Posts Tagged ‘Mark Melancon’

Here is a look at how some of the Yankees top prospects are doing thus far:


Jesus Montero: .250AVG 6HR 32RBI .313OBP .414SLG .727OPS

Mark Melancon: 44.2IP (W-L, 5-1) 6SV 3.43ERA 17ER 51K .280BAA

Ivan Nova: 84.0IP (W-L, 5-2) 3.00ERA 28ER 64K .266BAA

Zach McAllister: 85.0IP (W-L, 6-5) 4.24ERA 40ER 52K .275BAA

Eric Wordekemper: (TRN & SWB) 41.2IP (W-L, 3-0) 2.38ERA 11ER 41K .244BAA


Austin Romine: .290AVG 5HR 42RBI 1SB .370OBP .435SLG .806OPS

Brandon Laird: .293AVG 19HR 79RBI 2SB .348OBP .550SLG .899OPS

Andrew Brackman: (TAM & TRN) 70.0IP (W-L, 5-6) 5.01ERA 39ER 65K .276BAA

Hector Noesi: (TAM & TRN) 95.0IP (W-L, 10-3) 2.27ERA 24ER 101K .214BAA

Jeremy Bleich: 41.1IP (W-L, 3-2) 4.79ERA 22ER 26K .236BAA


Zoilo Almonte: (CSC & TAM) .287AVG 10HR 38RBI 10SB .357OBP .478SLG .835OPS

Dellin Betances: 23.0IP (W-L, 2-0) 0.39ERA 1ER 3BB 27K .104BAA

George Kontos: 8.2IP (W-L, 0-1) 3.12ERA 3ER 7K .200BAA

Jonathan Ortiz: 30.0IP (W-L, 3-0) 14SV 2.40ERA 8ER 30K .194BAA

Adam Olbrychowski: 30.2IP (W-L, 2-1) 2.64ERA 9ER 23K .245BAA

Pat Venditte: 42.0IP (W-L, 0-0) 1.93ERA 2SV 9ER 51K .184BAA

Graham Stoneburner: (CSC & TAM) 81.0IP (W-L, 5-6) 2.00ERA 18ER 83K .170BAA


Slade Heathcott: .267AVG 0HR 8RBI 6SB .350OBP .322SLG .672OPS


Gary Sanchez: .400AVG 3HR 11RBI .500OBP .800SLG 1.300OPS (Only 30AB’s)

Cito Culver: .300AVG 0HR 1RBI .333OBP .350SLG .683OPS (Only 20AB’s)

Brett Marshall: 8.0IP (W-L, 0-0) 2.25ERA 2ER 8K .194BAA

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From the Yankees Official Website:

NEW YORK — The Yankees triggered moves to plug the injury-created gaps on their roster on Thursday, calling up catcher Chad Moeller and utilityman Kevin Russo from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before their contest against the Rays.

New York officially placed catcher Jorge Posada on the 15-day disabled list with a hairline fracture near the bottom of his right foot. Right-hander Mark Melancon was optioned to Triple-A.

In order to create room for Moeller on the Yankees’ 40-man roster, designated hitter Nick Johnson was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

The Yankees opted for Moeller, a 35-year-old backup who played 41 games with the club in 2008, over top prospects Jesus Montero and Austin Romine.

“Obviously we talked about everyone, but Chad has the most experience and that’s why we went with him,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Chad Moeller getting the call up to the majors was a move that was expected. Even though we all hoped Montero or Romine would get a chance, the chances of that were slim to none, considering the organization doesn’t think they’re ready. Moeller doesn’t excite anyone, but I guess he was the only option. Chad isn’t a very exciting player, posting up a career .226AVG in the major leagues. Mark Melancon was optioned back to Triple-A and Russo got the call up to the majors. They really needed another hitter on the bench because they are really dropping like flies.

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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre center fielder, Greg Golson was a no-show in the lineup  this afternoon against the Norfolk Tides. The rumor going around was that he was getting the day off because he was getting the call up to the major leagues.

Scranton beat writer, Donnie Collins later reported that Golson was headed to New York and was waiting to be activated. So, that’s exactly what happened. The idea is that Mark Melancon will be optioned down to the minors to make room for him on the roster.

This move wasn’t that shocking, considering we heard some grumblings about calling up another center fielder (because Granderson hit the DL) from the minors over the weekend.

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The Pitching:

Phil Hughes took the ball yesterdayy, and was totally lights out against the White Sox. He went seven strong innings, allowing four hits and no runs. In the process, he struck out six batters. His pitching line was: (W, 3-0) 7.0IP 4H 0R 0ER 1BB 6K (99 Pitches, 69 for Strikes). Phil sits in 2nd place in the American League in league leaders for ERA. Hughes holds a 1.44ERA, while Doug Fister sits in first with a 1.29ERA.

