Catching up on the minors

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Jeremy Bleich hasn’t pitched since October 24th, not sure what that’s about. Maybe he had that inevitable elbow operation.

AzFL Peoria (11-4 loss to Surprise)
Kevin Russo: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – hitting streak is up to 15 games
Humberto Sanchez: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 WP, 1 HB, 2-1 GB/FB – only 6 of 11 pitches were strikes (54.5%)

HWB Waikiki (11-1 loss to North Shore)
Austin Romine: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – just 5 for his last 29 (.172) … too many Mai Tai’s I guess…
Andrew Brackman: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 7 BB, 6 K, 2 WP, 1-2 GB/FB - just 41 of 84 pitches were strikes (48.8%) … damn, he’s a bust this week … it’s a good thing winter ball stats aren’t meaningful

Tuesday’s Games

AzFL Peoria (9-3 loss to Scottsdale)
Austin Jackson: 0 for 4, 2 K
Kevin Russo: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – if nothing else, at least he’ll be going into 2009 with a ton of confidence
Kevin Whelan: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0-1 GB/FB – 19 of 34 pitches were strikes (55.9%)

HWB Waikiki (8-6 win over North Shore)
Damon Sublett & Austin Romine: both 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI

Monday’s Games

AzFL Peoria (5-3 loss to Surprise)
Kevin Russo: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding)
Austin Jackson: 1 for 4, 1 K, 1 SB
Phil Hughes: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0-7 GB/FB – 41 of 59 pitches were strikes (69.5%) … phew, he’s not a bust this week … it’s a good thing winter ball stats are so meaningful

HWB Waikiki had a scheduled off day.

Sunday’s Games

AzFL Peoria had a scheduled off day.

HWB Waikiki beat West Oahu 6-5, but no Yanks’ farmhands played in the game.

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  • Infamous

    At least Brackmans still showing he can definitely put people away with 6ks. The walks probably didn’t help alot but isnt command the last thing to come back with tj surgery

  • pat

    Mike other blog writers think you’re serious when you joke bleich needs TJ

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

      Bill Madden wrote it, so it must be true. I wonder how Gerrit Cole’s dad is weathering this financial crisis. Hopefully he moved those billions into diversified and insured Swiss bank accounts.

      • pat

        last i heard it was frozen orange juice concentrate

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          The Coles are trying to corner the market!!!

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona

            “Looking good, Gerrit…”

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

              Feeling good, Mark!

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        In his last start Bleich, ruptured his left elbow ligament, his right achilles tendon, shredded his MCL, ACL and PCL in both knees, strained his groin, got two sports hernias and a case of blue balls from the foul ball girl.
        He’s day-to-day.

        • pat

          shes clearly not very good at her job

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

            Cashman signed the foul-ball girl to a 2yr/4M deal.

  • joe

    Maybe instead of the Tommy John watch on the side you can have a “Bust of the Week” watch?

  • Jacob

    I heard rumor that Hughes was touching 95 in Arizona. Any truth to this?

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

      I only saw the comments PeteAbe had. Touching 95 doesn’t mean every pitch is 95. It means he’s sitting low-90s with the occasional 95 sprinkled in.

      • Steve

        and even before all the injuries isn’t that pretty much who he was? I always remember hearing he could touch 96 occasionally, but sat in the low 90’s even at his most dominant in the minors.

  • jsbrendog

    man i hope they dont trade hughes

    • TheLastClown

      Agreed. If we do indeed land one of Sheets/Burnett, Hughes is an invaluable replacement when & if something happens, injury wise.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        Mmm-hmm.

  • Thomas

    Clearly the most important thing is that the teams the Yankees prospects play for always lose. Come on 1-4, but 1-0 when no Yankees play. We need more winners in our systems like Eckstein or Erstad.

  • Miles Roche

    Guys, are you waiting with bated breaths for the Baseball America Top 10 Yankees Prospects just like me?
    Damn, i can’t wait . . .

