Heathcott’s hot hitting continues

A-Rod OK after leaving game with hand injury
Yanks finish off pesky Royals with a 12-run assault

One more day of bullet points…

  • Triple-A Scranton won. Jesus Montero didn’t play because of his bruised forearm, but Chad Moeller went 3-for-4 with a double in his place. Kevin Russo, Reid Gorecki, Chad Tracy, and Chad Huffman all had multiple hits as well. Ivan Nova was very strong, allowing one earned run in 6.1 IP of work. Mark Melancon managed to throw two complete innings without allowing a run.
  • Double-A Trenton lost. Brandon Laird went deep for the third time in his last four games. Rene Rivera singled twice in the place of Austin Romine, who was resting the day game after a night game. Hector Noesi had his worst start of the year, allowing six runs 4.2 IP. Wilkin DeLaRosa and Kevin Whelan combined for three rock solid innings of relief.
  • High-A Tampa lost. Corban Joseph, Bradley Suttle, and Melky Mesa all went 2-for-4 with some kind of extra base hit. Zoilo Almonte hit his first homer at the High-A level. Craig Heyer walked three guys in five innings, raises his season walk total to four. His BB/9 rose from 0.18 to 0.67.
  • Low-A Charleston won. Slade Heathcott knocked another two hits, and is now 13-for-31 (.419) since his little biceps issue. Kelvin Castro, Jimmy Paredes, Rob Lyerly, and Emerson Landoni all picked up two hits and at least one double. Hector Rabago went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a homer in what had to be the best game of his career. Jose Ramirez allowed two runs in five innings, but walked four and struck out just three.
  • Short Season Staten Island won. Eduardo Sosa singled and walked while Kevin Mahoney doubled. Kyle Roller picked up three hits in three at-bats, including his third homer of the season. Nothing exciting on the pitching side of things, just another two inning save for Chase Whitley.
  • Rookie GCL Yanks were off.
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  • JMK

    Somehow, I bet the GCL Yankees still were able to commit 8 errors, despite not having played a game today.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      I read a tweet somewhere that Gary Sanchez was pissed because somebody burnt his toast for breakfast.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

      Psh, 8 errors? Only 8?

      that’s nothing

      • mbonzo

        That might just be 111 hits.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Rich says:
          At first I thought it was some sort of binary code message, but then I saw 10 ERRORS!!! How are they only down by 2?!!

          Not only the 10 errors, but they’ve also given up 17 hits.

          Rich is right, if you commit 10 errors and give up 17 hits, you should be down by more than 2. That’s ridiculous.

          • Johan Iz My Brohan

            but their defense made up for the hits…

            nevermind…

      • JMK

        Holy fuck Triscuits. That makes our GCL boys look like a team of Omar Vizquels.

  • pat

    Corban Joseph, my man. 3rd best OBP in the FSL, and he’s a year+ younger than the #1 and #2 guys.

  • Adam B

    joe saunders- 1
    yanks farm system- 0

  • dan

    does anybody have any video of bryan mitchell pitching this year?  what about video manny banuelos pitching? Everyone seems to be high on banuelos! What is he projected to be, compare to what is in the major leagues now! What are the odds of josh dezse signing with yanks?   

    • Gonzo

      I think if ManBan was 6’2″ or taller he would be considered an A+ prospect.

      • pat

        Definitely.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        You say that as if it’s irrational, but it makes perfect sense.

        If ManBan was bigger, he’d be a better prospect. Smaller pitchers tend not to do as well as bigger pitchers. Pedro Martinez is the exception that proves the rule. The track record of pitchers under 6’0″ and under 170lb isn’t all that pretty.

        I like ManBan, but the knock on him being smallish isn’t a petty gripe, it’s legit IMO. It gives him longer odds.

        • Gonzo

          I was totally being serious.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Ah, my bad. Thought you were ranting.

            • Gonzo

              And then MLB starts testing for HGH. I was hoping ManBan could get on that Juan Gonzalez, grow 5 inches, hat size up 2 notches deal.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                Have the clubhouse attendant rub some hot sauce on his balls. That’ll work.

                Sincerely,
                Roger “Clean as a whistle” Clemens

                • Gonzo

                  ManBan is young, he can still go through a growth spurt. Do we know about his parents’ heights? What about his growth plates, anyone have a look at those?

                  • Steve O.

                    He’s 20 and 5′ 10″, I’d say he’s staying where he’s at. If he does grow, it’ll be maybe an inch.

        • Larry

          Skaggs has very similar numbers and age, but he is 6’4,” I think. Also being taller seems to make it easier for pitchers to generate ground balls because it makes the downward angle steeper.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            That too.

            It’s why we should be so patient with Brackmeezy. Because if he can figure things out, that high-90s cheese and supreme downhill plane will be murder on opposing hitters.

