Jackson homers again, Nova flirts with no-no in AAA debut


Kevin Cash, John Rodriguez and Justin Leone were all placed on the DL with various ailments. Meanwhile, Jim McLennan tells you everything you need to know about labrums, and more.

Lance Pendleton was named Florida State League Pitcher of the Week while Melky Mesa was named the South Atlantic League’s Player of the Week.

Triple-A Scranton
Game 1
(5-0 win over Rochester in 7 innings) make up of an April 20th rain out
Kevin Russo, Austin Jackson, Colin Curtis, Eric Duncan & Chris Stewart: all 1 for 3 – Jackson doubled, scored a run & K’ed … E-Dunc hit a three run bomb & K’ed
Shelley Duncan: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Juan Miranda: 1 for 2, 1 R
Ivan Nova: 5.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 7-5 GB/FB – 56 of 90 pitches were strikes (62.2%) … lost the no-hitter with two outs in the sixth on a line drive off the shortstop’s glove … he’s been getting better and better with each start for about two months now
Jon Albaladejo: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-0 GB/FB – 16 of 21 pitches were strikes (76.2%)

Game 2 (3-1 win over Rochester in 7 innings)
Kevin Russo & Austin Jackson: both 1 for 3 – Russo stole a base & K’ed … Jackson hit a solo jack off an old pal … it’s his second homer in as many days & third of the year … his last three hits have gone for extra bases
Colin Curtis: 0 for 3, 1 K
The Duncans, Richie Robnett & Doug Bernier: all 0 for 2 – Shelley drew a walk, scored a run & K’ed … Eric K’ed & committed a fielding error … Robnett played for SWB tonight after playing for Trenton this afternoon and getting promoted between games
Juan Miranda: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Romulo Sanchez: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 2-2 GB/FB – 33 of 47 pitches were strikes (70.2%) … 19 K in 16.2 IP with SWB
Paul Bush: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 5-1 GB/FB – 18 of 31 pitches were strikes (58.1%)
Edwar Ramirez: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB - 19 of 28 pitches were strikes (67.9%)

Double-A Trenton (12-2 loss to Reading)
Austin Krum & Justin Snyder: both 0 for 2, 1 E – Krum drew a pair of walks & botched a throw … Snyder walked once & bobbled a ball
Richie Robnett, Kyle Anson & Marcos Vechionacci: all 0 for 3, 1 BB – Robnett struck out … Vech made a throwing error
Eduardo Nunez & Edwar Gonzalez: both 0 for 4 - Nunez K’ed
Jorge Vazquez: 1 for 4. 1 R, 1 K
Chris Malec: 4 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI – he had just four hits in his last 25 at-bats coming in to this game
Ryan Pope: 5 IP, 12 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 2 HB, 8-6 GB/FB – Trenton’s pitching staff is so thin & overworked right now that they had to just leave him in there to soak up some innings
Kanekoa Texeira: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 6-0 GB/FB
Eric Wordekemper: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

High-A Tampa (6-1 win over Sarasota)
Dan Brewer: 0 for 3, 2 BB, 1 K
Eric Fryer: 1 for 3, 2 R, 2 BB
Damon Sublett, David Adams & Walt Ibarra: all 2 for 4 – Sublett doubled, scored twice, drove in a run, drew a walk & K’ed … Adams scored a run & drove in another … Ibarra drew a walk, was caught stealing & plated a run
Austin Romine: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI – matches last year’s HR total with 10 … is only 4 doubled behind last year’s pace
Seth Fortenberry & Brandon Laird: both 0 for 4, 1 BB – Fortenberry K’ed twice … Laird drove in a run
Kevin Smith: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 BB
DJ Mitchell: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 11-2 GB/FB - 87-24 K/BB ratio
Noel Castillo: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-3 GB/FB
Pat Venditte: 1 IP, zeroes, 3-0 GB/FB – A+ debut

Low-A Charleston (1-0 win over Savannah)
Jose Pirela, Abe Almonte & Taylor Grote: all 1 for 3, 1 BB – Almonte stole a base, was caught stealing & scored a run … Grote stole two bags & K’ed twice
Ray Kruml, Corban Joseph, Tommy Baldridge & Addison Maruszak: all 0 for 4 – Kruml & Maruszak each K’ed twice, CoJo just once … Baldridge drove in the game’s only run with a groundout to second
Melky Mesa: 0 for 3, 3 K, 1 HBP - heh, classic Melky right there
Chase Weems: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 K
Manny Banuelos: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 9-8 GB/FB
Dan Kapala: 2.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 6-0 GB/FB - Hughes-esque

