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Update: The Double-A Trenton game is finally over and has been added to the post.

No official rosters have been released, but Cito Culver, Ben Gamel, and Mason Williams will be playing for Short Season Staten Island when the season starts this Friday. Not surprising. Oh, and apparently Alan Horne is done with his throwing program and is close to returning to one of the affiliates, though I’m guessing he’ll start close to home base in Tampa. Hard to believe he’s 28 already, but I guess time flies when you’re always hurt.

Triple-A Scranton (3-1 win over Syracuse)
Kevin Russo, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – nine for his last 22 (.409)
Greg Golson, CF, Jordan Parraz, RF & Gus Molina, DH: all 1 for 4 – Golson drove in a run and struck out
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 4 – he hit the ball hard three times
Jorge Vazquez, 1B & Brandon Laird, 3B: both 0 for 4, 2 K
Doug Bernier, SS: 1 for 4, 1 R
Austin Krum, LF: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B – three of his last four hits have been for extra bases
Adam Warren, RHP: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 4-9 GB/FB – 55 of 98 pitches were strikes (56.2%) … picked a runner off first with his great move … a few too many walks tonight, but he’s been on a very nice roll of late
Greg Smith, LHP: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 15 of 26 pitches were strikes (57.7%) … I’m guessing this was just a tuneup for Saturday’s start
Josh Schmidt, RHP: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K - threw six pitches, half for strikes

Double-A Trenton (7-3 win over Harrisburg)
Ray Kruml, CF: 0 for 5, 3 K – well that’s not very leadoff hitter-ish
Corban Joseph, 2B: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Bradley Suttle, DH: 1 for 4, 1 K
Jose Gil, C: 0 for 4, 1 K
DeAngelo Mack, LF & Addison Maruszak, 1B: both 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – Mack scored two runs … Maruszak scored one and drove one in
Jose Pirela, SS: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 E (fielding)
Jason Place, RF: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI – he had three hits total in his first six games with Trenton
Yadil Mujica, 3B: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Shaeffer Hall, LHP: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 8-1 GB/FB – picked a runner off first … very nice effort after a few sketchy ones
Naoya Okamoto, LHP: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 5-2 GB/FB
Wilkins Arias, LHP: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-1 GB/FB – can’t imagine three straight lefties is all that common

High-A Tampa (11-6 win over Lakeland) they faced one of Warren’s former college teammates
Abe Almonte, CF: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K
Walt Ibarra, SS: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K
Rob Lyerly, 1B: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB – seems like he’s been playing a lot of first base recently … I wonder if a promotion is coming since Trenton has Bradley Suttle at third and no obvious first baseman
Zoilo Almonte, LF: 3 for 4, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB – 11 for his last 36 (.306) with six homers … he’s been killing it of late
Kevin Mahoney, 3B: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI
Luke Murton, DH: 2 for 5, 2 2B, 2 RBI – six for his last 13 (.462) with three doubles
Taylor Grote, RF: 0 for 5, 1 K
Kyle Higashioka, C: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K
Kelvin Castro, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 K
Scottie Allen, RHP: 4 IP, 9 H, 4 R 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 4-4 GB/FB - gave up three homers after allowing just five all year coming into the game
Michael Solbach, RHP: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3-0 GB/FB
Preston Claiborne, RHP: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (9-3 loss to Greenville)
Anderson Feliz, 2B: 0 for 5, 3 K
Jose Toussen, CF & Mike Ferraro, LF: both 2 for 4, 1 K – Toussen stole a base … Ferraro doubled, drove in a run, scored a run, and threw a runner out at the plate
Ramon Flores, 1B & Kelvin DeLeon, RF: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Flores stole a base, DeLeon had his contractually mandated two strikeouts as well?
J.R. Murphy, C, Gary Sanchez, DH & Rob Segedin, 3B: all 1 for 4 – Sanchez drove in a run and struck out thrice … Segedin whiffed once
Garrison Lassiter, SS: 3 for 4, 1 2B, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Zach Nuding, RHP: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 5-2 GB/FB - 59-27 K/BB in 59.1 IP
Yobanny Reyes, RHP: 1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Tommy Kahnle, RHP: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-1 GB/FB – hit a little rough patch of late
Nathan Forer, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1-1 GB/FB

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  • Brad

    Is Ferraro a legit prospect? Looks like the first guy from EST to make his debut… Haven’t heard much about him.

