Brackman rebounds from control issues, kinda

Yanks suffer tough 5-4 loss to Cleveland
Blaming the umpire and not blaming the umpire

One year ago today on DotF, Zach McAllister made his High-A debut.

Triple-A Scranton (7-5 loss to Louisville)
Reegie Corona: 1 for 5
Austin Jackson: 1 for 4, 2 RBI, 2 K – 60 hits in 46 games
Todd Linden: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 3, 2 RBI – leads the league with 49 RBI, the guy in second has 42
Juan Miranda: 0 for 4, 1 E (fielding)
John Rodriguez: 1 for 4, 1 R, 3 K – can you quitely OPS .934?
Justin Leone: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 1 K – picked off first
Eric Duncan: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 E (throwing)
PJ Pilittere: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI
Josh Towers: 3.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 5-4 GB/FB – 52 of 81 pitches were strikes (64.2%) … 10 ER allowed in his last 8.2 IP after allowing just 4 in his first 17.1 IP
Paul Bush: 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2-3 GB/FB – 29 of 39 pitches were strikes (74.4%) … just signed out of indy ball
Edwar Ramirez: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB – 19 of 28 pitches were strikes (67.9%) … that’s vintage Edwar right there

Double-A Trenton (4-1 win over Altoona)
Justin Snyder, Edwar Gonzalez, Jose Gil & Marcos Vechionacci: all 0 for 3 – Snyder drew a walk & scored a run … Vech drove in a run
Colin Curtis: 0 for 4
Chris Malec: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI – hitting .358 since the demotion
Jorge Vazquez: 1 for 2 – left the game in the sixth for an unknown reason
Kevin Smith: 1 for 1, 1 RBI
Noah Hall: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 SB
James Cooper: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
Zach McAllister: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K, 3-7 GB/FB – drops his ERA to 1.84, second lowest in the league amongst pitchers with at least 50 IP
Kanekoa Texeira: 2.1 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 1-3 GB/FB – nice job slamming the door

High-A Tampa (3-2 win over Charlotte)
Austin Krum, Eric Fryer & Damon Sublett: all 1 for 4 – Krum drove in a run … Fryer drew a walk & scored a run … Sublett doubled & K’ed
Jesus Montero & Austin Romine: both 2 for 4, 1 RBI – Romine doubled & K’ed … Montero is 15 for his last 28 (.536)
Brian Baisley: 0 for 4, 1 K – hitting just .209 with Tampa
Wady Rufino & Mitch Hilligoss: both 0 for 3 – Hilligoss K’ed twice
Walt Ibarra: 2 for 3, 2 R, 2 2B
Jason Stephens: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4-8 GB/FB
Lance Pendleton: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 2-3 GB/FB
Jon Hovis: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (4-1 loss to Greenville)
Abe Almonte & Dan Brewer: both 1 for 3 – Almonte drew a walk, scored a run & K’ed … Brewer was hit by a pitch
David Adams: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Everyone else: combined 0 for 19, 2 BB, 7 K – Corban Joseph drew a walk & was picked off first … I guess that’s what happens when a bunch of kids run into a future Hall of Famer
Andrew Brackman: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 2 WP, 1 HB, 6-2 GB/FB – well, at least it looks like the control issues that plagued his last start aren’t something unfixable
Dan Kapala: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-0 GB/FB
Jon Ortiz: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 1-0 GB/FB – man, what happened to this guy?
Brad Rulon: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB

Yanks suffer tough 5-4 loss to Cleveland
Blaming the umpire and not blaming the umpire
  • E-ROC

    Any scouting reports on Paul Bush?

    • 27 this year

      well seeing that he is from indy ball, his signing is probably similar to the way we got Edwar. I wouldn’t expect much out of him.

      • Drew

        The baseball cube says he has a 96 k rating along with a 96 efficiency rating. 55 on control so I guess he has good stuff and just can’t control it.

  • John

    Yay Jesus and Austins (I guess Krum counts today too)

  • Stryker

    wowww zach mcallister is turning himself into one hell of a starting pitcher.

    • nilnil

      He should be promoted soon!
      Brackman still had 4BB in 4 inn, why did he last just 4 inn?

      • Drew

        pitchcount i’d imagine.

  • Accent Shallow

    More caliber for McAllister?

    Brackman’s previous outing had jumped his BB/9 from around 3 to over 4.5. Eek.

    Is Hilligoss off the prospect map after his poor 2008?

  • Drew

    According to Ashmore it seems like JoVa has a minor injury.
    “Seems like The Jorge Vazquez Experience may be getting a breather, as he was removed from the game with leg soreness.
    “It happened during the game,” said Thunder skipper Tony Franklin.”

