GCL Yanks go down swinging in doubleheader


Nice little fluff piece about Jesus Montero via Jed Weisberger. Meanwhile, Jeff Sackmann did a great job breaking down the Dominican Summer League over at THT.

Oh, and reliever Brad Rulon was promoted to High-A Tampa. And Chad Jennings has a George Kontos update.

Make sure you scroll down for tonight’s game thread.

Triple-A Scranton (6-3 loss to Columbus)
Kevin Russo: 4 for 5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 CS
Ramiro Pena: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Austin Jackson: 2 for 4, 2 K – 13 for his last 37 (.351)
The Duncans: both 0 for 4, 2 K
Yurendell DeCaster: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B – 10 for his last 35 (.286) with five doubled & three jacks
Josh Towers: 6 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 7-8 GB/FB – 59 of 80 pitches were strikes (73.8%)
Damaso Marte: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 Balk, 2-1 GB/FB – 8 of 9 pitches were strikes
Amaury Sanit: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB – 12 of 23 pitches were strikes (52.2%)

Double-A Trenton (4-0 win over New Hampshire)
Austin Krum & Kyle Anson: both 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Krum tripled … Anson doubled & scored a pair of runs
Reegie Corona: 2 for 4, 1 RBI
Chris Malec & Jesus Montero: both 1 for 4
Richie Robnett & Justin Snyder: both 0 for 4, 1 K - Snyder drove in a run
Marcos Vechionacci & James Cooper: both 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB – Vech K’ed twice
Jason Stephens: 3 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 8-0 GB/FB – dayum … what more could you ask for?
Kanekoa Texeira: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 4-2 GB/FB
Wilkins Arias: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0-3 GB/FB – allowed the only Fisher Cats hit of the day
Grant Duff: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Jose Valdez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (6-5 win over Fort Myers in 10 innings, walk-off style)
Matt Cusick, Austin Romine, David Adams & Seth Fortenberry: all 2 for 4 - Cusick was hit by a pitch, scored a run & got caught stealing … Romine triped, drew a walk & scored a run … Adams doubled twice & drove in a run … Fortenberry went deep & drove in two
Damon Sublett: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K - threw a runner out at second from CF
Brandon Laird: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – walk-off single
Adam Olbrychowski: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 6-1 GB/FB
Noel Castillo: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-4 GB/FB - hasn’t allowed an ER since June 23rd
Phil Bartlewski: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB
Pat Venditte: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-3 GB/FB
Jon Hovis: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K

Low-A Charleston (11-10 loss to Greensboro)
Jose Pirela & Tommy Baldridge: both 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B - Pirela drew a walk & K’ed twice
Abe Almonte: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
Corban Joseph & Mitch Abeita: both 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 K - CoJo drove in two, Abeita once
Melky Mesa, Taylor Grote & Addison Maruszak: all 1 for 5 – Mesa homered & drove in two … Grote scored twice & K’ed … Maruszak drove in a run K’ed & committed a fielding error
Neall French: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K
Andrew Brackman: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 1-2 GB/FB – Baseball American’s Ben Badler was at the game, and tweeted two mini-scouting reports … not good, hopefully it’s just fatigue
Dan Kapala: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 5-2 GB/FB
Luke Prihoda: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-4 GB/FB
Jeff Williams: 1 IP, zeroes, 1-2 GB/FB- undrafted free agent took Rulon’s spot on the roster

Short Season Staten Island was rained out. Six of their next eight regularly scheduled games are against Brooklyn, so I’m assuming they’ll play two some time soon.