Mark Melancon just got the call-up from Scranton due to the Granderson injury. He totally dominated at the minor league level so far this season, but didn’t fair so well yesterday. He was given the ball to finish the last two innings of the game, and it didn’t come easy for him. Paul Konerko crushed a three-run home run in the 2nd deck in left field to end the hopes of a shutout.

The Offense:

The team just entered the month of May, and Mark Teixeira looks like a totally different player. It’s hard to believe he already has over half  (6) the amount of hits he had in all of April (11). Tex went 4-for-5, collecting two runs and two RBI’s (Double, 3 Singles).

Robbie Cano went 2-for-4, with two runs and three RBI’s. He hit his 9th home run of the season, and leads all of MLB with a .387AVG. Brett Gardner shocked Yankees Universe when he smashed a solo blast into the stands. You just don’t see that everyday. He wound up going 2-for-4, picking up two runs and two RBI’s.

Nick Johnson delivered a much-needed two-run double in the bottom of the 7th inning. Hopefully that will get him going. Nick Swisher went 3-for-4, picking up two runs and two RBI’s (two-run HR). Derek Jeter is 2-for-4, with a run and an RBI. Jorge Posada went 2-for-5 and picked up a run.

New York Yankees
D Jeter SS 4 1 2 1 1 0 20 .333 .367 .510
F Cervelli 3B
1 0 0 0 0 1 5 .346 .433 .385
N Johnson 1B 5 1 1 2 0 1 17 .141 .368 .234
M Teixeira DH 5 2 4 2 0 1 20 .189 .336 .311
N Swisher RF 4 2 3 2 1 0 18 .282 .371 .518
R Cano 2B 4 2 2 3 1 1 20 .387 .433 .763
J Posada C 5 1 2 0 0 1 22 .299 .373 .597
M Thames LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 19 .458 .552 .708
B Gardner CF 4 2 2 2 1 1 22 .342 .415 .438
R Pena 3B-SS 5 1 0 0 0 1 16 .071 .071 .071
Totals 41 12 16 12 4 7 179      
2B: R Cano (6, M Buehrle); J Posada (5, T Pena); N Johnson (3, R Williams); M Teixeira (5, R Williams)
HR: B Gardner (1, 4th inning off M Buehrle 0 on, 1 Out); R Cano (9, 5th inning off M Buehrle 2 on, 1 Out); N Swisher (4, 6th inning off T Pena 1 on, 2 Out)
RBI: B Gardner 2 (9), R Cano 3 (21), N Swisher 2 (15), D Jeter (20), N Johnson 2 (7), M Teixeira 2 (12)
2-out RBI: B Gardner, N Swisher 2
GIDP: N Johnson
Yankees RISP: 4-13 (M Teixeira 1-1, M Thames 0-2, R Pena 0-2, N Johnson 1-1, B Gardner 1-2, J Posada 0-3, R Cano 1-2)
Team LOB: 10
E: R Pena (1, ground ball)
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P Hughes
(W, 3-0)
7.0 4 0 0 1 6 0 99-69 1.44
M Melancon 2.0 2 3 2 0 1 1 27-17 9.00
Totals 9.0 6 3 2 1 7 1 126-86  
WP: P Hughes
First-pitch strikes/Batters faced: P Hughes 19/25; M Melancon 4/9
Called strikes-Swinging strikes-Foul balls-In Play strikes: P Hughes 19-8-24-18; M Melancon 5-0-4-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls: P Hughes 6-8; M Melancon 2-3
Game Scores: P Hughes 74

Final Score: Yankees 12, White Sox 3 (more…)

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From The LoHud Yankees Blog:

Curtis Granderson’s MRI results are in. He was diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of the left groin. He will be placed on the 15-day DL either today or tomorrow and the Yankees will recall Mark Melancon from Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

According to Joe Girardi, they expect Granderson to be out a month. In the mean time, Randy Winn and Marcus Thames will fill in.

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Joe Girardi took the team out to an arcade to build up team chemistry once again. Last year, Mariano Rivera showed us that he was a pool shark on the ball club. It worked last year, so why not do it again? The NY Yankees passed along these great photos to Chad Jennings, so I thought I would relay them to my readers.

The Contest Results:

Indy car Winner: A.J. Burnett Runner-up: Dana Cavalea

Skeeball  Winner: Andrew Brackman Runner-up: Eduardo Nunez

Pop-A-Shot Winner: Royce Ring Runner-up: Mark Melancon


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At the end of the 2005 season Brian Cashman almost left the Yankees as he was fed up of fractured chain of command on the baseball operations side of the Yankees. Cashman took nearly two weeks to decide whether or not to come back. In the end, Cashman wanted more authority and received it as well as a 3 year/$5.5 million contract. Since late 2005, the Yankees have finished in first (2006), in second with a Wild Card berth (2007), in third place (2008) and in first place with a 27th World Series championship (2009).

Obviously, a lot has happened in Yankeesland since Cashman was given full autonomy from good draft picks to good free agent signings (or re-signings) to good trades and obviously, there is the converse of that. Over the next 4 posts (this one included) we will try to breakdown a portion of those transactions that either mattered or made some sort of an impact and give Cashmoney a grade for each year and overall.

