As Irene batters the East Coast, the Yankees and the Orioles are currently scheduled to play a double header later today, and the Yanks have made some slight adjustments to the rotation. They currently have announced that Bartolo Colon will start Game 1 and Ivan Nova will start Game 2. This move gives the Yanks some flexibility for Monday. They could ask CC Sabathia to throw on regular rest or they could activate Freddy Garcia, thus allowing CC to start against the Red Sox on Tuesday. Either way, A.J. Burnett lines up to start one of the games in Fenway whether any of us want to see that or not.
Apparently Jesus Montero hit a bunch of homers while I was on vacation, because he was named the fourth hottest prospect in the minors in this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. Here’s some other stuff that happened while I was gone…
- Jorge Vazquez hit his 30th homerun of the season, tying Shelley Duncan’s Scranton/Wilkes-Barre single-season franchise record. He’s got another week-and-a-half to break it.
- Graham Stoneburner will not be playing in the Arizona Fall League despite missing all that time with the neck strain. I thought he was a shoo-in.
- No Yankees farmhands were named to the Double-A Eastern League All-Star Team. That’s the fancy end-of-season team, not the team that played the All-Star Game or anything like that.
- Triple-A Scranton’s run of four consecutive division titles will almost certainly come to an end. One more loss or one more Pawtucket win will knock them out of the race. Lehigh Valley’s magic number for the wildcard is two, so the Yankees are going to need some serious help to make the playoffs. The season ends on September 5th.
- Low-A Charleston was mathematically eliminated from postseason play. Double-A Trenton and High-A Tampa are both still alive but need to make a big run in the next week and a half. It’s entirely possible that all four full season affiliates will miss the playoffs (in the same season) for the first time in basically forever.
Triple-A Scranton was postponed due to Hurricane Irene. They’re going to play two on Monday.
Double-A Trenton Game One (7-4 loss to New Britain in seven innings)
Austin Krum, CF & Yadil Mujica, 3B: both 0 for 3 – Mujica whiffed
Corban Joseph, 2B: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding) – 11 for his last 29 (.379)
Austin Romine, C: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – ISO is “up” to .088 this year after .134 last year
Rob Lyerly, 1B: 1 for 3, 1 K
Melky Mesa, RF: 1 for 2, 1 R
Damon Sublett, LF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K – Sublett committed a throwing error, and he’s now got more triples (seven) than doubles (six) or homers (two)
Jose Pirela, SS & Addison Maruszak, 1B: both 0 for 2 – Pirela drove in a run … Maruszak walked and whiffed
Jeff Marquez, RHP: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 10-5 GB/FB – recently outrighted, so he can probably forget about a September call-up if he was expecting one
Kanekoa Texeira, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB
How are all the East Coasters doing out there? It’s been pouring on and off in NYC all day, but the heavy stuff will apparently start overnight. I’m in one of the safe zones according to NYC Hurricane Evacuation Zones Map, but I know a lot of you aren’t so lucky and are spending the weekend somewhere inland. If you haven’t evacuated and still need to do so, get out of your mother’s basement and be safe!
Here’s the nightly open thread, and depending on what happens with the power situation in the city, you might need to use this to occupy yourselves on Sunday as well. The Rangers and Angels are playing a rather important game that you can watch on MLB Network (those of you in Texas and SoCal are likely to get stuck with another game). You can talk about that, or anything else your heart desires right here.
Via Pete Caldera, the Yankees challenge of their September 8th makeup game with the Orioles is “going nowhere.” That’s a makeup for one of today’s games, which were postponed because of Hurricane Irene.
September 8th is basically the team’s only off-day next month. They’ll play that game in Baltimore, then immediately fly to the west coast for six games. They’ll have a day off one week later, but that’s just for travel back east, which hardly qualifies as “off.” The Orioles didn’t want to play a doubleheader yesterday because they’d lose the gate, which is understandable by also kinda ridiculous when you consider that several other teams made similar arrangements due to the storm.
Update (Aug. 27th): Just to tie up some loose ends, Baseball America (subs. req’d) says Hebert received a $148k bonus while Maher received $300k. That’s what I figured, low six-figures. Again, solid deals late in the draft.
Original Post (Aug. 15th): Via K. Levine-Flandrup, the Yankees have agreed to terms with both 27th rounder Chaz Hebert and 38th rounder Joey Maher. The former is a high school lefty from Louisiana, the latter a high school righty from New Hampshire. No word on the money, but both figure to have received six-figure bonuses.
Maher is the better prospects of the two, a 6-foot-5, 185 lb. sinker-baller that still sits in the mid-to-high-80’s with the fastball and is still working on a breaking ball. Baseball America (subs. req’d) said that one evaluator dropped a Derek Lowe comp on him. Hebert is a bit smaller at 6-foot-2 and 180 lbs., but he generally sits in the low-90’s with his heat. “His slow curveball is well below-average, lacking velocity and at times resembling an eephus pitch,” said Baseball America. Both guys are great late-round fliers, there’s nothing to lose here but money.