Ugly night on the mound at all levels


Now that we’re into June, it’s worth mentioning that the Short Season Staten Island and Rookie Level Gulf Coast League Yankees start their seasons on June 17th and 20th, respectively. Extended Spring Training ends next week, then everyone heads to their new affiliate if they’re not released. There will also be a ton of 2011 draftees on both the SI and GCL rosters as well.

Oh, and it turns out that Carlos Silva does not have an opt-out clause on his contract (confirmed by Brian Cashman). That’s surprising and pretty good news, though Ivan Nova should still be looking over his shoulder.

Triple-A Scranton (13-2 loss to Indianapolis)
Kevin Russo, 2B: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 K – 14 for his last 37 (.378)
Ramiro Pena, SS, Dan Brewer, LF & Luis Nunez, 2B: all 0 for 4 - Pena drew a walk and scored … Brewer and Nunez each whiffed
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 HBP
Jorge Vazquez, 3B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K – 16 K in his last 32 at-bats
Brandon Laird, 1B & Austin Krum, CF: both 2 for 4 – Laird drove in a run … Krum stole a bag
Jordan Parraz, RF: 1 for 4, 1 K
Andrew Brackman, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 1-1 GB/FB - just 17 of 39 pitches were strikes (43.6%) … sigh
Ryan Pope, RHP: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 1-4 GB/FB – 31 of 56 pitches were strikes (55.4%) … did Brackman no favors by allowing all three inherited runners to score
George Kontos, RHP: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 0-1 GB/FB – 31 of 48 pitches were strikes (64.6%)
Eric Wordekemper, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB – eight of 11 pitches were strikes (72.7%) … 8 K in 23 IP (3.13 K/9)
Kanekoa Texeira, RHP: 1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 24 of 42 pitches were strikes (57.1%) … ten hits and eight runs in 2.1 IP back

Double-A Trenton (5-1 loss to Altoona)
Ray Kruml, F: 1 for 5, 2 K
Jose Pirela, SS: 0 for 5, 2 K
Austin Romine, C: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K – he got run over at the plate, but all is good … he also picked a runner off first with a snap throw
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 2 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB - 11 for his last 32 (.344)
Cody Johnson, DH: 1 for 3, 2 K, 1 HBP
Jose Gil, 1B: 1 for 2, 2 BB, 1 K
Corban Joseph, 2B: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Addison Maruszak, RF & DeAngelo Mack, LF: both 1 for 4 - Maruszak doubled and struck out twice … Mack whiffed once
The Ghost of Kei Igawa, LHP: 5 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 4-3 GB/FB
Naoya Okamoto, LHP: 1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Grant Duff, RHP: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Josh Schmidt, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (5-3 win over Jupiter)
Abe Almonte, CF: 3 for 5, 1 RBI – ten for his last 23 (.435)
Walt Ibarra, SS: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB
Rob Lyerly, 3B: 3 for 5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 CS, 1 E (throwing) – 12 for his last 31 (.387)
Zoilo Almonte, LF: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – threw a runner out at the dish
Jason Place, DH: 1 for 5, 2 K – huh, I had forgotten all about him while he was on the disabled list
Luke Murton, 1B: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Neil Medchill, RF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Kelvin Castro, SS: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 K
Josh Romanski, LHP: 5 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 5-4 GB/FB
Chase Whitley, RHP: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2-3 GB/FB – 33-7 K/BB in 35.2 IP
Ryan Flannery, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (9-4 loss to Rome)
Eduardo Sosa, CF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI – 11 for his last 33
Jose Mojica, SS: 2 for 4, 1 E (fielding)
J.R. Murphy, C: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 E (missed catch) – 12 for his last 34 (.353) with five doubles and a homer
Kyle Roller, 1B & Jose Toussen, 3B: both 0 for 4 – Roller whiffed
Rob Segedin, DH: 2 for 3, 1 BB – nine for his last 23 (.391)
Ramon Flores, LF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B – threw a runner out at the plate
Kelvin DeLeon, RF: 0 for 3, 1 K
Anderson Feliz, 2B: 0 for 1, 1 R, 2 BB – five walks and one strikeout in his three games
Mikey O’Brien, RHP: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 9-3 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – not even one whiff?
Michael Recchia, RHP: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-0 GB/FB
Kramer Sneed, LHP: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 48-6 K/BB in 46.2 IP
Kelvin Perez, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-1 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing)

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. A-Rod's Wingman says:

    Romanski had an okay night…

  2. Xstar7 says:

    Did Slade Heathcott get the day off? Also, Brackman has left a lot to be desired so far this season.

  3. Jeety says:

    Sometimes you just have a bad night as a system… Tomorrow

  4. Whitley clearly had the best night of anyone who pitched more than one inning.

  5. Alright, who broke Mini-Tex?

  6. FIPster Doofus says:

    So is Brackman pretty much cooked?

