Romine picks up right where Montero left off

Open Thread: Athletes and the public
2009 Draft: Purke wants Porcello money

Catcher Ryan Baker was added to the Double-A Trenton roster, so I guess that means Jesus Montero will be out a little longer after the collision at the plate the other night. The good news is that he hasn’t been placed on the DL, so it can’t be too serious. I’m certain we’ll see him DH a game or three before he resuming catching.

Make sure you vote for your favorite Yanks’ farmhands for this year’s Triple-A All-Star Game.

Triple-A Scranton (5-0 win over Charlotte)
Kevin Russo: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB – on base 32 times in 13 games this season
Austin Jackson: 2 for 5, 1 RBI, 2 K – third in the league with a .342 AVG
Cody Ransom: 0 for 2, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP
Shelley Duncan: 0 for 3, 2 BB, 2 K
Todd Linden: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K
John Rodriguez: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 K – .302-.387-.538
Justin Leone: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Eric Duncan: 0 for 4, 2 K – 4 for his last 28 (.143)
Chris Stewart: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HBP
Casey Fossum: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 7-6 GB/FB – 51 of 78 pitches were strikes (65.4%) … he’s been really good for them since signing
Edwar Ramirez: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4-3 GB/FB – 21 of 26 pitches were strikes (80.8%) … good to see him pound the zone like that

Double-A Trenton (10-3 loss to Portland)
Reegie Corona: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB – on base 11 times in the 4 games since being demoted
Colin Curtis & Edwar Gonzalez: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Edwar K’ed
Chris Malec & Noah Hall: both 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR – Malec drove in two & K’ed twice … Hall did the same, but just once each
Kyle Anson: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 E (fielding) – picked a runner off at first with a snap throw
Justin Snyder: 0 for 4, 1 E (throwing)
James Cooper: 1 for 3, 1 K
Ryan Pope: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4-7 GB/FB – another solid start
Alan Horne: 1 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2-1 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – eek … opponents are hitting .352 off him this year
Mike Dunn: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1-0 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (10-5 win over Sarasota)
Austin Krum & Jose Gil: both 1 for 3 – Krum drew two walks, swiped a bag & scored 3 runs … Gil drew a walk, scored a run & K’ed
Eric Fryer: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Austin Romine: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 E (catcher interference) – 6 for 13 (.462) with a double, 2 homers & 8 RBI in his last 3 games
Damon Sublett & Mitch Hilligoss: both 1 for 4, 1 K – Sublett drew a free pass … Hilligoss doubled, drove in a run & committed a fielding error
Brandon Laird: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Wady Rufino: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – threw a runner out at home from RF
Walt Ibarra: 2 for 2, 1 R – left the game after a collision at the plate in the third
Jeremy Bleich: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 7-4 GB/FB
Noel Castillo: 1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Tim Norton: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-5 GB/FB – opponents are hitting just .213 off him … not bad for a guy who missed two years with a major shoulder injury
Craig Heyer: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (4-1 win over Rome)
Jose Pirela: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB – 9 for his last 18
Dan Brewer & Melky Mesa: both 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K – Brewer drove in & scored one run
David Adams: 2 for 3, 2 RBI, 1 CS
Corban Joseph: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Ray Kruml: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K
Taylor Grote: 1 for 4, 1 K – rockin’ a little six game hit streak
Chase Weems: 0 for 1, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Manny Banuelos: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 4-7 GB/FB – 50-14 K/BB ratio in 47 IP
Casey Erickson: 2.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 5-1 GB/FB
Pat Venditte: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB – no strikeouts? BOOOOO!!!

Open Thread: Athletes and the public
2009 Draft: Purke wants Porcello money
  • Dorian

    Who is Austin Romine’s MLB comp?

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

      Jason Varitek

      • Dorian

        Which one?

        • whozat

          The one that had the career that Varitek has had. There aren’t two…there’s the one that’s old now so he isn’t the player he was ten years ago.

          • Dorian

            Lol I was joking but I gotcha

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

        So, he’s gonna suck horribly and be a huge douchetard?

        • Spaceman.Spiff

          BUT TEH NO-HITTAHHSS!

