Banuelos battles control in Trenton win

Open Thread: Evil Bunts
Eight-run 7th gives Yanks series win over Mets

Josh Norris posted some video of Bradley Suttle and Tim Norton. Grant Duff was added to the Double-A Trenton roster after missing about a year with a stress fracture in his elbow, and Warner Madrigal will join the team on Tuesday.

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 loss to Indianapolis) seventh straight loss at home, tying a franchise record
Austin Krum, CF: 1 for 5, 3 K
Ramiro Pena, SS: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – nine for his last 28 (.321)
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 4, 1 K
Justin Maxwell, LF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – 20 for his 36 hits have gone for extra bases (55.6%)
Brandon Laird, 1B: 0 for 4 – no Jorge Vazquez for two straight days after taking a pitch to the hand
Kevin Russo, 3B & Gus Molina, C: both 2 for 4, 1 RBI – Russo doubled and stole a base, Gus whiffed
Dan Brewer, RF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Luis Nunez, 2B: 1 for 4
Andrew Brackman, RHP: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 9-0 GB/FB – 54 of 95 pitches were strikes (56.8%) … before the sixth inning, he’d allowed 11 straight leadoff batters to reach base, eight of whom scored … 28 K, 27 BB in 41 IP is just awful
Ryan Pope, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 1-0 GB/FB – 17 of 29 pitches were strikes (58.6%)
Eric Wordekemper, RHP: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 13 of 19 pitches were strikes (68.4%)
Ramon Randy Flores, LHP: 0.2 IP, zeroes – four of his seven pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (6-1 in over Portland)
Ray Kruml, RF: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
Corban Joseph, 2B: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI – on base nine times in his last four games
Austin Romine, C: 2 for 4, 2 RBI – 11 for his last 37 (.298)
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – second homer in four games
Cody Johnson, DH: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K
Melky Mesa, CF: 0 for 3, 2 K
Damon Sublett, LF: 0 for 4
Jose Gil, 1B & Yadil Mujica, SS: both 1 for 3, 1 R
Manny Banuelos, LHP: 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 3-4 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) – 57 of 98 pitches were strikes (58.2%) … he was sitting 92-95 mph in the first inning, and Mike Ashmore took a bunch of video … 20 BB in 36.2 IP this year after 25 BB in 65.2 IP last year
Cory Arbiso, RHP: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-1 GB/FB
Pat Venditte, SHP: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1-2 GB/FB
Josh Schmidt, RHP: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K

High-A Tampa (6-3 loss to Fort Myers)
Abe Almonte, CF & Luke Murton, DH: both 0 for 4
Walt Ibarra, SS & Emerson Landoni, 3B: both 0 for 3 – Ibarra walked, struck out twice , and committed a fielding error … Landoni drove in a run
Rob Lyerly, 1B & Neil Medchill, RF: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K – Medchill got picked off first
Mitch Abeita, C: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
DeAngelo Mack, LF: 2 for 4, 1 R
Kelvin Castro, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Josh Romanski, LHP: 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 9-1 GB/FB – the one walk was intentional too, so that’s a pretty solid effort … Ivan Nova-esque, even
Ronny Marte, RHP: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Francisco Gil, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (5-2 loss to Augusta) hmmm, no Gary Sanchez for the second straight day…
Slade Heathcott, CF: 0 for 4, 2 K
Anderson Feliz, 2B, Kelvin DeLeon, RF & Eduardo Sosa, DH: all 1 for 4 – Felix tripled, whiffed, and committed a fielding error … DeLeon doubled, drive in a run and struck out twice … Sosa did the same thing as DeLeon, just without the double
J.R. Murphy, C: 0 for 3, 1 BB –
Kyle Roller, 1B: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB
Rob Segedin, 3B: 1 for 2, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 CS, 1 HBP, 2 E (fielding, throwing) – just 26 K in 143 PA
Ramon Flores, LF: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – been striking out a bit of late, but that was bound, he’s still a teenager
Jose Mojica, SS: 0 for 4, 1 E (pickoff)
Mikey O’Brien, RHP: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 5-6 GB/FB – just the third time he’s allowed more than two earned runs in a start all season (nine starts total)
Nathan Forer, RHP: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-4 GB/FB
Manny Barreda, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1-2 GB/FB

Open Thread: Evil Bunts
Eight-run 7th gives Yanks series win over Mets
  • Squishy Jello Person

    Vazquez is hurt. got hit in the hand.

