Kroenke strong in latest spot start

Open Thread: Who have been the most valuable Yankees? (Part II)
Assessing possible waiver pickups

Josh Towers was named International League Pitcher of the Week, while David Adams and Adam Warren were named Hitter and Pitcher of the Week in their respective leagues. Paul Bush also ended up on the disabled list with who knows what.

Triple-A Scranton (2-1 win over Pawtucket)
Ramiro Pena: 1 for 2, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
Colin Curtis, John Rodriguez & Eric Duncan: all 0 for 3 – Curtis drew a walk & K’ed … J-Rod walked … Duncan K’ed
Austin Jackson: 0 for 4, 1 K – 7 for his last 34 (.206) … another game or two like this, and his avg will drop below .300
Shelley Duncan: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
Juan Miranda: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – 6 for his last 13 (.462)
Yurendell DeCaster: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
Frankie Cervelli: 0 for 2, 1 BB
Zach Kroenke: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 7-5 GB/FB – 42 of 64 pitches were strikes (65.6%)
Mike Dunn: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0-1 GB/FB – 19 of 33 pitches were strikes (57.6%)
Edwar Ramirez: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 12 of 15 pitches were strikes (80%)
Jon Albaladejo: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB.FB - 11 of 20 pitches were strikes (55%)

Double-A Trenton had a scheduled off day, as did the rest of the Eastern League.

High-A Tampa had a schedule off day.

Low-A Charleston
Game 1
(3-1 loss to Lexington in 7 innings) makeup of yesterday’s rain out
Jose Pirela: 0 for 1 - left the game for an unknown reason after grounding out in the first
Addison Maruszak & Taylor Grote: both 1 for 2 – Grote walked, scored a run & K’ed
Abe Almonte, Melky Mesa & Tommy Baldridge: all 0 for 3 – Almonte & Mesa each K’ed once
Corban Joseph, Garrison Lassiter & Jeff Farnham: all 1 for 3 – Lassiter committed a fielding error … Farnham K’ed
Manny Banuelos: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 3 WP, 6-1 GB/FB - picked a runner off first
Dan Kapala: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 4-2 GB/FB
Edwin Walker: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Game 2 (6-5 win over Lexington in 7 innings)
Jose Pirela: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI – well I guess he isn’t hurt
Abe Almonte: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 E (throwing)
Corban Joseph: 1 for 4, 2 RBI – 4 for his last 21 (.190) since hit little hot streak
Melky Mesa: 0 for 4
Addison Maruszak & Ray Kruml: both 1 for 3, 1 R – Kruml K’ed
Taylor Grote: 2 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing)
Neal French: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Mitch Abeita: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
Cory Arbiso: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 12-4 GB/FB – how about this stat: in 76 IP this year, he’s issued … SEVEN walks (0.83 BB/9)
Jon Ortiz: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (1-0 loss to Aberdeen in 10 innings, walk-off style)
Zoilo Almonte: 1 for 5
Kyle Higashioka, Luke Murton, Kelvin Castro & Carmen Angelini: all 0 for 4 – Higashioka walked, K’ed twice & allowed a passed ball … Murton & Angelini each K’ed twice, Castro once
DeAnglo Mack, Neil Medchill & Mike Lyon: all 1 for 3, 1 K – Mack was hit by a pitch … Medchill drew a walk & stole a base
Hector Rabago: 1 for 4, 1 K
Francisco Rondon: 5.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 7-5 GB/FB
Gavin Brooks: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3-0 GB/FB - love the 26 K in 23 IP, but not the 18 BB
Ryan Flannery: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3-0 GB/FB – seems like he’s out there every day
Ronny Marte: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1-1 GB/FB – one of the walks was intentional

Rookie GCL Yanks (8-3 win over GCL Phillies)
Ramon Flores & Kevin Mahoney: both 1 for 5, 1 R, 2 K – Flores drove in three … Mahoney hit a grand slam
Jose Toussen: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB
Francisco Arcia: 0 for 5, 2 K
Kelvin DeLeon & Mitch Delaney: both 0 for 4, 1 K – DeLeon drew a walk, drove in a run & scored another
Jose Mojica: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Isaiah Brown: 0 for 1, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 SB
Judd Golson: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Alan Horne: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 5-7 GB/FB – another encouraging outing
Manny Barreda: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB
Wilton Rodriguez: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB

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Open Thread: Who have been the most valuable Yankees? (Part II)
Assessing possible waiver pickups
  • AJ

    Time to DL bruney and let Albaladejo get some time.

    • whozat

      He was just up like…last week. He wasn’t so hot.

  • Manimal

    Kroenke deserves a september call up

  • Mikebk

    guess i can ask this again. is kroenke being stretched out to be a 5 starter? or at least the long man in the pen to free up Ace or Phil?

    • Accent Shallow

      I’d guess “no”, but I suppose anything is possible.

    • whozat

      Why would the answer have changed?

