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A few short minor league notes

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 04, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A few quick minor league notes this late morning. Don’t forget, we’re doing a chat at 2:30 this afternoon.

• Two injuries to players on the 40-man roster: Greg Golson is on the Triple-A disabled list with a hamstring injury, and Steve Garrison could be headed for the Double-A disabled list after groin pull.

Two other Triple-A injuries that seem fairly minor: Chris Dickerson has missed three straight games with a neck injury. He would have missed a fourth if not for a rain out last night. Ramiro Pena was out of last night’s lineup with a sore foot.

• Three non-40-man pitchers to keep an eye on: George Kontos (two runs in his past 15.1 innings as Scranton’s long man), Kevin Whelan (much improved control to go with only two hits allowed in past 10.2 innings as Scranton’s closer) and Andy Sisco (still no earned runs with four hits allowed through 10.1 innings as Scranton’s bullpen lefty).

• The Associated Press reports that the Yankees have signed Brad Halsey to a minor league deal and sent him to extended spring.

• He’s still a long, long way from the big leagues, but Slade Heathcott is hitting .351/.436/.574 through 94 at-bats in Charleston. Have to think he’ll be in Tampa around mid-season or so, maybe sooner if he keeps this up. JR Murphy is also really hitting in Charleston (.316/.340/.490) but Gary Sanchez is not (.200/.238/.293).

 
 

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70 Responses to “A few short minor league notes”

  1. upstate kate May 4th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    please leave all Jeter comments on the previous post

  2. tyanksfan36 May 4th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Chad

    I heard last night at the Tampa Yankees game that Carlos Silva is going to throw an inning or two in tonights tampa game. Do you know if that is true?

  3. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Suit yourself, JF.

    No I am going to suit you up as well,

    2010 postseason: 1 HR every 37 AB, 2010 regular season 1 HR every 36 AB

  4. LGY May 4th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Face

    Can you post the ratios for singles, doubles, and triples as well?

  5. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    No that is too much work

  6. Wave Your Hat May 4th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    JF, what does one post-season prove? It’s silly to bring it up. Better pitching is going to tend to result in fewer walks and fewer HRs, especially fewer walks. Which results in fewer runs.

    If you don’t think it will, I don’t care.

  7. LGY May 4th, 2011 at 11:53 am

    No that is too much work

    ——

    lazy

  8. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 11:54 am

    JF, what does one post-season prove? It’s silly to bring it up. Better pitching is going to tend to result in fewer walks and fewer HRs, especially fewer walks. Which results in fewer runs.

    But its not going to result in fewer singles? doubles? etc? A team of high average low power batters would get chewed up in the postseason as their inability to sustain rallies is snuffed out by all the good pitching.

    Meanwhile, all it takes is 1 mistake to a power laden team and you lose.

  9. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I am just amused that anyone who can watch a major league postseason would buy into something like HRs being depressed. The postseason is filled with big HRs.

  10. LGY May 4th, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Don’t we usually say that the key to beating great pitchers is really just to get them out of the game and go to work on the bullpen?

    Patience at the plate is how you accomplish that goal, right?

  11. Shame Spencer May 4th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    “Jeter would definitely say something like this and it would not be true, and then if he did get moved down because ‘well you said you didn’t care!’ he’d be outwardly annoyed by it even if he didnt publicly acknowledge it”

    Can you prove how this would affect his performance using a statistical analysis? I’m still not sure why what he admits or doesn’t admit matters re: his performance. Who cares? I doubt if he was batting 6th or 7th it would somehow result in his level of play dropping further because he’d be pouting.

    Now if its just a matter of you disliking Jeter’s tactics of protecting his image, thats another issue entirely and obviously you have the right to your own opinion on that.

  12. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    2009: Regular season 1 every 33 AB , Postseason 1 ever 32 AB

  13. Wave Your Hat May 4th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    “Meanwhile, all it takes is 1 mistake to a power laden team and you lose.”

    You’re right, it’s how we won the WS last year.

  14. Mell May 4th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Don’t we usually say that the key to beating great pitchers is really just to get them out of the game and go to work on the bullpen?

    ==============

    Yes we do. The Verlander game the other night is the most recent example.

  15. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Shame I will continue discussing that in the previous thread.

  16. Rich in NJ May 4th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    They don’t call it grinding for nothing.

  17. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    You’re right, it’s how we won the WS last year.

    Probably should not have given up those HRs to the rangers.

  18. blake May 4th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    A HR offense is really only a problem if you totally rely on it and have no other ways of scoring…..I don’t think that describes the Yankees……maybe it has a little so far this year but overall I don’t think that’s the type offense they will have in the end.

