Prospects on parade in Charleston win

Open Thread: Hughes' Throwing Program
Garcia tames Rangers on rainy Saturday

I didn’t get to post this last night, but the Yankees were well represented in this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. Jesus Montero and Slade Heathcott ranked as the eighth and ninth hottest prospects in the minors over the last week, while Ramon Flores got some love under the Helium Watch. Montero is certainly no stranger to the Hot Sheet, but this was the first time for Slade and Flores, who have been fantastic in the early going.

Apparently the Yankees signed some teenage Australian outfielder named Adam Silva over the winter. The article describes him as a “strapping lad and hard-working athlete who has made a tremendous impression on scouts and baseball officials over the past few years.” So there’s your scouting report, he’s strapping.

Triple-A Scranton was rained out, though I’m not sure when they’re going to make this one up. Mark Prior will be joining their bullpen tomorrow.

Double-A Trenton was rained out as well. They’re going to play a doubleheader tomorrow. Kevin Millwood gets the ball in game one, Craig Heyer in game two.

High-A Tampa (9-7 loss to Dunedin)
Abe Almonte, CF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 K – had been two for his previous 18 (.111)
Carmen Angelini, SS: 2 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS – got a nice little five-game hitting streak going
Kevin Mahoney, 3B & Zoilo Almonte, LF: both 0 for 4 – Mahoney walked, scored a run, committed a fielding error, and whiffed twice … Almonte struck out thrice
Luke Murton, 1B: 0 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Taylor Grote, RF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
Kyle Higashioka, C: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI – he’s struck out just once in 24 trips to the plate this year
DeAngelo Mack, DH: 3 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB – very nice day
Emerson Landoni, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Jairo Heredia, RHP: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – not sure if he left due to injury or what, but the Yankees have (or had in the recent past, anyway) some kind of weird rule where they take their pitchers out of the game if they throw 30+ pitches in an inning, so maybe that did him in
Preston Claiborne, RHP: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 6-1 GB/FB
Ronny Marte, RHP: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4-0 GB/FB
Ryan Flannery, RHP: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (6-2 win over Rome)
Slade Heathcott, CF: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – it took nine games, but there’s his first walk of the season
Kelvin Castro, SS: 3 for 4, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – had three hits in his previous 18 at-bats combined (.167)
Ramon Flores, 1B: 0 for 1, 1 R, 3 BB – nine walks, five strikeouts on the year
J.R. Murphy, C: 2 for 4, 3 RBI, 1 PB – multiple hits in four of his last five games … ten for his last 21 (.476) with two walks and no strikeouts
Rob Segedin, 3B: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Kelvin DeLeon, RF & Jose Mojica, SS: both 0 for 4 – DeLeon whiffed twice and is up 14 strikeouts in nine games
Eduardo Sosa, LF: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Zach Nuding, RHP: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 4-3 GB/FB – he should pile up the whiffs down here
Mike Gipson, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Tommy Kahnle, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1-0 GB/FB – ditto Nuding’s comment

Open Thread: Hughes' Throwing Program
Garcia tames Rangers on rainy Saturday
  • squishy jello person

    Love that my Flores campaigning is paying off =D

  •|4:1270508852 Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Kelvin De Leon did have an 8-game hitting streak snapped tonight. Kahnle was sitting at 95-96 and was apparently being squeezed according to the Charleston radio broadcaster.

  • Brian

    Are Australians Nathan Aron and Kyle Perkins still in the Yankees system? I know neither really showed much in rookie ball last year, but I kind of liked the novelty of having 2 Australian guys there.

    • Mike Axisa

      Aron is, Perkins was released over the winter.

  • Frank1979

    Is there a reason why JR Murphy doesn’t get mentioned in the same breath as all the other big catchers in our system? Is it cause he’ll definitely move off the position or is it because he’s not supposed to be as good as the Montero-Romine-Sanchez trio?

    • Mike Axisa

      He should be, he’s very good. There’s also a decent chance that he’ll end up at another position though, perhaps RF or 3B.

      • Frank1979

        Thanks Mike.

      • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

        Hoping he becomes a Leyritz type. Corners, and maybe 20-25 games at Catcher … and a big bat.

  • Sabermetrically Challenged

    Where the hell has Rafy Depaula been? he’s advanced enough that he probably doesn’t need extended spring training

    • Jake H

      The guy needs to get his visa to come to the states. Good odds he never does.

      • Tom Zig

        Same thing with that other guy. Whats his name?

        • Jake H

          yep both have up hill climbs to get their work visas.

        • Gonzo

          I think you mean Paniagua.

          Oh well, I guess it means more money for the next batch.

      • Urban

        Why will he never get his work visa? I figured it would be just the opposite. Eventually these things always get worked out.

        • Jake H

          Both guys misrepresented themselves as someone that they weren’t. All prospects are backgrounded by the government before being given the ok that they could get their work visa’s. Both lied to the US Consulate so why are they now going to let them have their work visas?

