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Updated: 2015-09-16T17:47:16.172-07:00




I'm currently writing about the Yanks and their farm system over at River Ave. Blues.

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Screw You Blogger


After 5 and a half months of suffering through the Blogger experience, I've decided to escape the oppression and end In George We Trust. Do not fret, I've registered a new blog over at entitled "Baby Bombers" (in case you need it in writing, the URL is

Much like the name implies, Baby Bombers is going to focus on what IGWT has focused on: prospects. I'll have the same stuff there as I did here - the Weekly Poll, the Phil Hughes Watch, Down on the Farm, etc.

I'm still setting up the whole Baby Bomber template and all that fun stuff, so please be patient while I get things together. Hopefully I'll be up and running at full capacity by Friday, at which point I'll make up for the down week during the draft.

All of those out there with your own blog who've added a link to IGWT on a sidebar or something like that, I greatly appreciate the support and I ask you to please update your site and link to Baby Bombers instead. Thanks a ton.

Thanks to all those who made IGWT part of their daily rotation, I never imagined that I'd pull almost 20,000 hits in under 6 months.

And finally, thanks for the hours of needless frustration Blogger, you suck worse than Terrence Long.

That's it


I've had it with Blogger. I spent God knows how much time last night putting together an analysis of yesterday's Yankee draft picks, complete with scouting reports, video, photos, the works. I saved it last night, made some minor revisions this morning, added the Down on the Farm section and new Poll question and went to publish it this morning. Only it didn't publish. I got the "Page cannot be displayed" message, and when I went back to my saved copy, I found out there was no saved copy. Grrrr....

Yeah yeah yeah, I should have used Word, but I didn't. I'm super pissed right now, so I'll get some draft stuff up later today or sometime.

Number 104


With their 3rd pick - number 104 overall - the Yanks selected Zach McAllister, RHP, Illinois Valley Central High.

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Scouting Report: Big kid (6'5", 230) with good stuff - low-to-mid 90s heat, slider and change. He's polished for a high schooler, and has grown 3 inches in the last year alone. Owns a nice and easy delivery that he repeats well. He's got a chance to be a good one.

My Thoughts: Another solid, safe pick. The Yanks are doing a good job of building up their system, adding low-risk pitchers so far. He's got a commitment to Nebraska, but the Yanks should be able to change his mind and convice him to turn pro with the 6-figure bonus his draft position warrants.

Outlook: He'll likely head to the GCL Yanks to start his pro career. His polish may allow to move fast a la Phil Hughes, but don't expect him to be the second coming of Hughes.

There's no more sandwich picks to worry about, so the Yanks remaining selections come every 30 choices, so number 134 is next, followed by 164, etc. At the current pace, it'll be about 15 minutes between picks with a little less than 3 hours left in Day 1 of the draft (it ends at 6 pm ET).

I'm off to meet the missus for lunch, and I'll recap all of today's Yankee picks either tonight or tomorrow when Blogger isn't being a bitch (hopefully). The Yankee's 3 picks up to his point are all polished pitchers; hopefully they manage to snatch up the raw Dellin Betances and defensive whiz Brian Jeroloman before day's end. If they pull-off a minor miracle and land those 2 as well as Georgie Tech 3B Wes Hodges, I'd be very, very pleased with the Yanks draft regardless of what happens tomorrow.

Number 41


With their second pick - 41st overall - the Yanks took Joba Chamberlain, RHP out of the University of Nebraska.

(image) Scouting Report: Owns a low 90s fastball, hard slider and good changeup that he can throw for strikes. Intimidating presence on the mound (6'2", 230 lbs) that should enable him to be a 700 out a year workhorse. Think Jon Papelbon, but Chamberlain will certainly remain a starter.

My Thoughts: Awesome pick. Yankee fans will love this guy by the 2nd inning he throws in pinstripes. It's easy to see the Yanks are trying to "quick fix" the farm system by taking advanced college arms early. Just an awesome, awesome pick. Way to go Cash-Money.

Outlook: He'll join Kennedy in Staten Island later this month. He missed 2 starts this year with a triceps injury, but don't worry about that, it's behind him.

The Yanks next pick comes at 104 overall, so in 10-15 minutes or so. Here's ESPN's draft index, which shows all the picks. Blogger is giving me shit, reaffirming my belief that it's a worthless piece of shit.

Number 21


With their first pick - 21st overall - the Yanks took Ian Kennedy, RHP from USC.

Scouting Report: Has been on radars for a long time, being drafted in the 14th round back in 2003. He hasn't been bad in 2006, but it's been a far cry from his first two college seasons. He's lost some velocity on the fastball (sits at 89-91), though he still knows how to pitch with an aggressive style and hard curve. His ceiling is probably as a very good number 2 starter in the John Lackey mold. Go here for his scouting video.

If you shelled out the $60 to subscribe to, go here for more scouting reports.

My Thoughts: Solid pick, but very safe and conservative. He's not far away from the Bronx. He's a bit undersized (6'0", 180) and he doesn't throw hard, but he's a winner and strikeout machine. More Greg Maddux than Roger Clemens. Oh yeah, he's a Scott Boras client.

Outlook: Chances are he'll head to Staten Island at the end of June and start 2007 in High-A. He won't finish there though.

The Yanks next pick comes in the supplemental first round at number 41 overall, at this pace that pick should be announced in 5-10 minutes or so. See you then.

FYI - The MLB Radio broadcast is lagging, the Draft Tracker is about 5 picks ahead of the broadcast.

Some last minute draft thoughts


Jim Callis of BA weighs in:
Though owner George Steinbrenner won't give a major league contract to a draftee [that's why they passed on Craig Hansen], New York would select [UNC's Andrew]Miller in the unlikely event he gets this far and sign him to the largest bonus in draft history. More realistically, the Yankees could take Huff, the second-best college lefty in the draft. They also could one-up the Mets by taking Beato, who turned down the Mets as a draft-and-follow.
Projected Pick: David Huff, lhp, UCLA

So does John Mayo of
New York Yankees: Max Scherzer, RHP, University of Missouri
It appears as of now that there are two teams prepared to take Scherzer with the health question mark: the Diamondbacks at No. 11 and the Yankees here. Both teams, it seems, have gotten the medical clearance to take the Missouri ace so he won't slide any further than this spot.
Previous projection: Pedro Beato.

If Miller fell to the Yanks, you might be able to hear me screaming with joy all the way from SoCal. T-minus 20 minutes until the first pick is announced.

Update: Although it's not yet official, BA founder Allan Simpson and the crew broadcasting on MLB Radio have said the Royals will take Luke Hochevar first overall. So much for hoping he fell to the Yanks.

D Day


1,500 guys not much younger than me are going to have their lives change in the next 36 hours. Some will be affected more than others, and some won't even know it until the FedEx man shows up at the door with a certified letter next week. Either way, 06-06-06 will be the best day in the life of many of these young men as they come one step closer to reaching their dream.

