Brackman struggles yet again

Open Thread: Brett Tomko, artist
What the umpire saw

One year ago today on DotF, Alberto Gonzalez hit a walk-off jack in the 12th inning against Toledo.

Inexplicably, Jesus Montero was not named Eastern League Player of the Week. I guess hitting .391 with a double and four homers doesn’t compare to .379 with four doubles, one triple and one homer anymore.

Garrett Patterson was placed back on the DL. It was fun while it lasted, even if it was just one appearance.

Triple-A Scranton
Game 1
(3-2 win Pawtucket in 11 innings, walk-off style) makeup of one of the games they couldn’t play this weekend because the field was a mess
Kevin Russo, Colin Curtis & Eric Duncan: all 1 for 5 – Russo drew a walk & scored twice … Curtis K’ed twice
Ramiro Pena & Chris Stewart: both 1 for 4, 1 BB – Pena doubled … Stewart K’ed
Austin Jackson: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB
Shelley Duncan: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Juan Miranda: 3 for 5, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Yurendell DeCaster: 2 for 5, 2 K, 1 SB
Ivan Nova: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 7-7 GB/FB – 62 of 90 pitches were strikes (68.9%)
Edwar Ramirez: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2-2 GB/FB – 32 of 47 pitches were strikes (68.1%)
Mark Melancon: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 6-3 GB/FB, 1 E (missed catch) – 27 of 42 pitches were strikes (64.3%)

Game 2 of Scranton’s doubleheader just started because Game 1 went into extras. I’m not going to wait around for this one to end, but you can check out the box score here.

Double-A Trenton (3-1 loss to New Britain)
Reegie Corona & Chris Malec: both 1 for 3, 1 K – Corona drew a walk, swiped two bags, drove in a run, struck out & committed a fielding error … Malec was hit by a pitch
Jose Molina, Edwar Gonzalez & Austin Krum: both 0 for 3, 1 K – Molina drew a walk while DHing … Edwar was hit by a pitch, scored a run & committed a fielding error … Krum swiped a bag
Eduardo Nunez & Richie Robnett: both 0 for 4 – Nunez K’ed twce, Robnett once
Jorge Vazquez: 2 for 4, 1 E (missed catch)
Jesus Montero: 1 for 4, 1 2B – picked a runner off second
Zach McAllister: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 5-7 GB/FB – 1.97 ERA leads the league by more than three-tenths of a run
Wilkins Arias: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Eric Wordekemper: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (6-3 loss to Brevard County)
Dan Brewer: 1 for 5
Matt Cusick: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B – 6 for his last 7
Austin Romine & Walt Ibarra: both 1 for 4 – Romine allowed five stolen bases but did manage to gun a runner down … Ibarra committed a fielding error
Seth Fortenberry: 0 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Brandon Laird: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Kevin Smith: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B
David Adams: 0 for 4, 1 K – struggling a bit since the promotion
Humberto Sanchez: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3-2 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – could they actually be stretching him out into a starter? wow
Craig Heyer: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-7 GB/FB
Adam Olbrychowski: 2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (6-5 loss to Asheville)
Jose Pirela: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Ray Kruml & Melky Mesa: both 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B – Kruml drove in a run & stole a base … Mesa K’ed
Corban Joseph: 3 for 5 – 8 for his last 15 (.533)
Garrison Lassiter: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K
abe Almonte: 0 for 3, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
Mitch Abeita: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 PB
Andrew Brackman: 1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/F – he’s just a mess … too bad Extended Spring Training is over, cause he needs to be there like, yesterday
Brad Rulon: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 4-4 GB/FB
Edwin Walker: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Jon Ortiz: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB – nice to see he’s getting back on track

