Scranton & Trenton take Game 1


KLaw posted his Top 60 Prospects for the 2009 draft (sorry, subscription req’d). Strasburg is a true 1/1 talent, but there’s a considerable drop off after that. I love me some Kyle Gibson though, you’ll be hearing more of that name before the draft.

In more draft related news, sandwich pick Jeremy Bleich will make his professional debut for the Staten Island Yanks tomorrow. The game starts at 1pm.

Triple-A Scranton (7-1 win over Pawtucket) SWB leads the best-of-five series 1-0 … Ian Kennedy vs Devern Hansack tomorrow
Justin Christian: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 HBP – he’s one helluva spark plug
Melky & Juan Miranda: both 1 for 4, 1 RBI - Miranda walked & K’ed twice
Shelley Duncan & Nick Green: both 0 for 5 – Shelley K’ed once, Green twice
Ben Broussard: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K
Eric Duncan & Chris Stewart: both 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B – E-Dunc drew a walk & swiped a bag … Stewart was hit by a pitch, homered & drove in 2
Chris Basak: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B
Chase Wright: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 8-1 GB/FB – 49 of 87 pitches were strikes (56.3%)
… picked a runner off first

Steven Jackson: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 19 of 25 pitches were strikes (64%)
Zack Kroenke: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-1 GB/FB
David Robertson: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K – 20 of 39 pitches were strikes (51.3%)
Scott Strickland: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K

Double-A Trenton (2-1 win over Portland) Trenton leads the best-of-five series 1-0 … Jeff Marquez vs Clay Buchholz tomorrow
Reegie Corona, Ramiro Pena & Colin Curtis: all 1 for 4 – Corona & Curtis each drew a walk
Austin Jackson & Kevin Russo: both 0 for 3 – Ajax drew a walk … Russo K’ed
Chris Malec: 0 for 4, 2 K
PJ Pilittere & Franke Cervelli: both 0 for 2 – PJ drew a walk … Cervelli was hit by a pitch
Edwar Gonzalez: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 K
Eric Hacker: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 6-5 GB/FB – money start
Mike Dunn: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB
Jhonny Nunez: 2.1 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 1-2 GB/FB – he’s going to be the go-to guy out of the pen for Tony Franklin

High-A Tampaā€™s season is over, they did not qualify for the playoffs. You can find Florida State League playoff coverage here.

Low-A Charlestonā€™s season is over, they did not qualify for the playoffs. You can find South Atlantic League playoff coverage here.

Short Season Staten Island (9-6 win over Aberdeen)
Ray Kruml (11): 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 K
David Adams (3), Brian Baisley, Dan Brewer (8) & Jahdiel Santamaria: all 1 for 4 – Adams doubled, drove in 3 runs, scored another, drew a walk & K’ed twice … Baisley drew a walk, doubled & scored a pair of runs … Brewer drove in two runs & K’ed … Santamaria doubled, drove in a run, scored a run & committed both a fielding & throwing error
Mike Lyon (24): 1 for 5, 1 R, 2 K
Braedyn Pruitt: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Jack Rye (13): 2 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB
Hector Noesi: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 WP, 4-5 GB/FB
Mike Obradovich: 0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 0 K – he’d allowed only 6 ER all season coming into this game
Brad Rulon (34): 3 IP, zeroes, 5 K, 2-2 GB/FB – so yeah, nice job out there kid … that makes 68 K & 21 H in 44 IP
Pat Venditte (20): 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – ties Mat Brumit’s six year old club record with his 22nd save … Mat Brumit, how’s that for a blast from the past

The Rookie GCL Yanksā€™ season is over. The GCL Phils won the league championship.

Categories : Down on the Farm
  • yankeefan91

    nice love it wen this orginization does well great wins my the yanks scranton and the thunder

  • A.D.

    Scranton knocked the IL pitcher of the year around

  • A.D.

    Nunez has just been money as a reliever in general, 1.86 ERA as a Yank

  • Ivan

    Hey Mike Straight up would you trade Phil Hughes for Jay Bruce?

    • Mike A.

      I firmly believe Bruce is over-rated, but I’d still do it. There’s your CFer & 3-hole hitter for the next 15 years.

      • Ivan

        Why you think Bruce is overrated? I remember you saying that the beginning of the season.

        • Mike A.

          Too much of a platoon split.

          110 OPS+ vs RHP
          58 OPS+ vs LHP

          • Ivan

            Wow that is somewhat surprising from a guy considered the best prospect the beginning of the year.

            • Chip

              That’s fairly normal though for a guy his age. He hasn’t seen a whole lot of lefties (and very very few good ones) in his career thus far. It will be interesting to see if that disparity holds up in the next few years

      • steve (different one)

        isn’t he a little stretched in CF?

        • Mike A.

          Just a little, he can always slide over to right.He can handle CF at least until a guy like Ajax is ready.

      • Ivan

        Personally I wouldn’t do cuz pitching is hard to find and Hughes has the potential to a Front-line starter which is valuable, but it’s one of decisions that can go either way agreed?

        • AndrewYF

          No. Everyday players who have a great potential to be superstars are more valuable than pitchers who have just as great a potential to flame out entirely. Cincinatti wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) trade Jay Bruce for David Price.

          • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            I agree with AndrewYF. I don’t think you live and die by TINSTAPP, but you’re asking whether you trade a 22 year old pitcher who hasn’t had any sustained success in the big leagues and has been prone to injury (whether it’s freak injuries or not) for a top prospect who absolutely mashed his way through the minors and has become an MLB regular with great potential. I’m a huge Phil Hughes fan (my girlfriend questions my Phil Hughes man-crush just about daily), but I’d definitely trade him for Jay Bruce. I think it seems like a “decision that can go either way” to Ivan because most of us commenting here at RAB are huge Phil Hughes fans, but I think if you asked non RAB commenters they’d probably say they’d trade Hughes for Bruce in a heartbeat.

        • Hitman

          Even if Hughes becomes a frontline starter which no guarantee at this point his injury prone history is a huge drawback. I don’t want guys who are out for entire whole seasons. I’d trade Hughes in a nanosecond if the right deal comes along.

  • A.D.

    Rulon is having a hell of a year, this just a guy taking advantage of the NYP league, or does he have some good stuff?

    • Mike A.

      Taking advantage of the NY-PL. At best, he’s a poor man’s David Robertson.

  • Chip

    Coke starting in AAA next season or do you think they put him in the bullpen and hope he can become Marte?

    • Mike A.

      Depends on how his Spring Training goes. I think they’ll give him every opportunity to win a job then.

  • Stu H

    Baseball America posted the Minor League statistical leaders today. Jesus Montero ended up 8th in hits (BA mistakenly lists him as playing for Charlotte instead of Charleston). Edwar Gonzalez (25, Trenton) was 6th in doubles. P.J. Pilittere (C, Trenton) had the 10th best plate appearance to strikeout ratio (32 Ks in 364 ab).

    Among pitchers, Zach McAllister (20, Charleston/Tampa) had the 7th lowest ERA (2.09) and Eric Hacker (25, Tampa/Trenton) had the 13th (2.43, including his stay in Tampa). Pat Venditte came only 6 saves shy of making the list, btw. Pretty impressive from a short season league. Jonathan Ortiz (22, Charleston) faced no such limitation, and came in at 3rd in saves (33) and 11th in K/9 for a reliever (12.6). Dellin Betances came in 5th in strikeouts/9 (10.5 K/9) and 8th in AVG against (.208), both for Starting Pitchers. Philip Bartlesky (25, Tampa) had the 15th best avg against for relievers at .179.

    Montero came pretty close to making the list (relatively speaking) for total bases. 10th place 269, he ended up at 258. Not bad for an 18 year old playing in a full season league.

    For a full list, see:, no subscription needed. They really got confused when it came to Charleston, Charlotte, and Chattanooga though, as all three are referred to as Charlotte in the article. It made picking out the Yankees much more difficult.

    • Jamal G.

      Angel Salome played for George Washington, the New York Yankees of NYC High School baseball (PSAL). A friend of mine on my HS played against him for a couple years before my freshman year, he said the dude was real funny, and real fucking strong.

    • Jamal G.

      Also, what do the “*” and “#” before the players’ represent? I couldn’t find a legend anywhere.

      • Jamal G.

        **..players’ name represent?**

      • Mike A.

        * = left handed batter / left handed pitcher
        # = switch hitter

        Rookie ;)

        • NC Saint

          6 more saves, and you would have had to put ‘ / switch pitcher’ in your explanation.

      • Stu H

        * means bats left-handed, # means switch hitter.

    • Rick in Boston

      It could be worse – until a few years ago, the Sally had two Charlestons:
      Charlie South is the current Charleston River Dogs
      Charlie West is the current West Virginia Power

  • A.D.

    are these games for SI playoffs, or still regular season?

    • Mike A.

      Still regular season. They have three more games left.

      • RPimpsner

        I didn’t get a chance to talk to Jeremy Bleich today, he looked kinda lost in the clubhouse keeping to himself. It was his first time around these guys so hopefully tomorrow he is a little better after the game.

        I will have post game stuff on Bleich tomorrow as well as photos.

        Word I got today was that Alabadejo (or how ever you spell it) will go Friday.

    • RPimpsner

      This is still SI’s regular season. Our last regular season game is Saturday with the first playoff game Monday night.

  • steve

    Could someone explain to me why the Yankees don’t:
    1) Have Joba throw 30 innings in some random winter league…or
    2) Have Joba start next year in the rotation but just skip some starts and leave some starts early? Say they bring in Dan Giese as the “6th starter” and have him take every 4th start. That would give Joba about 24 starts and Giese about 8 or 9. If Joba averages 6 innings that’s 144.

    • steve (different one)

      considering the 2008 season isn’t even over yet, what is there to explain?

      “We haven’t talked about it,” Cashman said. “It’s kind of premature for me to talk about now. I just know that he had an innings limit this year that he didn’t meet. Could he exceed that innings limit next year? You wouldn’t want to do that.”

  • A.D.

    Hacker not working too deep into games, is that due to limiting innings, or is he throwing a lot of in pitches in his starts?

  • A.D.

    This Coke interview on YES right now is great

  • Jamal G.

    Alex Rodriguez hit his 32nd double of the season tonight. That is the most he has had in a season since his 34 in 2001 with the Texas Rangers. Strange, no? He also went seven straight games without a single walk for the second time this season (7/6-7/13 and 8/26-9/1).

    Channeling my inner Tim Kurkjian right there.

    • E-ROC

      with a high pitch voice like you’re going through puberty? Lol.

  • Brandon

    Is Micheal Dunn going to get any recognition he can throw heat w/ the best of them and has better secondary stuff.