Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Yankees Minor League Links Dec. 28

Cool video from MiLB.com about Arizona Fall League (AFL), including an interview with Yankees prospect David Phelps.

A full Yankees AFL report.

Full interview with David Phelps from AFL.

Rob Segedin interview during the AFL.

An article about the pitchers of the postseason in the minors, including Matt Tracy of Staten Island.  They also had hitters of the postseason and Tyler Austin was selected, also of Staten Island.

Seedlings to Stars, a great blog about minor leaguers, is doing a top 100 prospect list.  They are currently at #10.  The Yankees that have appeared so far on this list are Gary Sanchez, #17, Manny Banuelos, #26,  Jesus Montero, #42, Dellin Betances, #88.   I don't foresee any other Yankees making the list but will let you know if they do.  This list is a little surprising as they are not very high on Montero, mostly due to their thought that he is not a catcher.  I think I would have switched Montero and Sanchez as I am much more sold on Montero at this point, since Sanchez in incredibly raw at this point.  Especially with Montero's impressive showing in the bigs at the end of last season, this ranking seems quite low.  The two pitchers are right about where I would expect.  I am also considerably higher on Banuelos then Betances but I think both have a chance to make an impact as early as next season.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Shaeffer Hall Interview

I was lucky enough to get an internship with the Kansas City Chiefs this past semester.  One of the other interns happened to be Shaeffer Hall, a Yankees' pitching prospect, who pitched most of last season in AA (Trenton Thunder).  He was gracious enough to let me interview him as our internship was wrapping up.  Here is a transcript of the interview.  Enjoy.  

Me: Lets start from the beginning. Out of high school you went to junior college.  What was the reason behind that?

Shaeffer (S): Well I got drafted out of high school and back in 2006, the year I got drafted out of high school, it was the last year of the draft and follow.  I could go to junior college and still have the ability to sign so I though by going to junior college it would give me multiple avenues to decide where I wanted to go. At that time I was able to wait throughout the year, go to school, get a school year out of the way and still be able to sign with a division one school.  It game me more options to work with.

Me: Then you transferred to Kansas.  What was the best part of being a student athlete at Kansas?

S: You know, being able to play in the Big 12.  That was a pretty good stepping stone for me.  Playing against the competition as great.  Being at Kansas they treat there student athletes first class.  They have tutors for you. They have a great strength and conditioning program.  They have good trainers.  All the coaches are great.  Had some great teammates there.  The entire Kansas experience was pretty awesome.

Me: What is your biggest strength as a pitcher?
S: Probably my competitiveness.  I think that its definitely a big part of pitching, being able to compete and not letting down.  I'm not known to have all the best stuff in the world but I think my physical makeup and just being able to compete and not wanting to lose is a big part of my success.  Also the self-confidence I have in myself to get hitters out and my ability to pitch at a high level.

Me: What is your biggest weakness as a pitcher?

S: I think that getting too competitive is not always a good thing.  If something bad happens I think sometimes I get worked up a little bit to much and get caught up in the moment.  Not letting it go, not flushing it.  Not just moving onto the next pitch and that can hurt you in a way.  The next hitter can add to it and capitalized on what happens.  I think that's kind of a weakness that I need to work on.

Me: What would you say is your best pitch?

S: Tough to say.  I think it just depends on the day.  I do have a 4 pitch mix.  I feel that I'm pretty comfortable with all of them.  Some days it might be my change-up.  Some days it might be my cutter.  Some days it might be the location of my fastball.  I don't necessarily have one specific pitch that stands out.  I think it depends on the day.

Me: What is the hardest you've ever thrown?

S: This might be hard to believe but the hardest I ever threw was a 92 mph fast ball.  Now I don't know if the gun was broke but that was probably the hardest I've ever recorded.

Me: Throughout your time as a pitcher who was the best hitter you ever faced?

S: I've faced some pretty good hitters in the past.  Some big name guys. Like Chase Utley, I faced him in High A.  I faced Curtis Granderson last spring training, that was in a simulated game, me and [Hector] Noesi were going back and forth. We faced the same hitters but they just like a simulated game. They had Curtis Granderson there.  There is one other guy.  Vladamir Guerrero.  So those three guys those are probably the best hitters I've faced.

Me:  Before you talked about being going to junior college after getting drafted.  You were then drafted two more times.  What made the third time the charm?

S: I think there was a lot that played into it.  One, it would be my junior year of college. I already had two years out of the way.  I was drafted by a great organization.  Something told me the third time getting a chance to play professional baseball, when a lot of guys don't.  That was the right time to take that opportunity and go with it.  I definitely don't regret that decision I made, so far.  The hardest part of leaving was leaving the KU (Kansas) teammates I left behind but they were all for it and all supported me.  So it was a great decision and I don't regret it at all.

Me: Then the transition from college to minor league ball.  How tough was that transition?

S: I personally think that its more difficult for some then other.  I felt like competing at KU, pitching on Friday nights in the big 12, playing in the cape cod summer league, those prepared me for minor league ball.  I didn't really have a huge transition.  It definitely prepared me very well for it.

Me: I'm sure you've come up through the Yankee system with some other guys.  Who are the guys that you are closest with in the Yankees system?

S:  Adam Warren, I've been teammates with him ever since Staten Island, that was our first short season together.  Kind of goes back to pitching against each other in the regional at North Carolina [during college].  He is one of my closest friend in the organization.  Graham Stoneburner is another pitching prospect as you might know.  Been with him each year going up. Those two guys are pretty close to me. Being pitchers you kind of stick together.

Me:  Of the prospects that you've played with, who do you think will have the best major league career?

S:  That tough.  Being in the Yankees organization there are a lot of good prospects and there are a lot of good people. It's hard to say who is going to have a great career.  I'm gonna give a shout out to Adam Warren, Manny [Banuelos], Dellin [Betances], and Austin Romine. I think those guys are going to have great careers in the bigs and are going to be playing for a long time.

Me: Yankees have a lot of catching depth in the minors.  Of the ones you have pitched to who do you think is the best and has the most promise going forward?

S: I think Austin Romine, I threw to him all year at AA. Haven't thrown to Montero yet.  But I think Romine has definitely has shown that he deserves to play at that next level and has had some success. So i think Romine.

Me:  Of Austin Romine, Jesus Montero, and Gary Sanchez, the big three Yankees catcher, who do you think has the brightest future? 

S: I've seen all of them play. They are all great catchers. I think they are all going to have success in the big leagues.  Now who has the biggest impact? I think the sky's the limit for each of them.

Me: You had the opportunity to pitch with Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos for most of the season.  Which one do you feel have better stuff going forward.

S: Manny and Dellin feed of each other and being in the same rotation as them throughout the season was pretty cool.  You kind of sense the competitive nature throughout our entire staff.  Each night out we wanted to better then the night before. So that made us all better.  But to answer the question of who is going to have the most success in the big leagues. I think they are both going to have tremendous success. I don't think one is going to be better.  I think they are going to be there own pitcher and it depends on how hard they are going to work and how much effort they are willing to put into it.

Me: You were called to AAA for one start, had a very nice start, but were then sent back down, what were the circumstances behind that?

S: I wasn't really sure. They didn't really give me any reason behind it.  That kinda led to some frustration but I understood the situation. All I can really do is control how I throw.  I felt going up to AAA to get some experience and having some success up there definitely gave me some confidence as I went back down to AA.  I think I had a good July so I think that helped me out through of the year.

Me: Robert Lyerly got called up to AA about halfway through the season.  He had incredible success at High A, what are you feelings on him going forward?

S:  He definitely got some pop.  Can drive the ball to the opposite field.  Gap to gap hitter. I think he definitely has some major league power.  He is also a great teammate and a great person to be around.

Me:  What is it like when someone like an Derek Jeter or Alex Rodriguez come up through a rehab start?

