Ajax’s clutch double gives SWB late inning win

Nady to have experimental procedure on elbow
How do you spend a $51.1 million posting fee?

George Kontos has been promoted to Triple-A Scranton, but it’s still unclear when he’ll make his first start. Chad Jennings also spoke to Nardi Contreras about some of the Yanks’ injured minor league pitchers. Check it out.

Oh, and here’s your chance to own Mark Melancon’s first professional jersey.

Triple-A Scranton (11-7 win over Norfolk)
Doug Bernier: 2 for 4, 3 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP – had been in a 3 for 28 (.107) skid coming into the game
John Rodriguez & Shelley Duncan: both 1 for 5, 1 K – J-Rod doubled & drove in a pair of runs … Shelley swiped a bag and scored a run
Todd Linden: 4 for 5, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 1 SB – broke the game open with a 3 run double in the bottom of the 8th … he also threw a runner out at the plate from RF … hit streak is up to 18 games
Juan Miranda: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Austin Jackson: 3 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB – gave the team the lead in the bottom of the 7th with an RBI double … he also threw a runner out at third from CF
Chris Malec: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Chris Stewart: 0 for 1, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP – one my favorite lines of the year
Luis Nunez: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 K
Eric Hacker: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 9-5 GB/FB – 58 of 101 pitches were strikes (57.4%)
Eric Wordekemper: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 18 of 26 pitches were strikes (69.2%) … blew the lead in the top of the 7th when he served up a 2 run jimmy jack
Brett Tomko: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0-2 GB/FB – 20 of 32 pitches were strikes (62.5%)

Double-A Trenton (5-3 win over New Britain)
Eduardo Nunez: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 CS – 7 for his last 12 (.583)
Reegie Corona: 1 for 2, 1 R, 3 BB
Colin Curtis: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
Marcos Vechionacci & Seth Fortenberry: both 1 for 4, 1 2B – Vech scored a run & drove in 3 runs … Fortenberry drew a walk & K’ed
Kyle Anson: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Justin Snyder: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB – jacks his avg up to .161
Wilkins Arias: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 5-5 GB/FB – started in place of Kontos
Kanekoa Texeira: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 5-3 GB/FB
Amaury Sanit: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-2 GB/FB – holding righties to an .067 avg on the year

High-A Tampa (6-4 loss to Dunedin)
Jack Rye, Austin Romine & Tommy Baldridge: all 2 for 4, 1 K – Rye doubled, drew a walk, stole a base & scored … Romine drove in a run … Baldridge scored once
Emerson Landoni: 0 for 5, 1 K
Jesus Montero: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 PB – allowed a stolen base, but it was the guy’s 18th frickin’ steal of the season
Damon Sublett: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
Brandon Laird: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – hitting just .213-.272-.333 this year after hitting .273-.334-.498 last year
Mitch Hilligoss: 4 for 4, 1 CS – Hit Streak is hittin’ .353 so far
Wilkins DeLaRosa: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 6-2 GB/FB – 17-4 K/BB ratio in 14 WP
Adam Olbrychowski: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Craig Heyer: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 1-3 GB/FB – dueces wild

Low-A Charleston (9-0 loss to Greeneville) they were shut down by the Red Sox’s 2008 first rounder
David Adams: 2 for 4, 1 2B
Everyone else: combined 0 for 24, 3 BB, 6 K – Ray Kruml & Chase Weems each K’ed twice … Taylor Grote K’ed & threw a runner out at 2nd from LF … Dan Brewer drew a pair of walks & swiped 2 bases … Melky Mesa drew a walk
David Phelps: 4.2 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 6-5 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) – how unfortunate
Dan Kapala: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 3-6 GB/FB
Brad Rulon: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-1 GB/FB

Nady to have experimental procedure on elbow
How do you spend a $51.1 million posting fee?
  • A.D.

    David Adams getting the avg up

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Does he ever have days where he does NOT get a hit?

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    Angelini didn’t play?

