Pettitte goes three in first minor league outing

Game Four: Just Win
Yanks rough up O's, get first win of 2012

Bryan Mitchell (second) and Jose Campos (eighth) had two of the eight best pitching performances in the minor leagues this weekend according to Game Score. Hooray for that.

The Yankees have signed right-hander Michael Dubee to a minor league deal and assigned him to Double-A Trenton. Graham Stoneburner was placed on the DL with a groin injury in the corresponding move. Dubee is the son of Phillies’ pitching coach Rich Dubee, and he’s spent six unspectacular years bouncing around the minors with the Phillies, White Sox, and Pirates.

High-A Tampa (9-6 loss to Clearwater)
CF Eduardo Sosa & 1B Kyle Roller: both 1-3, 1 BB — Sosa scored and struck out … Roller whiffed three times
2B Kelvin Castro, LF Ramon Flores & RF Rob Segedin: all 1-4, 1 K — Castro drove in a run while Segedin scored
C J.R. Murphy: 0-3, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 E (throwing)
3B Zach Wilson: 1-4, 1 R, 3 K
DH Neil Medchill: 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — remember his huge season with Short Season Staten Island a few years back?
LHP Andy Pettitte: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 4/3 GB/FB — a whopping 26 of 32 pitches were strikes (81.3%) … he’s going to take an extra day off before his next start after throwing one more inning than planned tonight … he was a “very easy” 85-87 with a strong changeup, so basically a Spring Training start
RHP Brad Meyers: 1.2 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 1/2 GB/FB — debut for the Rule 5 Draft pick, who is on the DL with a shoulder problem … this officially starts his 30-day rehab clock
LHP Kramer Sneed: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K
RHP Zach Nuding: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2/1 GB/FB– he was the scheduled starter, but then Pettitte showed up

Triple-A Scranton (6-5 loss to Syracuse) they faced Zach Duke, who is awful
LF Chris Dickerson: 2-5, 2 K — five hits in his last ten at-bats
C Frankie Cervelli: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 PB — got thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double when they were down one in the ninth inning
1B Steve Pearce: 2-5
DH Jack Cust: 0-3, 2 BB, 2 K — there’s two of the three true outcomes we expected to see
CF Dewayne Wise: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI — first game of the year after his wife gave birth
RF Colin Curtis & SS Ramiro Pena: both 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 K — Curtis walked … Pena doubled and scored
2B Kevin Russo: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
RHP Adam Warren: 3 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/4 GB/FB — 45 of 82 pitches were strikes (54.9%), and he threw 41 of those pitches in the first inning … just awful, shake this off and come back ready to go in five days
SwP Pat Venditte: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 25 of 45 pitches were strikes (55.6%) … much better than his Triple-A debut the other day
RHP Cody Eppley: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — ten of 13 pitches were strikes
RHP Kevin Whelan: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GB/FB — seven of 11 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (8-3 win over Portland)
LF Abe Almonte: 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB — those are his first non-extra-base hits of the season
3B Jose Pirela: 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 CS, 1 E (fielding)
2B David Adams: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding) – fingers crossed, he’s stayed healthy so far
RF Zoilo Almonte: 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB — threw a runner out at second … second straight game with a jack … he’s six for his last nine
CF Melky Mesa: 1-4, 1 RBI
DH Cody Johnson: 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB
C Gus Molina: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI — check out Gus goin’ yard
SS Walt Ibarra: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B
LHP Josh Romanski: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 7/6 GB/FB — 49 of 82 pitches were strikes (59.8%)
RHP Cory Arbiso: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 15 of 21 pitches were strikes
RHP Chase Whitley: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 18 of 30 pitches were strikes (60%)

