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I was going to make this a full length post about the starting pitching on all the Yankee minor league levels last night so naturally, Mike A. over at Baby Bomers beats me to the punch. Head over over to read his post but here's the part that I was particularly excited about:

Christian Garcia is next in line, and he may have been the day's best, twirling 7 innings of 5 H, 1 R, 11 K ball for the Low-A Fightin' Tabata's (he's still out with a hand injury). Eight of the ten outs he recorded that weren't via a punch-out came on the ground. The lone run he gave up was an a fielder's choice, and otherwise he worked perfect innings in the 2nd, 5th and 7th. That's a classic dominating start by the ex-catcher.
Last on the list is a guy coming back from injury: Darrell Rasner. In 4 rehab innings for the GCL Yanks, Rasner allowed 3 baserunners (all hits), 1 R, no walks and struck out 3. He's not as flashy as the other guys, but he gets the job done. What more could you want from a number 5 starter?

I have something of a prospect crush on Christian Garcia so I'm especially glad that so far he seems to be coming back well from his injury. In other positive news, Octavio Dotel has progressed all the way to the AAA level, pitching another scoreless inning for Columbus in a day game today. He's now made 2 appearances in Columbus (with a day of rest in between) so we'll have to wait for word to hear if he experiences any pain. Hopefully, he won't and can keep progressing to the point where he can join the big club in the near future.