Saturday, May 28, 2011

Ones that Got Away: Austin Jackson

Previous Segments: Jose Tabata Ian Kennedy
In these segments I will detail former Yankee prospects who were traded and have since become successful players for other teams.  The third in this series will be Austin Jackson

Three team trade with the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks:
Yankees get:Curtis Granderson
Yankees give up: Jackson, Ian Kennedy, and Phil Coke

Background: Austin Jackson was drafted out of high school in the 8th round by the New York Yankees in 2005.  By 2008 he had made it to the Yankee's AA team, the Trenton Thunder, and was rated by Baseball America as the #2 prospect in the Yankees farm system behind only Joba Chamberlain.  He never made it the the Bronx.  His last season in the Yankees system, 2009, he was at AAA Scranton/Wilkes Barre.  There he carried a .300 average for the season.  However, in hopes to upgrade the offense he was traded for a MLB ready outfielder in Curtis Granderson.  

Since being trade: Once he arrived in Detroit he was immediately brought up to the Majors and made the starting center fielder.  He had a great rookie season.  He finished with a .293 average with 181 hits 103 runs scored and 27 stolen bases.  This was good enough for him to finish 2nd in the AL Rookie of the Year voting behind Neftali Feliz.  However, this year he has struggled.  Through 50 games played, he is hitting only .228 with 21 runs.  

Comments on Trade: In the Kennedy segment I gave the position that I thought Cashman gave up to much in this trade.  While I still think this, the outfielder part of this trade looks like a definite upgrade for the Yankees.  Curtis Granderson has turned his career around and is looking like a potential superstar while Jackson is struggling in this second season.  The truth is that this trade can not truly be broken down until these players careers are over and we see their entire body of work.  But looking from right now Granderson is an upgrade in CF.

Prospect Update May 27th

Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees 6-4 victory over the Louisville Bats
Jesus Montero went 1 for 4 with a double and a run.  Jorge Vazquez went 2 for 4 with a HR, a double, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs.  Justin Maxwell also hit a HR, going 2 for 4 with 2 runs and a RBI.

Kevin Whalen remains strong in the closers role.  Picking up his 14th save while pitching a shutout inning.

Trenton Thunder 4-2 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs
Austin Romine went 2 for 4 with a double and a RBI.  Brad Suttle went 1 for 3 with a double.

On the mound Manny Banuelos made the start and lasted 5 innings, giving up 2 runs and 4 hits while striking out 4.

Tampa Yankees 3-7 loss to the Charlotte Stone Crabs
Robert Lyerly went 1 for 4 and Luke Murton went 0 for 4.

Charleston RiverDogs 6-3 victory over the Hickory Crawdads
Slade Heathcott went 1 for 5 with a triple and a run.  JR Murphy went 0 for 2.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Prospect Update May 26th

Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees 5-0 victory over Louisville Bats
Jesus Montero and Jorge Vazquez both went 1 for 5 with 4 strikeouts.  Justin Maxwell had a much better day going 2 for 4 with a double, 3 runs, and an RBI.  Brandon Laird went 2 for 5 with a double and a RBI.

On the pitching side, Kevin Whalen got his 14th save of the season pitching 1.1 scoreless innings.

Trenton Thunder 3-1 victory of the Reading Phillies
Brad Suttle went 2 for 5 with 2 triples and a RBI.

Tampa Yankees 12-2 victory over the Charlotte Stone Crabs
Robert Lyerly had a huge day going 4 for 5 with 2 doubles, 3 runs, and 3 RBIs.  Luke Murton went 2 for 5 with a double, a run, and 2 RBIs.  Kevin Mahoney went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles, a run, and 3 RBIs.

Charleston RiverDogs 4-6 loss to the Hickory Crawdads
Slade Heathcott went 1 for 5.  JR Murphy went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 runs.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Prospect Update May 25th

Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees had an off day

Trenton Thunder 4-3 victory over the Reading Phillies
Austin Romine went 1 for 5 with a double and a run.  Jose Gil went 2 for 5 with a double, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs.

On the mound top prospect Dellin Betances threw 6 inning, giving up only 2 runs and striking out 10.  However, the win went to Wilkins Arias who pitched one shutout inning.


Tampa Yankees 12-1 victory over the Ft. Myers Miracle
Luke Murton went 2 for 5 with a run and 3 RBIs. Kevin Mahoney went 2 for 4 with a HR, run and 2 RBIs.

Charleston RiverDogs 0-3 loss to the Hickory Crawdads
Not a good day for the RiverDogs.  Slade Heathcott went 0 for 4 and JR Murphy went 1 for 4.

Prospect Update May 24th

Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees 5-1 victory over the Indianapolis Indians
Jesus Montero went 1 for 4 with a run.  Jorge Vazquez with a HR, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs.  Justin Maxwell went 2 for 4 with a run.

On the pitching front Adam Warren went 8 strong innings giving up only 1 run, while striking out 4.

Trenton Thunder 5-2 victory over the Reading Phillies
Austin Romine went 1 for 4 with a run and a RBI.  Cody Johnson went 2 for 4 with a double and a HR.  Getting 2 runs and 3 RBIs.  Corban Joseph went 1 for 3 with a run.

Tampa Yankees 4-5 loss to the Ft. Myers Miracle
Robert Lyerly again went hitless at 0 for 4.  Catcher Kyle Higashioka had a big day going 3 for 4 with 3 doubles and 2 runs.

