GCL Yankees Announce Roster, Play 1st Game

The Perfect Storm movie Family Business on dvd Short season baseball is here. Staten Island has been playing games for a week now, and while the big free agents sign still has an incomplete roster. The GCL Yankees, on the other hand, have been training in EST for most of the season, and contain some big names in the young Yankee farm system. The next Robinson Cano or Melky Cabrera or even Jesus Montero, if he exists, is somewhere in this crop of players. The 2009 GCL Yankees roster:

Pitchers:

Julian Arballo
Manuel Barreda
Isaiah Brown
Daniel Gil
Shane Greene
Paul Heidler
Pablo Hernandez
Dickson Marquez
Alejandro Martinez
Richard Martinez
Dan Miller
Michael O’Brien
Paul Patterson
Jose Ramirez
Matthew Richardson
Wilton Rodriguez
Gabriel Tatis
Nik Turley

The GCL action is definitely found in the position players (not one of the large-bonus signings in 2008 by the Yankees was a pitcher), but there are some interesting names here. Michael O’Brien is a 2008 high school draftee with good stuff who was held back for a year.… Click here to read the rest

Yankee’s Sunday Protest Denied

The Yanks got word before the start of yesterday’s game that they wont be heading back to Florida anytime soon, unless they’re playing the Rays. MLB president and chief operating officer Bob DuPuy denied the Yankee protest regarding an illegal fielding substitution the Marlins made on Sunday. Here’s the story Panic divx from the Yankee website:

The Hunger divx The protest dates to the top of the eighth inning on Sunday, when Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez made an improper substitution.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Marlins pinch-hit outfielder Alejandro De Aza for pitcher Renyel Pinto, who was batting ninth. When the inning ended, Gonzalez informed home-plate umpire Tim Timmons of the changes. De Aza was to remain in the game and play left field in place of Chris Coghlan. Reliever Leo Nunez entered the game, and he was positioned in Coghlan’s leadoff spot.

However, when the eighth inning started, Coghlan was in left field. Nunez threw one pitch to Derek Jeter, a called strike.

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Minors Recap, 6/23

Scranton falls to Syracuse, 6-1

  • Kei Igawa started, giving up 4 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings, and fanning 6.
  • Paul Bush struck out 2 in a 1-hit inning of relief.
  • Kevin Russo was 1 for 4.
  • Austin Jackson and Cody Ransom were each 0 for 4.
  • Shelley Duncan, Juan Miranda, and John Rodriguez were 0 for 3.
  • Colin Curtis was 2 for 3 with a double.
  • Justin Leone was 1 for 3 with a double.

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  • Ivan Nova put together a great start, allowing just a hit and 2 walks in 6 shutout innings, and fanning 3.  He lowered his ERA to 2.36 with this outing, and he seems to have gotten into a groove, as he hasn’t allowed more than 1 earned run in an outing in over a month.
  • Michael Dunn struggled, walking 3 in 1 inning of work and surrendering 2 runs.
  • JB Cox also struggled, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk in 1/3 of an inning.
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Yankee Depth And The Return Of Cody Ransom

RJ Anderson at Fangraphs looked at the trio of outfielders that the Yankees have stashed in the minors:

That offensive state of mind exists beyond the pantheon of new Yankee Stadium. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, home to the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate, features a triplet of red-hot bats. Shelley Duncan, Austin Jackson, and John Rodriguez patrol the outfield while on defense, and hit balls into the outfield during their time on offense. The three are inseparable on top of most International League leaderboards. Here’s how they stack up:

Rodriguez: .292/.377/.521
Jackson: .342/.410/.451

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Duncan: .294/.369/.628

Jackson is the only one with a foreseeable future in pinstripes, since most prospect analysts rank him as the top prospect in the system. It’s easy to see how, as Jackson plays a smooth centerfield and flashes impressive offensive production for a 22-year-old. Look for him to claim a starting gig in the Bronx sometime over the next 12 months.

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Klapisch: Girardi Managing Scared

From Bob Klapisch:

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But there’s more to managing than simply bodysurfing a winning streak. Girardi looked crisp and in control when the Yankees were mauling the AL a month ago, launching all those crazy comebacks. But now they’re struggling — the Red Sox’ domination of the Bombers is nothing short of humiliating — and Girardi’s confidence has turned to a square-jawed form of desperation.

That’s why A-Rod played every day until he couldn’t bring his bat through the strike zone anymore — and, as he’s hinted, his hip is so stiff. It’s the reason why no one comes to Sabathia’s rescue in the seventh or eighth innings.

It’s because Girardi knows his managerial career will be over if he gets fired by the Yankees. The team is feeling the angst over ticket sales — they failed to sell out the Subway Series and are urgently reminding fans that seats are available for the Red Sox series in August.

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Minors Recap, 6/22

Scranton falls to Indianapolis, 7-1 (7 innings, game 1)

  • Casey Fossum started, giving up 6 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits, while striking out 4.
  • Anthony Claggett gave up a run on 4 hits in 2 innings, fanning 2.
  • Austin Jackson was 1 for 3.
  • Shelley Duncan was 1 for 2 with a double and a walk, but made an error.
  • Kevin Cash was 1 for 2.
  • Juan Miranda, Cody Ransom, and Colin Curtis were each 0 for 3.

Scranton falls to Indianapolis, 6-3 (game 2)

  • Josh Towers took the hill against former Yankee prospect Dan McCutchen.  Towres gave up 4 runs on 6 hits and a walk in 4 innings, with 2 strikeouts.
  • Mark Melancon gave up a run on 2 hits in 2 innings, and fanned 4.
  • Kevin Russo was 1 for 4.
  • Austin Jackson was 0 for 4, dropping his average to .336.
  • Cody Ransom was 1 for 2 with a walk.
  • Shelley Duncan was 1 for 3 with his 21st homer of the year.
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Sabathia to make next start

According to ESPN (ticker at the bottom of the Texas-LSU College World Series Game), CC Sabathia told the New York Post that the biceps tendinitis that caused him to get removed early in yesterday’s game will not keep him from making his next start on Friday, against the Mets.

This is excellent news, as it is always scary to see your ace get pulled early from a game.  Hopefully, the Yankees will take it a little easier with Sabathia this outing, and maybe not let him throw as many pitches or innings as they would usually do, to give him a little extra rest.  The Yankee Universe can finally exhale.… Click here to read the rest

Ways To Improve The Yankees Now

Pete Abe comes through with a list of suggestions for improving the Yankees now:

More Brett Gardner: The Little G is 15 of his last 43 and has his batting average up to .284 with a .358 OBP. Melky Cabrera is 12 of 62 since his shoulder injury in Texas. He is down to .282 with a .340 OBP. Melky has more power and should play his share. But Gardner could add the energy the Yankees have lacked lately and is a superior defender.

Definitely agree with this. Brett Gardner at an OBP near .360 is a huge asset. I still like Melky and think that he should be given a shot to pull out of his slump, but Gardy should probably get 3-4 games a week subbing in for the three outfielders and Hideki Matsui.

More Dave Robertson: He has 23 strikeouts in 14.2 innings (59 in 45 career innings) and deserves more late-game, high-leverage opportunities. Joe Girardi is in love with Phil Coke and that is going to come back to bite him someday soon.

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The Improved Bullpen

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After yesterday’s bullpen implosion on the part of Brett Tomko, and to a lesser extent, Phil Coke and Dave Robertson, Fangraphs noted that the Yankees bullpen had just concluded a stretch of 20 consecutive scoreless innings. While there are those that continue to clamor for the Yankees to move Joba Chamberlain to the bullpen, the reality of the situation is that the Yankees bullpen has really become an asset in recent weeks. Prior to the season, we noted that the Yankees had excellent bullpen depth, so that if anyone faltered, they could be easily replaced. The season has played out in exactly that fashion, with relievers such as Jose Veras, Jon Albaladejo, Edwar Ramirez, and Damaso Marte currently out of the mix, while others have slid seamlessly into their place. Here are the impressive bullpen numbers for those currently in the pen. Brett Tomko is the weakest link, and is unlikely to survive out there much longer:

Brian Bruney: 10.1 IP, 12.19 K/9, .48 WHIP, 2.61 ERA
Phil Hughes: 8.2 IP, 12.46 K/9, .81 WHIP, 2.08 ERA
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Dave Robertson: 14.2 IP, 14.11 K/9, 1.23 WHIP, 1.84 ERA
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Phil Coke: 29.2 IP, 6.67 K/9, 1.08 WHIP, 3.64 ERA

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Brett Tomko:14.1 IP, 5.65 K/9, 1.47 WHIP, 6.28 ERA
Mariano Rivera: 27.2 IP, 10.73 K/9, 1.08 WHIP, 3.25 ERA

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