Short Season Staten Island (7-2 win over Lowell)
Jimmy Paredes, Kyle Higashioka, Neil Medchill: all 1 for 4 – Paredes stole a bag & scored a run … Higashioka drove in a run & K’ed … Medchill scored a run
Zoilo Almonte: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding)
Rob Lyerly & Kelvn Castro: both 2 for 3, 1 2B – Lyerly scored a run … Castro tripled, drew a walk, scored a pair of runs, drove in two & K’ed
DeAngelo Mack: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Luke Murton & Chad Gross: both 0 for 4 – Murton K’ed twice … Gross K’ed (gulp) four times
Adam Warren: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 7-5 GB/FB – now that’s more like it
Griffin Bailey: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Paul Patterson: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB
Phil Bartlewski: 2 IP, zeroes, 5 K, 0-1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (6-3 loss to GCL Pirates) they faced Rinku Singh in this game, one of two Indian pitchers the Pirates signed … he hit a batter in a scoreless inning of work
Ramon Flores: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP
Jose Toussen, Kevin Mahoney, Eduardo Sosa & Issac Harrow: all 1 for 4 – Toussen drew a walk, stole a base & scored a run … Mahoney doubled & scored a run … Sosa doubled, drove in a run, scored another, K’ed & committed a fielding error … Harrow drove in a run & K’ed
Kelvin DeLeon: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Jose Mojica: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI
Jhorge Liccien: 0 for 4
Mitch Delaney: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP
Danny Gil: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 8-3 GB/FB
Dan Miller: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 4-1 GB/FB
Shane Greene: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Gabriel Tatis: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Open Thread: Brett Tomko, artist
What the umpire saw
  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Maybe they figured Montero wouldn’t be in the Eastern League anymore when the award was bestowed?

  • RAB poster

    How the hell did Montero not get player of the week? That dude is awesome.

    • Mike Pop

      I smell something fishy.

      • Double-J

        That would be the mahi mahi, just ignore it.

  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    I <3 Jesus.

    • emac2

      Is that a moon or a mardi gras thing?

  • For lack of a more creative name.. Alex

    Is there anything wrong with Brackman’s stuff rite now, or is he just struggling? Is his velocity the same as earlier in the year?

  • Steve H

    Best 0’fer I’ve seen out of A-Jax all year.

    • Doug

      agreed. i’d take that boxscore every game from here on out

      • Stephen

        that would mean no more hits, right?

        • Doug

          but lots of walks and no Ks….bring it on

        • Steve H

          And a .600 OBP.

          • Mike Pop

            Jim rice is not impressed.

      • Tony

        He’s in the minor leagues. The price is wrong, Bob.

  • Teix is the Man

    Obviously, nobody is untradeable, but the Yanks would have to be overwhelmed to deal Z-Mac, right?

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Brackman is dead to me.

    I like the 3 walks from Ajax.

    Excellent performance by Melancon, DFA the Artist Formally Known As Tomko and bring him up.

    Seems like Montero is definitely getting the catching thing down.

    Trenton defense is a mess, too bad for Z-Mac, that was a good performance.

    Nice W for Adam Warren, like seeing SI starting to hit well.

    • Doug

      because he picked a guy off 2nd base, he’s “getting the catching thing down”?

      • Accent Shallow

        It’s a tough throw to make, and when the book is that he’s a lousy catcher, we’ll take what we can get.

    • The Artist

      “DFA the Artist Formally Known As Tomko”


    • Pablo Zevallos

      DFA the Artist Formally Known As Tomko


      • The Artist

        My shit list:

        1-Johan Iz My Brohan

        2-Pablo Zevallos


        • Pablo Zevallos


  • Doug

    can brackman play CF as he looks like he has rick ankiel syndrome

    • Steve H

      He can play C… hoops.

    • Zach

      1B- Richie Sexson-type

  • Accent Shallow

    Not thrilled with Nova’s K-rate, but if he can keep generating ground balls, he’ll be fine. Good thing he didn’t stick with the Pads.

    Brackman is doing his best to get his walks equal to his innings pitched. It’ll be difficult since he had a nice start to the year, but with some hard work, poor command, and a little push from Nardi, I think he can get there.

