Betances & Brackman finish up their seasons

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Just one more day of regular season minor league baseball left…

Triple-A Scranton Game One (5-1 loss to Buffalo in seven innings)
Kevin Russo, 3B, Ramiro Pena, 2B, Jorge Vazquez, 3B & Jordan Parraz, RF: all 0 for 3 – Russo and Pena each struck out
Mike Lamb, DH, Ray Kruml, LF & Gus Molina, C: all 1 for 3 – Kruml got caught stealing and struck out … Gus doubled
Greg Golson, CF: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Luis Nunez, SS: 1 for 2, 1 2B
Dellin Betances, RHP: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 WP, 1 HB, 5-3 GB/FB – 61 of 101 pitches were strikes (60.4%) … finishes the year with 142 strikeouts and 70 walks in 126.1 IP, career highs across the board but just barely (previous highs: 141 K, 62 BB, 121.2 IP)
Andrew Brackman, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-2 GB/FB – 23 of 33 pitches were strikes (69.7%) … assuming he doesn’t pitch tomorrow, he’ll finish the year with a 75-75 K/BB in 95 IP, but 17-6 in his last 18.1 IP … at least he can go into the offseason feeling a little better about how things went

Triple-A Scranton Game Two (2-0 win over Buffalo in six innings) makeup of a July 8th rain out, and it was completed early
Kevin Russo, 3B: 2 for 2, 1 BB, 1 SB
Ray Kruml, LF, Jorge Vazquez, 1B & Greg Golson, CF: all 1 for 2 – Kruml walked and whiffed … JoVa walked and scored … Golson tripled, drove in a run, scored another, and struck out
Austin Romine, C & Jordan Parraz, RF: both 0 for 3 – Romine struck out
Luis Nunez, 2B: 0 for 1, 1 RBI, 1 K
P.J. Pilittere, DH & Doug Bernier, SS: both 0 for 2
David Phelps, RHP: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 5-6 GB/FB –57 of 86 pitches were strikes (66.3%) … now it’s off to the Arizona Fall League for him

Double-A Trenton (12-9 loss to New Britain)
Austin Krum, CF: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B – eight for his last 24 (.333)
Corban Joseph, 2B: 3 for 5, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – multiple hits in five of his last eight games … 13-for-28 (.464) during that stretch
Rob Lyerly, 1B: 3 for 4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding) – had three hits in his previous 24 at-bats combined (.125)
Zoilo Almonte, DH: 0 for 5, 3 K
Melky Mesa, RF: 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – he’s been killing the ball in the second half, very nice to see
Damon Sublett, LF: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1  K
Jose Pirela, SS: 0 for 3, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 E (throwing)
Jose Gil, C & Addison Maruszak, 3B: both 1 for 4 – Gil allowed a passed ball … Maruszak doubled, drove in a run, and struck out
Graham Stoneburner, RHP: 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 7-2 GB/FB
Pat Venditte, SwP: 3 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1-5 GB/FB – and just like that, his ERA goes from 2.79 to 3.40 … gotta be the worst outing of his career

High-A Tampa (3-2 loss to Lakeland) their season is over, they finished 74-64 and in fourth place of the FSL North division
Emerson Landoni, SS, DeAngelo Mack, RF, Neil Medchill, CF & Rob Segedin, 3B: all 1 for 4 – Landoni drove in a run … Mack got caught stealing … Medchill struck out … Segedin drove in a run and struck out twice
Ronnie Mustelier, 2B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI – finished at .352/.295/.514 in 36 games after signing, and now he’s headed to the Arizona Fall League
Cody Johnson, DH: 2 for 4, 1 K
Luke Murton, LF: 1 for 3
Mitch Abeita, C-1B: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 2 K
Tyson Blaser, 1B-C: 0 for 3, 1 K – looks like he and Abeita split the final day of the season behind the plate
Kramer Sneed, LHP: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2-2 GB/FB – finishes with a 110-28 K/BB in 103.2 IP
Joel De La Cruz, RHP: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 4- GB/FB – up from the GCL for the end of the season
Dan Burawa, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – finishes the year with a 66-25 K/BB and a 2.22 GB/FB in 84 IP

