McAllister & Brackman strong in wins

Game 47: Atonement
Hard to beat a good team three times

SWB will send Tim Redding to the mound against Stephen Strasburg on Saturday. Jason Hirsh gets bumped to the bullpen which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Could mean the organization believes he’s close to helping the big league team, so they wanted to get him accustomed to a relief role. Did the same thing is Joba Chamberlain (and other) back in the day.

Also, David Winfree hurt his wrist, but he should be back soon. I didn’t notice his absence until today, so shame on me. Oh, and the Yankees signed Rudy Guillen. Yes, that Rudy Guillen. Between him, Redding, and Justin Christian, it’s starting to look an awful lot like 2005 around here.

Triple-A Scranton
Game One (2-1 win over Syracuse in 7 innings
) makeup of an April 16th rain out
Greg Golson, LF: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB
Curtis Granderson, CF: 0 for 2, 1 BB – the walk was intentional … he was robbed of an extra base hit by Pete Orr of all people … he also smoked one right at the shortstop…looks like everything is in line for him to return to the big league team tomorrow
Eduardo Nunez, SS & Jesus Montero, C: both 0 for 3, 1 K
Jon Weber, DH: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K
Chad Huffman, 1B: 2 for 3, 1 R
Reid Gorecki, RF, Reegie Corona, 2B & Matt Cusick, 3B: all 0 for 1 – Gorecki drew a walk, scored a run & threw a runner out at third … Cusick drove in a run with a sac fly
Zach McAllister: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HB, 10-2 GB/FB – 47 of 81 pitches were strikes (58%) … finally, some ground outs
Jon Albaladejo: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – just ten of his 24 pitches were strikes (41.7%) … that’s 19 consecutive saves dating back to last year

Game Two (6-3 loss to Syracuse)
Greg Golson, CF, Reegie Corona, 3B & Eduardo Nunez, SS: all 0 for 3 – Golson K’ed twice … Corona walked & K’ed … Nunez drove in a run with a sac fly & K’ed
Jon Weber, DH & Jeff Natale, 2B: both 1 for 2, 1 R – Weber drew a walk
Chad Huffman, LF & P.J. Pilittere, 1B: both 2 for 3 – Huffman scored a run
Rene Rivera, C & Reid Gorecki, RF: both 1 for 3 – Rivera doubled & drove in two … Gorecki K’ed twice
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 3 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 4-2 GB/FB – 40 of 65 pitches were strikes (61.5%) … good news: he tied the SWB franchise record for strikeouts
Kevin Whelan: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 0-1 GB/FB – 17 of his 29 pitches were strikes (58.6%)
Grant Duff: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 24 of his 41 pitches were strikes (58.5%)
Mark Melancon: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – ten of his 13 pitches were strikes (76.9%)

Double-A Trenton‘s game was suspended due to rain. I assume they’re going to complete this one when they play Erie again at the end of June. Hector Noesi struck out five in three scoreless innings, but the big news is that Dan Brewer injured himself making a diving catch in the outfield. Not sure how serious it is, but at least he was able to walk off the field under his own power. Here’s the box score, if you’re interested.

High-A Tampa (5-2 win over Bradenton)
Jack Rye, RF, Corban Joseph, 2B & Trenton Lockwood, DH: all 1 for 4 – Rye doubled & scored a run … CoJo drove in a run & K’ed … Lockwood hit a solo jack & K’ed
Bradley Suttle, 3B & Jose Pirela, SS: both 0 for 3, 1 RBI – Suttle K’ed
Melky Mesa, CF: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB – threw a runner out at the dish … second jack in three days
Neil Medchill, LF: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
Mitch Abeita, C: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Addison Maruszak, 1B: 1 for 3, 1 SB, 1 HBP
Andrew Brackman: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 7-2 GB/FB – first time all year he’s walked more than one guy in a start … he’s only walked five guys in 38 IP this year … don’t look now, but he’s allowed just 13 H in his last 22.1 IP with 19 K … for what it’s worth, Kevin Goldstein says he’s been low-90’s this year, touching 94 with bad secondary pitches
Trenton Lare: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4-1 GB/FB
Phil Bartlewski: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER , 0 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (7-5 win over Greenville)
Jimmy Paredes, 2B, Luke Murton, 1B, DeAngelo Mack, LF & Rob Lyerly, 3B: all 1 for 4 – Parades scored a run … Murton doubled & K’ed … Mack scored a run … Lyerly doubled, scored a run & K’ed
J.R. Murphy, C: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) – that’s his second career jack
Zoilo Almonte, RF & Kyle Higashioka, DH: both 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR – Almonte drove in one run & K’ed … Higashioka drove in a pair
Kelvin Castro, SS: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 CS
Jairo Heredia: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 7-4 GB/FB – is he a non-prospect yet? maybe not quite yet, but he’s on his way
Ryan Acosta: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB,1 K, 0-2 GB/FB
Ronny Marte: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 HB
Dickie Marquez: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 2-0 GB/FB

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Game 47: Atonement
Hard to beat a good team three times
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    It’s not reassuring that Brackman’s only in High A, is it?

    • radnom

      Eh, its only his first full healthy season, if you count last year as part of the road back from TJ.

      I’m more concerned about that scouting report.

      • http://www.lennysyankees.com lenNY’s Yankees

        “full healthy season”

        Ahh!! It’s not even June yet! Knock on wood.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    It looks like Heredia was hurt a little bit by that “stellar” Charleston bullpen tonight. He came out with 2 runners on and 2 outs, and Acosta let both runners score. Charleston’s bullpen is horrible.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Also, Mashmore said that Neall French retired. Have a good life Neall.

    • Reggie C.

