Hughes, Ajax named to Rising Stars Showcase


The rosters for the Rising Stars Showcase, essentially the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game, have been released, with the two most obvious Yanks’ farmhands making the National Team. The game is this Friday at 7:15pm local time (10:15 on the east coast), and Phil Hughes will get the start against the Braves’ Tommy Hanson. There’s a good chance the game will be on MiLB.tv, but we won’t know for sure until Friday comes. It will definitely be available on Gameday, though.

Categories : Asides, Minors


  1. A.D. says:

    Showcase starting matchup for 2 names people are loving to throw around for Peavy

  2. Slugger27 says:

    damn… great pitching matchup, should be fun to watch… ajax gonna start or come off the bench??

  3. pat says:

    Seeing as though this is a big stage im predicting ajax makes no less than 3 great plays. 2 in the field and 1 at the plate.

  4. Jamal G. says:

    Phil Hughes up against Tommy Hanson? Oh my!

  5. Mike Pop says:

    Hughes or Hanson ?

  6. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Shouldn’t it be called “The Showcase Showdown”?

  7. jersey says:

    on the heels of this announcement seeing as how its semi related…mr francesa on the fan said hed trade cano ajax hughes whatever they want for none other then nate mclouth…to his credit he did say hed have a hard time letting hughes go lol what a joke im guessing and hoping that the yanks front office doesnt hold the same sentiment… i dont understand the love fest wit nate mclouth…he is a very average fielder who had a career year at the plate and personally id much rather see gardner in center next year…

    • Mike Francesa = George W. Bush.

      “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we. “

    • Jamal G. says:

      I don’t have a subscription to BillJamesOnline.com, but didn’t James’ plus/minus defensive system rate Nate McClouth as a -21 defender in Center Field this season?

      Trust me, when Mike Francessa likes a player, he fucking likes a player: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bZAuH7pSgc

      • Steve says:

        Yeah, that’s right -21 as a CF. He’s also a one year wonder with the bat, his previous 3 seasons in the bigs were all unimpressive.

        And the notion that PITT would take Cano and his 27 mil owed over the next 3 years is absurd. He followed with “well the Yanks could just eat some of that contract”. The Yanks NEVER eat money as a firm policy. They didn’t with Randy Johnson, they didn’t with Sheffield, even though in both cases they would have got back better prospects if they did.

        They don’t eat salary because they know what everyone else knows, that the Yanks have the deepest pockets and if they started doing that, it would never end. Its bad enough they pay revenue sharing/luxury taxes, they don’t need to pay players to play on other teams as well.

  8. Reggie C. says:

    RUMOR ALERT: From the MLBTraderumors chat

    STL Today reporting that there are discussions b/w Yanks and Cards

    Rick Ankiel & Bryan Anderson for Hughes, Kennedy, and third prospect

    – anderson is a catching prospect. an excellent one at that.

  9. Steve says:

    From the Baseball Prospectus article previously linked

    “Jeremy bleich, lhp, waikiki beachboys (yankees)

    He models his game after andy pettite’s, but he’s kind of a smaller and less powerful version at best, using his average-at-best fastball to set up his plus secondary pitches (a curve and a very deceptive changeup). It’s going to come down to his ability to throw strikes, and the right strikes, and we don’t have enough to go on yet.”

    A lefty with a very deceptive change up could make him a bullpen candidate similar to Okijima.

  10. Steve says:

    Mike, someone told me Horne is Rule 5 eligible this year.

    Is that true and what would that likely mean for him?

    • Mike A. says:

      He is. College players drafted in 2005, and high schoolers drafted in 2004 are Rule 5 eligible this year. He’s still recovering from his torn labrum, but supposedly he’ll be ready to start pitching again in ST. I imagine they’ll protect him, he’s not the kind of guy you risk losing – he’s too close to big league ready.

      • Steve says:

        True, but he’s also only had 3 full seasons of pitching in the past 7 years. And he was one of those guys who took 2 full years to recover from TJ, furthering his rep for not being the world’s hardest worker. Now add a torn labrum to the list, and shoulders are tricky under the best circumstances.

        They could decide he’s just too injury prone, too banged up and let him go. Guess it will come down to “do we protect Horne or ___” If we know who the other name is, then the decision may be more clear.


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