Mitchell & Banuelos shine in losses


One year ago today, Austin Jackson officially became a bust when he failed to homer in his fifth consecutive game.

Short Season Staten Island’s season starts tomorrow; here’s the roster. The Rookie GCL Yanks start their season next Tuesday.

Triple-A Scranton‘s doubleheader was washed out. The Mud Hens don’t come back to town the rest of the year, so they’re going to make these games up in Toledo.

Double-A Trenton (2-0 win over Connecticut)
Austin Krum, Chris Malec & Jesus Montero: all 1 for 2 – Krum drew a walk, swiped a bag & drove in a run … Malec walked twice … Montero doubled
Noah Hall: 1 for 3, 1 RBI
Eduardo Nunez: 1 for 4
Kyle Anson & Justin Snyder: both 0 for 2 – Anson K’ed
Marcos Vechionacci: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B
Ryan Pope: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 Balk, 1 HBP, 3-8 GB/FB
Wilkins Arias: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 2-2 GB/FB
JB Cox & Amaury Sanit: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K

High-A Tampa
Game 1
(5-1 loss to Palm Beach in 7 nnings) makeup of yesterday’s rainout
Jack Rye, Eric Fryer, Seth Fortenberry & Matt Cusick: all 1 for 3 - Rye scored a run & K’ed
Damon Sublett & Walt Ibarra: both 0 for 2 – Sublett K’ed
Austin Romine: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI – allowed a stolen base
Brandon Laird: 0 for 3, 1 K
Mitch Hilligoss: 0 for 1
DJ Mitchell: 7 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 8-6 GB/FB – he was cruising along just fine until he tired a bit in the 7th … 2 walks, 3 singles, 4 runs in the frame
Game 2 (3-2 loss to Palm Beach in 7 innings)
Jack Rye & Seth Fortenberry: both 0 for 3 – Fortenberry K’ed twice
Walt Ibarra, Damon Sublett & Mitch Hilligoss: all 1 for 3 – Ibarra was caught stealing … Sublett scored a run & K’ed twice … Hilligoss drove in a run & K’ed
Brandon Laird: 2 for 3, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K - first multi-XBH game of the season
Brian Baisley & Jose Gil: both 0 for 2, 1 BB – Baisley scored a run & K’ed twice
Humberto Sanchez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Adam Olbrychowski: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 4-2 GB/FB – longest outing of the year
Noel Castillo: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-3 GB/FB
Jon Hovis: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (3-1 loss to Savannah)
Jose Pirela: 1 for 5, 2 K
Abe Almonte: 0 for 5, 2 K – 1 for 16 (.063 since coming off the DL)
David Adams: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Dan Brewer: 1 for 4, 2 K – 13 for his last 27 (.481)
Melky Mesa: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBP – threw a runner out at home from RF
Corban Joseph: 1 for 2, 1 BB, 1 HBP – picked off first
Mitch Abeita: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing)
Manny Banuelos: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 P, 6-9 GB/FB
Brandon Braboy: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2-0 GB/FB – can you quietly have a 0.91 WHIP?
Jon Ortiz: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. ChriS says:

    So Montero’s power didn’t disappear. Congrats to him for his first AA XBH.

  2. Mike D. says:

    Banuelos midseason callup? Good to see that Montero’s not struggling in AA.

  3. crawdaddy says:

    I’m hearing that Montero had to leave the game tonight with a leg injury. I guess we’ll find out soon enough about how serious.

  4. Accent Shallow says:

    Montero’s first AA XBH?

    Gotta love the pitching.

  5. Dela G says:

    congrats on montero’s first XBH

  6. pat says:

    Thanks for posting the staten island roster, i was actually lookin for it tonite. We should all try and hit up an SI game, beers mad cheap and the seats are mad close.

  7. V says:

    Humberto staying in the bullpen, or is he just waking his arm up after the injury?

  8. DreDog says:

    What does everything think about KLaw saying that Slade might be what AJax could have been? I don’t think it was a major swipe at AJax, but he is either extremely lucky with his BABIP this year or he has great coordination. His k rate would make you think he is lucky.

    • crawdaddy says:

      I don’t place much value on what KLaw has to say about Yankee prospects.

    • Greg F. says:

      I think Jackson’s star is really dimming. He’s striking out way too much and not hitting for much power at all. At this point, I’m not sure I see star potential for him. Some might call him a bit uninspiring. I do think he will be a solid regular, but right now he is getting insanely lucky with a BABIP near .500

      • I do think he will be a solid regular

        See, this is what the ceiling of expectations for A-Jax needs to be. People expecting him to be a superstar CF need to throttle down the expectations. Like we discussed in the Scheppers thread earlier today, A-Jax will probably be Mike Cameron Lite or Marlon Byrd Heavy.

