• What a fantastic trade

    Bobby Abreu just misplayed an out into a game-tying single + two-base error. Meanwhile, this afternoon, Gary Sheffield, whom scouts have always preferred to Abreu despite the age difference, hit his fourth home run in 10 games. Sheffield is now batting .266/.378/.493 with 13 HR and 32 RBI. And the Yanks have Bobby Abreu stumbling around right field like a Little Leaguer and Humberto Sanchez out for a very long time. Good trade there, Cashman. · (11) ·


The streak ends….

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Mitch Hilligoss’ historic hit streak came to an end today. At 38 games, it stands as the 13th longest hit streak in the history of minor league baseball. Congrats Mitch, best story of the year so far in Yankeeland, bar none.

The mock draft took too much outta me, so no Down on the Farm tonight. Go here instead, and don’t miss Juan Miranda‘s line. That dude is absolutely ROLLIN’ right now.

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I had a lot of fun with this, but boy, lemme tell you that it is not nearly as easy as it looks. You’ve got your eyes set on Player A, and just as it looks like your going to get him, BAM! he’s gone. Or worse, you’re getting ready to pluck the guy you’ve had your eye on for the last 15 picks, them all of a sudden a guy you really didn’t anticipate being able to draft is right there for a taking. It’s a different animal on the inside.

Here’s the thinking behind my picks:

Round 1, Pick #30: Andrew Brackman, RHP, NC State
It came down to this: there was just too much talent and upside for me to pass on him. Yeah he missed some time with a tired arm (not to mention having to attend the funeral of an ex-girlfriend who was killed in a car accident), but you just take this kid, introduce him to Nardi Contreras, and let him go.

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The first round of the Mock Draft over at John Sickels’ Minor League Ball is complete. Here’s the picks:

1. Tampa Bay Devil Rays: David Price, LHP, VandyÂ
2. Kansas City Royals: Matt Wieters, C, Georgia TechÂ
3. Chicago Cubs: Rick Porcello, RHP, Seton Hall Prep (NJ)
4. Pittsburgh Pirates: Josh Vitters, 3B, Cypress High (Ca.)Â
5. Baltimore Orioles: Mike Moustakas, 3B, Chatsworth High (Ca.)Â
6. Washington Nationals: Beau Mills, 3B/1B, Lewis-Clark StateÂ
7. Milwaukee Brewers: Jarrod Parker, RHP, Norwell High (In.)
8. Colorado Rockies: Ross Detwiler, LHP, Missouri StateÂ
9. Arizona Diamondbacks: Jason Heyward, OF, Henry County High (Ga.)Â
10. San Francisco Giants: Madison Bumgarner, South Caldwell High (NC)
11. Seattle Mariners: Phillippe Aumont, RHP, Ecole Du Versant HS (Quebec)
12. Florida Marlins: Matt Harvey, RHP, Fitch High (Ct.)
13. Cleveland Indians: Danny Moskos, LHP, Clemson
14. Atlanta Braves: Josh Smoker, LHP, Calhoun High (Ga.)
15. Cincinnati Reds: Matt Dominguez, 3B, Chatsworth High (Ca.)
16. Toronto Blue Jays: Devin Mesoraco, C, Punxsutawney High (Pa.)Â
17. Texas Rangers: Blake Beavan, RHP, Irving High (Tx.)
18. St. Louis Cardinals: Kevin Ahrens, 3B, Memorial High (Tx.)
19. Philadelphia Phillies: Justin Jackson, SS, Roberson High (NC)
20. Los Angeles Dodgers: Tim Alderson, RHP, Horizon High (Az.)
21. Toronto Blue Jays: Nick Noonan, SS, Francis Parker High (Ca.)
22. San Francisco Giants: Corey Brown, OF, Oklahoma State
23. San Diego Padres: Michael Main, RHP/OF, Deland High (Fl.)
24. Texas Rangers: Julio Borbon, OF, Tennesee
25. Chicago White Sox: Matt LaPorta, 1B, Florida
26. Oakland Athletics: Casey Weathers, RHP, Vanderbilt
27. Detroit Tigers: Todd Frazier, SS, Rutgers
28. Minnesota Twins: Matt Mangini, 3B, Oklahoma State
29. San Francisco Giants: Nevin Griffith, RHP, Middleton High (Fl.)
30. New York Yankees: Andrew Brackman, RHP, NC State

I’ll explain the thinking behind our picks later on, the draft is moving too fast to do it now…

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  • Just to mix things up

    Apparently, the Yanks were talking to the White Sox about a Abreu for Jermaine Dye swap. Neither is hitting particularly well. Abreu has the advantage of his usually-high OBP. Jermaine Dye is more of a power hitter. At this point, 1) it can’t get much worse and 2) we could use another power bat. At worst it’s a wash. If this is a real possibility, I urge Cashman to pursue it. There is nothing to lose at this point. · (7) ·

The 2007 Mock Draft over at John Sickels Minor League Ball takes place today at 3 EST.

