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4/10: Farm Fresh

April 10, 2008

I still want to do the “Farm Fresh” updates, but they clutter up the game threads too much.  So I’ve decided to do them separately.  If anyone would like to see this moved back to the game threads, speak now or forever hold your peace…

(AAA) Scranton – There appears to be a bit of Paramore syndrome going on with the Scranton starters.  First Jeff Marquez, and now Steven White have gotten Crushcrushcrushed.

Louisville stomped Scranton, 11-0, last night.  White was responsible for nine of the eleven tallies, although “only” six of them were earned.  His line: 4 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. 

Even Scott Patterson struggled, allowing two runs in two innings of relief.  He gave up three hits and walked two.  A very un-Scotty like outing.

Thunder alum Juan Miranda had the only multi-hit game for Scranton, going 2-for-4.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Shelley Duncan was sent down to Triple-A last night.  Chad Jennings points out that this presents a bit of a cluster-you-know-what (my words, not his) at the first base and outfield spots.  But if Jeter is really only unable to go for a few days, then Gonzalez will presumably come back down and Shelley can go back up.

Chad also has an update on Brett Gardner’s injury situation.

(A) Tampa – The T-Yanks lost, 8-4, to Dunedin last night.  Mike Dunn got the start, and struggled through his four innings, picking up the L after allowing three runs on six hits and three walks.  He did strike out five.

Damon Sublett DID play last night, going 1-for-5 with a double and 2 RBI.  Edwar Gonzalez had another nice game, going 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI.  He’s hitting .321 so far.

Tampa got the game to 5-3 after five innings, but the bullpen couldn’t keep them in it.  The large human, Grant Duff, gave up four earned in two and a third, and Stephen Artz allowed an unearned tally in the eighth.  Wilkins Arias came in for a scoreless ninth, but the damage had been done.

(A) Charleston – It was a camp day in Charleston today, with the ever-obnoxious 11:05 AM start.  But the RiverDogs battled through their eye-crusties and took their third straight game from Savannah by the score of 8-6.  Charleston is now 6-1 on the young season.

Jairo Heredia picked up his first win of the season, striking out six Sand Gnats through five innings of work. 

Charleston pounded out 16 hits, including a 4-for-5 night from Abe Almonte and a three-hit performance out of Justin Snyder.  However, Almonte was picked off once and caught stealing another time, although he did manage to swipe one bag on the night.

Jesus Montero, DH’ing with Austin Romine behind the plate, hit another home run and also doubled, raising his average to .345 on the year.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

Game 6: Trenton @ Altoona

April 8, 2008

Game 6 – Trenton Thunder @ Altoona Curve
April 8, 2008
Blair County Ballpark – Altoona, PA

Pitching Matchup: TRE Chase Wright (0-1, 3.00) vs. ALT Kyle Bloom (0-1, 14.73)

Starting Lineups:

Trenton (3-2) (3-2 road record, 1-0 vs. Altoona)

1 – Ramiro Pena, SS
2 – Austin Jackson, CF
3 – Jose Tabata, RF
4 – Colin Curtis, LF
5 – Matt Carson, DH
6 – Cody Ehlers, 1B
7 – P.J. Pilittere, C
8 – Marcos Vechionacci, 3B
9 – Reegie Corona, 2B

Altoona (1-4) (1-4 home record, 0-1 vs. Thunder)

1 – Boone
2 – Cruz
3 – Pacheco
4 – Corley
5 – Delaney
6 – Bowers
7 – Webster
8 – Perez
9 – Finegan

Farm Fresh: In Charleston, Zach McAllister picked up the win last night.  Brad Suttle is smokin’ hot in the first week of the season, hitting .474 with a homer and three RBI.  The River Dogs have five other regular players hitting .300 or better: David Williams (.444), Justin Snyder (.357), Wady Rufino (.333), Austin Krum (.300) and Abe Almonte (.300).

