Horne, Norton both return from shoulder surgery


Triple-A Scranton (5-1 win over Norfolk) congrats to the pitchers for keeping Matt Wieters off base today
Doug Bernier & Luis Nunez: both 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI – Bernier drew a walk … Nunez doubled
John Rodriguez: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
Todd Linden: 3 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – hitting exactly .400 during his 17 game hit streak
Shelley Duncan: 0 for 3, 2 K
Chris Malec & PJ Pilittere: both 1 for 3 – Malec drove in a run & drew a walk … PJ scored a run
Austin Jackson: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP – hitting .368 in his first 18 AAA games
Casey Fossum: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 4-4 GB/FB – 46 of 75 pitches were strikes (61.3%) … Yanks signed him yesterday just because they needed a warm body in SWB’s rotation, and he was on a 75 pitch limit
Jose Valdez: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-3 GB/FB – 15 of 24 pitches were strikes (62.5%)
Steven Jackson: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-3 GB/FB – 30 of 46 pitches were strikes (65.2%)

Double-A Trenton (7-6 loss to New Britain)
Eduardo Nunez: 2 for 4, 1 K – picked off first
Reegie Corona, Frankie Cervelli & Justin Snyder: all 0 for 3 – Corona drew a walk & K’ed … Cervelli walked, scored a run & K’ed … Snyder drove a run in
Marcos Vechionacci: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – batted cleanup because Jorge Vazquez is out with an injury
Seth Fortenberry: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB
Kevin Smith: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
James Cooper: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI
Alan Horne: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP, 2-4 GB/FB – season debut after having surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff late last season
Josh Schmidt: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB
Noel Castillo: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Amaury Sanit: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

High-A Tampa (11-1 beat down at the hands of Dunedin)
Austin Romine: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 PB – allowed two stolen bases
Everyone else: combined 0 for 25, 3 BB, 6 K – Eric Fryer, Jesus Montero & Mitch Hilligoss each drew a walk & K’ed once
Jeremy Bleich: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 5-7 GB/FB
Tim Norton: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 0-2 GB/FB – first game action since April 20th, 2007 because of major shoulder surgery … it’s been a long road back, let’s wish him the best
Charles Nolte: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 3-0 GB/FB – yikes
Jon Ortiz: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB – already half way to last year’s total of 14 ER

Low-A Charleston (2-0 win over Greeneville)
Ray Kruml, Dan Brewer, Melky Mesa & Garrison Lassiter: all 0 for 3 – Kruml drew a walk, stole a base, scored a run & K’ed twice … Mesa & Lassiter each K’ed once
Carmen Angelini: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB, 2 E (throwing, fielding) – picked off first … poor kid is 1 for his last 17 (.059)
David Adams: 3 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – picked off first
Brian Baisley: 1 for 4 – picked off first … what’s up with three guys getting picked off?
Taylor Grote: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Mitch Abeita: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 2 K
Hector Noesi: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1-5 GB/FB – 21-0 K/BB ratio & 0.00 ERA in 15.2 IP … who knew?
Brandon Braboy: 2.1 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Ryan Flannery: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Cory Arbiso: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Pat Venditte: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB – 18-0 K/BB ratio in 10.2 IP

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Matt ACTY says:

    congrats to the pitchers for keeping Matt Wieters off base today

    That is a victory in and of itself.

    Carmen Angelini: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB, 2 E (throwing, fielding) – picked off first … poor kid is 1 for his last 17 (.059)

    There’s the Angelini we all know.

    • Dellin and Brackman off to slow starts, IPK hurt, Bleich is up and down, Brett Marshall getting clobbered. Even Aceves numbers look bad, though they say he’s pitched better.

      Outside of Montero and A-Jax there’s not a lot to get excited about down on the farm so far, unfortunately. But its early.

      • Moshe Mandel says:

        Bleich’s been good, and DJ Mitchell has been good.

        • And the fact that they called up Steven Jackson says something about what the Yanks think about him.

          • whozat says:

            Um…He’s in A ball. The fact that the Yanks called up a guy doing pretty well in AAA that was already on the 40-man says that they don’t think much about a 2008 draftee in A ball?

            • Moshe Mandel says:

              Huh? He was just adding another good development thus far: Steven Jackson. the fact that Jackson was called up says something about what the Yankees think about Steven Jackson.

              • whozat says:


                I thought he was refuting your point about DJ Mitchell.

                “DJ Mitchell’s been good…”

                “and the fact that they called up STEVEN JACKSON says something about what the Yanks think about [that shlub Mitchell].”

                Imagine the second line spoken sarcastically, which is how I read it. That is not how Steve meant it, it seems :-)

          • Accent Shallow says:

            Yeah, I’m really confused about what you’re saying here, unless you’re talking about Aceves?

  2. Mike, any idea what Horne’s stuff was like?

  3. Ah, Angelini made two errors to make up for the rest!

    There really seems to be something to the Venditte kid.

  4. Jake H says:

    Mike does Hector Noesi have the stuff to start or is he destined for the BP?

  5. 1) The AAA Yanks in 2007 and in 2009 are very different (and 2009 is better)
    2) It’s odd that Horne and Norton pitched that day (04/27/09) and today
    3) Reading the posts from back in the day and comparing them to now, your (Ben’s, Joe’s, and yours, Mike) method of analyzing baseball has changed a lot.
    4) How good is this Hector Noesi kid?

  6. Blackdragon905 says:

    What is Angelini’s ceiling and is he being considered a bust at all in his early career?

  7. Joel Zumaya hates the Yanks.

    “I can’t stand the Yankees, man, and I’m going to go right after them,” he said after an outing in which he hit 100 mph on the radar gun. “But that’s just part of this game. I’m going to go right after guys.”
    When asked by John Keating of Fox Sports Detroit what he doesn’t like about the Yankees, Zumaya said, “there are little things about them I can’t stand. They’re just the Yankees.”


    At least he has an opinion about the Yanks, like most people. Unfortunately, nobody gives a shit about his team, the Detroit Tigers. Guess that’s why it bugs him so much.

  8. Accent Shallow says:

    Can we get a scouting report on Tim Norton? Profiles best as a reliever, correct?

    Is there anyone in the minors that you feel gets overlooked?

  9. ledavidisrael says:

    can we name some players who has nicer minor league stats that hughes?

    I can’t find many players

    BB/9 hr/9 K/9 H/9 k/bb

    2.2 .2 10 6 4.83

  10. ledavidisrael says:

    found someone… clay bucholz

    H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
    6.6 0.6 2.5 10.9 4.39


    H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
    6.0 0.2 2.2 10.1 4.52

  11. V says:

    From the previous post:

    “Speaking of worst kept secrets, do you think Scioscia noticed Ellsbury stealing home on Andy? They were TAUNTING him when they got to 3B, and it got so bad that Girardi had to settle him down.”

    Taunting Pettitte? Well, they say a W is the best payback, but I’d want at least one of the guys doing the taunting to take one in the ribs tomorrow.

  12. Aaron S. says:

    Venditte should be promoted to Tampa soon. I know it’s the low levels of the minor leagues and the guy projects as nothing more than a middle reliever but it’s time to see if he can handle the next level. He’s got nothing left to prove in Charleston.

    And why is Claggett being promoted ahead of Steven Jackson? Hasn’t Jackson done enough to get a chance?

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