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

          No, he’s going be “irreplaceable” and “the heart and soul” of his team in every way that is vague and ambiguous.

          In every way that is measurable however, he will suck horribly.

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

            Yeah, but, suck as horribly as Varitek? Those are some big shoes to fill. I don’t know if you really get suckitude of that capacity more than once a generation.

            I think you’re setting the bar unfairly low with Romine. “He’s the next Varitek”… that’s a tough handle to lay on a kid that young. Pressure like that can crush a man.

            • JohnnyC

              So, where does Romine go to score some HGH like Vagitek?

      • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        without the 4 no-hittas (TM)(R)(C)LTD.

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

          Yes, his CERA will be through the roof and will have nothing to do with the guys actually throwing the pitches.

      • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

        He’s going to give Peter Gammons nocturnal emissions?

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

          See my last post.

      • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

        If Romine starts wearing a C on his jersey, he’s dead to me.

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

          How about a big ‘C’ as in ‘See you next Tuesday’?

          • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

            Uh, well … no.

            If you wear a C on your jersey, here are the circumstances when it’s acceptable:

            1) You play for a hockey team, or
            2) You play for the Cincinnati Reds, or
            3) See #1 and #2.

            • Zack

              2b.) chicago cubs

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

          SELIG: Yes, Jeannine?
          SELIG’S SECRETARY: Bud, I’ve got Jason Varitek on line one.
          SELIG: Ugh. This assnozzle.
          SELIG’S SECRETARY: Shall I tell him you’re out again?
          SELIG: No, no, I’m gonna put a stop to this once and for all. Put him through.
          VARITEK: Mr. Selig?
          SELIG: Yeah, Jason, what is it?
          VARITEK: I know you kinda said before it would be out of the ordinary, but I was wondering–
          SELIG: No, Jason. No. You cannot replace the “C” on your jersey with an “S”. We do not allow “S”s to be stitched on the front of players uniforms. It’s in the damn CBA, and I’m not making an exception for you. I don’t care if Scott specifically had the Red Sox put it in your contract, the commissioner’s office does not recognize the position of “Supercaptain”. Do you have any idea the hoops we’d have to jump through just to renegotiate the apparel agreements with Majestic? The inventory chain management to get all those jerseys on the shelves at FootAction? THEY DON’T EVEN MAKE TACKLE TWILL “S”s IN THAT FONTSIZE, YOU DOLT! WE’D HAVE TO REOPEN THE FACTORY IN TAIWAN. WE’VE BEEN OVER THIS. IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. Jesus, take off the mask before you try and listen to people and maybe you’ll start comprehending. Tool.
          VARITEK: [pause] … Look, I still have some old Manny Ramirez jerseys, can I cut the “Z” off and turn it around and sew it on myself? I’m really good at sewing… Hello, Mr. Selig, are you there? Hello? Jeannine? I think I got disconnected… I’ll call back later.

          … aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, SCENE!

          • Rich I.

            Comment of the year nominee? Or is voting unnecessary?

          • Steve H

            Bravo.

  • Jake H

    Romine wants to get up to AA this year also.

  • Dave

    Mike how did you manage to blog over at MLBTR, Gamethread here and DOtF? Did you eat dinner? Is it not as time consuming as I’m imagining?

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

      And I did my laundry.

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

      You try popping out a Dot-F one day. It’s 4 boxscores (5 soon) to pore over with commentary and highlights. Sounds like a good 1/2 hour to an hour to me.

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

        It goes by in a flash. You’ll be clicking around player pages to find the bits for commentary, and you’ll look up and 45 minutes have gone by and you’re still on Scranton.

        It’ll be 6 soon, too. Staten Island and the GCL Yanks fire up.

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

          This is my fourth year doing DotF, so I’ve got a pretty good system. I banged today’s out in 25 minutes. Once the SI and GCL seasons start, yeah it blows. But it’s exciting seeing the new draftees and stuff.

          • V

            But, you don’t even do the DSL, slacker! ;-)

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

              DSL 1 and 2.

              Otherwise, I’m taking back the Dorothy Mantooth compliment.