Dellin Betances is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA after a five-inning start, and Jesse Hoover has made two scoreless relief appearances, collecting a win along the way.

Edwar Gonzalez is hot in Tampa, hitting .278 with two home runs and seven RBI in his first five games.  He has accounted for all of his team’s longballs, and half of their RBI.  Mitch Hilligoss is also doing well for the T-Yanks, hitting .273, but he has made two errors already.

Mark Melancon, who all eyes will be on in Tampa until he’s inevitably shipped north to Trenton, is 0-0 with a 4.91 ERA in two games and 3.2 IP.

In Scranton — home to the lovely Pam Beesly, by the way — Jason Lane’s already got three home runs in the first five games of the year.  Brett Gardner has missed the past two games, but is 4-for-11 with one steal in his first three.

Alberto Gonzalez is hitting just .091 in his first four games, and Juan Miranda is 2-for-17 (.118) for the SWB Yanks.

Pre-Game Notes: The Thunder have announced that their new puppy will be named Derby.  Derby was the puppy the team kept from the litter that came from Chase, their bat-collecting, ball-delivering, loveable mascot.

Despite the Thunder playing Altoona ten million 17 times last year, Chase Wright did not face the Curve last year.  Kyle Bloom was picked in the fifth round by the Pirates in 2004, and is making his fourth career Double-A start. 

Starts one and two, made last year, went really well. 

Start three did not, as he comes in with a loss and 14.73 ERA next to his name. 

Of players considered prospects in the Pirates system, Baseball America has him dead last on the depth chart for lefty starters.

As expected, Daniel McCutchen has been pushed back a day, and will now go on his regular four days rest…meaning he gets the ball for the home opener on the 10th against Harrisburg. 

George Kontos is now slated to get the start tomorrow. 

The problem with that, of course, is that he’d now be going on three days rest.  He only went three innings on April 5th against Binghamton, so that may be the reasoning…but if he didn’t start, I wouldn’t be surprised either.

Remember Juan Francia?  He hit .198 in 31 games for the Thunder last year.  He’s resurfaced in the independent Atlantic League, signing with the Lancaster Barnstormers.  That’s the same team that Scott Patterson came from.  Jason Bowers, an infielder on Altoona, is a former teammate of Scott’s in Lancaster.

Radio Links: Click here for the links to each team’s broadcast.

Live Box Score: The direct link is here.

Around the Eastern League: For scores from around the EL, go here.

In-Game Updates: I’ll be at the ballpark again starting Thursday, but these updates are from the comforts of the couch.  Anyway, it’s 4-1 Thunder in the top of the 5th.

The only big mistake Chase Wright has made so far was a second inning home run to Jason Bowers.

Reegie Corona’s got his first two RBI of the year, and Jose Tabata and Marcos Vechionacci have got the others.  Both Tabata and Austin Jackson have stolen a base as well.

Not a real great outing out of Altoona’s Kyle Bloom so far.  Four runs on five hits through four innings of work so far.

Bottom 7th, and Trenton is up 5-1 now.  Colin Curtis has driven in a run.  Chase Wright is out, Steven Jackson is in.  Wright’s line: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR. 

You’d like to see him go a little deeper, but that’s two straight solid performances out of Sebern Chase Wright.

A-Jax is the only Thunder player with two hits so far.

Final Score: 5-2, Thunder.

Post-Game Notes: Steven Jackson, ladies and gentlemen.  Three innings of relief, no hits, seven strikeouts.  Wow.

Two-hit nights for the top three in the order: Ramiro Pena, Austin Jackson and Jose Tabata. 

Another 0-fer out of Matt Carson, who has had two straight rough games now.

