Heathcott debuts, but GCL Yanks get blown out

Open Thread: My 2009 RAB Fantasy Football Team
Do the Yanks have the secret sauce to win in the playoffs?

Josh Towers was named International League Pitcher of the Week for the second time in the last four weeks. Dan McCutchen won it last week and Eric Hacker the week before, so that’s four straight weeks that someone with ties to the Yanks has won the award. Jairo Heredia took home Florida State League Pitcher of the Week honors.

I can’t believe I went almost the entire season without updating the standings. Better late than never, I guess. The standings on milb.com don’t get updated until the morning and I have no interest in figuring them out myself, so the standings below are coming into today and do not reflect tonight’s action.

Triple-A Scranton (7-2 loss to Buffalo) 71-54, 3.5 games up in the International League North Division … there’s 16 games left in their season
Kevin Russo, Eric Duncan & Chris Stewart: all 0 for 4, 1 K – Russo drew a walk
Ramiro Pena: 0 for 5, 1 K – 6 for his last 34 (.176)
Colin Curtis: 2 for 4, 1 R – played CF in place of Austin Jackson, who got his first day off in a month
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 1, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP
John Rodriguez & Reegie Corona: both 1 for 3, 1 BB – J-Rod K’ed twice & threw a runner out at second from LF … Corona committed a throwing error
Yurendell DeCaster: 1 for 4, 2 RBI
Anthony Claggett: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 7-5 GB/FB – 43 of 67 pitches were strikes (64.2%)
Zach Kroenke: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 0-2 GB/FB – 22 of 35 pitches were strikes (62.9%) … 7 ER allowed in his last 5 IP
Kevin Whelan: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K – 17 of 27 pitches were strikes (63%)
Edwar Ramirez: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB – 8 of 14 pitches were strikes (57.1%)

Double-A Trenton (8-3 loss to New Hampshire) 63-63, 10 GB in the Eastern League Northern Division … they’re two games back of a Wildcard spot … 15 games left
Austin Krum, Eduardo Nunez & James Cooper: all 0 for 3 – Krum drove in a run, walked & K’ed … Nunez drew a walk & committed a throwing error
Matt Cusick: 1 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K
Noah Hall: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Chris Malec: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 64-42 K/BB ratio this year … that’s unusual for him, he’s always been a BB > K guy
Edwar Gonzalez: 2 for 5, 1 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
PJ Pilittere & RJ Baker: both 2 for 2 – PJ drew a walk & was lifted for an unknown reason
Marcos Vechionacci: 3 for 5, 2 RBI, 1 K
Zach McAllister: 3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 3-3 GB/FB – Mike Ashmore said he was limited to about 95 pitches tonight, but only lasted 70
Eric Wordekemper: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3-3 GB/FB
Humberto Sanchez: 2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB – still hasn’t allowed an ER since July 25th
Jose Valdez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB

High-A Tampa had a scheduled off day. They’re 70-51, 4.5 GB in the Florida State League North Division, but they’ve got a seven game lead for a playoff spot. Only 13 more games left in the season.

