Brackman shines again but Scranton drops a pair

Game 129: Hurricane A.J.
Ahead of Irene, Burnett fizzles out again

Thanks again to mbonzo for the help.

Triple-A Scranton Game One (6-1 loss to Pawtucket)
Chris Dickerson, DH, Kevin Russo, 2B, Raymond Kruml, LF, Doug Bernier, SS: 0 for 3 – Russo K’d once and Bernier twice.
Jesus Montero, C, Brandon Laird, 3B, Jordan Parraz, RF: 1 for 3 – Montero and Parraz singled and K’d. Laird hit his 15th homerun of the season.
Mike Lamb, 1B: 1 for 2, 1 2B, 1 BB
Greg Golson, CF: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 SB 2 K’s
Adam Warren, RHP: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB’s, 11 K’s, 2 HR’s, 5-1 GO/FO – 74 of his 120 pitches were strikes. That’s the Adam Warren.
George Kontos, RHP: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Triple-A Scranton Game Two (7-3 loss to Pawtucket )
Chris Dickerson, CF: 0 for 4, 1 K, 1 E
Greg Golson, LF: 0 for 2, 1 BB , 1 K
Mike Lamb, DH: 1 for 2, 1 2B, 1 BB
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 2 for 3, 2 HR’s – That’s 30 on the season.
Brandon Laird, 3B, Gustavo Molina, C, Luis Nunez, 2B: 0 for 3 – Nunez and Molina K’d once and Laird K’d twice.
Jordan Parraz, RF, Doug Bernier, SS: 1 for 3 – Bernier doubled and K’d. Parraz K’d twice.
Aaron Laffey, LHP: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB’s, 1 K
Andrew Brackman, RHP: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K’s, 3-1 GO/FO – 29 of his 45 pitches were strikes. Since Brackman “reevaluated” his delivery, he has a 1.76 ERA, a 0.587 WHIP, 8.8 K/9, and a 7.5 K/BB in 15.1 IP. He’s making a case for a September call up.
Logan Kensing, RHP: 2.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB’s, 1 K

Double-A Trenton (4-3 loss to New Britain)
Austin Krum, LF, Melky Mesa, CF, Addison Maruszak, 3B: 0 for 3 – Maruszak walked and K’d. Mesa K’d twice.
Corban Joseph, 2B: 0 for 4, 2 K’s
Austin Romine, C, Zoilo Almonte, RF, Jose Pirela, SS: 2 for 4 – Romine K’d once. Almonte doubled, K’d twice, was caught stealing and pitcked off. Pirela stole a base and had 2 errors on the game. He now holds the record for most errors in a Thunder season.
Rob Lyerly, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 K
Damon Sublett, DH: 1 for 3, 1 BB
Shaeffer Hall, LHP: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB’s, 3 K’s, 5-8 GO/FO
Josh Schmidt, RHP: 1.1 IP, 3 K’s, zeroes – 2 ER in his last 12 IP. (1.50 ERA)
Ryan Pope, RHP: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – Blew the save and earned himself the lose.

High-A Tampa (8-7 loss to Brevard County)
Abraham Almonte, CF, Mitch Abeita, C: 2 for 4 – Almonte walked, stole a base, was caught stealing and picked off. Abeira K’d once.
Walter Ibarra, SS, Rob Segedin, 3B: 2 for 5, 1 K – Ibarra homered, his fifth of the year.
Deangelo Mack, RF: 1 for 5, 1 3B, 1 K
Ronnier Mustelier, LF: 1 for 4: 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E
Kyle Roller, 1B: 1 for 2, 2 BB’s
Cody Johnson, DH: 0 for 5 – Had the golden sombrero tonight. 14 K’s in his last 26 AB’s.
Kelvin Castro, 2B: 1 for 3
Jose Quintana, LHP: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K’s, 6-5 GO/FO
Ronny Marte, RHP: 1.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB’s, 1 K
Preston Claiborn, RHP: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Low-A Charleston (7-6 loss to Savannah)
Jose Toussen, SS: 0 for 5, 1 K 1 E, 1 R
Shane Brown, DH: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI
Ramon Flores, CF, Jeffrey Farnham, C: 2 for 4 – Both doubled. Flores stole a base and K’d.
Kelvin De Leon, RF, Michael Ferraro, LF: 0 for 4, 1 K
Kevin Mahoney, 1B, Garrison Lassiter, 3B: 1 for 3 – Mahoney walked and Lassiter had a fielding error.
Jose Mojico, 2B: 2 for 3, 1 3B, 1 BB
Mike Gipson, RHP: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB’s, 3 K’s, 2 HR’s, 8-1 GO/FO, 1 E
Thomas Kahnle, RHP: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB’s, 2 K’s, 1 E – Has a 12.34 K/9 on the season. (73.2 IP)
Michael Recchia, RHP: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K’s

