Mar
15

Open Thread: 3/15 Camp Notes

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Chien-Ming Wang strained a hammy today. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The Yankees beat the Nationals today by the score of 8-5. Michael Pineda allowed two runs and struck out four in 3.2 IP before reaching his pitch count (video), and his fastball was sitting right around 90 mph and topping out at 92 [Marc Carig]. He said he only threw about ten changeups, but it felt like a ton more than that, particularly with no one on base. He got a few swings and misses with it (and at least one ground ball), and his slider was stupid good for the most part. Neither Pineda nor Russell Martin think much of the velocity, but the right-hander was pretty thrilled about the changeup. [Jayson Stark]

Bill Hall (2-for-3) doubled off the wall to the opposite field to drive in a pair, and Justin Maxwell went 2-for-2 in garbage time. Jose Gil also drove in two with a single in his only at-bat. Brett Gardner went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, and he must have seen 20 pitches in the process. He was fouling off everything it seemed. Clay Rapada walked a left-handed batter after getting ahead in the count 0-2, which is a definite no-no. Brett Marshall threw the best 2.1 IP of two-run ball you’ll ever see, I thought he looked very good. Here’s the box score, and here’s the rest from the day in Tampa…

  • Freddy Garcia has a big wrap on his right hand but says it’s just a bad bruise. He thinks he’s only going to miss a few days after getting hit by an Edwin Encarnacion comebacker yesterday, but who knows. [MarcCarig]
  • Joba Chamberlain will throw 50 pitches in the bullpen tomorrow, with the last ten being sliders. No, they’re not stretching him out to be a starter, it’s all about building arm strength at this point. [George King]
  • Austin Romine took some dry swings today, the first time he’s done anything with a bat since hurting his back earlier in camp. He’s still a week away from full workouts. [Carig]
  • Ramiro Pena left today’s game with a sore ankle after sliding into second awkwardly while attempting to steal a base in the fourth. There are no tests planned. Martin is fine following the collision with Wang you see above. Here’s video if you want to see what happened. [Carig, Carig]
  • D.J. Mitchell broke out a new cutter during his three stellar innings yesterday, though apparently he started working on it last year. Boone Logan has also been focusing on a changeup during side sessions, which is a pitch he threw a while ago but has since scrapped as a reliever. George Kontos (live batting practice), Ivan Nova and David Phelps (bullpens) threw today. [Chad Jennings]

Here is your open thread for the night. All three hockey locals are in action tonight, plus MLB Network will be airing a game a little later tonight. You folks all know what to do by now, so have at it.

71 Comments»

  1. Havok9120 says:

    Hey, hey, the site’s back!

    Or was I the only one who couldn’t get onto it all afternoon?

    • velocitee says:

      It was good for me.

    • Bryan__from NZ says:

      I’m starting to get worried about Pineda’s velocity.

      Any scouting reports on his high FB tendencies? Are they mostly infield or outfield types?

      • STONE COLD Austin Romine says:

        Not me.

        He’s becoming more of a pitcher instead of a thrower and it’s translating into results albeit it’s spring training though.

      • Havok9120 says:

        He’s been effective. That’s all we can ask for at this point.

        I’ll be worried about it when someone in the organization hints that there’s a problem. Last we heard, he was still doing his purposeful under throwing to warm his arm up. We’ll see.

      • DM says:

        If you watched the game, you can see it was sliders, 2-seamers and change-ups. He barely threw the 4-seam upstairs. He’s not letting it go yet.

        • jonathan c. says:

          I was at the game against the Braves and it was the same thing then. Tons of offspeed stuff.

          • DM says:

            I didn’t see every last pitch but he was slider heavy today. And he didn’t have great command in the zone — esp with the fastball. I can see how he got away with 2 pitches last year. If you pair that slider with a 95+ heat, he’s like Joba when he first came up as a reliever. And I guess he’s big and strong enough to maintain that for 6-7 innings instead of 1. He doesn’t even need a great changeup — just enough to keep the hitters honest.

