Phelps dominates in SWB win


Triple-A Scranton (7-3 win over Toledo)
Kevin Russo, 2B & Colin Curtis, RF: both 3 for 5 – Russo stole a base … scored a run … Lil’ CC doubled twice, drive in a run & came around to score twice
Eduardo Nunez, SS, Brandon Laird, 3B & Eric Bruntlett, LF: all 1 for 5 – Nunez drove in a run … Laird K’ed twice, Bruntlett once
Juan Miranda, 1B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP
Jorge Vazquez, DH: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K – 71 strikeouts and just eight walks … yikes
Greg Golson, CF & Chad Moeller, C: both 1 for 4, 1 RBI – Golson walked & K’ed twice … Moeller got hit by a pitch, plated a run & scored another
David Phelps: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 4-7 GB/FB – 64 of 97 pitches were strikes (66%)
Eric Wordekemper: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – eight of his 11 pitches were strikes
Romulo Sanchez: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB – eight of his 13 pitches were strikes (61.5%)

Double-A Trenton (7-1 loss to Harrisburg)
Justin Christian, LF & Corban Joseph, 2B: both 1 for 4 - CoJo K’ed & committed a fielding error
Austin Krum, CF & Austin Romine, C: both 0 for 4- Krum K’ed once, Romine twice
Dan Brewer, RF & Marcos Vechionacci, 1B: both 0 for 3, 1 K – Brewer plated a run
Damon Sublett, DH: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K
Luis Nunez, SS & Matt Cusick, 3B: both 1 for 3 – Nunez scored a run & committed a fielding error … Cusick doubled
Cary Arbiso: 4.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 8-1 GB/FB
George Kontos: 2.1 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 2-1 GB/FB – very nice
Kevin Whelan: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 0-1 GB/FB
Josh Schmidt: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (9-1 loss to Clearwater) the other team had a rehabbing big leaguer in the lineup
Ray Kruml, LF, Jose Gil, C & Walt Ibarra, 2B: all 0 for 2 – Kruml walked twice & K’ed … Gil walked twice & K’ed twice … Ibarra got hit by a pitch, walked & K’ed twice
Jose Pirela, SS, Melky Mesa, CF & Addison Maruszak, 1B: all 0 for 3 – Pirela walked & scored … Mesa walked & K’ed twice … Maruszak drove in a run
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 SB – 12 for his last 36
Jack Rye, RF: 0 for 4, 1 K
Trent Lockwood, DH: 1 for 4, 1 K
Shaeffer Hall: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 7-3 GB/FB
Nathan Forer: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB – just up from Staten Island … looks like Noel Castillo hit the disabled list with something
Phil Bartlewski: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-1, 1 E (fielding)

