Mitre states his case

Game 88 Spillover Thread
Angels clean up Yanks, 5-4

The 2009 Futures Game just came back from a long rain delay. Jesus Montero drove in a run with an RBI fielder’s choice in his only at bat so far. Manny Banuelos hasn’t pitched yet. If you want to talk about the game, make sure you use our Futures Game Thread.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 win over Buffalo)
Kevin Russo: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Ramiro Pena: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – first game out in centerfield … 12 for 41 (.293) since being optioned
Austin Jackson & PJ Pilittere: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Jackson swiped a bag
Shelley Duncan: 0 for 1, 3 BB – he’s getting the Bonds treatment … no, not that kind of treatment
Eric Duncan & Yurendell DeCaster: both 0 for 2, 1 K, 1 HBP – DeCaster drew a walk & K’ed
Colin Curtis: 0 for 4, 1 K
Doug Bernier: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
Sergio Mitre: 8 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 15-4 GB/FB – 64 of 82 pitches were strikes (78%) … if that’s not enough to earn him a start after the break, I don’t know what is
Edwar Ramirez: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB – 15 of 21 pitches were strikes (71.4%)

Double-A Trenton (9-2 win over Connecticut)
Austin Krum: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Reegie Corona: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Eduardo Nunez, Chris Malec & Kyle Anson: all 1 for 4 – Nunez drew a walk, scored a run, K’ed & committed a fielding error … Malec walked … Anson was hit by a pitch, stole a base, scored a run, drove one in & K’ed
Jorge Vazquez & Noah Hall: both 1 for 5 – BOMBS hit a two run jack & K’ed twice
Edwar Gonzalez: 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 BB, 2 K
Marcos Vechionacci: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 HBP
Kanekoa Texeira: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 4-4 GB/FB – that’s a helluva spot start
Josh Schmidt & Grant Duff: both 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Eric Wordekemper: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 2-0 GB/FB
Jose Valdez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (7-5 win over Dunedin)
Dan Brewer & Austin Romine: both 2 for 5 – Brewer hit a homer, drove in four, swiped a bag & K’ed twice … Romine doubled, drove in a run & K’ed
Jack Rye & Kevin Smith: both 0 for 5 – Rye scored a run
Damon Sublett & David Adams: both 0 for 3, 2 BB – Sublett stole two bases & K’ed twice … Adams scored a run & is just 1 for his last 24 (.042)
Brandon Laird: 4 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – 14 for his last 33 (.424)
Jose Gil: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 E (catcher interference)
Walt Ibarra: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Hector Noesi: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 3-3 GB/FB – finding out that Hi-A is a little tougher than Lo-A
Phil Bartlewski: 2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 4-1 GB/FB
Noel Castillo: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston has a scheduled off day, as did the rest of the Sally League.

Short Season Staten Island (5-3 win over Brooklyn)
Jimmy Paredes, Carmen Angelini & Neil Medchill: all 1 for 4, 1 R – Paredes swiped a bag … Angelini doubled … Medchill hit a two run jack & K’ed
Zoilo Almonte: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – threw a runner out at third from CF
Kyle Higashioka, DeAngelo Mack & Justin Milo: all 0 for 3 – Higashioka drove in a run … Mack scored a run & K’ed … Milo was picked off first
Luke Murton: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 E (throwing)
Francisco Rondon: 6 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 6-4 GB/FB – 24 K in his last 18 IP
Gavin Brooks: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-0
Ryan Flannery: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Ronny Marte:1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB – does he pitch every day? sure seems like he does

The Rookie GCL Yanks enjoyed their regular Sunday off day.

Game 88 Spillover Thread
Angels clean up Yanks, 5-4
  • j

    4-0 for the MiLB Yankees teams.

    Angelini hasn’t made an error in a while – thats gotta be something.

    Noesi with 8K’s? Nasty.

    And I think its definitely time to promote Sergio Mitre. He’s shown a power sinker and awesome control. whats taking so damn long?

  • Accent Shallow

    In re: Mitre, agreed. He should get a start or two, and if Wang’s going to be out longer than expected, he can help facilitate the transition of Hughes/Aceves.

  • Salty Buggah

    SO you think he’s just about cemented a chance to start later for the Yanks?

  • TurnTwo

    Mitre deserves a shot, but if Wang shows no progress after the break, it wouldnt surprise me to see Cashman aggressive at the deadline.

    question…. now at the pace he is currently headed, maybe Joba doesnt actually reach his limit. but he has made all of his scheduled starts so far, so what do they do if/when he does? does he go back to the pen? how does that factor into the rotation concerns?

    i noticed Laird’s little run, too. it’ll be fun to track him in the next couple weeks. if he gets really hot, does he have any trade value?

    and any word on the who’s who for the Eastern League ASG on Wed?

