Brackman dominates, but Charleston loses in extras

Open Thread: Updating the 2009 Pledge Drive
Two years ago on RAB: We call for Todd Linden

Couple of low level roster moves: Brian Baisley and his .460 OBP & league leading 23 RBI were promoted to High-A Tampa, as was utility infielder Walt Ibarra. Their spots on the Low-A Charleston roster will be filled by Addison Maruszak (demoted from Tampa because of a .383 OPS … yes, OPS) and ’09 fourth rounder Corban Joseph (promoted from Extended Spring Training).

RAB reader and commentor JP chimed in on Ian Kennedy’s aneurysm. Unlike us, JP actually knows what he’s talking about, so give it a read.

Triple-A Scranton (3-0 loss to Louisville)
Doug Bernier & Todd Linden: both 1 for 4 – Bernier K’ed twice, Linden once
John Rodriguez: 0 for 1, 1 K, 1 HBP – left in the 3rd after being hit by a pitch
Eric Duncan: 0 for 2 – 1 for his last 35 (.029)
Justin Leone & Chris Malec: both 0 for 4 – Leone K’ed twice, Malec once
Juan Miranda & Chris Stewart: both 1 for 3 – Miranda drew a walk & K’ed … Stewart K’ed twice
Austin Jackson: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K – third straight 2 for 4 games
Josh Towers: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 5-7 GB/FB – 40 of 60 pitches were strikes (66.7%) … I’m assuming he was on a pitch count since he hasn’t made a start in a while
Zach Kroenke: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-3 GB/FB – 13 of 25 pitches were strikes (52%)
JB Cox: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 2-0 GB/FB – just 6 of 15 pitches were strikes (40%)
Jason Stephens: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K – 10 of 13 pitches were strikes (76.9%)

Double-A Trenton (5-3 loss to Portland)
Eduardo Nunez & Marcos Vechionacci: both 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – Nunez hit a solo jack
Reegie Corona & Seth Fortenberry: both 0 for 3, 1 K – Corona drew a walk & swiped a bag
Colin Curtis: 2 for 4, 1 2B
Jorge Vazquez & Kyle Anson: both 0 for 4 – Vazquez K’ed twice, Anson once
Carlos Mendoza: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B
Ivan Nova: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 1 K, 1 Balk, 11-3 GB/FB – the numbers are never anything special, but everyone raves about him
Noel Castillo: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HB
Jon Hovis: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HB, 2-3 GB/FB – welcome to AA, kid

High-A Tampa (8-3 in over Daytona in 6+ innings) game was completed early due to rain
Austin Krum: 3 for 3, 3 R, 1 BB – I’d call that a productive day
Eric Fryer: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI – 7 for his last 19 (.368)
Jesus Montero: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 K – still rockin’ a .900+ OPS as a 19 yr old in Hi-A
Damon Sublett & Austin Romine: both 0 for 3 – Sublett drew a walk & K’ed twice
Brandon Laird: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
Brian Baisley: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 SB – picks up right where he left off with Charleston
Dellin Betances: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GB/FB – rough start, but luckily it didn’t last long because it started raining
Ronny Marte: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 7-2 GB/FB – took over for Betances following the rain delay
Adam Olbrychowski: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 4-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (3-2 loss to Lexington in 14 innings, walk-off style)
Ray Kruml: 0 for 6, 3 K
Carmen Angelini: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 K – ejected in the 4th for arguing balls and strikes after he K’ed looking
Addison Maruszak: 1 for 3, 1 K – was thrown out at the plate in the 10th
Dan Brewer: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 CS
Taylor Grote: 2 for 5, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
Abe Almonte: 2 for 6, 2 RBI, 4 K, 1 SB – threw a runner out at second from CF … 12 of his 23 K’s on the year have come in the last 7 games
Corban Joseph: 1 for 5, 1 BB, 1 K – season debut
Mitch Abeita: 2 for 6
Andrew Brackman: 8 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 HB, 11-2 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) – easily his best outing as a pro … after the first inning, his line was 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K … you have to love the 9.08 Kper9 + 2.48 GB/FB ratio combo
Dan Kapala: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3-3 GB/FB
Cory Arbiso: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 6-0 GB/FB

Open Thread: Updating the 2009 Pledge Drive
Two years ago on RAB: We call for Todd Linden
  • Accent Shallow

    In re: Nova. I’ve heard that he flashes three plus pitches (fastball/curve/change). Certainly hasn’t shown up yet . . .

