Garcia strong in second start

Hughes, bats dominate Texas
With Bruney down, Yanks might seek bullpen help

One year ago today on DotF, Al Aceves threw a complete game shutout in a 1-0 win over Altoona. Obviously, I was wrong last night about T-Clip’s no-no being the last time a Yanks’ farmhand went the full nine.

Triple-A Scranton (7-3 loss to Syracuse)
Doug Bernier: 1 for 5, 2 K
Austin Jackson: 2 for 4, 2 K – 13 for 31 (.419) during 8 game hit streak
Todd Linden & Eric Duncan: both 0 for 4 – Linden K’ed twice & is 0 for his last 14
Shelley Duncan & Chris Stewart: both 1 for 3, 1 BB – Shelley K’ed twice
Juan Miranda, John Rodriguez & Justin Leone: all 1 for 4 – Miranda doubled, scored a run & K’ed … J-Rod hit a solo jack & K’ed … Leone doubled, K’ed & committed a pair of throwing errors at short
JB Cox: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 5-2 GB/FB – 29 of 54 pitches were strikes (53.7%) … spot starting does not agree with him … the problem is that since Tommy John surgery, Cox just isn’t missing any bats … he had a 7.48 Kper9 before TJ, but it’s just 4.57 since
Zach Kroenke: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2-2 GB/FB – 22 of 28 pitches were strikes (78.6%)
Jose Valdez: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0-6 GB/FB – 26 of 42 pitches were strikes (61.9%)

Double-A Trenton (7-0 win over New Hampshire)
Eduardo Nunez, Chris Malec & Jorge Vazquez: all 1 for 5, 1 R – Malec & Vazquez also doubled & drove in a run … Malec K’ed once, Vazquez twice … and finally, Vazquez committed a fielding error
Colin Curtis & Edwar Gonzalez: both 2 for 4, 1 R – Curtis doubled, drove in a run, walked & K’ed … Edwar drew a walk
Noah Hall: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 SB
Jose Gil & Marcos Vechionacci: both 1 for 4 – Gil drove in a run, K”ed twice & allowed a passed ball … Vech K’ed once
James Cooper: 2 for 3, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP
Chris Garcia: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 6-5 GB/FB
Mike Dunn: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1-2 GB/FB – just his second scoreless outing this month
Eric Wordekemper & Amaury Sanit: both 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – Wordy walked a guy

High-A Tampa had a scheduled off day, as did the rest of the Florida State League.

Low-A Charleston (4-1 win over Bowling Green)
Abe Almonte, David Adams & Jose Pirela: all 0 for 4 – Almonte swiped a bag & scored a run … Adams & Pirela each K’ed once
Corban Joseph & Neall French: both 0 for 3 – Joseph drew a walk & K’ed
Dan Brewer: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K – 11 for his last 32 (.344)
Melky Mesa & Taylor Grote: both 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – Melky drove in two with his league leading 11th homer … Grote’s was a solo shot
Chase Weems: 1 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K
David Phelps: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 7-6 GB/FB
Cory Arbiso: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Pat Venditte: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K – 31 K in 20 IP (13.95 Kper9)

Hughes, bats dominate Texas
With Bruney down, Yanks might seek bullpen help
  • 27 this year

    I remember when Cox and Melancon were supposed to team up with Mo to form the most dominant bullpen ever.

    • handtius

      Melancon is still on his way.

  • Drew

    Venditte ftw! When should we expect to see him in Tampa (at least)?
    What kind of pitch count is Garcia on? With his history I’m sure they take a very cautious route.

    • Doug

      yeah, venditte certainly needs to be moved up. he’s too old and experienced for LoA

  • Matt ACTY/BBD

    I’m loving the hit streak A-Jax, but the Ks are starting to peeve me a little bit.

    • emac2

      Cry Baby!

      2-4 and you are going to cry about how he made the two outs?


      • NC Saint

        Well, it matters. I’m no statistician, but 2-4 with 2 Ks (or HRs) comes out to a BABIP of somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.000. Color me pessimistic, but I suspect that isn’t sustainable.

        • K.B.D.

          It’s .475 for the season too with a career line of about .350.

        • emac2

          Pessimistic sounds like the right color.

          The K’s are a very small concern unless you are betting he is going to be a superstar and this leads you to fear that call may be off.

          Sure it is something he needs to work on but I think people are getting really carried away with the constant concern we hear voiced.

      • K.B.D.

        I think it’s reasonable considering he’s striking out 28.8% of the time in AAA in 140 ABs. That’s not exactly encouraging. Sure, his OBP is nice, but if he’s striking out this much at in the minors, people are going to exploit that even further in the Majors. While its too early for panic, I would say its understandable to be nervous about his K rate.

