Saturday, June 4, 2011

Prospect Update June 4th

Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees 3-7 loss to the Toledo Mud Hens
Jesus Montero went 0 for 4.  Brandon Laird had a big day going 2-4 with a HR, double, 2 runs, and a RBI.  Jorge Vazquez went 1 for 4 with a run.

On the mound Adam Warren got through 6 innings giving up only 3 runs and striking out 5 on 93 pitches.


Trenton Thunder 4-3 victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in 10 innings
Cody Johnson went 2 for 5 with a run and a RBI.

Starter Dellin Betances went 5.2 giving up 3 runs, 2 earned, while walking and striking out 5.


Tampa Yankees 5-2 victory over the Lakeland Flying Tigers
Robert Lyerly went 2 for 4 with a triple and 2 runs.  Zoilo Almonte went 1 for 4 with a HR, run, and 4 RBIs.

Brett Marshall went 6 innings giving up only 1 run and striking out 4.


Charleston RiverDogs 4-5 loss to the Rome Braves
JR Murphy went 1 for 4.  Kyle Roller and Rob Segedin both went 2 for 4 with a double.  Segedin also had a run and RBI.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Prospect Update June 3rd

Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees 4-3 victory over the Toledo Mud Hens
Both Jesus Montero and Jorge Vazquez went 2 for 4 with a run in the Yankees walk off victory.  Montero also had a double.  Brandon Laird had a nice day going 3 for 4 with a double, a run, and 2 RBIs.

Starter David Phelps went 7.2 innings giving up 3 runs, but only 1 earned.  He also struck out 7.  Kevin Whalen picked up his first win of the season after pitching a perfect inning.


Trenton Thunder 7-6 victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Corban Joseph had a big day, going 3 for 4 with a double, 2 runs, and a RBI.  Cody Johnson also had a big day going 3 for 5 with 2 runs and a RBI.

On the mound Shaeffer Hall went 7 innings giving up 6 runs, 5 earned, while striking out 7.  Then switch pitcher Pat Venditte came in and pitched a perfect inning.  Then closer Tim Norton came on to get his 5th save and lower his season ERA to 1.61 with a scoreless inning.


Tampa Yankees 2-4 loss to the Jupiter Hammerheads
Robert Lylerly had a horrible day, going 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts.  Walter Ibarra had a nice game going 2 for 4 with a run and a RBI.


Charleston RiverDogs 15-2 victory over the
JR Murphy went 2 for 5 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs as the Charleston offense exploded.  Kyle Roller went 3 for 5 with a HR, 3 runs, and 2 RBIs.  Rob Segedin went 2 for 5 with a double, a run, and 2 RBIs.  Ramon Flores had a big day going 3 for 3 with a HR, triple, 3 runs, and 2 RBIs.

Ones that Got Away: Mike Lowell

Previous Segments: Jose TabataIan KennedyAustin JacksonRoss Ohledorf, and Gerrit Cole
In these segments I will detail former Yankee prospects who were traded and have since become successful players for other teams.  The sixth in this series will be Mike Lowell


Trade to the Florida Marlins for Ed Yarnell, Mark Johnson, and Todd Noel

Background: Lowell was drafted by the Yankees in the 20th round of the 1995 MLB draft.  He played his college ball at Florida International University.  He spent his first season in the New York-Penn League where he hit only .260.  It would be his worst minor league year.  By 1997 he had already reached AAA which at that time was still in Columbus, OH after hitting .344 in half a season at AA.  Before the 1998 season began he was rated the #71 overall prospect by Baseball America.  He didn't disappoint, hitting .304 with 26 HR and 99 RBIs in Columbus.  In 1998 he also made his MLB debut.  He got in his first action on September 13th and played in 8 games for the Yankees that season.  He was then traded on February 1st 1999.