    Glad to see Angelini do something other than commit an error, and Brackman going 8 innings in low A is damn impressive.

    Anyone flying under the radar as a prospect/sleeper?

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

      Anyone flying under the radar as a prospect/sleeper?

      Not yet, still a little early.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    Angelini’s not exactly doing himself any favors.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Could be just frustration boiling over. Hell, the dude is just 5.5 months older than me (I turned 20 in early March).

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

        I feel yah.

        But wait. Dude. I’m older than you? o_O

        I must be frickin’ ancient.

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          Well, it would explain the migraines…

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

          You’re not anywhere close the youngest on here. After our demographics survey, I can say that quite confidently.

          • V

            I feel old, and I’m only 25!

            • Jake H

              I will be 28 in august. Hopefully Brackman can go on a roll now.

            • Dave M

              V says:

              May 12th, 2009 at 12:22 am I feel old, and Iā€™m only 25!

              Wait until your 40 like me. It doesn’t get any better when you get older. I can’t even make the throw across the infield any more. Pretty sad.

          • http://statspeak.net dan

            18 haha

          • pat

            I’m pretty sure Kevin G is like 13 or 14.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            Throw in the fact that Old Ranger doesn’t post here much anymore.

  • Christian

    How long before Brackman gets bumped up to Tampa?

    • Bonos

      Must be a Yankee fan. One game and when do we bump him to Tampa.

      • Christian

        I didn’t say move him up to Tampa, I asked when they may consider moving him up.

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

          Probably mid-season. Brackman is 23 going on 24 in December. That puts him at the upper bounds of the Low A range, but it’s his first foray into professional baseball. If he continues to pitch well, the Yanks may bump him up to high A this year and AA next year. There’s no need to rush him though.

          • Dave M

            I was thinking mid season too. They kind of have no choice but to fast track him due to his MLB contract.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      Not for a while.

  • A.D.

    Looks Brackman has Joba disease

  • A.D.

    That Dellin line scared me that there was an injury, thankfully just rain.

  • Doug

    Is Baisley a prospect or just an organizational guy?

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      All you need to know is that he’s 26 and was just promoted to High-A.

      • Doug

        and that’s plenty….thanks :-)

  • Derby

    When do you think Montero gets bumped up to Trenton, or will he stay in tampa for the year to work on becoming a better catcher?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      Probably stays at Tampa for the year. Dude’s still a teenager.

      • Derby

        Yea, I sometimes forget he’s still a teenager. It’s hard to believe he’s this good and he’s 3 years younger than me lol

    • Manimal

      I think Romine gets bumped up to AA before Montero.

      • Doug

        he’s only 20, and while his glove is good, doesn’t have the bat yet for a call-up. especially needs to improve upon his plate discipline…..BB/K ratio is very poor

      • V

        I think they might advance together. Montero will take longer because of the glove, Romine because of the bat.

        Too bad we can’t combine them.

        • Bo

          Just because hes a teenager doesn’t mean he won’t get bumped a level.

  • Blackdragon905

    I got this from a poster on the Pete Abraham’s site about Brackman’s velocty:

    “a high of 99 MPH, but most were at 95-96 MPH right to the end. Most of the strikeouts were on a knuckle curve.”

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Send him to the bullpen.

  • Manimal

    Joba better teach Brackman that slider.

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

      And the fist pump. If Brackman doesn’t have a fist pump, I’ll be very disappointed.

      • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

        What if he pumps it too hard and needs another TJ :(

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

          Ok. Moment of truth: Who is now secretly hoping that Papelbon hurts his shoulder with his fist pumps? I don’t root for anyone to get injured, but…

          • Derby

            Haha, that would be just like the time when the football kicker Gramatica injured himself while celebrating a field goal. I’d laugh my ass off if pap did that.

            • El Generalissimo

              He tore his ACL celebrating it was absurd.

          • Jake H

            I would laugh so hard if he did get hurt.

          • Dave M

            I don’t dis-like too many players, but Papplebum is one of them.

