Marshall close to perfect in Charleston win


In today’s chat at Baseball America, Jim Callis said that the Yankees’ farm system “should” rank among the ten best in the game, and that it is indeed in better shape than Boston’s. Considering that BA ranked the Yanks’ system 22nd before the season, that’s some nice improvement. I guess that’s what happens when basically all of your top shelf prospects break out or return from injuries with flying colors.

Meanwhile, posted a pair of articles on Cito Culver and Gary Sanchez, so make sure you check them out.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 win over Rochester) even though he didn’t play in the game, Jesus Montero was seen working on pop-ups after the game
Kevin Russo, SS & Chad Moeller, C: both 0 for 3 – Russo drew a walk, stole a base, scored a run, K’ed & committed a fielding error … Moeller K’ed twice
Greg Golson, CF: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – got picked off first
Juan Miranda, 1B & Chad Huffman, LF: both 1 for 4 – Miranda doubled, drove in a run, came around to score, K’ed twice & committed a fielding error
Jorge Vazquez, DH: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Brandon Laird, 3B: 0 for 4, 3 K - seven for his last 40 (.175) with 14 strikeouts … AAA has not been kind to him
Eric Bruntlett, 2B: 1 for 3, 2 K
David Phelps: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 4-8 GB/FB – 67 of 99 pitches were strikes … picked a runner off first … .199 AVG against in AA, but he’s at about .290 in AAA
Kevin Whelan: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 17 of 23 pitches were strikes (73.9%) … he’s nasty when he throws strikes, which sadly isn’t too often
Jon Albaladejo: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – eight of his 15 pitches were strikes … five more saves, and he’ll have the minor league single season record with 47

Double-A Trenton (2-1 win over New Hampshire) unless my math is wrong, this win clinched them a playoff spot
Justin Christian, LF: 1 for 4
Austin Krum, CF & Dan Brewer, RF: both 1 for 3, 1 R
Austin Romine, C: 0 for 3, 1 RBI
Corban Joseph, 2B: 2 for 3, 1 RBI – had been just six for his last 35 (.171)
Marcos Vechionacci, 1B, Damon Sublett, DH & Justin Snyder, 3B: all 0 for 3 – Sublett K’ed twice, Snyder once
Luis Nunez, SS: 1 for 3
Adam Warren: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 7-4 GB/FB – nice outing on his 23rd birthday … he was sitting 90-94 with the heater
J.B. Cox: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0-2 GB/FB – reminiscent of the guy he was before Tommy John surgery
Ryan Pope: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa
Game One
(8-3 loss to Brevard County in 7 innings)
makeup of yesterday’s rain out
Ray Kruml, LF: 0 for 4, 2 K
Jose Pirela, SS: 1 for4, 1 SB
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 1 for 3, 1 K – nice little eight game hitting streak
Melky Mesa, CF & Mitch Abeita, C: both 0 for 3 – Abeita K’ed
Addison Maruszak, 1B: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B – three doubles in his last four games
Zoilo Almonte, RF & Anderson Feliz, 2B: both 1 for 3, 1 R – Almonte drove in a run & K’ed
Jack Rye, DH: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Shaeffer Hall: 2.2 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1-3 GB/FB - yikes
Preston Claiborne: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1-2 GB/FB – 32-10 K/BB ratio in 26 IP
Trenton Lare: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1-0 GB/FB
Game Two (5-3 win over Brevard County in 7 innings)
Ray Kruml, LF & Bradley Suttle, 3B: both 1 for 4 – Kruml scored a pair of runs … Suttle doubled, drove in a run & K’ed
Jose Pirela, 2B: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
Melky Mesa, CF & Addison Maruszak, 1B: both 0 for 3 – Mesa drew a walk & K’ed … Maruszak committed a throwing error
Zoilo Almonte, RF & Myron Leslie, 1B: both 1 for 3
Jose Gil, C: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – that’s his ninth homer this year … he hit just 18 total in his first four seasons as a professional
Josh Romanski: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB - left after a rain delay
Ronny Marte: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 4-4 GB/FB
Pat Venditte: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-3 GB/FB
Jon Ortiz: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 0-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (8-0 win over Savannah in 6 innings) the game was completed early due to rain
Slade Heathcott, CF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 3 K – that’s 85 K in 257 AB, or almost exactly one out of every 3 at-bats … that has to come down in the future
Ramon Flores, RF: 1 for 2, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K – 30 BB, 32 K this year, very impressive for an 18-year-old
J.R. Murphy, C: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – six walks and just two strikeouts in his last five games
Rob Lyerly, 3B: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Neil Medchill, LF: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB – second homer in the last three games
Taylor Grote, DH: 0 for 3, 1 BB – hey look at this guy, forgot all about him … he’s been on the shelf since April 29th due to injury
Kevin Mahoney, 3B: 3 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI – that’s my boy
Brett Marshall: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 9-5 GB/FB - very, very nice … he was perfect through five … he’s allowed just one run and a dozen hits in his last 29 IP, so he’s starting to get on a nice roll

Short Season Staten Island was rained out. They’ll play two tomorrow.

