Brackman strong in Trenton win

Game 113: Patience is not in the game plan
Yanks battle back to beat the Rangers

Baseball America posted their Best Tools lists for both Double-A and High-A (sub. req’d). Brandon Laird was voted as the Best Power prospect in the Eastern League while Corban Joseph was named the Best Defensive Second Baseman in the Florida State League. That means he’s either improved with the glove, or the FSL infield talent stinks this year.

Triple-A Scranton (10-4 loss to Buffalo)
Kevin Russo, 2B & Colin Curtis, RF: both 0 for 5 – Russo K’ed twice, Curtis once … Russo committed a fielding error
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E (fielding) – the double came off a changeup down & away … flirting with a 1.300 OPS since the All Star break
Juan Miranda, 1B: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB
Brandon Laird, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 K – three for his last 23 (.130)
Jorge Vazquez, DH: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Chad Huffman, LF: 1 for 4, 2 K
Eric Bruntlett, SS & Greg Golson, CF: both 2 for 4 – Bruntlett doubled & drove in a run … Golson drove in two, K’ed & committed a fielding error
Zach McAllister: 6 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 2-6 GB/FB – 81 of his 109 pitches were strikes (74.3%) … picked a runner off first … he broke out the eephus … that’s 11 straight starts in which he’s allowed at least one homer (he served up two tonight)
Zack Segovia: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB – 26 of 34 pitches were strikes (76.5%)
Royce Ring: 1 IP, zeroes, 0-2 GB/FB – eight of his 13 pitches were strikes (61.5%)

Double-A Trenton (3-2 win over Altoona)
Austin Krum, CF & Dan Brewer, RF: both 1 for 4 – Krum K’ed once, Brewer twice
Justin Christian, LF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Corban Joseph, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 R – just three for his last 16 (.188)
Austin Romine, C & Marcos Vechionacci, 1B: both 2 for 4 – Romine scored a run & K’ed … Vech tripled & drove in two
Edwar Gonzalez, DH, Matt Cusick, 3B & Luis Nunez, SS: all 0 for 3 – Gonzalez K’ed twice, Nunez once
Andrew Brackman: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 8-6 GB/FB – three earned runs or fewer in five of his last six starts … he’s down to a 2.61 BB/9 this year, pretty remarkable after last year’s 6.41 BB/9 … K/9 is almost identical too (8.69 vs. 8.47)
George Kontos: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Ryan Pope: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (6-3 loss to Daytona)
Ray Kruml, LF & Jose Gil, C: both 0 for 3 – Kruml walked & K’ed … Gil got hit by a pitch & made a throwing error
Jose Pirela, SS, Bradley Suttle, 3B, Melky Mesa, CF & Myron Leslie, 1B: all 0 for 4 – Pirela, Suttle & Mesa each K’ed twice, Leslie once … Leslie also committed a fielding error … Mesa threw a runner out at third
Zoilo Almonte, RF: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Jack Rye, DH: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – 13 for his last 38 (.342)
Walt Ibarra, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
Craig Heyer: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2 HB, 8-4 GB/FB
Phil Bartlewski: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1-5 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston had a scheduled off day.

Short Season Staten Island (2-0 loss to Mahoning Valley)
Shane Brown, LF: 0 for 1, 3 BB, 1 CS – 28 walks, 19 strikeouts this year
Nick McCoy, C: 1 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PB – his third inning single was the only thing that kept them from being no-hit
Luis Parache, 2B: 0 for 1, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS – he had just four walks on the season before this game
Everyone Else: combined 0 for 22, 7 K, 1 HBP
Shane Greene: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 3-5 GB/FB
Michael Recchia: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
Nathan Forer: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-4 GB/FB

The Rookie GCL Yanks‘ game was suspended due to rain with two outs in the bottom of the third. Nothing exciting happened, but here’s the box score anyway. I’ll update the stats when they complete the game, presumably tomorrow.

Game 113: Patience is not in the game plan
Yanks battle back to beat the Rangers
  • aRX

    I wonder how red-hot Jesus would have to be to finish the season at .300. Or a .900 OPS!

    • Mike R. – Retire 21

      He would have to bat around .360 the rest of the way to get to .300. The .900 OPS I’ll leave to someone else, because there are too many variables for my rudimentary calculations.

      • Dirty Pena

        Roughly 1.080, if he gets 80 more at bats.

        • aRX

          So, 27/75 with 5 walks, 6 hrs and 5 doubles, give or take? OK…maybe not .900 OPS :D

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Will Brackman start at AAA next year?