    • Steve H

      He also studies the back of Daniel Bard’s baseball card for inspiration.

  • The Artist

    Time to ‘find’ an injury on Brackman like they did on Betances last year.

    • Accent Shallow

      Certainly couldn’t hurt. Get him some time off, some more time with the coaches/instructors . . .

  • Zach

    What is there to even say about Brackman performances lately?
    His career high in innings is 78 (last year of college), whats his limit this year?

    • Doug

      should’ve been 30

  • Pablo Zevallos

    Um…fake DL stint on line 1, fake DL stint on line 1.

    (re: Brackman)

  • yanke1313

    cmon brack attack.

  • Matt ACTY/BBD

    Love the three BBs from A-Jax.

    • Tank the Frank

      And A-Jax just went deep in Game 2! Love it.

      • Matt ACTY/BBD

        Patience and power: the two things we want to see from Jackson both on display tonight.

        • Doug

          the trifecta would be no Ks

          • Mike R. – Retire 21

            No K’s!
            Boom! That just happened.

  • Mike Pop

    Going to see staten island in a few weeks, which players should I look out for?

    • yanke1313

      the viz, medchill, higgy, and brooks.

      • Mike Pop


  • pollo

    Woohoo AJax just went deep on a 3-0 count.


  • Jose Molina

    Brackman supposedly going through “dead-arm” period post Tommy John. His velo has dropped to mid-high 80’s from mid-high 90’s in winter ball. Combine that with a lanky frame and lack of experience on the mound and perhaps a little patience is warranted. Like next year patience, not next start.

    • Doug

      well, a dead arm would explain the hits, but what about the walks. just sit him down already

    • Mike Pop

      I refuse to wait that long.

      • Matt ACTY/BBD

        Ditto. He should be ready to take Wang’s start on Thursday.

        • Mike Pop

          Or I demand he gives that signing bonus back and issues the Yankees an apology.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            Or we put him in the bullpen to get his lost velocity back.

            • Matt ACTY/BBD

              You’re fucking brilliant.

              • Cano wears the GIDP crown.

                But then we have to send him back down immediately to learn how to attack hitters.

                • JobaWockeeZ

                  Not in the bullpen. Every young starter that goes to the bullpen will receive a 110 MPH fastball and they will have a 0.00 ERA.

    • Pablo Zevallos

      Just speculating, could it also be (a) mechanical error(s)

    • Benjamin Kabak

      Alright. Unless your name is actually Jose Molina, pick a different commenting name please.

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        Would be hilarious if his name really was Jose Molina.

      • Ireallylikelittlefrenchpancakes

        Apologies, did not realize name was left on that from previous post making cheap joke about Montero’s speed.

  • yanke1313

    ajax goes deep

  • The Artist
  • Tank the Frank

    Hell at least our minor leaguers sure do beat up on the Red Sox.

  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    RT @tee_tuhm: And as the heckler shouts, “3-0, let it fly Austin!” A. Jax hits a home run. I LOVE IT. #Swankees up 4-0, bottom 2.

  • Hobs

    I’m going to see Montero this Friday.

  • Teix is the Man

    If Montero were in the MLB Draft this year, where would he have gone?

    • Matt ACTY/BBD

      Whenever he wanted to. Teams wouldn’t pick Jesus; Jesus would pick them.

      • Teix is the Man

        he’d pick more than one =)

      • AndrewYF

        Melvin would have picked Jesus to be on his own personal team before any team would have a chance to. That team consists of Montero at catcher, Melvin on the mound, and Rivera in CF, waiting to take his turn in the 9th.

    • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Probably not as high as you think. His value increased when he’s shown he can hit in pro ball with wood bats in pitchers’ leagues.

  • Mike Pop

    How good can Melky Mesa be?

    • Teix is the Man

      very good

      • Mike Pop

        MLB comp?

