Sep
10

2009 Minor League Awards

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It feels like just yesterday, but it’s already been five months since Juan Miranda started the season off with a bang. The Yankees dealt with their usual rash of injuries in the minors and more than their fair share of disappointments, but they also enjoyed some breakout seasons as well. The six stateside affiliates combined for a 381-309 record this season, making it at least the 18th consecutive season the affiliates have combined for an over .500 record.

Remember, this isn’t a ranking of prospects. It’s just a post intended to recognize those players in the minors who put together exceptional seasons, regardless of age, prospect status, etc. In order to keep things fresh, the player who won the MiL Player of the Year Award was ineligible to win the Hitter/Pitcher of the Year Award, like I’ve aways done it.

Because looking back in the past is always fun, here are my 2007 and 2008 awards posts. Unfortunately, my 2006 awards post has been lost in MVN purgatory. If you have any praise or complaints, you know where to stick them. The good stuff starts after the jump.

Minor League Player of the Year: Jesus Montero, C, A+/AA
The first two-time MiLPOY in the history of RAB, Montero won this same award last year but managed to somehow put together an even more impressive season in 2009. He started the season as a man among boys with High-A Tampa, hitting .356-.406-.583 in 48 games before being bumped up to Double-A. As a 19-yr old in the traditionally pitcher friendly Eastern League, Montero hit .317-.370-.539 in 44 games, earning a spot on the All Star Team. Overall, he had more multiple hit games (36) than no hits games (22) this season, and more multiple extra base hit games (8) than multiple strikeout games (6). The only thing the could stop the Venezuelan born backstop was a fluke finger injury that ended his season in early August, but Montero had this award wrapped up in June.
Honorable Mention: Shelley Duncan, OF, AAA/MLB; Manny Banuelos, LHP, A-

Minor League Pitcher of the Year: Manny Banuelos, LHP, A-
Banuelos started the year as the second youngest pitcher in the South Atlantic League by just 22 days, and he ended with the fifth best ERA (2.67) in the league among pitchers with at least 100 IP. Acquired in the same package deal that brought Al Aceves to the Yanks, Banuelos held opponents to just a .217 AVG against, and his polish and pitching aptitude is evident in his 106-28 K/BB ratio. Only twice all season did he allow more than three earned runs in an outing, and he held the opponent to two runs or less in 13 of his 19 starts. The lefty dazzled late in the year when he was moved to the bullpen to control his innings, allowing just three of the final 37 batters he faced to reach base, sitting down 20 via strike three. No pitcher in the system was as consistently excellent as Banuelos this year.
Honorable Mention: Zach McAllister, RHP, AA; David Phelps, RHP, A-/A+

Minor League Hitter of the Year: Shelley Duncan, OF, AAA/MLB
Shelley’s been here before, winning this same award back in 2007. As good as he was two years ago, he was even better this year. Shelley started the year off by hitting .296-.377-.641 with 21 homers in his first 58 games, and ended it by crushing his own single season SWB franchise record with 30 homers. He led the International League with 99 RBI and a .270 IsoP, and  was named league MVP. Shelley was the guy in the middle of the lineup for the team with the third best record in all of Triple-A baseball.
Honorable Mention: Juan Miranda, 1B, AAA; Kevin Russo, 2B, AAA

Minor League Manager of the Year: Dave Miley, AAA
It’s getting to the point that I’m just going to have to rename this award for Miley. This makes it three straight MiLMOY for Miley, who again endured having his roster disassembled seemingly by the day. He used 23 different starting pitchers (23!), 11 of whom made at least five starts on the year. He lost his 3-hole hitter to Japan, his best third baseman to the World Cup, and his ace to the big league team on several occasions, and yet Miley managed the team to their fourth straight division title (third as a Yanks’ affiliate). The man is a machine.
Honorable Mention: Josh Paul, SS; Luis Sojo, A+