Rookie GCL Yanks
Game 1
(6-0 loss to GCL Blue Jays in 7 innings) makeup of a July 1st rain out
Eduardo Sosa: 0 for 4, 1 K – threw a runner out at third from CF
Issac Harrow, Kevin Mahoney, Jose Mojica & Jhorge Liccien: all 0 for 3 – Harrow & Mahoney each K’ed twice, Liccien once … Mahoney also committed a fielding error
Kelvin DeLeon & Isaiah Brown: both 1 for 3 – Brown doubled & K’ed
Ramon Flores: 2 for 2, 1 BB
Yunior Tabares: 2 for 3
Mikey O’Brien: 5 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 5-5 GB/FB – 17-3 K/BB ratio in 19 IP
Paul Heidler: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1-4 GB/FB
Game 2 (3-2 loss to GCL Blue Jays in 9 innings, walk-off style) struck out 20 (!!!) times as a team
Eduardo Sosa: 2 for 4, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) - threw a runner ut at home from CF
Jose Toussen & Kelvin DeLeon: both 0 for 2, 2 BB, 1 K - Toussen scored a run & committed three (yes three) errors (one throwing & a pair of fielding) … both of DeLeon’s walks were intentional, and he’s now 4 for his last 20 (.200)
Kevin Mahoney & Chris Smith: both 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 3 K - Mahoney doubled … Smith hit a solo jack & committed a fielding error
Mitch Delaney, Issac Harrow & Buck Afenir: all 0 for 4 – Delaney K’ed four times while Harrow & Afenir each K’ed thrice … yikes … Afenir also committed a throwing error
Alan Horne: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 1-1 GB/FB – Chad Jennings has an update on Horne
Dan Miller: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 3-4 GB/FB
Wilton Rodriguez: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Julian Arballo: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 2-1 GB/FB

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Is it still irrational if I’m really frustrated with Brackman?

  2. Accent Shallow says:

    Good to see Smith get one out.

  3. Mike Pop says:

    Kanekoa Texeira is starting to become a personal fave. Pretty awesome.

  4. Bruno says:

    No HR for Jesus?!? Pffft, trade him for Milledge right now!

    /Minaya-esque moment

  5. Shelley and Eric Duncan…hmm…I’m gonna call them the Kuzins…

    /Michael Kay’d

  6. Mike Pop says:

    Over the competition, we’re powering!

  7. jeff says:

    Good news on Rulon. If his command is as improved as the numbers make it appear, he could move quickly.

  8. Reggie C. says:

    I gotta believe that the organization has kept a close watch on Brackman. That means he’s been checked by a doc recently. Since he hasn’t been DL’d , it’s not injury. Fatigue? I hope so… Then again, plain failure to execute pitches due to lack of ability is just as plausible.

  9. V says:

    I wonder if tsjc is pissed the Yankees didn’t land Chris Duncan.

  10. V says:

    If DeLeon is being pitched around, intentionally walked, etc., it might be time to think about promoting him.

    OTOH, maybe it’s better if he learns how to take unintentional walks when they’re given to him, but it has to be frustrating to get NOTHING to hit.

  11. Kevin G. says:

    Mike, do you have any idea when Marte will be brought back up?

  12. Tremont says:

    Good gravy, when will some of you stop acting like its okay that a 23 year old man is getting rocked and walking a batter an inning, simply cause he is logging innings. Never has any first rounder out of college had a lower bar. He has been an absolute disaster. I’m not blaming anybody. It is what it is. He is a flat out bust.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      It’s way too early to break out the bust label. Go look at Dan Bard’s first pro season. More walks than IP and half as many K’s.

      • Tremont says:

        Bard walked a ton of guys cause he throws 100. Brackman can’t throw strikes when he is sitting in the mid 80s. Also Brackman’s strikes are getting smacked around. Besides very few guys turn it around the way Bard has. We keep pointing to the outliers for encouragement. Way too early? I hope you’re right. I think you’re wrong.

        • Jack says:

          Bard walked a ton of guys cause he throws 100.

          That doesn’t make sense.

          • Tremont says:

            Uh…yes it does. There’s an inverse relationship between velocity and control. This is why a pitcher takes a couple ticks off of a “get me over fastball”.