DA Humber and his extremely under-rated Baseball Central blog unites the baseball blogging masses in a Pre-Draft bonanza. If you have any interest at all in today's draft, you do not want to miss this. Plus I took part in it, so consider this a shameless self promotion.

As I said yesterday, I'll be around for the next few hours updating you on the goings on of the draft (which starts in less than an hour), bringing you scouting reports and tons of other info on the Yankees picks.

Daily Poll: In a landslide win, 7 of the 11 votes in yesterday's poll said the Yanks are best off going to pitching in the early rounds of today's draft. A successor for Jorge Posada finished second with 3 votes, followed by any type of talent close to big league ready. Thanks for voting, the new question is up.

Down on the Farm:

Triple-A Columbus (12-8 loss to Ottawa)
Andy Cannizaro: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Russ Johnson: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB
Carlos Pena: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Rob Stratton: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 4 K
Nick Green: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing)
Danny Garcia: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Mark Corey: 2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HB - closer started the game, and threw 72 pitches in 2 innings
Matt DeSalvo: 3 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 E (throwing) - say the 7.68 ERA isn't so
TJ Beam: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K - one step closer to the Bronx

Double-A Trenton scheduled off day

High-A Tampa (4-3 win over Fort Myers)
Brett Gardner: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K
Ramiro Pena: 2 for 5, 1 K
Cody Ehlers: 0 for 5, 3 K
Rudy Guillen: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB
PJ Pilittere: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI
Jeff Marquez: 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K - 12-2 GB/FB ratio, the sinker's working now
Phil Thorp: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K - 3-0 GB/FB ratio, 1.02 ERA in 17.2 IP
Gerardo Casadiego: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K - 3-3 GB/FB ratio

Low-A Charleston (11-8 win over Greenville)
Austin Jackson: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K - threw a runner out at 3B from CF
Marcos Vechionacci: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB
Jose Tabata: 1 for 5, 1 R
CJ Henry: 0 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
Eduardo Nunez: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Tim Battle: 1 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB - threw a runner out at 3B from LF
Irwil Rojas: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB
Zach Kroenke: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 WP
Cory Stuart: 1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Live Draft


For the first time, you'll be able to listen to tomorrow's amateur draft live as the picks are announced:
Tune-in just before 1 p.m. ET for a live update on who will be the first overall pick of the 2006 draft. Then, for the first time, the entire first round of the draft will be announced live exclusively from's New York City studios. Jimmie Lee Solomon, the executive vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball, will do the honors live on No one -- except for the teams themselves -- will know who is taking who when before does.

That will kick off the live video coverage of the opening five rounds of the draft. Casey Stern, host of Midday, will handle the same duties for the program. He will be flanked by draft insider Jonathan Mayo and Allan Simpson, the founding editor of Baseball America who now brings his draft expertise to Perfect Game Crosschecker ( The trio will give pick-by-pick analysis for the first three rounds -- 106 total picks -- of the draft.
If that's not enough for you, just click on over to MLB Radio. They've got audio coverage of every pick of every round for the two-day event. MLB Radio's Vinny Micucci, host of Baseball Today, will be joined by PG's David Rawnsley for day one, which will stretch until the conclusion of the 18th round. Mayo will slide over from the video studio to handle day two radio chores with Rawnsley as they take you home for rounds 19-50.

For the most part the MLB draft is rapid fire, one pick announced right after another with almost zero downtime. I dunno if this broadcast will slow it down any, but regardless, check in with IGWT for info on each Yank pick minutes after the pick is announced.

All draft, all week


I heart the draft. If it was up to me, there would be separate drafts for college, junior college and high school kids just so we'd have 3 events to talk about instead of one. Needless to say, this is going to be a great week at IGWT even though I'm working at half capacity after separating my shoulder Saturday morning on my way to volunteering at the local orphanage by reading to small children...okay fine, I fell out of bed in a semi-drunken stupor. There, you got it out of me, happy? It's cool, I've got a hot blonde and a fresh prescription of Vicatin (yippee!) to nurse me back to health.Back to baseball. If you're feeling lucky, you can take's Draft Challenge for a chance to win 4 tickets to the 2007 All-Star Game. You can watch the Pre-Draft show here, and for more draft coverage than you can handle, head over to either MLB's Draft Central (loaded with video and audio clips) or BA's much more in-depth draft coverage (you do need a subscription to access most of the info however).As far as the Yanks, there's talk of Jeffrey Maier:Major League Baseball's amateur draft starts Tuesday, and Maier said it would be a dream come true if he were tapped by the franchise.Yankee officials wouldn't discuss his chances, although one evaluator not affiliated with the team said he's more likely to be an "organizational player" consigned to the minor leagues than a future major leaguer.But Maier's got at least one big-name fan rooting for him."I hope he does get drafted," Jeter said last night."It's the least they could do. Pay him back finally. It would seem kind of ironic, wouldn't it?"Agreed Derek, 100%. There's also talk of 6'9" pitcher from Brooklyn:Brooklyn flamethrower Dellin Betances put on a show for the Yankees yesterday, lighting up the radar gun in front of several of the team's top executives in a predraft workout at the Stadium.Betances, a 6-9 righthander from Grand Street Campus, had pitched for his Youth Service team on Monday but was still able to reach 94 mph in front of general manager Brian Cashman and scouting director Damon Oppenheimer, according to a scout who was on hand. "I thought it went really well," Betances said. "I pitched just a few days ago and I was still able to hit 94, so I thought that was a positive."...Betances is expected to be a first- or second-round selection in the amateur draft, which begins on Tuesday. The Yankees pick 21st (first round) and 41st (supplemental round) but don't have a second-round pick.A local kid that hit 94 on the gun as a teenager on short rest? Sign'em up. What about Donnie Baseball's kid? He's a legit option too:In photographs, 18-year-old Preston Mattingly looks like a teen Donnie Baseball. However, on the field he might be more athletic than his father. Preston was clocked at 6.5 seconds in the 60-yard dash, according to his coach at Evansville Central High, Jason Engelbrecht. One talent evaluator estimated that there are only about 20 players in the majors who would be clocked that fast every time."He can run, that's for sure," said Mike Radcliff, the Twins' scouting director who has scouted Preston Mattingly. "He's very athletic, has a real nice frame (6-3, 195 pounds) and you can project him to be strong." Every team but the A's has scouted Preston, and the Yankees are one of the most active clubs - scouting director Damon Oppenheimer watched Preston two weeks ago.Preston is "a throwback in this era of specialization for high school kids," Engelbrecht said, because he played three sports. Preston spent the last two summers playing AAU basketball instead of baseball - he does live in Indiana, after all - and even his dad says he's raw.Still, he hit .478 with 23 extra-base hits and 21 stolen bases in 30 games this season. In addition to his abilities, he wowed scouts with his demeanor."He's been a treat," Engelbrec[...]