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

      I know Jackson is #1, Montero is #2, Melancon is #9, and no 2008 draftees made the top 10.

      6 of the remaining 7 players on the list are probably Brackman, Betances, Romine, McAllister, Gardner and Robertson. Manuel always find some Latin American player he falls in love with and over-ranks. Last year it was Ivan Nova, the year before it Josue Calzado, the year before that it was Angel Reyes, and the year before that it was Eduardo Nunez. This year I’m guessing … Ramiro Pena.

      • pat

        heredia/ banuelos?

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

          Good guesses.

          • pat

            manny b struck out a bunch of fools in his dominican instructs debut. 6 to be exact, including ex-future- hall of famer eduardo salcedo

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

        Ooo or it might be DeLaRosa.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          De La Rosa is close. The winner is a certain lefthander from the Domincan Republic….

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

            Melvin “Bossman” Crousset?

            • Andy In Sunny Daytona

              and Bingo was his name-o.

            • Miles Roche

              ???

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

            Keito Igawanito?

            • Andy In Sunny Daytona

              Melvin “El Zurdo Jefe” Croussett

              • Andy In Sunny Daytona

                (or El Jefe Zurdo), I sucked at Spanish.

        • Reggie C.

          I’d prefer if it were Kelvin DeLeon who tore it up in Dominican League. I’m thinking he’s ready for Low-A ball; more ready than any high schooler chosen in this year’s draft.

      • Miles Roche

        Yeah, i read about Melancon on Jim Callis chat, and i gotta say i’m shocked he’s not higher. . .

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

    “Andrew Brackman…damn, he’s a bust this week … it’s a good thing winter ball stats aren’t meaningful
    Phil Hughes… phew, he’s not a bust this week … it’s a good thing winter ball stats are so meaningful”

    Mike, you’re gonna make my head explode!!!

  • dan

    Jason Grey said Hughes was sitting 92-94 with the fastball, hitting 95 once. Just clarifying what someone said above.

  • Murph1010

    Can anyone give me info on Kevin Russo? What position and when he was drafted and maybe his potential?

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones
    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Utility guy, drafted in the 10-15 round range of 2006. Don’t get caught up in the AzFL stats, especially for hitters.

      • Lanny

        Didn’t Eric Duncan win MVP here one yr??

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    Seven walks in 3.1 innings? Wow. That’s some nasty control.

    • pat

      wait u mean a .6/1 K/BB ratio is bad?

  • Justin

    What the heck is up with Jackson and Romine? Both of them are striking out like crazy and neither of them is hitting for any kind of power. Seems like once again the Yanks are overvaluing their prospects. I think the only player that I dont want traded is Hughes and Brackman. Everyone else is fair game.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      What the heck is up with Jackson and Romine?… Seems like once again the Yanks are overvaluing their prospects.

      What the heck is up with you constantly screaming that our prospects suck? Prospects go up and down. Calm down already.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      The only people overvaluing our prospects are the ones who expect them to hit .350/.450/.600 at every level. Otherwise, they’re still prospects, and we’re waiting to see when/if they pan out. They very well might not.

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

        I expect every prospect to dominate every level. If they don’t produce in A-ball, how are they supposed to produce in the bigs!

        Psssssshhhh

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Also, to keep things somewhat in perspective, take a look at Dioner Navarro’s MiLB numbers. They’re not amazing, but I sure as hell would have him on the team. MiLB numbers mean approximately nothing and Winter League numbers mean even less.

  • Bryan

    Just letting people know that there are some HWB stats on baseball-reference.com

  • Lanny

    I don’t know why people get bent out of shape with Fall league stats.

    We have no idea what the pitchers are working on and being told to focus on. Results really don’t matter.

    Same with the hitters. Maybe they are trying to learn how to be more selective and are required to take pitches.

    Relax.

  • Frank B.

    I know Brackman isn’t a bust … yet. But why is he beginning to smell a little like Drew Henson all of a sudden.