The Farm Report, 07/23/11

Double-A Trenton lost to Bowie, 6-4
Damon Sublett was 3-for-4 with a double, Rob Lyerly homered, and Ray Kruml doubled. Dellin Betances had a rough start: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 K, and two homers allowed. He also left the game in the fourth with the trainer after covering home plate, though it was extremely hot in Trenton and it may have been heat-related. Chase Whitley walked two, struck out three, and gave up two hits and a run in two innings, and Ryan Flannery walked four and struck out two while giving up a hit and a run in 1.1 innings.

High-A Tampa beat Bradenton, 6-5.
Eric Chavez, still doing a rehab stint, homered and walked, and Cody Johnson doubled twice. Kelvin Castro had the deciding triple. Sean Black gave up three hits, four walks, and five runs in 3.1 innings and the relief pitchers likely walked too many guys, but kept Bradenton off the board to allow for the late win.…

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Yankees strand 11, fall to the A’s 4-3

This was a frustrating loss. Just one day after the Yankee bats exploded for 17 runs, the Bomber offense fell silent, unable to come up with big hits with runners in scoring position. Rich Harden took a vacation from the DL to pitch 5.1 innings of two run ball, which isn’t good,...

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The ballad of Kei Igawa

Bill Pennington had a great story in today’s New York Times about the forgotten $46 million dollar man, Kei Igawa, who has been toiling away in Scranton over the past few years.  The absolute failure of his major league career did not sour Igawa on American baseball, Pennington writes, and he has continued to...

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Game 98-Hot for pitching

If you had any doubt the Yanks need to acquire a starter, Phil Hughes should have answered them for you last night. Staked to a 14-2 lead, he was unable to last the required 5 innings to pick up the win. We can’t have much confidence in Hughes, we don’t know if Colon’s stem cell...

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Yankees pummel A’s, 17 – 7

Well, that happened. On the one hand, the tired Yankee bats exploded for 17 runs, with Mark Teixeira‘s grand slam serving as the highlight. On the other hand, Phil Hughes sucked. Franchise allowed seven runs and nine hits in just 4.1...

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Jesus Montero’s Declining Stock

 

Following up on Larry’s piece on prospect hugging, I wanted to insert another reality check about a prominent member of the Yankee farm system. For years, we’ve heard about Jesus Montero’s “can’t miss bat” from respected sources like Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. Scouts and talent evaluators all agreed...

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Jesus Montero's Declining Stock

 

Following up on Larry’s piece on prospect hugging, I wanted to insert another reality check about a prominent member of the Yankee farm system. For years, we’ve heard about Jesus Montero’s “can’t miss bat” from respected sources like Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. Scouts and talent evaluators all agreed...

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The Farm Report, 07/22/11

Double-A Trenton lost to Bowie, 4-1
Manny Banuelos had a rather lackluster outing, going five innings and giving up six hits and four runs, three earned, with four walks and three strikeouts. Rob Lyerly was 2-for-4 with a double, and Ray Kruml, Corban Joseph, and Melky Mesa all collected hits as well; Joseph’s was a double. Pat Venditte gave up a hit, a walk, and struck out four in three innings.

High-A Tampa lost to Bradenton, 6-5
Continuing his rehab, Eric Chavez went 1-for-4 with a double. Ronnier Mustelier also doubled, and Abe Almonte was 2-for-5 with a stolen base. Mikey O’Brien gave up five hits and two runs over five innings, striking out six and walking just one. Francisco Gil blew the save and gave up the walk-off, with six hits and four runs in just 1.1 innings.

Low-A Charleston lost to Lexington, 5-4
Mike Ferraro was 3-for-3 with a double and Jose Toussen was 2-for-4 with a triple. Nathan Forer gave up seven hits, three runs, and struck out two in five innings.…

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