Staten Island’s bullpen dominates in win

Jorge Posada and A-Rod injury updates
Pettitte, bats bring home a W

Man on the scene Chad Jennings has a bunch of notes from farm director Mark Newman. Jesus Montero is going home to Venezuela to play winter ball this year, like he has the last two years. He might have OPS’d 1.500 in the AzFL.

Make sure you scroll down for injury updates on Jorge Posada & Alex Rodriguez.

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 loss to Syracuse)
Kevin Russo & Yurendell DeCaster: both 1 for 4 – Decaster homered & drove in two
Ramiro Pena, Austin Jackson & Shelley Duncan: all 0 for 4, 1 K – not going to win when the 2-3-4 guys do that
Juan Miranda: 3 for 4, 1 R, 2 E (throwing, fielding)
Colin Curtis: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Frankie Cervelli: 0 for 3, 1 K
Reegie Corona: 1 for 3, 1 2B
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HB, 3-4 GB/FB – 63 of 99 pitches were strikes … 48 hits allowed in his last 27.2 IP
Mike Dunn: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 25 of 38 pitches were strikes (65.8%)
Edwar Ramirez: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 4-1 GB/FB – 18 of 24 pitches were strikes (75%)

Double-A Trenton (4-3 loss to Altoona, walk-off style)
Austin Krum: 1 for 4, 1 R
Matt Cusick: 0 for 1, 1 HBP – left the game after being hit by a pitch in the fifth
Justin Snyder: 0 for 1, 1 BB, 1 SB
Eduardo Nunez: 4 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 1 E (throwing)
Noah Hall & Chris Malec: both 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 HBP – Malec K’ed twice
Edwar Gonzalez: 3 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
PJ Pilittere & Marcos Vechionacci: both 0 for 4 – Vech K’ed
Kyle Anson: 2 for 4
Josh Schmidt: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HB, 4-2 GB/FB
Kanekoa Texeira: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-4 GB/FB – 96.2 IP is his career high by alot … his previous max was 61 IP last year
Grant Duff: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Wilkins Arias: 0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K – the walk was intentional

High-A Tampa was rained out. They’ll play two tomorrow.

Low-A Charleston (5-4 loss to Rome)
Jose Pirela: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
Abe Almonte: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB – threw not one, but two runners out at the plate from LF … same runner both times too … oh, he’s also 12 for his last 22 (54.5%)
Corban Joseph: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (missed catch)
Melky Mesa: 0 for 4, 2 K
Taylor Grote: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Addison Maruszak & Ray Kruml: both 1 for 4 – Maruszak K’ed … Kruml got caught stealing
Garrison Lassiter & Jeff Farnham: both 2 for 4 – Lassiter K’ed twice & committed a fielding error … Farnham doubled twice & scored a run
Dan Kapala: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 13-1 GB/FB – could you ask for more out of a spot starter?
Edwin Walker: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-3 GB/FB
Jeff Williams: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 1-1 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (1-0 win over Oneonta)
Jimmy Paredes, Luke Murton, Kelvin Castro & Carmen Angelini: all 0 for 3, 1 K – Paredes drew a walk, stole a bag & scored a run … Murton was hit by a pitch
Hector Rabago: 0 for 4
DeAngelo Mack: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Neil Medchill & Mike Lyon: both 1 for 3, 1 K – Medchill got caught stealing … Lyon doubled
Ben Watkins: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-11 GB/FB – ditto Kapala’s comment
Dan Miller: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0-4 GB/FB
Gavin Brooks: 1 IP, zeroes, 3-0 GB/FB
Ryan Flannery: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – you gotta love nine innings of one hit ball out of the bullpen

Rookie GCL Yanks (7-2 loss to GCL Phillies)
Slade Heathcott: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – threw a runner out at third from CF … he’s 0 for hist last 8, what a bust!
Jose Toussen: 2 for 4, 1 2B
JR Murphy, Kelvin DeLeon & Kevin Mahoney: all 0 for 4 – Murphy struck out in the first hitless game of his week-old pro career … Mahoney K’ed
Jose Mojica: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 E (fielding)
Ramon Flores: 1 for 4, 1 K, 2 SB, 1 E (fielding)
Mitch Delaney: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Jhorge Liccien: 0 for 3, 1 K – 2 for his last 42 (.048)
Wilton Rodriguez: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3-3 GB/FB – first walk since July 23rd
Sam Elam: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 3-0 GB/FB – cut his BB/9 down to 25.78 from 32.08
Mariel Checo: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 0 K – 27 baserunners allowed in his last 12 IP
Paul Heidler: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0-2 GB/FB – allowed all three inherited runners to score

Jorge Posada and A-Rod injury updates
Pettitte, bats bring home a W
  • Tom Zig

    Jeez I guess AAA is catching up to Kei

  • Matt ACTY/BBD

    0-7 w/a walk and two strikeouts? Unacceptable from the top two picks.