Short Season Staten Island (8-4 win over Aberdeen)
Mason Williams, CF: 4 for 5, 1 2B, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB – That was his 24th steal of the year. He’s 10 for his last 21. (.476)
Cito Culver, SS: 1 for 6, 1 R, 2 K’s, 1 E (16th of the year)
Ben Gamel, RF: 3 for 5, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
Tyler Austin, 3B, Reymond Nunez, 1B: 1 for 4 – Both doubled. Austin walked once and K’d twice along with a fielding error.
Zachary Wilson, DH, Nick McCoy, C: 2 for 5 – Wilson doubled.
Cody Grice, LF: 0 for 5, 1 SB, 2 K’s
Ali Castillo, 2B: 1 for 3, 2 BB’s, 1 SB, 2 K’s, 1 E
Matthew Tracy, LHP: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB’s, 5 K’s, 6-1 GO/FO – Has a 3.22 K/BB in his last 10 games. (29.1 IP)
John Brebbia, RHP: 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeroes
Philip Wetherell, RHP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Branden Pinder, RHP: 2.0 IP, 2 K’s, zeroes – 3 ER in his 25 IP in Staten Island. (1.08 ERA) Even more impressive is his 6.2 K/BB and 11.16 K/9.

GCL Yankees (10-1 depantsing by the Pirates)
Jose Rosario, SS: 1 for 5, 1 K
Daniel Lopez, CF: 0 for 5, 1 K
Isaias Tejeda, C, Greg Bird, DH, Fu Lin Kuo, 2B: 1 for 4 – Kuo K’d once. That was Bird’s first professional hit!
Dante Bichette, 3B, Jorge Alcantara, LF: 1 for 3 – Bichette scored the only run by the Yankees. Alcantara walked and K’d with 2 fielding errors.
Matt Duran, 1B: 2 for 2
Damian Taveras, 1B: 1 for 2
Yeicok Calderon, RF: 0 for 3 – Had the hat trick. Has 17 K’s in his last 33 AB’s, striking out 52% of the time.
Justin James, RF: 0 for 1
Reynaldo Polanco, RHP: 2.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – He’s given up 17 ER in his last 12 IP. (12.41 ERA)
Daniel Martinez, LHP: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K’s Allowed only 1 ER in his last 14 IP. (0.64 ERA)
Edwin Rodriguez, RHP: 1.2, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K’s, 1 HR
Mariel Checo, RHP: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K – Hasn’t allowed a run in his last 13.0 IP.
Cory Cowsert, RHP: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K’s
Joaquin Hinojosa, RHP: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Game 129: Hurricane A.J.
Ahead of Irene, Burnett fizzles out again
  • Gonzo

    Iglesias is making a case to be the #1 prospect in all of baseball.

    -Peter Gammons

    • mbonzo


    • Phife Dawg

      His defense his so good that it doesn’t matter how bad of a hitter he is. (or something like that)

      /PeterGammons’d or PeteAbe’d?

      • Gonzo

        His defense is so good that it actually takes runs off the board for the other team!

      • FIPster Doofus

        I think that was Abraham, and obviously he forgot about Rey Ordonez. Amazing fielder, but such a bad hitter that it almost rendered him valueless.

        • MannyGeee

          and obviously YOU forgot that Rey Ordonez was not in the least bit gritty ™…


          Red Sox nation

    • your mom

      Fuck Peter Gammons.

  • Jesse

    DFA Adam Warren?

    • Benjamin Kabak

      Your sarcasm detector might need some adjusting.

      • Jesse

        I have Window’s 7, that’s probably why.

    •!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      It’s a joke

  • Dennis

    Nice game by Williams, its been a while since he had a great one.

    • Joba4Prez

      Hitting .363 at the age of 20…he’s not having to many stretches without big nights

  • Joba4Prez

    Is Andrew Brackman a prospect again? lol…If his stuff is back…why the hell not.

  • ultimate913

    So is Mason Williams slowly becoming a legitimate prospect or what?

    Apparently Frank Piliere is going have a scouting report up this week on him.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      What do you mean by legitimate? He’s always been a good prospect but he’ll only be in the 80’s or something on top 100 lists. If he does things like this in A ball he’ll be very hyped about.

      • ultimate913

        IMO, “legitimate prospects” would be the top 100 prospects.

        So yeah. If he was ranked in the 80’s, sure.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          That’s complete speculation on my part but I think he could crack it.

    •!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      Define legit? He has plenty of tools and he’s been very productive, but he hasn’t done it in full season ball…yet.

      I’m definitely rooting for him though.

    • Ted Nelson

      No. He signed a $1.5 mill deal, has 4 or 5 tools, and is having an amazing season, but he is not a legit prospect… He is an org player.

  • Jesse

    Does anyone think Brackman should be moved back into the rotation because he’s been dominant of late?

