Daily Archives: March 31, 2012

Yankees hit 5 HR’s in 11-9 win vs. Astros

The Yankees traveled to visit the Houston Astros one last time in Florida before the season begins on Friday and the game turned into an absolute slug-fest as the Yankees were able to pour out 5 HR’s during the game.

Adam Warren was selected to have the start today, going 5.2 IP giving up 6R on 10H but the story was the Yankees offense. The Yankees hit 5 HR’s and there were 9 HR’s combined in a game that was ultimately shortened in the top of the 9th due to rain. Robinson Cano, Raul Ibanez & Jose Gil each hit one HR while Dante Bichette Jr. (who filled in for Eduardo Nunez) had 2 HR’s, both on the first pitch.

Injury Update: Michael Pineda hit the 15 Day DL with shoulder tendinitis while Cesar Cabral had a stress fracture in his elbow and will most likely go on the DL.

WHAT’S NEXT: Tomorrow the Yankees will take a trip to Miami and have the honor of playing against the Marlins to work out the kinks of the new Marlins Ballpark. The game will be on YES Network at 1:10pm. If you are able to, this is a must not miss game.

Yankees Prospect Watch: Manny Banuelos

The monthly series continues with a Prospect Profile: this week it’s Manny Banuelos.

Manny Banuelos

Throws: Left

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 155

DOB: 3/13/91

* Our very own writer Fishjam ranked him the #2 overall prospect when his rankings came out which was before the Montero trade.  Here is what he had to say about him, “Had control issues in AA/AAA but most believe it’s just a matter of trying to be too fine as he has solid mechanics and repeats his delivery well. Threw a career-high 130 innings so will be in line for 150-160 this year and could be ready to pitch for NY in 2nd half.”

* Mike Axisa from River Ave Blues rated Banuelos number 1 for this year.  Here is what he had to say, “A strong showing in Spring Training fueled speculation that he could break camp with the big league team last season, but Banuelos was ultimately returned to Double-A to start the year. He was the fourth-youngest player in the Eastern League, though his trademark command and control were nowhere to be found. He walked 52 of the 422 batters he faced with Trenton (4.9 BB/9 and 12.3%), then walked another 19 in 34.1 IP after a late-season promotion to Triple-A (5.0 BB/9 and 12.3%). Banuelos walked more batters in 2011 (71) than he did in the three previous seasons of his career combined (66, or 7.4%). He did maintain a high strikeout rate though (8.7 K/9 and 21.7%), and aside from a blister issue in April, he took the ball every five days and logged a career best 129.2 IP.

Despite the walk troubles last year, the scouting report hasn’t changed. Banuelos still sits anywhere from 90-95 with his fastball, backing it up with a knockout changeup and a hard curve that has flirted with the low-80s. He generates swings and misses with all three pitches, and can be untouchable when he’s dotting the edges of the zone like he did from 2008-2010. Banuelos is the Yankees’ best left-handed pitching prospect in what feels like ages, which is kinda surprising given their long history of quality southpaws. A return engagement to Triple-A is in the cards, and a midseason call-up to the big leagues isn’t out of the question. Banuelos can be a worthy left-handed complement to Pineda and Nova, the club’s two young power right-handers at the big league level.

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Pineda to the DL

Pineda to the DL

by Matt S.

Yankees placed RHP Michael Pineda on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis. An MRI revealed inflammation to Pineda’s right (throwing) shoulder. The injury will likely allow the Yankees to have Pineda spend some time in the minors or extended spring training. Freddy Garcia is set to open the season as the Yankees’ fifth starter.


Spring Training: 3/31/12 Lineup

Lineup vs. Astros:

Eduardo Nunez, 3B
Curtis Granderson, CF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Mark Teixeira, DH
Raul Ibanez, RF
Francisco Cervelli, C
Chris Dickerson, LF
Doug Bernier, SS
Jose Gil, 1B

RHP Adam Warren

Start Time: 1:05pm
Field: Osceola County Stadium
T.V: None
Radio: KTRH (Houston Astros Radio)

Pregame Notes:

Michael Pineda & Cesar Cabral are scheduled to get MRI’s today. Pineda has soreness in his shoulder while Cesar Cabral had extreme pain in his elbow.

UPDATE: Michael Pineda is going to the DL with inflammation.

— Now that Pineda is on the DL, the Yankees rotaton is: CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova & Freddy Garcia.

UPDATE: Cesar Cabral has a “significant elbow injury” and he is expected to be out for a while. Girardi wouldn’t specify what kind of elbow injury Cabral has and he wasn’t sure if Cabral would need surgery.

UPDATE ON CABRAL: Cesar Cabral had an MRI, an X-Ray and a CT Scan. Cesar Cabral fractured the tip of his elbow.

Enjoy the game everyone!

Morning Bits: Cashman, Pineda, Garcia

Good morning everyone! Today’s Yankees vs. Astros game is at 1pm today on Astros radio, so make sure that you tune in to watch! Here are the morning links!

— With the injuries of Michael Pineda & Cesar Cabral, Brian Cashman called it a “real bad day for us.”

— After Michael Pineda’s injuries, he may be losing his grip on a rotation job.

— Freddy Garcia pitched 6 2/3 innings in the minor league complex yesterday…and he’s not giving up a rotation spot without a fight.