  9. marc p says:

    Why do people use AJax k rate to say he’s lucky with his BaBIP? They have nothing to do with each other. He might strikeout a bunch, but when he hits the ball, he hits it hard. Does luck play a role in why it’s so high? Sure, but he has been keeping it up for nearly 3 months nows. Eventually people have to give him some credit for being one of the top hitting prospects in the IL.

    • Greg F. says:

      Well, it is impossible to sustain a .476 BABIP. It has never been done before. Jackson’s career BABIP in the minors is still a very good .366, which is a realistic expectation for him.

      • Doug says:

        and if he hits at that # for the rest of the year, and doesn’t cut down on his Ks, his BA for the season will be right around .300. pretty good, but a precipitous drop from the .340 he’s at now

    • Todd says:

      You know, I remember the talk about Swisher last year with his .219 BA. All these stats guys made that .219 sound great, or “unlucky.” Now, you have a guy like AJax hitting .348 and, listening to people, he sucks, or is just “lucky.”

      Gone are the days when .219 is simply .219 and .348 is simply .348. I understand being disappointed by the lack of power, but isn’t .348 even slightly impressive anymore?

      • Accent Shallow says:

        If he’s there at the end of the year, then we can talk about that.

        .348 in June don’t mean nuthin’

        (Well, it’s better than being at .248 in June, but there’s lots of season left)

      • Tremont says:

        Good riddance to those days, Todd. What matters is not what Jackson or Swisher has done. It’s what they are likely to do in the future. In the long run there is no way to bat .350 when you hit 2 or 3 homers and strike out 170 times. If he can pull off anything remotely like that for a career or even a few years, he will be the most talked about anomaly in the sport. I don’t think he is that kind of player.

        • Andy says:

          Short sighted. It is also unlucky that he hasn’t hit a HR. Fact is, the guy can hit, he’s young for his level, he has 5 tools, and he’s hitting .348 at AAA. BA still means something, despite what arrogant statheads pushing their superiority might think.

          • Doug says:

            .348 is great, yes. but what the “arrogant statheads” are saying is that there is very little chance he maintains that average, unless he cuts down on his strikeouts.

  10. Rafi says:

    How did you get a WHIP of 0.91 for Braboy? I have him at 1.05(40/38.1).

  11. Eric says:

    Ajax is purposely not hitting for power. He is trying to cut down on his K rate.

  12. RAB poster says:

    Montero doubled.

  13. Mike R. - Retire 21 says:

    I don’t understand why people are so dead set on focus on A-Jax’s flaws. KLaw mentioned that today and in the same chat that people should not right off Lars Anderson because he is only 21 and in AA.

    It is not uncommon for a player to develop power and cut down on K’s after the age of 21. If Austin had a K rate of 1 every 10 AB and were hitting .260 I would be worried.

  14. DreDog says:

    I like AJax as a prospect and his potential. That being said, I would like to start the keeping AJax in AAA fro 2010 campaign. He can work on getting his K rate respectable, and tune his game up. He is relatively new to baseball. He need to fine tune it all before we can expect him to play in the bright lights of Yankee Stadium.

    Offer Damon arb. If he accepts, great keep AJax in AAA for 2010. If he doesn’t, snag some good picks and sign Holliday. Offer Nady arb (hopefully he will still have a type A or B), and same thing.

    Basically, what I am saying here is that we don’t want AJax to become Francouer. Frenchie was rushed and paid the price. His first love was football, and he never fine tuned his game. Now it’s too late, and the Braves are dying for OF’ers.

    • I’m not sure on the other stuff, I’d really have no aversion to keeping Jackson in AAA in 2010, but I’m very much against offering Damon arbitration. I definitely think he’d accept and he’s not worth getting a raise on that $13MM salary.

      • DreDog says:

        I guess I like having the flexibility of having someone on a one year deal. I don’t think you have no trade protection on an arb deal, right?

        • Lanny says:

          I don’t think you will need a campaign.

          I can’t see them going into 2010 with an OF of Swisher-Aj-Gardner/Melky.

          The lack of power would be disturbing and this is the Yankees here. Holliday would look good hitting 5th.

    • Andy says:

      Except that AJax can take a walk. Let’s just take the worst example of a failure, and use it to keep a guy hitting .348 at AAA from advancing? K rate respectable? A lot of great MLBers have high K rates, perhaps the best baseball player in the world, ARod, included. What is respectible is his .348/.416./.459 line. All these people are clamoring for Mirhanda and Shelley to be called up, and Jackson has superior numbers. In fact, his SLG is only .034 from Mirhanda’s. I really don’t understand the hating going on right now…

  15. Dorian says:

    Have any of you critics seen A-Jax’s line drive rate while you blindly talk about his BABIP.

    • 24% according to MiL Splits.

