Jul
28

Betances struggles in Trenton loss

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

Keith Law gave some big time love to Mason Williams in his chat this afternoon

I think Williams has a chance to be … actually, the player I think Colby Rasmus will be. Hits for average, runs well, plays good D in CF, hits maybe 20-25 HR.

I didn’t think he had that kind of power potential, but obvious he’s talking about a best case scenario. That kind of player is a star. Law also mentioned that a scout he spoke to raved about Angelo Gumbs’ bat speed but was generally down on Cito Culver.

Triple-A Scranton (6-3 win to Buffalo)
Kevin Russo, LF: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K – threw a runner out at second
Greg Golson, CF: 1 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 SB
Jesus Montero, C: 0 for 4, 1 BB – .000/.111/.000 in his last nine plate appearances … bust!
Jorge Vazquez, DH: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K – third homer in four games
Brandon Laird, 3B: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B – I see the lack of at-bats in the big leagues didn’t bother him
Jordan Parraz, RF: 2 for 3, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 HBP – 12 for his last 31 (.387) with four doubles, a triple, and a homer
Mike Lamb, 1B: 0 for 3, 1 K, 1 HBP
Luis Nunez, 2B: 3 for 4, 2 2B, 2 RBI
Doug Bernier, SS: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Greg Smith, LHP: 6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 5-2 GB/FB – 53 of 79 pitches were strikes (67.1%) … picked a runner off first, which isn’t surprising since he has a great move
Buddy Carlyle, RHP: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0-3 GB/FB – 13 of 20 pitches were strikes
Randy Flores, LHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – nine of 12 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (8-3 loss to Richmond)
Ray Kruml, LF & Addison Maruszak, 3B: both 0 for 4 – Kruml walked and struck out three times … Maruszak whiffed once
Corban Joseph, 2B: 0 for 3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – eight fewer walks than last year in 138 fewer plate appearances
Austin Romine, DH & Rob Lyerly, 1B: both 1 for 5 – Romine drove in a run … Lyerly struck out twice
Melky Mesa, CF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Zoilo Almonte, RF: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Jose Pirela, SS: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 E (fielding, throwing) – picked a runner off first with a snap throw
Jose Gil, C: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K
Dellin Betances, RHP: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 6-4 GB/FB – just 64 pitches, 43 of which were strikes (57.2%) … he was cruising until the sixth, then some ground balls got through for singles and the wheels came off … he was mostly 93-94 with some 96′s … could this have been his last start with the Yankees? maybe
Pat Venditte, SwP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Ryan Flannery, RHP: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3-0 GB/FB
Ryan Pope, RHP: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 0-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (12-2 win over Fort Myers)
Abe Almonte, CF: 1 for 5 – got pinch-hit for in the eighth, and I’m not entirely sure why
Emerson Landoni, PH-RF: 0 for 1 – especially when this guy did the pinch-hitting
David Adams, 2B: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB – he’s OPS’ing over 1.000 this year, combined at all levels
Ronnier Mustelier, RF-CF: 1 for 6, 1 2B
Kyle Roller, 1B: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 HBP – second homer in four games
Rob Segedin, 3B: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
Cody Johnson, LF: 0 for 2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP
Luke Murton, DH: 2 for 4, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 HBP – second homer in seven games
Kelvin Castro, SS: 3 for 5, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – 13 for his last 38 (.342) with four walks and four whiffs
Hector Rabago, C: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – that’s his first homer since the final game of last season
Sean Black, RHP: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 7-6 GB/FB
Michael Solbach, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Ronny Marte, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (13-8 loss to Greeneville)
Eduardo Sosa, CF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K – stuck in a 6-for-40 rut (.150)
Anderson Feliz, 2B: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K – 14 for his last 31 (.452) with four doubles and a triple
Kevin Mahoney, 1B: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 4 K, 1 E (fielding)
Gary Sanchez, C: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 PB, 1 E (throwing) – I’m going to guess that an outfielder fell down on the triple
Ramon Flores, LF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Shane Brown, DH: 2 for 3, 1 BB
Kelvin DeLeon, RF: 0 for 4, 2 K – 108 K in 336 AB (32.1%)
Garrison Lassiter, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
Jose Mojica, SS: 0 for 4, 1 R
Scottie Allen, RHP: 4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 2 HB, 3-2 GB/FB – sheesh, and I thought he was a sleeper coming into the season
Francisco Rondon, LHP: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-0 GB/FB
Kelvin Perez, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Michael Recchia, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (4-3 loss to Batavia)
Mason Williams, CF: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB – stuck in a little 8-for-33 rut (.242)
Cito Culver, SS: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB – 14 for his last 37 (.378) with seven walks and six strikeouts
Wes Wilson, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI – the box score says Wes, but I’m thinking it’s really Zach
Cody Grice, LF: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K – got picked off first … 11 for his last 28 (.393)
Reymond Nunez, 1B: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP – ten for his last 33 (.303), but 16 strikeouts
Ben Gamel, RF, Casey Stevenson, 3B & Jhorge Liccien, C: all 0 for 3 – Liccien and Stevenson struck out once, Gamel twice … Stevenson also drew a walk to lead off the ninth and was pinch hit for … Angelo Gumbs pinch-hit for Liccien as the following batter and struck out … Gamel got hit by a pitch and stole a base, Liccien allowed a passed ball
Ali Castillo, 2B: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Evan DeLuca, LHP: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 4-0 GB/FB
Vidal Nuno, LHP: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 0-1 GB/FB – 29-3 K/BB in 23.2 IP
Matt Tracy, LHP: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1-1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (8-3 win over GCL Blue Jays)
Jose Rosario, SS, Danny Lopez, RF & Jorge Alcantara, 2B: all 0 for 4 – Alcantara whiffed twice
Dan Brewer, DH: 1 for 2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB – rehabbing from his hamstring injury … hopefully he’s not stuck down here as long as David Adams was
Isaias Tejeda, C: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Jack Valera, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Matt Duran, 3B: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI – first pro start after yesterday’s pinch-hitting debut … first career hit was a single, second a bomb
Ravel Santana, CF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 K – that’s his league-leading eighth homer … gotta go back to 2009 to find someone that hit that many in this league, and with 26 games left in the season, he’s got a chance to be the GCL’s first double-digit homer guy since 2008
Justin James, LF: 2 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HBP – hits every time he plays, like clockwork
Jeff Marquez, RHP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1-3 GB/FB – another guy rehabbing
Kanekoa Texeira, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – and another rehabber
Dawerd Cruz, RHP: 3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2-4 GB/FB
Joel De La Cruz, RHP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 4-2 GB/FB
Cory Cowsert, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Categories : Down on the Farm