    • MikeD

      50-50. Same with Romine.

  • Meat Loaf

    Segovia had 4 R but only 1 ER.

    Go Jesus!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Is Kontos a guy still worth protecting from the Rule V Draft? His stock is at an all time low right now due to the TJ surgery, but he also has been passed by several guys on the depth chart.

  • j_Yankees

    any thought at all about calling Brackman up in September to get a looksie?

    Just let him sit in the pen and maybe get his feet wet in a blow out game or something?

    • zs190

      I could see it after Trenton playoff series is over probably. Depends on how much of a cushion we have in September if any.

      • Dirty Pena

        I’d say at the very least he’ll be hanging around with the team after the AA playoffs end. He may not get in a game since I don’t see him getting called up before next September anyway, but he’ll be around.

        • Brian in NH

          I’d love to see him hanging around the team in September. maybe just even soaking in some stuff and working in the bullpen a little with the big league guys.

  • zs190

    For those clamoring for Montero. KLaw and Frankie Piliere commented today that they don’t think Montero can handle it defensively right now. These guys actually do their own scouting for what it’s worth and Piliere definitely scouted Montero this year.

    Mayo, Goldstein, and Callis also shared that opinion.

    Donnie Collins, Scranton’s beat writer, wrote that the error on Montero was on a pop up and he just missed it badly. He sees Montero catch every game and he doesn’t think Montero is ready to contribute in the majors.

    Josh Norris, a Trenton Thunder beat writer, had a comment from a pitcher that called Montero the worst defensive catcher he’s ever seen.

    • Mike R. – Retire 21

      So you’re taking the word of 3 columnists, 2 beat writers, a former MLB executive and a scout over us!?!?!?!? I saw him play on TV once. I’m obviously an expert. Their all wrong!

      HOW DARE YOU!?!?!?

      Maybe if we give him some more time at AAA. Buy some of his memorabilia. What if he goes to winter ball?

      This stinks. I just can’t believe he’ll never be a big league catcher. I had such high hopes…

      Oh well. His bat will play anywhere. He’s going to be a monster at any position.

      /5 stages of grief’d

      • Pete


    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      This is all stuff we already know, but who is this pitcher Norris is talking about?

      • Richard Iurilli

        Casey Kelly.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Let’ be fair here. Everyone is a bad catcher in his eyes because his catching ability is better than Joe Mauer’s.

      • zs190

        Wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a pitcher in our system so he can’t give out the name, but he didn’t say so this is just my speculation.

    • JohnnyC

      After Posada’s game tonight, I wonder if those scouts would think Jorge was ready to contribute in the majors.

      • V


    • Gonzo

      Do you think this will quell the call up Montero faction?

      • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

        You shall never quiet me.

        • Gonzo

          We have a wild one here. Get the tear gas!

      • zs190

        No =) But a little more information can’t hurt anyone

    • Chris

      Two comments on this:

      1. Did Frankie Piliere or KLaw reference having watched Montero play recently? (or any of the others for that matter, but they generally don’t get out as much)

      2. Every year, the scouting report on Montero is that he’s working hard and improving his defense significantly, but his defense still sucks. Maybe it’s just me, but that doesn’t seem possible. If he’s really been improving significantly, then he should be getting better. It’s almost as if a lot of these reports are just recycled without watching the player play….

      • zs190

        Specifically asked Piliere if it was this season and he said yes. Nobody has said exactly which day they saw him but I imagine for a big time prospect like Montero whose name frequently floats around in trade talk, there are a lot of scouts that go see him surely and the reports can’t be that outdated.

        You are right people frequently say he’s improved significantly and nobody has questioned his work ethic. He works very hard at improving but by all accounts, he’s no where near the level of competance at catching required to play in the big leagues at the position. I think the idea that somehow all these reports are recycled to be very very unlikely.

    • emac2

      Aren’t these the same guys who said Cano couldn’t play second but couldn’t hit well enough to play third when he was a prospect?

    • pat

      Montero takes some scrub pitcher yard. Scrub pitcher then says Montero is the worst defensive catcher he’s ever seen. Sounds about right.

  • Cecala

    Why are the SI Yankees so uninteresting! I am from SI too!

    • Reggie C.

      HEH. Since Segedin hasn’t swung a bat in what i’m guessing is a couple months, he might very well end up with the Staten Island Yanks for the remainder of this season.

      That’s a legit corner IF prospect headed to SI. That’ll earn the team some more DoTF love.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Burawa, too.