  7. Steve H says:

    I think someone needs to diagnose Brackman with Phil Hughes disease.

    • CS Yankee says:

      They didn’t get a hit off him though (Hughes was a punching bag)…

      I believe the correct term for this outing is “Bad AJ”.

  8. Thomas Cassidy says:

    It always seems like Josh Schmidt puts up pretty good numbers but it looks like no matter what he does he will never ever get a call up. I feel bad for the guy. Does anyone know why he never gets called up?

    • CS Yankee says:

      My question is why we never hear about Hall?

      A LHP that is seems to be doing better than the more touted arms in the system (Noesi, Phelps, Warren, dealin Dellin, ManBan, Mitchell & Brackmonster)…what gives?

  9. Naved says:

    You got to give him some time. Brackman still on the highest minor league level. Can’t cut bait on him now.

    • CS Yankee says:

      That would be messy…I would rather Brackman cut bait for another team while we fish (aquire) for a big name (Haren, etc).

      Nova, Brackman, Slade, & two bags of cash for…

  10. JobaWockeeZ says:

    This is happening motherfuckers in light of this Dwight announcement.

  11. Stratman9652 says:

    Nobody behind the plate in High A Tampa tonight?

  12. Uke says:

    Every time Brackman has a bad start everyone thinks he’s done, hes young and struggling in a new environment, stfu and be patient.

    • tommy t says:

      Every start is a bad start. And he’s not that young.

      • Rob NY says:

        Isn’t he like 26?

      • MikeD says:

        He’s 25, but only and has two years of pro ball experience under his belt prior to this season because of his arm surgery. He’s also 6’11″ and is still, amazingly, growing since he was an inch shorter when signed, so I’m sure he’s dealing with command issues due to his size.

        His age not as important as it would be for, say, someone who had been playing organized baseball since they were 18 or 20, or had been at AAA for several seasons. It also means less for pitchers than it does position players.

        Not try to tap all over tommy t’s short statement, but it does show a lack of insight around development, pitchers and what age means to league level.

        Brackman could be bad for all of 2011, and then still turn out to be a good MLB pitcher. His biggest issue is to me, beyond mastering his command, is development of a third pitch; otherwise, he’s more bullpen than starter.

  13. Brian says:

    I know last year was ridiculous with how well the farm performed but I’ve been kind of…underwhelmed by it so far this year.

  14. Dicka24 says:

    Didn’t Brackman grow an inch from last year, or am I thinking of the wrong prospect? For a guy that tall, an inch can really mess up with already difficult mechanics. If the tools and stuff are there, then we have to be patient. He killed it last year in AA, so give him some time.

    No clue on Schmidt either. He’s pitched well at every level he’s played. Anyone have a scouting report on his stuff?

  15. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Dammit Brackman….get it together.

    Also JR Murphy is a machine

  16. Gonzo says:

    I think all the pitchers are bored and need to be promoted.

  17. Charles says:

    What about moving Brackman to the bullpen?

    • Gonzo says:

      That’s definitely a possibilty, but it doesn’t hurt to have some patience.

      I think Callis always said that moving to the BP was a distinct possibility for him.

      If you want to get excited, look at Bard’s #’s as a starter in the MiL. They are totally not the same, but it gives you hope that he will always have one chip left to cash if he needs.

  18. Joey C says:

    Wow i must of been sleeping during that Romine pick off of first,I was sitting right near first don’t remember it.He did get a guy at third,maybe a miss print.Also should of made play at home before getting run over,he dropped a perfect throw from Maruszak at home.

    • cgreen says:

      yea, i remember him picking a guy off at third too and don’t remember one at first (although he threw maybe 3 snap throws over there)

  19. Back in the Saddle says:

    What about Tommy Phelps reintroducing himself to Brackman. He worked wonders with Andrew last season. Also the Yanks should cut bait with Igawa. The organization should give him his money and promote or use someone who will be an asset to the organization. The guy is taking up a valuable position.

    • JD says:

      Yes. This is silly. Cashman made the mistake signing him. Now, we are doubling down on that mistake by letting him take valauble starting opportunities from real prospects.

      • pat says:

        Lol yeah, a 7 footer with a 95 mph fastball isn’t a real prospect because he’s walking people in AAA.

  20. Coolerking101 says:

    Brackman got pulled in the top of the 2nd inning. Did he get hurt?

  21. cgreen says:

    was at the AA game last night, Romine looked solid behind the plate except for when he got ran over (he rushed to try and grab the throw to home but was too quick and botched it then proceeded to get run over by some curve player) but his bat definitely still needs work (he hit a bunch of sky-high pop ups). also kei igawa still blows.

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