  • Accent Shallow

    Glad to see Elam pitching well.

    Newman doesn’t have good news on Betances — “I don’t know” to a question on when he’s pitching next? Ugh. Maybe he’ll rest up and be ok for ST.

    A very uninspiring DOTF tonight. (That’s on the players, not Mike)

    • JMK

      The Betances thing doesn’t sound promising. I’m also not a fan of Montero playing in Venezuela . A good friend of mine is from Venezuela, and she agrees it isn’t a smart move (yes, it’s anecdotal). Then again, I’m sure the Yankees know what they’re doing.

      • Mike Axisa

        He’s from Venezuela and has played winter ball there the past two years.

        • JMK

          Yep. I read that.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        “A good friend of mine is from Venezuela, and she agrees it isn’t a smart move (yes, it’s anecdotal).”

        Any reason why?

        • Tom Zig

          Hugo Chavez will nationalize him

        • Benjamin Kabak

          Ugueth Urbina tried to kill her with a machete.

          • Tom Zig

            “96.2 IP is his career high by alot … his previous max was 61 IP last year”

            Does that mean we’ll shut down mini-tex?

            • Tom Zig

              damn it, why do i keep doing that

          • JMK

            It was his son, actually. Turns out, since signing with the Mets, he has failed to perform and ended up injuring himself in the process.

          • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi


            (Ty Cobb stabbed a guy.)


        • JMK

          She told me it’s for the expected reasons. She doesn’t know shit about baseball but said young players returning can become targets, not just from those wishing to cause physical harm (in the form of kidnappings, robbery and such), but from opportunistic “businessmen” wishing to exploit a young player, forcing him to “give back” to the community.

          It just worries me, that’s all. I understand he has a family there and should see them. I’m probably blowing it out of proportion. The Yankees are not exactly throwing their star minor leaguer into Somalia, but again, what she said caused me some level of discomfort.

          • Zack

            ‘I’m probably blowing it out of proportion’


          • leokitty

            Well if his family is there, they’re the ones who normally get targeted so whether he goes or not the danger exists unfortunately. Yorvit Torrealba went through his son being abducted this year, terrifying.

      • Reggie C.

        The Yankees do have a network of eyes and ears in the Venezuelan leagues so that kind of calms my security concerns. I’m sure his family still lives in Venezuela. Kid’s got to go home sometime.

        • Reggie C.

          Forgot to add:

          The quote on Betances’s return is just icing on an abysmal season. Betances is the prospect FAIL of the Yankee organization this year. Lets hope he’s healthy for a bounceback 2010 campaign.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Mike, are you sure Heathcott will be starting in Low A next year? I know it’s a slow start, but would it make more sense for him to start a quarter of the year in GCL or SI first?

    • Mike Axisa

      He’s advanced enough to start in full season ball. And besides, the GCL and SI seasons don’t start until June.

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        Ok thanks, I just really don’t want to see him being rushed, but I’m sure the Yankees have a solid plan for him.

  • Dela G

    Hey Mike/Joe/Ben

    Chances that Kei Igawa gets called up in september to spot start against the royals if the division is in hand?

    • Joseph Pawlikowski

      Close to zero. Don’t see why they’d add him to the 40-man.

  • Lanny

    Real bad move. Not letting Igawa be taken off waivers when they had the chance. The Padres wanted him. Going to cost a few mill.

    • Tom Zig

      We made our bed and now we have to lay in it. Kei Igawa will be in the Yankee organization until his contract expires.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Igawa? You’re complaining about Igawa?

      Man, we must really be rolling… Lanny’s out of material!

  • Tom Zig

    Chances that we see Bugs Bunny in September?

    • Mike Axisa


      • Tom Zig

        I miss that little bugger. Of course I’ll be screaming to DFA him when he gives a HR late in the game.