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

          ahhhh . . .forgot about the GCL Yanks.

          Mike is a saint for doing those every day.

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

            Michael Axisa = Dorothy Mantooth

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

              Too bad he’s not Dorothy Dandridge

              http://home.hiwaay.net/~oliver/ddport10.jpg

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

                Ooooh, a Dorothy Dandridge name (and picture) drop.

                My respect for you just doubled, Artist. You are a man of impeccable taste.

  • YFan

    What is the status on Montero?

    • YFan

      Sorry did not read the beginning of the post.

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

    Eric Duncan: 0 for 4, 2 K – 4 for his last 28 (.143)

    I hope Eric Duncan is taking some of his salary to buy some Rosetta Stone Spanish Language Immersion DVD’s, because I’ve got a feeling he’ll be playing for Los Tigres de Quintana Roo in 2010.

    If it helps ease the pain at all, Eric, they’ve got cheerleaders.

    http://homerderby.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/tigres-quintana-roo.jpg

    • AndrewYF

      Jeez, 403 Permission Denied, Eric just can’t catch a break.

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

        That sucks.

        Here, try this non-hotlinked original source page. It requires some scrolling, but I won’t stand idly by while a man is denied permission to ogle scantily clad cheerleaders.

        http://homerderby.com/archives/366

        • AndrewYF

          You are a true gentleman.

        • whozat

          Truly, they are lightyears ahead of us.

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

            You want to hear something (completely true) about Mexico? If you are a prisoner in Mexico and attempt to escape, if they catch you they do not add any penalties to your sentence. Nothing. It is assumed that people naturally want to be free, and shouldn’t be punished for attempting to do so.

            One caveat though, the prison guards can shoot you as you attempt to escape, even if you’re unarmed.

        • handtius
          • handtius

            Scroll down.

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

      Alan Horne should join him.

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

        True, but I bet Horne’s tantalizing potential leads at least two or three more organizations to become enraptured by his siren song and give him a few more ultimately futile shots to remain healthy for longer than a fruitfly’s lifespan. He’ll kick around in the Rangers, Marlins, and Padres organizations before ultimately joining the Campeche Pirates.

        • whozat

          There’s no reason for the Yanks to punt on him yet. Someone might rule-5 him next spring, I guess, but if he still hasn’t managed to get healthy by then…I doubt it.

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

            IIRC, the Yanks Rule 5’d him this year, and nobody bit.

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

              Well, technically, they didn’t “Rule 5” him as they didn’t choose to put him in the Rule 5 draft pool, they simply didn’t protect him from the Rule 5 draft because they chose to protect others and had no room left for him.

              It’s not an active offering of his services to other teams for free, it’s a passive allowal of other teams to have his services for free due to him not being good enough to be protection-worthy.

              /pedantic nitpick

            • whozat

              True. He was “actively injured” coming into this spring, though. Like, he still had some rehabbing to do. If going into this offseason he’s still just kind of nursing tenderness in the shoulder or elbow on and off…I figure it’s still the case that no one will bite. Though you never know.

      • Jeffrey

        How did they let him give up 8 R in an inning. Should have pulled him after 2 or 3 R. That doesn’t do much for his confidence.

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

    Tim Norton: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-5 GB/FB – opponents are hitting just .213 off him … not bad for a guy who missed two years with a major shoulder injury

    Tim Norton is a Lazarus Taxon.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lazarus_taxon

    • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos
      • Zack

        The citation of Lazarus Taxon was far cooler and more esoteric.

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

          Me >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Pablo Zevallos

    • Accent Shallow

      Coelacanth?

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

        Yes.

        The Coelacanth is a prime example of a Lazarus taxon.

        • Accent Shallow

          I may/may not own a “Coelecanth Rescue Mission” t-shirt.

  • Drew

    Man-Ban is looking good.

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

      Man-Ban is looking good.

      Nope, not gonna touch that one.

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

      Yes. He’s a bit smallish (make that extremely small) to stay as a starter. But his stuff plays up huge, plus he’s a lefty.

      • james

        a bit smallish to stay as a starter? Ever heard of a guy named Pedro Martinez? You can’t write someone off as a starter just because of their size.

