optimist Prime


          MLA is for wusses. Try Chicago. (No, that’s not Chicago, either. I fail in all aspects of life, I know).

          • Matt

            I’ve never used Chicago. I think I used APA once for a sociology paper at Hofstra. Otherwise, it’s all been MLA.

            • pete

              dude im going to hofstra next year…where should i room

              • Bo

                Hofstra??? Better off saving your 44+ grand a yr.

  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Wow, this Scranton team may never lose a game!

    Think maybe Melancon’s any good? =D

    • Matt

      Best Yankee prospect since Ramiro Pena. ;)

    • Tom Zig

      “Think maybe Melancon’s any good?”

      Shhhhhhh… maybe if we don’t talk about him for a while people will stop yelling for him to be called up.

      While we are at it, let’s tell everyone that Joba retired from baseball. Thus forever ending the Joba-to-bullpen non-debate.

      • Matt

        Pitching tomorrow: Choba Jamberlain. Totally different dude.

        • VO

          From what I hear he can’t reach 90 on the fastball, is skinny as a twig, and grew up best friends with Kevin Youkilis

          • Bo

            Why shouldnt people want him called up???

  • Angel

    call-up Melancon!

    • Tom Zig

      If Hank Steinbrenner were running the team, you’d have your wish.

  • Mike R. – Retire 21

    “he’s thrown 5.1 IP & 79 pitches over the last five days”

    When did Joe Torre start managing Scranton?

    • Matt

      When did Joe Torre Dusty Baker start managing Scranton?


  • Pablo Zevallos

    I <3 Dellin Betances. If you are right, Mike, in your saying that only one of him and Brack will pan out, my money’s on Dellin.

    • Tom Zig

      If just one pans out to be what he is projected to be, I’ll be ecstatic.

      • kSturnz

        he really said only one of two prospects will pan out, really?

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          No, he said “even if” only one of the two pan out, that would be great.

          They’re both longshots, guys that tall tend to have control issues that never get worked out. So if one pans out, it’s huge. Because their upside is that of a front line starter.

  • shammy

    Angelini’s defense is officially worrying me and Lassiter doesn’t seem to mind racking up the errors either, talk about stone hands in the infield.

    • Joey

      I think it’s getting pretty close to a running joke now with Angelini making an error a game. Cut it down a little man, I really want to like ya as a prospect, I really do.

  • jason

    I like many of you had high hopes for Phil Hughes and still do, hes shown that he can be successful in the majors. I would love to see some analysis on what the hell is wrong with homer bailey…this is a guy that was supposed to be a sure thing but has accomplished nothing and is now getting hammer at AAA. We should tr and work a trade and see if Nardi can straighten him out.

  • JohnC

    Anyone see Veras’s quote after his terrible outing yesterday? ‘Better to be bad now than later in the season when the team needs me” Oh really? The team doesn’t need you now? Then go back to Scranton where you belong. What a joke!

    • Bo

      In his defense, maybe he was talking about the undefeated team in Scranton that needs him.

  • Yanks99

    two questions – where is wilkins de la rosa? has he pitched this season? and what is angelini’s ceiling? i guess that’s three…

    • JohnC

      DeLarosa is in EXT Spring training cause he didn’t get alot of innings in ST so they wanted him to build up arm strength before bringing him in. He will probably go to Trenton when he is ready. As far as Angelini, they have very high hopes for him but so far he has made an error in every game which is alarming. He is off to a good start with the bat, but needs to tighten up his defense if he is to be considered a top prospect.

      • JohnnyC

        I believe the vast majority of his errors are throwing errors so he doesn’t have hands of stone, just an erratic arm…which can be corrected by straightening out his footwork. Lassiter, I’ve heard, profiles better at third (or even second)than shortstop — his best skill is the hit tool.