Short Season Staten Island (5-2 win over Aberdeen)
Jimmy PAredes & Kelvin Castro: both 2 for 3, 1 BB – Paredes stole a base & scored two runs … Castro drove one in & missed a catch for an error
Zoilo Almonte: 0 for 3, 1 RBI
Kyle Higashioka & Chad Gross: both 0 for 4 – Higgie K’ed once, Gross twice
Neil Medchill & Luke Murton: both 2 for 4, 1 R – Medchill doubled & K’ed twice … Murton went deep, drove in two, swiped a bag, K’ed & committed both a fielding and throwing error
DeAngelo Mack: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K
Rob Lyerly: 3 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 CS - I guess hitting in the 9-hole woke his bat up
Shaeffer Hall: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 4-4 GB/FB
Gavin Brooks: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 7 K in 3.2 IP so far
Ben Watkins: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4-0 GB/FB
Ryan Flannery: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks
Game 1
(6-1 win over GCL Phillies in 7 innings) make up of Saturday’s rain out
Ramon Flores: 0 for 4, 2 K
Jose Toussen: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 CS
Issac Harrow & Jose Mojica: both 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K – Harrow scored a run and committed both a fielding & throwing error at second
Kevin Mahoney: 0 for 1, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 E (missed catch)

Kelvin DeLeon & Eduardo Sosa: both 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Francisco Arcia: 1 for 2, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Mitch Delaney: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Matt Richardson: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 6-3 GB/FB – hasn’t walked a guy in his two starts, impressive for a recent convertee
Alejandro Martinez: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Dickie Marquez: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 1-1 GB/FB
Game 2 (8-7 win over GCL Phillies in 10 innings)
Eduardo Sosa: 1 for 3, 1 2B – left the game after doubling in the top of the fifth
Ramon Flores: 0 for 2, 1 R – took over for Sosa in center
Jose Toussen, Kevin Mahoney & Isaiah Brown: all 1 for 2 – Toussen hit a solo jack, scored two runs, drew three walks & committed a fielding error … Mahoney drove in a run, drew a walk & K’ed … Brown walked twice & committed a fielding error
Kelvin DeLeon & Jeff Farnham: both 1 for 5, 2 K – DeLeon drove in a run & scored another … Farnham plated two runs
Jose Mojica: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Justin Milo: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB - homered in his first professional plate appearance
Danny Gil: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 3-2 GB/FB
Dan Miller: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-1 GB/FB
Shane Greene: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Gabe Tatis: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 5-2 GB/FB – that’s some solid relief work right there
Julian Arballo: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 1-0 GB/FB

I’ll tell you what, there ain’t nothin’ quite like eight game DotF’s …

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. pat says:

    Banuelos is teh SHIT.

    Jennings said Romulo Sanchez was hitting 97.

    Compton Chris didn’t play at all in the doubleheader.. ooof.

    Richardson and Turley are my boys down in the GCL

  2. Brandon says:

    First GCL game was a win

  3. Solid line from Nova!

    Now it’s just a matter of time before someone ignores Jackson’s HR and starts complaining about his BABIP and the one K.

  4. Manimal says:

    Could we see Nova in September?

  5. Ace says:

    Shelly Duncan should be DHing for the Yanks. It’s time to let Matsui go.

    • V says:

      Warning. The previous post is so blatantly idiotic that you will feel dumber upon reading it.

      • Ace says:

        Hilarious. See how everyone is agreeing with you? Go ahead and defend non-hitting, no-field playing, 2 bum knees “I couldn’t score from second base on a single if the ball rolled to the wall” Matsui. Please go ahead. I cant wait to see the slew of stats you are jerking off over.

        • You know, you’re the one who wants the change. The burden of proof, IMO, is on you to prove why Shelley, who has done just about nothing to prove that he could be a worthwhile Major League player, who also doesn’t field or run well, should replace Matsui, who has definitely proven he can be a Major League player.