      The Yanks like to get their guys to build arm strength in the minors by starting. You can’t replicate the pressure of the big-league pen anyway, so this lets them build endurance while allowing the team to control their innings effectively.

      They might see some bullpen time and back-to-back outings right before they come up, but you’ll see this happening a lot. Especially with the reaming that the minor league starting depth took this year.

      Hughes, Aceves are in the bigs, Kennedy, Kontos and Garcia got hurt, Hacker got traded, there was another vet who opted out of his contract, Macallister is on the DL for a little while…so lots of need for starters in AA/AAA this year.

      • Mikebk

        who said anything about it had changed? i asked again cause no one in the open thread had answered it.

    • Jeffrey

      I’d take Kronke over Mitre right now. Don’t want to rush him, but he is an interesting option.

      • zs190

        Pretty sure Kroenke is 25 and not really a prospect, I don’t see how you could rush him, but he’s probably at best the 12th or 13th guy in the bullpen.

  • Accent Shallow

    I was wondering — in 2007, Cashman didn’t make a deadline deal for a reliever despite a clear need because Joba was in the system. I wonder who in the upper levels could be a candidate for that this year?

    I’d have liked Kontos in that role, but that might be difficult, what with him undergoing Tommy John and all.

    I’m not sure any of the starters at AAA meet that bill, and the AAA relievers all have their own issues (Dunn is wild, Edwar is homer-prone, etc)

    The most attractive option at AA is Z-Mac, and he’s a) injured and b) lacks an out pitch.

    Rough outing for ManBan, but what a year he’s had!

    • Salty Buggah

      Z-mac isnt hurt…he’s being given a breather I think

      • Mikebk

        well he hasnt pitched in 3 weeks now.

        not sure i buy the breather argument considering he held up for 151 innings last year and was only at 92 so far this year.

        • Salty Buggah

          Maybe you’ve got a point so I dont know.

        • A.D.

          The quote from yankees management was basically he hit tired arm period a bit early. He had an MRI & such, all showed no problems, so they just let him rest.

    • http://www.conservationvaluenotes.com Jon G

      Maybe he’s thinking Melancon has more potential for the pen than most relievers he could pick up…

      I know that’s what I anticipated going into the year, and I’m glad he’s been getting more innings lately.

      Let’s hope he continues to impress

  • Tony

    Austin Jackson: 0 for 4, 1 K – 7 for his last 34 (.206) … another game or two like this, and his avg will drop below .300

    BUST

    • Drew

      Who is the guy, Melky?

      /Anti-Melkster’d

      • http://imgur.com/NMNVd.jpg Joba Powers (all I needs is a jheri curl mullet)

        … .. … …, ….?

        /……….ter’d

        SUBVOCALIZATION FTMFW!

  • Salty Buggah

    That DeCaster isnt bad. .311/.383/.485. Too bad he isn’t young, though I’m sure he’ll be way better than Ransom as a utility guy (though I dont think he plays SS)

    • RollingWave

      neither does Ransom, problem solved.

  • Mikebk

    why is the league giving Adams props, dont they know he is overaged college bat who is supposed to be destroying the league?

    • pat

      The awards are given out according to production not prospect status. Hence, Slam Duncan has an assload of International League Player of the Week/Month trophies.

      • Mikebk

        i know that is why they are given out, it was about the dismissal of what he is producing as nothing at all cause he went to college and is 22.

        • pat

          Ah, damn, I got /RAB’d

          • DreDog

            HA, HA
            -Nelson Muntz

        • zs190

          It’s an award based on one week. If a guy needs props for every time he plays well in like 5 games, then fine, give props. One hot week doesn’t really change anything in term of prospect status or future potential.

    • Accent Shallow

      He’s at .296/.381/.513.

      League is currently hitting: .252/.322/.364

      I’d say that qualifies, no? (That’d be an OPS+ of 159, without adjusting for park effects)

      Of course, this is all over 34 games, so take that FWIW.

  • Adam

    no jesus, no z-mac, brackman walks everyone, no betances, DOTF is getting harder and harder to read every night

    • Salty Buggah

      not when Arodys pitches though. Even M-rich is nice to follow. I like Heredia too.

      Also, since he was drafted and Mike was kinda high on him, I like following Gavin Brooks, in addition to the other 09 draftees.

      • pat

        Turleyyy. Bigass, pencil thin 19 yr old lefties don’t grow on trees.

        • Salty Buggah

          Oh yea, him too. There are several more that I forgot.

          • Salty Buggah

            And let’s not forget the obvious…A-jax.

            • pat

              True, but he’s showcasing his inner Bust lately so he should be traded for a 5th starter and/or backup utility defensive baserunner.

            • DreDog

              Where is DJ Mitchell? He is becoming a solid pitcher. Maybe a #4/#5 or middle relief guy. Anyway, he gets people out.

              • Salty Buggah

                Yea, him too. Again, I forgot many.

                We do have a LOT of prospects to follow even without the Jesus, Brackman, Betances, and several others.

