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Jorge Vazquez named to postseason all-star team

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 30, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Just got to my hotel in Boston and saw this quick minor league note.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees slugger Jorge Vazquez was named the designated hitter for the International League’s postseason all-star team. He’s leading the league with 30 homers, and he’s third with 88 RBI. He’s certainly done enough to earn a September call-up, but I’m not sure he’ll get one with Brandon Laird already on the 40-man and able to help at all four corners.

Vazquez was the only Triple-A Yankee to make the postseason all-star team. There were two notable omissions.

Jesus Montero
Catcher
The Yankees top hitting prospect is now batting .290/.350/.471 with 18 home runs, 19 doubles and 67 RBI. Honestly, he probably didn’t deserve the all-star spot. Reds minor leaguer Devin Mesoraco was named the IL’s top catcher, and he’s hitting .289/.372/.486 with 15 home runs, 36 doubles and 71 RBI. It’s close, but Mesoraco probably deserves the nod, especially considering most votes probably came before Montero got red hot last week.

Kevin Whelan
Closer
He was hurt for a while, but Whelan still made a pretty convincing case as the league’s top reliever. His 23 saves rank second, and his 0.91 WHIP is the lowest of any closer. In 49.1 innings he struck out 49 and walked only 12. The league’s Reliever of the Year is Tim Wood from Indianapolis. He also has 23 saves, but he has a higher WHIP, fewer strikeouts and a much higher ERA. Whelan still has a spot on the 40-man, so he could be a strong September call-up candidate.

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72 Responses to “Jorge Vazquez named to postseason all-star team”

  1. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Congrats Vazquez :)

  2. sunny615 August 30th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    CJ Wilson (31 yrs old) – sign him for $85-100 mil? 5-6 yrs?

  3. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    MTU August 30th, 2011 at 11:32 am
    Erin-

    If things gets really bad with the Mint situation there is one iron-clad way you can protect them from the evil clutches of GB.

    Hire Nurse Wratchett to guard them.

    GB won?t come within 100 miles.

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

    :lol:

    Not a bad idea!

  4. sunny615 August 30th, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Ironically – The number 1 concert regarding AJ’s big contract in the winter of 08 was his durability not his stuff. Now it’s all about his stuff and his head…

  5. Jerkface August 30th, 2011 at 11:45 am

    CJ Wilson (31 yrs old) – sign him for $85-100 mil? 5-6 yrs?

    This would be awful. Go all out for Yu Darvish.

  6. sunny615 August 30th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    concern – not concert.

  7. sunny615 August 30th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Doesn’t Yu have the same downsides as Matsuzaka and Igawa? I would be concerned.

  8. Jerkface August 30th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Doesn’t Yu have the same downsides as Matsuzaka and Igawa? I would be concerned.

    No, he is a tall, lanky power pitcher with better control and repertoire than both. And would be coming to the US at a younger age. Unless you’re concerned that he is japanese. Then yes, he has the same concern as Matsuzaka and Igawa.

  9. Bronx Jeers August 30th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Obama and U.S. Senate meeting with MLB commish Selig to prevent Lester/Burnett mismatch, citing new govt. anti-stress regs.

    Yankeesink tweet-

  10. Jerkface August 30th, 2011 at 11:49 am

    CJ Wilson is a reliever turned starter with no long track record of success going into his thirties. So pass. He has shaky control to. AJ Burnett 2.0 right there.

  11. Vineyard Yankee August 30th, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Howard August 30th, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I hope the Yankees powers that be realize that this blog will explode if Jesus is not called up. The fate of the free world depends on it.

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

    He will need time to get acclimated, anything above that will be a bonus.

  12. Howard August 30th, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Unless you?re concerned that he is japanese. Then yes, he has the same concern as Matsuzaka and Igawa.
    __________________

    Raises hand.

  13. Jerkface August 30th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Racist.

  14. Jerkface August 30th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    He is only half-japanese, so you should only be half-concerned.

  15. Irreverent Discourse August 30th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Darvish is going to have elbow surgery within 3 years of joining the majors. Book it.

  16. sunny615 August 30th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Japanese baseballs are smaller with larger seams than the ones used by the MLB. Almost all Japanese pitchers have shown a tendency to have a detrimental NL to AL type affect. No?

  17. Howard August 30th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Call it what you like, but when a Japanese pitcher has sustained success here, I’ll back off that theory. It has much less to do with him being Japanes, and much more to do with Japanese baseball being so different.

    PS – I’m black.

  18. Howard August 30th, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Or is it racist for me to call myself black? I get so confused with the new PC rules.

  19. Jerkface August 30th, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Is being black supposed to grant you racism immunity?

  20. West Coast Yankee Fan August 30th, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Sports item. The Eagles just signed dog torturer and murderer Michael Vick to a $100 million dollar contract.

