McAllister’s breakout continues

The Philadelphia speculation begins
A perfect day for a game

I’ve got a minor correction to this comment I made the other day about draft eligibility. If a team wants to draft a player than isn’t in the MLB Scouting Bureau database, they have to request a “commisioner number” for that player ahead of time. If no request is made, the player can’t be drafted. Thanks to KLaw for the heads up.

Triple-A Scranton (9-5 win over Durham)
Wilson Betemit: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB
Brett Gardner: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – on base 45 times in 28 games
Jason Lane: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI – 5 RBI total in his last 23 games
Eric Duncan: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 CS – batted cleanup for the first time all year
Cody Ransom: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
JD Closser & Justin Christian: both 1 for 4 – Closser K’ed once … Christian scored a run & K’ed twice
Kei Igawa: 7 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 2-11 GB/FB – 66 of 108 pitches were strikes (61.1%) … he bit the bullet and went as deep as possible because there were only two relievers available today
Scott Strickland: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0-4 GB/FB – 25 of 41 pitches were strikes (61.0%) … David Robertson was the only other reliever available

Double-A Trenton (3-2 win over Portland, walk-off style)
Ramiro Pena: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Colin Curtis: 1 for 3, 2 BB (both intentional) – .306-.388-.423 … better line than I realized
Edwar Gonzalez: 0 for 5, 3 K – finally in Double-A after 2+ years in High-A
PJ Pilittere: 2 for 5, 1 RBI – walk-off single
Jose Tabata: 2 for 4, 1 SB – threw a runner out at first from RF … second straight 2 for 4 game after an 0 for 16 stretch
Chris Malec: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Chase Wright: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 6-6 GB/FB – 1.05 WHIP
Bo Hall: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K
Zach Kroenke: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

High-A Tampa (9-1 win over Jupiter)
Damon Sublett: 0 for 5
Eduardo Nunez: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B
Mitch Hilligoss: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – avg is creeping up ever so slowly
Jose Gil: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
Seth Fortenberry: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI – and just like that he doubles his RBI total
James Cooper: 1 for 3, 2 RBI
Ivan Nova: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 11-3 GB/FB – first win of the year
Grant Duff: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Low-A Charleston (8-1 win over Hickory) we know the offense is good, but the pitching staff in second in the Sally League with a 2.72 ERA and third with a 1.20 WHIP
Abe Almonte: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 E (fielding)
Carmen Angelini: 1 for 5, 2 R, 1 K
Justin Snyder: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
Jesus Montero: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI – had been 0 for his previous 12
Brandon Laird: 1 for 5
Wady Rufino: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B – .286-.351-.500
Brian Baisley: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI – 2 doubles & 3 HR in 6 games since coming up from Extended Spring to fill in for the injured Bradley Suttle
Zach McAllister: 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 Er, 1 BB, 4 K, 13-4 GB/FB – 15 baserunners & 1 earned run allowed in his last 31 IP … he’s also got a 3.29 GB/FB ratio on the year … Yanks’ best pitching prospect in the minors? I would have to say yes
Jesse Hoover: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

The Philadelphia speculation begins
A perfect day for a game
  • Pablo Zevallos

    Couldn’t you make an argument for Betances as the best pitching prospect in the minors?

    • Mike A.

      Certainly, it’s between him and McAllister at the moment. I just think McAllister is more polished and further along his development. Betances’ ceiling is higher, but his probability is much lower. Plus McAllister has clearly out pitched him in their young careers.

    • Miles Roche

      I would have to go with Dan McCutchen as the best pitching prospect in the Minors…

      • Mike A.

        While McCutchen is a good choice, he doesn’t have the ceiling that Betances or McAllister do. Having a guy like McCutchen as your top pitching prospect is a bad thing.

        • Miles Roche

          Hmmm, “good choice” yet “bad thing”. . . . . .
          But i feel ya, nonetheless.

          • A.D.

            McCutchen is the best if you consider closeness to majors & health, and I don’t think it would be a bad thing, maybe if he was the only prospect, but we still have Betacens, McCallister, Marquez (though he’s struggling in AAA) and Horne, along with some other sleepers.

        • Adam

          Alan Horne?

      • Brandon

        best polished pitcher yes, but results wise if you check the box scores the best GO/AO ratio belongs to Zach McCallister and he has more of a ceiling, just like Betances who is getting there and they both can rack up some high K numbers. What is going to be interesting to watch is when Christian Garcia returns and starts his 2008 campaign, now that kid has nasty stuff if he stays healthy.

  • Pete

    I’m cringing over the prospect of Igawa getting a start next time around in Detroit.

    • Chuck M.

      Can he really pitch much worse than Hughes and Kennedy have, so far this year? I’m as high on Hughes & IPK as anyone else is – I still think that keeping Hughes will have a bigger payoff than acquiring Santana – but I’m sure that Igawa is looking at their 9.00 ERAs and thinking, “I can do that.” I mean, if he “only” lets up 4 runs in 5 innings on Saturday, then he’s pitching to a better ERA!

      • Brandon

        he had a GO/AO ratio of 2-11 to AAA bats yesterday, the whole key for him is to throw strikes and keep the ball down, he’s throwing strikes but 2-11 is not keeping the ball down.

        • Bo

          Id rather watch kennedy all yr have a 9 ERA than watch Igawa do anything.

  • Dave M

    Betances probably has better stuff, but Macallister is pitching much better now.

