I somehow missed this one the other week, but the Yanks signed RHP Chase Vacek out of the independent United League. He had a good year serving as the San Angelo Colts’ closer (he spent some time in the Royals’ system previously), going 48 IP, 46 H, 23 R, 12 ER, 10 BB, 48 K with 9 saves and 20 games finished. Judging by the number of unearned runs, it’s safe to say he had a less than stellar defense behind him, so those stats are probably a little skewed. The big thing is the K/BB ratio. The Yanks have been stockpiling relievers with very good K/BB recently (Chris Britton, Dan Giese, Jon Albaladejo), and I can’t say I see a problem with that. No risk, mediocre reward move.
Chad Jennings – who else? – has the scoop. Scranton had each of it’s pitchers throw an inning, and the game was called when they ran out of the relievers in the 8th inning. Colin Curtis and Cody Ehlers had RBI singles off Edwar for Trenton, while Matt Carson took Heath Phillips deep for a solo shot. Scranton’s run came via an Eric Duncan RBI ground out, and Brett Gardner scoring on a passed ball. Scott Patterson tossed a perfect inning, and reportedly screamed “they took Albalawho over me?!?” when he walked off the field. DotF returns Thurday.
Salaries continue to skyrocket in baseball, with the average player due to earn $3.15M this year. A-Rod’s $28M salary is tops in the game, and in fact he’ll make more than the 25 guys on the Marlins’ roster PLUS the 8 guys they currently have on the 15-day DL. That’s just all sorts of crazy. Be an engineer they all said … you’ll make good money they all said … my high school guidance counselor was full of shit.
You get one guess.
How do ya like that?
Relax, I’m talking about the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Even with more talented pitchers in the rotation, Igawa gets the nod on Opening Day because
he’s accomplished more at a higher level he simply lines up to pitch that day. Following Igawa in the rotation will be (in order) Steven White, Alan Horne, Darrell Rasner and Jeff Marquez. Sean Henn (2006) and Tyler Clippard (2007) were the last two Opening Day starters for the Yanks’ Triple-A affiliate, so it’s probably a good thing to keep the talented guys away from that bad juju.
Sucks the game got rained out, huh?
Chad Jennings is back at it with the complete rosters. These aren’t official, but they’re darn close to it. Double-A Trenton will be the team to watch this year, but Low-A Charleston’s rotation is loaded with some serious potential. Can’t wait for the games to begin.