    • mbonzo

      When he first moved to the bullpen, he was probably worse than when he started this year. He’s been dominant lately because of his change in mechanics, and probably a hot streak. Yankees need to bring him up to the majors and hope he finishes the year off hot there (Joba style). If all succeeds, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him start again next year. He’s got an arsenal of very good pitches, which I see as a waste in the bullpen.

      • JU

        Exactly Mbonzo. Brackman is a starter until he proves he is not one. Though I wouldnt mind seeing him get some relief innings in Sept.

        • Benjamin Kabak

          Brackman is a starter until he proves he is not one.

          If what he did this year wasn’t proving that he’s not one, I’m not sure what will.

          • mbonzo

            Reliever: 5.97 ERA
            Starter: 6.52 ERA

            I can’t take anything from those numbers. Considering how terrible the original mechanics change made him, I’d rather just ignore the first half of this year. If he had a successful history of relieving, I’d stick him in the bullpen, but I think you have to give him a shot at the rotation in 2012 spring training.

            It just reminds me that when it comes to pitching development, Yankees are far from the best organization to handle it. God spede, Banuelos and Betances.

            • Ghost

              [quote ]I can’t take anything from those numbers. Considering how terrible the original mechanics change made him, I’d rather just ignore the first half of this year.[ /quote]

              So you are looking past his whole 2010 campaign for which he used the same mechanics change that he came into this year with? That’s pretty selective there. It didn’t seem terrible then.

              • Ed

                Brackman in July 2010

                Brackman in July 2011

                The change in mechanics happened this season. He pitches well when he starts with his hands at his chest, sucks when starting with his hands at his waist.

                • Ed

                  And now to reply to myself…

                  I copied the wrong 2011 link there, but noticed something interesting in the process.

                  Both of these videos are from July 6, 2011:

                  Brackman vs Nick Evans

                  Brackman vs Luis Figueroa

                  If you watch the Nick Evans at bat, he starts his delivery with his hands near his waist. That’s the delivery he said wasn’t working. If you watch the Luis Figueroa at bat, he starts with his hands near his chest, like he did in the 2010 video and in college.

                  • Diony

                    Why he uses two different deliveries in the same game?

                  • Skip

                    Here’s my amateur take from it:

                    In your first post you had two videos of him pitching from the full windup. In the 2010 video when he comes down to drive towards the plate his hands are in control and stay at chest/stomach level.

                    In 2011 from the windup he starts at the chest but his hand come apart at what appears to be a lower level. It’s definitely subtle

                    The video of Brackman throwing from the stretch, it’s immediately evident that his hands are lower. Now, is this because someone told him to change it? I don’t know, it could just be one of those things he’s not cognizant of and was just doing it or it could indeed have been some instruction.

          • Steve S.

            Thank you.

  • your mom

    Okay, take Ryan Pope off the 40-man roster. He is stinking up the joint.

  • Dave

    YEAR 2010/2011

    AB 453/409
    AVE .289/.289
    OBP .353/.348
    2Bs 34/19
    3Bs 3/1
    HRs 21/17

    RBI 75/66
    BB 46/35
    Ks 91/97
    SLG .517/.465

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

      Nicely done. 40 more ABs this year and the diffence in HRs will likely be zero or close to it. It’s the 2Bs where the slg drop off has manifest.

      • Dave

        The HRs alone aren’t the big deal here. It’s the total drop off in extra base hits coupled with an uptick in whiffs. You’d think everything would be better the 2nd time around in AAA. But it seems AAA adjusted to him more than the other way around. Also, these numbers don’t support the notion that he needs — or deserves — to be in the big leagues as so many here seem to think. He’ll have 100ks before he reaches 40 extra base hits. That’s not indicative of the great power prospect he’s been hyped to be. One of his early strengths (mentioned by scouts) was that he had big-guy pop without the usual gaudy strikeouts — but AAA pitching has changed all that. Vasquez and Maxwell aren’t true prospects — and they struck out like crazy — but the HRs and RBIs are there. I think we all expected Vasquez-like pop (but with a better batting average) from Montero. He posts numbers more like Laird’s — and I know Laird is older, but Montero has had 2 full year cracks at AAA to break out. It just hasn’t happened. Facts are facts.

        • pacodooley

          But I would think he is still young for AAA, though that says nothing of his declining doubles and walks etc. Still, he’s so young that you have to assume he is still all he is cracked up to be…

          • Dave

            I still think he’ll eventually hit in the majors — but all this talk that he should’ve been promoted already is foolish. It’s like they’re ignoring the fact that he’s stuttered somewhat at AAA. Prospects get over-hyped. I remember Jose Tabata was being called a Manny Ramirez-type hitting prospect. He’s in the big leagues and he can hit — but he’s no Manny; and he never showed the power that he was supposed to have either. There’s a big difference between being a .280, 8-10hr corner outfielder and being a .300, 30-40hr corner outfielder.

            • Benjamin Kabak

              Who called Jose Tabata a Manny Ramirez-type? That’s crazy talk.