Mixed results for Dutchy pitchers in MiLB

Today two Dutchies had their season debut at AAA level. Loek van Mil appeared in one game of a double header for the Rochester RedWings (Minnesota Twins) vs the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees), in an International League matchup. In a Pacific Coast League matchup, Juan Carlos Sulbaran took the mound as a starter for …

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Castro to Yankees. And now…?

  One of the positions that was not filled yet on the Yankees' roster after the Bombers did not extend the contract of Steven Drew, was that of second base. For weeks the name of the Cubs' Starlin Castro swirled around. But also Yankees prospect Rob Refsnyder was named to fill the void. Castro played …

Yankees clinch play off birth with historic victory

Photo: Howard Simmons/New York Daily News After being put on the rack by the Red Sox in the previous three games, the Yankees clinched one of the two American League wild cards with their 10,000th win in franchise history. Three solo homeruns by Carlos Beltran, Greg Byrd and Rob Refsnyder made the difference. In the …

Rumors, rumors, trade rumors: Samardzija to Yankees?

With the trading deadline nearing, the rumors about players are swirling around. The Yankees would be interested in Jeff Samardzija of the White Sox. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Samardzija would be a good fit with the Yankees. Samardzija's ERA is at 4.33. Noramlly I tend to say that an ERA like this …

Tanaka throws first rehab game after being put on DL

Masahiro Tanaka threw his first rehab game after being put on the DL with an elbow strain. Last night he pitched three innings with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the AAA team of the Yankees. Eventhough he claimed to have pitched pain free, he wasn't really special, but good enough to keep the Durham Bulls at bay. …

Why not call up Refsnyder Mr. Cashman?

Rob Refsnyder earned the AAA batter of the week honor after hitting .400 with six extra basehits. Among those two homeruns on Sunday in the week of May 11 through May 17. But then again there is his defense at second base. So far he committed nine errors in the short season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. At …

Scott Kazmir to Yankees? Really?

An artilce on MLB.com hints about various trades that "should" be made before the All Star Break. When it comes to the Yankees, they refer to the weak position of the Yankees' rotation. With Chase Whitley out with an elbow injury and C.C. Sabathia's injury riddled recent past, it may be wise to trade for …

Yanks lose three straight. Time to sound the alarm bell?

I realize that the head of this post sounds a bit exaggerated, but it is not about the three losses in a row. It is about the way HOW they lost. Last night the Yankees lost their third game in a row vs Tampa Bay. The final score: 6-1. The only run was scored on …

The Yankees’ season so far from a different perspective

The season is underway for two weeks now. The Yankees are 6-7 after last night's close loss vs Detroit. Disappointing? Yes and no. Disappointing because as a fan you always want your team to do well. Not disappointing because the team is rebuilding and that takes time and Sabathia did a LOT better than I …

It seems that Brian Cashman has lost it

With the injury of Brendan Ryan, there was a glimpse of hope for Rob Refsnyder that he could make the Opening Day roster. Was. But yesterday the Yankees got Gregorio Petit from the Astros in exchange for a player to be named later and cash considerations. Petit, a Venezuelan infielder, that signed with the Athletics …

Yankees and Dutchies in Spring Training, Tuesday March 31

On the last day of March, the Yankees fell to the Twins 3-1. Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings of work. He only struck out one batter. Tanaka claims that he didn't throw full speed to save his arm for the season. I hope that he is not fooling us. …

Why Rob Refsnyder should be the Yankees’ starting second baseman

Rob Refsnyder was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1991 and was adopted by a couple from Southern California. In my previous post I wrote that Rob Refsnyder's Spring Training numbers cannot be ignored by Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman. With a batting average of .400, he is doing better than many MBL player right …

Yankees and Dutchies in Spring Training, Friday March 13

The Yankees left almost all big leaguers in Tampa when they headed to JetBlue Park to take on the Red Sox. The Sox on their turn started most of the Major Leaguers. Xander Bogaerts went 0 for 1, left a runner on base but drew a walk for the Sox. He grounded into an innning …

Yankees and Dutchies in Spring Training, Saturday March 7

The Yankees didn't start well yesterday vs the Astros. After just one inning they trailed 3-0 . SP Scott Baker gave up six hits and three runs in the sole inning out on the mound. Didi Gregorius didn't get a hit out of three at bats but was part of a 6-4-3 double play. The …

Yankees and Dutchies in Spring Training: Thursday March 5

Finally the Yankees got their first win of the ST season. In Bradenton, the ST home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Apparently the MLB players are having a slow start. Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury didn't get a hit once again (gives some hope for the upcoming season 😉 ). One of the few Major Leaguers …

Yankees, Dutchies, Spring Training games: Light at the end of the tunnel

Yesterday the first Spring Training games were played. Two Dutchies saw action but didn't fare quite well. Jonathan Schoop was the starting second baseman for the Orioles vs the Detroit Tigers. Schoop went 0 for 3 with a strike out and a runner left on base. He got on base once thanks to a fielding …