Adams, Romine & Laird power Trenton to another win

Game 41: Splitting ain't bad
Rays offense dooms Yanks again

Jack Rye has been placed on the temporary inactive list, which means he’ll only be out for a few days. Might be going to a wedding or something this weekend. Meanwhile, the Yanks signed catcher Rene Rivera for Triple-A depth following the injury to Jorge Posada and Chad Moeller’s subsequent call up. He was playing in an independent league, and last appeared in the big leagues way back in 2006.

Triple-A Scranton‘s game was suspended in the 4th inning due to rain. They’ll finish it off tomorrow, but here’s the box score. Big story: Ivan Nova left the game in the 3rd inning after getting hit by a comebacker off the bat of Pedro Alvarez. Not sure how serious the injury is, he might have left as a precaution for all we know. It’s something to watch for, though.

Double-A Trenton (9-7 win over New Hampshire)
Justin Christian, DH: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB - just 7-for-38 (.184) since returning
Austin Krum, CF: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K
David Adams, 2B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB – leads the league in doubles (15), second in both RBI (32) & total bases (77)
Austin Romine, C: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 PB – doubles in each of the last three games
Brandon Laird, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – he’s your league leader in RBI (36)
Dan Brewer, LF: 2 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – threw a runner out at the plate
Marcos Vechionacci, 1B & Edwar Gonzalez, RF: both 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 K – Vech drew a pair of walks … Edwar tripled, drove in two, got hit by a pitch, walked & threw a runner out at second
Luis Nunez, SS: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Lance Pendleton: 4.1 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 4-4 GB/FB – BB/9 is at 4.81 now after 2.78 last year
Josh Schmidt: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Ryan Pope: 1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB
Eric Wordekemper: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 4-1 GB/FB – hey, counts as a save

High-A Tampa (6-0 win over Palm Beach)
Ramon Flores, LF: 1 for 5, 1 K – just up from Extended Spring Training
Jose Pirela, SS: 0 for 4
Corban Joseph, 2B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding) – just 6 for his last 37 (.162)
Bradley Suttle, 1B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K
Melky Mesa, CF & Trent Lockwood, DH: both 2 for 4 – Mesa scored twice … Lockwood doubled, drove in a run & scored another
Neil Medchill, LF & Myron Leslie, C: both 1 for 4, 1 R – Medchill hit a two-run jack, just his second bomb of the year … Leslie drove in a run & K’ed
Addison Maruszak, 3B: 3 for 4, 1 RBI
Craig Heyer: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 9-4 GB/FB – what more could you ask from a spot starter?
Tim Norton: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0-7 GB/FB – really, not even one ground ball?

Low-A Charleston (5-2 loss to Savannah)
Jimmy Paredes, 2B: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 E (fielding) – five for his last ten
J.R. Murphy, DH: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – 5 for 15 since being promoted
Zoilo Almonte, RF, Kyle Higashioka, C, DeAngelo Mack, LF, Kelvin Castro, SS & Ray Kruml, CF: all 1 for 4 – Almonte K’ed … Higashioka K’ed twice … Mack threw a runner out at third & K’ed thrice … Castro K’ed twice, committed a fielding error & got picked off first … Kruml scored a run
Luke Murton, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 2B
Rob Lyerly, 3B: 0 for 4, 1 K
Schaeffer Hall: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 9-4 GB/FB – no walks in his last 14.2 IP
Ronny Marte: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Dickie Marquez: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1-0 GB/FB

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Game 41: Splitting ain't bad
Rays offense dooms Yanks again
  • http://conservationvalue.blogspot.com/ Jon G

    Sad to see Melancon be sent down, but I can understand why.

    Question: Why do you think Melancon just hasn’t been able to show the same success at the MLB level as he has in the minors? Is it just that he needs some time? Or are there real reasons to be concerned?

    I’ve always been excited to watch Melancon pitch when he’s been called up, but I’m honestly starting to lose faith that he can contribute at the MLB level. Hopefully, it’s just a tiny sample size that includes many non-ideal situations that he’s been inserted into, and time proves me wrong. Thoughts?

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

      Just needs some time and consistent innings. He’s thrown ~15 total innings in the majors spread out over four different cups of coffee.

      • http://conservationvalue.blogspot.com/ Jon G

        And many of the games were not ideal situations to be inserted into (where the MLB-experienced relievers weren’t doing well either)

        The thing that frustrates me is that Girardi hasn’t given him the right opportunities to show his stuff yet. Gets put into a blowout where everyone is pitching badly, then sent down.

        I wish they’d give him a more extended look with consistent appearances…

      • Chris

        What concerns me is that I just don’t see the grounder-inducing 2 seamer of his or his command which is what makes him a prospect. Hopefully it’s more mental than his AAA numbers and scouting reports lying to us.

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

          He’s never thrown a two seamer. It’s not unusual for young guys to nibble and miss their spots when they’re still early in their careers. Its no big deal. He just needs a chance.

          • yoo-boo

            I believe he does. 90-93 2 seam FB. 92-94 4 seam FB. last time I heard.

  • zzzzzz

    damn, romine is a beast. montero better watch his back!

    • yoo-boo

      I think Romine is already ahead of Montero. Yanks keep hesitating to put him behind the plate regularly. With the way Cerveilli has played I cant see Montero will replace him. I would love to trade him for a true power RF.

