Brackman highlights busy night with solid effort

A-Rod now 10th on all-time HR list
Yanks pitching implodes again in 14-8 loss

Zach Kroenke was added to the International League All Star Team. That’s what a 0.95 ERA will get you.

Jesus Montero was place on the temporary inactive list since he’s in St. Louis for the Futures Game. He’s going to start the game behind the plate for the World Team and bat fifth tomorrow. Jonathan Mayo says the starting pitchers will be Chris Tillman (O’s) and Junichi Tazawa (Red Sox).

Triple-A Scranton (2-0 loss to Buffalo)
Kevin Russo: 1 for 5, 1 R
Ramiro Pena: 2 for 5 – he was supposed to play CF tonight, but the outfield was wet so they held him back … he’s supposed to be out there tomorrow
Austin Jackson: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – 11 for his last 24 (.458)
Shelley Duncan & Frankie Cervelli: both 1 for 4 – Shelley threw a runner out at second from RF … Cervelli doubled & K’ed twice
Juan Miranda: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Colin Curtis & Yurendell DeCaster: both 0 for 4 – DeCaster K’ed twice
Doug Bernier: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 K
Ivan Nova: 8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 15-3 GB/FB – 58 of 98 pitches were strikes (59.2%) … just keeps on mowin’ ’em down
Zach Kroenke: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 4 of 6 pitches were strike … wait, is it too late to take back that All Star spot?
Jon Albaladejo: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – 11 of 16 pitches were strikes (68.8%) … allowed the lone inherited runner to score

Double-A Trenton (6-5 win over Connecticut)
Austin Krum: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Reegie Corona, Jorge Vazquez & Richie Robnett: all 2 for 5 – Corona doubled, drove in a run, stole a base, scored a run & K’ed … Vazquez drove in a run & K’ed … Robnett tripled, drove in a run, was caught stealing, K’ed twice & threw a runner out at second from RF
Eduardo Nunez & Chris Malec: both 2 for 4 – Nunez stole a base & drove in a run … Malec drew a walk & scored a run
Noah Hall & Kyle Anson: both 1 for 4, 1 R – Hall drew a walk … Anson drove in a run & K’ed twice
Marcos Vechionacci: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Zach McAllister: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 Balk, 8-4 GB/FB – that’s easily his worst start of the year
Mike Dunn: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 2-0 GB/FB
Jose Valdez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 1-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (6-4 win over Dunedin)
Jack Rye & Austin Romine: both 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB – Rye doubled & K’ed … Romine doubled, drove in three & swiped a bag
Matt Cusick: 0 for 5, 1 R, 1 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
Damon Sublett: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Brandon Laird: 3 for 5, 1 2B
Kevin Smith & Walt Ibarra: both 1 for 3, 1 BB – Smith doubled & drove in a run … Ibarra walked, stole a bag & scored twice
David Adams & Seth Fortenberry: both 0 for 4, 1 BB – Adams K’ed once, Fortenberry twice
Lance Pendleton: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 8-4 GB/FB – 25-3 K/BB ratio in his last 19.1 IP
Pat Venditte: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB – served up a three run jack
Jon Hovis: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (3-2 loss to Bowling Green)
Jose Pirela: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Abe Almonte, Melky Mesa, Mike Lyon & Garrison Lassiter: all 1 for 4 – Almonte drove in a run … Mesa K’ed twice … Lyon doubled, scored a run & K’ed … Lassiter doubled & K’ed twice
Corban Joseph: 2 for 3, 1 BB, 1 SB
Mitch Abeita & Taylor Grote: both 0 for 4 – Abeita K’ed once, Grote twice
Addison Maruszak: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Andrew Brackman: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 5-6 GB/FB – just his second walk-free start of the season … don’t worry about the hits & runs, the important thing is that he threw strikes and challenged hitters … given his recent performances, you couldn’t ask for more than this
Cory Arbiso: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 6-2 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (6-0 win over Brooklyn)
Jimmy Paredes & Neil Medchill: both 2 for 5 – Paredes doubled, drove in a run & K’ed … Medchill doubled twice
Carmen Angelini & Zoilo Almonte: both 1 for 5, 2 K – Angelini scored & drove in a run … Almonte swiped a bag
Kyle Higashioka & DeAngelo Mack: both 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB – Higashioka homered & drove in two … Mack swiped a bag
Luke Murton: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Francisco Santana: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Adam Warren: 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 8-3 GB/FB – second straight scoreless outing
Ben Watkins: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 4-2 GB/FB
Ryan Flannery: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks
Game 1
(5-2 win over GCL Blue Jays in 7 innings) makeup of a July 1st rain out
Eduardo Sosa: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K
Jose Toussen, Mitch Delaney & Jhorge Liccien: all 1 for 3 – Toussen drew a walk, got caught stealing, scored a run & K’ed … Delaney drove in a run & K’ed … Liccien drove in a run & K’ed twice
Kevin Mahoney: 0 for 4, 3 K , 1 E (fielding)- and thus ends his nine game hitting streak
Kelvin DeLeon: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Francisco Arcia: 2 for 4
Jose Mojica: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
Danny Gil: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 6-5 GB/FB
Gabriel Tatis: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 Balks, 0-2 GB/FB – I believe that’s the first time I’ve ever seen one pitcher with multiple balks in DotF
Game 2 (1-0 win over GCL Blue Jays in 9 innings, walk-off style)
Ramon Flores, Kelvin DeLeon & Jose Mojica: all 1 for 4 – Flores K’ed once, DeLeon thrice … Mojica drove in the only run with a walk-off single & committed a throwing error
Jose Toussen, Kevin Mahoney & Issac Harrow: all 0 for 3 – Toussen & Mahoney each walked & K’ed … Harrow K’ed twice
Eduardo Sosa: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Jairo Heredia: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB – first action of the year after spending the first half on the disabled list
Dan Miller: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1-3 GB/FB
Shane Greene: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 4-5 GB/FB

