Staten Island shuts Brooklyn out in Game One

Open Thread: 'We're trying to win a ring around here'
Same teams, different day, different cities, same result: Yanks lose to O's in extra innings

Twenty-fifth rounder Adam Smith was ranked as the eighth best prospect in the Texas Collegiate League by Baseball America (subs. req’d). There’s no real scouting report in the write-up, they just note that he was an infielder and a pitcher at Texas A&M, but the Yankees took  him (and paid him $157k) as a pitcher. Unsigned 33rd rounder Spencer O’Neil was ranked as the fifth best prospect in the West Coast League (subs. req’d), and the high school outfielder was said to have a “beautiful lefthanded swing” with “good feel for hitting and some power potential.” He’s off to Oregon.

Just a heads up if you plan on going to Friday’s Short Season Staten Island game (in Staten Island), it’s been moved up to 1:05pm ET to avoid the upcoming rainstorm. It was supposed to be a 7:05pm ET start.

Short Season Staten Island (2-0 win over Brooklyn) SI leads the first round series one game to none (best-of-three)
Mason Williams, CF: 1 for 4, 1 3B, 1 K – opened the game with leadoff triple and they couldn’t get him in, so at least we know RISPFAIL it preached throughout the minors [/sarcasm]
Cito Culver, SS: 1 for 4, 1 K
Ben Gamel, RF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB
Tyler Austin, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 SB – singled in Gamel for the second run in the eighth, though a throwing error helped get him into scoring position
Reymond Nunez, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Casey Stevenson, 2B:  1 for 4, 1 K
Zach Wilson, DH: 0 for 4, 2 K – finished the regular season on a 14-for-32 (.438) tear (two doubles, three homers)
Cody Grice, LF: 1 for 4, 2 K
Nick McCoy, C: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K – the number nine hitter opened the scoring with an RBI single to plate Nunez
Matt Tracy, LHP: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 8-4 GB/FB – retired a dozen batters in a row at one point … Bryan Mitchell had been lined up to start the first game, but that was two rain outs ago
Phil Wetherell, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 1-1 GB/FB
Branden Pinder, RHP: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 0-2 GB/FB – dominant, but I have to imagine Ben Paullus is tomorrow’s closer

Triple-A Scranton, Double-A Trenton, High-A Tampa, and Low-A Charleston all failed to qualify to the postseason. The Rookie GCL Yankees have already won their league title.

Open Thread: 'We're trying to win a ring around here'
Same teams, different day, different cities, same result: Yanks lose to O's in extra innings
  • mbonzo

    Branden Pinder friggin rules.

  • Gleb Bakouline

    Cito culvEr

  • GGolson

    Wetherall didn’t have a strikeout!!!??? BUST DECLARED

  • Jerome S.

    2 – 0 win, but three RBI’s? I DEMAND PERFECTION.

  • Avi

    Jim Callis from his BA chat last week:
    Connor G. (NY): Where does Mason Williams fit in the Yankees top 10 in your opinion?

    Jim Callis: Off the top of my head, I’d put him fifth behind the four guys at the top of last year’s Top 10 (Montero, Sanchez, Betances, Banuelos).

    In his yesterday’s chat Callis said Mason is the #1 prospect in the NY Penn League. Good times.

    • mbonzo

      If BA agrees, we might see Williams rank in the 60’s or 70’s overall.

      • Avi

        Yeah I think we’ll see Mason in the 75 range. Def in the top 100. He’ll probably be on everyone’s top 100.

    • Ted Nelson

      You spend countless comments claiming the Yankees can’t draft, now you like one of their draft picks? How’s that work?

      • Avi

        My gripe has never been “the Yankees can’t draft”. It’s that they haven’t taken the best player available with their first picks the last two years.

        • Tom Zig

          I agree with the not taking best player available the past two years. There were certainly better players available than Cito and Dante. But the Yankees do their best work in the mid and later rounds. Maybe they’re not going crazy in the first round these past few years because they don’t want to scare small market teams into voting for mandatory slotting in the next CBA. Perhaps they’ll go crazy if the new CBA comes into effect without mandatory slotting.

          • sleepykarl

            One thing that is understated, best player available is in the eye of the beholder. I love BA, BP and KLaw as much as the next guy, but each teams scouts have their own rankings that don’t parallel those reports. Can’t really argue with the results the Yankees have gotten that stray from those sites.

          • Avi

            I like your theory Tom. At least there would be some explanation if it were true.

          • Ted Nelson

            They didn’t take the best player available based on what? BA rankings? It’s totally possible they just liked those guys more t/whoever. Or at least as the best picks based on signability ans salary demands. Saving money there allows them to sign a Mason Williams, a Gary Sanchez, a CC Sabathia… If they spend $4-6 million on a Castellanos or Bell they don’t really feel is a significantly better prospect every season… That adds up quickly.

            I think that’s a more plausible explanation than them purposefully blowing draft picks because of some intangible belief it will influence future rules.

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


          • Ted Nelson

            I also don’t believe it’s an accident they do their best work in the middle rounds: I believe it’s a strategy. Instead of taking and signing one Josh Bell, for example, they spread their risk around to a Dante, Duran, Bird, Cave, Camarena, Davis, etc. A team like the Pirates goes big early on a few guys. Yankees go smaller early when there’s move overall talent on the board and bigger later, buying signability guys who might have hit it big in college. I don’t think one strategy or the other is necessarily better.

            I know fans want the Yankees to go big always and just spend limitlessly, but without an intimate knowledge of the finances… Why bother speculating? Obviously they have a lot of money to spend, but there are plenty of reasons they might limit their draft budget whether it’s to spend those resources elsewhere, increase short-term profit, or a more intangible goal like you mention with rule changes.

        • Ted Nelson

          I can literally go back and find places where you say they can’t draft, do a terrible job of drafting, etc.

          My problem with your constant whining about it is that you provide no scouting reports on why you think other players were better… Just BA top 200 rankings. Historically those rankings provide very little value outside the top players. If I provided the stock picks of some day trader who was wrong 90 percent of the time, would you take his or her rankings seriously?

          You just can’t say at the time of the draft that a certain prospect is a better long term player than another. Just can’t. Even a #1 pick like Tim Beckham might be worse than guys taken well behind him (not that his development is necessarily done).

          Mason Williams is an example of exactly this. Where was he ranked by BA? How much was he paid? If you are going to live and die by BA rankings and be so mad the Yankees liked Cito and Dane better than BA… You should not like that they paid Mason Williams so much. If you do like Mason Williams so much only a year after being drafted, you should realize BA rankings are not infallible. Yet you don’t.

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

            I agree completely. I am way too lazy to go back and post links but I am positive that comments very much along those lines have been made by Avi quite often.

  • MikeD

    No Dante tonight?

  • Gonzo

    Any love for Staten Island alumnus, Brandon Weeden? Had a decent game tonight.

    • JohnnyC

      I can see a West Coast NFL team selecting him in next year’s draft. A 29 year old rookie quarterback? Shades of Kurt Warner.