Top 12 Prospects


One of my new favorite sites to play around with is First Inning, which has been posting Top 12 Prospect lists for each team over the past few weeks. They saved the best for last, releasing the Bombers list today (I'm special, they emailed me the list yesterday):1. Philip Hughes, RHPHughes struck out 93 batters while only walking 20 last year. And he’s still only 19 years old.Grade: A-2. Jose Tabata, OFTalented young slugger will participate in his first full season of professional baseball this year.Grade: Incomplete3. Jeff Marquez, RHPMarquez appears on track to become a useful starting pitcher in the big leagues.Grade: B4. Melky Cabrera, OFCabrera probably won’t stay in center field, but he doesn’t project to hit for the kind of power most teams expect from a corner outfielder.Grade: B5. Eric Duncan, 1B/3BDuncan is a patient hitter who probably swings and misses too often to be more than an average hitter in the major leagues.Grade: B6. C.J. Henry, SS2005 draftee is athletic enough to be the Yankees’ next starting shortstop many years from now, but he struggled to make contact at the plate in the Gulf CoastLeague.Grade: Incomplete7. J. B. Cox, RHPCox does not record as many strikeouts you might expect from a future closer. He couldaggressivelyvely promoted through the system because he throws strikes and isn’t particularly hittable.Grade: Incomplete8. Tyler Clippard, RHPClippard’s strikeout totals are impressive, but he gives up a lot of fly balls and could experience problems with home runs in the upper minor leagues.Grade: B-9. Darrel Rasner, RHPHe keeps the ball on the ground and his control continues to improve.Grade: B-10. Christian Garcia, RHPGarcia could fulfill his potential if he overcomes some injury troubles and inconsistent control.Grade: Incomplete11. Austin Jackson, OFAnother athletic 2005 draftee; Jackson needs to improve his power at the plate to contend for a major league job three or four years from now.Grade: Incomplete12. Eduardo Nunez, 2B/SSNunez held his own as one of the younger players in the New York-Penn League last year.Grade: IncompleteThe list is based on their projection system and not raw ability, which is why guys like Jeff Marquez and Austin Jackson are out of the regular pecking order. Clicking on each player's name brings you that player's page, which features all sorts of stats, a game log, and off course, their brutally honest projection (check out the names listed under "Similar Players" for Phil Hughes). Have fun!Down on the Farm:Triple-A Columbus (6-5 loss to Rochester)Kevin Reese: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBPRuss Johnson: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 KCarlos Pena: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 KRob Stratton: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 KAndy Cannizaro: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 KTommy Phelps: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K - 63 of 95 pitches were strikesMatt Smith: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 KDouble-A Trenton (10-5 loss to Portland)Gabe Lopez: 3 for 5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 KBronson Sardinha: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 KRandy Ruiz: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBPShelley Duncan: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BBFelix Escalona: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 KKevin Howard: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 KPhil Hughes: 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6 K - patience is a virtue (he'll come around)JB Cox: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 KHigh-A Tampa (14-8 win over St. Lucie)Brett Gardner: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 KRamiro Pena: 4 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 SBCody Ehlers: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 KBen Davis: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB - remember when he bunted for a hit in the 8th inning to ruin Schilling's no-hitter a few years ago?Edwar Gonzalez: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBIBen Himes: 3 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 HBP - threw a runner out a 3rd from RFHector Made: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 KChris Malec: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI[...]

Farm system report: May


The month of May is usually a great barometer in the game of baseball, it separates the Shelton's from the Pujols', the Arroyo's from the Peavy's, and more often than not, the contenders from the pretenders.Much like the month of May, the Double-A level serves as a terrific talent evaluator. Players that succeed in Double-A usual go onto a major league career in some capacity. Those that don't, well...basically you never hear from them again. The Yanks Double-A affiliate in Trenton is home to arguably the organization's top 4 pitching prospects, and each one of them appears to be on his way to passing the test with flying colors.Here's a wrap up of what the farm system gave us in the month of May (all stats, etc. are from May unless otherwise noted):Triple-A Columbus (22-29, 8.0 GB, 13-14 in May)Top pitching performance:Kris Wilson (May 23): 9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K - 75 of 113 pitches were strikes (66.4%), 14-7 GB/FB ratioTop hitting performance:Rob Stratton (May 27): 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 5 RBIInjuries at the major league level reeked havoc on the Clippers roster, with call-ups and send-downs occurring almost daily. In a 10 day period, the Clippers saw Melky Cabrera, Mitch Jones and Kevin Reese summoned to bigs, only to see bullpeners Scott Erickson, Colter Bean and Matt Smith join them days if not hours later. Lefty Matt Smith appears to be entrenched on the Columbus-Bronx train this year, already being called to big league squad on 2 occasions in 2006.The Clippers have also seen some new additions added to the mix, as former elite prospect Carlos Pena joined career journeymen Jason Conti and Robert Stratton to provide the Clips with a new heart of the order. While Conti has showed why he's been a journeyman, both Pena and Stratton have given the Clips a nice shot in the arm, posting .872 and .814 OPS's, respectively. Stratton - in the midst of his 6th straight year at the Triple-A level - has been especially impressive, providing 5 HR and 15 RBI from the cleanup spot in 16 May games.However, the biggest story surrounded the Clippers this month has minor league free agent pick-up Kris Wilson going from roster-filler to potential call-up option. The 29 year old went 2-1 in May, giving up only 28 hits in 43 IP (good for a .185 BAA) while posting a .81 WHIP, 33-7 K/BB ratio and 1.67 ERA. Wilson pitched into the 8th inning in his last 5 May starts, having never allowed more baserunners than IP in any one of those starts.Not to be outdone by Wilson, waiver pickup and recently called-up Darrell Rasner has continued his 2006 excellence, going 3-0, 1.50 ERA, 46-18 GB/FB ratio during May. Throw out a May 16th disaster in which Rasner gave up 11 H and 4 ER in 4.1 IP, and he put up a 0.35 ERA (not a typo), 1.01 WHIP and a 19-6 K/BB ratio during May. And this guy was on waivers...Double-A Trenton (27-26, 2.5 GB, 20-12 in May)Top pitching performance:Steve White (May 31): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 B, 4 KTop hitting performance:Randy Ruiz (May 17): 4 for 5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 KDominant. Lights out. Unhittable. Slamming the door. Nails in the coffin. All are fit to describe the Thunder's bullpen duo of James Brent Cox and Theodore Beam Junior, better known as JB Cox and TJ Beam. The first name-initialed tandem seemed to be on a mission this pass month, combining to give up only 5 ER in 47.1 IP, good for an ERA of 0.95. Beam has been overpowering hitters with a fierce fastball-slider combo (21-8 K/BB, .209 BAA), while Cox has been equally adept at getting outs on his own (13-5 K/BB) as well as on the ground(35-14 GB/FB). The Yankee braintrust has done an excellent job of getting Cox and Beam experience, having each throw multiple innings each time out. Joined by the unheralded relief corps of Charlie Manning, Francisco Butto and[...]

It needs to be said...


