Down on the Farm

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Shelley Duncan & Jim Brower are heading to the Triple-A All-Star game, where a team of International League all-stars play a team of Pacific Coast League all-stars. For a club that started the year with what was being touted as “the greatest minor league rotation ever,” I have to say I’m unimpressed.   

Both Triple-A Scranton and Double-A Trenton were washed out. Scranton will make up their game as part of an August 3rd doubleheader, Trenton will go for two tomorrow.

High-A Tampa (8-0 win over Vero Beach) they were getting no hit into the 5th, then they hung a 6 spot on one of the better pitching prospects in the game
Reegie Corona: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
Austin Jackson: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – a K and a nonmulti-hit game? wtf??? seriously, the Yanks couldn’t be any happier with how he’s played since the promotion
Jose Tabata: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – first homer since April 7th, his 3rd game of the year…
Edwar Gonzalez: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K
Marcos Vechionacci: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
Frankie Cervelli: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K – 5 for his last 40…
Russ Raley: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
Kevin Whelan: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 4-7 GB/FB
Guillermo Villalona-Bryan: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 6-3 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston had a scheduled off day.

Short Season Staten Island (2-1 loss to Hudson Valley in 5 innings) game was completed early due to rain
Taylor Holiday: 1 for 3, 1 CS – recently signed, but if you’re loyal to DotF, you remember him from last week’s College World Series coverage
Matt Morris: 1 for 3, 1 RBI – ditto Holiday’s comment
Damon Sublett: 0 for 2, 1 K
David Williams: 1 for 2 – 11 hits in his last 7 games
Isaiah Howes: 0 for 2 – ditto Holiday’s comment
Austin Krum, Luis Nunez & Justin Snyder: all 0 for 2 – Krum K’ed
James LaSala: 1 for 2, 1 R
Nick Chigges: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP – must be tough to go 0-3 in your first 3 pro starts after going 22-5 in your last 2 years of college…
Jeff Livek: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Rookie GCL Yanks (5-4 win over GCL Phillies) 
Gerson Manzanillo: 0 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Prilys Cuello: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 E (both fielding) – 5 RBI, 5 BB, 4 K in 7 games
Zolio Almonte: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – 7 H, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K in last 4 games
Brandon Laird: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Melky Mesa: 0 for 4 – 4 for 27 with 13 K this year
Gerardo Rodriguez: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBP
Pete Walker: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – dude’s 38 years old!
Manny Barreda: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K – gotta love the 7-1 K/BB ratio in 5 IP
Tim Dennehy: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 7-3 GB/FB

I’m going to try out a very minor change in format starting tomorrow: instead of calling the post “Down on the Farm” every damn night, I’m gonna give the title some personality.

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  • C-Note

    Any thought that some wrist problems he’s had in the past have held tabata’sHR total down for this year? His XBH in doubles & now the HR seem to be increasing they last couple of weeks

    SO Psyched about Action Jacksion’s first week in Tampa, nice little one-two punch there with him & tabata

    yea, MIKE A, I was thinking that just lst week, the AA rotation has been what the AAA rotation was supposed to be… if Sanchez didn’t have TJ surgery, if Olendorff & Jackson didn’t suck… what might’ve been…

    With(depending on trades and injuries) they might be saying the same thing about next years rotation in scranton in april 08′ (Kennedy, JoBA, Horne, and any other two from the remaining pitchers in trenton, Chase, T-Clip, maybe Kontos if he gets to trenton before years end)

  • yankz

    Mike, every day I check on Duncan, Tabata, Jackson, and a couple others. None of those names below High A mean anything to me. Anyone we should be keeping track of?

  • b/c

    Fortenberry, Robertson, Dunn, Nova, Sublett, Krum, Howes, Barreda, Zink

  • b/c

    And above you should see the entire AA rotation Kontos Clip and Gardner

  • Mike Plugh

    Don’t forget Dellin Betances. He was Baseball America’s #100 prospect this year, I think. Correct me if I’m wrong Mike. He’ll be somewhere sexier next season and could climb the ladder fairly quickly if he’s as good as everyone says he is. Hell, I’d rather see a Yankee rotation of Wang, Hughes, Joba, Kennedy, and Betances today, regardless of how they do. It would be much more interesting than the garbage we’re watching now.

  • C-Note

    when baseball American comes out again what do you think- JoBA top 5, Kennedy in the top 25(at least), Tabata top 20, more if we get a power surge, … maybe Horne to break onto the list??? Even if he’s 24 he’s still having a fantastic year with lights out stuff— Betances is a real wild card, his stuff is so well regarded that if he kicks ass in SI no telling how high he could climb… top 50? top 30?

  • Tommy

    Wow the Staten Island outfield is crowded. I saw Holliday played first base, but that still leaves a log jam of Howes, Morris, Hollingsworth, Andres Perez, David Williams and Krum.

    I’m guessing Perez or Krum will go down, and if any of the other guys gets real hot they won’t wait to send up someone to Charleston. Especially since all of them except Krum are in the 22-23 age range.

  • Mike A.

    Lot’s of good questions…

    RE: Tabata’s wrist/lack of power
    I’m not very worried about it, yeah it’s in the back of my mind, but I don’t think it’s cause for concern (yet). Remember this is an 18 YEAR OLD KID in the Florida State League, one of the pitcher friendliest environments in baseball. On top of that, Legends Field is death to RHB (same OF dimensions as Yankee Stadium). Normal players his age are still in Rookie ball or EST. He’ll be okay.

    RE: Guys to watch below High-A
    b/c hit on most of the guys and Mike Plugh mentioned Betances. Those are the big names, but don’t forget Zach McAllister, Prilys Cuello and the Almonte’s (Abe & Zolio). They’ve all got a chance to be special (doesn’t mean they all will be though).

    RE: Top 100
    No way Joba is top 5; Justin Upton, Cam Maybin, Jay Bruce, Andrew McCutchen and Fernando Martinez will all be ahead of him, and that’s just outfielders. I figure Tabata will be in the 25-30 range again, Joba probably not far behind (think 30-35), Betances really could be anywhere from 40-80, depending on how his SI season goes. Kennedy will likely end up in the 90-100 range, and Horne might sneak in. But this is just speculation on my part, so don’t take it literally.

    RE: crowded SI OF picture
    Hiliday played first in the CWS too, which is weird – I saw him play the OF all spring (he has a thing for running into walls to make a catch, it’s fun to watch). I think he might have a minor injury that’s keeping him from chasing down balls in the gaps and stuff. Morris is too good defensively not to play the OF, and Howes is really more of a DH/part-time LF (good thing he can rake). Austin Krum is a nice player, as is David Williams. Don’t forget DJ Hollingsworth, he’s another OFer.

    I’m guessing you’ll see Holiday at first with Krum, Morris and Williams in the OF most nights, with Howes rotating between LF and DH. Hollingsworth gets the short end of the stick, but they can always send him to Charleston. Perez…eh, I don’t really care what they do with him.

  • yankz

    Thanks, all.