In George We Trust
A(nother) blog about the most storied franchise in sports
Monday, April 24, 2006
Small step closer
Aaron Small is heading to Triple-A on a rehab assignment:

Small, who tossed four scoreless innings in his first start, on Monday, will pitch on Thursday for Triple-A Columbus, taking on Louisville.
Small, who has been on the disabled list since the start of the season with a strained right hamstring, will likely return to the Yankees during their next road trip. He will probably head to the bullpen as the long reliever and an emergency spot starter.

Weekly Poll: Exactly half of you think Phil Hughes has gotten off to the best start this year, followed by Melky Cabrera (30%) and Jose Tabata (20%). No love for Austin Jackson, who didn't receive a single vote. It's cool, maybe he'll use that as motivation. The new question is up, and as always thanks for voting (stats in the poll are as of this morning).

FYI: Blogger is a piece of crap. If it were a person, I'd punch it in the face.

Down on the Farm:

Triple-A Columbus (
4-3 loss at Toledo, 7th straight loss)
Kevin Reese: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B
Carlos Pena: 0 for 1, 1 RBI, 4 BB
Eric Duncan: 0 for 5, 1 K - just as he supplants Russ Johnson as the #5 hitter
Russ Johnson: 2 fir 5, 1 2B, 1 K
Jeff Karstens: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Double-A Trenton rained out (just as they were getting hot...)

High-A Tampa (7-5 win vs Sarasota)
Brett Gardner: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Eduardo Nunez: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 5 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
Marcos Vechionacci: 0 for 4, 1 K - dropped from 3rd to 6th in the order
Tim Battle: 1 for 4, 1 K, 1 SB - BA up to .080, he's too talented to suck this much
Ben Himes: 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 BB
Phil Hughes: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K - worst start of the year, but still damn good

Low-A Charleston (5-1 win over Kannapolis)
Austin Jackson: 1 for 4, 1 K
Jose Tabata: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI - played in the field for the first time in over a week
Chris Malec: 2 for 4, 2 R
Joseph Muich: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB - quietly hitting .333
Eric Wordekemper: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Phil Coke: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K - dominant, again

Proof that the fantasy Gods hate me: The Reds decided to start Aaron Harang on 3 days rest yesterday unbeknownst to me. Without him in my lineup, he promptly dominates the Brewers and hurls a 5 hitter, his best game of the year. Errrrr......

Finally, if you frequent his blog on a regular basis you're well aware that my favorite prospect/pitcher in the game isn't even a Yankee. I'm asking you to say a little prayer to the baseball gods that Matt Cain absolutely dominates the Mets tonight at the Phone Booth, just so I can rub it in to every Mets-loving member of my family (which happens to be all but 1 of them). Thanks...
Blogger James Varghese said...
I've got Cain going in one of my leagues so I'm with you there.

Hey, thanks for finding that info about Garcia - I was starting to wonder. Here's a question - Abel Gomez pitched 3.1 innings the other night (after which Coke took over for him); think there's something up with Gomez, injury wise, or are they just slowly lengthening his arm?

oh, last thing - have you checked out I found it semi-recently and I've got to say, the guy does a great job. I'll probably throw them a shout-out later on at YanksBlog but thought you might like the site just in case you hadn't found it yet.

Blogger Mike A said...
Thanks, but I've known about for a while now - I use it as a resource in my prospect profiles on occasion.

I'm not sure what's up with Gomez but he hasn't been particulaly great. He's only given up 6 H in 13.2 IP, but he's walked 12. Maybe he's just getting yanked early cause of a lack of command.

Blogger D.A. Humber said...
How far is Tabata from the bigs? I've started getting alot of word from people around me that he's got mad potential.

Is his ETA 2007? 2008?

Blogger D.A. Humber said...
Oh yeah, if you want to punch blogger, just hire this old lady to do it...

Blogger Mike A said...
Hehe, nice video DA.

Tabata is quite a ways away from the bigs, his ETA is more like 2009-2010 at the earliest. He's super-talented but he's only 17 yrs old, so he needs lots of experience.

If he spends a full year at each level, he'd reach the Bronx by 2010.

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