    • pat

      Trenton has 6 guys selected.
      Josh Schmidt

      I think Tony Franklin is actually the manager too so 7.

      • TurnTwo

        yeah, i saw that… Mike said earlier he thought he’d be able to put together a little blurb on who to look out for, just wondering if still thinks it ca be done.

        • Mike Axisa

          It’s coming tomorrow. Just finishing it up.

          • TurnTwo

            cool, looking forward to it.

      • Mike Ashmore

        Nunez too, kids…

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    Mitre sucks. AAA, and he can’t even throw a CGSO…organizational filler…

    • ptrot

      not sure if you are kidding…if of the dopiest comments i’ve read on here in a while

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Good grief. Is it even possible for a comment to be as sarcastic as the one you responded to? Turn up the sarcasm-meter, chief.

        • Michael W.

          Hadly anybody on this site has anything of value to contribute so they resort to being sarcastic and mundane. It’s why I hardly ever read comments.

          • Accent Shallow

            I disagree. While jokes, sarcasm, and digression are prominent features of the comments, there’s also (generally) good discussion and debate of Yankee strategy, and the direction of the organization, both optimal and likely.

            Disclaimer: the above may not apply in a game thread, after a tough loss, or any thread involving Phil Hughes, Joba, any Yankee other than Mariano Rivera, or the Red Sox.

          • pat

            How mundane of you.

      • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        You haven’t been around here very long, have you?

      • BklynJT

        Don’t let these guys get to you ptrot. You will become numb to the overuse of sarcasm on this site… eventually, if your lucky.

        • Mike Axisa

          Only the strong survive.

        • j

          yup, i quickly learned lol.

  • Miles Roche

    Isn’t this Teixeira’s 2nd start in a row?
    Are they stretching him into a starter?

    • AndrewYF

      They usually do this for relievers who they want to work on their control. Apparently you get more work in if you start, so.

  • ShuutoHeat

    Mitre for the start, it should have happened earlier and not letting Ace take the start.

  • Tom Zig

    better hitter:

    Cody Ransom or Shelley Duncan?

    • Pablo Zevallos

      Duncan can at least hit a fastball…

      • TurnTwo

        but he doesnt play 2b, SS, or 3rd.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          He’s also not as handsome as Cody… But, like defensive ability, handsomeness is irrelevant when considering only who is the “better hitter.”

        • Pablo Zevallos

          But Ransom is a pretty shitty fielder regardless of where you put him.

          • Matt ACTY/BBD

            And where they play in the field doesn’t really matter when asking who’s the better hitter.

            • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

              …but can he jump on the box?

    • Accent Shallow

      I remain surprised that the Yankees couldn’t come up with a) a better utility infielder than Cody Ransom or b) someone better than Cody Ransom (not necessarily Adrian Beltre-good, but not Ransom-level, either) to fill in for A-Rod during his absence.

      • Steve O.

        Well, they didn’t want to give up anything important for a one month fill-in when he’d have to go to the bench like Ransom did. And guys, we’re talking about a utility infielder here, not the starters.

        • Accent Shallow

          It’s not the end of the world, but wouldn’t you like your UIF to either be a not-terrible hitter who can at least fake SS/2B/3B, or a solid glove man? Not only does Ransom appear to be neither, but he’s 33.

          And I have no idea how much notice they had of A-Rod needing surgery before it hit the media, but again, I’m not asking for someone who’s a star, or even average, just someone who’s better than Ransom (i.e. replacement level).

          • Steve O.

            Either way we’re talking about a guy who plays once a week or so. The difference between Ransom and a replacement level player isn’t even noticeable when they only bat 100 times a season.

            Again, they only had him in there for a month. Who else was out there? Angel Berroa? I doubt the difference between Ransom at third and a replacement level player would have caused a substantial difference.

  • Bryan

    Mike, are they stretching Texeira into a starter? It seems like every time he pitches in relief he goes 2 or 3 innings.

    • Accent Shallow

      The 2-3 innings is typical of the organization’s strategy for relievers: they pitch relievers several innings on a set schedule, then they get 1-3 days off.

      He has had two spot starts in a row, so who knows.

  • ray sam

    joba and andy have been awful cant even hold 4 run leads can we still get ben sheets.the nerve of andy wanting 10mil per year.if joba messes up next start he should be sent to scranton to work on his mechanics

    • Michael W.

      As much as I don’t want Joba to be sent down, I think he needs a kick in the pants. The kid can pitch, no doubt about that, we’ve seen it – but it seems he may need an attitude adjustment.

      Perhaps shipping him down to Scranton for a few starts will fix him up.