A-Rod now 10th on all-time HR list
Yanks pitching implodes again in 14-8 loss
  • Salty Buggah

    I guess no walks makes up for no Montero tonight

    • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      It does. Kinda.

      I think Nova’s line helps more.

      • Salty Buggah


  • Crab Dribble Ointment

    What’s the lowdown on DeLeon? He’s a legitimate prospect, yes?

    • pat

      Hell yeah. Same with Sosa. They’re poised to become bigtime prospects in the next couple years.

      • Chris V.

        How good are both of them? What is their ceiling? Also their third outfielder Flores was born in 1992. What is his ceiling like? Anyone have some good scouting reports on these guys?

        • pat

          De Leon is a pretty big boy 6’3″ 195 and has loads of power to all fields but as to be expected he’s pretty raw approach-wise. He has average to plus speed with a strong arm but is not a great defender as he doesn’t have much experience in the field and takes pretty bad routes on line drives and fly balls. if he learns a little bit of patience he could become a very very dangerous hitter. As is he projects to be a Jermaine Dye type of guy.

          Sosa is a little lighter in the power department but a much better all around hitter. He’s got good pitch recognition for a 18 yr old and pretty consistently finds himself deep in counts. He’s also much better than De Leon in the field, he’s got very good range and a very good arm to go with it. He’s also apparently a very good bunter. 6’0″ 180.

          Both guys are loaded with tools and both have very high ceilings.

          • Chris V.

            Thanks pat

  • pat

    Finally some Heredia. Hopefully we see him in some fall ball to make up for the lack of innings so far this year.

    • Accent Shallow

      Yeah. I was worried he’d need TJ or shoulder surgery, so it’s good to see him get some in-game work in.

    • Salty Buggah

      Yea, me too. I want him to be one of our great options, creating major problems for rotation spots in a couple of years with Brackman, Betances, Vizcaino, McAllister, Banuelos, Bleich, Nova (though he’d be my 6th starter in a perfect world next year), and like 5 other pitchers.

  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Whoa Brackman, whoa.

    We need a cool nickname for Nova.


    Ivan the Terrible?

    • Bryan

      I’m kinda partial to Ivan the Terrible, but the problem is that he’s not terrible. So it would be like Ivan the Awesome.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Champagne Super Nova.

      • Nikhil R.

        I like this one.

    • j

      The Ivannovator.

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      When I hear his name, I always have to think of something like this: “Bulgarian weightlifter Olga Ivanova was tested positive during the recent world championships…”

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Haha. Ericson Leonora and Jose Toussen added me as their friend on Facebook.