    Disgusting. I am absolutely sick to my stomach. And to those who want to preach the spiritual benefits of forgiveness to me. Don’t bother.

    This unfortunately is a microcosm of what is so wrong with our society. Money trumps all, including decency, morality and justice. And every day, the elderly, children, animals and the earth suffer to enable the greed and avarice of others.

  21. Jerkface August 30th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Almost all Japanese pitchers have shown a tendency to have a detrimental NL to AL type affect. No?

    Scout the player not the game. You have to account for potential problems of course but Darvish is already throwing up multiple 1 ERA’s with sick control/command and strike out rates in a league that prides itself on putting the ball in play. Matsuzaka was/is certainly capable of succeeding in MLB. The ball did not trouble him because he was a power strike out pitcher. He fails because of injury and his aversion to the strike zone. Qualities which I think Darvish will not have.

  22. tomingeorgia August 30th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Why can’t MLB and the Japanese league do what the USGA and the Royal and Ancient did when they standardized golf ball size and weight world-wide?

  23. Vineyard Yankee August 30th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Pitching Matchups:

    Tuesday: Lackey vs. CC

    Wednesday: Beckett vs. Hughes

    Thursday: Lester vs. AJ

  24. West Coast Yankee Fan August 30th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Jerkface August 30th, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Is being black supposed to grant you racism immunity?

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

    Yours is a bigoted comment. An African-American’s perspective on race is by definition different than anyone who is not a person of color.

    He clearly stated that Japanese baseball is the issue, not that he is Japanese.

  25. West Coast Yankee Fan August 30th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Vineyard Yankee August 30th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Pitching Matchups:

    Tuesday: Lackey vs. CC
    Wednesday: Beckett vs. Hughes
    Thursday: Lester vs. AJ

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

    Lester vs. AJ?????? R O F L !!!!!!! Can’t Girardi be arrested for doing this intentionally?

  26. Jerkface August 30th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Yours is a bigoted comment. An African-American’s perspective on race is by definition different than anyone who is not a person of color.

    He clearly stated that Japanese baseball is the issue, not that he is Japanese.

    1. The racist comment is a joke, as evidenced by the follow up about half-concerns.
    2. No, sorry, being black doesn’t excuse anyone from racism, which P.S. I’m black smells of trying to get out of jail free.
    3. He clearly stated that AFTER.
    4. So women are so equal in your eyes that they can be crapped upon by you all day, but ~persons of color~ deserve special treatment. Racist.

  27. BIG AL August 30th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Tom -

    Because that would make too much sense.

  28. sunny615 August 30th, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I don’t have any access to scouting reports on Darvish or his arm action and delivery so I’ll go by what Callis published in 08:

    A 6-foot-5, 190-pound righthander, Darvish is just 21 years old (now 24 in 2011). Two international scouts described him as having a variety of above-average pitches. He works in the low 90s with his fastball and can reach back for 95-96 mph on occasion. He can cut his fastball, and he also throws a slider, curveball, splitter and a changeup. His ability to locate his pitches makes them play up, and he could be a frontline starter in the big leagues.

    “He has plus stuff, and plus command and control to go with plus makeup,” one scout said. “If I had a big game, I would be comfortable with him on the mound. He’s a No. 1 starter for me. Absolutely filthy last year, and he played most of the year at 20. We’ll see what happens as the innings pile on his arm, but he would be 1-1 in the draft . . .

    “We’re not talking a ‘blow them away with a fastball and knee-wobbling stuff’ kind of guy. We’re talking a kid with a projectable body who knows how to pitch and is still developing physically—and is really good right now. He still might end up with jaw-dropping stuff. He’s still very young.”

  29. tomingeorgia August 30th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    AL,
    Do they use different baseballs in Europe, Australia, and the rest of Asia?

  30. Vineyard Yankee August 30th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan August 30th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    This will require more thinking about my usual ‘over’ wager with AJ. I was hoping for a scrub (Miller or Wakefield) to go against ‘AJ the Implosion’

  31. BIG AL August 30th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    With the dial hitting PM, the blog returns to nasty.

    Bye folks, enjoy the day.

  32. sunny615 August 30th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I know Gammons holds little water here but:

    “A 6-foot-5, 190-pound righthander, Darvish is just 21 years old. Two international scouts described him as having a variety of above-average pitches. He works in the low 90s with his fastball and can reach back for 95-96 mph on occasion. He can cut his fastball, and he also throws a slider, curveball, splitter and a changeup. His ability to locate his pitches makes them play up, and he could be a frontline starter in the big leagues.

    “He has plus stuff, and plus command and control to go with plus makeup,” one scout said. “If I had a big game, I would be comfortable with him on the mound. He’s a No. 1 starter for me. Absolutely filthy last year, and he played most of the year at 20. We’ll see what happens as the innings pile on his arm, but he would be 1-1 in the draft . . .

