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Yanks call up Juan Miranda

By Phil Allard ~ April 17th, 2009. Filed under: Mets Minors.

Our very own Joseph Delgrippo’s dreams have been fulfilled.  Joe sponsors the baseball reference page for Juan Miranda, and now the Yanks have just called up Miranda from Scranton. With Nady on the DL,  Teixeira’s wrist barking, Matsui’s knee issues, and the need to pinch hit for Cody Ransom, this move makes sense.

The Yanks briefly had 13 pitchers on the 25-man roster. But they now return David Robertson to AAA after he pitched two scoreless innings in yesterday’s loss to the Tribe. Since Jose Veras still has options, I’d rather have seen him sent down. But Joe Girardi’s faith in Veras and Edwar remain undaunted. Since Miranda was already on the 40-man, no one had to be clipped.

The 25-year-old Miranda can destroy right-handed pitching. Joe Girardi would do well to put the Cuban defector to use.

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3 Responses to Yanks call up Juan Miranda

  1. Joseph DelGrippo

    Definitely in my glory Phil. Although Miranda has hit lefties a little better in 2009, right now he is strictly a lefty bat against right handed pitchers only.

    Although he does not possess a great glove at first base, he did not make an error in the Arizona Fall League this past off season.

  2. Giuseppe Franco

    For the record, Veras does not have any options left so that’s probably why he wasn’t sent down.

    Secondly, regarding Mark Melancon, Scott Aldred (the Scranton pitching coach) suggested at the end of Spring Training that Melancon experiment with a new grip on his curveball and the pitch has much more depth than it did last season (and closer to what he had at Arizona pre-TJ surgery) – which is translating to more swings and misses.

    Keep in mind, he just learned this new grip within the last couple of weeks and he’s still doing some tweaking and learning to master it so he may need a little more time in Triple-A to do that.

    I don’t expect to see him in the Bronx before May 15th.

  3. Jeter Fan

    Good points Guiseppe. I did read somewhere that Veras was out of options. Didn’t know that new grip with Melancon, but with his work so far in 2009, the new grip looks to be fully tweaked.

    Scott Aldred gets rave reviews from many of the Yankee minor league pitchers.

    Melancon also gets a ton of ground balls with his curve.

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