Brackman struggles, but Charleston walks off with a win

Rivera falters in 9th as Tampa tops Yanks 9-7
Bruney, Marte & Nady closer to returning

Three years ago today, the Yankees drafted Ian Kennedy, Joba Chamberlain, Zach McAllister, Dellin Betances and Mark Melancon on Day One of the 2006 Draft.

Triple-A Scranton (3-1 loss to Charlotte)
Kevin Russo, Shelley Duncan & John Rodriguez: all 1 for 4, 1 K – Russo drew a walk & drove in a run
Austin Jackson & Todd Linden: both 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – Linden threw a runner out at home from RF
Cody Ransom: 1 for 2, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
Juan Miranda: 2 for 4, 1 K
Justin Leone: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
Kevin Cash: 0 for 4, 2 K
George Kontos: 8 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 8-10 GB/FB – 66 of 102 pitches were strikes (64.7%) … tough luck loss, that’s plenty good enough to win most days

Double-A Trenton (4-3 loss to Portland)
Reegie Corona, Edwar Gonzalez & James Cooper: all 1 for 3 – Corona drew a walk & scored a run … Edwar drew a walk & K’ed … Cooper hit a solo jack
Colin Curtis, Noah Hall, & Marcos Vechionacci: all 1 for 4 – Curtis K’ed … Hall scored a run & drove one in … Vech doubled & K’ed
Chris Malec & Kevin Smith: both 0 for 4 – Malec K’ed once, Smith twice … Smith also committed a fielding error
Kyle Anson: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K – no Montero today after the collision yesterday
Ivan Nova: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 10-4 GB/FB
Kanekoa Texeira: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 4-1 GB/FB – had allowed 2 ER total in his last 14 IP
Wilkins Arias: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 2 K

High-A Tampa‘s game with Jupiter was cancelled due to rain. Cancelled means they won’t be making this one up.

Low-A Charleston (7-6 win over Rome, walk-off style)
Jose Pirela: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI
Dan Brewer: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K – 6 for his last 18
David Adams: 2 for 3, 1 R, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 SB
Melky Mesa: 0 for 5, 1 K
Ray Kruml & Taylor Grote: both 1 for 4 – Kruml drew a walk, K’ed & had a walk-off single … Grote scored a run
Mitch Abeita: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Mike Lyon: 0 for 4, 1 K
Andrew Brackman: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 5 WP, 1 HB, 4-2 GB/FB – yikes
Brandon Braboy: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 0-1 GB/FB
Cory Arbiso: 3 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 6-1 GB/FB
Brad Rulon: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB

Rivera falters in 9th as Tampa tops Yanks 9-7
Bruney, Marte & Nady closer to returning
  • Rich I.

    What has happened to Andrew Brackman? Is it time to worry?

    Would Montero sitting be merely precautionary, or could he be more seriously injured?

    Also from the last thread:

    Yankees to stream games in New York
    From Maury Brown via David Pinto at Baseball Musings

  • Mike

    lets hope 09 draft works out like the 06 one.

  • Dorian

    I’m starting to think that Andrew and Dellin are going to be a lot like Randy Johnson. It’s going to take them a long time to figure it our, but when they do, God help who ever faces them.

    • Charlie

      i would sure hope they end up like randy johnson. but that might be a little optimistic.

      • Dorian

        Look at there’s and Randy’s peripherals at this point in their respective careers. They are very similar. No one can hit them but all of them had goofy little league trouble with walks. I mean it’s almost like the big guys are pitching in the wrong direction or something. It’s going to take a while but the good thing is neither Dellin or Andrew have trouble missing bats. The problem is…they don’t have trouble missing bats…or gloves for that matter.

        • Joe D.

          I love to dream on these guys, too…The problem with your analysis is that I’d wager we could hunt down about 100 busted prospects over the last decade or two who closely imitated the first couple years of Big Unit’s professional career.

  • Charlie

    Wow, that was an awesome draft. Hope they get the same success this year. But are they really going to draft Brett Jackson? Seems like a bad idea for the first round to me.

    • Reggie C.