Since being trade: Going into the 1999 season he had risen to become the #58 overall prospect by Baseball America.  He again did not disappoint, hitting .313 in 24 games before being called up the the Marlins.  Over his 12 year career post Yankees, Lowell was a very solid player.  His career numbers include a .279 average, with a 162 game average of 23 HRs and 96 RBIs.  He was elected to 4 All-Star teams, won a gold glove, a silver slugger, and was in the voting for the MVP twice (once 5th and once 11th).  His best season was most likely 2007 for the Boston Red Sox (who he was traded to in 2005) in which he hit .324 with 21 HRs and 120 RBIs.


Comments on trade: Well looking back at this trade with the careers of these players finished, this was an awful trade by the Yankees,  They gave up a very serviceable 3B who played in the big leagues for 12 years for Yarnell, who made 7 career big league pitching appearances; Johnson, who never played for the Yankees, got rule 5 drafted away from them by the Tigers, and only made 9 career MLB appearances; and  Noel, who never made the big leagues.  At the time they were trading a 20th round draft pick for two previous first round picks (Noel and Johnson) and a 3rd round pick (Yarnell) but in the end this was a horrible trade.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Prospect Update June 2nd

Scranton/ Wilkes Barre Yankees 2-13 loss to the Indianapolis Indians
Jesus Montero went 1 for 3.  Brandon Laird went 2 for 4 with an RBI.  Jorge Vazquez went 0 for 3.

Starter and highly touted prospect Andrew Brackman only made it through an inning plus 3 hitters.  He gave up 3 runs and struck out one while walking 3.  He threw only 39 pitches and raised his ERA to 6.80.


Trenton Thunder 1-5 loss to the Altoona Curve
Austin Romine went 0 for 4.  Brad Suttle had a nice day, going 2 for 2 with a double and a run.


Tampa Yankees 5-3 victory over the Jupiter Hammerheads
Robert Lylerly continues to hit, going 3 for 5 with a double and 2 RBIs.  Luke Murton went 0 for 3 with a run.


Charleston RiverDogs 4-9 loss to the Rome Braves
JR Murphy went 1 for 4 with a solo home run.  Rob Segedin went 2 for 3.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Prospect Update June 1st

Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees 1-0 victory over the Indianapolis Indians
Jesus Montero and Brandon Laird both went 0 for 4.  Jorge Vazquez went 1 for 3.

Starter DJ Michell pitched 7 scoreless innings while striking out 5.  Kevin Whalen picked up his 16th save on the season pitching a scoreless inning.

Trenton Thunder 7-3 victory over the Altoona Curve
Austin Romine went 2 for 4 with a run and a RBI.

Top pitching prospect Manny Banuelos pitched 5.1 innings giving up 2 runs, only 1 earned, while striking out 4 but got a no decision.

Tampa Yankees 4-3 victory over the Jupiter Hammerheads
Robert Lyerly went 1 for 5.  Zoilo Almonte had a big day going 3 for 4 with a HR, 2 runs, and a RBI.

Charleston RiverDogs 3-10 loss to the Rome Braves
Slade Heathcott went 0 for 4.  JR Murphy went 2 for 4 with a double and a run.  Kyle Roller went 2 for 4 with a double, a run, and a RBI.  Rob Segedin went 3 for 5 with a RBI.

On the mound 2010 Short Season Pitcher of the Year, Jose A. Ramirez pitched 5.2 innings giving up 4 runs but striking out 11 batters.

Ones that Got Away: Gerrit Cole

Previous Segments: Jose TabataIan KennedyAustin Jackson,and Ross Ohledorf
In these segments I will detail former Yankee prospects who were traded and have since become successful players for other teams.  The fifth in this series will be Gerrit Cole


Well this segment is going to be a little different.  As many of you may know Cole was never a Yankees prospect.  He was in fact drafted by the Yankees in the first round of the 2008 MLB draft but never signed even though it was rumored that he was going to be offered $4 million to sign.  He instead chose to play at UCLA.  However, as this years draft comes closer and Cole is considered a unanimous top 5 pick I want to look back at one who truly got away.


