Good evening all. Before I start my recap of the minor league action tonight, I would like to briefly introduce myself. My name is Eric Schultz, and I was previously a blogger at Pending Pinstripes, where I covered the minor leagues (joining and eventually succeeding EJ), but when I was offered to join The Yankee Universe I jumped on it, and here I am. A lot of my posting will be about the minors and the draft (without stepping on EJ’s toes), but I hope to contribute to this site by writing on other topics as well, so stay tuned. I’m looking forward to being a part of the Yankee Universe team, and getting feedback from our readers. My posting may be somewhat sporadic over the next few weeks, until I get out of school, but I plan on writing regularly once school is over.
And without further adieu, my inaugural recap. I may experiment with the format of the recaps, so let me know what you like best. This is not a complete recap, but just highlights of the more important prospects/performances.
Scranton was off tonight
Trenton defeats New Britain, 4-1
- Zach McAllister had the best start of his short AA career, allowing just 1 run on 2 hits in 7 dominant innings, and striking out 4. His 7-10 groundout-flyout ratio was somewhat unusual (you expect more grounders from Z-Mac) but this was a typical McAllister outing when he was at his best last year: not many hits, no walks, and some (but not many) strikeouts. McAllister lowered his season ERA to 2.08.
- Michael Dunn struck out 3 in 2 scoreless to earn the save.
- Eduardo Nunez and Colin Curtis were each 1 for 3.
- Mexican free agent signee Jorge Vazquez made a big splash in his American debut, going 2 for 4 with a 2-run bomb, and also striking out twice. Vazquez, 27, slugged .529 in the World Baseball Classic and put up a sexy .339/.398/.612 line in ’08 for the Tigres in the Mexican League. Vazquez is old for a prospect, but maybe the Yankees found a diamond in the rough here. He has huge power, but it remains to be seen if he will make enough contact and walk enough to be a legitimate prospect.
Tampa blanks Clearwater, 6-0
- Wilkins de la Rosa made his return from Extended Spring Training(/injury?), and pitched effectively, allowing just 1 hit and 2 walks in 4 shutout innings, and striking out 3. He will definitely be another exciting arm to follow in this Tampa rotation.
- Jesus Montero, DH’ing, was 2 for 4 to raise his average to .367 on the season.
- Austin Romine was 1 for 3, and was also 1 for 3 in throwing out runners.
- Brandon Laird was 1 for 2 with 2 walks. He has started slow this season, and is homerless so far after hitting 23 last year.
Charleston falls to Augusta, 8-7
- Carmen Angelini was 1 for 5 with a double, a caught stealing, and 2 errors (oh, come on!), giving him 10 on the year.
- Abe Almonte was 0 for 4, snapping a 9-game hitting streak. He’s hitting .319 on the season.
That’s all folks.
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