Another year in the books for full season leagues


Sandwich rounder Jeremy Bleich will start one of Staten Island’s playoff games next week.  There’s still a week left in their season, and they haven’t clinched a postseason berth yet, but with a 3.5 game league in the McNamara Division, they’re sitting pretty.

You may remember that Ian Kennedy did something similar after signing late in 2006, making a pair of three inning starts for SI – one at the end of the year, one in the playoffs.  The length of the starts was by design, and I suspect Bleich will be held to a similar limit.  Good to know the elbow’s not an issue though, that should shut some people up.

Triple-A Scranton (4-2 loss to Syracuse)
Justin Christian: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – threw a runner out at home from LF
Matt Carson: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 2 K
Juan Miranda: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
Shelley Duncan, Ben Broussard, Nick Green & Bernie Castro: all 1 for 4, 1 K – Shelley swiped a bag … Broussard tripled, swiped a bag & scored a run … Green doubled & drove in a run … Castro committed a fielding error
Eric Duncan: 0 for 4, 2 K
Phil Hughes: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 6-3 GB/FB – 67 of 104 pitches were strikes (64.4%) … too many walks, but he’s working on it
Zack Kroenke: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 3-0 GB/FB – 10 pitches (8 strikes), 3 groundballs & a strikeout … gotta love it
Scott Patterson: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GB/FB – and there goes the game
Scott Strickland: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Scranton’s season is over; they finished the year 88-56, which ties Louisville for the best record in all of AAA baseball.  They won the IL North Division and will be taking on those pesky Pawtucket Red Sox in the first round of the playoffs.  Chase Wright & Ian Kennedy will get the ball in Games 1 & 2, respectively, and they’ll be opposed by knuckleballer Charlie Zink & former lobster fisherman Devern Hansack.  The series starts on Wednesday.

Double-A Trenton (4-3 win over Connecticut)
Reegie Corona: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Ramiro Pena, Austin Jackson & Colin Curtis (aka the 2-3-4 hitters): all 0 for 4 – Pena K’ed twice, Ajax once
Kevin Russo: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 K, 1 SB
PJ Pilittere: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 PB
Chris Malec & Edwar Gonzalez: both 1 for 3, 1 RBI – Edwar doubled, giving him an organization leading 63 XBH on the year
James Cooper: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB
Humberto Sanchez: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – he’ll be with Trenton through the playoffs
Chris Garcia: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 5 K, 7-4 GB/FB – settle down kid
Mike Dunn: 1.2IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-1 GB/FB – oh yeah, he’s up from Tampa too … allowed 2 inherited runners to score, hence the runs on Garcia’s line
Jose Valdez: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K

Trenton’s season is over; they finished with the best record in all of AA baseball at 86-54.  They’ll be taking on Portland (another Red Sox affiliate) in the first round of the playoffs.  It looks like Eric Hacker & Jeff Marquez will be the starters for Games 1 & 2, and they’ll be opposed by Kris Johnson (the kid the Sox took one spot ahead of Joba in the ’06 draft) & some felon named Clay.  The series starts on Wednesday.

High-A Tampa‘s season ended yesterday, and they did not qualify for the postseason.  You can find Florida State League playoff coverage here.

Low-A Charleston (4-2 loss to Savannah) Austin Romine, Jesus Montero & Bradley Suttle all got the last day of the season off … lame, talk about a buzzkill
Carmen Angelini: 2 for 4, 2 R – finishes the year at .236-.302-.295 … yikes
Justin Snyder & Matt Morris: both 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 K – Snyder doubled, drove in a run & walked
Brandon Laird, Abe Almonte & Chase Weems: all 0 for 4 – Laird & Almonte K’ed
David Williams: 1 for 4, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Prilys Cuello: 2 for 3, 1 CS, , 2 E (both throwing)
Taylor Holiday: 1 for 2, 1 BB, 1 CS
Lance Pendleton: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 3 WP, 1 HB, 6-4 GB/FB – finishes the year with 119 K in 128 IP
Craig Heyer: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 5-1 GB/FB

Charleston’s season is over; they finished the year 80-59, 8.0 GB in the tough SAL South Division.  They did not qualify for the postseason.  You can find South Atlantic League playoff coverage here.

