Minors Recap, 6/29

Scranton shuts out Rochester, 5-0 (7 innings, game 1) Ivan Nova was great in his AAA debut, giving up just 1 hit (a liner off SS Justin Bernier’s glove) and 3 walks in 5 2/3 shutout innings.  The talented 22 year-old seems to have figured things out this season, and he could be a September callup if he keeps this up.  Chad Jennings writes that Nova was sitting 93-94 with his fastball, which is a great sign. Jonathan Albaladejo gave up a hit in 1 1/3 innings, with 1 strikeout. Kevin Russo and Chris Stewart were 1 for 3. Austin Continue reading Minors Recap, 6/29

Quick Bits: Matsui, Molina, Matchups

Desperado movie download download Aufzeichnungen zu Kleidern und Städten Tyler Kepner brings us a few quick items to close out the day: Hideki Matsui is expected to be the team’s DH tomorrow (Damon will likely be back in the lineup). Jose Molina is on track to begin a rehab assignment next week, although nothing is confirmed as of now. Bad Dreams divx And, the pitching matchups for the Mariners series are as follows (via LoHud): Tuesday: RHP Brandon Morrow (0-3, 5.64) vs. RHP Joba Chamberlain (4-2, 3.81), 7:05, YES The Core video Wednesday: LHP Jarrod Washburn (4-5, 3.22) vs. LHP Continue reading Quick Bits: Matsui, Molina, Matchups

Trade Target: Bobby Jenks

Time for a bit of speculative fun. From Phil Rogers (Chicago Tribune): Teams looking to add pitching in midseason trades could be disappointed. There’s not a lot on the market, which could play to the White Sox’s advantage if they decide to deal Jose Contreras. They have a decision to make on Bobby Jenks — try to sign him to a long-term contract or listen to offers. They could get a lot if they moved him, with teams such as the Angels, Yankees, Rangers, Cardinals, Phillies, Mets and Brewers looking to beef up their bullpens. Look, Up in the Sky: Continue reading Trade Target: Bobby Jenks

Olney On A-Rod, John Henry

Late last week, I brought up Buster Olney’s article on A-Rod’s struggles and the possible link to steroids. In the comments, I noted the following: There is no reason to assume Alex just went off steroids. Either he went off in 2003, or he is still on some undetectable stuff. Why not treat a slump like a slump? They had no such questions when he started off with three hot weeks. Did he go off steroids 3 weeks ago? In his chat earlier today, Buster was called out on his story and tried to defend himself: Alfredo (New York City): Continue reading Olney On A-Rod, John Henry

Wang Using All Of His Pitches

This is a very interesting development, courtesy of Mark Feinsand: To me, the best thing about Wang’s night was that his sinker wasn’t really very good. In fact, he was having enough trouble with it that he and Jorge Posada decided to stay away from it at times, throwing sliders and four-seam fastballs instead – and getting guys out with those pitches. Earlier in the year, they tried to force the issue with the sinker, figuring it would work itself out. Tonight? A better plan. “When his sinker isn’t there, he has enough to go to that we can get Continue reading Wang Using All Of His Pitches

What to do with Molina

.!. From Joel Sherman (NY Post): Also, the Yanks continue to mull what is their best roster construction when Jose Molina returns from the DL. They love the energy and defense Francisco Cervelli has brought, but wonder if holding three catchers is prudent since they are not prepared yet to make Jorge Posada more of a full-time DH.I floated the possibility to a few Yankee officials of following the Met path: The Mets liked how Omir Santos played while Ramon Castro and starter Brian Schneider were on the DL, so when it was time to activate Castro, the Mets decided Continue reading What to do with Molina

Phillies keeping an eye on Wang (just in case)

Interesting tidbit via MLBTR. Apparently, the Phillies have scouted Chien-Ming Wang in the hopes that the Yankees may make him available. Here’s what Jim Salisbury over at the Philidelphia Inquirer had to say about the Phillies’ search for a starting pitcher. They want pitching. Starter or reliever? “Doesn’t matter. They’re looking for anything they can get,” a rival scout said. The Phils will get one. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. spent so much time talking to teams last week that it looks as if he has a BlackBerry growing out of his ear. The Phils have been all over Boston’s Brad Continue reading Phillies keeping an eye on Wang (just in case)

Minors Recap, 6/28

.!. Scranton falls to Rochester, 6-2 Kei Igawa started, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings, and striking out 3. Austin Jackson was  1 for 3 with a walk and his 2nd home run of the season. Colin Curtis was 0 for 4. Shelley Duncan was 1 for 4. Juan Miranda was 1 for 3 with a walk. PJ Pilittere was 1 for 4. Trenton defeated by Reading, 8-3 Jason Stephens started, and gave up 2 runs on 6 hits in 3 innings, while fanning 3. Amaury Sanit struck out 2 in a perfect Continue reading Minors Recap, 6/28

It's Promotion Season

A number of Yankee prospects have been promoted to higher levels in the last week or so.  Ivan Nova has moved up to AAA, and Jeremy Bleich has moved up to Trenton to take his place.  In the lower minors, Pat Venditte got a long-deserved promotion to Tampa, along with David Adams and Dan Brewer. Nova has been great this season for Trenton, with a 2.36 ERA, and a 2.47 GO/GO ratio.  Hopefully he can continue his success at AAA.  Bleich has been solid but not spectacular for Tampa, with a 3.40 ERA.  Brewer had a .903 OPS for Charleston, Continue reading It's Promotion Season