  19. J. Alfred Prufrock May 4th, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    LGY, Nardi’s caution on Dellin’s delivery is in context of a large pitcher who has to stay in contact with his mechanics when they go awry. What’s been eye opening is not that they never go out of whack, but that Betances is in tune with how to put himself back together. This article will give you a more balanced view than just cherry picking a Nardi quote in isolation:

    “What can you say about a guy who is 6-foot-8? His presence is immense on the mound and that’s one of the first things you notice about Betances. And this is not a young man who looks like he could blow away out there. The 22-year-old is a very strong, well-built athlete. He has the long limbs to match his extra-large frame, but overall looks comfortable and coordinated. You see a lot of tall pitchers, including Yankee prospect Andrew Brackman, that can look a bit awkward at times. That doesn’t appear to be the case with Betances.

    Mechanics

    My biggest concerns coming into this outing regarding Betances were mechanical in nature. He’s been through major surgery, has limited mound experience because of that surgery, and tall guys like himself are prone to mechanical inconsistency. Overall, his delivery was much more clean and consistent than I anticipated. That said, he still can get out of sync in a hurry, and that happened a couple times over the course of this particular outing. He lost his arm slot at one point against Clearwater and began to lose the feel for his fastball. To his credit, he was able to right himself rather quickly. Given his size, it’s always going to be something he has to stay on top of.

    Most importantly, his arm action looked long, loose and clean, without any hitches or violent movement in there at all. As far as his future health is concerned, that’s certainly a good sign. Betances also does a very good job of keeping his delivery under control by employing a slight hip turn that keeps his weight back nicely over his back leg. By doing that, he’s maximizing the benefits of his tremendous height, staying tall over the rubber, getting on top and getting that big extension out in front that his size allows for.”

    http://www.aolnews.com/2010/08.....-betances/

  20. blake May 4th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    J Alfred,

    Nobody is dying to ship Betances out of town….I was discussing him as it related to John Danks (who may not even be made available )
    If available I would trade him before I would Baneulos for various reasons including that Banuelos is younger, has a more repeatable delievery, and is left handed.

    If they keep them both that would be fine as well.

  21. DocTodd May 4th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    The only thing Jeter is driving is his Edge….sorry, couldn’t resist….

  22. DocTodd May 4th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Sorry Kate, I missed your post about the Jeter comments….my bad..

  23. pat May 4th, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    A little love for Robbie

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....ts_in.html

  24. ac1 May 4th, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    The only thing Jeter is driving is his Edge….sorry, couldn’t resist….

    ___

    And Minka?

  25. Wave Your Hat May 4th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    “Probably should not have given up those HRs to the rangers.”

    Actually, there was only one game in that series where the Rangers hit more than one HR.

  26. blake May 4th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    After 1 month of the season….Brett Gardner still has more home runs than Adrian Gonzalez. He will have to average like 16 a month to get to 80 now as the graphics of Fenway over Petco indicated.

  27. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Actually, there was only one game in that series where the Rangers hit more than one HR.

    So now allowing 1 HR a game is normal?

  28. Erin May 4th, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    pat-great article, thanks for the link! :)

  29. upstate kate May 4th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Nice article on Robbie…too bad they don’t have a picture w/ him smiling.

    It was good to see how he was mentoring Cervelli and Nunez this winter.

  30. DocTodd May 4th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Blake…I bet those cheerleaders at ESPN still think AGon can get to 60 Hrs and 175 RBI

  31. ac1 May 4th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I actually believe that given the regular playing time, Nunez would offer a great deal to this team at SS. But the worry is by the Jeter is ready to give up his spot, Nunez will be gone in a deal for a starter…

  32. ac1 May 4th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    DocTodd May 4th, 2011 at 12:28 pm
    Blake…I bet those cheerleaders at ESPN still think AGon can get to 60 Hrs and 175 RBI

    ___

    WHOA WHOA WHOA. Someone at ESPN only projected him to hit 60/175?
    That person better watch his back.
    The overall consensus at ESPN was .450/80/225

  33. blake May 4th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I think given regular playing time Nunez would be exposed and struggle a good deal both offensively and defensively.

  34. upstate kate May 4th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I am just throwing this out there b/c I don’t really know.
    If a pitcher is really good, would it be more likely to score via HR? If he was really good, it would seem more likely that he would make one mistake (HR) then multiple mistakes leading to a run.

  35. Shame Spencer May 4th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Jerkface – Just checked the last thread. I understand your point. This: “It is easier for Jeter to move himself than for the Yankees to move him” is absolutely correct.

    But I’m still not sure I endorse the idea of a) a player volunteering for what is essentially a demotion and/or b) a player publicly calling out his organization because of a possible demotion as opposed to pretending to be fine with it, regardless of whether or not he is.

  36. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    upstate kate,

    I am with you on that one!

  37. pat May 4th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    kate

    I’ve wondered the same.

    I was thinking back on the 2009 WS and it seems to have featured quite a few significant HRs or maybe those are just the hits I remembered more than others.

