Scranton’s offensive struggles continue

Game 39 Spillover Thread
Yanks, Sabathia in seventh heaven

Mike Ashmore says Chris Garcia will start for Double-A Trenton tomorrow with an 80-pitch or so limit. I’m setting the over/under on the number of starts he makes before coming down with another injury at 6.5.

Robert Pimpsner interviewed RHP Mikey O’Brien, who recently broke his hand and will be held back with the Rookie GCL Yanks this year.

Make sure you scroll down for tonight’s game thread.

Triple-A Scranton (4-1 loss to Columbus) they’ve scored just 15 runs in their past 11 games
Reegie Corona & The Duncans: all 0 for 4 – Corona K’ed once
Austin Jackson: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B – still waiting on that first AAA homer, but remember he’s the 7th youngest player in AAA
Todd Linden: 3 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI – 8 for his last 19 (.421)
Chris Malec: 0 for 2, 2 BB
PJ Pilittere & Justin Leone: both 0 for 3 – Leone K’ed
Luis Nunez: 1 for 3, 1 K
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 4 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 5-6 GB/FB – 52 of 72 pitches were strikes (72.2%) … made the start on three day’s rest
JB Cox: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 4-3 GB/FB – 25 of 39 pitches were strikes (64.1%)
Jose Valdez: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3-1 GB/FB – 24 of 37 pitches were strikes (64.9%) … one of the walks was intentional

Double-A Trenton (3-1 loss to Akron)
Eduardo Nunez, Jorge Vazquez, Marcos Vechionacci, Edwar Gonzalez: all 1 for 4 – Nunez K’ed twice, the other three each K’ed once … Edwar was caught stealing
Seth Fortenberry: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Colin Curtis & Kevin Smith: both 0 for 4 – Curtis K’ed once, Smith thrice
Kyle Anson: 0 for 3, 1 K
Justin Snyder: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB
Wilkins DeLaRosa: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 2-12 GB/FB – eek, too many fly balls
Kevin Whelan: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa‘s doubleheader was postponed because of wet grounds. Tampa isn’t scheduled to go back to Brevard County until the final series of the regular season, so I’m guessing they’ll make these two games up then.

Low-A Charleston had a scheduled off day.

Game 39 Spillover Thread
Yanks, Sabathia in seventh heaven
  • pat

    Ugh, I HATE when Tampa doesnt play.

    Also, that sucks about O’Brien.

  • Greg G.

    Bummer…I was hoping for a Tampa tripleheader tomorrow!

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      That’s what SHE said!

      • pat


  • Reggie C.

    Jesus Fernando Martinez.

    How big a talent gap is there between Martinez and Jackson? Jackson’s still hitting .340. Could Jackson project to be a better hitter, albeit with less power, than Martinez?

    • Mike Axisa

      Martinez is a better hitter, Jackson a better all-around player.

    • DreDog

      Remember when F-Mart and Tabata had the rivalry of being the youngest guys moving through the systems in NY?

      Man, I just wish we traded Tabata a year earlier.

      • handtius

        I wish he was still in our system. Could you image, Tabata, AJax, Melk in the outfield…young, fast, good hitting outfielders at every spot.

        • DreDog

          I could deal without the problems. I wish we traded him earlier and got something better in return.

        • RollingWave

          The last part is pretty questionable.

          • handtius

            good hitting? The point was, if melk keeps it up and the others reach their potential, so it doesn’t matter if it’s questionable, it’s hypothetical.

        • AndrewYF

          Right now Melky and Jackson seem much more likely to have a good career than Tabata, who is currently injured, again.

        • whozat

          Tabata isn’t actually THAT fast either. Neither is Melky. Better than average speed, yeah. But everyone automatically assumes that every young player who isn’t a firstbaseman or clunky LFer is fast, and that’s not necessarily true.

          • Bo

            Tabata should have been traded a year earlier when his value was at its apex. Remember they wouldnt even discuss putting him into the Santana deals. An organization has to evaluate its own system better than anyone else.

            • Mike Axisa

              Tabata’s value wasn’t much higher back then. Remember he was coming off a serious wrist injury that required surgery.

  • Ed

    Even more interesting than Jackson being the 7th youngest AAA player is Hughes being the 25th youngest player, despite this being the 3rd season he’s spent time in the majors.

