Another year in the books

Andy Van Slyke will not pay that subway fare
Clemens undergoes MRI

Today was the last day of the regular season for the 4 full season affiliates, who finished the year with a combined 329-236 record. As I said the other day, that record shows not only how much depth & talent the Yanks have in the minors, but it’s also a testament to the quality of coaching and instruction they have in place.

DotF will of course keep you updated on all the minor league playoff action.

Triple-A Scranton (8-5 win over Pawtucket) Scranton will take on Richmond in the first round of the AAA playoffs, which kicks off on Wednesday…Chad Jennings reports the that postseason rotation could be Steven White in Game 1, followed in order by The Ghost of Kei Igawa, Mighty Matt DeSalvo & Jeff Karstens
Brett Gardner: 4 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 SB
Austin Jackson: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 SB – even if it was just a 1 game cameo, how many of you had Ajax finishing the year in AAA?
Bronson Sardina: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 SB – his year was a lot better than it appears on the surface
Mike Kinkade: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Eric Duncan: 2 for 2, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB – finished the year on a nice little 26 for 100 streak with 9 doubles, 1 triple, 3 homers, 24 RBI, 10 walks & 23 K
Andy Cannizaro: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B
Anthony Claggett: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HB – 41 of 63 pitches were strikes (65.1%)
Eric Hacker: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Ben Kozlowski: 1.1 IP, zeroes

Double-A Trenton (8-6 win over New Hampshire) Trenton will take on either New Hampshire or Portland in the first round of the AA playoffs, which start on Wednesday
Reegie Corona: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
PJ Pilittere: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – second year in a row that his team’s pitching staff was one of the best in the minors…coincidence? not as much you think
Noah Hall: 3 for 4, 1 R,  2 RBI, 1 BB
Matt Carson: 1 for 2, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 CS – will he be back next year for a 3rd stint in Trenton?
Cody Ehlers: 3 for 5, 1 2B, 4 RBI
Marcos Vechionacci: 1 for 5, 1 2B, 4 K – double in his final AB aside, it seems like he was pretty overmatched in his brief cameo
Tyler Clippard: 6 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2-10 GB/FB – gave up 3 jacks
Kevin Whelan: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K – sure hope he didn’t leave with an injury
Steven Jackson: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

High-A Tampa wrapped up their season yesterday. They finished only 2 games behind first place Clearwater, and will watch from home as the second half champs take on the first half champ, Sarasota.

Low-A Charleston (6-5 win over Rome in 11 innings, walk-off style) Charleston finished the year 3 games out of first place, and will watch the playoffs from home
Hit Streak Hilligoss: 1 for 2 – finished the year with 161 hits in 128 games
Luis Nunez: 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 K
Kevin Smith: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI – walk-off single
Seth Fortenberry: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB – threw a runner out at the plate
Chase Odenreider: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Josue Calzado: 2 for 2, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
Mike Dunn: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 1 HB – what a great season, it’s hard to believe he just started pitching a year ago
Luke Trubee: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
Edgar Soto: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 1 Balk, 4-2 GB/FB
Jon Hovis: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K – I wonder if they’ll ship him up to Trenton to help out in the playoffs

Short Season Staten Island (5-0 loss to Brooklyn) SI finishes up their season on Friday; they’re currently 3.5 GB of first place Brooklyn…looks like the 2-time defending NY-Penn League Champs might not even get a shot to defend their crown
Justin Snyder, Austin Krum & Frank Lonigro: all 1 for 3 – Snyder walked (surprise surprise) & was caught stealing…Krum doubled…Lonigro K’ed
Matt Morris: 1 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
rest of lineup: combined 0 for 14, 1 BB, 2 K – Braedyn Pruitt got caught stealing & was hit by a pitch…Taylor Holiday committed a throwing error…Damon Sublett didn’t play for the 3rd game (and 2nd day) in a row
Zach McAllister: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K – 26 ER allowed in his last 30 IP after allowing 14 ER in his previous 45.1 IP
Danny Kapala: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (pickoff)

Andy Van Slyke will not pay that subway fare
Clemens undergoes MRI
  • Nathan

    Hey Mike, I got a question about the playoffs. Why does SWB have to play the first two games of the playoffs at Richmond despite the fact that SWB has the better record. Sure, 3 out of the 5 games are at Scranton, but doesn’t Richmond get the advantage with the first two games at their home court. Can’t MILB do something like Gm 1 at Scranton, Gm 2 at Richmond, Gm 3 at Scranton… etc.?

