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For all your Scranton needs

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 27, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

If you’re interested in the minor leagues and you’re not reading Chad Jennings of the Times-Tribune in Scranton, well you should be.

The beat writers all read his blog because he’s on top of things.

As somebody who once covered the Double-A team when it was in Connecticut, I know how hard it is to extract information from the people who run the Kremlin in Tampa. But Chad finds out plenty.

So while we treasure your loyalty, it’s OK if you sneak off to check out his blog. Just come back.

Meanwhile, here’s your Scranton lineup as far as I can tell:

1B: Miranda
2B: Castro and/or Green
SS: Gonzalez
3B: Ransom
C: Moeller
CF: Gardner
RF: Porter and/or Lane
LF: Christian
DH: Duncan

Starters: Horne, Igawa, Marquez, Wright, White

Bullpen: Britton, Veras, Albaladejo, Ohlendorf (unless he makes it), Patterson, Phillips.





33 Responses to “For all your Scranton needs”

  1. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 27th, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Am I wrong in thinking that line up could beat quite a few major league teams?

  2. Jeff NJ March 27th, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    That pitching staff is better than possibly half the major league clubs. Or maybe I’m just drinking the Yankee kool-aid.

  3. Dewey March 27th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Living in Toledo, Ohio – I cant wait to see the Scranton team take on the Mud Hens and Clippers this year. I plan on going to both series’

    Thanks for the link.

  4. JGNYC (insert Pro-Yankee slogan here) March 27th, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Rebecca – I was just thinking something similar. Am I just a biased Yankee fan, or does this minor league team look pretty good?

  5. Bronxbyte March 27th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    I concur, Peter. Chad Jennings is in fact on top of things not only with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre but throughout all the levels. He does his homework and keeps in touch with the likes of Mark Newman and Nardi Contreras among others.
    Like with this blog, a must source for valid information.

  6. JGNYC (insert Pro-Yankee slogan here) March 27th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Of course, we watch these guys fight for positions on the major league team, and we grow to like them. I understand that. But it seems like a pretty talented group of players.

  7. anti-mussina March 27th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    you’re drinking kool aid, jeff.

  8. CB March 27th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Didn’t see the new thread during my last post…

    Cody Ransom and Nick Green both accepted positions in AAA with Scranton. That’s very good for organizational depth. Same thing with Jason Lane – he also took an assignment to Scranton. Again, solid depth.

    They can always call any of those players up now during the season should they be needed.

    If they had cut Ensberg no chance they could get a player with that kind of potential at this point in the season. No way.

    Either the Dodger or the Giants would have signed Ensberg. He would have likely been given a shot to start for them at third base. Those teams are desperate for third baseman.

    Ensberg is a valuable asset and a great pickup. If nothing else they could trade him during the season if he hits well and get a useful part back. Can’t say that about Cody Ransom, Woodward or Green.

    If Ensberg comes anywhere close to regaining even half his prior form they have a terrific bench player on a team that is very left handed. He destroys left handed pitching – destroys it.

    Betemit is a limited player but would be starting for many teams at third base. He’s probably the best hitting backup who can play multiple infield positions in all of baseball.

    He’s far from perfect, but again, for the role the yankees are asking him to play he’s a very valuable player.

    The red sox backup infielder is Alex Cora – he can’t hit and can’t play first or third.

  9. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") March 27th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    RANGERS WIN !!!!!!!!!

  10. Jeff NJ March 27th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Don’t forget, Igawa kicks butt in AAA. Too bad Scranton doesn’t get any Japanese advertising dollars.

  11. Rocco March 27th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    RANGERS WIN!!!!!

  12. yankswin27 March 27th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    This team already has a ton of major league experience in Castro, Green, Gonzalez, Ransom, Moeller, Lane, Igawa, Wright, Britton, Veras, Albaladejo, Ohlendorf, and Phillips. I haven’t even mentioned all of the up and coming great players in Horne, Marquez, and even Tabata, Jackson, Melancon, etc. The SWB Yankees are gonna be great this year!

  13. NJ in Tampa March 27th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Here’s hoping Horne has a big year and can come up the second half of the year when we need to get the other young starters some rest and make an impact.

  14. Blargh March 27th, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Who would you take in a match between SWB Yanks and the Marlins? ;)

  15. Bob March 27th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    That’s only 11 pitchers. Ramirez is the obvious 12th, since he was minor league relief pitcher of the year last season.

  16. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 27th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Blargh: You should be asking about the SWB Yanks and the Orioles.

    Though, I guess you’re going for something a little more competitve.

