Austin Jackson + Zach McAllister = !!!

Yanks to A-Rod: You've got a bright future ahead of you son. We want it to be in pinstripes.
Grading and projecting the Yanks

Triple-A Scranton is off for the All-Star break. The International League squad beat their Pacific Coast League counterparts 7-5.
Shelley Duncan: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 2 K – started at DH and batted 6th…pinch hit for in the 8th by a former Yankee top draft pick
Jim Brower: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – got the last out of the 6th

Double-A Trenton is off for the All-Star break. The AS game was cancelled after less than 2 and a half innings because of a ridiculously thick fog. All three Yankee farmhands who made the trip got into the game before they called it off.
Jeff Marquez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2-1 GB/FB – started the game…8 of 14 pitches were strikes
Alan Horne: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – pitched the second…10 of 12 pitches were strikes…
Matt Carson: 0 for 0, 1 HBP – started in left field and batted ninth…when he got hit by the pitch, they played this over the stadium PA system…classic

High-A Tampa (8-7 win over St. Lucie)
Reegie Corona: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Austin Jackson: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – 2 doubles, 2 triples, 3 homers and 5 multihit games in his last 10 contests…he’s approaching an A-Rod level of hotness…well, not really, but you get my point…
Jose Tabata: 0 for 5, 1 K
Edwar Gonzalez: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 K
Chris Malec: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B – A-Jax gets all the love, but he’s hitting .293 since he was promoted from Charleston
Marcos Vechionacci: 1 for 5, 1 R, 2 K
Tim Battle: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K – hey look at me! I’ve got 2 triples and a homer in my last 3 games!
Frankie Cervelli: 1 for 4, 1 R – BA continues to plummet…now down to .266
Kevin Russo: 2 for 4, 2 RBI – picked off first
Dan McCutchen: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K – completely outpitched one of the Mets’ best pitching prospects
Eric Wordekemper: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – another 1-run save…

Low-A Charleston (3-1 win over Columbus)
Mitch Hilligoss: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI – 6 hits in 4 games back from injury
Eduardo Nunez: 3 for 4, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 CS – picked off first
Seth Fortenberry: 0 for 4, 2 K
Josue Calzado: 1 for 2, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – 12 hits in his last 8 games
Wilmer Pino: 2 for 3, 1 R
Eric Hacker: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HB – took a no-no into the 7th…
Jesse Hoover:  2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0-6 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (4-3 win over Auburn)
Justin Snyder: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – safe to say he’s been the team’s best position player all year
Damon Sublett & Austin Krum: both 1 for 3 – Krum scored a run, Sublett drove one in & got hit by a pitch
David Williams: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
rest of lineup: combined 0 for 16, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Zach McAllister: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 6-1 GB/FB – 24-3 K/BB ratio & 28-6 GB/FB ratio in his last 20.1 IP…just when you thought the Yanks couldn’t have any more kick-ass pitching prospects…
John Axford: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HB

Rookie GCL Yanks (6-4 win over GCL Indians)
Prilys Cuello: 1 for 4, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – alternating games with a hit and 0-fers for over a week now…
Zoilo Almonte: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Ryan Wehrle: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 HBP – only 5 K (6 walks) in 59 AB
Wady Rufino: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Melky Mesa: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 SB – 3 doubles and a triple in his last 3 games
Kelvin Perez: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 10-4 GB/FB
Wilkins DeLaRosa: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Link Saunders: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Yanks to A-Rod: You've got a bright future ahead of you son. We want it to be in pinstripes.
Grading and projecting the Yanks
  • James Varghese

    Hey Mike,

    Wordekemper – is he going to get moved up at some point? I mean, he’s not getting any younger.

  • C-Note

    if someone could post Horne’s inning of work on youtube that would be great, I only realised that game was on TV till it was too late :(

    for a couple of slow nights some great pitching by Heredia last night and McAllister tonight— The pitchers in the Yankee system who I am watching the boxscore whenever they pitch to see how they are doing are Hughes, JoBA, Kennedy, Horne, Betances, Kontos, McAllister, and now Heredia… and that’s only starters—should have another wave of guys coming back from injury and from this years draft

    With the rise of JoBA, Kennedy & Horne, with the guys coming up behind them, and Hughes in the NY rotation once he comes back from injury, don’t you get the feeling that T-Clip will be the the odd man out? So weird becasue that sunday night against the mets was so great and so needed, and he was brought up WAY too early– but with him being a control pitcher losing his control and some very special arms comming up quickly behind him in the last few weeks it’s just hard to psyched about T-Clip…

    Horne’s progression back from TJ surgery to were his stuff and career are today has to be a great lesson to Sanchez, Garcia, and the 21 other pitchers who needed to have TJ down on the farm in the last year…

    does anyone else take great pleasure seeing the Mets top shelf pitching prospects sucking? they always love to bullshit about the wealth of home grown legends in their past from Seaver to Gooden and so on

    anyone still think Pelfry will be better than PHIL?

    or at this point JoBA, or Kennedy or Horne??

    and how much of a signing bonus did they bend over and give him?

    baseball the way it oughta be my ass

  • Mike R.

    Hey Mike:

    I’m curious. Where do you consider the level of competition in short season ball in comparison to college ball and Low A? McCallister’s line was incredible in any league, but I just want to know what kind of opponents he was facing.

  • Zack

    And for that matter, do y’all see McCallister bumping up to low A with a few more good starts, or is he young enough to stay at SI all season?

  • CB

    Does anyone know if the Yankees are still sticking with their plan of not letting McCallister throw his two seamer at all so that he develops more velocity and improves his 4 seam fastball?

    I thought that was the plan for him – get more velocity out of his size – but I can’t imagine how he’d generate these almost Wang like GB/FB ratios without his hard, sinking two seamer?

  • Mike A.

    RE: Wordekemper
    Wordekemper is what he is. He’s the kind of guy that has to prove himself at every level, and make the climb one step at a time. When he eventually gets to the bigs, he’s one of those guys that’ll have the announcers saying “see kids, if a 47th round pick can make, you can too.”

    RE: Short Season Competition
    I think the NY-Penn League is a little bit tougher than the college level in terms of competition, but not that much tougher. The guys playing in the NYPL are the top college players in the country (there’s over 6,500 kids playing college ball each year, and only 800 or so actually get drafted) and some of the very best high school and international guys. It’s a great way to see what you have in young guys, which makes what McAllister is doing all the more impressive.

    I think he’s in Short Season for the rest of the year, and I happen to think that sending him to Low-A would be a demotion. He’d have to head to High-A to be bumped up to better competition. He can wait until next year.

    He must still be using his 2-seamer, it’s tough to generate that many groundballs on a 4-seamer alone. He came out of high school as a 2-seamer-changeup guy with a decent slider, but the Yanks got him to use his 4-seamer more and also had him add a curve. I dunno if he’s using all 5 pitches, but it’d be damn cool if he was.