The goods on Stoneburner

Phil Hughes: Good & Lucky
Open Thread: Off to Bahston

Despite his all-out assault on the Low-A South Atlantic League, the reports coming out on Graham Stoneburner might be even better than the stats. In today’s Minor League Update, Kevin Goldstein mentions that the righty from Clemson has “broken out a much-improved slider this year, along with well-above average command.” Back when I profiled Stoneburner during the offseason, reports indicated that he had an average at best slider and command that came and went, so obviously he’s taken a huge step forward early in his career. Whatever tweaks the Yankees had him make, well bravo.

The 22-year-old Stoneburner has a 2.78 FIP with a 43-9 K/BB ratio and a 2.30 GB/FB ratio in 38 IP (six starts), and he struck out 11 in seven innings of work last night. It’s only a matter of time before he gets the bump up to High-A Tampa. The Yanks signed him for just $675,000 as their 14th round pick last year.

Phil Hughes: Good & Lucky
Open Thread: Off to Bahston
  • jon

    What is the biggest/hardest jump? from low A to high A, high A to AA, or AA to AAA?

    • Mike Axisa

      Besides minors to majors, probably A+ to AA.

      • K.B.D.

        Just ask DJ Mitchell.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      AA to AAA isn’t really a terribly hard jump, the best talent is in AA, in AAA there is a mix of prospects too good for AAA, and a bunch of scrub major leaguers/minor league lifers.

  • Hey ZZ

    What kind of ceiling does Stoneburner have?

    • Spaceman.Spiff

      I hear it’s popcorn stucco.

      /unhelpful response’d

      • Marcus

        Bravo! (golf clap)

  • dkidd

    14th round. the draft is such a wonderful crap shoot

    john sterling, 2014:

    “stoneburner strikes him out! and what’s the opposite of a stoneburner? coldstone brewery…”

    • K.B.D.

      He dropped that far mainly because he was a Draft Eligible Sophomore. If he didn’t like the offer he got he could have opted to head back to Clemson.

  • Gonzo

    This is good news. Wasn’t he the guy Mike called Joba-Lite? Or was it the other guy?

    • Mike Axisa

      That’s Caleb Cotham, and it wasn’t me who called him that.

      • Gonzo

        Oh, thanks for the clarification. It might be a nice 2009 draft haul.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          That would be NoMaas.

  • J.R.

    At what point is it “rushing a prospect” and when is it a deserved promotion because of flat out dominance?

    • Zack

      I think age has something to do with it. College pitchers can be moved along the minors faster because they’ve had 2-3 extra years (compared to a HS kid) to face better talent and ‘learn not to pitch not throw’.

  • Januz

    In addition to his performances on the mound, Stoneburner excelled in the classroom as well. Note the following: Mike Freeman, Jason Stolz, Graham Stoneburner, and Matt Vaughn were all named to the All-ACC Academic Baseball team, released by the ACC Office on Thursday. This guy was not just some DES (Draft eligible Sophomore), whose primary interest in college was becoming a professional athlete, and thus was an easy sign, if someone offered enough money (Like his forner teammate Chris Dwyer). This could be a great signing for the Yankees.

  • http://RAB sjt

    Wow, great two pitch combo and command. Maybe the heir to Mo is in the system …

    • Camilo Gerardo

      did you say heir to phil?

    • Ted Nelson

      I’m pretty well convinced that the heir to Mo is already in the Yankees’ bullpen.

  • Ted Nelson

    Very encouraging news, for sure, but as a 22 year old I’m definitely waiting to see what he does against better competition before I get too excited.