Adams, Cervelli begin rehab stints in Tampa loss

Open Thread: Derek Jeter, lefty
The overweight, out of shape, but now underweight, Phil Hughes

Update: The Low-A Charleston game is over and has been added to the post.

Triple-A Scranton (3-0 win over Lehigh Valley) the pitching staff has a 20.1 IP shutout streak going
Greg Golson, LF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 K, 1 HBP
Kevin Russo, 2B: 2 for 5, 1 R, 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K – eight for his last 20 (.400)
Jesus Montero, C: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 K – he’s been alternating three-hit games with no-hit games for a week now
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 2 for 4 – hasn’t homered in four games now, what gives?
Chris Dickerson, CF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS - nine for his last 17 (.529)
Justin Maxwell, DH: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K – the homer streak ends at four consecutive days
Jordan Parraz, RF: 3 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Brandon Laird, 3B & Ramiro Pena, SS: both 0 for 4, 1 K
The Ghost of Kei Igawa, LHP: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 3-4 GB/FB – 35 of 59 pitches were strikes (59.3%) … just making one spot start since two-fifths of the SWB rotation is in the big league team’s bullpen
George Kontos, RHP: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 4-1 GB/FB – 30 of 46 pitches were strikes (65.2%) … more solid relief work, there’s a pretty good chance that we’ll see him in the Bronx at some point this year
Andy Sisco, LHP: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB - seven of his 12 pitches were strikes
Kevin Whelan, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB - eight of his dozen pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (4-3 loss to Harrisburg in ten innings, walk-off style)
Austin Krum, LF & Ray Kruml, RF: both 0 for 3 – Kruml walked twice, scored a run, and whiffed … Kruml walked once, stole a base, and struck out twice
Jose Pirela, SS: 2 for 4, 1 R – six for his last 21 (.286), but for some reason it seems like it should be a lot more than that
Austin Romine, C: 1 for 5, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K – ten for his last 25 (.400)
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 2 for 5, 2 K – 12 for his last 35 (.343)
Cody Johnson, DH & Melky Mesa, CF: both 1 for 5, 1 K – Mesa tripled, his third of the year and second in the last three days
Corban Joseph, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 K
Addison Maruszak, 1B: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB
Graham Stoneburner, RHP: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 5-1 GB/FB – 40 of 66 pitches were strikes (60.6%) … he’s so good it’s boring
Cory Arbiso, RHP: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 6-0 GB/FB – 24 of 38 pitches were strikes (63.2%)
Fernando Hernandez, RHP: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-3 GB/FB – 17 of 25 pitches were strikes (68%) … stranded the only baserunner he inherited, but it didn’t matter because he gave up a walk-off bomb to this guy

High-A Tampa (5-1 loss to Dunedin)
Abe Almonte, CF: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K
David Adams, 2B: 2 for 4 – first game since May 22nd of last year due to various foot/ankle problems … good to see him pick up right where he left off
Rob Lyerly, 3B, Taylor Grote, RF & Zoilo Almonte, LF: all 0 for 4 – Lyerly struck out once, Almonte twice, Grote thrice
Luke Murton, 1B: 1 for 4, 2 K
Frankie Cervelli, C: 2 for 3 – caught eight innings and was pinch run for after singling in the eighth
DeAngelo Mack, DH: 0 for 2, 1 BB 1 K
Walt Ibarra, SS: 0 for 3, 2 K – first hitless game of the season
Mike Solbach, RHP: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 5-1 GB/FB – making the spot start with Jairo Heredia on the DL
Jose Quintana, LHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Kelvin Perez, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GB/FB
Scottie Allen, RHP: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0-2 GB/FB – six walks in 6.2 IP