S:  Oh its always sweet to play with those guys. They are the best at what they do. They've been in the league for 15 plus years. Just being around them. see what they do every day, their pregame routine.  How they handle different situation, how they carry themselves on and off the field is a great learning experience.  It definitively shows the guys who are trying to work there way up, what its like to play at that level.  So it's definitively a great experience for not only me but the other guys who get to experience that.






Wednesday, December 14, 2011

December 14th Links

A few cool links about Yankees prospects.

MiLB.com released thier Yankees minor league all-star team.  It is decently similar to the one I did a few weeks back.

ESPN did a piece on prospect affected during this offseason.  Montero was listed while saying:
Jesus Montero, C, New York Yankees
The Yankees are always a threat to swoop in and make a big move based on their riches alone, but in this case, Montero is the beneficiary of their relative silence so far. He's still penciled in as the primary designated hitter in 2012, and with Joe Girardi indicating that Francisco Cervelli will be on the roster, the team has done everything but come out and say that Montero's catching days are over. No worries, as he's really going to hit.

The big news that should be coming out today, which has a little to do with Yankees prosepects, is the announcement of the Yu Darvish posting winner.  Should the Yankees win this could change the way they deal with thier top pitching prospects as this adds another arm into the equation.  The announcment is supposed to come at 5 PM today.

Former Yankee prospect Mark Melancon was traded to the Red Sox today.

The Yankees declined thier option on former first round pick Andrew Brackman earlier this offseason.  He has been signed by the Reds.

Friday, December 9, 2011

All Offseason Leagues Recap

MLB.com has a very cool site that has updates on everyone on each team who played in an offseason league.  Here is the link with all Yankees.

In terms of pitching, the best Yankees pitchers were Pat Venditte (3-1 with a 2.87 in 24 games), Hector Noesi (3-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 9 starts), and Josh Schmidt (1-2 with a 3.06 in 6 starts).  Hector Noesi is the most important out of this group as he may spend the entire season at the major league level.  All offseason Brian Cashman has been saying how Noesi is a starter in the future so we will see how that works out.  He did have a very strong showing in the Dominican Winter League so that's a good sign going forward.

On the hitting front, Jorge Vazquez (.360 with 17 HRs, 30 runs, 55 RBIs in 45 games), Gary Sanchez (.333 with 2 runs, 1 RBI in 7 games), and Jose Pirela (.310 with 2 HRs, 20 runs, 28 RBIs in 43 games) had the best offensive seasons.  Out of these Sanchez is the big name.  He is a top 5 prospect and has a very bright future.  Vazquez continues to hit everywhere he goes but as an old prospect he probably won't see much major league time in the future.

Arizona Fall League Recap

As promised here is a final update on how Yankees players did in the AFL.  


Rob Segedin hit .250 with 3 HRs, 6 doubles, 21 runs, 12 RBIs in 29 games.
Dan Burawa went 1-4 with a 7,53 ERA, 11 strikeouts, 8 walks in 12 games and 14.1 innings.
Preston Claiborne went 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA, 8 strikeouts, 7 walks in 12 game and 12 innings.
David Phelps went 2-2 with a 4.41 ERA, 28 strikeouts, 9 walks in 8 games started and 32.2 innings.
Chase Whitley went 0-1 with a 1.62, 13 strikeouts, 5 walks in 12 games and 16.2 innings.
Ronnier Mustelier hit .344 with 2 HRs, 3 doubles, 8 runs, 6 RBIs in 16 games. 
Corban Joseph hit .227 with 2 HRs, 8 doubles, 14 runs, 11 RBIs in 25 games.


Overall the Yankees did not have a great fall league.  Only Mustelier and Whitley had solid league play but then again none of these players are top guys so this was only to see if any of them could separate themselves.  Hopefully this will help some of these guys blossom next minor league season as they got to see some top opponents in this league.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Cody Grice Update

I was asked about Cody Grice by one of my Facebook followers.  If any of you want to know anything about a Yankees prospect like my Facebook page and ask me about them.  I will try to come up with an answer or do as much research as I can about the issue.  But without further ado here is an update on Cody Grice.

First off, here is my draft day write up on Grice.  Since being drafted out of Grand Valley State in Michigan, he was assigned to Low A short season (Staten Island Yankees).  There he went on to hit .241 with a HR, 22 runs, 23 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in 46 games.  For a guy who is still only 21 that is not a bad place to be.  Next year I would imagine that he could start the season back at Staten Island but would not expect him to spend much time there.  If he produces at all I could easily see a early season promotion to Charleston (Low A).  I could actually even see him start the season off there, depending on what the Yankees scouts see in him.

The future for Grice could be bright.  He is a quick footed outfield who is still young.  Although the Yankees don't have a pressing need for outfielders at the major league level it is never bad to have depth.  Right now Grice is probably a top 10 outfielding prospect for the Yankees.  He is not quite on the level of Mason Williams or Slade Heathcott but he is still young and could definitely prove himself over the next few years.  However, with only the one year of professional baseball under his belt, pretty much anything could happen.  Look to see him spend much of next year in Charleston and see where he goes from there.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Road to Yankee Stadium 2011 Minor League All-Star Team

MiLB.com is going through each organization and I thought I would do my own before they get to the Yankees.  I picked All-Stars on a combination of future potential and 2011 production.  Some of these players aren't big time prospects and some didn't have an amazing season but are big time prospects.


Catcher: Jesus Montero (Most of Season Spent at: Scranton/Wilkes Barre)
Montero hit .288 with 18 HRs, 52 runs and 67 RBIs in 109 games.  He is the top player in the Yankees system and earned the All-Star spot at catcher with another very good season.  He was named an International League midseason All-Star team.
Honorary Mention: Austin Romine (Trenton), Gary Sanchez (Tampa)
Catcher is by far the deepest position in the Yankees system.  Both of these two players have big time potential and the Yankee also have JR Murphy who is another MLB catching prospect.  The Yankees are pretty set at this position for a long time.  

First BaseRobert Lyerly (Trenton)
Lyerly split the season between Tampa and Trenton.  He tore up Tampa, hitting .315 with 4 HRs, 32 runs and 46 RBIs.  He then got called up to Trenton where he hit .246 with 4 HRs, 36 run and 34 RBIs.  As it shows he did much better in Tampa but hopefully will adjust next season.  
Honorable Mention: Jorge Vazquez (Scranton/Wilkes Barre), Ramon Flores (Charleston)
First base isn't a great position in the Yankees system.  Vazquez has a very good season but is also 29, this makes him not much of a prospect.  If he was under 25 he would have been the All-Star at this position but due to his lack of future potential I picked Lyerly over him.  Flores is a fringe prospect who had a decent season but is only 19 so unlike Vazquez has time to develop.

Second BaseDavid Adams (Tampa)
Adams season was cut short by injuries so he didn't play many games, but in the games he did play was very productive.  He started the season on a rehab stint in the GCL.  He played 17 games there and hit .429 with a HR, 13 run, and 11 RBIs.  He was then promoted to Tampa where he played the final 12 games of his season.  There he hit .308 with 6 runs and 4 RBIs.  Second base is another position that the Yankee system is short on.  However, with Cano still being young this is not a big issue.

Third BaseDante Bichette Jr. (Gulf Coast League)
Bichette was the Yankees top draft pick in this years draft.  He was sent straight to the GCL where he had a very good season.  Good enough to be named the the GCL MVP.  In 52 games he hit .342 with 3 HRs, 33 runs, and 47 RBIs.  He lead his team to the GCL Championship and looks to have a lot of potential going forward.   
Honorary Mention: Brandon Laird (Scranton/Wilkes Barre)
With Alex Rodriguez signed for what seems like forever, this position won't be needed on the big league club for a while.  However, Bichette looks like he could take over once A-Rod needs to be switched to DH.  Laird on the other hand could be a backup a soon as next season.  He is never going to be a star in MLB but can play all the corners and that is very valuable.  I could see him being a key bench player on the Yankees for a while.