        • Teix is the Man

          david delucci (offensively)seems reasonable from what i’ve read

          • Yanks26

            Where would you come up with a David Delucci comp? Delucci is one of the most fundamentally sound players around, who gets everything that he possibly can out of his skill set. Melky is a gifted 5 tool player who has the toolset of a Daniel Dye. He would never make it in the majors, unless he can find a way to hit the offspeed stuff.

            Mesa’s either going to be a star or a will never sniff a cup of coffee, but he’s not going to be a valuable fundamental type of player like Delucci.

    • Pablo Zevallos

      Filler. He’s 22 in Charleston after spending last year in SI. Though if he repeats it in HiA and AA…who knows.

      • Mike Pop

        Bummer, dude.

        • Teix is the Man

          nthong wrong with a career like delucci’s

          • TurnTwo

            unless you are looking for productivity.

            • Teix is the Man

              yeah but most people never even make it to the show

        • Pablo Zevallos


  • The Artist

    AJax with a solo HR in game 2, that’s 3 HR in 8 games IIRC.

  • Moose

    Slow news night…so check this:

    Word on the street is that Riccardi is willing to listen to offers for Halladay…sooooo

    Joba, Ajax, Montero for Halladay????

    Halladay is still relatively young at 32 (but not too young where he would command a Kings Ransom). I know the guys we’d have to give up may end up being stars, but RH would seal this teams fate for years to come.

    I know its a long shot, but if we could get him, that would mean WS’s for the next 4-5 years. No one can beat Halladay, CC, AJ, and Hughes in October.

    Probably fantasy, but nice to think about.

    • Teix is the Man

      No way, Joba will be just as good in a few years, and one of AJAX and Montero have a great chance to pan out.

    • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      AHHAHAHA no.

      Even if he IS willing to listen to offers for HAlladay he is a) trading high, and b) probably not looking to trade within the AL East.

    • Doug

      not sure i want to see the man-child bat against us in the new stadium

      • Rebecca-Optimist Prime


        • Doug

          sorry, rebecca, pretty new to this board. what does this mean?

          • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

            Well, +1 is like saying, you get a point for that comment, as in, that comment is awesome and I agree with it.

            I use 42 because

            1) I like being different
            2) Mariano Rivera
            3) Douglas Adams.

            • TheLastClown

              Don’t forget Lewis Carroll.

          • Pablo Zevallos

            Well, +1 would normally be agreement, but I think she’s doing a play with the number, as Mo’s # = 42 and calling him a man-child.

          • Cano wears the GIDP crown.

            Jackie Robinson was a positive guy.

          • ArodMVP217 Retire 51

            -26 for you incompetence!!! like how some forums have karma points that add up, except we do it just for fun

    • A.D.

      Nah, way to much to give up, yes Halladay is dominant, but he still is going to get paid top dollar shortly, so he’s no deal contract wise.

      If only one of those guys pans out to his full ability, he’ll be more valuable to the Yankees over the remainder of the career than Halladay will be for the remainder of his Yankee stint.

    • Zach

      Halladay isnt young enough for a King’s Ransom? What is Joba/Ajax/Jesus then ?

  • Bryan G

    Am i reading Z-Mac’s numbers correctly? Trenton has only scored a SINGLE RUN in EACH of his last 10 starts for him!?!?! Talk about lack of run support…those guys aught to at least by him a card or a beer or something becuase they are screwing him royal!

    • Rebecca-Optimist Prime


      • Bryan G

        I know that at his level, development is more important than wins and losses, but if they could score even 2 runs a game for him, he would be 9 and 0 or 8 and 1. I always assume that even a pedestrian pitcher can get a 3ish ERA in Trenton and that unless you are in the two’s you aren’t really that good, but this kid is far and away out best pitching prospect and definatly has a brighter future than even AJAX, no?