Short Season Staten Island (6-3 win over Hudson Valley)
Ray Kruml (11) & Brian Baisley: both 1 for 5, 1 RBI – Krum K’ed twice … Baisley doubled & drove in a run
David Adams (3) & Braedyn Pruitt: both 1 for 3, 1 R – Adams walked, was hit by a pitch, drove in a run & K’ed … Pruitt drew a pair of walks
Dan Brewer (8): 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 HBP – 9 for his last 20 (.450)
Mike Lyon (24): 1 for 3, 1 RBI
Mitch Abeita (19): 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
Taylor Grote: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K – 72 K in only 181 at-bats
Roy Gomez: 0 for 4, 1 K
David Phelps (14): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 12-1 GB/FB – dominant … again
Mike Obradovich: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Jason Kiley: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Brad Rulon (34): 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K

The Rookie GCL Yanks‘ season is over. The GCL Phils won the league championship.

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. D.B. says:

    hey mike,

    is lars anderson worth all the hype?

  2. Reggie C. says:

    Hey Mike. Happy Labor Day.

    Do you think Angellini starts to live up to that signing bonus next season? The glove was supposed to be better than the bat, but i dont know which had a better season.

    • Mike A. says:

      I sure hope so, he’s had an all around brutal year. He needs to just go home, forget all about it, and come back next year with a clear mind.

      He’s got nowhere to go but up.

      • Reggie C. says:

        I give Angelini credit for staying healthy year round. Maybe he missed a game or 2, but he pretty much played the whole season. And that may have been a bad thing. He never got an extended break from bad game after bad game.

  3. Kyle D. says:

    LOL @ “felon named Clay”.

  4. AndrewYF says:

    Could this season mean Angelini is next CJ Henry, only without the first round selection?

  5. What’s your take on Angelini? I don’t think he’s a bust–IMO the tools are still there (where would they go?), even with that line and 40 errors.

    • Mike A. says:

      Way too early to call him a bust. If every player that had a bad first full year as a pro was a bust, half the players currently in the bigs would be bagging groceries.

      • tremont says:

        There are bad years and then there are the kind of years Angelini just put together. I suppose you can’t completely write him off yet, but he certainly seems like a bust.

  6. Manimal says:

    Do minor league standings actually count for anything? Do the teams with the best AAA/AA/A/A- records mean that they have the better Minor league system?

  7. Ivan says:

    So Mike what ya think of Hughes start?

    I thought it was quite good despite the BB’s. He k’d alot of guys, 2 to 1 GB-FB ratio and from reports his offspeed stuff was nasty especially the curve. Is he starting game 3.

    • Mike A. says:

      It was good, not great. He said his he had trouble commanding his fastball, which explains the K’s. Solid K & GB total, looks good.

      I’m not worried about Hughes at all.

  8. Mo says:

    Hey, I’ve always wondered about Edwar Gonzo when reading your DoTF’s. It looks like hes a nice little hitter. Is he major league material? Maybe a top 10 org prospect in the future or what?

  9. pat says:

    mike, just looked up wieters’ numbers and they are incredibly insane. Does he hear the same story about being too big for a catcher? ALso is he 2010 ROY?

    • Mike A. says:

      Wieters is actually bigger than Montero, but he’s a better athlete. Montero still needs to develop back there, Wieters already has the football and receiving skills needed to catch in the bigs.

      2010 ROY? Not gonna happen, because he’s gonna win it next year.

    • Ivan says:

      how about 09. That guy is just plain sick with the skills.

      • Reggie C. says:

        I dont think Weiters wins it next year. I think somebody like David Price is a better bet. A starting LHP on a team that’s gonna be teh favorite to win the division. Its price’s award to lose.

        • Ivan says:

          position players are safer bets than pitchers. Besides as good as Price is, he has some bumps here and there in AAA and next season will have some bumps as well especially pitching in the AL EAST.

          • Reggie C. says:

            Perhaps so. But remember Alex Gordon? He was a pre-season favorite that’s clunked his first couple pro seasons.

            • Ivan says:

              yea but hey some guys take a while for that light to click on.

              For the last decade, most of the ROY winners I assume are position players.

              • Wieters is a beast. But David Price scares the piss out of me.

                I don’t want to go to Tampa next year and face Kazmir, Price, Garza and Shields in a four-game wraparound series. That’s frightening.

                And imagining a heart of the order in Baltimore of Jones/Markakis/Wieters doesn’t sound fun either. God forbid the Orioles actually get some pitching… the AL East is just sick.