      • Accent Shallow

        As the season has progressed, “demote Joba” has moved from “that’s an awful, awful idea” to “perhaps they should consider it.” I’m not sure that they will just yet, though. He’ll probably get a few starts post-AS break, and if he continues to suck, then they’ll probably skip him once, and give him one more shot to stick. If he fails there, back to Scranton. (Or worse, the DL)

        At that point, the issue then becomes who can take his place in the rotation? I’d imagine that the Yankees wouldn’t move Phil Hughes back to the rotation for a few starts; if he’s back there, he’s back for good. I also doubt that they see Aceves as more than a spot starter this year, so who do we see? Mitre? Ivan Nova? Josh Towers? Kei Igawa?

        While it’s something to consider, I’m not crazy about demoting Joba, since whoever takes his spot would likely be lousy, and not come close to matching his upside (both for the future, and this season. Can you see any of the guys I listed above ripping off a string of starts like Joba’s 2008? Or even games as solid as his start against Detroit and Cleveland? (Ok, maybe Phil Hughes, but still. . .)

      • Jerry

        Agreed. A little taste of the Melky treatment would do Joba a world of good.

    • V

      This is Mr. terriost’s third ID – can you guys just ban him already?

    • Bryan

      Alright, ray sam. They tell us you’re a pitcher – you’re not much of a writer. We use punctuation at this level, son. Understood?

    • Doug


      • Scooter

        Can we send ray sam to Scranton to work on his grammar and punctuation?

        Assuming nothing is wrong physically with Joba, I wonder if his off-season conditioning and preparation were lacking. There were a lot of distractions – the DUI, public appearances, his mom’s issues. If you had him throw nothing but fastballs for a start or two in Scranton, would that improve his arm strength?

        Despite Wang and Kennedy’s injuries, Ca$hmoney did a decent job creating major-league-ready depth for Scranton – Mitre and Jason Johnson aren’t terrible guys to have in AAA. Nova’s worked himself into the equation – but I wonder what his innings limits are this year.

        • Steve O.

          Nova pitched about 150 last year, so he’s good for 180.

    • Jack

      Dude, Ben Sheets is literally unable to pitch this year.

      • Steve O.

        You: Germans?
        Me: He’s on a roll.

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  • A.D.

    Back to back starts for Teix….could be something there more permanent.

  • AWJ

    I was at the SWB game and got to see Mitre pitch. He looked pretty good but he gave up 6 hits to the worst team in the league. They got a few really good hits off him but they were really scattered. He didn’t get into trouble so you couldn’t judge how he would work out of a jam. The Bisons just weren’t that good. There were a bunch of GOs and at least a couple DPs.

    Edwar still sucks. We started packing up our stuff to leave with 2 outs in the 9th and he almost threw the game. He was throwing strikes, but they were hammering the ball.

    Shelly Duncan is really patient at the plate. Not one of his 3 BBs was intentional. He’s by far the fan favorite on the team. He gets the loudest cheers. As a side note, when he came out to head to the team bus, he stayed the longest to sign autographs. While some (like Cervelli) ignored everyone, Shelly stayed until he had signed something for everyone. Yes, I know that doesn’t make him qualified for the Big Leagues but it’s just an observation about his personality. I’m not knocking Cervelli, I really like the guy, but he ignored everyone and headed straight to the bus.

    That’s the report from Syracuse.

  • DSFC

    When Mitre shows why he couldn’t get a major league job, I would laugh……except for the fact that Mitre starting=Yankees loss.

  • JohnC

    Then its settled. Kei Igawa gets the call!!!!!!

    • AWJ


      My 5 yo got a baseball signed by Shelly, Austin Jackson and Igawa. Too bad we are going to have to throw the ball away. :)

      He was all excited Igawa signed it in Japanese. I told him he couldn’t speak English or pitch in the majors. lol

  • cuponoodles

    Having Aceves spot start wasn’t the best decision for our bullpen, as the results from the first two games against the Angels indicate. We need him to add to our bullpen depth, and, to be honest, why are we paying Mitre if we’re never going to give him a chance in the majors? We got him for pitching depth, so let’s use him for pitching depth.

  • Paul

    The players at S/W and Trenton are not the answer, I question Yankee’s talent evaluators. D-Rob, Melancon and Metre are not the answer. There are also no outfielders in the system that are major league ready to replace Damon, Matsui or Swisher. Melky and Gardner are just so so. Where do we get some consistent performers………….great question.

  • bebop

    Is there a reason why we should discount Mitre’s terrible past MLB performances and have some hope that he can be a useful 5 starter. I’ve seen a lot of guys, especially veterans, pitch to sub 3 eras at AAA and be total busts for the Yankees.