Golson, Pena hurt in SWB win

All tests come back negative for Hughes
Yankees drops Tigers for third straight win

Mike Ashmore has an update on reliever Grant Duff, who has a screw in his elbow and is coming back from a stress fracture that caused him to the miss the second half of last year. He’s pitching in Extended Spring Training now and could be back with an affiliate as soon as next week. Noaya Okamoto is the on the phantom disabled list, allowing Wilkins Arias to be activated.

Triple-A Scranton (3-1 win over Gwinnett)
Greg Golson, CF: 2 for 5, 2 RBI, 1 K – left the game after reaching on an error in the 7th, so presumably it was an injury
P.J. Pilittere, PR-1B: 0 for 0 – came in for Golson
Kevin Russo, 2B: 1 for 5, 2 K
Jesus Montero, C: 3 for 5 – yawn
Jorge Vazquez, 1B-3B: 1 for 5, 1 K
Justin Maxwell, LF-CF: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K – those are strikes 38 and 39 … Austin Jackson-esque
Brandon Laird, 3B-LR: 1 for 3, 2 BB – had four walks all year coming into the game
Jordan Parraz, RF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – threw a runner out at the plate
Ramiro Pena, SS: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K – left the game after fouling a pitch off his instep in the fifth, which has the potential to be very bad
Doug Bernier, SS: 0 for 2, 2 K
Gus Molina, DH: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K
Hector Noesi, RHP: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 Balk, 1 HB, 2-5 GB/FB – 57 of 85 pitches were strikes (67.1%) … that’s better than last time out, when he walked everyone
Eric Wordekemper, RHP: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K – threw just three pitches … that’s just his fifth strikeout of the year (in 12 IP)
Luis Ayala, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – ten of 16 pitches were strikes (62.5%) … and the rehab stint is officially underway
Ryan Pope, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – seven of nine pitches were strikes … he’s off the disabled list now
Kevin Whelan, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 11 of 15 pitches were strikes (73.3%) … dude’s been a beast this year

Double-A Trenton (5-3 win over Portland)
Austin Krum, LF & Ray Kruml, RF: both 0 for 3 – Krum walked, Kruml whiffed twice
Dan Brewer, DH & Bradley Suttle, 3B: both 2 for 4 – Brewer stole a base and plated a run … Suttle doubled, scored, and whiffed
Austin Romine, C: 0 for 4, 1 K
Melky Mesa, CF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – had been hitless in his last 19 at-bats
Corban Joseph, 2B: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K – hitting streak is up to 14 games
Jose Pirela, SS; 1 for 3 – got picked off first
Addison Maruszak, 1B: 2 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB
Craig Heyer, RHP: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 5-7 GB/FB- he was sitting right around 89 mph
Tim Norton, RHP: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 3-0 GB/FB – very nice … he was sitting 93-94 mph … 19-4 K/BB ratio in 12.2 IP
Brian Anderson, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K – that’s his first walk of the year (just 7.2 IP though)
Fernando Hernandez, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (3-0 loss to Clearwater)
Abe Almonte, DH & Walt Ibarra, 2B: both 0 for 4 – Ibarra struck out
Rob Lyerly, 3B, Luke Murton, 1B, Jason Place, RF & Taylor Grote, CF: all 1 for 4 – Lyerly committed a fielding error … Murton struck out twice and committed an error on a pickoff play … Place doubled and whiffed twice … Grote struck out
Zoilo Almonte, LF: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Mitch Abeita, C: 0 for 2, 2 BB
Kevin Mahoney, 2B: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K
Brett Marshall, RHP: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 3-1 GB/FB – there’s the big strikeout game we’ve been waiting for … hopefully this is the start of a nice little roll
Ronny Marte, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Ryan Flannery, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4-0 GB/FB – dude threw 83.2 IP in relief last year

Low-A Charleston (8-0 loss to Delmarva)
Slade Heathcott, CF: 1 for 4, 1 BB
Anderson Feliz, 2B, Gary Sanchez, C & Jose Mojica, SS: all 0 for 4- Feliz and Mojica each whiffed twice … Sanchez committed a fielding error while Mojica missed a catch … Sanchez also allowed two passed balls, already his eighth and ninth of the year
J.R. Murphy, DH: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K
Ramon Flores, LF: 0 for 1, 3 BB – this guy man, that’s 23 BB in 22 games
Rob Segedin, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 K
Kelvin DeLeon, RF: 1 for 4, 1 K
Kyle Roller, 1B: 2 for 3, 1 BB
Zach Nuding, RHP: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 4-2 GB/FB, 1 E (fielding) – easily his worst start of the year, but one stinker out of every five starts ain’t terrible
Michael Recchia, RHP: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Rich Martinez, RHP: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 4-1 GB/FB
Manny Barreda, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 3-0 GB/FB

All tests come back negative for Hughes
Yankees drops Tigers for third straight win
  • JobaWockeeZ

    I love the patience of Charleston.

    • Plank

      I may be wrong, but isn’t patience at the lower minor levels much less important than other things. In terms of major league projection, patience isn’t high up on the list of things a scout would look at. I’ll fact check myself on that, but does anyone know off hand?

      • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

        Plate discipline is always important.

      • Sleepykarl

        It’s by no means less important, but more of a rare trait. Patience is something usually learned over time and maturity, not a youthful trait.

