Brackman flirts with no-hitter, Tampa plays best game ever

Game 103: Welcome the O's
Late rally comes up short, Yankees fall to O's

Dante Bichette Jr. is the third hottest prospect in the minors according to this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. In other news, remember Chris Garcia? He signed with the Nationals and was assigned to their High-A squad. I checked to make sure it was actually him and not just another dude with the same name, and it’s him. Hopefully he stays healthy, kid’s got a great arm.

Triple-A Scranton (8-5 loss to Buffalo)
Kevin Russo, LF: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K
Austin Krum, CF & Luis Nunez, 2B: both 0 for 4
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Mike Lamb, DH: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – second straight game with a homer, fourth in five games
Brandon Laird, 3B & Jordan Parraz, RF: both 2 for 3, 1 2 B, 1 RBI, 1 HBP – Laird scored a run
Doug Bernier, SS: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Andrew Brackman, RHP: 3.1 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 9 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 2-3 GB/FB – just 35 of 82 pitches were strikes (42.7%) … hey, the title wasn’t a lie
Eric Wordekemper, RHP: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – 0-1 GB/FB – 12 of 19 pitches were strikes (63.2%) … allowed all three of the runners he inherited from Brackman to score
J.C. Romero, LHP: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 0-2 GB/FB – just 11 of 28 pitches were strikes (39.3%) … eek
Josh Schmidt, RHP: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 4-4 GB/FB – 26 of 41 pitches were strikes (63.4%)

Double-A Trenton is still playing and I’m not waiting around any longer. Here’s the box score, peruse at your leisure.

High-A Tampa (6-5 win over Charlotte in 14 innings, walk-off style) #weirdbaseball!
Abe Almonte, CF: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 BB
David Adams, DH: 0 for 5, 3 K, 1 HBP
Ronnier Mustelier, 2B: 2 for 6, 1 2B, 2 RBI – seven for his last 22 (.318) with three doubles and a triple
Michael Solbach, 1B: 1 for 1, 1 RBI – walk-off single … yes, he’s a pitcher, but he came in to play defense in the late innings because of a roster crunch, and he ended up getting a walk-off hit … un-fucking-real
Kyle Roller, 1B: 0 for 2, 2 K – got ejected for arguing balls and strikes
Luke Murton, 1B-3B: 2 for 4
Rob Segedin, 3B: 1 for 2, 1 K, 1 SB – left the game in the sixth for an unknown reason
Emerson Landoni, PH-3B: 2 for 3
Cody Johnson, LF: 2 for 6, 2 K
Mitch Abeita, C: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
Neil Medchill, RF: 0 for 4, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Kelvin Castro, SS: 3 for 5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB, 1 E (throwing) – 13 for his last 24 (.542)
Francisco Gil, RHP: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 7-0 GB/FB – yay grounders
Reinier Casanova, RHP: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-3 GB/FB
Preston Claiborne, RHP: 3 IP, zeroes, 5 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Ronny Marte, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB
Mike Gipson, RHP: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, , 1 HBP, 5-2 GB/FB
Emerson Landoni, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 5-0 GB/FB – yeah, so a pitcher got the walk-off hit to give the win to the utility infielder that threw two scoreless innings … best game ever? best game ever

Low-A Charleston (4-1 loss to Greenville)
Eduardo Sosa, CF, Anderson Feliz, 2B, Gary Sanchez, C & Taylor Grote, RF: all 0 for 4, 2 K – Feliz drove in a run
Kevin Mahoney, 1B, Ramon Flores, LF & Kelvin DeLeon, DH: all 1 for 4 – Mahoney struck out twice, DeLeon thrice … Flores stole a base
Garrison Lassiter, 3B: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
Jose Mojica, SS: 1 for 4, 1 2B
Steve Evarts, LHP: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 7-4 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Tommy Kahnle, RHP: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K – 82-43 K/BB in 60 IP

