Kontos pulls an Ankiel (or a Holland) in Arizona


Baseball America had a nice little puff piece about Graham Stoneburner today, but you need a subscription to read it. The only thing you really need to know is that VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman called him “Jake Westbrook with a little more power … he has that kind of sink on his fastball.” Stoneburner posted a 2.73 FIP in 142 IP in A-Ball this year, though Newman did admit that there’s been “debate internally about him being a starter or being in the pen.” It’s all about the changeup, if he improves it, he’ll start.

Meanwhile, check out these pics of Stoneburner courtesy of Andy in Sunny Daytona.

AzFL Phoenix Desert Dogs (11-4 loss to Peoria)
Jose Pirela, 2B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Austin Romine, C: 0 for 4, 1 K, 1 PB – six for his last 32 (.188)
Brandon Laird, LF: 0 for 4, 1 K – four walks in 13 games is the same number he had in 31 games with Triple-A Scranton this year
George Kontos: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 2-0 GB/FB – just 17 of 37 pitches were strikes (45.9%) … that’s Sarah Jessica Parker ugly

I’m don’t know how in the world I missed this, but apparently a game had to called early the other day because Desert Dogs manager Don Mattingly ran out of pitchers in the eighth inning. They’re not going to push any of the pitchers in a developmental league, and this doesn’t tell you anything about Donnie’s managerial ability, but it’s just funny. Could you imagine if he had just been named the next manager of the Yanks (with zero experience, no less) and this happened? The MSM would have a field day.

Categories : Down on the Farm
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Mrs. OBP Jesus Maquinito

    I kind of expect Ron Washington to do it at some point.

  • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    After the 2009 draft, when everyone was excited about 5th round pick Caleb Cotham, one guy was talking more about 14th round pick Graham Stoneburner.

    Go Axisa.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Mrs. OBP Jesus Maquinito

      Hell. Yeah.

      • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        It’s just a good thing Stoneburner’s not Dominican, ’cause then nobody would have been talking about him. Amirite?

  • dan

    random…………………cashman says seek second lefty.hello.I have saying that all year.gots to have options and without more than one the manager afraid to burn one.

    • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      He should trade Montero and Meulens for Graeme Lloyd.

      • dan

        one of your more smarter remarks…………..not!

        • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          This is awesome. Well-done.

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

            Yeah well I did see you playing sports…… NOT

    • whozat

      Please keep off-topic comments on the off-topic thread, or in the nightly open thread.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    He rocks the high socks so well.

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

    What is it about the league that makes it a hitters league?
    Do they have small parks or a small strike zone or what?

    • whozat

      thin, warm desert air, small parks, tired pitchers.

      • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

        And the pitchers (like the hitters) are working on different things. If a pitcher is working on an undeveloped changeup or something, and the ball keeps on going straight, it will go out of the park easily.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Warm desert air and it’s also at altitude. Not extreme like Coors, but it’s up there.

      • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

        Ugh and Romine is stinking it up still. Let’s hope it’s mostly fatigue related.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

    Sarah Jessica Parker ugly
    Really? Other than a huge nose I always thought she was pretty OK! You telling me you wouldn’t bed her Mike?(logical deduction from the ‘ugly’ part)

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      I hate to use the “R” word around here cause some people don’t get it, but she’s relatively ugly. She is easily in the top 5 ugliest celebrities. Mike could’ve gone with (random girl in his office) ugly, but no one woulda got that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

      I think shes hideous

    • steve (different one)

      I do not find SJP attractive at all. Now excuse me, I have to go fix the hole I just made in my glass house.

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    Ran out of pitchers? Maybe he managed with his gut too much, got to get your own binder Donnie

  • cano is the bro

    “sarah jessica parker ugly.” Hahahahahahahahahaha

  • China Joe

    I was under the impression that sinkerball pitchers usually had a higher FIP, but 2.73 looks pretty damn good.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      That’s because they usually don’t have high strike out numbers; he had a 8.7 K9 between his two stops this season.

  • steve (different one)

    it’s not Mattingly’s fault, he HAS been sitting next to Torre for 3 years. Maybe he thought it was the All-Star game??