Aug
31

GCL Yanks win Gulf Coast League Title

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Triple-A Scranton (9-3 win over Pawtucket)
Kevin Thompson: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 SB
Jose Cruz Jr.: 0 for 4, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Babe Mientkiewicz: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K – 4th straight game with a double
Mike Kinkade: 3 for 5, 3 R, 1 3B – just up from Trenton, but he just keeps on rakin’
Bronson Sardinha: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Alberto Gonzalez: 1 for 5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K - doubled off this guy…but then again, who hasn’t?
Eric Duncan: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 K
Wil Nieves: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Juan Francia: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB – had been 3 for his last 33 coming into the game
The Ghost of Kei Igawa’s Ghost: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K – only 1 HR allowed…is he a better option that Phil Hughes right now? I think…NOT!
Charlie Manning: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K – 6 baserunners & 12 K in 11.2 AAA innings

Double-A Trenton (6-5 loss to New Hampshire in 11 innings, walk-off style)
Jamal Strong: 1 for 5, 2 RBI, 1 K
Reegie Corona: 0 for 3, 2 BB
Colin Curtis: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – 2nd straight 3 for 5 game with a jack
Juan Miranda: 1 for 4, 1 RBI
Cody Ehlers: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – a whooping 48 RBI this year after 106 last year
Carlos Mendoza: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 K
Gabe Lopez: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – 7 for his last 40
Alan Horne: 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 7-4 GB/FB – clearly tiring as he’s already logged 29.1 more IP than last year…quick, get him on a pitch count before he…uh…builds up some stamina!
Steven Jackson: 4 IP, 1 H, zeroes, 4 K, 1 WP - 8 hits & 12 K in his last 14.1 IP
Jason Jones: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

High-A Tampa
Game 1
(3-2 loss to Sarasota) completion of Monday’s suspended game
Austin Jackson: 4 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB - 7 XBH in his last 6 games…it’s been 65 games, can you still say it’s just a hot start?
Chris Malec: 2 for 3, 1 BB – 8 walks, 2 K in his last 10 games
Marcos Vechionacci & Tim Battle: both 1 for 5 – Vech K’ed twice…Battle once
rest of lineup: combined 0 for 20, 1 RBI, 5 K – Edwar Gonzalez drove the run in on a ground out & also swiped a bag
Elvyz Quezada: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – all that happened on Monday
George Kontos: 7.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 5-11 GB/FB – best start in over a month
Zach Kroenke: 1 IP, 2 H, zeroes, 3-0 GB/FB
Game 2 (4-1 win over Sarasota in 7 innings)
Eduardo Nunez: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB - hitting .288 with Tampa after hitting .238 with Charleston
Austin Jackson: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Chris Malec & Ben Blumenthal: both 1 for 4 – Blumenthal K’ed & drove one in…each guy’s dad reads RAB, which I think is pretty darn neat
Edwar Gonzalez: 2 for 4, 1 R
Marcos Vechionacci & Tim Battle: both 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – Battle drove one in
Mike Martinez: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K – I’d take that from a reliever in a spot start any day of the week
Eric Wordekemper: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – the shutout streak continues…

Low-A Charleston (5-3 win over Rome in 5 innings) completed early ’cause it’s raining like a mofo in South Carolina
Hit Streak Hilligoss: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB
James Cooper: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Seth Fortenberry: 0 for 1, 1 R, 2 BB – 0 for his last 10 after a brief 6 for 10 with 6 RBI outburst
Kevin Smith: 2 for 2, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 HBP - 16 hits (6 for extras) in his last 10 games
Kyle Anson & Josue Calzado: both 0 for 1, 1 BB – Calzado scored a run
Brian Aragon: 1 for 1, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Chevy Nova: 2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K – disappointing year to say the least
Luke Trubee: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP

Short Season Staten Island (8-3 win over Hudson Valley)
Justin Snyder: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 CS - .454 OBP thanks to a 44-51 K/BB ratio in 65 games…
Taylor Holiday: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
Damon Sublett: 3 for 4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI – OPSing over .940 as a midde infielder
Braedyn Pruitt & David Williams: both 1 for 5, 1 RBI – Pruitt K’ed once & committed a fielding error…Williams K’ed twice & got picked off first
Jose Gil: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Austin Krum: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI – third straight 3 hit game…he’s now 9 for his last 13 with a double, triple, homer & 4 RBI…and even after this offensive explosion, he’s still hitting .213
Darrell Rasner: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K – funny, just earlier today I was telling Joe how I wish I knew what was up with Rasner…he would have been a perfect longman all year; keeps the ball in the yard, throws strikes…just want you want from a guy in that role
Nick Chigges: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Rookie GCL Yanks (8-1 win over GCL Dodgers)
Abe Almonte: 3 for 4, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding) – threw a runner out at third
Walt Ibarra & Zoilo Almonte: both 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Ibarra K’ed
Wady Rufino: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Jesus Montero: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – 7 for 17 with 3 doubles, a homer & 6 RBI in 4 playoff games…money baby, that’s a money performance right there
Brandon Laird: 1 for 5
Gerardo Rodriguez: 2 for 5, 2 K
Tim Dennehy: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 12-3 GB/FB – 3 of those GBs turned into double plays…that’s what you call a clutch showing in a Title game
Wilkins DeLaRosa: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB
Josue Selenes: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K

So congrats to the GCL Yanks on beating the GCL Dodgers 2-1 in the best-of-three series to win the GCL Title. Even though winning takes a back seat to player development in Rookie ball, it’s always a good thing to have young players get a taste of winning. There’s just no substitute.

Of the 5 remaining affiliates, 2 have already clinched their division (Scranton & Trenton), while none of the remaining 3 teams is more than 2.5 games off their division lead. There’s winning in the system from top to bottom, which shows not only what kind of depth the Yanks have, but also the kind of coaching and personel they have in place. Good times y’all, good times indeed.

Categories : Down on the Farm
  • Mike R.

    They should give Chigges a September call up. Any guy that can throw two innings after throwing five the previous day needs to be in Torre’s bullpen. JK of course.

  • dan

    didnt see the game tonight, can someone give a little run-down on what happened with hughes? gameday is a piece of shit and doesnt respond, so i cant check actual velocity (not what the tv says) and stuff like that

  • dan

    found the problem. for some reason gameday opens with mozilla but you cant click anything. it worked with internet explorer– hughes was 91-93, with one at 94, no fastballs under 90 though

  • ansky

    phil was all over the place and was (correct me if im wrong) at about 50 pitches in the 3rd. Very few first pitch strikes, etc.
    I wish i had more for you but it was a day when we couldnt hit a 3-9 pitcher with a 6+ ERA after rocking a trifecta of aces.

    go figure.

  • Malcard89

    wow, unbelievable day for the minor league system. nick chigges is a workhorse, any manager can appreciate what he’s doing. vech is heating up, and ajax is having a strong finish to his season, along with the ex-attorney general and even eduardo nunez! jesus montero is proving to be really powerful in the clutch. too bad the parent club got roughed up by a nobody pitcher after beating 3 aces in a row, like ansky said.

  • Steve

    I’m hoping Vechionacci can bring this hot streak into next season, and develop some power.

    Haven’t seen Jairo Heredia’s name in a while, any idea what’s up with him? Have they shut down Betances for the year?

    • Bill

      Steve, just a guess here but I would think they are limiting Jairo’s innings because he is only 17. I too have heard nothing on Betances lately…hopefully his elbow strain/soreness or whatever it is is doing ok.

      • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        I have no idea what’s up with Jairo, when I find something out I’ll pass it on.