Low-A Charleston (5-3 win over Greenville)
Slade Heathcott, CF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – that’s five walks in his last six games
Anderson Feliz, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 K, 1 SB
Ramon Flores, 1B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – on pace for about 120 walks this year, give or take
Gary Sanchez, C: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K – first game at catcher since coming off the disabled list
J.R. Murphy, DH: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Rob Segedin, LF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K – 12 for his last 27 (.444) with three doubles, a homer, and a triple
Kelvin DeLeon, RF: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – 20 K in 13 games
Garrison Lassiter, 3B: 0 for 4, 1 K – this is his season debut
Kelvin Castro, SS: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB
Zach Nuding, RHP: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 4-3 GB/FB – 19 K in 13.2 IP (12.5 K/9) … I’m tellin’ ya, major sleeper
Wilton Rodriguez, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Dan Burawa, RHP: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2-2 GB/FB – now that’s a save

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Open Thread: Derek Jeter, lefty
The overweight, out of shape, but now underweight, Phil Hughes
  • IE

    Is there any chance at all that Kevin Whelan can be a useful middle reliever at the big league level?

    • zs190

      Probably nothing more than a mopup guy unless he sharpens his command. If I recall correctly, he’s a converted position player and always had really good stuff but just can’t throw enough strikes with it.

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

      Unlikely, but you never know. He throws hard and has swing-and-miss stuff, which is a pretty good starting point.

      • RollingWave

        his command has improved…. the only problem is that the starting point was so horrendous that doesn’t mean much.

  • Joey C

    Where does Adams wind up when he’s done rehabing.

    • YankeesJunkie

      He hit really well in AA so maybe another month or two of playing well in AA before AAA.

    • zs190

      I bet he’s going to be at AA again. He was mashing before he got hurt breaking up a double play but he really hasn’t played at AA for very long and he’s missed almost a whole year now.

      I imagine they’ll ease him back in at AA and let him play a while. If he looks really good, maybe they’ll promote him to Scranton towards the end of year.

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

      Back to Double-A for him.

  • CP

    Who’s this Kei Igawa? Any chance he could help the rotation?

    • Mike Myers

      never gets old

    • Sabermetrically Challenged

      He sounds pretty good. Maybe the mets should sign him, after all, the mets always make the right moves.

      • RollingWave

        given the state of the Mets, Igawa might actually be a upgrade

  • dkidd

    can igawa give up and go home or is he contractually obligated to keep plugging along in dunder mifflin ville?

    • Sabermetrically Challenged

      Obviously the word “Contract” has no bearing on your mind

    • jon

      yes he can, as long as he gives up his 4million salary

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

      His contract contractually obligates him to pitch in Scranton, yes.

      • vin

        His talent level obligates him to pitch in Scranton.

  • jon

    love me some stoneburner

    • D-Lite

      Here here. I love this kid. Seems to have the right mentality to make it.

  • Jake H

    Great to see Adams back. Hopefully he will be up soon to AA then AAA by the end of the year.

  • Avi

    Looks like Cervelli has found a league he could hit in.

    • good one

      I guess it doesn’t matter that Cervelli had a higher batting avg and OBP than Posada last year at the major league level despite being a back up catcher.

      • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

        And yet his OPS was 120 points lower. It’s almost like you left out a critical part of an offensive player’s game…

        • Ted Nelson

          And he had two singles in High-A, not two doubles, not two HRs.

          For a back-up C the guy is not a terrible hitter. In general if a back-up C could hit MLB pitching, he’d be called a starting C.

      • Joe Simas

        And that he led the club in most RISP situations–probably as good as anyone hitting w/ bases loaded. A switcher in early pro career, missed most of ’08 w/ fractured wrist suffered blocking the plate in ST. A lifetime minor league hitter pressing .300 gets a bad rap for a guy with one full yr in the big leagues.

        He will be a better than avg big league catcher when he gets to another club– probably in a trade before this season is over.

        He caught the most games for a team that won 95 games last yr– he doesn’t deserve to be dissed!

  • Guest

    How long do org guys like DeAngelo Mack stick around before they call it a career?

    Before our time with DeAngelo is over, can we have a “Return of the Mack” or “Jump, Jump” (Daddy Mack will make ya’) reference before our time with him is over?

    Seems like it would be quite a shame if we didn’t.

    • Tom Zig

      Mack the knife

      • Guest

        I’d be down with that. You know, for the Bobby Darin fans. And the Louie Armstong fans, too.

