Trenton picks up big win in Wildcard chase

Game 134 Spillover Thread
Posada powers Yanks to seventh straight win

John Sickels reviewed his preseason list of the top 20 Yankees prospects. A lot of the guys who’ve broken out this year – Manny Banuelos, Ivan Nova, etc – weren’t on his original list, so lots of negativity in there.

Make sure you scroll down for tonight’s game thread.

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 loss to Buffalo in 10 innings, walk-off style)
Brett Gardner: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 SB – played 5 innings in the outfield
Cody Ransom & Colin Curtis: both 0 for 1 – Ransom pinch hit for Gardner, Curtis took over for him in the outfield
Freddy Guzman: 1 for 3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K 1 SB – he’s reached base 9 times in his three games with SWB
Austin Jackson: 1 for 5, 1 RBI
Shelley Duncan & Doug Bernier: both 2 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Juan Miranda, Reegie Corona & Chris Stewart: all 1 for 4 – Miranda doubled, drew a walk, scored a run & K’ed twice … Corona walked … Stewart allowed a passed ball & was hit by a pitch
Kevin Russo: 0 for 5, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Josh Towers: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 0-6 GB/FB – 15 of 25 pitches were strikes … not sure why he was taken out, but Chad Jennings says it wasn’t injury
Luke Prihoda: 2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB – 21 of 30 pitches were strikes (70%) … just promoted all the way from Charleston to replace Jon Albaladejo, who’s with the big boys
Zach Kroenke: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 6-2 GB/FB – 23 of 33 pitches were strikes (69.7%)
Amaury Sanit: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R,  1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4-2 GB/FB – 23 of 35 pitches were strikes (65.7%)
Kevin Whelan: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GB/FB – just 2 of 7 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (5-2 win over Portland)
Austin Krum, Noah Hall, Edwar Gonzalez & PJ Pilittere: all 1 for 4 – Krum drove in a run & got picked off second … Hall drove in a run … Edwar K’ed
Matt Cusick & Marcos Vechionacci: both 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB – Vech K’ed
Eduardo Nunez & James Cooper: both 2 for 4 – Nunez drove in two, scored a run, K’ed & committed a throwing error … Coop scored twice
Chris Malec: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Zach McAllister: 7.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 9-13 GB/FB – 7 ER & 27 baserunners allowed in 29 IP since coming off his little rest on the DL
Grant Duff: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (4-2 win over Dunedin)
Dan Brewer: 1 for 3, 2 BB, 1 SB
Jack Rye & Damon Sublett: both 0 for 4 – Rye K’ed once, Sublett twice
David Adams: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
Brandon Laird: 2 for 4, 2 R
Kevin Smith & Luis Nunez: both 3 for 4 – Smith drove in a run, stole a base & scored a run … Nunez tripled & drove in two
Seth Fortenberry: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Jose Gil: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K
DJ Mitchell: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 7-1 GB/FB – working on a strict pitch count these days
Adam Olbrychowski: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Pat Venditte: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-3 GB/FB
Jon Hovis: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Tampa has already clinched a postseason berth and will take on Brevard County in Round One (best-of-three series) of the playoffs when they start on Sept. 8th.

Low-A Charleston (8-4 win over Savannah)
Jose Pirela: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 E (missed catch)
Abe Almonte & Melky Mesa: both 3 for 5 – Almonte homered twice, drove in three, scored three times & stole a base for good measure … Mesa drove in a run, stole a bag, scored a run & K’ed
Corban Joseph: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 BB
Taylor Grote, Mitch Abeita & Ray Kruml: all 0 for 4 – Grote drove in a run & K’ed four freakin’ times … Abeita K’ed thrice himself
Addison Maruszak: 1 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Garrison Lassiter: 3 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E (throwing)
Wilton Rodriguez: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, , 1 WP, 1 HB, 5-7 GB/FB – bumped up now that the GCL season is over
Paul Heidler: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Dickie Marquez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-4 GB/FB – ditto W-Rod’s comment

Short Season Staten Island (12-1 win over Aberdeen) Brooklyn lost again, so SI opened the division lead up to two games with just three left to play
Francisco Santana: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B
Justin Milo & Zoilo Almonte: both 2 for 4 – Milo drove in two, walked & K’ed … Almonte doubled, scored twice, drove in a run & walked
DeAngelo Mack: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI – 16 for his last 34 (.471)
Luke Murton: 1 for 2, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB
Kyle Higashioka: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI
Mike Lyon, Kelvin Castro & Carmen Angelini: all 1 for 4 – Lyon homered, drove in two, scored twice, walked & K’ed twice … Castro drove in a run & K’ed
Sean Black: 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 6-4 GB/FB – Robert Pimpsner said he threw 67 pitches, 42 for were strikes (62.7%) … he topped out at 94 in the first inning & sat in the low-90’s
Ronny Marte: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-3 GB/FB
Mike Solbach: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 5-0 GB/FB

The Rookie GCL Yanks season is over after they lost to the GCL Marlins in Round One of the playoffs. The GCL Nats swept the best-of-three championship series by defeating the GCL Twins 5-4 today, so congrats to those guys.

Game 134 Spillover Thread
Posada powers Yanks to seventh straight win
  • Matt ACTY/BBD

    Two games in a row not reaching base for Russo? Get rid of this bum!

    • Rebecca from ze ipod

      It’s because I did a post on him for the Yankee universe

    • Jack
      • Matt ACTY/BBD

        That dude looks like one of my dad’s softball teammates.

        • Jack

          Heh. Does he use a glove in the field, or does he just push his shopping cart under the ball?

          • Tom

            Jack: he looks like Bud Collins (tennis/ dog shows)

  • Accent Shallow


    I definitely like how McAllister seems to pile solid games on top of one another, but he’s neither a big strikeout or groundball guy.

    • gxpanos

      Meh. He’s at like 7.5 k/9 in AA I think this year. If he keeps his walks down, it shouldn’t be too frightening.

      I think we see him next year before call-ups–just a hunch.

      • Matt ACTY/BBD

        Definitely. Depending on what happens with Pettitte, he could be a 5th or 6th starter option.

        • Jack

          Basically, what Hughes was at the start of the season?

  • BigBlueAL

    I believe someone asked Keith Law today in his chat if Zach McAllister is a real prospect and Law said yes he is.

    • AndrewYF

      What a concession!

      McAllister’s been a ‘real prospect’ since the start of last year.

      • Bo

        Anyone that is even considered a back end starter has to be considered a real prospect. Those are important innings for a team.

  • Jake H

    Glad to see Kyle H have a good game.

  • Honky Grandma Be Trippin

    abe almonte with a sweet game.

    • Jake H

      I’m hoping that he can get to .280 to end the season.

  • DreDog

    Since Nunez is probably not going to be in Pinstripes, let’s talk turkey. What can we get for him in a trade? Anything?

  • Pablo Zevallos

    1K for Z-Mac? Eek. But, as Accent Shallow said above, it’s not entirely unexpected given whom we’re talking about.

    Big game for Almonte. Shame he couldn’t pick up on last year’s first half.

    Wilmer Flores = HYPE

  • Reggie C.

    Sean Black = Tampa bound for 2010??

    Tampa is looking to field some rotation next season likely headed by Warren, Cotham, & Black (ALL ’09 college signees).

    What do you guys think about Brackman’s starting off point in 2010? Repeat Charleston?

    • JMK

      I’d think Brackman repeats Charleston until he displays he can pitch with consistency (and I don’t mean consistently throwing 3 innings with 4 WP’s, 5 BB’s, and 6 ER’s). If he does well for six or seven starts, I’d expect them to promote him to Tampa. Just my opinion.

      Oh, and I’m psyched to see Tampa’s rotation next year. It looks dynamite.

    • Jeffrey

      Black has been dominating. He has a 1.62 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, .169 average against in 10 starts and 50 IP. I would like to see him with more strikeouts and a better GB/FB ratio.

      • Reggie C.

        Wow … i double checked that 50 IP and it turned out to factually correct. Black must’ve signed a couple months ago. That’s an impressive amount of innings for a ’09 signee.

        Tampa is clearly gonna field an impressive rotation. It’d be cool to see Man-Ban in Tampa too. He’s ready imo.

        • Jeffrey

          I don’t get why all these drafted guys waited so long to sign. If I were them I’d want to get in games ASAP. To me Black did it the right way.

          The Yankees could have some real nice pitchers in a few years. Lets hope they all stay healthy.

          • Dave M

            ” don’t get why all these drafted guys waited so long to sign. If I were them I’d want to get in games ASAP. To me Black did it the right way.”

            You want to know why? $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
            That’s why :-)

        • RPimpsner

          Man-Ban is in Tampa and going to throw tomorrow according to Nardi Contreras.

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  • V

    Heh, from the John Sickels link:

    “I was thinking more along the lines of Jacoby Ellsbury.”

    “Is his defense that good?”

    I love the implication that Ellsbury plays good defense.

    • Jack

      Yeah, that cracked me up too. It’s amazing to me just how overrated that guy is.

    • AndrewYF

      He does play good defense. UZR, like all defensive stats, is severely flawed.

      • Bo

        If you dont think Ellsbury isnt good defensively you dont watch him play. I can see being a Sox hater but have some perspective.

  • EvoLuTioN

    gotta think Towers is coming up

    • Matt ACTY/BBD

      Not really. Who’s he gonna take a 40 man spot from? Then again, he would be easily DFA-able in the offseason.

    • Jeffrey

      He has pitched so well in AAA I’ve been surprised he never got a shot to start or relieve for the Yankees.

    • A.D.

      Could make sense they want more innings ready with Gaudin not going deep today, along with Joba & Mitre going this weekend followed by a double header.

      Could easily DFA Cash

  • Steve

    A more important question is — who is going do get dropped when Gardner comes back? Hinske?

    • Mike Axisa

      Why does someone need to get dropped? It’s September.

    • whozat

      Pretty sure Gardner is on the 40-man. They didn’t put him on the 60-day, right? He didn’t get hurt that long ago.

      • A.D.

        He’s on the 40, no one needs to be dropped.

  • Steve

    Because you still have to be on the 40 man roster, and being on the DL, he’s not.

    • Jamal G.

      You don’t get removed from the 40-man roster if placed on the 15-day DL as Brett Gardner was; you’re thinking of the 60-day DL.

    • whozat

      A) reply button
      B) If he’s on the 15-day, he absolutely is on the 40-man.

  • DSFC

    Sickels’ grade for Robertson seems awfully low. Yes, he’s been wild occasionally, but the K rate is insane, and he’s showing a fastball we didn’t see last season.

    • whozat

      He didn’t re-do the grades. C+ is Robertson’s grade from before the season.

      Also…his upside is setup guy, the best likely outcome is that he never really improves his command all THAT much and continues to be a solid late-innings guy that can be unreliable sometimes because of walks, but can also dominate for streaks, most likely outcome is that he continues to be the guy he is, 4th man out of the pen.

      • Jeffrey

        He’s a pretty good reliever and I expect him to develop further and gain more control. He has 13.5 K/9, he does give up too many hits and walks, but those strikeouts can negate the base runners. Right now I don’t see him going back to the minors. His curve was nasty tonight.

        • Bo

          if he can ever cut downt the walks he can be a real valued piece.

  • Steve

    I’m wrong. He was only on the 15 day DL.

    • V

      Epic Reply Button fail.

  • AndrewYF

    John Sickels also has a public distaste for the Yankees. I think he’s even admitted as such. Remember, he’s the guy who said Robinson Cano would never amount to anything.

    • AndrewYF

      Actually, heh, that was David Cameron. Sickels was a little less pessimistic.

      So, remember when you read FanGraphs, BP, etc that they certainly don’t have all the answers. Sometimes they even have all the wrong ones.

      • Bo

        They are guessing. Most of those guys aren’t scouts. They havent even seen 90% of the guys they review. They go off their trusted scouts opinions. You can’t use them as bibles. Use them as a tool. Thats it.

      • SS

        That’s not a bad list, actually. Wang, Cabrera, and Cano have all played important roles the last few years, and Hughes will for the next 4-5 years.