Brackman being Brackman

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AzFL Peoria (3-2 loss to the other Peoria)
Kevin Russo: 0 for 0 – came in for defense at short in the 8th
Jeff Marquez: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3-6 GB/FB – 47 of 75 pitches were strikes (62.7%) … even with his AzFL time, he’s still about 30 IP behind last year’s total because of this summer’s groin injury
Kevin Whelan: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – only 12 of 26 pitches were strikes (46.2%)

HWB Waikiki (3-2 win over North Shore in 10 innings, walk-off style)
Damon Sublett: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K
Austin Romine: 0 for 2, 1 K – left the game in the 6th for an unknown reason
Andrew Brackman: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 9-3 GB/FB – 47 of 89 pitches were strikes (52.8%) … drat, he’s a bust this week

PRWL Mayaguez (5-2 loss to Carolina)
Ian Kennedy: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP, 2-1 GB/FB – 12 K in 8.2 IP in his 2 starts

Tuesday’s Games

AzFL Peoria (8-4 loss to Mesa)
Austin Jackson: 3 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Juan Miranda: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 K
Kevin Russo: 1 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 1 E (fielding) – hit streak is up to 19 games … he’s halfway to Hit Streak Hilligoss’ mark

HWB Waikiki (6-3 loss to West Oahu)
Damon Sublett: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K

Monday’s Games

AzFL Peoria (13-9 win over Mesa)
Kevin Russo: 1 for 6, 1 CS – waited until the 8th to extended the hit streak
Austin Jackson: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B1 RBI, 1 K – threw a runner out a second from CF
Juan Miranda: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – had been 1 for his previous 22 (.045)

HWB Waikiki had a scheduled off day.

Sunday’s Games

AzFL Peoria had a scheduled off day.

HWB Waikiki lost 4-1 to Honolulu, but no Yanks’ prospects played in the game

Saturday’s Games

AzFL Peoria (9-6 loss to Surprise)
Kevin Russo: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B
Austin Jackson: 3 for 4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HBP – had been 3 for his previous 29 (.103)
Phil Hughes: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0-4 GB/FB – 40 of 72 pitches were strikes (55.6%) … draft, he was a bust this week

HWB Waikiki (another 4-1 loss to Honolulu)
Austin Romine: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
Damon Sublett: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K

Some other notable stats:

  • Wilson Betemit: 1 for 11 (.091), 2 BB, 4 K in 4 games
  • Frankie Cervelli: 4 for 23 (.174), 5 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 5 BB, 4 K in 11 games
  • Justin Christian: 25 for 95 (.263), 14 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 9 BB, 19 K, 7 SB in 23 games
  • Reegie Corona: 14 for 47 (.298), 9 R, 5 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 SB in 16 games
  • Walt Ibarra: 11 for 43 (.256), 3 R, 1 RBI, 5 BB, 10 K, 2 SB, 1 CS in 19 games
  • Ramiro Pena: 2 for 7 (.286), 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI in 2 games
  • Jon Albaladejo: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K in 1 appearance
  • Wilkins Arias: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 8 K in 8 appearances
  • Jhonny Nunez: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K in 3 appearances

Old pal El Duque will start pitching in the Dominican Winter League at the end of next week. Dude’s got to be what, 43 or 44 yrs old? Robbie Cano sould be debuting in the DWL any day now, remember he’ll only be there for a month, strictly as a DH.

ESPN: Yanks acquire Swisher
Open Thread: The storm before the storm
  • Reggie C.

    Kevin Goldstein from Baseball Prospectus is not a fan of Brackman. He did a free chat a couple days back.

    Do you think Brackman’s athletic background will help him with his mechanics? Are the WPs a sign that he’s flying open in his delivery or maybe not releasing the ball at the right moment consistently?

    Guess everybody is focused on the Swisher deal right now.

    • Mike A.

      The athleticism helps him, for sure. All the wild pitches are from the post TJ control issues, don’t worry about them.

      • pat

        You gotta take what you can get, brack walked 5 but had a nice 9-3 gb/fb ratio.

    • Chip

      Honestly, Brackman will probably be 30 years old before he really gets everything moving perfectly together. The convenient thing is, he can dominate with messed up mechanics. Just ask Randy Johnson

  • Joey

    Who are these Marquez, Betemit, and Nunez people?

    • Mike A.

      Hah, good point. I wrote up the bulk of the post last night.

  • Jack

    Mike – who do you think is the best in-house utility guy to replace Betemit?

    • Mike A.

      Probably Chris Malec.

