Goldstein praises Yanks’ minor league pitching depth

Pettitte to start in Baltimore on Sunday
Game 146: Momentum

The 2010 season has been a banner year for the Yankees’ farm system, especially on the pitching side. Numerous players broke out and several others continued on their development path to the big leagues while very few took a step back. Kevin Goldstein rounded up the system’s pitching depth in an Insider-only piece at ESPN today, chronicling not just two of three players that distinguished themselves this season, but nine of them. The big names like Andrew Brackman, Dellin Betances, and Manny Banuelos clearly draw the most attention, but KG makes sure to throw some love at Brett Marshall, Adam Warren, and plenty of others. Make sure you check it out, it’s a great read.

Pettitte to start in Baltimore on Sunday
Game 146: Momentum
  • pat

    Too bad Cash and Oppenheimer are stupid jerks and can’t draft.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Goldstein is gonna get his ass kicked afterschool at the bike racks at Bristol for not toeing the company line.

  • Big Juan

    I love the comments. So, so, so asinine. I usually stay clear of all non-RAB comment sections but I had to see what people said about this article.

  • vin

    I love this sentence. It’s the difference between the Yankees and 25 other teams.

    “Phelps is ready for a big league audition, but he also falls into that category of prospects who are good, but maybe not good enough for the Yankees.”

    • Kiersten

      I was also gonna comment on this. it made me smile.

  • kenthadley

    can someone give us non-insiders a brief summary of what was said?

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      First, the earth cooled. And then the dinosaurs came, but they got big and fat, and they all died and turned into oil. And then the Arabs came, and they bought Mercedes-Benzes.

      Naw, seriously, the quick and dirty recap:

      -Brackman, Betances, and Marshall had solid comebacks from injury and are back on the elite prospect map
      -Banuelos is a dynamite lefty prospect
      -Nova and Noesi have developed into valuable back-end fringy guys
      -Stoneburner, Phelps, and Warren were good draft finds and all three could be legit big league starters (for someone, at least).

      • kenthadley

        thanks TSJC….I always wondered what happened to the dinosaurs…..sort of all became Lou Piniellas……

      • ColoYank

        Thanks, tommie.

        That “Insiders Only” thing at various sites seems so misguided when the info is usually readily available for free, thanks to our good news-gatherers like tommie.

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Well, I’m giving you only like 10% of what he said, out of respect for their intellectual property (or, at least, out of respect for RAB’s respect for their intellectual property).

      • tomaconda

        Banuelos makes me JIMP.

  • bexarama

    Super JIMP. So awesome.

  • pat

    IMO the best part is where he said ManBan is as good if not better than Martin Perez.

    • Accent Shallow

      That is some high praise, but Perez has been downright pedestrian at AA this year.

  • wifi guy

    it would be great if someone posted the whole story…

    • J.R.

      I have a feeling it would be deleted very quickly.

    • Kiersten

      or you can just do what I did:

      • tomaconda

        pretty and a Yankee fan! If you can cook you win the triple crown!

  • sleepykarl

    No Jose Ramirez mention?

  • shane

    …and that’s only the nine best. Craig Heyer seems to be on the map now (the anti-Elam: 6 walks all YEAR), Ramirez held his own as a 20 yr old in Low-A, Romanski and Hall worth watching, Kontos good after his surgery, Flannery, Pope and Venditte if you believe in relievers.

    What a year.

    • tomaconda

      Venditte is a non-prospect.