The Edwar Ramirez Award (Breakout Player of the Year): Manny Banuelos
Banuelos was an interesting prospect coming into the season; polished beyond his years and more command and control than raw stuff, but not exactly a guy you’d expect to dominate competition two or three years older than him. Even though he didn’t get to pitch because of weather delays, Banuelos was the only player from Mexico selected to the 2009 Futures Game. The Yanks spend major bucks in the draft, but international players like Banuelos continue to highlight the farm system.
Honorable Mention: DJ Mitchell, RHP, A-/A+; Ivan Nova, RHP, AA/AAA

Best Pro Debut: Neil Medchill, OF, SS
A very good value in the 11th round of the ’09 draft, Medchill set a new short season record for Yankees farmhands by clubbing 14 homers this year, eclipsing Ruben Rivera’s old record of 13 from way back in 1993. Among players with at least 200 at-bats, Medchill led the NY-Penn League in slugging (.551) and OPS (.901), and his 14 jacks were six more than any other player.
Honorable Mention: DeAngelo Mack, OF, SS; JR Murphy, C/DH, Rk

Comeback Player of the Year: Shelley Duncan
This award has gone to a pitcher coming back from major arm injuries the last two years, and in a season with no obvious candidates, this year it goes to a position player with a similar ailment. Shelley missed more than a month with a shoulder injury last year, hitting a career low .219 in a career low 325 plate appearances, but rebounded to be named the best hitter in the system this season.
Honorable Mention: Damon Sublett, OF, A+

Bounceback Player of the Year (started slow, but rebounded): Brandon Laird, 1B/3B, A+
Last year’s MiL Hitter of the Year, Laird started the year off very slowly, hitting .230-.279-.298 with just seven extra base hits in his first 43 games. It looked like he was in line for the Most Disappointing Player of the Year Award, but Laird rebounded to hit a studly .286-.348-.479 in his final 81 games. His OPS went up every month (.572-.578-.768-.865-.932, not counting five Sept. games), and he led the Florida State League with 75 RBI.
Honorable Mention: Abe Almonte, OF, A-; Jon Ortiz, RHP, A-/A+

Most Disappointing Player: JB Cox, RHP, AAA/AA
Sure, there were other players with greater expectations that fell flat, but Cox was this year’s most disappointing player because when the going got tough, he went home. After twelve relief appearances with Triple-A Scranton that featured a 1.87 WHIP and a 5.02 FIP, Cox was demoted to Trenton and somehow got worse, posting a 2.54 WHIP and 8.51 FIP. He left the team and went home to Texas to think about his future after that, and is still MIA. Cox’s stuff and command have never been the same since 2007 Tommy John surgery, and his once promising career may have been permanently derailed.
Dishonorable Mention: Andrew Brackman, RHP, A-; Dellin Betances, RHP, A+

Individual Level Awards (click for a larger view)
2009 Individual Level Awards
All-Minor League Teams (click for a larger view)
2009 All-Minor League Teams
Lifetime Achievement Award

This year’s recipient first joined the Yankees as an unheralded international free agent signing out of the Dominican way back in 2000, making him the longest tenured player in the team’s farm system. He was a teammate of Robbie Cano and Chien-Ming Wang with Short Season Staten Island when all three were just starting their careers way back in 2002, yet amazingly he’s still just 26 years old.

Once one of the better starting pitching prospects in the system, this player owned a lively 92-94 mph fastball with a knockout splitter in his heyday. When the Yanks chose to pursue Alex Rodriguez prior to the 2004, he was included in the five player pool Texas could choose from to complete the deal (they ultimately choose infielder Joaquin Arias). After missing the entire 2005 season and making just 14 appearances in 2005 due to injury, his days as a starting pitcher came to an end.

Our hero has been healthy and productive since 2006, when he climbed all the way from Low-A Charleston to Triple-A Scranton. In that time he has a 2.84 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in close to 200 IP (196.1 to be exact), twice filling in as closer for Double-A Trenton. The 2009 Lifetime achievement award goes to … (drumroll) … Jose Valdez.