  • yankeemonkey

    Hey Mike, what’s the scoop on Chris Kunda? Is he a prospect or just roster filler?

    • Mike A.

      Filler. Wasn’t even a full-time player in college until an injury forced him into regular action his senior year.

  • JRVJ


    I don’t remember the details of his rehab plan, but when is Allan Horne supposed to be back?

    Rassner got lucky that Horne was injured, as arguably Horne was ahead on the list of AAA pitchers scheduled to go to the Bronx (same with Igawa).

    Other than that, I could easily see the Yankees with so many decent relievers in the majors and AAA that they’ll do a package deal to get some depth at other positons…..

    • Jamal G.

      Poster “74nole” is Bill Horne, Alan Horne’s father who has been providing great updates to visitors of that site. After throwing his breaking pitches on flat-ground recently, Horne will hit a mound this coming Tuesday I believe.

      I actually think Darrel Rasner was ahead of Alan Horne for a potential call-up. With big league experience and the numbers he was posting, it would have been very difficult to call-up any other starter than Rasner from Triple-A.

      • Brandon

        Bill now saids he is expected to throw BP on Monday

  • Ivan

    Good to see Tabata having back to back good games with the bat. Hey what he did was a disgrace, leaving his teammates like that but, he did man up and apologize and face the music. Hey he is probably the best pure hitter in our system and I think he will learn from that and hopefully grow into that potential.

    • A.D.

      With getting some stuff off his chest with that incident maybe he turns it around

  • matt

    Do you think Gardner will keep his OPS above .800 all year??

  • Sciorsci

    Stop with the McAllister nonsense. The Sally League is a notoriously pitching-friendly league. McAllister might be a good pitcher, but his performances against low-A pitching in a pitcher-friendly league are not quite convincing.

    • Jamal G.

      I could care less where he is pitching, check the numbers. Almost a 6:1 strikeout-walk ratio, more than THREE ground-outs to every fly-out, one HR in 35IP, a WHIP well south of 1.00, opponents hitting under the Mendoza Line at .190. You can’t argue with those numbers man, he’s been nothing short of dominant.

    • NC Saint

      A pitcher friendly league? Charelston’s offense must not have gotten the memo.

      • Sciorsci

        The South Atlantic League is known to be pitcher-friendly in the sense that it’s generally the first full season of wood bats for hitters whose power has not yet fully developed, and there are several pitchers parks in the league. Granted, McAllister’s ability to miss bats lends itself to projecting success beyond this level, but his GB/FB ratio is suspect, in my opinion, because it can have a lot to do with with the level of competition, rather than the quality of McAllister’s stuff.

        In any case, I think it’s premature to really label any pitcher as the organization’s top PP at the low-A level.

  • dan

    I don’t think Hilligoss’s average will be creeping up after going 1 for 5.

    And I may have missed it, but where has A-Jax been the last few days?

    • Jamal G.

      He’s been down with the flu.

    • Ashish Skaria

      A-Jack has the flu.

      • Ashish Skaria

        Oops, didn’t see your post Jamal.

  • joba


    • dan

      Not a bad comp. Of course if McAllister turns out to be Halladay I think we’d all be very very happy people, but I can see the similarities in terms of pitching style and stuff.

    • Mike A.

      Stuff wise that’s a good comp. Halladay’s got a ++ compete tool which separates him from the pack. That man will pitch ’til his arm falls off for his team.

  • YES

    Betances stuff is better then McAllister’s. but McAllister walks less batters.
    Dellin has to get his walks down other wise he won’t be promoted.

    Around this time next year we could be talking about Brackman being the best pitching prospect in the system.

  • RollingWave

    McCallister is 20 this year? at his rate though he probably should finish the eyar in Tampa at least.

    • Jamal G.

      21 on December 7th if I am not mistaken.

  • Miles Roche

    Mike, you have an inkling as to where Eladio is since Closser was acquired and placed on the SWB roster?

  • Miles Roche

    Also, where would you place Christian Garcia – in terms of Top Pitching Prospect depth – once he’s in the Minors?

    • Mike A.

      If he was 100% healthy, he’d be near the top, right in the mix for #1 overall. The kid just can’t seem to stay healthy though, so for now he’s behind McAllister, Betances, Horne, Marquez, McCutchen, Robertson, Cox, Melancon and a bunch others.

      Whatever he gives the Yanks is gravy, I’m not counting on anything from him at this point.

    • Chip

      I think the jury is out on Garcia until he shows everybody he still has the stuff he did when he went down. A lot of guys with Tommy John come back throwing better but a lot also just don’t have it when they come back

  • Miles Roche

    Thanks, Mike.
    You’re a breath of fresh air…

  • Bob/OKC

    Hey—did you all notice that last night was the first night all year that every team from the majors to the sally league won. And today—-they did it again!!! Can’t remember how often it happened last year but I don’t think it was very often.

  • matt k

    Where has robertson been i dont think he has pitched since he moved to AAA right???

  • NC Saint

    With all this “who’s the best pitching prospect” talk, I have to ask: when do the next set of prospect rankings come out?

    • Mike A.

      I only do 3 sets a year, and I still think that’s too much. I do the big preseason list, then I do a smaller predraft list a few days before the draft, and then a small post draft list after the August 15th signing deadline.

  • Bo

    Betances is clearly the most high ceiling pitching prospect.

    • Mike A.

      That’s actually pitching, yes. But don’t forget Brackman.

  • Bonos

    July 2009 – Wang, Huges, Joba, Brackman – dominating rotation – yes, no