    • Name (required)

      Yes!!! I have some nasty party pictures of Ian Kennedy from Facebook, would I get thrown in jail if I sold them to a media outlet?

    • AndrewYF


  • Moshe Mandel

    Good to see Heredia back. What level should he end the season at?

    • pat

      Tamps probably if he’s healthy enough. He proved himself at Charleston last year. Plus the GCl and tampa teams play at our minor league complex.

  • Nady Nation

    What’s Nova’s ceiling? Solid mid-rotation guy?

    • AndrewYF

      Paul Byrd?

      • j

        no way… Nova throws wayyyy harder than Byrd.

  • Salty Buggah

    Is our rich English boy Lance Pendleton a legit prospect? Nice line tonight…what’s his stuff?

  • Accent Shallow

    Nova has really opened my eyes this year. More Ks would be nice, but a 60.7% GB rate? Love it.

    Also, where the hell did a no-walk Brackman start come from? Was he facing a lineup full of Canos? (Who incidentally walked today)

    Also, Berroa was picked up by the Mets. Giggle.

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      Berroa also played against Scranton tonight, so I’m filling in for Mike:

      Angel Berroa: 1 for 4, 1K – 1 for his last 4 (.250) … don’t tell me he couldn’t play better than some guys on the Mets’ big-league roster

  • Salty Buggah

    I feel more fortunate after every start about Nova being returned to us by SD. I remember reading how he might have been the one that got away on the Yanks’ website so I hoped he would suck. When he struggled a bit but then starting getting everyone out and just brokeout, I was so happy.

  • Chris V.

    How about they give Nova the start in wangs spot next time?

  • Miles Roche

    What a revelation Nova has become. I remember him rubbing me the same way Ryan Pope does today: Comes highly-touted, but with nothing to show for it, especially control-wise.

    Boy, did he turn it around in a hurry. . .

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    1) Hopefully, this marks a turnaround for Brackman. You gotta think his poor performances has hurt him mentally. It is great to see a more respectable line from him.

    2)Is it me or has Ajax been striking out a lot less frequently in the past few series?

    3) What kind of prospect do we have in Neil Medchill and Adam Warren? I really like the two of them. Medchill IMO has been the most impressive hitter in SI this year.

    • pat

      5 K’s in his last 10 games along with 4BB’s a double a triple 2 homeruns and 11 singles. Very nice to see indeed.

      • j

        keith law can suck it

    • A.D.

      With Brackman I’d guess it means some mechanical adjustment must have been made.

  • Zach

    No walks from Brackman? good sign, lets hope he continues

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  • RichYF

    Dunn is solid, but he’s not ready for the big show. Not by a long shot. I’ll be there tomorrow again front and center for Jesus.

    FYI Vazquez broke his bat off into the 15th row of the third base side and still hit a single to center. He’s a monster.

    • Mike Ashmore

      Hope you’re talking about being in front of your TV and not Connecticut…

  • Tremont

    Man, have we lowered the bar for Brackman! It’s sad that we have to get excited about a 23 year old former first rounder giving up 3 runs and 6 hits in 5 innings in low A, simply because he didn’t walk anybody.

    • Professor Oak

      you do realize that this is his first season since recovering from tommy john right?

      • emac2

        Most of the folks here don’t understand the implications. It’s all about your last games ground balls or strikeouts.

    • AndrewYF

      Yes, not being surprised by more walks than innings pitched will tend to lower the bar on a guy.

    • Manimal

      His shoulder is still a little wack, once he gets his control(which he is showing signs of) he will get his velocity back and then he will be effective. You have to be patient with TJ guys

  • Stryker

    yanks signed two more guys from the ’09 class. seton hall righty sean black and high schooler brett gerritse who they got out of a long beach commit. gerritse is a VERY interesting player.

    • j

      awesome… black and gerritse were two draft picks a lot of us were excited about.

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        How is Gerritse’s name pronounced:

        Ger-Ritz or Ger-Rit-See?

  • Manimal

    Who is Lance Pemberton… Never heard of him. Mike, any info on him?

  • A.D.

    I know only a few starts at AAA but Nova has to be getting noticed for a shot at the bigs.

    • A.D.

      15 GB, holy Mo

  • Mr.Jigginz

    I am insanely late…but…WELCOME BACK JAIRO!!!(that’s my boy right thurrr.)