Noesi and JoVa keep rolling in winter ball


If you’ve got a few minutes of free time, I suggest listening to Wednesday’s Baseball Today podcast. Keith Law gives some serious praise to Mason Williams (starting around the 27:30 mark), calling him the most exciting prospect in the Yankees’ system. “I absolutely think he’s going to be a star,” said KLaw. “Two years from now … that guy’s untouchable, don’t even think about trading him. I think he’s going to be that good.” I assume the only reason he stopped short of calling him the next Ken Griffey Jr. is his anti-Yankees bias.

Anyway, the Yankees have re-signed both Noel Castillo and Kelvin Perez after they became minor league free agents. The winter ball leagues in Latin America are winding down, so we’ve only got another update or two before baseball is officially closed for business in 2011. Go back a few weeks to see the final Arizona Fall League stats

Dominican Winter League
Abe Almonte, OF: 28 G, 6 for 37, 3 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 SB, 2 CS (.162/.205/.162)
Zoilo Almonte, OF: 11 G, 6 for 35, 4 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 9 K, 1 CS (.171/.206/.200)
Melky Mesa, OF: 16 G, 9 for 41, 6 R, 2 2B, 3 3B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 9 K, 1 SB, 1 HBP (.220/.273/.415)
Gary Sanchez, C/DH: 7 G, 5 for 15, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K (.333/.412/.333) – hasn’t played in about three weeks
Cesar Cabral, LHP: 18 G, 0 GS, 11 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 12 K, 1 WP (0.82 ERA, 0.82 WHIP) – one of their two Rule 5 Draft selections
Juan Cedeno, LHP: 14 G, 0 GS, 7.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K (1.17 ERA, 1.30 WHIP) – recently signed out of an independent league
Ronny Marte, RHP: 1 G, 0 GS, 0 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB (? ERA, ? WHIP)
Hector Noesi, RHP: 9 G, 9 GS, 40.2 IP, 40 H, 20 R, 12 ER, 7 BB, 24 K, 2 WP (2.66 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) – now he’s up to 121.2 IP on the season

Mexican Pacific League
Jose Figueroa, OF: 3 G, 1 for 2, 1 K (.500/.500/1.000) – 19-year-old spent this year in the Dominican Summer League
Walt Ibarra, IF: 35 G, 17 for 104, 13 R, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 7 BB, 24 K, 1 SB, 1 CS, 1 HBP (.163/.223/.192)
Ramiro Pena, IF: 21 G, 20 for 79, 7 R, 4 2B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 8 BB, 9 K, 1 SB, 1 CS (.253/.322/.418)
Jorge Vazquez, 1B/DH: 47 G, 63 for 179, 30 R, 7 2B, 17 HR, 55 RBI, 17 BB, 54 K, 3 HBP (.352/.415/.676) – he’s played 165 games between winter ball and the regular season this year, hitting .287/.342/.562 with 49 homers, 40 unintentional walks, and 220 strikeouts in exactly 700 plate appearances
Felipe Gonzalez, RHP: 1 G, 0 GS, 1 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB (9.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP) – 20-year-old has spent the last four seasons in the Dominican Summer League
Cesar Vargas, RHP: 1 G, 0 GS, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HB (9.00 ERA, 3.00 WHIP)
Pat Venditte, SwP: 25 G, 0 GS, 31.2 IP, 22 H, 10 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 32 K, 1 WP (2.84 ERA, 0.76 WHIP) – holy K/BB ratio!

Puerto Rican League
Ray Kruml, OF: 20 G, 13 for 59, 5 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 2BB, 9 K, 6 SB, 2 CS (.220/.273/.415)

Venezuelan Winter League
Dan Brewer, OF: 6 G, 1 for 19, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 10 K, 1 HBP (.053/.174/.053)
Colin Curtis, OF: 25 G, 25 for 87, 13 R, 6 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 12 BB, 14 K, 2 SB, 1 HBP (.287/.386/.425)
Jose Gil, C/1B: 27 G, 20 for 27, 16 R, 8 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 7 BB, 13 K, 1 SB (.278/.342/.458)
Jose Pirela, IF: 45 G, 54 for 177, 20 R, 6 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 30 RBI, 10 BB, 21 K, 3 SB, 1 CS, 4 HBP (.305/.351/.418) – pretty nice winter
Rich Martinez, RHP: 1 G, 0 GS, 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 K (0.00 ERA, 2.50 WHIP)

Categories : Down on the Farm
  • Anthony

    Give Vazquez a chance in ST. The guy is flat out killing the ball over last 2 yrs. I’m tired of hearing he can’t play DEF. if he’s mashing the ball like he is why not at least see if he can help b4 u sign Chavez ( who I like).

    • infernoscurse

      i believe Jorge Vazquez is going to Japan

    • T.O. Chris

      It’s not the defense, even though he can’t play 3B, it’s his awful K/BB ratio. No matter how many HRs you hit in Scranton it doesn’t cover up your awful triple slash line .262/.314/.516 and your 33.2 K% combined with your 6.0 BB%.