      • Scott of 3 Kids Tickets

        I was hoping you’d say Cody Ransom. I thought he did a good job in limited action last year.


        • Mike A.

          I thought he meant in the minors. Ransom is the obvious first in-line replacement.

          • jersey

            would u rather have malec or ransom?

            • A.D.

              Im a big Malec fan… maybe he gets a 40 man spot with the shakeup

          • Jack

            I meant currently under contract with the Yankees. Doesn’t matter what level they’re at.

  • Murph1010

    Mike, can you tell me more about damon sublett? Position? Potential? Tools?

    • Mike A.
      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot? 2007? Wasn’t that was like a decade ago, or something!?!?!


  • Lanny

    A guy coming off TJ surgery and in the Fall league where hes working on stuff isn’t really primed for dominating performances.

  • X-Man(Angel)

    Betemit homer last night LOL!!

    • jsbrendog (rocks)

      that’s why chicago wanted him, ozzie saw that and was like, hr power, i like it give me him, i bet he also knows how to bunt real well

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        Betemit is going start every game, hit .339/.428/617 and play flawless defense at all four IF positions in 2009 for the Sox.

        Cashman is an idiot.

  • jersey

    hey mike when do we realistically start to worry about phil hughes ever living up to the perceived potential… i want the guy to be our 5th starter this year but cmon man time to really put it all together no? i know hes super young for a starting pitcher but young gets old really fast in life let alone in prospect world.

    • Chip

      Dude, the guy is 22 and still one of the youngest pitchers in the AzFL

      He’s shown flashes of dominance in the majors and always dominated the minors. I think he’ll put a 4ish ERA up this year as the 5th starter on the Yankees and then really break out about the age of 25 into a true Cy Young candidate

      • jersey

        i hope so man believe me im not one that is ready to give up on him and i really want him joba and wang to be a great homegrown part of the rotation.

    • Baseballnation

      22 gets old fast?

      • jersey

        didnt mean it that literal. time flys in every aspect of life…including the view of scouts and executives

      • pat

        it did for me :(

  • Jamal G.

    In regards to the hate on Ian Kennedy, I couldn’t have said this any better:

    I don’t get why people are so down on him. Last year, in what was supposed to be his annus horribulus, he did terrifically in AAA as a 23 year old, and got knocked around in 39.2 IP in the Majors. Not to get too Joe Biden on you, but I repeat, 39.2 Innings. And, even in those 39.2 IP, his peripherals weren’t quite as terrible as his ERA – his FIP over, again, 39.2 innings, was 5.57. Not good by any sense of the imagination, but not absolutely disastrous. The previous year, in 19 major league innings, he did very well. This doesn’t mean that he will be an ace, or even a good major league pitcher, but that the evidence is largely in his favor. Again, this is a 23 year old pitcher who in 226 minor league innings had an ERA below 2, a WHIP below 1, a K/9 above 9, a BB/9 below 3. The only evidence thus far that the guy cannot pitch is that in 39.2 IP in the major league, he did badly.

    This answer was in regards to a question posed by John Sickels, which read:

    True or False Question Two: Ian Kennedy WILL rebound in 2009 and end up having a very good career. Explain your answer.

    • Chip

      So true. I mean if he takes another two years of development but start consistently winning 12 games a year with a 3.5-4.0 ERA then we have a cost-controlled #3 starter which is a HUGE asset

    • jsbrendog (rocks)

      id take him over jeff weaver, sidney ponson, darrel rasner, scott kamienicki, pasqual perez, aaron small, shawn chacon, ed yarnell, brian boehringer, and lord o lord i could go on for months.

      ps, i am starting my campaign now to bring back charlie hayes as a coach. why? because. I have no factual evidence or solid grounds to think he would be good. but regardless. charlie fuckin hayes

      • andrew

        aaron small! i miss him.

    • Chris

      Was IPK playing by himself in that game? By my count, there were 5 balls hit in play, and all of them ended up as hits…

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Not to get too Joe Biden on you, but I repeat, 39.2 Innings.

      Heh, i laughed at that.

  • pat

    how does an asian kid get the last name teixera or whatever?

    • Mike A.

      He’s from Hawaii.

      • pat

        yea you WOULD know that

      • Baseballnation

        Wrd! Mike Your so Hawaian!

  • Chris

    1 for 11? No wonder they traded Betemit.

  • all top blogs

    thanks for sharing.

  • Peter Lacock

    Whelan walked the bases loaded but got out of it with no runs.

  • josh

    i was in euope thelast two weeks. can someone fill me in on what phil hughes has done