Moose for All-Star Game starter.There, I said it. Just look at the other options:Johan Santana? .500 recordJose Contreras? missed a couple weeks while on the DLJustin Verlander? higher ERA than Moose in almost 15 less IPSchilling & Beckett? both have ERAs at least 1.5 runs higher than MooseHalladay, Buehrle or Zito? nah, over-rated and nahThe only other legit option is Scott Kazmir, but he's got 2 more losses than Moose and has given up 69 hits in 69.1 IP compared to Moose's 65 in 81.2. So unless Ozzie Guillen plans to start Crapelbon in Pittsburgh, he's gonna have some serious splainin' to do about bypassing Moose.Down on the Farm:Triple-A Columbus scheduled off dayDouble-A Trenton(Game 1: 4-0 win over Portland in 7 innings)Gabe Lopez: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 KBronson Sardinha: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 KRandy Ruiz: 1 for 4, 3 K - OPS dipped below .900 for first time with the Yanks (.898)Shelley Duncan: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 KFelix Escalona: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing)Vincent Faison: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2BSteve White: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 B, 4 K - another gem from the ex-Baylor Bear(Game 2: 4-2 loss to Portland in 7 innings)Gabe Lopez: 1 for 4, 1 KBronson Sardinha: 1 for 4, 1 KRandy Ruiz: 1 for 3, 1 BBShelley Duncan: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 KFelix Escalona: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 E (missed catch)Kevin Howard: 2 for 3, 1 SB, 1 CSJeremy King: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 KFrancisco Butto: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 KJB Cox: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K - ERA down to 1.49High-A Tampa (4-1 win over Lakeland)Brett Gardner: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K, 3 SBRudy Guillen: 1 for 5, 1 SB - batting third with a .204 BA...?Cody Ehlers: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2BEdwar Gonzalez: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBIHector Made: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBIJeff Marquez: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K - 8-0 GB/FB ratio, finally, something positiveJosh Schmidt: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 KPhil Thorp: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 KLow-A Charleston (10-6 loss to Columbus)Austin Jackson: 1 for 3, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 KMarcos Vechionacci: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)Jose Tabata: 1 for 5, 3 RBICJ Henry: 0 for 4, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) - the error total is starting to get real ugly (14 in 31 games)Eduardo Nunez: 0 for 4Tim Battle: 2 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 SBEdgar Soto: 1 IP, 5 H, 7 R , 7 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 2 HB - that's 9 baserunners in 1 inningDave Seccombe: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 KBryan Villalona: 5 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K - 9-4 GB/FB ratioA much better Yanks minor league resource than IGWT is going bye-bye soon. Some one take it over, pleeeeeease![...]

Bullpen Report


Via Buster Olney:New York YankeesMariano Rivera: 21 games, 27.1 inningsOn track for: 71 games, 89 inningsScott Proctor: 25 games, 34 inningsOn track for: 81 games, 110 inningsKyle Farnsworth: 25 games, 24 inningsOn track for: 81 games, 78 inningsThoughts: Joe Torre earned a whole lot of praise for the way he handles players emotionally, finding ways to take pressure off them; he was a hugely important figure during the Yankees' dynasty. His handling of the bullpen the last five years has been a problem, and it's a problem again this year. He effectively overworked Paul Quantrill, Tom Gordon and Tanyon Sturtze, and he's doing it again with Proctor this year. He simply doesn't trust enough relievers, relies on too few, and by August and September, the workhorses are exhausted. Rivera pitched three innings Tuesday, which is the kind of thing that feels right in May and can really hurt a team later in the summerQuestion over here Mr. Torre (raising hand). Why did you let Mo throw a third inning when you had a 5 run lead, Ron Villone sitting in the pen (only 27 pitches the night before), and no off day for another 12 days, effectively putting him on the bench for the next 2 games against the best team in baseball?Down on the Farm:Triple-A Columbus (3-2 win over Buffalo)Kevin Thompson: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SBCarlos Pena: 1 for 3, 1 K, 1 HBPRob Stratton: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 KJason Conti: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 KWil Nieves: 1 for 3Ramiro Mendoza: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K - 56 of 84 pitches were strikes (66.7%)Matt Childers: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 KDouble-A Trenton (7-5 win over Portland)Gabe Lopez: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 KRandy Ruiz: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 KShelley Duncan: 1 for 5, 1 R, 2 K - hovering just over the Mendoza line at .214Felix Escalona: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBIJustin Christian: 1 for 4, 1 R - threw a runner out at home from CFJeff Karstens: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WPTJ Beam: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K - first time all season he allowed more than 1 RHigh-A Tampa (7-6 win over Lakeland in 12 innings thanks to 8 Lakeland errors)Brett Gardner: 0 for 5, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB - 1 hit in last 14 ABs, threw a runner out a second from CFRudy Guillen: 1 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 KCody Ehlers: 2 for 5, 1 RBIEdwar Gonzalez: 1 for 5, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SBBen Himes: 1 for 6, 2 RBIBrett Ssmith: 8 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K - 12-5 GB/FB ratioChase Wright: .2 IP, 3 , 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 KElvys Quezada: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 KLow-A Charleston (6-5 loss to Savannah)Austin Jackson: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB - threw a runner out a home from CFMarcos Vechionacci: 0 for 4, 1 KJose Tabata: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BBCJ Henry: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (throwing)Eduardo Nunez: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding)Tim Battle: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 E (both fielding)Zach Kroenke: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WPWilkins Arias: 3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K[...]