90 Comments»

  1. Zach says:

    The video Mike has posted of Montero really helped me to understand what people see in him: effortless power to all fields.

  2. Sabr King says:

    If we step back and think about the Yankees’ two objectives, I’d say they’re: (1) to win the World Series (2) win the World Series every year. They’re somewhat mutually exclusive. Objective (1) can be achieved by trading prospects for a Jimenez or Garza unabashedly. Objective (2) requires more prudence. The Yankees have, or should have, some idea of which of its prospects will eventually wear their pinstripes long term. These are also usually the ones necessary in a trade for Yankee level major leaguers. Unfortunately the Yanks don’t have enough of them, making their trade stack shorter (Im a poker player).

    The Yankee farm system has a lot of depth, particularly players unlikely to contribute remarkably to the major league team. They’ve proven to be able to obtain mid-season salary dumps like Berkman, Kearns, Wood, Nady. This recent Beltran trade has gotten my attention. The Giants traded Wheeler, a top 40 prospect for a 2 month rental. The cost of talent appears to be rising. With revenues increasing across MLB, the Yankees’s financial advantage is slowly shrinking.

    In order for the Yanks to achieve objective (2), they have to spend up in the draft and international free agency. The industry has shifted towards this practice. Bonuses are rising. Talented young players in the majors are locked up early at team friendly deals. This allows teams to spend up big in the draft/IFA. This means the value of prospects has risen. The Yankees’ will inevitably miss the playoffs for a period, and have to rebuild. The Jays and Rays have better farm systems. Their prospects will either be productive players for them, or will help obtain productive players via trade. The quality of their prospects mean they’ll be able to trade for players we won’t be able to.

    With Montero, I think the Yanks see him as one of two things: (1) trade bait (2) DH/part time catcher. That they’ve kept him stashed in the minors suggests they’re leaning towards (1). It could be that they love Posado so much that they’re willing to see out his contract as a DH. But they could also be hiding Montero’s defensive flaws to protect his value as a catcher. It’s likely a combination of both. The league consensus already is that he’s a 1B/DH, hence there’s no need for the Yankees to persist with a below average DH going forward. With the Wild Card safely in their hands, it looks like protecting their relationship with Posada is more important than improving their A-Rod less lineup. Too bad. Had the Rays remained in contention, at least it’ll give us fans a better idea of what the Yanks plan for Montero.

