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Open Thread: Baby Godzilla
Getting the clunker out of the way

Via Lane Meyer, 14th rounder Graham Stoneburner has apparently agreed to terms with the Yanks. I’m of the the belief that Stoneburner has the best pure arm among Yankee draftees, and might very well be the best prospect from this draft haul behind top pick Slade Heathcott. Speaking of Heathcott, there was a report this morning that he and 2nd rounder JR Murphy have apparently agreed to terms, but the deals won’t be official until physicals are complete. That’s all I’ve seen on that. Also, it looks like 10th rounder Tyler Lyons will not sign while 5th rounder Caleb Cotham will.

Triple-A Scranton (5-2 loss to Durham)
Kevin Russo: 3 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
Colin Curtis, Yurendell DeCaster & Reegie Corona: all 1 for 4 – Curtis K’ed & committed a fielding error … DeCaster scored a run … Corona K’ed
Austin Jackson & Juan Miranda: both 0 for 4 – Miranda K’ed three times (ouch), Jackson four times (double ouch)
Shelley Duncan, John Rodriguez & Chris Stewart: all 0 for 3 – Shelley drew a walk & K’ed twice … J-Rod walked … Stewart scored a run, drove in one & committed a throwing error
Russ Ortiz: 4 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 3-6 GB/FB – 58 of 86 pitches were strikes (67.4%)
Edwar Ramirez: 2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1-1 GB/FB – 19 of 32 pitches were strikes (59.4%)
Kevin Whelan: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB – 8 of his 10 pitches were strikes
Amaury Sanit: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB – 8 of 12 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (3-1 loss to Harrisburg) they got closed out by my boy, who’s killin’ it as a pro
Austin Krum & PJ Pilittere: both 0 for 4 – Krum K’ed once, PJ twice
Matt Cusick & Chris Malec: both 1 fir 4 – Cusick K’ed … Malec doubled & scored a run
Eduardo Nunez & James Cooper: both 2 for 4 – Nunez doubled, stole a bag, K’ed & committed a fielding error … Coop drove in a run & swiped a bag
Edwar Gonzalez, Marcos Vechionacci & Francisco Santana: all 0 for 3 – Edwar K’ed once, Vech twice … Santana is just up from Staten Island, but it’s probably only temporary
Lance Pendleton: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 8-7 GB/FB
Wilkins Arias: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB – lefties hitting .183 with 33 K in 25 IP off the southpaw
Humberto Sanchez: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (9-6 win over Clearwater)
Dan Brewer: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 4 RBI - love the ~.850 OPS
David Adams, Kevin Smith & Luis Nunez: all 1 for 5 – Adams drove in two, stole a base & K’ed … Smith scored a run & K’ed thrice … Nunez scored & K’ed only once
Damon Subett: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K
Brandon Laird & Jose Gil: both 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – Laird hit a solo jack & walked
Jack Rye: 4 for 5, 3 R, 1 CS
Walt Ibarra: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 HBP
Ryan Zink: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 6-10 GB/FB
Jon Ortiz: 2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 22-1 GB/FB
Brad Rulon: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K – 137-38 K/BB ratio in 110 career IP
Jon Hovis: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K

Low-A Charleston (6-4 loss to Lakewood)
Jose Pirela: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Abe Almonte, Corban Joseph, Addison Maruszak, Garrison Lassiter & Neall French: all 1 for 4 – Almonte K’ed thrice … CoJo got gunned down trying to steal … Maruszak doubled, drove in a run, scored another & K’ed … Lassiter scored a run, K’ed twice & committed a fielding error … Kruml drove in a run & K’ed
Melky Mesa & Jeff Farnham: both 2 for 4, 1 R – Mesa tripled, stole a base & K’ed … Farnham doubled, plated a run & committed a error on a pickoff
Brandon Braboy: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 4-7 GB/FB
Gabriel Tatis: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Andrew Brackman: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1-2 GB/FB – hey look, no wild pitches
Edwin Walker: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (5-0 loss to Batavia)
Jimmy Paredes & Emerson Landoni: both 1 for 3, 1 K – Paredes drew a walk, stole a bag & committed a throwing error
Luke Murton: 1 for 4, 1 K
Everyone Else: combined 0 for 18, 3 BB, 4 K – Kelvin Castro drew a walk & got caught stealing
Matt Richardson: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 11-2 GB/FB – not great, but love the GB/FB
Ronny Marte: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 1-1 GB/FB
Gavin Brooks: 1 IP, zeroes, 1-2 GB/FB – 7 baserunners, 0 ER & 16 K in his last 12.2 IP