    • zs190

      Partially because a lot of guys are signing late but they are starting to trickle in now. Thomas Kahnle, our 5th rounder, recently signed and he was throwing 96-97 in the SI pen in a recent game, definitely worth watching. Dan Burawa signed today and will be in SI soon, 93-95, very live arm.

      And like folks said, Rob Segedin just signed and there is a good chance he goes to SI, scouting reports all suggest the guy can really hit but may not have a defensive home, should be worth watching rest of the year.

    • dr mrs the yankee

      Since they put Jose Ramirez in the SAL they didn’t have any interesting arms to stick on SI this year, and then they didn’t draft any guys like Adam Warren who usually get tweaked and sent there.

      Next year SI should have some really interesting kids from the GCL team, the Yankees like to challenge their prospects but I don’t see them rushing Sanchez/Culver/etc given their ages and not ever having played a full season before.

  • Zack

    Brackman’s improvement in the BB9 is pretty amazing, I would have been happy if he just cut it down to 4 this year, impressive.

    • Chris

      Sure it’s impressive, but not completely unexpected for a guy coming back from TJ surgery.

  • Carlosologist

    Shane Brown, wow, the BB/K ratio is sexy. Prospect or not?

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Organizational Player

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Possible reliever.


  • boogie down

    Just wanted to point something out… when i google the word “jesus,” the first result is jesus montero. christ is third.


    • boogie down

      *the name

    • Brian in NH

      Jesus(hey-zeus) >>> Jesus(jee-zus)

      Take that pat robertson!

  • emac2

    2010 New York Yankees Top 20 Pre-Season Prospects in Review

    • Joe R

      They dont even have Betances on there.

      • Rick in Boston

        That’s because it’s a review of what Sickels did earlier this year. He’ll do his new Top 20 early next year.

  • Rod

    So Montero has thrown out 24% of runners this season. Not to shabby when compared to Posada and Cervelli who are throwing out runners at a worse clip than the Red Sox.

  • Tom T

    This whole Montero not being able to handle catcher busines is silly. It’s all about creating runs and he would have to be among the most brutal defensive players ever for him to a) be less productive than cervelli and b) for his bat not to be worth enough runs to make up for the defensive hit.

    New Yorkers should know (piazza, posada) that a bat can carry a bad defensive catcher if the bat is special enough.

    • Gonzo

      He’s 20 year old that has issues with the most demanding position on the diamond. It’s not a crock. There are “good” defenders that aren’t ready to play defense at 20 years old.

  • Doug

    Any concern that Romine is hitting for no power right now? No XBHs last 10 games.

    • Rick in Boston

      Without looking at the game-by-game, I’m not surprised. It’s August, it’s hot out, he’s probably getting run down from catching nearly every day. Also, he’s got some nasty home/road splits, so if a lot of games lately have been at home, I wouldn’t be shocked.

      In other words – nope, no issues.

      • Dave M

        Romine is playing in a tough league for power too.

    • Brian in NH

      This is his first full season of catching at this level. Last year he split AA with Montero for part of the year

      • JD

        Gonzo’s point raises the most important question. In light of the fact that Montero is only 20, what is the likelhood that he can improve his defense to the point that he can be an adequate defender. I see more of the “not ready” than I do the “never will be ready” point. Also, the 24% is deceiving. I would like to see the stats since July 1. Monteros was 0-20 or som at the beginning of the season throwing guys out. But now he seems to be throwing people out on a regular basis. Finally, the thing that is so impressive about Montero is that he has also caught a lo of games (like Romine) but seems to be getting strnger. Seems to be equine.

        • Ted Nelson

          It’s not just throwing out runners. Passed balls and errors are also issues for Montero. You’d also like for your catcher to be able to call a game.

          I have no idea whether Montero can or cannot catch at the major league level someday, but with so many C prospects the Yankees don’t necessarily need him to catch. Down the road they have to consider what’s best for the team… Montero, Romine, Sanchez, Murphy all may be the C of the future, maybe 2 can split time there and DH/OF, maybe one or more will be traded, maybe one or more switches positions within the Yankees line-up. No need to look at Jesus in a vacuum. The key is to get his bat into the line-up, at whatever position is most advantageous to the team.

  • viridiana

    Brackman’s numbers even more impressive if you look just at innings 1-5. Several games where he was left in to take a beating in the sixth or seventh. Ideally, of course, you want to see him pitch deep. Still, worth noting his early inning dominance.