    “We’re not talking a ‘blow them away with a fastball and knee-wobbling stuff’ kind of guy. We’re talking a kid with a projectable body who knows how to pitch and is still developing physically—and is really good right now. He still might end up with jaw-dropping stuff. He’s still very young.” “

  33. Howard August 30th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Is being black supposed to grant you racism immunity?

    ___________________

    Trust me, my friend. I immunity to racism I have never been granted. I grew up in North Carolina until later moving to Connecticut. Racism has been a huge part of my life (not a crutch by any means, as I’ve never rang the bell), but “immunity” is kind of a poor choice of words on your behalf, as I certainly was misunderstood.
    Perhaps you didn’t read my clarification of the issue. I don’t care that the man is Japanese, but rather that he plays Japanese baseball, which to date, hasn’t really lived up to the MLB standards.
    There is a reason that old, broken, players go to Japan to reinvent themselves, no? The levels are not the same.

  34. blake August 30th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I wouldn’t make a big commitment to a pitcher that’s never pitched in the Major Leagues……..

  35. Howard August 30th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Edit: an immunity to..

  36. Howard August 30th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    1. The racist comment is a joke, as evidenced by the follow up about half-concerns.

    ____________

    Gotcha. I really thought you might have been seriousl for a second. Hard to judge the emotion of a comment though the screen of keyboard.

  37. Howard August 30th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Edit: screen of a computer. Typing. Jacked. UP.

  38. blake August 30th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Now if I could sign Darvish and would him up through the minors for a lesser commitment then sign me up.

  39. blake August 30th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Work him up

  40. sunny615 August 30th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Oops – wrong comment – here’s what Gammons said:

    “There has been speculation that there will be a bidding war for Japanese (actually Japanese-Iranian) pitcher Yu Darvish this winter. But one scout who watched Darvish isn’t sold on Darvish being a front-of-the-rotation starter. “He’s good, not great,” says the scout. “He throws 91-94, but there’s a lot of fear involved. He can come in and intimidate hitters in Japan. That won’t fly here. He’ll be pretty good, but he’s not a premium guy.” One Yankees scout gave a similar report. “

  41. Howard August 30th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    2. No, sorry, being black doesn?t excuse anyone from racism, which P.S. I?m black smells of trying to get out of jail free.
    ________________

    hahahaha. yep, you caught me. I’m always pretending to be a black guy on the internet. It allows me so much more freedom of comment.
    It’s the internet..I have very little concern if someone thinks something I say is racist, and to that point, wouldn’t I feel the freedom to be “racist” on the internet more than any other platform? It’s not like there is a reprocussion from actions here. If I wanted to be racist, I would, as would anyone. There is no reason to clout the issue by pretending to be something you’re not. That’s the beauty of the internet.

  42. Jerkface August 30th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Howard,

    I did read your clarification. That is separate from saying ‘P.S. I’m black’ to an accusation of racism. Even though I was joking, the fact that you thought being black excuses you from being racist against Japanese people (regardless of if you were or not) ain’t right. Plenty of old, broken players reinvent themselves in the MLB as well, and if you consider NPB as an AAAA type league then you still have to look favorably on some player performance. Darvish is crushing that league. He is performing in a superior fashion than Banuelos or Betances in their respective leagues. I’d call him up if he were in our system.

  43. blake August 30th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I don’t really want either of them…..but I know CJ Wilson can pitch in the big leagues because I’ve seen it.

  44. Vineyard Yankee August 30th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Are we really have a discussion about ‘race’ here ? Can it.

  45. ron August 30th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    You should not give a huge contract to a player when you have no stats for him against ml players.

    Now if he would take a 3 year/24 million dollar deal,or a 1 year/15 million dollar deal,to get a taste,fine.

    But to give him huge dollars,long term,is a huge risk.

    Don’t they pitch every 6 days in japan?

    Aren’t the baseballs smaller?

    Cashman should try to trade for another ace pitcher to go with cc.

    A rotation of cc,another pitcher behind him,that is an ace or close to it & nova is a real nice start.

    If not sign cj for only money.

    cc
    cj
    nova
    hughes
    burnett

    banuelos
    betances
    noesi
    warren
    mitchell
    phelps

  46. sunny615 August 30th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I guess my concern boils down to – Will his stuff translate?

    In the NPB, pitchers pitch every 6 days. They have very different in-between starts routines. The baseballs are smaller with higher seams and aren’t as slick (which allow for better control usually). His physical stature and projectability are definite pluses and he’s still young, but two differing opinions seem to be ace type stuff or mid rotation type stuff. So if you’re going to dole out $100 mil (presumably) whether for CJ Wilson (31) (contract) or a player who hasn’t yet played a game in the MLB but has shown potentiall great stuff in another league and is only 24/25 (posting fee plus contract) but history has shown that the translation from the NPB to the MLB has never been equal, which would be worth it?