Rookie GCL Yanks enjoyed their regularly scheduled Sunday off day.

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Open Thread: Baby Godzilla
Getting the clunker out of the way
  • Steve H

    Golden Sombrero cure.

    http://tinyurl.com/5te3e7

  • Drew

    I know Russo’s defense is not a plus, but, is it possible that maybe he’s more than just a utility guy? I mean, the dude’s hitting 330 and just turned 25.

    • zs190

      He doesn’t really have any other above average tools, no? He’s got 0 power, average speed, below average defender, walks a little but not a ton, really he only hits for average and it seems a little fluky high this year.(.369 BABIP)

      Seems like if everything clicks for him, he might end up hitting .285/.330/.365 or something. Maybe he can start for the Royals but probably a utility guy for most teams.

      • zs190

        Although I guess Callaspo is having a good season, I don’t know, Twins then, their 2B’s are horrendous.

  • http://anewfrontier.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    Dan Brewer = next A-Jax?

    • Doug

      what’s his hat size?

      • JMK

        Good one.

  • Teix is the Man

    How good are Stoneburner and Cotham?

  • GG

    Obvs you always find diamonds in the rough, but if Stoneburner is so good (and I know nothing about him), why would he slip to the 14th round?

    • Steve H

      Signability.

      • GG

        Whats his deal? Why was he viewed however he was?

        • pat

          He has two years of college left. That is a lot of leverage.

        • Thomas

          He was a DES, so he had a high amount of leverage.

        • whozat
          • raymagnetic

            Really cool link Whozat.

    • DreDog

      He was a DES and a signability case. If he signed for decent money, you have your answer.

    • zs190

      He also has some injury history. Labrum surgery last season I think, that’s why he’s a redshirt draft eligible sophomore.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        No, torn ACL and a fractured vertebrae. Arm’s fine.

        • zs190

          My bad, you are right.

        • zs190

          Um, on second thought, here’s BA write up for him.

          Stoneburner, out of Clemson, wound up in the 14th. Stoneburner missed a year with a labrum tear but pitched healthy all season this spring. He also struck out 71 and gave up just two homers in 64 innings while working both as a starter and reliever. He flashed mid-90s velocity; the health and signability (he’s a draft-eligible sophomore) have to be the reasons he fell.

          Most sites say he had a knee issue but BA said labrum tear, I thought I had read labrum tear somewhere.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

            My bad then, missed the labrum tear. At least he’s bounced back from it.

          • Accent Shallow

            According to this link, he had a knee issue in 2007.

            http://www.theacc.com/sports/m.....07aad.html

            I also found a Baseball America link that says he had a fractured vertabra (!)

            • zs190

              Heh, I found that too.

              http://www.baseballamerica.com.....26610.html

              so basically he had back issue/vertebrae fracture in high school, torn ACL in freshman year(redshirted?), then labrum tear, then pitched effectively the last season.

              He’s kind of smallish, no? 6 feet, 185 pounds, and throws really hard, kind of worrisome.

              • Accent Shallow

                Good thing they drafted him in the 14th round, not the first.

                Hopefully he can move past all those medical issues now that he’s a pro.