As I start my draft tuneup (this blog will have extensive coverage of the Yankees picks in the draft) I want to look at Gerrit Cole and see what could have been since at this point the Yankees have virtually no shot of getting him.


As a freshman at UCLA he was selected to the All-Pac Ten Team after going 4-8 but posting a very respectable 3.49 ERA and striking out 104 batters.  After that season he was selected to be on the USA Collegiate National Team.  With that team he posted a 4-0 record with an amazing 1.06 ERA.


During his sophomore season he really came into his own.  Although his ERA did not improve significantly, only to 3.37, his record was much better at 11-4.  He was voted as a third-team All-American by Baseball America.  That summer he again played for the National Team, this time going 2-0 with an even better 0.72 ERA.  He was rated the top prospect on the National Team for the second straight year by Baseball America.


As a junior he again lowered his ERA by a little bit to 3.28 but much like his freshman year did not have a great record at just 6-7.while striking out 108.  He was selected to the first team All-Americans by Baseball America and is now considered one of, if not the top pitching prospect in this years draft. 


So looking back it looks like the Yankees were very astute to the potential this kid had.  There were two reasons however that he slipped to the Yankees at 28.  First being that he had pledged to attend UCLA and although some thought he wouldn't go this turned away many teams.  Secondly, he was represented by Scott Boras and any team drafting him knew they would have to pony over the money if they drafted this kid.  This again turned away some teams.  But in the end he chose to attend UCLA and we will never know how good a Yankee he could have been unless he gets traded to them at some point in his career.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Prospect Update May 31st

Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees 10-3 victory over the Indianapolis Indians
Jesus Montero had a big day going 2 for 5 with a triple, HR, 2 runs and 3 RBIs.  Jorge Vazquez had another hitless game going 0 for 5.  Jordan Parraz had a huge day going 4 for 5 with a double, run and 4 RBIs.  Brandon Laird also had a nice day going 2 for 5 with a double, a run, and a RBI.

Trenton Thunder 1-2 loss to the Altoona Curve
Austin Romine went 1 for 4.  Brad Suttle went 2 for 4 with a double and a run.

Switch pitcher Pat Venditte pitched 2 scoreless innings.

Tampa Yankees 2-0 victory over the Jupiter Hammerheads
Robert Lyerly went 1 for 4.  Luke Murton went 1 for 4 with a double and a RBI.

Charleston RiverDogs 0-1 loss to the Savannah Sand Gnats
Slade Heathcott had an awful day going 0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts.  JR Murphy went 2 for 4.

Ones that Got Away: Ross Ohlendorf

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

Trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates: Ohlendorf, Jose Tabata, Jeff Karstens, and Daniel McCutchen for Damaso Marte and Xavier Nady

Background: Ross Ohlendorf was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 4th round of the 2004 MLB draft.  He was drafted out of the prestigious Princeton University.  He spent 3 years in the Diamondbacks minor league system before being traded to the Yankees in the trade that brought Randy Johnson back to Arizona.  Once in the Yankee system, in 2007, he went a combined 4-4 with a 4.81 ERA at two different levels.  He then made his major league debut for the Yankees on September, 11th 2007.  In his major league stint in 2007 he appeared in 6 games, all in relief, finishing with a 2.84 ERA.  In 2008, he started the season at Yankees AAA affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes Barre.  He only started 5 games at the minor league level that season, going 1-1 with a 4.03 ERA.  He was then called up to the big leagues and over 25 relief appearances, went 1-1 with a 6.53 ERA.  Then in July of 2008 he was traded to Pittsburgh.

