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...
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Quick Bits: Matsui, Molina, Matchups

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...
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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...

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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...

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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 –...

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What to do with Molina

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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...

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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...

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Minors Recap, 6/28

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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...
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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...

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