        Betances is fine, he’s throwing in Tampa and probably won’t rejoin SI. The Yanks are being ultra-cautious with him, as they tend to do (remember when they shut Hughes down for the rest of the year in 2004 when he stubbed his toe in his hotel room?).

  • barry

    sorta dissapointed no post on today’s game, I still have confidence in Hughes, Its a big position for a kid with no experience.

  • C-Note

    Lots of really good stuff in the minors tonight- especially Action Jackson, Damnit, it feel good to get psyched over a position prospect with Tabata on the shelf & winning at every level— I’m a fan of kontos so tonight was really great to see

    About Action Jackson, does he begin next year in trenton?

    Off this thread for a sec, I caught the Mike Kay interview with Cashman- Cash didn’t sound happy with Joe on a WHOLE lot of subjects, pitching JoBa for a 2nd inning in 5 run game, letting everyone know the “JoBA rules” when he specifically wanted it kept in house— what I dug most, and thought was most telling- was CASHMAN said that it didn’t make sense to throw at Yuk when Papi is the one who sits in there “comfortably” and does the most most damage and we have chosen to do nothing about it… that’s not an exact quote other that the comfortably part but that was the gist

    while Yank fans have screamed to make Manny & Papi uncomfortable in the box Papa Joe keeps refusing to do anything about it… TODAY was the first time I’ve heard anyone in the organization express dismay over this, and for it to be CASHMAN on a live radio broadcast just blew me away

    Don’t know if 1050 has access to past broadcasts but this interview (fri aug 31)is definately worth check out— Along with revamping the minor league system i think Cash is mos def going to have a new sheriff in town in 08′

  • C-Note

    Also great to see teenagers Abe Almonte & jesus montero put up numbers like that in what was esentially a game “seven”— for the kids it must’ve been a wonderful feeling(i think they’d both still be in HS and not even started college at this point)… jeter & MO & Pettite have often talked about having won early(96′) made them wanna win a whole lot more

  • Dude

    after a not so great start, Abe Almonte really turned it on recently. good to see along with Montero’s nice season.

    Mike, honest opinion: is AJax for real?
    if he’s in Trenton next year, I’ll be attending a whole lot of games (since i live in Philly). awesome to watch Tabata there too. CF and RF of the future?

    • C-Note

      hey dude,

      we were discussing AJax over at pending pinstripes and the minor league numbers of Curtis Grandison & Cameron Maybin were brought up

      Comparrison of numbers, which don’t always tell the whole story for prospects, but here they are AjAx & Maybin who , of course, is already in the show…

      Both are 20 years old (Jackson is 2 months older than Maybin)

      Cameron Maybin in the FSL 07?
      83 Games,296 AB, .304 BA, 44 RBI, 10 HR, ,486 SLG, 25 SB

      Action Jackson in the FSL 07?
      66 Games, 254 AB, .339 BA, 34 RBI, 10 HR, .563 SLG, 13 SB

      the yanks threw a lot of $$ at Jackson to keep him from playing hoops, I believe this is only his third year focusing on baseball- they paid for an great athlete with many skills and a ton of upside, I think they have one

    • C-Note

      hey dude,

      we were discussing AJax over at pending pinstripes and the minor league numbers of Curtis Grandison & Cameron Maybin were brought up

      Comparrison of numbers, which don’t always tell the whole story for prospects, but here they are AjAx & Maybin who , of course, is already in the show…

      Both are 20 years old (Jackson is 2 months older than Maybin)

      Cameron Maybin in the FSL 07?
      83 Games,296 AB, .304 BA, 44 RBI, 10 HR, ,486 SLG, 25 SB

      Action Jackson in the FSL 07?
      66 Games, 254 AB, .339 BA, 34 RBI, 10 HR, .563 SLG, 13 SB

      the yanks threw a lot of $$ at Jackson to keep him from playing hoops, I believe this is only his third year focusing on baseball- they paid for an great athlete with many skills and a ton of upside, I think they have one

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