Jose Valdez

Photo via Mike Ashmore

Categories : Minors
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Once Jesus was hurt, it was like all the life went out of Trenton.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    First Team SS – Eduardo Nunez.

    That must have hurt. :)

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Mike was thiiiiiiiiiiiiisclose to just giving it to Jeter, logical consistency be damned.

      • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Yeah, but Trenton had the same win% with Jeter and without Jeter this year.

        • Thomas

          Technically, Trenton’s win percentage is undefined with Jeter, since they played 0 games with Jeter and you cannot divide by zero.

          • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Yah. That’s a very serious response to a silly running joke. Check out the last thread about AL MVP.

            • Thomas

              I know what the joke is in regards to. A first I laughed, then I felt like I should set the record straight for some reason (probably because I am a pain in the ass).

              • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                lol. Yes, yes you are.

                Oh but hold on… A thought… I think my statement is actually accurate, isn’t it? I mean, their win% is undefined both with and without Jeter, no? It’s not like they have a win% without Jeter but not without him. It’s the same either way.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  But wait, I thought that one divided by zero equals infinity?

                  Meaning that Trenton’s win percentage with Derek Jeter on the team is infinity. That’s GOTTA be worth an MVP award.

                • Chris

                  Without Jeter, their win percentage is .489 (69/141). With Jeter, their win percentage is undefined (0/0).

                • Thomas

                  With Jeter the team is 0-0 (he never played in a game, obviously), which is a undefined winning percentage (0 wins/ 0 games played). Without Jeter, the team went 69-72 (the record they had regularly), which is .489 percentage (69 wins/[69+72 games played]).

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Shhhh, stop ruining my dumb joke with your smart facts.

                • jsbrendog

                  you’re a dominant started

                • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Yah. Mondesi brain fart on that one. I was thinking that since he was never on the roster, they have no record either with or without him. But yeah, their record without him is just their record.

                  Whatever, you’re still a nerd for responding too seriously to an obvious joke.

                • jsbrendog

                  Whatever, you’re still a nerd for responding too seriously to an obvious joke.

                  look, i dont really care but you’re the head of the be nice to everyone act. so why is thomas a nerd? he said nothing of spreadsheets and roto baseball.

                  \rib’d

                • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Because there’s a difference between (a) jokingly calling someone a nerd after admitting I was wrong and stupid about something and (b) calling someone a “waste of human flesh” or some of the other unprovoked insults I’ve taken issue with around here.

                  /serious response’d

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  This just in: Raul Mondesi is still fat.

                • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi a/k/a The Kurgan

                  He is actually a very svelte and respectable-looking public official, thank you very much.

                • Thomas

                  he said nothing of spreadsheets

                  I love spreadsheets! I spend hours going through them daily while eating Doritos. It wasn’t until this year, when I saw a commercial for “The Show” while watching X-Play on G4 and rocking out to Yngwie, that I even realized baseball was an actual sport and not a computer matrix.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          We are a bunch of brutal assholes, huh?

          DON’T BRING THAT WEAK SHIT IN MY HOUSE!!!

      • Chris

        If the BBWAA can vote for non-rookies for ROY, then Mike can vote for non-minor leaguers for the all minor league team.

  • jsbrendog

    Medchill set a new short season record for Yankees farmhands by clubbing 14 homers this year, eclipsing Ruben Rivera’s old record of 13 from way back in 1993

    let’s hop he turns out better than rivera…and keeps his mits off jeter’s gloves…and doesn’t know how to use ebay

    RRiveraNYY is selling a game used derek jeter glove!

    • sabes

      I still don’t understand the love for this guy. He’s a 22 year old in Short Season ball who, from what I’ve read, is a poor fielder. Can someone please explain?

      • A.D.

        He’s a 22 year old in Short Season ball

        He’s been pro for 3 months, you wouldn’t expect him much higher than that. And as a double digit round pick, there isn’t a whole lot of expectation.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I still don’t understand the love for this guy. He’s a 22 year old in Short Season ball who, from what I’ve read, is a poor fielder. Can someone please explain?

        No need for us to explain, Mike explained it himself.