      • Mike

        Why? What would be the point in Edwar being brought back up to the yanks? I told all of you the day he was sent down that it was official addition by subtraction. We don’t need someone who dominated AAA but is battling practice in the mayors part of this pen. that all edwar has been and all he ever will be, he is a mop-up guy at best just like chris britton was. If anything a guy like Mike Dunn should be brought up so we have a third lefty in the pen. By Dunn coming up it would take some of the work load off marte and more importantly coke who i think has been over worked. I would rather have a guy that has the change to blow it by someone and has the stuff to make-up for a mistake in location then someone who half the time is either afraid to throw strike or when he does is giving up long homeruns left and right.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          “he is a mop-up guy at best just like chris britton was.”

          … Even if that’s true, it’s not a bad reason why we’ll see him in September.

        • Tom Zig

          Dude more than 1 person will be called up in September

        • leokitty

          Just because they bring up Edwar doesn’t even mean he’ll sniff playing time. September call-ups aren’t going to be used a lot by the team if the situation doesn’t call for them.

          Edwar rejoining doesn’t mean he’ll be pitching every day in high leverage spots and Dunn joining doesn’t mean Girardi won’t go to his best lefties if they’re needed.

  • aj

    Moderated by RAB. Completely off-topic and double-posted in another thread. Unacceptable.

  • Tom Zig

    should we be excited to possibly see Mike Dunn in September?

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Certainly, but he has to keep the walks down.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Well, he kept the walks completely down tonight…

    • Mike Ashmore


  • Reggie C.

    Jose Pirela continues to put together a fine debut season. Way to go kid! Venezuela may have given us a prospect sleeper for 2010. Middle infield depth is most needed…

  • leokitty

    SI’s been playing Medchill in CF a bunch recently. Short Season is so whacky. I’ve haven’t seen him there with my own eyes (only LF in the games I’ve been to), so I have no comments. I thought Mack could play CF so I was a little surprised the first time it happened.

    I’m going to tomorrow’s game but I’m guessing Zoilo Almonte will be back in CF.

  • Dorian

    When can Eduardo Nunez get just a little bit of love? I know the OBP stinks but he is hitting .316 now in AA at the shortstop position at the age of 22 and he is slugging well over .400.

    • Sam

      Because the OBP stinks. He has ZERO plate-discipline. While that doesn’t preclude him being an effective major leaguer it definitely doesn’t help and this kid ain’t no Vlad.

    • Todd

      Because, for whatever reason, his flaws are highlighted more so than his strengths. I guess we live in an age when hitting .316 and a low OBP sucks, but hitting .237 with a good OBP is awesome…

      I agree with you Dorian. NO one is saying he is the next Jeter. But “a little bit of love” seems warranted :) Especially after the positive comments made about him during spring training.

      • ChrisS

        Because the most precious thing in baseball is outs?

        You’re confusing a couple of scenarios:

        Player A – .250 BA/.325 OBP
        Player B – .225 BA/.375 OBP
        Player C – .300 BA/.335 OBP

        I’m taking player B all day; however, that doesn’t mean he’s an awesome player. But he is a damn good player because he doesn’t make as many outs as the other two.

  • viridiana

    OBP is totally over-rated, especially for a young player like Nunez. A walk is good– but in many case it’s simply not as good as a hit.

    I would pay more attention to doubles — which is an indication of future power. Also, low walks is not that bad if strieouts are also low. I’ll have to check, but I believe that’s pretty much the case with Nunez.

    I would certainly like to see gradual improvement in OBP, but any middle-infielder who hits .316 at age 22 in AA ball– and shows signs of blossoming power too — is going to interest some major league team. He may not be slated for the Bronx but this kid has emerged as at least a pretty good chip,. Personally, I’d keep him.

    • ChrisS

      “OBP is totally over-rated”


      The top five ML teams in OBP:

      The top five ML in runs:

      Runs win games, outs lose games. OBP is important. Is it the be all end all? No, but a high OBP is preferable to a low OBP.

      Additionally, it is a fallacy, oft-repeated, that these guys are looking for a walk. Ken Singleton made me want to smack him one night when he said that he never went up looking for a walk [like today’s players] and that he was only waiting for a good pitch to hit. No shit. That’s exactly what today’s players are doing. Why roll over a groundball to SS when it was a ball?