  • Infamous

    Whats the average age of players in High-A?

    • Doug

      found this from 2 years ago:

      Triple-A: 27.4
      Double-A: 25.0
      High-A: 23.5
      Mid-A: 22.3
      Short-Season A: 21.9
      Rookie (Pioneer/Appalachian): 21.3

      • andrew

        Montero 4.5 years ahead of schedule? fiiiiiine.

        • Doug

          well, he’s 19 1/2, making him ONLY 4 years ahead ;-)

          • andrew

            I’m so sorry… i’ll make sure to curb my enthusiasm next time around

            ;)

        • http://theenlighteneddespot.com NC Saint

          Well, to be fair, there are tons of organizational players with no shot to make it out there skewing the averages upward, whereas the lower bounds are relatively firm and only messed with by serious talent. Still, Montero has been thugged out since cub scouts.

      • AndrewYF

        To me, those are the upper limits on being considered a serious prospect. A 22 year-old in High-A had better be dominating, or his career may be in jeopardy.

        That said, you don’t see many 19 year olds dominate High-A, especially the Florida State League, like Montero is doing. The only other 19 year old in High-A I can think of is Jason Heyward, and he’s one of the most exciting prospects in baseball.

        • AndrewYF

          Mike Stanton of the Marlins is actually a better example. Same age, same league, similar statistics.

          Justin Upton also dominated High-A as a 19 year-old, but his talent rates in the 99th percentile of major leaguers.

          • Doug

            yeah, stanton IS a good compare. so far, stanton’s showing more raw power, but montero has better plate discipline

            and agree, upton’s skills are other-worldly.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Going off Project Prospect’s Brett Sullivan and his Dominance Factor statistic, the average age of an elite prospect in High-A would be 21.

      http://tinyurl.com/pom4d8

  • Todd

    Mike. It’s my understanding that the Yanks do not let prospects throw a 2 seamer until they reach Tampa. Is Brackman an exception and throwing the 2 seamer? I ask because it seems that he must be throwing the 2 seamer considering his GB/FB ratio.

    • AndrewYF

      That, or his stuff is on such a severe downward plane it’s nearly impossible to put any lift on the ball.

    • Miles Roche

      That doesn’t necessarily have to be the case, for with a pitcher of his height, even a four-seamer on that much of a downward plane will cause hitters to pound his pitches into the ground. Just sayin. . .

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      That’s a new one. I’ve heard they will often scrap sliders (Hughes) in favor of a curve, but they usually don’t even do that unless the player is very young and hurts his elbow.

  • Chip

    It’s great that Brackman is striking a lot of guys out and everything but I’m more satisfied by the velocity and the lack of walks than anything else

    • andrew

      Agreed. Keep the arm healthy, limit the walks, we’ll be okay.

  • http://theenlighteneddespot.com NC Saint

    Damon Oppenheimer is so good his picks get promoted before they’re even drafted!

    heir spots on the Low-A Charleston roster will be filled by Addison Maruszak (demoted from Tampa because of a .383 OPS ā€¦ yes, OPS) and ā€˜09 fourth rounder Corban Joseph (promoted from Extended Spring Training).

    • Peter Lacock

      Could be 1909?
      What year is it?

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

        Next week we’re going to promote Bryce Harper to Charleston.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Betances got hosed, literally and figuratively. He pitches through a downpour, which clearly affected him. Since the game was resumed and played long enough to be an official game, now his stats count. His ERA went up 3/4 of a run as a result, to 4.68.

  • JohnC

    Less than a month before the draft. Anyone have any ideas about who the Yanks might be targeting in the first round. I hate it that the Red Sox pick just before they do.

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

      I’ve got a feeling that only one of the threesome of Bobby Borchering, Matt Davidson, and Jiovanni Mier falls to us at 29, and we take one of those guys.

      Just my hunch.

  • KW

    ah e-dunc, you’ve finally shown your true colors…

  • dkidd

    we should call up zach kroenke and the next time we play kansas city, switch him with zack greinke without anyone noticing

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

      I like the way this guy thinks.

      Maybe we can also swap Kei Igawa for Koji Uehara.

  • touchtoneterriost

    Ivan Nova is like Steven Jackson.He’s never special but Chad Jennings always loves him too much.