Melky leads Charleston to victory with another homer

Joba pops blood vessel in thumb
Pitching fails Yanks again in 12-5 loss.

Lots of notes tonight, so let’s bullet point ’em:

  • For some unknown reason, the DJ Mitchell was removed from the Low-A Charleston roster and assigned him to Short Season Staten Island. Manny Banuelos was activated from the DL and takes Mitchell’s roster spot. Staten Island’s season doesn’t begin until June 19th, so this is just a paper move. I’m sure Mitchell’s down in Tampa working out with the Extended Spring Training crew, but this seems odd because he was dealing (42-6 K/BB, 2.21 GB/FB, .228 BAA in 37 IP). I’ll let you know if I hear anything else.
  • The 9th Inning took a look at the correlation between Carmen Angelini errors and Yankee losses. Hopefully he stops botching so many plays soon.
  • The Yanks signed Josh Towers to fill out the Triple-A rotation. As long as he never sees the Bronx, I’m cool with it. DJF must be laughing though.
  • Last, but certainly not least, the Yanks are scouting Yu Darvish. I suspect the other 29 clubs are too. He won’t be a free agent for another five years, and he’s still relatively cheap (making $1.75M this year) so his team has no reason to post him anytime soon. Hopefully the Yanks do their homework, we don’t want another Kei Igawa.

Also, make sure you scroll down for news on Joba’s popped blood vessel.

Update (11:30pm): Mitchell was sent down to control his innings according to Robert Pimpsner at Baby Bombers.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 loss to Louisville)
Doug Bernier & Luis Nunez: both 1 for 4, 1 R – Bernier drove in a run & K’ed twice … Nunez swiped a bag
Eric Duncan: 0 for 5
Todd Linden: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – 18 XBH in 29 games
John Rodriguez & Juan Miranda: both 0 for 4 – J-Rod K’ed
Austin Jackson: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K – breaks out of a little 2 for 15 (.133) funk
Chris Malec: 1 for 4, 1 K, 1 SB
Chris Stewart: 2 for 5, 1 PB, 1 E (throwing)
George Kontos: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 6-5 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – 63 of 92 pitches were strikes (68.5%)
Mark Melancon: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 4-1 GB/FB – 11 of 15 pitches were strikes (73.3%) … vintage Melancon

Double-A Trenton (9-4 win over Binghamton)
Eduardo Nunez: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K
Reegie Corona: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB
Colin Curtis: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 1 SB – had been in a 3 for 30 funk
Jorge Vazquez: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Marcos Vechionacci: 2 for 4, 1 HBP – had been 5 for his last 26 (.192)
Seth Fortenberry: 1 for 5, 3 R, 2 SB
Kyle Anson & Kevin Smith: both 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Anson K’ed
Zach McAllister: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 7-4 GB/FB – more of the same, just a rock solid start
Kanekoa Texeira: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 6-1 GB/FB
Kevin Whelan: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-1 GB/FB – stranded both inherited runners

High-A Tampa (8-4 win over Dunedin)
Jack Rye, Tommy Baldridge & Addison Maruszack: all 1 for 3 – Rye scored a run, drove one in & K’ed … Baldridge drew a walk, stole a base,  scored three runs & threw a runner out at second from LF … Mariszack doubled, drew a walk & scored a run
Mitch Hilligoss & Wady Rufino: both 1 for 4, 1 RBI – Hit Streak doubled & drove in a run … Rufino committed a fielding error
Jesus Montero: 2 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI – 5 doubles in his last 6 games
Damon Sublett & Brandon Laird: both 0 for 4, 1 R – Sublett drew a walk … Laird K’ed
Austin Romine: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 2 CS, 2 E (catcher’s interference) – 10 game hit streak
Lance Pendleton: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 4-8 GB/FB
Charles Nolte: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 E (pickoff)
Jon Hovis: 1 IP, zeroes, 0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (2-0 win over Asheville)
Ray Kruml & Carmen Angelini: both 0 for 4 – Kruml K’ed twice, Angelini thrice
David Adams, Taylor Grote & Chase Weems: all 0 for 3 – Adams & Weems each K’ed once … Weems also allowed a passed ball
Brian Baisley: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 K
Abe Almonte: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBP
Melky Mesa: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – leads the league with 8 homers
Mike Lyon: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 K
Manny Banuelos: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 2-5 GB/FB – took a perfect game into the fifth
Casey Erickson: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 8-1 GB/FB – nice job slamming the door

Joba pops blood vessel in thumb
Pitching fails Yanks again in 12-5 loss.
  • A.D.

    Very odd on DJ home he’s okay

  • Pel

    >vintage Melancon

    couldn’t cut it for the yanks with his sharp-ass nose

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Vintage Melancon.

      Came in a tie game with a runner on and promptly gave up a double to make it a 3-2 game.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    For some unknown reason, the DJ Mitchell was removed from the Low-A Charleston roster and assigned him to Short Season Staten Island.

    He’s injured, no doubt.

    Manny Banuelos was activated from the DL and takes Mitchell’s roster spot.

    Don’t worry, Banuelos will be back on the DL with an injury in no time.