Rookie GCL Yanks are in the same boat as SI. Rained out, dos mañana.

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. even though he didn’t play in the game, Jesus Montero was seen working on pop-ups after the game


  2. Carlosologist says:

    At least Slade is walking a ton. I think he should be able to improve his selectivity next season.

  3. Alex C says:

    Man I can’t keep up with all the promotions. When did Claiborne go up? I am surprised it was him over Whitley. Also Marshall to A+ would be nice to see as he has been pitching well.

  4. J.B. Cox: Legit again, or a non-prospect now? Does he have to be R5 protected, and would we protect him?

    • Steve O. says:

      I’d say he’s a legit non-prospect. Yes, he’s elgible for the R5 and wouldn’t, or shouldn’t be protected.

      • Reggie C. says:

        WLDR should be unprotected too. Though i believe he’s on the 40-man, that should change in the off-season.

        • Steve O. says:

          Maybe, I could see WDLR get claimed though. They’ve got a crapload of free agents next year: Berkman, Vazquez, Rivera, Wood, Pettitte, Thames, Kearns, Gaudin and Johnson. There’s atleast 5 spots there.

  5. Taylor Grote, DH: 0 for 3, 1 BB – hey look at this guy, forgot all about him … he’s been on the shelf since April 29th due to injury

    The dream lives on, Jose the Satirist…

  6. Steve H says:

    Good to see another strong start from Warren.

    • Carlosologist says:

      Agreed. I wonder when he’ll hit the bigs. It looks like he might be a 2011 September call up at the latest.

      • Steve O. says:

        I would think a 2011 September call up would be the earliest. I can see him coming up in 2012 as more of a possibility. They might go the Jesus Montero route in that they’ll protect guys from the R5 who need to be protected. Also, Hector Noesi/Ivan Nova/DJ Mitchell/Andrew Brackman all have a leg up on Warren.

    • Joe says:

      was at the game. the guy is very impressive. great command and control. had his curve and fastball working as he got on a roll where he struck out 4 in a row. was wondering why they pulled him so early cause he was getting stronger and stronger.

  7. Ben S says:

    Same birthday as Warren! Oh yeah!

  8. Reggie C. says:

    Yep. That Callis comment is pretty telling as to the volume of unforeseen and undeniably great seasons had by many of our pitching prospects.

    Kinda don’t want the minor league season to come to an end.

    • A.D. says:

      I kinda want it to end before anyone gets hurt.

      • Reggie C. says:

        I didnt make it clear, but I’m just trying to say that there’s been an element of luck in having all those pitching prospects take big steps forward. Warren and Stoneburner made the transition from college ball to pro-ball seamlessly. Noesi and Ivan Nova kept getting better. The guys who’ve made it all the way back from injury appear to actually have made it ALL THE WAY BACK.

        The org has had a couple unfortunate injuries (Adams and Bleich), but overall, the org’s had one of the best years in recent history.

    • Gonzo says:

      It was very nice to hear that he thinks the Yanks have a better farm than the Sawx. However, he was drooling over their haul in the draft. He did mention that teams will go bonkers on spending on the draft next year. I hope D-Opp has the budget to go bonkers.

      • Steve O. says:

        I hope D-Opp has the budget to go bonkers.

        Damon Oppenheimer: Hey Brian, we just wrapped up the draft and I Just wanted to tell you that we drafted a shitload of signability guys who will need huge bonuses to sign.
        Brian Cashman: Go on…
        Damon Oppenheimer: Well, I was just wondering what the allocated budget was for this year’s draft.
        Brian Cashman: What the f$#@ is a budget?

        Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand scene!

  9. sleepykarl says:

    Suttles 32nd double. Not bad.

  10. ZZ says:

    The major problem with farm system rankings is that every farm system serves a different function to every big league club.

    In terms of real world utility to the big league club and impact on the respective teams as opposed to theoretical “value,” the Yankee system has been better than the Sox since Jesus Montero destroyed Trenton last year.

    Now, frankly, it is not even close.

    • Steve O. says:

      The major problem with farm system rankings is that every farm system serves a different function to every big league club.

      This is correct, but they’re all graded to the same scale, as they should be.

      • ZZ says:

        Which is why the function they serve is minimal at best.

        • Steve O. says:

          They don’t serve a function at all. It’s just mostly for shits and giggles and to compare with other teams. Rankings do have some predictive value though, but they aren’t the Bible by any means.

  11. Angelo says:

    Ramon Flores has been very, very impressive this season. Some promise in the 1992 babies (Flores, Sanchez, and Culver.)

  12. crawdaddie says:


    I told you that you weren’t giving Marshall enough credit for his production output still less than 13 months removed from TJS.

    Read this article.


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