0-for-2 with two walks and two K’s for Cody Ehlers.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

Thunder Announce All 15 Year Team

April 7, 2008

C: Dioner Navarro

INF: Tony Clark, Robinson Cano, Nomar Garciaparra, Kevin Youkilis, Pork Chop Pough

OF: Kevin Thompson, Melky Cabrera, Brett Gardner

P: Phil Hughes, Justin Pope, Joba Chamberlain, Scott Patterson, Chien-Ming Wang, Carl Pavano, Ron Mahay, Corey Spencer, Jeff Suppan, Joe Hudson

Manager: Tony Franklin

We will continue our breakdown of the starting pitching, relief pitching and manager ballots shortly…let’s see if the fans made the right choices.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

Friday Notes

March 28, 2008

Thunder alum Jeff Karstens essentially took himself out of the race for a spot in the Yankees bullpen, and Scott Patterson nearly did as well.  Also, we’ll update you on Jamal Strong.

** Karstens, who’s been shaky this spring, pulled a groin and is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season.  It also complicates things at the Triple-A level…because when he does return, does he join the rotation?

As for Patterson, he was nailed in the back by a line drive, but recovered to come back and pitch another inning.  Patterson has been the story of spring training, but it seems unlikely that he’ll actually make the team out of camp due to his lack of experience.  But if it were based solely on performance, there’s no doubt that they’d be putting his nameplate on top of his locker in Yankee Stadium.

** Also, Jamal Strong, who played for the Thunder last season, has resurfaced with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.  Strong, who has big league time with the Mariners, shuttled back and forth between Trenton and Scranton last year.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

The Wanger Gets The Nod Today *UPDATED*

March 6, 2008

Peter Abraham’s got the lineups posted for today’s spring training game against the Cincinnati Reds, and Chien-Ming Wang gets the nod on the mound.

Wang’s nickname was “Tiger” back when he was with Trenton.  I don’t think I’ve heard that used since he’s been with the Yankees.  Wonder if he still has it…

Looks like four other Thunder alums will see the field at some point, so check out those lineups…

UPDATED: Chien-Ming Wang’s line today: 0.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Scott Patterson came in and got the next four outs.  Kyle Farnsworth and Darrell Rasner have been in since.  The Wanger got crushed.  Yes, it’s just spring training, but the Yankees pitching has struggled a little bit so far this year.

The Reds are just crushing the Yankees at this point.  It’s 10-0 in the 5th.  Rasner gave up a grand slam to Edwin Encarnacion after walking the bases loaded.

Cincinnati held on to win 12-8.

Statistics of note…

Juan Miranda: 0-2
Francisco Cervelli: 0-1, R, BB, K
Jose Tabata: 0-0, R, BB
Austin Jackson: 1-3, R, RBI
Brett Gardner: 0-3
Justin Christian: 0-1
Alberto Gonzalez: 0-2

Chien-Ming Wang: 0.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
Scott Patterson: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Sean Henn: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

Hughes and Patterson are perfect

March 5, 2008

Phil Hughes and Scott Patterson were among four Yankees pitchers who combined on a rain-shortened perfect game yesterday.

They combined with Kei Igawa and Billy Traber to retire the first 15 Blue Jays batters they faced before the game was ultimately called before the start of the sixth inning.

Hughes retired all three batters he faced in the first inning, and was followed by Scott Patterson, who struck out one of three batters he faced in the second.

Kei Igawa (!!!) struck out two through two innings, and Billy Traber struck out the side to finish the game.

Here’s how other Thunder alums fared in the game…

Alberto Gonzalez: 0-2
Juan Miranda: 0-0, BB
Shelley Duncan: 2-2, R, 2B, RBI
Colin Curtis: 0-0
Melky Cabrera: 1-1, RBI
Justin Christian: 0-1

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

Henn Steps Up, White Does Not *UPDATED*

March 3, 2008

Not counting rehab assignments, nine players with time on the Trenton Thunder roster played in yesterday’s exhibition game between the Yankees and Phillies.

Steven White, who’s had an up and down past few years, got off to a bad start this spring.  In relief of Andy Pettitte, he allowed four runs on five hits and two walks in just an inning and two thirds.