ShortstopCito Culver (Staten Island)
Culver was the Yankees first round pick in 2010.  This season he played at Staten Island.  There he hit .250 with 2 HRs, 40 runs, 33 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 69 games.  Although his average wasn't great he did show a lot of potential.  This is another position that isn't very deep and this could be a problem.  With Derek Jeter getting older, this is a position of need for the Yankees.  Hopefully Culver will grow into the player the Yankees want him to be and be the replacement for Jeter.    

Outfield:
Mason Williams (Staten Island)
Williams played this entire season in Staten Island.  He was the best hitter on the Yankees Short A Short Season team.  He hit .349 with 11 doubles, 42 runs, 32 RBIs, and 18 Stolen Bases.  Williams seems like the best outfield prospect the Yankees have and this season definitely helps his case.  He is still low in the system but in a few years he could be a mainstay in the Yankees outfield.  
Slade Heathcott (Charleston)
Heathcott was the Yankees first round pick in the 2009 draft.  This season he missed most of the season with injuries but he has five tool upside which is the main reason he makes this list.  This season in 52 games at Charleston he hit .271 with 4 HRs, 36 runs, and 16 RBIs.  
Zoilo Almonte (Trenton)
He split the season between Tampa and Trenton.  He started the season in Tampa, where he played 70 games.  There he hit .293 with 12 HRs, 38 runs, and 54 RBIs.  He then got promoted to Trenton where he played the final 46 games of the season where he hit .251 with 3 HRs, 23 runs, and 23 RBIs.  He was not as good once promoted to Trenton but the potential is there.
Honorable Mention: Raymond Kruml (Trenton)
The Yankees aren't exceptionally deep in the outfield.  They have two top prospects in Williams and Heathcott but not much after that.  However, with Granderson and Gardner still pretty young and the Yankees wallet this may never end up being an issue.

Lefty StarterManny Banuelos (Trenton)
Banuelos is the Yankees top rated pitching prospect.  And as a left hander this makes him even more valuable.  This season he spent most of the season at Trenton.  He went 4-5 with a 3.59 ERA, 94 strikeouts and 52 walks in 20 starts.  He was then promoted to Scranton/Wilkes Barre where he went 2-2 with a 4.19 ERA, 31 strikeouts, and 19 walks.  With a strikeout to walk ration only around 2:1 he will need to work on his control to make it to the majors.  Hopefully a full season at Scranton/Wilkes Barre next season will help him work on this issue.  
Honorary Mention: Shaeffer Hall (Trenton)
The Yankees don't have a huge stable of lefty starters but with Banuelos at the top it has a bright future.  With Hall looking to spend next season at Scranton with Banuelos that pitching staff should be very solid.

Righty StarterDellin Betances (Trenton)
Behind Banuelos, Betances is the next top pitching propect in the Yankees system.  This season him and 
Banuelos had very similar schedule, both started at Trenton and were promoted to Scranton/Wilkes Barre toward the end of the season.  At Trenton he went 4-6 with a 3.42 ERA, 115 strikeouts, and 55 walks in 21 starts.  He was then promoted to Scranton and went 0-3 with a 5.14 ERA, 27 strikeouts, and 15 walks in 4 starts.  His control issues are similar to Banuelos with around a 2:1 strikeout to walk ratio.  He should also spend next season at Scranton which will make that a very strong rotation.
Honorable Mention: DJ Mitchell (Scranton/Wilkes Barre)
Behind Betances there aren't any top right handed pitchers.  However, there were a few decent prospects in Scranton and DJ Mitchell had the best 2011 season of all of them.

RelieverMark Montgomery (Charleston)
Montgomery was the Yankees 11th round pick this season.  He pitched most of the season at Charleston and had a very good season.  He recorded 14 saves with a 1.85 ERA with 41 strikeouts and 11 walks.  The one problem with relievers in the low minors is that they will most likely not make the majors.  This is because relievers are usually not as good as starters.  Therefore if you are already a reliever this early you probably won't make the majors.  However, this is not the case for all and if Montgomery continues to pitch the way he has he has a shot.   
Honorable Mention: Branden Pinder (Staten Island), Andrew Brackman (Scranton/Wilkes Barre), Kevin Whalen (Scranton/Wilkes Barre)
The Yankees are pretty deep at reliever.  But again most good relievers came up as starters.  This is a good sign for Brackman because he started as a top starter but then failed and was converted to a reliever at the AAA level.  He could be in the Yankees bullpen as soon as next year.  Whalen could also make the majors next year, as he got a cup of coffee last season.  Whalen has always been a reliever but seems to be like he may be able pitch in the majors.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Oct. 19th Offseason Links

Some Yankees' minor league news that has occurred over the last few days.

-Brandon Laird and Austin Krum were named minor league Gold Glovers by Rawlings.  Laird was called up at the end of the season and has a chance to be a legitimate prospect going forward.  Krum has never done much with his bat but sees as he was named the best left fielder he may have a future as a defensive replacement.

-The Yankees have some players in the Arizona Fall League.   They include:
Rob Segedin
Dan Burawa
Preston Claiborne
David Phelps
Chase Whitley
Ronnier Mustelier
Corban Joseph
When the league ends I will do a recap of all the players.

-MiLB.com is doing a voting for many things in minor league baseball.  Lohud Yankees blog did a list of the Yankees nominated, so go and vote for them.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Jesus Montero #5 International League Prospect

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects of the International League (AAA) and the only Yankee prospect on the list was Jesus Montero at #5.  You can take a look at his previous minor league stats by reading his welcome post here.

I am actually a little surprised that Montero is listed at #5 and as the #2 catcher in his league.  This means that Montero has dropped from his original 2011 rankings as the #3 overall prospect and #1 catcher in all of minor league baseball.  However, this is just one ranking and after seeing what Montero has done at the major league level at the end of the season, I no longer think there is any question that Montero is ready to be a full time major leaguer.

His major league stats were a .328 Average with 4 HRs, 4 doubles, 9 runs, and 12 RBIs in 18 regular season games.  In the playoffs he went 2 for 2 with a run and a RBI.  Even thought this is a very small sample size I think it is just showing what is to come with this prospect, if you can even call him that anymore.  I would be very surprised if he wasn't on the team coming out of spring training next season as the full time catcher (if Russell Martin is let go) or the full time DH.  His bat was never a question and he has finally had a chance to show this at the major league level.  The only question is his ability to catch.  This will be the big question heading into next year.  If they believe he can be a full time catcher then this will free up the DH spot and the possibility of signing Prince Fielder (Yes, I know I may be dreaming on this one but its good to dream).

On a side note think about that lineup:
1)Jeter
2)Granderson
3)Cano
4)Fielder
5)A-Rod
6)Teixeira
7)Montero
8)Swisher?
9)Gardner
That could be the best lineup of all time.  Not saying it is going to happen with Montero a big question mark to be able to catch but again with the Yankees being knocked out of the playoffs last night, I like to dream big going into the offseason (and with the Yankees you never know).

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Three Yankees on Eastern League Top 20

The top 20 prospects of the Eastern League (AA) were announced today.  The Yankees affiliate in that league is the Trenton Thunder and three of thier players were recognized by Baseball America.  The three names will come as no suprise to anyone.  They are Manny Banuelos (#6), Dellin Betances (#9), and Austin Romine (#17).

These are three of the top players in the Yankees minor league system.  On Baseball Americas preseason rating of Yankees prospects Betances was #3, Banuelos #4, and Romine #6.  This shows that the have lived up to thier hype.  Two of them (Betances and Romine) even saw time in the big leagues in September.

