Apr
05

Low-A Charleston roster announced

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The Charleston River Dogs website has the 2009 roster up. The most interesting thing is that both Carmen Angelini and Garrison Lassiter – both shortstops by trade – made the team. Lassiter is listed as an IF (Angelini a SS), so he may end up playing some third base because third round pick David Adams will be manning second. We’ll have to see how this plays out.

The rotation looks pretty stacked, headed by Andrew Brackman. Brett Marshall, Manny Banuelos and David Phelps will join him, with one of Brandon Braboy, Casey Erickson and Cory Arbiso holding down the fifth spot. Pat Venditte & Brad Rulon will anchor the bullpen like they did for Short Season Staten Island last year. The outfield is pretty exciting with Dan Brewer, Abe Almonte and Taylor Grote on board. I don’t have anything definitive on the Triple-A Scranton, Double-A Trenton or High-A Tampa rosters yet, but as soon as we find out I’ll post them.

Categories : Asides, Minors
  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

    Where does this put guys like Betances and Jairo Heredia to start the season? AA?

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

      Tampa.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

        Oh right. I forgot about Tampa. That makes a lot of sense. This’ll be interesting year for the development of those two young kids.

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          I’ve never got used to the fact that there are 3 levels of A-Ball either.

          • AndrewYF

            There are two levels. Charleston and Tampa are low-a and high-a respectively. I don’t think the NY-Penn league is considered ‘A’.

            • Simon B.

              There is also short-season A ball at Staten Island.

              • pat

                Staten Island is in the Penn League.

                • Simon B.

                  Yeah, I know, I didn’t read his entire comment until after I posted that.

                  Nevertheless, it is A ball so there are 3 levels of it.

            • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

              I know, they call it rookie ball. But when I was a kid, there was A, AA and AAA. I think it changed in the early 80s.

              • Jack

                Quit living in the past, grandpa!

              • Rick in Boston

                NY-Penn League is Short-Season A. The Yankees only Rookie-level league is the Gulf Coast League Yankees. There are three teams.

  • M.D.

    what about dj mitchell?

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

      He’ll be in Charleston’s bullpen, though I suppose they could let him start for the time being.

      • M.D.

        whats his ceiling?

        • pat

          Lowe?

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

            No way. He’s a sinker-slider reliever, maybe Mike Timlin if he’s lucky.

            • Jake H

              Really only a reliever?

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

                Yeah. Not much of a third pitch, command needs a good amount of work.

                • pat

                  He started 14 games for Clemson last year. 98.2 ip 106k with a not so hot 40 BB. I don’t think they’re gonna be using him outta then pen in Charleston. Well at least I hope not.

                • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Bronx Baseball Daily

                  They won’t be using him in the bullpen this year. He’s one of their top prospects. Those other guys can work out of the bullpen. Casey Erickson, Arbiso, and Braboy will probably picky back some of those guys because of pitch counts. They might even be the starters by mid-season if Brackman and Mitchell move up.

            • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Bronx Baseball Daily

              He throws a sinker that hits 93 MPH and a fastball that hits 94. He’s also developing a pretty decent curveball.

  • pat

    Don’t sleep on DJ Mitchell. FWIW PP loves the kid thinks he was one of the best picks of the entire draft.

    • pat

      M.D. beat me to it.

    • Jamal G.

      FWIW, PP (I assume you’re referring to Pinstripes Plus) ballwashes every Yankee prospect.

      • pat

        That’s why I prefaced it with for what it’s worth.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          FWIW you’re a degenerate fucko, pat.

          • pat

            <3

  • Chris G.

    Do you think Turley will be with Staten Island this year? What role do you think he’s going to play, RP or starter?

    • M.D.

      ace.

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

      Probably the GCL, but SI is a possibility. He’s a starter right now.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    OK, pick one pitcher and one position player off that roster as your 2009 breakout candidates.

    Mine are:

    David Adams

    Manny Banuelos

    I think Adams will hit his way to the bigs and I like everything I’ve heard about Manny-Banny.

    • pat

      ManBan is my first choice for breakout pitcher but after that I’ll take Arody’s Vizcaino. As for hitters, ill take Eduardo Nunez. If he can finally put all those tools together he could be something special.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        If Manny makes it to the bigs, its probably as a reliever. He’s such a little guy (5’10” 155). But you have to like a lefty with his stuff.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Get that man some steroids.

        • Jake H

          The kid is just going to turn 18 so there is a chance he could add some height still. Keep in mind Santana and Pedro are both under 6 feet tall. There are guys who aren’t huge who make the majors as starters.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            True, Guidry was a little guy, too.

            But they’re the exceptions. Plus, it’s not so much the height as the weight. I mean, 155? ESPN has Edwar at 6’3″ 166.

        • pat

          Eh, we’ll see about that. As Mike said, he just turned 18 still lots of time to gain an inch or two or add some lbs.

        • Mike R. – Retire 21

          I agree. That Lincecum kid is an injury waiting to happen. Draft Hochevar. Kid’s got a “Pitcher’s body”.
          Oh. Wait a second…never mind. I was thinking of a similar conversation that took place a few years ago.

    • Jake H

      Manny B came out of the blue last year so I wouldn’t put that on him. I could see Nik Turley make a good debut. Hitter I will see Carmen.

