The Farm Report: 5/31/12

Empire State couldn’t score a run today, but the rest of the Yankees’ affiliates had no problem bringing runs home.   The RiverDogs had their power locked in, knocking four homers as they destroyed Greenville.  Tampa is tied 9-9 after twelve innings.  I’ve had a long day, so I will update on that game in the morning – which means they will probably score as soon as I post this…

Empire State was blanked by Toledo 3-0:
The game was scoreless through six innings, but the Mud Hens found their bats in the seventh.  Matt Young led off with a single and Brad Eldred doubled.  Ryan Strieby drew a walk, loading the bases and Eric Patterson lined a single to right, plating Young and Eldred.  A sac fly from Bryan Holaday plated Strieby, giving Toledo a 3-0 lead.  The Yankees had a chance to chip away at the Mud Hens’ lead in the bottom of the inning, as Ronnier Mustelier drew a walk and Francisco Cervelli singled.  Brandon Laird drew a walk to load the bases with just one out, but Colin Curtis hit into a double play.  Empire State got two runners on in the ninth, but once again came up short, taking a 3-0 loss.  Kevin Russo went 2-4 and Laird went 2-3.  The Yankees actually had seven hits, but none were for extra bases.  D.J. Mitchell went six innings and gave up three runs on five hits, a walk and seven Ks.

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Injury updates

In addition to the news on David Robertson‘s later than hoped for return to action, Andrew Marchand got updates on several other currently injured Yankees from Brian Cashman. Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Brett Gardner is “close” to returning, though no dates for his rehab stint will be scheduled until after Gardner takes actual batting practice. If Gardner can take BP without pain, I wouldn’t think it would take too many rehab games to get him ready to return to the big leagues, so hopefully we aren’t talking much more than a week here.
  • Joba Chamberlain is not running on his broken ankle yet, but he is throwing off of flat ground.
  • David Aardsma is doing well in his rehab from Tommy John surgery, and is still being projected for an August return to the majors.
  • Finally, in the minor leagues, both Manny Banuelos and Jose Campos are presently shut down with elbow soreness, but they’ll be back at some point this year “without a doubt,” according to Cashman.

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Austin Romine cleared to resume baseball activities

It looks like Austin Romine could be back playing baseball sooner rather than later.  He announced on Twitter that he has been cleared to resume baseball activities.  Since Romine has not been able to do much of anything since Spring Training, he will still require some time before we see him behind the plate for Empire State, but at least is headed in the right direction.

After injuring his back this spring and then suffering a setback during rehab, it was unclear when the Yankees’ catching prospect would resume his march towards the Majors.  Recently, conversations about Russell Martin‘s struggles at the plate have been rampant bringing questions about who will be the Yankees’ backstop for the more immediate future.  The Yankees are stocked with some great catching talent, but they are all in Single-A ball this season.  This is definitely some good news for Empire State and the Yankees. Continue reading Austin Romine cleared to resume baseball activities

MLB “looking into” Martin/Diaz spat

Via the YES Network, Major League Baseball is investigating the incident that purportedly took place between Yankees’ catcher Russell Martin and home plate umpire Laz Diaz during last night’s game. According to Martin, Diaz refused the catcher’s request to throw new balls into play in apparent retaliation for Martin arguing calls at the plate, telling him he had to “earn that privilege.” Martin claims he prefers to throw the balls in to keep his arm loose during the game.

If Martin’s account of the events prove to be true, I don’t see how MLB could justify not suspending Diaz. From my vantage point, I don’t think umpires should ever throw the ball to the pitcher, but that’s especially true when the catcher requests to do it himself. Diaz’s alleged actions smack of petty vengeance or, as Martin speculated last night, an attempt to goad the catcher into an altercation that would have given Diaz the pretense to eject him. Either way, it would represent an unacceptable lack of professionalism and merits a fairly severe punishment, in my opinion. Continue reading MLB “looking into” Martin/Diaz spat

How to Approach the 2012 Yankee Draft

The 2012 amateur draft is just one week away. Draft day is my favorite baseball day of the year, because I get 20-30 new prospects to start thinking and writing about. We’ll be providing you extensive coverage here at TYA on draft day and immediately thereafter. Eric is planning some pre-draft analysis as well. While I think this is valuable for a lot of people, you won’t find me speculating about who the Yankees will draft. I don’t think its productive – I’d rather suggest an overall strategy, then sit back and see who falls to the Yankees. Eric did Continue reading How to Approach the 2012 Yankee Draft

Cashman: Robertson out until mid-June

Can’t wait to see David Robertson striking out the side in pinstripes once more? Sorry, looks like you’re going to have to tough it out for at least an extra couple of weeks. That’s what Brian Cashman told ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand. “Robertson, I would shoot for not earlier than mid-June,” is how the Yankees’ general manager put it. Robertson has been throwing off of flat ground of late, but he still needs to progress to throwing bullpens and to live hitters, before heading out on a minor league rehab assignment. That’s going to continue to put pressure on the rest of the bullpen, especially Boone Logan and Cory Wade, as well as give Rafael Soriano some more time to lock down the closer role.
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When Do You Promote Tyler Austin To Tampa?

Tyler Austin hasn’t hit a home run in his last 10 games. Instead, he’s just hit a pedestrian .452/.540/.595, raising his average all the way to .323. His walk rate has significantly increased in the month of May, even as his strikeouts have remained elevated. He’s even chipped in on the bases with 7 stolen bases without being caught over his last 10 games. The dude’s on fire, and has been for a long time now. Austin is now sitting at .336/.408/.618 in 98 career minor league games. If he were drafted in the 1st round instead of the the Continue reading When Do You Promote Tyler Austin To Tampa?

We could have had Don Mattingly

One thing I have learned from my time here at IIATMS is that Joe Girardi is a lightening rod for discussion. Despite a World Championship in 2009 and a gaudy won-loss record, he gets kicked around pretty regularly. My opinions on him as manager are somewhat ambivalent and have written about them here before. I tend to like him more than dislike him but understand that is not the majority position. And that is okay. Everyone has opinions and are entitled to them.  But as I look around baseball, it is hard not to notice some surprise teams this season. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all is that the Los Angeles Dodgers have the best record in baseball. And that team has continued to win despite key injuries in the past few weeks. The Dodgers, of course, are managed by Don Mattingly. You might remember him. And it is easy to ask the question of how the Yankees would be different if they had hired Don Mattingly to succeed Joe Torre instead of Joe Girardi.

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Off-day draft links

The Yankees might have another scheduled off day coming up on Monday night, but ace C.C. Sabathia will still be in action all the same. That’s because he’ll be representing the Yankees at the MLB first year player’s draft. I’m not really sure why the Yankees are sending one of their best players, as I understand it Sabathia will be the only active player in attendance, but it’s a nice segue to begin talking about the draft anyway.

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