Manny Banuelos was signed on March 30th, 2008 as an undrafted free agent out of Monterrey, Mexico at the age of 17.  Banuelos has had much success so far in the minor leagues.  His first year, 2008, in the GCL he went 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA.  The next season split between Low A and High A he went 9-5 with a 2.64 ERA.   In 2010, he was in the GCL, High A and AA.  That season he went a combined 0-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 15 starts.  Coming into this season MLB.com ranked him as the #35 overall prospect and Baseball America ranked him #41. Then this season he split time between AA and AAA and posted his first over 3.00 ERA.  Combined he went 6-7 with a 3.75.  This past season was the first that he did not dominate.  He also had control issues this season walking 71 batters in 129.2 innings.  Hopefully he can figure out what is wrong and once he fixes his control issue might be ready to come up to the majors.  His being a lefty helps even more since top flight lefty pitchers are hard to find.  My projection for him is to play most of next season in the minors and then get called up in September and make the big league team out of spring training in 2013.

Dellin Betances was drafted by the Yankees in the 8th round of the 2006 MLB draft at age 18, out of Grand Street Campus High School in Brooklyn, N.Y.  He started his career in the GCL, going 0-1 with a 1.16 ERA in 2006.  Then going into 2007, Baseball America ranked him as the #100 prospect in baseball.  That season he pitched in Low A SS (Staten Island Yankees) and went 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA in 6 starts.  The 2008 season was split between the GCL and Low A.  There he combined to go 9-5 with a 3.92 ERA.  The 2009 season was spent completely at High A ball.  He went 2-5 with a 5.48 ERA in what is his worst minor league season to date.  He had major control issues walking 62 in 121.2 innings.  This is an issue that will show it head again later on in his minor league career.  After this season he saw his prospect status was in jeoperdy.  The next year he reclaimed that status, splitting time between High A and AA.  In 2010, he went 8-1 with a 2.11 ERA.  This put him back in the spotlight and going into this season Baseball America ranked him as the #43 prospect in baseball.  This season he split between AA, AAA, and the majors.  In the minors he combined to go 4-9 with a 3.70 ERA.  However, his control issues again came back into the limelight.  He walked 70 batters in 126.2 innings.  Him, just like Banuelos, will have to figure out thier control issues if they want to last in New York.  His timeline is most likely the same as Banuelos but due to his September call up this season, it is possible that if the Yankees don't sign a pitcher in the off season that he could be tried out as the #5 starter coming out of camp, although I doubt this.

Austin Romine was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2007 MLB draft by the Yankees out of Lake Forest, California at age 18.  He only played 1 game in the 2007, in the GCL, and went 1 for 2 with a double, 2 runs, and a RBI.  His first full season, in 2008, was played at Low A.  That season he hit .300 with 10 HRs, 66 runs, and 49 RBIs.  In 2009, he played at High A and hit .276 with 13 HR, 61 runs, and 72 RBIs.  After the season he was named the Florida State League MVP.  This lead to him going into the 2010 season ranked as the #86 prospect by Baseball America.  He spent the entire 2010 season at AA, hitting .268 with 10 HRs, 61 runs, and 69 RBIs.  That season he was also selected to play in the Futures Game.  Going into this season he was ranked #98 by Baseball America.  He played most of the season at AA due to being stuck behind Jesus Montero.  However, when Montero was called up he played a few games in AAA and then later on a few in the majors.  His minor league stats combined for the season were a .279 average with 6 HRs, 44 runs, and 48 RBIs.  These numbers are lower then previous years because he missed a big chunk of the season with injuries.  The future does look bright for Romine.  He was able to see some major league time at the end of the season and projects well going forward.  Depending on the what the Yankees do with Russell Martin, Romine could start next season in the big leagues.  Romine does not have the bat Montero does but is a significantly better catcher.  This could lead to having Romine be the backup (is Martin is resigned) or starter (if Martin is let go), with Montero being the DH.  However, if Martin is brought back they may not want him to sit the bench in the big leagues and may have him play much of the season at AAA the way they did with Montero this past season. 

All three of these prospects could have major impact on the big league team by as soon as next year.  They all have very high cielings, especially the two pitchers, and look to be a big part of the Yankees future.

Monday, October 3, 2011

FSL Top Prospects Announced

The tops 20 prospects for the Florida State League were announced today.  The Yankees affiliate in that league is the Tampa Yankees (High A).  The Yankees did not a have any prospects listed in the top 20.  This does not come as a big surprise.  The biggest prospect to play there this season (Slade Heathcott) only played one game there before he was injured and shut down for the season.

The next biggest prospect there was most likely JR Murphy, another catcher in the Yankees system.  He however, didn't have a great season so it is no surprise he is not listed.  Just a note on this, the Yankee system is ridiculously deep at catcher.  The fact that Murphy, a second round pick in 2009, is the 4th best catcher in the Yankee system (after Montero, Romine, and Sanchez).

The other decent prospects at this level this season were Robert Lyerly, but he was called up half way through the season; David Adams, but he only played in the FSL for 12 days; and Zoilo Almonte, but he is still under the radar as a major league prospect.  It isn't a surprise that none of these players aren't top 20 in the league so overall, there is no surprises here.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

SAL League Top Prospects Released

Baseball America released their top prospects for the Sally (South Atlantic League) League.  This is Low A ball, and the Yankees affiliate at this league is the Charleston RiverDogs.  They had a tough season and the only Yankees listed in the top 20 by Baseball America was Gary Sanchez at #14.

If you look at my compiled lists of top prospects Gary Sanchez is a top 5 prospect in all lists and as high as number 2.  This just goes to show how good Sanchez is project to be.  From the scouting reports that I have heard he is supposed to have the bat of Montero and the defense of Romine.  If that is true Sanchez could be the catcher of the future while Montero is the DH.  But as Sanchez is still in Low A ball and was hurt for much of the season he has a way to go before he is catching in the majors.

Sanchez is out of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  He was signed in July of 2009 as a 16 year old for $3 million dollars, which is the 4th biggest signing bonus in Yankee history.

Last year was his first in professional ball and he split the season between the GCL and Staten Island.  Combined he hit .329 with 8 HRs, 13 doubles, 33 runs, and 43 RBIs in 47 games.

Going into this season he was ranked #30 by Baseball America and #32 by MLB.com.  He played the entire season at Charleston and hit .256 with 17 HRs, 16 doubles, 49 runs, and 52 RBIs in 82 games.  Even though his average wasn't very good he showed some very good power numbers which is good to see.

I could see Sanchez playing next season at AA, although he may start off the season at Tampa (High A) since he had some injury concerns.  But I predict he will end the season at AA and hopefully show that he can hit for a better average while continuing to hit for power.  Since he is still only 19 years old he is very young and has time to improve and get ready for the majors.  I would predict him being in the majors in 2-3 years and could definitely challenge for the Yankees starting catching role with Montero and Romine as long as all three are sill in the system which may not be the case.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mason Williams named top NYPL Prospect

Just like the GCL rankings that Baseball American came out with the other day, yesterday they released the ones for the New York-Penn League.  The Yankees had five on the list of the top 20 with Mason Williams being ranked number one.

Williams had an amazing year for the SI Yankees.  He hit .349 with 3 HRs, 6 triples, 11 doubles, 42 runs, 31 RBIs, and 28 stolen bases in 68 games. Williams was the 4th round pick in last years draft and after this season is looking like one of the top outfield prospects in the Yankees system.

Then the next Yankee on the list was Cito Culver at #6.  He did not have quite as good of a season as Williams. He only hit .250 with 2 HRs, 14 doubles, 40 runs, 33 RBIs, and 10 Stolen Bases without being caught once in 69 games.  He was the first round draft pick last year and is the top SS prospect in the Yankees system behind Eduardo Nunez who is already in the majors.  He is touted potentially as the heir apparent to Derek Jeter although being the Yankees they could always sign someone.

Tyler Austin is the next on the list at number eight. He was the 13th round pick in last years draft and spent all of last year in the GCL.  He then started this season in the GCL and played 20 games there but after hitting .390 he was called up to Staten Island.   Their he continued his hot hitting.  He hit .323 with 3 HRs, 10 doubles, 16 runs, and 14 RBIs in 27 games.  He also went 6-6 in a game in Staten Island.  He was called up mid season so didn't get a huge amount of attention but look for him at 3B next year and for years to come.