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

        Who is this true power RF? Swisher hit 29 homers last year, just eight outfielders hit more than that, and one of them is his teammate now. They have way bigger needs than a RF upgrade.

      • Carlosologist

        What? A bat like Montero’s is a very rare one. You wait for it to develop. If you are swayed by a 34 game sample in which Montero hasn’t done much, then that’s just you irrationally thinking. Cervelli has been doing well in a limited sample; he’s not going to sustain that .417 BABIP all season. Cervelli is a defensive backup with an average bat. What you prefer? A defense-first catcher that doesn’t hit or a rare power-hitting catcher?

      • Accent Shallow

        I think Romine is already ahead of Montero.

        None of the prospect gurus seem to think so.

        With the way Cerveilli has played I cant see Montero will replace him.

        I don’t Montero will ever play that kind of D, and while I love what Cervelli’s done this year, Montero could turn into friggin’ Miguel Cabrera. In other words: it is very possible that he will replace Cervelli. Of course, if Cervelli keeps hitting, maybe Montero plays RF part of the time.

        • yoo-boo

          Montero at RF? Not a chance. He focuses on hitting only nothing else. DH or traded.

          By the way Cerveilli had played, I mean there is no way for Girardi to start Montero over Cerveilli as everyday catcher as Romine can make Girardi rethink about it. Romine has better all around catcher so it is easy for him, NOT Montero, to win the starting job when given.

          If you trade Montero for pitcher or anything other power then you will sorely miss his power. However, if you trade Montero for power hitting RF with better defense then you wont miss Montero’s power.

          Yankees need to find a promising RF who will be MLB ready within 2 years. That means both have similar opportunity but for different position.

          And oh…. it has nothing to do with this year’s small sample.

          • Carlosologist

            Nick Swisher: ISO of .249, 29 HR last year. ISO of .244, 7 HR this year.

            Who do you want? Barry Bonds?

            • yoo-boo

              Moving Swisher to LF. It is about guaranteed Swisher will stay with Yanks until next season as he will deal with 2012 club option.

              While you wait for Montero to get ready, Romine is already knocking. DH may be flexible for infield stars. It may be a good chance that Montero will stuck in Triple A for several seasons.

              • Carlosologist

                What about Gardner? Is he going to be whisked off somewhere else?

                If you’ve been paying any sort of attention, the developments of Montero and Romine are intertwined. The Yanks are being careful with both.

              • JobaTheHeat62

                i am still wondering who this amazing RF will be…I sure as heck cannot think of one worth trading Montero for…Like Mike said, we have one of the best power hitting RFers in baseball, who plays solid defense. I think OF is a strength when healthy. The only thing this team needs is a damn bullpen

                • smoker

                  YOO GUY IS REALLY THINKING OF RYAN BRAUN (LEFT FIELD SAME THING))!WHAT A GREEDY MIND TO THINK THE BREWERS WILL ACCEPT THAT TRADE. AM I RIGHT YOO GUY – YOU WANTED RYAN BRAUN CORRECTO? I KNOW YOU SO DONT LIE.

  • yoo-boo

    Nova hurt? just great. IF Dan Brewer and David Adams keep hitting well then Yankees can fork either or both of them for pitching help next season. I believe small ball team would like them very much.

  • andrew

    Just wondering… why is the headline “Adams, Romine & Laird” when both Nunez and Brewer had better games at the plate than Laird and Laird committed an error. Not meant to be rude at all, just wondering if Laird did something that that isn’t in the box score or if it was just a way of advertising bigger prospects?

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

      Nothing in particular. They’re the middle of the order and have been raking all year, just giving the group some props.

      • andrew

        Thanks Mike

  • Dubes

    Ramon Flores is 18 in High-A Tampa. Looks like that’s a aggressive decision by the Yankee FO.

  • E-ROC

    Is Trent Lockwood anyone special?

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      nope, signed out of indies I believe.

      • E-ROC

        Cool. Thanks

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

        Might have been a minor league FA, I’m not sure. Either way, he’s no one special.

        General rule of thumb: guys batting 7th or lower in the order are non-prospects. Exceptions are rare.

  • LeftyLarry

    if you trade Montero for anything , it has to be for a future #1 type starting pitcher in an expanded deal.

    • Carlosologist

      If a team trades for Montero, they better throw in the whole farm system.

      /half kidding’d

  • A.D.

    Whats the story with Schaeffer Hall?

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

      Nothing special. Older guy beating up on younger competition. Nice org arm.

      • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

        He also has an awesome name.

  • Angelo

    Wasn’t Ramon Flores one of the Yankees IFA signings of 2008 I believe? I’m too lazy to check, but I’m pretty sure that’s right. The guy is younger and has had less experience than Kelvin De Leon in pro-ball. Shocked that Flores got the call beofre him. This guy has to have some talent if he’s being advanced to tampa at such a young age. Maybe I’m just reading too much into it.

    Does anyone know anything more about Flores?

    • Angelo

      Flores is 18 years old by the way.

  • Brian in NH

    anybody had a pat venditte sighting lately? hasn’t pitched in 6 days.

  • AndrewYF

    So, what’s the ETA for Adams in Scranton? The guy’s 23 and getting a little old for AA ball.