If you’re interested in giving some final thoughts on players to consider, draft strategy, etc, go to the latest diary thread. The previous thread is here.

I’ll provide a recap of our picks later today.

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Down on the Farm

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Mike Lowell gets a standing frickin’ ovation for a premeditated, bush league tackle on Cano, but you know for a fact the circumstances would be completely different if A-Rod pulled that kinda crap. They shoulda hit Lowell twice for that shit.

And Joe, way to leave Proctor in what, 6 batters too many? Fuckin’ a man, there’s managers that would kill to have Brian Bruney in their bullpen… 

I’m frustrated, so I’m not going to post the usual in-depth updates, instead I’ll point you here. Here’s the notables:

  • Eric Duncan went 1 for 4 with a double.
  • Shelley Duncan went deep for the 4th straight game.
  • Alan Horne had an outing reminiscent of last year: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HB
  • Jose Tabata went 3 for 4, all singles. He also gunned down a runner at the plate.
  • Juan Miranda continued his recent assault on FSL pitching, going 3 for 4 with 2 doubles. He’s got 9 XBH (7 doubles, 2 homers) and 11 RBI in his last 8 games.
  • Frankie Cervelli went 2 for 4.
  • Joba frickin’ Chamberlain man, damn is that dude good. 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 8-3 GB/FB.

Low-A Charleston got rained out. Apparently God is the only thing that can stop Mitch Hilligoss.

Get well soon Mink.

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  • Proctor knows how to buy himself a break

    Scott Proctor had a 5.13 ERA in April, mostly the product of zero-inning, three-run performance against the Red Sox on April 22. Proctor had pitched in the previous two games, allowing no runs in 1.2 IP. He was beginning to be overused, as is Joe Torre’s wont. So on May 6, he threw behind Yuniesky Betancort, earning himself a four-game suspension. Proctor had a 1.50 ERA in May — and that was completely the product of his meltdown last Sunday. His location has been off lately — he’s been missing spots like crazy. And it’s not unfathomable to think that he just missed on an inside pitch to Youk last night. But Scott has definitely bought himself at least four games again. The All-Star break will buy him another rest. Maybe we’ll see a completely effective Proctor this season? · (7) ·

9 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 17 K in Vandy’s Regional opener vs. Austin Peay. Hey, he’s not the consensus top talent in the draft by accident.

The College Baseball Blog‘s got you covered for all the postseason action.

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Down on the Farm

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Six Tampa Yankees were named to the FSL All-Star Team: Mini-Moose Kennedy, Dan McCutchen, Eric Wordekemper, Frankie Cervelli, Reegie Corona and Kevin Russo. I’m guessing Joba hasn’t been down there long enough to earn a spot, though he’s certainly deserving of one based on performance.

If you would have told me before the season that 6 Tampa Yanks would make the All-Star Team, I wouldn’t have guessed it was any of those guys, save Kennedy. So that means the Yanks have some serious depth down there, right?

Triple-A Scranton (7-4 loss to Rochester)
Jamal Strong: 2 for 5, 2 R, 2 3B, – called up from Double-A to take Kevin Thompson’s spot…
Angel Chavez: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Andy Phillips: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Eric Duncan: 1 for 5, 1 RBI
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – threw a runner out at 2nd and home from RF…
Bronson Sardinha: 0 for 3, 1 HBP - picked off first
Alberto Gonzalez, Chris Basak, Omir Santos: combined 1 for 12, 7 K – Basak doubled and commited a fielding error… 
Sean Henn: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K – 50 of 72 pitches were strikes (69.4%)
Ben Kozlowksi: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – he’s on pace to throw nearly 97 innings this year…as a reliever…in a 140 game season!
Colter Bean: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Jim Brower: 1 IP, zeroes across the board

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