There were 2 once great Yankee prospects in the lineup for both Syracuse and Erie tonightÂ when they played Triple-A Scranton and Double-A Trenton, respectively. Well, 3 great and 1 pretty good one would be more accurate. I don’t really have a point to make, but it’s a nice little reminder that things don’tÂ always go as planned with prospects.
Go ahead and click on the box score links and see if you can figure out who the 4 guys are, it’s not not too hard at all.
Triple-A Scranton (7-4 win over Syracuse)
Justin Christian: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI – just up from Scranton
Shelley Duncan: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K – in other news,Â Andy Phillips struck out again…
Eric Duncan: 0 for 4
Bronson Sardinha: 0 for 3
Alberto Gonzalez: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B – 3 for his last 8…call him up!
Tyler Clippard: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 2-10 GB/FB – still looks like he’s afraid to throw strikes…
Chris Britton: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K – first time since May that he didn’t allow an ER in an outing
Jim Brower: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – this dude’s just on a roll, no baserunners allowed in 6 of his last 10 outings
Bradley would have a great fit for this team and a spark plug for an otherwise sleepy offense. Sigh… In other news, Johnny Damon will sit on the bench until Tuesday, at which point the Yanks will decide if they will DL him. This creates yet another inefficiency in the 25-man roster. Johnny should go back to the Jesus look, his body’s old enough for the part. Update: Bradley failed his physical, so the Quarter Pounders voided the deal (that’s a Pulp Fiction reference FYI). If no one pulls off a deal for him in the next 8 days, he’ll be a free agent. I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not like there’s anyone better available in a trade… · (8) ·
Yes, I know this is a Yankees blog, but we’re not just Yankee fans here at RAB, we’re baseball fans (well, at least I am), and you’d be hard pressed to find a better brand of the game than in Omaha. The players aren’t a bunchÂ ofÂ egomaniac millionaires who think all of humanity owes them something; they’re a group of guys trying to achieve a commonÂ goal while inÂ a key phase of life. There’s no pay check to play for, in factÂ many ofÂ the playersÂ are paying out of their pocket to play (NCAA limits the number of scholarships available for baseball to 11.7 per year, compared to 15 for women’s basketball and 85 for football).
Quick note -Â if you’ve ever wondered why so many high school kids drafted in the lower rounds of the draft sign pro contracts instead of going to school, remember the scholarship bit – some families just don’t have the means to send their kid to school if he doesn’t get a scholarship.
This should explain precisely why the Yankees sucked it up over the past three days. Small sample, yes. But we’re not getting predictive here. We’re just saying “man, you guys sucked.”
Looks okay, right? Those guys combined had 45 plate appearances. And, for the most part, they were together in the order (Melky-Jeter-Abreu-Alex-Jorge). So you’d think they’d actually string together some runs. Uh, apparently not. Reason No. 1:
Triple-A Scranton (5-1 loss to Durham)
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 4, 3 K
Alberto Gonzalez: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B – breaks an 0 for too-many-to-count
Omir Santos: 1 for 4, 1 K
rest of lineup: combined 2 for 21, 5 K – E-Duncan and Bronson Sardinha took 0 for 4′s
Matt DeSalvo: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 10 K, 1 HB – that’s a good way to throw 97 pitches in under 5 innings
Ben Kozlowski: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
In about 2 and a half weeks. (sorry for the tease)Â
Joba was named to the USA squad for the 2007 Futures Game, which takes place Sunday July 8th at 2pm, and will be telecast on ESPN (or ESPN2, one of those damn channels). Both Phil Hughes and Jose Tabata made the game last year (you can watch watch Tabata almost talk off Hughes’ head here), but this year the Yanks only have one representative. You can check out the World Team roster here.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.
In a somewhat surprising move, the Oakland A’s have designated Milton Bradley for assignment. The team now has 10 days to either trade him or grant him his outright release.
There is a common misconception that a DFAd player must pass through waivers. This is untrue. While it is common for a DFAd player to be placed on waivers, the intention is to outright him to the minor leagues. Because Bradley has five years of MLB service time, he cannot be outrighted to the minors. So it’s either trade him, or he’s a free agent in 10 days.
Joe Girardi has turned down the Orioles’ job offer. Considering that George Steinbrenner is a better boss than Peter Angelos, I don’t blame Girardi for saying no to a bad situation in Baltimore. But do you think he’s holding out for a spot on the bench in the Bronx? I sure do. · (3) ·