  • Mike

    “Edwar Ramirez: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB – 19 of 28 pitches were strikes (67.9%) … that’s vintage Edwar right there”
    There no vintage Edwar. He is a horrible reliever who this year the league finally caught up to. He what you call a AAAA pitcher. I hope we never see Edwar in pinstripes in the majors again.

    • Drew

      Wow, either he slept with your wife or you have a very short memory. Who wouldn’t sign up for last year’s Edwar (especially with the way our pen is right now)?

    • Simon B.

      Edwar was being rocked because he had a completely wild 86 mph fastball this year compared to his usual 89-91 he had in years past, not because the “league caught up” to him.

      I don’t suppose making him throw 45+ pitches in five different outings after he had an elbow problem to start the season had anything to do with that.

    • EvoLuTioN

      Edwar was one of our better relievers last year.

      Oh and he actually shut down lefties better than Phil Coke could dream of.

    • The Artist

      You know what elsa is really horrible?

      Your Baseball analysis.

      • The Artist

        And my spelling, apparently.

  • The Artist

    Getting close to the time they start considering promoting certain guys. My candidates would be:


    Montero (over Romine)

    Hector Noesi

    Pat Venditte

    I’d leave Romine in Tampa, let him work on his bat down there. Montero can work on his fielding in Trenton, and a higher level of pitchers to challenge him with might be good for him. He’s destroying A ball pitchers.

    • EvoLuTioN

      Venditte definitely needs to see some AA action. I’d love to see how his stuff translates

      • The Artist

        A promotion would be to High-A Tampa. He’s in the Sally League at Charleston now.

        • handtius

          Promote Venditte to the MAJORS!11111!!!!!!1!1111

          • Mike R. – Retire 21

            Promote his left arm to the majors. His right arm still needs some time in AAA.

            • pounder

              Great comment.

  • E-ROC

    “Paul Bush has a low 90s fastball and his slider was around 80 mph today. The slider is his out pitch. He also throws a curveball, and threw a few of them today. He has a changeup but I don’t remember seeing it. Might have thrown it, I just don’t remember it.”

    -Chad Jennings

  • handtius

    I’m looking forward to seeing what z-mac can do at AAA. If he dominates (yes, I know I’m getting ahead of myself) maybe he gets a call up in September? Man, what shall we do with all these starting pitchers? hehehe

    • RollingWave

      He can pitch teh 8th. and we get a million more Joba to teh 8th article / radio rants.

  • Malcard89

    Im really worried about Brackman. Everyone needs to time to develop in the minors and gain a good sense of command and control, but for cryin out loud, he already missed a year with TJS and is 23 years old in Low A. He needs to make a Melancon/Joba-esque rise through the minors, and if he has to spend a year at each level just to establish a good sense of control, that would make him 27, spending his prime years having never faced big league competition.

    I’m a worrywart by nature, but things honestly arent looking good, and i really dont see any positives besides the high strikeout rate imo.

    • Doug

      like you said, he missed a year with TJS and is 23 years old. command is the last thing that comes back after TJS, and it’s especially difficult for someone almost 7 feet tall. give the kid a break

    • JohnnyC

      Randy Johnson was 26 before he established himself as a major league pitcher. If Brackman even sniffs the kind of career Unit has had, I’d think you’d buy in.

  • Aussie Gary

    Two wild pitches and 4 walks in 4.2 innings is hardly stuff to get excited about. I’m wondering if Brackman is going to be another of the over hyped under achieving members of the farm system. The expectations, through all the hype, are always sky high but rarely are they realised.

  • RollingWave

    Z-mac’s # is remarkablly similar to Wang’s both are very low walks decent but unspetacular K rate in the minor.s Wang had a much better GB rate but was also a lot more hittable . (I think it basically is correlated) Wang’s also older in similar levels though. and Z Mach’s a bit bigger dude.

  • Mike in Sunrise FL

    What are the Yankees waiting for with Montero? Does he have to hit .400 to get to AA? He is raking high A ball and I know the defensive ability is in question, but we need to test him against better competition. I personally don’t care if he catches or becomes a RF…Hmmm, next year Nady, Matsui and Damon all are free agents, seems like a lot of openings. He can hit here right now, I guarantee it.

    • jon

      hes only 19

      hes not going to be in the majors next year especially as a catcher

    • Doug

      one of the 2 catchers are about to be promoted, likely montero

  • Doug

    fyi, the man-child is now leading the FSL in BA, SLG, and OPS

  • BBDC

    Montero is going to be moved along very cautiously and may spend the full years in each league. The Yankees are trying to avoid a repeat of Jose Tabata, (promoting a guy who shows unworldly talent at a young age to quickly, turning him into a headcase which then translates into poor on field performance).