Short Season Staten Island (10-7 win over Batavia)
Mason Williams, CF: 2 for 5, 1 K
Cito Culver, SS: 1 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI
Angelo Gumbs, 2B: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (fielding) – had been hitless in his last dozen at-bats
Zach Wilson, DH: 0 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Cody Grice, LF: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 K – broke the tie in the top of the ninth with a two-run triple
Ben Gamel, RF: 2 for 4, 2 RBI – threw a runner out at second … eight for his last 22 (.365)
Casey Stevenson, 1B: 2 for 5, 2 R, 2 K
Nick McCoy, C: 0 for 3, 1 K
Ali Castillo, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R
Rich Martinez, RHP: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 3-3 GB/FB
Dustin Hobbs, RHP: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Fred Lewis, LHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 3-0 GB/FB
Branden Pinder, RHP: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1 HB, 2-0 GB/FB – 20-0 K/BB in 15 IP
Ben Paullus, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (15-4 win over GCL Phillies) they’ve scored 44 more runs than any other team in the league
Claudio Custodio, SS: 1 for 3, 4 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 1 SB – .315/.432/.391 and a perfect 16-for-16 in steals
Dan Brewer, LF: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – played just four innings in the field
Justin James, LF: 2 for 2, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – .433/.553/.533 in his ten games
Dante Bichette Jr., 3B: 2 for 6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 K – 23 for his last 38 (.605) with five doubles, a triples, and two homer
Yeicock Calderon, RF: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Matt Duran, DH: 1 for 5, 1 R, 2 K
Jorge Alcantara, PH-DH: 0 for 1
Ravel Santana, CF: 0 for 5, 2 K
Jackson Valera, C: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing) – picked a runner off third with a snap throw
Jon Hurst, C: 1 for 1, 1 R
Fu-Lin Kuo, 1B: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Henry Pena, PH-1B: 0 for 0, 1 R, 1 BB
Taylor Anderson, 2B: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Gabe Encinas, RHP: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 3-3 GB/FB – nine walks and seven strikeouts in his last three starts
Mariel Checo, RHP: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP
Cory Maines, RHP: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB
George Isabel, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB
Trevor Johnson, LHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Game 103: Welcome the O's
Late rally comes up short, Yankees fall to O's
  • KenC

    LMFAO DAMN BRACKMAN! why do we call you a killer b again? -.-

    • Coolerking101

      Change that to the killer BB.

    • lower case j

      Cause part of you dies every time you read his stat line…

      • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

        That line really is teh lulz. Boy if he ever gets some command he is going to be…Randy Johnson?

    • Will (the other one)

      I’m not ready to give up hope on Brackman, but at this point, it seems pretty clear that he doesn’t even know where any given pitch is going to end up. Whether it’s mechanics, confidence, or some horrific combination of the two, the Brackman-in-AAA experience just isn’t working. I’d much rather see him down one (or more) levels working to at least regain some control than pitching in SWB, where he seems to be getting progressively worse instead of better.

    • YankeeGrunt

      What do you do with that? Nobody can hit him, but he can’t hit a glove. That’s probably why nobody can hit him, even the catcher doesn’t know where the ball is going.

  • Xstar7

    Dante has been unbelievable.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Worst draft pick ever :)

  • Cy Pettitte

    GCL wrecking crew is the most badass team in MiLB history.

    • bottom line

      GCL Yanks OPS .893

      Next best in league Pirates .748

  • IRF

    The Nats are hoarding broken Yankee pitchers.

  • Ghost

    Good lord Brack, you’d swear the man was throwing a whiffle ball off the mound with how his year has gone.

    On another note, GCL yanks continue to be the highlight of the Dotf

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Meh the GCL Yankees are really far away to get that excited about and apparently the competition isn’t that all great yet.

      I’m excited but I’d rather keep a stronger eye on the AA and AAA guys.

      • Ghost

        Agreed, what I meant was that the game boy numbers are entertaining :)

      • emac2

        Wow – Are you the kind of guy that posts your food choices on facebook?

        Why bother to post that you don’t pay attention to the things someone else is interested enough to post about?

        On another topic – Why are the major league Yankees any more real or important then one of their minor league teams?

        They are all playing a game in the name of the Yankees. I’m a fan of all of them for that reason and just as interested (more so in many cases) in the kids as I am in a mid season game with the “adults”

  • Mark

    One of the greatest titles ever.