Since being trade: Upon being trade to Pittsburgh in 2008 he was sent to their AAA affiliate.  There he posted a 4-3 record with a 3.47 ERA in 7 starts.  He was then called up to the big leagues for good.  In 5 starts for the Pirates that season he went 1-3 with a 6.35 ERA.  For Ohlendorf 2009 was hit coming out party.  In 29 starts for the Pirates he went 11-10 with a very respectable 3.92 ERA.  However, 2010 was not as kind to Ross.  Although he had a decent 4.07 ERA in his 21 starts, he had an awful 1-11 record.  This season has not been any kinder to him.  His ERA has skyrocketed to 7.27 with no decisions in the only 2 games he has started.
'Comments on Trade: In the Jose Tabata edition of "Ones that Got Away" I stated that giving up Tabata was too much.  While in hindsight this may have been true it looks as if Cashman made the right move to trade Ohlendorf at the time.  Although he has had two decent seasons I am not sure he will be a stable starter long term.  At this point he may or may not have made the Yankees rotation and would probably not be any better an option than Ivan Nova at this point.  Therefore, selling high on Ohlendorf looks like the right move although he could very well prove me wrong and go on to have a very decent MLB career.

Prospect Update May 30th

Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees 5-8 loss to the Indianapolis Indians
Jesus Montero went 2 for 4 with an RBI.   Justin Maxwell and Jorge Vazquez both went hitless.  Brandon Laird went 2 for 4 with a double and a run.

Starter Adam Warren went 6 inning but gave up 4 runs and 9 hits, while striking out 4.

Trenton Thunder 6-4 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs
Austin Romine went 3 for 5 with a double, a run, and a RBI.  Corban Joseph also went 3 for 5, and he scored a run.

Another top pitching prospect, Dellin Betances, started for the Thunder.  He went 5 innings giving up 3 runs while striking out 6.  Josh Schmidt closed out the game with a perfect inning to record his 6th save.

Tampa Yankees had an off day

Charleston RiverDogs 1-3 loss to the Savannah Sand Gnats
Slade Heathcott went 1 for 3.  Ramon Flores went 1 for 4 and JR Murphy went 0 for 4.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Prospect Update May 29th

Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees 8-4 victory over the Louisville Bats
Jesus Montero went 1 for 5 with a run and a RBI.  Justin Maxwell had a big day going 1 for 2 with a HR, 2 runs, and 3 RBIs.  Jorge Vazquez went 1 for 4 with a run.  Brandon Laird went 1 for 4 with a double, a run, and a RBI.

On the mound David Phelps threw eight innings, giving up 4 runs while striking out 5.  He also had no walks in only 82 pitches.

Trenton Thunder 5-2 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs
Austin Romine went 1 for 4 with a run and a RBI.  Brad Suttle went 2 for 4 with a triple, a run, and 2 RBIs.

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

On the mound Brett Marshall pitched 7 inning while giving up only 1 unearned run and striking out 4.

Charleston RiverDogs 3-4 loss to the Savannah Sand Gnats
Slade Heathcott went 1 for 4.  JR Murphy went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and a run.  Kyle Roller went 1 for 4 with a double and a run.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Prospect Update May 28th

Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees 3-4 loss to the Louisville Bats
Jesus Montero went 1 for 4.  Justin Maxwell went 2 for 4 with a HR, double, a run and a RBI.  Jorge Vazquez went 0 for 4.

A top prospect, Andrew Brackman was on the mound.  He went 4.1 innings, giving up 2 runs only 1 hit while striking out 8.  However, he also walked 6 batters in his 96 pitch effort.

Trenton Thunder played a double header
Game One 8-7 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs
Austin Romine went 2 for 2 with a run and 2 RBIs.  Corban Joseph had a nice day going 2 for 4 with 2 doubles, a run, and 2 RBIs.

Josh Schmidt recorded his fifth save for the Thunder pitching a scoreless inning.

Game Two 5-7 loss to the Portland Sea Dogs
Brad Suttle went 1 for 3 with 2 runs.

Switch pitcher Pat Venditte pitched 4.1 scoreless innings in relief.

Tampa Yankees 4-2 victory over the Charlotte Stone Crabs
Robert Lyerly went 0 for 3 with a run.

Charleston RiverDogs 6-3 victory over the Hickory Crawdads
Slade Heathcott went 0 for 4 with a RBI.  Ramon Flores went 0 for 4.