        /Ella’d

        • Andy in NYC

          And the Nick Cave fans…

    • RollingWave

      it really depends on the individual, some people see that they have no chance and just quit 1-2 years in, some try to stick for as long as they can, and in those cases more than a few of them end up making a cameo in the bigs at some point and some might even stick longer than expected.

    • Plank

      I saw this guy play on one of the worst tams in Korea last night. I think it depends on both the clubs’ needs and the players personal desire to stick around.

      http://www.baseball-reference......co01.shtml

      • Plank

        teams*

  • jorge brosada

    We have a couple exciting arms down in Charleston. Nuding has been a beast so far, Burawa had a really good outing, Kahnle and O’Brien are exciting too.

    When are we going to see Evan Rutckyj, Gabe Encinas, and Taylor Morton? Are there any other exciting arms from last years draft that I forgot about?

  • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

    The Burawa vs. Kahnle death match is one I enjoy.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Can we get a report on Nuding since he is an official RAB sleeper?

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

      Big time fastball, runs it up to 97-98, but the slider, changeup, and command all need work. He’s a big dude, something like 6-foot-4, 240 lbs.

      • Sam

        Is there any chance Nuding’s a starter or are they just stretching him out to get him innings?

        • http://yesnetwork.com Jim

          With how well Nuding is doing, he’ll probably be included in the next Yankee trade for the pitcher who winds up on the DL. Does anyone else feel that one game behind the dish and one game DH per week couldn’t hurt Montero…while at least the Yanks would have another RH bat to send up instead of GUS Molina who doesn’t seem too busy, and how much better can his defense be? Montero in the minors with SWB is only a showcase for a trade. Jackson was talked about and we never saw him put to use, does Montero go the same route? (I am a Granderson fan, however.)

  • Hurling Darvish

    What is the status of injured pitchers Jeremy Bleiech, Caleb Cotham, Gavin Brooks, Ryan Pope and Zach Varce? Varce had a good K/BB rate in SI last year, is he a prospect or just an org guy?

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

      Bleich, Cotham, and Brooks could be a while. I have no idea what’s up with Pope, and Varce just has a groin strain. He’s interesting, but not exactly a standout prospect either.

      • Hurling Darvish

        Thanks! It would be nice if Bleich, Cotham, or Brooks could pitch this year.

  • Naved

    Any word on when Betances making his next start?

  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    Who are the likely keeper guys on the farm? Montero, The Bs, Sanchez, Heathcott, and Flores?

    I’d be willing to deal Brackman or Betances for a good pitcher under team control for a while, I guess. I’d be very willing to part with Romine, Warren, Adams, Joeseph, Laird Nova, Noesi, Phelps, Stonebrunner, Ramirez, and Murphy to a lesser extent for a good pitcher.

    Also, AOL’s prospect guy whose name I forget said in his chat today that he thinks JoVa can be a productive major leaguer on some level. I dunno. Maybe a rich man’s Shelly Duncan type?

    • Ted Nelson

      I don’t think there’s any untouchable prospect, just depends who you’re getting in return. Trading one or more of the “keepers” you list for a good starting P could turn out to be a great move, just as trading Adams or Stoneburner for a bad MLB player or LOOGY or something might be an awful move.

      Shelley Duncan’s a solid hitter (OPS+ of 99 in 437 PAs), and he’s having a decent career where this will probably be the 4th time in 5 seasons he’s played at least 20 big league games. So if JoVa can do that, there’s definitely some value.

  • RollingWave

    is it time to start preparing the fork to stick into Kevin Deleon?

  • http://www.cruisesinc.com/jjamoom Groundhoggator

    Any reports on Sisco’s fastball? I understand that’s what’s keeping him out of NY and would help balance out the bullpen.

  • Dicka24

    I’d love to see Whelan get a call up in September. The dude has pretty good swing and mis stuff. His walks are down the last few years too. The dudes K’d 11.4 per 9 for his minor league career. Robertson hada fairly high walk rate in the minors (4.6 career as a pro) and he’s been very effective for the same reason, swing and miss stuff. I’d keep an eye on Whelan fellas.

    If I understand it correctly, Igawa is in the minors, and not going anywhere than there, because there are luxury tax ramification if he is either released, or traded.