  • Ghost

    Remember when David Robertson and Eric Wordekemper were coming up through the system at the same time. Good times

  • Reggie C.

    Brackman’s outing looms over everything else minor league related. Well, Stoneburner is back so that’s welcomed news.

    Wow. Brackman may have just put up an ugly enough stat line to have earned him a demotion to AA. Why is he even stepping into game situations when his performances are actually getting WORSE?

  • Angel

    the best offense in the AL—–Yankees……weel not!

  • Sam

    Didn’t we sign a cuban shortstop either last year or earlier this year? What happened to him? He was in High-A maybe?

    • first name only male (formerly Mike R. – Retire 21)

      AA Trenton. Yadil Mojica.

  • Xstar7

    I see the GCL Yanks were playing with 2 LF’s today.

    Joe Maddon must have had something to do with this.

    • lower case j

      Not to mention the dual catchers. Rewriting baseball strategy in the GCL baby!

    • Mike Axisa

      Brewer only played four innings.

      • Xstar7


  • Bgeary8

    Well played, Axisa. Well played.

  • JonS

    Graham Stoneburner had a nice game even though he got the loss.

    6.0IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 5K

    Mike is he for real? Could he be a top prospect?

    • Samuel

      Stoneburner did not get the loss tonight, and yes, he is a real prospect.

      Although his velocity was down (89-91) from where I saw him last season (92-95), his ball had serious movement on it tonight.

      Last winter, along with the Three B’s, Stoner was deemed an “untouchable” by Yankee brass in potential trades.

      • Cuso

        “Stoner was deemed an ‘untouchable’ by Yankee brass in potential trades.”

        According to whom? You have actual knowledge of this? That’s a rather bold (and unprovable) statement.

        • Samuel

          Info came from someone in the Yankee camp down in Tampa. At the time, they felt Stoner would make a very solid 7th inning major league type reliever, possibly in 2011, with his command, 92-95 MPH fastball and wicked slider.

          He was on the fast track.

          Look at what Stoner has done so far. Right after he signed in 2009, he pitched one token game in the regular season, then they put him in as the closer for Staten Island in the league title game.

          Started 2010 in Charleston, dominated, and was quickly (7 starts) moved to Tampa where he also pitched very well. After 26 career minor league starts, he was already in Trenton to start the 2011 season, where he has also pitched well.

          If not for the neck injury, Stoner would likely be in Triple A now, probably pitching out of the bullpen beginning in mid-August.

          Last night in his return to Trenton his velocity was not the same, but that could be due to his recent return from the neck injury.

          He should return to his higher velocity level and is a big candidate for the Arizona Fall League. Yankees like him a lot.

  • Ivan

    When I first read the title I was like ok, let me see what he did. The I saw the actual line and my initial reaction was “WTF” lol. Like I dont know what to say. Im surprised he stood long enough to walk 9 guys. What after the first 6 BB’s wasnt enough to tell you he had no control.

    • BamBino2287

      I’m very encouraged by the BrackMan’s no-no. It takes some serious skill to walk 9 guys and not allow a hit. The BrackMan should be promoted to the big league club with results like this. I mean with Brackman and Burnett’s untouchable stuff the Yanks should have a 1-2-3 in the playoffs that will rival the Phils or Giants.

  • Phil

    Nice to see Taylor (Gabe) Anderson w/a multi-hit game, bb, sb, & rbi; that’s the way to show ’em.

    Did Trenton really K 16 times tonite? Sheesh. Love the name of the team they played, though, the Richmond Flying Squirrels; very groovy!

    What’s going on w/Tyler Austin? The guy was raking, gets promoted, & disappears, so what’s up w/that?

    Wishing Chris Garcia all the success, but would wish even harder had the Bombers resigned him.

    Did any one out there hear anything to the effect that the Yankees were not all that pleased w/Sam Stafford’s physical & that it could hang up his signing? Something about the pictures on his pitching arm were somewhat troubling? Rumor or what?

