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Six more cuts in Yankees camp

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 16, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees made six more cuts tonight.

Andrew Brackman, Brandon Laird, Kevin Russo and Melky Mesa were optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Steve Garrison and Ryan Pope were optioned to Double-A Trenton.

Those assignments don’t necessarily mean the players will open the season at those levels, but it is interesting that Pope is initially optioned to Double-A and Mesa to Triple-A. I expected those assignments to be reversed.

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45 Responses to “Six more cuts in Yankees camp”

  1. yankeefeminista March 16th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Brackman will be back!

  2. BoJo March 16th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Chad–

    Do you think the Yankees might send Nunez to SWB to play OF for 20-30 games?

  3. blake March 16th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Interesting that they are sending Brackman down now….it is a little unusual that they would keep Banuelos and Betances around for another appearance this late…..not complaining though.

  4. stuckey99 March 16th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Shhhhoooowwwwwcase!

  5. West Coast Yankee Fan March 16th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Nova was always going to the the number four starter unless he got injured or inexplicably lost his stuff. Just blog chatter.

  6. stuckey99 March 16th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    “Nova was always going to the the number four starter unless he got injured or inexplicably lost his stuff. ”

    That’s what made it all the more ridiculous.

  7. GreenBeret7 March 16th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I guess that Scranton is overstocked with relief pitchers especially with Kontos being added. Maybe they want Mesa to work with Wynegar on his swing. All I can see for the reasons for switch.i

  8. blake March 16th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Stuckey,

    I hope not unless something very good is coming back…..I think they are just taking the opportunity to get them more experience against big league hitters.

  9. yankeefeminista March 16th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    I think Brackman is still behind because of the injury. Plus he is going to pitch as a SP in AAA, so he really needs to continue to build arm strength. However, still think he will likely get some spot starts and come out of the bullpen later in the season when he nears inning limits.

  10. GreenBeret7 March 16th, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    That’s idiocy. Betances and Banuelos aren’t being showcased. There’s no team with pitchers on the market worth either one.

  11. Tom in N.J. March 16th, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    a good slider is a great thing to have. It was the reason I quit baseball. I tried out as a walk on at Rutgers, saw a real slider for the first time ever, then hit the books.

  12. m March 16th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Didn’t watch, but by all accounts he was close to perfect.

    I like how the starters have looked so far. The rotation has been thoroughly trashed by everyone but the Yankee faithful.

    I think the Yankees will respond to the doubters. Especially the pointy-nosed variety that pitch in the NL.

  13. yankeefeminista March 16th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Usually as Chad said though, the groupings in ST don’t have a lot to do with ultimate minor league team assignments. How is Pendleton doing w/Houston, btw? We might get him back also…

  14. West Coast Yankee Fan March 16th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I think keeping Banuelos and Betances with the team as long as possible make a great deal of sense. Most teams are playing their regulars now, (Banuelos got a taste of that against the Sux the other day), and that’s great experience which they won’t get in the minors.

  15. GreenBeret7 March 16th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Pendleton got whacked around again yesterday.

  16. Red Lobster March 16th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Nova absolutely had this job.

    Like Hughes last year, Yankees wanted him to win the job and only he could lose it. And he didn’t. Same with Nova now – they want him to get the job, he has earned it. No matter what hollow ST stats Garcia or Bartolo compile in the next 2 weeks, Nova has the job.

  17. tyanksfan36 March 16th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    So I sat in my seat the whole time and in the last inning these drunks came down and sat next to me. Who does Montero throw the ball to? The stupid drunks. He is good for nothing.

  18. blake March 16th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I think keeping Banuelos and Betances with the team as long as possible make a great deal of sense. Most teams are playing their regulars now, (Banuelos got a taste of that against the Sux the other day), and that’s great experience which they won’t get in the minors.”

    I think this is why as well….they have to throw anyway……why not

  19. BoJo March 16th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan March 16th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Nova was always going to the the number four starter unless he got injured or inexplicably lost his stuff. Just blog chatter.
    ___________
    News flash. All of this is just blog chatter–even your pronouncement that he was always going to be the number 4 starter. We–including you–don’t make the decisions…we just chat about what might happen to while away the time until the season starts.

  20. GreenBeret7 March 16th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Garcia and Colon have hollow ST stats but Nova doesn’t? I don’t care who gets the jobs as long as they win.

  21. Bo knows March 16th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    But, but, but we saw this Nova last year. He was just running out of gas at the end of long season. Debate, what debate. I’m sure he’ll struggle at some point down the line and we’ll hear more debate and second guessing. Yankees’ farm system as per Cash – love it. For a prospect hugge like me this is a Good time.

  22. West Coast Yankee Fan March 16th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    News flash. Some offer opinions that prove to be more accurate than others. Others not so much.

  23. stuckey99 March 16th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    When someone spells “showcase” “Shhhhoooowwwwwcase!” it’s usually means he or she was kidding.