        Remember, this isn’t a ranking of prospects. It’s just a post intended to recognize those players in the minors who put together exceptional seasons, regardless of age, prospect status, etc.

        That’s why Neil Medchill won the Best Pro Debut award. He broke the Yankee Short Season homer record. Nothing to sneeze at.

      • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

        22 doesn’t really make you too old for SS A ball, so while he’s not young it’s not a huge knock.

        A huge percentage of SSA is draftees from the current year, they’re not going to dump everyone in A+/etc.

        He’s not a revelation or anything but he’s also not the 24-26 year olds who play in SSA/A- and destroy everything for a few months.

  • Tom Zig

    When you said lifetime achievement, I figured you would have gone with Eric Duncan. But no, someone else is filled with more sucktitude

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Overall, he had more multiple hit games (36) than no hits games (22) this season, and more multiple extra base hit games (8) than multiple strikeout games (6).

    Holy. Shit. That’s awesome.

    • SamVa

      But Montero lacks speed and that is the one tool that can’t be taught…

      /Leyritz’d

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    I love that our Low-A MVP and Cy Young are CoJo and ManBan.

  • mason

    adam warren was robbed of the ‘Best Pro Debut’ award!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Chicks dig the longball.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        Chicks dig guys that write about the longball.

        • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Did you just come on to Mike?

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Shut up, Raul, don’t jinx this moment for Axisa.

            /Kay-basher’d

            • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

              Not the Mike I’m dating. Sorry, Axisa.

          • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

            Perhaps.

            Or perhaps he came onto me.

            You shall never know! =P

            • jsbrendog

              ::resisting crude joke::

              • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

                I really am dating a Mike. Just not an Axisa.

                • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Thinking you might have missed the point of jsb’s hypothetical crude joke…

                • jsbrendog

                  maybe it’s better this way

                • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

                  I probably did. I’m being distracted by a comment someone left on my derek jeter post on my blog. You’ll understand which one when you see it.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  No, no. Not in the R’s.

                • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Apparently Rebecca’s on ESPN. She’s a sell-out.

                • jsbrendog

                  did they come onto her too?

                  (couldnt help it this time)

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Apparently Rebecca’s on ESPN. She’s a sell-out.

                  I saw that. Don’t worry, Rebecca, Shawne Merriman won’t hurt you again.

                • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

                  I’m still trying to figure out if they’re joking or not.

                  I should have a huge spike in hits and I only have a small one explained by my self promotion.

                • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  “did they come onto her too?”

                  Mental image… Poor Rebecca… Stu Scott… “Boo-yah!!!!”… Seared into my brain.

                  Let’s put this little running joke to bed, please.

                • jsbrendog

                  the booyah was a nice touch.

                  do you also picture stuart scott’s lazy eye wandering down and scanning the rest of the scene as his other eye remains fixed on her face?

                  if you’re gonna go for it ya gotta go all in

                • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  I just vomited in my mouth a little bit.

                  Seriously, good for him for making a nice career for himself with an eye that makes people nauseous. I bet not many people saw that one coming.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Ummm, how did you get so many Q’s?

        • Makavelli

          My my…it’s getting hot and steamy in here

          Stay put, I’m going to go run and grab the video camera…

  • Stuckey

    Wait, Shelly Duncan for Hitter of the Year? Did Montero win Player of the Year partly due his glove?

    I know it wouldn’t have been as interesting giving two of the top 3 awards to the same guy (what would you write the 2nd time?) but giving it to Duncan over Montero is disingenuine.

    Hell, it’s your blog, but you passed over the deserving guy for sake of the blog and not achievement.

    Dubious…

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Ugh. Apparently, people don’t like to read.

      In order to keep things fresh, the player who won the MiL Player of the Year Award was ineligible to win the Hitter/Pitcher of the Year Award, like I’ve aways done it.

    • http://twitter.com/Jacksoneem Jackson

      In order to keep things fresh, the player who won the MiL Player of the Year Award was ineligible to win the Hitter/Pitcher of the Year Award, like I’ve aways done it.