    • A.D.

      I hope Adams can break out, but gotta say I’m pretty pessimistic on him at this point

  • Jake H

    http://www.nomaas.org/draft/

    Well it looks like Lassister is going to play some 3rd base.

    Mike do you see Manny B getting up to Tampa this year?

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

      I would be very surprised. He just turned 18 last week, let him catch his breath for a year.

      • Jake H

        I thought so also. Just wanted a professional opinion. Do you see Taylor Grote making the jump to legit prospect this year?

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

          Heh, wouldn’t someone have to pay me before you can call me a professional?

          I think he could make the jump. Hopefully he plays every day and doesn’t get stuck platooning or bouncing around OF spots.

          • Mike Pop

            You will be getting paid for this soon enough. Next Keith Law.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      “Lane Meyer: As a hitter tell me about your swing and approach.

      Garrison Lassiter: I’d say my approach is more like a Wade Boggs-type guy. I get a feel for the ball really well, put that fat part of the bat on the ball a lot, and hit the ball all over the field. I pride myself on being a tough guy to get out and being consistent. As I get older my power is going to come, I mean I’m 6?3?, 195 lbs right now, and as I progress and go through the system my power is going to develop. I’m just trying to stay consistent and hit .300 this year.”

  • Tripp

    Possibly Lassiter and Angelini do the whole DH/SS split role?

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

      They could, but I would rather see Lassiter play third so he gets game reps in the field.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        And positional flexibility.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          That, and were going to need a 3B in a few years when we decide we have to trade Alex because he’s dating Babara Bush.

          • Chris

            The grandma or the granddaughter?

            • Jack

              Both.

        • Jack
        • Mike R. – Retire 21

          Ahhhh positional flexibility. Just like your mother Trebek.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    What’s the deal w/the ambidextrous dude?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Nevermind.

  • Drew

    Isn’t Venditte the switch pitcher?

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Yes, he goes both ways.

      • Steve H

        Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    • Brian

      I really hope he makes it to the majors.

      • anonymous

        Have they officially written new rules yet because of this kid?

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          I have a question regarding pitching. Is there any rule that stipulates that a pitches must either right-handed or left-handed?

          No, there is no such rule.

          Based on the answer to the first question: If not, it is feasible to say that a pitcher could deliver the ball right-handed one pitch and then left-handed on the next?

          Ambidextrous pitchers are rare but do exist. An example was Greg Harris, who pitched with the Boston Red Sox. When such pitchers pitch in the Major Leagues, they must pitch with the same hand during a batter’s entire at-bat. Such pitchers may change pitching hand for the next batter, but again must continue with that arm for that batter’s entire at-bat.

          http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/officia.....eature=qa4

          • anonymous

            So in the majors it will be advantage hitter? And you wont get that back and forth like in that video that was online a while ago of Venditte and some switch hitter.

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

              Everything else in the game of baseball benefits the pitcher, so I would assume this would as well. I know in college the pitcher got to choose which side he pitched from, essentially forcing a switch hitter to hit from his weaker side.

              • K.B.D.

                I thought the rules were decidedly different. Venditte had to declare which hand he intended to pitch with.

          • Brian

            The Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation (PBUC) released its official rules for dealing with ambidextrous pitchers. These guidelines were reached after PBUC staff consulted with a variety of sources, including the Major League Baseball Rules Committee.

            Here’s how it reads:

            * The pitcher must visually indicate to the umpire, batter and runner(s) which way he will begin pitching to the batter. Engaging the rubber with the glove on a particular hand is considered a definitive commitment to which arm he will throw with. The batter will then choose which side of the plate he will bat from.
            The pitcher must throw one pitch to the batter before any “switch” by either player is allowed.
            * After one pitch is thrown, the pitcher and batter may each change positions one time per at-bat. For example, if the pitcher changes from right-handed to left-handed and the batter then changes batter’s boxes, each player must remain that way for the duration of that at-bat (unless the offensive team substitutes a pinch hitter, and then each player may again “switch” one time).

            * Any switch (by either the pitcher or the batter) must be clearly indicated to the umpire. There will be no warm-up pitches during the change of arms.

            * If an injury occurs the pitcher may change arms but not use that arm again during the remainder of the game.

  • Diony

    Where can I find ST numbers for the low-A group? I’d like to see how Lassiter did. Maybe he impressed everyone.

  • Reggie C.

    No Arodys Vizcaino in the rotation? That’s pretty surprising imo. Considering Jairo Heredia got his Low-A debut at a tender age of 18/19, why is Arodys not on this team?

  • Reggie C.

    No shocker that Angellini is repeating Low-A. He’s gotta stay healthy. I think he had to work through some injury issues in’08 that pretty much ensured that he never got going at the plate or with the glove. If i remember right, Angellini was going to go to LSU and contend with DJ LeMahieu for the starting job. Now DJ is a rising prospect and sure-fire 1st rounder (as of now), and Angellini is …. not near any prospect precipice or anything but definitely in danger of falling in the depth chart behind Lassiter and maybe Phelps.

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

      Lassiter was going to Rice, but the point still stands. Rick Hague would have beaten him out big time for the SS job.

      • pat

        Lassiter- UNC Matshall-rice.

  • Captain

    So Weems finally gets a chance.

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