    • Jamal G. says:

      Yes, he’s hitting line-drives 24% of the time, which means his BABIP is supposed to be .360, which, not coincidentally, is right in line with his career BABIP of .366, and not the .476 mark he’s posted this year.

    • DreDog says:

      The highest 20 LD rates for the last 5 year in the majors for a full season have never had someone have a BABIP over .400. And only one had a BABIP of over .364. And that was Chone Figgins.

      • Dorian says:

        2 years ago when he broke out. He went 11% LD with a .395 BABIP can someone explain that to me?

        • DreDog says:

          Statistical anomolies. It is possible, although rare, to be very, very lucky in seasons of close proximity. In fact there has to be players that exhibit this luck, just not many of them.

          I thought you were making the argument that his LD% has a positive correlation to his BABIP. This statistic would seem to point that the two are unrelated.

          Bottom line, he is not going to lead the league in BABIP in the majors every single year. It doesn’t happen.

        • Tremont says:

          Probably 90% luck, but perhaps he had a bunch of bunt hits as well. Also he can leg out infield hits.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      And how reliable are LD% for the minors? These are all from MiL scorers, only slightly less reliable than MLB scorers. Not exactly robust statistics.

  16. J says:

    Is DJ Mitchell for real? He’s been putting up numbers this year. Does anyone have a scouting report on him?

  17. J says:

    Austin Jackson is definitely not a .350 avg player, but I think many of us here are seriously underestimating him when he say he’s just lucky. Austin Jackson is a serious 5 tool guy who has improved every year overall as a baseball player. HanRam didn’t get above 10 hrs before he debuted as a 23 year old. He’s definitely been a statistical mystery this year, and we really don’t have all the information. Does he go deep into counts? Can he hit a decent breaking pitch now?

    • DreDog says:

      By luck, I mean luck relative to a prospect’s own skill set. He is still a hell of a prospect. Pujols can have a lucky year and hit .393 with 55 homers and 175 RBI’s. That doesn’t mean he sucks because he got more lucky in one year than another. It just means thing went his way a little bit more in one year.

      I am just sayin that AJax has gotten more lucky. I still think he is going to be one heck of a player. The Yanks say he has a great work ethic and a commitment to the game. Gotta love that.

    • IvanS says:

      My curiosity would rest on whether he beats out a lot of infield hits. These could be deemed legitimate and expectable (word?) hits because his speed will not decrease and the major league level. Unless he’s getting infield hits due to less than spectacular defensive plays.

      • Lanny says:

        His power #’s leave a lot to be desired from.

        • J says:

          he’s getting his doubles, projected to be 30+ at his current pace for this season. i dont think anyone projects him to have more than average power anyway.

        • V says:


          What are you expecting out of him? 30 HR power? He ain’t going to be a Grady Sizemore. Even if he DOES develop into a 20 HR guy, it’ll likely be when he’s closer to 27 than 21.

          Lower your fucking standards – the Yankees aren’t going to be able to field a lineup of 9 future HOFers.

    • Tremont says:

      What exactly does 5 tool mean anyway? He has 27 homers in 1929 career ABs. That’s like 7 per season. If that qualifies him for posseessing the power tool, I’m gonna go ahead and say “5 tools” is a useless label that means “good athlete” and has almost nothing to do with baseball.

      • Doug says:

        you hit the nail on the head. he’s not a 5-tool guy.

        think we’ll be happy if he settles in with 4 tools

  18. NC Saint says:

    Was this Pope’s first start since Jesus’ call-up? That is, was this the first appearance of the Holy Battery?

  19. V says:

    Btw, Jorge Arangure (ESPN) tweeted that the Yankees could make a HUGE splash on July 2nd (IFAs), though he doesn’t think they get Sano.

  20. Tremont says:

    Any word on the GCL roster?

  21. Ari says:

    Didn’t see this posted here (from Times beat writer John Nalbone):

    Team sources have confirmed that right-hander Christian Garcia (2-0, 0.71 ERA) is at the Yankees’ minor-league facility in Tampa, but it is not known whether Garcia has been cleared to resume baseball activities after having his injured right elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews Monday in Birmingham, Ala

  22. Travis G. says:

    have to comment on Ajax -

    i watched 2 Scranton games on TV (one late last year, one this year). Ajax had like 3 hits in one game, 4 in the other. he looked very impressive and didn’t (by my count) have one ‘lucky’ hit. he lined a curveball between the 1b & 2b for a clean single. he took an outside fastball and lined it over the 2b. he turned on a inside FB for a line drive double. he even hit an outside pitch to the warning track in RF (just missing a HR) – i was surprised, the announcers were surprised.* a .476 BABIP is not sustainable, but we should surely be encouraged by a fine season.

    * obviously its just 2 games, but its a microcosm of his ability.

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