      Remember that part?

  • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

    No love for Pat Venditte. For shame.

    • jsbrendog

      new category “best overhyped ambidextrous pitcher too old for his league and not really a prospect but makes one hell of an OTL piece” award?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Wait until we draft Oscar Pistorius next June.

        • http://twitter.com/Jacksoneem Jackson

          I bet J Mac can rake too.

      • Chris

        He is old for his league, but not ridiculously old. For comparison, Phil Coke split time between Charleston and Tampa (mostly Tampa) when he was the same age as Venditte.

        • The Scout

          Coke could throw 90-plus.

          • zs190

            So does Venditte…he throws up to 92-93 as RHP. It’s just not a great fastball, the velocity isn’t the issue.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      No love for Pat Venditte. For shame.

      Well, he did make the All-Minors First Team…

  • alex gonzalez

    Shelly “i cant hit breaking balls” Duncan for hitter of the year. stick him in the nl and the kid will fit in somewhere.

    • jsbrendog

      chris duncan begs to differ

      • alex gonzalez

        ok so the whole family is a joke. including eric duncan.

        • jsbrendog

          i don’t think eric duncan is related.

          you’re joba (and hughes) to the pen aren’t you? did i get it? do i win?

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            You’re good, jsb. That makes two of us who believe in that unsubstantiated theory.

            Great minds think alike.

            NOTE: this is an UNCONFIRMED theory. Unconfirmed.

            • jsbrendog

              and don’t forget unsubstantiated too kids

          • alex gonzalez

            i think both joba and hughes belong in the pen. what does that have to do with anything?

            • Tom Zig

              ***SARCASM ALERT***

              • alex gonzalez

                Tom Zig: 0
                incorrect sarcasm alert: 1

              • jsbrendog

                que? he is being totally serious.

                • Tom Zig

                  I was kidding around, I just figured I’d put sarcasm alert so he wouldn’t sound so outlandish

                • jsbrendog

                  so it was a sarcastic sarcasm alert??

                  that’s what they aaaaaaaaaall say

              • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

                No. This guy actually believes the Yanks should stick two young arms with the potential to be top-of-the-rotation starters into the pen. Yes, it’s mind-boggling.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Mayor: Is this true?
                  Dr. Peter Venkman: Yes it’s true.
                  [pause]
                  Dr. Peter Venkman: This man has no dick.

                • Tom Zig

                  Mind boggling indeed

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Don’t forget Duncan MacLeod from The Highlander. Did you ever see it? It won the Oscar, for Best Movie Ever.

          • http://twitter.com/Jacksoneem Jackson

            That movie was shit!

          • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi a/k/a The Kurgan

            Check the new name.

            /Geek’d

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              I’ll assume that’s a Highlander joke. I’ve never actually seen it, I just looked up the name “Duncan” in Wiki and saw that one of the names was Highlander related and went with it.

              Classic, though.

              • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi a/k/a The Kurgan

                I’ll geek-web this back to something I think you do like, then… The Kurgan is Kelvin Inman.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Nice.

                  Brotha.

      • Chris

        Chris Duncan in AAA this year: .188/.255/.294/.549
        Shelley Duncan in AAA this year: .277/.370/.546/.916

        • jsbrendog

          chris duncan in the majors: .257/.348/.458 ops+109 55hr
          Shelle Duncan in the majors: .220/.297/.432 ops+89 8hr

          my point was that Shelly “i cant hit breaking balls” Duncan for hitter of the year. stick him in the nl and the kid will fit in somewhere. is wrong.

          you can’t just stick him in the nl and he will be fine. His brother disagrees because he had 2 good yrs and then the league caught up to him.

          • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

            Chris Duncan in the Majors: 1317 PAs
            Shelley Duncan in the Majors: 149 PAs

            Granted, Shelley is two years older than his brother and probablywould have amounted to something in the Majors if he ever was going to. But small sample sizes make that comparison mostly invalid.