  47. Jerkface August 30th, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I think Darvish goes for a total less than 100 mil.

  48. blake August 30th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I would offer Wilson a 1 year 30 million dollar contract……

  49. Jerkface August 30th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Consider this: You’re paying 30 mil in un luxury taxable money to post him and then 50 million over 6 years+potential cheap options instead of 80-100 mil on 1 guy+luxury tax. And you help the NPB the sister league of MLB. Its win win. and revenue streams. The Yankees should have a japanese star on their team post-Matsui, make it happen Cash :x

  50. sunny615 August 30th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    It’s widely believed that Darvish’s posting fee will exceed DiceK’s $51 mil. Add to that a probably 4 or 5 year contract at at least $10-12 mil per, you’re easily surpassing $100 mil.

  51. blake August 30th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Trade AJ to Japan for Darvish.

  52. Vineyard Yankee August 30th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    blake August 30th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I would offer Wilson a 1 year 30 million dollar contract……

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

    CC won’t want to hear that.

  53. sunny615 August 30th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    You couldn’t trade AJ to japan for a bowl of half eaten rice.

  54. blake August 30th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    SI_JonHeyman 2 hours A-rod unlikely for #redsox series. Jeter expected to appear in series, tho maybe not tonite. #yankees

  55. Jerkface August 30th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Daisuke got 8 mil per year, Darvish isn’t getting 10-12. And I think he posts for less because teams will be scared like some of the posters in here.

  56. blake August 30th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    ” You couldn’t trade AJ to japan for a bowl of half eaten rice.”

    I would do empty bowl

  57. Irreverent Discourse August 30th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    blake – maybe a bowl with a chip in it…

  58. blake August 30th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    “CC won’t want to hear that.”

    Eh….CCs gonna get his money. If I we’re the Yankees I would offer Wilson a short term deal at a high AAV. The hope is that they wouldn’t need him after a year or two…..im expecting him to stay in Texas on a deal similar to Weavers.

  59. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    blake August 30th, 2011 at 12:31 pm
    ? You couldn’t trade AJ to japan for a bowl of half eaten rice.?

    I would do empty bowl

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

    :lol:

  60. RadioKev August 30th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Bummer about A-Rod. When I first heard he jammed his finger, I was suspicious about the one day estimate. I jammed my finger playing ultimate this summer and it bothered me for a month or so. And I don’t have to grip a baseball bat.

  61. sunny615 August 30th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I would make it a paper bowl.

  62. J. Alfred Prufrock August 30th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    The most important thing for the Yanks is to get Alex and Jeter healthy for postseason.

    But here is the reason why Montero should have already been here: we’re still without Alex’s bat, and the right-handed power it brings.

  63. Vineyard Yankee August 30th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Blake:

    Sure CC will get his money. $ 30 mil even for 1 year is a ton, especially for Wilson who has had, what 2 good years. I would rather see AAA guys come up and battle for a spot or two and keep Freddy and Colon in the mix health permitting.

  64. sunny615 August 30th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Montero is not on the 40 man roster – the Yankees would have had to either DFA someone or option someone back to the minors – and given the fact that they’re carrying 6 starters and use all of their relievers, there’s no maneuverability to bring Montero up…

  65. J. Alfred Prufrock August 30th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Should have done it earlier, at expense of Cervelli.

  66. m August 30th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    The second the news of Montero’s call-up hits the internet, this place will explode.

  67. Irreverent Discourse August 30th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Should have done it earlier, at expense of Cervelli.

    and if they thought that was a good idea, they would have. obviously, they don’t.

  68. J. Alfred Prufrock August 30th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    His call up now is anti-climactic. He won’t have much time, or opportunity, to make an impact. The Yankees missed the window, all for the love of ‘Cisco. Sigh.

  69. Irreverent Discourse August 30th, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Even if he gets called up Girardi et. al. already said they didn’t want him touching the pitching staff.

  70. Howard August 30th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Even if he gets called up Girardi et. al. already said they didn?t want him touching the pitching staff.

    Rightfully so.

  71. blake August 30th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Vineyard,

    I was sorta kidding with that 1 year 30 million comment……my point was that I wouldn’t mind having Wilson as a bridge and buffer to the kids if I could have him without a long term comitment…..meaning id pay more per year for a shorter term. The Yanks will likely need.pitching help next year…..hopefully though starting in 2013 they’ll have in house options like Banuelos and Betances ready to roll and make an impact.

  72. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    New Post: Pitching matchups in Boston

    :arrow:

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