Mother Nature puts Staten Island’s winning streak on hold

Game 93 Spillover Thread II
Yanks keep rolling, beat Orioles 6-4

Got a handful of promotions today, via Chad Jennings and Robert Pimpsner:

  • RHP Kevin Whelan to Triple-A Scranton
  • RHP Humberto Sanchez to Double-A Trenton
  • LHP Trenton Lare to Low-A Charleston
  • RHP Matt Richardson to Short Season Staten Island

Triple-A Scranton (2-1 win over Columbus)
Kevin Russo & The Duncans: all 0 for 3 – was hit by a pitch & stole a bag … Shelley walked & threw Matt LaPorta out at home from RF … Eric drove in a run & K’ed
Ramiro Pena, Austin Jackson, Yurendell DeCaster, Colin Curtis & Frankie Cervelli: all 1 for 4 – Pena swiped a bag & K’ed … Jackson doubled & K’ed twice … DeCaster hit a solo jack & K’ed twice … Curtis doubled, scored a run & K’ed … Cervelli K’ed twice, but has a hit in every game he’s played with SWB
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 7-10 GB/FB – 62 of 90 pitches were strikes (68.9%) … he became the franchise’s career wins record holder
Damaso Marte: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 11 of 20 pitches were strikes (55%)
Jon Albaladejo: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 9 of 14 pitches were strikes (64.3%)

Double-A Trenton (9-2 win over New Hampshire)
Austin Krum & Noah Hall: both 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 K – Krum doubled & drove in a run … Hall drove in two
Reegie Corona & Chris Malec: both 1 for 5, 1 R  – Corona drew a walk … Malec hit a three run homer & K’ed twice
Eduardo Nunez: 0 for 5, 1 R, 1 K
Jesus Montero: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – 8 for his last 20 (.400) with two homers
James Cooper: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 3B
Jeremy Bleich: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 11-6 GB/FB – easily his best start in AA
Josh Schmidt: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 0-2 GB/FB
Grant Duff: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0-2 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (8-1 win over Palm Beach)
Jack Rye & Matt Cusick: both 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 K – Rye walked twice … Cusick walked & swiped a bag
Austin Romine: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K – allowed three stolen bases
Damon Sublett: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
David Adams: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 CS
Kevin Smith: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K – 15 for his last 41 (.366)
Seth Fortenberry: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 HBP
DJ Mitchell: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 12-5 GB/FB – b-e-a-utiful
Tim Norton: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1 HB, 3-1 GB/FB

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

Short Season Staten Island was washed out. They’re going to play two tomorrow.

Rookie GCL Yanks (2-0 win over GCL Phillies)
Eduardo Sosa: 1 for 4, 2 K, 1 CS
Jose Toussen, Kelvin DeLeon & Jose Mojica: all 0 for 4 – Toussen K’ed once, the other two each K’ed twice
Kevin Mahoney: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 2 K
Francisco Arcia: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB – can you quietly hit .340-.411-.440 as a catcher?
Mitch Delaney: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 E (missed catch)
Ramon Flores: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
Jose Ramirez: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 7-4 GB/FB – 26 K & .152 AVG against in 29 IP
Manny Barreda: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1 HB, 2-3 GB/FB
Julian Arballo: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB

Game 93 Spillover Thread II
Yanks keep rolling, beat Orioles 6-4
  • Dela G

    ALL HAIL JESUS!!

    AA IS NO MATCH FOR HIM ANYMORE

    Oh and wow Kei Igawa is the ultimate AAAA pitcher

    • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Bronx Baseball Daily

      It’s good to see Humberto actually pitching for once. Hopefully he can avoid the DL. At least for the rest of this season. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

  • Manimal

    Does DeCaster deserve a September call up?

    • JT

      Naw, he’s great to have in AAA for depth but he isn’t a major leaguer. Especially with guys like Pena.
      He’s really nice in Scranton though, it’s good to have him there.

  • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    So… Tim Norton. Looking pretty good down in Tampa, and he’s 26. Why would they promote Hungry Hungry Humberto before Norton?

    • Accent Shallow

      I’m assuming they want Norton in Tampa to be close to the org people? He did miss two years due to injury.

      • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Yeah, that sounds like a good reason.

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

      Because Humberto has better stuff and a higher ceiling? That’s my guess.

      • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        I thought Norton had a high ceiling (though not as high as Humberto’s) and was just derailed by injury (not unlike a certain Hungry Hungry and oft-injured pitcher).

        I know Sanchez is highly-regarded, I’ve just been following Norton and he’s really been lights-out this season, certainly better than Humberto.

    • jeff

      Does anyone have any idea if Norton got his velocity back? He could move quickly as a reliever if he’s throwing the way he did pre-injury.

