Trenton bullpen coughs it up late

Remember when Jon Weber hit .452-.452-.581 in Spring Training and people were saying he would have beaten out Marcus Thames for the final bench spot if he wasn’t a lefty hitter? Yeah, he got released today after hitting .258-.333-.325 in 47 games with Triple-A Scranton. Those Spring Training stats … they’ll get you every time.

Robert Pimpsner put together a preliminary roster (i.e. not official) for Short Season Staten Island, who start their season two weeks from tomorrow on the 18th. That seems a little early, but maybe it’s just me. Rookie level GCL Yanks start their season a few days later on the 21st. Remember, both of those teams will feature lots of 2010 draftees.

Triple-A Scranton (11-3 loss to Durham)
Reegie Corona, 2B & Reid Gorecki, DH: both 2 for 4, 1 R – Gorecki tripled & drove in a run
Eduardo Nunez, SS, David Winfree, RF & Greg Golson, CF: all 1 for 4 – Nunez scored a run & drove one in … Winfree drove in a run
Juan Miranda: 0 for 3, 2 K – was lifted late in the game … not sure why, but he could have just been catching a breather after being sent down late yesterday
Chad Huffman, LF: 0 for 4, 2 K - threw a runner out at second
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Matt Cusick, 3B: 0 for 3, 1 K
Tim Redding: 4.1 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 7-2 GB/FB – 55 of 85 pitches were strikes (64.7%) … look at it this way, those are 4.1 IP that won’t overly tax the arm of someone with an actual future with the organization
Jason Hirsh: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 18 of 34 pitches were strikes (52.9%)
Mark Melancon: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB – 32 of his 49 pitches were strikes (65.3%) … but a rough go of it for him of late, that’s 34 baserunners & nine runs allowed in his last 16.1 IP
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB – five of his eight pitches were strikes

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Open Thread: Casual fashion with the Yankees

We’ll get to wrapping up the Yanks’ 6-3 afternoon victory over Baltimore later tonight. For what it’s worth, the last-place Orioles are probably going to fire manager Dave Trembley. I’m sure that won’t be anything close to the cure for what ails them.

For tonight’s open thread, we have baseball fashion. Yesterday, six members of the Yankees unveiled t-shirts and jerseys they designed as part of MLB’s new Players Choice Signature Series line of apparel. Joba Chamberlain, Curtis Granderson, Andy Pettitte, C.C. Sabathia, Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira all designed shirts, jersey and hats that reflect their personality and heritage. Joba’s, for instance, includes an eagle feather based on his Native American background. “It was my family, my heritage, what I stood for,” Chamberlain said. “It was an honor to get asked to do it.”

The shirts, now on sale at Yankee Clubhouse Stores, Modell’s and at the dot com’s shop, are pretty snazzy. My favorite is the one above with Curtis Granderson as the DJ. A few more from Sabathia and Pettitte — featuring his trademark stare interlaced into the 46 on his back — are below. Click on any of the images to enlarge, and check out Tim Britton’s coverage for more info about the designs. Thanks also to Maury Brown for the images.

2010 Draft: BA Editor’s Mock Draft

Three of Baseball America’s head honchos sat down to hammer out a first round mock draft, alternating every three picks. Jim Callis represented the Yankees at #32 overall, and has them selecting Texas high school righty Zach Lee. I told you everything you need to know about Lee last week, and he’d make a fantastic selection at that spot. Keith Law heard from two sources independently that Lee is expected to sign, though it’s going to take major bucks ($3M has been rumored) to keep him away from LSU as one of the top quarterback recruits in the country. Good thing the Yanks can afford it.

Some of the other players the Yankees have been linked to – Tyrell Jenkins, Anthony Ranaudo, Asher Wojciechowski – were all off the board by the time the 32nd pick came around.

(Don’t forget to subscribe to our draft only RSS feed!)

Royals claim Kanekoa Texeira

Via MLBTR, the Royals have claimed righty reliever Kanekoa Texeira off waivers from the Mariners, so the Yankees won’t have a chance to get back their Rule 5 pick just yet. The Rule 5 rules transfer over to Kansas City now, so they have to keep him on their 25-man roster all season or put him on waivers and offer him back to the Yanks. I was hopeful that they’d be able to bring him back earlier this week, and while it’s still possible, it’s just unlikely given how desirable decent relievers making the league minimum are. Oh well.

RAB on The Shore Sports Report

Just a reminder, my weekly appearance on The Shore Sports Report with Mike Krenek and Joe Giglio is coming up at 4:05pm ET today. You can listen in on either FOX Sports 1030 AM or WOBM 1160 AM, and I’m willing to bet that you’ll be able to stream it online via one of those links as well.

Game 54: CC for the sweep

Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, AP

It’s hard to believe, but CC Sabathia has been the Yankees’ worst starter the last three or four times through the rotation. He’s put 37 men on base and allowed 18 runs to score in his last 24 innings of work, and opponents have hit .300-.346-.530 off him during that time. He’s turned everyone into the 2009 version of Robinson Cano, basically.

There’s two goals for today’s game. One, beat the Orioles and complete the three game sweep. Two, get Sabathia’s ERA under Kevin Millwood’s, his former teammate who will be on the bump for Baltimore. CC sports a 4.16 ERA (4.11 xFIP) going into today’s start, while Millwood’s brings a 3.89 ERA (3.99 xFIP). He’s going to have to get a little help from the offense today to do that; if Millwood gives up three runs over six innings of work, Sabathia can’t allow more than one run in 6.1 IP. The O’s offense is brutal, so it’s not impossible.

Here’s the lineup…

Jeter, SS
Swisher, RF
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Cano, 2B
Posada, DH
Granderson, CF
Cervelli, C
Gardner, LF

And on the mound, CC Sabathia.

I’m not quite sure why they needed a get-away day today, neither team is traveling very far after the game. The Yanks are going to Toronto, the O’s are going home to play the Red Sox. I’m not going to complain about a day game on an otherwise boring Thursday, though. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET, and the game can be seen on YES.

Yanks among several teams interested in Luis Heredia

Via MLBTR, the Yankees are among seven teams interested in 15-year-old (!!!) Mexican righty Luis Heredia, considered one of the top arms available on the international market this year. There’s a pretty big hurdle to clear though, the Mexican club that controls his rights has to make him available, and it could take upwards of $2MM to sign him. The Yanks have as strong a presence in Mexico as any team, especially with the success of Al Aceves to their credit.

Meanwhile, the Yanks lost out on another top international prospect when Carlos Matias agreed to a seven-figure deal with the Cardinals. The Yanks were supposedly in on the righty who flirts with triple-digits. Since they don’t pick until 32nd overall in Monday’s draft, it’s been speculated that the Yanks could walk away with two top talents during the July 2nd international signing period (sub. req’d). You can see video of this year’s top prospects at BA’s Prospects Blog, just scroll down a bit.