Scott Patterson finished out the fourth for him and induced a groundout with a runner on.

Sean Henn rebounded from his poor outing (which didn’t count in the official spring training stats, by the way) to allow just one hit in the seventh inning while striking out one.

Colin Curtis replaced Bobby Abreu in right field and went 1-for-2 with a strikeout.

Juan Miranda replaced the prolific Jason Giambi at first base and was 0-for-1.

Robinson Cano started the game at second base and was 1-for-3 with a strikeout.

Alberto Gonzalez was 1-for-1 with an RBI after replacing Cano.

Melky Cabrera was the starting center fielder and went 0-for-1 with a walk and an RBI.

Justin Christian replaced him and went 0-for-1.

The game ended in a 7-7 tie.

Note: Justin Christian, and not Alberto Gonzalez, appears to have had the game-tying RBI in this game.  The official boxscore would then be incorrect.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

Thunder Alums Shine In Intrasquad Game

February 28, 2008

Well, most of them did.  Over at his frequently linked to blog, Pete Abraham’s got the pitching line’s from yesterday’s intrasquad game.

Jeff Karstens, Scott Patterson, Steven Jackson and Edwar Ramirez pitched for “Team Goose,” while Dan McCutchen and Sean Henn laced em’ up for “Team Gator.”  Here are the pitching lines for pitchers from Thunder past.

Team Goose
Karstens: 2 IP,  1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Patterson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Jackson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Ramirez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Team Gator
McCutchen: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Henn: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

So most of the pitchers really stood out for good reasons.  For Sean Henn…well, I guess it’s more of the same.  I wonder if he’s ever recovered from getting the call straight out of Double-A.  In the Yankee clubhouse last season, Henn told me that he felt like he was ready at the time, but didn’t really feel like he’d showed it.

Three years later, and there are still questions about whether he’s a ready for primetime player.

Another thing that may be working against him, at least in the long term, would be the loss of Ron Guidry.  While did pitch on Guidry’s team, Dave Eiland is the pitching coach now, and Henn also told me last year that he credited Guidry with helping him with “certain situations and how to attack guys and what to look for and things like that.” 

Don’t Believe Everything You Read…

February 10, 2008

Unless I wrote it, of course.

Seriously though, I (finally) got my hands on a copy of the 2008 Baseball America Prospect Handbook, and found a few discrepancies in the Scott Patterson entry.

The write-up lists Patterson as having played for the “homeless” Barnstormers, which isn’t true.  While he did play for the Lancaster Barnstormers, they were never homeless. 

As someone who has covered the Atlantic League for six seasons now, I can tell you that the Road Warriors were the only traveling team in the league.  In fact, Patterson started the inaugural game at Clipper Magazine Stadium on May 11, 2005.

In the Lancaster Barnstormers Inaugural Season DVD, the elaborate and somewhat ridiculous sequence in which a group of kids run from the outfield to deliver the ball to Patterson after an extensive video sequence is shown.

The second issue with the Patterson write-up is that his statistics are incomplete.  He was picked up in June of the 2006 season by the Yankees, and the first half of his season is not mentioned in the write-up or acknowledged in the statistics, although his 2005 numbers are.

For the record, Patterson went 2-0 with an 0.78 ERA and 14 saves in 20 games for the Barnstormers before choosing the Yankees to sign with.  He also had an offer from the Baltimore Orioles, but he told me that he chose the Yankees because Baltimore’s offer was to pitch in Single-A.   

Outside of that, yeah…the book is pretty much a gold mine of goodness.  You can look forward to myself and a “special guest” doing an extensive breakdown of the Top 30 Yankees prospects over the next few weeks.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

Hooray For Recycling!

January 14, 2008

Scott Patterson / Photo by Mike Ashmore (2007)

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I cover the team for the Hunterdon County Democrat.  Unfortunately, pretty much nobody in Mercer County has ever heard of my paper…or myself, for that matter.

