Minor League Links: Brackman, SI Yanks, Kahnle


Got some minor league links to pass along…

Yankees set to promote Brackman

Perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) development in the Yanks’ minor league system this year has been Andrew Brackman‘s breakout. Granted, we’re talking about seven starts here (39.1 IP, 33 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 6 BB, 41 K, ~2.00 GB/FB), but the scouting reports have been great, which is the most important thing. Joel Sherman says that the Yanks are set to promote Brackman from High-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton before the All Star break, which is less than a month away. If he’s truly on his way back to being an elite prospect, there’s no sense in holding him back. Great news.

Short Season Staten Island Yankees rosters

Robert Pimpsner tweeted the SI Yanks roster last night, which Greg Fertel was nice enough to round up in one spot. Outfielders Kelvin DeLeon, Ramon Flores, Eduardo Sosa, and Carlos Urena highlight the prospect crop, but Mikey O’Brien is the only significant piece on the pitching staff. Once more draft picks sign, the team with get a bit more exciting. Pretty surprising that Carmen Angelini isn’t on the roster. If he’s not on the Rookie level GCL squad, that means he’s been released. Boy was I wrong on him.

The SI Yanks kick their season off tomorrow with their annual home-and-home series against Brooklyn.

Stoneburner continues to open eyes

Aside from Brackman, Graham Stoneburner’s arrival as a legit power pitching prospect has been one of the biggest story lines of the 2010 minor league season. Kevin Goldstein reports today (sub. req’d) that “Stoneburner’s fastball and slider both rate as plus,” which doesn’t exactly jive with what we’ve heard from the Yanks. Pitching coordinator Nardi Contreras said last month that his slider was not even a big league average pitch, so who knows what to believe. Goldstein’s source could have seen Stoneburner on a good day, Nardi could have seen him on a bad one. Chances are the reality is somewhere in the middle.

Kahnle hopes to sign soon

Fifth round pick Tommy Kahnle said he hopes to sign with the Yankees soon, though he indicated that nothing is imminent. The hard throwing righty from Lynn University is one of several power college arms the Yanks drafted that projects to be a reliever down the road, something they surprisingly lack in the system.  I ranked him the tenth most important sign of the draft class, though I was kinda spit balling it.

Categories : Minors


  1. pat says:

    Angelini is on the Charleston DL.

  2. Chris says:

    I wonder if the plan is to move Brackman up to open a rotation slot for Banuelos when he gets back.

    • JohnC says:

      Could be. IN his interview with NoMaas recently, Mark newman said Banuelos would be back in about 2 weeks.

  3. Captain Jack says:

    Perhaps KG meant that it projects to be a plus pitch…

  4. Kiersten says:

    I’m like 99% positive I went to elementary school with this Robert Pimpsner person. Weird…

  5. zs190 says:

    Excited to see Brack go up to AA finally. Considering his major league contract, we might see him up for a September call-up next season if things go right.

  6. Greg G. says:

    Looking forward to the chance to see Brackman live in Trenton.

  7. Guest says:

    If Brackman has a great July in AA (not a guarantee, but possible), do they move him to AAA to close the season or let him finish the year at AA? I know they would never do that with a younger prosect. But given his age and stuff, couldn’t it be that once he figures out how to repeat his motion he wouldn’t be challenged anymore at lower levels?

    Given the immense drop-off in walks, it seems like something has clicked in his ablity to consistently repeat his motion and throw the ball where he wants it to go. (Funny how being a couple of years removed from major surgery does that).

  8. Templeton "Brendog" Peck says:

    who wants to go to trenton for a brackman start?

  9. yoo-boo says:

    Brackman to Trenton. Either Noesi or Phelps to Scranton. R. Sanchez converts back to relief.

    I prefer both Noesi and Phelps to be in the Scranton rotation because their WHIP is too good to continue pitching in the pitcher friendly league. They need to be prepped up against big boys in triple A to be ready for MLB with Yanks or other team via trade just in case if Yanks fail to retain Pettitte or Vazquez or sign Lee. However, I dont see this happen due to having 4 young prospects in the rotation and Nova is only one who has already pitched in bigs (SSS).

  10. Riddering says:

    Pimpsner is such a great name.

    The word on Brackman and Stoneburner is pretty thrilling. Few things make me happier than hearing about Yankee prospects dominating in the minors.

  11. Good to hear that Kahnle is ready to sign on the dotted line, hopefully Burawa isn’t far behind. Gives us a backup plan if Jacob/Boras want to play hardball.

  12. JohnC says:

    Hope they get guys like Williams, Anderson and Gumbs signed too. Jordan is a longshot, but if he shows them something this summer, they’ll ante up to get him signed

  13. JohnC says:

    YES used to show Minor League games on certain days the big club was off. Why don’t they do that anymore?

  14. Steve H says:

    I was hoping to get up to New Hampshire to catch a Trenton game, and the Brack news made me more excited. No more games in NH for Trenton. Damnnn.

  15. Sleepykarl says:

    You left out that the Baja Men are performing after tonights Tampa game.

  16. ConcernedFan says:

    Where is Eladio Moronta?

  17. Big John says:

    Boy I dont know if you guys watch these guys or just talk nonsense. Personally I can’t wait to see the Kahnle kid in pinstripes, this kid throws gas,cheese. I was on the Cape last yr. the night he gased it up to 99, and saw him hit 98 in school ball this year.Also have seen the Jacob kid gas it up also in those ranges, so if it were me these two college guys would be the ones I wanted to get signed and in Staten!! Maybe some of you folks who comment about these kids should try to see them before you make stupid comments!!!

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