    • Mike A.

      It’s all about travel. Scranton to Richmond isn’t the shortest of bus rides, so by playing the first 2 in Richmond & the final 3 at Scranton, it cuts down on the travel & also ensures that the deciding game in on Scranton’s turf.

      The fact that Richmond could win the series and play more games at home than the team with the better record bothers me, but what can you do.

  • James Varghese

    He’s old for the league obviously but I’m still a little intrigued by Ehlers second half splits for Trenton. .280/370/.463 is fairly close to what he put up in Tampa in his breakout.

    Figure he starts next year in Trenton and moves up to SWB fairly quickly if he hits? There’s Miranda and Duncan to think of obviously (and whoever else they sign in offseason) but it never hurts to have options, right?

  • rbizzler

    I, for one, am glad to see that Kei will make one more important start for the Yankees (affiliate) this year.

    It is exciting to see the minor league squads end the season 90+ games over .500. The camaraderie is priceless. Just look at the friendships between Joba, Hughes and IPK, how they all compete with each other, but also want their boys to succeed. Today’s loss to Seattle not withstanding, it’s good to be a Yankees fan.

  • mehmattski

    What are the roster rules for MiLB playoffs? Is there anything like the September First cutoff in the major leagues? What, if anything, prevents an organization from (for example) suddenly demoting it’s AAA stars to a AA playoff team? In theory there wouldn’t be much advantage to doing the reciprocal, except in the case of rising prospects (like Austin Jackson). In addition, to what extent do minor league affiliates feel slighted by the big club if the latter “steals’ their players when rosters expand? Surely the SWB Yanks would be better off with Ian Kennedy.

    Or, in the large scheme of things, to players on minor league playoff teams see the final games as largely an exhibition?

    • Mike A.

      I don’t know what the rules are exactly, but I imagine that they have to be a bit more liberal than they are in the bigs, or at least in the upper levels. The MLB teams are taking guys (usually their best players too) from the AAA & AA affiliates right at crunch time, and those teams have to be able to replace the departed with warm bodies.

      • Kyle

        I dont think there are any rules in this regard. I seem to remember Sheffield or Matsui or someone playing for Trenton last year as a rehab start during the playoffs.

    • Mike A.

      I don’t think they see it as an exhibition, those guys want to win & you can bet they’re playing hard down the stretch, especially if they’re in position to win a title.

      I remember reading a bunch of interviews earlier in the year with IPK, and he said that despite everything he did in college, his best moment as a baseball player was winning the NY-Penn League Title with SI last year.

  • dan

    look how eerily similar the numbers are for pedroia and justin snyder are in the low-level minors. similar OBP, relatively similar SLG (and obviously similar OPS), BB/K ratios are both over 1. also, theyre both 5’9″ and around the same weight.

  • Brian C

    Staten Island clinced the NYPEnn wildcard today. They will have a chance to defend their crown.

  • JS

    Mike, thanks for doing DOTF this year as it’s been great to keep up with the minor league teams without having to do any work besides coming here.

    I know that you’ve already done your top 40 prospects list recently. I was wondering if you might give us the final stats for all the minor leaguers including combined levels of play (just for the ones who are actually still considered prospects, i.e., not Colter Bean types who are fodder) and tell us whether the player (1) played to expectations; (2) exceeded expectations; and/or (3) played below expectations. And what you think the prognosis for each player is going forward.