      • Bryan__from NZ says:

        FB: fly ball

        • Havok9120 says:

          Today there were quite a few more grounders than I was expecting, including one or two off the changeup. That’s all I really noticed today. I haven’t been overly concerned which watching his fly ball % because, well, its ST and it hasn’t been a problem yet. At all. I’ve yet to noticed a huge number of flyballs during his handful of innings.

          *shrug*

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  3. Tom says:

    I wonder what Carig was using for his readings and if it was the gun they were using on the MASN telecast (which I assume is the stadium gun?). If folks are going to continue to report on velocity they should start mentioning what they are using as their source (a trusted scout, group of scouts, stadium scoreboard gun, TV telecast)

    I saw about 5-6 innings of the game and don’t think I saw a single pitch over 92mph.

    I also thought Brett Marshall looked good… his breaking stuff seemed a bit inconsistent at times (not sure if it was slider or curve, or slurve?), but at times it looked pretty damn good. Mark Newman over at Fangraphs seems pretty high on him.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Yeah, I also didn’t see any over 92, though I only watched through 5 or 6.

      Someone (Marchand) said he was sitting at like 91 and touching higher. Dunno what he was using.

    • Sarah says:

      The stadium gun was low. They said so on the telecast and the radio.

      • Tom says:

        Thanks… must have missed that comment on the telecast

        It seemed pretty obvious to me that the gun was “slow” when there was no pitcher capable of hitting 93 and very few getting to 91-92; you’d think Carig might have picked up on it; but I guess reporting a max of 92mph on twitter feeds the narrative/hysteria better.

  4. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    lets cut the cheese on this. pineda’s velocity is very concerning at this point.

  5. AC says:

    Let’s say Pineda is damaged goods. Did SEA have to disclose anything before trade? Unless he’s holding back why is he only around 90-91 when last year he was 97. I’m sure the V-lo will increase over time but I was just mentioning a point

  6. Craig says:

    Phelps will make _____ major league starts this year for the ______.

  7. Steve S. says:

    pineda [pe-nah’-dah]
    noun
    1. A kind of linen garters. (f)

    http://www.spanishdict.com/translate/Pineda

    This explains everything. Pantywaist.

  8. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    Im just an ignore dumbass. I hate whites. Im racist.

    • RkyMtnYank says:

      Sounds about right! Too bad there isn’t an actual “ignorant” button.

    • Bo Knows says:

      Can’t be racist against white people if you are white, which pretty sure everyone on here suspects you actually are. But, your disgusting caricature of a black male is racist; so at least your being honest on that front.

  9. Steve D says:

    Anyone know who is pitching tomorrow? Thank you.

  10. Monterowasdinero says:

    Looks like Martin has lost weight. Good for him. As for Pineda-I haven’t seen any of his ST appearances but I am not worried. It would be nice if he is learning to save the high octane fb till the later innings as Verlander is able to do. Work on everything else in ST. Strikeouts are great but getting them when really needed in a game is better.

  11. pistol pete says:

    Nice to see Ibanez off to a great start 2 for 24 and 083. He’s the latest version of Randy Winn and Nick Johnson. Why waste $1m and all these at bats on an over the hill one dimensional player. I’d rather give Dickerson and Nunez the extra at bats. Plus they can both run and defend. Ibanez will be gone by June 1st. If the Yanks truly only want to spend a million on a dh and all you’re going to get is an over the hill guy why waste the roster spot. Split the at bats with Nunez Wilkerson and Jones. Ibanez is a waste of time.

  12. neo says:

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    • RkyMtnYank says:

      You shun the whole AL over the RedSox in favor of the NL, interesting.

      • Neo says:

        It’s a bit more complicated than that just easier to explain that way. I don’t ever want to root against the Yankees. This way it’s only an issue during inter league play

  13. Brian says:

    What can we get for Maxwell? He is out of options and the Yankees prolly are not going to carry him north.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Someone of probably lesser use.