So with that in mind, and moment #17 in the top 20 countdown set to be unveiled tomorrow, I figured it might be time to revisit my Thunder awards handed out in the Democrat last October.  I’m sure the 2007 season is still very fresh in some minds, so I’m curious to see what everyone’s thoughts will be on my choices for the second annual Ashmore Awards: Thunder Edition.

It’s just like NBC’s old slogan for re-runs…if you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you!


(Article reprinted as it appeared in the paper on October 18, 2007)

Of the hardware handed out to the Trenton Thunder this year, this may be the most insignificant yet.

They won the championship, had the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year, had one player make the postseason All-Star team, and Thunder alums Ian Kennedy and Edwar Ramirez were recently named the Minor League starter and reliever of the year by

But still, this is the fifth season you can find these awards in the Democrat, and my second year of handing them out. Drumroll please…

Ashmore’s 2007 Thunder MVP: Noah Hall (OF)

The Thunder used 54 players in 2007, and it was much easier to pick out the players who shouldn’t be under consideration than narrow down the list of those that should.

There really was no position player whose numbers were far and above everyone else’s this season, but when it comes down to the intangibles, it’s hard to overlook outfielder Noah Hall and his veteran leadership.

Hall, a 2006 Eastern League All-Star, was signed by the Yankees after just one day with the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League. The 30-year-old led the Thunder in batting average for the majority of the season, but found himself on the bench in favor of whatever prospects passed through Waterfront Park.

But he never complained, and always contributed whenever he was in the lineup. His ninth inning home run took Roger Clemens off the hook back when the Rocket came to Trenton on May 23rd, and his walk-off opposite field double in the championship series provided one of the most memorable moments in Thunder history.

Scott Stanchak’s Previous Winners: Brian Myrow (2003), Mitch Jones (2004), Shelley Duncan (2005)

Ashmore’s Previous Winner: Randy Ruiz (2006)

Ashmore’s 2007 Thunder Cy Young: Alan Horne and Scott Patterson

Who’s more important; the starter with the 12-4 record, or the reliever who allowed nine earned runs all season?

While it was Alan Horne, the starter, who gave Trenton their first Eastern League Pitcher of the Year since Carl Pavano, it was hard to overlook the accomplishments of Patterson, as the Yankees so frequently have.

Patterson, the lanky Pittsburgh native with the funky delivery, finished the year at 4-2 with an ERA of just 1.09. He made three spot starts, had two saves, and was Tony Franklin’s most reliable pitcher all season.

But that’s not to say that Horne didn’t accomplish anything this year. His 3.11 ERA and 165 strikeouts led the league, and his 12 wins were second on the team to Jeff Marquez, who led the league with 15.

One of the more overlooked pitching prospects in the system, he may have done the most out of anyone on the Thunder roster to take the fast track to the big leagues.

Scott Stanchak’s Previous Winners: Andy Beal (2003), Dave Shepard (2004), Justin Pope (2005)

Ashmore’s Previous Winner: Phil Hughes (2006)

Ashmore’s 2007 Thunder Good Guy: Jason Brown

This award is about as difficult to hand out as the MVP was. There are just so many players who could get it, so it’s hard to narrow it down to just one.

But in the end, backup catcher Jason Brown will be taking home the Good Guy honors.

Brown would sit down and take time to answer any question about any pitcher, no matter how many times he’d been asked the same thing by other reporters. Well respected by his teammates and the media, Brown could frequently seen signing autographs for young fans down the first base line, and volunteered to “model” the new Thunder jerseys at a mid-season press conference, which further endeared him to team officials.

Injuries and limited playing time kept his statistics low, and there’s talk that Brown may join the coaching ranks in 2008. If that’s the case, he’ll be the honorary manager of the Good Guy squad.

Ashmore’s Previous Winner: Charlie Manning (2006)

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT