Nunez & Romine keep on raking

Open Thread: Escape from LA Anaheim
Javy's struggles continue in loss to Angels

In case you missed it, Chris Garcia had his second Tommy John surgery. Also, scroll down for tonight’s open thread.

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 win over Lehigh Valley)
Kevin Russo, 2B: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 K – just his fourth extra base hit of the year … all the others are doubles
Colin Curtis, RF: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Eduardo Nunez, 3B: 4 for 4, 2 2B, 3 RBI – he’s 16 for his last 33 (.485) with more walks (fours) than strikeouts (one)
Juan Miranda, 1B: 0 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
David Winfree, LF: 1 for 4, 1 K
Jesus Montero, C: 0 for 4, 2 K – he’s just 2 for his last 19 (.105) … don’t worry, Jesus’ bat with resurrect soon enough
Jon Weber, DH & Reegie Corona, SS: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Corona scored a run & committed a throwing error
Greg Golson, CF: 0 for 4
Romulo Sanchez: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 WP, 7-2 GB/FB – 54 of 88 pitches were strikes (61.4%) … picked an old friend off first … finally brings his season K/BB ratio up over 1.00
Kevin Whelan: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – seven of his ten pitches were strikes
Royce Ring: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – six of his 11 pitches were strikes
Mark Melancon: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-3 GB/FB – 13 of 17 pitches were strikes (76.5%)
Jon Albaladejo: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB – 12 of 22 pitches were strikes (54.5%)

Double-A Trenton (9-4 loss to Portland)
Austin Krum, CF: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
David Adams, 2B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K – AVG all the way down to .344
Austin Romine, C: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – 13 for his last 27 (.481) with four doubles … he’s only thrown out two of 11 basestealers though
Brandon Laird, 3B, Marcos Vechionacci, 1B & Luis Nunez, SS: all 2 for 4 – Laird doubled, drove in two & walked … Vech drove in a run & K’ed … Nunez K’ed
Damon Sublett, DH: 0 for 2, 1 K
Kevin Smith, DH: 0 for 1, 2 BB – pinch hit for Sublett, but I’m not sure if there was an injury or if it was just a straight matchup thing
Reid Gorecki, LF: 0 for 5, 2 K – threw a runner out at the plate
Dan Brewer, RF: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 K – he’s been pretty disappointing so far, but it’s still early
Jeremy Bleich: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 7-5 GB/FB – exactly two runs allowed in his last three starts
Josh Schmidt: 1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Wilkin DeLaRosa: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0-3 GB/FB
Noel Castillo: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 0-1 GB/FB – he actually stranded two of WDLR’s inherited runners before blowing up the next inning
Grant Duff: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (5-3 win over Lakeland)
Walt Ibarra, DH: 1 for 5, 1 K
Corban Joseph, 2B, Jose Pirela, SS & Neil Medchill, LF: all 1 for 4 – CoJo drew a walk … Pirela stole a base, scored a run & K’ed … Medchill drove a run in
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
Melky Mesa, CF, Myron Leslie, 1B, Mitch Abeita, C & Jack Rye, RF: all 2 for 4 – Mesa stole a base & scored a run … Leslie doubled, scored twice & K’ed … abeita tripled, drove in two & scored another … Rye drove in two
Adam Warren: 6.1 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 11-1 GB/FB – allowed just the second homer of his career
Craig Heyer: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-2 GB/FB
Jon Ortiz: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (3-2 win over Rome)
Zoilo Almonte, DH & Jimmy Paredes, DH: both 0 for 4 – Almonte K’ed
DeAngelo Mack, LF, Luke Murton, 1B & Rob Lyerly, 3B: all 1 for 4, 1 K – Murton doubled
Kyle Higashioka, C: 0 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Taylor Grote, RF: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Emerson Landoni, SS: 3 for 3, 2 RBI
Sean Black: 7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 10-4 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Ryan Acosta: 0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Francisco Rondon: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 1-4 GB/FB

Open Thread: Escape from LA Anaheim
Javy's struggles continue in loss to Angels
  • Josh

    Warren had 4 strikeouts, not one.

    • Mike Axisa

      Typo, my bad. Fixed now.

  • mbonzo

    OMG lets trade Montero and Javy back to the Braves for Melky asap!!!

  • camilo Gerardo

    I don’t believe in Nunez


  • Jake H

    Jesus bat will warm up.

    Warren’s gb rate was awesome in that game.

  • Reggie C.

    Four starts into his Tampa season, Adam Warren’s thrown 23 innings, K’d 15, walked only 5, and given up only 3 runs. Maybe Warren got alittle lucky today as he did give up 9 hits (more than he’s given up his last 3 starts combined) but benefitted from a couple GIDP.

    I thought Warren would K a couple more guys. I hope he does increase the K/9 rate. It might delay a promotion to Trenton.

  • larryf

    I saw Romulo hit 99 mph several times last year in Scranton. Any speed data today?

  • 28 this year

    Romine CS rate is poor but how much of that is the pitcher’s fault versus the catcher. I mean in AAA, I feel like pitchers should be decent at holding runners but what you think?