When we say year, we generally mean from late October to late October (For example October 2005-October 2006 would be a year) unless otherwise specified.

Without further milking the cow, here’s October 2005 to October 2006 and our analysis of the first year of Cashman’s autonomy.


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Here are a few things that are floating around the Yankees universe as we ready ourselves for pitchers and catchers this week.

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John Sickel of MinorLeagueBall recently listed the Yankees top 20 prospects going into 2010. I am going to include the list with his grades, but without his write ups and analysis. Click the previous link to see his write up of the players.

  1. Jesus Montero, C, Grade A
  2. Austin Romine, C, Grade B
  3. Manny Banuelos, LHP, Grade B
  4. Zach McAllister, RHP, Grade B
  5. Slade Heathcott, OF, Grade B
  6. Mark Melancon, RHP, Grade B-: Borderline C+
  7. Gary Sanchez, C, Grade C+
  8. John Murphy, C, Grade C+
  9. Kelvin De Leon, OF, Grade C+
  10. D.J. Mitchell, RHP, Grade C+
  11. Wilkin De La Rosa, LHP, Grade C+
  12. David Adams, 2B, Grade C+
  13. Corban Joseph, 2B-3B, Grade C+
  14. Adam Warren, RHP, Grade C+
  15. Neil Medchill, OF, Grade C+
  16. David Phelps, RHP, Grade C+
  17. Andrew Brackman, RHP, Grade C
  18. Jose Ramirez, RHP, Grade C
  19. Jeremy Bleich, LHP, Grade C
  20. Bryan Mitchell, RHP, Grade C

OTHERS (All Grade C): Sean Black, RHP; Gavin Brooks, LHP; Jairo Heredia, RHP; Jamie Hoffman, OF; Brandon Laird, 3B; DeAngelo Mack, OF; Melky Mesa, OF; Juan Miranda, 1B; Hector Noesi, RHP; Ivan Nova, RHP; Eduardo Nunez, SS; Kevin Russo, 2B; Romulo Sanchez, RHP; Graham Stoneburner, RHP; Brad Suttle, 3B; Pat Venditte, RHP-LHP; Kevin Whelan, RHP.

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This years rookie hazing theme was “Batman” from the 1960s television show.

Mark Melancon= Batman, Catwoman= Ramiro Pena, Mike Dunn= The Riddler, Anthony Flynn (Video Coordinator)= Robin, Brett Weber (Radar Gun Operator) = The Joker and Lou Potter (Massage Therapist) = The Penguin.

CC Sabathia will take the cast to dinner. Jason Giambi used to take care of that when he was with the team.


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     Jim Leyritz is at it again. He was arrested and put in jail on Friday for violating his pretrial release on a DUI manslaughter charge. He apparently has this device in his car that he needs to blow in before starting it. The device was installed in his car in April 2008, and it shows that he consumed alcohol four times since it was installed.

     Leyritz is scheduled to be on trial on May 25th. If he’s convicted guilty..he could spend up to 15 years in jail.

Things just keep on getting worse for The King….

“So he believed at that point, because he now had a machine in his car, it was OK to drink, but that he’s just not going to be able to drink and drive because the car is going to turn off,” Bogenschutz said.

“He really shouldn’t be held responsible,” Bogenschutz said. “It’s a little disturbing.”

“That assumption was incorrect,” Ishoy said Friday. “It is the state’s position that Mr. Leyritz was to remain on pretrial release and not consume alcohol.”


CC Sabathia audio from today / JORGE: WE’LL STAND BY A-ROD

Sabathia, Burnett begin new journey / New Glove for Wang, Same Beard for C.C. / University of Miami names ballpark after A-Rod

CC throws first pitches for Yanks / Melancon: “I hope it’s not false hope”

Yanks To Forfeit Six Games In 2009 / Joe Girardi audio from today

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     Chien-Ming Wang threw 27 pitches this past Tuesday. It was the first mound session that he participated in this year. On the other hand, Jorge Posada made 140 throws this past Monday. He was also planning to start a more aggressive program today, but there hasn’t been any updates about that. They both seem to be preparing for the season, and are on schedule to be ready for Opening Day. The way these two were spoken about..it seemed like they were way behind schedule. They are doing fine…

“He’s full go for spring training,” Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland said. “He felt strong. He really looked good. A good day for him.”

“No concerns,” Wang said. “Everything feels fine.”

“No setbacks,” Posada said. “Everything has been good. Hopefully everything stays healthy.”


In Torre’s Book, No Need to Read Between the Lines  / Three chapters in

Hot Offseason Action – New York Yankees  / Prospect Profile: Mark Melancon

Fans brave the snow to get Joe Torre’s autograph on his controversial book

Yankees’ Johnny Damon defends Alex Rodriguez / Taking a flyer on Fryer

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