Well…at the Triple-A level at least. Scranton Wilkes-Barre beat Buffalo, 1-0, last night in the first game of the AAA baseball season, giving us a chance to look at some future call-ups in action.
Ivan Nova got the start for the Yankees’ affiliate Scranton, allowing just three hits and striking out four in four innings. Mark Melancon, Boone Logan and Jonathan Albaladejo worked five innings of three-hit relief, striking out seven. Melancon got the win, Albaledejo the save.
All three are names you could see in the big leagues at some point this season. Melancon pitched okay in some big league action last year, but the organization is really high on his potential. He can dominate triple-A and had a very good spring training. If one of the right handers in New York are ineffective, Melancon likely gets the call. Logan could be a productive second lefty in New York, and, though Albaladejo had an awful spring, he’s got a decent sinker that keep his profile high in the organization. Nova is a talented starter, though he’s probably the last of the quartet to have a shot at New York this year due to the Yankees starting pitching depth with Alfredo Aceves and Sergio Mitre already in New York.
No one in the Scranton lineup had more than one hit, with Kevin Russo, Juan Miranda, David Winfree, Jon Weber and Jesus Montero each nabbing a base knock. Montero and Miranda doubled and Winfree’s homer in the fourth inning accounted for the only run of the game.