  • NHyankeesfan

    Is Banuelos missing with just his fastball or is the control of all of his pitches this year off?

  • Will F.

    Bad ManBan! Bad ManBan! No walks! That goes for you too Dellin. And what the hell Brackman?!

    • mike c

      brackman hasn’t been good, but betances and banuelos have done a nice job so far

      • pete

        yeah. except no.

        • Ted Nelson

          Manny is a 20 year old LHSP in AA with a 3.29 FIP and 2.25 ERA… that’s not a nice job? The only issue here were super-high expectations fans had entering the season. He was hyped as the lefty Dwight Gooden or something. Fans had already penciled Manny and Dellin into the 2012 or even 2011 rotations as front-line starters, as they did with Joba and Hughes and IPK early (even the team itself penned them in with IPK and Hughes), and it’s just getting ahead of ourselves with guys who hadn’t even had AA success yet. They’re still good-to-very-good prospects and not particularly struggling overall.

          Betances has a 3.3 FIP and 0.94 ERA. He’s striking out a batter per inning. Not a nice job so far?

          Given how these guys did in their first taste of AA late last season I don’t see an overall problem with their starts to the season. The walks are concerning, but only part of the picture. It’s still too early in the season to be drawing conclusions.

  • JD

    Where is sanchez

  • IRF

    62 K’s in 39 games for De Leon

    • vin


    • first name only male (formerly Mike R. – Retire 21

      That would be awesome if he were a reliever!


        hahaha, for some reason IETC

  • Thomas Cassidy

    I was hoping we would see Brackman this year but if he keeps this shit up there’s no way in hell. If he pitches like this all year do the Yankees give him a minor league contract next year? Maybe they should try him out in the bullpen.

    • Steve O.

      No need to, he has options until 2013.

    • Steve O.

      Also, it’s a bit early to say that they should try him in the bullpen.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Tall pitchers usually take a bit longer to put everything together and master a repeatable delivery. Brackman had a nice 2010 and put himself closer, but a step back wasn’t something that should shock us as he moves up a level and faces better competition.

        As you said, patience is key.

        • CMP

          Not that he’s in the same class but it took Randy Johnson. A little longer to put it together too.

          • Steve O.

            Yeah, although RJ had a much livelier everything.

        • Plank

          He also grew an inch in the offseason, so the mechanics he learned as a 6’10” pitcher have to be relearned as a 6’11” pitcher.

  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    Meh. 7Ks in 4.2IP. Lefties are typically slow to develop command, as long as he’s still overpowering hitters I’m cool.


    once banuelos stops walking people, he’ll be truly special.
    I mean, he’s got a sub 2 ERA even with 20 walks in 36.2 innings. Imagine if he stopped walking people. We might see him in the big leagues in 2012.

    • Steve O.

      I’m sure the blister problems had/have something to do with that. He’s no control artist, but he’s better than that.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      We might see him in the big leagues in 2012.

      Second (and quickly, first) LOOGY in the pen for the stretch run.

      He serves in the Damaso Marte role during the 2011 Playoffs. He will make Travis Hafner, Grady Sizemore, Sam Fuld, Johnny Damon, Joey Votto, and Jay Bruce all look silly on our way to #28.


      (Yes, I just predicted Yankee victories over the Indians in the ALDS, the Rays in the ALCS, and the Reds in the WS. Yes, that means that Philly’s 4-ace rotation fails to win it all or even win the NL pennant and yes, that means Boston and not Tampa Bay is the one who misses the playoffs. You heard me.)

      • Monteroisdinero

        Sam Fuld?

        I laughed.

      • V


        As we’ve learned from Joba, once a starting pitcher prospect shows any success as a reliever, if he doesn’t win the Cy Young as a starter, he’s going to be relegated to the bullpen permanently.

        [/still bitter]

        • Ted Nelson

          As we learned with Phil Hughes, that is ridiculous.

      • Steve O.

        He’d be a dynamite LOOGY, but could the Yankees bring him up because Marte will be out for the year? Or would they have to play him in August to earn playoff eligibility?

        • Samuel

          You can add players to the playoff roster even if they are not on the roster by the August 31 deadline.