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

          You ever hear of a guy named Ron Guidry?

          I know that, but guys that size who are power pitchers tend to get steered to bullpen duty. The Yanks will start him now to have him gain experience, even if that’s where they see him long term.

          BTW-When Manny Banuelos has 4 plus pitches, one of them being a 98 MPH fastball, call me.

          • Some call me…Nick

            That’s what she said!

            No she didn’t :(

          • Chris

            It’s possible for ManBan to become a legitimate #1 starter, and still not be as good as Pedro in his prime. Of course, I don’t know anyone that had as good a 5 year stretch as Pedro did from 99-03.

            A couple other small pitchers that succeeded would be Roy Oswalt and Tim Lincecum.

        • whozat

          You can’t generalize from special cases. Also, look at Pedro’s longevity. Little max-effort guys usually can’t hold up over the long term with a starter’s workload.

          • Chris

            It’s true they’re less durable than bigger guys, but even Pedro had an 11 year stretch (95-05) where he was a great pitcher and pitched basically a full season. The other thing to consider is that there isn’t this huge surplus of small durable relievers. I would guess that if a guy is going to breakdown as a starter he’ll probably breakdown as a reliever too (this assumes that the starter isn’t managed by Dusty Baker and the reliever by Joe Torre).

            The real question (from a team perspective) is whether he can handle if for the 6 years before he becomes a free agent. After that, you can re-evaluate.

      • Accent Shallow

        For some reason, short LHP are accepted a hell of a lot more than short RHP.

        I’m guessing simple rarity.

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

          Its not so much that he’s short (5′ 10″) as it is that he weighs 155 lbs. He’s just a very small guy for a MLB pitcher.

          • james

            He just turned 18 in March. He still has time to grow and hit the weight room. I just think thats its ridiculous that some people can write him off as a starting pitcher just because he’s small

      • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

        Ever heard of a guy called Nelson de la Rosa?

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

          Mike, what’s our take on Matt Purke?

          BI did a write up on him recently and I was wondering what you think.

          http://www.baseball-intellect.com/scouting-matt-purke/

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

            How the fuck did this get here?

  • Some call me…Nick

    Hey…this Edward Ramirez guy, he seems to have good stuff…0dds that he helps the big club later this year?

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

      Edward Ramirez and that other pitcher, Keith Igawa, they both have some good potential. I’d love to see how they do once they both make their first ever appearance in the bigs sometime in the near future.

      • whozat

        Is there ANY way that Kei Igawa could turn out to be useful? I mean…he’s 29, he’s a lefty, his peripherals in AAA are solid…it’s too bad the Giants don’t have anything the Yanks want, I feel like Igawa/Miranda + a little cash could be a nice deal for them, once they deal a guy like Sanchez for a corner OF bat. Miranda would be a huge upgrade over Ishikawa…that guy’s bat is NOT good enough to be a starting big-league first baseman.

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

          Hmmmmm. . . any way Kei Igawa could be useful.

          Bat boy?

          Clubhouse attendant?

          Mexican Cheerleader?

        • Chris

          Could you imagine Igawa starting at Yankee stadium? I don’t think the batter would even need to swing to hit a home run.

          • Jeffrey

            Someone needs to figure out a way to create a valid and reliable conversion factor for HR to estimate going from Scranton to New York. My guess is it would have to take into account the ballparks and the better skilled hitters in MLB.

            Here is a rough stab I took to project Igawa’s HR totals in MLB using Hughes numbers in AAA and MLB this year.
            Igawa would give up 2.182HR/9IP.
            Hughes HR numbers are:
            AAA .931HR/9IP
            MLB 1.558HR/9IP

            This method obviously isn’t perfect, but if its anywhere near 2/9IP I’ll pass. Its especially bad for a reliever, one swing could mean a tied game or worse. Coke certainly hasn’t fared well with his high HR rate in MLB despite that guys hit .218 off him.

    • whozat

      ::passes sarcasmometer over the post::

      Hmmm…inconclusive…What do people think?

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

        Inconclusive?

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

      Don’t count him out, you could def see him back with the big club this year.

