Cashman: Banuelos out another month

Cashman also discussed fellow Triple-A pitcher Dellin Betances‘ struggles there. According to Cashman, Betances’ stuff is fantastic,” but like a lot of big men he struggles to harness that stuff mechanically and, as such, has trouble controlling the strike zone. Betances has a walk rate of 19.7% in 58 Triple-A innings so far this season (8.07 BB/9), which has only increased chatter about when the Yankees will give up on him as a starter and shift him to a bullpen role, but it sounds like the GM has enough patience to stick it out with the stuff for at least a while longer. For what it’s worth, I’d guess that Betances will remain a starter through the minor league season, and then get a chance to pitch some innings out of the big league bullpen as a September call up. If he continues to struggle in the starting role but shows promise in the big league bullpen, then I think the team will seriously consider whether he’s a better option for a relief job entering next season.…

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Hughes shines in 4-2 win


Phil Hughes is a mirror image of the Yankee offense these days. The Yanks seem to score most of their runs via the long ball, and Hughes seems to only allow runs if they leave the park.  Sir Phillip of Hughes (6-5 4.76 ERA) was...

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Admiration for Terry Collins

This new-found admiration does not mean that Collins always makes the right moves in the dugout. Last night’s decision to have Jordany Valdespin pinch hit for a much more experienced Scott Hairston in the ninth inning seemed particularly jarring. But otherwise, these New York Mets have played way over their talent level and Collins has to get some of the credit. The team is four games over their Pythagorean win-loss projection based on their run differential.

But it is more than that. It was his emotional response to allowing Johan Santana remain in the game to finish his no-hitter. It was obvious how much Collins cared about his pitcher and that pitcher’s health. The old Terry Collins would not have been of that particular mindset. And when things go wrong, he is the first to take the blame. He blamed his own decision to give that same Santana extra rest for Santana’s recent bad outing against the Yankees. His backing of Ike Davis despite the first baseman’s epic struggles speaks to his understanding of how much his team cares about Davis and his future.…

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The Farm Report: 6/9/12

Chris Dickerson went 2-4 with a run scored and a double.  Laird was 2-5 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs.  The Yankees were 2-16 with runners in scoring position, leaving 12 runners on the bases.  Dellin Betances went just 4.1 innings and gave up seven runs on seven hits, four walks and six Ks.

Trenton got blanked by Binghamton losing 12-0:
Josh Rodriguez started the game with a triple for the Mets, scoring on a single from Matt Den Dekker.  A homer by Rylan Sandoval gave Binghamton a 2-0 edge.  They doubled their lead in the fourth and continued to add runs in the late innings.  The Thunder had a few opportunities to score during the game.  Trailing 2-0 Yadil Mujica and Jose Pirela both singled, but they came up empty.  A lead-off double by Abraham Almonte in the sixth proved fruitless as well.  With a twelve-run deficit in the eighth, the Yankees loaded the bases with no outs, as Mujica reached on an error and Almonte and Pirela each singled.  …

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