...and this time it's for good.I got to thinking on my drive back out West, and so far one of the big stories of the 2006 baseball season has been the fall of the closer. Francisco Cordero, Brad Lidge, Keith Foulke, Danys Baez. These are all former big time closers who've lost their job this year, and I wonder how much of this is because of the new ban on Amphetamines.The big thing with "greenies" is that they help a player recover quicker, and who needs more help recovering than a pitcher than only knows pressure situations day after day. Just a thought...Weekly Poll: It's been a while since I last updated the Weekly Poll, but rest assured, a new question is now up. As far as last week's (and the week's before that) question, more than 56% of you think Phil Hughes is the Yanks best pitching prospect since Andy Pettitte, while just over 21% think he's best since Gator, less than 7 % think he's the best since Whitey, and just under 15% of you think he's the best ever. I personally don't know who Hughes is the best pitching prospect since, but I do think it was before Pettitte. To help justify myself, check out BA's Top 100 lists, where Hughes topped out at #39 (so far), and Pettitte topped out at #49 in 1995. Anywho, thanks as always for voting.Down on the Farm:Triple-A Columbus(Saturday: 10-3 win over Buffalo)Kevin Thompson: 2 for 4, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 KKevin Reese: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BBCarlos Pena: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBPRob Stratton: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 5 RBIJason Conti: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBPAndy Cannizaro: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 BBDarrell Rasner: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K - 8-10 GB/FB ratio (61-29 on the year)Matt Smith: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K(Sunday: 9-4 loss to Buffalo in 11 innings)Kevin Thompson: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBIKevin Reese: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 KRuss Johnson: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBIJason Conti: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBINick Green: 1 for 5, 1 2BKris Wilson: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 1 WP, 1 HB - 2-9 GB/FB ratioMark Corey: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K - closer doesn't falter often, but did this gameJose Veras: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 KColter Bean: .1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K - allowed both inherited runners to score(Monday: 12-9 loss to Buffalo in 10 innings)Kevin Thompson: 1 for 4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBPKevin Reese: 3 for 6, 2 R, 2 K, 1 E (fielding) - threw a runner out a 3B from LFCarlos Pena: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 BBRob Stratton: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 KRuss Johnson: 3 for 5, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 KWil Nieves: 2 for 6, 1 R, 1 RBIDanny Garcia: 2 for 5, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding)Jorge DePaula: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K - 3-9 GB/FB ratioMatt Smith: .2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)Mark Corey: 1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K - ERA ballooned over 2 runs in 2 daysColter Bean: .2 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K - quick, get him to the majors!Matt DeSalvo: .1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K - relegated to mop-up dutyDouble-A Trenton(Saturday: 6-3 win over Binghamton)Gabe Lopez: 3 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBIBronson Sardinha: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 K - threw a runner out a first from RFRanfy Ruiz: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 KJustin Christian: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SBOmir Santos: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K - organization's top catching prospect is batting .200Vincent Faison: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 KPhil Hughes: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HB, 1 E (throwing on a pickoff play) - 9-2 GB/FB ratio; decent start, but silver lining is he issued only 1 BBTJ Beam: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 KJustin Pope: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K(Sunday: 5-4 win over Binghamton in 10 innings) Gabe Lopez: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 BBBronson Sardinha: 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1[...]

Better than I remember


Last night I did something I hadn't done in a long, looooong time. It's been over 5 years since my last encounter in fact. It was expensive, wet, sticky but kinda slippery, and followed by a nap. Last night, I went to a Yankee game at Yankee Stadium (what'd ya think I meant?).How long has it been since I went to a game at the Stadium? The last time I went Denny Neagle was the starter, Glennallen Hill hit a homerun, and Jose Canseco batted cleanup. Yeah, it's been a while. In between then and now, I've gone to a bunch of Yankee games in Oakland, but that doesn't even come close to the Stadium experience.With my little brother in tow, I headed out to the House that Ruth Built, expecting to see my Yankees pummel the "barely recognizable as a Triple-A team" Royals. We left during the rain delay, but we did get to see the second greatest Yankee of my generation lace a frozen rope into the gap, a ball hit so hard he was held to a single for his 2,000th career hit (hey, that's what it looks like in the box score). Alas, I still have yet to see Mariano Rivera pitch in person (counting the games I went to before 2000, I'm in a 30+ game Mo-less drought), the closest I've come is seeing him warm up in the 'pen in Oakland.It may not be that big a deal to most of you out there who probably go to a dozen or so games a year, but for me it was a big deal, and not just because I haven't been to a game in the Bronx for a while. It was my brother's first ever game, so I got to explain to him everything about Monument Park, all the history at the Stadium, etc. He had a blast, and it's hard not to have fun when an 8 year old is having the time of his life.It'll be a while before I get to another game at the Stadium, especially with the vast majority of my Yankee game experiences expected to occur in LAnaheim for the foreseeable future. It was good to be there again, and it was great to see DJ get his 2,000th. Congrats Derek, hopefully you have another 1,500+ hits left in that bat.PS: Kyle Farnsworth should be fined $50,000 everytime he throws 2 sliders in row. Dude, 100 mph fastball, use the damn thing!Down on the Farm:Triple-A Columbus (4-2 loss to Rochester in 7 innings)Jason Conti: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 KAndy Cannizaro: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 E (fielding)Carlos Pena: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BBMitch Jones: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BBRuss Johnson: 2 for 3, 2 RBINick Green: 2 for 3, 1 K, 1 SB - former Braves farmhand came over in a deal with a D-RaysTommy Phelps: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 KJose Veras: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K - 9 of 11 pitches were strikesDouble-A Trenton (3-2 loss to Binghampton)Gabe Lopez: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BBBronson Sardinha: 1 for 4, 1 KRandy Ruiz: 1 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 BBShelley Duncan: 0 for 3, 1 BB - BA down to .220Tommy Rojas: 0 for 4, 3 KSteven White: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K - ERA down to 2.05 in 61.1 IPJB Cox: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K - 5-1 GB/FB ratioHigh-A Tampa (4-3 loss to St. Lucie)Brett Gardner: 0 for 5, 1 KRamiro Pena: 1 for 4, 1 3B, 1 K - boosts his BA to .083Cody Ehlers: 1 for 4, 1 KHector Made: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 BBChris Malec: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 KAlan Horne: 5 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 10 K, 1 WP, 1 HB - those walks just keep killin' him (27 in 43.2 IP)Chase Wright: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 KLow-A Charleston (8-6 loss to Columbus)Austin Jackson: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 KMarcos Vechionacci: 1 for 5Jose Tabata: 1 for 5, 1 K, 1 SBCJ Henry: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 3 E (all throwing)JT LaFountain: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 KTony Roth: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K - wins a game in relief on Saturday thanks to 2 perfect innings, goes 2 for 2 with 2 R, 2 BB and a SB[...]



...sounded a whole lot worse than it really is:Yankees catcher Jorge Posada has a torn hamstring tendon in his left knee and will be sidelined at least a few days.Posada wasn't placed on the disabled list following his MRI exam that revealed the injury, but the club said Thursday that it planned to call up a catcher from the minor leagues on Friday. Posada is scheduled to be evaluated in the next few days.When I first read "torn hamstring tendon" I was thinking months, not days. Phew. Here's the pertinent Yankee stuff Jim Callis mentioned at Wednesday's chat:Jeff (New Orleans): Who gets drafted first Almonte or Maier?Jim Callis: Danny Almonte has a higher ceiling than Jeffrey Maier. If Almonte were considered unsignable, it's possible Maier could go ahead of him.Chip, NYC: Melky Cabrera or Jose Tabata?Jim Callis: Cabrera now, Tabata for the long term.Chip, NYC: Steven White or Alay SolerJim Callis: Soler. Never been a big White fan.Alex (columbus, oh): Clemens: Astro or Yankee?Jim Callis: Astro.Jason, New York: Cano or Anderson HernandezJim Callis: Cano by a mile. Not even close.Alex (marlboro, nj): Cano or Kinsler?Jim Callis: Cano. Look, I've picked Cano TWICE today.Chip, NYC: Melky Cabrera = a young Bernie Williams?Jim Callis: Noooooooooo.Jeff (Iowa): Best looking CWS girls - South Carolina or Texas?Jim Callis: Can I go with my alma mater and say Georgia? [from what I saw last year, I'd say Texas, but there's really no wrong answer]Down on the Farm:Triple-A Columbus suspended due to rainDouble-A Trenton (6-2 win over New Britain)Justin Christian: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BBRandy Ruiz: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 KFelix Escalona: 3 for 4, 1 RKevin Howard: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K - .227 BA, but I'd still rather have him than WomackTodd Self: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 KJeff Karstens: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HBJustin Pope: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 KHigh-A Tampa (10-5 win over St. Lucie)Brett Gardner: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 SB - threw a runner out at 3rd from CFCody Ehlers: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBIEdwar Gonzalez: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 KBen Himes: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K - .239 BA, but I'd still rather have him than WomackGrant Plumley: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 1 E (throwing) - closest thing to a porn star name in the organizationJeff Marquez: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 KMike Martinez: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K - allowed both inherited runners to scoreLow-A Charleston (9-2 loss to Columbus)Austin Jackson: 1 for 5, 1 K, 1 CS - picked off first, threw a runner out at home from CFCJ Henry: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (throwing) - 9th error in only 25 gamesJose Tabata: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K - back from injury to show Vechionacci what a real number 3 hitter looks like (threw a runner out at 3rd from RF)Brett Jones: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BBMarcos Vechionacci: 1 for 4, 1 RTony Roth: 1 for 1, 2 BBJames Cooper: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 3 K - threw a runner out at 3rd from LFWilkins Arias: 2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 KZach Kroenke: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 WP - picked a runner off at first[...]