The next Yankee in the top 20 was Angelo Gumbs at #14.  He is the second baseman for Staten Island.  Gumbs was the second round pick in last years draft and spent last season in the GCL.  He had a pretty bad season but improved this season at Staten Island.  This season he hit .264 with 3 HRs, 11 doubles, 32 runs, and 29 RBIs in 51 games.  After the poor season last year and at a position of no need for the Yankees with Cano, Gumbs future may be elsewhere but its always good to have young infielders so he could see the major as a utility infielder at some point in the future.

Finally, Branden Pinder was ranked #19.  Pinder was in this years draft, 16th round.  He was the closer for SI this season.  His stats this season were a 1-1 record with a 1.16 ERA, 14 saves, 38 strikeouts, and 5 walks in 31 innings.  This is a very impressive year for a rookie pitcher in professional baseball.  Hopefully he can continue this as he progresses up through the minors.  The only problem I see is the fact that he is a minor league reliever.  Usually pitchers are relievers because they aren't as good as starters.  Therefore the fact that he is a reliever at this level doesn't look great for him major league prospects.  But hopefully he can buck this trend and make it to the Yankees bullpen in a few season.  Every team can always use young cheap relief pitchers to come into their bullpen.

These five prospects all look to have bright future but are still quite a distance from the majors.  Hopefully at least one of them will be up in the next 2-4 seasons.  My guess is that Williams would be the first to make the majors but at this point it is very hard to tell.

It looks like Baseball America is doing each league so as each one that the Yankees have an affiliate I will update you with the Yankees that are listed.  The next should be the Yankee prospects who played for the Charleston RiverDogs since they are working their way up from rookie ball to AAA.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Claudio Custodio

The third Yankee prospect on the top 10 for the GCL was Claudio Custodio who was ranked #9.

Custodio is out of Sabana Grande de Boya, Dominican Republic.  He was signed on April 24th, 2010 at age 19.

His first year was played for the Domincan Summer League Yankees 1 team.  There he struggled in his transition to professional baseball.  He hit .217 with 5 HRs, 9 doubles, 46 runs, 36 RBIs, and 14 Stolen Bases in 61 games.  After that season he was sent up to the GCL.

This season in the GCL he came into his own.  He hit .325 with a HR, 9 doubles, 46 runs, 19 RBIs, and 26 Stolen Bases in 39 games.  He was 7th in average, 1st in Stolen Bases, 1st in runs, 4th in OBP and 16th in hits in the GCL.  That is a very promising season.

Custodio is only 20 so still has a lot of time to develop.  One of his biggest assets looks to be his speed, with his high number of SBs and runs.  This is something that the Yankees are always looking for as speed is a very good asset to have.  To combine that with a high OBP is something that is very valuable and is perfect for the leadoff spot.  That is a spot that the Yankees have had trouble filling and if he has the skills to make it to the big leagues he could be a great asset for the Yankees.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ravel Santana

As promised I am doing bios on the top listed players in the GCL.  Ravel Santana was listed as the #2 player.

Santana is a 19 year old from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic.  He was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2008.

His first two seasons in the Yankees system were spent in the Dominican Summer League (DSL).  In 2009 he played for both the DSL 1 and DSL 2 team.  He combined to hit .234 with 5 HR, 8 doubles, 31 runs, and 28 RBIs in 50 games.

During the 2010 season he spent the entire season on the DSL 2 team.  There he hit an impressive .322 with 10 HRs, 10 doubles, 46 runs and 38 RBIs in 63 games.

This season he got called up to the GCL where he played the entire season.  He hit .296 with 9 HRs, 11 doubles, 42 runs, and 29 RBIs in 41 games.  He was 14th in the GCL in average behind five of his Yankee teammates.  He was also 5th in HRs, 15th in RBIs. 3rd in runs, and T-12th in doubles. 

These rankings show that he is a pretty complete player and being only 19 gives him a lot of time to develop. If he continues to show he can play against better and better competition, which we hope he does, it will still be at least 3 years until he gets even close to the majors.  However, he is a good player to keep an eye on over the next few seasons.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Dante Bichette named GCL MVP and top prospect

Earlier this month Dante Bichette Jr. was named MVP of the Golf Coast League.  He won this honor after hitting .342 with 47 RBIs.

Now today Bichette was named the top prospect in all of the GCL by Baseball America.  However, he is not the only Yankee on the list.  In fact the Yankees have the top 2 prospects.  Number two being outfielder Ravel Santana.  They also have the number nine prospect in shortstop Claudio Custodio.  This is good to see.  This is a very low level but its good to see the Yankees having top guys here.  Santana and Custodio aren't guys I have followed in the past so I will look into them and do write ups for them in the coming days.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Mariano Rivera Ties Saves Record

In honor of the great Mariano Rivera tying Trevor Hoffman for the All-Time saves record I wanted to do a post about the beginning of Rivera's career.  We all know that he has had a great career as a closer for the Yankees over the last 16 years but some might not know how it started.

Rivera was signed out of Panama in 1990 at age 20 on February 17th.  This seems old for today's standards where central American kids are usually signed before age 18 but twenty years ago I would assume this was not as much the case.

He was then sent to the Golf Coast League which was the only minor league level he was used primarily as a reliever.  There he posted a ridiculous 0.17 ERA in 52 innings, giving up only 1 earned run.  Over the next 4 + years he made his way through the Yankees minor league system.  The teams during that time were almost all in different locations. He spent the 1991 season in Greensboro which is the equivalent of Charleston or Low A.  There he started half of the game he pitched in.

Then in 1992 he again got moved up and this time to Fort Lauderdale which is the equivalent of Tampa or High A.  There is where he began starting in all the games he pitched. He started 10 games that season.

Even though he posted a 2.08 ERA with Fort Lauderdale the 1993 season was spent between GCL and Greensboro.  He started 12 games that season.

1994 was the season that he really jumped through the minors he went from Tampa (They had switched from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa by the time Mo got back to High A) to Albany-Colonie (Today's Trenton or AA) to Columbus (Today's Scranton/Wilkes-Barre or AAA).  He started 22 games that season and posted a overall 3.09 ERA.  He had struggled in his time at AAA with a 5.81 ERA which was the first time he had any issues in the minors.  Therefore he started the 1995 season in Columbus.  After carrying a 2.10 ERA in 7 starts he was called up to the major league team and made his major league debut on May 23rd, 1995.

That first season in the bigs would be the only time his ERA would ever be over 3.00 for a season.  This season would be the last time he had any pitching struggles.  He started 10 games (pitched in 19 overall) and went 5-3 with a 5.51 ERA.  That would be the last season he made a start.

Rivera did not become the full time closer until 1997 because the Yankees had top closer John Wetteland ahead of him.  In 1996, as the Wetteland's setup man, he had his only season with over 100 innings pitched.  That season he recorded a 2.09 ERA and a phenom was born.  In 1997 he recorded 43 saves and as they say the rest is history

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Play them Joe

On this blog I usually don't talk to much about the big league club but after yesterdays game I feel that I need to write something.  The Yankees had a 9-1 lead after 6 innings and were taking out their starter, Phil Hughes.  Girardi then calls in Scott Proctor.  Why?  Proctor has been mediocre since his call up at the beginning of September and has shown what he can do in the major over his career.  Therefore why not call in a guy to make his major league debut in a low pressure situation to let them get their feet wet.  Not only are the Yankees up 9-1 but they are also in Seattle where they don't have to deal with the pressure of pitching in Yankee Stadium.  Girardi even had Brackman and Betances warm up but decided instead to use Proctor (who gave up a 2 run HR) and Luis Ayala to finish off the game.  I really don't understand why Girardi would do this.  Is there really anything you want to see from Proctor in relief? The answer is no.  He shouldn't be on the playoff roster and there is no reason to not at least give these kids a chance to show their stuff in the bigs.