    • Clemson Rob

      I went to Clemson and saw Stoneburner pitch. The reason I think he slipped is that he is 1 year coming off of a major knee injury he suffered playing basketball (see Aaron Boone). He has good stuff and worked mainly out of long relief, eventually becoming a starter again. Good mechanics and looks to be promising.

  • Januz

    There is no doubt that Stoneburner was a key sign. But I have heard the best arm belongs to Thompson (Despite the Tommy John surgery). I hope that they get Thompson and Stephen Bruno finished. The question that I still have is why did they decide not to sign Lyons or Meade. Was it cutbacks, unreasonable player demands, or are they signing other people such as Bruno?

    • Stryker

      the articles on both lyons and meade say the yankees came back to them and said they didn’t have the money to sign either of them. not sure why this considering they apparently weren’t asking for more than 500k. i just find it odd that the yankees of all people are turning down signability guys because they don’t have money. if anything, i’d wish they’d flex their financial muscles and go for the signability guys instead. oh well. obviously they know better than we do.

      • wilcymoore

        Seems to me the team wouldn’t do this if they really loved the player for the position they drafted him. So maybe the Yanks have their doubts.

      • Januz

        I read that article by Lane and there was one key phrase: “they didn’t see this coming”…….. What did they not see coming? a: Huge demands by Lyons and Meade? b: Cutbacks by Cashman. c: The opportunity to sign unexpected players (Bruno and DeLuca come to mind)? d: Utter kaos like we saw with Gerrit Cole last year. e: Larger than expected payouts to Heathcott and Murphy?

        • Stryker

          yeah i have no clue about that. i would assume it’s the fact that they’re working within a budget and perhaps that budget was smaller than they thought considering the money already dished out to the guys who signed earlier, the eventual signing of cotham and the payouts to stoneburner, heathcott and murphy. like DreDog says below me, i just hope in place of lyons and meade damon and co. make a push for guys who are just as, if not more talented than those for a far cheaper price.

        • DreDog

          What about the fact that the Pirates, Red Sox, and other clubs are signing players for rediculous money. Maybe their demands chaged based on that and Cape Cod results. I know the bonus babies for the Sox and Pirates were mostly High Schooler, but still.

          • DreDog

            Rediculous>>>>>Ridiculous

      • Jersey

        The other thing is that giving in to demands now for guys they don’t believe are worth it, might put them in worse bargaining position with future draft picks. Maybe they could have afforded both Lyons and Meade; but maybe they felt they were being asked to overpay. If I’m an agent and see the Yankees overpaying, you can bet I’m going to be a hardass and seek overpayment during future negotiations. Not saying that’s the reason for letting these guys go, but it might be a contributing factor.

        • Stryker

          both you and DreDog make good points. it’s tough to say why things are going the way they’re going RE: lyons/meade. i must say though, looking at who’s left for the yankees to sign — not many promising names left — but they surprised me with the gerritse sign. i’m also not in love with the elam pick but hey…damon did say there’d be some surprises!

          god i love the draft and the minor leagues. hahaha

    • DreDog

      I think Lyons’ $$$ demands were too much. Damon has a budget and is trying to get max talent out of that budget. I just hope they get some other signability guys (besides Stoneburner) in place of Lyons.

      • Jersey

        Well, they’ll probably get Cotham don’t forget.

        • DreDog

          I think people don’t want to talk about the Elephant in the room. It is clear that if Lyons & Meade don’t sign, all analysts will talk about how the Red Sox had a monster draft (Renfroe & Younginer overslot) and that’s why, blah, blah, blah, blah…

          I kind of pisses me off thinking about it. At least Lyons & Meade gave the fans something to point towards when that discussion began.

