Vidal Nuno, A Man Of Many (Potential) Roles


(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

The lone bright spot in last Monday night’s absolute stink pot of a game was the Major League debut of Vidal Nuno.  After being released from the Cleveland Indians’ A-ball affiliate following the 2010 season, Nuno has worked himself up through five levels of the Yankee MiL system in just a little over two seasons and put himself in a position to capitalize on an opportunity when Ivan Nova went on the DL.  While so many people focus on what Nuno isn’t when labeling him an automatic non-prospect, I put more stock into what he is when I evaluated him and included him in this year’s AB4AR Top 30 (30th spot).  He might not be big, he might not throw hard, and he might not have devastating offspeed stuff, but he’s still before his prime at age 25, he throws strikes, he has outstanding command, and his offspeed stuff is just good enough to strike a fair amount of batters out.  As a lefty, that’s not a bad skill set to possess.

Nuno’s greatest quality, at least as it relates to the current Yankee roster, might be his flexibility.  That ability to pitch in multiple scenarios, paired with the aforementioned left-handedness, could make Nuno a very versatile bullpen piece for Joe to use as he sees fit.

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The Farm Report: 4/30/13

Scranton swept their second doubleheader in a row, against the Charlotte Knights. Trenton also had a doubleheader and swept the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Tampa’s contest against the St. Lucie Mets was rained out and the Charlotte Riverdogs had a scheduled night off.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Charlotte 3-1 in Game 1:
The big news from this game was Chien-Ming Wang‘s performance. He allowed two base runners to reach through his first four innings and finished with seven innings pitched, allowing only one run on six hits, and walking one batter. With this game, Wang lowered his season earned run average to 0.95.

The RailRiders didn’t score until the sixth inning. Bobby Wilson started things off with a single to right field which was followed by a sacrifice bunt by Gil Velazquez that moved Wilson into scoring position at second base. Kevin Mahoney then followed that with a double that plated Wilson.

In the next inning, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scored two insurance runs. Dan Johnson led off with a walk which was followed by a David Adams homer to put the RailRiders up 3-0.

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And all’s right in the world again: Yankees 7, Astros 4

I guess it’s a good thing this was a game against the Houston Astros because if the Yankees were facing another team, a better one, I’m not sure this win would have been possible.

Hiroki Kuroda, even though he didn’t give up any runs, had a rough first three innings and again, was lucky he was facing the Astros. He settled down and retired 11 of 12 batters after the third inning. He gave up only four hits in seven innings, walked four and struck out eight. He finished with 4-1 record in April and a 2.25 ERA. He’s 3-0 in his last three starts with a minuscule 1.23 ERA.

Another great stat for Kuroda from those last three starts? He’s averaging 7 1/3 innings.

The Yankees offense was able scratch and claw their way to some early runs and they had a 4-0 lead heading into the eighth inning when David Robertson came in. Robertson got two outs then gave up two runs on a home run by Chris Carter.

The bottom of the eighth, the Yankees broke the game open, scoring three runs on a Lyle Overbay solo shot, a Chris Stewart RBI single and a Travis Hafner RBI single.

The Astros, with the help of Yankee reliever Shawn Kelley, made things interesting in the ninth inning when Jose Altuve hit a two-run double to make it 7-4 and to set up a save situation for Mariano Rivera.

Rivera, who was 9-9 in save opportunities in April, made it 10-10 with an easy five pitch appearance to end the game.

The rubber game is tomorrow and features Erik Bedard (0-2, 7.98 ERA) and David Phelps (1-1, 5.29 ERA) who is stepping in for the injured Ivan Nova.
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Quick hit: Youkilis to the 15-day DL, Corban Joseph called up

Well, the news isn’t surprising. Kevin Youkilis has finally been placed on the 15-day DL. He got an MRI which didn’t show much of anything and receiving an epidural in his back, the Yankees finally decided to bite the bullet and add Youkilis to the illustrious roster of high paid players currently on the DL. They’re calling his injury a lumbar spine strain.

Corban Joseph who got the call and who is on the 40-man roster, is batting .273/.347/.477/.824 with Scranton. He’s hit four home runs, six doubles and has nine RBI in 22 games. He has primarily been playing second base but has some experience at third.

UPDATE 3:37 PM – From Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger:

Brian Cashman says the decision to play Kevin Youkilis on Saturday was “a mistake by everyone involved.”

Oh boy.
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Today’s message to Yankee fans: Don’t panic

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Okay, everyone. Find a comfortable spot, sit down, take a deep cleansing breath and relax.

Now, close your eyes and picture something pleasant in your mind. Maybe you’re picturing some kittens or puppies.


Or maybe a really good meal. I like steak, so that’s what I’m picturing.


You should be fully relaxed now so listen to me very carefully.

Last night was just a bad game. It happens from time to time. This doesn’t mean the Yankees are going to crash and burn now. They just swept the Toronto Blue Jays in a four-game series and that’s a very positive thing.

I understand that Houston is in the American League now and you don’t want to lose to teams like that but it’s not the end of the world. Yes, Andy Pettitte had an off-night and yes, the offense was shut down by Houston pitching but stranger things have happened.

In your relaxed state, I want you to also take the following advice.

Do not, I repeat, do not read any of the New York newspapers today. They, meaning certain columnists, tend to overreact to games like last night’s and they add fuel to the panic fire, so to speak so just avoid that nonsense. It’s a nice day in the New York area, go out for lunch and avoid every newsstand you see.

Also, do not listen to sports radio. Of course, knowing the guys in New York, they’re still talking about that not-so-great quarterback being released from the NY area football team that wears green uniforms so you may be safe for now.

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