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

        No. He’s 88-92 IIRC.

        • jeff

          That’s too bad. I don’t get a chance to root for UConn guys too often.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          What was he pre-injury?

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

            93-95ish as a starter. what a shame.

            • jeff

              And he was phenomenal in his first pro season. 83 K, 14 BB, 1 HR in 72 2-3 IP.

              I just stumbled on this quote from a scouting report in that offseason:

              “He was drafted with a reputation of having very poor mechanics in his pitching motion. The Yankee staff in Staten Island cleaned that up, and he dominated.”

              I wonder if they did more harm than good, or if his shoulder was just a ticking time bomb?

  • A.D.

    Golf clap to Kei Igawa

  • Ivan

    Is by far the best hitting prospect in the yankee system I,ve witness.

    Following Montero progress has been just as fun as following Hughes a couple years back.

    • monkeypants

      So, by extension, we can only hope that Montero is saved on the bench so he can serve as a lock down 8th inning PH?

      • CapitalT

        Well done :)

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

    RHP Humberto Sanchez to Double-A Trenton

    The Fat Sanchezes Era draws ever closer! You’ve been warned… get on the bangwagon now while there’s still space.

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

      I hope he can stay healthy this time around. I said that last time around too. :(

  • Drew

    M-Rich does not waste any time.

  • Accent Shallow

    I really hope Whelan can cut down his walk rate enough to merit a shot with the team. Guy has great stuff, apparently.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    So there’s something to this M. Richardson kid, eh?

  • Salty Buggah

    Im excited to see M-Rich and Lare (even though he’s kinda old but oh well) in the next levels.

  • Doug

    Since it’s obvious that we’ll never recall Igawa, don’t we have to trade him? He’s got to have some value, esp. to a NL team

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

      Meh, probably not. Honestly, though, I’m surprised he hasn’t volunteered to take a buyout of his contract in some way and had the team sell him back to Japan. I mean, the writing’s on the wall… you’re not going to get promoted, and nobody else is going to trade for you and give you an opportunity.

      You really want to spend the next two years in Scranton Wilkes-Barre?

      • Doug

        I hear ya, but we should just take back some young, marginal prospect. I mean he had a 3.45 ERA and again this season so far (I know, amazing huh). Again, some NL team would have to have some intereste

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

          The only way we even get back a young, marginal prospect is to eat all of the 8M. And even that probably nets us what we gave up for Hinske, i.e. a boatload of nothing.

          Igawa’s a sunk cost. We’re better off giving him back to Japan where he still has the chance to pitch well for someone in return for financial relief.

          • Drew

            1 mil for Igawa from a Japanese club would be sick. Especially if we used that cash for Sano.

            • K.B.D.

              I don’t think 1M is holding the Yankees from signing Sano. If they had wanted him, they probably would come up in all the chatter. The reality is they identified the big guy from the IFA that they wanted (Gary Sanchez) and they got him. I think they’re done with big signings unless Sano will sign for considerably less with them (which is not going to happen).

              • Drew

                True, but an extra mil in the cash account can’t hurt the cause.

                • KG Sturnz0r – Camilo Gerardo

                  good point, it would be like trading kei for a “blue chip” 16 y/o, in theory

                • K.B.D.

                  If they pursue Sano, it’s not because they got a cool million for Kei Igawa.

                  We know that the draft budget and IFA budget are separate themselves, and also that the big clubs spending spree this off-season didn’t influence those numbers. So I’d assume them getting a relatively small amount in 1M wouldn’t change their plans.

                  Also, there’s no assurance that you would even get the kid, so it wouldn’t be trading Kei Igawa for him. You still need to negotiate with his party.

              • Steve in PDX

                do we know why they’re not pursuing Sano? I guess maybe they don’t see a need for a SS anytime soon…

                • cult of basebaal

                  How about … nobody thinks Sano will stay at SS?

      • Reggie C.

        Omar Minaya is down to subs for subs in the rotation. Igawa must fit at least that category right ??

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

          Not even Omar Minaya would take a flyer on Kei Igawa.

          • RollingWave

            If he was Latino however…

        • Salty Buggah

          yea, Im willing to give him up for free. He has to be better than Redding and Livan.

    • http://www.pinstripealley.com/ Travis G.

      the Pads were interested a while back. yeah, he seems pretty useless at this point. if another SP went down, would he get the call? idk.

      • Doug

        don’t think so. not sure he’d ever be promoted. and because of this, just deal him for anything with a little bit of upside.

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

          If you were a GM not named Brian Cashman, would you give up anything with a little bit of upside for Kei Igawa?

          No, you wouldn’t.

          • Doug

            maybe not, but lots of teams are looking for pitching, and while he’s proven he can’t be in the bronx in the AL East, might be worth a flier for a team in the senior circuit.

