July 31st, 2010
by lisagray

I know that done deals can be announced later, but Fast Eddie has turned down multiple offers for the ol Wifebeater and for Brandon Lyon (so much for he can’t be moved) and for Pence.

So far it is just Roy and Lance, who was traded for Mark Melancon, a AAA pitcher, who apparently Fast Eddie thinks is the reincarnation of Brad Lidge 04/08 – not sure why he thinks that seeing as how if he is this closer material NOW, why on earth the Yankees didn’t call him up to be The Bridge To The Mariano (now that Joba has failed and they have no obvious 8th inning nail it down guy) and 21 year old Jimmy Paredes, an A-ball second baseman/SS.

Let’s take a look:

Mark Melancon, a 25 year old righty, was drafted in the 9th round of the 06 draft by the Yankees. He rose like a rocket and was in AAA 2 years later, where he threw 20 innings of 2.70 ERA ball with a HR of 0.5/9, BB 1.3/9 and K 9.9/9 IP.

He essentially duplicated those numbers last year over 53 innings and had a brief callup to the ML club last year in which he threw 16.1 innings over 13 games, with a 3.86 ERA with 7.2 H/9, 5.5 WALKS/9 and 5.5 K/9.

Trouble is that this year, those humongous high walk numbers have persisted in AAA: 3.69 ERA, 1.69 WHIP!!!!! over 56.1 IP, and his hits/9 have increased 75% from his career numbers to 10.1/9, his walk rate is 5.0/9, although his K rate is unchanged at 9.3/9 IP.

It’s the hits and walks I’m worried about – and if AAA hitters won’t swing at stuff off the plate, ML hitters aren’t gonna, fer SHER.

I don’t see Brad Lidge, I see Stephen Randolph with more walks.

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