Farm system update


As if I needed another reason to dread staying with my mother the next few days, it turns out she doesn't have the YES Network. Errrrr.......Here's what the kids did while I was on my little road trip.Down on the Farm:Triple-A Columbus(Thursday: 7-0 loss to Richmond)Jason Conti: 1 for 4Terrence Long: 1 for 4 - Nooooooooooooo!!!!!!! What's the matter, were Adam Piatt and the rest of Billy Beane's rejects not available?Robert Stratton: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 KCarlos Pena: 1 for 4, 1 E (fielding) - what a coincidence, another Beane rejectMitch Jones: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 KKoyie Hill: 0 for 4, 3 K, 1 PBMatt DeSalvo: 4 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K - 3 of his last 4 starts = crapMatt Childers: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K(Friday: 7-6 win over Richmond) Russ Johnson: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 KRob Stratton: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 KCarlos Pena: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 KRamiro Mendoza: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HBColter Bean: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K(Saturday: 4-3 win over Toledo)Terrence Long: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BBCarlos Pena: 3 for 6, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBIDanny Garcia: 2 for 5, 1 RTommy Phelps: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WPJose Veras: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K - 3-0 GB/FB ratio(Sunday: 6-1 win over Toledo)Russ Johnson: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBIRob Stratton: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 KWil Nieves: 2 for 3, 1 RDanny Garcia: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2BDarrell Rasner: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 KMatt Smith: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 KMatt Childers: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K - sent to the 'pen(Monday: scheduled off day)(Tuesday: 4-0 win over Rochester)Andy Cannizaro: 2 for 3, 1 BB, 1 CSCarlos Pena: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 KRob Stratton: 3 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 HBPMitch Jones: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBIKris Wilson: 9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 WP - 14-7 GB/FB ratio(Wednesday: 2-0 loss to Rochester)Jason Conti: 2 for 4, 1 KCarlos Pena, Rob Stratton, Mitch Jones: combined 0 for 12, 5 KWil Nieves: 1 for 2, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing)Jorge DePaula: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K - 3-13 GB/FB ratioDouble-A Trenton(Thursday: scheduled off day)(Friday: 6-1 loss to Bowie, Adam Loewen made the Thunder look like a bunch of Little Leaguers this game)Gabe Lopez: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 CS - picked off firstBronson Sardinha: 0 for 4, 3 KJT Stotts: 1 for 3, 1 KTyler Clippard: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 6 K - 9-3 GB/FB ratio(Saturday: 1-0 win over Bowie)Gabe Lopez: 2 for 5, 1 KBronson Sardinha: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 KRandy Ruiz: 2 for 5, 1 KJustin Christian: 1 for 4, 1 SBJeff Karstens: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 KTJ Beam: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K(Sunday: 15-3 win over Bowie thanks to 6 errors by Bowie)Bronson Sardinha: 3 for 6, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBIRandy Ruiz: 3 for 5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 KFelix Escalona: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 K - send me to Double-A will ya...Vincent Faison: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBISteven White: 8 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K(Monday: 7-4 win over New Britain)Bronson Sardinha: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 KGary Sheffield: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 K - could you imagine being a kid pitcher in Double-A facing Sheff?Kevin Howard: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BBJustin Christian: 2 for 5, 1 ROmir Santos: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 KPhil Hughes: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 E (throwing)Charlie Manning: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K(Tuesday Game 1: 6-0 loss to New Britain in 7 innings)Bronson Sardinha: 2 for 3Feliz Escalona: 0 for 3, 2 K - batted cleanup, what the fu...?Kevin Howard: 1 for 3Danny Borrell: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K(Tuesday Game 2: 6-1 loss[...]



...but not for long.

I went on one hell of a bender this weekend to celebrate my victory over higher education (each time I go I'm more and more convinced that Vegas is nothing but pure evil in city form), but in between killing braincells it became more and more obvious that I was going to be moving to San Diego sooner rather than later.

Not to keep going on about this, but I've pretty damn miserable without Amanda these past few days despite being back in the place I grew up (the fact I won't shutup about her is enough proof of how much she means to me). I figure that it's best to make the move now before I'm locked into a lease and am still getting myself established at a new job. So after I make the rounds and visit family and friends I haven't seen for a while, I'm going to pack up the car (again) and head out west (again) to get myself setup before she comes home from her trip. I'm also gonna make a pit-stop at Tiffany's, because unless something completely unexpected happens the next few days, I'm going to ask her to marry me in the not-to-distant future (good think she doesn't read my blog, eh?).

On to baseball: Apparently I missed some dynamite pitching performances from personal fave Matt Cain, and the always-fun-to-watch Jake Peavy while I was gone, but oh well. Phil Hughes had another good outing, but not the type of dominant outing we've come to expect. He'll be fine, it's still just May.

I'll wrap up all of the minor league events from the days I was gone either today or tomorrow, but I've still got a boat load of things to take care of, so I'll see you then.



