Minors Recap, 4/28

Scranton blanked by Lehigh Valley, 6-0

  • Eric Hacker, recently promoted to take Phil Hughes’ spot in the Scranton rotation, gave up 5 runs (all in one inning) on 5 hits in 6 innings, and struck out 2.
  • JB Cox gave up a run on 4 hits and a walk in 3 innings.
  • Shelley Duncan was 2 for 4.
  • Juan Miranda was 1 for 4.
  • Austin Jackson was 2 for 3 with a strikeout, raising his average to .357 on the season.

Trenton shuts out Connecticut, 2-0

  • George Kontos put together a strong start, giving up just 3 hits adn 2 walks in 6 scoreless, and striking out 8.
  • Mike Dunn struck out 1 in 2 perfect innings.
  • Eduardo Nunez and Frankie Cervelli were each 1 for 4.
  • Colin Curtis was 2 for 4, boosting his average to .371.
  • Reegie Corona and Marcos Vechionacci were each 2 for 3 with a walk.

Tampa defeats Lakeland, 3-1

  • Wilkins De La Rosa put together another strong start, giving up 3 hits and a walk in 5 shutout innings, and striking out 7.
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Yanks Slash Ticket Prices

This from Pete Abe, here. Sit back down, fellow Bleacher Creatures, this doesn’t apply to us.  All you Grandstanders and upper deckers can stop reading as well.  If you have someone in a funny hat driving you to work, don’t have to work at all, or occasionally confuse dollar bills with something you use to wipe your bum with, however, you may be getting even more of that green stuff back from your recent investment in Yankee tickets.

You can read the full release at Pete’s site, but the gist of it is that the Yankes have slashed most of the highest priced seats virtually in half.  They are offering refunds to some season ticket holders that already purchased plans, while ticket holders in other sections will be offered free tickets to compensate.  Most of the price reductions and compensations apply to tickets north of th $650 range.  The lowest price seats to be affected are the $325 seats.

If any of this applies to you, I can make myself personally available if you’re lonely and looking to get rid of any of those pesky free tickets coming your way.… Click here to read the rest

Minor Notes: Jesus Montero Does More Stuff

Jesus Montero Hits Two More Out

Jesus Montero went 2 for 4 in Tampa’s early game today with two more home runs. He’s now at .371/.421/.614 on the season. At 19 years old, Montero’s start to the season has been fairly astonishing. Its always brightens up my day to think and write about Montero. He leads the league in hits while being second in home runs, third in OPS, third in batting average and second in slugging percentage. But really, this post needs pictures. Thank you Minor League Splits.

Montero’s 2007 fly ball spray chart with the Gulf Coast League Yankees:

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Montero was much more pull happy in 2007. He hit .287/.367/.467 that year. He was 17 years old. The following year for Charleston, Montero’s chart looked like this:

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The difference between 2007 and 2008 for Montero is that he started hitting to all fields. For an 18 year old, he showed remarkable maturity at the plate.… Click here to read the rest

What to Expect from Hughes Tonight

Here is a writeup from SWB Yankees beat writer Chad Jennings on Phil Hughes’ last start for Scranton.  It pretty much sums up exactly what I feel we should see tonight.  I’ll break it down by pitches below:

Fastball: Phil will be throwing a 90-93mph 4-seamer that is relatively straight but has good late life.  He has the ability, when he’s on, to really paint the corners consistently.  Because the pitch lacks a ton of movement and isn’t in the mid-high 90s, he struggled early last year to put guys away, often seeing batters foul off multiple 2 strike counts, only to allow a bloop, end of the bat single.  The cutter seems to have solved this problem (more on that later).  Phil is on a little extra rest, having last pitched on April 22nd, so you may see a little extra oomph on the heater in the first two innings with him tagging 95 a few times on the gun. … Click here to read the rest

Assessing Girardi

Dave Cameron of USS Mariner takes a look at new M’s manager Don Wakamatsu:

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While the Griffey scenario was the biggest challenge, he’s also proven adept in other areas. His handling of the bullpen has been very good so far, finding the right options for high leverage situations and relegating Batista to a back-up role despite his vast experience lead over the rest of the relief arms. He’s shuffled the line-up depending on opposing pitcher handedness, something the previous managers simply weren’t willing to do. He’s stuck with struggling starters when the team needed innings and managed the workloads without riding anyone excessively hard.

You know who that paragraph could apply to? Joe Girardi. The same things that Joe has been criticized for at different times this year are things that Cameron (and I fully agree) sees as attributes of a good manager. He has been open to finding the right options for high leverage situations, using Phil Coke and Jon Albaladejo in important spots rather than the more experienced Jose Veras, Edwar Ramirez, and Damaso Marte.… Click here to read the rest