        • JobaWockeeZ says:

          I love the non-stats you are posting when regarding to stats. He is OPS’ing .808 this season. Somewhere near the league average for a DH. I love your obvious Matsui hate.
          Reading and research aren’t the hardest things to do in the world.
          He isn’t joking when talking about horrendously stupid comments. I’ve seen stupid ones but that one along with Joba to the pen tops the list.

          • Somewhere near the league average for a DH.

            Matsui has the 4th highest OPS among qualified AL DH’s and Shelley Duncan is nearly 30 with a crappy MLB track record. Let’s replace the former with the latter. Brilliant!

            • Ace says:

              Ben – 2 serious questions

              1. Exactly how many games does one have to play before you determine he has a crappy MLB track record? It must be a pretty small sample size since you are citing Shelly’s 131 ABs.

              2. Did you complain about Scott Brosius’ track record when the Yanks signed him? In the event that you did I’m wondering if you could tell me where his OPS ranked the year before the Yanks signed him and how that signing worked out for them.

              • Scott Brosius has absolutely nothing to do with this Matsui/S. Dunk debate.

                • Andrew says:

                  What does track record have to do with anything? In case you haven’t noticed, Matsui isn’t nearly the hitter he was 3-4 years ago. Players get old, and their level of performance goes down. Matsui’s bat is slow, he can’t run, and he’s batting under .250. Don’t act like the guy just suggested getting rid of A-Rod or something, I know how you all like to pile on with repetitive critiques.

                • Shelley Duncan is the white Pedro Cerrano.

                • I Remember Celerino Sanchez says:

                  But Andrew, Ben gave you the stat: His OPS is 4th in the A.L. among DHs. His knee condition is irrelevent if he’s producing. You can’t just go on batting average. OPS is a more important stat.

        • pat says:

          They’re not gonna cut matsui. Even Matsui on a couple bum knees is a better hitter than slam duncan. There’s a reason shelley is 29 and has been in AAA for three years. He can hit a fastball a country mile but once big league pitchers figure that out and start tossing him junk he’s done.

          • Ace says:

            I’m not going to use any stats to back up my argument. You can talk OPS all you want blah blah blah while I watch Matsui slowly fall apart at the plate every game that Girardi isn’t sitting him because he can’t contribute. Come to me at the end of August and we’ll see how your precious Matsui is faring then. I’ve watched him have a solid April and be damn near worthless ever since. But I guess that’s what ‘near-average DHs’ do. I’d rather give Shelly, who is having a monster power year in AAA, a shot at DHing than have Matsui taking up a roster spot to fail at the only job he is physically able to perform.

            • whozat says:

              You have managed to become a caricature of yourself.

              Amazing. I couldn’t have written a sarcastic parody of you that did a better job of hitting all the logical-fallacy high points that you managed to touch on here.

            • pat says:

              Ace I guess it’s easy to not look at the stats when they contradict the very essence of your argument. Ignorance must be bliss bro. You’re not gonna get any support on a site like this if you refuse to look at numbers.

              Mike Francesa, on the other hand, welcomes your rants and rambles with open arms.

              • Ace says:

                I listen to Mad Dog. Like I said, talk to me in late August and we’ll go over the stats then.

                • JobaWockeeZ says:

                  What’s the point? Obviously your eyes > stats so we should ALWAYS listen to you. Next thing we’re going to hear from you is that Cano is a terrible hitter, Joba should go to the bullpen, Phil Coke sucks or Nick Swisher can’t do anything or how Nady is the best player in the damn Yankees.

                • pat says:

                  I’ll pass.

                • Rob H. says:

                  Shelley Duncan couldn’t hit an off-speed pitch if his life depended on it. This was found out the last time he was up in the majors when he was batting .175/.262/.281. He was given a chance and everyone and their mother found out that he couldn’t hit an offspeed pitch. Nothing has changed. All he has proven is that he can hit AAA hitters just fine.

                • JobaWockeeZ says:

                  Oh and leave you’re anti-Matsui bias out of here. One thing I cannot stand is bias to any particular player without using facts or stats to support their claims because it’s what they see. It’s completely egoistical.

                • Double-J says:

                  I listen to Mad Dog.

                  Ah. That explains it, guys.

  6. Tremont says:

    What ever happened to the YES network broadcasting minor league games on days when the Yanks were off?