      • Ted Nelson

        If you can’t hit then plate discipline is not going to necessarily make you an MLB player, but if you can hit it’s generally more preferable to be patient than not. Sanchez (probably not who the original comment referred to given his slow start), Slade, JR Murphy, and Ramon Flores are all legit prospects (young high picks and IFA bonus babies) who can hit and have legit chances to keep hitting through the minors. There are other solid guys who aren’t considered to have the ceilings of those 4 at this point, but can also hit and have a chance to keep it up through the minors: Segedin, Roller, maybe even DeLeon. So, I think the patience is definitely encouraging. The Yankees also seem to preach patience as much as any organization, so I think it is something that they are looking for from their prospects. If you have an impatient guy who can rake like a Cano or Vlad Guerrerro… of course you live with it, but all else equal they want patient hitters with an advanced approach. That’s likely to translate as they face better pitching… guys with control who mix their pitches and can consistently throw off-speed stuff for strikes. Being able to rip the snot out of a straight Low A fastball over the plate that you knew was coming does not necessarily mean you’ll be able to hit AA pitching, let alone MLB pitching.

  • squishy jello person

    “Ramon Flores, LF: 0 for 1, 3 BB – this guy man, that’s 23 BB in 22 games”

    Told yah.

    • A-Rod’s Wingman

      Your name changed cursed Gary Sanchez. They may as well started a Gary Sanchez watch on the sid enote.

      • squishy jello person


    • Gonzo

      The Yankees are cornering the market on good, diminutive Latinos! I would fit right in if I was actually, you know, good.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    It seems like Manny Barreda is pitching with the same line every day. He’s an org player, right?

  • Chip

    I hope Brett Marshall really turns it on this year, maybe we should send Bartolo down to teach him a real sinker

  • YankeesJunkie

    It was nice to see Brett Marshall get a big strike out game and it has been the most impressive to see Ramon Flores a small 19 year old in A ball with such good patience.

  • http://riveraveblues.com/2010/02/2010-preseason-top-30-prospects-21281/#comment-779224 LET SBGL BACK ON BRACKMAN’S DEBUT

    Jesus Montero, C: 3 for 5 – yawn


  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Marshall pitched great through 5 tonight and last Thursday in Daytona. He got into trouble in the 6th in both games. Building up endurance.

  • tomaconda

    Was at the. Scranton gwinnett game again tonight. Pena hurt bad stayed down for a while. Golson looked like he may have just had a cramp. Montero hit everything hard and Noesi looked very very good. There was an infield hit and a bunt in the first inning and a couple bloopers that fell. Vasquez hit a foul ball that is still in orbit. The highlight of my night though was getting Montero to sign a ball on his way to the bullpen and Laird threw one to my son. Can’t wait till tomorrow nights game. Oh and Laird swings two feet over any breaking stuff down in the zone.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Gotta love the sound off Montero’s bat. What type of hits did he get and what type of outs? Do you recall? Thanks for the report.

      • tomaconda

        Three hard shots up the middle for hits. Missed one of his outs other was a shot the pitcher snared.

      • tomaconda

        Three hard shots up the middle for hits. Missed one of his outs other was a grounder the pitcher snared.

  • Guest

    Sittin’ down in AAA…watching the tide roll away…sittin’ down in AAA…wastin’ time.

    I don’t know what the answer is here, but Jesus in AAA feels like such a waste. At this point, I’m not sure how much materially better defensively down there over playing/doing drills up in the majors. I mean, he’s not going to any smaller or more athletic.

    And as a hitter–well–he’s got nothing left to gain from AAA. The man should be mashing in the majores–somewhere.

    • pat

      Posada is gonna go down with an injury and Montero will take over. You just watch.

    • Ted Nelson

      Patience… He’ll get his chance. It’s not about what he does in the first couple of months of 2011. This is a long-term asset. The Yankees should not rush to trade him just so that he can be in the majors-“somewhere.” He’s 21 years old. I also don’t buy that he has nothing left to gain in the minors.

      His OPS is .854 in AAA… is it really that clear that he’ll be immediately “mashing in the majores” when he does come up? If you arbitrarily dock him 100 OPS points transitioning to the majors… he’s 200 points worse than Martin so far this season and about even with Chavez and Jones (basically the back-up DHs right now). If you dock him 200 points… he’s even with Posada.

  • IE

    Given that Cervelli is no great shakes defensively, I would like to see Montero catch twice per week to keep Martin fresh. Posada has a track record and will probably begin to hit at some point. Keeping Cervelli in the majors and Jesus in AAA is really the problem.

    • Sean C

      I think Posada’s .087 BABIP is due for at least a little regression.

      • YankeesJunkie

        Yeah, all the other stats for Posada such as ISO and BB% are quite good that babip is killing him though.

  • Gonzo

    jimcallisBA Jim CallisYeah, but can they deal him straight up for King Felix? @kevin_goldstein: #Yankees C Gary Sanchez … Questions about him in AA have stopped

    • http://twitter.com/unfixed unfixed

      I’m having trouble comprehending this. Some context and elaboration would help me out a bit.

  • dreamer

    thanks for the video on tim norton, Mike. Looking forward to the article. does he have one of those longer than average strides like drob?

  • Rookie

    Wow. Norton continues to do nothing but impress.