This whole situation doesn't surprise me though.  Girardi's use of the bullpen has made very little sense to since he started as Yankee manager.  That has been my biggest knock on him since he was hired.  Hopefully he will not continue this trend and will use the bullpen as effectively as possible the rest of the season and through the playoffs.

Prospect and 2011 Draftee Update September 13th

Staten Island Yankees 2-1 victory over the Auburn Doubledays to win the New York-Penn League Title.
Mason Williams went 1 for 3 with a run.  Cito Culver went 0 for 3.  Tyler Austin went 2 for 4 with a RBI.  Angelo Gumbs went 0 for 3.

With the NYPL victory, Dante Bichette Jr. will have won two league titles in one season.  I'm pretty sure he was the only one called up from the GCL Championship team so that is pretty cool for him in his first professional season.

Draftee Update:
Zach Wilson went 1 for 3 with a HR, a run, and a RBI.
Cody Grice replaced Wilson and went 0 for 1.
Matt Tracy started and pitched 6 scoreless innings, giving up 3 hits, not walking anyone, and striking out 4.  He recorded his second win of the playoffs.
Zachary Arneson pitched 1 hitless inning, walking 1 and striking out 1.
Philip Wetherell pitched 1 hitless inning, walking 1.  He recorded his third save of the playoffs.
Branden Pinder pitched 1 inning, giving up 1 unearned run and a hit.

This is the final game of the Yankees minor league system.  Therefore it will be the last update for until next season.

Prospect and 2011 Draftee Update September 12th

Staten Island Yankees 9-2 victory over the Auburn Doubledays in Game 1 of the best of three Championship Series
Mason Williams went 1 for 5 with a double, a run, and a RBI.  Cito Culver went 2 for 6 with a double and a run.  Tyler Austin went 2 for 5 with a run.  Angelo Gumbs went 1 for 5 with a HR, a run, and a RBI.

Draftee Update:
Zach Wilson went 1 for 3 with a RBI, a strikeout, and a walk.
Cody Grice replaced Wilson and went 0-0 with a walk.
Zachary Arneson pitched .1 hitless innings.
Philip Wetherell pitched 1 hitless inning, striking out 1.
Branden Pinder pitched 1 hitless inning, striking out 1.
Robert Paullus pitched 1 scoreless inning, giving up 1 hit, walking 2, and striking out 3.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Welcome to Yankee Stadium: Dellin Betances

Dellin Betances (RHP) was called up a few days ago but I missed it.  He has yet to pitch.

Betances was drafted in the 8th round of the 2006 MLB draft by the Yankees out of Grand Street High School in Brooklyn, NY at age 18.  He is big guy at 6'8" 255 lbs.

He was sent first to the Golf Coast League (GCL) for the remainder of the 2006 season.  There he went 0-1 with a 1.16 ERA, 27 strikeouts, and 7 walks in 7 starts and 23.1 innings.

Before the 2007 season he was ranked as the #100 prospect in baseball by Baseball America.  That season at Staten Island (Low A Short Season) he went 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA, 29 strikeouts, and 17 walks in 6 starts and 25 innings.

After the 2007 season he dropped out of the top 100 prospect by Baseball America.  In 2008 he started the season back in the GCL.  There he went 0-1 with a 8.53 ERA, 6 strikeouts, and 3 walks in 3 games, 2 starts, and 6.1 innings.  He was then promoted to Charleston (Low A) where he went 9-4 with a 3.67 ERA, 135 strikeouts, and 59 walks in 22 starts and 115.1 innings.  As you can tell from his strikeout to walk ratio he is another Yankee prospect who struggles with his control at times.

Going into the 2009 season Betances was sent to Tampa (High A).  There he went 2-5 with 5.48 ERA, 44 strikeouts, and 27 walks in 11 starts and 44.1 innings.  After this season his prospect title was in jeopardy.  He had gone from one of the top Yankee prospect to a fringe prospect who needed to prove he could still bring it.

He did just that in 2010.  That season he started a Tampa again and went 8-1 with a 1.77 ERA, 88 strikeouts, and 19 walks in 14 starts and 71 innings.  He got a call-up to Trenton (AA) at the end of the season.  There he went 0-0 with a 3.77 ERA, 20 strikeouts, and 3 walks in 3 starts and 14.1 innings.  This season put him back in the spotlight as a Yankees prospect and quieted the wildness issues for now.

Going into the 2011 season he was ranked as the #43 prospect by Baseball America.  This season he started at Trenton where he went 4-6 with a 3.42 ERA, 115 strikeouts, and 55 walks in 21 starts and 105.1 innings.  He was selected to the mid-season All-Star team.  He was then called up to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) toward the end of the season.  There he went 0-3 with a 5.14 ERA, 27 strikeouts, and 15 walks in 4 starts and 21 innings.  Although he did have some walk issues throughout the season he still looks to have a bright future with the Yankees.

Going forward from here he will most likely start the 2012 season at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  He will still only be 24 and will probably need one more seasons in the minors before hopefully become a big time option for the Yankees in 2013.  There is a possibility if he shows a lot in AAA that he could be a midseason call-up and contribute next season.  His upshot is to be a top of the rotation starter in the next few years.  Hopefully this will happen as we are short on young pitches and it would be great if the Yankees could develop some homegrown starters.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Welcome to Yankee Stadium: Austin Romine

Austin Romine was called up today and was called on to be a defensive replacement in today's win against the Angels.  He didn't have a plate appearance.

Romine was drafted in the second round of the 2007 MLB draft out of El Toro High School in California.  He is the son of former Major League OF Kevin Romine (Boston Red Sox, 1985-1991) and younger brother of SS Andrew Romine, the fifth-round pick of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2007 Draft.  


In his first season, 2007, he only played 1 game for the GCL Yankees and went 1 for 2 with a double, 2 runs, and a RBI.


His first full season, in 2008, was played for the Charleston RiverDogs (Low A).  There he hit .300 with 10 HRs, 24 doubles, 66 runs, and 49 RBIs in 104 games.


In 2009 he was promoted to Tampa (High A) and hit .276 with 13 HRs, 28 doubles, 61 runs, and 72 RBIs in 118 games.  This season he solidified himself as a prospect in the Yankees system.  He was selected as a mid- and postseason All-Star, named the MVP of the Florida State League, and as the Topps FSL player of the year.


The 2010 season he was put at Trenton (AA).  Before the season started he was ranked as the #86 prospect in baseball by Baseball America.  That season he hit .268 with 10 HR, 31 doubles, 61 run, and 69 RBIs in 115 games.  He was a mid season All-Star, name an AFL rising star, and was a Futures Game selection.  


This season he started in AA stuck behind Jesus Montero, who was the starter at AAA, and played their most of the season until Montero was called up Sept. 1.  He was Baseball America's #98 prospect before the season.  In Trenton he hit .286 with 6 HRs, 13 doubles, 43 runs, and 47 RBIs in 85 games.  He dealt with some injuries so played in fewer games then he had in the previous few seasons.  When called up to Scranton/Wilkes Barre (AAA) he hit only .133 with a run and a RBI in only 4 games.  This season he was again selected to the Futures Game and a mid-season All-Star.    


Unlike Montero who will most likely spend next season in the Majors, Romine will most likely play at least one more season in the minors.  With Montero in the bigs however, that will open up the starting job at AAA, so expect him to start the 2012 season in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  Although Romine is not as highly touted offensively as Montero his specialty is his defense which could be his key to becoming a Yankee.  I'm glad to see that he will get a chance to show what he has in the big leagues before this season is over.





Prospect and 2011 Draftee Update September 10th

Staten Island Yankees 1-0 victory over the Brooklyn Cyclones to get to the second round of the playoffs.
Mason Williams went 1 for 4.  Cito Culver went 0 for 3.  Tyler Austin went 2 for 3 with 2 doubles and a run.  Angelo Gumbs went 0 for 2.