Charleston RiverDogs had an off day



Monday, May 23, 2011

Prospect Update May 23rd

Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees 2-1 victory over the Indianapolis Indians
Jesus Montero went 1 for 4.  Brandon Laird and Justin Maxwell both went 1 for 3 with Maxwell scoring a run.

On the pitching side David Phelps threw 7.1 inning giving up only 1 run, while striking out 4.  He is now 3-4 on the season and lowered his ERA to 3.35.  Kevin Whalen pitched a perfect ninth to record his 13th save of the season.

Trenton Thunder had an off day

Tampa Yankees 4-1 victory over the Ft. Myers Miracle
Robert Lyerly for the first time since this blog started did not record a hit, going 0 for 3.  Luke Murton also went hitless.  Kevin Mahoney provided the only home run in the game, hitting a solo shot to go 1 for 3.

Charleston RiverDogs 6-11 loss to the Augusta GreenJackets
Two big prospects had big days.  Slade Heathcott went 3 for 5 with a triple and three runs scored out of the leadoff spot.  JR Murphy went 2 for 3 with a double and a run scored.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Prospect Update May 22nd

Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees 4-5 loss to the Indianapolis Indians
Jesus Montero went 1 for 4.  Justin Maxwell had the best offensive day going 1 for 4 with a double, 2 RBIs, and a run.  Brandon Laird went 0 for 4.

On the pitching side, top ten prospect Andrew Brackman went six inning giving up 4 runs while striking out four to record a no decision.

Trenton Thunder 6-1 victory over Portland Sea Dogs
Corban Joseph had a big day going 2 for 3 with a double, a run, and 2 RBIs.  Not to be outdone, Austin Romine also had 2 RBIs, going 2 for 4.  Brad Suttle also had 2 RBIs, with a HR.

This was a big day for Yankee pitching as a top ten prospect was also pitching for Trenton.  Manny Banuelos went for only 4.2 innings giving up only 1 unearned run and striking out 7.  But since he didn't pitch 5 inning did not get the win.  The switch pitcher Pat Venditte also pitched in this game, going 2.2 scoreless innings.  Josh Schmidt came in to get his 3rd save of the season and lower his ERA to 1.88.

Tampa Yankees 3-6 loss to the Ft. Myers Miracle
Robert Lylerly went 1 for 3 and Luke Murton went 0 for 4 in a lackluster offensive day for the Tampa Yankees.

Charleston RiverDogs 2-5 loss to the Augusta GreenJackets
Neither JR Murphy, 0 for 3, or Slade Heathcott, 0 for 4, got a hit in this game.

Braves at Angels May 21st

The fourth and final game of my road trip was watching the interleague matchup of the Braves vs. the Angels.  As a side note, the Angels were the only AL team we saw the entire trip and it was nice to finally have a DH.  I still don't know why the NL hasn't adopted it yet and why many people are still against it.



Angels Stadium was very nice.  From the time you walk up and see two huge Angels caps you know its going to be good.  For this game we had front row seats in right field.  Right next to Torii Hunter and as a defensive replacement in the 12th inning, Jason Heyward.  The fountain in center was a nice touch and they had two nice jumbotrons.  The only downside was that they didn't give much info on the scoreboards.  They didn't have previous at bats listed and didn't put scoring decisions up so I had to guess when it was a tricky call.  But overall a very nice park.  At the end of this post I will rank the 4 parks that we visited on the trip.



But on to the baseball.  As you can glean from my previous comments this game went into extra innings, 12 to be exact.  The braves came back from four down in the 7 to tie the game up and eventually win.  This continued the streak of failing to see a home team win this entire trip.  In terms of the pitching matchup I was very excited to see Tommy Hanson throw for the Braves.  He was a top prospect very recently and has had great success at the major league level.  However, on this night he was not the story.  Although looking back at the scorecard he did have a decent game, 6 IP, giving up 4 and striking out seven, he was not dominant.  In fact until the 7th inning Joel Piniero, the Angels starter was pitching a much better game.  But then it all fell apart for him as he gave up a 3 run bomb to Joe Mather.

Coming into this game I was very much hoping to see Jason Heyward play as he is a big up and coming star in MLB (and on my fantasy team).  However, he has had injury concerns and as I mentioned before didn't play until he was a defensive replacement in extra innings.  Aside from him there were no other young big name up and comers in this game.  The Angels magazine tried to pump up the likes of Mark Trumbo, Hank Conger, and Peter Bourjos but between them they went 0-13 in the game with 2 walks both by Trumbo.

Roadtrip Stadium Rankings:
1)Chase Field - Phoenix, Arizona
2)Angels Stadium - Anaheim, California
3)Petco Park - San Diego, California
4)Dodger Stadium - Los Angeles, California

Prospect Update May 21st

Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees 3-5 loss to the Indianapolis Indians
Jesus Montero had a good game going 1 for 3 with a HR and all 3 of the teams RBIs.  Brandon Laird went 2-4.


Trenton Thunder 4-3 victory of the Portland Sea Dogs
Not to be outdone, Austin Romine went 2 for 4 with a solo home run.  Brad Suttle went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Tampa Yankees 7-12 loss to the St. Lucie Mets
Robert Lyerly continues his hot hitting going 2-5 with 2 runs, a HR, and 2 RBIs.

Charleston RiverDogs 1-3 loss in 11 innings to the Augusta GreenJackets
JR Murphy went 2 for 5 with 2 doubles. Eduardo Sosa went 3 for 5 with an RBI.  Slade Heathcott went 2 for 5.