      He clearly has major holes in his swing that even triple A pitchers are taking extreme advantage of. He’s your typical AAAA player, he mashes but it won’t play even that well against major league players.

  • Anthony

    Give Vazquez a chance in ST. The guy is flat out killing the ball over last 2 yrs. I’m tired of hearing he can’t play DEF.

    • Kevin D.

      This is bad-”40 unintentional walks, and 220 strikeouts in exactly 700 plate appearances.”

      • Bavarian Yankee

        he’d break Reynolds’ record for K’s if he gets 600 PA :D

  • Kevin D.

    “I assume the only reason he stopped short of calling him the next Ken Griffey Jr. is his anti-Yankees bias.” Haha that was great. Despite the praise I still feel as though the Yankees should substitute Williams for Gardner in a possible trade for Gio Gonzalez. The kid was impressive last year but he is still unproven and does not have the worth that Gardner has to the club at the MLB level. Keeping them both is also a nice option.

    • Mike Axisa

      Right, and that’s one think Law said in the podcast. Williams has a chance to be really good, but you trade him for a star pitcher right now because he’s still so far away from the bigs.

    • Avi

      I wouldn’t trade him for Gio. I’d only trade a guy like Mason if I was getting a clear top 15 starting pitcher under the age of thirty, who’s at least two years away from free agency. Mason would probably be the second guy in that kind of deal (something like Banuelos and Mason).

      • T.O. Chris

        Clear top 15 pitcher in baseball with at least 2 years left on his contract? Mason would probably be the third guy in that deal, those types of pitchers cost more than just Banuelos and a kid in low A ball.

  • Gonzo

    Keith Law is an idiot that doesn’t know……wait, he said what? The man is obviously more in tune than anyone of us.

  • Jose M. Vazquez..

    It’s good to see that Noesi, Cabral and Venditte (is he still a Yankee?) are doing well in a tough Dominican Winter league. It’s also good to know that Jorge Vazquez is still mashing and bashing. He deserves a chance as a reserve RH bat. If only he could play the outfield he would fit even better. I know he is adequate at third and first.

    • Jose M. Vazquez..

      Having JoVa cut down on his Ks would be a small chore for Prof.Long in ST.

      • infernoscurse

        JoVa will play 1B for the Rakuten Eagles in Japan next year

      • T.O. Chris

        Having him cut down a 33.2 K% and raise a 6.0 BB% in Scranton at the major league level would be a giant chore for Long. Probably one that’s impossible to do.

        People really need to stop thinking Jorge Vazquez is some monster being held down in AAA. He mashes no doubt, but he has major holes in his swing.

  • William

    Mason Williams has a ceiling of someone like Curtis granderson but with less power. Maybe a 20/30 guy.

    • Robert

      He is a better fielder then Curtis.

      • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

        I keep hearing that but the times I saw him last year he looked like he couldn’t read a fly ball at all. I hope that I just saw him at his worst.

    • pat

      Wouldn’t be so sure of that. Kid is rail thin with a tall frame to add muscle.Throw in the good genes and he could really turn into a monster. He’s listed as 6’0″ 150 lbs. Plenty of room to fill out.

      Even if he doesn’t fill out, 20/30 with his already good defense in CF makes him a star. Only 4 OF in baseball went 20/30 last year.

  • Kosmo

    Although ST is still a long way off, Cabral could turn out to be a great rule 5 pickup.
    Jose Gil could still turn out to be a decent backup catcher in the bigs.
    I agree Pirela has had a very nice winter.

  • the Oberamtmann

    Are all the leagues at about the same skill level? And, given Venditte’s amazing control – i really do think he can have success at the ML level. I know it’s junk from both sides, but think about how many pitchers who throw junk are great against same-siders. Amazing he wasn’t rule-fived.

    • whozat

      as a 26 year old in AA, 3.1 BB/9. Not that amazing.

  • Preston

    Why hasn’t Gary Sanchez played in three weeks? Is he hurt?

    • Mike Axisa

      Unlikely. It’s a competitive league, they aren’t concerned about development. He’s probably sitting in favor of a veteran and/or someone that is playing better.

    • infernoscurse

      most these teams dont play just to let players play, they compete , they want to win their respective playoffs so he just might not be in favor with the manager or someones blocking him, obviously i dont know the details but its not always injury related

  • Plank

    Weren’t some Yankees playing in Colombia too?

  • Avi

    “I assume the only reason he stopped short of calling him the next Ken Griffey Jr. is his anti-Yankees bias.”

    Well done.

  • IB6 UB9

    Is Mason Bernie’s son or Gerald (Ice)’s?

    Ice used to wear the tightest uniform pants in the league.

    • pat

      Nah, some dude that played for the Patriots for a couple years. Derwin Williams.

  • ajra21

    “anti-yankee bias” … LOL. nice line.