    • thumper says:

      hello wall of text. You know they already filled the position for weekend writers; you don’t have to audition anymore. ;)

    • Alfredo says:

      i think cashman is been smart and taking the chance with the team we have now knowing we will not win the World Series but he is rebuilding now while the team still can make the playoffs, and has talent, so we can compete so when the Blue jays and Rays have their dynasty we can have our selves one two without missing a beat.

      • donnie23 says:

        I think it is early to think Cash will do nothing. My gut tells me to say goodbye to Nova and Betances (plus more) and hello to Jiminez.

    • Cuso says:

      Well thought out post.

      My interpretation of the win now vs. build from within to form a perennial winner is that currently the Yankees are caught “in between.”

      I believe Cashman genuinely wants to get another core group a la the Bernie/Pettitte/Mo/Jeter/Posada train that came up from 90-95.

      They can’t accomplish that without sacrificing a couple of opportunities at championship runs.

      You can’t sacrifice championship runs with teams that have Jeter, Mo &on their last hurrahs.

      So you have to work them in slowly (like they’re trying to do with Nunez).

      But to make achampionship run this year, they need a #2 (and probably a #3 for that matter)..

      Nobody except Ubaldo fits that bill. Nobody. Not Kuroda, not Marquis, noone. Not Wandy, not Danks/Floyd.

      To get any one of those pitchers, you push further away from building the next dynasty.

      They’re caught in-between.

      • Jorge says:

        Exactly.

        Dynasties = Much cooler than one-and-gone championships, though.

      • The Fallen Phoenix says:

        To make a championship run, the Yankees need to get into the playoffs. They likely will. When they get into the playoffs, they’ll likely have a top-three run-differential team, even if they don’t have the best overall record and don’t win the East.

        …if that’s not a team that can make a championship run, then I don’t really know what your standards are.

        As for the Montero must be up this year or the Yankees don’t believe in him crap, he’s 21. He’s not a finished product. It’s not like he’s 24, 25, or 26, and is maxed out, or something.

  3. Avi says:

    Mason Sizemore!

    • Thomas Cassidy says:

      No, thanks. Sizemore was overrated. He’s almost 30 now and can’t even stay healthy. His career is over.

      • The Fallen Phoenix says:

        Sizemore was not overrated, he got hurt. There’s a difference.

        • Thomas Cassidy says:

          No, he was overrated also. Everybody was hot in the pants about him. He never put up any spectacular numbers like they made it sound like. He would have been better if he was a number three hitter, where he belonged.

          • Sayid J. says:

            I’m sorry, but 33 home runs and 38 stolen bases with an .876 OPS from CF is incredible production. That was his best season, but he had several in that territory. Not at all overrated.

          • JobaWockeeZ says:

            Leading the league in WAR in 2008 is teh suck.

      • Sayid J. says:

        Sizemore was overrated? Wow. Awesome bat in CF + stolen bases. Yea, sure, he is injury prone, but I don’t think that makes him overrated. He was a great player.

        • Avi says:

          Sizemore was one of baseball’s top 5 players for 2-3 years. If Mason turns out like him we’ll all be saying Ruth, Gehrig, Dimagio, Mantle, Jeter, Mason Williams.

        • Thomas Cassidy says:

          He was a great player. I’m not saying he was bad. I’m saying he wasn’t the best player in baseball like everybody made him out to be.

          Why does everyone assume that when someone says “overrated” it automatically means the same thing as “they suck?”

  4. DERP says:

    Been really impressed with Justin James. He was probably my favorite Yankee draftee from this year (not really sure why).

  5. Alfredo says:

    the yankees have Drafted high reward guys and i love it.

  6. Alfredo says:

    i want them to let their talent mature until they are ready. I really would not like the yankees to give up prospects when we most likely will make the playoffs already i mean yeah we probably will be out in the first round but its a sacfrice you make for a couple years so then we have what he had from 90-2000. i would not like to see us in the situation that we have to wait 5 or 10 years before we even make the playoffs again.

  7. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    I don’t like how the whole Gary Sanchez narative is evolving (or the opposite of). The other shoe will probably drop and we’ll find out he is 23 years old. Cash should put him in a package to keep the B’s out of one.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      If he’s 23, he certainly doesn’t look it.

    • Pants Lendelton says:

      Wasn’t Tabata a year older than reported?

      • Nuke LaDoosh says:

        well, yeah, i think he was, but to be clear, that really wasn’t my point. my point really was that if Sanchez had enough buzz coming into this season, his value still might be high for a kid with a long way to go, and so i’d cash that chip rather than Betancuelos.