            • jsbrendog

              i was just saying the minor league numbers mean nothing also due to the aaa numbers being from this year and chris lpayed more than half a season in the majors. and what would shelley do in the nl that was any different from his brother? he would probably be worse since he as you said is 2 yrs older and still an aaaa player

              how about shelley duncan and juan miranda to themets for angel pagan? haha

              • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

                Add in IPK and Melky and we can get David Wright and his hilarious batting helmet.

  • jsbrendog

    so, how would our minor league first team do against some other system’s minor league first teams? how about the pirates? royals? natinals?

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    ok, i’m officially upsset with the conduct of the awards election committee…

    how the H-E-double hockey sticks did they FORGET!!!! my main man, number-one record setter….

    Kei Igawa.

    i’m flummoxed.

    • alex gonzalez

      have you ever seen him pitch. he is really really really bad.

      • Tom Zig

        Sir, I believe your sarcasm meter is broken

      • jsbrendog

        sarcasm meter: 1
        alex gonzalez: 0

        • Thomas

          Oh, a sarcasm detector. Oh, that’s a really useful invention!

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Homer: There’s still the little matter of the whereabouts of your wife.
            Maude: Uh,I’m right here.
            Homer: [sarcastically] Oh, I see! Then I guess everything’s wrapped up in a neat little package!
            [pauses]
            Really, I mean that. Sorry if it sounded sarcastic.

          • jsbrendog

            yeah i got it at target, it’s real nice

          • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi
      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Wow.

        Just wow.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Have you ever heard of sarcasm? It’s really easy to detect sometimes.

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        alex gonzalez says:
        September 10th, 2009 at 1:24 pm
        [Unread Comment]

        have you ever seen him pitch. he is really really really bad.

        DOOD! how bad could he be?!?! didnt he just set a record for AAA wins? surely he could pitch 2 innings at a time in New York…at least long relief a la Aceves.

        For Pete’s sake, look at his stats! his Peripherals! this isn’t some ‘i’ve seen it with my own eyes’ meme…seriously…look at them…

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Yup.

          Kei Igawa has a career record, across the NPB, MLB, and minor leagues of 118-83. Winning percentage of .587…

          That means he’s gotta be good, by definition.

          /alexgonzalez’d

          • king of fruitless hypotheticals

            what’s joba’s winning percentage?

            isnt kei on the 40?

            um…i think we have an easy answer here that some people just dont want to admit…

    • A.D.

      Doesn’t even make the all minor team.

      Maybe they went with: performance/salary

  • http://johnnyrocks John Roccoforte

    How come Frank Cervelli gets no love? The first things a catcher must do is play defense and handle the pitchers. He has done both well in a high pressure environment. His .265/.275 is ok but his risp is .333 and risp with 2 outs is .444. I would take him over 1/2 of the mlb catchers.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Probably spent too much time in the bigs to warrant consideration. Just my guess.

      Oh, and I love Frankie too, but “I would take him over 1/2 of the mlb catchers” is a bit of a stretch.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Saying Derek Jeter deserves the MVP over Joe Mauer is a bit of a stretch. Saying you’d take Cervelli over half the catchers in Major League Baseball is a Lake Pontchartrain Causeway of a stretch.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I was trying to be nice.

          • http://tomorrowsnewsyesterday.wordpress.com/ JMK

            It’s not becoming of you.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      I would take him over 1/2 of the mlb catchers.

      This has to be sarcasm. There is no way you would take Frankie Cervelli over HALF of Major League catchers.

      • Am I the only Kevin?

        Well, every team carries at least 2 catchers, and sometimes 3, and most backups are complete trash.

        So, it isn’t that absurd a statement, just merely a little looney.

  • Mike bk

    nice to see phelps get first team love after getting shut out of the top 30.

  • Charlie

    what happened to arodys vizcaino? i thought he had a really good year but he’s no where to be seen. Otherwise, though, great post.

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

      He was put on the DL and shut down for the season after he tweaked his back.

  • GG2000

    What, no love for Melvin Croussett?

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