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

              I love your enthusiasm. You’re the anti-Larry David.

              • Doug

                :-)

                i dunno, guess i just don’t want to see him in SWB boxscores for the next 2 years

        • Mike HC

          He does have some value as a super emergency starting pitcher, or long reliever. If shit hits the fan and the injury bug hits the Yanks, we will unfortunately need Igawa to pitch on the major league roster. It is better to have him than give him up for nothing, or for a guy who is far away and has a slim chance of ever doing anything anyway.

          • CapitalT

            You are rignt, we are one arm injury away from needing an emergency starter and while it would be ugly I think it would be a better choice than ruining the bullpen by stretching out Aceves or Hughes in NY.

            Last time they let Aceves start, the bullpen suffered for the next week.

            Worst case, I’d bring up Igawa and let him get shelled for 6 innings, regardless of the score. Better to sacrifice one game than to lose multiple games. Woa the lack of a long man

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

    So, presuming that Mitre remains in the rotation indefinitely and Hughes remains in the pen indefinitely, who does Marte displace when he’s ready next week? Melancon?

    Mo-Hughes-Aceves-Coke-Robertson-Bruney-Marte?

    • Drew

      My guess would be D-Rob.

      • Salty Buggah

        yea mine too…or maybe Melancon

    • Manimal

      By the time hes back, the roster will expand and we will have room.

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

        Huh? Marte’s already throwing in Scranton. He’ll be back before August. Rosters don’t expand until September.

        • Manimal

          Woah nevermind. Summer vacation always makes me lose track of the date.

    • K.B.D.

      Probably Melancon. They seem to like keeping Robertson at the ML level while getting Melancon regular innings in AAA.

      • JT

        I would think they send down Melanson, get him lots of innings in AAA then bring him up when the rosters expand

        • JT

          Melancon*

  • Manimal

    Youve got to love when every team in the organization wins. Especially when 3 of the 7 are in first place

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      +42

    • Salty Buggah

      I knew everyone won today but I didn’t know we had 2 more 1st place teams. I love it.

      • Manimal

        I was wrong, there are FOUR first place teams. Yanks, Scranton, Tampa and GCL Yanks

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

          They actually keep track of GCL wins and losses? Hilarious.

  • Salty Buggah

    Damn, I didn’t know that Arcia was hitting that well.

    I like Bleich’s GB but K rate isnt so good, though not bad at all either. However, I’m not liking his pretty big increase in walks at all. I hope he will improve as he learns and matures at AA.

    I’m loving Jesus’ .889 OPS at AA.

    • Game-On

      I’ve seen Arcia play a few times this year and the kid can flat out play! Gap to gap left handed hitter with great defensive skills including a tremendous arm!

  • http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/blog/ dan

    Mike

    Can you make a little note whenever Pena plays CF, if you happen to notice? Any idea how many times he’s been out there so far? Thanks.

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

      Sure can. It’s only been like, three or four games so far.

      • http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/blog/ dan

        Thanks a bunch. You’re just the bestest.

  • ChrisR

    Maybe Bleich is trying too hard at AA, hence the walks? Who knows…

    • http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/blog/ dan

      He’s not trying too hard, he just needs more cowbell.

    • K.B.D.

      His career high for innings was 98.2 in 2007 at Stanford and he had about half that last year after working back from an injury. He’s around 100 now so I’m thinking it might just be fatigue. His BB rate in A+ was pretty good, so I don’t think it’s anything too substantial.

  • Joey

    Hey Mike, what happened to the prospect profiles, my fave RAB postings besides DotF. Can Richardson be up next? Pretty please?

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

      Prospect Profiles are offseason only. Then from April to mid-June it’s draft coverage, then from mid-June to late October I get a break.

      • JT

        What about the top prospects list, not complaining just love those lists

      • Joey

        Okay, you’re still the best

  • Simon B.

    Is Whelan now in the conversation to called up when some other reliever is out (whether due to injury, ineffectiveness, etc.)?

    • K.B.D.

      That conversation probably starts with Albaladejo or Edwar before it gets to Whelan. If they have to get that deep for some reason, Dunn is at AAA and already on the 40 man, so he’d probably be more appealing.

    • jeff

      Only if he learns to throw strikes. He’s improved to 4.6 BB/9 this year, but if he’s walking that many at Double-A, he’d most likely get killed in the majors.

  • trent

    dunn will be the next pirate reliever.

  • Doug

    just would like to point out a few of mr. montero’s seasonal numbers:

    – .334/.390/.555/.945
    – 15 HRs, 21 2Bs in 308 ABs
    – K% a low 13.6%
    – BB/K a nice .67

    • Doug

      my apologies to jesus, but i shortchanged his OBP a couple of points. should be .392