In George We Trust
A(nother) blog about the most storied franchise in sports
Monday, April 17, 2006
What are you doing Joe?
Back to the good old Sesame Street days: which one of these things doesn't belong?

Kyle Farnsworth: 4.1 IP
Tanyon Sturtze: 3.2 IP
Scott Proctor: 7.0 IP
Mariano Rivera: 3.1 IP

From John Donovan's Mailbag over at

Are there any indications -- with Brian Cashman more in control -- that the Yankees are going to try to develop some of their own stars? Do they have any projected stars in the making in their system at present?-- Jack Gibson, Neepawa, Manitoba
Jack, Baseball America has the Yankees ranked 17th in their organizational talent rankings. Last year, two homegrown prospects, Chien-Ming Wang and Robinson Cano, both paid off. But it looks pretty dry from there, at least in the high majors.

The Yanks' most talked-about prospects right now are outfielder Melky Cabrera and right-hander Philip Hughes. Cabrera had a cup last season, and he's on the 40-man roster now, but the 19-year-old Hughes still is way down in the minors. Not much chance you'll see him at all this year.

Since Donovan doesn't necessarily appear to be up-to-date on the Yanks system, I'll answer the question for him: Cashman has said that he's committed to rebuilding the team from within, and he appears to be sticking to his guns. He could have easily dealt away Phil Hughes and Eric Duncan at last year's deadline for Mark Kotsay, but he didn't, and he wasn't even sure if he'd be with the team in 2006. That tells you all you need to know about that. As far as prospects, the Yankees have a cache of young talent, but the problem is that they're way down in the A-ball ranks. Melky Cabrera has been HUGE in Triple-A (I said it once and I'll say it again - I couldn't have been more wrong about him in my Top 20 Prospects), but the organization's best hope for future stars lies in Hughes, Austin Jackson, Jose Tabata (more on him below) and CJ Henry, with special mention for Marco Vechionacci. As far as guys that are close to majors, JB Cox could make a cameo in September, Brent Gardner could hit in Bronx next year, and that's really it.

Be sure to take the "You are the GM" challenge over at Hardball Times!

Weekly Poll: Not a good sign for Joe Torre, as more than half of you would like to see someone new at the Yanks helm. On the bright side, more than 30% of you said you love the guy and want to see him around for as long as he wants to be here. The new question is up, thanks for voting as always.

Down on the Farm (2 days worth of stats):

Triple-A Columbus
(Saturday: 7-6 loss in 11 innings to Buffalo)
Kevin Thompson: 0 for 6, 3 K
Mitch Jones: 4 for 6, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 K
Eric Duncan: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 E
Darrell Rasner: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER 1 BB, 5 K - back to reality after 11 K game last week
(Sunday: 8-3 win over Buffalo)
Melky Cabrera: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Eric Duncan: 3 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K - starting to rebound from the poor start, played DH
Sean Henn: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K - left with an injury, no idea what happened
Colter Bean: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Double-A Trenton
(Saturday: 7-5 loss to Connecticut, now 0-10 on the year)
Kevin Howard: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Justin Christian: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI
Kris Wilson: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 3 HR
(Sunday: scheduled off day, mercifully)

High-A Tampa
(Saturday: 6-3 loss to Dunedin)
Eduardo Nunez: 1 for 5, 1 RBI - .196 BA
PJ Pilittere: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K - catcher recorded an unassisted double play, how's that happen?
Zach Kroenke: 3.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
(Sunday: scheduled off day)

Low-A Charleston
(Saturday: 10-4 win over Augusta)
Austin Jackson: 2 for 5, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K
Mario Holmann: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 K
Jose Tabata: 3 for 5, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 CS
Chris Malec: 4 for 5, 1 R, 2 RBI
Jim Conroy: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Rolando Japa: 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
(Sunday: 9-2 win over Augusta)
Austin Jackson: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB
Jose Tabata: 3 for 5, 2 R, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 1 K - 2nd in league in RBI, tied for lead in 2B, only 17 yrs old
CJ Henry: 1 for 2, 1 RBI - .172 BA
Jason Stephens: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Anonymous Adam said...
To be fair, on Proctor, 3-4 of those innings came in relief of the very ineffective Jaret Wright. And the Yankees haven't had many close leads, thus the little use of Mo. But the Sturtze/Farnsworth thing is annoying.

Blogger matt said...
i really like Proctor, if he can keep his mind in the game, he can dominate. His only bad outing came while his daughter had just been put in the hospital. Also do you have any info on how Jose Tabata is playing in the outfield? I see that he is producing offensively but the last thing we need is a prospect who cant catch a fly ball(Melky).

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