    • Avi says:

      Sanchez has 27 extra base hits through 70 games played as an 18 year old in the SAL. Miguel Sano who was signed the same year as Sanchez (’09) and was highest rated player on the international free agent market that year (and one of the most hyped IFA in the last decade)didn’t even play in full season ball yet. Sanchez is striking out a lot but not an obscene amount. I still like his bat a lot. Though you can’t be confident he’ll stick at catcher with how awful he’s been.

      • YankeeGrunt says:

        His PBs are a problem, but that’s usually something that can be fixed with coaching, unlike Montero whose obstacle is as much his frame as anything else. His CS rate is 34%, not bad for the low levels where most pitchers can’t hold runners to save their lives. Not great, but not irredeemable.

  8. YankeeGrunt says:

    David Adams is almost all the way back. 3-5 with a 2B and a BB today, hope he gets enough time in at AA that he starts next year at Scranton.

  9. Gordonm says:

    Scranton won?

  10. JP says:

    Is there any spot for Pat Venditte in Scranton? He has a nice number in AA now.

    • mbonzo says:

      He’s always had gaudy numbers, he might not have impressive stuff but if the numbers are there you might as well give it a try.

  11. Brian S. says:

    Don’t leave us Betances! We love you!

  12. Banuelos might be the real thing, not Betances-TRADE BETANCES AND MONTERO.

    • YankeeGrunt says:

      A 6’8″ guy with a 96 MPH fastball, who was absolutely lights out until the 6th. He’s also in innings territory he hasn’t trod for three years, so fatigue may have been at issue. If Betances fails as a starter he has the makings of a dynamite reliever. He’s pretty real.

  13. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    would you do
    Montero, Sanchez, Nova and Noesi for Ubaldo? I would.
    What if they asked for Hughes instead of Nova?

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      Yes and yes.

    • mbonzo says:

      No way, thats 3 guys with star ceilings plus Noesi. Just because Hughes has hit injuries doesn’t mean he should be a trade piece. He’s still 25, younger than Brackman.

      • Thomas Cassidy says:

        Montero and Sanchez have star ceilings. Nova is a number three or four guy, same as Noesi. That is not star like unless your rotation is:

        Halladay
        Sabathia
        Hernandez
        Lincecum
        Noesi/Nova

        • mbonzo says:

          Was talking about Hughes, who still has a high ceiling. Nova and Noesi are lower B level prospects.

          • Thomas Cassidy says:

            Whoops. I’d still do it. Jimenez has a higher ceiling than Hughes. The only player you’re really losing is Montero, and he’s expendable for the right price.

            • mbonzo says:

              You’re talking about 2 possible #1/#2 guys and Montero who is supposedly the best bat in the minors. If 1 of those 3 work out, the Yankees lose the trade imo. 6 years of 1 star < 2 years of Jimenez.

              • Nuke LaDoosh says:

                if it comes with 1 or maybe 2 W.S. championships…that’s just the cost of doing business for the Yanks.

      • D-Lite says:

        +1
        I don’t see trading two blue chip catching prospects and two MLB level mid/back rotation arms as making any sense here. Swap out a catcher for Adams and maybe.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Nope. Ubaldo walks too many batters in the damn NL West even excluding IBB’s. His BB percent is the same as AJ’s in a weak division.

      Montero, Hughes and Nova is the highest I go.

      • Avi says:

        How many aces have there been in the last 10-15 years with Ubaldo’s BB rate?

        • JobaWockeeZ says:

          Ubaldo’s career BB% is 9.5ish IIRC. The only true ace since 1995 with a BB% like that is Kershaw. There are number twos with 8 BB% being Clemens, Billingsley and Ricky Romero.

          • JobaWockeeZ says:

            Btw the reason I say around 9.5 is because I’m excluding IBB’s.

            • Avi says:

              This is why I don’t like Ubaldo. You have to pay for him like he’s a true ace and he’s really a #2. #2 starters are a dime a dz these days too. To ask Ubaldo to be an ace is asking him to do something almost no one has ever done (cuz of the BB rate). The common denominator of all aces is excellent control.

              • B-Rando says:

                Yeah because the Yankees have been just fighting off all the possible #2 starters with a stick this trade deadline…

                I don’t like trading for Ubaldo either, but your post makes you look extremely unintelligent.

        • YankeesJunkie says:

          Pitchers with 3+ BB/9 and 5.0+ fWAR

          2010: Jimenez, Lester, Lincecum
          2009: Jimenez
          2008: Lincecum, Burnett, Dempster, Meche
          2007: Kazmir, Escobar
          2006: Bedard
          2005: Lackey, Burnett
          2004: Schmidt, Clemens

          Not impossible

          • Avi says:

            I think that list makes JobaWockeez’ point. Take Lincecum out and all those guys either didn’t have extended success (their peek was short) or were never true aces. Clemen’s obviously was a true ace but without looking I bet his BB rates were lower in his ace-like years.