Not the blog, but me. I'm done with school, and I'm skipping the whole graduation ceremony this weekend since I already went through it once at Penn State, plus my friend told me he spent over $1700 on tickets and cap & gown rental. Screw that noise.Since a whole lotta people seemed interested/concerned over my little plight with Amanda, here's an update:I didn't talk to Amanda at all on Tuesday, which was the first time since I met her in November that I hadn't talked to her at least once over the course of a day. And you know what? It fuckin' killed me. I was completely miserable all day, and thank God I didn't have a final that day cause I was not in the right frame of mind. Call me a wuss if you want, but I was a frickin' wreck.She works late on Wednesdays, so I went home after my final and killed time by packing and helping the new kid move into my apartment and stuff like that. Ten o'clock rolled around and I headed over to her house to see if she'll talk to me. I was sure her sorority sisters had a field day bashing my the past couple of days, and that was verified with a nice little "Mandy (apparently they call her Mandy) doesn't want to see your worthless ass" welcome phrase as I approached the front door. Ouch, my pride. I managed to avoid the swarm of obscenities thrown my way and made it door, and her little sister Rachel answered. It's not her biological sister, but in sororities and stuff the new pledges are "adopted" by one of the older members who looks out for them and stuff during their time at in the sorority.Rachel is the only girl in the house besides Amanda that knows me as more than just some guy dating one of the girls, so luckily she hears me out and goes to see if Amanda wants to talk to me. While I'm waiting my spirit is half broken from what all the other sorostitutes are saying to me (man, girls are friggin' vicious), but thankfully Amanda eventually made her way down the steps (still in her scrubs, yummy) to come talk to me. Completely unprepared as usual, I just kind of stood there in silence for a couple of seconds before she asked me if I wanted to grab a bite to eat.I'm a sucker for comedy - standup, slapstick, any kind really - but more often than not a good comedian provides some valuable life lessons in the midst of their hilarity. Take this line from Van Wilder for example: "Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere." Now tell me that's not the truth. I'm bringing this up because a couple months ago I saw Kevin James (the fat guy from King of Queens) do a standup on Comedy Central, and he mentioned something every man should take full advantage of: notice something special about you girl during some special event - first date, first anniversary, whatever - and bring it up at a later date.So we're at this little Mexican joint waiting for the food and it's kinda awkward. There's not much more than small talk going on when she asked me if I remember the first time we went to this restaurant. After accessing the memory bank, I come back with "Yeah, that was the time you wore those contacts that made your eyes the same purple color as the dress you wore. You looked beautiful that night." Hook, line and sinker. "Oh my gosh, you remember that?"she asked as she practically melted in her seat. "Of course I remember that, how could I forget" I replied in my most caring voice. That completely broke the ice (thanks a ton Kevin James), I apologized for being a douchebag and we started talking about us and everything.I turns out she wa[...]



No more school for me. Ever. Oh happy day.

By the way, I got an email inviting me and my family to be on a Yankee version of Trading Spouses. Here's the text of the email:

Hello Yankee Fan,

I am writing because I came across your email address online through YankeeBlog Sites, and you appear to be a big Yankee Fan. I am a Casting Directorfor the hit Reality show on Fox called Trading Spouses, and we are nowsearching for the Ultimate Yankee Family for our upcoming third season.

If you're not familiar with the show, it's a kind of a foriegn exchangeprogram for moms. Two families have the experience of a lifetime when theirmom changes places with another mom from another totally different family.

Find out more at our website exhange for your families participation, you will receive $50,000 compensation.

GET PAID FOR WHAT YOU ALREADY ARE: The Ultimate Yankee Family! We're lookingfor a family with Mom, Dad, and kids, (Step-parents, two-moms, it doesn'tmatter, just a family with kids!) so if you or anyone you know is right forour show, don't hesitiate to contact us.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email me back or call medirectly at 323-802-0489. ACT NOW, we are operating under a major time crunch!


My family can't be on that show because we don't meet the 2 parents with kid criteria, plus my mother is Italian and old school, she'll beat the livin' daylights out of the other families kids if they talk back. If you're interested, email me at and I'll forward you the email. Do it quick, cause I won't be around much after Friday.

Posada=my hero


So, was I the only one holding my breath after Big Tex plowed into Posada last night? The Baseball Cube has Teixeira listed at 6'3", 225 lbs, but I went to a game A's-Rangers game in Oakland last year, and there's not a chance in hell he's that size. He's more along the lines of 6'5" 240. The Yanks narrowly escaped a return to the "Bernie batting cleanup" era last night.I've got a final to study for, so here's the minor league update:Down on the Farm:Triple-A Columbus (7-5 win over Richmond, where art thou Eric Duncan?)Andy Cannizaro: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2BJason Conti: 2 for 3, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB - getting a chance to play with Melky and Reese in the Bronx, and he's making the most of itRobert Stratton: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBICarlos Pena: 2 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 KMitch Jones: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K - last year, he was second in all the minors in strikeouts...(to be continued)Wil Nieves: 1 for 3, 1 R - count'em up, allowed not 1, not 2, but 6 SBsDarrell Rasner: 4.1 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K - hey, he did pitch better than ChaconColter Bean: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 KDouble-A Trenton (2-1 win over Portland in 11 innings)Gabe Lopez: 2 for 5, 1 RBIBronson Sardinha: 1 for 5, 3 KRandy Ruiz: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 KJustin Christian: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 CSVincent Faison: 0 for 2, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 KJT Stotts: 1 for 4, 1 RBI - walkoff fielder's choice (not the most exciting way a game could end) Phil Hughes: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 WP - once he gets his control back in order...TJ Beam: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K - last time he gave up a run? 30.1 IP ago...(his ERA is a Playstation-esque .28)High-A Tampa (7-1 win over Vero Beach)Brett Gardner: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BBEduardo Nunez: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 KMarcos Vechionacci: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K - back in the 3 holeTim Battle: 1 for 4, 3 K, 1 SB - ...and he led the minors in strikeoutsPJ Piliterre: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K - I've got a soft spot for this guy, and it's good to see his offense is coming around (.910 OPS)Alan Horne: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HB - 9-2 GB/FB ratioChase Wright: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K - 0-4 GB/FB ratioJosh Schmidt: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 KLow-A Charleston (4-2 win over Savannah)Austin Jackson: 0 for 3, 1 KJose Tabata: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BBBrett Jones: 2 for 2, 2 R, 2 BBCJ Henry: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI - raised his average 92 points since coming off the DLRolando Japa: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HB - 45-11 K/BB ratio, 11.27 Kper9 this yearAbel Gomez: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 KDavid Seccombe: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 KI appreciate everyone's concern over my little plight from yesterday's post, but I know what I'm going to do, and since everyone seems so interested, I'll update you tomorrow.Update: No Maas depicts the comeback, PhotoShop style. Great stuff, classic.[...]