Low-A Charleston (8-1 win over Asheville)
Jose Rosario, SS: 1 for 6, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Ramon Flores, LF: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Shane Brown, DH: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HBP – 13 for his last 35 (.371) with three doubles, four walks, and just two strikeouts
Kevin Mahoney, 1B: 1 for 2, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 3 BB
Kelvin DeLeon, RF: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 HBP – threw a runner out at the plate
Jose Mojica, 3B: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB
Jeff Farnham, C: 2 for 3, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Jose Toussen, 2B: 0 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Danny Lopez, CF: 1 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 HBP, 1 E (fielding)
Shane Greene, RHP: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP, 3-4 GB/FB
Francisco Rondon, LHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 1-2 GB/FB
Yobanny Reyes, LHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (7-4 loss to Brooklyn) the regular season is over, and they finished with the best record in the NY-Penn League at 45-28 … their first round playoff series against Brooklyn begins on Tuesday (best-of-three)
Mason Williams, CF: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB – got picked off first … finishes the regular season at .349/.389/.483 with 28 steals in 40 chances (70%) and a just a 13.8% strikeout rate
Cito Culver, SS: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (throwing) – the error came on a Jeterian jump throw … five for his last 11 (.455) with two doubles, so at least he’s heating up going into the postseason
Ben Gamel, RF, Reymond Nunez, 1B & Casey Stevenson, DH: all 0 for 4 – Stevenson and Gamel each struck out twice, Nunez thrice
Tyler Austin, 3B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – ten for his last 28 (.357) with two doubles, a triple, and two homers
Angelo Gumbs, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 RBI
Zach Wilson, LF: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI – 14 for his last 32 (.438) with two doubles and three homers
Nick McCoy, C: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Will Oliver, RHP: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 6-0 GB/FB- I thought he’d get the start in Game One of the playoffs, but it looks like it’ll be Bryan Mitchell … Taylor Morton figures to get Game Two, then I guess it’ll be either Matt Tracy or Oliver on three days’ rest in a potential Game Three
Dustin Hobbs, RHP: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 1-3 GB/FB
Zach Arneson, RHP: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Phil Wetherell, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K – 41 K in 30 IP
Branden Pinder, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB

The Rookie GCL Yanks won their league championship.

Open Thread: Jim Abbott
Yanks hammer Blue Jays to finish off sweep
  • 28 this year

    Is Will Oliver a prospect? He didn’t throw a lot of innings today but it still seems weird to have a prospect go on three days rest. But what do I know?

    • tremont

      Org player. He’s old. Not terrible. Decent fastball and change. Breaking ball is garbage.

  • Jesse

    Holy hell, Kramer Sneed? I must have missed something about him. He’s 22 years old and doing that in just one level below AA? I gotta check out a scouting report.

    • Sayid J.

      I must have missed something about him as well… what did he do that was so impressive? Age 21 at High A?

      • Rick in Boston

        From the article: 110-28 K/BB in 103.2 IP

  • Dennis

    Mike trout in short season .352 .419 .486
    Mason .349/.389/.483

    • Steve H.

      Frankie Cervelli in low-A: .309/.397/.426

      • dkidd

        steve h in this thread: captain bringdown


      • Jesse


      • Jesse

        Robinson Cano rookie and low A in 2001: .231/.328/.361

        • Steve H.

          And he had an 18 year old teammate that hit .303/.398/.473 by the name of Bronson Sardinha.

          • Dennis

            You do realize their is a HUGE difference between 300 and 350.

            • Steve H.

              Not when the OBP and SLG are so close. The difference in AVG is about meaningless.

              • wolf larson

                BA — especially when it’s up among league leaders –still counts. And OBP and SLG do not take SPEED into account — notably defense and stolen bases. Mason really improved his SB success rate as season wore on. May have even closed with a streak, so really he was better than 28 for 40, which is not bad to begin with.

      • Dennis

        Its short season and age appropriate so yours means nothing debby downer.

        • Steve H.

          So do you think they are comparable players/prospects because they had similar stats at the same age at the same competition level?

          • Dennis

            How else do you compare players if not by level of competition. If he puts up similar numbers next year in full season he becomes a top ten prospect like trout did.

            • Steve H.