Low-A Charleston (7-2 win over Augusta in 10 innings) 62-61, 5.5 GB in South Atlantic League Southern Division … five more losses and they’ll be eliminated from the postseason … 15 games left
Jose Pirela: 2 for 6, 1 RBI, 2 E (both throwing)
Abe Almonte: 2 for 5, 1 RBI, 2 K
Corban Joseph, Melky Mesa & Mitch Abeita: all 1 for 4, 1 R – CoJo drew a walk … Mesa was hit by a pitch & K’ed three times … Abeita walked, drove in two & K’ed
Taylor Grote: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 3 K
Addison Maruszak: 0 for 3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Trenton Lare: 7.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 11-4 GB/FB – 71-9 K/BB ratio in 72 IP
Charles Nolte: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 5-0 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island 34-26, 5.0 GB in the New York-Penn League McNamara Divison … they have a 1.5 game lead in the Wildcard standings … 14 games left
Game 1 (7-6 loss to Oneonta in 11 innings, walk-off style) this was the completion of the August 9th game that was suspended due to rain with the score tied at six in the 11th inning
Emerson Landoni: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Zoilo Almonte: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – picked off first
Luke Murton & Buck Afenir: both 0 for 4 – Murton was hit by a pitch, scored a run & K’ed twice … Afenir drew a walk
DeAngelo Mack & Carmen Angelini: both 1 for 5 – Mack K’ed three times … Angelini scored a run, K’ed & committed a fielding error
Mike Lyon, Justin Milo & Chad Gross: all 1 for 4 – Lyon drew a walk, drove in a run, scored twice & K’ed … Milo doubled, drove in two, walked & K’ed … Gross walked, plated a run & K’ed three times
Francisco Rondon: 4 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 2 WP, 1-4 GB/FB
Kelvin Perez: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 4-8 GB/FB – one of the walks was intentional
Ben Watkins: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K
Mike Solbach: 0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K – he allowed a hit & walked a guy before the game was suspended
Ryan Flannery: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GB/FB – the walk was intentional … allowed one of Solbach’s inherited runners from three weeks ago to score for the loss
Game 2 (2-1 win over Oneonta in 7 innings)
Jimmy Paredes, Luke Murton, Kelvin Castro & Carmen Angelini: all 1 for 3 – Murton scored a run … Angelini drove one in
Zoilo Almonte: 0 for 3, 1 K, 1 SB – picked off second
DeAngelo Mack: 0 for 1, 2 BB
Neil Medchill: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K – 3 for his last 19 (.158)
Kyle Higashioka: 1 for 1, 1 R, 2 BB – Shelley-esque
Emerson Landoni: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 SB
Sean Black: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 6-4 GB/FB – Robert Pimpsner says 48 of 71 pitches were strikes (67.6%)
Ronny Marte: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-0 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – 13 of 22 pitches were strikes (59.1%)
Gavin Brooks: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 38 K in 35.1 IP

Rookie GCL Yanks (10-0 loss to GCL Tigers) 31-22, 4.0 games up in the Gulf Coast League North Division … just seven games left
Slade Heathcott: 1 for 3 – pro debut for the 2009 first rounder … read more about it here
Isaiah Brown: 1 for 1 – replaced Heathcott in CF once the score got out of hand
Frankie Cervelli: 0 for 3, 1 PB, 1 E (throwing) – still recovering from that sore hand … he caught seven innings
Jhorge Liccien & Kelvin DeLeon: both 0 for 1 – Liccien replaced Cervelli … DeLeon drew a walk & was replaced in the late innings of the blowout
JR Murphy: 2 for 4, 1 K – 6 for 15 (.400) in his four pro games … he played all nine innings since he was the DH
Judd Golson & Eduardo Sosa: both 1 for 2
Kevin Mahoney: 0 for 4, 3 K – 60 K in 167 AB, one every 2.78 AB … yikes
Jose Toussen & Mitch Delaney: both 1 for 4 – Toussen committed a pair of throwing errors … Delaney K’ed
Mikey O’Brien: 2.1 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 2-4 GB/FB – eek
Danny Gil: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 8-4 GB/FB
Manny Barreda: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP, 0-1 GB/FB

And just for the sake of completeness, the Dominican Summer League Yanks1 team finished 31-37. Their season ended over the weekend and they did not qualify for the postseason. Meanwhile, the DSL Yanks2 are 47-23 and are a half-game up in the division. They’ve got two games left in their season, both against the team directly behind them.

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Open Thread: My 2009 RAB Fantasy Football Team
Do the Yanks have the secret sauce to win in the playoffs?
  • Accent Shallow

    I can’t decide how I feel about McAllister. On the one hand, he’s been very solid. On the other, he doesn’t have a huge K-rate, GB%, or great scouting reports (although all are good, just not great). I think he’ll be a solid ML pitcher at some point, but I don’t know when, and as such, I have no idea how to value him for the future, and what would be an appropriate return if the Yanks were to move him.

    • 27 this year

      ceiling of around a number 3 starter.

    • Ivan

      He’s sorta like a poor man’s Phil Hughes.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        Sounds like a great #5 in pinstripes…

    • Reggie C.