          • Januz

            There is one thing that could change people’s opinion about the 2009 draft, and that could be the Yankees are trying to reel in the name not spoken on draft blogs (Except for me)……… Cody Stiles. Rivals just did on the 13th. “Speaking of other UNC players and recruits, they know first baseman Dustin Ackley will sign, but things are interesting with right-handed pitcher Cody Stiles, a 39th-round pick of the Yankees. The Tar Heels are worried they will lose Stiles at the last second”……. http://www.rivals.com. Lane Meyer did as well tonight. http://www.nomaas.org. Stiles will not come cheap (Nor will Bruno or Deluca also discussed in this piece), nor will Thompson, Bruening, or Mitchell. If Stiles, Bruno and Thompson are added, then they will have a successful draft.

  • wilcymoore

    Austin Jackson has a couple of troubling habits –

    1. He’s something of a strikeout machine (good if you’re a pitcher, not so good if you’re a hitter), and

    2. He seems to tail off in the latter part of the season. This is the second or third year it’s happened.

    I’m not dissing him because of one bad day, but I’m not sure we should expect him to be stepping up to the M. L. level next April. Seems to me some more seasoning is needed.

    • Doug

      his habit of not hitting XBHs is a bit troubling too

      • wilcymoore

        Yeah, forgot to mention that.

    • Angelo

      I dont think a lot of us are expecting Jackson to be a major league regular by April. I’d give him until 2011 or mid 2010. He doesnt always tail off in the latter part of the season either, maybe this year and last season. I dont think there is a rush to call up Jackson anyway.

    • whozat

      No one reasonable is expecting him to hit the bigs next spring.

    • Accent Shallow

      Andrew McCutchen, who was drafted in the same year as Jackson (although he was a much better prospect, and went in the first round), spent part of 2007, all of 2008, and 2009 until the McLouth trade, at AAA. It definitely wouldn’t be the end of the world if Jackson had to spend part or all of 2010 in Scranton.

      Asking him to be ready to step in as the CF out of spring training does look pretty unreasonable, but luckily Melky and Gardner have done pretty well in providing a stop-gap.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    OK Mike A, now that you’ve teased us all, give us a quick scouting report on Graham Stoneburner. Other than the fact that he has a great name for a pitcher.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      93-95, avg slider, above avg changeup. Throws a ton of strikes and keeps the ball in the park. Should crush the low minors.

      • wilcymoore

        He should get a little extra bonus just for his name. Great name!

      • zs190

        Odd, nomaas had this to say about him

        “The reports on Stoneburner are that he has great velocity, and solid control, but that he lacks command at times and hasn’t developed his secondary stuff. Because of this many publications say scouts see him being an exceptional closer candidate in the pros.”

        • Jack

          What about that is odd? They seem to say the same thing.

          • zs190

            Um, am I reading it wrong? I got the impression reading this and other scouting reports that his offspeed stuff needs a lot of work and he’s pretty raw whereas Mike makes it sound like he’s got average to above average offspeed stuff already and is fairly polished.

      • Drew

        Do you think he’ll start in rookie ball, Short season or Low A?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          Finish the year with one of the short season clubs, start next year with Tampa.

    • ColoYank

      Steinbrenner is the Germanified version of Stoneburner.

  • Januz

    Speaking of Thompson, Jim Callis says the Thompson is still negotiating. http://www.baseballamerica.com

  • wilcymoore

    By the way, today was almost a System Sweep™ in reverse … every Yankee squad that played today except Tampa lost, including the big league club. Whew!

  • Marc

    Can we stick a fork in Angelini yet?

    • RollingWave

      we could, but it’ll probably find a hole past his glove and/or swing.

      • ColoYank

        Ouch! This is so brutal, I lol’d.

  • wilcymoore

    Brackman, 2 IP today … no wild pitches. See, progress.

    • Doug

      and only 3 walks

  • Accent Shallow

    Glad to see no walks from Whelan.

    • RollingWave

      if he can keep the walks in check, he might get a cup of coffee next month no? since relievers are obviously the easiest to bring up and throw a few innings.

  • Mark

    Nice to see Humberto is doing better after his first two rough outings in Trenton.

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