    The 9th Inning took a look at the correlation between Carmen Angelini errors and Yankee losses. Hopefully he stops botching so many plays soon.

    He probably gets injured soon, that will stop him from making errors.

    The Yanks signed Josh Towers to fill out the Triple-A rotation. As long as he never sees the Bronx, I’m cool with it.

    Don’t worry, he won’t, he’ll be injured.

    Last, but certainly not least, the Yanks are scouting Yu Darvish. I suspect the other 29 clubs are too.

    We’ll sign him to a 10 year, 400M contract, and he’ll be the Asian Carl Pavano – 10 years of injuries.

    Hopefully the Yanks do their homework, we don’t want another Kei Igawa.

    At least Kei’s fucking standing on two legs right now.

    • http://9thinning.blogspot.com VO

      Well the Yankees do have a decent record when he doesn’t play. Maybe that will help.

      • http://9thinning.blogspot.com VO

        Excuse me they do not apparently.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Texeira’s not that good, is he?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      It does seem like that he’s giving up runs almost every night, and when he doesn’t he’s still allowing a lot of hits and walks.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Bad news: We got two Texes and they’re both slumping.

        Good news: They’re not injured (yet).

  • A.D.

    Malec, another day, another hit.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      freechrismalec.com?

      • A.D.

        perhaps.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Heh. If I wasn’t sure it would have gotten me thrown out of the auditorium by NFL Security, I was so gonna chant “Free Michael Vick!” when Goodell was at the podium announcing the Falcons pick.

        • Accent Shallow

          I’ve noticed that people get really, really upset at chanting of “Free Mike Vick” for some reason.

  • A.D.

    Romine has heated up nicely.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.baby-bombers.com/ Matt ACTY/BBD

    Wow @ Josh Towers.

  • Blackdragon905

    What is Manny Banuelos’ ceiling and scouting report? Thanks!

    • http://statspeak.net dan

      Why does it matter? He’s only gonna get injured.

  • Troy

    Mike,

    you said earlier in your Friday chat, in response to a question regarding “what if another 40 man spot has to be opened up”, you said “…The could do another release and resign with Garcia, assuming he consents.”

    What are the chances of Garcia actually “consenting” to that?

    also…what are the chances Hacker sticks in the organization?

    Thanks.

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

      I honestly have no idea with Garcia. I would bet he doesn’t agree, because he’s a pretty desirably guy. He’s several years younger than Humberto, has better stuff, more options remaining, and he’s healthier, amazingly enough.

      Hacker will probably stick, guys like him are a dime a dozen.

  • Accent Shallow

    Melancon as strike-throwing machine sure would be useful in this bullpen.

    I’m assuming the CSes for Romine are as a catcher rather than a runner?

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

      No, as a runner. They might have been failed hit and runs or something.

  • ManBearPig

    Bit of a nitpick: looking at error/no error and win/loss is not a correlation because neither are continuous variables. Sorry, I am writing a biosstats final and have this stuff on the brain

    • Drew

      Look at the Yanks record with versus without an error. Off the top of my head I think it’s 2-13 in games with an error.

  • http://www.npbtracker.com Patrick

    Darvish is actually making about $2.7m this year. He could have gotten more but he took the team’s first offer in the offseason (in Japan, players negotiate their salaries after each season before hitting free agency. It’s kind of like arbitration without the arbitrator).

    Darvish has nothing in common with Igawa — he has velocity for one thing. Igawa was hittable in Japan on days his curveball wasn’t working. Anything can happen, of course. If the Yankees had been watching Igawa in 2002/3 (a couple of years before being posted, like Darvish possibly is now), they would have been pretty impressed as he was at the top of his game.

    • K.B.D.

      Darvish = Igawa is a joke when people say it. It’s not meant to be an actual comparison, only a platform to make fun of Igawa.

      • http://www.npbtracker.com Patrick

        A noble cause. Carry on, then.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    “Colombian trainer Fredy Aycardi turned few heads when he arrived in the Dominican Republic last week. Mostly, he said, Dominican scouts were indifferent to him and his Colombian prospect Leonardo Fuentes, a 16-year-old, 6-foot-3 power-hitting outfielder. That soon changed when Fuentes had a workout with the New York Yankees. Immediately after the workout, Yankees senior vice president Mark Newman confirmed that he invited Fuentes to stay at the Yankees’ academy for the maximum 30 days allowed by Major League Baseball.”

    THIS AND THAT

    A court decision on Ramon Valdivia’s wrongful termination lawsuit against New York Yankees won’t likely come for several weeks. The case was heard in a Dominican court on Wednesday. Valdivia was fired by the Yankees for his alleged participation in a bonus skimming scandal, though an MLB investigator said recently in court no solid proof existed that Valdivia accepted any money. Recently Valdivia won a defamation lawsuit against the player, Kelvin De Leon, who had accused him of taking part of his bonus
    Several Dominican sources say that top prospect catcher Gary Sanchez is likely to sign with the New York Yankees for a bonus in the $2-$3 million range.”

    http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4151593&name=arangue_jorge_jr