            • eVizions says:

              I know I’m a day late and nobody will probably read this, but this was so ridonkuliously funny that I had to comment:

              Uh, no, it doesn’t. Your theory is somewhat correct FOR AN INDIVIDUAL (don’t call it an “inverse relationship” though unless you actually understand what that means), but it doesn’t work across prospects. A prospect who throws 95 with little control is still a prospect because if he can gain the control/command of it, he will be an asset. A prospect who throws 85 with little control is… well, not a prospect. If you are throwing 85, you need to have good control just to actually be considered a potential anything. That doesn’t mean it’s any harder to throw strikes for people throwing 95 than people throwing 85.

        • pat says:

          We should probably just cut him and ignore everything that modern science has taught us about people recovering from Tommy John surgery. I don’t understand this compulsion people have to want to call kids a “bust”. There must be some sort of perverse pleasure people get from declaring that a 23 year old, after one professional season, AFTER major reconstructive elbow surgery is a bust. I guess there’s really no downside to it. You get to sound smart and superior for the moment. Then when he comes back next year at full strength and is ripping off 95 mph fastballs you get the pleasure of being happy we have such a promising prospect. I guess it’s a win-win situation because you get to sound authoritative now and need not have accountability later.

          • V says:

            Agreed wholeheartedly.

            Frankly, he’s the type of high risk, high reward guy I WANT the Yankees going after. Hughes wasn’t high risk, nor was Porcello (GRR Tigers), but Joba (supplemental) and Brackman were. Heck, Cole really wasn’t ‘high risk’ until his father decided that an 18 year old can’t decide what he wants to do on his own.

    • Tremont says:

      I meant to say in Low A. But frankly if he put up this line in Double A I would be pretty discouraged

  13. Mike bk says:

    lane out with a story on medchill’s signing bonus being 125K plus school costs and right now that looks like a great bargain.

  14. blee says:

    Venditte sighting!

  15. Gleb says:

    Dave from Fangraphs was live to see Brackman pitching. Yikes..

    “Before heading over to Greensboro last night to watch Andrew Brackman pitch for the Charleston RiverDogs, I checked out his line here on FanGraphs to see how he’d been pitching as of late. It was ugly – a BB/9 over 6 was the main culprit of a FIP near 5.00 in low-A ball. That’s not good, but plenty of pitchers have struggled in the minors while coming back from arm surgery. More than the results, I was interested to see what he was throwing.

    In the first inning, he sat 90-92 with the fastball, going to the outside corner against RHBs. The pitch had some decent movement down and away, and profiled as the kind of pitch that could get groundballs. His command was poor, as expected, walking the leadoff batter, but even once he got ahead in the count, it became obvious he didn’t have anything else besides the fastball. On an 0-2 count, he threw a 73 MPH curve with no tilt that bounced about a foot in front of the plate. He came back with another weak 72 MPH curve that just hung in the strike zone begging to be hit. He went back to the fastball and got through the first inning, but wasn’t impressive.

    Then came the second inning. The fastball dipped down to 88, but he still popped 92 occasionally, but the breaking ball was just awful, and the Greensboro hitters were sitting on his fastball. His command went in the toilet, and the movement on his fastball ran right into LHBs wheelhouse, giving them a chance to take batting practice. Kyle Skipworth, who isn’t exactly a good hitting prospect, launched one of Brackman’s fastballs deep into the night sky. Every left-hander just pounded the fastball, and the curve simply wasn’t good enough to keep hitters off balance.

    At one point, with the bases loaded and nobody out, Brackman abandoned the fastball and threw nothing but curves. Foul, Foul, Roped down the line. That didn’t work so well. His breaking ball just wasn’t anything close to being a major league pitch.

    Seven runs scored in the second, but Brackman came back out for the third. At least, until he walked a couple more hitters, and Charleston’s manager had seen enough. 2 1/3 innings, 6 hits, 5 walks… and he looked even worse than that.

    Brackman needs a lot of work. His command is a 30 or 35 on the 20-80 scouting scale, and he’s currently pitching without good stuff either. He’s got nothing – no velocity, no breaking ball, no ability to throw strikes. If I didn’t know who Brackman was before the game, I’d have written him off as a very tall non-prospect.

    Yankee fans hoping for Brackman to get to New York someday better hope he finds his velocity, because the current version is never going to get out of A-ball.”

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