  7. Brandon says:

    Venditte is the shit. Just give me some k’s…

  8. This may be a stupid question, but I have to ask. Why do so many many minor league games go just 7 innings?

  9. Mike, you need an award after that post…

  10. Manimal says:

    BTW, the Padres are the dumbest organization ever. Sure Nova had a 8.something ERA in spring training but Nova was still listed as their 30th best prospect and they should’ve added him to their 40 man when they had a chance.

  11. Reggie C. says:

    Romine’s gonna hit 20 homers in High-A ball to along with a .280′ish average. Though I wish the obp was a couple hundredths of a point higher, the numbers indicate that Romine’s 2010 destination is Trenton. I guess he’ll rejoin Montero at that point, but till then, Romine’s the most interesting club asset at Tampa.

    • pat says:

      Yeah, too bad dellin’s been scuffling, suttle was done before he started, laird has been sucking and heredia has been MIA. Mitchell is a pleasant surprise though.

  12. felixpanther says:

    is Noesi a serious prospect?

  13. Chris says:

    does anyone know when brackman is due to pitch this week?

  14. Professor Oak says:

    Out of curiousity why aren’t the DSL Yankees covered?..

  15. Charlie says:

    I’m kinda confused.. the title of this DOTF says jackson homers again but in your AAA notes it just says he doubled, scored a run and K’ed. Did he homer or is there another Jackson or something?

  16. Tony says:

    AJax criticism is reminding me of the rush to idiocy that surrounded Jeter this offseason.

    • Professor Oak says:

      Oh yeah and Pedroia was supposed to amount to anything he is now, funny how that worked out.

    • Right because Derek Jeter is a completely flawless player. I’m pleased as punch (is that the expression? I feel like it isn’t) that he’s fielding well but I a) didn’t expect it and b) don’t expect it to continue.

    • whozat says:

      It’d be hard for this to be a worse comparison.

      “Derek Jeter is a 35 year old shortstop whose bat took a step back last year. Man, they really need to figure out what to do about him after 2010 when his contract is up…”

      “Austin Jackson is 22 and in AAA, hitting for an incredible average, stealing bases, getting XBH and playing great defense…but he strikes out a lot and doesn’t have a lot of homers. Bust.”

      Please explain to me how these are similar.

      • Tony says:

        The idiocy. I thought that was clear. I wasn’t comparing the players, only the snowballing jackassery that surround(ed) them.

        • How is having concern about Jackson’s strikeouts/lack of power (though I think it will come) “snowballing jackassery?” How is having concerns about Jeter’s range and lack of power last year (which was probably from his hand injury)”snowballing jackassery?”

          • Tony says:

            “though I think it will come” and “which was probably from his hand injury” answer your questions. It’s far more entertaining to act like the sky is falling every 5 minutes.

            The best part of the Jeter thing, however, is that there are still a good number of posters here that continue to post the same idiotic stuff that made for such a great February and March on RAB.

            • Such as…? I haven’t seen much negative commenting on Jeter, only people being pleasantly surprised by Jeter’s uptick in fielding (and not expecting it to continue).

        • whozat says:

          That’s the thing…the Jeter thing isn’t snowballing jackassery. Unless you think we should expect that his improved defense is an establishment of a new true talent level at 35, and that his hitting will not decline between now and the end of whatever contract extension you think they should give him at the end of 2010.

          • Tony says:

            It wasn’t snowballing jackassery when people were saying he needed to retire based on 2 games at th WBC? Give me a Modamn break.

            • whozat says:

              Dude, no one even remotely reasonable was saying any of that. On the other hand, Keith Law is talking about how much Jackson’s stock has fallen.

  17. Biship says:

    With Nova being promoted, when do you think we will see Z-Mac in AAA

  18. Jake H says:

    Nice minor league stats across the board. I’m loving the farm right now.

  19. Jake H says:


    Do you see Romine being a top 100 minor league player?

  20. Charlie says:

    Nice, a shitload of groundballs from the whole friggin farm system tonight.

  21. Salty Buggah says:

    Mikey, I submitted a tip to you guys last night but here it is again:

    Hard throwing (according to the article) lefty Edwin Walker, from the Railcats of the Indy league, was sold to the Yanks.


  22. Billy says:

    i am extremely happy with the farm this year. its gonna be hard for mike to decide next year’s top 10 prospects, there are alot of worthy candidates. kudos to cash money and all of his scouts, they have really improved the farm system in a hurry. i think we’ll have a top 10 farm in a couple years, if not next year

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