  38. austinmac May 4th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Home runs are good. So are walks, singles and the like. For a team to have the most productive offense, all are needed.

    The Yankees will hit a lot of home runs this year. They need to improve their situational hitting and batting average. A DH, the position in which hitting is all that matters, cannot have a guy hitting like Posada so far. Time will tell, but no one should assume he will continue in that role if he doesn’t produce whether or not other teammates are hitting or not.

    Jeter will be given at least this year to produce. He is making way too much money not to play him and hope for a turnaround. Also, I do not see Nunez as soem remarkable replacement. His minor league stats don’t show that. Plus, while he has more range, we have seen his defensive inconsistency.

    To the thought Jeter will retire early and walk away from millions, dream on. If he wants to own a team as he has said, he isn’t leaving tens of millions on the table.

  39. Shame Spencer May 4th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    upstate kate – I like your theorizing.

  40. Irreverent Discourse May 4th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    4 NYY – Why would you say team AVG is a good indicator of the best offenses in the league?

    By AVG, Cardinals Indians Royals Cubs Astros
    By OPS, Cardinals Yankees Indians Rangers Royals
    By wOBA, Cardinals Yankees Indians Rangers Royals
    By wRC+, Cardinals Yankees Indians Rangers Royals

    One of these things is not like the other…

  41. blake May 4th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Kate,

    I think so to some degree …..one of the keys though is that the good pitchers give up solo homers.

  42. pat May 4th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Erin

    Just paging through my news clippings for today and there are a plethora (love that word) of Gossip Breaks in there today.

  43. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    4 NYY is a relic from a time gone by, where no one understood baseball.

  44. Erin May 4th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    pat-very cool.

    the only one I’ve seen today was that Cameron did finally confirm that she and Alex are a couple. lol

  45. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    KC was second in the league last year in average, and 5th from the bottom in runs per game

  46. Erin May 4th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    RiverAveBlues Former Yankee and current SF Giants hitting coach Hensley Muelens is going to outer space. No, really. http://atmlb.com/mCFQ5v #bambam

  47. 4 NYY May 4th, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    # Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    4 NYY is a relic from a time gone by, where no one understood baseball.

    =======================

    “Sweetness’ continues his rant ! What a jerk you are, face it !

    Oops, that’s how he got his name ! LMAO

  48. Nick in SF May 4th, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    The Bronx Bloopers ‘N’ Bleeders just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

    Maybe home runs aren’t so bad.

  49. yankeefeminista May 4th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    • Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 11:41 am
    Derek Jeter would never ask/suggest to be moved down in the order. I can already hear his response to questions about this… “Thats not my decision to make, thats up to Joe and the coaching staff. I’ll bat wherever they ask me to, it makes no difference to me, its you guys [the media/fans] that care about that stuff.”

    He would say this while secretly caring about it. Jeter’s duplicitous 2-face routine is stale.
    ___________________

    As per what LGY said above, can you also post the ratios for duplicitous 2-faced routines? :)

  50. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Jokes from 40 years ago.

  51. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    As per what LGY said above, can you also post the ratios for duplicitous 2-faced routines?

    Whatever the ratio is, Jeter would surely be leading in it. He doesn’t play the media’s game, which as a fan can be annoying.

  52. Rich in NJ May 4th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    “I think given regular playing time Nunez would be exposed and struggle a good deal both offensively and defensively.”

    Maybe, but there’s only one way to find out. Not that I’m advocating it right now though.

  53. tyanksfan36 May 4th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Yankeefem

    hope you make it to the Trenton game tonight to see Dellin. Jairo Heredia is pitching tonight for Tampa, Ill let you know how that goes.

  54. pat May 4th, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Joe Pos usually hits the right notes when it comes to issues others seem to have a hard time getting a handle on.

    http://joeposnanski.si.com/201.....nd-denial/

  55. yankeefeminista May 4th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    # tyanksfan36 May 4th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Yankeefem

    hope you make it to the Trenton game tonight to see Dellin. Jairo Heredia is pitching tonight for Tampa, Ill let you know how that goes.
    ____
    I hope so too; it is nasty outside right now. However, I will definitely be going to Manny’s start tomorrow night. I hope Heredia has a good outing and gets some offensive support.

  56. tyanksfan36 May 4th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I thought this was a funny quote, it was in a magazine I was reading the other day:

    “You start chasing a ball and your brain immediately commands your body to ‘Run forward, bend, scoop up the ball, peg it to the infield,’ then your body says, ‘Who me?’” – Joe DiMaggio

  57. tyanksfan36 May 4th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Yankeefem

    it is raining here in Tampa too but I am confident that it wont be raining at game time. hopefully it stops raining up there and he can get in his start.

  58. MTU May 4th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    YF-

    Looking forward to hearing your reports on Betances and Banuelos.