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

      Nah, not really. He’s up because Sosa is on the DL and Heathcott is too banged up to play the outfield. They just needed another body.

      True story: I was at an SI Yanks-Brooklyn Cyclones game last year, and when Ferraro ran out of the dugout between innings to take the field, he ran right into the big bottle of mustard in the hot dog condiments race.

      • mbonzo

        Smooth.

      • Phil

        So Mike, if he’d have taken his dog w/out the mustard, would that have meant he was a prospect? As the story goes, a young Lou Gehrig tripped over the bat rack (the bats were layed out in front of the Yankee dugout back then) early in his career & embarrassed himself considerably & he turned out to be a pretty fair ballplayer.

        Baseball America had this to say about our 2010 20th round draft pick out of the University of San Diego:

        “Six-foot-2, 200-pound Ferraro is a lefty-hitting outfielder with an ideal frame, excellent speed and a strong (left throwing) arm. His bat (.342/.409/.467) came to life this year after nagging physical problems the past three seasons, including his time at Orange Coast JC.”

        Sounds to me like more than just another body. Time will tell.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Montero got BABIP fucked.

  • YanksFanInBeantown

    Shouldn’t they have Suttle play first and let Lyerly stay at third? It’s not like Suttle’s doing anything to earn playing time.

    • Samuel

      Suttle stinks and should basically give up hitting right handed. I would let Maruszak or Mujica play more over Suttle.

  • YanksFanInBeantown

    Shouldn’t they move Suttle to first and let Lyerly stay at third? It’s not like Suttle’s earned the spot this year.

  • YanksFanInBeantown

    Sry double post

  • Mister Delaware

    If Horne shows anything at all and we’ve still got some pen injuries, I’d love to see him fasttracked up. Not even because of utility (although I’d take him over some of the meh we’ve run up), just so he gets his shot. I always feel awful for the guys on pace who never make it. Must be horrible.

    • CMP

      The guy had two major shoulder surgeries not to mention TJS while in college. God only knows if he even has major league stuff anymore.

      I agree I’d love to see him make it back, though. Same with Christian Garcia.

      • Mister Delaware

        That’s what I mean. If he has a great week or 10 days where he’s hitting 92 with any kind of command and if there are still 25 man dead spots, I’d call him up and let he run out the rest of the tank in the bigs.

        • Gonzo

          You know that’s not a bad thought. I kind of like the ride it ’til the wheels fall off model.

      • Gonzo

        Chris Garcia! Remember the tease at the beginning of last year?

        I forget the writer that said he was flashing 4 pitches and none below average.

        • Accent Shallow

          It was Frankie Piliere. The article was about how he’d gone to see Phillippe Aumont, and Garcia stole the show.

          That was a tough (if expected) injury.

  • JerseyJohn

    Any word on what Horne has left? Obviously we can’t count on him but he used to have great stuff. It’d be an awesome story if he could somehow make it. I recall he used to have mid 90’s heat, and was considered a future #2 type of starter.

  • Vince C

    Shame about Horne. I used to follow him on yankeesprospects.com. This was before I even knew RAB existed. I hope he comes through and does well.

  • mbonzo

    Deangelo Mack might be the positional breakout player for the Yankees this year.

    • A.D.

      So far definitely bouncing back from a meh 2010

  • vin

    Is there anything less interesting than the Tampa team?

    • Gonzo

      The Mets?

    • cashman failed

      they are all pieces of shit

      • Mr Bleh

        Be specific

  • Monteroisdinero

    No passed balls/no stolen bases/a 3-1 victory. Another good effort behind the plate by our defensively-challenged catcher at Scranton.

    Who calls the pitches?

    • Brian in North Hampshire (formerly New Hampshire)

      I have always believed in the “patience is a virtue” path with Montero. But he’s playing well. He’s not letting a lot of pass balls or stolen bases. The Scranton staff (minus Brackmonster) has seemed to pitch fairly well lately. Call the kid up. Cervelli is showing us what he is on offense, and his defense leaves much to be desired at this point (can’t be any better than montero’s). Seems like posada is figuring something new out, but if that doesn’t last then Montero can DH and C, and it opens up the DH spot for other guys to get half-days.

      w/ Jeter on the DL now though i see Nunez coming up. they need a backup infielder.

      • Monteroisdinero

        2 Nunez? 0 Montero?

        cruel..