              You can find a million guys with comparable stats at comparable ages against comparable competition. It doesn’t automatically make them comparable prospects. If so, Pat Venditte and Edwar Ramirez (and Colter Bean) would have been very highly regarded.

              • Dennis

                Now your comparing pitchers to position players and AAAA pitchers at that. Mike trout had a similar debut season to mason. And if he has a similar sophmore season like trout then he becomes an elite prospect so have hope and dont compare him to people who have nothing in common with him.

                • Steve H.

                  I think Mason can and will be an elite prospect, but not because his numbers compare with Mike Trout’s, and I don’t think he becomes the prospect Trout was (can you see Mason in the majors in 2012?). As posted above, Cano was terrible in short season ball at 18, Sardinha was great. Stats alone don’t tell us much about minor league players. Scouting reports tell us a ton (especially at very low levels) and the scouts are raving about Williams.

                  • Doug

                    wouldn’t it be 2013?

                    • Steve H.

                      By time in minors yes, by age, no. Williams is younger than Trout by 2 whole weeks.

                    • Doug

                      gotcha, Steve

              • wolf larson

                Except Williams is a legit prospect. Not saying he’s at Trout level. But one clue to why these numbers mean something is the low strikeout rate. it;s the guys with high K rates that often fail as they move up. With defense, speed and plate contril, Williamns is a prospect, even if he doesn’t hit well over .300 every year.

    • Doug

      sorry, but trout’s short season #s were actually: .360/.418/.506

      was .267/.421/.267 at A as well

      • Basic Beans

        Trout is also basically the same age as Williams.

        • Doug

          Yup, so wiliiams is essentially a year behind as a prospect.

  • YankeeGrunt

    Just curious what you think of Mustelier. He’s killing high A, but you’d expect an overaged prospect to do that. He should start at Trenton next year, perhaps he’ll play well enough warrant a midseason promotion to AAA (although CoJo could make that difficult), clearly he is blocked but is he a guy you look at as a utility infielder type or might he have the potential to be a good MLB regular?

    • JohnnyC

      That’s one of the reasons they’re sending him to the AFL…to have him play a number of positions. He may end up as an outfielder.

  • Dino Velvet

    So what do ManBam, Betances & Brackman do now? Do they do any winter ball or do they just wait 5 1/2 months until spring training?

    • SDM

      Manny is probably at his innings limit so he’s done. I heard Betances was meant to be 150 innings so its possible they send him to a winter league to make up those 24 innings but it won’t be surprising if they don’t.

    • wolf larson

      Brackman could benefit from a few innings in bigs this year. Trremendous improvemtn late this year and has now put up two dominating stints (in two different seasons) out of pen. Give him some low leverage innings to see how he does. But if anyone truly deserves a promotion it’s Geroge Kontos.

      • Samuel

        If anyone in the Yankee system DESERVES a promotion it is definitely RHP Josh Schmidt.

        All he does is get people out, with lots of strikeouts, and during the last couple years he has been a great Yankee trooper with all the demotions back to Trenton.

        Get the kid his cup of coffee and let him throw a couple garbage innings in a blowout.

  • Dennis

    I wonder who starts in full season at 3B austin or bichette. Probably Austin but you never know.

    • CP

      I think it was yesterday, Bichette started at 3B and Austin at 1B for Staten Island. It’s just one day, but may be a sign of how they intend to handle them…

  • Jd

    Phelps to Yankees. Best AAA pitcher and most ready not named Kontos

  • Jesse

    Seriously, what’s the deal with Kramer Sneed? Is he a prospect, or what?

  • Now Batting

    Any chance of Brackman pitching for the Yankees this September?

    • MikeD

      There is certainly a chance.

      Frankly, it would be kind of crazy not to bring him up. He’s already on the 40-man roster and he’s only under team control for one more year. They should bring him up simply to get a better persepctive on how he looks against MLB hitters and also provide a bit more seasoning.

      The clock is ticking. Bring him up now.

      • Steve S.

        I hope they do. It can’t hurt.

        • pharryn

          It certainly could hurt his confidence if he gets rocked, but I think he HAS to be promoted as Mike D pointed out; the clock’s ticking.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Shane Greene and Shane Brown in the same lineup? Any Shane Whites or Blacks we can draft?