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

    OK, Top 10 Yankee Prospects, in no particular order. Not based on upside, just on performance so far this year:

    1-Montero
    2-A-Jax
    3-Z-Mac
    4-Mark Melancon
    5-Austin Romine
    6-Christian Garcia
    7-Manny Banuelos
    8-Dan Brewer
    9-George Kontos
    10-Pat Venditte (Hate to do it, but he’s been great)

    Honorable mentions to Dave Adams and Hector Noesi.

    • Drew

      JoVa? The one and only Jorge Vaquez aka Mexican Thunder should be up there.

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

        The guy is 27 years old and in AA.

        But whatever. Make up a list of your own, that was the idea. Then we can all compare the lists and debate them.

        • Drew

          I guess, Venditte is old for Low A though. JoVa’s only been in the system since December, AA is pretty good IMO.

          • whozat

            Venditte is old for Lo-A, no question. Vazquez is old for AA too, though, and like…Kevin Millar is his upside.

            I’d put Miranda on over Venditte, myself. Though I’d also put Venditte in Hi-A yesterday.

            • Drew

              Yeah I don’t fully disagree but I love what I saw from Jorge in the WBC and he’s backed it up in Trenton. I like Miranda a lot but he’s been on a cold streak for a month. Hopefully it’s just a blip on the radar and Miranda gets back to mashing.

      • whozat

        …No.

        If you’re not going to put Juan Miranda on there, you can’t put the righty, older-at-a-lower-level version on there.

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

    Hey Mike, what’s your take on Matt Purke? Seems to be the consensus Yankee draft pick.

    BI did a write up on him recently and I was wondering if you like him.

    http://www.baseball-intellect.com/scouting-matt-purke/

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

      I approve. Super-projectable with already very good stuff and good command. Lots to like there.

      • Doug

        as per KLaw today:

        “LHP Matt Purke is looking for “Rick Porcello’s deal” in the upcoming draft, according to industry sources familiar with his demands. Porcello, who was drafted 27th overall by Detroit in the 2007 draft, received a deal worth $7.285 million in guaranteed money, including a $3.58 million signing bonus, both of which eclipsed the previous records for a contract signed by a high school pitcher, held by Josh Beckett.

        Purke is committed to TCU and probably moves out of the first round as a result of this demand, with few if any teams willing to commit that kind of money to a high school pitcher, but he could end up receiving a deal close to Porcello’s on August 15th with a team that takes him later on day one or even day two and tries to wait him out.”

        • V

          Hmm, if there’s a chance he slips WAY down, I’d love to see the Yankees take him in the 5th round or so.

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

            That’s risky. We’re not the only team with deep pockets.

            But we pick ahead of the BoSox in the second round, and with the economy in Detroit (and elsewhere) I’m not sure anyone else will be spending big this year, so it could happen.

            http://riveraveblues.com/09-draft-order/

      • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

        Does the additional upside of Purke over Gibson outweigh the potential risk of him not signing?

        • Doug

          imo, they can’t not sign their #1 pick this year.

          • whozat

            That kind of thinking leads to wasting the pick on a college player that projects as a UT guy at best, or to paying 8MM for a guy who shouldn’t get more than 4MM.

            • Doug

              hey, i’m all for taking guys with the biggest ceiling. i’m not one to play it safe believe me. but not having a #1 pick for two straight years would really set back the farm system (again imo)

        • Reggie C.

          But does Purke have more front-line upside than Gibson? I don’t think so. Hopefully the Yanks are poring over any available medical records. If its b/w Gibson and Purke, give me Gibson. Remember that Gibson still dominated that playoff game injured.

  • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

    Is Erickson not starting anymore?

  • Nickel

    Okay…I’m going to risk appearing really out of touch, but here goes: When did we acquire Casey Fossum??

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

      Early May when they needed someone to start that day.

    • Jeffrey

      He has been pitching well for Scranton. Anyone else wondering why Fossum has a 2.18 ERA in Scranton when his MLB ERA is 5.45? Could he be an option as a long reliever or lefty out of the bullpen for the Yankees? Interestingly enough, according to the AAA splits he pitches better against right handers.