In Baseball America’s latest Organization Report (subscription req’d), Humberto Sanchez said he was targeting June 10th for return to game action. Didn’t happen…
Triple-A Scranton (8-5 loss to Richmond)
Bernie Castro: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 CS – picked off second
Brett Gardner: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K
Alberto Gonzalez: 2 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 E (fielding) -
Jason Lane: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (throwing) – with Ben Broussard released (who was raking, by the way), he’s back to cleanup duty
Matt Carson: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K
Eric Duncan: 0 or 3, 1 BB, 1 K – turned an unassisted double play at first
Jeff Marquez: 5 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 8-6 GB/FB – no strikeouts & a weak GB/FB ratio? ouch babe
Steven White: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3-0 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) – 53 baserunners allowed in his last 22.2 IP, good for a 2.34 WHIP
Scott Strickland: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP – 15 of 19 pitches were strikes (78.9%)
Time Warner is having some issues in my area tonight, so I can’t get any more done than this. Here’s the box scores for AA, A+ and A-. A rather unspectacular day if you ask me. I was really looking forward to Sanchez’s Yankee debut…
Ah, our first 10:05 game time of the season. Hey, we even forgot to throw up the game thread until just about the first pitch!
And on the mound, number forty, Chien-Ming Wang.
As Ben mentioned earlier, Yanks’ Scouting Director Damon Oppenheimer chatted today over at the official site, taking fans’ questions about last week’s first year player draft. Obviously there was only so much he could reveal, so the answers aren’t all that juicy, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t some good info provided.
You can see the full transcript here, but here’s a few things that stood out to me:
mike: So when do you get to work on the ’09 Draft class?
Oppenheimer: We have been working on it the last two years, but we will really start this Thursday, with the High School Showcase in Minnesota.
That was my question, so I’m obligated to post it. It makes sense that they would start scouting players in advance, but it shows you just how far in advance they start to look. Were they scouting Gerrit Cole as a 14-yr old? Probably. I know they had their first report on Austin Jackson when he was 12.
You probably won’t be shocked to learn of Mussina’s contempt for the always-injured Pavano, but you’ll laugh nonetheless. When Mussina was negotiating a new contract with the Yankees in October 2006, Brian Cashman offered him a two-year, $18-million package.
“Brian, you’re not paying me less than you’re paying Carl Pavano,” Mussina responded. “Don’t insult me.” Mussina wound up re-signing for two years and $23 million.
More disturbing is the tale that Andrew notes on SPA about Chien-Ming Wang‘s not expecting to pitch his disastrous Game 4 of the ALDS last year. But that’s Yankee history.
While I’ve long thought of Mussina as something of a curmudgeon, this tale and the whole white board thing he’s got going on this year make me think that perhaps the Yankee win leader has a sense of humor after all.
Maury Brown, the man behind the excellent Biz of Baseball site, sat down with Tim Marchman for a Q-and-A on New York sports. Marchman is, in my opinion, one of the more under-appreciated columnists in New York, mostly because he writes for The Sun, a paper that doesn’t get the same level of attention as the other New York dailies.
Marchman, who’s just a few years older than the three of us, talks about his journey to the sports pages of The Sun from Allegheny College and, of course, the state of New York baseball this season.
Draft signings are starting to trickle in: David Adams and Addison Maruszack, the Yanks’ 3rd & 17th round picks, respectively, have agreed to terms (don’t know the signing bonuses). Adams had a subpar junior year at Virginia, hitting only .286-.384-.411 with a 39-41 K/BB ratio after posting consecutive seasons with .950+ OPS’s as a freshman & sophomore. Maruszack, who you may remember from the Yanks’ ST game against the University of South Florida, hit .364-.474-.494 this year, and is a prime candidate for conversion to catcher.
(h/t the posters at NYYFans’ MiL Forum) · (7) ·
One of their injured young guns took a first step forward yesterday afternoon. Ian Kennedy, recovering from bursitis and a strained lat, threw a 30-pitch array of changeups and fastballs in front of his pitching coaches. He will now return to Tampa to continue his rehab at the Yankee complex, but larger questions loom on the horizon. Right now, Kennedy has no place in the rotation, and the righty, who struggled prior to his injury, will have to earn a spot on the club. It wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world for him to make a few starts in Scranton to regain that ol’ confidence and refine his stuff once he is eligible to come off the DL. · (40) ·
Game 1 (3-2 win over Syracuse, walk-off style) this was the completion of yesterday’s game, which was suspended due to rain
Brett Gardner: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 2 SB – sac bunted the winning run into scoring position … going back to tonight’s open thread, bunting is a big part of being a #9 hitter, and Gardner certainly can do it
Alberto Gonzalez: 1 for 3, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 HBP – walk-off single
Jason Lane & Nick Green: both 0 for 3 – Lane drew a walk … Green drove in a run & K’ed twice
Ben Broussard: 0 for 4
Cody Ransom: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
Matt Carson: 3 for 4 – hitting .357 in limited duty
Bernie Castro: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 K
Alan Horne: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HB, 2-3 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) – nice job in his first start back
David Robertson: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3-2 GB/FB – nasty
Scott Patterson: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Billy Traber: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K – struck out 2 lefties & a switch hitter
Melky Cabrera has a special place in the hearts of Yankees’ fans. We watched him (and his .322 OBP) jump from Double-A all the way to bigs as a 20 year old in 2005, then watched in horror as he looked overmatched at the plate and misplayed routine flyballs into inside-the-park homers in Fenway Park. He returned the following season because of injuries, and has since established himself as a passable everyday centerfielder. He’s one of our own; he’s paid his dues and earned a job.
This season though has been a tale of two Melky’s. His Opening Day homer gave us all hope that he was in line for the breakout season that many predicted was coming, and as recently as May 4th it looked like the breakout was legit. After hitting .291-.359-.505 with a team leading six longballs through his first 31 games, Melky has become an offensive blackhole. The numbers aren’t pretty: .257-.293-.284 with a whopping three extra base hits (all doubles) in his last 30 games. A few days ago he misplayed a potential double play ball, and if nothing else a routine line drive hit right at him, into a bunch of unearned runs. Today he weakly grounded out to first to kill the Yankees’ 9th inning rally against Royals’ closer Joakim Soria, sliding into the bag after being told for two full seasons now not to slide into first.
Enter Brett Gardner. The Yanks’ third round pick in 2005 has spend the first two-and-a-half years of his professional career terrorizing the opposition, whether it be by working counts (.387 career OBP), spraying hits to all fields (.290 BA), or running wild on the basepaths (141 SB). He’s added another much needed element to this game this year: power. Through 60 games he’s already tripled his homer total of the previous two season combined, and is slugging at a .454 clip, almost 80 points better than his career output coming into the year.
Having seen time in both left and centerfield this year, as well as a handful of pinch hit & run opportunities, Gardner is poised to take over as an extra outfielder in the big leagues this year. He’s every bit as capable as Melky when it comes to running down balls in the outfield, and while his arm isn’t as strong, his speed and on-base skills make him a much deadlier offensive player. It is worth nothing that Gardner is just about a full year older than Melky.
While it’s hard to believe that Gardner couldn’t be a viable extra outfielder right now, we’re not here to discuss a bench job. Is it time to take Melky Cabrera and his limp noodle bat out of the lineup and replace it with Gardner’s speed demon game on a full-time basis? Could he perform any worse?
Discuss it here, and play nice.