Draftee Update:
Zach Wilson went 0 for 3.
Cody Grice was a defensive replacement and didn't have an plate appearance.
Philip Wetherell pitched 2 scoreless innings, giving up 2 hits.
Branden Pinder pitched 1 hitless innings, striking out 1.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Prospect and 2011 Draftee Update September 9th

Staten Island Yankees 5-12 loss to the Brooklyn Cyclones in Game 2 of the playoffs.
Mason Williams went 3 for 5 with 2 runs.  Cito Culver went 1 for 4 with a run.  Tyler Austin went 1 for 5 with 2 RBIs.  Angelo Gumbs pinch hit in the 8th and was 0 for 1.

Draftees:
Zach Wilson went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBIs.
Cody Grice went 1 for 3 with a double.
John Brebbia pitched 1 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Prospect and 2011 Draftee Update September 8th

Staten Island Yankees 2-0 victory over the Brooklyn Cyclones in the first game of the playoffs.
Mason Williams went 1 for 4 with a triple. Cito Culver went 1 for 4.

Draftees:
Zach Wilson went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts.
Cody Grice went 1 for 4 with 2 strikeouts.
Matt Tracy got the start and pitched 6 scoreless innings, giving up 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4.  He recorded the win.
Philip Wetherell pitched 1 hitless inning, walking 1.
Branden Pinder pitched 2 hitless innings, striking out 4.  He recorded the save.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Prospect Update September 7th

Staten Island Yankees were rained out.

They are the only team remaining.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Welcome to Yankee Stadium: Andrew Brackman

Andrew Brackman was called up today as another arm in the bullpen.  He is a 6'11", 230 pound fireballer.

Brackman played 3 years at NC State where he went 11-7.

He was then drafted by the Yankees in the first round, 30th overall, in the 2007 MLB draft.

His first season in the minor was 2009 with the Charleston RiverDogs.  Before the season started Baseball America ranked him as the #92 prospect in baseball.  There he pitched in 29 games, starting 19 of those games.  He went 2-12 with a 5.91 ERA in 106.2 innings.   He struck out 103 but walked 76.  That has been the biggest knock on Brackman, his control.

His second season he went through Tampa and made it to Trenton.  In Tampa he started 12 games, going 5-4 with a 5.10 ERA in 60 innings.  There he walk to strikeout rate was much improved, he struck out 56 while walking only 9.  He was then promoted to Trenton where he pitched in 15 games, 14 starts.  He went 5-7 but with a very respectable 3.10 ERA in 80.2 innings.  However, his walk to strikeout ratio was not as good, walking 30 and striking out 70.

This season he was promoted to AAA and spent the entire season there.  Preseason he was ranked as the #78 prospect in baseball by Baseball America.  He struggled especially early and was demoted to the bullpen for much of the season.  He played in 33 games, starting only 13.  He went 3-6 with a 6.00 ERA in 96 innings.  Here his walk to strikeout ration was awful, he walked and struck out 75.  However, as of late he has been having more success in the bullpen.  He hasn't given up a run in the last 11.2 pitched and has has some better control so the Yankees are giving him a chance to show his stuff in the big leagues.

Brackman has been one of the top pitchers in the Yankees system over the last few years.  Although he has had some major control issues, he is one top prospect who does have bullpen experience, which is what the Yankees are looking for from their call ups at this point.  Hopefully, Joe Girardi will give him a few appearances and get his feet wet in the majors.

Jorge Vazquez makes All-Star team

With the International League regular season coming to an end the All-Stars were announced.  The only Yankee on the team was the Jorge Vazquez as the DH.  I would assume that Jesus Montero would have made the team had he not been in the majors at this point.  Congrats to Jorge and I'm surprised he hasn't gotten his call up yet.  Link is here.

Prospect Update September 5th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Bison.  This was the final game of their season.
Austin Romine went 1 for 4 with a run.  Jordan Parraz went 3 for 4 with a HR, a run, and 2 RBIs.


Trenton Thunder 5-3 victory over the New Britain Rock Cats in 11 innings.  This was the final game of their season.
Robert Lyerly went 2 for 5 with a run.  Corban Joseph went 1 for 6 with a RBI.  Zoilo Almonte went 1 for 5 with a RBI.

Charleston RiverDogs 5-0 victory over the Asheville Tourists
Kevin Mahoney went 0 for 4.


Staten Island Yankees had an off day.

On the final day of the season for all but Staten Island all of the Yankees team win.  Since Staten Island didn't play and all the remaining 2011 draftees are on Staten Island (except for Mark Montgomery who didn't play) there wont be a draftees update for this day.  Also Staten Island is rained out on the 6th so there won't be another update until Staten Island on the 7th.  

2011 Draftees Update September 4th

Staten Island Yankees:
Zach Wilson went 3 for 4 with a HR, a double, a run, and a RBI.
Zachary Arneson pitched 2 hitless innings, striking out 3.
Philip Wetherell pitched 1 hitless innings, striking out 3.
Branden Pinder pitched 1 innings, giving up 1 run, 1 hit, and striking out 1.

Prospect Update September 4th

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees had a double header against the Buffalo Bison.  The lost the first 1-5 and won the second 2-0.
Austin Romine went 0 for 3 in game two.

Dellin Betances started game one and pitched 5 innings, giving up 5 runs on 6 hits, walking 2, and striking out 7.  Andrew Brackman pitched 2 scoreless innings, giving up 1 hit.


Trenton Thunder 9-12 loss to the New Britain Rock Cats
Robert Lyerly went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles, 2 runs and a RBI.  Corban Joseph had a nice day going 3 for 5 with a HR, 3 runs, and 2 RBIs.  Zoilo Almonte went 0 for 5.


Tampa Yankees 2-3 loss to the Lakeland Flying Tigers.  This was the final game of their regular season.
Ronnier Mustlier went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles, a run, and a RBI.


Charleston RiverDogs 8-1 victory over the Asheville Tourists
Ramon Flores went 2 for 5 with a double and a RBI.  Kevin Mahoney went 1 for 2 with a triple, 2 runs, and a RBI.


Staten Island Yankees 4-7 loss to the Brooklyn Cyclones
Mason Williams went 3 for 5 with a run.  Cito Culver went 1 for 4 with a double, a run, and a RBI.  Angelo Gumbs went 1 for 4 with a RBI.

Reds at Cardinals September 4th

Went to St. Louis on Sunday to see Busch Stadium.  They lost to the Reds in the 10th inning.  It was close all game and the Reds were able to take the lead in the 10th.  Here are some pictures I took.
Walking up to Busch Stadium.  Its right in downtown St. Louis so we were able to walk there. 

A picture from our seats in center field.  Right in home run territory.  Didn't happen though.

One cool thing about Busch Stadium is the grassy hill in center.  No home runs were hit there so people didn't jump onto it but that is what happens in this stadium.

Former Yankee Lance Berkman was in right.  He is having a stellar season for St. Louis after the Yankees didn't pick up his option.  It looked like a good move at the time but now it would have been nice to have Lance in our lineup this season.
 Lance on the big screen.
Picture of the outfield at Busch.  They have a double scoreboard which is pretty cool.

Got my pin.
Brandon Laird's older brother Gerald played in the game.
 
Former Yankee Octavio Dotel pitched for the Cardinals.
Name that batting stance.  One of the most notable batting stances in baseball today.  The one and only Albert Pujols.
They had a cool area with statues in front of the stadium.  The one you can see on the left is Rogers Hornsby.

2011 Draftees Update September 3rd

Staten Island Yankees:
Zach Wilson went 0 for 3 with a RBI and 2 strikeouts.
Dante Bichette Jr. went 1 for 3 with a solo HR and a walk.
Cody Grice went 1 for 4.
Robert Paullus pitched 1.1 innings, giving up 4 runs, 2 earned, giving up 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 1.

Prospect Update September 3rd

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 7-14 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox
Austin Romine went 0 for 4.  Jordan Parraz went 2 for 4 with a triple and 2 runs.