            • Larry

              Exactly, see Neimann.

      • jramey

        how tall is Johan Santana?

        • Joe

          Johan is 6 feet tall

  • Johnny

    Can’t forget lincecum as well

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Mark Melancon managed to throw two complete innings without allowing a run.

    We have the worst freaking luck with relief prospects. We keep picking hard thrower after hard thrower and basically only have David Robertson to show for it. Meanwhile, the Cardinals have a lights-out setup man who’s a failed catcher.

    Maybe we should convert Kyle Higashioka and see if we can catch lightning in a bottle.

    • Accent Shallow

      Maybe if the Yankees didn’t have a certain Korean reliever, Melancon wouldn’t be spinning his wheels in AAA right now . . .

      Seriously, though, I would like to see Melancon here. With the current state of the pen, he could work himself into the late inning rotation pretty quickly if he’s on.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Accent Shallow, I want you to see a therapist. I’m concerned for you. Nobody should hate Chan Ho Park this much.

        • Accent Shallow

          I’ll have to see if that’s covered under my insurance.

          I would like to see Melancon up here prior to the end of August/beginning of September, regardless of whose roster spot it’s at the expense of. With the state of the pen, it certainly can’t hurt, right? (As long as he’s given a regular shot, of course)

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Meh, Melancon’s been “off” all year long. He’s in no shape for a promotion.

            Albaladejo, Romulo and Nova are all in front of him, and I’d put Hirsh in front of Melancon right now as well (although that requires a 40-man move).

            • A.D.

              Well every time Melancon has been rolling in AAA and got called up he either hasn’t gotten much time or hasn’t pitched well, so maybe they go with the opposite see if it works, opposite George style.

      • ZZ

        Melancon has not pitched very well in general this season and especially lately. He is also as a pitcher due to his large arm action someone you have concerns about translating to the major leagues.

        He has a 1.66 WHIP in AAA.

        I highly doubt he is even be considered whatsoever for a promotion.

        • ZZ

          long arm action

          • JMK

            TWSS?

    • Joe

      May I ask who you are talking about that is the Cards setup man? is it Jason Motte?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Indeed.

    • billbybob

      We already have a catcher turned reliever in Kevin Whelan. I remember being really excited about him a few years ago, but he seems to have dropped off the map. Guess the Sheff trade didn’t really work out for either side, except that the Yanks got some salary relief.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Yeah, but our catcher-turned-reliever sucks. I want one who knows where the ball is going.

        • Joe

          which catcher-turned-reliever are you talking about from the Cards?

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Answered above. Yes, it’s Motte.

            • V

              Well, Motte doesn’t always know where the ball is going, either. Anyone remember the failed 2009 experiment where he was a closer for less than a week?

        • Riddering

          How dare the Cardinals have one and the Yankees none! Cashman needs to get on this.

  • Andrew

    Ian Nova….give him a shot.

    • Joe

      *Ivan

    • ZZ

      It will be interesting to see what they do with Nova once the trade deadline passes.

      Right now it is probably best to give Sergio one more crack at it and let Nova stay down in AAA and continue to put up nice numbers.

      After the deadline though, if Mitre is not cutting it, Nova could get called up and get a nice boost in his trade value if he pitches well.

      If Nova can show something on the major league level he could be a nice or rather nicer trade chip next winter.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        I want Ivan Nova to make the big leagues and start up a romance with Russian model and 2005 Miss World Beach Beauty Queen Yulia Ivanova.

        http://www.google.com/images?h.....8;gs_rfai=

        • Carlosologist

          I would hit that in a cocaine heartbeat. But yeah Nova would make a good MRP/spot starter in the 2011 pen.

        • JMK

          Sharp knees. WOULD NOT HIT.

          • Riddering

            You know who has developed a disappointing case of sharp knees? Angeline Jolie. I don’t know what diet she’s on but her figure has lost the curvy unfness of years past.

      • B-Rando

        Yeah I gotta agree with you on here. Give Mitre one more shot to prove he can at least keep us in a game and see what happens. If it it doesn’t work out, lets see what Nova can do on the major league level. I believe he’s deserved a shot after his year thus far.

  • A.D.

    Nova just keeps on chugging, hoping he gets a shot soon.

  • viridiana

    Why exactly does Mitre “deserve” another shot?

    • Jason Hirsh

      Maybe its his naked photos of Manager Joe in compromising positions. Something to do with his braces.

  • Riddering

    8. I’m loving that the Yankees are still in first place. I know the team will soon head into series against Boston and Tampa but things are looking good for them not to give up the division lead.

    • Riddering

      Oh, jeez. I should have learned by now to be more careful with multiple RAB tabs.

      /DFA’d