Low-A Charleston (10-5 win over Hickory)
Slade Heathcott, CF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS – seven for his last 16 (.438) with five walks
DeAngelo Mack, LF & Kevin Mahoney, 2B: both 0 for 4, 1 BB – Mack drove in a run … Mahoney came around to score & K’ed
J.R. Murphy, DH: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HBP – 15 for his last 43 (.349) with a double, a triple & three homers
Rob Lyerly, 3B: 4 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K – 18 for his last 40 (.450)
Luke Murton, 1B: 0 for 3, 2 R, 2 BB
Kyle Higashioka, C: 0 for 2 – left the game for an unknown reason in the 6th
Hector Rabago, C: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI
Kelvin Castro, SS: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
Francisco Santana, RF: 3 for 4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB - threw a runner out at second
Jose Ramirez: 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 3 WP, 3-1 GB/FB
Jairo Heredia: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Ryan Flannery: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB – on pace for close to 90 innings in relief
Kelvin Perez: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 1 WP – easy kid
Francisco Gil: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 3-0 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (11-2 loss to Tri-City)
Kelvin Duran, CF, Kelvin DeLeon, RF & Casey Stevenson, 2B: all 0 for 4 – Duran K’ed … DeLeon drove in a run … Stevenson K’ed twice
Shane Brown, LF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 E (fielding)
Kyle Roller, 1B: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 HBP
Garrison Lassiter, 3B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – eight for his last 37 (.216)
Jose Mojica, SS: 1 for 4, 1 K
Mike Ferraro, DH: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K – had been just two for his last 19 (.105)
Jeff Farnham, C: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Kramer Sneed: 4 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HB, 4-1 GB/FB – 28 K in 20 IP
Mike Gipson: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Andy Shive: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 1-1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (4-3 loss to GCL Blue Jays in 10 innings, walk-off style)
Eladio Moronta, CF: 0 for 6, 3 K – the Yanks signed him for $570,000 back in November
Cito Culver, SS: 2 for 5, 1 K – 16 for his last 44 (.364) … hitting .325/.341/.450 in August
Ramon Flores, 1B: 0 for 2, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 E (throwing) – hitting .328/.441/.485 with 25 walks & 19 strikes in the GCL, and is third in the league in OPS
Anderson Feliz, 2B: 2 for 4, 2 2B, 1 BB, 2 SB – five for his last 13 (.385) with three doubles
Jose Rosario, 3B: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding)
Fu-Lin Kuo, DH: 0 for 5, 1 RBI, 2 K
Jose Toussen, LF: 2 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
Jhorge Liccien, C: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Jorge Alcantara, RF: 1 for 5, 3 K
Wilton Rodriguez: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 6-4 GB/FB
Jose Quintana: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 32-8 K/BB ratio in 23.2 IP
Will Oliver: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 4-0 GB/FB – the walk was intentional
Freddy Lewis: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GB/FB

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Kelvin De Leon took the photo I took of him last week and made it his profile picture [/needless brag] [/Hi, I'm Rebecca and I have a baseball problem]

  2. RalphieD says:

    anybody see that fangraphs article saying that montero’s value is “down slightly” this year?..

    personally i dont see how that can be true…he started off slow but look wheres hes at now….plus hes a 20 year old catcher in AAA

    • Even funnier is the Casey Kelly and Brett Wallace were also only “slightly down.” They’re way father down than Jesus is at this point.

      • By “the” I mean “that” and by “father” I mean “farther.”

        Geez, proofreading fail.

      • Steve H says:

        So Kelly is 20 in a pitchers league in AA with a 5.31 ERA and his value is slightly down.

        Montero is 20 in AAA, as a full time catcher for the first time, hitting .286/.359/.493 and his value has done the same thing?

        As much as it was a rocky road to get to his current .852 OPS, if you had told me that he would be OPS’ing .852 thru mid-August under the scenario I stated above, I’d be pretty damn happy.

        • JohnnyC says:

          Considering the Red Sox hype machine behind Kelly, his value would be only slightly down even if he’d been out of baseball for 3 years and working in a Popeye’s in Bogalusa, La.

        • Zack says:

          Well Jack Z liked Smoak more than Montero so Montero’s stock is obviously down.

    • Total Dominication says:

      Fangraphs disappointed me big time with that a lot.

  3. dan says:

    is it me but it seems like the yanks are not signing any international stars…………………..!?

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      Right now the Yankees are in on a 15 year old Mexican pitcher, the biggest problem is he is owned by a Mexican team thus upping the cost quite a bit.

    • Reggie C. says:

      Its one of those dry/down years in the DR and Venezuela talent pool. The other major player in the international market, the RS, haven’t shelled out big money also.

    • Steve O. says:

      Meh, the crop is uninspiring. Don’t worry the Yankees make it their business to put a dent into the international market. Their top prospects are usually not from the States.

    • zs190 says:

      There are no stars in this year’s pool of international players really so no need to overpay for mediocore talent. The best guys would be 2nd/3rd rounders in the draft, according to some front office executives. The only possible exception is Luis Heredia, the 15 (soon to be 16) year Mexican kid that can’t sign yet because his mother is challenging the legality/validity of his contract with his Mexican team.

      What the Yankees are doing is not overpay for 2nd-3rd round talents and wait for their price tag to drop a bit then pick up a couple.