      Yep. Heredia put up a solid effort. 7Ks, 1BB over 6.2 innings. The kid was in and around the strike zone the whole night. Heredia needed a confidence builder and I hope this game did that for him.

  • YankeeFan

    Last 4 starts for Brackman: 22.1IP 19H 19:4 K:BB 2.04ERA.

  • yoo-boo

    Brackman gets better and better. If he continues pitching well for next 5-8 starts then he should promote to Trenton and finish the season with the Thunder. That way he will be closer to bigs next season.

    Hirsh switches to bullpen? Why? Sanchez should be there instead.

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Hirsh switches to bullpen? Why?

      The answer is in Prague.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        I love you.

        • Pete

          Steve H, you’ve won the lottery.

    • Gonzo

      I’d like to see Bracks stay in Tampa except for a start or two at the end no matter his success. I think he needs some confidence. Besides, he can do Trenton and Scranton in one year next year.

    • whozat

      Sanchez already has plenty of bullpen experience. What’s wrong with keeping him stretched out in case a starter goes down, Mitre goes to the rotation and they need a long guy in the pen again?

  • Reggie C.

    Montero can’t DH the second game of a doubleheader? Ridiculous. Feed the man as many at-bats as possible.

    Kudos to Heredia for throwing his best start of the year.

    • rbizzler

      Catchers getting the second game of a double-header off (as in no DHing) has been the org’s policy for a while now. People also complained about Romine sitting the second half of a DH last week, but I think that the org values rest rather than the extra AB’s.

  • Accent Shallow

    I like Montero’s K and K/BB rates, but that’s about it.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      The power POWER will come from the hammer of the gods.

      • Doug

        how about the singles

  • nucchemist

    I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw Brackman’s line. Maybe the big guy is finally figuring it out.

  • Mike Ashmore

    Brewer seems to be fine. He stayed in the game. I have post-game comments from him and Noesi and so on over at the blog.

  • Rob Has No Innings Limit

    How exactly do you put up ratios like Bracks is doing with “bad secondary pitches”? I know it’s just A-ball, but you can’t even pitch well in high school with just a fastball.

    • Brian in NH

      Most of those guys though in Tampa are still pretty young and raw. I am not sure what the average age is for players in that league but i’m pretty sure that 25 (both brackman and venditte) is pretty old. I think Venditte is coming close to proving all that he can in High A, And Brackman has had such a short string of success lately its foolish to throw him up against the older and more talented AA hitters. Let him continue working his craft. If we start seeing him put up these kinds of numbers after a few starts then maybe he can get a call to Trenton. If Bracks can figuring it out and Stoneburner continues to impress then Trenton’s rotation starts to look pretty good.

      • Don W

        Brackman is focusing on repeating his delivery. Stuff is secondary at this point. I imagine if he continues to main his delivery the Yankees will allow him to start cutting loose a little and see what happens. I’ll be crossing my fingers.

    • Pete

      You can’t?

  • dan

    I hope the yankees don’t trade zach mcallister for cliff lee or roy oswalt. It’s not worth it. I’m telling you if his mechanics are the same from ’09 , if he doesn’t get hurt , which is a big if for any player, and if he’s drug free, he should become an eventual ace for the yankees in the future. Yankees are making a big mistake if they trade him! He’ 6’5 and 230 lbs. The man throws sinkers which should help him on his pitch count go deeper into games. Even if Petitte or hughes got hurt, not worth trading Mcallister! If Sabathia, burnett, don’t get hurt which is a big if also, Mcallister can replace Vazquez. For this year he can be a good 4th or 5th starter for yanks. Next 6 years sabathia, burnett, hughes, mcallister barring injury would be a awesome rotation!

    • Doug

      good pitcher probably, but he’s no ace, sorry

    • All Praise Be To Mo

      I like Z-Mac as much as anyone, but his ceiling might be Derek Lowe, no ace, a useful innings eater no doubt, but nowhere near the class of Lee, Sabathia, etc.

    • Zack

      so you’re his agent?

  • http://msn.explorer dan

    Yanks don’t need cliff lee. He’ a free agent after this year. Also unlike Hughes, Zach Mcallister uses his whole body to throw that ball, which is 6’5 230lbs, and has big hands. On the other hand Hughes one -arms the ball. Don’t get me wrong hughes has talent right now. With his mechanics though, I see him having arm problems. I think Mcallister has the potential to be alot better than hughes!

    • Pete

      Oh it’s you again!

      It’s not that there’s anything wrong with McAllister as a SP prospect, but he is, at this point, a pitcher with one quality pitch and a couple of barely passable (i.e. non-K) offspeed pitches. If he had some kind of astounding GB rate, then that’d be one thing, but he doesn’t. He is essentially a strike thrower with a decent moving fastball who can get some outs. When Hughes was in AA (at age 20, vs. McAllister at 21) he was both a dominant strikeout pitcher AND a groundball machine, and had a WHIP of .901. You can see all of his MiLB stats here: http://www.baseball-reference......ghes001phi. McAllister’s only particularly strong stat thus far in his career has been his ERA. Everything else has been pretty pedestrian. Typically, when your MiLB peripherals and stuff are pedestrian, your overall results at the major league level will be, at best, pedestrian as well. My guess is that he winds up an Alfredo Aceves type pitcher – quality multi-inning reliever/spot starter.

      Here’s another way to think of it – based on frame, stuff, and mechanics, he is a poor man’s Justin Masterson (almost everything is identical except that Masterson’s slider has become highly effective, which Z-Mac’s hasn’t).

    • Doug

      yes, he does have a nice frame, and maybe he does have big hands and great mechanics.

      but what he doesn’t have is a mid-90s fastball. and without that, you need an out-pitch. and he doesn’t have that either.

      he’s a mid-rotation pitcher at best but more likely a #4/#5.