    • DM says:

      Nothing (maybe not literally, but no more than another AAAA bit player or cast-off that’s easy to grab from another team) — just like Dickerson. They were acquired for the same (nothing or someone like Mitre). I doubt either will be with the organization going forward. They might have more of an affinity for Dickerson b/c they once tried to draft him — but guys like these are usually available on the waiver wire or for a minor-level deal. I don’t think it was a MLB goof that Dickerson cleared. Someone could call the Yankees today and offer some AAAA lefty reliever to get him. He’s a used extra part — plenty of them around the game — fine for depth but easily replaced. I’m sure Cashman will find more of the same at garage sales during the season. Easy come, easy go.

  14. J. Scott says:

    InRe: Gun readings from today’s game.

    Henry Rodriquez pitched the ninth for the Nats and was hitting 97-98 consistently with the FB. Hell, he struck out JR Murphy with an 88 MPH change-up. These readings came off the MASN telecast via MLBTV.

    • Tom says:

      Believe it or not the #’s you quote are probably consistent with the gun being a few mph’s slow.

      Rodriguez’ averaged 90.5 on his changeup last year, so 88 is actually a few mph’s low.

      And his average fastball speed last year was a little over 98 (and ~99 the previous 2 years), If he was hitting 97-98 consistently, and had a few FB’s below that, again that is probably consistent with a slow gun as hard as that is to believe. He actually hit 99-101mph in most of his appearances last year (not consistently on every FB, but fairly frequently)

  15. forensic says:

    If anyone is curious about Gardner (since it was mentioned specifically, it’s late and I’m moderately bored…):

    1st AB:
    Ball
    Foul
    Foul
    Foul
    Called Strike 3

    2nd AB:
    Foul (bunt attempt)
    Ball
    Called Strike
    Foul
    Foul
    Ball
    Swinging Strike 3

    3rd AB:
    Called Strike
    Called Strike (Pena’s above mentioned CS ended inning)
    Restart AB:
    Called Strike
    Ball
    Foul
    Called Strike 3

    So, 18 pitches, 7 foul balls. Hey, the pitches seen are fine and all, but geez even the foul balls were weak.

    • DM says:

      I was going to mention the same — but my asbestos suit is at the cleaners. The irony is that Mark DeRosa was talking to the guys in the booth about “two strike hitting”, “protecting the plate” and “putting the ball in play” during one of those ABs — talking about himself, not Gardner, I mean. I wish Gardner had the ear piece at the time rather the commentators who called Brett a “contact hitter” who’s tough to strikeout. I guess having that perception of him from afar is forgivable — but others who are much closer feel the same way for some reason.

  16. sevrox says:

    What is it about ‘players work on sh*t during Spring Training’ don’t you folks get? Freakin’ ponderous.

  17. Peter North says:

    Could the Yanks get an extra year of control if they sent Pineda to the minors for a month, using the excuse to “work on some stuff” like the change-up and (dare I say it) fastball velocity? If so, would this be a good idea?

    • MannyGeee says:

      i think SeligCo frowns on this sort of thing.

      Didnt someone win a greivence over this sorta stuff against the Twins over the winter?

    • Plank says:

      He’s at 1.000 years so if they sent him down for any length they would get an extra year of team control. Teams do it all the time.

    • noseeum says:

      I wonder if the Angels can get an extra year out of Pujols by sending him down.

      Yes, that’s a ridiculous statement. It’s just as ridiculous with Pineda. The guy was an All Star as a rookie, and he very well could be the Yankees’ number two starter. You don’t send a guy like that down just to save some service time, especially when you’re the richest team in baseball.

      So no, this would not be a good idea.

      • Plank says:

        Pujols cant be sent down.

        Teams sacrifice today for big gains tomorrow all the time. It’s the basis of most trades. Losing a cost controlled start or two this year for 35 cost controlled starts in 5 years would be making a small sacrifice this year for big benefits in the future. It’s not that absurd.

  18. Juke Early says:

    If Pineda turns into a pitcher & not some ahole who throws balls through a wall, that would be great. That rearing back & firing gets these guy hurt. As for anything and I mean anything Selig likes? F him with a big bold capital F. He is systematically trying to neuter the Yankees. He’s clever about it too — he won’t live long enough to see how it affects MLB revenues, when “parity” takes over MLB. Short sighted gimp in a bad suit.

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