  4. JohnnyC says:

    Phelps a middle of the rotation ceiling?

  5. Joe says:

    DotF loses luster without Montero.

  6. dan says:

    does anyone have video on luis heredia? is his agent scott boras?

  7. dan says:

    does anyone see the yankees being able to draft high ceiling starting pitchers in next year’s draft 2011 with them still signing cliff lee
    and carl crawford? Will they get a draft pick for curtis granderson?
    What type of draft pick? not sure though if granderson is a free agent after this season!

    • Angelo says:

      Granderson is not a free agent after the season. And the Yankees would lose a first and second round pick if they signed both Crawford and Lee (doubtful.) That would impact the Yankees ability to attain any top of the line talent.

    • whozat says:

      They’ll only be able to get in on high-upside guys that fall due to injury or signability concerns, just like every other year. Or are VERY raw and far away (see: Philip Hughes 2004)

      IF they offer arbitration to Javy (see article earlier today for discussion) and he declines and signs elsewhere, they’d retain a first-round draft pick no matter what, probably one in the 20s. Even then, it’s still guys who have flaws. High upside/high probability guys go in the first several picks.

  8. nycsportzfan says:

    i’m loving David Phelps.. So many people keep doubting him and i keep talking him up.. They like to say his ceiling isn’t anything more then a middle reliever and what not, yet here he is, Totally Dominating Triple A in his first taste of that level, and he hasen’t been anything less then dominant in any Level on the Farm… People Want to say Adam Warren is a better prospect, what do those people want to say now?

    • JohnnyC says:

      Supposedly he’s been sitting 92-94 this season. Anyone have any updates? If it’s true, it changes his ceiling to a solid 2-3.

      • Angelo says:

        If Phelps had the potential to be a 2-3 starter, he would be a top 100 prospect, and he’s definitely not that.

        • Joe says:

          thats not necessarily true because banuelos and betances have the potential to be a 1-2 starter and my sources are saying they are not top 100 prospects according to BA.

          • Angelo says:

            Yes I know this, but they aren’t as far along as Phelps. If they were, trust me, they would be top 100 prospects.

            Phelps is in Triple-A

            ManBan and Betances are in High-A

            Big difference.

          • viridiana says:

            “thats not necessarily true because banuelos and betances have the potential to be a 1-2 starter and my sources are saying they are not top 100 prospects according to BA.”

            Betances was mentioned as potential Top 100 in BA chat recently, though I don’t have line. Both he and Banuelos have been on the Hot Prospect list at least three times this year. Hard to believe that at least one won’t make Top 100

          • Steve O. says:

            thats not necessarily true because banuelos and betances have the potential to be a 1-2 starter and my sources are saying they are not top 100 prospects according to BA.

            What sources do you actually have, Joe?

            I’m really curious.

          • Er not to pile on but Badler and Callis both mentioned Betances as a potential top 100

          • zs190 says:

            Where are you getting this? They were not top 100 prospects before season because of injuries. In recent chats, they’ve said that Betances is definitely in the conversation for top 100 but won’t be too high because on injury history, I think that’s a fair assessment.

            As for ManBan, I think calling him a potential #1 or #2 is a bit generous right now. His fastball has reported ticked up to 92-94 touching 95 but he’s only pitched 40 some innings this year. His curveball and changeup are both solid and maybe a little above average pitches but not plus ones. Combined the solid but unspectular stuff with his size and I think he’s currently a potential #3. If he maintains that velocity on his fastball and effective into AA next season then maybe we can talk about him as a potential #2.

            • I agree with this.

              Let’s be honest: Guys with true #1 ceilings are VERY VERY rare. That’s why the Yankees take big risks with the Betances and Brackman. Most systems have maybe 2 guys at most with that sort of ceiling, many don’t have any.

              Just because a guy doesn’t have a #1 ceiling doesn’t mean that he isn’t a very very good prospect. Andy Pettitte is a midrotation guy and has been for pretty much his whole career. Who wouldn’t love to have a career as a true midrotation pitcher? Who wouldn’t love one of those guys on the team?