Manny Banuelos had a bad outing, pitching 1.2 innings, giving up 5 runs on 4 hits, walking 5, and striking out 1.


Trenton Thunder had a double header against the New Britain Rock Cats.  They loss the first 9-10 and won the second 6-5.
Robert Lyerly went 1 for 4 with a run and a RBI in game one and 0 for 4 in game two.  Zoilo Amonte went 2 for 4 in game one and 2 for 3 with a triple, a double, and three runs.  Corban Joseph went 1 for 5 with a run and a RBI in game one and 2 for 3 with a double and a RBI.


Tampa Yankees 7-3 victory over the Lakeland Flying Tigers
Abraham Almonte went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 3 runs.


Charleston RiverDogs 1-3 loss to the Asheville Tourists
Ramon Flores went 0 for 3.  Kevin Mahoney went 1 for 4.


Staten Island Yankees 4-11 loss to the Brooklyn Cycles
Cito Culver went 2 for 3 with a double and 2 runs.  Angelo Gumbs went 1 for 4 with a RBI.  Dante Bichette Jr. 1 for 3 with a HR, a run, and a RBI.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

2011 Draftees Update September 2nd

Charleston RiverDogs:
Mark Montgomery pitched 1 scoreless inning, giving up 1 hit, and striking out 2.

Staten Island Yankees:
Zach Wilson went 1 for 4 with a strikeout.
Dante Bichette Jr. went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts.

Prospect Update September 2nd

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 3-4 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox
Austine Romine got called up to AAA and went 1 for 4.

Starter Adam Warren went 6 innings, giving up 4 runs, walking 2, and striking out 5.  Andrew Brackman pitched 1 hitless innings, walking 3.


Trenton Thunder 4-1 victory over the New Britain Rock Cats
Robert Lyerly went 1 for 5.  Zoilo Almonte went 0 for 5.  Corban Joseph went 1 for 3 with a run and 2 RBIs.


Tampa Yankees had a double header against he Lakeland Flying Tigers.  They won the first 3-0 and the second 5-2.
Luke Murton went 1 for 3 with a double and a RBI in game one and 0 for 4 with a RBI in game two.


Charlston RiverDogs 1-0 victory over the Asheville Tourists
Ramon Flores went 1 for 3.  Kevin Mahoney went 0 for 2.


Staten Island Yankees 0-4 loss to the Brooklyn Cyclones
Mason Williams went 0 for 4.  Cito Culver went 2 for 4.  Dante Bichette Jr. got called up and went 0 for 4.

Friday, September 2, 2011

2011 Draftees Update September 1st

Staten Island Yankees:
Zach Wilson went 2 for 4 with 2 HRs, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, and a strikeout.
Cody Grice went 1 for 4.
Matt Tracy got the start and pitched 5 innings, giving up 6 runs, 2 earned, walking 2 and striking out 10.  He recorded his second loss of the season.
John Brebbia pitched 2 hitless innings, striking out 4.

Prospect Update September 1st

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees had an off day.


Trenton Thunder 0-2 loss to the New Hamphire Fisher Cats
Austin Romine went 1 for 4.  Robert Lyerly went 0 for 3.  Corban Joseph went 2 for 4.

Starter Shaeffer Hall pitched 7 innings, giving up 2 runs, 1 earned, walking 1, and striking out 5.


Tampa Yankees 1-5 loss to the Lakeland Flying Tigers
Abraham Almonte went 1 for 4.

Starter Brett Marshall pitched 5 innings, giving up 1 run, and striking out 5.


Charleston RiverDogs 4-5 loss to the Asheville Tourists
Ramon Flores went 2 for 5 with a run.  Kevin Mahoney went 1 for 3 with a HR, 2 runs, and 1 RBI.


Staten Island Yankees 3-9 loss to the Vermont Lake Monsters
Mason Williams went 1 for 4.  Tyler Austin went 1 for 4 with a RBI.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

End of August Minor League Roundup - Staten Island Yankees


Staten Island Yankees
Record: 45-24 1st place and Division Champions in the McNamara Division of the New York-Penn League
Top Prospects:
Mason Williams .352 Average, 3 HRs, 11 Doubles, 41 Runs, 31 RBIs in 65 games.
Zach Wilson .247 Average, 7 HR, 14 Doubles, 36 Runs, 27 RBIs in 61 games.
Cito Culver .242 Average, 2 HRs, 12 Doubles, 37 Runs, 32 RBIs in 66 games.
Angelo Gumbs .265 Average, 3 HRs, 11 Doubles, 32 Runs, 27 RBIs in 49 games.
Cody Grice .241 Average, 1 HR, 4 Doubles, 22 Runs, 23 RBIs in 44 games.
Tyler Austin .318 Average, 3 HRs, 9 Doubles, 15 Runs, 12 RBIs in 24 games.

End of August Minor League Roundup - Charleston RiverDogs


Charleston RiverDogs
Record: 52-83 7th place in the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League (Sally League)
Top Prospects:
Kevin Mahoney .265 Average, 2 HRs, 11 Doubles, 35 Runs, 29 RBIs in 62 games.
Ramon Flores .263 Average, 11 HRs, 25 Doubles, 58 Runs, 57 RBIs in 121 games.
Gary Sanchez .256 Average, 17 HRs, 16 Doubles, 49 Runs, 52 RBIs in 82 games.
Mark Montgomery 0-0, 1.93 ERA, 13 Saves, 39 Strikeouts, 11 Walks, 21 Games, 23.1 innings.

End of August Minor League Roundup - Tampa Yankees

Tampa Yankees
Record: 71-62 4th place in the North Division of the Florida State League
Top Players:
David Adams 
.308 Average, 3 Doubles, 6 Runs, and 4 RBIs in 12 games.
Luke Murton .278 Average, 8 HRs, 27 Doubles, 44 Runs, 60 RBIs in 113 games.
Ronnier Mustelier .345 Average, 3 HRs, 11 Doubles, 18 Runs, and 22 RBIs in 27 games.

Brett Marshall 9-7, 3.86 ERA, 109 Strikeouts, 48 Walks, 26 Games, 25 Games Started, 135.1 innings





End of August Minor League Roundup - Trenton Thunder

Trenton Thunder
Record: 65-70, 4th in the Eastern Division of the Eastern League
Top Players:
Austin Romine .286 Average, 6 HRs, 13 Doubles, 43 Runs, 47 RBIs in 84 games.
Robert Lyerly .243 Average, 4 HRs, 14 Doubles, 32 Runs, 32 RBIs in 62 games.
Raymond Kruml .290 Average, 5 HRs, 13 Doubles, 70 Runs, 35 RBIs in 114 games.
Zoilo Almonte .255 Average, 3 HRs, 10 Doubles, 20 Runs, 22 RBIs in 41 games.
Corban Joseph .271 Average, 4 HRs, 37 Doubles, 70 Runs, 51 RBIs in 125 games.
Cody Johnson .226 Average, 15 HRs, 16 Doubles, 37 Runs, 45 RBIs in 74 games.
Brad Suttle .215 Average, 9 HRs, 18 Doubles, 41 Runs, 47 RBIs in 86 games.
Dellin Betances 4-6, 3.42 ERA, 115 Strikeouts, 55 Walks, 21 Games Started, 105.1 innings.
Manny Banuelos 4-5, 3.59 ERA, 94 Strikeouts, 52 Walks, 20 Games Started, 95.1 innings.
Shaeffer Hall 10-7, 4.26 ERA, 1 Save, 92 Strikeouts, 37 Walks, 25 Games, 23 Games Started, 143.2 innings.
Josh Romanski 0-0, 2.04 ERA, 14 Strikeouts, 6 Walks, 13 Games, 1 Game Started, 17.2 innings.

Pat Venditte 3-6, 2.88 ERA, 83 Strikeouts, 30 Walks, 49 Games, 85 Innings,