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Winter ball notes: Curtis goes deep, Vazquez keeps slugging

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 18, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Let’s get right into the notes. The Arizona Fall League season ended this week, so the Yankees down there — including new 40-man additions David Phelps and Corban Joseph — are finished for the year.

• After three consecutive starts without an earned, Hector Noesi allowed five hits in just 1.2 innings in his most recent Dominican Winter League outing. He was charged with five runs, but only two were earned because of a couple of errors behind him. Overall, he’s still carrying a 2.31 ERA this winter.

• In his only start after winning the Arizona Fall League’s Pitcher of the Week, David Phelps went five innings on Thursday. He allowed two runs on five hits. He walked none and struck out six. Another solid outing. His Fall League ERA dipped slightly to 4.41.

• Getting regular time at shortstop — with some time at third base — Ramiro Pena is hitting .294 down in Mexico. He’s made one error in 10 games.

• Getting all of his Arizona Fall League time at third base and designated hitter, utility prospect Ronnier Mustelier kept hitting, including doubles in back-to-back games on Wednesday and Thursday. Granted, it’s an offensive league, but he hit .344/.354/.516… Also in Arizona, Rob Segedin hit just .250 and didn’t homer after Oct. 27, but he got all of his time in left field, which is key for a guy used to playing third… Corban Joseph was the other Yankees position player in the Fall League. He just had a two-hit game, but he still finished hitting just .227 down there.

Colin Curtis went deep off Carlos Zambrano for his first home run of the winter. Finally back on the field after missing this season because of a shoulder injury, Curtis is hitting .320/.452/.480 in Venezuela. He’s hit first, second, third, seventh and ninth in the lineup, and he’s played all three outfield positions (mostly left field). He has as many walks as strikeouts and he’s 1-for-1 stealing bases.

• Prospect catcher Gary Sanchez is getting a little more playing time in the Dominican. He had a three-hit game on Sunday and he’s batting .364, but he still has just 11 at-bats in five games. He’s just not seeing much playing time down there. That’s to be expected for a guy that young.

Jorge Vazquez went 4-for-5 with two home runs on Wednesday. The guy just keeps crushing the ball down in Mexico. He’s hitting .345/.400/.655 with 33 RBI in 28 games.

• Also down in Mexico, Pat Venditte is holding opponents to a .211 batting average. He’s allowed one run in his past four outings, and he’s doing a good job against both lefties and righties. Neither side is hitting better than .227 against him.

Chase Whitley pitched two scoreless innings out of the bullpen in the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday, and his ERA went down to 1.62 with a .200 opponents batting average down there. He’s building on a strong regular season… A good finish to a rough stint, Dan Burawa pitched 1.2 scoreless on Tuesday and finished with a 7.53 ERA in Arizona… The other Yankees pitcher in the fall league was Preston Claiborne who finished with a 3.00 ERA, .256 opponents batting average and eight strikeouts with seven walks. He was charged with one run in his last three outings.




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