Minor League Players of the Week, v6

May 28, 2012 | 8 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

– Covering May 21st – May 27th games —

Bryan Mitchell, 21, RHP, A
11 IP, 13 K, 6 BB, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 HR
Notable: 31 K in last 4 starts (24 IP)

Mitchell would have won last week’s MLPW if it wasn’t for Mark Montgomery, and his performance this week wasn’t as good either (Last week – 7 IP, 10 K, 0 BB). However, the 2009 draft pick put together two more solid starts with an impressive strikeout total. He now has 52 K in 48.2 IP with an excellent groundout/airout ratio of 1.34. His 52 Ks is tied for 10th in the South Atlantic League. With a K/9 of 9.70, Mitchell is missing plenty of bats, but his 4.66 BB/9 is obviously something that needs to improve. The North Carolina can fire it up into the mid-nineties and is also known for his power curve. The change-up is something he continues to work on.

JR Murphy, 21, RHB C, A+
.385/.448/.576 in 29 PAs
Notable: Hit 2nd HR of the season

This season has not been kind to JR Murphy, at least offensively. A friend of NoMaas, the 2009 2nd rounder is off to a very slow start, hitting .235/.310/.319 over 43 games. We wonder if the rigors of catching are taking a toll on his offensive game, as he’s well on his way to a career-high in games caught (37 games behind the dish already, 55 is career-high).

This past week marked a resurgence at the plate for the 21-year old, including a 5-for-5 performance on May 25th. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a hot streak for one of the most followed prospects in the Yankee system.

Honorable Mentions:

Mark Montgomery, 21, RHP, A+
2.1 IP, 3 K, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 ER

Last week’s MLPW winner didn’t allow a hit in three appearances.

Mariel Checo, 22, RHP, A
2 IP, 4 K, 0 BB, 2 H, 0 ER

27 K in 21 IP for the NYC native

Kevin Whelan, 28, RHP, AAA
2.1 IP, 2 K, 1 BB, 1 H, 0 ER

Not exactly a kid anymore and nothing left to prove in Scranton, is he destined to be AAAA?

Pedro Guerra, 22, RHP, A
6 IP, 9 K, 2 BB, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 HR

30 K/7 BB in 24 IP for the Venezuelan

In the ‘Maybe He Should Be Demoted’ Category…

Dellin Betances, 24, RHP, AAA
2 IP, 2 K, 4 BB, 3 H, 3 ER, 0 HR

Betances is a serious problem. 42 BB/ 41 K in 46.2 IP

Bombers sweep revolutionary A’s

May 27, 2012 | 57 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Teixeira takes cough medicine, leads charge over Oakland

May 26, 2012 | 33 comments | in Featured | by SJK

2-5, 2-run HR, 2B (thrown out going to 3rd)

Special pre-game ceremony in Boston

May 26, 2012 | 31 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK


Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon wasn’t hiding his feelings about what happened in the ninth inning. In his eyes, it was as clear as the Rays’ power display against Boston starter Jon Lester

The Rays pounding of Lester was only the subplot to a feisty ninth.

Boston reliever Franklin Morales threw behind DH Luke Scott with the first pitch of an at-bat and hit him in the hip area on a 3-1 count. Scott was restrained by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the benches and bullpens emptied. There was a lot of pushing and shoving along the first-base line that carried over behind home plate before order was restored..

A few fans and Rays players were yelling at each other near Tampa Bay’s dugout when the players left the field after the incident. B.J. Upton seemed to be the one most involved with the fans near the end of the Rays’ dugout.

“It crossed the line,” he said of a comment, saying he was unsure if it was racial. “I felt like it did. It takes a lot for me.”

Some things never change.

Bloody Socks’ company dead, RI taxpayers on the hook for $100 mil+

May 25, 2012 | 80 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Providence Journal:

Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios laid off all its employees on Thursday and Governor Chafee and other state officials said they are trying to minimize the taxpayers’ cost of the apparent implosion of the Providence video-game developer.

Chafee and members of his staff met with the media Thursday afternoon to answer questions about what’s gone wrong at the Providence company headed by ex-Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.

The governor asserted that his priority is protecting Rhode Island taxpayers, who are on the hook for paying off $75 million in bonds issued by the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation to fund 38 Studios. With interest payments, the bill could go up to $102 million over eight years.

WPRI Providence:

Governor Chafee, Treasurer Gina Raimondo and the state legislature’s top two Democrats have promised Moody’s Investors Service that state taxpayers will bail out investors who purchased bonds to finance 38 Studios, the rating agency disclosed Thursday.

“Gov. Chafee, Treasurer Raimondo, Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed and House Speaker Gordon Fox have recently expressed to us directly their support for the moral obligation commitment based on the state’s credit,” Moody’s analyst Marcia Van Wagner said in a research note.

The EDC sold “moral obligation bonds” in 2010 to finance 38 Studios. “While they are endeavoring to resolve the situation with Studio 38 [sic] so as to avoid the need for further state support, if it is necessary to pay the bonds they will ensure that the state’s moral obligation pledge is fulfilled,” Van Wagner continued.


Mark Teixeira is truly lost

May 24, 2012 | 18 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

He now sounds like a babbling idiot…

From Lohud:

“I’m putting too many balls in play instead of taking that swing to hit a home run and drive the ball. I’ve never been someone who just wants to put the ball in play. In years past, a 1-0 or a 2-0 pitch, it’s maybe a little bit up or a little bit down, you swing and you foul it off or you swing and miss. Now I’m putting that ball in play, which (stinks).

The full quote is even more ridiculous. Follow this link and check it out.

Also makes you wonder what kind of advice he’s getting from his coaches.

Yankees take walks, score runs, Arod hits two…what the hell is going on?

May 23, 2012 | 46 comments | in Featured | by SJK

7 walks (3 by Teixeira!)
3 HRs (2 by Arod!)
8 runs scored!

It’s a miracle!

Andy kickin’ it…

May 23, 2012 | 15 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by Louis Winthorpe III

It’s like he has a cinderblock tied securely to hitters’….

21.1 IP, 19 K, 5 BB, 18 H, 6 ER, 2.53 ERA — Amazing

Hughes resuscitates Yanks

May 22, 2012 | 44 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Bringing them back from the dead: 6 IP, 7 K, 2 BB, 5 H, 2 ER

*Hughes’ last 4 starts: 25.2 IP, 23 K, 6 BB, 24 H, 8 ER, 2.86 ERA

Mark Teixeira: If you can’t dazzle with brilliance, baffle them with bulls***

May 22, 2012 | 56 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK


“I never really worry about the numbers because every year they’re there,” Teixeira said. “At the end of the year I’ll put my stats up against any power hitter in baseball.”

Really, Mark? Here’s how you did in 2011.

OBP: .341 — ranked 73rd in MLB
SLG: .494 — ranked 31st in MLB
OPS: .835 — ranked 35th in MLB
wOBA: .361 — ranked 37th in MLB

Now’s not the time to be a cocky d-bag.

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