Ajax, Miranda pound Mesa

Organizational meetings: offering arbitration
The Yankees and the economy, redux

AzFL Peoria (6-4 win over Mesa)
Austin Jackson: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 SB – breaks out of an 0 for 13 slump … homer shy of the cycle
Juan Miranda: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – 7 of his 9 hits have gone for extra bases
Humberto Sanchez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB – 8 of 10 pitches were strikes
Kevin Whelan: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-3 GB/FB – 23 of 36 pitches were strikes (63.9%)

HWB Waikiki‘s game was postponed because of a power outage.

Organizational meetings: offering arbitration
The Yankees and the economy, redux
  • Baseballnation

    Winter ball is small barometer of success, but do you guys get the same suspecting feeling that I get that Jackson needs to do relatively good in Ari, in order to validate the number 1 prospect status he is probably going to garner at the start of next season for our systems prospects?

    • A.D.

      No, but it would be nice. I see this stuff as a bonus, guys get time, as long as he doesn’t get hurt its a plus, especially for someone like Jackson who hasn’t been playing baseball that long.

      • Bo

        Who cares about rankings of prospects?

        We’ve seen many guys who aren’t acclaimed become stars and vice versa.

        Jackson will be fine.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Nah, winter ball chouldn’t change anything. The AzFL is so hitter friendly that it’s hard to gauge actual performance.

      • Baseballnation

        Exactly! It’s hitter friendly and if he doesn’t perform well then what would that really say. Again small sample and taken with a grain of salt, but reality is that we as in new york fans and media tend to hype up our prospects a bit and while I like Jacksons future prospects, he’s not an ideal number one prospect. Montero would obviously be a good argument but it’s still to early to hype him up in the Wieters level yet.

  • JK


    Maybin & Lowrie sucked last year in AZ

  • Slugger27

    mike, what would u consider the competition there to be? equivalent to AAA?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I’d say somewhere between AA & AAA. There’s some players with AAA & MLB experience, but the vast majority experienced AA for the first time in 2008.

  • A.D.

    Hope Humberto gets a chance to start next year… at least one last chance

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      No reason not to give him a chance. What’s the worst that could happen, he has to go back to pen? It’s a lot easier going from starter to reliever than reliever to starter.

  • Baseballnation

    well the worst can happen is he blows out his arm again as he hasn’t proved to durable as a starter. I think they will, and should for that matter try him out as a starter too, but it comes with great risk.

    • radnom

      Eh, thats not really the risk. Any pitcher can blow out his arm at any time, starter or reliever.

      The thing with Sanchez is his age, he really needs to be in the majors and can’t afford a few years in the minors to build up his innings.