          So Banuelos or Norton (he’s a beast, always has been) or even Kontos can be added to the playoff roster even if they are only called up first in September.

      • The Big City of Dreams

        I would hate to see him as a loogy

      • Mike Axisa

        The thing is that he wouldn’t be a good LOOGY, he doesn’t have the breaking ball. Banuelos is fastball-changeup with an occasional curve, so he’s better equipped to face righties. The splits bear that out…

      • NC Saint

        I hate to knock a guy who was in my ninth-grade physics class, but what exactly is Fuld doing in a list with Sizmore, Votto, Hafner, and Bruce?

      • Pounder

        I feel you my brother!

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    control can be fixed…but a lack of talent can’t be…

    in other news…c’mon cubs…bury them sox


      haha, so true. i don’t walk many hitters, however my mid-70s fastball is at times a little lacking

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        i don’t worry at all about ManBan’s walks…for cripes sake, look at that line – 2 hits…that’s all they got – 2 God Damned Hits – in 4.2 IP!

        if he was getting knocked around on a regular basis then it would be a concern.

        • Steve O.

          It doesn’t really matter about the hits either. Unless we know the context of those hits, we can’t put much stock in them. Look at mainly walks and strikeouts for now.

          The hits matter when they’re scorching line drives and flyballs. The box score doesn’t indicate how hard these hits and outs were so it’s hard to get excited about them.

  • Jorge Vazquez

    Not like it matters that I wasn’t playing today, even if I started and hit three home runs you would still hate me for no reason. Good thing you huys have Sanit, Pendleton, Pena, Garrison, and Carlyle on the 40-man eh?

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      …even if I started and hit three home runs you would still hate me for no reason.

      No, there’s a reason.

      • Steve O.

        Wait, we hate Jorge Vasquez? I thought we only agreed on him sucking?

        Next time, can I get an e-mail or a phone call?

        Thanks in advance.

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          That’s true, I don’t hate Jorge Vazquez, I’m just not bullish on his chances as a big leaguer.

          I hate Mario Batali, though… he knows what he did.

    • Zack

      even if I started and hit three home runs you wouldn’t think that a 5 BB% and 30 K% in AAA at 29/30 would translate to any kind of success in the majors

      That looks better

    • Slugger27

      i dont hate him, id love for him to be awesome

    • Steve H

      Have fun with your Shelley Duncan and Izzy Alcantara rookie cards.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        2001, Sons of Sam Horn webchat board:


        Izzy’s hitting .297/.380/.599 with 36 homers down at Pawtucket. 36!!!! Sure, he’s 28 years old, looked pedestrian back when he was age-appropriate for his level, and offers no defensive value or flexibility, but… 36 HOMERS!!!!



        …aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, SCENE!

        • Steve H

          Just for fun I was looking up some other AAAA players. Sam Horn is one of the best. His 1987 line is the stuff of legend.

          .321/.389/.649, 30 HR and 84 RBI… 94 games.

          • V

            Before you write off all older AAA performances, counterexample: Nelson Cruz.

            .231/.282/.385 hitter in 145 games from 2005-2007 (ages 24-26).

            Popped 37 HRs in 103 games at AAA (age 27) in 2008, forcing a September callup, in which he put up an OPS over 1.000. Solid major leaguer.

            • Rick in Boston

              Agreed, but Cruz also had higher walk rates, stole bases, and played solid defense in the OF corners throughout his minor league career.

  • Nick

    If I remember right, Brackman started off very poorly last year too…anyone remember when he turned it around? Maybe it takes him several starts before he gets his mechanics down.

  • V

    Hey, Juan Miranda and Shelley Duncan are currently major leaguers. I bet Jorge Vazquez could be a decent 3rd piece (not a centerpiece or even 2nd piece) on a trade with a crappy team for some major league pitching help.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Juan Miranda brought back Scotty Allen (i.e., a decent but not elite low-A pitching prospect) in return when we traded him away. And Miranda was actually still a semi-prospect himself with some upside left in front of him. Shelly was non-tendered.

      I’m not holding my breath on us getting much of anything back for Jorge Vazquez, even in a package.

    • Steve O.

      Meh, what did Shelly Duncan net? What did Juan Miranda net?

      Not much of anything, really.

      Therefore, Vasquez will net… not much of anything.