  17. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") March 27th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    NJ in Tampa I spoke w/ Alan’s dad he saids this season Alan is getting more comfortable throwing his slider and changeup in any count even though the change is a touch pitch his arm speed and release point is what will determine his change up’s fate.

    Xavier knocks off WVU

  18. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti March 27th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    March 27, 2008

    Courageous Yankee favorite Bobby Murcer plans on being at the home opener Monday against the Blue Jays.

    “I’m doing all right,” Murcer said yesterday by telephone from Oklahoma City. “I have my good days and my bad days. Right now, I’m planning on being there Opening Day and being there that week. I’m not as strong this year as I was last year.”

    Asked if he’ll be in the YES booth, Murcer said: “That’s my

    Murcer, 61, underwent a biopsy earlier this month that thankfully showed only scar tissue from his operation in Dec. 2006, to remove a cancerous tumor in his brain.

    “It wasn’t scary, but all in all, I’m still trying to recover from it a little bit,” Murcer said. “They stick a needle in your brain and pull out some tissue. The medicine that they give you [chemotherapy, steroids] is what makes you feel not as good.
    “I love it. I want to be there. I’m a little bit behind because I didn’t go to spring training, so I may not be 100 percent.

    “But it’ll be good enough.”

    YES it will.


    For those lucky enough to go to Monday’s game please be sure to give him an extra long standing O’ for me.

  19. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") March 27th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    good for Bobby !!

    anybody here into MLB amateur draft ? there are alot of talented LHP in this upcoming draft who has caught your eye ?

  20. rbizzler March 27th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    I am with Pete as Chad’s SWB blog has become a must read right up there with Pete’s and River Ave. Blues.

    I also agree with CB in that Ensberg is the best bench player that the Yanks have had in years. If you recall the dynasty days, they always had pop off the bench and now they have that again with Ensberg, Shelley and Bettemit.

    As for the AAA lineup, well the pitching will be good but that is about it. The position players are exceedingly average and Gonzales, Miranda and maybe E. Duncan and Christian are the only regulars who look to have an MLB future.

    More importantly, the SWB pitching staff will supplement the big club’s bullpen and possibly rotation throughout the year. And this is definitely a WELCOME change from years past.

    Life is good for the Yanks and they look much deeper than when they broke spring camp last year.

  21. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 27th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    I second Jennifer.

  22. MJR March 27th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    So what does Matsui’s new wife look like?

    - inquiring minds want to know -

  23. mel March 27th, 2008 at 9:57 pm


    No one, not even Matsui, has seen her. Apparently she’s a “picture bride” :)

  24. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti March 27th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Not a great picture, but one none the less.

  25. rbizzler March 27th, 2008 at 10:00 pm


    Mike A. over at RAB previewed some of the lefties (and 1b) in the upcoming draft a few weeks back and suffice to say the blurbs got me drooling.

    The yanks have been very right-handed in their drafting, but I have no problem with them drafting the best player available rather than drafting for need as they have in the past.

    This year could be different though. Enjoy (if you haven’t already)

  26. mel March 27th, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Remember when we were talking best baseball movies during the dog days of winter?

    Well, now you can fill out a 64 movie bracket. Ends tomorrow, tho.

  27. MJR March 27th, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    “I, Hideki Matsui, was married yesterday in New York City,” Matsui said. “The bride is a 25-year-old civilian and had been formerly working in a reputable position at a highly respected company.”

    He (Hideki Matusi) continues to be one of my favorite players. :) There’s just something really humorous about that statement he made. He sounds like he’s giving a deposition.

    ** JUST 4 MORE DAYS! **

  28. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") March 27th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Rblizzer you got a point but this system needs those LHPs and there are alot in this draft.

    now if Yonder Alonso or Pedro Alvarez fall to us because of signability oh no doubt you take them. My eyes are on Christian Fredereich, Anthony Grose and Michael Montgomery :) also Tim Murphy

  29. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 27th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    I voted for “Field of Dreams”

  30. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") March 27th, 2008 at 10:15 pm


  31. Nick in SF March 27th, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    That picture is hilarious. It’s Hidecki with long hair!

    Just got back home from Vegas, I had the pleasure of betting against the Red Sox and winning. Plus poker!

  32. playballnyy March 28th, 2008 at 8:44 am

    You left Karstens off of both rosters, if Rasner’s with the big guys then Karstens in the minors….

  33. Peter Abraham March 28th, 2008 at 9:05 am

    Karstens got hurt yesterday and is headed for the DL.

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