      • Mikebk

        no love for Adam Warren? well he’s 22, must be over the hill until he hits AA/AAA.

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

    wow, Eric Duncan is worse than I thought.

    • RollingWave

      MIke should do a look back on why some of these guys bombed.

      • Rick in Boston

        I believe Mike did an Eric Duncan retrospective earlier this year – well worth the read.

  • DreDog

    How close are we to seeing Eric Duncan saying good bye? He was definitely a prospect crush by many including me.

    • pat

      Eh, he’s not blocking anybody might as well hold onto him.

      • DreDog

        Makes me wonder if some of these guys would have made it if they juiced. I mean Shelly Duncan on juice would be sick.

        • RollingWave

          juice doesn’t help you hit a breaking ball. it might help a guy like say.. Kevin Russo though.

          • DreDog

            I guess Ramiro Pena would help his stat too.

        • pat

          Haha, Shally on roids would be scary.

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

            They’d probably have the opposite effect on him. He’d be all mellow and shit.

            • DreDog

              And if he smoked a lot of weed, he’d be all rage and beastly.

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

      He’s a minor league free agent after this year. It’s off to the indy leagues for him.

      • pat

        Ah, I didn’t realize he was a FA.

      • DreDog

        Do you think we ruined him by moving him too quickly? Or do you think he was just not gonna make it?

        • Salty Buggah

          both?

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

          Yeah, it’s both.

          • Dave M

            It’s a shame. I was really high on him when they drafted him. And his first couple of years in the minors. He’s really looking like a wasted draft pick now.

  • Danny

    a-jax, come back to life!

  • Rick in Boston

    The SWB Yankees/PawSox game was on NESN last night, but I found out too late so I only caught the bottom of the 9th inning. Albie looked “ok”, his breaking ball was looking really good – the NESN guys were feeling that he was getting squeezed a tiny bit on breaking balls low in the zone. His FB looked flat, though. DeCaster’s error was actually on a throw (sorry to correct you Mike), but it was impressive – with a runner on first, he made a nice grab on a grounder to 3rd and then put one well over a leaping Miranda. Stewart was trailing on the play and snagged the ball, holding the runner at 3rd. After a quick conference, Albie came back and got the last hitter to ground out to 3rd.

    One last bit – Pawtucket is awful, prospect-wise. All the future Grit Sox on this club actually remind me of some of the bad Columbus teams of Prospectdom past when the Yankees would give the Clippers nothing but AAAA and over-matched AA players.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      The MSM is already hyping Red Sox minor leaguers in Low A.

  • Rick in Boston

    Mike – Any thoughts on Angelini moving to OF or even the mound next year? Is it possible his defensive issues have carried over to the plate, creating a vortex of suck? I’m wondering if a shift could be in the cards for him – arm strength was never the knock (accuracy was, if I remember) and him being a SS would indicate he’s got some athletic ability in him.

  • Januz

    I read some interesting updated draft predictions (August 3rd) so here they are the major ones: Slade Heathcott-Hopefully he will sign soon. Really just a matter of when. The Yankees won’t let him go to college. 99% YES.
    JR Murphy-He also should be signed soon 95% YES. Stephen Bruno. 45% YES. Kyle McKenzie- The Red Sox fan that a lot of Yankee fans want. I think he could be one of the quicker ones signed. 75% YES.Aaron Meade- He is a good player and a lefty, but I don’t think the teams will wind up agreeing. 80% NO. Andrew Alpin- 50% YES.Bryan Mitchell- I am one of the few who actually likes Stiles more than him. He is much more likely to sign though. 90% YES.Chad Thompson- It sounds like he wants to rehab professionally as long as we give him the money he wants or at least close to it. He got the Treatment in Anaheim. 85% YES. Caleb Cotham- He didn’t sound too optimistic at becoming a Yankee at first. He says they are close, but I don’t think his Cape numbers are good enough to warrant consideration to get the money he wants. 55% NO.Graham Stoneburner- Should be a pretty easy sign. 90% YES. Tyler Lyons- The last lefty. I don’t think he will sign either. The Yankees just won’t reach his demands. Even though he pitched well on a team that didn’t hit. 55% NO. Joseph Talerico- The reason I think he signs is because he likes the Yankees so much and they brought him to the Stadium. 75% YES.

  • bottom line

    What’s the plan for Horne? I wonder if he could still figure in September? Had one of the big-time arms in system. Does anyone know where his velocity was yesterday?

  • A.D.

    Kroenke being stretched out to work on control, or to be a legit starter?

    • Rick in Boston

      I’d go with control/need. SWB has been hurting for starters between call-ups (Mitre/Hughes), injuries (Kennedy/Kontos/Horne), that opt-out from earlier in the year. I guess since he’s already there, it’s better than rushing someone up from Trenton or Tampa for one game.

      • Dave M

        Agreed. They have been dangerously thin all year in the starting rotation.