    • Salty Buggah

      Damn, I was about to ask the same thing.

      I would imagine a lot, if not most, of the blame would go to the pitcher since they don’t really place much emphasis on holding runners on.

      • Rick in Boston

        This. You rarely see pitchers in the minors really worry about the runners at first, which is why you see a lot of fast, fringy guys with ridiculous steal totals in the lower minors. With the Yankees, it’s almost like an organizational philosophy to have the pitchers worry about the guy at the plate, and not the runner.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      Romine’s in AA, actually, where the pitchers are less polished. Maybe that’s why the numbers are down?

      At any rate, scouts seem to like Romine enough defensively, so I’m sure it will all sort itself out.

      • 28 this year

        AA is what I meant but that is basically what I am saying. I really don’t think CS rate is really the best evaluation.

  • W.W.J.M.D.

    You have Higashioka as blank for 3 which is the same as 0 for 3 when you think about it :)

  • T-Dubs

    2 more starts before the Warren promotion?

    • Bill

      Doubt it its that quick. Remember while he may be a polished college pitcher he did skip Charleston. Also I can’t imagine him moving faster than Ian Kennedy did. Kennedy pitched in 11 games in Tampa before being promoted. So I think that’s probably your best case scenario with Warren getting promoted.

      Also before getting bombed the other day you have to imagine that Noesi was ahead of Warren when considering promotions to Trenton. I think if he rebounds nicely in his next start that will still be the case given the age discrepancy and the fact that Noesi is already on the 40-man.

  • Alex C

    Heyer’s line should also read 2R 1ER you have him with zeros.

  • Accent Shallow

    Despite all the hype, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Jesus struggle. He is only 20, and in AAA. Not that I expect it, of course.

    And Mike, what would it take for you to be a Nunez believer? For him to keep this up all year? Improved scouting reports? 3 All-Star selections?

    • Zack

      Plus he has to adjust to catching full time (ie fatigue), compared to spending some time at DH like last year.

    • Doug

      BABIP is a very low .267

      once his luck evens out, he’ll be fine

  • Baseballnation

    Whatever happen to Matt Richardson, the young promising arm who scouts were raving about his stuff in ’09?

    • pat

      Richardson, along with Nik Turley and Mikey O’Brien, is in extended spring training.

      • Phranchise

        what about that latin american outfielder that was hyped up a lot? not eduardo sosa, the other one. first name is kelvin i think. is he there too?

        • Jack

          Kelvin De Leon.

        • pat

          We have 2 Kelvins. De Leon is the power hitting RF, he’s in EST, likely to get called up to Charleston with Slade in a few weeks. The other one, a toolsy CF, Kelvin Duran is also in EST, however this will be his first season in the states and he is likely headed to the GCL.

  • j93

    I’ve seen Eduardo Nunez play several times this year and he always seems to commit a lot of fielding errors / plays that an MLB player should make that could probably go either way. Wasn’t all the hype originally about his defense?

    • j93

      Addtionally, 7 early stolen bases aren’t too bad, either. Up close, he isn’t a short skinny midget kid like Reegie Corona…He seems like a pretty big dude.

    • Bill

      The thing with his defense is that he has the talent/athleticism to be a good SS, but just makes too many mistakes and really just needs to put his game together on the defensive end. He absolutely has the ability to stay at SS, but it just depends on whether or not he can limit his mistakes there.

      One thing to note though 3 of his errors this year have come at 3B or 2B, positions he is not accustomed to playing.

  • Matt Imbrogno

    Like the GBs from Black.

  • Dubes

    When is George Kontos coming back?

    • Phranchise

      yeah that guy was good. id like to know that too

    • Accent Shallow

      According to this Chad Jennings article from 2009, he had the surgery in early July, so he should be back in May/June. This article from March of this year doesn’t contradict that, and he’s apparently doing well. I look forward to his return, especially if the stuff is what he had in college.

      • pat

        Word. He could crank it to 96 as a starter with a narsty slider to go with it. He could be a solid bullpen guy in a year or two.

  • Gonzo

    Nunez might be good trade bait. Any chance he can bring back anything useful? A package of Nunez and Zmac/Nova maybe?

    • Manimal

      Doubtful. The only non-“untouchable” prospect I could see traded is Juan Miranda

  • pat

    A week ago Garcia actually posted an apology to his fans on Mike Ashmore’s blog. Sounds like a classy kid.

    To the fans,

    Thank you to everyone for your support and for believing in me. I’ve gone through a lot, and you’ve never given hope up and always believed in me. I also want to say I’m sorry to all the fans who have been rooting for me and pulling for me. I want to tell you, I promise, I’ll be back next year and I’ll be stronger than ever.


    Christian Garcia

    • Accent Shallow

      That’s nice to see. Hope the second TJ takes, and the stuff comes back.

  • Chris

    Where has Abe Almonte been?

  • Roger

    This sucks about honest abe almonte he was supposed to be the next bo jackson.

  • Miles Roche

    What’s the story with Alan Horne — is he still with the Yankees org?