Low-A Charleston (7-4 loss to Augusta)
CF Mason Williams: 1-5, 1 RBI
SS Cito Culver: 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K — that’s his first hit of the year
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-5, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
C Gary Sanchez: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB
LF Ben Gamel: 1-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB — threw a runner out at second
2B Angelo Gumbs: 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
RF Kelvin DeLeon: 0-4, 1 BB, 3 K
1B Rey Nunez: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
DH Anderson Feliz: 2-4, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB
RHP Scottie Allen: 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 4/1 GB/FB — 41 of 69 pitches were strikes (59.4%) … I see he picked up right where he left off last season
RHP Dan Mahoney: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 19 of 24 pitches were strikes (79.2%) … sleeper with a big arm but usually poor control, just not tonight
RHP Mariel Checo: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 23 of 38 pitches were strikes (60.5%) … demoted after one game with Tampa
RHP Zach Varce: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB — half of his 14 pitches were strikes

Game Four: Just Win
Yanks rough up O's, get first win of 2012
  • Pat D

    Stupid box score and play by play had me convinced that Pettitte pitched the 4th and got destroyed.


  • jjyank

    Michael Dubee for best name in the system? I chuckled.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Yeah, they better make him pee in a cup weekly.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Nice, didn’t realize Pat Venditte got promoted. Is there a non-zero chance he gets called up in September?

    • CP

      Non-zero, but probably slim (barring him dominating AAA)

      • Robinson Tilapia


    • Plank

      I bet he gets called up this year. He seems to be the go to guy early on in AAA. If Rapada sucks (not an impossibility) he could be up sooner rather than later.

      • Ted Nelson

        With Pineda and probably Pettitte joining the team, Rapada’s going to have a tough time holding onto a spot even if he isn’t terrible.

    • BronxBombers98

      His numbers were good but what worries me is he threw 20 balls over 3 innings.

  • boogie down

    I believe Dante has a hit in each of his first 4 games in Low-A.

    • mustang

      You are right sir.

      GO DANTE!!!

    • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

      “I’m not even supposed to BE here today.”

      • mustang

        Yes, that’s what the people using the Ouija board keep saying.

  • Havok9120

    Oh, wow. The Baltimore broadcast told me that Pettitte got hammered in the 4th. I was a sad panda.

  • Naved

    Just for the lulz….

    Andrew Brackman’s debut: 6 IP 1 ER 2 H 4 K’s 1 BB

    I was always for the Yankees to not drop him but if he turns it around good for him.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I had to check to make sure you meant AAA. Of course you want him to succeed.

    • Plank

      In order to keep him, they would have had to pay him more than half the players on the Major League roster. It wasn’t just a baseball decision.

      Glad he’s doing well.

    • Havok9120

      Eh. It’ll be the same situation as with Kennedy: how could he have done here?

      I hope the best for him, but I wasn’t terribly sad to see him go.

      • Ted Nelson

        You mean fans speculating about how a very successful P would be in a tougher division?

        • Ted Nelson

          It’s not at all like IPK, to me, because IPK was traded in a package for an All-Star CF. Newman is on record saying he was a big believer in IPK still and others in the org agreed, but it was the price they had to pay for Granderson. Brackman was cut to save some marginal money. That’s can be a very legitimate reason, but I don’t think it’s at all comparable to paying a reasonable price for a good MLB player.

    • KL

      Reds fans are saying his velocity was around 90-91mph. He is one of those guys who never got his arm back from TJ surgery. It sounds like the Reds made some adjustments though.

  • http://none Bernard

    For his first few years in the minors, Austin Romine was listed as 6-feet 2-inches tall. Now I see he is listed at an even 6-feet tall. What gives? Can’t they give us an honest measurement rather than an “estimate from the upper stands?”

    • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

      No. They lie. That’s what they do.

  • Midland TX

    If I’m Cervelli and I’ve been demoted after playing at the Major League level so long, then there’s no doubt that I’d be bored enough to say, “What the hell, it’s AAA, hell yeah I’m going to test Bryce Harper’s arm.”

  • pat

    Nuding is another back of the bullpen type arm, hope he has a good year.

  • alex

    The Trenton team is so good, they won without a first baseman. At least according to this recap….

  • Ray Fuego

    When do you think we would see Andy in Triple A? With the Empire State Yankees playing so many games in Rochester, I’m hoping to go see a game with Andy pitching.

    • pat

      I don’t think he’ll ever play in AAA because of the traveling. I imagine he’ll stay down in Tampa until it gets warmer up north then he’ll play a few games for Trenton.