  • Tom Zig

    When will Jesus be called up?

    • Gonzo

      July 2nd?

    • Urban

      I think he was called up about 2,000 years ago.

    • a plethora of pinatas

      When is Easter?

  • Plank

    Would you trade our entire farm system minus Montero for King Felix?

    • Gonzo

      Do you literally mean the entire system?

      I think that would be an incredibly horrible move.

      • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

        I would trade the Red Sox farm for King Felix, not so much our 29 other farms =P

  • Urban

    Heathcott only just picked up his first walk and the Baseball America mention noted he needs to improve his plate discipline, but I wonder if that’s true. Last year, he basically hit .260 but had a .360 OBP, indicating a pretty decent walk percentage, especially for someone so young. Maybe the reason he is off to such a fast start is he decided he was too passive last year and is now attacking the ball in the strikezone. Be interesting to see if his walks increase again.

    • zs190

      I think in this case, lack of plate discipline refers to the very high amount of strikeouts. At the major league level, maybe high strikeouts aren’t terrible but it’s kind of different in the minor leagues. Usually high strikeout rate in the minors are associated with not able to recognize breaking ball/offspeed pitches. It’s still early and it’s just pretty high rather than insanely high, worth watching though.

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  • Simon

    What type of comparable player can we expect Heathcott to be and best case scenario, what would his numbers look like in his prime (big projection/best case scenario)? Im not familiar with Heathcott.

    • Gonzo

      Sizemore if everything goes right?

      • Mike

        Shin-Soo Choo, maybe more speed. Sorry for double post.

      • Steve Garrison’s Roster Spot

        Shane Victorino maybe? I’d be thrilled if he develops in a Victorino-esque centerfielder. I really hope he stops being a free swinger and develops plate discipline.

    • Urban

      Heatcott is a very difficult player to project. He could put up Melky Cabrera numbers or he could be Bernie Williams numbers. It really depends on how he develops. He is a tools player, but he’s young and he’s raw, and a tools player can suddenly put it all together and develop into a major prospect, or they may never master their abilities. Last season was his first full one as a pro (although he did have some ABs the prior year after he signed), but he was still a teenager. Didn’t show much pop at the plate and struck out quite a bit, yet he’s off to a fast start this year, so maybe he’s figuring it out.

      Mike A. could probably give a better read on him and his skill set.

    • a plethora of pinatas

      IDK but he looks like Heath Ledger.

  • Mike

    Shin-Soo Choo, maybe more speed.

    • RollingWave

      that’s highly optimistic, I don’t see him having Choo like power.

      best case is probably something of a Grady Sizemore with less power I’d think, though yeah with players that like you never know. and yeah medium case seem to be Melky Cabreara (and guy that can do a bit of everything but when added all up falls short), with maybe a bit more wiffs but somewhat better speed .

  • YanksFan77

    Slade Heathcott .382/.371/.824 “Plus, his free-swinging approach has led to an average higher than his on-base percentage.”

    Not a stats guy, can someone explain to me how this is possible?

    • Marcus

      BA = (# of hits)/(# of ABs)
      OBP = (# of hits + walks + HBP)/(# of PAs)

      ABs do not include walks, sac flies, or sac bunts.

      So for example, let’s say Slade Heathcott has 100 PAs, with 30 hits, 10 sac flies, and 1 walk:

      BA = 30/(100-10-1) = 30/89 = 0.337
      OBP = (30+1)/(100) = 31/100 = 0.310

      • YanksFan77

        I see, sac flies count against your OBP, make sense. Your not getting on base. Wonder why errors aren’t included then since you are getting on base.


  • Rookie

    I’m as interested in the talent down on the farm as anyone. But when I look at how Tabata and Melancon are performing in the majors and think that they could be two of the the best Yankees prospects that have matured in the last year or two — maybe THE two best — I can’t help but think that perhaps no matter how much money the Yankees put in their farm system or how well they select talent or how well they coach it that terminal stupidity will keep them as $200+ million also rans who aren’t really even likely to be competitive in the post season.

    Meanwhile, the GMs of the Phillies and Texas seemingly can do no wrong. I sometimes think the Phillies GM could beat Brian Cashman and Yankees ownership at poker if they were only dealt 4 cards and the Yankees got 8. And when I root for the Yankees, I sometimes can’t help but feel like I’m rooting for a brain dead Goliath against a bunch of children and midgets with a few very sharp Davids among them.

    And then, when I see the remains of Derek Jeter demanding and receiving what I gather amounts to a ridiculously overly high and overly long four year contract to embarrass himself and do everything possible to make it harder for the Yankees to win, thus frustrating Yankee fans who would like the team to focus on winning and making Yankee ownership the laughingstock of baseball, it gets even tougher to root for them.

    Bottom line: It’s a lot of fun to watch all of the exciting young talent the Yankees have in the minors, but frustrating to know that they’re likely to flush it down the toilet down the road.

    But I guess I should look at the sunny side — that they’re making it much more fun for the other 29 teams.