Jul
14

Phelps strong again in Triple-A win

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First rounder RHP Ty Hensley officially signed his contract today and posted a photo on Twitter to prove it. He agreed to a below-slot $1.2M the other day. Welcome aboard, Ty. Give ‘em hell.

Triple-A Empire State (8-1 win over Syracuse)
LF Chris Dickerson: 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP — 19 walks in 145 plate appearances (13.1%)
3B Kevin Russo: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI — 12 hits in his last 21 at-bats (57.1%)
2B Corban Joseph: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB — 41 walks and 42 strikeouts on the year
DH Ronnie Mustelier: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
1B Brandon Laird: 2-4, 1 2B
C Gus Molina: 1-4
RF Cole Garner: 1-4, 3 R, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding)
SS Ramiro Pena: 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — nine hits in his last 19 at-bats (.474)
CF Ray Kruml: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
RHP David Phelps: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 4/8 GB/FB — 63 of 103 pitches were strikes (61.2%) … that’s 26 strikeouts in his last 17.2 innings … he must feel like he’s on top of the world right now, just loaded with confidence … also, it’s not a coincidence that he and Freddy Garcia pitched the same day
LHP Juan Cedeno: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GB/FB — eight of 15 pitches were strikes
RHP Ryota Igarashi: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 14 of 20 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (6-5 win over New Britain)
LF Jose Pirela: 1-5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
SS Addison Maruszak: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
DH David Adams: 2-5, 2 K — 21 hits in his last 42 at-bats
RF Zoilo Almonte: 0-5, 1 K
CF Melky Mesa: 0-4, 2 K
1B Luke Murton: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
3B Kevin Mahoney: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K — 15 hits in his last 41 at-bats (.367)
C J.R. Murphy: 2-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI — hit the go-ahead solo homer in the top of the ninth
LF Neil Medchill: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI — threw a runner out at third
LHP Shaeffer Hall: 6 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 5/4 GB/FB – 55 of 85 pitches were strikes (64.7%)
RHP Craig Heyer: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GB/FB – only 11 of 26 pitches were strikes (42.3%)
RHP Kelvin Perez: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GB/FB – 16 of 24 pitches were strikes (66.7%)
RHP Danny Farquhar: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K2/0 GB/FB – 13 pitches, eight strikes

High-A Tampa (3-1 loss to St. Lucie)
CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 K — finding out that life in High-A isn’t as easy as it was in Low-A
LF Ramon Flores & C Gary Sanchez: both 0-4 – Sanchez struck out once, Flores twice … Sanchez also allowed a passed ball
RF Adonis Garcia: 1-4, 1 2B
DH Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 2 K — got picked off first
1B Kyle Roller: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K — second straight game with a jack … he’s 11-for-24 (.458) with four doubles and two homers in his last nine games
3B Zach Wilson: 0-2, 1 BB
2B Anderson Feliz: 1-3, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
SS Jose Mojica: 0-3
RHP Caleb Cotham: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 6/1 GB/FB — strikeouts and grounders
LHP Kramer Sneed: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GB/FB
LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (9-6 loss to Greenville)
CF Eduardo Sosa: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
SS Cito Culver: 3-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI — moves back up in the lineup and he responds with a big night
DH Ben Gamel: 1-5, 1 K
1B Tyson Blaser & C Francisco Arcia: both 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB – Blaser struck out twice … Arcia drove in a run and struck out
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
2B Casey Stevenson & RF Kelvin DeLeon: both 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB — DeLeon committed a fielding error
LF Cody Grice: 0-4, 1 K, 1 SB
RHP Scottie Allen: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 Balk, 5/5 GB/FB — 40 of 59 pitches were strikes (57.8%)
RHP Mariel Checo: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 1/1 GB/FB — 18 of 25 pitches were strikes (72%)
LHP Fred Lewis: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 6/0 GB/FB – 30 of 51 pitches were strikes

Short Season Staten Island (12-4 win over Lowell) they drew a dozen walks against just seven strikeouts as a team
CF Taylor Dugas: 1-4, 2 R, 2 BB — 20 walks and nine strikeouts in 19 games
3B Fu-Lin Kuo: 2-3, 2 R, 3 BB — got picked off third
1B Saxon Butler: 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 E (fielding)
DH Ravel Santana: 3-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — hopefully he gets hot and goes on a serious tear now
RF Exicardo Cayones: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
SS Jose Rosario: 1-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB
C Wes Wilson: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K
LF Danny Lopez: 3-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB — eight hits in his last 20 at-bats
2B Jamiel Orozco: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
LHP Jeremy Bleich: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GB/FB
RHP Alex Smith: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1/0 GB/FB
RHP Taylor Morton: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 3/4 GB/FB — 9/20 K/BB in 23.2 IP
LHP Dietrich Enns: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/0 GB/FB
LHP James Pazos: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (5-0 win over GCL Blue Jays)
LF Dan Brewer & 2B Jerison Lopez: both 1-4, 1 K
CF Mikeson Oliberto: 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
DH Austin Romine: 1-4 — caught three innings yesterday and will probably spend a few innings behind the play on Monday (they’re off tomorrow)
RF Ericson Leonora & 1B Jorge Alcantara: both 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
3B Miguel Andujar: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K — five hits in his last ten at-bats
C David Remedios: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI — first career extra-base hit
SS Fernando Perez: 1-3
RHP Joba Chamberlain: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 4/0 GB/FB – had a little more on him earlier
RHP Zach Nuding: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 4/2 GB/FB — he’ll probably join Tampa at some point relatively soon
RHP Kenedy Agramonte: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB
RHP Gio Gallegos: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1 HB, 5/0 GB/FB — up to ten scoreless innings to start his career (5 H, 1 BB, 8 K, 25/4 GB/FB)
RHP Hayden Sharp: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB

Categories : Down on the Farm
  • Richard Leo

    does Gio Gallegos throw hard?

    • j

      Yes, tops out at 94, sits low 90s from what I’ve heard

      • JohnnyC

        I’ve heard a comp to a young Ivan Nova.

        • Richard Leo

          he is a LHP, which is better!

          • JohnnyC

            He’s a righty. Mike’s wrong.

            • JohnnyC

              Gio Gonzalez he is not.

  • M-Three

    I agree that isn’t a coincidence that Phelps is pitching on the same day as Garcia. To me there are 2 reasons why Phelps is in then minors: 1. So he can continue to be stretched out in a stress-free environment and 2. Because unless there is injury you to wait 10 days to be recalled. I really hope they make the right decision and start Phelps up here in 5 days instead of Garcia. It better for us now and in the current to use that rotation spot to start Phelps with Pettitte out instead of wasting them on Garcia. Yeah, we won his last 2 starts but Garcia has no long term future with the Yankees. He should be the mop-up Guy in the pen.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      The alternate viewpoint, of course, being that keeping Phelps in AAA offers the team additional depth instead of burning through that option just because we want to see David Phelps pitch RIGHT NOW.

      It doesn’t matter whether Freddy Garcia has a long-term future to the Yankees. It’s about whether he’s done a good enough job to serve as a primary bridge to when Andy Pettitte returns. The opportunities will be there for David Phelps. What he needs to do is go out there, pitch like he did today, and prove that the only place he belongs is in the big leagues. He needs to make his case for the rotation in 2013. He’s got about *this* much room to make it. He needs to make it emphatically clear he should be the guy.

      • BK2ATL

        +1

        I like Phelps as well, but Garcia’s done nothing to this point to warrant being pulled in favor of a rookie. That could change with a string of poor starts between now and September when Pettitte returns, but not now. He’s pitched pretty decently against Tampa, Boston and now the Angels. No need to mess with the rotation now. Plus CC back next week.

        Phelps will have his shot before the year’s out. Either for a rotation spot in 2013 or as a nice trade piece in the offseason.

      • FIn

        I agree with everything you said. It doesnt make it any easier to watch Freddy and his sweaty kitchen sink out there. I think we would all rather see Phelps, but the better move is leaving him in AAA until he is needed do to injury or Freddy implosion.

        I guess the other point could be, that getting Phelps MLB experiece, at the expense of Freddy is completely acceptable for the next month or so, not like you cant send Mitchell down, to clear the spot.

      • Hairy Potter

        What option would they be burning by bringing Phelps back up? He’s already used it. No matter how many times he goes up and down he’s already used an option this year; it’s not like it piles up every time he goes to the majors.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Facepalm.

          No one’s talking about “option” in the baseball sense here. We’re talking about depth. You bring up Phelps and you no longer have the option of REPLACING Freddy with him.

          • squeege

            Actually you do, its called long reliever.

  • Ron

    It’s going to be interesting to see how long it takes for mason to unjust to high A.

  • Tremont

    As pleased as I am with Phelps’s performance tonight, I will be very annoyed if I have to read about another stellar performance in AAA in a DOTF next week. He has nothing left to do in the minors. If we aren’t gonna see if he’s capable of being part of the rotation now, he will likely never get a real chance.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Read my post above. This point is made at least once a day here.

      • Tremont

        And your counterpoint is likely made everyday. I just think it’s a no-brainer. Phelps is better. Phelps deserves an audition for a future rotation spot. Phelps will be 26 in three months. His time is now.

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

          Phelps is might be better.

          Fixed.

          That said, I’m all for finding out.

          • Tremont

            It’s pretty reasonable to conclude that Phelps is most likely better at pitching baseballs than Freddie Garcia.

            • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

              I think there is a pretty good chance he is, but it is by no means definite. I think people are underrating Freddy a bit because of his horrible 4 starts in April. Realistically, Freddy is still probably capable of being a close to league average starter.

            • Ted Nelson

              No, it’s really not. Phelps has been great the last 3 or 4 starts or whatever it’s been, but before that he looked like a mid-4s FIP/ERA guy just like Freddy. One MLB start and a couple of MiLB starts don’t definitely change that.

              • BK2ATL

                Truth.

                Not sure how people can honestly say that Phelps is, or even might be, better than Garcia. I mean, based on what???

              • FIn

                The question is, how much depth do you loose with bringing Phelps up? I mean Petite is back in a month or so. If there was an injury in the next month, Freddy could still go 5. The more you think about it, it doesnt make much sence for Freddy to have the spot over Phelps. What is the downside of Phelps taking Freddy’s spot? He doesnt pitch as well is about it. I dont see where depth is lost.

                This is the Yankees though…they always give the vet the job, and its worked very well for them, and maybe why they get the Chev’s and Jones of the world. They know they get the job if all things are equal.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              You’re missing the point. The point is that, by burning through Garcia, you’re losing potential depth just because you want to see what the kid’s got. That’s not a good enough reason. As long as Garcia is pitching well (and we can decided whether today constituted “pitching well” separately), he shouldn’t lose the spot because we’re getting impatient with Phelps.

              I would enjoy seeing David Phelps pitch as well. That’s not enough of a reason for him to pitch over Garcia.

              • FIn

                Robinson…what depth are the Yankees actually loosing by starting Phelps over Garcia? It had been almost 2 months since Freddy had started a game, and he came in a went 5 and then 6. So now we give Phelps a few starts and he sucks or someone gets hurt, and Freddy could still go 5 or 6. The depth issue really doesnt seem to be an issue.

                Explain to me how Freddy is all of a sudden not able to give 5 or 6 innings in a Phelps collapse or an injury to another pitcher, when he just did it.

            • FIn

              It’d be amazing if Phelps and Nova end up in the rotation while Hughes and Joba are gone after next year. Minor league pitching propects are such a lottery its got to be hear breaking for scouts and management.

      • Ted Nelson

        Burrito.

        I mean, seriously, the guy’s had a few hot weeks. I’m thrilled about that, but people act like he’s Clemens in his prime the Yankees are forcing to shovel coal to heat Randy Levine’s office. Until right about now the kid has had plenty still to prove even at the AAA level (and now he still has to prove that this is sustainable). There’s an argument both ways regarding him or Garcia starting.

        • Tremont

          I don’t think he’s Roger Clemens. I know what he is. He’s a back of the rotation guy. Freddie isn’t even that. I don’t think there is much for him to prove at AAA. I’m not basing this on two starts. I’m basing it on the season and a half he’s already spent down there and what I saw from him in the majors. The numbers support what my eyes saw. He’s a major leaguer.

          • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

            ” Freddie isn’t even that.”

            Really?
            He had an awful first 4 starts, but he’s been solid since, and was more than solid last year. I would like to see Phelps get the chance because he has a potential future with the Yankees, and they may as well see what he can do now, but Freddy is fully capable of being a back of the rotation guy.

            • Tremont

              I believe Freddie shouldn’t be starting for a good team at this point. He’s too short on stuff for me to give him the benefit of the doubt when he was as awful as he was earlier this year. If you disagree, fine. Perhaps I should have made a less definitive statement like “I don’t believe he’s even that”.

              Having said that, I wouldn’t say he’s been solid since. He’s had one good start this year. That was the start before this one. Tonight he allowed 10 baserunners and threw 98 pitches in 5 innings of work. The Tampa start was ehh. He’s completed 6 innings once. So we have 5 bad starts, 1 good, and 1 serviceable.

              You are right that last year he performed adequately as a back end starter, though he had an unsustainably low ERA.

              • Ted Nelson

                There’s more to stuff than velocity…

                • Tremont

                  Thanks, Ted. I understand that. However, velocity, is a HUGE part of it. Not just for the fastball. The quality of breaking pitches is related to arm speed. Either make the case that Freddie Garcia has good stuff or spare me the empty condescension for condescension’s sake.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    “You’re not agreeing with my point” does not equal “condescenstion.”

                    • Tremont

                      No. What I believe was condescending was the fact that I don’t think Ted would argue that Garcia is short on stuff. He was picking nits with my point without even believing what he was writing. Garcia has been getting by on “pitchability” (or whatever synonymous phrase you prefer) for at least 5 years now. I think we can all at least agree on that.

                    • Ted Nelson

                      Movement is a huge parts of stuff. And deception and command are also huge parts of pitching. Velocity is a small part of the equation. If you throw a straight 95 MPH FB in MLB with little deception, it will get rocked. Heck, in High A it might get rocked. Lots of guys throw 93, 95 and never sniff the bigs.

                  • Ted Nelson

                    He throws a pitch that I don’t even know if anyone else throws. He gets movement out the ying-yang. He consistently gets MLB hitters out. Command is pretty much wed to stuff in terms of actual results, and he’s go that.

                    Yes, I think he has good stuff. Not great stuff by any means, but good enough.

                    • Tremont

                      Command is wed to stuff in actual results? If you’re saying pitchers succeed or fail based on some combination of the speed/movement of their pitches and their ability to place them, you’re right. More or less, that is what pitching is. You also noted that Garcia has good command. Also right. So if he has above average command, why are his results so middling, at best? There must be some offsetting factor, otherwise he be at least a mid-rotation pitcher and this entire conversation about his spot in the rotation wouldn’t even be debateable. I think I’ve got it. While his command is good, his stuff must be subpar.

                    • Tremont

                      Responding to Ted’s comment above this comment, velocity is not a small part of stuff. You’re once again being disingenuous. It is a big factor in evaluating stuff. And I never once said that velocity was everything.

                • FIn

                  There is more stuff to a .180 hitting C too, ammirite?

                  Just busting your chops Ted. I actually think half the time you dont completely suck.

              • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

                I would call today’s start serviceable for a back end starter as well. And he likely would have gone deeper in the Tampa start, if he wasn’t pitch limited because he wasn’t stretched out as a starter, so I’d count that as a good start. He also pitched well in his limited chances out of the pen. Regardless, it’s splitting hairs. I think Freddy is plenty fine as a fill-in 5th starter, but I’d still prefer to see what Phelps can do.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                All Freddy Garcia needs to do is pitch well enough for the Yankees to win ballgames until Andy Pettitte returns. That is it.

                • FIn

                  Robinson, would you say its a fair assumption that Phelps wouldnt be much worse than Freddy? What is the downside of letting Phelps pitch over Garcia. Garcia doesnt go 7 when fully stretched, he goes 5 or 6 innings. The same thing hes done after comming out of the pen after 2 months.

                  I mean really, Phelps should get the starts. If Phelps was making 5m, he would.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    I don’t think it’s ever a fair assumption to say that someone who has only pitched 5.1 innings ONCE in their MLB career, and has never gone five innings in an MLB start, is going to do a better job than a veteran whose performance we’re doubting because he had a bad April and lost his rotation spot because of it.

                    Remember, i LIKE David Phelps, probably even more than half the people on here. I just completely understand the decision to have Freddy take these starts over this next month.

          • Ted Nelson

            Since you say so, it must be true.

            • Ted Nelson

              The frustrating thing is that no one is disagreeing with you that Phelps has been great hos last few starts and is a good rotation candidate overall. People are just trying to point out that Garcia is a capable back-end starter and that there’s a depth argument for the current arangement… Yet you insist there’s only one right amswer.

              I honestly would like Phelps to start in MLB. At the same time I can understand if they preserve depth and let Phelps keep developing at AAA (it’s not like the Yankees lose sight of him in AAA… They’re still watching). This is agreat problem to have.

              • FIn

                Lets hope he has Nova’s drive and uses AAA to get even better, rather than become defeted by being in AAA, when by all rights hes a major league pitcher at this point.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  Absolutely.

                  I hope that David Phelps is the next who we’re scratching our heads and saying, “hey, wasn’t this guy supposed to be a back-end guy?” about.

          • FIn

            LOL way to exagerate what anyone has said to prove what ever point u had. All people said is hes at least as good as freddy and deserves a chance, since he might have a future with the yanks. I dont think one person compared him to anyone other than Freddy, let alone fucking Clemens.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I need to just stop and give you props for pulling out the burrito line.

          • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

            I assume there’s some backstory I’m missing?

            • Robinson Tilapia

              TSJC used to follow up anyone’s illogical impatience with a line that went something like “WHY ISN’T THE MICROWAVE BURRITO READY WHEN I WANT IT TO BE, DAMNIT!,” or something of that sort. It got the point across.

              • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

                ahhh, I’d forgotten about Ridiculous Upside the Elder (I think that’s what it was anyways)

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  Yes, and the backstory I do need is how the hell that dude got his screen name.

              • whozat

                It was “WHY THE FUCK IS MY BURRITO TAKING THIS LONG TO COOK IN THIS MICROWAVE?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!??!?!”

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  Thank you, kind sir.

        • Hairy Potter

          Who the fuck is calling him Roger Clemens?

          Holy shit dude save the drama for your acting class.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            The literary bending of words appears to be difficult for someone who chose HAIRY POTTER as a screen name. Odd.

      • Tremont

        You said, “The opportunities will be there for David Phelps.” And then said, “He’s got about *this* much room to make it.” So the opportunities might NOT be there.

        You also said, “He needs to make it emphatically clear he should be the guy.” How exactly does one make that clear by dominating a lineup with a 3-4 punch of Jim Negrych and Jesus Valdez”?

        • Ted Nelson

          If the Yankees never need Phelps in the rotation because they always have 5 better starters, how exactly is that a problem? I think his chance will come, but if he holds up his end and it doesn’t… That’s a great thing.

          You prove it by pitching well and in the process getting those dufuses out. Are you kidding? I mean how much more duh does it get? Phelps has been good, but until like his last three starts he has been by no means great. He’s continuing to make his case–which is great to see– but this is not Roger Clemens in the middle of a roids cycle or something here.

          • Tremont

            My point is that they don’t have 5 better starters. Right this minute. That is the problem. If you disagree, so be it. But you’re being obtuse if you don’t recognize that I’m arguing that he IS one of the 5 best starters.

            And why are we setting the bar for entry into the rotation at great? I am talking about replacing Garcia here. What am I missing? I don’t want him to bump CC or Kuroda or Nova or Hughes or Pettitte when he comes back. I want him to start over Freddy Garcia.

            • Ted Nelson

              The issue is whether he’s enough of an upgrade over Garcia to sacrifice the depth. I never opined either way, I said that you are missing half the argument. No one said Phelps isn’t a good option. In fact, everyone has said they want him up. Depth is the rationale for keeping him down at the moment.

              I am psyched he’s had a few very good starts in a row. At the same time I don’t think that makes him obviously better than Garcia. I think Garcia is a solid MLB starter. For some reason you don’t. I hope Phelps is this good, but I’m far from convinced by 3? starts. Garcia has had 3 nice enough starts too, and all were at MLB.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            He wants his microwaved burrito, Ted. That’s all. Time to move on.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          As it stands right now, 2013:

          CC
          Nova
          Hughes
          ???
          ???

          Those questions marks could be filled by re-signing Kuroda and/or Pettitte, a rehabbed and effective Michael Pineda, someone acquired via FA/trade in the offseason, David Phelps, or other MiLB options I don’t put ahead of him at the moment. That’s a lot of possibilities for two spots, isn’t it?

          I’d say lines like tonight let the ballclub know there’s little for him to show at the MiLB level.

          • Ted Nelson

            Yep. If Phelps does his thing either he’ll earn his shot or it means the Yankees are so set both in the rotation and the pen that they can leave a really successful P in AAA. I just don’t see the problem here.

          • Deep Thoughts

            Don’t forget Joba dammit.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Dare to dream.

    • http://none Bernard

      I agree totally! Isn’t Phelps 25 already? Let’s see what he can do now or he may get lost in the crowd. 25 is rather old for a rookie.

  • Steve

    It really is necessary for Phelps to join the rotation ASAP. Freddy has done an acceptable job, but the fact that the Yankees have the division pretty much set makes it so. They need to see whether or not Phelps is one of the best 4 starters on the team.

  • Plan 189 from outer space!

    Also wouldn’t Phelps getting a solid record in the Majors increase his potential value in trade for the offseason if he isn’t part of plan 189 ?

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      yes

  • Plan 189 from outer space!

    Also wouldn’t Phelps getting a solid record in the Majors increase his potential value in trade for the offseason if he isn’t part of plan 189?

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      no

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Svetlana?

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

          Boris?

  • tyrone sharpton

    hope mason picks it up…his power spike this year has been awesome, but it would be nice to see him get hot at this next level. the guy’s got potential oozing outta him

  • Plan 189 from Outer Space

    Also wouldn’t Phelps getting a solid record in the Majors increase his potential value in trade for the offseason if he isn’t part of the 2014 plan

    • Robinson Tilapia

      WHAT’S THE ANSWER, NEEDPITCHING?

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        maybe

  • Plan 189 from Outer Space

    Sorry, mobile browser told me that post didn’t upload. Sorry

  • Plan 189 from Outer Space

    Sorry, mobile browser told me that post didn’t upload. Sorry bout that…..

  • Deep Thoughts

    Gah, Hensley’s deformed shoulder looks HIDEOUS.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Not that I WANT to see it, but where did you see it?

      • Kel

        He is joking.

  • FIn

    So, any chance Ravel gets moved up quick if he catches fire for a week, or going to be a slow season for him, and the Yankees start him in low A next year?

    • Rick in Philly

      I think they leave him where he is. Let him get AB’s in SI and then go to Charleston next year. No point in rushing him right now.

    • Voice of Reason

      yeah, it took him that huge game to move his season line up from “disastrous” to just “really bad.” Let’s keep it in our pants.

  • Joe

    Russo finally off the DL and goes 3-4 with 3RBI. He was hot before he got hurt and looks like its sticking. He is someone I have followed since he was drafted and usually heats up in July and August. I know he is not on the 40 but it will be intersting to see what happens if he hits over .300 this year and has a high OBP. If I recall he is a minor league FA next year can anyone confirm? He is a nice org guy to have IMO.