        • emac2 says:

          That is one of the lamest things I have ever heard.

          Whose top hundred is the bible?

          • Angelo says:

            The point is, if Phelps was as good as a 2-3 future big league starter, he would be listed on a top 100 chart, especially since he’s in Triple-A.

            I don’t even think Phelps is a top 10 Yankee prospect, let alone a top 100 prospect. Some people are just overrating what he really is.

            If you want to be overly optimistic and think Phelps is going to be very good starter, have fun.

      • zs190 says:

        92-95, but it’s only an average to slightly above average pitch. He’s got fringy offspeed stuff that is not likely to work on major league hitters according to scouts. You can’t be a #2-#3 just because you have a decent fastball.

        Is it possible that he develops better breaking ball? Yeah, but right now he’s a back end rotation/middle reliever until he has better offspeed pitches to complement his fastball.

  9. So is Wordekemper slowly becoming legit?

    • Steve H says:

      He’s been rumored* in trades for Felix Hernandez, Zack Greinke, Josh Johnson and Hanley Ramirez. Dude is totally legit.

      *rumors courtesy of TSJC

    • Steve O. says:

      So is Wordekemper slowly becoming legit?

      Jack Zduriencik reportedly demanded Wordekemper to be in the Lee deal, Cashman didn’t blink, and here we are today.

    • Pete says:

      Wordekemper? More like Wordekeeper, am I right?

      **turns around grinning, holding up hand for high-fives, only to have both fall precipitously at the sight of the stunned awkward silence of people utterly flabbergasted by the sheer audacity of the universe to allow the existence of the author of such an abominable pun to perpetuate**

  10. Reggie C. says:

    Nice season to date for Flores. He’s not Gary Sanchez, but Flores looks like he’s one of the better players in the entire GCL.

  11. dan says:

    just to be clear..i am talking about this year only!very slow to bring in guys………………..

  12. jt says:

    i think dsl yankees2 deserves at least a shout-out for their 25-3 walloping of dsl royals. thats right, not a typo.

  13. Tom says:

    Just gonna throw out there in regards to discussion on prospects such as phelps, betances, and banuelos…

    I hate we people talk about what one’s ceiling projection is such as Phelps a middle of the rotation or middle relief guy. He is 23 years old has won at every level he has pitched at and done it rather easily. I’m not saying he is a potential ace, but the guy should be getting more fanfare. He has had close to a K/inning and doesn’t walk many with a Low era. He always gives his team a chance to win, sounds like a guy I would to at least give a chance in my rotation. Betances as exciting as his stuff is, injuries will continue to be the question, which is why people are hesitant on speaking highly of him. Banuelos whether he is undersized or not, his pitching well ahead for most 19 year olds plus he is a lefty. If he hadn’t been injured this year, he’d probably be in AA and he would have to be talked about in the like of Julio Teheran and Jordan Lyles as three of the best pitching prospects in baseball.

    Phelps, Betances, and Banuelos could all have legitimate careers in the bigs but right now out of the 3 Phelps has done the best for a longer period of time and at the higher levels…so right now he is the best out of the 3

    • Reggie C. says:

      Phelps has had a very good year, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. However, as beneficial as it is to have well performing pitchers such as Phelps in the higher minors, you can’t forget the goal is to develop quality ML starters. That’s why scouts remain higher on Betances, Brackman, and Banuelos. These guys either have greater physical tools (betances, brackman) or have youth and remaining projectability (banuelos, jose ramirez) on their respective side. Physical tools + remaining projection in terms of stuff and polish >>>> current Minor league success.

      Phelps is damn close to a finished product, as is Ivan Nova. I think these guys can pitch in the majors, but in terms of projecting sustained ML success, the scouts are gonna favor the other guys.

      • Angelo says:


        Just because a player is having success in the minors, doesn’t mean they will become very good major league players. A lot of it has to do with tools and projectability.

  14. matt damon wayans says:

    Thats a pretty horrible debut for Moronta.

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