    Man, this day feels like I’m missing a huge chunk of it.

    But dude, AJax is en fuego. I keep saying he needs the full year at AAA but he’s doing his best to prove me wrong.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      Ah, i see he did play but no error! That’s two out of three games now!

      • andrew

        But he did have two errors in one game to make up for it.

  • Drew

    Chances we see AJAX in games before September:
    20%
    I say under.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      Waaaaaaaaay under if the Yankees are smart.

      • pat

        I wouldn’t go that far dude, if he’s still hitting .389 in July and Gardbrera is still muddling around CF I could definitely see them bringing him up. obviously that’s not likely but it’s not terribly unlikely. I’d put it at 30-35%

        • anonymous

          Muddling? Im going to assume I know what you mean by that and go with a negative.

          Dude, Melky is at 140 OPS+

          Lets give him another week.

          • pat

            I feel rather confident in saying that Melky Cabrera is most definitely not a 140 ops+ guy. He was shot out of a cannon last April too.

            • whozat

              Sure. But, frankly…if he’s starting 5-6 games a week and OPS+ing 100…that ain’t bad.

              Dunno if he can DO that. We have evidence he can’t. We also have evidence that he can, though it was 2 years ago. I’d honestly be pretty happy if he could replicate his 2006 numbers, maybe with a liiiittle more SLG or stolen bases. I’d be even happier if Gardner could do so, but I have no faith that that can happen.

              • Drew

                Have faith bro! Melky is the man! In 3 years, whether it is here or somewhere else, Melky will be a solid player, good offense with great defense.
                This season could very well be his breakout year.

                • whozat

                  Wow. There is really no rational reason to drink that much koolaid. He’s been on a downward trend since 2006, and it’s not like he’s got such a sweet compact swing that there’s nowhere to go but up.

                  Could he provide league-average offense out of CF with average to above-average D? Yeah, I think that’s possible if a couple of things break right. He’s had flashes of good plate discipline, which can always help a player out, and the ability to turn on a mistake every now and again. If he can do that consistently and play average defense in CF, that’s a guy who’s got a legit career in front of him. However…we’ve also seen that he can go into funks where he swings at everything and doesn’t recover. Let’s see what he does over the next few months.

                • Drew

                  Eh, I’m not drinking the coolaid as much as I just have a mancrush on the Melkster. I’ve been his biggest fan since he came up at age 20-21.
                  I’m just saying, don’t be afraid to have faith, he’s done it before, there’s no reason he can’t do it again.

                • whozat

                  Well…yeah, there is…”sophomore slumps” are often at least partly because the league figures a guy out. He’s got a long swing, it’s got some holes.

                • Mike HC

                  Melky is definitely a major league player and a possible starter on many ball clubs. The Yankees are not just any ball club though, and with center field being one of the most important positions on the field, I’m not convinced Melky is the long or short term answer. He is not horrible and won’t completely kill your team, but a championship contender should be able to do better.

            • Dave M

              “I feel rather confident in saying that Melky Cabrera is most definitely not a 140 ops+ guy. He was shot out of a cannon last April too.”

              I agree with you. But you can’t bench or demote him while he’s still hitting. He’s gotten a lot of big RBI’s to give us the lead late too. Gardner on the other hand, he’s not playing well enough to be in the Majors. In addition to him not hitting, he’s cost us some runs with this defense too.

  • Drew

    Is it me, or has Texeira been bad an awful lot?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      Kinda. But we didn’t exactly give up a lot to get him, and, hey, that Nick Swisher dude can jack them.

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

        So $200M for the Mendoza line isn’t bad?

        • pat

          I believe he’s referring to Kaneoka, not Mark.

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

            Just making a corny joke…

            • pat

              Bah, the internet needs a sarcasm font or something. I shoulda seen that.

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

          but 30 HR kinda takes care of that. And there’s the OBP, too.

