Archive for March 10th, 2008

Joba VS. Phil: Who Do YOU Pick?

March 10, 2008

Phil Hughes vs. Joba Chamberlain - Graphic by Mike Ashmore

You’re the manager of the New York Yankees.  It’s Game 7.  In the understatement of the year, you need this game.

Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain are both on equal rest. 

Who do you give the ball to, and why?

Post your thoughts in the comments…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Trenton’s Big Three Sent Down, Other Notes…

March 10, 2008

The Yankees have their big three: Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy.

But last season, Trenton’s talented trio of Jeff Marquez, Alan Horne and Chase Wright anchored the team’s rotation and led them to their first Eastern League championship in the team’s 14-year history. 

This year?  They all got a look in big league camp, and Peter Abraham reports that all three got sent down together.  All three appear likely to anchor another rotation, this time in Triple-A Scranton.  Maybe one of them will pitch an inning or two in the April 1st exhibition game…

Abraham also reports that Francisco Cervelli will be out 8-10 weeks.  8-10 weeks!  That would have him out until some point in May.  Not good for the Thunder fans hoping for their first big name catcher since Dioner Navarro.

If you’re a fan of checking out other team’s prospects, however, Baseball America has some good news for you.  BA’s top Toronto Blue Jays prospect, Travis Snider, appears to be headed straight to Double-A New Hampshire. 

“It’s almost completely decided that he’s going there,” Blue Jays farm director Dick Scott told the publication.

How will you know which guy to look for?  At 5′ 11″, 245 pounds, he’ll be the guy who looks like a house in a baseball uniform.

The BA Prospect Handbook says some scouts considered him the best hitter in the ’06 draft — he went 14th overall and signed for $1.7 million — and that he’s “extremely advanced for a young hitter.”

His career numbers are pretty mind-boggling.  In two seasons, he’s a career .316 hitter with 27 home runs and 134 RBI.  He won the Appalachian League MVP in his first pro season in 2006, too.

He can hit for average and for power?  Yikes.  Snider is certainly someone to keep an eye on when the Fisher Cats come to Waterfront Park on May 16th.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Phil-thy

March 10, 2008

Phil Hughes line from yesterday’s game against Minnesota: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

The kid is for real, people.  It’s ridiculous to think Hughes is a sleeper for his breakout big league year — as somany people are predicting it by now — but if he surpassed Chien-Ming Wang as the team’s #1 starter this year, I wouldn’t at all be surprised.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

I’ve Decided I Kind Of Like The Curve

March 10, 2008

Like the Thunder, the Altoona Curve have a rather creative promotions department.  For example…

“Please Come to Altoona Will Ferrell!” (Monday, July 21 vs. Akron): Hollywood mega-star Will Ferrell will toss out a ceremonial first pitch, broadcast an inning on radio and sign autographs for Curve fans. Actually, the odds of any of that happening are extraordinarily slim, but the Curve are hereby begging Mr. Ferrell to accept their invitation. Either way, the Curve will play video clips from his hilarious performances in “Anchorman”, “Old School” and many other films.

From having William Perry give away an actual refrigerator to their famous “Awful Night,” I’ve got to say I kind of like what they’re doing over there.  The whole purpose of stuff like that is to get people talking, and well…it seems to have worked.

If they wanted to have a “Please Come To Altoona Mike Ashmore!” promotion, I just might show up…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com