        • V

          One of my favorite comparable players for Austin Jackson’s upside/ceiling is Curtis Granderson (I repeat, his upside/ceiling, not my expectations). Check out his age 24 season in AAA.

          111 games, 445 ABs, .290/.359/.515, 48 BBs, 129 Ks.

          I ain’t worried – obviously, he ain’t MLB ready yet, but we have to give him time to figure things out.

          • V

            And yes, I know Granderson = lefty, and Jackson = righty, but in terms of tools, they’re similar.

          • Doug

            the one silver lining for jackson is he’s very young for AAA. however, it’s not like this is new for him. his K/PA has increased each level, from HiA to AA to AAA

            • emac2

              Well thank god there is at least silver lining.

      • Matt ACTY/BBD

        Well, he has been striking out a lot lately so, yeah. His 12% walk rate so far is a good improvement over ’08 (9.7%), but a 28.8% strikeout rate is way too high.

    • Jim

      Agreed. He either gets a hit or strikes out. But you can’t complain with a .360 average.

  • Pablo Zevallos

    So, safe to say that Cox isn’t a prospect anymore? It sometimes takes three years to regain the ability lost from TJ.

    • Accent Shallow

      Was going to make a similar comment. At what point can you declare “Whatever this guy had, it’s not coming back”?

      • Some call me…tim

        Cox or Wang?

        (wow…insert jokes here)

        • RollingWave

          that would be something, if someday we have Cox relieving Wang.

  • dan

    Maybe A-Jax can send some K’s Cox’s way

  • manimal

    Heh, I totally forgot about Nunez until now. For some reason Ramiro pena has erased that name from my memory.

    • Jim

      Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Lineup in a month or so?

      1 Brett Gardner-CF
      2 Austin Jackson-LF
      3 Todd Linden-RF
      4 Shelley Duncan-DH
      5 Juan Miranda-1B
      6 Francisco Cervelli-C
      7 Ramiro Pena-SS
      8 Kevin Russo-2B
      9 Justin Leone-3B

  • Reggie C.

    I know there appears to be an army of intriguing relievers in the Yankee organization, but why not lighten Chris Garcia’s battles and convert him to a reliever? Garcia’s plus stuff remains intact, or so i’ve heard. Could the Yanks have a future closer in Garcia?

    • steve (different one)

      i wouldn’t be surprised if this happens eventually, but i don’t see the rush to do it now.

      • Reggie C.

        Its not so much a matter of rushing to do it, rather giving Garcia a realistic goal to achieve. I think guys like Aceves, Kennedy, Kontos, and now McAllister are viewed as more likely options to get starts in the bigs than Garcia.

        Of course it could all be moot as perhaps his arm/shoulder simply wont be able to handle the rigors of professional ball beyond 50 innings. You just dont know at this point. But if Garcia can buy into this new dream, then we could have a very good reliever for the ‘pen in short order.

    • handtius

      It’s possible, but if he shows that he can start and be good, leave him, but he is injury prone and may not survive out there. Time shall tell.

  • A.D.

    Hopefully not just another tease from Garcia

    • Conan the Barack O’Brian

      oh but it is a tease. if you think you can smoke all the way around the bases with C-Gar, he’s leading you off the bag. wait, all that would make him a good pitcher. again, what a tease.

  • YankeeFan

    Hey Mike any new news on Suttle and Heredia and how soon we can see them in Tampa. Also, Melancon hasn’t gotten much work since being sent down. Any cause for concern?

    • Mike Axisa

      No, no, and … no. Nothing on Suttle and Heredia, and I wouldn’t worry about Melancon. SWB’s pen is stacked, more arms than innings, really.

  • NC Saint

    Venditte’s continued presence in Charleston is getting very weird. I’m beginning to suspect he slept with Cashman’s wife. From both sides.

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  • Joseph Pawlikowski

    JB Cox apparently wants to join Brien Taylor in the “Yanks prospects who ruined their careers in a bar fight” club.

    • Accent Shallow

      Taylor will be 38 in December.

      I’d say “imagine what could have been”, but could 1996-2000 really have been any better?

      • Stuckey

        In ’96, ’98, ’99 and ’00, no, you can’t do better than the Yanks did.

      • AndrewYF

        I went back and projected Taylor’s career as if he didn’t get hurt in a bar fight, and discovered that he would have thrown a complete game shutout in Game 7 of the 2001 WS.

        • Pel


    • Some call me…tim

      Didn’t Andy P break his hand in a fight back in the day?

  • BigBlueAL

    Melky Mesa, he is intriguing me. Legit prospect or no????

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  • yankeewanabe

    roberson appears to be the choice to replace bruney but im beting melancon is close behind