    • Dave M

      Yup. Tex is struggling at the plate. And has been unable to scoop some bad throws that he normally handles. Give him time. Tino struggled too the first month with the team. Then again, Tino wasn’t making $180mil either. If you want to make the big bucks, you’d better produce. Same with CC. Time for both of these guys to start to dominate.

  • pat

    Hey Mike, I thought they were gonna let Kelly hit and pitch…

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

      He’s pitching until he reaches 100 innings, then he’s going to play short. He’s a better prospect as a pitcher, but he prefers to hit.

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

        But isn’t it kind of pointless to have a guy start hitting after not having done so for more than half of a season?

        • Drew

          If you can hit, you can hit.

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

          Probably better than making him a pitcher halfway into the season.

        • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

          soon youll hear about how great of a move it was by the sox.

      • pat

        Ahh ok thanks.

  • Jake H

    A-Jax has a great OPS right now.

  • josh

    i agree ajax would benefit from time in AAA but if the of situation is hurting in new york and he srays hot in the minors he will be in the majors this year no doubt.

  • V

    Man, I wish we would have taken Casey Kelly instead of Gerrit Cole, in retrospect.

    Hopefully the replacement 1st rounder is worth it.

    • pat

      In retrospect, anybody would have been a better pick than Cole. But whatever, Cole was the better prospect and seemed imminently signable. Sometimes shit happens.

      • Drew

        Man, I remember calling up my cousin like, dude! we just got this kid in high school throwing 100 mph! Who the hell goes to school when you can make millions?! Jerk!

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

          I wish I could make millions.

          Unfortunatley I’m about to finish grad school with 0 job prospects.

          Yay!!

          • Steve in MN

            don’t forget the loads of debt

          • Bryan

            Sounds familiar, but its worse straight out of college, good thing I got my old job back so I can pay for grad school.

          • Reggie C.

            You do get to rock the title of “Doctor” right? That’s pretty damn cool imo. Good luck on your thesis.

            • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

              No doctor, I’m only getting an MA.

              • southernyankeefan

                hey you are not the only one about to finish grad school with no job prospects. good to konw i’m not the only one either.

          • V

            Yeah, I’m pretty happy I just went to work, rather than going to grad school (I would have gone to grad school for mathematics (stochastic calculus)).

            Making solid money as an actuarial analyst at the moment, though I still may return to school by the time I have my undergrad debt paid off.

          • Dave M

            Hang in there. It took me 10 months to find a job out of school. And when I did, I had to take a pay cut from what I made at Avis vacuuming rental cars. Sometimes, you have to sacrifice to get your foot in the door. It all worked out. I’m making good money in IT now.

        • pat

          I know man, I was so freaking psyched and 1 billion percent positive he was gonna sign. Take his filthy stuff and put him under Nardi’s tutelage we coulda had somebody really special.
          In case anybody was wondering heres his line for the year so far at UCLA-
          4-4, 3.64 era 64 ip 1.10 whip, 82k, 25bb.

  • Mike R. – Retire 21

    Speaking of Cole. Does anyone know if any player has been selected in the first round of the draft more than once?

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

      Oh sure, plenty. JD Drew was a first rounder in back to back years (2nd overall in ’97, 5th overall in ’98). Wade Townsend was the 8th overall pick in back to back years (’04 & ’05). Danny Goodwin was the first overall pick twice (’71 & ’75).

      There’s lots more, but that’s all I got off the top of my head right now.

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

        Wade Townsend…what a shame.

      • Reggie C.

        wasn’t Matt Harrington one of those guys too? Harrington’s tale is probably THE definitive campfire horror tale agents tell their clients.

        • Bryan

          I read that article on EPSN, its definitely a shame, he had so much talent. I would be so damn angry at the agent.

        • A.D.

          Harrington was only drafted in the first round once.

      • A.D.

        Luke Hochevar was a multi time first rounder.

  • matt k

    Check out Pete abes comments on the yankees inability to recognize injuries.

  • A.D.

    Malec making the most of his chance in AAA