Calm before the playoff storm

Game 139: Wangster's on it
Wang, the quiet ace, emerges yet again

The final BA Hot Sheet of the season highlights the players who had the best overall seasons in the minors this year (as opposed to the best week). IPK & Joba come in at numbers 4 & 5 respectively, which is just insane. Yankee farmhands had 2 of 5 best seasons in all of minor league baseball. Ridiculous.

Evan Longoria (#6) & Wade Davis (#12) of Tampa Bay are the next highest ranked pair of organization-mates. As a bit of gravy, Red Sox prospects had 2 of the most disappointing years.

Triple-A Scranton was off, and will take on Richmond tomorrow in Game 1 of their first round, best-of-five matchup. Chad Jennings has the potential pitching matchups, and notes that Austin Jackson & Eric Hacker were sent down in favor of Frankie Cervelli (that’s one hell of a surprise) and Sean Henn.

Double-A Trenton was off. Tomorrow they will take on Portland (who beat New Hampshire in a 1-game playoff today) in a rematch of last year’s first round. I don’t know if this how they’ll keep the rotation in the playoffs, but right now the staff lines up Chase Wright-Alan Horne-Dan McCutchen-Jeff Marquez-Tyler Clippard. Having Kevin Whelan, David Robertson & Eric Wordekemper in the bullpen is just showing off.

High-A Tampa is done. Season over, no playoffs, no more mention in DotF. Ditto Low-A Charleston.

Short Season Staten Island (5-4 win over Brooklyn, walk-off style) no Sublett again…
Justin Snyder: 0 for 2, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 K – who else would have scored the winning run?
Taylor Holiday, Bradeyn Pruitt & Austin Krum: all 1 for – Christmas & Krum K’ed…Pruitt & Krum walked
Jose Gil: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 PB – walk-off single off the Mets’ first pick in the ’07…by the way, the Mets are going to regret drafting all these mediocre college guys just because they’ll sign for slot…you’re the Mets, roll the damn dice, and use your financial advantage to cover your mistakes if need be!
Chris Raber: 2 for 2, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB
Darrell Rasner: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HB
Ryan Zink: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HB
Jonathan Ortiz: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – 7 baserunners allowed in his last 4.2 IP after allowing 0 baserunners in his previous 6 IP

Game 139: Wangster's on it
Wang, the quiet ace, emerges yet again
  • Zack

    Buchholz over Joba, really guys? Is that purely b/c of the no hitter? Pretty sweet though, and next year figures to ahve, let’s see, Horne, Bettences, McAllister, A-Jax, Tabata etc etc etc. And my pick to be in the Yanks top five by next year? Pope.

    • Mike A.

      I LOVE Ryan Pope. I admit it, I had no idea who he was when they drafted him, but the more I learn about him the more I like him. Not gonna be a superstar, but he’ll be rock solid for a long, long time.

      14 starts for SCAD this year…14 complete games, including a no-hitter, 2 one-hitters, a two-hitter & a three hitter. First ever All-American & the highest drafted player in school history.

  • Zack

    Found this nugget buried in Kepner’s Times’ recap:

    “Hughes was optimistic yesterday because the Class AAA pitching coach Dave Eiland, who tutored him in the minor leagues, supervised his last two bullpen sessions. Hughes said they had worked on smoothing his mechanics by not rushing his delivery.

    Coaches have encouraged Hughes to use all his pitches and attack the strike zone. Hughes has been too predictable for hitters because he has not thrown enough changeups, a pitch that helped him no-hit the Texas Rangers into the seventh inning on May 1.

    “It’s not my second-best pitch or even my third-best, but it’s a pitch I definitely need to show,” Hughes said. “It’s not a swing-and-miss pitch, but it’s a pitch to get them off my fastball. In Texas, I threw three in the first inning, and that set the tempo. They weren’t really able to sit on one pitch.

    “It’s something I’ll concentrate on, but the number one thing is strike one. After that, I can kind of play around a little bit.””

  • Barry

    I hope that’s true and Hughes has a good day tommorow, he’s key in my fantasy post season. I hope Jorge keeps this up down the stretch.

  • Chofo

    Buchholz ended with better numbers than Joba, that’s why he’s ahead. Same for IK. But Joba may be the better prospect. The best part was reading that both Bard and Hensen are doing so badly, after so many fans wanted them in front of IK and CJ (turned into Abreu). I think Oppenheimer got the last laugh.

  • steve (different one)

    so what is that Guidry does exactly?

    • Count Zero

      I asked this same question last year and everyone over at BB gave me crap for it — I love Gator but as a pitching coach I give him a solid C- for both seasons. I wouldn’t shed a single tear if he was gone next year.