            • Ted Nelson says:

              Bedard has injury problems, not performance problems.

              Lester isn’t consistent?

              You can’t just take Lincecum out… he’s in there not just once but twice. Are you going to allow me to take Kazmir out?

              I think the point has been clearly made that BB/9 is not the ultimate measure of a pitcher’s effectiveness. It’s part of a much larger picture.

              Of course, you’re the same guy that thinks if the Yankees don’t draft based on BA’s top 200 they’re idiots… so I’m not sure why I’m bothering.

          • JobaWockeeZ says:

            None of them are constants. Everyone is a one and done on that list save for Ubaldo who’s doing it in the NL West and Burnett who sucks right now.

            Lester doesn’t even count since his BB% only passed 9 once since fully starting. Ubaldo’s on a different level. It’s not impossible to have a good season sure, but it doesn’t look good to have multiple good seasons which is the point if you trade Monteor, Betances and Banuelos.

            • JobaWockeeZ says:

              I forgot to include Lincecum who’s 8.4 BB rate excluding IBB’s is still one percent lower than Ubaldo’s. And Lincecum strikes out a fuckton more

            • Ted Nelson says:

              “it doesn’t look good to have multiple good seasons”

              Except that Lincecum and Jimenez have both had multiple great seasons. Being an NL West pitcher doesn’t mean that all your games are against NL West teams, you realize that right?

    • Phil says:

      That’s just obscenely crazy; no thanks Nuke!

  14. ultimate913 says:

    Dellin Betances, RHP: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 6-4 GB/FB – just 64 pitches, 43 of which were strikes (57.2%) … he was cruising until the sixth, then some ground balls got through for singles and the wheels came off … he was mostly 93-94 with some 96?s … could this have been his last start with the Yankees? maybe

    What do you mean by this about Dellin, Mike? As in a trade? Or a call up?

  15. Steve H says:

    Montero’s slump has come at the perfect time, since, per Olney, teams really focus on 2-3 game sample sizes before the deadline.

  16. Avi says:

    In the last 20 years how many guys hit for power and average in triple A at the age of 21, K’d at the same rate as Montero and didn’t make it in the big leagues?

  17. Skip says:

    Matt Duran – wow.

  18. Charles says:

    I don’t know why people aren’t talking about Pat Venditte more, his stats are unbelievable so far in his professional career. Plus the fact that he throws from both sides, I don’t know why he hasn’t moved faster in the system. Maybe the Yanks just see him as a sideshow act and not a real pitcher.

    • Jesse says:

      He probably is just a sideshow. Plus, he doesn’t throw very hard and doesn’t have a plus out pitch, like a slider or change. It’s a great story, and I hope he makes the bigs, but he just doesn’t have the best stuff in the world, although his numbers are very good.

  19. Phil says:

    Yes, I’m copping to the fact that I am now a huge Cody Grice fan; you betcha!

    Oh, & as for Ubaldo, If I didn’t make it clear earlier, I’d pass on the guy. No way he adjusts to the AL East in time to really make a difference. He’ll walk too many, press, & probably blow up. Really, I’d rather stick w/Hughes, or go w/Nova, Noesi, or D.J. Mitchell at the back end of the rotation & try to challenge A.J. to step up & show he’s a bigtime pitcher. He’s gotta get it through his thick skull that at this level, stuff isn’t enough. He’s gotta be willing to get down & compete w/everything he’s got. That means he’s got to think out there, have command of both sides of the plate, establish his off-speed stuff, & have the conviction to believe he can get people out consistently.

    Having said that, I would reconsider dealing some prospects if the A’s would make Gio GOnzalez available – depends on how much they want for him.

  20. Elmgrovegnome says:

    They Yankees should eat some of AJs contract and include him in a trade. If they did that then they would be forced to move on from him.

    I cringe everytime I see that he is going to pitch. Even when he is good you know he will eventually blow it.

    • coolerking101 says:

      No one is going to take Burnett unless you essentially give him away for free and eat his contract. No thanks.

  21. Doug says:

    It almost doesn’t matter what Montero does production-wise because we know he can hit. When he makes contact. He has been striking out at a career-high rate this season (> 20%). It’s good to see he hasn’t K’d these past two 0 for 4s, and in fact, he’s only K’d 4 times in his past 30 ABs (with the same # of walks).

    Those are the numbers that are important to me.

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