    • Mike Ashmore

      That would not be true. Go through the box scores and so on. While the team is hardly an offensive juggernaut, they’ve done better than that for him.

  • Miles Roche

    Last I checked, CC had a grossly inflated ERA in October. . .

    And what do you know about Halladay and Burnett in October?

    • Cano wears the GIDP crown.

      What about CC isn’t grossly inflated?

      • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        I LOL’ed

  • A.D.

    De Leon….raking.

  • A.D.

    Either Z-Mac value is just at a redic high right now, or he’s becoming better than one would have thought.

    Any chance he sees AAA soon

  • sac

    a-jax homers and the gcl was a win not a loss

  • Mike bk

    different question on Z-Mac. i see on here every time they talk about Jesus about how impressive what he is doing is because he is in a pitchers park so how much is that park aiding Z-Mac’s numbers?

    • Matt M.

      isnt he a sinkerballer? so probably not too much

  • Tremont

    Brackman may well have a physical problem but Why isnt anybody talking Steve Blass disease?

  • Angelo

    I just finished reading everyones comments…whats wrong with me…

  • Angelo

    Kelvin De Leon is really establishing himself as a legitimate prospect. Sosa as well….and Arodys Vizcaino. Anyone else think Medchill is to advanced for SI?

  • younguns

    Tonight’s GCL score is reversed.

    It should be 6-3, GCL Yankees beat the GCL Pirates.

    Other than that & another good night at the plate by Deleon, DOTF is awesomeness personified.

  • Ivans

    I don’t know which statline was stranger: AJAX with 0 K’s for a game or Melancon with 0 K’s in 3 inns.

  • Angelo

    Ajax with 0 K’s for the past 2 games. thats amazing for him to go along with 3 bb and a homerun.

    • Mike bk

      u mean 4 walks…in the DH he went 2 for 5 with a hr 4bb and 0k’s

  • Charlie

    You must mean 6-3 win for GCL Yanks.. numbers don’t match up for them to have lost

  • Reggie C.

    Brackman is going to fall out the top 10 yanks prospect list altogether if this shit continues. If he’s hurt i’m sure the organization would know by now , so this is all chalked up to plain ineffectiveness.

    Whereas Betances has been hit by the injury bug, i wonder if Brackman is going through a dead arm period … he’s not structurally hurt, but the man’s numbers dictate he doesnt have any life or command on his stuff.

    There’s no way Brackman’s NOT on the 40 man roster next year, right?

    • Rick in Boston

      He’s going to be on the 40 until a) he gets traded or b) he runs out of options and is still struggling.

      I’m going with a combo deadarm/mechanical issue right now. He’s never pitched this much in college/pros, plus post-TJ. I’m thinking he’ll head to Camp Nardi this off-season, work on getting everything cleaned up, and the team will bring him back next year in either Charleston or push him to Tampa and let him go.

      Worst case? Bullpen if they figure he can’t go 150-180 innings a year.

  • NC Saint

    Igawa has a rare appearance with more ground outs than fly outs and it doesn’t make it in to DotF. That ugly bastard just can’t catch a break.

  • Bo

    Brackman. Another great draft by the Yanks.

    He’s a huge bust for the fact that they put him on the 40 man roster. what a waste

    • AndrewYF

      Not really a waste. Who have the Yankees lost in the Rule V draft that has turned into a good prospect?

  • Andy

    Gotta send some love to AJax and Zach, so it tempers my rant on Brackman – for all you appologists bringing up Randy Johnson as a comp for Brackman, feel this:

    Johnson, age 23 season: 3.73 ERA, 140 IN, 100 H, 163 K in DOUBLE A

    Brackman, age 23 season: 6.01 ERA, 73 IN, 59 H, 72 K in LOW A

    Oh, and Johnson made his major league debut the very next year, at age 24. Not so sure Big Brack is going to make it to the bigs next year…

  • zack

    But but but, all Yankees prospects are going to make and can never be brought up in a trade conversation!!