Posted on: August 20, 2009 10:57 am
Nardi Contreras, that is-Yankee minor league pitching guru- sat down with Trenton Thunder beat writer Mike Ashmore to discuss the state of the pitching in the Yankee minor leagues:
On Ian Kennedy pitching a regular season game somewhere: “I don’t think so. At least not in the minor leagues, unless the Triple-A team goes to the playoffs. Because he’s going to first BP that I’ve got him for on August 31st. So, that’s a BP, his first BP. So he’ll have another BP, then we’ll get him into some type of simulated games or something. Is it possible? Possible. A two inning job or something like that. But to be ready to pitch six, seven innings any place? No.”
On Alan Horne: “He pitches tomorrow in the Gulf Coast League. We’ll see how he does. I think his last outing, he went six innings and gave up three runs. But (Trenton’s staff) is set, there’s a lot of pitching.”
On Wilkin De La Rosa returning: “Our throwing program has him ready to pitch the last week of the season. But again, that’s on paper. He has to go out and see how he feels. Paper wise, with his rest and the work we’ll do with the sides and the long toss programs, we could get him to pitch in the last week and the playoffs, possibly. He’s got something wrong with the biceps tendon, that’s what it is.”
On Humberto Sanchez: “He’s coming along good. He’s lost weight, he’s pitching well, he’s competing, he’s regaining his arm strength. When I saw him in Harrisburg, it was the best I’ve seen him since we’ve had him.”
On Grant Duff: “Things are clicking for him. He’s got a power arm. We have Romulo Sanchez, who hits 99. Melancon’s hit 97. He’s in the top three or four (with velocity). At least second for sure. Romulo Sanchez is hitting 99 every game. He’s come really well, though. His delivery has really improved. The slider’s good, the split’s there. He’s done well.”
It all sounds very, very good.
Posted on: May 7, 2008 2:31 pm
Chad Jennings of the Scranton Times-Tribune has a quick Q & A on various pitchers with Nardi Contreras, Yankee organizational pitching guru, on his blog today. Everything sounds good, but unfortunately, no mention of how Alan Horne is coming along.
On Zach McAllister
On Chris Garcia
On Mark Melancon
On Chase Wright and Dan McCutchen
On Sean Henn