Montero homers in Banuelos’ SWB debut

Brad Halsey’s demotion to High-A Tampa was short lived, he’s been sent back to Double-A Trenton. It was a paper move and he never actually left the team, apparently. Ryan Flannery went back down in a very real move though. Corban Joseph, meanwhile, may have a stye on his eye and figures to be out a few days. It’s nothing serious, but they are kinda gross.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 win over Lehigh Valley) both Brian Cashman and Billy Eppler were in the house for this one
Kevin Russo, 2B, Greg Golson, CF, Jorge Vazquez, 1B & Jordan Parraz, RF: all 0 for 4 – Russo drove in a run, struck out, and committed a fielding error … Parraz struck out once, Golson twice, JoVa thrice
Jesus Montero, C: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – the homer was pulled to left-center field and came on a 97 mph fastball … good time to have a great game with all the heat watching
Mike Lamb, DH: 1 for 3, 1 BB
Brandon Laird, 3B: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K – ten for 26 (.385) with three doubles and a homer since being sent back down
Austin Krum, LF: 1 for 2, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB
Doug Bernier, SS: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K
Manny Banuelos, LHP: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 6-0 GB/FB – 62 of 100 pitches were strikes, and the unofficial count is 17 swings and misses … he gave up a homer to pretty good young player … was 90-93 consistently and hit 93 with his final pitch … for a 20-year-old kid (youngest player in the league), this is a fantastic Triple-A debut
Josh Schmidt, RHP: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 2-1 GB/FB – 16 of 23 pitches were strikes (69.6%)
Buddy Carlyle, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 1-1 GB/FB – seven of 12 pitches were strikes
Kevin Whelan, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 11 of 14 pitches were strikes … I guess he got the closer’s job back, finally

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2011 Draft: Yanks reach agreement with Hayden Sharp, sign Bubba Jones

Update (August 2nd): Sharp’s bonus is around $200,000 according to Levine-Flandrup, which is pretty damn cheap for a high school kid that’s shown 98 this spring. Apparently the contract was being finalized today.

Original Post (July 28th): Via K. Levine-Flandrup, the Yankees have reached an agreement with 18th round pick Hayden Sharp. The deal is still pending a physical and could be finalized within two weeks, but Sharp is expected to get some innings in with the Rookie level GCL Yankees this year. A high school right-hander from Oklahoma, Sharp was a late-spring pop-up guy this year and Keith Law reported in May that he was pitching at 93-96 with some 98’s. A quarterback recruit for Central Oklahoma, Sharp will certainly get an above-slot signing bonus.

Meanwhile, Levine-Flandrup also reports that the Yankees have signed seventh rounder Bubba Jones for an overslot bonus of $350,000. Jones, whose real first name is Austin, was considered the best high school bat in the northwest by Baseball America (subs. req’d) before the draft. His long-term position is unclear (likely first base, though he did some catching in high school), but the lefty swinger is said to have a “short, swing with strong wrists” and “good bat speed.” Jones is heading to the GCL. You can see all of the Yankees’ signed picks here.

Game 108: Two-thirds

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

This game is number 108 of the season, exactly two-thirds of the way through. The old saying is that you use the first half of the season to evaluate the team, the second third to make changes, and the third third to ride those changes out. The Yankees chose to make no changes in the second third (or minimal changes, really), which is why Phil Hughes‘ start tonight is so important. Joe Girardi indicated that they won’t continue using a six-man rotation this month, and Hughes’ spot is clearly the one most up in the air. A poor performance could land him in the bullpen or in Triple-A, but a good one … could do something else. I dunno what. Here’s the lineup…

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Andruw Jones, DH
Russell Martin, C
Eduardo Nunez, 3B
Brett Gardner, LF

Phil Hughes, SP

Apparently the weather in Chicago is supposed to be bad, so a delay or postponement is a possibility. The game is supposed to start a little after 8pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Update: There is “severe weather” on the way, so the game will begin in a delay. They’ll reevaluate things at 7:45pm CT, so we’re probably looking at a 9:30pm ET start at the earliest.

Update Part Deux: They’re saying a 8:55pm ET start, so my estimation skills suck.

2011 Draft: 44th round pick Adam Ravenelle heading to college

Via the kid himself, Yankees’ 44th round pick Adam Ravenelle will not sign and instead follow through on his commitment to Vanderbilt. Ravenelle, a high school right-hander from Massachusetts, was not a 44th round talent. Baseball America (subs. req’d) said he might have the highest ceiling of anyone in the state thanks to a “6-foot-4, 185-pound build” with a fastball “in the low 90s.” Vandy is a high-end program and has traditionally been a tough school to buy kids away from, so this wasn’t unexpected.

All of the Yankees picks (signed and unsigned) can be seen here.

Yankees were close to trading Cervelli to Pittsburgh

Via George King, the Yankees were close to trading backup backstop Frankie Cervelli to the Pirates for right-hander Brad Lincoln recently, presumably sometime over the weekend. “It was very close but [we] couldn’t agree on the value of the players,” said King’s source. The move would have freed up a roster spot for Jesus Montero, but alas, we’ll have to wait. Brian Cashman told King that it’s “possible” Montero could join the team before September call-ups, which I guess qualifies as “in the near future.” Adam Warren and George Kontos were also mentioned as “possible” call-up candidates.

Lincoln, 26, was the fourth overall pick in the 2006 draft, but injuries (specifically Tommy John surgery) have hindered his development. His big league career consists of a 5.25 FIP in 58.2 IP, though he’s performed quite well in Triple-A. Baseball America ranked him as the Pirates’ fourth best prospect prior to the 2010 season, saying he “has two plus  pitches, a 90-93 mph fastball that reaches 95 with good late life and a curveball that breaks big and late.”