      Rare mediocre start from McAllister. Looks like he’ll be good for a 140 inning campaign next season, which in an ideal world could actually be his final minor league season. McAllister’s a good candidate to finish ’09 strong as he’s been so damn consistent. Against AAA hitters we’ll have a better idea what McAllister’s final ceiling will look like. I mean he’s so damn young and still developing.

      McAllister’s ceiling is higher than that of IPK. Its not Hughes-level however as the stuff simply isn’t on par. That’s no knock though. Ideally, McAllister is ready to contribute to the ML team by the end of next season. … even if its another ML team. That kid is some trade chip if we decide to replace Pettitte with a vet.

      • Bo

        U are seriously critiquing his rehab start?

    • Jeffrey

      Where can I find his GB%, FB%, etc.? I don’t see it on fangraphs, baseball reference, or on MILB stats.

    • Jeffrey

      Accent, why are you so concerned about the GB rate. Looks pretty solid to me at 48.1 GB%. McAllister’s FB rate is 32.7%. That’s actually better than any current Yankee starter.

      Joba 44.1 GB%, 34.3% FB%, 7.74 K/9
      Pettitte 43.2 GB%, 36.3FB%, 6.91 K/9
      Sabathia 42.2 GB%, 38.1 FB%, 7.19 K/9
      Burnett 42.8 GB%, 39.3 FB%, 8 K/9

      McAllister’s K rate, 7.42/9 is also better than that of Sabathia and Pettitte. McAllister’s BB rate is comparable to Sabathia.

      • K.B.D.

        While the strikeout numbers are nice, he lacks any real “out” pitch which might prevent him from replicating those numbers at the major league level. His calling card is always going to be control and ground balls.

  • chriskeo

    DotF just isn’t as much fun without Jesus, any idea where he starts next year (AA or AAA) and is he going to play in the Arizona Fall League? If so does that guarantee he will be catching for Scranton next year?

    • Jeffrey

      I would think he should get in at least a full year at AA. I’m hoping he plays in the AFL.

    • Reggie C.

      Montero’s gonna finish the season falling just shy of 350 at-bats. I’m sure Cashman and co. would’ve loved to see what Montero was capable of with another 100 at-bats. That’s probably gonna motivate them to have Montero start off in AA. Since there’s no need to rush him given the trio of Posada/molina/cervelli , I think AA is the best place.

      The news that Montero isn’t going to partake in AZL ball tells us he’s not likely 100%. That broken hand doesnt take away any of the awesomeness factor , and if anything , only enhances the vigor of the Montero watch for 2010.

      • Salty Buggah

        He broke his finger, not his hand so you take that back.

        • Reggie C.

          Broken finger it is. It doesnt change the fact that the Yankees have submitted their share of minor leaguers and Montero isn’t one of them. Maybe he’ll be allowed to play in PR ball. Doubt he’ll be allowed to play in venezuela … security issues and all.

          • infernoscurse

            i wish he played PR ball

            id go see him every day <3 :D

  • Ivan

    Well DOTF might get a tad more exciting now that Heathcott is playing in the GCL. Granted it’s not the same with Montero obviously but Heathcott could add a little bit oof excitement.

  • Salty Buggah

    That Slade just isn’t a winner.

    Seriously though, I think him and JR will make DotF more exciting.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    ACTUALLLLLY Michael, the DSL Yankees are tied 1-1 in the best of 3 Dominican Summer League Semi-Finals. Tomorrow will be the final game. They may take on the dreaded DSL Mets in the finals if either team makes it that far. I’m surprised at you Axisa, you love the DSL and usually have excellent coverage. :)

    BTW, Melvin saved game one. (drink)

  • JMK

    Anyone else that has yet to report to GCL? Mitchell, Talerico?

  • Jeffrey

    How are JR Murphy’s catching skills? Where would they rank in relation to Cervelli, Montero and Romine?

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Alan Horne will be starting for Charleston tomorrow. A little birdie told me so.

  • Stryker

    was at the thunder game tonight. z-mac just didn’t have his best stuff it seemed and the team’s offensive production has really took a dip since vasquez and montero have been put on the shelf. there was one inning that was just BRUTAL for the thunder – a few poor plays at the plate (one of them was a missed cut off man and the other was all on eduardo nunez as he almost threw the ball into the stands on the first base side). just an overall sloppy game.