  10. A.D. says:

    Guessing those walks for Garcia were some jitters, after all first AA appearance

  11. Tripp says:

    Mike, what’s your take on Brandon Laird? He finished pretty strong in Charleston and I noticed he wasn’t in your top 30 list. Also, what about Justin Snyder? Are these guys just fillers and not actual prospects?

    • Mike A. says:

      Snyder’s really just filler, nothing about him stands out. His best traits are his versatility and his plate discipline, but that deteriorated a bit this year.

      Laird’s a masher, the kid’s an absolute beast at the dish. I regret leaving him out of the top 30. He’ll make the preseason list barring injury, trade, etc.

  12. Reggie C. says:

    Hughes throws over 100 pitches in less than 6 innings. That’s no good. He’s gotta be better than that to stand a chance at going a strong 5 in the bigs. This season is lost for the kid. We all know it.

    hughes gets a break for the rest of the season and he’ll pitch against hitters he should dominate. but next season … all our eyes are gonna be on the 5 spot and whether he can hold it down.

    • Ivan says:

      yea but when you have 8K’s and 4BB’s, yea your pitch is gonna definitely be high.

      Next seaon I really do feel he’s gonna burst out. Hey before ya feel joy, you gotta feel pain, and the kid does has a good head on his shoulders.

  13. A.D. says:

    Nice that Bleich is signing, shows the elbow is healthy, despite the under slot bonus, which makes it a bit odd, maybe it was just the injury worry in general that got that money

  14. Ed D says:


    why is Laird not a prospect in your opinion?

  15. bill says:

    I think the Yankees should make Hughes emulate Halladay. He has similar velocity with a cutter and a curve, the Yanks should teach him a sinker. I think Halladay is the perfect blend of stuff and command, and I think Hughes could be similar if he worked hard at it. Its funny, he came to spring traing early and was really impressive, and his season has been a nightmare performance-wise and health-wise. We have something special here with him. Be patient with him, he has the stuff. I think in 1999, Halladay had an 11 ERA over 150 innings. Look where he is now.

    • Ivan says:

      I said he reminds me of Carpenter but that’s me.

      • bill says:

        You could say that too. If I were Nardi Contreras, I would make it mandatory for Hughes to take notes on every Halladay start against the Yanks. The sad thing about this year was it was a rebuilding year yet we hardly got to see our young guns.

    • Hitman says:

      Why would that be necessary when the yankees already have Macallister who could be an untouchable very soon? Hughes is not a sinkerballer. Probably never will be. What Hughes should work on is staying healthy. That will help him become successful more than anything.

      • Reggie C. says:

        Good comment Hitman. ITs not easy to pick up a new pitch and make it effective. For Hughes to learn a sinker AND make it an effective pitch would take years to learn. He doesnt throw one now. And he wont throw one tomorrow.

        Hughes has gotta master the basics. Its simple really if he’s as good a prospect as publicized. Stay at 93 on EVERY 4-seamer. Get tailing action on that 2-seamer. Get that 12-6 break consistent. And improve that changeup as a complement to a plus FB / plus curve.

        He either lives or dies in 2009 with what he’s got.

    • Mike R. says:

      In my opinion Hughes is lacking Halladay’s greatest tool, tool #6, COJONES. Halladay is a unique creature.

  16. A.D. says:

    Will we finally see Hughes, or someone start instead of Ponson this week?

  17. A.D. says:

    Could Kroenke essentially be another Phil Coke? or is his stuff better/worse

  18. Joe says:

    Considering Henry is still young do you think he could eventually make a turn around? Or has his tools diminished? I read scouting reports on him out of highschool and he was supposed to be a stud. You’d think if he has the talent he could turn it around.

    • Reggie C. says:

      are you referring to CJ Henry? Dude? He’s left the organization and is done with baseball. Last i heard he was going to play basketball at Memphis. His little bro is supposed to be a big time recruit and might be heading to Memphis too. Sorta a package deal. Oh yea. Yanks are paying for his education.

  19. Mike R. says:

    This might just be the eternal optimist in me speaking but the fact that Garcia could walk 6 guys in 5.1 IP and only allow 2 runs is pretty impressive. I take it a a big +.

    • Reggie C. says:

      Its his first start in Trenton. The nerves got to him. No biggie. I think the schedule will let him pitch in either the penultimate or last game of the trenton schedule. We’ll see him again. And he’ll pitch at least once in the playoffs. And then we’ll see in Hawaii ( i think). So his season is not over.

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