    • DreDog

      Exactly why he still has time to be a stud. If he can figure out how to stay in the bigs, he is going to be a stud.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Hughes would also be the 18th youngest big leaguer, if they listed him on that list as wel (which they should, since he’s still technically on the big league roster.

      Counting Phil, we currently have the 18th, 29th (Joba), 33rd (Peña), and 65th (Melky) youngest players in the bigs on our 25 man roster. And, when D-Rob and Melancon would be #40 and #43.

      • Some call me…tim

        No, the Yankees are old and decrepit…I only want to hear about Matsui, Mo, Posada, Damon and Jeter’s range. I ignore your homegrowns and substitute my own. Theo Epstein>Bellychick>Mangenius. AndCashman’s on the hotseat.

        -Peter G

        • ChrisS

          To be fair, the youngest players (despite the SP’s potential) on the Yankees are a fringe 6th starter, the 5th starter, a utility infielder, and fringe starting OFer (and while the average is still there, Melky’s power took another May swoon).

          Jeter, A-Rod, Damon, Matsui, and Posada are all key contributors, and all over 33.

          In two years, people will be wondering whatever happened to that Pena kid that used to play back-up SS on the Yankees. Where have you gone Erick Almonte? Homer Bush, where are you?

  • Doug

    Jackson’s batting .344 right now, 5th in the IL. The next highest average for someone born in 1986 or later is .292 by Andrew McCutchen. That’s how good, average-wise, Jackson has been so far. And, I’m not real worried about the lack of power either. More concerned about the K’s, although doesn’t look like he had one tonite.

    • Tank the Frank

      Great post! Good find on that stat. I agree I just want to see his BB skills continue to improve. I know the power will come but he’s never been projected to be much of a power guy anyway.

  • steve (different one)

    “Reegie Corona & The Duncans”

    this would be a sweet band

    • Cam

      That’s hilarious

  • Manimal

    Sort of unrelated, but how about Frankie Cervelli @ .370? I was just wondering in 2009, what would his season average have to be in order for him to be a starting catcher next year(Posada to DH in 2010)? .300? .280?

    • NC Saint

      The sample size on Cervelli in the bigs was just stepped on and crushed by a sample size that was itself too small to matter.

    • V

      Starting catcher in 2010? 0% chance. Backup catcher in 2010? 90% chance.

      • Bo

        Let Cervilli breath a little. He’s had a great 2 weeks here but lets not start giving him jobs. Keep letting him earn it.

  • nyyfaninlaaland

    Be nice if Garcia got a break (or perhaps no break) and finished the year.

    Is it possible given his limited IP previously they just held him back to limit his innings this year, or was there really something wrong with him?

  • Moshe Mandel

    Anyone else having big time trouble with the site?

    • Benjamin Kabak

      We’re working on it. As always, threads are the least appropriate place for these types of comments and e-mailing us is the right path.

      • Moshe Mandel


        • Benjamin Kabak

          It’s ok. I’ve been trying to troubleshoot this for 25 minutes once I found out about it.

    • Bob Stone

      Yes – I couldn’t get pages to refresh for about half an hour

      • Bob Stone

        Sorry Ben – I just wanted Moshe to know it wasn’t him – Seems that things are fixed now.

        • Benjamin Kabak

          That’s ok! I didn’t mean to be terse with you and Moshes. We can’t fix it though if we don’t know about it. That’s why e-mailing us about these problems is far better than leaving comments about it.

  • Moshe Mandel

    Mike, if Garcia gets hurt again, do you think the Yankees just stick him in the bullpen? His stuff would certainly play up, and maybe it would keep him healthier.

    • Baseballnation

      Being in the bullpen means a more erratic work/off day warm up schedule, and I don’t think thats necessarily a good thing for the guy…At some point if the injuries keep occuring I suppose the Yankees could try that or just release him, but for now I would rather see him on or more controlled pitching environment.

  • dino

    i played high school ball with garcia, he was a sophomore my senior year, catching him was a ton of fun…..even as a 16-17 year old he had better stuff and was a better pitcher than most pitchers i faced and caught in college….hes got nasty stuff and can dominate when healthy…….when healthy

  • SS

    Does anyone know why Garcia was held back for so long? Was it to keep his innings down, or was he injured, or did they just want to work on his stuff?

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