  24. BoJo March 16th, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I have to think Cash has got to be working on a deal to get something back from one of the pitchers he may have to let go…Mitre, Garcia, Colon, or DRob..not sure what he can do since Garcia, Colon, Mitre, Logan are all out of options and can’t be sent to SWB.

  25. GreenBeret7 March 16th, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    If Mitre, Garcia and Colon match Nova pitch for pitch this spring, and they pretty much have, Girardi and Cashman are going to have their hands full on this decision. That will make them happy.

  26. West Coast Yankee Fan March 16th, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Bo knows March 16th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    But, but, but we saw this Nova last year. He was just running out of gas at the end of long season. Debate, what debate. I’m sure he’ll struggle at some point down the line and we’ll hear more debate and second guessing. Yankees’ farm system as per Cash – love it. For a prospect hugge like me this is a Good time.

    ****************************

    I might have heard it wrong, but I believe Girardi and Rothschild have said they didn’t think Nova ran out of gas; that it was mental/confidence related.

  27. BoJo March 16th, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan March 16th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    News flash. Some offer opinions that prove to be more accurate than others. Others not so much.
    ____________
    Only a few keep score…it is not a competition.

  28. randy l. March 16th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    “Fran, I thought you were like the rest of us LoHud employees and got paid a boatload for our advice.”

    gb7-

    that’s odd. i’m getting paid to stay away.

  29. Giuseppe Franco March 16th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Robertson’s slot in the pen is already secure. He’s going nowhere.

  30. GreenBeret7 March 16th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    When someone spells “showcase” “Shhhhoooowwwwwcase!” it’s usually means he or she was kidding.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    is that an internet rule?

  31. m March 16th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Not everyone feels the need to be right all the time and try to make others feel stupid. :roll:

  32. GreenBeret7 March 16th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    randy l. March 16th, 2011 at 10:20 pm
    “Fran, I thought you were like the rest of us LoHud employees and got paid a boatload for our advice.”

    gb7-

    that’s odd. i’m getting paid to stay away.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    yeah, but, you’ve spent so much time on the miniature golf courses, they figured that you had retired.

    How’s things going, Randy?

  33. Rich in NJ March 16th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Another day closer to the regular season.

  34. BoJo March 16th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Giuseppe Franco March 16th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Robertson’s slot in the pen is already secure. He’s going nowhere.
    _______________
    Then there is no way put of a tough decision…unless the Yankees offer Colon more money to accept a minor league deal as a back-up…which I doubt he would accept…(but no harm in asking)

  35. Bronx Jeers March 16th, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    So I sat in my seat the whole time and in the last inning these drunks came down and sat next to me. Who does Montero throw the ball to? The stupid drunks.

    ————————————————————–

    A couple of New Yorkers no doubt. :wink:

  36. Giuseppe Franco March 16th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Joba or Mitre limping into the regular season could make the decision rather easy.

  37. Betsy March 16th, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Last year, Kevin Russo was talked about as a guy that could stick as a starter at 2nd base for some teams – and as a possible utility infielder for us. Now? N one’s talking about him.

  38. GreenBeret7 March 16th, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    GF, last I hear is that Chamberlain will be restricted to just playing catch for the next few days and will pitch maybe in a week. Mitre is supposed to pitch sometime this week.

  39. MG March 16th, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    CC was quoted in the Daily News as saying he was very impressed with the way Colon has thrown the ball this spring and it’s obvious the Yankees are as well or he wouldn’t have thrown in a simulated game yesterday. It will be an interesting call to see whether Colon or Garcia gets the final rotation spot to start the season-my choice would be Colon (assuming his last couple of spring starts are good) because he has a higher upside than Garcia. At the end of the day, though, if the 4 top guys pitch well it won’t make much of a difference in the way the season goes.

  40. yankeefeminista March 16th, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Betsy March 16th, 2011 at 10:31 pm
    Last year, Kevin Russo was talked about as a guy that could stick as a starter at 2nd base for some teams – and as a possible utility infielder for us. Now? N one’s talking about him.
    _____
    Russo though isn’t good enough defensively at SS to play a utility role for us.

  41. BoJo March 16th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Good night night people.

  42. stuckey99 March 16th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Awful 2010 Betsy, in AAA.

    Older (now 27) fringe guys like that have no margin for error. He has little to no “projection” in him. He has a very nice 2009 and people saw him as maybe someone who could play the game and hold his own at the ML level.

    He regressed at AAA and he just joins the heap of the thousands of fringe prospects that came before him.

  43. Betsy March 16th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Yankeesfem, I just meant that things have changed in just one year – his stock has fallen

  44. Betsy March 16th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Stuckey, yes I guess ………..too bad for him, though

  45. West Coast Yankee Fan March 16th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Lester the loser!

    “Eight hits and three runs in 4 2-3 innings.”

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