      3 days till we find out.

      – I hope not though. Heathcott and Renfroe likely won’t be on the board next time we pick.

    • baller

      beef on taking jackson would be? I wouldn’t stress if they get him as he actually might just sign vs last couple years!

      I think he’s gone by 28 as well…

  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    How bad is Montero hurt?

    • Doug

      no word yet

  • Doug

    11 Ks in 7 games for ajax

  • Doug

    wow, another 5 walks and 5 wild pitches for brackman. he hasn’t just take a step back these past few starts, he’s taken a giant leap.

    let’s just hope he has a better 2nd half to his season.

    • Reggie C.

      Yeah for sure. Something’s turned the wrong way in Brackman’s command after that eye-opening 8 inning game. Unlike Betances, Brackman’s arm is healthy, and as Mike A. said yesterday, its now time we get to see performances. That’s now 3 straight starts in which an unsettling number of walks and wild pitches have cut short Brackman’s starts.

      • Doug

        do we know for sure that he arm IS healthy. if it is, that’s great. but if it is, wow, his mechanics are really, really out of whack right now

        • Ksturnz

          no rush. as long as he is healthy pumping gas at the end of the season, that is a plus. next year, you fans should be expecting results for your money, oh wait..

  • Simon B.

    I dislike this continual comparison between Brackman and Randy Johnson. Are we going to attach ourselves to some bookish looking 6-footer with a 89 mph fastball and wait for him to become Greg Maddux?

    Brackman will always have potential as a big guy with a big fastball, but he is what he is, and he’s not Randy Johnson. He’s another raw guy, in my mind no better a prospect than Christian Garcia who at least has some dynamite secondary pitches developed along with a good fastball despite only being 3 months older.

    • AndrewYF

      Um, Brackman has a dynamite curveball, and his fastball, albeit not all the way back, routinely hits 95.

      He just sucks at locating. Like, really sucks.

      • Simon B.

        His curveball isn’t very good.

        • Dorian

          His Curveball is projected to rate 75 or 80 on the 20-80 scale. Right now his curveball is a 55-60. The guy’s stuff is not the question as hitters in the Sally league will atest to but he has absolutely no control right now let alone command.

  • josh

    i dont want to trade ajax at all, but if they did what do you think we could get in return. imo the yanks will be trading for bullpen help and i am curious what deals you think they will be making. anyone have any guesses

    • Doug

      you can’t trade ajax for bullpen help. not his biggest fan, but that’d be a huge mistake

  • Melky4MVP

    Damn! That 06 draft sure is filthy. Here’s to hoping Oppenheimer does his magic again this year.

    Just stay healthy Brackman. I don’t really expect him to dominate much but to see him pitch healthy for a whole season is far more important, IMHO.

    Oh, and I want me some Purke/Renfroe/Heathcott on draft day!

    • Jeffrey

      That 06 draft sure was a good draft for pitching. Joba, Kennedy, Robertson, Melancon have all gotten playing time in the Bronx. Kontos and McAllister seem to be on their way to the Majors. The biggest key to the draft this year is signing all of their top 25 picks, last year really hurt.

  • Ksturnz

    Victor Reynoso 4 for 4 2b, hr(4), bb. slugging >1.00
    Melvin 2ip, 1h, 6k

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      According to , Melvin had 2 IP with 6 K’s, one runner got on by error, of course. He did have one wild pitch though, he threw a 12 to 3 curveball that fooled the catcher.

  • AlexNYC

    When will Melvin go to Charleston, feel like its been forever. I think he’s wayy too good to go to rookie league.

    • AndrewYF

      Everyone knows the minors are a mere formality for Melvin. He’s only doing it out of politeness.

  • The Artist

    Brackmans’ wildness only confirms to me why I’ve always thought Betances is a better prospect at this point. Dellin’s younger, he’s pitched more professional ball than Andrew has, and he has shown an ability to get himself together with the improved control he showed in the second half of last year.

    Brackman should be in extended spring training right now. He’s not at a point where he’s ready to compete.

  • Jake H

    Brackman needs to get it together if he is going to progress.