    • BamBino87

      You’re all missing a very key point. It takes some serious skill to walk 9 guys. I believe we found the #2 starter the big league team is looking for, who needs Ubaldo when the BrackMan is throwing no-no’s.

  • nycsportzfan

    Dante Bichette is freaking unreal! Also, Cody Grice is really tearing it up at SI… We got some big dudes lately, Segedin, Roller, Rookie Davis, Grice, Justin James…etc

    How about Pinder? Dang!!! 20k 0bb!

    Way to go CoJO and Romine, having solid games right before the trade deadline…

    And, really nice seeing Stoneburner throw a gem… Really nice indeed..

  • nycsportzfan

    Also, to the phillies trading for h.pence.. It should show us all and the yanks that u can make some trades and still have a farm system, as the phils got Oswalt and Halladay in trade, and still had ammo to get Pence this yr.. How u ask? Well, seeing how 2yrs ago, Betances and Banuelos and Montero would of never got a deal done for Ubaldo, and guys like Corban Joseph would of never been mentioned as other possible add-ins to sweeten the deal, some of our young guys will take over the spots of Banuelos and Betances, as were loaded with young stud talent throughout.. Guys like Ramon Flores, Culver, Mason Williams, Brett Marshall, Deluca, Pinder, Bichette will be the new crop of guys that can help us or come up big for us in trade.. And that dosen’t even include the middle tier of Segedin, Roller, Stoneburner, Romine, Adams, Heredia and all those guys.. The yanks really need to get a deal done, preferably for Ubaldo Jiminez, as u can’t just throw yrs away and think making the playoffs is good enough.. This yr we could have a very good chance at another WS title, and without a combination of antoehr very good starter, and or lefty reliever and or very good “HITTER”, that can hit with RISP, and put the ball in play and not be nothing but a streaky power hitter, were just gonna do what we do in the playoffs most yrs, and thats lose fairly quickly..

    In my opinion, this is the worst Yankee Team we’ve had that will make the playoffs, since 2001, and how many championships do we have since then??? only 1!! I mean, did we spend a quarter billion on 3players to just make playoffs, and use the old cliche “u never know what can happen when u make the playoffs”?? I mean, were obviously not as good as Boston, Philly and maybe TExas(despite beating tex up this yr), lets close that gap, and give this postseason a realistic chance of success…. Right now, we Strike out to much on offense, hit horribly with RISP, we don’t have a true number 2, at least one i’ll feel comfy with in the playoffs, and i certainly would like a lefty reliever or a righty reliever that can pitch good against lefties like mike adams…

    Stop playing around, and make this season worth watching at the end, and not just a qucik exited playoffs, cashman! Your kidding yourselves if u think this team has a chance come postseason.. Watching them everyday, its kinda hard to beleive there in the positon there in… It just hasen’t felt like they’ve played to there record..

    • Peter Lacock

      Save it.
      The Yanks made the Pence trade 2 years ago.
      The guy plays CF now.
      And Ubaldo is no Halladay. Not even close. Ubaldo is (reportedly)way more expensive.

      • Louis

        And way cheaper, way younger, and with more years of team control.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      “In my opinion, this is the worst Yankee Team we’ve had that will make the playoffs, since 2001,”

      Huh Where have you been?

      “Stop playing around, and make this season worth watching at the end, and not just a qucik exited playoffs, cashman! Your kidding yourselves if u think this team has a chance come postseason..”

      Quick question if they don’t win this yr what happens?

  • Pounder

    How quickly will Dante move? Is it time to give him a colorful moniker?

  • John

    The GCL Yankees….damn

    Doesn’t matter what level they’re at. Some posters make it sound like its the NY Yankees playing a Low A team. The GCL Yanks are just like every other GCL team in terms of eligible players and what not. The fact they just seem to dominate at that level is actually a good thing.

    Seems the really good high school athlete that gets to play competitive college ball has to have ridiculous numbers. And that trend continues on and on until there’s a AAA player who just destroys AAA, waiting for the majors.

    The kids are doing THAT in GCL, which means given time in a few years there should be some standout pieces that will be putting on the parent pinstripes…