...this post has absolutely nothing to do with baseball or the Yankees - with the exception of the Weekly Poll and minor league updates at the end. I'm going to commission IGWT to vent some frustration about a weird and unexpected evening I had last night, so if you don't want to bother reading about my pathetic personal life, I suggest you head elsewhere.So I'm sitting in my apartment last night with my wonderful girlfriend Amanda, watching her beloved Padres lose a heartbreaker to the D-Backs when my phone rings. I recognize the number, but I can't remember who's it is, so I answer. It's an ex-girlfriend of mine (I won't give her real name, but I'll refer to her as Kate cause it's easy to type) from about a year ago. She's in town and was wondering if I wanted to meet up for dinner and catch up. I agree, and I tell Amanda I'm going to meet up with an old friend for dinner - which is the truth.Now, it may not be evident from the blog, but I'm an extremely friendly and altruist person; I always put others first, to the point that it's a fault, and I haven't met a person I can't be friends with yet. It's been a little over a year since Kate and I split up, and over than time I've changed a bunch like I'm sure most of us have. I've lost a nice amount of weight, I bought a new car (mines an '05, not an '06) and I've got a fresh set of sleeves that are less than 9 months old (which I have to say I wish I had gotten them so much earlier, cause they are total chick magnets. If you wear a long-sleeve button-down shirt and cuff the sleeve so about 3 inches of the ink shows, it kicks their libidos into overdrive for whatever reason. It's good for my ego). So I take a shower and get dressed to kill (you know how it goes with an ex, you have to show them what they're missin'), which of course makes Amanda a bit curious. I tell her nothing's up - which is the absolute truth - and we''ll get together and go out after I get home from dinner. She concurs and we head out.I drop Amanda off back at her crib and head to dinner. I pull up to the restaurant and I see Kate with some dude hanging all over her. I'm thinking to myself "great, how awkward is this going to be with her new boyfriend here." Well we head into the restaurant, get a table and order drinks and everything when it comes to light that this schlep is in fact her husband and not her boyfriend, which is uber-awkward. I didn't want to be a prick and mention anything Kate and I had done in past - you know, rehash old memories - so I just kept it simple; how's it going, how's your family and your hot mother (Kate's mom was a total MILF, I used to joke that every time Kate frustrated me I would take it out on her mother's ass that night), blah blah blah. Kate brings up some stuff like "remember the time we went to this place, or that place, or did this, or did that," stuff like that, which I can see clearly infuriates her husband.I dated Kate for about 14 months, so for a long time she was a huge part of my life and I cared alot about her, but I can tell when she isn't happy and she looked it last night. Her husband was a complete jerk, trying to boss her around and shit which just ain't cool. We finish dinner and are outside in the parking lot getting ready to say goodbye when Kate asks her husband to give her a minute alone with me - which for me was like "uhhh...can't I just go home please." He gets all pissed off and says whatever she had to say to me she could say in front of him, so s[...]

Down on the Farm


I hammered out 3 of my 4 finals this morning, so while I had some free time I thought I'd update the goings on of the farm system the last few days.I think my little "Games without a HR" feature on the left sidebar cursed Eric Duncan, because he's been benched since I put it up (unless he's hurt).Triple-A Columbus(Saturday: 6-0 loss to Norfolk, struck out 16 times as a team)Andy Cannizaro: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 2 KCarlos Pena: 0 for 2, 3 KMitch Jones: 0 for 3, 3 KCaonabo Cosme: 0 for 3, 2 K, 2 E (both fielding)Matt DeSalvo: .2 IP, 0 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 0 K, 1 HB - 18 of 44 pitches were strikes (40.9%), the 5 BB were all consecutive, and all 5 R scored with 2 outs (here's the game log, cause that's a hell of a pitching line)Matt Childers: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K - 6-2 GB/FB ratio(Sunday: 1-0 win over Norfolk)Jason Conti: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 CSRobert Stratton: 0 for 4, 2 KCarlos Pena: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 KRamiro Mendoza: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K - uncharacteristic 6-8 GB/FB ratioDouble-A Trenton(Saturday: 6-2 win over Bowie)Bronson Sardinha: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 KShelley Duncan: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBIJustin Christian: 2 for 4, 1 RTommy Rojas: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 2 KDanny Borrell: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 KTJ Beam: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K(Sunday: 4-3 win over Bowie)Gabe Lopez: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 BBBronson Sardinha: 1 for 4, 1 BBRandy Ruiz: 2 for 5, 1 KShelley Duncan: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 KKevin Howard: 1 for 4, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 KJustin Christian: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 SB - leads league with 21 SBsJeff Karstens: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K - first start since being demoted (11-6 GB/FB ratio)Charlie Manning: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 KHigh-A Tampa(Saturday: 3-2 win over Jupiter)Eduardo Nunez: 0 for 4, 1 KBrett Gardner: 0 for 0, 1 R, 1 BB - PH & scored go ahead run in the top of the 9thCody Ehlers: 1 for 4Marcos Vechionacci: 2 for 4, 1 KPJ Pilittere: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K - C threw out 2 potential base stealersBrett Smith: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 WP(Sunday: scheduled off day)Low-A Charleston(Saturday: 4-3 loss to Rome) Austin Jackson: 3 for 5, 1 RBI, 2 K - thrown out at second trying to stretch a single into a doubleMario Holmann: 2 for 3, 1 BB, 3 SBJose Tabata: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 2 KBrett Jones: 2 for 4CJ Henry: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) - 6th error in 15 gamesEdgar Soto: 3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 KBryan Villalona: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K(Sunday: scheduled off day)Mindblowing Jose Tabata stat-of-the-day: If you were worried about Tabata's plate discipline after he struck out 17 times and walked only once in his first 15 games, well, Tabs has struck out only 9 times and drawn 5 walks in his last 21 games...while registering 29 H and 17 RBI.[...]

Finals week


Posting is going to be a little light here at IGWT for the next few days as I prepare to take the last round of finals in the my life.

Be sure to head over to Yankee Prospects to get your daily prospect update and minor league fix.

Also, Happy Birthday to Mo's heir apparent, JB Cox, who turns 22 today.

Down on the Farm:

Triple-A Columbus (4-3 loss to Norfolk)
Kevin Thompson: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Carlos Pena: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K
Eric Duncan: 0 for 4, 2 K
Kris Wilson: 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K - 8-4 GB/FB ratio
Colter Bean: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Double-A Trenton (4-1 win over Bowie)
Gabe Lopez: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Bronson Sardinha: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Randy Ruiz: 0 for 3, 1 RBI
Justin Christian: 1 for 4, 1 K, 1 SB
Rudy Guillen: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K - threw a runner out at third from LF
JT Stotts: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
Carl Pavano: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 K - now just do that against ML hitters (10-1 GB/FB ratio)
TJ Beam: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

High-A Tampa (5-1 loss to Jupiter)
Brett Gardner: 0 for 4
Eduardo Nunez: 0 for 4, 2 K
Cody Ehlers: 0 for 4
Marcos Vechionacci: 0 for 4, 1 E (throwing) - 11th error already
Tim Battle: 1 for 4, 1 SB
Phil Coke: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 3 WP, 1 HB - 10-2 GB/FB ratio

Low-A Charleston (3-1 loss to Rome)
Austin Jackson: 0 for 4, 2 K
Reegie Corona: 0 for 4, 2 K
Jose Tabata: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K
CJ Henry: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB
Chris Malec: 1 for 2, 1 RBI
Zach Kroenke: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 WP - 6-1 GB/FB ratio
Wilkins Arias: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Mindblowing Jose Tabata stat-of-the-day: Of SAL hitters with at least 130 ABs, Tabata's .356 BA is the 33 points.