Catching up on the minors


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.

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Infamous says:

    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

  2. pat says:

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

  3. joe says:

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

  4. Jacob says:

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

    • Mike A. says:

      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 says:

        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.

  5. jsbrendog says:

    man i hope they dont trade hughes

  6. Thomas says:

    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.

  7. Miles Roche says:

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

  8. “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!!!

  9. dan says:

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

  10. Murph1010 says:

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

  11. Ben K. says:

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

  12. Justin says:

    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.

  13. Bryan says:

    Just letting people know that there are some HWB stats on

  14. Lanny says:

    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.


  15. Frank B. says:

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

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