    It’s good to hear from people who actually get to see them on a regular basis.

    Thanks in advance.

    JAP-

    Looking back at the posts. You are probably right. I would greatly enjoy the opportunity to
    see our young Pitching prospects live. You are indeed fortunate.

  59. yankeefeminista May 4th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    # tyanksfan36 May 4th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Yankeefem

    it is raining here in Tampa too but I am confident that it wont be raining at game time. hopefully it stops raining up there and he can get in his start.
    _______
    It is supposed to clear by first pitch, but I will be arriving late, unfortunately. Therefore, may or may not go, depending on whether I will get there in time to see at least a couple of innings from Betances. I am guessing he pitches only about 4+ innings, especially in this nasty cold weather.

  60. yankeefeminista May 4th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    # MTU May 4th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    YF-

    Looking forward to hearing your reports on Betances and Banuelos.

    It’s good to hear from people who actually get to see them on a regular basis.

    Thanks in advance.

    JAP-

    Looking back at the posts. You are probably right. I would greatly enjoy the opportunity to
    see our young Pitching prospects live. You are indeed fortunate.
    ____
    Will do and QFT about being fortunate to see these pitchers perform. I had to decide last Saturday whether to go see Yanks-Toronto or Manuelito pitch. I sold my tix and opted for the latter. I wouldn’t do that for just any pitcher. However, I will opt for the Yanks over the little lefty when the Red Sox come in a week from Saturday. However, these kids sure do make decision-making tough.:)

  61. tyanksfan36 May 4th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Yankeefem

    I would totally choose Manny over a Yankee game. Plus, in a year or so you won’t have to make that decision as he will be pitching the Yankee game.

  62. Triple Short of a Cycle May 4th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Jerkface,

    The only 2 things a pitcher can control is home runs and walks. Since there is better pitching in the post season there will be less home runs as they are less likely to make a mistake. You don’t have to string a bunch of hits together to score a run. A walk, SB and a single.

  63. blake May 4th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Joe Pos is good…..of course Derek Jeter isn’t a 44 year old writer trying to get back into shape after being out of shape, so the whole left knee analogy is kinda irrelevant.

    He really doesn’t cover any new ground there…..Jeter is either in a prolonged slump or he’s aging or some combination of both….its as simple as that and we will just have to wait and see which it is and what happens……either way Im not sure I can recall this level of interest in writing another player’s obituary.

  64. Jerkface May 4th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    The only 2 things a pitcher can control is home runs and walks. Since there is better pitching in the post season there will be less home runs as they are less likely to make a mistake. You don’t have to string a bunch of hits together to score a run. A walk, SB and a single.

    Your scenario includes a walk. I thought they controlled and eliminated it? And a stolen base? Ace pitchers should hold runners. What if the guy who walks can’t steal? What now?

    I looked at the HR per AB in the playoffs vs regular season last 2 years and its virtually the same. I don’t buy it.

    Roy Halladay wasn’t beat by a single last year. He rarely is.

  65. brownies May 4th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Awesome Halsey is back…now let’s get Lilly back for weaver and we can really un do a past mistake trade

  66. Triple Short of a Cycle May 4th, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Jerkface,

    You are comparing a handful of games with thousands of games during the regular season. That is not fair.

    Not all ace pitchers hold runners on. Some also have poor catchers. I never said ace pitchers eliminated walks. I said its one of 2 things that are in their control. Once a ball is put into play the pitcher loses control over the result.

    Most post season games are low scoring affairs. Home runs just don’t happen as often

  67. Irreverent Discourse May 4th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Triple – but they do happen as often, you are just ignoring the facts. HR/AB is identical in the playoffs.

  68. Triple Short of a Cycle May 4th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Irreverent Discourse,

    You can’t compare a small sample size to a march larger one and say that they are equal.

  69. 4 NYY May 4th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    # Irreverent Discourse May 4th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    4 NYY – Why would you say team AVG is a good indicator of the best offenses in the league?

    By AVG, Cardinals Indians Royals Cubs Astros
    By OPS, Cardinals Yankees Indians Rangers Royals
    By wOBA, Cardinals Yankees Indians Rangers Royals
    By wRC+, Cardinals Yankees Indians Rangers Royals

    One of these things is not like the other…

    ================================================

    Didn’t say that. Just said Yanks need to improve in that regard, because the homer rate will not continue as it has started.

    Many complained all last year (here) that we couldn’t hit with RISP and left too many on.
    Remember ? Leading the league in runs scored does not guarantee wins. ( much like a boxer scoring big in a few rounds and losing the rest of them by a small margin) I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing, ( leading in runs scored ) at all. It’s still about pitching more than anything. All these crazy new stats mean little. Pitching, defense, hitting.

  70. RobertGKramer@AOL.Com May 4th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I saw Sanchez @ Lakewood on April 27th. He did not look comfortable!


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